MILPHO+0.0 NOPMIA, OKC, PHO-0.1 DETBOS, OKC+1.4 BOSDET+2.1 SACWAS+1.8 OKCNOP, UTA-0.7 TEAMTRADED WITHNET WAR MINBRK-0.2 PHIDEN, HOU, MIL-0.1 DENPHI, POR+0.7 UTAOKC+0.2 WASSAC-0.9 NYKHOU-0.5 After a week’s hiatus because of the All-Star break, we’re back with FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.There are more than a few trade deadline-related changes to the rankings this week, but before I get to those, a quick explanation of how these numbers work: Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the upcoming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on these numbers, see our introductory rankings post.In many ways, ranking the league after a reshuffling of players — like Thursday’s trade deadline — is precisely what power ratings such as these are intended to do. Because they’re based on the underlying talent of the players on each team’s roster, they ought to be able to account for player movement more quickly than ratings that require the new-look teams to play together a bunch of times.So, how much did the deadline really shake up the league? Here’s a look at the statistical effect of deadline trades on each team, in terms of the RPM wins above replacement (WAR) they are projected to gain or lose over the remainder of the 2014-15 schedule: HOUNYK, PHI+0.3 (Note that all of these gains and losses are for 2014-15 only — they don’t take into account draft picks exchanged or even the future implications of picking up a player and his contract.)As SB Nation’s Paul Flannery noted, this trade deadline didn’t really make much difference despite all the chaos in the final hectic minutes.Sure, the top team, Miami, added about 2.4 wins over the rest of the season, and Phoenix brought up the rear with a loss of more than 3 WAR when the dust settled. The moves may have kept the Heat afloat for the playoffs (especially in light of the subsequent news that Chris Bosh would be lost for the season with blood clots) and signaled the death knell for the Suns’ postseason chances.But the rest of the biggest movers and shakers on deadline day either had already locked up a playoff slot (Washington and Oklahoma City took steps back but are near 100 percent playoff probability by our projections anyway) or didn’t have a prayer no matter what they did (the Celtics, for all their improvements on deadline day, are still staring at a mere 12.1 percent chance of making the playoffs).The exception to this might be the Detroit Pistons. Two weeks ago, the Pistons clung to a meager 9.9 percent probability of making the playoffs, according to our model. Now they have a 47.8 percent chance of making the postseason and have jumped from 21st to 16th in the power rankings — some of that thanks to the 1.4-WAR boost they picked up at the trade deadline with Reggie Jackson (an upgrade made doubly positive by the discarding of sub-replacement level guard D.J. Augustin).Aside from the Pistons, however, it seems as though few of Thursday’s moves will upend the playoff picture in either conference.At any rate, many of the trades yielded positive WAR simply by jettisoning a poor player from the roster. Take, for instance, Sacramento’s trade of Ramon Sessions to Washington. It netted a solid player in return — Andre Miller is expected to generate 0.8 WAR for the Kings over the rest of the season — but removing Sessions was the bigger windfall in terms of 2014-15 WAR. Sessions’ -5.1 predictive RPM combined with an expectation of 17 minutes per game to potentially deliver -1.0 WAR to Sacramento before it traded him away.As for the rankings themselves, the New Orleans Pelicans were the biggest movers since two Mondays ago — and in a very bad way. They lost all-everything forward Anthony Davis to a shoulder sprain that will cost him several weeks of action, which coupled with an ongoing injury to Jrue Holiday — and the addition of RPM disaster Norris Cole — to drop the Pelicans 11 ranking slots. RPM says their depleted roster projects to be the fourth-worst in basketball over the next week.The Dallas Mavericks dropped eight slots in this edition of the rankings. Adding Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t help, but the biggest changes were an injury to Chandler Parsons and the return of statistical enigma Rajon Rondo to their lineup. Rondo’s having a subpar season by the numbers, and short-term RPM gives him a rating near the replacement level. But at least Dallas is still 99.5 percent likely to make the playoffs, according to our simulations.Looking for good news? The Los Angeles Clippers rose six spots in the rankings from two weeks ago. Usually changes to the power ratings are due to player movement, injuries or other reallocations of minutes, but in the case of the Clippers, the improved play of Jamal Crawford has also played a role. Crawford still carries a negative RPM rating, but he’s averaging 22.8 points per game over his last four outings and has been present for some of the Clippers’ best basketball — they’ve averaged a +17.5 scoring margin per game with him on the floor over the past two weeks.Finally, let’s give a hand to the New York Knicks. While they’ve been a fun punchline all season, they’ve been in a dogfight with the Philadelphia 76ers for last place in our rankings all season. But after a season-ending injury to Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have separated themselves from the pack, easily ranking as the least-talented team in the NBA this week. With the likes of RPM ne’er-do-wells Jose Calderon, Jason Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. projected to soak up huge minutes for the rest of the season, Jim Dolan’s team is truly a fitting “Hope Diamond in his loser’s tiara.” PORDEN+0.4 MIANOP, PHO+2.4 PHODET, MIA, MIL-3.2 BRKMIN+0.4
In the first head-to-head exhibition between the two biggest names in golf, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, McIlroy managed to shoot a 5-under 67 to defeat Woods by one stroke in an 18-hole match on Monday in Zhengzhou, China.The match labeled as “Duel at Jinsha Lake,” McIlroy jumped out to an early lead with two birdies on the first three holes, which proved to be clutch down the stretch to hold off Woods, who finished with a 68.Despite McIlroy taking an early lead, Woods made the competition interesting for the fans in China coming down the front nine after falling two strokes behind. The 14-time major winner hit a flawless chip shot from the fairway on the par-3 12th hole that hit the pin and dropped in for birdie, drawing him within one stroke of the current No. 1 player in the world.But on the next hole Woods had to settle for a bogey after missing a long put, while McIlroy nailed a 7-footer for par.Woods would go on to birdie on the 14th hole to pull within one, but missed his chance to even the score on the 18th when he landed his approach shot in the bunker. Woods finished with the duel with six birdies and two bogeys.For both player this was a different experience.“This is certainly not like most Mondays,” Woods said. “To have this many people come out and watch us play golf in an exhibition was something special. This doesn’t happen.”McIlroy and Woods had to make the long travel to Zhengzhou after competing elsewhere on Sunday. McIlroy traveled from Shanghai, where he competed in the European Tour’s BMW Masters and finished second behind Peter Hanson. Woods traveled from Malaysia after finishing fourth in the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic.The win for McIlroy was a nice consolation prize after being defeated on Sunday.“It’s been a nice distraction to not dwell on what happened yesterday,” he said. “I let a great chance to win a golf tournament slip through my fingers. Coming to do something like this today has definitely made it a little easier to deal with.”Woods even hinted at the idea of having matches with McIlroy more often to create a rivalry at the game such as the ones between Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant that have made the NBA more exciting in recent years.“If you look at the history of the game, it’s not like other sports where the guys play against each other all the time. Jack (Nicklaus) and Arnold (Palmer) didn’t go at it that often,” Woods said. “But you know what, if we can do this for the next 10, 15 years, then certainly we can have that type of rivalry.”The rivalry is what 14-year-old Ji Tianxin, who is student and golfer on occasion, came to witness, as she watched her favorite player McIlroy beat Woods.“I don’t usually get this chance to watch the best players,” she said, watching the players putt on the fourth hole. “I think the two are both stars, so I really wanted to see them.”Woods does not see this being his last match against McIlroy or any other competitor because matches like these intensify and promote the game of golf.“I think having matches like this to promote the game of golf is what it’s all about,” Woods said. “We’re trying to promote the game of golf in this region, and it’s come a long way since my first time here 11 years ago.”
2016681.91 201730–6–1.70 SeasonNat’l RankRush EPA/Game 201633–6–1.36 201528–5–1.39 Before Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa became a household name in last season’s national title game, the Georgia Bulldogs had a 13-0 lead and were 30 minutes away from the program’s first championship in nearly 40 years. To start the second half, Nick Saban plugged in the freshman quarterback from Hawaii, and Tagovailoa rallied the Crimson Tide to an overtime victory, adding to the team’s already overflowing trophy case.Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs retreated with their tails tucked between their legs.This weekend’s SEC title game, then, represents the rematch. And once again, Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide stand in Georgia’s way.It’s ridiculous to think there’s a blueprint for beating Alabama when they’ve looked so dominant, outscoring opponents 588 to 165 this season. But there are a few areas where Georgia may have an advantage.Of course, Georgia doesn’t want to get baited into a shootout with arguably the nation’s best offense. Of course, limiting possessions and muddying up the game are a more optimal approach. Of course, Tagovailoa should be kept off the field as much as possible.All of this starts with running the ball. Georgia’s expected points added per game on running plays during seasons under Kirby Smart 201121–5–1.39 Alabama is vulnerable on the groundBig runs given up by the Crimson Tide defense and yards given up after first contact on a running plays each year (through 12 games) since 2011 Opponents are running through Alabama tacklers like never before, too. This season, the Tide has allowed 2.46 yards after contact per carry, which is the worst performance for Alabama through the first 12 games of a season since 2011, the earliest year for which data is available. Of note: Only Memphis has gained more yards after first contact this year than Georgia.Of course, Tagovailoa is the closest thing to a cheat code in college football this season and could render these potential advantages for Georgia moot. The sophomore has racked up more passing touchdowns in the first half of games (27) than all but 21 schools1Excluding Alabama. have scored over the entire season. But this is an elite Georgia defense that could be Tagovailoa’s biggest test this season.The ultimate irony would be if a quarterback change by Smart decided the outcome of Saturday’s game. Jake Fromm has capably commanded the Georgia offense this season and has been sensational since his tepid showing during the team’s lone loss, which came against LSU. But Justin Fields, one of the most sought-after recruits from the 2018 class, has an uncanny athleticism that adds another potential threat to an already devastating offense. At receiver — again, the irony — Riley Ridley (brother of former Alabama star Calvin Ridley, who scored a touchdown in last season’s title game) has elevated his game this season. Fromm and Fields will look to Ridley, the team leader in receiving touchdowns, to take the top off the Alabama defense.If the game comes down to the wire, Georgia should be the more confident team. Long the Achilles’ heel of Saban-led teams, special teams could be what holds Alabama back. Kicker Joseph Bulovas has missed four of 16 field-goal attempts and has botched five extra points. And while the Crimson Tide ranks in the top two in offensive and defensive efficiency, it ranks a dismal 87th in special teams efficiency. “It’s not really acceptable,” Saban said earlier this month.Conversely, Rodrigo Blankenship, the bespectacled Georgia sensation, has been among college football’s most accurate kickers, nailing 19 of his 22 attempts and all 58 of his extra points. Georgia’s special teams rank far better than Alabama’s, landing at No. 38 in efficiency.It speaks to the sheer dominance of Alabama that Las Vegas sportsbooks installed the Crimson Tide as double-digit favorites against Georgia. But this is a dangerous underdog with all the trappings of a dominant squad. Some metrics consider the Bulldogs among the two best teams nationally. They won’t be short on motivation, if nothing else, as they seek to avenge last season’s loss when the lights were brightest.Check out our latest college football predictions. Season10+ yards gained20+ yards gainedYDS. After 1st Contact/Rush Perhaps the most underappreciated storyline in the SEC can be found in Athens. Running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb were selected in the first two rounds of this year’s NFL draft, and Georgia’s run game improved.This season, the two-headed monster of Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift has run buckshot through the SEC. Each will likely eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. Largely behind the two, the Bulldogs have over their last four games rushed for 1,345 yards, more than nine teams have accumulated all season. Georgia has the conference’s top rushing attack, gashing opposing defenses for 259.8 yards per contest on 6.3 yards per attempt, and leads the conference in total rushes of 10-plus yards (102) and 20-plus yards (35).Now, it seems silly to nitpick an Alabama defense that has allowed only six rushing touchdowns all season and ranks in the top 15 in both rushing yards allowed per contest (114.0) and rushing yards allowed per carry (3.3) … but we’re going to do it anyway. If Alabama’s ultra-young defense has had difficulty with anything, it’s mitigating explosive plays. Over 12 games this season, the Crimson Tide has allowed 13 carries of 20-plus yards, tied with five teams for 35th-fewest in the nation. On top of that, the Tide defense has also allowed 38 carries of 10 or more yards. Both numbers are the most Alabama has allowed through 12 games since 2011: 201433–7–2.13 2018107.85 Yards after contact data is unavailable before 2011.Source: Espn Stats & Information Group Source: Espn Stats & Information Group 201223–6–1.47 201330–5–1.64 201838–13–2.46 2017127.22 Number of Opponent Rushing Plays with …
Ohio State added its 20th member of the 2017 recruiting class with the commitment from three-star wide receiver Elijah Gardiner. He joins four-star Trevon Grimes and four-star Jaylen Harris as the wide receiver commits in OSU’s 2017 class.Gardiner, who hails from Kemp, Texas, visited Columbus this weekend on an official visit and received an offer from OSU. He was committed to Missouri until he flipped to the Buckeyes on Monday. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Gardiner will be one of OSU’s tallest receivers on the roster in 2017.National Signing Day is on Wednesday.Thanks to all the schools that have recruited me but my family and I have decided to further my career at The Ohio State University. pic.twitter.com/ZHhSS9asOd— Ellijah (@ellijahgardiner) January 30, 2017
Ohio State’s history of sending track and field athletes to the Olympic Games includes Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics. The 2012 Olympics, however, will not include any Buckeyes. Nine current and former OSU track and field athletes competed in their nation’s Olympic Team Trials hoping to qualify for this summer’s London Games, but none were successful. Eight Buckeyes attempted to qualify for the United States national team, while one competed north of the border in the Canadian trials. Of the eight Buckeyes who competed at the U.S. trials in Eugene, Ore., five qualified for their event’s final. Jeff See, a 2010 OSU alum and current volunteer assistant coach to the men’s track and field program, finished 9th in Sunday’s 1,500-meter run final with a time of 3 minutes, 38.81 seconds. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase final held Thursday, redshirt senior Cory Leslie finished 9th (8:33.94) while alum Brian Olinger finished 11th (8:37.93). Earlier in trials competition, recent OSU graduates Christina Manning and Mike Hartfield also made it to their event’s finals, but failed to qualify for the Olympics. Manning, the 2012 NCAA champion in 100-meter hurdles, finished 5th in that event at trials (12.92 seconds). Hartfield, the 2012 Big Ten long jump champion, placed 6th with a best jump of 7.79 meters. Sophomore Antonio Blanks was eliminated after finishing 13th in the semifinals of 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.02 seconds. Recently graduated Matt DeChant finished 18th in shot put with a top throw of 18.13 meters. Senior Alexis Thomas, the 2012 Big Ten hammer throw champion, finished 22nd in the trials hammer throw (56.70 meters). Maggie Mullen, another OSU alum who completed her Buckeye track and field career in 2012, finished 9th in the hammer throw on Saturday at the Canadian trials, with a best throw of 57.13 meters. Although OSU will not send any track athletes to this year’s Olympics, 10 current or former Buckeyes have earned tickets to London. OSU athletes and alumni are set to represent at least seven different nations in at least six sports. The Olympic Games begin July 27 in London.
Then-freshman hurdler and sprinter Alexis Franklin clears the hurdle during the Big Ten Championship May 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAs the outdoor track season enters the third week of competition, the Ohio State women’s team relies on the strong performance of underclassmen to help motivate and improve the overall team morale.The women’s squad contains a group of student-athletes with strengths across the board, ranging from freshmen all the way up to seniors. Despite this, coach Karen Dennis said the strong work and performance from the underclassmen motivates the entire team to be better.“When they can come in and give us an immediate impact, that makes everyone better,” Dennis said. “As long as we can keep (the underclassmen) improving and add the strength and experience of our juniors and seniors, that is really going to make the whole team just that much better team.”An underclassman who has specifically shown a strong performance is sophomore hurdler and sprinter Alexis Franklin. Franklin was named the 2013 Big Ten Outdoor Freshman of the Year, but rolled her ankle during the first meet of the indoor season, the Buckeye Classic at the French Field House in January.“It was devastating,” Franklin said of her injury. “It killed me to see everyone out there running, when I wanted to be out there running with them.”Franklin said having to sit out all indoor season was really hard because she is not one to “sit back on the sidelines.”“This is the sport that I love, so it was really hard to just be a spectator versus a competitor,” Franklin said.However, it motivated her to work hard during her rehab and get healthy again so she could come back strong and ready to run come outdoor season.And that she did.In her debut of the outdoor season at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, she took second in the 400-meter hurdles, snagging a time of 59.40 seconds. The following week at the LSU Battle on the Bayou, Franklin came in first in the 400-meter hurdles finishing second in the long hurdle with a time of 58.65 seconds.“I am so happy to have her back,” Dennis said. “She is such an amazing athlete. We really missed her contributions indoors, but look forward to it outdoors.”Franklin said she could not be happier to be back running with her teammates. When she was on the sidelines, one of the hardest parts of the injury was not being able to help the team.“I love being a part of a group of women that puts in the hard work to be the championship team that we are,” Franklin said. “(Being an underclassman) gives me more time to get better each year, (staying) hungry for winning anything that I can.”Another strong underclassman is freshman sprinter Aaliyah Barnes. The native of the two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin’s alma mater, Eastmoor Academy, said she was reluctant at first to come to OSU, although her family members are huge Buckeye fans and encouraged her to lean toward OSU. She joked that during her other college visits, her mom would wear OSU spirit wear spanning from an OSU jacket, all the way down to her tennis shoes.Barnes said she’s grateful that she was swayed by her family’s love for OSU.“Some schools, it’s just track. You are only there for one thing, to run,” Barnes said. “But our coach is more of a family-type person, it’s more than just a team.”Barnes said the most encouraging aspect of the coaching staff is how the coaches want to see each athlete grow as women and not just as track athletes.“Having a team and running for someone else, not just yourself, makes me want to do better,” Barnes said.Dennis said she doesn’t place a ton of expectations on the incoming freshman, but was impressed by the nature of Barnes’ character and drive to be a great competitor.“(It’s) a rare quality for a freshman to come in with no sense of fear and just be excited to race every weekend and excited to be in practice every day,” Dennis said. “She just appreciates everyday wearing the scarlet and gray.”Barnes cruised to first place in the 400-meter dash in the last meet at the LSU Battle on the Bayou April 5 with a time of 53.58 seconds. She, like Franklin, has made an impressive debut to the outdoor season.“My goal is for (everyone) to know who I am by the end of the year,” Barnes said.The women’s team is off this weekend, but is set to return to action at home in the Jesse Owens Classic April 18.
Freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) scores a touchdown during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWith the score 24-10 near the end of the second quarter, and with Maryland holding all the momentum, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee stepped in front of a pass by redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown and put a stop to the Terps’ run.Then almost gave it back. Lee fumbled his interception near the Maryland goal line before it was recovered by a fellow Buckeye — freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan — at the Terrapin one-yard line. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said the McMillan recovery was a product of effort, not chance. “It’s not by accident. Those things are made to happen. It’s just like it’s not by accident that somehow No. 5 just comes up with the ball a couple of times,” Fickell said after the game. “He is always around the football. Those are things that I am not saying we taught, but they don’t happen by accident.”Later in the game, McMillan forced a turnover of his own as he picked off a deflected pass from Maryland’s backup quarterback, junior Caleb Rowe, in the fourth quarter and returned it 19 yards for an OSU score. McMillan said the play was the result of good teamwork on defense.“It’s one of the best feelings in the world,” he said postgame. “My teammates helped me out by tipping the ball and I just took advantage of the moment.”While Rowe was not under too much pressure on that particular throw, McMillan added that the play of the defensive line is what helped him have a big game.“We have one of the best, if not the best, defensive line in the nation,” he said. “It really helps the linebackers out. It really clears stuff up for us.”Fickell added that the pressure the defensive line put on the Maryland quarterbacks is something he believes the Buckeyes are improving at every week. “I think that’s the thing you are starting to see from us. We are a little bit further along now that we’ve got some multiplicity to what we do,” Fickell said. “We can give those guys an opportunity to get pressure and pin their ears back and do some things.”A week after giving up 352 yards passing without forcing a turnover against Cincinnati, the Buckeyes held the Terrapins to 310 total yards and forced four turnovers — all of which were interceptions. Fickell said the entire defense deserves credit for the more impressive display, but added that the secondary looked better against Maryland.“It all works together. I think that is the biggest thing,” he said. “When things break down, when you are not playing sound (defense) — that’s the thing that is going to glare at us. Things are going really, really well but then all of a sudden something big happens. There’s a lot of things to really, really build on.”One thing the Buckeyes seemed to need to work on was secondary play in the red zone, as two pass interference calls in the end zone eventually led to Terrapin touchdowns.Coach Urban Meyer said following the game that as he and his coaching staff get more confident in the defense, it will allow them to play more aggressively.“We are going to be more aggressive on defense with tighter coverage,” Meyer said. “There’s somewhat of a risk that we need to continue to work on with the isolated man-to-man coverage, but there’s also more opportunity to step in front of the ball like we did today.”With a more successful performance against the Terrapins, Lee said the defense is continuing to build toward a completed product and added that its ultimate goal can be described in one word.“Dominate. Dominate any way we can. That has been our goal really from the start of the season, but we knew it was going to be a slow process,” Lee said. “We got to dominate and we have to start to dominate on a constant basis. We are going to continue to work on that.”If the defense continues to improve, Lee said Buckeye fans will be proud of the finished product.“We are getting a lot better. And we are going to continue to get better,” Lee said. “That’s what gets us going is that we can always get better, and I know that the end result is going to be scary, so just wait on it.”The Buckeyes are scheduled for a bye week before taking on Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
Regulator Ofcom said that most of the complaints it received related to content rather than technical issues.A spokesman said: “We have received 151 complaints about Comic Relief 2017 on the BBC. We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.”Highlights of the Friday night telethon, on BBC1 and BBC2, included the Love Actually sequel, starring Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Colin Firth.But viewers complained on Twitter about the use of swearwords before the watershed, including during a Mrs Brown’s Boys skit with former JLS star Aston Merrygold.One viewer said: “The worst Red Nose Day I’ve ever watched. Not one funny sketch and two different ‘comedians’ swearing before watershed. Disgusting.” I’m watching red nose day on recording and the sound quality is AWFUL— Rebecca (@panicforhell) March 24, 2017 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 complaints come in the same year that Comic Relief launched a Swear Jar app – so people can donate money to Comic Relief every time that they use bad language. Sir Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross, who paid tribute to those affected by the attack on Westminster Credit: Gary Moyes/BBC A skit involving Good Morning Britain star Reid, in which she was jokingly interviewed by Reeves and Bob Mortimer in character as The Stotts, drew negative comments after Reeves flashed a fake penis between his legs under a kilt.”So Reeves and Mortimer exposing a fake penis to Susanna Reid, talking weird and making her uncomfortable is supposed to be funny?,” a viewer said. Some of the segments were difficult to hear due to the “diabolical” audio. Host Sir Lenny Henry was even forced to ask the studio audience at London’s O2 Arena to be quiet.Many viewers complained they could barely hear what was happening on their TV screens.One viewer wrote: “The sound on Red Nose Day is dreadful” and another adding “Considering the O2 is home to hundreds of music events each year, the sound tonight is diabolical.”A BBC spokesperson said: “There was a minor technical issue that meant the show was off-air for a minute, but quickly restored.”An average of 6.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the programme and it scored a peak of 7.6 million.The amount raised so far for this year’s Red Nose Day has reached more than £73 million.The BBC added: “The Red Nose Day 2017 broadcast was a live studio environment enjoyed by a peak audience of 7.6 million which raised over £73 million.”This will go a huge way to help improve the lives of many people both here in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.” TV watchdog Ofcom is considering whether to launch an investigation into the BBC’s Red Nose Day telethon after the fundraiser sparked more than 150 complaints.The Comic Relief show was criticised on social media for pre-watershed profanity and sound problems.Several moments on the show – including when Vic Reeves flashed a fake penis at Susanna Reid before the 9pm watershed and when host Russell Brand responded to a technical glitch by saying “f***ing hell” live on air – sparked controversy.
Scott Dabinett, 32, captured amazing photos of the incident, which saw the pilot make an impressive landing without landing gear after flying back from the Duxford Air Show in Cambridgeshire.He said: “As soon as we saw the pilot was OK we all started breathing again. Everyone was shaking. The emergency guys were on the scene straight away and took control of the situation.”Mr Dabinett said the aircraft had taken off at 4.15pm and they waited one hour and 10 minutes for it to return. A pilot had a lucky escape after the last remaining Sea Vixen plane did an emergency landing at an airfield in Somerset on Saturday.The pilot walked away uninjured after the aircraft, known as the Foxy Lady, did a “belly-landing” on return to its base in Yeovilton. “The feeling between the few of us standing by was that this does not look good. On the final approach we all crossed our fingers and held our breaths whilst pointing our cameras at the Sea Vixen. As soon as she touched the runway the canopy was released and engines were shut down. 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 last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media the last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media “She slid up the runway very smoothly and under control. It was much quieter than I was expecting. Eventually she came to a stop. We kept waiting for movement from the pilot.”Sea Vixen XP924 “Foxy Lady” is operated by Fly Navy Heritage Trust Navy Wings.It first flew on September 23, 1963 and was delivered to 899 Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton on December 18, 1963.Retirement from active service sent her to Royal Naval Aircraft Yard at Belfast in August 1971.The aircraft was gifted to Naval Aviation Ltd in September 2014 and now operates from the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.The Sea Vixen is an unusually configured aircraft that first flew in 1951. It was the first British two-seat aircraft to break the sound barrier when it achieved Mach speed in a dive during its operational testing phase in the early 1950’s. the last remaining Sea Vixen plane doing an emergency landing at Yeovilton air base in Somerset Credit:Bav Media He added: “The aircraft returned from Duxford and flew up the runway. We then heard radio communications between the tower and the pilot asking for visual of the landing gear.”The response was your undercarriage is clean, which means it is still up. After several more passes and discussion between pilot and tower and other emergency personnel, it was soon announced that this was going to be a gear-up belly landing.
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. “That is all very well if you do Economics at the London School of Economics (LSE), but if you do a different degree at a less prestigious university, you can earn less than if you hadn’t borrowed in the first place and just gone straight into work,” she said.A report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) last year warned that almost eight in ten graduates will never pay back their full student loan under the new tuition fees system.The IFS said that there are “major issues” with the current system, as its research showed that most graduates will still be paying off student loans into their 50s.The number of graduates who fail to clear their debt before it is written off has almost doubled since 2011, when the Government axed the old maintenance grants in favour of a loan system.Under the new system, 77.4 per cent of graduates will never fully repay their debts, compared to 41.5 per cent of graduates under the previous system, according to the IFS. “It reflects the fact that people on their way to university are rather naïve and badly informed about higher education,” he said.“We need to do a much better job of explaining the finances and everything about university life to school leavers. Most people say they go to university because they want to get a rewarding job, but this suggests their perceptions change once they have graduated.” Almost half of recent graduates believe they will never be able to pay back their student loan, as experts warn that they would be better off without university. A major report, commissioned by the new universities regulator, The Office for Students, analysed the views of 6,000 young people about value for money in higher education.Just ten per cent of school leavers thought they would be unable to pay back their loan within 30 years, which rose to 28 per cent of university students. Among recent graduates, 42 per cent said they do not expect to repay their loans in full.Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), said it is “telling” that the proportion of youngsters who believe they will never earn enough to pay back their student loan rises sharply after they graduate. Professor John Jerrim, from University College London’s Institute of Education, said that most teenagers tend to overestimate their future salary when deciding whether or not to go to university. “The truth is, a significant proportion of young people who go to university will not earn what they expect, and hence not be able to fully pay back their loan,” he said. “Some young people may as well go straight into the labour market instead. With pressure on higher education funding, I think a proper conversation is needed on how many should be going.” Prime Minister Theresa May announced a review of tertiary education and university fundingCredit: Carl Court Last month Prime Minister Theresa May announced a review of tertiary education and university funding, as she attacked Britain’s “outdated attitude” to university education as she says too many people take degrees and are charged too much money for their courses.She admitted that the current system of tuition fees is not working because the amount students pay for their courses bears no relation to the “cost or quality of their course”.Dr Joanna Williams, a senior lecturer in higher education at Kent University, said that the most damaging type of “misinformation” for teenagers is that going to university will lead to a better job or add a “graduate premium” to a salary. Most teenagers tend to overestimate their future salary when deciding whether or not to go to university
“Blackpool’s fortunes have been in decline since traditional coastal holidays fell out of favour in the 1960s, with the advent of package holidays abroad,” it said. British beach resorts used to be glamorous destinations known for their nightlife and natural beauty. But the decline of the British seaside holiday has seen the coastal communities plagued by heroin, new figures show.Beach resorts are now notorious for poverty and deprivation – and some of them have become the sites for the highest rate of drug death in the country. Their slide into poverty and drug abuse has been highlighted by the Office for National Statistics, which said six of the top 10 locations for heroin deaths are in coastal resorts. Its statistics show that Blackpool has had the highest number of deaths relating to heroin or morphine misuse since 2010, a figure which has now risen to 14 per 100,000 people, almost double the figure for the second-most seriously affected area, Burnley. It highlighted research by Public Health England which found that “social factors, including housing, employment and deprivation, are associated with substance misuse and these social factors moderate drug treatment outcomes”.Blackpool is the fourth-most deprived area out of 326 districts and unitary authorities in England. Across England and Wales deaths due to heroin or morphine have risen by almost eight times since 1993, and by two-thirds since 2012, to reach 1,209 by 2016. Figures released last year showed that the average age group of those dying from heroin use had become older, as the “Trainspotting generation” who became addicts in the 1980s and 1990s, aged.The overall highest rate of death from drug abuse in 2016 was among people aged between 40 and 49, overtaking those aged 30 to 39. The national average is 1.7 in England and 2.3 in Wales. Seaside towns make up more than half of the top 10, with Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Hastings, Thanet and Swansea also experiencing among the highest numbers of deaths. The other locations are Burnley, Reading, Hyndburn and Neath Port Talbot.The ONS said evidence suggested high levels of death due to drug misuse was linked to deprivation, which in the case of seaside towns, was likely to be down to their decline amid the rise in popularity of foreign holidays and cheap flights abroad. Two girls enjoy ice creams on the sands at Blackpool, circa 1958. British holiday resorts have suffered due to cheap flights abroad Credit:Hulton Archive 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.
Owls can be more effective than dogs for helping abused and autistic children in therapy sessions, a charity founder has said.Psychologist Anita Morris set up the charity Hack Back six years ago in order to pair children who need psychological help up with owls and hawks.Adopting the calm demeanour needed to attract and bond with a bird of prey can be enormously helpful when trying to learn emotional control, the therapist said.She told the Sunday Telegraph: “Birds of prey will only work with you for a bond of trust, it takes hours and hours to build that trust with a young bird.”For a lot of the people I work with you have to remain calm and quiet at all times with the birds.”Children with a history of abuse often find it easier to open up to someone who is holding a little owl compared to a regular therapist, she added.Ms Morris explained: “Sitting with the bird and building up trust works incredibly well with people who have autism who find emotional control quite difficult, or people with brain injuries and particularly children who have been through abuse where talking to a lady with an owl is easier than talking to a psychologist.”It helps as a distraction, if I have a small owl flying to and fro it’s easier to talk as it’s a distraction.”She has also helped children with autism to regulate their behaviour and control emotional outbursts.The psychologist added: “With people with autism they learn to respect the birds as they are still a wild animal, they learn emotional control and that the birds only work with you out of this bond of trust. For some of these people, it helps them to learn to be come calm and quiet.”I do a lot of work in mental health and there’s one young boy I’ve been working with who is 13, he had suicidal thoughts and was in a really bad place, he’s changed round now completely, he’s very happy and very positive. He still has his low days but is generally much happier. He’s gone from working with the small owls with me to coming to Cheshire Falconry to fly the eagles.”For lots of people the act of seeing the bird of prey can be very uplifting. Realising you have the ability to handle these magnificent creatures is good for mental health.”She said that working with dogs is very different because you do not need to work as hard to get their trust and affection.She added: “I do work with dogs as well, there are some situations where working with a bird of prey is not appropriate, I’ve worked with young people with anger issues where they might lash our – you can’t do that with a bird of prey as they are quite delicate really. So I might work with them with the dogs.”But it’s I think, where a dog is much easier to train and much more forgiving and a dog will look at you adoringly, birds of prey are not like that, it’s truly a partnership and your commitment to that partnership is the most improtant in building that relationship with the bird. It won’t just engage with you out of affection. It’s literally just having to learn to work with the birds out of positive reward rather than being something the bird wants to do. “Birds of prey are better for working on these complex issues because of this – dogs are better for some situations where you need a quiet and loving animal.” 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 pinch point programme was established in 2011 to relieve congestion, stimulate growth in local economies and improve safety. Small-scale projects generally costing up to £10 million were chosen, with work often involving changes to junctions, adding traffic lights, widening slip roads and new signage. The programme was largely delivered by Highways England’s predecessor, the Highways Agency, and was completed by March 2016.RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes told the Press Association: “It’s very disappointing that Highways England’s work to tackle pinch points on its road network has not been as successful as had been hoped.”While congestion has been reduced at peak times of the day, unfortunately many schemes have seen increased traffic at off-peak periods, mostly due to traffic lights being introduced.”Luckily, it seems as though there are some simple steps that can be taken to improve the worst of these new off-peak traffic flow issues, such as changing signals to work part-time instead of full-time.”It is also important to realise that this work was not just about reducing congestion and that many schemes have seen small reductions in the number of road casualties.” “This useful insight is helping us develop improved appraisal methods for small-scale schemes, which in turn help us deliver improved benefits to people using our motorways and major A roads.”Meanwhile, we are considering a range of options to improve journeys by using traffic signals which respond to traffic flows.” Traffic lights introduced on motorways have made congestion worse despite Highways England spending £317m on schemes, a government report has revealed.The report by Highways England showed that a pinch point programme to tackle particularly congested areas of road often resulted in faster rush hour journeys, but slower journeys at other times of the day.Overall, journey times were slower than before the money was spent to try and ease congestion, improve safety and boost growth in local economies.Highways England believed the slower overall journey times were mainly caused by the introduction of traffic lights, with 44% of the schemes introducing the new signalling.The RAC described the findings as “very disappointing”.There were 119 congested areas of road that received a share of the £317m funding, announced in the 2011 Budget.The report looked at the first-year impact of 54 of the 119 schemes carried out on England’s motorways and major A roads. Nearly half of the schemes with an aim to cut journey times failed to achieve that goal.The report concluded that it must consider the impact of projects “across all 168 hours of the week, not just the 10-30 peak hours”.Future schemes must “better consider how to mitigate the downsides while maintaining the upsides”, the document added. A spokesman for Highways England said: “This report shows that overall, these schemes… were successful at tackling congestion at the busiest times and improving safety. 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.
Ian Brady was allowed to come into contact with vulnerable boys at Wormwood Scrubs prison despite one alleging he had sex with the moors murderer, newly released files show.The child killer interacted with young borstal inmates for more than five years, the records are said to reveal.The BBC said it had seen Home Office files that showed Brady also received support from Lord Longford, a former Labour cabinet minister and penal reformer.Brady was transferred to Wormwood Scrubs in 1974, eight years after he was convicted of the murders of Lesley Ann Downey, 10, and Edward Evans, 17 – two of the five youngsters he killed with girlfriend Myra Hindley.After being placed on the segregation unit the killer is said to have gone on hunger strike, to force officers to move him and allow him to associate with other prisoners, and he was eventually placed on the prison’s Mental Observation Landing.At the time boys from Feltham Borstal were reportedly sent to Wormwood Scrubs Hospital if they were suffering from mental health problems.Some of them were as young as 15, a similar age to some of the Moors Murders victims.Despite eventually regaining weight Brady was allowed to stay on the wing. A record from September 1976 shows suspicions had been raised by his “unusual interest in any adolescent inmate” and staff had to move the boys away from him.In December 1977 Brady reportedly wrote to Lord Longford to complain that the prison’s principal medical officer had told the governor he should return to segregation. The child killer remained on the wing.In March 1978 the prison’s senior medical officer (SMO) is said to have expressed concerns about Brady’s residence in the hospital and his contacts with vulnerable prisoners.Brady was reportedly allowed to watch television with other inmates and given duties including cleaning toilets and showers.He is said to have lost his duties in autumn 1981 after a young person reported that Brady had had sex with him.He was moved to Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight the following year.Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said Brady’s high-profile support contributed to an “extraordinary set of circumstances”.She told the BBC: “What happened, and what he did in prisons, I think, is not extraordinary. Actually, I think it happens and has happened every day for years, and is still happening.”A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “There have been huge changes in the criminal justice system in the last 40 years and allegations of sexual assault are taken extremely seriously and reported to the police. “Boys under 18 are placed together in youth custody and those aged between 18-21 are held either in young offender institutions with their own age group, or in designated cells or wings in the adult prison estate.”We are conducting a review into safeguarding in the youth estate to further improve the welfare of those in our care.” 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 father of a grammar school pupil stabbed in March shouted “where is the justice for my son” and collapsed in court, as two teenagers on trial were cleared of his son’s murder.A 17-year-old boy has been found not guilty of the murder of grammar school pupil Yousef Makki, 17, who was stabbed in the heart with a flick-knife in Cheshire.He was also cleared of an alternative charge of manslaughter. As the jury’s verdicts were delivered, Yousef’s father, Ghaleb, stood in Manchester Crown Court’s public gallery and swore at the defendants, as other family members wept.Grammar school student Yousef was stabbed in the heart with a flick knife on a tree-lined street in leafy Hale Barns, an upmarket village, in March.The bright A* student was found slumped against a tree on Gorse Bank Road in the suburb near Altrincham.The jury heard that the death was an “accident waiting to happen” after two the 17-year-old boys on trial indulged in “idiotic fantasies”.The young victim had won a scholarship to prestigious £12,000-a-year Manchester Grammar School, the UK’s largest independent day school for boys.The defendant, Boy A, and another boy, 17, Boy B, both from wealthy Cheshire families, were cleared of all charges following a four-week trial at Manchester Crown Court. Both were also cleared of conspiracy to commit robbery in the lead up to Yousef’s death. Despite the privileged backgrounds of the defendants, they spoke and acted like “middle-class gangsters”, the court heard.Neither of the two defendants can be named because they are under 18. Pupils consoled each other outside Manchester Grammar School in March whilst paying tribute to Yousef MakkiCredit:Mercury Press & Media In his closing speech to the jury, Alastair Webster QC, defending Boy A, said the “silliness” shown in the social media videos shared by the boys showed the stabbing was an “accident waiting to happen”.He added: “Juvenile gangsters playing around with knives. What’s going on with a whole generation of children with the advantage of good families and good education?”They appear to have led double lives, living out idiotic fantasies. Talking in stupid jive talk. Idiotic, juvenile, pathetic, but not sinister – stupid.”Police were first alerted around 6.40pm on Saturday March 2 to reports a teenager had been stabbed.Officers attended the scene and Yousef was taken to hospital, where he died a short time later.Boy A denied murder on March 2, claiming he acted in self-defence.He admitted perverting the course of justice by lying to police and possession of a flick knife.Boy B, was cleared of perverting the course of justice by allegedly lying to police about what he had seen but also admitted possession of a flick knife. 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 culture of “dead men’s shoes” where talented young police officers are overlooked for chief constable jobs in favour of “time serving” deputies is damaging the fight against crime, says HM InspectorateAn investigation by HMI found some 62 per cent of chief constable’s jobs now go to the internal “favoured” deputy who “got on” with their departing boss and their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).Women are also being squeezed out of the top jobs by a perceived “old boys’ club” where chief constables and PCC choose their favoured candidate, sometimes from a shortlist of one. In the past five years, the number of women chief constables has halved from nine to four including Cressida Dick, the met Commissioner, while there are no black or ethnic chiefs. In 2018, 27 of the 42 chief constables outside London were found to have been a deputy in their own forces.Many of the deputies appointed to the top jobs have spent their career in just one force, which could limit their horizons and demonstrate the leadership needed to fight crime effectively, said Matt Parr, the HMI inspector who led the investigation.He said the weakest performing forces in combating crime often had poor leadership. “If you get it wrong, then it is bound to have a negative effect on the quality of service that the public are going to get,” he said. Mr Parr said: “In some forces, it’s who you know. It’s dead men’s and women’s shoes based on seniority. You wait for your turn, get it, it’s not really based on talent or ability. Falling out with the chief constable will not do your prospects any good.”He said there was a perception of a “old boys’ club” against women, who were being denied chief constable jobs even though their presence in the senior jobs below chief matched their overall proportions throughout the police.Mr Parr also described the chaotic attempts by chief constables to poach the best officers via “a form of speed dating” when they completed commander training with the College of Policing.”The college allows time for informal networking and for chief constables to sell their forces. This is not in itself problematic but we were told that at a time when there were limited number of candidates – the arrangements amounted to a desperate form of speed dating,” said his report. 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 subsequent arrangements by which officers apply for posts were described to us by one chief constable as ‘chaos.’ His views were echoed in different terms by many others.”Mr Parr added: “I meet a lot of impressive police officers who knock the socks off me with potential and talent. I remain to be convinced that the best most talented officers get the top jobs.”The report added that policing looked “uncomfortably parochial” at the top, and “localism in the selection of chief officers has in some instances turned into a deeply unhealthy parochialism that is not in the public interest.”The report recommended the Home Office reinstate a rule barring a deputy from becoming a chief constable unless they had spent at least two years in another force or organisation at a senior level. Temporary promotions should also be limited to no more than a year. He said some senior officers had been been “over-promoted” and made some “questionable” operational decisions as well as not faring well over force politics or in the press.A survey of senior officers below chief found almost a third (29 per cent) felt there was “bias in selection” and that this made them reluctant to bid for promotion as it was likely to be a “done deal.” “The most common factors included how well each potential candidate got on with their chief officers.”
Reports also for NFMU and E-Gov ProjectMinister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma met, on Wednesday, with Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine at his Office at Eve Leary to hand over the Final Reports of the Forensic Audits of the One Laptop per Family, E-Government Project, National Frequency Management Unit, Guyana Gold Board and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.The decision to have these documents handed over to the Police Commissioner for investigation was made by Cabinet.Present at Wednesday’s handing over were Minister Sharma, Mr. David Ramnarine – Acting Commissioner of Police and Mr. Sydney James – Assistant Commissioner of Police and Head of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRDB Forensic Audit Report now with PoliceJanuary 26, 2017In “Local News”SOCU launches probe into Guyana Energy AgencyOctober 26, 2017In “Crime”Top Cop confirms investigation launched into operations of NICIL …as police seize documentsDecember 31, 2015In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking: Soesdyke Post Office stormed, robbed by gunmenDecember 15, 2017In “Crime”Pensioner shot, robbed by motorcycle banditsOctober 9, 2018In “Crime”Bank accountant, taxi driver robbed by motorcycle bandit at ProvidenceJanuary 10, 2018In “Crime” A 27-year-old female accountant who resides on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) was robbed of an undisclosed sum of cash after leaving a city bank on Wednesday.Based on information received the robbery occurred at 13:00hrs in the vicinity of Mc Doom, EBD after the accountant cashed a cheque and was in a vehicle on her way home.While details remain sketchy, Inews was informed that the accountant stopped at a city store to purchase some personal items before heading up the East Bank where two men on a black CG motorcycle reportedly pulled up at the side of the vehicle she was in and pointed a gun in her direction demanding her envelope with cash.The men, upon receiving the undisclosed amount of cash, made their escape on the motorcycle, leaving the woman reportedly traumatized.
A Trinidad-based Guyanese may not be able to return to the neighbouring island in the foreseeable future as planned, as he found himself arraigned before the court of Magistrate Fabayo Azore on Wednesday morning, following an allegation of trafficking in narcotics.When he appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, Terry Miles pleaded not guilty to the offence which alleged that on September 18, 2017, he was in possession of 270 grams of cannabis for trafficking purposes.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne objected to bail on the grounds citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence, coupled with the penalty attached for the breach of the prohibited act.The thirty-nine-year-old unrepresented man was cut short when he attempted to explain his version of the events, however the court understands that he recently returned to Guyana and was temporarily residing at Rosignol (West Bank Berbice) during his time in the country. Miles indicated that he is currently unemployed and was expecting to return to Trinidad during the next month.Bail was refused and the case stands adjourned to October, 4, 2017; Miles remains on remand until then. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related40-year-old remanded for possession and trafficking of marijuanaAugust 13, 2013In “Crime”Linden woman remanded to prison for cocaine in boxAugust 9, 2013In “Crime”Recaptured Camp Street Prison escapee jailed for trafficking narcoticsOctober 26, 2017In “Court”
The World Bank has highlighted a decline for conducting business in Guyana. The report for World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking for 2018 showed that Guyana slipped two places – from 124 in 2017 to 126 for soon approaching 2018. Doing Business, measures regulations that affect various areas regarding the life of a business or in setting up new businesses. Some of the categories considered to determine ‘the ease of doing businesses were “starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, and trading across borders. The assessment uses various indicators to analyse economic outcomes and identify the appropriate reforms for business regulation.Under the category of registering property, Doing Business 2018 found that Guyana has made it easier to transfer property by decreasing the time to transfer a property by allocating higher resources in infrastructure and personnel. The assessment further found that Guyana made enforcing contracts easier by adopting a new code of civil procedures regulating time standards for key court events.Assessing how the country stacks up to its regional counterparts, Guyana was behind Jamaica, which ranked 70; followed by St Lucia, 91; Dominica, 98; and Trinidad and Tobago, 102. The Bahamas was ranked 119 while Belize placed just ahead of Guyana at 121. While, ranking much higher on the Human Development Index than Guyana, Doing Business contends, by way of its ranking, that tourist giant Barbados is a less favourble nation to conduct business than Guyana. Barbados’ ranking was 132 followed be fellow Caribbean island nation, St Kitts and Nevis at 134.The highest placed country for the 2018 rankings was New Zealand which was even with last year’s placement. Asian economic powerhouse Singapore ranked second while the United States came in sixth and the United Kingdom, seventh. The bottom three nations were Guyana’s western neighbour embroiled in economic turmoil, Venezuela; in addition to Eritrea and Somalia.Doing Business is a World Bank Group publication and this year’s report is the 15th in a series of annual reports that measures regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGrowth of manufacturing sector affected by 2017 tax measures- GMSA PresidentDecember 9, 2017In “Business”Guyana ranks poorly on Intl Business indexAugust 28, 2016In “Business”CDB warns Guyana about impact of political uncertainty on sectorMarch 17, 2019In “latest news”