What Reddit Can Tell Us About NBA Fan Bases

Subscribers were counted on Oct. 9. Subscribers to r/warriors are likely inflated because of a feature of Reddit’s mobile app.Source: Reddit CLEr/clevelandcavs36,85025,8610.70 Comments from flaired fans on r/nba DENr/denvernuggets10,39411,0071.06 The spikes on the charts often correlate with playoff runs, blockbuster trades or better-than-expected starts to a season. For example, the fever of Atlanta Hawks fandom peaked during their 60-win season in 2014-15, which culminated in an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. The spike on Minnesota’s chart lines up with the summer the Timberwolves traded for Jimmy Butler. Meanwhile, Sacramento Kings fans were most active during the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, when the team jumped out to a 9-5 record (they finished 29-53).To understand the landscape of fandom on /r/nba, it’s worth examining in detail the comment activity for fans of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans.76ersNo team has had a more linear increase in comment activity over the past seven years than the Philadelphia 76ers. Sixers fans have grown more active on /r/nba each year, in part because their team has gotten incrementally better each year. PHOr/suns14,30213,8720.97 PHIr/sixers44,36832,8240.74 NOPr/NOLAPelicans6,5958,1311.23 TORr/torontoraptors52,28958,9351.13 The most-upvoted post of all time on /r/nba is the announcement that LeBron would sign with the Lakers. Ever since then, the L.A. fan base, which is one of the largest on /r/nba, has been more active than usual. Meanwhile, comment activity among Cleveland fans is the lowest it’s been since the first post-LeBron era.PelicansThe New Orleans Pelicans exist in one of the smallest media markets in the NBA. Their team-specific subreddit, /r/NOLAPelicans, has the second fewest subscribers among all 30 teams (/r/memphisgrizzlies has the fewest). And yet, their fan base is in the middle of one of its most active periods. For every subscriber to /r/NOLAPelicans, Pelicans’ fans made more than 1.2 comments on /r/nba in the month of October, the highest mark of any fan base. UTAr/UtahJazz16,15717,7891.10 ATLr/AtlantaHawks12,1108,1310.67 MILr/MkeBucks20,86917,4300.84 BRKr/GoNets9,4499,4301.00 INDr/pacers9,3587,1020.76 OKCr/Thunder23,64624,8981.05 The NBA’s most talkative fansNumber of subscribers to team subreddits and comments made by users with that team’s flair on r/nba, October 2018 CHIr/chicagobulls41,93521,2480.51 ORLr/OrlandoMagic10,1866,7990.67 CHAr/CharlotteHornets7,9188,4021.06 LALr/lakers84,13782,1270.98 DETr/DetroitPistons10,69510,0720.94 NYKr/NYKnicks35,48224,2940.68 MINr/timberwolves21,57818,5440.86 DALr/Mavericks19,26417,8580.93 SACr/kings12,84612,8361.00 SASr/NBASpurs25,67327,1271.06 If Anthony Davis decides to stay in New Orleans beyond his current contract, it’s likely to be in part because of the small but passionate fan base that supports him.It’s worth pointing out that Golden State Warriors fans rank dead last in comments per subscriber. But this is probably misleading because of the inflated subscriber count of /r/warriors. During the summer of 2017, those who downloaded Reddit’s mobile app were subscribed to the Warriors subreddit by default if they selected the NBA as a category they were interested in. This resulted in a spike in subscribers to /r/warriors and created a gap between them and the rest of the league.Check out our latest NBA predictions. PORr/ripcity15,95517,1391.07 GSWr/warriors113,33148,3150.43 teamsubredditSubscribersTotalPer subscriber MEMr/memphisgrizzlies5,5204,8380.88 HOUr/rockets35,09023,2370.66 LACr/LAClippers10,4188,2500.79 MIAr/heat15,17016,9331.12 But the 76ers also have two players on their roster who are a lightning rod for discussion on /r/nba. Hardly a day goes by without a post on the latest Joel Embiid sound bite or Markelle Fultz lowlight (when he’s not injured or involved in trade rumors). So long as those two players are on the team, Philly fans will have plenty to talk about.Because the data is available only through Oct. 31, 2018, the chart does not capture the reaction to Philadelphia’s trade for Butler earlier this month. But given that the replays of Butler’s game winners against Charlotte and Brooklyn are two of the most-upvoted, or highest-rated, posts of the season thus far on r/nba, 76ers fans are likely just warming up.Cavs and LakersWhen LeBron James returned to Cleveland in the summer of 2014, Cavaliers fans instantly became more active on /r/nba. With their teammate squabbles, midseason trades and postseason heroics, the Cavaliers were a constant topic of conversation from 2014 to 2018 — and never more so than during their championship run in 2016.But when James left to join the Lakers this offseason, he took the conversation with him. We charted the comment activity for fans of the Lakers and Cavaliers together, without indexing the shares so that we could make a cross-team comparison. read more

Womens basketball Team depth the theme of 2016 media day

The Ohio State women’s basketball team held its annual media day on Thursday, and the main source of excitement for this year’s team was clear.“More bodies, for sure,” junior guard Asia Doss said with a laugh. “Way more depth with the team.”The Buckeyes will indeed bring in an influx of talent this season. True freshmen Jensen Caretti, Kiara Lewis and Tori McCoy, who all ranked in the top-31 in their class according to ESPN, will join transfers Stephanie Mavunga (previously at North Carolina), Sierra Calhoun (Duke) and Linnae Harper (Kentucky) for their first season as Buckeyes in 2016-17.Coach Kevin McGuff hasn’t sorted through lineups or playing times yet, but he said that he enjoys what having depth does for his team.“With the amount of people that we have right now, it’s a great environment,” McGuff said. “The competition seems to be bringing out the best in each other.”OSU faced several depth issues during the 2015-16 season, including low-post play. The Buckeyes’ lack of inside depth hurt the team in its Sweet 16 loss to Tennessee, where Lady Volunteers’ center Mercedes Russell scored a game-high 25 points.While the additions of McCoy and Mavunga should help the team’s inside presence, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was not shy about holding the entire team accountable for the Sweet 16 loss.“I think that the preparation has to be different,” Mitchell said. “I’m not going to say that we didn’t prepare, individually or as a group, but I would say that Tennessee prepared far more than we did, along with everybody else that was able to make it to the Final Four.“This year, we’re going in with a different mindset as far as our preparation,” Mitchell said. “I think this year, now that we are maturing, the small stuff will be important for us.”Improvement on the defensive side of the ball was also a talking point on media day. Several OSU players mentioned offseason efforts to improve that area of the game.“This year, we have a lot more player-to-player coaching, because a coach can’t see everything, so I feel like we are on each other to make each other better,” Doss said. “In practice, we’re doing defensive drills, we’re making sure everyone is talking, everyone is paying attention, participating and in the right spot.”The Buckeyes may be looking to change certain aspects of their identity, but McGuff said that his team will still look to run the floor.With a roster made up almost entirely of McGuff’s recruits, the coach said that he believes this set of players fits his fast-paced mindset better than in years passed.“I was really fortunate to inherit great kids … but they all didn’t quite fit what we wanted to play,” McGuff said. “We’ve done a good job of adding people who fit our style of play.”McGuff, along with several of his players, believe that this could be a special year for the Buckeyes.“I’m optimistic that we could have a terrific season,” McGuff said. “We have a lot of work to do, like everyone, but it’s been a great start so far.”OSU will take on Ashland University in an exhibition game on Nov. 6, before officially opening the 2016-17 regular season against Duquesne on Nov. 11.

Receiver aims for early playing time at Ohio State

Bradley Roby might have been one of the last recruits to commit to Ohio State, but don’t expect him to be overlooked again anytime soon. The three-star athlete was ranked as the 43rd best cornerback prospect by Scouts.com and originally committed to Vanderbilt in July of 2009. But after an impressive senior season, scouts began to take notice of the wide receiver/cornerback prospect from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Ga. “He originally committed to Vanderbilt as a diamond in the rough and then blew up at the end of the year,” said Jared Kamrass, a contributor to Scout.com.Roby piled up impressive statistics in his senior season at Peachtree Ridge as he played on both sides of the ball. On offense, Roby caught 29 passes for 536 yards and recorded 42 tackles and six interceptions on defense. The 6-foot tall prospect has also been timed at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash.   “He could play as a wide receiver at Ohio State, but I like him better as a cornerback,” said Bill Greene, the Ohio recruiting analyst at Scout.com. “He’s that type of long, quick athlete.”Kevin Noon, managing editor for BuckeyeGrove.com, agrees that Roby will eventually play cornerback.“I definitely think he will be a defensive back out of need,” Noon said. “He has good hips and he should be able to really acquaint very well to that position. There is more of a need for him in the defensive backfield just because there is a lot of wide receivers that they have especially around his size.”Most scouts agree that Roby is athletically gifted to play at the next level, but all of them conclude that he is more than just a football player. “There is no doubt he fits athletically at Ohio State,” Greene said. “What I like about him the best is that he is such a quality kid. He is very special in terms of his work ethic and his integrity.” Roby had a 3.86 grade point average in high school, was a member of the DECA club, and was a four-time scholar athlete. The scouting process didn’t go quite as planned for Roby. He originally wanted to go to Ohio State, but didn’t receive any offers. The Buckeyes originally decided to go on a different path. “Ohio State didn’t offer him until late,” Greene said. They chased Lamarcus Joyner out of Florida and Josh Shaw out of California.” After both prospects chose other colleges, the Buckeyes decided to offer Roby a scholarship. This would have been ideal for Roby, but he had already verbally committed to Vanderbilt, placing him in a difficult situation. It is quite common for a high school prospect to initially commit to a smaller school but then rapidly switch commitments if a football powerhouse such as Ohio State comes calling, Greene said. “Roby wanted to be at Ohio State, but he felt that he had given his word to Vanderbilt. He really struggled with that.”Roby told Greene in an interview after he signed with Ohio State that it “hurt him to do that to the Vanderbilt staff.”The cornerback prospect wouldn’t even talk to any reporters about his commitment to OSU until he had a chance to speak to the position coach and head coach at Vanderbilt. Ohio State recruiting experts believe that Roby will surely spend his first year on the sidelines for the Buckeyes.“He’ll probably redshirt as a freshman to get some weight on, get the whole college experience and coaching under his belt,” Kamrass said. Kamrass has very lofty expectations for Roby. He compared him to a recent Super Bowl-winning cornerback who wore scarlet and gray. “The best analogy for him right now is Malcolm Jenkins, who was another guy that was unheralded coming in,” Kamrass said. “But Jenkins was able to put on some weight, learned from some good coaching and obviously became an All-American and a first round draft pick.”Roby could be a difference-maker to take the field for the Buckeyes for years to come. Greene has one simple conclusion to define why the new Buckeye prospect will shine throughout his career at OSU.“I think he is just such a quality individual, and that’s usually the difference when people succeed or fail at the college level,” Greene said. “Someone who gets it from a work ethic standpoint and an intelligent standpoint. That is where Bradley Roby will set himself apart from other players.”

Ohio State football freshman contributing in big way

Ohio State football fans are still talking about the game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Braxton Miller to fellow freshman Devin Smith that led the Buckeyes past Wisconsin last Saturday night. While that late-game connection got most of the postgame attention, two other freshmen Buckeyes also combined to produce an equally important play earlier in the game. Early in the third quarter, with OSU coming off a touchdown drive to take a 10-7 lead, the defense forced the Badgers to punt after a three-and-out. Freshman linebacker Ryan Shazier came free off the edge and blocked the kick as fellow freshman linebacker Curtis Grant recovered the ball at the Wisconsin one-yard line, setting up another Buckeye touchdown. It was a momentum-changing play, and several true freshmen are getting plenty of opportunities to make them this season. Miller, Smith, Shazier and Grant are among 10 true freshmen listed on this week’s two-deep depth chart. In his weekly Tuesday press conference, first-year coach Luke Fickell shared his philosophy on playing true freshmen. “I think those guys, hey, if you can play, we’ve got to find a way to get guys on the field,” Fickell said. “Too often guys are sitting there on the sideline and halfway through the season you’d say, ‘Wow, I think he could have been better if we would have just played him early.’” Fickell went on to share an anecdote from his OSU playing days about former Buckeye cornerback Shawn Springs dominating in practice as a redshirt freshman and how the coaches may have regretted not playing him sooner. “So the ability to get those guys on the field as soon as possible, as early as possible, whether it’s just special teams, getting them reps on defense or offense during practice, I think is huge,” Fickell said. Now halfway through the season, Fickell doesn’t view his first-year contributors as freshmen anymore. “It comes down to how you perform in November,” he said. “And hopefully by Nov. 1, they’re not freshmen anymore. When they walk out on the field today, I’m not going to accept them making freshman mistakes. They’ve been here long enough.” Shazier, who is Miller’s roommate, said he is really happy with the role he has had on the team this far. “My goal was to come in and play, but it was really just to come in and help the team and just do whatever I could do to help provide the team with whatever they needed,” Shazier said. “… I feel that the coaches really trust me now on the field more.” Running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, a redshirt senior who is consistently viewed as one of the leaders in the locker room, said it’s great to see the younger players contributing. “You always want to see younger players stepping up and making plays,” Herron said. “Whenever you’ve got a younger player making plays, it’s good for the older guys, it takes a little bit off the older guys so they won’t have to do so much.” The Buckeye freshmen will look to continue making impact plays at noon Saturday when Indiana comes to Columbus.

Road trip a turning point for Ohio State womens soccer

Junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) watches her teammates during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefAs the Ohio State women’s soccer team prepares for this weekend’s matches at Minnesota and Wisconsin, coach Lori Walker said her team is at critical point in the season.“Every team has a turning point, and for us this is (going to) be a fork in the road … we’ve got to decide who we’re (going to) be from here out,” Walker said.The Buckeyes (7-2-2, 1-1-1) fell to Purdue Sunday 1-0, giving up the match’s lone goal in the opening minute.Despite being shut out, junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said she saw some positives for the Buckeyes moving forward.“We got (to the) end line a lot, we attacked and earned a lot of corners, but we didn’t finish any of the corners,” Gruber said. “But we got our chances, and they’ll come.”Walker said she wants to see more out of her team in terms of leadership and emotion.“We need to make sure we are checking our leadership and finding a bit more heart, because (Sunday) we played down to a level that I haven’t seen us play in many years,” Walker said.First up for the Buckeyes on their road trip is a match against Minnesota, scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. Heading into the match, the Golden Gophers are 8-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play, and are coming off a win in the road against then-No. 13 Michigan Sunday. Junior midfielder Katie Thyken leads Minnesota offensively, with five goals and one assist on the season.After the Buckeyes split their matches last week, they are now tied for fourth in Big Ten play with Michigan and Illinois. So far in conference play, OSU has yet to outplay their opponent for an entire match, senior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman said.“We still need to play 90 minutes of good soccer,” Middleman said after the Buckeyes 3-1 win over Indiana Sept. 26.The road trip continues in Madison, Wis., as the Buckeyes take on No. 18 Wisconsin (7-1-2, 2-0-1) Sunday afternoon. Defense will be key as OSU tries to slow down a Wisconsin attack that is averaging 2.6 goals per game.“We are (going to) work on defensive communication, so we know where everyone is at a time and who needs to mark,” sophomore goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said.The match against Wisconsin is scheduled to kick off Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Mens basketball 2018 fourstar forward Jaedon LeDee commits to Ohio State

The Ohio State men’s basketball team gained its first active commit to its 2018 recruiting class from four-star forward Jaedon LeDee from The Kinkaid School in Houston, Tuesday. LeDee is the fifth person to verbally commit to the Buckeyes, but is the only active prospect in the class as the other four players have since decommitted. This is the first player in the 2018 class to commit after receiving an offer from coach Chris Holtmann.LeDee is regarded as the 115th-best player in the class, 31st-best at small forward and eighth-best in Texas, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward chose the Buckeyes over offers from Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA among others.LeDee received his offer from the Buckeyes on July 9, 2017, the second offer Ohio State extended him after Thad Matta offered one on April 12, 2016. LeDee paid the Buckeyes an official visit on Sept. 9.

Football Turning around Ohio States turnover struggles

Ohio State then-junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) quiets opposing fans after an interception in the first half during the Buckeyes game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15, 2016. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThrough nine games in 2017, Ohio State has forced 13 turnovers.It took five games to reach that milestone last season. Through nine games in 2016, the Buckeyes had forced 14 interceptions alone. They had 18 turnovers total.Ohio State’s offense was more inconsistent last season, but the ability for the Buckeyes’ defense to regularly force turnovers often aided the offense as is scored seven touchdowns and consistently gave the offense opportune field position. Forcing turnovers effectively became part of the team’s offense. This season, it has disappeared. “You know last year, the big thing was, you know, we put an emphasis on that in practice,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said Tuesday. “We probably have a period or so where we focus on taking the ball away multiple times. We’ve done the same thing this year, it just hasn’t happened.”There was expected to be some drop-off in the number of turnovers Ohio State forced heading into the year. The Buckeyes finished 2016 tied for the 10th-most turnovers in college football with 27, and they lost 15 of those to the NFL draft with safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley being selected in the first round.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said while losing the three key playmakers on defense hurt, he still has faith in the Buckeyes to be able to turn it around and force more turnovers again. “I don’t think it’s that simple, but I think that’s part of it when you’re talking about three first-round picks,” Schiano said. “But I’m confident we will start to get them. I really am. We’re just not getting them.”The coaching staff has noticed the inability to force turnovers this season, Schiano said. The Buckeyes have continued to practice different methods to increase their takeaways through practice, but nine games in, the results have not yet shown up on the field.“I definitely was concerned, not only before the Iowa game, but as the season had progressed, we weren’t getting them the way that I expected and that we expected as a defense,” Schiano said. “We talked about it last week and we actually made a huge emphasis and got more in practice than we got at any point this season.”Practicing turnovers is not exactly something that is easy to do. Players can practice techniques to force fumbles, learn how to get better reads on quarterbacks, but a degree of error on the other side of the ball is required.After watching the Buckeyes rack up turnovers last season, Worley said opposing offenses this season have gone into games against Ohio State focused on being overprotective of the football. Worley said ball carriers are holding on tighter to the ball and shielding it better, quarterbacks are quicker to release the ball and less likely to throw it in the direction of a looming safety.There is only so much the players can do to force turnovers, Worley said, so it has not become as much of a focus for the team this season. “Honestly, we can’t focus on that,” Worley said. “Because if we start trying to put an emphasis on taking the ball away in a game, you’re not going to get any takeaways. The only thing you’re going to get is missed tackles. So we’ve got to just focus on doing the little things and everything’s going to come.”Worley might say it is only a matter of time until the Buckeyes start forcing turnovers, but the team could start to need them sooner rather than later. With a matchup against No. 12 Michigan State at noon Saturday that could decide the Big Ten East, Ohio State needs as much to go its way as possible to keep its conference championship hopes alive. The Buckeyes will not all of a sudden become the ballhawks they were last season. But Schiano said the team will keep practicing different techniques to turn its fortunes around in that area and perhaps the Buckeyes can at least put themselves in better positions to force more turnovers.“It’s kind of like a batting streak,” Schiano said. “I’ve been doing this a long time and you go through streaks where you’re just getting them and bushels and then sometimes you’re in a lull. We’re doing a lot of the same emphasis drills and a lot of the same emphasis things on video, as much if not more. It’s just not adding up right now. But we keep going, it will come.”

Football Chris Olave impressing behind Ohio State veteran receiving core

Ohio State freshman wide receiver Chris Olave (17) catches the ball in the second quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe veterans have been the main focus of Ohio State’s wide receivers this season.With six returning receivers with fewer than two years of eligibility remaining, the core from 2017 appeared to be taking the vast majority of plays once again.After the injury to junior wide receiver Austin Mack, Chris Olave had his opportunity.“Early on I was kind of trying to make an impact on special teams,” Olave said. “With Mack going out, just stepped into that role, and it’s definitely an honor to be here and play.”The freshman wide receiver has stepped into that role, and head coach Urban Meyer has taken notice.“Boy, he’s going to be good, he’s way ahead of schedule,” Meyer said. “He’s going to be a fine player.”Olave was a three-star recruit according to 247Sports Composite Rankings after transferring to Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California, which cost him his entire junior season.The freshman said his recruitment to Ohio State came only because the Buckeyes were interested in his high-school quarterback, four-star prospect Jack Tuttle.“Coach Day was coming to see my quarterback,” Olave said. “My head coach and my quarterback told them about me, and then he waited till my mid-season [highlights] came out, and then he finally pulled the trigger.”Interim wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has been impressed with what he has seen from Olave even before he stepped on the field for the Buckeyes.“He told me he watched my film and he asked the coaches if they offered me yet and they said no, and then he’s like ‘What are you thinking?,’ so when I got here he kind of took me under his wing,” Olave said. “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve had, he’s teaching me things like on the field and off the field, so he’s kind of a person to look up to.”Olave earned two catches for 41 yards against Michigan State on Saturday — one catch for 16 and one for 25 yards — doubling his reception total on the season.The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but for a team that returned its entire receiving core, Olave said getting this opportunity so early was something he never expected.“Coming into Ohio State I knew all the receivers were coming back, so I just wanted to come in, get better, compete, try to get on the field special teams or something,” Olave said. And being ahead of schedule, Olave added he, “just came in, tried to learn the plays and everything, try to get everything down, and just work hard every day trying to earn a spot.”Though he hasn’t caught more than two passes in a game this season, Olave is starting to earn that spot he has worked for all campaign.Olave has at least three more games this season to prove himself as the guy after the veteran group ahead of them is gone. One of those veteran wide receivers, redshirt senior Parris Campbell, has seen what Olave can do.“He’s just showed resilience, and made a huge third-down conversion for us,” Campbell said. “When his number’s called he’s just made the play, so he’s just shown resilience.”There will be a lot of question marks next season for Ohio State’s offense, and the depleted wide receiver room will be one of the main areas of focus.Of all the uncertainties that the Buckeyes will have, Campbell knows Olave isn’t one of them.“I knew since day one when Chris stepped on the field he’d be a great player here,” Campbell said. “He’s going to continue to develop, and I think you guys are going to be really interested in seeing that kid grow.”

Police called to parent protest outside school after 50 children sent home

first_imgWilliam King, 11, was sent home for wearing black trainers because of joint pain that he has suffered with after having a hip replacement following a car accident last year.His mother, Sharon, referred to the strict new order at the school as ‘The Tate Regime’ and claimed the new headmaster was “trying to make a statement”.She said: “Mr Tate said he’d rather William was in pain and wearing school shoes than wearing trainers in front of other parents, but then afterwards said to me that my kids would be okay in trainers.“Now he’s lost respect before he’s even started – it’s his first day, and he’s backed himself into a corner and done the damage.”Mrs King, 41, who has complained to Ofsted, added: “The issue isn’t the uniform, because I totally agree with it. The problem is that he handled it like a Gestapo.”One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think this has been handled badly especially the head teacher being so strict with the children.”But head teacher Matthew Tate, who has just started at the school, claims to have warned parents of the rules before the summer holidays.He said: “We wrote to parents to say we would be ensuring our uniform policy is adhered to and that if children were not in perfect uniform today they would be sent home.”The majority of our parents are pleased with that.”They feel the school needs to be better for their children and I’ve had several parents tell me how pleased they are that they can see that actually we want to be different.”We want to be a school that they can be proud of sending their children to.”There is a minority of parents who are not happy with that and I understand it has inconvenienced some.”A few have lost their temper.”The parents who have been here protesting for two hours when they could have popped home and got things sorted.”The Academy’s on site police community support officer called in colleagues to help resolve the conflict.Mr Tate added: “The police were passing by and dropped in to help us encourage parents to go home and get the uniform sorted.”Mr Tate said 20 of the children sent home had returned to school after getting the uniform correct.A police spokesman said: “At 11.03am police received a report of a disturbance at an educational establishment in George V Avenue, Margate.“Officers attended and no offences have been disclosed.” 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. Police were forced to intervene today as parents protested outside a school after 50 children were sent home for wearing the wrong uniform.Officers were called to Hartsdown Academy, in Margate, Kent, at 11am this morning, as parents voiced their anger after pupils were turned away from lessons.Year 7 pupils, arriving for their first day at school, were reportedly among those who were sent home, with teachers citing frills on socks, white sock and Velcro shoes among breaches in uniform policy.Angry parents campaigned for two hours outside the academy before police were called to defuse tensions. Police were called after parents protested Police were called after parents protestedCredit:KMG/SWNS.comlast_img

Wrinkles could be a thing of the past as scientists find way

first_img Show more Lack of adipocytes is one of the main reasons why permanent wrinkles become etched on the faces of older people.Laboratory studies showed how hair follicles held the key to keeping healing skin scar-free and smooth by releasing a vital signalling molecule, called Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP).BMP was found to instruct scar-forming cells commonly found in healing wounds, myofibroblasts, to transform themselves into adipocytes.Lead scientist Professor George Cotsarelis, from the University of Pennsylvania in the US, said: “Essentially, we can manipulate wound healing so that it leads to skin regeneration rather than scarring.”Typically, myofibroblasts were thought to be incapable of becoming a different type of cell.”But our work shows we have the ability to influence these cells, and that they can be efficiently and stably converted into adipocytes.”Tests of the process were conducted in both mouse and human scar-forming tissue grown in the laboratory.Although the research focused on scarring, the discovery reported in the journal Science has much wider implications, said Prof Cotsarelis.Adipocyte loss was a common complication of certain medical conditions such as HIV infection and a natural part of ageing, he pointed out.Prof Cotsarelis added: “Our findings can potentially move us toward a new strategy to regenerate adipocytes in wrinkled skin, which could lead us to brand new anti-ageing treatments.” Essentially, we can manipulate wound healing so that it leads to skin regeneration rather than scarringProfessor George Cotsarelis, University of Pennsylvania Wrinkles could be a thing of the past as scientists find a way to regenerate fatty cells which keep the skin looking youthful.Scientist say the ground-breaking new discovery could not only lead to spectacular anti-ageing treatments, it may also pave the way to scar-free healing of wounds.Fat cells called adipocytes are normally found in skin but are lost when scars form and as a result of ageing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Patients who cant speak English are given double the appointment time GPs admit

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the RCGP, said: “GPs will always strive to deliver the best possible care to all of our patients, regardless of their nationality or ability to speak English.”In some cases this will involve organising a translator, either to sit in on the consultation or speak to the patient via phone, so inevitably this will take longer than the standard 10-minute consultation, and rely on the availability of translators. The number of face-to-face GP consultations rose by 6.38 per cent but the greatest increase was telephone consultations which have nearly doubled in the last seven years.  There is also currently a national deficit of qualified family doctors, and while the NHS earmarked £500,000 to recruit 5,000 extra GPs by 2020, data shows little progress is being made. Leading doctors have warned that general practice is now nearing ‘saturation point.’In March Oxfordshire became the first area to scrap patients’ rights to a same-day doctor’s appointment for urgent patients under new plans to cope with the shortage of GPs.Since 2008, the English population has increased by nearly six per cent – soaring from 51.4 million in 2008 to 54.3 million in 2014. A rise largely fuelled by immigration, the ONS estimating net migration will run at 198,000 a year over next 25 years. The Conservative party as pledged to reduce net migration to 100,000 if elected next month. “GP practices that serve a population where a lot of patients might not speak English as their first language will take the need for longer appointments and translators into account when planning their services.”Figures released last year showed that on average, practices across England are seeing an extra 80 patients a week, due to immigration and the ageing population.The study by the University of Oxford based on analysis of more than 100 million GP and nurse sessions at 398 general practices in England, found the number of weekly consultations per practice had risen from 902 in 2007 to 984 in 2014.In the last seven years, workloads in general practice have increased by 16 per cent, with some practices now approaching 200 consultations a day. The Conservative Party has pledged to cut net immigration to 100,000 a year  The Conservative Party has pledged to cut net immigration to 100,000 a year  Patients who cannot speak English are given double the appointment time at the GP because it takes so long to translate, doctors have admitted.In recent years GPs’ surgeries have struggled to keep up with soaring patient numbers, fuelled by immigration, which has seen an extra two million National Insurance registrations since 2011.Many GP lists are now ‘closed’ and patients complain that they cannot get appointments because of the influx.Beth Barrett, at GP at Shires Healthcare, Shirebrook, Derbyshire, told Radio 4 Today’s programme that the problem was being exacerbated because many non-English speakers needed double appointments so that translation phone lines could be used.“Do we favour them? Certainly if they need translation lines then they take longer,” she said.“I know that staff, if someone comes in wanting an appointment with very very little English they’ll give them a double appointment, because if they don’t, it’s going to take that time anyway.”The Royal College of GPs also said that it was ‘inevitable’ that appointments would take longer for people who needed translation services.last_img

Hotel owner hits out at YouTube vloggers who flooded his business with

first_img“Keep the hateful comments and reviews coming and, you never know, it could be you who is featured in the book.”Thank you bloggers, I really appreciate this.”PS. You’re still barred.”In a statement posted on Snapchat, he told his followers the controversy “puts into question the authenticity of influencer marketing,” because “She would have spoken nicely about the hotel only because she was getting it for free.” Another woman posted a public one star review, and said: “Applauding [sic] what you have put the young girl through. Never will I stay at your to [sic] for anyone hotel.”Some of the abuse was sent to his personal Facebook page. One woman wrote: “Your [sic] disgusting. You should be ashamed. You’ll be lucky to get anybody staying in your hotels after this stupid pathetic publicity stunt. Stupid idiotic c—.”Mr Stenson seemed unfazed by the negative reviews, writing: “I’d just like to say a huge thanks to all the bloggers for their hard work over the past two days. Her furious followers, and fellow bloggers, started sending abuse to the hotel’s Facebook page and leaving it negative reviews online. One blogger wrote: “The blogging community is a force to be reckoned with, if you pick on one of us you pick on all of us.”Another advised her followers to never stay in that hotel, calling the owner a “troll”. The petulant, infantile outrage all over Twitter by the self righteous ‘food bloggers’ directed at the clever peeps at @whitemoosecafe today is not just breathtaking, but enormously funny. They’re just so confused. 😄— 🥁Mike Ellis🥁 (@drum_puppy) January 17, 2018 “The waiters who serve you breakfast? The receptionist who checks you in? Who is going to pay for the light and heat you use during your stay? Can we please have a round of applause for this girl who applauds what we’ve done. pic.twitter.com/lOqvHV4xbU— White Moose Cafe (@whitemoosecafe) January 17, 2018 “The publicity you’ve given us is absolutely priceless. But don’t worry bloggers, your work won’t going unnoticed. It will be featured in my book ‘How To Get Worldwide Publicity Without Spending A Cent’. A Dublin hotel has hit out after being flooded with one star reviews and abusive comments by YouTube ‘vloggers’ after refusing to give a ‘social media influencer’ a free stay.After an online row, the exasperated owner Paul Stenson said all bloggers are now banned from the venue.The White Moose Cafe posted an anonymised email from a 22-year-old who has over 80,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. In it, she asked for a free stay for her and her boyfriend in exchange for posts about the hotel on her social media channels.Refusing the offer, Mr Stenson wrote on Facebook: “Dear Social Influencer (I know your name but apparently it’s not important to use names),“Thank you for your email looking for free accommodation in return for exposure. It takes a lot of balls to send an email like that, if not much self-respect and dignity.“If I let you stay here in return for a feature in a video, who is going to pay the staff who look after you? Who is going to pay the housekeepers who clean your room? “I’m even thinking of dedicating a full chapter to you guys, including screenshots of some of your most entertaining public tweets, Facebook posts and negative reviews. It will be some chapter!Why can YouTubers get away with posting controversial content? He asked: “Maybe I should tell my staff they will be featured in your video in lieu of receiving payment for work carried out while you’re in residence?”He then said the answer was “no”.Outraged, Elle Darby, who has 87,000 YouTube subscribers and 76,000 Instagram followers, identified herself and posted a tearful video, telling her followers about the hotel’s treatment of her, calling the owner “malicious”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

British catwalk star Olympia Campbell Photographers blacklist models who refuse to date

first_imgFollowing the outcry over Richardson’s working methods Edie Campbell, 27, who has appeared in campaigns for brands including Burberry, Dior, Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, and was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in December 2013, wrote a heartfelt letter to the industry over the issue. 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. She stated: “We have a problem: We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations. This can be the ritual humiliation of models, belittling of assistants, power plays and screaming fits. We have come to see this as simply a part of the job.”Edie, the goddaughter of Conde Nast chairman Nicholas Coleridge, was discovered by Testino when she was aged 15.Viva London, which represents both the Campbell sisters, did not return a request for a comment on Olympia Campbell’’s claims.The agency, based in Shoreditch, east London, also failed to respond to questions about whether it still sends models to work with the same photographers it had warned them about, or whether it refuses to work with them. Olympia Campbell attends a VIP preview of the Dover Street Market in March 2016 in London Olympia Campbell attends a VIP preview of the Dover Street Market in March 2016 in LondonCredit:David M Benett/Getty Images Europe Mr Richardson later admitted to The Telegraph that his controversial working practices involve “interacting” with models in a sexually explicit way.That was followed by claims last month that fellow photographer Mario Testino, famous around the world for his pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales, sexually exploited at least 13 male models since the 1990s. Bruce Weber, another fashion photographer, was accused of similar claims stretching back to 1982.The claims, denied by Testino and Weber, led to both photographers being dropped by Condé Naste, the publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ. One of the brightest talents on the British catwalk has accused a number of fashion photographers of threatening to blacklist models who refuse to date them.Olympia Campbell says she has been warned by her own model agency, Viva London, about a number of photographers in the industry who are “renowned for trying to make a move on some of the girls”.And she said this kind of sexual harassment was putting some models’ careers at risk.Miss Campbell, whose sister Edie – also a model – wrote an open letter last year urging the industry to tackle the problem of sexual abuse, suggested some photographers were abusing their influence.In an interview in today’s Telegraph magazine the 22-year-old said: “There are definitely photographers – and I’ve been warned by my agency – that are renowned for trying to make a move on some of the girls.” But Miss Campbell, who has modelled for Balmain, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, went on to say: “If you don’t go you’re probably not going to get booked on the job again. That doesn’t matter so much for me because I’m doing other things, but I can’t imagine what it’s like for people who do really want the next job.”She voiced her fears at a time when the fashion industry is still reeling over revelations about the predatory and abusive behaviour of veteran photographer Terry Richardson, who was banned by Vogue magazine last October after disturbing allegations resurfaced that he had engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviour with young models during photo shoots. She said that while she had not been warned that a specific photographer was “dangerous”, but said she worried about the impact their approaches might have on young models.“I don’t know who they’ve made a move on, so I don’t know if those were appropriate moves to make,” she said. “It might be that this person’s very flirty, he’ll meet you for a casting and book you for a job and maybe ask you out for a drink.”last_img

Child sex crime accusations reach record high says charity

first_imgResearchers found one in 10 offences recorded was flagged as having an online element – up by more than half year-on-year.The overall increase in recorded child sexual offences was described as “dramatic” and “extremely concerning” by the NSPCC.It said possible reasons for the trend include improved recording methods, survivors feeling more confident in coming forward and the emergence of online groomers as a “significant problem”.Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive, said: “This dramatic rise is extremely concerning and shows just how extensive child sexual abuse is. The number of alleged child sexual crimes reported to police has reached a record high, a leading charity has warned.Forces in the UK recorded 64,667 sexual offences allegedly perpetrated against victims aged under 18 in 2016/17, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.This was a rise of 15% compared with the previous year, and equates to an average of 177 a day.The NSPCC said recorded offences included rape, sexual assault and grooming.In nearly 14,000 cases the alleged victim was aged 10 or under, with 2,788 allegedly perpetrated against children aged four or under. NSPCC said rise was “barbaric”Credit:PA NSPCC said rise was "barbaric" “These abhorrent crimes can shatter a child’s life, leaving them to feel humiliated, depressed or even suicidal.”That is why it is crucial every single child who has endured abuse and needs support must get timely, thorough help so they can learn to rebuild their lives. 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. “These new figures suggest the police are making real progress in how they investigate sex offences against children.”To help them tackle the issue going forward, we must ensure the police are equipped to work with other agencies and provide ongoing support and training to officers on the front line.”The charity compiled the data after submitting freedom of information requests to forces in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.last_img

My husbands devastating dementia has made him believe every day is Christmas

The former Telegraph journalist, 64, has developed frontotemporal dementia (FTD), an unusual form of dementia which affects the parts of brain responsible for behaviour, language, problem-solving and emotion. It sounds like a nightmare – but it is a daily reality for Christopher Middleton, who believes it’s Christmas every day. It occurs when nerve cells in the frontal or… Imagine waking up on Christmas morning panicking because you’ve forgotten to buy any presents and have no idea how to feed all those people coming for lunch. FTD only accounts for around one in 20 cases of the 850,000 people who have dementia in the UK, although it is one of the leading causes of the condition in under 65s.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––

Council suspends all hedge trimming as villagers protest work has killed or

“As such, Cllr Ashbee and I have called for an internal review into the hedge maintenance work carried out at the Winter Gardens on Tuesday 4 June. Although Kent Police have confirmed they found no evidence of any disturbance or damage to nesting birds and therefore concluded that no offences have been committed, we are keen to understand the council’s approach to this work, with a view to continuous improvement.“I can also confirm that there will be no further tree or hedge maintenance work carried out by the council until 1 October. The only exception would be if there are any urgent health and safety concerns identified by our health and safety compliance officer, or if we are served notice by Kent County Council under the Highways Act.” 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 council leader responded to the hedge cutting at Margate Winter Gardens in Kent, by calling for an internal review and cancelling all hedge maintenance until October 1.The RSPB advises the public not to cut or prune hedges and bushes between March and August due to the likelihood of birds nesting in hedgerows.Councillor Bob Bayford, Leader of Thanet District Council said: “I want to reassure residents that Thanet District Council is committed to safeguarding our coastline and countryside. Our priority should always be to preserve and enhance Thanet’s biodiversity and natural environment. Disturbed nest in hedgerow, utterly destroyed – illegally – during nesting season, by order of Thanet District Council & enacted by incompetent officers & incompetent contractors – legal action must follow & contract must be rescinded immediately #TDCincompetence pic.twitter.com/KvCx4uAU5g— Matthew Shoul (@matthew_shoul) June 5, 2019 A Kent council has suspended all hedge trimming and launched an investigation after metres of hedgerow were decimated, with residents claiming bird nests were disturbed and animals killed.The local campaign group, Thanet Trees, has posted pictures of what it claims are disturbed hedges from the nest site.It is against the law to knowingly disturb an active nest or otherwise harm wildlife. More than 150 campaigners gathered to protest the hedge cutting, which saw gardeners hack back the huge hedge almost down to the roots.Amelia Gregory, from the Thanet Trees campaign group, said: “It was a disastrous decision to flail these bushes with a completely inappropriate industrial machine, without due checks for nesting birds.”They’ve lain waste to elderly ornamental hedging that may never recover, and leaving a huge bird population homeless.”

Dying Army veteran facing final years of total hell as trial over

But with his health failing, Mr Hutchings, a 78-year-old Army veteran, is also facing trial for attempted murder over the death of a man shot during the Troubles 45 years ago. Mr Hutchings, a former staff sergeant in the Life Guards Regiment, is now facing the prospect of a trial held in Northern Ireland, interrupted every two days for him to attend hospital to be hooked up to a dialysis machine.  Dennis Hutchings is dying; his heart is failing and now his kidneys have packed up. Since last week, he has been on kidney dialysis, travelling an hour to hospital to spend the next five hours having his blood cleaned, wired up to a machine that is keeping him alive. Just. The disclosure that a former…

Edinburgh Festival Fringes most successful act A dead hang challenge

One of the “dead hang challenges” making money in EdinburghCredit: Max Olesker / i newspaper 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. It has an international arts festival, a book festival, and a world-famous Fringe encompassing some 1,200 shows to suit all tastes. But staking a claim to being Edinburgh’s most successful act this year? A fairground-style chin up bar charging macho men and drunken festival-goers to hang off it for two minutes.Street performers outside the main festival venues are making more money than the up-and-coming comedians, it is said, after setting up rival free-standing metal bars and challenging passersby to hold on. The most successful charges contenders £10 a try, with a £100 prize if they manage to stay on for two full minutes. Pawel and Mikolaj Ratowski, the cousins behind it, told the i newspaper they see 120- 150 people attempt it on an August day, with only one or two – usually ”mechanics, builders, farmers” – managing it. Rival Martin Lipiecki, who runs a similar “Tarzan Challenge” with a target of 100 seconds, told the Telegraph the amount of money made depends somewhat on the time of day.  One of the "dead hang challenges" making money in Edinburgh John Brewer, Professor of Applied Sports Science at Buckinghamshire New University, said: “I suspect it is something about the biomechanics of the bar that makes it difficult for people to grip on. “It shouldn’t be too hard for someone with strong shoulders and core to hang on for two minutes, which suggests that all the effort is somehow being shifted into the hands, which makes it harder.“I recently did an endurance competition using a similar hanging exercise with rings and plenty of people could do it for two minutes and longer.”A version of the two minute dead-hang challenge is a familiar sight at fairs and is often considered a scam, with some using a rotating or thick bar to make it harder for people to grip. “When people are sober, there are more winners,” he said. “When people are drinking, still they can do it but less.”One festival producer said a performer would need to sell out a 250-seat venue to make a £1,000 profit: the same as the chin-up bar businessmen can make on a successful day. 

Over 300M owed by MCC accumulated from 20152016 cleanup campaigns –

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGarbage woes: Central Govt’s over $475M bailout to see Puran, Cevons recommence servicesNovember 17, 2017In “Business”$300M owed by M&CC: Central Govt won’t get involved- HarmonAugust 7, 2017In “Business”Come February G/town residents to pay $100 for every barrel of garbage removed- Town ClerkJanuary 4, 2018In “Business” … says payments with new contractors will be made in portions to cope  Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green on Tuesday told news reporters that the over $300M owed to Cevons Waste Management and Puran Brothers Disposal was accumulated during the several clean up campaigns within the 2015-2016 periods.Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene“During our 2015-2016 clean-up of the entire city, you know what the city was like, all the alley ways had to be cleaned out, the cemetery had to be cleaned, the entire city had to be cleaned. There was heaps of garbage all over the city. There was so much of dirt in this city  that we would have spent money to clean up,” she told reporters in front of City Hall where she fielded questions.Furthermore, despite claims that the contract between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and the larger garbage companies has been scrapped, Chase-Green asserted that this was not the case.“I’m not certain that the contract with the two existing persons have been scrapped. The letter was so kind to say ‘look you are more or less in a breach of our contract with us’. But we have not scrapped it. We’re still in negotiations with those two contractors to find a consensus to how we’re going to pay the $300M.”Nevertheless, she confirmed that in the interim, while Cevons’ and Puran’s have withdrawn their services, three newly contracted garbage companies- two of which are Campbell’s Waste Management and SanDip Waste Disposal- have been brought on board “to ensure the city is kept clean at all times.”Against the backdrop of it being public knowledge that the M&CC is not financially equipped to service their over $300M debt, Chase-Green was asked how the Council intends to pay the three new garbage companies contracted.She then explained that City Hall can only afford to pay in portions, which was not a condition Cevons and Puran’s were open to.“…the larger contractors want to be paid all their money at one time and I did have a proposal where we would be paying them a particular amount of the $300 … over a period of time, [but] they were not willing to accept that… While the small contractors have agreed that they will take their money in portions” said Chase-Green.For quite some time, the M&CC has professed being ‘cash strapped’, and on multiple occasions, work around the city had to be halted since the municipality was unable to pay workers.During December 2016, the M&CC had appealed to Central Government for a $600 million bailout- with $300M of that amount earmarked for servicing their debt to Cevons’ and Puran’s. However, that request was denied.Moreover, on Friday last during a Post Cabinet briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that while the Government is concerned about the current financial situation at City Hall, it does not warrant their involvement at this point in time.In a joint statement on Saturday, Puran Brothers Disposal Inc and Cevons Waste Management announced its intentions to withdraw their services to City Hall, as the lack of payment to the companies continued despite promises to be paid.The statement explained that the issue of non-payment for services rendered had been a long-standing one, dating as far back as 2015.Prior to this falling out, the companies resumed work after a four-day suspension of services over the same issue.They stated that their return was conditional, pending a meeting that they had requested be held to discuss payments.The Garbage companies noted that since then, despite assurances from the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan, there has been no such meeting nor has the municipal authorities “shown (any) inclination to meet with us.”Following the companies pulling their services, the M&CC reacted swiftly to put mechanisms in place by hiring the three smaller contracting services to conduct once weekly disposal services for residential areas and once daily disposals for the commercial areas.Town Clerk, Royston King has since been quoted in the media assuring that the council’s debt to the two companies will be settled, even as Chase-Green has repeatedly said that City Hall cannot afford to clear its debt at this time since they have other financial obligations to honour. (Ramona Luthi)