All boys need men in their lives*— Daniel Foster (@FostDJ) March 29, 2018In response, many other users explained why James’ tweet wasn’t meant to include non-Black people.“Why is this hard for some white people to grasp?” one said The Black male experience is unique. Black boys need black men to help guide and mentor them in an unfair world. Other men can help, but they don’t replace the unique need. Only Black men fully understand the Black male experience.”Another tweeted, “Why are people taking this statement [personally]? He is speaking on a specific issue of importance as a Black man. If it doesn’t apply to you move on.”“I’m confused at all the white people getting mad about what this man said lol,” another user tweeted. “He’s talking about a specific demographic. Using his platform to bring awareness. Please speak up like this on issues such as cops killing unarmed Black males because when that happens, you’re silent.” How you not recognize this is racist. Change the words black to white and this would be viewed different. Why not thank and empower all fathers instead of making it a race thing— Steve Tsai (@SteveGetSold) March 29, 2018 LeBron James has been outspoken about Black lives. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)While most wouldn’t deny the importance of Black male role models in young boys’ lives, some Twitter users seem to have an issue with LeBron James’ feelings on the matter.The Cleveland Cavaliers star tweeted Thursday, March 29 about a The New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast episode, which discussed a 30-year study that debunks the myth that racism can be solved by addressing class.“Everyone should take time to listen to this,” James said. “Really deep look at what young Black men go through. The idea that it’s just about ‘class’ isn’t true. It’s about so much more.“And we now know that Black boys need Black men in their lives. Doesn’t even need to [be] their father,” he added. “Thank you to every strong, admirable Black man who I had as a kid. Please listen and share with your friends and family. We must continue to educate ourselves on the real issues.”And we now know that black boys need black men in their lives. Doesn’t even need to their father. Thank you to every strong, admirable black man who I had as a kid. Please listen and share with your friends and family. We must continue to educate ourselves on the real issues.— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 29, 2018But several Twitter users proclaimed James’ stance was biased and that he needed to open up his statement to be more inclusionary.Why do they have to be black? What happened to all that equality talk?— Beast of Bittrex (@kickcritic) March 29, 2018 read more

2015SEC119+9.2+1.7+25.6+5.9 American72-9.5-2.5-3.0-1.5 ACC118+10.3+3.2+18.5+5.0 Independent22-8.5+0.4-6.1+0.5 MAC60-4.5-2.1-5.7-2.3 After Oklahoma cruised past Auburn in Monday night’s Sugar Bowl, college football’s 2016-17 bowl season is nearing its finale. The only game left? Next Monday’s national championship game between Alabama and Clemson, a rematch of last year’s title tilt. That game — a 45-40 Alabama victory — concluded a dominant season for the Crimson Tide’s Southeastern Conference, one that punctuated the first nine-win bowl season by a single conference in college history.But in a surprise twist, it’s Clemson and the Atlantic Coast Conference — not Alabama and the SEC — that are winning the bowl battle once we adjust for expectations. And with the Tigers carrying the conference’s banner into the title game, the ACC has a chance to top last year’s SEC for the most impressive bowl season ever.The ACC has gone 8-3 this bowl season, already the second-most wins by a conference in a single bowl season since the AP poll era started in 1936. (Of course, because bowl season has become so bloated in recent years, this year’s ACC teams have also played in the third-most bowls ever, tied with four other conferences since 2013.) But the ACC’s record is still notable because of its difficulty: FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings — which estimate the relative quality of every FBS team — would have expected an average team to go 3-8 against ACC teams’ bowl opponents, losing by an average of 2.7 points per game. Instead, ACC teams have won by 7.6 points per game. That five-win gap between the ACC’s bowl record and what Elo would have expected from an average group of teams is easily the biggest of any conference this season: 1996SEC55+10.0+2.2+27.0+4.0 SEC126-0.5-0.3+11.0+2.7 Sun Belt64+5.8+1.7+1.4+1.0 VS. EXPECTEDVS. FBS AVERAGE 2007SEC97+4.3+2.6+15.7+4.9 2016ACC118+10.3+3.2+18.5+5.0 Expected wins and point differentials are according to pre-bowl Elo ratings. Conferences classified as “independent” were excluded from the ranking.Source: College Football at Sports-Reference.com 2002Big Ten75+8.9+2.6+19.8+3.9 CONFERENCEBOWLSWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINS Big 1264+7.3+0.9+19.1+2.7 2006SEC96+9.7+2.1+20.7+4.1 Which conference is winning the 2016-17 bowl season? Most dominant bowl seasons by conference, 1936-2016 It’s also the second-biggest gap for any conference since 1936, trailing only the SEC’s 5.9 excess wins of a season ago.1If you’re curious, here’s the all-time top 10: MWC74+2.9+0.1+2.9+0.1 2014SEC127-0.5+0.0+14.0+4.0 VS. EXPECTEDVS. FBS AVERAGE 2008SEC86+7.0+2.3+18.1+4.2 1998Big Ten55+9.7+2.5+25.9+4.2 CUSA74+1.2+0.5-2.1-0.0 2013SEC107+3.1+1.0+19.5+4.6 Expected wins and point differentials are according to pre-bowl Elo ratingsSource: College Football at Sports-Reference.com Big Ten103-4.2-1.5+6.4+0.8 YEARCONFERENCEBOWLSWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINSPOINT DIFF./GAMEWINS Pac-1263-10.3-0.4+5.8+1.5 If Clemson knocks off the historically dominant Crimson Tide in the CFP championship game — and Elo gives that scenario a 33 percent chance of happening — the ACC would take over the No. 1 slot.2Again — this is, in part, a function of there being so many more bowls nowadays. If we limit ourselves to conferences with at least six bowl entries since 1970 (the year bowls stopped matching Division I-A/FBS teams with non-FBS ones), the 2015 SEC ranks seventh on a per-game basis, and the 2016 ACC 16th. But it’s also worth remembering that as a conference’s bowl contingent grows, the quality of its worst bowl-bound teams also decreases, depressing its per-game rating.Now, there are a few caveats to be had there. Although the ACC has won far more than we’d expect against a very tough slate of opponents, it’s also gotten a little lucky in the process. According to the Pythagorean formula, which generates an expected record based on the points a team scores and allows, the ACC’s bowl record should be more like 7-4 than 8-3, which matters when discussing the razor-thin margins atop all-time leaderboards. Relatedly, its adjusted scoring margin (+18.5) doesn’t even rank No. 1 this season; the Big 12 has a +19.1 mark, albeit in half as many games. By contrast, the SEC was +25.6 in bowls last season.ACC teams were favored by Elo in only four of the conference’s 11 bowls, and although one of those favorites lost (Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl), the rest of the ACC’s bowl teams picked up the slack with five upset victories. (Including Clemson’s 31-0 rout of Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.3Although Vegas listed Clemson as 1-point favorites, computer power rankings such as Elo and ESPN’s Football Power Index were (wrongly) slightly higher on the Buckeyes.) When the SEC won nine bowls last season, it was only a slight improvement on the 7.3 they were expected to win going into the bowls. The ACC’s eight wins this year are much more out of step with the 4.8 wins Elo would have predicted, a gap that will grow to 5.5 wins if Clemson upsets Alabama.Regardless of how much good fortune has been involved, however, the ACC has been the class of this year’s bowls. And a Clemson victory on Monday night would add more than just one bragging right to the conference’s trophy case. read more

Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson (2) catches a touchdown pass during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorAfter a slow start to the season, the Ohio State offense is starting to get up to speed.As the Buckeyes head into Big Ten play Saturday, they are trying to build on a record-setting performance from their game against Cincinnati in which they accumulated 710 yards of total offense and totaled 45 first downs.The offensive output did not come as a surprise to redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, who said even after the Virginia Tech game in which OSU allowed seven sacks, the offensive line has always believed in its abilities.“We never really lacked confidence. That’s the standard of how the offensive line at Ohio State plays and we played to that standard on Saturday and we are going to keep playing to that standard,” Elflein said. “The standard was set last year, and that’s how we have to play.”Last season, the Buckeyes ranked fifth in the country running the football as they averaged 308.6 yards per game on the ground. OSU currently ranks 23rd in rush yards per game with 241.5 yards per game.Contributing to the bulk of OSU’s yards on the ground against Cincinnati was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who made his presence felt against the Bearcats as he rushed for a career-high 182 yards on 28 carries.Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said Monday he expects Elliott to continue his play against the Maryland defense on Saturday.“He’s playing with very low pad level and so he plays with great energy. He’s explosive. And he finishes runs with great pad level,” Warinner said. “And he doesn’t want to make direct contact. Ezekiel is playing great right now. We just have to keep him going.”Despite only accumulating an average of 195.3 rushing yards per game in its first three games, the Buckeye offense amassed 380 yards rushing against the Bearcats to go along with 330 yards passing.Coach Urban Meyer said he would like to see more steadiness on offense.“What I think is going on best is the balance right now. When you start looking up at the scoreboard and you see 250 or 300 (yards) each that’s a good sign,” Meyer said Wednesday. “The last two years have been kind of run-dominated and to win those big games you can’t be 220 run and 68 pass. You’re going to lose that game.”The passing efficiency of redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is something that has greatly contributed to the offensive surge for OSU. Barrett became the first Buckeye quarterback since Troy Smith in 2005 to account for back-to-back 300 yard passing games.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said that he never has any doubt that Barrett will perform.“That’s just how he is. He is a great leader,” Heuerman said Wednesday. “He is super poised, and it doesn’t surprise me how he handles his business.”Barrett, who has been nicknamed by some in the program as “the distributor,” has done just that, as seven offensive players have caught five or more passes on the season.One of those players is sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson, who led OSU in receptions with six against Cincinnati and has earned high praise from Meyer.“He is so little, and when you are in a balanced offense, you gotta be able to block and do all of the things,” Meyer said. “He was a little bit of a token player last year. But he has gained 15 pounds, he is stronger and is much more suitable. Also, he is the kind of guy that we wanted to run him a little bit.”Wilson has become a much more important part of OSU’s offense as he has totaled 11 receptions and nine carries for a total of 238 yards and a touchdown in the first four games of the season. His 11 catches are good for second on the team behind only redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas (13).His pass catching is something that Meyer said Wilson has been working on since the offseason.“He has got pretty good hands,” Meyer said. “He is a little bit of a body catcher, but he has really worked hard on it. I like where he is heading.”Despite all of its playmakers, Meyer said his Buckeye offense will need to continue to be efficient to compete against Maryland’s defense.“Athletically they are really good. They do enough change up where there (are) two different looks you have to prepare for in the secondary,” he said. “They are the most athletic defense we have faced so far this year.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Maryland on Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

first_imgA former soldier who claimed to have served in war-torn countries received thousands of pounds worth of money and services by pretending he had cancer, a court has heard.Simon Buckden, who has run several marathons and raised money for charities, including Help for Heroes, said he had been diagnosed with cancer in an attempt to get sympathy and money, Leeds Crown Court was told.But medical records showed Buckden had never received a cancer diagnosis or received any treatment or therapy for the disease. Simon Buckden carrying the Olympic torch in the run up to the 2012 gamesCredit:SWNS.com The court heard he told people he had held a dying child in his arms and told his former girlfriend he had to shoot a friend in the kneecap while working undercover to infiltrate the IRA.He also claimed to have served in the SAS and attended events wearing medals and a beret, the court heard.Buckden, 44, from Leeds, spoke publicly about his experiences of growing up in care, his time in the Army and PTSD.He took part in the Olympic torch relay in the run up to the 2012 London Olympic Games and began a fundraising challenge to run 100 marathons in 100 weeks.In 2012, he told his former partner he had been diagnosed with terminal rectal cancer, the court heard.He went on to tell a number of people about the diagnosis and his marathon challenge, including friends, his new partner, newspapers and business people.As a result, he received thousands of pounds worth of money and services from businesses for courses, therapy sessions, a holiday, a publicity film and to set-up a PTSD enterprise.Mr Hassall said: “In light of what he said about his diagnosis, people were, naturally, moved by his story and moved to try to help him.”Here was a man who was making a valiant effort to raise funds for charity, running 100 marathons in 100 weeks, who had, in the middle of all of that, been cruelly struck down with cancer. Craig Hassall, prosecuting, told a jury that Buckden’s military records revealed he was a military clerk in the Army until his discharge in 2001 due to mental health problems.He carried out one overseas deployment to Bosnia during his time in the armed forces and never experienced frontline active service, the court heard.But Buckden told a number of people he carried out tours of duty in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Rwanda and both Gulf Wars, and described his experiences, claiming he suffered with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result, the jury was told. Simon Buckden during a charity fundraising campaignCredit: SWNS.com His mental health difficulties, as described by (the psychiatrist), were not the reason why he was telling people untruths about his military career and his cancer diagnosisCraig Hassall, prosecutingcenter_img Simon Buckden during a charity fundraising campaign “Many of the witnesses in this case provided either money or practical help to the defendant’s cause as a result of hearing about his cancer diagnosis.”The court heard Buckden drew up a document detailing his experiences and listing the items he needed to reach his goals, including sponsorship, branding, publicity, financial backing, a holiday, a mobile phone, a car and a laptop.Mr Hassall said: “This was a proposal that could be sent out to anyone who might feel moved by the account the defendant was giving to people, to help contribute to what he was trying to achieve, which was to get a lot of attention: partly for people who were suffering PTSD but also partly for himself.”Buckden was arrested after a former girlfriend challenged him about his story.The court heard he told police he had been diagnosed with rectal cancer in Romania and he treated himself.He told a psychiatrist later that he no longer thought he had cancer but had been convinced that he had at the time, the jury was told.The psychiatrist did not find that Buckden was suffering from a mental illness or disorder but could be described as suffering from PTSD, with symptoms being noted before he was posted to Bosnia, the court heard.Mr Hassall said: “His mental health difficulties, as described by (the psychiatrist), were not the reason why he was telling people untruths about his military career and his cancer diagnosis.”The obvious reason was to get sympathy, to increase the likelihood of them supporting him in his endeavours.”Asking for a car, a mobile phone, a laptop and a holiday, it’s blatantly clear what was behind these untruths about his medical situation.”Buckden denies six counts of fraud. The trial continues.  Simon Buckden carrying the Olympic torch in the run up to the 2012 games 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 read more

first_imgBBC One’s film about the death of schoolboy Damilola Taylor, Damilola, Our Loved Boy, was named best single drama. Many in the audience were in tears as his father, Richard Taylor, took the stage and made a plea for young people to end the epidemic of knife crime.Adeel Akhtar won best actor for Murdered By My Father, a BBC Three drama about honour killing. He beat Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for The Hollow Crown. The Crown had two nominees in the supporting actor category – John Lithgow for his performance as Winston Churchill, and Jared Harris as George VI – but the award went to Tom Hollander for The Night Manager. The BBC dominated the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, with Channel 4 drama National Treasure a rare win for Channel 4.The Must-See Moment – the only award chosen by viewers – went to the nailbiting scene from Planet Earth II in which a plucky iguana is chased by hordes of racer snakes.“We were surprised this won because half the people watched it from behind their sofa,” said Mike Gunton, the executive producer. Joanna Lumley was honoured with the Bafta Fellowship, awarded for outstanding contribution to television. The Academy said she had become a “true icon” of the small screen thanks to roles in shows from The New Avengers to Absolutely Fabulous.Coming on stage to a standing ovation, Lumley said: “I’m unbelievably honoured, you don’t even dream of it, you don’t even think of it, then the letter comes and you don’t believe it.”I’m like a piece of cellophane laid over the industry.”We are lit and furnished with words and costumed and made up, we have stunt performers to make us look better, we have people who feed us and dress us and we arrive and people say ‘you were so funny in that’ and you say ‘yes, thanks’.”It’s all somebody else.”The heavens opened midway through the red carpet arrivals, meaning those who arrived fashionably late were forced to shelter beneath decidedly unfashionable plastic umbrellas. Happy Valley won best drama seriesCredit:David M Benett/Getty Wunmi Mosaku won best supporting actress for the BBC’s Damilola drama, in which she played the schoolboy’s late mother, Gloria Taylor. She beat Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in The Crown. Sarah Lancashire won the Leading Actress awardCredit:Matt Crossick /PA  Happy Valley won best drama series Sarah Lancashire Eleanor Tomlinson, who stars in Poldark Sue Perkins presented the awardsCredit:James Gourley/Rex Features Eleanor Tomlinson, who stars in PoldarkCredit:Jeff Spicer/Getty Zawe Ashton and Joanna LumleyCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Ed Balls missed out on Must-See Moment 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.center_img The awards were hosted by Sue Perkins, the former Great British Bake Off presenter. Perkins revealed in an interview yesterday that the first she learned of Bake Off’s move to Channel 4 was via a friend’s Facebook page. She described the news as “painful”. The winners in fullDrama Series – Happy Valley – BBC OneEntertainment Performance- Michael McIntyre (Michael McIntyre’s Big Show) – BBC OneSingle Documentary – Hillsborough – BBC TwoCurrent Affairs – Panorama: Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed – BBC OneSingle Drama – Damilola, Our Loved Boy – BBC OneInternational – The People V OJ Simpson: American Crime Story – Fox 21/FX/BBC TwoFactual Series – Exodus: Our Journey to Europe – BBC TwoNews Coverage – Victoria Derbyshire: Footballers’ Abuse – BBC TwoLive Event – The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration – ITVSpecialist Factual – Planet Earth II – BBC OneFemale Performance in a Comedy Programme – Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) – BBC ThreeMini-Series – National Treasure – Channel 4Special Award – Nick FraserMale Performance in a Comedy Programme – Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle) – Sky AtlanticVirgin TV’s Must-See Moment – Planet Earth II: Snakes vs Iguana Chase – BBC OneReality & Constructed Factual – Muslims Like Us – BBC TwoComedy Entertainment Programme – Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe – BBC TwoSupporting Actor – Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) – BBC OneSoap & Continuing Drama – Emmerdale – ITVSport – The Open – Sky Sports 1Supporting Actress – Wunmi Mosaku (Damilola, Our Loved Boy) – BBC OneFeatures – Who Do You Think You Are? – BBC OneScripted Comedy – People Just Do Nothing – BBC ThreeEntertainment Programme – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITVLeading Actor – Adeel Akhtar (Murdered By My Father – BBC ThreeLeading Actress – Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) – BBC OneFellowship – Joanna Lumley This was the second Bafta for Happy Valley, which won the same category in 2015. Lancashire declared herself a fan of The Crown, saying in her acceptance speech: “Claire Foy, you have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet that I’ve ever had.” Happy Valley was named best drama series, the night’s most coveted award. Sarah Lancashire, who plays the no-nonsense police constable at the heart of the series, beat The Crown’s Claire Foy to the leading actress prize.The Crown led the shortlist with five nominations but in the end won nothing. Sue Perkins Zawe Ashton and Joanna Lumley She and Mel Giedroyc have been replaced by Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, and Perkins made several jokey references to the programme. “Let’s crack on before someone sells the format to Channel 4,” she said at one point. When Netflix outbid the BBC for rights to produce The Crown, it was meant to represent the US streaming giant’s triumphant entry into the world of British drama.But the BBC had the last laugh when its gritty police procedural Happy Valley, made on a fraction of The Crown’s £100 million budget, trounced it at the Baftas. Netflix has planned seven series of The Crown, charting the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.The cost put it beyond the reach of the BBC but the corporation’s head of drama, Piers Wenger, told the Telegraph ahead of the awards: “I think it was right for the BBC not to do it. I think if we had spent £100m… then we would have had to have lost so many Line of Duty and Happy Valleys and I think those pieces of work truly pushed the boundaries.“I think The Crown was a very traditional genre piece very well made, and that is what commercial broadcasters are at liberty to do. Whereas I think we have got a slightly different job.” Suranne Jones presented Tom Hollander with the award for Best Supporting ActorCredit:Ian West/PA Winners were instructed by Bafta to include “a short anecdote or an interesting detail about the production” in their speech – seen by some as an attempt to avoid a repeat of last year’s ceremony, when several winners made overtly political speeches criticising government interference in the BBC.There was nothing party political about this year’s speeches. Instead, the winners used their time at the podium to make heartfelt references to the issues raised by their films, from Hillsborough to the refugee crisis. Suranne Jones presented Tom Hollander with the award for Best Supporting Actor Ed Balls missed out on Must-See MomentCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstocklast_img read more

first_imgHad to wait a whole 30 seconds to get on my direct train to #waterloo and had my pick of 31 seats in my carriage. #waterlooupgrade— Claire Holt (@ClaireRamus) August 7, 2017 Bit aprenshive about travelling from Richmond to Waterloo this morning but looks like everyone else is working from home #waterlooupgrade pic.twitter.com/uEOgHZme8U— Suzyb (@suzyb008) August 7, 2017 Major works at Waterloo till 28 August. Temporary timetable with a reduced service in place. Trains are very busy. https://t.co/o3JI2Fi3O9 pic.twitter.com/oS8CdIbkcZ— South West Trains (@SW_Trains) August 7, 2017 And for a lucky few, their commute was quicker Seven stations in south west London will be closed during the works, according to Network Rail’s website. They are:Chessington NorthChessington SouthEarlsfieldMalden ManorNorbitonQueenstown RoadTolworthAnd there will be fewer at a further six:Clapham JunctionSurbitonWokingPutneyKingstonRichmondAn average of 270,000 journeys are normally made to or from Waterloo every day. Yeah, strangely my Waterloo to Richmond commute was actually better today, train almost empty with plenty of seats. Expected the opposite.— Yuriy Akopov (@y_akopov) August 7, 2017 #waterlooupgrade apart from slow running from Clapham today was a breeze! Empty trains, air conditioned train 😎Mortlake to Waterloo— Conor Campbell (@conorarbitro) August 7, 2017 What stations will be affected?South West Trains have warned passengers at stations such as Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Woking and Guildford will be “exceptionally busy” as they will have fewer services running and customers could be forced to queue to get in.center_img Looks like the entire commuting population of Kingston is “working from home”, judging by the almost empty 06.59 to #Waterloo.— Liz Shaw (@Liz_Shaw) August 7, 2017 Eerily quiet on the train this morning #waterloo #waterlooupgrade pic.twitter.com/3Ogd3FjjGc— Messer Best (@MesserBest) August 7, 2017 My @SW_Trains train journey to #Waterloo was quicker today because my train didn’t stop at Earlsfield or vauxhall !! #Waterlooupgrade— Ciara Lawrence (@ciarale01) August 7, 2017 This morning at 7:35am both Clapham junction and train to Waterloo were empty!— Pikejump (@massimauri) August 7, 2017 It was thought the Waterloo upgrade work would disrupt commuters and cause travel chaos as it went underway and almost half of the platforms at the UK’s busiest train station closed for a major overhaul.However, those who managed to get a train into work on Monday morning found that unlike a usual weekday, they had their pick of seats in empty carriages.For those who didn’t live in places the trains weren’t serving, their commutes were faster as their trains made less stops.People took to social media to post their joy and relief about their ‘best commute ever’, assuming the rest of their fellow commuters had either gone on holiday, taken a different route or worked from home.Carriages empty as commuters shun trains into Waterloo 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 read more

first_imgBrexit bus  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. Uncertainty over Brexit is fuelling pressures on the medical workforce, the report suggests Credit:PA  Almost half of NHS doctors in some parts of the UK are trained overseas, watchdogs have said as they warn of a looming shortfall of medics.The General Medical Council (GMC) said the medical profession was at a “crunch point” with high reliance on medics imported from overseas, who were now beginning to turn their back on Britain.Its report shows that since 2012, the number of doctors on the register has increased by just two per cent.Over the same period, demand has soared, with a 28 per cent rise in Accident & Emergency attendances.The statistics show that 43 per cent of doctors in the East of England are non-UK graduates, along with 41 per cent in the West Midlands and 38 per cent in the East Midlands. Across the UK, the figure is 33 per cent.The GMC said the supply of new doctors into the UK was not keeping pace with demand, with some doctors “pushed beyond the limit” by pressures on them.And it said uncertainty over Brexit and a fall in recruitment from countries further afield could leave Britain with an increasing shortfall of doctors.Charlie Massey, chief executive of the GMC, said: “We have reached a crucial moment – a crunch point – in the development of the UK’s medical workforce. The decisions that we make over the next five years will determine whether it can meet these extra demands.” “Others report feeling burnt out after just two years as a newly qualified doctor.”  The report calls for changes in training and in workplace culture to nurture doctors.”The underlying challenge for all in healthcare is how we retain the good doctors we have right now,” Mr Massey said.”Everything we hear from the profession tells us that we need to value them more; nurture cultures that are safe and supportive, and do what we can to help staff achieve the right balance between their professional and personal lives through more flexible working arrangements. The GMC called for changes in the law to reduce the number of doctors going through full fitness to practice hearings, especially over one off clinical errors.“What we need is legislation that allows us to be swift and agile in carrying out our primary duty – keeping patients safe – while reducing the stress and burden on doctors and the wider healthcare system.”Reforming the law will let us concentrate our efforts on supporting good medical practice, while using our data about the profession and the environments in which doctors practice and train to act when we can see risks emerging to them and to patients.” It also shows increasing numbers of women in medicine, with women making up 57 per cent of doctors under 30, and 47 per cent of doctors of all ages.The report said doctors were being over-burdened, and making a level of sacrifice that was “neither right nor sustainable”“There are clear warning signs within our report that some doctors are being pushed beyond the limit. These pressures may be one reason why it is becoming increasingly common for doctors to take a break from formal training after they complete the foundation programme.“Some do this because they want greater work-life balance, some for overseas training experiences, “ the report states. He added: “We are a professional regulator, not a workforce planning body, but we want to be an active partner in helping each country of the UK to address these priorities.”The report follows a draft strategy by health officials warning that 190,000 extra clinical posts will need filling within a decade, on current trends.The strategy by Health Education England said the number of millennial workers opting for part-time work or years out meant extra numbers needed training.The GMC report shows 54 per cent of junior doctors taking a break after finishing foundation training – a rise from 30 per cent in 2012. Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians said: “We share the report’s concern about the low numbers of doctors in some specialties. Following our census, we are particularly concerned about geriatric medicine and acute internal medicine.“The fact that our population is ageing rapidly, with individuals often having many complex diseases, there needs to be incentives to encourage many more of our physicians into these specialties.”Dr Liam Brennan, president of the Royal college of Anaesthetists, said: “The GMC highlights how the expected level of commitment is not sustainable and that doctors are being pushed too often to their limit.”A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “The NHS currently has a record number of doctors – 14,900 more since May 2010 – and we are committed to supporting them by expanding the number of doctor training places by 25 per cent.”We are also making sure we retain those already working in the NHS by improving doctors’ work-life balance and supporting flexible working.”last_img read more

The study, led by scientists from University College London (UCL), involved monitoring the strength of the pulse travelling towards the brain. Researchers said that healthy, elastic vessels near the heart usually cushion each heartbeat, diminishing its energy and therefore preventing it from reaching delicate blood vessels elsewhere… A simple, five-minute neck scan could predict the potential onset of dementia 10 years before symptoms appear, research has found. Experts hope it could become part of routine screening for those in middle-age at risk of developing the disease. As the heart beats, the physical pulse it generates reaches different parts of the body at different levels of intensity. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Fourteen protesters on a civil rights march through the Catholic Bogside area of Londonderry were shot and killed and another 14 wounded. It will be his lawyer telling him if, after more than 47 years, he is to be charged over the events of Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest days of The Troubles. His wife died last year and he lives… Three years ago, Sergeant O – he has anonymity along with the rest of 1 Para – was interviewed under caution, accused of attempted murder. He is 77 now, an old man and grandfather partly paralysed down one side after a massive stroke that left him largely wheelchair bound. Sergeant O is dreading March 14. He will be sat at home in England waiting for the phone to ring.