Colorado RockiesWin48.6 TEAMCONDITIONSPROBABILITY San Diego Padres5 runs18.3 Miami Marlins5 runs24.4 Step aside, ads for daily fantasy and erectile dysfunction: The 2016 baseball season has added another marketing campaign to the pantheon of pervasive (and widely loathed) sports promotions.Major League Baseball has rebranded grand slams1Or in press-release parlance, made “Grand Slams even better.” as “Papa Slams” across all of its properties,2Including MLB Network, MLB.TV and MLB.com. issuing ad infinitum the accompanying promise that every grand slam will yield a 40 percent Papa John’s pizza discount the next day. And thanks to an increased leaguewide home run rate, 28 grand slams have been hit through about 25 percent of the schedule, putting us on pace for 114 grand slams this season3Not counting the kind only the Reds bullpen allows. — the most since 2010.4That’s even ignoring the fact that the ball flies farther when the weather warms up. To watch baseball in 2016 is to live in a constant state of Papa Slam saturation. (To paraphrase another baseball-themed ad you’ve probably watched too many times: well played, Papa John’s.)Baseball is so in bed with Big Pizza that the promotions don’t even stop at a national Papa John’s partnership. They also apply at the local level, thanks to the company’s status as the “official pizza” of 22 big league clubs. Although Papa John’s is far from the first company to sponsor sports promotions of this sort,5And baseball isn’t the first sport Papa John’s has sponsored. an MLB PR official confirmed to us that theirs is the only existing arrangement on the local level that extends to the majority of teams. Basically, it’s Papa John’s discounts all the way down — much to the chagrin of pizza snobs, internet commenters and the petitioning public at large.But there’s an interesting statistical question lurking within the waves of pizza plugs: Which local market is most likely to get a cheap pie?Although every local deal involves some variation on the theme of a 50 percent discount on online orders, the discount conditions in each market are different, ranging from simple offers that activate when the local team wins to more complicated triggers based on the number of runs the team scores, or even the day of the week. According to Papa John’s Senior Director of Public Relations Peter Collins, “local promotion is determined by the local markets and depends on the market dynamics and tolerance to discounting.” In addition, he told us that “team performance is also taken into account.” As Collins pointed out, the Rangers (who scored the third-most runs in the majors last year and play in a hitter’s park) have a seven-run trigger, while the Marlins (who scored the second-fewest runs in the majors last year in a neutral park) have a five-run trigger.Using the specific offers for each market and FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season standings, we calculated the odds that a pizza discount would be triggered on any given game day.6The gory details: For wins-based discounts, we used FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season win probabilities, as of May 16. For runs-based discounts, we assumed that the number of team runs per game follows a Poisson distribution, with a mean equal to FanGraphs’ projected rest-of-season runs per game. (Poisson isn’t the best distribution for runs scored, but it was the only distribution we could fit with only projected runs scored figures on hand.) For discounts with multiple criteria, we calculated the probability that a team would score the specified number of runs, then multiplied that by the winning percentage of teams scoring that many runs (or more) in a game during the 2015 season. And we discovered a huge spread in results: Certain markets have discount probabilities in the single digits, while others have better-than-even odds. Kansas City RoyalsWin and 5 runs33.5 St Louis CardinalsWin52.9% Arizona DiamondbacksWin46.8 Seattle Mariners4 runs44.7 Baltimore OriolesWin and 5 runs43.6 Tampa Bay Rays6 runs12.1 Philadelphia PhilliesWin44.5 New York Yankees6 runs14.4 Chicago White Sox5 runs28.3 Source: FanGraphs Cleveland Indians5 runs28.2 Houston AstrosWin on Tuesday8.0 Washington NationalsWin and 7 runs13.8 Milwaukee BrewersWin43.7 LA DodgersWin and 5 runs36.7 Texas Rangers7 runs9.2 Atlanta Braves6 runs7.7 Pittsburgh PiratesWin52.0 Odds of getting that pizza discount by team As if Cardinals fans haven’t had enough perks, the St. Louis promotion — which takes effect when the home team merely wins — is the deal most likely to pay off, with a 53 percent likelihood. (Wisely, perhaps, Papa John’s has no Cubs-based discount.) In other markets with winning teams, though, Papa John’s sometimes adds difficulty by tacking on victory conditions. In order to secure the D.C. discount, for instance, the Nationals need not only to win but also to score at least seven runs, a 14 percent proposition.Some cities’ chances are even more remote. In a just world, Braves fans would be able to ease the pain of watching their team rebuild by buying affordable food. But to add the insult of full-price pizza to the injury of bad baseball, the Braves are the team least likely to trigger the local discount, with odds under 8 percent. To feed Atlantans, baseball’s worst offense has to score six or more runs, a feat it’s achieved in only six of its 39 games. That makes their chances slightly lower than those of the Astros, who have to win on Tuesdays.7To calculate the Astros’ discount, we multiplied the probability that Houston would win a game by the fraction of their games that take place on Tuesdays (16 percent of their schedule).Surprisingly, Papa John’s doesn’t seem to have gamed the discounts much, if at all, and that means there are major inefficiencies in the pizza-promotion marketplace. (Paging Michael Lewis.) Although there’s nothing preventing the company from adjusting on the fly, as of now Papa John’s hasn’t limited its win-based discounts to teams that are more likely to lose, nor has it tailored the runs per game-based discounts to team quality in any statistically significant way. When we randomly scrambled the discount conditions between teams, we found almost no difference in the probability of getting discounted pizza compared to how the discounts are actually assigned.So with great power to exploit local pizza promotions comes … slightly cheaper pizza, potentially. Armed with a spreadsheet, a list of discount codes, and an unquenchable appetite for Papa John’s, a sabermetric pizza handicapper could save some serious meal money in the right market.Much as we might want to, there’s no writing this redshirt out of this season’s script. So the only question left is whether we’re willing to move to St. Louis in search of a discounted slice.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Minnesota TwinsWin42.9
FILE – In this July 28, 2017, file photo, United States’ Simone Manuel smiles after winning the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Simone Manuel of Stanford won the Honda Cup on Monday night for collegiate woman athlete of the year.It’s the second time Stanford has had back-to-back winners. Katie Ledecky, Manuel’s Olympic and collegiate teammate, won last year. Swimmer Tara Kirk won the award in 2004, followed by volleyball player Ogonna Nnamani the next year.Manuel, of Sugar Land, Texas, received the trophy at the Galen Center on the Southern California campus.She became the first black woman to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, where Manuel also won another gold and two silvers.She finished her collegiate career with six American records and seven NCAA records and was a member of two NCAA championship teams and two Pac-12 Conference title squads. Manuel won 14 NCAA titles over her career, including six at this year’s championships.In the classroom, Manuel was a two-time Pac-12 Academic honoree and a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American as a communications major.Manuel, track and field star Maggie Ewen of Arizona State and basketball star A’ja Wilson of South Carolina were the top three finalists from a field of 12. They were selected in voting by nearly 1,000 NCAA member schools.The Honda Inspiration award was presented to cross-country runner Megan Cunningham of Missouri. The Division II Athlete of the Year award went to cross-country runner Caroline Kurgat of Alaska-Anchorage and the Division III Athlete of the Year was tennis player Eudice Chong of Wesleyan.
Since the day Urban Meyer arrived in Columbus to coach the Ohio State football team, fans have been preparing for this season as they would any other, despite the team’s bowl ban. I’m warning you now, Buckeye Nation is going to regret that in the end. OSU finished 2011 with seven losses, but the Meyer-led Buckeyes still earned placement in the Associated Press’ preseason top 25 poll. The No. 18 Buckeyes then made short work of Miami (Ohio) to begin the bowl-less, postseason-less campaign. The opening win against the RedHawks was throttling – Meyer showed no mercy and sent the Scarlet and Gray marching up and down the field on touchdown drives up until the final minute of the 56-10 pounding. Fans cheered louder still, increasingly hopeful that OSU can upset the rest of the Big Ten Conference and throw a scarlet-colored wrench into the postseason picture for the rest of college football. The ranking increased too – OSU jumped to No. 14 when the AP released its second poll of the young college football season Tuesday. Now, the Buckeyes are heavy favorites against Central Florida, a team most figure will put up far more fight than the RedHawks did before limping out of Ohio Stadium. Meyer’s squad could very well make good on the 17 1/2 pointline put to OSU, according to vegas.com. Should OSU beat a formidable UCF team, the cheers of the fans will grow louder. The hands bearing wrenches will cock back even farther in anticipation of the Buckeyes upsetting the rest of the Bowl Championship Series-eligible teams. How high can the Buckeyes climb in the rankings? Will they win the Leaders Division and therefore assign an asterisk to the team that advances to the championship game in their place? And, as I suspect many OSU fans would like, will Buckeye Nation forever be able to stamp a permanent “What if?” on this college football season? As in, “Sure, Team X won the national title, but what if the Buckeyes had been eligible?” The rhetorical debate about whether OSU would have beaten the eventual national champion would serve as the ultimate taunt to the NCAA and opposing fans that relished in this university’s bowl ban. The Buckeyes may well mount a case as the best team in the Big Ten by season’s end. Sure, OSU could also run the table. And with Meyer at the helm, the team is that much less likely to falter during one of those tricky night games on the road later this season, such as the contests in East Lansing, Mich., and Madison, Wis., this fall. Then Buckeyes fans can go to the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis and have their fun – taunt both the winner and the loser of the game because, hey, what if the Buckeyes had been around for it? No one can say OSU wouldn’t have won. Yes, I can hear it now: “What if we were eligible?” My caution to each Buckeyes fan is that this very mindset is the real taunt. It’s the Scarlet and Gray-clad fans of Columbus that will suffer, not the fans in Ann Arbor, Mich., or Baton Rouge, La., or Tuscaloosa, Ala., or even Los Angeles for that matter. If OSU has the best record in its division or goes undefeated or loses only a single game as so many Buckeyes fans hope and then ascends to the top of the AP poll, well, there will be misery in the end. Everyone will walk out of Ohio Stadium on Nov. 24 after the Buckeyes beat Michigan, high-fiving and “what if-ing” the whole damn nation. But after the Buckeyes fans go their separate ways after that game, they won’t be reconvening in a tropical location where the team will play for a new addition to the trophy case. That’s it. All that’s left, really, will be speculation. All the “what if’s” will be rebuked by the college football fans of the world, and rightfully so. After all, you won’t even be sitting on the sidelines during bowl season – you and I will be sitting at home in frigid Ohio on our couches. “What if?,” an Alabama fan might say to a Buckeyes fan prior to the national title game. “What if Jim Tressel ran a clean program? Then you could join me in the stadium and we could find out what OSU’s really made of.” Then, the Alabama fan, ticket in hand, would smirk and turn to begin the final walk into the stadium in the tropical locale where he or she will meet his postseason destiny. Not Buckeye Nation, though. Not this year. You can “what if” and taunt all you like – the fact is that the rest of the country will proceed to the bowl games with all the pageantry and sparkly souvenirs. By no means does the postseason ban mean we should root against the Buckeyes or pray for a loss or two just so we aren’t tortured by the thoughts – the what if’s – of how we might have fared in the national title game, or some other BCS game. I don’t know what the alternative is. For my friends and readers numbered among those that are hoping OSU upsets the national postseason picture, maybe I’m hoping there’s an opponent lurking on OSU’s schedule that undoes all the potential “what-if’s” and puts to bed the notion that this team has national title potential. At least this would help prevent the inevitable heartache that will accompany theorizing about what OSU could have done. Can’t say I’m not looking out for you. All I’m saying is that Columbus is going to be pretty quiet and pretty unhappy as bowl bids are handed out in late November. ESPN won’t be talking about the Buckeyes anymore; the focus will inevitably shift to those teams left standing. No all-access TV specials. No flights to Miami or Pasadena. You couldn’t even go back to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl if you wanted to, not that many of you went back in January when you had the chance. No new T-shirts. No pep rallies. It will all be over. But doesn’t this sound like an empty fate to be actively rooting for? Think hard – is a would-have-been-BCS-bowl-eligible OSU team really what you want from the 2012 season? If so, you could be regretting that while you’re sitting on your coach watching the bowls in December and January.
OSU cornerback coach Kerry Coombs and then-freshman cornerback Denzel Ward (12) celebrate after a tackle by Ward during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Credit: Lantern file photoRecruit rankings mean everything when college football teams are looking for fresh talent, but they mean little when it comes time to suit up and get to work. For the young secondary coming in to fill the shoes of outgoing talents for Ohio State, the journey has just begun.Co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano met with the media for the first time this season, and had high praise for both freshman cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah. Although he liked what he saw out of the new faces in the secondary, he said there’s a certain adjustment that takes time.“Well there’s two things I think,” Schiano said. “The volume of football, as far as it’s much different than high school. All the details that go into playing. It’s not, you know, go cover him. And then, the other thing is the speed of the game and the tempo of the game and the speed of the players you’re trying to defend. But I can tell you that it’s real early, but those are some special guys.”Okudah was clocked running at 23.2 miles per hour at one point during winter workouts, as evident by his name and speed being flashed across the giant screen in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center indoor practice field. He, along with Wade and sophomore transfer Kendall Sheffield all have a chance at contributing significant playing time in 2017.Schiano stressed on multiple occasions that it’s still far too early to tell who will be playing where, and how often.“I think it’s too early to judge,” he said. “I’m very impressed with them, as I said. Very athletic guys. Let’s let them play, and let’s see how it goes. Without a doubt, your initial impression is, really talented guys.”OSU coach Urban Meyer, who first met with the media on Tuesday, said he sees lots of promise in his young players at all positions. However, replacing talents like those of the three departing defensive backs is going to be a monumental challenge.Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker broke out as two of the best players at their respective positions in all of college football last season, and Gareon Conley had a productive career while donning the scarlet and gray. Both Schiano and Meyer said a rotation with a blend of returning players and new players will be key to success in the pass defense.“I think the way we play defense, we’d like to do that,” Meyer said. “We have (redshirt sophomore) Damon Arnette, and (junior) Denzel Ward are the only guys who have ever played for us right now. You’ve got (sophomore) Rodjay Burns. We moved (redshirt freshman) Wayne Davis to safety. You’ve got these four corners that just stepped out there today that looked pretty good. We’d like to play three or four — we’d like to play more than three or four. We learned a lesson. That was as good of production as we’ve had out of corners anywhere we’ve been. Obviously you’ve got great players, but what we ask those guys to do, it’s a track meet for four hours. If you can (get) a little rotation in there, it’s going to be much better.”Both Arnette and Ward played in 13 games last season, but the former enjoyed a majority of the playing time. Although Arnette comes in as one of the most experienced corners, he struggled at times last season to stay with receivers and read routes correctly.Schiano said he and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs will be looking closely at who can separate themselves from the pack, and who can earn a spot in the secondary rotation.“Kerry was saying he likes all the depth at the position,” Schiano said. “But, again, the cream’s gotta rise to the top because we have one guy who really played meaningful reps at the corner position.”
It is believed the farmer was frustrated with the restaurant chain after they allegedly cut his hedge next to a busy road to install the sign, advertising their service station.A sign for a Co-operative Store at the service station has also been blocked, while the only sign visible is a Texaco logo which appears from the top of the bales.It is not known which farmer is involved in the feud and set up the stack.Highways England said they are aware of the incident but cannot act on it because it’s not their sign – adding that ‘the two parties need to sit down and talk it out.’A spokesman said: “This is not one of our signs. To be honest the two parties need to sit down and talk this out between the two of them.”We’re aware that his has happened – it’s not something that’s happened within our remit.”Hampshire County Council has been contacted for comment and a McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We’re in discussions with all parties involved to find a resolution.” Highways England said they are aware of the incident but cannot act on it because it’s not their signCredit:Daily Echo/Solent News & Photo Agency Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A farmer involved in a feud with fast food giant McDonald’s has stacked up hay bales in front of one of their service station signs in an effort to drive away trade.The thousands of motorists who drive past the service station on the A36 in Ower, near Southampton and Romsey, Hants, now can’t see the McDonald’s sign because the hay bales block it.
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 in Scotland have issued a warning about a new type of ecstasy tablet known as ‘Purple Ninja Turtle’ after a teenager died during a house party.The girl, aged 16, was taken ill at the party at a home in Newtongrange and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday. Police have also raised concerns about a second strain of tablet know as Red Bugatti Veyron.”Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding her death are at a very early stage, however one line of inquiry officers are following is that she may have had access to ecstasy type tablets,” Police Scotland said. “Anyone who has taken these tablets is urged to seek immediate medical attention.”Furthermore, anyone who has access to any of these tablets is strongly urged not to take them.”Police Scotland’s message is clear. There is no safe illegal drug and no safe way to take illegal drugs.”The incident in Scotland underlines a trend which has been causing increasing concern in the UK as the number of ecstasy linked deaths rises.Last year the figure reached an all time high with experts believing this is because the pills’ strength is increasing.The average strength of an ecstasy pill in 2009 was around 20-30mg, by 2014 this had risen to 100 mg.
Alan James with the shell of his aircraft in his Reading garageCredit:Paul Jacobs/SWNS Mr James, 63, became so immersed in his project that he has now given up his job as a driving instructor to devote himself to helping others build and fly similar aircraft replicas.As a result of his efforts, he has become something of a legend in the world of light aircraft DIY.This is the first time an Isaac Spitfire has been built and flown since the prototype was built 40 years ago by John O. Isaacs, a retired schoolmaster.Not content with that, Mr James is now practising some of the same daring fighter pilot manoeuvres that small boys would carry out on their model planes in their bedrooms.“I’m flying most weekends,” he said. “It’s a little scary but I am getting used to doing aerobatics.”How Alan James built his boys’ own SpitfireWing and fuselage frameAviation-quality spruce from Vancouver, Canada, imported by Dartmouth-based specialist timber company and cut, shaped and assembled by Mr James.Skin of planePlywood sheets cut and shaped by Mr James and treated with 10 coats of aviation varnish, known as dope.PropellerCarved by Mr James from five layers of laminated beech.UndercarriageManufactured to Mr James’s design by Grove Industries, California, USA, for £1,000.Engine 100hp Rolls-Royce engine salvaged by a friend in Holland and re-assembled by Mr James, with new components from specialist engineering firms in UK and USA. £6,000-£7,000 total cost.Safety beltSpecialist harness and seat belt with quick release harness made by Hooker Harness of Illinois, USA, for £200.Metal control column, fibreglass cowling and steel brackets and jointsAll made at home by Mr James Alan James has clocked up 60 hours’ flying time in his replica Isaacs SpitfireCredit:Neil Wilson/SWNS Alan James converted the garage at his home into a DIY aircraft plant to build the 60 per cent scale-replica of an Isaacs SpitfireCredit: Paul Jacobs /SWNS Three years after starting work on the Spitfire it was ready to fly, and after being given the go-ahead by the Civil Aviation Authority, which had checked and approved his work at each stage of construction, Mr James took to the skies for its maiden flight in September last year.The Isaacs Spitfire has been flown by an ex-RAF test pilot to clear it to perform aerobatics manoeuvres and Mr James has now clocked up 60 hours’ flying time in it, having already flown 1,500 hours in his Pietenpol and other planes, including a Chipmunk and a Tiger Moth.Mr James said began building planes after it dawned on him it was no different in principle to the model-making he used to do as a child.“I like making model planes. I’ve been doing it since a lad – but full-size planes interest me too,” he said. “It occurred to me that in many ways, this type of aeroplane is really only a scaled-up model.”He did concede there was a little more to it that that.“You cannot just build a plane and fly it – there are very strict rules,” said Mr James. “The aircraft was inspected numerous times during construction and then checked again by a different inspector when completed to obtain CAA certification.” He sourced a 100hp Rolls-Royce engine in the Netherlands, which he managed to re-assemble, and bought a set of wheels on eBay.The seatbelts were specially made in the USA but the rest of the 500kg plane, including the fuselage, wings and propellor, Mr James constructed himself.He had already learnt to shape and plane a wooden propeller – having previously built a Pietenpol Air Camper light aircraft out of wood covered in fabric – but he now had to learn to cut, shape and weld steel and aluminium. 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. Alan James with his Isaacs Spitfire at the airfield he usesCredit:Paul Jacobs/SWNS “Like every true Brit I wanted to fly a Spitfire,” said Mr James. “Five years ago you could only get a flight in one if you enrolled in a two-day course.”It cost £5,000 and you only got 40 minutes flying the Spitfire. So I thought about it and realised I could spend that money on building one.”After paying £150 for the set of plans for the single-seater Isaacs Spitfire – which is 60 per cent of the full sized original – from the Light Aircraft Association in 2012, Mr James set converting the 18ft by 10ft garage at his home in Reading, Berks, into his DIY aircraft plant. To date he has flown his Isaacs Spitfire, which has a top speed of 160mph, over the West Country, Northampton and the Isle of Wight.As if spending all his spare evenings and weekends on his beloved Spitfire was not enough, the plane has only one seat, which means there is no room for either his wife Margaret, 59, or his 29-year-old daughter Debbie.”My wife was the first one to go in the Pietenpol, but this is a selfish plane,” he said. “It only has one seat – for the pilot. And Debbie used to come flying with me until she found boys – and that was that,” he added. Like many other small boys Alan James’s childhood passion was to build aircraft models, inspired in his case by the ones he watched take off and land at the RAF base near his home in Reading.As a grown-up, he’s gone one better – and built a Spitfire plane in his garage.However, it took more than just a few bits of plastic and some glue to put together this version of the fighter plane which did so much to save Britain from German invasion during World War Two.Mr James was forced to search across Europe and even the United States for the specialist parts and materials required to complete his project.But now, many hours and £18,000 later, he has fulfilled his dream, taking to the skies over England in his home-built Spitfire.
Accident and Emergency departments have had their worst November performance on record, stoking fears that the NHS is facing a major winter crisis.Official figures show just 87.6 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent.It has not been hit since July 2015.The statistics show that more than 54,000 people had to wait longer for treatment, including more than 250 forced to wait 12 hours or more on a trolley.It comes as the first weekly winter figures show that last week, 25 A&E departments were forced to divert ambulances elsewhere.A review of NHS targets is considering whether it should be altered, with minor injuries excluded from assessments.But senior A&E doctors oppose the idea, which has provoked criticism that it is simply an attempt to help ensure targets can be met.A 10 year plan for the NHS is due to be announced shortly, which will set out how a £20bn spending boost will be used. However, health policy experts fear that simply getting the health service to meet existing targets would soak up most of the money.Last winter saw the highest death toll in more than 40 years after the failure of last year’s flu jab. There were an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017/18 – the highest recorded since winter 1975/76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.Health officials are concerned about low take-up of vaccines this year, and say the new jab should be a good match for the main strain in circulation this year.Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said: “Winter is only just beginning for our NHS and these are hugely concerning figures that don’t bode well for the difficult weeks ahead. “While Government remains paralysed by Brexit infighting, the NHS is struggling as a result of years of underfunding, cuts and staffing shortages. Rather than their self-interest, Tory ministers must start prioritising patients’ interests by outlining proposals for the NHS this winter.“It would be totally unforgivable if patients suffered another winter crisis like the ones we’ve seen in recent years.“Patients will expect the imminent NHS plan to have a clear credible solution to chronic understaffing and a roadmap for restoring performance that has so unacceptably deteriorated in recent years.”An NHS spokesman said: “NHS staff continue to work hard to deal with increased demand across the board, seeing 1,000 more people within four hours in A&E every day in November compared to last year 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 performance statistics released by NHS England show there were 2.04 million attendances last month – fewer than the 2.08 million seen in October.But more people had to wait longer, with 258 patients waiting more than 12 hours from decision to admit to admission, while 54,373 had to wait longer than four hours.The figures for November come after health leaders warned this winter could see hundreds of thousands of patients stranded in cramped corridors on hospital trolleys waiting for a bed.Dr Rob Harwood, chairman of the British Medical Association’s consultant committee, said last week that this winter “could be the worst on record” for emergency departments, predicting a rise in the number of A&E attendances, longer waits and more people needing hospital admissions.The doctors’ union said that in order to keep bed occupancy at safe levels over winter, hospitals need to boost capacity.
The writer of the BBC’s successful drama A Very English Scandal has complained that the drama is being screened worldwide by the “tax-dodging b——-” Amazon.The mini-series, which starred Hugh Grant as the disgraced Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe, was first shown on the BBC last year but is now available globally via the US streaming service – to the fury of its writer, Russell T Davies.“A Very English Scandal went out on Amazon [because] they came in with money afterwards,” he said. “I have problems with that because they’re tax-dodging b——- and I’m not remotely happy having gone out on their network. I’m serious. Every company has some fingers in some stinking pies, but Amazon absolutely doesn’t pay its taxes on a vast scale and I do object to that.“Hospitals should be built out of what they should be giving us and there’d still be a profit. It’s so wrong.”Amazon’s UK logistics arm paid just £4.6 million in corporation tax in the year ending December 2017, despite its operating profit growing to £79 million. The company’s tax arrangements are entirely legal but it is regularly criticised. It has previously said that it pays “all taxes required in the UK and every country where we operate”. 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. Davies’ new BBC One project is Years and Years, a drama starring Emma Thompson as a populist politician. It is likely to prove controversial, set in a near future in which Donald Trump threatens nuclear war against China.The writer said the BBC had placed no limits on what he could say about the US president.“They knew what they were getting – a bold and risky piece,” he said. “Actually, they knew it couldn’t be any madder than the real world.”Years and Years begins on May 14. The nightmarish political events are seen through the eyes of one family in Manchester.Read the full Russell T Davies interview from Saturday at 0700
As the investigation continues into the foiled robbery attempt at Liliendaal Embankment, East Coast Demerara, which resulted in the death of bandit Trydon Munroe and the injury of his accomplice, the police have confirmed that the accomplice was sentenced to two years imprisonment in absentia for armed robbery committed on a Bristol street, Cumberland, Canje, Berbice resident.Dead:Troybon Munroe of East Canje, Berbice.The sentence was handed down by a Berbice Magistrate in June of this year.The accomplice is currently in the Hospital with gunshot wounds and is presently under police guard.Munroe, 24, was killed during Tuesday’s brazen robbery attempt on a 42-year-old interior flight services supervisor and her security escort (bodyguard), who had travelled to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport to uplift a package containing valuables.Reports indicate that the woman was cornered along the Liliendaal Railway Embankment Road in the vicinity of the Giftland Mall junction when a dark coloured vehicle drove into her path, blocking her. Two men then exited that vehicle bearing weapons, and pounced on the businesswoman, being unaware that her armed escort was seated in the vehicle.Dismissed Prison Officer Munroe of Levi Dam Angoys Avenue New Amsterdam was shot and killed by the businesswoman’s bodyguard during the robbery attack, while his accomplice escaped with gunshot wounds, but later surfaced at a city hospital.Munroe’s lifeless body was found by detectives near a .32 pistol with three live matching rounds. He allegedly had been dismissed from the Guyana Prison Service after several breaches of the rules and regulations of that entity.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has since confirmed that no charges are expected to be filed against the bodyguard who fired the fatal shot. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: killed bandit was ex Prison officer, injured accomplice checks into GPHCAugust 29, 2017In “Crime”Accomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court”Bodyguard who killed bandit will not be charged- BlanhumAugust 31, 2017In “Crime”