The Utah Jazz Might Just Be For Real

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 22, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Houston Rockets’ potential. Has James Harden all but locked up the MVP award this year? And is a Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors Western Conference final inevitable? Next, the Utah Jazz are on an impressive tear, moving up in the playoff rankings despite a crowded field. The crew discusses the Jazz’s success and breaks down the unique challenges facing a small-market team. Plus, a significant digit on the Boston Celtics.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Kyle wrote about the Houston Rockets this week, asking: Why can’t they be the Warriors?The Atlanta Hawks ended the Utah Jazz’s nine-game win streak on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 1-and-884, the record (per ESPN Stats and Info) for NBA teams who trailed by 5 or more points in the final 20 seconds of a game this season. The Boston Celtics are the only team to have won. They stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night by overcoming a 5-point deficit with 16.8 seconds to go. Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Catching up with Ohio State sports played over winter break

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhile The Lantern and the Ohio State student body were taking a few weeks to unwind on winter break, several ongoing athletic programs were still in action.Since the last print issue of The Lantern on Dec. 8, six major OSU teams — football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey and wrestling — played through the new year. While most readers likely are well aware of the football team’s 44-28 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, here are how the other five programs fared.Men’s basketballAfter a start to the season that could described anywhere from “dreadful” to “rocky,” the young OSU men’s basketball team finally started to find its identity until a devastating loss over the weekend left the team wondering how it will respond.When The Lantern paused publication for winter break on Dec. 8, the Buckeyes were 4-4, easily the worst start in coach Thad Matta’s tenure.But a win that evening over Air Force put OSU back over .500. Though a blowout loss at Connecticut followed, the Scarlet and Gray made an unpredictable run from that point.A win over Northern Illinois was expected, but the Buckeyes shocked the college basketball world with a 74-67 win over then-No. 4 Kentucky in Brooklyn, New York.Five more wins followed to extend their winning streak to seven games and improving their record to a respectable 11-5, leading some to believe if the team has gotten its act together as Big Ten play arrived.But an embarrassing 85-60 loss at Indiana on Sunday silenced most of those murmurs, at least for the time being. The Buckeyes were trounced by the Hoosiers from the get-go and trailed 48-18 at the half.While the team was enjoying its winning ways, one freshman exited the program while another entered.Guard Austin Grandstaff announced on Dec. 17 that he would be seeking a transfer, which was later revealed to be to Oklahoma. A day later, however, forward Mickey Mitchell was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to play following a month-and-a-half-long pause. Mitchell made his debut on Dec. 23 and has played in six games, averaging 2.5 rebounds per game.Matta’s squad is set to return to action on Wednesday against Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.Women’s basketball The cold weather is finally arriving in Columbus, but the OSU women’s basketball team is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as it is currently on a major hot streak, just in time for Big Ten play to begin. Over the break, the Buckeyes played seven games and grabbed victories in all of them, including wins over Princeton, who went 31-1 last season, and then-No. 5 Maryland. The win over the Terrapins was OSU’s first over a top-five team since 2006. The latest victory came Sunday against Rutgers, which moved OSU’s record to 12-3, and a perfect 4-0 within the conference. OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn the latest version of the RPI rankings, which came out Monday, the Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 5, largely thanks to the fact they have won 12 of their last 13 games. The Scarlet and Gray currently are fourth in the country in scoring offense, averaging 86.5 points a contest. That high-powered offense can be attributed to a barrage of reasons, but the play of sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell is certainly the most prevalent one. Building off her excellent freshman campaign, the preseason All-American is hitting her stride as of late. Mitchell is second in the country in scoring, registering 25 points per game, on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. The 5-foot-8 Cincinnati native collected the National Player of the Week award for the second time this season on Jan. 4. The Buckeyes are set to hit the hardwood again Thursday on the road against Northwestern. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. Men’s ice hockey If the start of the OSU men’s basketball team’s season was bad, then there is likely a shortage of words fit for print to describe the men’s ice hockey team’s beginning to the 2015-16 campaign.The Buckeyes went into their break around the same time as the OSU campus, halting play for about three weeks on Dec. 5. At the time, their record was a paltry 3-11-0 after a pair of overtime losses at Minnesota.But when the Scarlet and Gray resumed action in the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida, on Dec. 28, a new team appeared to be lacing up the skates and taking the ice.OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardIn the first game of the four-team tournament, the Buckeyes shook off a 2-0 first-period deficit to score three unanswered goals and stun No. 4 Boston College 3-2. Freshman forward John Wiitala scored the game-winner in the third period, while junior goalie Christian Frey stopped 30 of 32 shots.The next day, the championship of the tournament pitted OSU against No. 9 Cornell. That game proved to be a laugher, as eight different Buckeyes scored and Frey recorded his first career shutout as the Buckeyes stomped over the Big Red 8-0.A 2-0 win over Wisconsin followed on Friday, followed by a 4-4 tie the next day, though the Badgers won the shootout.The Buckeyes are next set for a home-and-home series against Michigan, with the first game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, followed by a 5 p.m. Sunday matchup in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Women’s ice hockey The women’s ice hockey team had a similar schedule to its male opposite but with considerably less optimism emerging.OSU went into winter break with a pair of losses to Minnesota Duluth at home by scores of 4-2 and 5-2. That put the Buckeyes’ 2015 record at 6-12-0.The first game after break seemed encouraging, a 2-1 win over Penn State on Jan. 2. But a 3-2 loss to the Nittany Lions followed. And the next weekend, OSU was outscored by No. 3 Minnesota 12-1, including a 9-0 defeat on Sunday. Those two losses brought OSU’s season scoring margin against the Golden Gophers to 30-5 in four games.Sophomore defenseman Jessica Dunne made her season debut in the first game against Penn State, scoring the game-winning goal in the second period.The Buckeyes currently sit at just 7-15-0 on the season, and are set to return to the ice at home against St. Cloud State for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at the OSU Ice Rink.Wrestling OSU then-freshman Kyle Snyder celebrates a victory last season.Credit: Lantern file photoThe defending national champions had four matches over winter break, going 2-2 in them, but the biggest story surrounding the squad was the news that Kyle Snyder will be rejoining the team beginning in February. Snyder was intending on using the 2015-16 season as an Olympic redshirt, but on New Year’s Day, coach Tom Ryan announced that the sophomore was altering those plans, instead competing collegiately while still training for the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. His debut is expected to arrive on Feb. 5 when OSU travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to wrestle against top-ranked Penn State. Snyder, who is also set to take to the mat in the Big Ten and NCAA championships, is slated to compete for the Buckeyes in the heavyweight division. In September, Snyder became the youngest person in U.S. history to capture the World freestyle championship. As a freshman, the Maryland native went 30-4 and was both a Big Ten and NCAA runner-up at 197 pounds. The Buckeyes (6-2) are currently ranked No. 6, but that position will likely be lower when the newest edition comes out, as their loss to Michigan on Jan. 9 is not yet factored in. Adding Snyder back into the equation is instrumental as OSU quests to hold onto its national title.OSU is set to continue its season on Sunday against Nebraska. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

Womens basketball Penn State up next for Ohio State

OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s basketball might have played its best game of the season on Sunday against Nebraska. A season-high 23 assists led OSU to a 20-point win and the Buckeyes’ sixth-straight victory.The extra pass helped OSU put up 95 points, its second most in conference play. The team shot 47 percent from the field and had 10 more shots than Nebraska because of 19 turnovers.Coach Kevin McGuff said it’s not the number of possessions he wants. Rather, he looks for good shots off those possessions that has been a problem at times this season for the Buckeyes.“(What) I try to focus on most (is) are we getting the right shots or not,” McGuff said. “With the talent we have, if we get the right shots over the course of a 40-minute game we’ll make enough of them.”Up next for OSU is Penn State. Last year, the Buckeyes had little trouble with the Nittany Lions, leaving University Park with a 77-63 victory.This year, the Nittany Lions are led in scoring by sophomore guard Teniya Page with 18.5 points per game and followed by senior guard Lindsey Spann averaging 11.3 ppg. Penn State is 14-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten and is coming off a lost at home versus Illinois 88-69.Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell could get a lot of the attention from the Nittany Lions, but sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga could be the X-factor against Penn State. Mavunga is averaging a double-double with 11.3 rebounds and 11.7 points per game, while shooting 56.8 percent from the field. Her inside scoring could be a problem for the Nittany Lions.“I try to focus on the rebounds, the points just kind of happen,” Mavunga said. “A lot of people worry about points, I just worry about rebounds second chance points are really the key or taking away other team’s second chance opportunities.”Penn State will face the second-best rebounding team in the Big Ten, with Mavunga leading the conference in rebounding. Even with her own individual accomplishments, Mavunga credits team play for her success.“We are playing good team-basketball,” Mavunga said. “Throwing that extra pass, and not being selfish is a key on big teams.”Although Penn State hasn’t won a Big Ten game on the road this year, the Buckeyes are taking them seriously.“I like Penn State’s roster. They’re very talented,” McGuff said. “I anticipate a very difficult game. They have a great program and a history of success and their kids are used to winning, and I know they will be excited to come here and compete.”Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday. read more

How the trend for Facebragging could be fuelling divorce

first_img“More and more clients tell us that they regret how their marriage isn’t perfect in the way that they were led to believe it might be.“In our experience, the perception that they have failed to attain domestic perfection is rarely – if ever – the only factor in a divorce.“The pressure which it creates, however, exacerbates existing tensions or fractures in relationships across almost all age groups.” “Family, friends and businesses are so keen to use social media, in particular, as a means of promotion that spouses are being exposed to lots of very positive imagery.“It all looks so glamorous and so very exciting that people make negative comparisons with their own home lives and their husbands or wives as a result.“They seem unable to accept what they see as something of a show and not necessarily representative of daily reality for the majority of people. The internet has previously been blamed for fuelling break-ups because people’s bad behaviour was being exposed.Now it appears an even greater stress on marriage comes from dissatisfied spouses looking online and seeing behaviour which is too good to be true. Some husbands have threatened to end their marriages and take up with someone else if their wives do not maintain the toned physiques of some of their peers on social mediaHolly Tootill, JMW Solicitors In some cases husbands or wives have put pressure on each other to be as glamorous as their friends’ spouses, as portrayed on social media.“There are countless complaints about fitness and weight,” she said. “Couples are under so much pressure to maintain a perfect image.“Some husbands have threatened to end their marriages and take up with someone else if their wives do not maintain the toned physiques of some of their peers on social media.“Other marriages have fallen apart because of the strain which the economic downturn has had on the family’s lifestyle.“As the recession hit, couples had to budget and, on one occasion, a spouse simply tired of having to buy counterfeit luxuries in order to keep up the appearances with those in their social circle as a result.” In years past the task of impressing one’s friends and neighbours involved the straightforward – if expensive – urge to rush out and buy the latest gadget or embark on some grand home improvement.But in the age of social media, when Facebook timelines have become a parade of other people’s smiling babies, idyllic holidays, culinary miracles, marathon times or stellar career moves, those determined to equal or outdo their peers face a herculean task. Now divorce lawyers say the trend for so-called “Facebragging” – using social media to show off under the guise of “sharing” news – is even helping fuel marital breakups as more couples succumb to pressure to live up to unrealistic expectations.While the old maxim that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence has long been familiar to divorce lawyers, social media has helped take discontent to new levels, they believe. Holly Tootill, a family lawyer with JMW Solicitors, which handles just over 300 divorces a year, said  around one in five marital splits on the firm’s books involve spouses complaining about their “imperfect” marriages. Social media has became a major conduit for discontent and unrealistic expectations, she said.“There is a relatively small percentage of cases in which individuals are encountering evidence of improper behaviour by their partners on social media,” she said.“But it is, if you like, the volume and frequency of apparent perfection portrayed on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and in lifestyle and entertainment magazines which is a far greater problem. Photographs – often carefully selected to show people in the best light before being shared – can prove particularly toxic in some contexts, she added. More and more clients tell us that they regret how their marriage isn’t perfect in the way that they were led to believe it might beHolly Tootill 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

Surge in Eastern European students awarded UK university places ahead of Brexit

first_img“More than 125,000 EU students are currently studying at UK universities. They make an important academic and cultural contribution to university life and support local communities and create jobs in all regions of the UK.” The Ucas report also analysed the entry rate of ethnic groups and gender. It found that for the ninth consecutive year, the white ethnic group had the lowest entry rate to universities of all at 28.7 per cent.The entry rate for Chinese students was twice as high, at 57.9 per cent, while Asians saw the biggest increase.  Figures also showed that young women are 35 per cent more likely to go to university than men, with the largest point difference between the two sexes ever recorded. Mary Curnock Cook, Ucas’ chief executive, said the report highlights how white working-class boys remain the least likely to go to university.  “Our report underlines this point, showing that nearly three quarters of the group least likely to enter university are men, most are from lower income families, and nine out of ten are in the White ethnic group,” she said.  The surge in EU recruitment may in time come to look like a burst of ‘buy now while stocks last’Nick Hillman, Director of Higher Education Policy Institute Tuition fees for EU undergraduates are currently set at the same rate as home-students  More than 125,000 EU students are currently studying at UK universitiesCredit: Daniel Leal-Olivas More than 125,000 EU students are currently studying at UK universities Tuition fees for EU undergraduates are currently set at the same rate as home-students center_img Mr Hillman has previously called for EU students who return to their home countries without repaying their tuition loans to be treated like tax evaders. Researchers analysed the backgrounds of students who were given places at British universities this year.They examined which EU countries students came from according to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. “Over the last ten years, the strongest growth in acceptances from the EU has come from countries with lower levels of GDP per capita,” the report published on Thursday by Ucas found.It added that since 2006, the number of students from poorer European countries has tripled to reach 8,900 in 2016. Alistair Jarvis, deputy chief executive of Universities UK said: “The UK’s world-class university sector remains attractive to both EU and other international students.  Nick Hillman, Director of Higher Education Policy Institute, said: “The surge in EU recruitment may in time come to look like a burst of ‘buy now while stocks last’.“Those applying before the referendum were in a sweet spot between the removal of student number controls and looming new challenges. For EU students, the future is likely to mean higher fees, no entitlement to student loans and tougher migration rules.”EU students have access to lower fees and student loans but there are fears they could lose their benefits when Brexit takes place.Under the current system, EU students are eligible to receive  undergraduate tuition fee loans from the British government if they have lived in the European Economic Area for at least three years prior to starting university. Tuition fees for EU undergraduates are currently set at the same rate as home-students. Students from Eastern European countries who were awarded places at British universities surged by up to 50 per cent ahead of the Brexit vote which threatens to stop migrants from cashing in on tax-payer backed loans.The number of European Union (EU) students accepted on courses rose to 31,400, the highest on record, according to the latest figures released by Ucas, the universities admissions body.  However, by far the biggest increase in students came from poorer European countries such as Slovakia, which saw a 51 per cent increase from last year, while Poland and Serbia each increased by 27 per cent.This compares to smaller increases in wealthier, western European countries such as France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria, which all rose by less than five per cent. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Businessmans daughter planned elaborate conspiracy to have former boyfriend assassinated by hitmen

first_imgThe daughter of a wealthy businessman planned an “elaborate conspiracy” to have her former boyfriend assassinated by hitmen, a court heard.Rebecca Deferia, 30, allegedly arranged with her father for three hitmen to shoot Jonathan Catchpole, 38, at his home in return for at least £12,500.One of the hitmen shouted, “Rebecca wants you dead”, just before Mr Catchpole was shot in the chest with a sawn-off shotgun, Ipswich Crown Court was told. Mr Catchpole survived the attack on Aug 4, 2015 at his flat in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said it was “the final act of an elaborate conspiracy or plan to murder Mr Catchpole” which was hatched by Miss Deferia, her father and the hitmen. Mr Jackson said her father, Colin Deferia, was a wealthy and successful businessman with his own construction firm and his daughter was an only child who “appeared to want for nothing”.He said there was also evidence that Miss Deferia, who worked in the accounts department at her father’s firm, had organised an earlier attack on Mr Catchpole’s car when its brake lines were severed.Miss Deferia, of Red Lodge, Suffolk, denies a charge of conspiracy to murder. She ended her five-year relationship with Mr Catchpole in June 2013, the court heard. She changed the locks on the home they shared in Bury St Edmunds, preventing him from picking up his possessions, said Mr Jackson.The prosecution alleged that Miss Deferia and her father had arranged for a relative’s partner, Paul Baker, 35, to have Mr Catchpole killed in a “careful and meticulous plan for assassination”.Baker arranged for Andrew Seaton, 40, Simon Webber, 32, and Frank Warren, 52, to carry out the killing to distance himself from the plot. The four men, from Dorset, were convicted of conspiracy to murder alongside Colin Deferia, 60, last October.Mr Jackson said that Miss Deferia or her father had sent a briefing pack to Baker in August 2014, setting out how he should target Mr Catchpole and giving information about him.The letter was found in Baker’s car in an envelope which had been sent from a franking machine at Colin Deferia’s business Precon Products in Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds. Mr Jackson said: “It was, say the prosecution, no less than a briefing pack for the targeting of Mr Catchpole and his family and ultimately his execution.”Mr Jackson said that a pay-as-you-go phone, registered by Miss Deferia as belonging to her, had been used to make calls to police falsely alleging that Mr Catchpole was a drug dealer being targeted by men with firearms. He described it as “a false trail” to try to convince police that the attack on Mr Catchpole was due to a drugs vendetta.The trial continues. 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

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years say Harvard

first_imgWorld-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of the mammoth. By splicing the mammoth genes into the genome of an elephant embryo, the team believe they can recreate a mammoth-elephant hybrid, which would have all the recognisable features of… “Woolly mammoths” could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said. They have used DNA from mammoths that were preserved in Arctic permafrost to look for the genes that separated them from elephants, such as those with code for a shaggy coat, big ears and antifreeze blood.  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

Medieval fort ruined by staircase built by council to preserve historic site

first_imgNew stairs on Castle hill in Thetford that have upset some locals Matthew Spencer, a retail workers who lives closeby, said: “It couldn’t be worse to be honest. It’s an eyesore. I think steps could be a good idea for access but how they’ve done it is terrible.”The material looks horrible. They should have used something more natural. I think they’ve ruined how it looks. It’s ugly and overly modern – just not a good look.”Others were equally outspoken, with Steve Burkey, another resident, claiming that the new staircase amounted to “archaeological sacrilege”.“This is a very bad idea and should not have been implemented at all,” he added. “What next? Flatten Stonehenge? One thousand years of Thetford history defaced by a galvanised staircase!” Picturesque views of an 11th century motte-and-bailey castle in Norfolk have been ruined by the construction of an “overly modern” fiberglass staircase, built to preserve the historic site, locals say.The ruins of Thetford Castle, a Norman hillfort destroyed in 1173 under the orders of Henry II, have remained a popular tourist attraction on the outskirts of the market town for centuries.But now the 80 ft mound has been turned into“eyesore” following the decision by the local council to build a fleet of steps to prevent erosion caused by visitors climbing to its peak.The £65,000 project has faced stern opposition from residents, who claim it has created a “huge scar” on an otherwise “beautiful” landscape. New stairs on Castle hill in Thetford that have upset some localsCredit:SWNS Thetford mound, a medieval motte and bailey castlecenter_img However, a Thetford Town Council spokesman defended the installation of the staircase, adding that wooden, more natural-looking materials would have required more foundations and “costly maintenance and replacement.”A spokesman for Historic England said: “While we accept the steps will change the visual appeal of the site, they also bring significant benefits in terms of increased public access and better management.” A petition has also been set up on the website Change.org entitled “Better looking steps for Castle Hill in Thetford” which has so far received nearly 400 signatures. 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

Manchester tattoo parlour that raised money for terror victims under fire after

first_imgI feel sorry for Samantha getting dragged into it because obviously she really needs the money too but they weren’t honest with people. It’s quite sad to see what’s happenedLeanne Fletcher “I feel conned… Loads of people got these tattoos in good faith that the money would help all those children and the families affected.”I rang Inkspire on the Saturday [May 27] to discuss it and they said they were so busy that they’d have to book me in for Sunday.”I turned up for my appointment at 4.45pm and didn’t get done until 7pm. That’s how busy it was. There were more people after me as well because they stayed open longer than usual to fit everyone in.”I paid £35 cash because I wanted it in colour but they were charging most people £25. It only took about 15 minutes and I got a receipt.”I’m really happy with the tattoo itself. There was a good atmosphere and they were offering cups of tea and biscuits.”Yesterday [Tuesday] I finished work and saw their post about where the donations actually went. I was fuming. I’m disgusted. It made me really angry.”I feel sorry for Samantha getting dragged into it because obviously she really needs the money too… It’s quite sad to see what’s happened.”The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which comprises several fundraising efforts set up to help victims and survivors of the bomb – including the Manchester Tattoo Appeal – has so far raised more than £10million. In a statement on Wednesday, Inkspire Rochdale – which appeared to post a screenshot proving it had paid the four-figure sum to Samantha via PayPal – said: “I would like to apologise for the misunderstanding and upset this has caused people and would like to inform you that under no circumstances did I or my staff deliberately try to deceive anyone.”As you can see from Samantha’s [statement] I have been working hard to try and resolve the situation and I thank you for your understanding in this matter.”A man claiming to represent Inkspire Rochdale, who wouldn’t give his name, said: “Charity begins at home. We have taken the initiative to provide to several charities.”We have offered contributions to Samantha out of our own generosity and goodwill to the sum of almost £1,300. That same sum will also be donated to the Manchester appeal this Friday.”No-one has told us to do this. It’s from our own goodwill. What people were under the impression of and what is factual are different. We never said we would give to the Manchester appeal.”The wording we used was to give to charity. We never stated a specific charity. At this moment we should be working together to overcome fear. Samantha Smith, a 30-year-old mother-of-two, who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, has since received death threats despite saying she would forward the money to the Manchester fund following the “poorly handled mistake”.Leanne Fletcher, who paid £35 to get a bee tattoo on her foot at Inkspire Rochdale on May 28, said she felt “conned” by the studio’s management.However, a spokesperson for studio claimed that they never stated the money raised would go the terror attack victims, only that it would go to charity.Leanne, a 34-year-old nursery manager from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, said: “The fact of the matter is that people thought they were donating to the victims of the bomb. “That’s not to take anything away from Samantha, who has a very worthy cause that I’ve donated to in the past, but that’s not who people thought they were giving to. “We are willing and able to give to both charities and we we shall continue to do so.” Samantha Smith requires life-saving spinal surgerycenter_img In a statement on Wednesday, Samantha, from Littleborough, Greater Manchester, said: “Yesterday, Inkspire Rochdale donated £1,285 to my cause via the fundraising page.”Unfortunately, the donors believed this money was for the Manchester fund and it has caused upset for everyone involved.”Yesterday, the studio contacted me to tell me they had fundraised with the initial intention of it to go to the Manchester fund, but that a decision had been made to donate it to my fund instead.”I believed this was a collective decision. Naturally, given my situation I was very grateful.”I now understand this was not a collective decision and have witnessed the upset and anger towards the decision and towards Inkspire.”I can reassure you that when I am home I will forward the money to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.”It is my belief that the studio made a decision based on good intentions, but it has seemingly been mishandled.”I don’t believe a man should lose his business over a poorly handled mistake motivated by best intentions.”I do, however, believe that the funds should be with the people that they were donated to initially and this will happen, with evidence posted here to my page. “In addition, a member of my fundraising team has spoken with Inkspire. They have received a lot of hate and anger for their decision and feel extremely remorseful for their mistake.”Finally, Inkspire would like to resolve this matter urgently and have kindly offered to personally match the amount raised and donate it to the #SaveSamantha fund once I have forwarded the donation to the Manchester fund.”In comfort of the knowledge that this issue will be completely resolved today, I kindly ask that you allow this matter to rest once evidence of fund transfer has been posted by myself. Thanks.”In a Facebook post on Tuesday, since deleted, the business said: “So guys after careful consideration all your donations have been forwarded to Samantha Smith, a single mum who is in need of a major life-saving surgery.”Victims of Manchester: as such a huge, huge amount has been raised already for such a great cause, we thought perhaps we would also help out another of our own from Manchester/Rochdale area.”We hope this upsets no-one as we should stand united. I hope everyone understands this [is] for a great cause.”We would like to thank everyone who gave towards charity – all the artists, non-artists and the customers from all studios who worked extremely hard to achieve whatever numbers they did.” Samantha Smith requires life-saving spinal surgeryCredit:Mercury Press and Media Ltd A Manchester tattoo parlour that raised money for terror victims has come under fire after ‘passing on’ donations to a sick local mother. Dozens of people got a tattoo of a bee – a symbol of Manchester – at Inkspire in Rochdale in the aftermath of last month’s bomb under the impression that the proceeds would go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.But the studio caused uproar when it posted on Facebook to say a £1,285 donation had instead been made to a single mother who requires life-saving spinal surgery. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Songs of Praise row as BBC accused of snubbing cathedral choir in

first_imgThe Bangor Cathedral Choir will not be in its usual place at the front of the church and will instead be sitting in the congregation Côr Glanaethwy came third in Britain's Got Talent The Bangor Cathedral Choir will not be in its usual place at the front of the church and will instead be sitting in the congregationCredit:Facebook Bangor Cathedral Choir features around 20 singers, and has been performing since the fourteenth century. It is made up of students from schools across the city as well as Choral Scholars from the University of Bangor. Several parents and choir members have complained to the cathedral’s governing body, and one parent claimed children have been ‘teased’ by students from the rival choir at school.Bangor Cathedral Choir usually sings traditional English hymns to a background of organ music, while Cor Glanaethwy frequently sings in Welsh, as well as performing pop songs on Britain’s Got Talent.The Telegraph understands Cor Glanaethwy will be signing in English and Welsh.The 167-piece choir made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, and came third overall, and were tipped as favourites to win before the result. 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. “All the local choirs, including the Bangor Cathedral Choir, have been invited to be part of the congregation singing the hymns.”The BBC told The Telegraph it is common for the show to work with a number of choirs on location.The dean of Bangor cathedral, the Very Reverend Kathy Jones, said: “We are delighted that Songs of Praise are going to be recording at Bangor Cathedral and that a number of groups from the community are taking part.”Ysgol Glanaethwy has been contacted for comment.  They performed a Welsh-language version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the final of the reality television show, and lost to dog-and-human act Jules and Matisse.David Walliams, who was on the judging panel, said the choir made him feel “proud to be a quarter Welsh”, and Simon Cowell predicted they would win.Ysgol Glanaethwy, the school which produces the choir, runs acting and singing classes in Bangor. It rose to fame in 2008, when the choir took part in BBC 1’s Last Choir Standing show and came second. Côr Glanaethwy came third in Britain’s Got TalentCredit:Facebook Songs of Praise has been accused of “snubbing” a traditional cathedral choir in favour of Britain’s Got Talent finalists.The episode will be recorded at Bangor Cathedral on 5 March, and is due to be broadcast over the Easter weekend, which falls between 30 March and 2 April.Students from Bangor Cathedral Choir have been asked to sit in the congregation of their own church, with multiple other groups, as Cor Glanaethwy, a choir from a nearby performing arts school, takes centre stage.A young singer has described this choice as “disrespectful”, writing a letter to the the cathedral.The unnamed child wrote: “Songs of Praise is a Christian television programme, and cathedral choir is a Christian choir.”Yet the choir has not been asked to sing in Songs of Praise, which is a snub to the choir.”The BBC has defended its choice, saying it often works with multiple different choirs from the community, but some have said it is odd to choose a performing arts choir over a traditional Christian one for the Easter show. A BBC spokesperson said:  “Songs of Praise films in different cathedrals across the UK often working with a number of choirs in a location and on this occasion we are filming with Ysgol Glanaethwy. last_img read more