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Buckeyes embracing fresh start as conference tournament begins

The start of the postseason serves as a fresh start for the Ohio State men’s hockey team. “The slate’s wiped clean,” coach John Markell said. “I think that’s how everyone looks at it, not just us.” Markell and the rest of the team admitted they didn’t have the success in the regular season that they were hoping for. But the playoffs offer new life.The Buckeyes begin the postseason this weekend when they host Notre Dame in the first round of the CCHA Tournament. In the first two rounds, teams will play a best-of-three series to determine who advances.Defenseman Matt Bartkowski acknowledged how imperative it is for the Buckeyes to win the first game in a short series. “It’s very important. It sets the tone for the whole weekend,” Bartkowski said. “In a potential three-game series, it’s important to take the momentum and take it into Saturday night.” Markell agreed with the defenseman’s assessment, adding, “You can’t afford to drop the first one. Obviously your ultimate goal is to win the first game.”The start of the postseason serves as a clean slate for Notre Dame as well. While the Fighting Irish had only one win in their last six games, the Buckeyes certainly will not be taking them lightly.“They had a few injuries and we’re aware of that. A lot of those guys are coming off their injuries right now,” Bartkowski said. “It’s going to be Notre Dame, it’s not going to be half their team, or their second- and third-line guys. We’re definitely going to be prepared.”The Buckeyes might also be getting healthier this weekend, according to Markell. “We might get Sean Duddy back this weekend, which is good. And we should be full go,” Markell said. Duddy missed the past two series with a leg injury. His return would add another key piece to a defense that’s been playing its best hockey of the year as of late.“I thought that was one of the best defensive games all year,” Bartkowski said of their last game against the Miami Redhawks. “And that’s something we’re going to need to take into the playoffs.”The Buckeyes will move over to the Ohio State Ice Rink for this weekend’s series. The Buckeyes play their regular season games at the Schottenstein Center, so although they are still at home, it is a change of venue. But many of the Buckeyes are welcoming the move.“I like it,” Bartkowski said of the Ohio Sate Ice Rink. “We practice there all the time. The ice surface is a little bit smaller which could benefit us because we’re a little more used to it than Notre Dame.”Forward Zac Dalpe, who finished the season just one point shy of the lead in the conference, said the change in venues may change the game. “I think the neutral zone is clogged up a little bit more. And neutral zone play is a big part of the game, that might play to our advantage. We’ll see. It’s something I’ve noticed during exhibition games and past playoff games there,” Dalpe said.Last season, the Buckeyes opened their conference tournament by hosting Bowling Green. The Buckeyes promptly dismissed the Falcons with a two-game sweep and will look to do the same to the Fighting Irish this season.The teams face off Friday, Saturday and if necessary, Sunday, at 7:05 p.m. read more

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Incoming freshmen provide added depth for Ohio State mens basketball

Thad Matta has done it again. Ohio State’s men’s basketball team welcomes another highly ranked recruiting class to help replace David Lighty, Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale. Bucknuts.com managing editor Steve Helwagen and Buckeyegrove.com’s Kevin Noon help break down the future Buckeyes. Amir Williams Williams will give the Buckeyes some much-needed depth inside. The 6-foot-9 center from Beverly Hills, Mich., was a McDonald’s All-American his senior year in high school and figures to help replace Lauderdale down low. “Amir can spend his freshman year either working alongside (Jared) Sullinger or being his backup,” Helwagen said. “And then, theoretically, by his sophomore year, he’ll have a chance to be the guy inside for the Buckeyes.” As a freshman, Williams won’t have the size to be a dominant physical presence inside, but his athleticism and ability to run the floor make him a threat on both ends of the court. “He should give Ohio State some much needed size down in the paint,” Noon said. “But he’s not going to be a banger, at least at first.” Sam Thompson A 6-foot-6 small forward from Chicago, Thompson is a versatile scorer with a knack for making plays. If he transitions smoothly to the college game, Thompson could play some valuable minutes for OSU. “He definitely has the ability to create,” Noon said, “and that’s something Matta definitely will be looking for.” Because of his length and athleticism, Thompson is able to defend multiple positions on the floor, much like Lighty. “Now that the program has lost Lighty and Diebler, (Thompson) has got a chance to come in, and if he can show them something right away, he has a chance to play quite a bit,” Helwagen said. “He’s maybe the next David Lighty.” Shannon Scott Also a McDonald’s All-American, Scott may be the most college-ready player of his class. Noon and Helwagen both said they believe Scott has the best chance to see significant playing time his freshman year. “I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that we’re going to see him and Aaron Craft out on the floor at the same time,” Noon said. The 6-foot-2 point guard from Alpharetta, Ga., won a state championship his junior year of high school and is known for his high basketball IQ. Though experts say he needs to extend his shooting range, Scott’s diverse range of skills make him a threat to make an immediate impact for the Buckeyes. “He’s a great table setter and he can score as needed,” Helwagen said. “Scott is just a dynamic guy. He and Craft, if they get it together, are going to be awesome together.” LaQuinton Ross Ross is a 6-foot-8 small forward with three-point range, and knows how to score. “He’s definitely a scorer,” Noon said. Ross was considered by some experts as one of the top five players in the 2011 class early in his high school career, but saw his stock drop because of injuries. “He’s got a tremendous upside,” Helwagen said. “It may take him a year or so to really adjust to the college level, but I think he’s got the potential. The sky is the limit for him, and he could be the sleeper of this class.” Ross is from Jackson, Miss., but transferred to Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., to finish high school. Trey McDonald McDonald isn’t expected to make a big contribution during his freshman season at OSU, but could be a valuable asset in time. “He’s a program player who, perhaps by his junior or senior year, will be a meaningful on-court contributor,” Helwagen said. “For now, his role is to grow and learn.” At 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, the power forward from Battle Creek, Mich., has the ability to score inside, but experts say his game lacks polish. “I think he has the most work to do coming in from this class,” Noon said. read more

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With awards in tow Ohio State footballs Braxton Miller still focused on

Nearly three months after his sophomore season ended, Braxton Miller is still being praised for what he accomplished in 2012. At Ohio State’s men’s basketball game against Northwestern Thursday, the quarterback received his Big Ten Player of the Year trophy on the court amid a standing ovation from the crowd during a media timeout in the first half. Miller, smiling, held the Silver Football, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune, high above his head for all the people in attendance at the Schottenstein Center to see. Miller enjoys the recognition. It humbles him. The trophies and cheers help Miller realize how his hard work – and that from the rest of his team – can pay off. “I’m just thankful for all the things I can do out (on the field) and receive awards like this,” Miller said, moments before accepting his trophy while wearing a black T-shirt, black sweatpants and red Nikes. “It’s a blessing.” Miller, though, would much rather focus on the present and what lies ahead of him. His mind is dead set on preparing for the 2013 season. At the forefront of that emphasis are the dual-threat signal caller’s fundamentals. “I had bad mechanics last year,” Miller said. “I want to focus on it this year.” To better his footwork and throwing motion, Miller traveled west over OSU’s winter break to work with San Diego-based coach George Whitfield Jr. The quarterback guru – who has helped notable NFL gunslingers Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck, along with 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel – trained Miller on the beaches of California. Part of those workout sessions centered around “chaos mechanics.” When a play breaks down, Miller said he needs to be just as fundamentally sound as he would be in a standard three-step drop. “You got to keep your composure and just keep your mind on your mechanics and it gets you through it,” Miller said. “I’m just getting comfortable right now.” If Miller, who set a school-record for total yards in 2012 with 3,310 during the Buckeyes’ 12-0 season, can better the small details of his game, 2013 could be a Heisman season for OSU’s signal caller. Consistency will be the key for the Big Ten’s most heralded offensive threat. “When he’s good, he’s really good, and when he’s bad, he’s bad. We need him to be really good more often,” said OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman Thursday. “His good is really, really stinking good and he just needs to continue working on the consistency of it, because he’s capable of that.” Miller will have some new skill-players to work with in 2013. The Buckeyes signed multiple high-level prospects that helped OSU attain one of the top-three recruiting classes in the country this winter. When asked if he is excited to play with the new talents, Miller grinned widely and replied, “Heck yeah.” On-the-field skills aren’t the only aspect of his game that Miller is working on during the offseason.  OSU’s players are currently in a no-contact period with their coaches. Players are holding lifting sessions and position-centered workouts on their own. Miller might be one of the Buckeyes who is taking on a significant leadership role during this time. “Every year, you’ve got to be a leader and just push the team and we got to start up from what we did last year,” Miller said. Coming off a record-setting and undefeated year, expectations are quite high for Miller and the Buckeyes heading into next season. Miller is at the head of nearly all preseason Heisman lists. OSU finds itself ranked in the top-5 of all the early poll projections. The Buckeyes’ playmaker said he wouldn’t have it any other way. Miller will keep on working and preparing as he always has. “No change, been this way my whole life,” Miller said. read more

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LaQuinton Ross Ohio States goto liability

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives to the basket during a game against Iowa Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAt any level of basketball, when a team needs a key bucket or big play down the stretch, it typically gets the ball to its best player and lets him take the lead to victory.Such a leader is vital at both ends of the floor, having the ability to come up with the key defensive play or knock down a potential game-winner.But what happens when your go-to guy becomes such a liability that he might not be the best option to be on the floor come crunch time?Welcome to the dilemma that is Ohio State junior forward LaQuinton Ross.Ross led all Buckeyes with 22 points and seven rebounds in an 84-74 loss to then-No. 20 Iowa, but his five turnovers and other mental errors cost OSU, who dropped from No. 3 to No. 11 after back-to-back losses, when it needed him most.“Obviously we need LaQuinton to play well. He had the two fouls on rebounds where he shoved the guy,” coach Thad Matta said following the loss to the Hawkeyes. “We needed him to take and make some big shots, handle the ball a little bit better.”With his team clinging to a 65-64 lead with 5:05 to play, Ross air mailed a 3-pointer and turned the ball over on consecutive possessions.Iowa took the lead back for good and send OSU to its first loss at the Schottenstein Center since Feb. 10, 2013 against then-No. 1 Indiana.Senior guard Aaron Craft said after the loss that a reason for the team’s offensive struggles at times is because the guys on the floor might not all be on the same page.“We’re at our best when we’re connected. You can hear that when we’re talking, you can see that on offense and for stretches in both these past two games we haven’t been connected,” Craft said. “We’ve had stretches where we have been. It’s very easy to see when you go back and watch the film, the times when we are and the times when we aren’t. We really have to minimize the times that we aren’t.”Ross said his main concern is making sure he’s in position to score.“I try to do what I can to help the team win. That’s it,” Ross said after the loss. “Scoring is what I do to help contribute to this team, so that’s what I try to do.”In OSU’s game prior to Iowa — a 72-68 overtime loss at the hands of then No. 5 Michigan State — Ross was nowhere to be found, scoring just five points and playing the least minutes of any of the five starters.It’s clear Ross is a scorer (he leads the team with an averaage 13.6 points per game), but Matta’s teams are predicated on defense, and in a game like the one against the Spartans when OSU fell behind 55-38 with eight minutes to play, defensive stops are needed. Ross, however, said missing a part of the comeback against MSU was a motivator to improve.“I don’t think it was because I watched my teammates out there. I think (freshman forward) Marc (Loving) did a great job at the end of the game. Seeing him put in work like that as a freshman, that was good to see,” Ross said. “They made a huge comeback at the end of the game, so I didn’t feel no type of way about sitting out at the end of that game. Today I think I wanted to redeem myself from last game. It was a bad performance, (and) I think any player would want to do that if they came in off a bad game.”The junior from Jackson, Miss., has scored in double figures 12 times this season, but in the remaining five, he is averaging a meager 4.2 points. That could raise questions about OSU’s supposed top scoring threat being inconsistent. It’s not just about one guy though, Matta said.“We have to have a certain level of consistency in everything that we’re doing — offensively, defensively, transition,” Matta said. “Those are things that across the board, not just LaQuinton, everybody has to do your job and do it with great energy and great focus on making everybody on the floor around you better.”Whether it’s Ross, the coaches or the team as a whole, the Buckeyes need to get it figured out quickly, with a Thursday visit to Minnesota (13-4, 2-2) looming.“It doesn’t get any easier for us. We go on the road here starting on Thursday,” Craft said. “A lot to be learned from this game.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers is set for 9 p.m. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State faces toughest challenge of the season in Gonzaga

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) waits for the Buckeye offense to run in the second half of the game against Radford on Nov. 12. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (4-0) will face its toughest test of the season upon traveling across the country to Portland, Oregon, to play in the PK80 Invitational, starting with No. 17 Gonzaga (3-0) at midnight Friday morning.The Scarlet and Gray look to build off of an undefeated start to the head coach Chris Holtmann era, taking on some of the best basketball programs in the nation. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate have led the way for the Buckeyes, averaging 19.3 points and 10.0 rebounds, and 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, respectively.“It’s a great opportunity,” Bates-Diop said. “There’s a lot of great teams out there. There’s a chance you get to play them all in a three- or four-day stretch. It’s great for us.”Traveling more than 2,000 miles across the country and playing multiple games in a short time period might appear grueling, but not in the age of AAU tournaments. Tate said most of his teammates have previously played three to four games in a day, let alone a weekend.Tate expressed excitement at the opportunity to play against top-tier college basketball programs, but emphasized the importance of the team not getting ahead of itself.“I think it’s going to be the biggest stage we’ve been on in a while,” Tate said. “But we’re just prepping for Gonzaga. We’re just taking it one day at a time.”The Buckeyes need ample preparation to be ready for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are coming off of a runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament and have consistently enjoyed success during head coach Mark Few’s 19-year tenure.Holtmann is well aware of Gonzaga’s sustained success. From what he’s seen, he said Gonzaga appears capable of making another deep run in the NCAA Tournament this season.“I think they’re just really disciplined. You can tell they’re a program that’s won at a really high level for a number of years because they don’t beat themselves,” Holtmann said. “They’re big. They’re talented. They’re well-coached. They’re one of the very best basketball programs in the country.”The Bulldogs have had the tall task of replacing Nigel Williams-Goss, Przemek Karnowski and Jordan Matthews, who were their top three scorers last season. They also watched sixth man Zach Collins taken 10th overall in the NBA draft by the Portland Trailblazers.However, Gonzaga has replaced its key contributors of the past with a mix of returning and new players. Returning to take on bigger roles are redshirt junior guard Josh Perkins and sophomore forward Killian Tillie. The duo is currently leading the team in scoring with 13.3 points, and 12.3 points, respectively.Freshman forward Corey Kispert and redshirt freshman guard Zach Norwell have already become critical cogs in the Bulldogs’ scheme. Kispert averages 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, shooting 54 percent from the field and 42 percent from behind the arc. Norwell has been a do-it-all sixth man, averaging 10.7 points, three rebounds, three assists and 1.7 steals in only 18 minutes per game.Gonzaga ranks No. 17 in the nation in scoring with an average of 94 points per game. Gonzaga has not relied on any one player in particular for production. Instead, the Bulldogs have counted on a balanced attack featuring six players averaging more than 10 points per game.Given the tournament style and prestige of the teams participating, including No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Michigan State and No. 9 North Carolina, comparisons have been made between the PK80 Invitational and the NCAA Tournament. Tate was asked if it felt like the Buckeyes were preparing for the NCAA Tournament.“Definitely,” Tate responded. “We play three games and no matter what — all three games — we’re going to have to come out and play. We’re going to have to be the best team we can be because every team in there on their best night can beat anybody in my opinion. We’re just going to prepare for the first one and keep the train rolling.”Beyond GonzagaIf the Buckeyes win, they will play the winner of the Florida-Stanford matchup. If Ohio State loses to Gonzaga, it will play the loser of the Florida-Stanford matchup.No. 7 Florida (3-0) averages 98 points per game and shoots better than 40 percent from the perimeter. Its leading scorers, redshirt senior guard Egor Koulechov and junior guard Jalen Hudson, average 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, and 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, respectively.Stanford (3-2) has struggled early, losing to North Carolina and Eastern Washington. The Cardinal only defeated Northeastern (2-2) by 14 points, whereas Ohio State defeated Northeastern by 25 points. Redshirt junior forward Reid Travis and senior forward Michael Humphrey average 21.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, and 12.2 points and 10.6 rebounds, respectively.“We feel like every game we play is an opportunity,” Tate answered. “Any game you lose is going to hurt. Any game you win is going to help you. So we’re just taking it one game at a time. As long as we keep stringing the wins together, I feel very confident that we’ll be in the tournament.” read more

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Bride whose brother died weeks before wedding has him added to miracle

first_img“She asked if I could add her brother to her wedding photos and I thought it would help,” she told the BBC.”I gave her a warning that I was sending the photos over and asked her if she was ready, just in case, and she said she cried all over the phone. I never knew how much it would mean to Catherine.”Hundreds of people have commented on Mrs Flower’s enhanced pictures, saying they wanted loved-ones added to their own photographs, after she posted them online. Seeing him in the pictures was a miracle, I couldn’t stop cryingthe new Mrs Flower Ms Duncan – who creates personalised gifts for birthdays and weddings – responded to many of the posts, urging them to send her their family photos to be enhanced.She added: “I could never have imagined the response I have had since this was posted online.” Shaun Carter, who died in a construction site accident, is pictured with his arm around the bride, his sister, in this graphically-enhanced photograph When Catherine Carter’s brother died in an accident just weeks before her wedding, she was devastated that he would miss her big day.But, thanks to a graphic artist, the bride’s wish for her late sibling to stand beside her in the family photographs has come true.The full-time mother commissioned Rachel Duncan to enhance the pictures from her marriage to John Flower so they incorporated her brother Shaun. His sister married at St Paul’s Church, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, in July before deciding to ask Ms Duncan, of Aberdeen-based firm Jelly Penguin Graphics, to incorporate her brother into the pictures.”Seeing him in the pictures was a miracle, I couldn’t stop crying,” said the new Mrs Flower.”I really wanted him to be in my pictures. He was supposed to be there and it looks like he is there – I love them so much.center_img “It means so much to me to have a photo of him standing with us. I’ve framed it and have it in my living room now.”Ms Duncan, who charges £25 per image that she enhances for customers, said Mrs Flower’s request had been “heartbreaking”. 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. In one adapted picture, a faint ghost-like image of the late Shaun can be seen with his hand on his sister’s shoulder while she stands next to her mother and step-father after tying the knot.Another enhanced photograph shows an image of Shaun, who was 29 when he died in an accident at a construction site in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, in May, with his arm around the bride. Shaun Carter, who died in a construction site accident, is pictured with his arm around the bride, his sister, in this graphically-enhanced photographCredit:JELLY PENGUIN GRAPHICS/ CATHERINE FLOWER last_img read more

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Top 100 world universities 201617 – QS World University Rankings

first_img75= TOHOKU UNIVERSITY (74)     77.   UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS (68)     78.   UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL (79)     79.   KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN (82=)   80.   UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH (85=)   81.   THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND (82=)   82.   UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (76)     83.   POHANG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (POSTECH) (87=)   84.   THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD (80)     85= UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES (124=)   85= UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS (UCD) (85=)  87.   UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON (81)    88.   OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY (99)    89.   BOSTON UNIVERSITY (91)     90.   RICE UNIVERSITY (106)      In total, 38 of the UK’s 48 top 400 universities dropped down the rankings this year. Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and Imperial remained within the top 10, but the latter slipped from eighth to ninth this year.Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, argued that a combination of uncertainty over immigration and long-term funding issues could have influenced the UK’s performance.View the complete rankings here: Top 800 universities He added that “the ability to hire and retain the top young talent from around the world seems to be damaging the reputation of the UK’s higher education sector”.However, in terms of cities, London continues to host more top 40 institutions than any other city in the world, with nearly half of its 16 featured universities rising in the rankings.QS World University Rankings – Top 100Last year’s rankings in brackets.1.   MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) (1)     2.   STANFORD UNIVERSITY (3=)   3.   HARVARD UNIVERSITY (2)     4.   UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (3=)   5.   CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH) (5)    6.   UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD (6)     7.   UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON) (7)    8.   ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) (9)     9.   IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON (8)     10.   UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO (10)     11.   PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (11)    12.   NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS) (12)      74. Durham UniversityCredit:Rex 13.   NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU) (13)     14.   ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL) (14)    15.   YALE UNIVERSITY (15)     16.   CORNELL UNIVERSITY (17)     17.   JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (16)     18.   UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA (18)     19.   UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH (21)     20.   COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (22)     21.   KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (KCL) (19=)   22.   AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU) (19=)  23.   UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (30=)  24= DUKE UNIVERSITY (29)     24= TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY (25)    26.   NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY (32)   27.   UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (HKU) (30=)   28.   UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY (UCB) (26)     29.   THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER (33)     30.   MCGILL UNIVERSITY (24)     31.  UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA) (27)     32.   UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO (34)     33.   ECOLE NORMALE SUPÉRIEURE, PARIS (ENS PARIS) (23)    34.   THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO (39)     35.   SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (SNU) (36)     36.   THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (HKUST) (28)    37= KYOTO UNIVERSITY (38)     37= LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE (LSE)  (35)     39.   PEKING UNIVERSITY (41)     40.   UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO (UCSD) (44)     41.   UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL (37)     42.   THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE (42)     43.   FUDAN UNIVERSITY (51=)   44.   THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (CUHK) (51=)   45.   UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (50)      7. University College London The University of Cambridge has dropped out of the top three global universities for the first time in over a decade, the annual QS World University Rankings have revealed.According to the list, the elite institution is the highest ranked in the UK, but has fallen from third place to fourth – its lowest ranking since the league tables were launched in 2004.The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named the world’s best for the fifth consecutive year. 61.   SHANGHAI JIAO TONG UNIVERSITY (70=)   62.   DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (64)     63= OSAKA UNIVERSITY (58)63= UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW (62=)   65.   MONASH UNIVERSITY (67)     66.   UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN (59)     67.   UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN (77)    68= LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN (75)     68= NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY (NTU) (70=)   68= UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN (69)     71.   GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (GEORGIA TECH) (84)    72.   RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITÄT HEIDELBERG (66)     73.   LUND UNIVERSITY (70=)74.   DURHAM UNIVERSITY (61)     75= THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM (70=)    91.   UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI (96=)   92.   PURDUE UNIVERSITY (89=)   93.   UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS (87=)   94.   UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA (96=)   95= PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY (101)     95= UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA (89=)   97.   KTH, ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (92)     98= KIT, KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FÜR TECHNOLOGIE (93)     98= KOREA UNIVERSITY (104)     98= TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (TCD) (78)    98= UPPSALA UNIVERSITY (102)   © QS Quacquarelli Symonds – www.TopUniversities.com Durham University University College London 46= KAIST – KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (43)     46= NEW YORK UNIVERSITY (NYU) (53)     46= THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY (45)     49= BROWN UNIVERSITY (49)     49= THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES (UNSW) (46=)   51= THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND (UQ) (46=)   51= THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK (48)    53= ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE PARISTECH (40)     53= UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON (54)     55.   CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (57)     56.   TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (56)    57.   UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM (55)     58.   CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY (62=)   59.   UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (65)     60.   TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN (60)      Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Sir Cameron Mackintosh musicals ban understudies from announcing show dates

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Glenn Close reprised the role of Norma Desmond in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard  Cast members take the final curtain call in the long-running musical Les Miserables on Broadway Natasha Barnes (Fanny Brice) during the curtain call ‘Funny Girl’ musicalCredit:Rex Actress Ria Jones on stage at the curtain call after she stepped in for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard  “We’ve had a number of complaints from leading actors who said they think it’s a little off that our understudies are tweeting when they’re off, either ill or on holiday,” he said.“It’s not something we’d ever thought of before, so we reminded our casts that in their contracts for a very long time it has said that a member of the cast should not disseminate information about the show without the approval of the management.“What we felt was that it’s only right that information about schedules and acting performances should come from us, and not individual members of the cast.“Once that information is out there, then obviously everyone should feel free to do what they want. Natasha Barnes (Fanny Brice) during the curtain call 'Funny Girl' musical Jonathan Pryce (Engineer) ‘Miss Saigon’ musical 25th Anniversary Gala at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, in 2014Credit:Rex Glenn Close reprised the role of Norma Desmond in the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard  This year has seen the role of the understudy propelled into the headlines after Natasha Barnes stepped in to perform in Funny Girl while Sheridan Smith took last-minute time off.Ria Jones won over a hostile audience at Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum, after Glenn Close fell ill with a chest infection.Jones received a standing ovation for her performances, despite furious ticket-holders initially demanding their money back, while Barnes was awarded a five star review by the Telegraph as theatre critic Dominic Cavendish proclaimed her “every bit as good” as Smith. Cast members take the final curtain call in the long-running musical Les Miserables on BroadwayCredit:AP For a rising star, it could be the most important moment of their career, stepping into the limelight on the West End stage to take the lead role for the first time.But understudies are to be banned from announcing their appearances without permission, as Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s company clamps down on social media.Actors working in Sir Cameron’s shows, which include Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera, have been warned they are not to post the dates of their performances online ahead of shows without the blessing of those in charge.Critics accused the company of “disrespecting” understudies and blocking fans from seeing their shows, with one saying: “In other words producers are afraid it will hurt box office.” “Social media is a fact of life and a very useful way of communicating with the public, but when you’ve got employees tweeting information about other employees by association, then you need to control that.”He added the company had huge respect for all understudies and had a long history of promoting them, saying they remained at liberty to contact friends, family or fans individually to let them know they are performing.A spokesman for WestEnd Understudies, a social media feed which alerts fans to when their favourite actors are on stage, said: “The reason most understudies currently post their performance dates on social media is because there is no announcement by producers currently, and if there was, it would only be for the main two or three roles.“It does affect their careers.” Jonathan Pryce (Engineer) 'Miss Saigon' musical 25th Anniversary Gala at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, in 2014 Actress Ria Jones on stage at the curtain call after she stepped in for Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard  Nicholas Allott, the managing director of Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, said the social media guidelines were merely an extension of long-held contracts, which have always prohibited actors from announcing major changes to their shows without permission.Equity, the actors’ union, and the Society of London Theatres are now working with West End companies to create standard guidelines for social media use, after members complained there was inconsistency between shows.Performers who work for Sir Cameron will now be expected to wait until cast changes are officially announced by theatres before tweeting, The Stage revealed, in a move fans argued could damage the understudies’ careers. The guidelines apply not just to understudies for high profile star performers, who would only step in at very short notice in the event of illness or the unexpected, but those working on longer-running shows where they are covering pre-booked holidays.Then, many actors have previously taken to social media and their own promotional websites to alert fans to the dates they are performing.Such tweeting, fans said, was invaluable for understudies, allowing them to build a profile in a theatre industry which often failed to announce cast changes in advance.Mr Allott said the move was in fact aimed at averting public confusion or unnecessary alarm about absent actors, with understudies usually stepping into West End shows without a hitch.last_img read more

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Carer spared jail for sex activity with boy while she was very

first_imgGatt was set to face trial in September but pleaded guilty to one count of  sexual activity with a child.  The mother was visiting the area, and claims to have had drank far too much to recollect what had happened.Prosecutor Virginia Hayton told Carlisle Crown Court that after being caught naked with the boy on top of her, drunken Gatt fell and injured herself, and so paramedics and police were called to the scene.Miss Hayton said: “She was described as being fairly aggressive to them. She asked if she could just go home as she had made a fool of herself. She was then arrested.”Despite accepting that Gatt was a woman of “hitherto good character”, Miss Hayton told the judge that the crime crossed the custody threshold due to the 22-year-age disparity between Gatt and the boy.The victim is said to be embarrassed that he cannot remember what happened and has had the “mickey took out of him” by his friends since the incident.Brian Williams, defending, said: “She has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and it is a brave plea because no one can remember what actually happened that evening.”Judge Barbara Forrester then interjected by telling Mr Williams that the relative who caught her engaging in the act does remember what they saw.He added: “The consequences of this conviction have been substantial, upsetting  and distressing for her. She faces hostility within her local community and she’s lost some of her work.”Mr Williams said that the worst consequence was that the single mother was  no longer allowed to be alone with the two young daughters that she has raised be herself.He said: “This is a very unusual case of its kind. One usually finds people facing these offences to be men with a predilection for young boys or girls.”That is not the case here. This offence was committed when she was drunk and she has no interest in young men.  She is not a paedophile.”She was very, very drunk and did something very, very silly and now must face the consequences along with the heavy price she has already paid.”Judge Forrester told Gatt that she took her offence very seriously as it was clear in her initial interviews with police that she did not understand the severity of what she had done.She said: “There is a significant disparity of age, a serious breach of  trust and you had both drunk alcohol but I accept that you did not provide it to him.”What happened after that, we will never know.”Judge Forrester handed Gatt a 20-month prison sentence suspended for two years.She also made her subject to a sexual harm prevention order, placed her on the sex offenders register for 10 years and ordered her to pay £1,000 costs.She also gave Gatt, of Dalrymple, 30 days of rehabilitation work which could be carried out in Scotland.  A mother-of-two has been spared jail after engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy while she was “very very drunk”.Angela Gatt, 37, was caught in the act after a night of heavy drinking in  North Cumbria in the summer of last year. Neither Gatt, nor her young victim, remember anything about the incident and her barrister said she was “brave” for pleading guilty to her crime. The cleaner, from Ayr, Scotland, was caught in a compromising position by a relative of the boy at the house where she had been drinking Prosecco and her victim had been drinking alco-pops. The boy then fled the room saying he felt sick and Gatt asked the relative, “What is your problem?”, to which she was reminded that he was only 14-years-old. This offence was committed when she was drunk and she has no interest in young men. She is not a paedophileBrian Williams, defendingcenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Police chief exposed herself and said look at these as she lectured

first_imgAssistant Chief Constable Rebekah SutcliffeCredit:Manchester Evening News I deeply regret what happened and in particular the upset I caused to someone I hold in very high regardACC Rebekah Sutcliffe 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. I deeply regret what happened and in particular the upset I caused to someone I hold in very high regard.Assistant Chief Constable Sutcliffe Sutcliffe was suspended from her £96,500 a year post at Greater Manchester PoliceCredit:CAVENDISH PRESS Ms Sutcliffe, who earned £96,500 a year in her post and was the highest-ranking female GMP officer at the time, had opened the conference and also delivered an opening address at the gala dinner.The dispute then broke out when the group moved to the public mezzanine bar.In her statement to the hearing which she did not attend, Supt Jackson said Ms Sutcliffe had appeared “quite drunk”, was slurring her words and demanding cigarettes and alcohol.Supt Jackson said she recalled the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, telling her: “Sarah, please don’t leave me on my own with Rebekah. She is drunk, she is driving me mad.”It was after 2am that Supt Jackson said Ms Sutcliffe called her a “laughing stock”. Supt Sarah Jackson She said: “I was shocked, really shocked and struggling to process at first what she said to me. I was mortified, embarrassed and ashamed to think that is how I was perceived. At this time I had no reason to disbelieve what she had said and began to cry.”She said she was “acutely aware” of Ms Sutcliffe’s superior rank and said she felt obliged to listen to her.Ms Jackson, who is now a Superintendent with Cumbria Constabulary, said she suffered “great anxiety from the night itself and since” and added: “It has been the most distressing and hurtful experience of my life”. A female police chief told a junior colleague she was “silly, vain and frivolous” for getting a “boob job”, before exposing her own breasts and saying “look at these” during a Women in Policing conference.Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, 47, had been drinking wine at the event in Manchester’s Hilton Hotel when she confronted Superintendent Sarah Jackson and condemned her for having a “tit job”.A misconduct hearing heard twice-married, mother-of-three Ms Sutcliffe exposed her breasts after claiming Supt Jackson was not being taken seriously due to the cosmetic procedure.She said Ms Jackson’s credibility was “zero”, warned she would miss out on promotion and claimed the officer was a “laughing stock” amongst senior male colleagues, the panel sitting at Greater Manchester Police HQ heard. To prove her point, Ms Sutcliffe opened the front of her dress and said: “Look at these – look at these. These are the breasts of someone who has had three children. I know they’re ugly but I don’t feel the need to pump myself with silicone to get self-esteem.”In the hour-long exchange, Ms Sutcliffe went on to say: “Sarah, it doesn’t matter how hard you work now because you will always just be known as the girl who had the tit job.”The haranguing concluded when Ms Sutcliffe told her colleague she was no longer going to support a further promotion for her.The hearing was told the incident took place while the two women were attending a three-day conference, which had the theme “Profile and Perception”.It included 300 guests, senior female police chiefs from around the UK, plus former MI5 chief, Baroness Eliza Manningham-Bull.center_img Sutcliffe was suspended from her £96,500 a year post at Greater Manchester Police Supt Sarah JacksonCredit:CAVENDISH PRESS The day after the incident, Ms Sutcliffe made repeated attempts to apologise Ms Jackson by email and text message, saying: “Too much wine, v sorry. I think you are a fab and brilliant professional.” Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe Later, in an interview with senior colleagues, she said: “I deeply regret what happened and in particular the upset I caused to someone I hold in very high regard.“I am determined to learn from my mistakes and I am committed to serving the public as a police officer. I hope I may be able to return to duty as soon as possible.” Counsel for the hearing Fiona Barton QC, said Ms Sutcliffe’s conduct at the conference was so serious that dismissal would be justified.Ms Barton said: “ACC Sutcliffe opened up the police service and Greater Manchester Police to ridicule. She was a critical role model and was supposed to lead by example.” Ms Sutcliffe, a serving officer with GMP for 23 years, also claimed she had been using alcohol as an “unhelpful coping mechanism” due to being under “intense stress due to prodigious hours and work”.John Beggs QC, representing Ms Sutcliffe said her misconduct over a short period of time when in drink was to be contrasted against her “many years of distinguished and impressive public service”.The police officer, who is currently suspended, admits misconduct but denies gross misconduct, which could lead to dismissal.She faces two alleged breaches of standards of professional behaviour in that her conduct was discreditable and she failed to treat Ms Jackson with respect or courtesy and abused her position and authority.The hearing continues. I felt I had the right to defend myself to her what she said was completely utterly out of orderSupt Jacksonlast_img read more

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