Month: September 2019

High School Freshman Dylan Moses Commits to LSU

Dylan Moses, the most popular freshman high school football player in the country, has committed to Louisiana State University to play college football.Just four games into his freshman season at University Lab High School and after years of college wooing, 15-year-old Moses announced via Twitter his commitment to LSU.Here’s what Rivals analyst Jason Howell had to say about Moses’ decision:“LSU just picked up their first commitment of the 2017 recruiting class, and while that may seem a wee bit ridiculous, we’re not talking about your normal freshman athlete here. This is 6-foot-1, 220-pound, 4.5 running, 33-inch vertical jumping Dylan Moses, who picked up offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas, UCLA and pretty much anyone who’s fielding a major college football team in 2013. And he picked up these offers before the first game of his freshman year.“This is definitely not your typical 2017 prospect, and there’s no doubt this is a huge get for LSU. Moses is an extremely gifted athlete and has Division I size and athleticism right now today. He has put in most of his time at running back and linebacker, and if he continues to grow, he could find a few more possible positions out there.”Moses first made national headlines when LSU coach Les Miles, Alabama’s Nick Saban among others offered him a scholarship as an eighth-grader, when he registered a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and 34-inch vertical leap at LSU’s football camp. Fittingly, Moses is still considered a general “athlete” prospect, because there’s plenty of time for him to nail down precisely which position he will be best placed.But for Moses, apparently all the other schools were just wasting their time; he has always had his mind set on LSU.“I was kind of shocked when I first heard it — it was a dream come true,” Moses told the media upon first receiving the offer from Miles last year. “I’ve always wanted to play for LSU since I was a kid, and now it’s coming true in front of my eyes.”If you don’t understand what all the hype is about Moses, check out his junior high school highlight reel. The kid is just unstoppable. read more

Stats Cant Tell Us Whether Mike Trout Or Josh Donaldson Should Be

In 53.5 percent of the fictional seasons, Donaldson exceeds Trout. But in the other 46.5 percent, Trout betters Donaldson. With such an even split, it’s difficult to say for sure whether Trout or Donaldson has contributed more to his team’s success. If we use WAR as our guide, we have little basis to determine which player deserves the MVP more. The confidence interval on Donaldson’s WAR is simply too large to be sure that he’s the more valuable of the two. That’s not to say that Donaldson isn’t our best guess, only that we are not confident in that guess; Trout is a perfectly defensible choice as well.In the NL, the gap is more pronounced between the WAR leader and the runner-up. Harper’s sublime offensive season has earned him the most WAR (8.0) in all of baseball. Meanwhile, the Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes comes in second, with a relatively paltry total of 7.1 WAR. Yet, despite the larger gap between Cespedes and Harper than between Trout and Donaldson, in 33.6 percent of the simulated seasons, Cespedes’s estimated WAR exceeds Harper’s.Much of the uncertainty in WAR comes from our imperfect measurements of defense. Because the vast majority of defensive plays are routine, a player’s true defensive skill can be seen only on the few plays that are between the impossible and the everyday. A given player might see only about 100 such plays per season. Even in that subset of plays, the difference between a Web Gem and a hit can be as little as a couple of feet, the result of a lucky step or the wind changing at the right moment.Even if we had much more data on defense than we do, our best tools for measuring it are falling behind front-office strategy. We watch baseball in the age of the defensive shift; teams are becoming more and more savvy about positioning both their infield and outfield to maximize the chance of getting outs. Without detailed data on how defenders are positioned before the play starts, most of our metrics are confounded by the front office’s ability to instruct its players on where to stand.WAR itself is not complete. Although all versions of WAR available today cover the basics of player value (hitting, fielding, baserunning and pitching),4It is also worth considering that the different versions of WAR differ slightly in terms of how they measure and value these skills. For example, openWAR rewards contextual performance more than other versions of WAR, which arguably makes it more suitable for judging the MVP race. Although all versions agree in broad strokes and tend to give rise to similar leaderboards, differences between models can generate significant gaps between players (up to 2 to 3 WAR). no current version picks up on some of the more esoteric skills in baseball, such as a catcher’s pitch framing. Framing can contribute up to 3 wins to good catchers, so any MVP debate guided by WAR will underrate players like Buster Posey who contribute substantially in that arena.Despite all of its flaws, WAR is still the best available tool for judging value, and certainly exceeds the older alternatives, such as RBIs and pitcher wins. At a minimum, WAR can tell us who the MVP isn’t. For example, we know Matt Kemp’s 2.0 WAR isn’t likely to best Harper’s even with all the uncertainty baked into WAR.5Such a scenario unfolds only three times in 1,000 seasons. But by old-school metrics, Kemp’s 94 RBIs as of Sept. 13 exceeded Harper’s 85. Because of sabermetrics, we know that has more to do with luck and context than value.But like any tool, WAR has limitations. After a full season of baseball, our best measurement can’t tell us who the single most valuable player in the league is with any substantial degree of confidence. It could be Harper, or Cespedes, or potentially even Joey Votto. In the absence of definitive evidence, let the debate continue. As MLB award season arrives, no prize looms larger than Most Valuable Player. From a statistical perspective, the best guide to the MVP award is undoubtedly wins above replacement, and some voters develop their MVP ballots at least in part based on WAR. If you were going just by WAR, the American League MVP should go to the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson (7.1 WAR) over the Angels’ Mike Trout (6.8 WAR); while in the National League, Bryce Harper (8.0 WAR) of the Nationals looks like an obvious choice (all stats are current through Sept. 13).The problem is that we don’t know who truly has the most WAR in each league.WAR looks like a single easy-to-understand stat, but it’s the product of a complex model. That model integrates information on all the ways a player provides value: his hitting, fielding, baserunning and (for pitchers) pitching. The WAR you find at, say, FanGraphs or is an estimate of all those categories combined.However, like all statistical estimates, WAR calculations come with uncertainty. Here’s where things get pretty statsy, so bear with me: You’re about to get a crash course in confidence intervals. The true value of a player varies from what you find on the leaderboard — but we’re not sure by how much. That’s because of sample size. Although a whole season of baseball seems like a lot, it still doesn’t provide enough data to allow us to be completely sure of each player’s value. So Harper’s 8 WAR could be 6 or it could be 10, but the number on the leaderboard represents our best guess.When the uncertainty about a player is small, we can be more sure that the player who looks like the best really is the best. If the uncertainty increases, though, we become less able to distinguish his performance from those of his competitors. Trying to determine the magnitude of this uncertainty is tricky, but it’s an important part of good statistical practice.Confidence intervals help us establish how uncertain we are about our measurement. A confidence interval is a range that, based on statistical analysis, is thought to contain the true value of a player a certain percentage of the time.1For example, a 95 percent confidence interval is thought to include the true value 95 percent of the time. But the creators of only one model have made their full methodology public, allowing us to create confidence intervals. Their model is, appropriately, called openWAR. I used openWAR to generate 1,000 fictional seasons that resemble the current year2They are sampled from the current year, with replacement. but randomize the events in it.Imagine that a player’s season (hitting, fielding and baserunning) is made up of just four plays, which we number 1 through 4. When we run the simulations, all of a player’s plays are randomized, so sometimes a season consists of plays 1 (a line drive the player hits for a single), 2 (a ball he commits an error on in the field), 3 (a stolen base) and 1 again; sometimes 1, 2, 3 and 3, etc. Each fictional season arises by picking at random from the plays that have happened, allowing the same play to be picked twice or more. From that, we can ask how often, in these imaginary seasons, a given player produced more or less WAR than it appears he did in the season we’ve just lived through in real life.3Again, all numbers are current through Sept. 13.Here’s what those simulations produced: read more

Four Ohio State football players to play in Senior Bowl

Four seniors from the 2011-12 Ohio State football team will participate in the 2012 Senior Bowl. Offensive linemen Mike Adams and Mike Brewster, running back Daniel “Boom” Herron and wide receiver DeVier Posey will play in the event scheduled for Jan. 28 in Mobile, Ala. “This will mark the 11th straight year that Ohio State University has been represented in our game,” said Senior Bowl president and CEO, Steve Hale. “All four of these players are deserving of this opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the top decision makers in the National Football League.” Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and his assistants will coach the South team and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff will coach the North squad. The four OSU seniors helped contribute to a 39-13 record over the past four years including wins in the Rose Bowl in 2010 and the Sugar Bowl in 2011. The seniors also were a part of arguably the most tumultuous time period in OSU football history, which included the departure of former head coach Jim Tressel and the announcement of new head coach Urban Meyer. The entire 2010-11 season in which the Buckeyes went 12-1 and won the Sugar Bowl was vacated after it was discovered some players, including Herron, Adams and Posey, received improper benefits in exchange for tattoos. Herron was suspended a total of five games in 2011 for his part in the scandal and suspended an additional game for getting paid for work he didn’t perform. In the season’s final seven games, Herron rushed for 675 yards and three touchdowns. He leaves OSU as the school’s 10th leading rusher all-time with 2,869 yards. He also ranks eighth all-time with 33 career touchdowns. Adams was also suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for his part in the tattoo scandal. He started 25 games in his OSU career and was selected as a 2010 first-team all-Big Ten pick by the coaches and the media. From the fourth game of his freshman year, Brewster started 49 consecutive games at center. He was picked as a 2010 first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. Posey was suspended a total of ten games in the 2011 season for receiving improper benefits for tattoos and being compensated for work he didn’t perform. He finished his career with 136 receptions for 1,955 yards, which rank sixth and eighth respectively all-time at OSU. The four players will travel to Mobile, Ala., for a week of practices before the game. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. read more

Urban Meyer ready for Bradley Robys return

Lantern file photoThen-redshirt-sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby (1) returns an interceptoin during a game against Nebraska Oct. 6, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-38.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer was pleased with the effort that his shorthanded defense put forth Saturday in the Buckeyes’ 40-20 win against Buffalo, but he knows the unit still has some growing up to do.The Buckeyes were without redshirt-junior starting cornerback and preseason All-American Bradley Roby, who was suspended because of his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July.Roby is back this week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be inserted into the starting defensive lineup, Meyer said.“He will not be named starter,” Meyer said. “We’ll probably see (sophomore cornerback) Armani (Reeves) or Roby will start, depends on how they practice.”Meyer also noted Roby is someone he has “a lot of respect for” because while he could have left OSU after last season for the NFL,Roby made the decision to come back and finish his Buckeye career with the group of players he came in with. Robywent through “a little bit of a funk of buyer’s remorse,” Meyer said, after hearing people say he could have been drafted high. Meyer called his return this season “very admirable.”Roby was not the only returning defensive starter who did not play against Buffalo, as a lower leg injury made redshirt-senior safety and starter C.J. Barnett a game time decision, ultimately keeping him out. A nagging leg cramp led to junior linebacker Ryan Shazier being carted to the locker room in the second quarter, leaving senior safety Christian Bryant as the lone returning starter on the field.The unit’s lack of experience, coupled with both Shazier’s and Barnett’s absences showed, as Buffalo was able to capitalize on a pair of Buckeye turnovers to get within 10 points twice, in both the second and third quarters.OSU eventually put the Bulls away, with the help of redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall’s 159 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, but the defense’s inconsistency kept the game close until late in the third quarter.New starters Reeves and junior cornerback Doran Grant had ups and downs of their own, as they matched up with star Buffalo receiver Alex Neutz. Neutz was Bulls quarterback Joe Licata’s favorite target Saturday and ended two receiving yards shy of 100, scoring a touchdown when he leaped over Reeves in the third quarter.Meyer said he was pleased with Reeves’ effort, but is looking forward to getting Roby back on the field this weekend against San Diego State. According to Meyer, Roby’s maturity has shown during fall camp and he has done everything that has been asked of him.“I think he learned a really strong lesson and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Meyer said. “I’m anxious to get him back on the field.”Bryant said the presence of Roby and Barnett on the field will certainly help the defensive backfield’s confidence.“I think it will just bring more wisdom to the defense,” Bryant said. “We know the type of job that we have to accomplish each and every week, and with Roby and C.J. (Barnett) back I think it’s going to boost the defense’s confidence a little bit more. I know I will feel a lot better with them back, too.”Special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said even though Roby is eligible to play this weekend, first team defensive reps during practice will be split evenly between him, Grant and Reeves.“We’ll get a lot of work in and rotate those three guys, Doran, Armani (Reeves) and Bradley (Roby) with the first team,” Coombs said. “That’s what we always have done and have been pretty consistent with that throughout training camp.”Even though Roby’s return to the lineup may diminish some of his playing time, Grant said his return, along with Barnett’s, will allow the defense to play more aggressively.“With those two guys coming back, they know what to do when they come back and get out there on the field,” Grant said. “I think it’s going to take our aggression on the defensive side of the ball a little higher.”Grant called Roby a “great leader” both on the field and in the film room, and he has never stopped being a leader even though he was suspended.“Knowing he wasn’t going to play the first game, he was helping out myself, Armani Reeves and also the young guys — basically the whole defense,” Grant said. “He’s always there talking, giving his keys and clues on what we gotta look for coming up to the game.”Roby’s return is not to overshadow the return of another key player, albeit on the other side of the ball, in redshirt-junior running back Rod Smith.Meyer suspended Smith during camp for violating a team rule in “either January or February.” With fellow running back Carlos Hyde suspended for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar this summer, Smith was looked to be the starter until he was suspended.Smith’s return could alter the role Hall plays in the offense. The Jeanette, Pa., native said he is unsure of where how he will be used Saturday.“Your guess is as good as mine,” Hall said.Hall said he has no preference between playing H-back or running back, and wherever he is on the field, he just wants to help his team win. Having running back depth, though, is a good thing, he said.“Coach Meyer knows that he has a bunch of people that can play running back or H-back, so I think it’s just going to be harder for a defense to prepare for that,” Hall said. “I’m just going to go at whatever position they put me at and try to make plays.”Running backs coach Stan Drayton is the man slated with the responsibility of deciding who gets the touches during games, and with Smith returning this week and Hyde returning Sept. 21 against Florida A&M, selecting starters may be difficult. Drayton, though, said no matter who the returning player is, each guy must earn his way back.“What they do is they have to come in and earn their position back,” Drayton said. “Nothing is given to these guys.”Meyer and Drayton said every player has to show their worth on special teams before getting a chance to play elsewhere. Drayton said it is important to hold everyone to that standard.“We have a philosophy that if you want to play your respective position, you have to provide some value to this team on special teams,” Drayton said. “So if Carlos Hyde gets reinstated, and he can add some value to our special teams, then great. Then we’ll sit there and we’ll take a good look at where he stands in that running back group.”It will be interesting to see where and when Smith gets on the field Saturday against SDSU, but he will make an appearance as long as he has a good week of practice, Meyer said.Kickoff against the Aztecs is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Approximately 75K of Ohio States 175K required Orange Bowl tickets sold

If Ohio State fans are looking to cover Miami’s Sun Life Stadium in scarlet Jan. 3 to watch the the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) take on No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl, they will likely need to shell out some green to do so.Face value price for a student ticket was $110, compared to $165 for the general public, Assistant Athletic Director Brett Scarbrough told The Lantern Thursday in an email.OSU was required to purchase 17,500 tickets for the football team’s game against Clemson, and as of Thursday, there were “approximately 7,500 committed,” according to the email.Of the 1,000 tickets allocated out for students, so far, 584 have been purchased. The email said that number does not take in to account any student who bought tickets and travel through the Office of Student Life tour package, though.According to the email, the Orange Bowl distributes any unsold inventory to military personnel and youth groups in South Florida. OSU has already given back 9,000 tickets from its allotment for that purpose.Kickoff between OSU and Clemson is set for 8:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens tennis sweeps 2 home matches

Senior Peter Kobelt serves the ball during a match against Xavier Jan. 22 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 7-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith a winter storm approaching fast, the men’s tennis team made quick work of two opponents Tuesday at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center.The Buckeyes did not surrender a set in either match during their doubleheader against  in-state foes Youngstown State and Wright State. They were wins No. 6 and 7 on the year for the undefeated, No. 5 Buckeyes.“We don’t usually take a week off in February,” coach Ty Tucker said after the Buckeyes took down Wright State, 4-0. “It was nice to play some matches and get a couple wins.”In OSU’s first match of the day against the Penguins, the No. 2 doubles team of redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz were the first to record a point for the Buckeyes, defeating Youngstown State seniors Rodrigo Campos and Zeeshan Ismail, 6-0.OSU redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and freshman Marko Goles-Babic followed with a 6-2 win over junior Dawoud Kabli and senior Sebastian Hagn on court one.Callahan continued to cruise in singles play, beating YSU freshman Sharvil Nawghare 6-1, 6-0 on court six. Within minutes of each other, Steinbach defeated Kabli (6-2, 6-1) and redshirt-junior Kevin Metka beat Ismail (6-0, 6-2) to capture the match.“It’s good to shake the rust off … to get back on the court,” Callahan said. “We play practice sets, but when you go out in a match, it’s a little different. It’s good just to get back on the court.”The meeting with Wright State followed the same script, as OSU took care of the Raiders. Callahan and freshman Herkko Pollanen played first in this match, taking down Wright State senior Michal Lyzwa and junior Lauri Makikalli, 6-0, on court two.After holding serve the first five games, Metka and Goles-Babic went on to clinch the doubles point on court one with a 6-2 victory against Wright State senior Hayden Joblin and junior Ricardo Pineda.“It was good, last week, to let our bodies recover a little bit,” Metka said. “It’s good to get back to the matches, though. That’s what we look forward to.”The bottom half of the singles lineup iced the match for the Buckeyes. Callahan continued his strong outing by dropping a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) on court six, this time against Raider junior Aaron Madaris. Metka was right behind with a 6-1, 6-3 win on court four against Pineda. Goles-Babic didn’t show any lack of inexperience as he clinched it with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph on court five against Lyzwa.The matches with the Raiders and Penguins were the final tune-ups before the heavy part of OSU’s schedule takes place. The Buckeyes are slated to play No. 13 Kentucky Friday and No. 9 Texas A&M Sunday in Columbus.“Two huge matches coming to town,” Tucker said. “We’ve got to get rested and a couple guys have to get better, but I’m confident we’ll be ready to play.”Friday’s match against Kentucky is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center. read more

Director Joss Whedon assembles celebrities to make antiTrump film

first_imgAs other celebrities promised Mark Ruffalo would be nude if Hillary Clinton won, he said "they should just vote because it matters" The video never mentions Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump by name, but in it actor Don Cheadle says it is important not to elect “a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society”.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr Whedon’s Super PAC has already raised $1 million for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the new videos will aim towards attracting various demographics with low voter turnouts.This will include millennials, rural-educated white women, and black menThe video already has over 700,000 views on Facebook within hours of it being released, and plenty more views on other news websites.The director told THR: “It’s not about attacking because Donny [Trump’s] real good at attacking himself,“It’s about getting people to vote, because it’s frightening the apathy that people are treating the most crucial election of their lifetimes with.” Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr. also asks why we’d want to “give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing things.” The celebrities all promise heart-throb Mark Ruffalo will do a nude scene in his next movie if Hillary Clinton wins the next election – despite Mr Ruffalo seemingly not being in on this particular plan. As other celebrities promised Mark Ruffalo would be nude if Hillary Clinton won, he said “they should just vote because it matters”Credit:Save The Daylast_img read more

Prince Harry suggests young people should spend less time on smartphones to

first_imgPrince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Harrow Club in LondonCredit: NEIL HALL/Reuters The Duchess of Cambridge helps make paper chains “He said he doesn’t like to talk about himself, he talks in more general terms, he said he was a bit shy when talking about himself.”Chris Martin, chief executive of The Mix, said: “Their Royal Highnesses have been absolutely fantastic for the profile of mental health of young people. The Duke and  Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry spent yesterday at a Christmas party for mental health charities including Heads Together, the umbrella group founded by them which is also one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal.Prince Harry sat in on a talk about suicide led by Ged Flynn and Heather Dickinson, of the suicide prevention charity Papyrus, in which they discussed ways of getting young people to open up about having suicidal thoughts.Afterwards the Prince chatted to Mr Flynn, chief executive of the charity, who said: “I sometimes use the phrase ‘may your life be as happy as social media pretends it is’, because there is a veneer, a pretend life going on for a lot of young people. Duchess of Cambridge The Duchess of Cambridge helps make paper chainsCredit:Kensington Palace The Duchess of Cambridge, is given flowers as she arrives at the Harrow Club He said: “What is killing young people more than anything else is themselves.“If it was a disease that was causing all of these deaths there would be an outcry – if one person catches ebola it is all over the news –  but suicide doesn’t get mentioned very much.”Prince Harry appeared to be in reflective mood as he joined his brother and his sister-in-law a day after he had waved off his girlfriend Meghan Markle, who is spending Christmas in the US with her family.The Prince personally dropped Miss Markle off at Heathrow airport on Sunday after spending the week with her at his home in Kensington Palace. 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 Duchess of Cambridge clutches a posy of flowersCredit:Yui Mok/PA Prince Harry arriving at Heads Together Christmas partyCredit:Reuters Yesterday he joined The Mix volunteers making gingerbread houses for Christmas treats, and talked to them about how different Britain would be if mental health was better treated.He said: “People go to work feeling 65 per cent of their best, but imagine if that was 85 or 90 per cent because they felt better mentally – suddenly you have a completely different atmosphere.”Claire McCann, who works as a counsellor in London schools for the charity Place2Be, said Prince Harry was “so passionate” about improving the nation’s mental health and breaking down the stigma that surrounds it.She said: “He feels there should be a collective of mental health charities, a less complicated system for people to access so that they don’t get lost along the way.“At the moment there are an awful lot of organisations that are not connected to each other.” Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the charity Christmas party The Duchess of Cambridge clutches a posy of flowers The Duchess of Cambridge grins at the Heads Together Christmas partyCredit:Andy Rain/EPA The royal trio also helped charity workers to decorate Christmas tree baubles and to make paper chains with positive messages written on them.The Duke wrote “give time to one another” while the Duchess, who was wearing a dress by Vanessa Seward, wrote “laugh out loud” and “go for a long walk”.Jo Hardy, a parent services manager with mental health charity Young Minds, which is supported by Heads Together, said of the Duke: “He was saying the family is so important, it’s really important to preserve these family values. “The phrase he used was ‘lift up your heads’, because a lot of young people are spending their time looking down at apps and so on.“He said that his father’s generation used to go out and talk to each other, and now young people are not getting that face-to-face contact.”Mr Flynn said that suicide is the leading cause of death among young people, with 1,600 under the age of 35 taking their own lives each year. Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Harrow Club in London Prince Harry has suggested young people need to “lift up their heads” from their phones and iPads to improve their mental health.The Prince, 32, suggested that people no longer talk to each other about their problems, choosing instead to spend their time on social media, which is preventing them from sharing and overcoming their own and other people’s difficulties.The Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, suggested “laughing out loud” or “going for a long walk” as everyday tips for helping cope with mental health problems. Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the charity Christmas partyCredit:Alastair Grant/AP “They are obviously very well known among the under 25s that we serve and their involvement in talking about mental health so openly and encouraging people to engage in services has given permission to a lot of young people who may have been nervous to come forward to do so for the first time.“They are just very, very good with people.” The Duchess of Cambridge, is given flowers as she arrives at the Harrow ClubCredit:NEIL HALL/Reuters Prince Harry arriving at Heads Together Christmas partylast_img read more

David Attenborough for toddlers BBC turns naturalists famous moments into CBeebies cartoons

first_imgSir David Attenborough narrating the CBeebies seriesCredit:Jonny Keeling/BBC David Attenborough with mountain gorillas, on location during the filming of Life on Earth in Rwanda 1979Credit:John Sparks The new CBeebies series is aimed at the under-fives Show more Later this year, Sir David will return to BBC One as the presenter of Blue Planet II, a follow-up to the award-winning 2001 series on oceans. David and the Gorilla Quest will be the first episode David Attenborough with mountain gorillas, on location during the filming of Life on Earth in Rwanda 1979 “Sir David has led an extraordinary life, and we’re over the moon that his enthralling tales are now helping children to learn while being inspired by the natural world.” David and the Gorilla Quest will be the first episode Credit:BBC Sir David narrates the CBeebies series, which launched on Friday and is aimed at the under-fives.“I am thrilled that we’ve brought to life many fond memories of my exploration of the natural world for young children to enjoy and learn,” said Sir David, 90. The BBC is to repackage Sir David Attenborough’s wildlife programmes for pre-schoolers, turning his most famous animal encounters into cartoons.The natural history presenter’s meeting with a family of mountain gorillas in the Rwandan jungle, filmed for the 1979 series Life On Earth, will feature in the first episode of Attenborough’s Adventures.Another will recreate the moment he tried to catch a komodo dragon in the 1950s series Zoo Quest. David Attenborough Kay Benbow, controller of CBeebies, said: “Each story is brought to life with magical things to touch, swipe and play with, and questions to help develop comprehension skills, so the grown-up and child can enjoy reading, playing and learning together. 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 new CBeebies series is aimed at the under-fivesCredit:BBC Attenborough’s Adventures will appear on the CBeebies Storytime app, allowing children to interact with the stories.David and the Gorilla Quest and David and the Dragon will be followed by three further episodes: David and the Hidden City, based on his exploration of a giant termite mound in the 1990 series The Trials of Life; David the Treasure Hunter, another Zoo Quest moment in which he encountered birds of paradise; and David and the Giant Dinosaur, based on last year’s programme in which he followed the discovery of titanosaur remains in Argentina. Recent research from Ofcom found that the under-fives spend more than four hours a day in front of a screen, taking into account television, tablets and mobile phones.The BBC believes the new series can connect young children to nature through technology.last_img read more

Prince Harry urges young people to put down their mobile phones and

first_imgYoung people should try to take a break from checking their mobile phones to “process their thoughts” instead of rushing through the day, Prince Harry has suggested.Prince Harry, who has spent the year campaigning on mental health issues, said more still needed to be done to equip young people to deal with the modern world.Citing statistics about the number of times young people check their mobile phones, he argued everyone would be “more effective and efficient” if they took more time to simply think. Prince Harry meets Ronnie the Rhino Prince Harry on the phones at charity Sentebale in 2016 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. Prince Harry at Leeds Leads If reports are to be believed, Prince Harry has found common ground with the Queen on the subject of young people and technology.At a garden party last year, Barbara Wilkins, 82, who received the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours for services to education, said she had discussed how modern children are “all digital these days”. “She agreed,” Mrs Wilkins said then. “She said her grandchildren did things for her digitally but she didn’t like them to be on their phones and computers all the time. She says they need social skills. She was like any other grandmother really.” Later in the day, the Prince, who is patron of the Rugby Football League, spent time at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, the home of Leeds Rhinos, along with players, schoolchildren and mascot Ronnie the Rhino. In a speech, he said: “I cannot tell you how pleased William, Catherine and I are that the dial seems to have shifted and that there is now greater understanding, compassion and kindness for anyone who opens up about their struggles. “But let’s not kid ourselves that the job is done – there is much much more that we can do at every level to make conversations about mental health as commonplace as those about physical health. Prince Harry at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos “What this means is that, something which may start as a minor issue will spiral downwards over time to become a serious and persistent problem, perhaps even requiring professional help.”So many stories he had heard, he said, “could have been very different if awareness was better and help had been sought sooner”.Prince Harry added that since the London Marathon, which had Heads Together as its official charity, he had spoken to many people who now felt able to confide in friends and family about their feelings.  Prince Harry meets Ronnie the Rhino Prince Harry meets schoolchildren in Leeds “On average, it takes someone who is struggling with their mental health about ten years to admit they have a problem,” he said.  Prince Harry meets schoolchildren in Leeds Prince Harry on the phones at charity Sentebale in 2016 “For example, we need to better equip our young people with the tools they need to cope with this increasingly complex and fast moving world we live in. Prince Harry at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos “What this means is that, something which may start as a minor issue will spiral downwards over time to become a serious and persistent problem, perhaps even requiring professional help.”So many stories he had heard, he said, “could have been very different if awareness was better and help had been sought sooner”. “I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day – I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next.”Prince Harry added that since the London Marathon, which had Heads Together as its official charity, he had spoken to many people who now felt able to confide in friends and family about their feelings. “On average, it takes someone who is struggling with their mental health about ten years to admit they have a problem,” he said.  Prince Harry and the Queen bond over a mobile phone in a spoof video to promote the Invictus Games  Prince Harry and the Queen bond over a mobile phone in a spoof video to promote the Invictus Games  Prince Harry at Leeds Leads Prince Harry spoke in Leeds at a panel event entitled “Encouraging Happy Young Minds”.It follows months of tireless campaigning for Heads Together, the charity set up by the Prince and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to raise awareness about mental health issues.last_img read more