Josh Smith, the most diverse talent on the Atlanta Hawks’ roster, might not be on it beyond Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.The team’s leading scorer and shot-blocker is due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He wants a maximum contract extension. The Hawks do not want to pay him a max contract. And so, to prevent him from leaving without receiving any compensation, Atlanta could trade him by 3 p.m. Thursday.Inquiries for Smith’s services are coming in, but as of late Tuesday, no offer made sense to Hawks general manager Danny Ferry.“We’re in a unique situation with the current roster being competitive but also having good cap flexibility going forward,” Ferry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Like most teams, we’re evaluating ourselves and looking at the opportunities that come to us, especially this time of year. If there’s an opportunity that makes sense for us for the long-term interest of the Hawks, we’ll look at it closely.”Smith said to the AJC: “I’ve just been going out and playing basketball and not worrying about anything but that. As long as I’m an Atlanta Hawk, my main concern is getting wins for this team.”The Hawks can offer Smith a maximum five-year contract worth approximately $94 million. The most any other team can offer him is four years at $70 million.Smith is one of eight expiring contracts on the Hawks’ roster. When all is over, they could have as much as $36 million in salary cap space.Other unrestricted free agents include Devin Harris, Zaza Pachulia, Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro and Anthony Tolliver. Only Al Horford ($12 million), Lou Willliams ($5.225 million) and John Jenkins ($1.258) are guaranteed next season. Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson are eligible for qualifying offers. The Hawks have team options on DeShawn Stevenson and Mike Scott.“I don’t know,” Hawks coach Larry Drew said about a potential trade. “I have no idea. … I’ve been in situations where there have been potential deals that were right at the cusp and fell apart. I’ve been in situations where there has been a lot of talk and nothing happened. I have been in situations where things have happened. These situations, you never know. You don’t allow it to distract you. You don’t look at the what-ifs, the maybes. You keep taking it a day at a time.”Smith is averaging 24.5 points, 10 rebounds, 6.25 assists, 1.75 blocks and one steal. He is shooting 58.2 percent (39 of 67) from the field, including 10 for 15 from 3-point range.“Only because I’m tired of answering the same questions, ”Smith said when asked if he was anxious for the trade deadline to pass. “Like I’ve said a couple times, I understand it’s a business. This is like my fourth year where my name has been brought up in trade rumors and trade talks. For four years, I’ve had to consistently give the same answers. Other than that, I’m not worried about anything. I think my game speaks to where my mental edge is. I’m not worried about anything but being concerned with what I have to do on the court.”
“Everybody thought I was combative, thought I was, you know, being aggressive,” Brown said of what the officers claimed of the incident despite the video showing he was not confrontational. “I get mad every time I watch it, you know, ’cause I was defenseless, pretty much.” The 24-year-old’s lawyer, Mark Thomsen, said his client wants the city of Milwaukee to admit wrongdoing. If not, the case will be fought in court. That Brown may not take the payout should come as no surprise, as Thomsen said it’s about more than money. The settlement offer had been approved on Wednesday by the Common Council in a closed session. Now, the clock is ticking as Brown must decide whether to accept it in 14 days, TMJ4 reported. “I fully anticipate that any settlement that doesn’t include an admission that they violated Mr. Brown’s civil rights will go nowhere,” Thomsen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We can’t heal in this city without that.” By May 2018, body camera footage of the incident was released. “I think what people overlook and forget is that the city had the video and sat on it,” he told TMJ4. “It was months, and during that time, his name was trashed on the internet.” No charges were filed against Brown, and three officers faced suspensions that ranged from just two days up to 15 days. Remedial professional communications training was ordered for eight other officers, The Associated Press reported. More than a year after Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city and local police over claims he was unlawfully and forcefully arrested, the city has approved a $400,000 settlement offer, but his attorney says that may not spell the end of their battle. The compensation proposal is for a lawsuit Brown filed last June alleging that police stunned him with a Taser outside a local Walgreens on Jan. 26, 2018, when he did not immediately do as told and remove his hands from his pockets. The encounter began with one officer confronting Brown over the athlete illegally parking in an accessible parking space. In the suit, Brown alleged one of the officers involved later mockingly tweeted of the NBA player, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer.” Brown opened up about the police confrontation on “Good Morning America” last year, saying he “felt like it was unnecessary” that backup officers arrived on the scene. He said he filed a civil suit to “draw attention to it and … be that voice and try to help as many people as I can in this situation.”
You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. In that sense, Klinsmann left the U.S. in basically the same state in which he found it. However, his stint as coach was always about more than just on-field results; he was also supposed to overhaul America’s talent base and install a more competitive playing style. And in those categories — essentially wearing the “technical director” hat, rather than that of “head coach” — Klinsmann acquitted himself more ably, a shift personified by 18-year-old rising star Christian Pulisic. Such improvements never sustained themselves on the pitch for Klinsmann — at least not in conjunction with his at-times bizarre tactical experimentation — and that’s why he’s no longer the U.S.’s coach. But his successor will probably be picking up the team in a better place than Klinsmann did back in 2011, despite what the rankings may say. Share on Facebook Jurgen Klinsmann’s up-and-down career as manager of the United States men’s national soccer team has officially ended after five tumultuous years, with the USMNT announcing his dismissal Monday. Klinsmann arrived in 2011 after the team’s performance fell off late in Bob Bradley’s tenure as coach, and the German made significant gains early on: The U.S.’s Elo rating rose from 1714 (34th-best in the world) when Klinsmann took over to a high of 1858 (ninth in the world) after the team tied Portugal 2-2 in the 2014 World Cup. But ever since then, it’s been mostly downhill for the Stars and Stripes, culminating in a 33rd-place Elo ranking after the U.S. lost 4-0 to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier last week.
If early reports turn out to be accurate, Markelle Fultz is headed to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers traded the third pick in this year’s draft and a protected first round pick in either the 2018 or 2019 draft to the Boston Celtics. It’s a mammoth deal for both teams, and it has ramifications for the long-term outlooks of both. But lost in the commotion of assets changing hands and the deal’s implications on other big-ticket trades are the particulars about the player at the heart of the deal: Fultz himself.Playing in the Pacific Northwest on a nontournament team (and missing a chunk of time because of injury) made Fultz one of the most anonymous presumptive No. 1 picks in living memory. Just about every argument about the Washington Huskies guard is phrased in the subjunctive — a theoretical commodity more than a concrete set of skills. But dig down into what actually makes his game so good and it becomes obvious in a hurry that Fultz is a monster.Fultz has been billed as a pick-and-roll playmaker, which is true but vague. He doesn’t sit up high and find long, surprising passing lanes like James Harden does, nor does he feint and jab on a defense until it cedes ground like Chris Paul does. Fultz’s game is built around his jumper and his handle. He’s a strong shooter off the dribble and a strong enough dribbler to operate in tight spaces and get to the rim, where he’s an excellent finisher. This means defenses have to crowd him wherever he is on the floor, whether it’s 25 feet from the rim or having turned the corner on a pick and roll. And if a defense sends help, he’s a willing passer to the open man, even if that means a 40-foot, cross-court pass.The Huskies scored 109 points per 100 plays1Per Synergy Sports Technology when Fultz passed out the pick-and-roll, including 115 points per 100 on passes to spot-up shooters. To get a sense of how much the team relied on Fultz, consider those numbers in their full context. On spot-up jumpers that weren’t set up by a Fultz pick-and-roll or taken by Fultz himself (101 points per 100 plays), the Huskies managed just 82 points per 100 plays. That’s dreadful. That would have ranked 333rd out of 351 D-I schools. But Fultz was able to draw so much attention and create such good shots for his teammates that they went from one of the worst-shooting teams in the country to one of the best when he set them up.Not just any player commands the sort of defensive attention Fultz saw — even when he is by far the best player on his team. And what makes Fultz special is how good he is shooting off the dribble in traffic. On all pull-up jumpers, he scored 102 points per 100 plays, which is already very good. But when he was working out of the pick and roll, that number shot up to 118 points per 100 plays, as Fultz took advantage of the little bit of daylight created by the screen to get a slightly better look or to a better spot on the floor.Having a god-tier pull-up jumper is an increasingly critical skill for NBA guards, but so is finishing at the rim. Being a genuine threat on the drive is the reason the pick-and-roll offense works — it’s what makes James Harden and Russell Westbrook nightmares for opponents and what powers the LeBron Offense in Cleveland. And Fultz scored 130 points per 100 plays when going to the rim out of pick-and-roll plays. He has a tight (though not exactly dazzling) handle — aided by a nice little hesitation/head-fake move that freezes defenders who have to respect that pullup — and he uses it to get into the lane at will.All that said, the most spectacular offense in the league can’t do much for you if you’re giving up points at the other end. The Huskies were abysmal on the defensive end — they ranked 250th of 351 D-I men’s teams in defensive SRS — and Fultz’s personal numbers aren’t much better. He ranked in the bottom third of all D-I men’s players while defending all but one shot type, according to Synergy. But the defense Fultz plays in the NBA will be much different, mainly because the Huskies spent a lot of time in zone, and that asks players to do very different things to contest shots and deny space than pro-style defenses. But defense should still be a concern. Fultz has good physical tools — he averaged 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game — and he was actually quite good the few times he was isolated in man-on-man situations, but his attention away from the ball will need the same improvements as most rookies.Fultz is a top overall prospect because he’s very, very good at things that are fundamental to the pro game — pick-and-roll playmaking, pull-up shooting, finishing at the rim. He has fewer jaw-dropping highlights as fellow prospects Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox do (though he does have a few); but he has fewer holes in his game, as well. If there’s one thing that could unravel his game as a pro, it would be his shot not translating. It’s not exactly the same species of skepticism as the concern trolling over Ball’s shooting form, but there’s at least some reason to wonder if Fultz will be as lights-out from deep in the NBA. His range doesn’t extend far beyond the college line, and his release is on the slow side. Just as concerning, he shot 64.9 percent on foul shots, which ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton pointed out is a slightly better predictor of NBA 3-point shooting ability than college 3-point percentage on its own — and Fultz wasn’t overwhelming enough from 3 (41.3 percent) to make up for the free throws.But the way Fultz had to manufacture his offense should also be taken into account: He practically never had an open shot he didn’t create himself. He scored 116 points per 100 plays coming off of screens, but that was largely because of the same things that make him good in pick and rolls, not effective screens. Fultz’s Washington teammates didn’t set great screens, but this is an area where he needs to improve as well. If Fultz is going to play off the ball in the NBA he’ll have to improve his feel for how to angle his runs to get the screener between the defender and the spot where he wants to catch the ball.This of course leads back to the question of how Fultz will fit in with the Sixers. Given that early reports suggest forward Ben Simmons, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, will play a de facto point guard role for Philadelphia, an ideal fit for Fultz might be as a sort of über-Bradley Beal. John Wall handles the majority of playmaking for Washington, and Beal runs off of flare screens and other off-ball actions to free himself up for jumpers. But when Wall doesn’t have the ball, Beal runs a fair bit of pick and roll himself (despite being a weak dribbler) and generally controls the offense. A similar division of labor between Simmons and Fultz would make a lot of sense for Philly.But that’s deeper into specifics than we need to go for now. Teams tend to find ways to make things work with players who can dribble, pass and shoot. For now, Fultz is a perfect fit for a Philly roster that needs ballhandling and shooting, and just as important, a perfect fit for the directions the NBA game is headed.
Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during OSU’s 38-10 win over Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter eight wins in as many tries to begin the 2015 college football season, Ohio State is the third-best team in the country.That at least comes in the mind of the College Football Playoff selection committee, which released its first rankings of the 2015 season on Tuesday night.The Buckeyes opened the season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll and have held that spot throughout the season, though their number of votes has dwindled from the start.OSU is joined by four Big Ten counterparts in the top 25: No. 7 Michigan State, No. 9 Iowa, No. 17 Michigan and No. 21 Northwestern.Alongside the Scarlet and Gray, the other three teams rounding out the current four-team playoff are No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Alabama.Last season, OSU appeared at No. 16 in the first CFP Poll after a 6-1 start to the season, including a second-week loss at home against Virginia Tech.The Buckeyes ended up winning their next six games to earn the fourth seed and went on to win the national championship after playoff wins against Alabama and Oregon.The College Football Playoff selection committee is made up of 12 members and is currently in its second season. New rankings are released each Tuesday until the end of regular season, followed by the final rankings on Dec. 6, the day after the end of the conference championship games.The complete top 25 of the first iteration of the rankings can be found below:1. Clemson2. LSU3. Ohio State4. Alabama5. Notre Dame6. Baylor7. Michigan State8. TCU9. Iowa10. Florida11. Stanford12. Utah13. Memphis14. Oklahoma State15. Oklahoma16. Florida State17. Michigan18. Mississippi19. Texas A&M20. Mississippi State21. Northwestern22. Temple23. UCLA24. Toledo25. Houston
Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office has confirmed, as temperatures rocketed past 34C (93F). A temperature of 34.4C was recorded at Gravesend in Kent, making it the hottest September day since 1911. Heathrow and Kew Gardens followed as they both recorded temperatures of 32.8C at lunchtime. When you step outside today and it feels like you’re stumbling through the deserts of Tatooine #heatwave pic.twitter.com/PGviTedehB— Star Wars UK (@StarWarsUK) 13 September 2016 “There are some torrential downpours passing through parts of the country at the moment but they will ease probably in the next two hours.”Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach has been postponed – with pictures showing huge amounts of water on the pitch. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain for the North West, North East, Yorkshire and into parts of Scotland saying the deluge could cause flash flooding and travel disruption. The weather in London is so perfect today. See you outside.— Peter Smith (@OneMorePeter) September 13, 2016 Meteorologist Mark Wilson said “there has been a lot of rain in a very short space of time” in the North West – along with “a lot” of thunder and lightning.”Prestbury has had 32.4mm of rain in an hour – which is pretty exceptional,” he added. “The warning we put out does talk about the risk of up to 30mm in an hour. Did someone say ice-lolly treats? What better way to cool off on the hottest day in September since 1949! #heatwave pic.twitter.com/gFZf3ygkRE— ZSL London Zoo (@zsllondonzoo) 13 September 2016 Others were fed up with the constant updates and reminded those not living in London that elsewhere it was raining: Today is set to stay hot across the country! Help your cool cats enjoy the late summer sun: https://t.co/pMxp95bHsH pic.twitter.com/IItp8AV6Rt— RSPCA (@RSPCA_official) 13 September 2016 Thunder and lightning over ManchesterCredit:Richard Amofa Now that was some rain! ☹️ #cityvbmg #mcfc pic.twitter.com/ugoGJEOl3O— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 13, 2016 When you forget to check the forecast and arrive at work layered up #heatwave https://t.co/IX988H5FOD pic.twitter.com/iaDlbhUqtE— Tate (@Tate) 13 September 2016 🌡Heathrow and Kew Gardens have recorded a temperature of 32.8 °C, making it the hottest September day since 1949🌡 #heatwave— Met Office (@metoffice) September 13, 2016 Punters on the River Cam in CambridgeCredit:David Rose “Most heat disorders occur because someone has been over-exposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition,” he said. “Simple steps such as avoiding exposure to the hottest time of the day, drinking plenty of fluids and even simply wearing a hat on hot days can all make a real difference. Manchester Airport also tweeted saying: “The adverse weather continues to affect flights. Please contact your airlines for specific inquiries.”Chaos also ensued on the Manchester Metrolink network with various lines suspended throughout the evening as the rain fell on the region. In a tweet the travel company provider said the weather affected their “comms, substations and trams”.Elsewhere in the country, West Midlands Fire Service said it was called to three different houses affected by lightning, and in Cornwall and Devon the heavy downpours also caused flooding in parts.It was a different story for most of the South, which basked in a heatwave. A heatwave alert is triggered when the daily maximum temperature is expected to exceed the average by 5C (9F) for more than two consecutive days. Even in the South East, the average September maximum is only 18.9C ( 66F) so the soaring temperatures are well beyond what is needed to trigger a heatwave. Sunbathers enjoy the warm weather at Green Park in LondonCredit:ANDY RAIN Outside in the midst of a #heatwave with no ice cream van visit this week like #ButWhyIsTheIceCreamGone pic.twitter.com/W1MTxaHPU3— Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) 13 September 2016 Some people got a bit apocalyptic …And there was plenty of advice on looking after pets in hot weather How to stay chic during a September heatwave Hot enough for you, Earthlets? Cool off with a FREE Alan Moore ‘Future Shock’! https://t.co/O8eaDqiy52 pic.twitter.com/taUcDhf3Mv— 2000 AD (@2000AD) 13 September 2016 Hot in London today. Lunchtime run nearly meant a by-election in #Plymouth pic.twitter.com/78W2JN8CRB— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerMP) September 13, 2016 I am too ginger for this weather #heatwave— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) September 13, 2016 On my lunch break, thoroughly enjoying the #heatwave in Bath today.. pic.twitter.com/nyiBq6VL0S— George Aylett 🌹 (@GeorgeAylett) September 13, 2016 “As we’re in September, the sun may not be as strong but the temperature is still high. People will be losing fluids more quickly, especially if they’re exercising outside, so it’s important to keep hydrated.”If someone does become dehydrated give them plenty of fluids to drink. Water is good, but coconut water, milk and even tea will do the trick.”The weather also prompted two hedgehog orphanages to issue a warning, urging residents to leave out shallow bowls of water for the animals. The wildlife orphanage wrote on Twitter: “Hot weather this week, so please leave a shallow bowl of water for young hedgehogs who’ve just left mum.” The weather caused a stir on social media, with hundreds of people commenting on the unexpectedly hot temperatures, which make some parts of Britain hotter than Bangkok, Ibiza and Marrakesh.Lots of people welcomed the high temperatures and the fact that they could eat lunch outside: Supporeters of Borussia Moenchengladbach look on in the rain prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester City FC and VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach at Etihad StadiumCredit:Getty Elsewhere on Twitter:Branded accounts hopped on the #heatwave bandwagon Share & RT!Your #pets really suffer in a #heatwave🐾🐾#hottestdayoftheyear #doglover #animalsarefamily #thepetreader pic.twitter.com/noSrMDuNfu— The Pet Reader™️ (@ThePetReader) 13 September 2016 London mid-September and it’s 31C outside. Shorts weather. WOW.— T (@burukuru) September 13, 2016 When you hear the ice cream van coming in a #heatwave. #AutumnVibes pic.twitter.com/No7v1cP9Aj— ITV2 (@itv2) 13 September 2016 Large parts of England were placed on heatwave alert, the first time Public Health England has ever issued a warning in September, with hot and humid weather forecast for the next few days. Heading into Wednesday the Met Office said it would be a drier day across the country, with another warm day expected in the South East – where the mercury could reach into the low 20s or up to 30C (86F).However, there was a striking North/South divide as parts of northern England and Scotland suffered bad flooding. How do you keep a hot dog cool? The lovely folks at @BDCH have got the #heatwave sorted! 🐶🍦 pic.twitter.com/wwyRFkckzZ— BBC Three (@bbcthree) September 13, 2016 In this hot weather, ensure pets don’t overheat through overexertion. Fetch should be conducted like this. #heatwave pic.twitter.com/WFTY7Oj6MJ— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) 13 September 2016 Who else is feeling the heat today? #hottestdayoftheyear #heatwave #BWAAAH pic.twitter.com/hW9WLTP3uW— Ubisoft UK (@UbisoftUK) 13 September 2016 Humans are crawling into fridges. Snails are in flames. Birds are walking. Bins are actually melting. #heatwave pic.twitter.com/o5C08Cg7dJ— craig stone (@craigstone_) 13 September 2016 I’m not saying this #heatwave is hot but this just happened. pic.twitter.com/BCOcPlHYJA— Tiernan Douieb (@TiernanDouieb) 13 September 2016 I know it’s all about #weather but huge thunderstorms, hail and power cuts in #verwood #Dorset and unbelievable head in #London #crazyday— Laura Castell (@ljcastell) September 13, 2016 Visitors at Kew Gardens braving the hottest weatherCredit:Paul Grover Dr Thomas Waite, of the Extreme Events team at PHE, said: “Because the heat is going to arrive very soon, think today about what you can do, and for those around you, to stay cool during the daytime and particularly at night.“For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks. The current heatwave warnings have only been in place since 2012, but this is the first September warning so far.Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at the British Red Cross, warned Britons to stay indoors at lunchtime and drink plenty of fluids. It’s hotting up this week with temps of 31°C in East Anglia and SE Eng! https://t.co/gOgs9OLbqi pic.twitter.com/gzztN34Uey— MeteoGroup UK (@WeatherCast_UK) September 12, 2016 “To keep homes and sleeping areas cool at night remember to close curtains on windows that face the sun during the day, once the sun is off windows open them up to get a breeze and think about turning off electrical devices all over the home as they can generate unwanted heat too.” Thank God everyone is posting screenshots of weather forecasts on facebook. I was beginning to worry I wouldnt know how hot London is today— Lush Juan (@ClassicWillard) September 13, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Mr Chihaia said: “I wrote to them July 29 saying I wouldn’t be paying because I wasn’t there. I can’t believe it’s gone this far. Nearly four months later there is no evidence showing my car in the car park. It’s simple.”An NCP spokeswoman said: “NCP will be happy to speak to Mr Chihaia so that we can understand what has occurred in order to address the situation appropriately.”If Mr Chihaia has not in fact used the car park, although his vehicle registration has been identified on our automatic number plate recognition system, then he will not be liable for the PCN. NCP will be contacting Mr Chihaia directly.” George Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London Credit:Mercury George Chihaia’s response to NCPCredit:Mercury The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in?George Chihaia In a letter submitted to POPLA on October 3, NCP wrote: “The appellant has appealed on the basis that they did not park within the operator’s car park and therefore no parking session fee was due.”They state they were not parked at the location where the PCN (parking charge notice) had stated and it was for NCP to prove where they had parked.”We note the appellant’s comment, however, if the appellant’s vehicle had not entered the operator’s location, the ANPR technology would not have picked up their vehicle movements as shown in the evidence photos.”NCP also stated that independent research has found Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to be “99 per cent accurate”. But Mr Chihaia said he was actually doing two turns in the road and used on-street parking while he visited a friend’s house nearby.Mr Chihaia, a groundworker from Edgware, north London, said: “I am so angry and confused.”They say there is clear photographic evidence of me coming and going, but none of their pictures show me in the car park.”That is because I never even went in the car park. I did a turn in the road while I looked for a space on the street. Then I did the same when leaving.”Then I get this letter saying I have been in the Tube station car park for almost seven hours. It is not true.”My immediate reaction was one of shock. I never even entered the car park, so why should I pay a fine? Their cameras are wrong.”The picture taken when it was light is supposed to show me going into the car park – why would I be reversing in? It makes no sense. I won’t be paying it and I’ve told them that. They should cancel my ticket.”In a letter from NCP to Mr Chihaia on July 20, the operator said he was being fined for a “failure to make payment upon exit from an ANPR Approved Device controlled car park”.NCP rejected his appeal on August 12, which prompted Mr Chihaia and parking campaigner Derek Dishman to present his case to the Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) ombudsman service. A driver has been hit with a £100 parking fine, but claims he only performed a three-point turn outside a car park that uses number plate recognition cameras.George Chihaia has been embroiled in a four-month battle to clear his name after being hit with the charge for an apparent seven-hour stay at the NCP car park in Harrow, north London.But the 23-year-old insists he did not even enter the car park and that cameras wrongly captured the registration of his Chevrolet Aveo while he did two separate three-point turns outside the entrance.NCP claims its cameras show the car entering the car park, at Canons Park Tube station, at 5.30pm on July 9 and then exiting at 12.16am the following day. 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.
Ho Seung Yoo, director of Dongbu Daewoo ElectronicsCredit: INS News Agency A financial manager who lost her job after she refused to bow to her Korean boss is set to win thousands of pounds after an employment tribunal ruled that she had suffered racial discrimination and victimisation.Misook McDonald said her “furious” boss had confronted her over her failure to bow at this at the start and end of each working day before she was suddenly demoted without notice and moved to the Human Resources department.Judges were told that when Mrs McDonald challenged Dongbu Daewoo Electronics director Ho Seung Yoo over being treated like a slave he retorted: “Isn’t that what female workers should do?” The story of the Korean custom of bowing to senior staff was revealed at the employment tribunal where the 43-year-old, whose father is English, was suing the UK headquarters of the top electronics firm for sex discrimination, age discrimination and racial discrimination.A reserved judgement by the employment panel stated that her claims for direct race discrimination and victimisation were “well founded and succeed.”The tribunal presided over by Judge Andrew Gumbiti-Zimuto heard that the British mother, from Sonning-on-Thames, Berks., said she used to spend hours of her day in the company director’s office “with the door firmly shut” before her job role was suddenly changed.She was signed off work over stress and told the company’s managing director Choong Sik Park that she was being harassed by Mr Yoo in August: “He said Mr Yoo was very angry that I had broken protocol by not bowing to him every morning when I get to work and I do not bow to him when I leave the office at night.”I didn’t want any opportunity for harassment to occur so I was avoiding Mr Yoo.”Mr Park revealed changes brought in by Mr Yoo in the workplace led to him asking “is he normal or is he mental?” after it was revealed Mrs McDonald and her manager had not come to an agreement over her job role amicably.The tribunal heard Mr Yoo was told he needed to reduce his staff numbers and gave her position in the accounts department to her former subordinate June Turner in a presentation to the company’s CEO.The MD said Mrs McDonald had agreed to leave the accounts department but voiced concern over Mr Yoo announcing the changes to colleagues.He said “in this situation I did think the timing was a little soon given the recent problems that had emerged between Mrs McDonald and Mr Yoo.”When I said ‘is he normal or is he mental’ – I was upset and frustrated with Mr Yoo.”After Mr Yoo shared a company chart which showed Mrs McDonald being moved to HR and her old finance managerial position given to her former underling, she wrote to the company’s former financial manager: “Mr (Kian) Tan, is this a fair way of telling me I am no longer in the accounts department? Do I not need to be consulted?”He replied: “You clearly need to talk to him, as usual he thinks he can do what he wants.”She replied: “I have already tried to talk to him on many occasions. I cannot continue to be treated like a slave.”Mr Tan told the tribunal: “It is very difficult to try to understand what he is trying to put across sometimes and I always told him that if you have any problem or anything you are not sure of, please consult me before you do any of that and that is why I wrote that.”A mediator for grievance hearings over her claim found “no reason to favour one account over another” and did not uphold Mrs McDonald’s complaint, the tribunal was told.Mr Yoo, through a translator, said he was “really sorry” for asking Mrs McDonald to make coffees but denied he asked her to bow.A remedy hearing where Mrs McDonald is expected to receive thousands of pounds from her company and Mr Yoo, will be heard on April 19. 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.
Comedians have told how anti-Brexit jokes are harming their careers as audiences outside of London walk out in offence.A number of comedians have described scripting their take on Britain leaving the European Union for Left-wing audiences in London, only to face unamused audiences when they take their acts out to the rest of the country.Marcus Brigstocke, who has been touring the country with a set that includes 20 minutes of material on Brexit, said members of the audience had been walking out “every night” in anger.He said that a number of his fans were unlikely to return to his shows in future, as a result of the jokes.”People have been angry; people have walked out of shows and people have booed. “A lot of the people that I think of as my audience will not be back – they won’t come again – they’re that angry,” he told BBC Radio 4. However a spokeswoman for comedian Stewart Lee, who has 20 minutes of anti-Brexit material at the start of his show, said “his career has only been strengthened by Brexit”. 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. Marcus BrigstockeCredit:Rex Features Aaron Brown, editor of the British Comedy Guide, said: “I consume a lot of comedy – mostly TV, also some live – and would say the comedy world’s reaction has been almost exclusively negative. “Many jokes essentially paraphrase as ‘shooting ourselves in the foot’, and the rest rely on lazily branding 52 per cent of the voters as racist. Stewart LeeCredit:Colin Hutton “One would have hoped comedians would be able to find comic mileage in their evident disengagement from half of the public, but there instead seems to be little to no such acceptance and analysis of the referendum result, instead merely anger and lashing out at stupid people making the wrong decision, as they see it.”As far as audience reaction goes, it tends to be fairly warm with television studio audiences as most such recordings take place in the resolutely pro-remain London, but in the rest of the country – England and Wales, at very least – one can only begin to imagine how alienated and offended some audiences must feel.” Writing on Facebook, Brigstocke said he did not want to turn his audience off, but said: “For the first time ever on tour I have people walking out every night ‑ not hordes, but some. That’s unsettling. “I have never before dealt with a subject as divisive and upsetting (including passionate criticisms of religion etc). It’s a challenge I would usually enjoy but (perhaps because I’m not doing it well enough) it is proving to be a nightmare.”It seems that for the most part Brexit is not just the hideous social and political turn we have taken as a country but is also comedic poison.”