The Warriors Could Be The 1990s Bulls Or The 1970s Bucks

1998-99Spurs1728+105✓29.478 28.942 1966-6776ers1734+103✓27.995% 2008-09Cavaliers1738+188 YEARTEAMCOMPOSITE ELOCHANGE FROM PRIOR SEASONWON NBA FINALSAVG AGE*CONT-INUITY* 2010-11Heat1702+138 That’s a pretty good group. You see Michael Jordan’s Bulls (twice), along with Tim Duncan’s Spurs and several of the Lakers’ mini-dynasties. But there are also a couple of cases of teams that didn’t quite live up to their promise. The next chart shows how many games each team won in the seven seasons after its breakthrough, along with whether it reached or won the NBA Finals.On average, these teams won 1.5 additional championships in the seven seasons after their breakthrough year.1Technically, that average could go slightly higher if the Cavaliers win the championship next year or if the Miami Heat do within the next three seasons. But the average, of course, conceals a lot of variation. Eight of the 13 teams won multiple additional titles, while the other five won no more.The Warriors look pretty good even compared to this elite group of teams, however. Their Elo rating is the second-highest — after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls — while their average team age, 26.4 weighted by win shares, is the second-youngest, behind the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks.The Warriors have also gotten better “organically” with the same core group of talent. Their continuity percentage, which I calculate as the percentage of a team’s win shares that came from players who were also on the roster in the previous season, is 86 percent. Interestingly, going from good to great organically seems to be the more common path than doing it by signing a bunch of superstars. The 2007-08 Boston Celtics and the 2010-11 Miami Heat are the only real exceptions on the list above.Based on a nearest neighbor analysis,2Using the five categories you see in the first table in this chart: a team’s Elo rating, its change in Elo rating from the previous season, whether it won the NBA championship, its average age and its continuity percentage. the most similar team to this year’s Warriors is the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ three best players that year — Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant — were 27 years old, 25 and 25. By comparison, Curry was 26 this season, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were 24.That’s a fortuitous comparison, of course, since the Bulls’ 1991 championship was the first of six they’d win in eight seasons. The second-most similar team, however, is the 1970-71 Bucks. They had all the talent in the world — Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor3Alcindor changed his name to Abdul-Jabbar after the Bucks won the 1971 finals.) on the same team! But after going 66-16 and romping their way to a title in 1971, the Bucks wouldn’t win one again. They ran into a 69-13 Lakers team in the 1972 playoffs and then were upset (by the Warriors) in the 1973 playoffs. They did reach the finals again in 1974 but lost to an underdog Celtics team. Robertson retired after that season, and Abdul-Jabbar left for Los Angeles a year later. And that was it.At least the Bucks were highly competitive, though, averaging 61 wins in the three seasons after their breakthrough. If the Warriors fail to win another title, it’s likely to be because of a Bucks-like circumstance of running into some other really hot team in the playoffs or blowing a couple of playoff series that they ought to win — rather than (barring an injury to Curry) because of a sudden and dramatic collapse. Winning an NBA championship is never easy. But the Warriors are very good, very young and have many players locked up to long-term contracts. Teams in similar circumstances usually haven’t been one-year wonders and instead are able to make several more runs at a championship. 1990-91Bulls1755+122✓26.795 27.282 2007-08Celtics1710+310✓28.048 1999-2000Lakers1724+110✓28.481 26.779 1984-85Lakers1736+102✓28.2100 1979-80Lakers1706+124✓27.266 *Weighted by win shares 1970-71Bucks1723+143✓25.977 2007-08Lakers1701+171 1971-72Lakers1732+199✓30.489 2014-15Warriors1796+170✓26.486 We here at FiveThirtyEight have been riding the Warriors bandwagon for a long time. Good thing they won the championship Tuesday! But now the question is how many more titles Steph Curry and company might expect in their future.Let’s take a really simple approach. We’ll identify other teams that, like the Warriors, had a big breakthrough and quickly went from being good to really great. More specifically, we’ll look for teams that had a composite Elo rating of 1700 or higher, which is a rating that we’d ordinarily associate with a championship-caliber team, and whose Elo rating improved by at least 100 points from the previous season.There were only 13 of these teams before the Warriors, it turns out. You can find them below. 1995-96Bulls1815+199✓30.289 read more

Paul Pierce Jason Kidd Talk Winning NBA Championship with

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason ‘Jet’ Terry were officially introduced as Brooklyn Nets players early Thursday morning. Pierce was introduced to a large media contingent along with Garnett and Terry at the Barclays Center. The former Boston Celtics player talked about his excitement to be in Brooklyn and wanting to bring a NBA championship to the city.“I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” Pierce said Thursday. “Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with. My ultimate drive is winning a championship.”Recently retired New York Knicks player and new coach of the Nets, Jason Kidd, took the podium and addressed a question about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Kidd stressed that it would be nice to be No. 1 in the city but winning the NBA championship is what occupies his mind.“I think we’re talking about a championship, so it doesn’t matter if it’s Miami, Chicago, Indiana, it’s New York, too,” first-year coach Jason Kidd said. “It is a nice rivalry here between the two of us, and hopefully we can get the better of them this year, but the big picture is that championship trophy, and that’s why we’re up here. The gold trophy is what we’re here for.”Garnett, Pierce and Terry were traded to the Nets in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics. read more

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more

Bucks Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Lawsuit Reveals Officer Mocked

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation.Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court.Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Brown wasn’t charged with anything and three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications.Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation becomes tense, the officer calls more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers are standing around Brown. One asks him to take his hands out of his pockets and a second or two later the scuffle begins. Almost immediately, an officer yells: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”According to the lawsuit, one of the officers later took to Twitter to mock Brown, saying, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeerPolice only released the body camera video of the first officer who contacted Brown. But additional body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV, showed the moments after officers used a stun gun on Brown. In one, Brown is on the ground and handcuffed when an officer puts one of his boots on Brown’s ankle, holding it there. Brown doesn’t mention being in any discomfort but he questions the officer’s actions.“C’mon man, you’re stepping on my ankle for what?” Brown said. In response, the officer said he was trying to prevent Brown from kicking anyone.Other videos obtained by WISN-TV showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad car. They talked about how they could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player, with one saying if anything goes wrong, it “is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist, blah, blah, blah.’”Brown told the Journal Sentinel in an interview last month that he “gave in” when police used a stun gun and that he didn’t do anything to resist because he didn’t want officers to “pull out their guns.”“I was just being smart. I just wanted to get out of the situation and get home,” he said. read more

Football Big shoes to fill for incoming commits like Trevon Grimes

Ohio State commit Trevon Grimes attends the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State had a good football season, with some real NFL talent shining through. Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, a majority of that talent is leaving for the 2017 NFL Draft.Most of the impact will be felt on the defensive side of the ball, as long-time OSU cornerback Gareon Conley and stud safety Malik Hooker both decided to chase the dream of playing on Sundays. With half of the secondary gone, and Buckeyes across the country waiting patiently to hear what upcoming redshirt junior cornerback Marshon Lattimore decides, the Scarlet and Gray have more than one incoming option who can step up in a big way on defense.On offense, OSU will be without its best playmaker on offense with the loss of Curtis Samuel. On top of that, Noah Brown surprised some with his decision to leave early after essentially just one year of play.OSU has more than enough incoming talent to help fill roles, but the expectations on the freshman are going to be steep.On the top of OSU’s 2017 recruiting haul are cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade. Respectively, the duo is the No. 1 and No. 4 cornerbacks in the nation according to 247Sports.com.Barring Lattimore’s decision, either one or both of the young cornerbacks could be thrust into a contributing or starting role. Okudah has one interception and one fumble recovery in his career, but has the size and talent to step up at the next level.Wade, on the other hand, who has been committed to OSU for nearly two years, is a bit undersized compared to Conley and Lattimore. He has the speed to stay with nearly any receiver, but will need an increase in his physicality in order to play at a level comparative to his veteran counterparts.Raekwon McMillan has been making plays since his first year with the Buckeyes, but there is still real promise in the linebacker unit even with his departure. Although now redshirt senior Chris Worley and now junior Jerome Baker had stellar years, the name Baron Browning might be the next big name in the middle for OSU.Browning, the No. 9 prospect according to 247Sports.com, recording 189 tackles, four sacks and eight forced fumbles during his time in high school. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, he is a near carbon-copy size wise of McMillan.Size aside, Browning will potentially be replacing a linebacker who had over 200 tackles in his time in Columbus, and was a field general pre-snap for OSU. Although he has the resume behind him, it’ll take big time play to fill the shoes of McMillan if Browning gets the chance.Offensively, OSU has a potential replacement at H-back for Samuel in now sophomore Demario McCall. As for the loss of Brown, the Buckeyes have a plethora of receivers, but a potential replacement in either freshman Trevon Grimes or Tyjon Lindsey.Grimes and Lindsey are the No. 5 and No. 6 wide receivers in the nation according to 247Sports.com. Although both sustained season-ending injuries, each can make an impact in their own way.Grimes has a size similar to Brown, while Lindsey has speed similar to Dontre Wilson. Even though there are more experienced options, the group brings in a combined 2,780 yards and 40 receiving touchdowns.Although each position could see an upperclassmen take over, there are more than a few freshmen who could steal the spotlight. read more

Ohio State field hockey falls in overtime in Big Ten opener rebounds

Members of the OSU field hockey team celebrate at a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime. Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerMorgan Kile’s first career goal sparked the Ohio State field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field as the Buckeyes handled the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 9-1, to salvage a split of the weekend’s matchups.It took OSU (3-4, 0-1) all of 47 seconds to get on the board Sunday when the freshman midfielder Kile crossed in front of the net from five yards out and converted off a pass from junior forward Peanut Johnson.“It felt great to come out with positive energy working together,” Kile said. “And when you come out as a team with an attitude like that, it’s just so easy to start a game that way.”Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey picked up a hat trick against the Mountaineers.The Buckeyes fell just one goal short of the school record against Appalachian State (2-6, 0-1), failing to match the 10 they scored against Missouri State in 2012 and against Louisville in 1994.OSU’s demolition of the Mountaineers came just two days after the team lost a tight battle against Michigan State.The Buckeyes lost a thriller in overtime Friday afternoon, 4-3, to the No. 16 Spartans to open Big Ten play. Columbus native Abby Barker, a senior forward, scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season 2:50 into the extra session to give the Spartans (5-2, 1-0) the victory.“She’s a great kid. She can finish,” Wilkinson said about Barker. “She showed that last year in the Big Ten Tournament and she showed that again today.”Despite being outshot, 20-17, Michigan State got a quick flurry of four shots on goal in the opening minutes of overtime. OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro made three saves away from the net in the period, but couldn’t deny Barker as she maneuvered in front of the net for the game-winner. OSU got out to a promising start early against the Spartans, scoring twice within 20 minutes in the first half. Humphrey connected off a penalty corner eight minutes into the game and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner followed it up with a tip-in goal with 18:01 left in the half.Michigan State didn’t panic and instead responded with poise before the half ended.Senior midfielder Becky Stiles connected from five yards out with less than seven minutes to play in the opening stanza to cut the Buckeye lead in half, 2-1. It appeared OSU would be able to keep its lead at halftime until Michigan State was awarded a final penalty corner attempt with no time remaining. Allie Ahern, a senior forward, scored on the play off a well-placed pass from Barker to tie the game, 2-2, at halftime. “I don’t know if we got comfortable or if Michigan State just stepped it up,” Wilkinson said. “Obviously when you’re down two goals like Michigan State was, you have nothing to lose. And when a team can get into a rhythm playing like that, that usually fares well for them.”Ahern connected again for her second goal, this time off a turnover, to start the second half, and the Spartans led for the first time, 3-2.The Buckeyes didn’t get a shot on goal in the second half until more than halfway through the period, but they made a strong surge late.With 11:53 to play, Royce took a thunderous shot off a penalty corner and fired just wide, but Humphrey snuck into the picture and tipped the ball into the net to tie the game at three. OSU had four opportunities to win the game on penalty corners with no time remaining, but it couldn’t find the back of the net.“We had endless opportunities on goal,” Royce said after the game. “We had multiple (penalty) corners. Under pressure everything changes, so we’ll learn to step up.”Royce said she was pleased with her teammates’ performance against the up-tempo Spartans, but they have to learn to play at their pace.“The Big Ten style has a very unique style of (field) hockey,” she said. “So our hardest challenge will be playing our game despite the way they play.”OSU is set to face Louisville on the road Tuesday at 4 p.m. before Big Ten play continues Sunday against Penn State in Columbus. read more

Football Ohio State finds depth at safety with White and Wade

Ohio State freshman cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs downfield towards Indiana senior wide receiver J-Shun Harris II during the first quarter of the game on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State safeties coach Alex Grinch did not know what would happen with Jordan Fuller on Saturday. But he did have a backup plan. With lack of depth coming into the Nebraska game at the safety position, and sophomore Isaiah Pryor out with a shoulder impingement, Grinch said he knew Thursday that sophomore Brendon White would be the next guy in. That he had earned the right to be the next player up if the secondary needed it. And the Ohio State secondary did need it: Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. White entered without much in-game defensive experience. But, like many other members of the secondary before him, he earned his spot with playing time on punt and kickoff returns. This was how White earned the trust of his position coach, enough trust to be placed in the spot he was in against the Cornhuskers. That being said, Grinch said many safeties have had similar opportunities this season, especially with no real secure hold on the other safety position. “It’s one thing to get the opportunity. It’s a whole other thing to take advantage of the opportunity,” Grinch said. “That has been a little of the frustration is several guys have had some opportunities and maybe haven’t risen to the occasion as much as we’d have liked them to.” White rose to the occasion, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s 36-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday.  Now, with the majority of the secondary healthy, White has still vaulted himself into the conversation as the starting safety next to Fuller against Michigan State. But not with Pryor, with redshirt freshman Shaun Wade. This has been a transition season for Wade, moving from corner to nickel to a hybrid position in which he played a lot of safety. Grinch said it’s been a process trying to find the best fit for the redshirt freshman at this point in his career, and said, for now, it’s in the safety room. In Ohio State’s five-point win over the Cornhuskers, Wade recorded four tackles. For the safeties coach, it’s not deciding whether White or Wade will start and the other will never see the field. “We are certainly not opposed to playing more than just one or the other,” Grinch said. “That’s the message to them, keep competing and the more guys that play, the better.” Even with the pressure of a starting job resting on his performance in practice heading into the game against the Spartans, White said he’s not really looking to change much. “I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing, and that’s going hard every day, having that eager to want to be great and wanting my teammates great,” White said. In Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer said Pryor will be fighting for playing time as well, saying that he is healthy to play. Instead of talking about the safety position opposite Fuller like it is a weak spot in the secondary, the place for opposing offenses to attack, players and coaches alike are praising its depth. Despite no starter at the position at this point, the players know the team has the talent to find production no matter if its Wade or White. “When you got a lot of guys that can play, I know it’s hard for the coaches just deciding who is going to play, but like they said, they are just going to be battling it out,” redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said. “We all know both of those guys are ballers and whatever decision they decide to make, it’s going to help us regardless.”  That’s the mindset White has moving forward. He’s going to continue to do what he always does: fight for the team’s success as a whole. “At the end of the day, whoever gets the starting job, the coaches made the right decision and I’m going to be there for it if it’s me or if it’s not me,” White said. “At the end of the day, I want the team to win. read more

HS2 rail link will destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland

first_imgYou can’t achieve ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ if you’re destroying irreplaceable ancient woodland – it’s impossibleBeccy Speight, Woodland Trust 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 HS2 rail link will destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland that has been continuously wooded for hundreds of years, the conservation agency Natural England has warned.The Government agency published a review warning that areas that have been continuously covered with trees since 1600 was irreplaceable.It should be removed from a metric aimed at ensuring “no net loss” of biodiversity from the high speed rail project, as its inclusion “gives the impression that it is tradeable or replaceable”, the report said.It added that HS2 Ltd must be far more ambitious in compensating effectively for unavoidable losses of ancient woodland, creating 30 hectares of new woodland for every hectare lost. She added: “You can’t achieve ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ if you’re destroying irreplaceable ancient woodland – it’s impossible.”This report is clarification that HS2 has failed on its key objective of ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ and that this project will be to the detriment of the natural environment.”The Woodland Trust estimates around 900 hectares (2,200 acres) of new woodland will need to be created to replace 30 hectares of ancient woodland (74 acres) lost in phase one of the scheme, from London to the West Midlands.But the National Farmers’ Union raised concerns about the 30:1 ratio and its impact on farmland, and called for quality over quantity of new habitat.NFU vice president Guy Smith said: “High quality farmland should not be used to create low quality habitat and exacerbate our need to import food at potentially higher cost to the environment, or woodlands, abroad.”center_img A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We agree with the vast majority of the recommendations in the report.”However, Natural England admit that there is very little evidence to support the recommendation to create 30 hectares of woodland for every one lost in building HS2, and we therefore cannot accept it.”Compensating for unavoidable ancient woodland loss is vital and Natural England recognises that HS2 Ltd is doing as much, if not more, than has ever been done before.”He said the railway avoids ancient woodlands wherever possible and the Chiltern Tunnel extension would protect several more hectares of woods, whileHS2 Ltd was providing 150 hectares of new woodland and establishing a £5 million fund for woodland schemes. This is much higher than the metric which would lead to a ratio of around five hectares created for each hectare lost.But in its response to the report, the Department for Transport (DfT) rejected the findings, saying that “given the evidential basis is lacking, this part of the report should be seen as a stimulus for debate”.The Woodland Trust, which welcomed the findings by Natural England, responded angrily to the DfT’s statement.Beccy Speight, chief executive of the conservation charity, said: “For DfT to outright reject the findings of Natural England on the planting ratio of 30:1 is a very dangerous situation.”Natural England are the expert advisers to the Government on the natural environment, so it seems inappropriate that DfT should question the expertise and experience of the Government’s own statutory advisory body on matters of environmental protection.”last_img read more

Government is deliberately creating a health crisis to privatise the NHS doctors

first_imgBut yesterday these were branded “Slash, Trash and Privatise plans” by BMA members, who passed the motion overwhelmingly. Doctors leaders have accused the Government of a conspiracy to create a crisis in hospitals in order to usher in the back-door privatisation of the NHS.The British Medical Association passed a motion claiming ministers are using plans launched last year, ostensibly as a means to reform over-spending facilities, as a front for selling off the health service.They fuelled the row by also accusing political leaders of “scapegoating” doctors as a means of “distracting the public from and under-funded service”. 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. JEremy Hunt The Department of Health said the claims had no relationship with realityCredit:Neil Hall /PA A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “This motion sadly has no relationship with reality – while of course there are pressures on the frontline, the Government is now spending more than any in history on the NHS, has left doctors themselves to decide on use of the private sector, and public satisfaction is now the highest it has been in all but three of the last 20 years.” But the Department of Health said the union’s claims “had no relationship with reality”, arguing that more public money is being spent on the NHS than at any point in history.Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who takes over as BMA chairman this week, said: “As doctors we strive to provide safe, quality care to our patients. “Yet we appear set up to fail. We trail European nations, with significantly fewer doctors and hospital beds per head and spend £10 billion less per year on our health service.”Following an overspend in the hospital sector of at least £2.45 billion in 2015-16, NHS England initiated a series of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, which divided the country into 44 areas and charged healthcare providers to come up with more efficient processes.last_img read more

Queen leads mourners at funeral of Countess Mountbatten

first_imgThe Prince of Wales took a moment to thank The Patricias, congratulating them on a job well done as he left the church grounds.The Countess died peacefully at home at the age of 93, surrounded by her children, in Mersham, Kent, where she will now be buried. Prince Charles and Prince Philip Charles, Prince of Wales, comforts the Queen The Earl Mountbatten is said to have once lived diagonally opposite, with members of the family still in the area.Born Patricia Mountbatten, the Countess was the Duke of Edinburgh’s first cousin and was the daughter of Charles’s beloved great-uncle Earl Mountbatten. Members of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry carry the coffin of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma Countess Mountbatten at her home in Kent in 2008Credit: Andrew Crowley Pallbearers from the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Prince Charles and Prince Philip 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 Countess, then known as Lady Brabourne, suffered serious injuries, but survived the blast, as did her husband Lord Brabourne and Nicholas’s twin brother Timothy.Lady Mountbatten had been a widow since Lord Brabourne’s death in 2005. She is survived by their four sons and two daughters. The eldest son, the 8th Lord Brabourne, born in 1947, succeeds to the titles. Several dozen members of the public watched the arrivals from across the road, including a group of curious painter decorators. The service took place at St Paul’s, Kensington, conducted by the Reverend Alan Gyle.Founded in 1843, the parish church is described as “a lively 21st century church of Anglo-Catholic tradition”. The Prince of Wales greets the Queen He has previously paid tribute to the Countess as someone he had “known and loved ever since I can first remember”, adding that she “played an extremely important part in my life and I shall miss her presence most dreadfully”.The life of Countess Mountbatten was celebrated in a one-hour service, attended by her sister Lady Pamela Hicks, all six of her surviving children and grandchildren including heir Nicholas Knatchbull. Pallbearers from the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light InfantryCredit:AP Photo/Matt Dunham Music before the service included Elgar’s Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, and the service included performances from the church choir and buglers from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Members of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry carry the coffin of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma The Countess’ children read prayers.After the service, the Queen and Duke departed by car while the Prince of Wales and his siblings walked over the road to join mourners at a reception in the Berkeley Hotel next door. Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of BurmaCredit:AP Photo/Matt Dunham Andrew, Duke of York, appeared to have a black eyeCredit:Getty The Countess’s father Lord Mountbatten, her 14-year-old son Nicholas Knatchbull and her mother-in-law the Dowager Lady Brabourne were all murdered by the IRA in 1979 when their boat was blown up off the coast of Sligo. The Prince of Wales greets the QueenCredit:Eddie Mulholland Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma The Duke of York, who sported a mystery black eye, was in attendance, along with the Countess of Wessex,  the Princess Royal and Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Lady Sarah Chatto. Countess Mountbatten at her home in Kent in 2008 The then Princess Elizabeth, her third cousin, was one of her bridesmaids at her wedding in 1946. Andrew, Duke of York, appeared to have a black eye Lord Brabourne and Countess Mountbatten The Queen and her son shared a touching moment, as senior Royals turned out to commemorate the life of Countess Mountbatten of Burma.The Prince of Wales was seen to kiss his mother before tenderly lifting her hand to his cheek, as they waited outside St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, for the funeral of his “very special godmother”.The Prince, who gave an address to 500 mourners sharing his fond memories of the Mountbatten family, also greeted the recuperating Duke of Edinburgh with a kiss on each cheek and patted him on the back as they entered the church together. Lord Brabourne and Countess MountbattenCredit: Pic Photos In heavy rain, the Countess’ wicker coffin, decorated with elegant white flowers, was carried by a bearer party made up of 12 members of Canadian regiment 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry ( PPCLI). The Countess had been their Colonel-in-Chief. Charles, Prince of Wales, comforts the QueenCredit:DMC/GC Imageslast_img read more