Tajh Boyd Clemson Rout Georgia Tech

Tajh Boyd put on a dominant performance to lead Clemson over Georgia Tech Thursday night.Boyd broke Philip Rivers’ Atlantic Coast Conference career record after throwing four touchdowns and 340 yards in Clemson’s 55-31 win over Georgia Tech. Boyd shook up the Tigers coaches, teammates and 75,324 fans at Death Valley, getting hurt at the end of the third quarter and having to be rushed back into the locker room.The QB suffered a collar-bone injury, but after discovering it was only a bruised bone, Boyd begged his offensive coordinator Chad Morris to put him back in the game where Clemson was already ahead 41-24.“If it was a dire situation I felt like I needed to play, I felt like I could’ve,” Boyd said. “But we were in a situation where it wasn’t needed.”Will the injury sideline Boyd for Clemson’s next game on Nov. 23?“No, man, I’m not going to miss my last game in the valley,” he said. “I’ll throw a pad in there and I’ll be fine.”Talking with the media after the game, the coach praised Boyd. “He’s a competitor,” Morris said. “My gosh, look at the records this guy has broken in the ACC. Wow. And in just three years.” read more

Mike Woodson To Knicks If You Have A Problem

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson is upset, and not just because his team is off to a horrible start. Players complained in post-game interviews about a “lack of ball movement”–considered an indirect slight at star Carmelo Anthony– which is the first sign of a fractured team.And Woodson is not having it.So, Woodson, according to reports, showed the post-game press tapes to his players and told them: “If you have a problem with anyone, say it to their face, not the media.”According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News:That was clear before Tuesday’s practice on the UCLA campus when Woodson admonished his team for comments that appeared to blame Monday’s loss to Portland on Carmelo Anthony. In separate post-game interviews, both Shumpert and Stoudemire said the lack of ball movement is what hurt the Knicks.That is usually basketball code for “Melo won’t pass.” Woodson and Anthony seemed to take it that way, and the head coach wasn’t about to allow finger-pointing to invade his locker room.According to a source, Woodson actually played MSG Network’s tape of Shumpert’s and Stoudemire’s comments and told his team, “If you have a problem with anyone, say it to their face, not the media.” That’s leadership.The Knicks has been winless in the last five road games and haven’t won since Nov. 13 at Atlanta. They are 2-5 away from Madison Square Garden and last lost eight in a row overall Feb. 5-23, 2009. read more

Brooks Koepka Would Have Made History Whether He Won Or Lost

Zach Johnson100021216.7 Does not include Champions Tour or Web.com wins.Source: GolfStats Padraig Harrington311031717.7 Bubba Watson101121414.3 PlayerPGA TourEuroWGCMajorsTotalShare From Majors Rory McIlroy97242218.2 Ernie Els1317243611.1 Phil Mickelson363254610.9 Jordan Spieth80031127.3 Brooks Koepka2104757.1% Martin Kaymer19021216.7 Angel Cabrera1302633.3 Wins Vijay Singh30213368.3 Retief Goosen59021612.5 Brooks Koepka bashed and buried the field over the first three rounds at Bethpage Black, and then held on for dear life Sunday to win the 2019 PGA Championship. While Long Island’s ostentatiously difficult public golf course chewed up the world’s best players — only six players in the 156-man field finished below par — the 29-year-old finished with an eight-under-par 272 and fought off a huge scare from Dustin Johnson — the world’s No. 1 player. With the wire-to-wire win, Koepka is the first golfer to hold back-to-back, concurrent major titles. And of the last nine championships played, the hulking West Palm Beach native has claimed four.Koepka entered Sunday with a seven-stroke lead, a lead no golfer had ever blown at the tournament after 54 holes. He nearly blew it anyway. Johnson, who has similar ball-shaping skills, uses an equally intense workout regimen and is one of Koepka’s best friends, mounted a furious comeback, firing a 69 while leading the field in strokes gained off the tee (2.32), according to Data Golf. Johnson pulled within a single stroke of the lead with three holes remaining, but bogeyed two consecutive holes to fall out of contention. Koepka rallied to stem the tide and ended his day by hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy.This was quite the departure from Thursday, when Koepka carded a course-record 63, a showcase he aptly described as “a crazy day.” With Koekpa four shots clear of the field, Las Vegas bookmakers installed him with 5-to-4 odds to win after one day of competition. He quickly made those odds seem conservative as he followed it up with a 65 to extend the lead. Paired with Tiger Woods in the opening two rounds, Koepka steamrolled golf’s prodigal son by 17 strokes across two days.Golf has become a power-driven sport, and few, if any, people on tour supply more than Koepka, who frequently appears to be taking a machete to his ball. He certainly set the standard this week, leading the field in strokes gained tee-to-green in each of the first three rounds and in total, according to Data Golf. But even that undersells how precise his irons were, as Koepka also led the tournament in strokes gained on shots approaching the green.On golf’s biggest stages, Koepka shows up to win. It makes you wonder: Why doesn’t he collect more trophies in the PGA Tour’s garden-variety events? With two non-major PGA Tour wins and one European Tour title, Koepka’s major wins now outnumber his minor ones. More than half (57.1 percent) of his career wins have come at major championships, which is a higher share than any other active golfer who has won at least two majors. For comparison, less than 18 percent of Woods’s career victories have come at majors. In most of Koepka’s victories, the entire tournament feels calculated, as though he’s playing out a simulation that he ran through a thousand times before he took the course. Get-off-your-seat moments are few and far between with Koepka, who looks as though he was engineered in a lab and delivers relentless power while leaving events largely lusterless. Some of that is because Koepka has the demeanor of a world-class poker player. Some of it is how easily he lays waste to a golf course. But on Sunday, we learned that golf’s RoboCop can still bleed. The wheels fell off, and he had to dig deep to finish off his best friend. But Koepka did just that, making history as he evolved into a new type of champion: one who’s proved he can survive. Tiger Woods48618158717.2 Brooks is a major playerShare of professional wins that came at majors for active golfers who’ve won at least two majors since 2000 read more

AntiSemitic posters withdrawn by British Transport Police after comparisons with Nazi propaganda

first_imgAnti-terrorism posters that were likened to “offensive” Nazi propaganda have been withdrawn by the British Transport Police after an “anti-Semitism” row.The “See It. Say It. Sorted” campaign to stop terror threats on the rail network was heavily criticised for alleged racist imagery.Passengers complained that the posters echoed those used to advertise a so-called degenerate art exhibition in Nazi Germany in 1937, which is said to have led to a sharp rise in anti-Semitic feelings. The campaign, launched at major railway stations across Britain last week, was supposed to encourage the public to use their “eyes and ears” to help the authorities prevent attacks.But the force has since decided to remove the posters after admitting they had caused “upset”. Assistant Chief Constable Alun Thomas said: “The images on each of the posters in this campaign were specially created in order to avoid using photographs of any specific individuals or groups.”However, we are aware that one particular image has caused considerable distress due to its similarities with offensive historic propaganda. It is highly regrettable that this image, and its connotations, were overlooked during the development of this campaign.”We recognise and understand the upset that has been caused by this. We and our campaign partners have listened to the feedback we have received and this poster has now been withdrawn.” One’s a Nazi poster, the other’s British Transport Police. Which is which? pic.twitter.com/n2VCM8h49c— Christopher Fowler (@Peculiar) November 7, 2016 He added: “There are clearly lessons for us to learn with regards to quality assurance and better audience research in any future campaigns.”The Advertising Standards Authority said it had received 13 complaints by Tuesday evening about the posters, which people claimed were racist and appeared to resemble Nazi propaganda. Nazi poster The poster was compared to Nazi imagery Apparently wearing a coat now makes you a terror suspect… Especially if you look like a Jew as depicted by the Nazis pic.twitter.com/JNeOXRwpGJ— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) November 4, 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.last_img read more

Challenge bigots JK Rowling gives advice to the world during Donald Trump

first_imgThe easy thing is to keep your head down & let the bullies run amok. The right thing to do is to challenge racism, misogyny and hatred. https://t.co/VF6NePPySm— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 9, 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. JK Rowling has been live-tweeting her feelings about the US election and seems disappointed about the Donald Trump win.The Harry Potter author has given advice to the US and the world after the businessman became President of the United States.She tweeted: “We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge bigots. We don’t let hate speech become normalised. We hold the line.” Mrs Rowling also said: “The easy thing is to keep your head down & let the bullies run amok. The right thing to do is to challenge racism, misogyny and hatred.”The author has been a vocal critic of both Trump and Brexit on Twitter, causing anger among some supporters of both online. She claimed on the election night that she had been trolled by people annoyed about her tweets about Trump.Mrs Rowling tweeted: “I’ve been called b—-, ‘libtard’ and plenty more tonight. Quite proud really; who’d want these people’s approval? #DegenerateArmy”Many famous faces, including Cher, Lady Gaga and James Corden, have tweeted their disappointment about the result.last_img read more

Croydon Tram crash survivor I feel pain all over my body

first_imgTaiye Ajibola, who was one of 51 people injured in last week’s Croydon tram crash, says he has difficulty sleeping due to pain all over his body. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Married minister who hanged himself accused of having affairs with seven church

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A married minister who is believed to have hanged himself is under investigation after being accused by his wife of having seven affairs with church members. The Rev Dr Iain D Campbell, 53, who died in January, has been posthumously accused of the infidelity with seven members of his congregation on the Isle of Lewis. The allegations about the minister, which are believed to have been made by his wife, Anne Campbell, are under investigation by the Free Church of Scotland. Mr Campbell was rushed to hospital in Stornoway at the end of January. At the time this was reported as a heart attack, but it has now emerged that it may have been a drug overdose. He is believed to have hanged himself while in hospital. He was a well-respected minister who was known as a talented preacher and accomplished theologian. The couple have three adult children. Fellow Isle of Lewis minister Rev James Maciver, who conducted Mr Campbell’s funeral, told the Telegraph: “There are certain processes underway. At the moment we’re just investigating. We’re obliged as a church not to cover things up. “In order to make the investigation fair, we’re confining comment to one statement.”In the statement, a spokesman said: “We can confirm that the Free Church of Scotland is investigating allegations made in connection with the late Rev Dr Iain D Campbell. “The Western Isles Presbytery is taking these allegations very seriously and is acting on them in accordance with the stated practice of the Free Church of Scotland.” A church source previously told the Daily Mail that the allegations had been made by Mrs Campbell.The source said: “There was never a whisper of a rumour about affairs until after he died – on such a close-knit island they would have been very difficult to keep secret.”Yet Anne has supplied names of these alleged mistresses to the church. If she is right, he had been leading an extraordinary double life for years.”A spokesman for Anne Campbell said: “The family has lost a husband and father. This is a personal matter and the family has requested that they be allowed to grieve in private.” The Free Church, which has around 13,000 members, split from the Modern Church of Scotland in 1843 after congregations asked for the right to elect their own pastors. last_img read more

How much does Ryanair earn from extra charges each year – and

first_imgRyanair earned £1.53bn through fees and charges last yearCredit:GETTY/AFP Ryanair earned £1.53bn through fees and charges last year Spirit is more reliant on extras than any other carrierCredit:GETTY The 10 airlines most reliant on extra chargesSpirit – 46.4% of total revenueFrontier – 42.4%Allegiant – 40%Wizz Air – 39.4%Ryanair – 26.8%Jet2.com – 26%Volaris – 24.3%Hong Kong Express – 24%Jetstar – 22%Pegasus – 22%Spirit Airlines has truly built its business model around exhorbitant charges. It was named in the report as the airline more reliant on extras than any other, with 46.4 per cent of of its revenue in 2016 coming from baggage and booking fees and the sale of in-flight refreshments (up from 43.4 per cent in 2015). The Florida-based airline is one of just a handful of carriers to charge for carry-on luggage, with fees rising from $37 (£28) if paid at the time of booking to $65 (£50) if paid at the airport gate, while its checked baggage fees range from $30 (£23) to $60 (£46). It all amounts to ancillary revenue of $49.89 (£38.25) per passenger – more than any other airline. The study provided a more detailed breakdown for a handful of airlines. EasyJet, for example, relies on baggage fees for 47 per cent of its ancillary revenue, while seat selection accounts for seven per cent.  The 10 airlines with the most ancillary revenueUnited – $6.22bn (£4.77bn)Delta – $5.17bn (£3.96bn)American – $4.9bn (£3.76bn)Southwest – $2.83bn (£2.17bn)Air France/KLM – $2.1bn (£1.61bn)Ryanair – $1.98bn (£1.52bn)EasyJet – $1.36bn (£1.04bn)Lufthansa – $1.35bn (£1.04bn)Qantas – $1.19bn (£912m)Air Canada – $1.18bn (£904m)”The importance and prevalence of ancillary revenue continues to move forward with an even larger footprint on airline financial statements and the products offered to consumers,” the report states. “Most top 10 airlines earn their place on the table through the robust revenue contribution of a frequent flyer program. Specifically, these billion-dollar amounts are generated by the sale of miles or points to banks that issue a carrier’s co-branded credit card. But on this table of giants, Ryanair and easyJet are the exception; their ancillary revenue ranking occurs through a reliance on a la carte fees and the commissions earned from travel retail activities at the website, such as car hire bookings and travel insurance sales.” Spirit is more reliant on extras than any other carrier The CarTrawler Yearbook of Ancillary Revenue by IdeaWorksCompany analysed financial documents for 138 airlines. Unsurprisingly, Ryanair, and other low-cost carriers whose business models revolve around cheap fares and costly “optional” fees, feature prominently. The Irish airline, which has faced accusations this year – which it denies – that it is deliberately splitting up travellers who refuse to pay for seat selection, earned almost $2bn (£1.53bn) in 2016 from extra fees and charges, as well as through commission for services such as insurance and car hire. That’s up from $1.7bn (£1.3bn) in 2015 and amounts to almost 27 per cent of its total revenue. EasyJet took home ancillary income totalling $1.35bn (£1.04bn) during 2016, while even more reliant that Ryanair on extra charges is Wizz Air – they account for 39 per cent of its total revenue.  The amount of money airlines earn from extras such as baggage fees and credit card charges has increased tenfold in less than a decade. An annual study of “ancillary” revenue, which includes all income beyond the standard airfare, shows that the top 10 carriers raked in more than $28bn (£21.5bn) in extras last year, up from just $2.1bn (£1.6bn) in 2007. United earned more than any airline, with more than $6.2bn (£4.77bn) coming from sources other than seat sales, but the airline most reliant on extras is its US rival Spirit. They make up more than 46 per cent of its total revenue, according to the report.  For BA, the majority of ancillary revenue (54 per cent) comes from its frequent flier programme.last_img read more

Black market betting fuels terrifying surge in illegal hare coursing

first_imgThe Waterloo Cup was Britain’s premier hare coursing event before the sport was bannedCredit:David Burges The Waterloo Cup was Britain's premier hare coursing event before the sport was banned Tens of thousands of pounds is being gambled on illegal hare coursing events being live-streamed across the country via mobile phones, police have said.Landowners have reported a “terrifying” increase in illicit gatherings fuelled by the emerging technology-enabled black market in betting.More than a thousand incidents were reported in Lincolnshire alone during the 2017-18 season, despite a police crackdown, and the activity is believed to be increasingly prevalent across the east of England.Illegal trophies such as the “Fir Cup” now come with £6,000 of prize money, according to police, although far greater sums are understood to be won and lost via the mobile messaging service WhatsApp.The Country Land & Business Association (CLA), which represents property owners and is pressing for tougher sentences, said hare coursers were deliberately targeting patches of land which get good 4G reception.The activity, which involves two dogs competing against each other in pursuit of killing a hare, was outlawed as part of the 2004 Hunting Act.But it has continued to take place illegally, principally in eastern counties where large flat fields enable good viewing and there is an abundance of hares.Those convicted of hare coursing often receive a fine of a few hundred pounds, however the owner of a successful dog can expect to earn thousands of pounds in breeding fees. Lee Murphy, who speaks for CLA members in the east of England, said an “underclass” of enthusiasts travel from across the UK to attend illegal gatherings.“These are hardened criminals – this is not a quaint rural crime,” he told The Telegraph.“People are living in fear of their lives.“They can see their property being damaged but they know that if they confront the coursers they will be threatened.”Mr Murphy said sentencing guidelines should be amended to create more draconian and specific penalties for hare coursing, such as vehicle seizures.The CLA also believes a greater willingness by police to seize dogs involved in the activity will deter offenders.It also wants forces to have the power to reclaim the kenneling costs from owners.In Essex, where around 500 reports of hare coursing were filed last year, police have begun using drones to monitor the countryside.Early afternoon and dusk are considered the best times of day to flush out brown hares, Mr Murphy said, adding that for illegal gangs being chased by police was “part of the fun”.One CLA member said: “We live in fear of being targeted as we know how vicious the people that take part in hare coursing can be.“We’ve got the scars to show for it.”Hare coursing tends to take place over the autumn and winter when the fields are clear of crops.The 2017-18 season was particularly long because of the early harvest, with the first events taking place in August, rather the normal starting time of late September.The crackdown in Lincolnshire meant an increase in incidents in neighbouring counties, particularly Cambridgeshire, according to the CLA.The historic activity usually involves greyhounds or other sighthound breeds. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Hampton Court Flower Show fans given chance to adopt a rare plant

Katherine Potsides, RHS Head of Shows Development commented: “It’s important to the RHS that the plants and gardens continue to live on following our shows to benefit others and we are delighted to be working alongside Wayward and the National Trust who not only share our passion in striving to make the world a greener and more beautiful place but also to inspire more young people and community groups to get involved in gardening.”Joseph Watson, London Creative Director of the National Trust, added: “In the spirit of our founder Octavia Hill, the National Trust in London seeks to make the inspiring power of nature and heritage accessible to all. We hope this partnership project with Wayward and the RHS will transfer moments of natural beauty from RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to community green spaces and gardens throughout London, inspiring many more people to engage with nature.”View latest offers from Crocus 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. Clara Molden Large-scale adoptions have already been organised for schools and community groups, so they can enjoy the rare plants which were on show at Hampton Court.Plants which featured in the show, which took place earlier this month, will be available for “adoption” at  National Trust’s Morden Hall Park on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July.The National Trust is working closely with The House of Wayward Plants, a large-scale plant exchange scheme which works to reduce waste and keep plants alive and appreciated, and hopes to put on more events like this in future. View of The RNIB Community Garden at Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Clara Molden Green-fingered fans of the Hampton Court Flower Show are being allowed to adopt a rare plant from the exhibit, in a first for the Royal Horticultural Society.Several thousands of plants and materials from one of the world’s most prestigious flower shows will be rehomed.Budding “plant guardians” have to fill out a form explaining their plans for their new charge and why their garden is suitable.They will also be able to provide a drawing of where the plant will be living, to be displayed by the RHS.This plant recycling scheme is a way for plants to live on and be appreciated by the public, in gardens across the country, instead of hidden away in greenhouses or scrapped. read more

Civil and family courts to trial flexible working hours

Civil and family courts are to trial a flexitime system with evening and early morning sittings to make it easier for people to attend outside normal working hours.The pilot, announced by the government on Friday following feedback from legal professionals, will take place for six months in Manchester and Brentford.An independent evaluation will then take place before any final decisions are made.It is hoped that flexible operating hours will be beneficial to those attending court with work or childcare commitments and those representing themselves.The Ministry of Justice said that extending the hours, better utilised valuable courtroom space.Lucy Frazer, the justice minister, said: “We want to make our courts and tribunals more accessible to the public. This pilot assesses whether and how we can give people greater flexibility in their busy lives.”From next Spring, the two courts will introduce a half-day session on certain days lasting from 8am until 10.30am, followed by a handover and a change of judge before a normal court day ensues.There will then be an evening session from 4.30pm until 7pm, with a separate judge.The trial will examine the full impact on the wider legal system, including detailed financial implications. “We think that the most likely patterns might include offering more flexible hours in a proportion of courtrooms in certain types of courts (likely to be larger court sites with higher volumes of work),” it said. 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 MoJ acknowledged that the majority of legal professionals had voiced various concerns and as such, flexitime would not be trialled in the criminal court system.Many warned that flxible operating hours could see criminal cases overrun, causing additional stress and anxiety for victims, witnesses and defendants, and creating more work for an already stretched criminal justice system.Concerns were also raised about advocates being required in both early and late sessions, especially more junior barristers.Many noted that working hours already extended far beyond court sitting hours and raised concerns about a negative impact on the diversity of the profession, personal circumstances and financial consequences.Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar, said they remained concerned about the implications of early starts and late finishes and said there were “many questions still to be answered.”He added: “Family barristers, in particular, are already working under enormous strain, as are our family courts; and it would be unacceptable and irresponsible to place even greater burdens on them.“We cannot ignore the wider implications if the pilots lead to more permanent arrangements, even if these are limited and restricted to only a few courts.”In a document published online, the MoJ sought to allay fears by insisting that it was unlikely the flexible operating hours would become “the new normal” in every courtroom across England and Wales. read more

Islamophobia has seeped into the public consciousness as British FarRight movement grows

Last week five mosques in Birmingham were attacked with sledgehammers, the latest in a string of anti-Muslim attacks over the past several years. Home Office data shows that there were 94,098 hate crimes recorded in England and Wales in 2017-18, including a 40 per cent surge in religiously-aggravated hate crime. The Muslim community bore much of this, with more than half of religiously-aggravated hate crime directed towards Muslims. It’s this anti-Muslim prejudice that is the new driving force behind far-Right growth in the UK, according to the anti-racism advocacy group Hope not Hate. Aside from these violent crimes, polling shows that Islamophobia is now rooted in the wider population as well,… read more

Army veteran accuses Supreme Court of treating him like a terrorist over

Dennis Hutchings, 78, said he was ‘absolutely disgusted’ that his case will be heard by a judge alone – under rules that were introduced in Northern Ireland to deal with paramilitary and terrorist offences. He also complained that the Supreme Court had handed down its judgment on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, describing the timing as a an attempt to ‘bury’ bad news. The legal decision will have far-reaching consequences for future trials of veterans over deaths in Northern Ireland. More than 200 ex-soldiers are understood to be… A former soldier has accused Britain’s highest court of treating him like a terrorist after he was denied a jury trial over a killing during the Troubles 45 years ago. read more

EYEWITNESS Out of the mouth…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Man in the Mirror…June 12, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Hapless…July 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”Daily Eyewitness Column – PoetryApril 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …of the big enchiladaReaders would know what they say about “Freudian slips”! You know the truth, your listeners know the truth…but you can’t utter it for fear of embarrassing yourself.So you open your mouth to tell the concocted tale, and out jumps the truth! Oooops!! Freudian slip!! So the Administration knew from day one since they stepped into the Government they’ve been staggering from one disaster to another. We can start with the appointment of Ministers, when after berating the PPP for years about having a top heavy Cabinet – the President goes on to practically DOUBLE the number of Ministers – creating the largest Cabinet in the history of Guyana!!And then to rub salt into their supporters’ wounds, they then blithely proceed to give the said Ministers a 50 per cent raise in salary – while constraining Government workers (Ministers aren’t Government workers since they don’t WORK!) to a measly 10 per cent. An even bigger disaster, of course, was their (mis)handling of the economy. Prezzie had immediately made an impression when he described the mainstays of the economy as the “six-sisters” – gold, diamonds, sugar, rice, bauxite, and timber.Recently, however, he changed that designation to “the six curses”!! Ooooo…can you believe this? Your Eyewitness has heard about “blaming the victim”, but this was ridiculous! When you take over a Government you’re supposed to steer the ship of State in a direction where the economy prospers, right? Well evidently not to this Government. It’s all the fault of the “sisters” who became “curses”!Now this jettisoned responsibility isn’t just your Eyewitness’ conclusion – it’s the IFIs, which don’t issue their assessments lightly. So even the Muckraker – which is practically their handmaiden – was forced to announce: “Govt lacks strategic planning, vision at the highest level – IDB”!! Now that’s some indictment from an institution that’s obviously had it with this Administration being an all-round disaster.It has to be frustrating to lend millions and millions of US dollars to a Government and find out they just CAN’T SPEND IT!!! Your Eyewitness just wishes he had such a problem!!And this is really the bottom line on the disaster this Government represents. It really seems to believe that governing a country consists of merely uttering nice sounding homilies.The Guyanese people need action, not talk.…of a Cop breaking the Khaki WallGuyanese have become conditioned to the Police – of all stripes and colours – being a law unto themselves. In today’s paper alone were three egregious examples of Police high-handedness that amount to slam dunks on the heads of the Guyanese people. One citizen pointed to the blatant favouritism to friends and family (and superiors) who’re allowed to “jump the (long and labyrinthine) line” at the Demerara Harbour Bridge.Another described the Kafkaesque situation of a minibus with five females being hauled to a Police station to “search for drugs” – just because one of the passengers DARED to ask the reason for the stop. That Policeman decided to show HER who was BOSS!! Who cares about “reasonable cause” for the stop!! Not OUR Police!!But the third and most egregious was the report on a City Constable allegedly raping a young boy and then the City Council covering it up after one Policeman decided to do the right thing and file a report.How sick have our officials become?…of “our own”Your Eyewitness is disheartened at the numbing silence of those activists who mobilised G/Town vendors against Town Clerk Carol Sooba for her efforts to regularise vending.So the present Town Clerk’s even greater transgressions against vendors are OK because he’s one of our own? read more

Essequibian discovered dead on New Years morning

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurder/suicide update: Wife knew husband was planning to kill herDecember 4, 2017In “Crime”Essequibo father of 5 dies following incarcerationJanuary 21, 2019In “Crime”Essequibo man dies while chopping woodApril 6, 2019In “Crime” A 58-year-old man from lot 69 Jib village on the Essequibo Coast was on New Year’s morning discovered lying motionless in his daughter’s home.Dead is Roopnarine Lall who was at the time overnighting at his daughter’s home.Dead: Roopnarine LallBased on information received, the daughter and her family left the Essequibo Coast and went on holiday and had asked their now dead father to take care of their home.This publication was informed that the deceased and his wife Lalita Lall, would usually sleep over by the house, however, on Old Year’s night Roopnarine reportedly insisted that he would like to sleep alone in the house and asked his wife to remain home.According to Lalita Lall, before leaving, her husband asked her for money to purchase alcohol.She further related that she did gave him the money and around 4:00 am New Year’s morning when she visited her daughter’s house she found him lying motionless.An alert was raised and police were summoned to the scene.The dead man’s wife also told the media that her husband was suffering from high blood pressure.Lall’s body was removed and taken to the Suddie Public Hospital where doctors certified him dead. An autopsy will be conducted on his body to ascertain his real cause of death.No marks of violence were reportedly found.Roopnarine Lall leaves to morn his wife and two children. read more

Niels Högel German exnurse admits killing 100 patients

Niels Högel hid his face from the cameras in court on Tuesday (AFP/Getty image)An ex-nurse in Germany has admitted at the start of his trial that he murdered 100 patients, making him one of the world’s most prolific serial killers.Detectives say Niels Högel administered fatal doses of medication to the people in his care – causing cardiac arrest – at two hospitals in northern Germany.His motive, prosecutors say, was to impress colleagues by trying to revive the very patients he had attacked.Högel, 41, is already serving a life term for six deaths while in his care.He is now said to have killed 36 patients in Oldenburg and 64 in nearby Delmenhorst between 1999 and 2005.When asked by the judge in the Oldenburg court if the charges against him were true, the 41-year-old confessed to “more or less” all of them.The current trial, which started with a minute’s silence for the victims, is expected to last until May. It follows years of toxicology tests on 130 sets of exhumed remains. (Excerpt from BBC) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Dentist of horror’ jailed in FranceApril 26, 2016In “World”Former PNC Health Minister Dr. Noel Blackman arrested in New York – for involvement in ‘drug-dealing’ enterpriseFebruary 9, 2016In “Crime”Court orders medical evaluations for two prisoners on manslaughter and murder chargesJuly 19, 2018In “Court” read more

Third earthquake rattles Cbean islands in a day

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Friday said an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 rattled three Caribbean islands, as the region recorded three earth tremors within a 24-hour period.It said that latest quake, which occurred at 6:52 pm (local time) was felt in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and the French island of Guadeloupe.According to the SRC the quake was located Latitude: 16.88N, Longitude: 61.15W and at a depth of 10 kilometres (km).There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but it was felt 81 km east-south-east of St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, 82 km north east of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe and 177 km north of the Dominican capital, Roseau.Earlier on Friday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 rattled Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, after one with a magnitude of 3.9 shook St Lucia, Martinique and St Vincent and the Grenadines just after midnight. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEarthquake rattles several C’bean islandsNovember 10, 2018In “Regional”Caribbean islands rattled by two earthquakesJanuary 4, 2019In “latest news”Trinidad rattled by two earthquakes, hours apartFebruary 12, 2018In “hours apart” read more

Worldclass SinoAustralian resources group takes the stage

first_imgJune 18 marks the historic launch of MMG (Minerals and Metals Group), which has been formed following the completion of the acquisition earlier this month by China Minmetals Non-ferrous of key OZ Minerals’ assets. Speaking at the launch of MMG and the unveiling of its new logo, the President of China Minmetals, Zhou Zhongshu, expressed his company’s excitement at having the opportunity to be part of the formation of a worldclass resources group.“The organisation we launch here today has strength and a clear direction in its aim to develop worldclass mineral and metal projects. My hope is that it will come to be recognised as a familiar and respected participant in the Australian and international mining and exploration community and symbolise the long-term partnership over many years between our company and Australia and between our respective countries.”Mr Zhou reinforced the strong links between Australia and China and the mutually beneficial outcomes he hoped would flow from the joint exploration and development of resources. “The purchase of these assets is the largest single transaction that Minmetals have ever undertaken and, in acquiring 100% of these assets, it is also the largest such purchase in Australia by a Chinese company.“We will honour all our existing commitments but, importantly, we hope to deliver new opportunities for the Australian resources industry, expand our workforce domestically, continue to support local communities and grow local economies as global conditions improve,” he said.Andrew Michelmore, MMG’s Chief Executive Officer, said that he was looking forward to the challenge of delivering on the high expectations that China Minmetals, the Australian Government and local communities had for MMG. “With established mining assets in Australia and Laos, and exciting exploration and development opportunities domestically and around the world, I am confident MMG is well positioned to deliver on these expectations. We have the fundamentals here – the people, the resources, the drive and the commitment – to create a great business.”MMG operates a portfolio of world-class base metal mining operations, development projects and exploration fields. The group is the world’s second largest producer of zinc as well as a substantial producer of copper, lead, gold and silver. The group currently has mining operations located in Australia and Asia and a large portfolio of advanced and early stage exploration projects through Australia, Asia and North America. MMG’s operations include:The Century mine in Queensland which is the world’s second largest open-pit zinc mine – producing some 500,000 t/y of zincThe Sepon copper operation in Laos which produces approximately 65,000 t/y of copper. The gold operation at Sepon is also in its seventh year of productionThe Golden Grove underground base and precious metals mine in Western Australia that produces concentrates of zinc, copper and other base and precious metalsThe Rosebery mine in Tasmania, a polymetallic underground mine, in operation since 1936, which has current potential to extend life beyond 2030The Avebury nickel mine in Tasmania, currently on care and maintenanceAn extensive portfolio of exploration projects and joint ventures across Australia, Asia and North America.last_img read more

International Mining Technology virtual Hall of Fame

first_imgThe International Mining Technology Hall of Fame now has a virtual home – www.im-halloffame.com. Once the voting has been completed the 2014 inductee in each category and honourable mentions (which will automatically be re-entered for possible induction in 2015) will be detailed on this new website. Where is your nomination? Two months to go. Nominations can be made directly through the Hall of Fame website. Current sponsors of the Hall of Fame are that great mining house Rio Tinto, mining contractor JS Redpath and drilling contractor Boart Longyear – more sponsorships are available, but they are limited in number. Get in now to secure the opportunity to sponsor again in 2014 – 2013 sponsors will be given first refusal – as this event grows and grows annually, and moves around the mining world.To date, nominations include, in Comminution, Professor TC Rao from India. In Concentration, Professor Graeme Jameson of University of Newcastle, Australia, has been nominated more than once because he is “a true pioneer in innovative flotation research, and the inventor of the Jameson Cell.” Also nominated is Bartolome de Medina (1497-1585), inventor of the Patio process, the first successful application of chemistry to the extraction of metals. The process developed was used throughout the Americas, producing incalculable tonnages and wealth of silver until supplanted by cyanidation around 1900. In 1976 Byron Knelson tested the first crudely built fluid-bed prototype centrifugal concentrator at an aggregate plant in the Fraser Valley. Although the first unit lacked mechanical refinement of today’s carefully engineered units, the metallurgical performance of the unit set him on what would become an exciting and passionate 25 year journey that resulted in the commercialisation of what has become an icon in the mineral processing industry worldwide – the Knelson Concentrator.In 1888, Edmund J. Longyear drilled the first diamond core hole in the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota. Shortly afterward, he formed a contract diamond drilling company to serve the rapidly growing US iron ore mining and steel industry. Andy O’Brien and Andy Cecala nominated for Safety category. Together these two have worked on developing several new innovations including the dust booth and the helmet cam (& Evade software). Andy O’Brien is VP of Safety & Health for Unimin Corp based in Winchester, VA and Andy Cecala works with NIOSH out of Pittsburg. In Surface Mining, William Smith Otis, the inventor of the steam shovel, has been nominated, along with SmartCap inventor Dr Daniel Bongers and James White – founder of Modular Mining. For underground, nominations include Konrad Grebe for his invention of the plow for coal production in thin seams, Burt Royle, the principal inventor of the mucking machine, and Jacques Melkonian for his underground axle, widely used in Joy loaders and other machines. Bill Schultz was the Chief Engineer at Rocanville and was credited with the conversion of the Marietta Miners from cutting coal to potash.last_img read more

Monitoring mine workers for dehydration

first_imgDehydration can be a serious health issue in the mining industry, but a new Australian product to be developed with input from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively help mine managers implement their health and safety policies. Hydralert – a concept developed by occupational hygienist Ryan Wynch – is a compact device placed in urinals to analyse a person’s hydration level in real time and provide immediate feedback. Hydration data can then be downloaded by occupational hygienists to target hydration promotion and trend data among work groups.The concept is one of two projects to receive expert design and development assistance from the MDPP, as part of the South Australian Government’s Medical Technologies Program (MTP). The prototype developed by the MDPP will later be integrated into clinical trials by Occulert Pty Ltd.Australia’s Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Susan Close said the Medical Technologies Program provides support for the early stage development of commercially viable medical and assistive devices such as Hydralert. “Heat stress can be a serious safety issue because it impairs concentration, decreases productivity and causes illness,” Dr Close said. “If successful, Hydralert will provide an innovative alternative to current time-consuming approaches, allowing employees to self-test day or night, without the need for a health professional.”last_img read more