What Does A Winning Streak Mean In MLB

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Sept. 12, 2017), we discuss an American tennis champion finally not named Williams — Sloane Stephens, ranked 957th in the world earlier this summer, won the U.S. Open last weekend. We break down what her victory may mean for U.S. tennis and whether Serena Williams’s absence from the tournament played a role in Stephens’s win. Next, we discuss two remarkable streaks in the MLB — the 20 wins in a row by the Cleveland Indians and the recent stretch of 11 losses by the Los Angeles Dodgers — and whether we should take baseball more seriously just because it’s September. Plus, a significant digit on the MLB playoffs.If you have suggestions for what we should call our new NBA podcast, please drop us a note at podcasts@fivethirtyeight.com.Here are links to things we discussed this week:For quality John Starks content, be sure to follow Kate Fagan on Instagram.Kate’s Starky Bear.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB predictions.FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine writes that September baseball doesn’t matter more than any other month’s.Victor Mather in The New York Times tells a tale of two MLB streaks.Significant Digit: Zero, the number of teams supported by Chad, Kate and Neil — all devoted Mets fans — that will make the MLB playoffs this year. Is your favorite team out? We discuss strategies for how to choose the best bandwagon to join. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight read more

Blast off Bucks top Rockets

Ohio State unleashed a week’s worth of frustration on Toledo, with the Rockets playing the role of punching bag in the Buckeyes’38-0 victory Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.A week after falling to No. 3 USC at home, 18-15, the Buckeyes shut down Toledo’s spread attack, which had averaged 42.5 points per game before facing OSU.“Our defense came out of the box,” Buckeye coach Jim Tressel said. “When you swarm on defense like we do, it gives your offense a few more opportunities, and we struck a couple plays that took command of the ballgame.”The Buckeyes got off to a quick start.On OSU’s third play from scrimmage, quarterback Terrelle Pryor launched a strike downfield to a wide-open Dane Sanzenbacher for a 76-yard score.“It felt like it was in the air forever,” Sanzenbacher said. “We got lucky that it opened up like that, easy pitch and catch.”Sanzenbacher found open seams throughout the day, totaling 126 yards on five catches, two resulting in touchdowns. The junior receiver enjoyed excelling against his hometown team.Pryor finished with a career-high 262 passing yards, in addition to 110 yards on the ground on 12 carries. He kept Toledo’s defense off-balance all afternoon with his dual-threat approach.“I love getting the ball to my receivers,” the sophomore quarterback said. “Believe me, if I can run, I’m going to take off and run and get the ten yards or whatever. That’s a choice of mine. I could take off and get ten yards every time, but I love getting the ball into my receivers hands, and maybe they can break it for 70, 80 yards.”The Rockets, meanwhile, struggled to sustain drives against a flocking OSU defense.“We got down 21-0 early and had to throw the football a little more than we would have liked,” Toledo coach Tim Beckman said. “I thought at times we were able to run the ball, but we got into so many situations that we couldn’t continually run the football.”Toledo quarterback Aaron Opelt, who racked up 742 passing yards and seven touchdowns in his first two games of the season, managed just 197 without a score in the loss. The Buckeyes held the Rockets to just 210 total yards, a far cry from Toledo’s previous average of 559 yards per game.The Buckeyes’ second series lasted 12 plays and covered 68 yards. Pryor found Sanzenbacher for another touchdown, this time slinging an 18-yard pass into tight coverage for the score. Sanzenbacher made a one-handed stretch to snag the throw.“That ball was thrown in a hurry and right at the break,” Tressel said. “Dane’s got good hands. He’s a steady guy. Nothing bothers him inside, even when there’s a lot of bodies flying around.”Each of Toledo’s first ten drives ended with a punt. The Rockets fumbled away their only glance at the end zone late in the third quarter.On its only drive lasting more than seven plays, Toledo moved the ball deep inside Buckeye territory. Opelt connected with receiver Eric Page in stride near the end zone, but he lost control of the ball when unsuccessfully spinning away from a Kurt Coleman tackle.Linebacker Ross Homan recovered the fumble for the Buckeyes, who regained possession and maintained the shutout.The victory cleanses some of the rotten taste left in the players’ mouths after losing to Southern Cal. Following a week of criticism and scrutiny, the team is ready to move forward onto Big Ten play.“Criticism doesn’t bother us,” Pryor said. “I know what I’m capable of. I know what the offensive line is capable of. We all know what each other is capable of. It comes with the territory, you just have to do your job.”The dominating performance against Toledo helped prepare Ohio State for the rigor of conference play, Sanzenbacher said.“We have to be a lot more focused,” he said. “We know that every team has us marked down on their calendars and is going to play us tough.” read more

Breaking down NFL Championship weekend

New York Jets vs. Indianapolis ColtsThis contest resembles the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” The American soldiers that were ordered to find private Ryan captured a German soldier. The Americans could have easily executed the soldier, but the character played by Tom Hanks told his patrol to let him go.In the conclusion of the movie, that same German soldier who was set free kills one of the American soldiers in that same patrol.When the Colts and Jets originally faced each other in Week 16, Indianapolis had a lead going into the second half and looked as if it would continue its undefeated season. Also, if the Jets lost the game, they would be out of the playoff hunt altogether, their season virtually over.But instead of ending the Jets’ playoff hopes, the Colts pulled their marquee players in the second half to rest for January. The Jets went on to win the contest and they have recently gone on a miraculous run to reach the AFC Championship game against the team that gave them an extra life.After the Colts let the Jets slip right through their fingers, they now will have to face off with a team that is currently brimming with confidence. Some critics believe that Indianapolis has lost its edge after resting their starters, but they won’t take New York lightly.The Colts are the only team left in the playoff that has been in the Super Bowl in recent memory. New York hasn’t won since a quarterback named Joe Namath guaranteed a championship victory in Super Bowl III. Indy is stockpiled with playoff experience and is led by MVP quarterback Peyton Manning and receiving threats Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. The Jets have an elite running attack, but the Colts proved to the world that they could shut down the run after silencing the Baltimore Ravens’ impressive running game.Jets head coach Rex Ryan said in the first five minutes of his inaugural press conference that his team would win the Super Bowl. Sports fans around the country laughed at the cocky coach, but New York is only one win away from reaching their destination.The Jets defense was able to slow down the Chargers’ high-octane offense with a bend-but-don’t-break approach last weekend. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez is a perfect complement to his defense as he is playing mistake free football. Rookie running back Shonn Green and veteran Thomas Jones have been the key to the Jets’ playoff success, leading the league in rushing .The Colts are playing in their cozy confines in Indianapolis and have plenty of incentives to seek revenge against the Jets, but the Jets are clicking at just the right time and will fulfill Rex Ryan’s prediction.Pick: New York Jets Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans SaintsSo far, Brett Favre has dismissed some of his critics while leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game. At the age of 40, Favre has had arguably his most successful season. It seems that he has finally learned that his gunslinging mentality of the last few years won’t work against modern defenses. Favre has become a game manager this season while racking up an impressive number of touchdowns and throwing a career-low seven interceptions. But it also doesn’t hurt to have running back Adrian Peterson standing behind him.Saints running back Reggie Bush doesn’t look like the same collegiate player from USC who avoided contact and juked around defenders. To the surprise of football fans around the country, Bush ran over defenders to gain chunks of yards against the Arizona Cardinals last weekend. New Orleans possesses a three-headed monster of running backs featuring Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Bush. Along with their dynamic pass offense, led by quarterback Drew Brees and stud receiver Marques Colston, the Saints have almost a limitless arsenal on offense.Don’t discredit the Saints defense. After a week of rest in the bye week in Wildcard weekend, key defensive players had time to heal their injuries. This was surely displayed when the Saints defense made Kurt Warner look like Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The Viking defense is easily the superior squad in this contest. The front four of Minnesota’s defensive line tormented Tony Romo the entire contest last weekend, not allowing the Dallas quarterback to produce anything significant. Jared Allen leads arguably the best defense line in football and the team secondary is ranked among the league’s elite.The Superdome should play a significant factor in this Conference Championship game. The Saints will ride the New Orleans crowd that is begging for their first ever Super Bowl. The No. 1 seed in the NFC should answer their call to win the high-scoring contest.Pick: New Orleans Saints read more

Ohio State mens soccer swats injury bug

The Ohio State Buckeyes men’s soccer team is on the verge of getting healthy – finally. OSU (1-2-1) has gotten contributions from players that have recently returned from injury and, with one notable exception, more players are expected to rejoin the team. Coach John Bluem, who will start working previously injured players back into the lineup, told The Lantern he is looking forward to having a healthy team back together. “We’re not completely injury free,” Bluem said. “We’re a little bit nicked up right now. Guys are returning from injuries, but it has slowed down our ability to have everybody fit and ready to contribute at times.” Bluem is especially concerned about senior defender Ben Killian, who fractured a bone in his foot. “Ben will probably red shirt this year,” Bluem said. “He broke his fifth metatarsal . That’s a tough injury to come back from. He might be able to rejoin us for practices in late October but his fitness will not be good enough to play.” However, there are other valuable players Bluem is happy to bring off the bench, including sophomore forward Kenny Cunningham. “Kenny had some good minutes tonight and he’s just returning from an injury,” Bluem said. Cunningham returned to the lineup Aug. 24 in a game against Dayton after tearing his hip flexor. In just his third game back, Cunningham scored the game-winner in overtime against Davidson Sunday to help OSU clinch its second consecutive Bert and Iris Wolstein Clasic championship. “I’m definitely trying to come back strong and work on everything,” Cunningham said. “I know I’m not in the best shape I can be in and I just need to work on my fitness.” Senior midfielder Sebastian Rivas agrees with Bluem that there are plenty of players to bring off the bench. “Depth-wise, we have a lot of people who can start to come off the bench and start and contribute for us,” Rivas said. “Now that we’re starting to get healthy I think we can all start giving 100 percent.” Bluem said he knows rebounding from injuries can be a struggle, but he is looking forward to having most of his team back together soon. “Hopefully we can go through a stretch soon where we stop having injuries,” Bluem said. OSU continues play Friday at San Diego. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. read more

Commentary Reds Indians managers produce same results with different styles

Courtesy of MCTBoth the Cleveland and Cincinnati baseball organizations have managers that are familiar with winning. Although the two men have different managing techniques, they both seem to know which buttons to push. Cleveland’s Terry Francona’s loose way of orchestrating seems to fit his team’s persona. On the other hand, Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker’s calm approach to guiding a team appears to work, but has not gotten his team over the hump to win a championship.It is not farfetched to believe the Indians can win a championship with Francona at the helm. The former Boston manager won two titles with the Red Sox, one where his team defeated the Tribe in the American League Championship Series before winning it all in 2007.With a little over half of his first season as the Tribe’s manager under his belt, Francona has seen a fair amount of success with his new team. The Indians are second in the division, trailing the Tigers by 2.5 games. In recent years, the Indians have been in this identical position leading up to the All-Star break, but then find themselves in the back of the pack by season’s end. With the way the season has gone so far, it’s looking more and more like Francona has a formula that will keep his team in the playoff race into September.Cleveland’s skipper has a bit of a loose approach when it comes to managing. He likes his players to have fun on the field, and his loose personality appears to be working well with the team’s character. An example of Francona’s easy going style came before the start of the season when the team took part in the nationwide craze of making a “Harlem Shake” dance video.Although Cleveland has gone through a few managers over the past ten seasons the Reds have not, as Baker is in his six straight year with the organization.Although some may want Baker out of Cincinnati, no one can complain about him leading his ball club to two division titles in the last three years. The Reds won their division both in 2010 and again in 2012. Before the 2010 season, the only time Cincinnati had won the central division was in 1995. That year also marks the last year the Reds made the playoffs prior to the Baker era. He has turned the franchise into a consistent playoff contender.As great as it is that Baker has won division titles in Cincinnati, the higher goal is to get deep into the playoffs and win a World Series. The last two playoff appearances for the Reds have been the opposite of that. In 2010, Cincinnati was swept in three games in the divisional series against Philadelphia. The 2012 squad had a 2-0 lead on San Francisco before losing the next three games at home in the divisional series. Baker has been an outstanding manager in regards to getting his teams to the playoffs, but the playoff appearances are short-lived.Baker’s managing style is mainly laid back and relaxed, though there are times where he gets intense and wears his emotions on his sleeve. How the squad is this season, he may have to be more forward than usual in order to get his team on a roll. This 2013 team appears to be the type needing a constant push, seeming to have no sense of urgency. During one of the club’s more recent hitting slumps, second baseman Brandon Phillips said they would eventually get out of it. Baker needs to be more assertive and tell his players that eventually is not good enough.Both managers have the makeup of bringing championships to their respective cities. With this being Francona’s first year in Cleveland, he has a couple seasons to prove himself. Baker does not have that luxury with this being his sixth year in Cincinnati.The rest of the season is important to both franchises and managers as each are making a playoff push. read more

Ohio State wins game for the ages against Michigan State

Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman (left), redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein, Shelley Meyer, and coach Urban Meyer sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ following a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorBreathe in. Breathe out. But make it quick.That’s the mindset Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had after his team topped Michigan State on Saturday night in East Lansing, Mich.“We can’t exhale very long,” Meyer said after his Buckeyes won, 49-37, in a rematch of the 2013 Big Ten title game. “We go on the road next week against a team that whooped Iowa.”The Buckeyes (8-1, 5-0) now sit alone atop the Big Ten East Division standings after breaking a tie with the Spartans, but are scheduled to travel to Minneapolis on Saturday to take on Minnesota. The Golden Gophers shellacked the Hawkeyes to the tune of a 51-14 win Saturday to move to 7-2 on the season.Despite the implications the win against the Spartans has for the Buckeyes going forward, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the most important focus for OSU has to be put on the Golden Gophers.“The biggest thing is making sure guys are ready for that game,” Bennett said after the win. “Minnesota is a really good opponent. They’ve been winning a lot of games.”Going forward, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett — who threw for 300 yards and ran for another 86 while scoring five total touchdowns against the Spartans — said preparation will be key for OSU going forward.“One of the main things we need to do is just make sure we practice hard,” Barrett said after the game. “We’re going to enjoy this, but knowing that we still need to play better next week.”After a run of four straight games starting at either 3:30 or 8 p.m., Bennett added it will be important to be ready to go for a noon kick against Minnesota.“It’s gonna be the first noon game or whatever it is in like four weeks, so we’re gonna have to make sure that guys are mentally ready for it and can still get the juice up that we had tonight,” he said.But even with Minnesota on the horizon, Bennett said the win against Michigan State keeps the Buckeyes’ long-term goals in the realm of possibility after the Spartans dashed OSU’s title hopes last year with a 34-24 win in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game.“Like I said before, it’s not about revenge. It’s about accomplishing what we can accomplish this year,” he said. “And so by having that big win over a really good team, it really just keeps everything alive and starts putting us in the conversation.”That conversation surrounds the College Football Playoff standings, with this season being the first year of the new championship format. Heading into Saturday, the Buckeyes were firmly on the outside looking in with a No. 14 ranking in the CFP poll, but they picked up a win against the Spartans — which are No. 8 in the poll — that few people expected them to have. When the new Associated Press top 25 was released Sunday, OSU was No. 8 while the Spartans fell to No. 12.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott — who picked up 154 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game — said OSU came in as the underdogs looking to make a national statement.“We had no one behind our back except for Buckeye nation and ourselves,” Elliott said after the game. “We just had to come out and prove to the world that we’re ready.”Meyer called the win “one for the ages,” and added he felt his team showed its worth under the lights at Spartan Stadium.“We played a top-10 team and we really played our best and on the road,” he said.When it comes to his team’s standing in the playoff picture, Meyer said he still doesn’t “know enough,” but made clear his feelings on where the Buckeyes should be.“I think it is,” Meyer — who earned a $330,000 raise after the 2013 season — said as to whether OSU is a playoff-caliber team. “I love my team.”While the CFP poll will decide who has a shot at a national championship come season’s end — the top four teams earn spots in the playoff — OSU co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the Buckeyes regained confidence in themselves with the win.“I think we earned back the belief our players have in our program, belief in how we do things at Ohio State, how coach Meyer runs his program,” Warinner said after the game. “We just got our confidence back that we can win a big game, especially on the road.”Barrett agreed with Warinner, and added the win helped to prove the Buckeyes’ doubters wrong.“It really gave us confidence that we could play with the best of them because there was talk that we could only play well against very bad teams,” he said. “This was a very good team in Michigan State, and we came out and played well.”Just like Warinner and Barrett, Bennett said the win gave OSU confidence, but he added that it showed the Buckeyes are the “real deal,” and said it should put them in consideration for a playoff spot moving forward.“It just kind of gives us confidence; it makes other people just kind of turn their heads and start considering Ohio State for the top four,” he said.But while a panel will vote the top four on, the Buckeyes can control their own destiny when it comes to the Big Ten. After sitting in a tie with Michigan State, the win firmly established OSU as tops in the conference for the time being.Senior wide receiver Devin Smith — who Meyer said had his best game in an OSU uniform against the Spartans — said he was “angry” after last year’s loss, coupled with the Buckeyes’ image as underdogs, heading into East Lansing. He said the win showed the conference and the nation what kind of team OSU is.“We came out here and (made) a statement,” Smith said after the game. “And then that shows that we are the best team in the Big Ten, and we try to play like that.”Regardless of the Big Ten standing, or even the Buckeyes’ spot in the CFP poll, Meyer said he simply knows how well his team is playing right now, and added he’ll have to wait and see what that means going forward.“This team right now is playing on a very, very high level,” Meyer said. “I’m not sure what all that means other than we got to get ready to play next week.” read more

Ohio State womens basketball tops VCU 9686 Amy Scullion returns

OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) maneuvers around VCU freshman guard Keira Robinson (34) to attempt a layup during a game on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86. Credit: Nina Budeiri / Lantern photographerRedshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion shoots a free throw against VCU on Nov. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 96-86.Credit: Nina Budeiri / Lantern photographerIn a tight contest, the Ohio State women’s basketball team defeated Virginia Commonwealth after pulling away late in the game.OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston got the action started with a quick layup in the opening seconds of the 96-86 win. Both teams shot the ball well through the first six minutes as the game was tied, 20-20. Then a jumper from freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell sparked a 19-7 run over a span of nine minutes to take a 39-27 lead for the Buckeyes.Virginia Commonwealth outscored OSU, 16-13, in the last 5:48 of the half to make the score 52-43 as the teams headed to the locker room. The Buckeyes shot 58 percent from the field in the first half, while holding the Rams to 37 percent.The Rams opened the second half with an 8-0 run to cut the Buckeye lead to just one point. But OSU answered with an 11-2 run to bring the lead back into double digits. OSU went on to score seven unanswered points to take its largest lead of the game, 70-56.Virginia Commonwealth cut the deficit to six with less than nine minutes remaining. After an 8-2 run by OSU, the Rams hit three consecutive 3-pointers to pull the game within three with less than four minutes remaining in the half. The Buckeyes closed out the game on a 14-7 run to get the 10-point victory.OSU improved to 2-2 for the season. Alston led all scorers with 34 points while Mitchell added 29 of her own. Freshman forward Alexa Hart came off the bench to tally 12 points along with eight blocks.Alston said the team excelled in finding an offensive rhythm throughout the game.  “I think we did a pretty good job, we got a nice little pace going,” Alston said. “We kind of got stagnant for a little while but I think we did pretty good offensively.”Redshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion added three points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Buckeyes. Scullion was in action for the first time since the end of the 2013-14 season after initially forgoing her final year of eligibility to attend medical school. Scullion said that while she had some anxiety at the start of the game, it eventually wore off. “Not going to lie, I was a little nervous, I felt like a freshman again,” Scullion said. “Once we started going up and down a little bit it wasn’t bad.”Mitchell found herself in foul trouble, earning four throughout the game. Mitchell said that she’s still making the transition from playing defense in high school to college.  “I’m in the process of learning,” she said. “I know I’m at the collegiate level so stuff I used to get away with in high school, I’m not going to get away with. I know as I grow, my fouls have to stop.”Coach Kevin McGuff said Mitchell’s fouls are a result of her effort on the court and sees them as something she’ll eventually overcome.“She’s so competitive and is always trying to make a play for her team that sometimes she gets herself in a little bit of trouble, but she’ll grow through that,” McGuff said. Up next for OSU is a trip to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Clemson on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. read more

Opinion Braxton Miller could feature prominently in Ohio States season opener

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photoSkepticism and doubt surrounded Braxton Miller when he announced in late July via an interview with Sports Illustrated that he’d be transitioning from his original position of quarterback to H-back this upcoming season.On a roster brimming with talent, especially on offense, many wondered just how much of the field the redshirt senior would see in what will be his final season at Ohio State. On top of taking on the challenges of learning a whole new position, Miller would have to leapfrog a multitude of skilled players.Regardless of his incredible playmaking ability, it looked like it’d be an uphill climb for the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.That is, until OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson, as well as wide receiver Corey Smith, would be suspended for the Buckeyes’ season opener at Virginia Tech. Junior star defensive end Joey Bosa was also amongst those suspended.Outside of Bosa, all were projected to be key components in OSU’s spread offense. Marshall and Wilson are hybrid type players, and each play the role of H-back. Smith, entering his redshirt senior season, enjoyed a great spring and had firmly cemented his status as the No. 2 wideout in rotation.So, through unfortunate circumstances, a rare opportunity has been presented to Miller. With the highly anticipated “revenge game” fast approaching, he’s in line to receive significant minutes.Thus far, his move to H-back has gone pretty seamlessly and has fans eager to see what he’ll bring to the table. Miller is still capable of breaking any game wide open as his athletic ability has been all too apparent in practices, something senior linebacker Joshua Perry has become pretty familiar with.“Don’t blink, he’s got some of the crispest, most ridiculous moves,” Perry said at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 30. “His footwork is amazing, he’s really fluid, and his speed is obvious.”Meyer, a former wide receiver coach, remains skeptical and is Miller’s biggest critic, going so far as to say that it’d be “uncommon” to throw the ex-quarterback straight into the fire so early in the season. Admittedly so, the three-time national champion coach can’t deny the kind of difference-maker that sits ready in his stable.“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” Meyer said on July 30. “He’s got an incredible first step. Above all else, you say it’s time to win or lose, and he’s not going to lose.”The expectation is that Miller will be a true “impact player” on offense. Considering the suspensions that have been handed out, plan on seeing a fairly heavy dosage of him in the Buckeyes’ Sept. 7 showdown in Blacksburg, Va.Only versatile sophomore, and current backup running back, Curtis Samuel stands in Miller’s way at H-back. Time will tell, though, as to who exactly will get the majority of the work at the hybrid position.How Miller comes along in terms of the continued development of his route running is something worth keeping a close eye on. At any rate, Meyer will undoubtedly find it tough to make a case for not adequately providing OSU’s in-state product with substantial playing time come Week One. read more

Mens Hockey Jeremy Hoy focuses on preparation in first season with Ohio

The Ohio State men’s hockey team gathers prior to the start of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAssociate strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Hoy joined the Ohio State men’s hockey team in early August. Long before, the Buckeyes had seen his work firsthand, even if they didn’t know his name.“When I was at Robert Morris, we played Ohio State,” Hoy said. “In talking to these guys, they’re just like ‘Man, every time we turn around you guys were there. You never got tired, you were always hitting us.’”Before joining Ohio State, Hoy worked as a strength and conditioning coach all over the country. He’s coached at his own gym in Pittsburgh, with the gold medal-winning 2018 US Under-18 Women’s National Team and most recently at Robert Morris University, where the Colonials faced off against Ohio State multiple times during Hoy’s career. Hoy said he prides himself on the way he prepares his teams for the ice. He spends his time working out players, evaluating them during practice to identify their needs and, above all, making sure the team is game ready.“I’m responsible for a lot of aspects of physical preparation,” he said. “I’m making sure the guys are ready to go, I’m working with the athletic training staff to make sure they’re healthy … I’m going to recondition them, making sure they’re ready to go and they’re game ready all the time.”One aspect of the job Hoy focuses on is the relationship he forms with the team and each individual player. He works with each player to assess where they are and ensure they are in the best possible condition when they hit the ice. With the science behind strength and conditioning improving since Hoy entered the field nearly 20 years ago, there is a greater focus on each individual player rather than assuming a strength and conditioning routine works for everyone. The lessons from Hoy and the athletic training staff, however, don’t end in the weight room, or even on the ice.“What I feel like we’re doing is not preparing them to possibly play hockey at the next level … but we want them to be able to contribute to society in a positive way beyond college,” Hoy said. “When they’re done we want them to be able to enter the real world and have a positive impact from what they do.”Once the preparation is finalized for each game, Hoy said he holds a different perspective when his team enters the rink. Coaches and players focus on running plays and optimizing their strategy on the ice to win. Hoy still wants the team to win, but he has a different set of expectations for his players than most going into their games.“I feel like I haven’t done a good enough job if our team is being out-skated, out-conditioned, even out-hustled,” Hoy said. “I want to get the guys going. I want to be the one winning in all those areas every time. I also feel like I’m not doing my job if guys aren’t game ready.”While Hoy has only been at Ohio State for about a month, head coach Steve Rohlik believes he’s already left an impression on the team.“In the small sample we’ve had, he’s made a big impact,” Rohlik said. “No. 1 because he wants to be here … his energy, his knowledge and what he brings, his history, and the work he’s done for almost 20 years. Our guys have bought into his tremendous work ethic.”As Hoy prepares for his first season with Ohio State, his message to the team is clear.“I want to be the team that we’re talented and we’re going to outwork you. We’re going to bring both those together,” he said. “That starts here on the ice. Everything we do, it’s a mentality, a mindset that were going to work hard, give 100 percent effort and we’re engaged in doing everything we do.” read more

Google street view blurs face of cow to protect its identity

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. “This opportunity wasn’t coming around very often so Gary grabbed a pick axe handle and we ran out into the street.”Giles Street is in a U-shape so we had about a minute before it would pass us. It had to go around a car park to take various shots so that gave us some time.  People had fun making puns after the tweet gained traction.”Udderly ridiculous,” said one user in reply. “Google teat view,” said another.A spokesman for Google said: “We thought you were pulling the udder one when we herd the moos, but it’s clear that our automatic face-blurring technology has been a little overzealous.”Of course, we don’t begrudge this cow milking its five minutes of fame.” Google Street View’s perhaps overzealous approach to privacy has caused mirth online after a photograph of a cow with a blurred face went viral.The cow was photographed at Coe Fen, Cambridge, and has its face blurred the same way Google does for humans.A tweet featuring the animal was retweeted 9,000 times. Dan Thomson and Gary Kerr had decided to take advantage of the Google Street View camera and posed for the picture when they saw one of the cars comingCredit:googlecenter_img google street view Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously pic.twitter.com/ACTBpDwno6— David Shariatmadari (@D_Shariatmadari) September 13, 2016 Google Street View’s cars have been photographing the world since 2007.It has been blurring out the faces of people captured on camera to protect their identity since 2008, and has partnered with numerous businesses, including British Airways, to provide a sneak peak into their premises. In August 2013 Police Scotland were called after someone spotted what appeared to be a murder on Edinburgh’s Giles Street captured by Google Street View, complete with an  image of a man holding a pick axe handle standing over an apparently lifeless body.Upon investigation they found mechanics Dan Thompson and Gary Kerr had staged the grisly scene after recognising the Google car all the way back in August 2012.”I recognised the Google car coming into the street from the camera tower on the top,” said Mr Thompson.last_img read more

Prince Harry visits Lovers Beach to release baby turtles – but misses

first_imgThe US holiday of Thanksgiving this Thursday is the most important time of the year for Americans to spend time with their families and loved ones. Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle is no different, as she showed by posting on Instagram on Wednesday a picture of herself celebrating the occasion in a past year, next to an enormous roast turkey. She will, of course, have to celebrate the public holiday without her boyfriend, who is representing the Queen on a two-week tour of the Caribbean.The couple will, however, have plenty of new experiences to tell each other about when they catch up over the phone.While American Miss Markle, 35, will be able to tell the Prince all about her traditional family get-together, the Prince can reciprocate with stories about releasing baby turtles into the sea on the aptly-named Lovers Beach on the island of Nevis. The Prince is a passionate conservationistCredit:Tim Rooke /Rex / Shutterstock Show more He encouraged everyone to continue their hard work. Volunteer Thema Ward, 35, said: “Harry was excellent. He got right down there digging with us and we weren’t expecting that.”“He is so down to earth – like his mum was. She just blended right like a real person when she was here and Harry did the same.” He was excited when he was given some more and exclaimed: “A whole team!”As they used their flippers to flap their way down the short, steep beach to the surf, he gestured with his hands, willing them on by saying “Go, go, go!” and “That way!” He said: “Look at the energy they have as well. He’s waiting for the water to come to him – that’s really clever.”He held his sunglasses in his mouth as he handled the small animals. Prince Harry was shown a turtle nesting site Credit:Chris Radburn/PA Prince Harry was told he could keep the gloves used to handle the baby turtlesCredit:Rex Features 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. Looking concerned, he continued to dig, saying: “Are you sure there are no more? Never leave a man behind!”He had been told that stragglers from the nests tend to die because they are not strong enough to dig their way to the surface without the help of the dozens of siblings that have hatched with them. Prince Harry releases turtles on Lovers Beach in Nevis Prince Harry with a turtle Prince Harry released the turtles on Lovers BeachCredit:Tim Rooke /Rex / Shutterstockcenter_img Prince Harry's gloved hand Prince Harry was shown a turtle nesting site The Prince was then taken down to the end of the beach, to dig for any turtles still in their nests. Handed a pair of white plastic gloves, he enthusiastically began digging a deep hole with his hands, pulling out empty shells, and was shown an example of an egg that hadn’t developed. He was told about the conservation project, which aims to protect turtles and increase their population.For every 1,000 turtles in Nevis, only one of those will return to lay eggs.While it is illegal to hunt turtle eggs for consumption in Nevis, many people still do. The Prince chipped in: “It’s because they are an aphrodisiac, right?”When he had helped dig a hole roughly 2ft deep, he was told that there would not be any live turtles in there.  Prince Harry met the founder and president of the Nevis Turtle Group, Lemuel PembertonCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty After carefully handling and examining the first turtle, he gently placed him at the waters edge.  The Prince who, like Miss Markle, is a passionate conservationist, enjoyed one of the highlights of his trip to the West Indies when he met volunteers from a turtle conservation group on one of the world’s most secluded beaches.Although he arrived at the wrong time of day to see turtles hatching and burrowing their way to the surface of the sand, members of the Nevis Turtle Group had kept five baby green turtles, found earlier in the day trapped in thick vegetation, for him to release on the beach. Prince Harry released baby turtles into the sea in NevisCredit:Tim Rooke/Rex / Shutterstock Prince Harry released baby turtles into the sea in Nevis Prince Harry meets the founder and president of the Nevis Turtle Group, Lemuel Pemberton The Prince said he had never seen baby turtles before, only adults. He looked impressed when he was told the babies would eventually weigh up to 900lbs.Afterwards he took off his gloves and, when told to keep them, joked: “It’s not like they’re a souvenir!”When it was pointed out he could use them for digging in sand again, he said: “Yes, that’s what I do in my spare time!”last_img read more

TubeStrike How people in London got to work and the funniest social

first_img Clapham Junction looks like a living nightmare  At least everyone is getting some fresh air…  At least we Brits know how to queueLook at that line! Stay clear from Liverpool Street #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/Zf5YN6ksli— Luize Lazdane (@luize_l) January 9, 2017  An endless line of walkers  Look how unhappy everyone is Loved the commuter taking to his scooter today along The Thames #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/ZHHqixS4XI— Nigel Bowles (@NigelBowles) January 9, 2017  Commuters trudged en masse to their jobs Clapham junction station was evacuated as commuters tried in vain to get to work.However, many have had a stiff upper lip about the transport woes they faced today. Clapham Junction is a very similar scene to when the Titanic is sinking & they’re trying to get everyone onto the lifeboats #TubeStrike #TfL— gabriella sylvia (@gabsylvia_) January 9, 2017  Look at all those people!  …full of Uber fumes Even comparing it to the Titanic  Who would have thought people would be so desperate to work on a Monday morning?  Some seemed to have quite a nice commute Grim humour has won the day on social media as people post pictures of their commute from hell.Got a particularly great picture of an unusual or horrifying London commute? Send it through to helena.horton@telegraph.co.uk.Think you can have a relaxing stroll to work? Think again A sign of the chaos caused by the Tube strike that @SadiqKhan is supposed to be on Radio 4 now but is stuck in traffic #TubeStrike— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) January 9, 2017center_img Spare a thought for the tourists unable to get from Leicester Square to Covent Garden without the Piccadilly line 💔 #TubeStrike— Rupert Monkhouse (@pert1993) January 9, 2017 There will be huge commuting one-upmanship on display tomorrow.’You walked? I had to take a dolphin at Greenwich.”I swam.’#TubeStrike— Dan (@ThatConnArtist) January 8, 2017  And complained about it at length when they got to work  The trains in action are empty It’s not even 7am at Clapham Junction and I already feel like Simba in the stampede scene of The Lion King #TubeStrike #london— Aisling (@aislingroseg) January 9, 2017  Don’t forget the real victims of the strike  Some were quite melodramatic  Even our Mayor isn’t immune   As long as it’s not busy, you get a better view than on the tube Leicester Square is so full of Ubers this morning it’s like a Toyota Prius convention. #TubeStrike— Chris Parsons (@ChrisParsons274) January 9, 2017 Others took the whole thing in their stride 100’s of people queueing to get into Clapham Junction which is now exit only #london #trains #TubeStrike #BORING pic.twitter.com/gDLTQYmyEx— Jodie Nicole (@jodie19lo) January 9, 2017 The tube strike has brought London to a halt as most stations in Zone 1 have no Underground services and the buses and streets are crammed with annoyed commuters and confused tourists.There was commuter chaos on Monday morning, with more expected at rush hour in the evening.  Sometimes living in London is such a treat… 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

Teenager died of meningitis after tweeting Lol Did not expect to be rushed

first_imgA teenager who died of meningitis was discharged from hospital despite her mother showing doctors a school letter warning about the disease, an inquest heard.Isabel Gentry, 16, was released by medics and told her mother ‘”I can’t believe they’re sending me home, I feel so ill,” the hearing was told.Earlier she posted on Twitter: “Lol I knew something was up. Did not expect I’d be rushed to hospital in an ambulance, how peak.”Her frantic mother had shown hospital staff a letter they were sent from her college warning about meningitis but were told it was “just a virus”, an inquest heard.She was sent home until her condition deteriorated so badly that she was unable to communicate, an inquest heard.Izzy had been studying for her AS exams when she began complaining of a bad headache, vomiting and fainting. 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. But after being seen at the Bristol Royal Infirmary she was sent home in the early hours of the morning – only to be readmitted 24 hours later when she got worse.The teenager died in the intensive care unit on May 20, 2016, after an MRI scan showed irrecoverable brain swelling had caused brain stem death.Her mother, Claire Booty, told the inquest the family had raised concerns about meningitis with a call operator, paramedics and doctors.She said: “Given the symptoms were flu-like, I was given no guidance about what to look out for if her condition deteriorated. Izzy wasn’t given a chance.” Her mother told the inquest: “When I got home about 6pm she was complaining of a headache and took paracetamol about 7pm.”Her symptoms became worse, and during the evening my husband rang and we discussed it.”I rang 111 to seek further advice. In particular my husband and I discussed meningitis and the letter.”She looked for a rash on the teenage girl’s body, but told the inquest that the two male paramedics who attended were reluctant to examine her.Paramedics Gary White and Christian Chambers, of South West Ambulance Service, took the teenager to hospital in an ambulance.Mrs Booty said that the pair appeared “understandably reluctant” to examine Izzy as she was a teenage girl.Mrs Booty said: “They seemed fixated about an upset stomach, but this wasn’t one of the symptoms she was complaining of and this wasn’t one of the symptoms we had raised when we called 111.” Izzy's last tweet Izzy’s last tweetCredit:Twitter After being admitted at 1am, Isabel was seen by a doctor who sent her home after five hours – although she could hardly walk to her mother’s car.Mrs Booty told the inquest: “I was concerned that the examination was not particularly thorough and that the doctor was distracted.”The school letter we had seemed to make no difference to the risk assessment which was undertaken.”Nurses reassured the pair that “it was just a virus” and she would recover in a couple of days, the inquest was told.Isabel struggled to walk to the car and said: “I can’t believe they’re sending me home Mum, I feel so ill.” They seemed fixated about an upset stomach, but this wasn’t one of the symptoms she was complaining of and this wasn’t one of the symptoms we had raised when we called 111Izzy’s mother Izzy fell ill while studying for her exams, the inquest in Flax Bourton, Bristol, was told. Tributes quickly flooded in for the popular teenager with dozens describing her as a “gorgeous” and “bubbly” young woman who had an “amazing energy”.The inquest in to her death is scheduled to last for five days and presided over by senior coroner, Maria Voisin. The following day Mrs Booty phoned her GP surgery at 5.10pm but was told it was too late for a home visit that day.Due to Izzy’s worsening condition Mrs Booty called for an ambulance at 5.30pm.Ambulance staff arrived, by which time the teenager was unable to communicate and her limbs were “thrashing and flailing”.Within half an hour of arriving at A&E, Mrs Booty was told it was likely her daughter had meningitis, and she was taken to the intensive care unit.But the following day her condition worsened and an MRI scan showed irreparable brain swelling had occurred and brain stem death had taken place.Her death was recorded at 7.30pm on May 20, two days after Isabel had posted on Twitter: “Lol I knew something was up. Did not expect I’d be rushed to hospital in an ambulance, how peak.”Paramedic Pippa Bishop told the inquest she had been unable to pre-alert the hospital as she had to restrain Isabel on the stretcher.Senior coroner for Avon, Maria Voisin, said: “Would it have been preferable to pre-alert before leaving the scene?”Ms Bishop said: “With hindsight it would have been.”The inquest heard that the cause of death was “most likely meningococcal meningitis”.University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said in a rapid review after Izzy’s death that the assessment and treatment were “appropriate” as initial symptoms were “not typical of meningitis”.Izzy’s mother told the inquest she had told paramedics, nurses and the doctor that a fellow pupil alt St Brendan’s Sixth Form College had recently been diagnosed with meningitis and that the school had issued a warning letter to parents.last_img read more

Pilot halts deportation of Afghan asylum seeker by refusing to fly when

first_imgIn a highly unusual move, the Turkish Airlines pilot reportedly came out of the plane and said “you’re not going to take him, I’m not flying. Someone’s life is at risk.”Under European Aviation Safety Agency regulations, pilots are responsible for the “safety of the aircraft and of all crew members, passengers and cargo on board”, giving them authority over the passengers on board an aircraft when it takes off.The Afghan came to Britain two years ago through the migrant camps at Calais in France and claimed he was at risk from the Taliban because of his job at a construction company with links to the Afghan government and US corporations.When he arrived in the UK in 2015, Mr Bigzad went to Kent to care for his father – a British citizen who claimed he was tortured by the Taliban in the 1990s. But Mr Bigzad was refused asylum and was denied permission to appeal. He was later reportedly detained during a routine immigration appointment.His family are now attempting to get the Afghan interior ministry to notify the British Government that they cannot guarantee his welfare in Afghanistan, as part of a bid for a fresh asylum claim. Afghan Samim Bigzad, 22, was due to be deported Afghan Samim Bigzad, 22 “We don’t know the name of the pilot but there are so many people who would like to thank him.” Turkish Airlines had not responded to request for comment. The Home Office said it would not comment on individual cases.  An Afghan asylum seeker’s deportation was prevented on Tuesday after the pilot of the plane on which he was supposed to be removed reportedly refused to take off.Samim Bigzad, 22, had been booked on a Turkish Airlines flight after his application for asylum failed. A petition to delay his deportation had attracted 3,000 signatures.Campaigners went to Heathrow Airport to tell passengers about Mr Bigzad’s situation, asking them to raise it with airline staff if they felt comfortable doing so.Mr Bigzad was reportedly hysterical as he was escorted on to the flight, claiming he could be beheaded by the Taliban.Kavel Rafeferty, a British woman who had been hosting Mr Bigzad in Kent, later received a message from him saying he had returned to a detention centre in the UK after “the pilot said no”, the Independent reported.“The last message I’d had from him was so sad – it just said ‘they’ve come to take me’ and then the phone was switched off,” said Ms Rafferty.“But then he rang that night and told me ‘the pilot said no’. He was happy and relieved and shocked – it was a lot to go through in one 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.last_img read more

Police unveil advent calendar to display their most wanted suspects

first_img“Public appeals for information have previously proved successful and we’ve chosen the Christmas period to highlight those who are wanted to appeal for help in catching them before Christmas.  “If you have any information on any of the people we put out, please call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” The force told The Telegraph that it will be discontinuing the festive graphic alongside the pictures for the rest of advent, but will still release photographs of people who are wanted each day of advent. A police force has unveiled an advent calendar which displays a wanted suspect each day leading up to Christmas.Essex Police, for the first time, is displaying its festive take on ‘wanted’ posters on its social media feeds.The first picture was released on Friday, of Tiras Downie, 38, who is wanted on suspicion of breaching a court order and has links to Wandsworth & Ipswich.A picture of him is illustrated with snowflakes and a glittery bauble.The initiative divided opinion on social media. 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. One person wrote sarcastically: “Nothing says Merry Christmas like the 25 most wanted in Essex.”Another said: “Whilst I understand and support the posts in social media to catch criminals I find it so very distasteful that you are using an “advent calendar” which in my mind is associated with a happy festive time, to promote your posts to catch wanted criminals!!!!!”A supporter pointed out:  “I think it gets people attention which it’s clearly done. These criminals ruin people’s Christmas so why not just support the police and share the post!!!” Can’t quite decide if this is brilliant, or hideous. https://t.co/G82MdgNiST— Stephen Leach ♣ (@SirTerenceBoot) December 1, 2017 Essex Police told The Telegraph that this is the first year they have trialed the idea.A spokesperson said: “In a bid to reduce the number of wanted people in the west of Essex, we are releasing a themed advent calendar in the run-up to Christmas, which will show a wanted person a day from the west of Essex.  Our first wanted person in the advent calendar series is Tiras Downie, 38.He’s wanted on suspicion of breaching a court order and has links to Wandsworth & Ipswich.Last known to be living in the Lambeth area.Call Pc Clare Thomas at Harlow police station on 101 with info. pic.twitter.com/kbkXEoGgSZ— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) December 1, 2017 They could have at least photoshopped a Santa hat on him as well https://t.co/RWwCTdzSjo— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) December 1, 2017 “We are appealing for the public’s help over the festive period to provide any information they have in order for us to locate these offenders.  This will start on Friday, December 1 and will run right up until Christmas Eve.”It is to give those who are wanted the chance to come forward and hand themselves in to us, rather than get arrested in a public place.”Chief Inspector Richard Baxter said, “We have a number of people wanted in the west and want to highlight what offences they have committed and why they are wanted. They will have the opportunity to come forward but if they don’t we will continue our search for them. last_img read more

Finsbury Park terror trial Darren Osborne denies driving van and blames Dave

first_imgWhen he was asked if he had contact with Terry and Dave after the attack, Osborne told the court: “We were planning to form a group, like the Welsh far-right group. We were going to call ourselves the ‘Taffia’.”Osborne also told the court he plotted with two men to “plough through as many” people as possible at a pro-Palestinian march in central London the day before.Mr Corbyn was also believed to be attending the event but was not there, and road closures meant there was no way for the vehicle to get close to marchers, the court heard, prior to the attack that was carried out.During cross examination, Mr Rees asked Osborne: “Were you hoping that you would have an opportunity to attack Jeremy Corbyn and kill him?”Osborne replied “Oh yeah”, adding: “It would be one less terrorist off our streets.”The jury had earlier been told how witnesses described the white vehicle accelerating as it approached the group, leaving them “splattered all over the place” and killing father of six Makram Ali, 51. Metropolitan Police handout image from body worn video recorded following Darren Osborne's initial detention in the early hours of June 19 2017 The court heard that at the end of the interview, Mr Dring asked: “Finally from me, is there anything at all that you know about that could harm anyone?””Mr Osborne says ‘No’.”After a pause Osborne added “I’m flying solo”, Mr Rees told the jury. Ms Wilding said: “How was it that you ended up in the Finsbury Park area?”Osborne said: “It was Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency. That’s what gave us the idea.”He added that they were looking for the mosque.Ms Wilding said: “Did you know whether Dave or Terry were also going to be in the Finsbury Park area.”He replied: “Yes they were going to meet me there.”Osborne said the trio had originally planned to go to Rochdale, Greater Manchester, adding: “That was our intended target.”Asked if this plan had been put into effect, he said: “Unfortunately not.” Ms Wilding said: “Do you know Dave’s other name?”Osborne said: “No, I do not.”Prosecuting barrister Jonathan Rees QC, said: “Somehow he (Dave) seems to have got away even though he was the driver.”Both prosecutor and defendant agreed that this was “remarkable”. A man accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack has denied driving the van which mowed down Muslim worshippers in north London – blaming a man called “Dave” instead.Darren Osborne denied deliberately driving at people outside two mosques shortly after 12.15am on June 19 last year, leaving one dead and several injured.He said the driver of the van was a man called Dave, whose surname he did not know – and he also told a court he had hatched a plot to kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.Osborne told Woolwich Crown Court he had been planning to set up a Welsh far-right group with Dave and another man, Terry Jones, to be called the Taffia.In the dock Osborne, of Glyn Rhosyn in Cardiff,  said all he could remember of the attack was peering out the van before the moment of impact, which he said “sort of reminded me of Hungry Hippos”.Osborne admitted he had earlier been driving the van, but claimed he was in the footwell of the passenger seat removing his trousers before the moment of impact. Darren Osborne is alleged to have used a van to mow down a group of worshippers as they left a mosque in Finsbury ParkCredit:SWNS/Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury Park Makram Ali, 51, a victim of the terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuries.Credit:Metropolitan Police Metropolitan Police handout image from bodycam video recorded following Darren Osborne’s initial detention in the early hours of June 19 2017Credit:Metropolitan Police/PA Wirecenter_img Darren Osborne, 48, allegedly mowed down Makram Ali, 51, and nine other people in a north London street which was busy with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers in June last year. The court was also shown footage from the body camera of Pc David Jones, who is said to have handcuffed Mr Osborne while he was on the ground after the incident.A man the prosecution say is Osborne can be heard saying in the back of the police vehicle “I lost control of the van” and “lost control, man”.Mr Jones said: “Were you driving, yeah?”The man is heard to reply: “Yeah.”Asked if he had been drinking, the man said he had consumed a “couple of pints”.Osborne denies the murder of Mr Ali, 51, and attempted murder of “persons at the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Whadcoat Street, London”. Makram Ali, 51, a victim of the terror attack in Finsbury Park who died as a result of multiple injuries. Defence barrister Lisa Wilding QC said: “Did you know who was the driver of the van?”Osborne replied: “A guy called Dave.” Osborne said he had met Dave in a pub in Treforest, called the Pick and Shovel, in early April or March last year. He added that together with Terry they had discussed their social and political views.Osborne had previously said said he was in contact with Terry and Dave as he travelled through London but they were not in the vehicle. Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury ParkCredit:James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock  Detective Constable Paul Dring, of the Metropolitan Police, said he was told by Osborne during an urgent safety interview conducted at University College Hospital that no-one else was involved in the attack, the court heard.According to a statement read by Mr Rees, he asked: “In terms of what happened today, is there anyone else involved? To which Mr Osborne replied ‘No’.” 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

Bishop George Bell investigation dropped by Sussex Police

The Church was criticised for making the new investigation public, with Lord Carlile calling the decision “unwise, unnecessary and foolish”. The police statement suggests that their investigation closed more than a month ago without the public being told.It is also not known whether Bishop Bell’s niece and only surviving relative Barbara Whitley, 94, was informed. In a statement the police force said: “On Tuesday 30 January this year we received information from the Church of England concerning an allegation made against the late Bishop George Bell. “The information was assessed and a proportionate investigation has been carried out to clarify the circumstances. “This was done thoroughly and sensitively, although of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago.  “There are no current safeguarding issues. “The matter is now closed as far as Sussex Police are concerned and the Church of England have been informed of this.”Andrew Chandler, Bell’s biographer and founder of the George Bell Institute, said: “‘In October 2015 the Church authorities were prepared to devastate the name of a dead man on the basis of a wholly discreditable process. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “In January 2018 they were ready to do so on the basis of no process at all. I imagine they regard this as progress. “At all events, this statement reinforces a sense that the making of allegations is more important to the Church than the testing of them. “It also shows how the church authorities are prepared to exploit the arts of publicity in their own interests.”Dr Ruth Hildebrandt Grayson, the daughter of Bishop Bell’s friend Franz Hildebrandt, said: “I doubt there was any new information. I think it was probably a smokescreen or a stalling tactic.”The Carlile report did not go their way and I think they were scrabbling around for anything more which could be found which would justify the way they have tried to blacken George Bell’s name, and they have failed.”A spokeswoman for the Church of England said: “Fresh information was received regarding Bishop Bell following the publication of the Carlile Review in December. “In January the National Safeguarding Team announced that it was commissioning an independent investigation into this information and we cannot make any further comment until the investigation is completed.”A representative for the Archbishop of Canterbury has also been approached for comment.  The matter is now closed as far as Sussex Police are concerned and the Church of England have been informed of this. The Archbishop of Canterbury has also been urged to retract a statement that there remains a “significant cloud” over the name of the popular bishop, who is recognised for speaking out against Nazi Germany and saving Jews fleeing the regime.  A police investigation into former bishop of Chichester George Bell has been dropped amid criticism of the Archbishop of Canterbury for smearing his name. Sussex Police told the Daily Telegraph that they were no longer investigating a new allegation which was referred to them earlier this year.A spokesman said the the investigation “was completed in March 2018” and added “of course further police investigation or action is not possible as Bishop Bell died 60 years ago”. An independent review released last year by Lord Carlile found that Bishop Bell had been besmirched by the church in 2015 when officials released a statement formally apologising over allegations of abuse made by a woman who is now in her seventies. It also paid out £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, for the alleged sexual abuse over a period of four years, beginning when she was five years old.  In January this year the Church announced that it had received “fresh information” about Bell which it had passed on to the police. At the time it refused to provide details such as the date of the alleged wrongdoing, whether the complainant is a man or a woman or is still alive. read more

Drones banned from Windsor during Royal wedding weekend due to privacy and

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. Drones have been banned over Windsor for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle A similar restriction was in force for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. Drones have been banned from flying over Windsor throughout the Royal wedding weekend due to privacy and security fears.Thames Valley Police requested a Restriction of Flying Regulation order over concerns that the newlyweds’ royal carriage procession could be filmed from above using the unmanned aerial vehicles.The order was granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for both Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May to ensure that any overnight guests leaving the evening reception might also be protected.Police are concerned that if a number of drones are flown simultaneously, they could collide and fall out of the sky, injuring the royal couple or well-wishers lining the route.They could also be a danger to any police security helicopters flying overhead, providing cover for their officers protecting the royals on the ground.The force, which is responsible for the security of Prince Harry and Ms Markle on the streets of Windsor, is calling on the public to keep an eye out for drone pilots. They have asked the tens of thousands of people expected to line the route to call them urgently if they see one taking off on the wedding day.The enforcement will be monitored and enforced throughout the event and offenders will be liable for prosecution. Supt Jim Weems, tactical commander for the policing operation said: “This Restriction of Flying Regulation is a routine measure for a large scale event such as this and is part of the broad range of security measures that are in place to deliver a safe and secure day for everyone.”It involves a ban on all aircraft, as well as drones, flying below 2,500 feet in and around the Windsor Castle estate.It does not apply to commercial aircraft flying overhead to add from nearby Heathrow Airport.A Windsor Castle source said: “The Queen was notified that an order was being sought to prevent drones flying over Windsor Castle on the wedding day and she agreed to it.“They are a nuisance and intrusive and Thames Valley Police are asking the local people to report a drone if it is in the air or if they see somebody preparing to take one off.“They would be an irritation and now the CAA has officially banned them it is hopefully one less headache the security services will have to deal with on the wedding day itself.“There will be more than enough cameras on the royal couple without these flying unauthorised eyes-in-the-sky”. Drones have been banned over Windsor for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Matt Dunham read more

UK weather Storm Hector batters Britain with winds of up to 100mph

Police officers in the West End of Glasgow deal with a fallen treeCredit:SWNS.com  A Fallen tree on the Glenavy Road near Lisburn A fallen tree on the Glenavy Road near LisburnCredit:Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker The Met Office said in a statement: “The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day. While the storm may dampen some outdoor plans, the Met Office is confident the hot, sunny weather should return before long, with the end of June set to be drier.  “Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations. Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.”In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland.” The yellow warning remains in place until 3pm.Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “Over the rest of England and Wales it will just be a strong, blustery day.”With any outdoor events planned, it may be something people are unprepared for or come as unexpected compared to the weather we have had recently.” Gale-force winds of up to 100mph have battered the UK as Storm Hector hit, with the Met Office warning of a threat to life.Much of Britain is covered by a yellow warning, but the north and west of Northern Ireland – which will see the first winds hit – was subject to a more serious amber warning.The Met Office said injuries and a danger to life was “likely” in coastal areas in Northern Ireland, with the chance of large waves and potential for beach debris to end up on roads, sea fronts and properties.It said winds had reached 100mph at the very exposed Cairngorms in Scotland.People have been advised to take care during rush hour, with potential disruption due to fallen trees. The storm follows a weeks-long spell of sunshine and warmth, as Britain basked in an unusually hot start to summer.The storm could disrupt royal proceedings; the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex are due to have their first official engagement together as they open Cheshire’s Mersey Gateway Bridge.Although there is not a weather warning yet for that area, they could face some stronger winds than usual. Winds have reached 100 mph at the very exposed Cairngorms in #Scotland. Here are some low level #wind gusts which are unseasonably high considering we’re in June #StormHector pic.twitter.com/2luXbnKMWG— Met Office (@metoffice) June 14, 2018 Travel disruption is expected, and road, rail, air and ferry services could be badly affected.It is also possible some buildings may be damaged, with a slight chance of power cuts in some parts – with the strongest winds expected in Argyll, near Oban. Weather map for Thursday and week ahead Police officers in the West End of Glasgow deal with a fallen tree 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. read more

Vogue embroiled in another race row after giving white model afrostyle hair

She said at the time: “These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive.” “We apologise if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it.”The photographs of Jenner were taken by  fashion photographer Mikael Jansson to celebrate the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund. 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. Vogue Magazine has become embroiled in another race row after being accused of giving a non-black model ‘afro-style’ hair.The magazine apologised, explaining that the stylist had tried to give model Kendall Jenner an early 20th century hairstyle, and that it was not intended to look like an afro.”The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the ’60s and the early ’70s, that puffed-out, teased-out look of those eras,” the magazine told E! News .Vogue has been criticised for its depiction of race in recent years; earlier this year, the Italian branch of the magazine apologised after being accused of darkening supermodel Gigi Hadid’s skin.Last year, supermodel Karlie Kloss apologised  after posing for a spread in a kimono, which caused a “cultural appropriation” row. She was widely criticised on social media.One angered Instagram user wrote: “We used to have our hair burned because society taught us that we were not beautiful with our afros, now they copy our afros but can’t use actual BLACK models with afros!”Another said: “For years we have been penalized about our looks and especially our hair, It is a slap in the face when non-Blacks try to imitate our look.”However, others came to the magazine’s defence, with one user commenting: “People need to calm down. This isn’t an Afro. It’s a teased hairstyle. Her hair is teased. It is not an Afro. She’s not making fun of a culture nor is she being disrespectful.”Another said: “Enough already. This isn’t even close to a afro! If you are offended by this you really need to adjust your thinking, maybe with a little more compassion and a lot more love and leave the hate out of it!” read more

Top awards for Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo after performances in Antony

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting the cast of Hamilton, as Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical show took home the coveted Best Musical Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Sophie Okonedo was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Hotel RwandaCredit:Johan Persson The winners of the 10 awards for the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards are as follows:BEST ACTORRalph FiennesAntony and CleopatraNational TheatreNATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESSSophie OkonedoAntony and CleopatraNational TheatreBEST PLAYThe Inheritanceby Matthew LopezYoung Vic & Noël Coward TheatreMILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTORMarianne ElliottCompanyGielgud TheatreBEST MUSICALHamiltonVictoria PalaceBEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCERosalie CraigCompanyGielgud TheatreBEST DESIGNMiriam BuetherThe Jungle, Young Vic & PlayhouseTheatreCHARLES WINTOUR AWARD FOR MOST PROMISING PLAYWRIGHTNatasha GordonNine NightNational TheatreEMERGING TALENT AWARDJamael WestmanHamiltonVictoria PalaceLEBEDEV AWARDSir Cameron MackintoshFor his contribution to musical theatre Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo have become the first pair in 30 years to pick up the best actor and actress prize for the same production at the Evening Standard theatre awards.Playing Antony and Cleopatra in Shakespeare’s epic tragedy by the same name, Fiennes and Okonedo were described by judges as “at the top of their game” in Simon Godwin’s National Theatre play.This is the second time in three years that Fiennes has walked away with the ‘best actor’ prize, winning it in 2016 for his roles in The Master Builder and Richard III.The last time two lead actors in the same production won the top prizes at the awards ceremony was 1988, when Lindsay Duncan and Eric Porter were rewarded for their performances in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Time Out magazine wrote at the time: “superlative, scorching performances from Lindsay Duncan and Eric Porter” while the Guardian said it was “not to be missed”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting the cast of Hamilton, as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical show took home the coveted Best Musical Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.Credit:Dan Charity/The Sun 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. Elsewhere, a radical revision of Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s ‘Company’ won Marianne Elliott the Best Director award.She switched the gender of the leading man to a woman, giving Rosalie Craig the role of a lifetime and the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Performance.The West End’s other unstoppable musical, Hamilton, also won two awards. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop history, which opened last December, was named Best Musical. Its London star Jamael Westman also collected the Award for Emerging Talent.At a star studded event last night at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London Phoebe Waller-Bridge was the presenter and the newspaper’s 38-year-old Russian owner Evgeny Lebedev was the host. He was joined by Anna Wintour, Claire Foy and Idris Elba.The annual awards, now in their 64th year, saw prizes handed out by Andrew Garfield, Richard Madden, Stella McCartney, Jenna Coleman and Paapa Essiedu. Sophie Okonedo on stage as Cleopatra Sophie Okonedo is best known for her Academy Award nominated role in Hotel Rwanda. Since then, she has won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play (A Raisin in the Sun) as well as a Golden Globe for The Secret Life of Bees.In Antony and Cleopatra, “Okonedo radiates amusement, wilfulness, all the necessary push and pull of attitudes,” said Telegraph theatre critic Dominic Cavendish.“Around her, the director does much to answer the play’s equivalent tug between epic and domestic, exotic and politic, tragedy and comedy, laying out the complex action with calmness and clarity,” he added.Earlier this year, Godwin said: “Cleopatra is an iconic part, but it is vertiginous and it requires guts,” he says. “And Sophie has guts. She isn’t vain and she is willing to go to strange and dark places. “She is radiant and sexy and she can be emotionally true.”On Fiennes, he said: “Failure hangs over the play, and the trap is to play Antony like he’s a failure. Ralph will make him a man of action, of intensity and heroism, rather than a depleted figure.”Theatre goers wishing to see the play before its final show on January 19 next year could will need to hurry to buy tickets. As of last night, the only seats available before then are at 1:30 pm on Wednesday December 5. read more

Eton College to offer 12 free places to boys from challenging backgrounds

Simon Henderson, headmaster at Eton College, said: “Eton has made places available free of charge to deserving students since our foundation in 1440 and we are very proud that there are over 80 boys currently in the school who pay no fees.”The Orwell Award will ensure that we continue this tradition by helping boys with tremendous potential but limited opportunity.”We are not targeting boys who will do well anyway.”We’re looking for applicants with vigour, talent and industry who, without proper support, will not be prepared for or even apply to the country’s top universities.” Eton College is to launch twelve free places to boys from challenging backgrounds, including refugees, even if they do not have high grades.The Orwell Award, launched today, is aimed at those who have academic ability but have not had the chance to meet their potential.The prize, named after Eton alumnus George Orwell, who received financial aid at the exclusive school, will be offered to Year 11 pupils studying in non-selective state schools.It will cover a sixth form place including boarding and allowances to enable boys to fully participate in the life of the school.Examples of hurdles a recipient could have faced include whether a boy has refugee status or is a looked-after child, if he is in the first generation of his family to go to university or if he has been in receipt of the pupil premium.Unlike previous scholarship programmes, the Orwell Award will recognise academic achievement may have been held back by circumstance.Applicants will be assessed on academic potential and against specific criteria such as attending a school Ofsted has identified as requiring improvement or special measures.The announcement comes at a time when there is increasing pressure on the sector to diversify and widen participation. 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. read more

Romanian man arrested for murder of Valerie Graves after his exwife tipped off

A Romanian man arrested for the 2013 murder of Valerie Graves was investigated by police after a tip-off from his ex-wife, who had discovered he was cheating on her.Cristian Sabou, 27, appeared in court on Thursday in Cluj-Napoca, northwest Romania, to face extradition back to the UK.He was arrested on Wednesday morning for the murder of Ms Graves, 55, who was beaten to death with a claw hammer in Bosham in 2013.Ms Graves was house sitting for some holidaying friends.She was found dead the morning after the attack with severe head wounds. Police interviewed more than 9,000 people and took 3,000 DNA samples in an attempt to find her killer. 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. Valerie Graves who was found bludgeoned to death in her home on December 30 2013 Valerie Graves who was found bludgeoned to death in her home on December 30 2013Credit:PA In court, Mr Sabou told of a bitter divorce from his ex-wife, who has custody of their two children, aged three and four.His ex-wife’s sister told The Telegraph their relationship ended after she discovered he was in a relationship with a woman he met on Facebook, and was “furious”.Mr Sabou left the village where he was living with his wife and children, and never returned, she said.  He alleges that after the couple’s breakup, his ex-wife told police that he had murdered Ms Graves. The pair were married and living in Britain when the grandmother’s body was discovered in 2013. Mr Sabou remained in Britain for four years after the crime took place, before returning to Romania to work in construction.He will now be extradited to the UK and face trial for murder, police said. A Romanian police source said the investigation into Mr Sabou began after a tip-off was passed to them by Sussex police in April.Mr Sabou was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant by British and Romanian police at around 6am on Wednesday, and held in custody. read more

Boy racer destroys £500000 worth of supercars after speeding through Chelsea street

An Audi Q7, was allegedly chasing a Porsche, when it span out of control A speeding motorist has destroyed a string of supercars worth more than £500,000 in a London street after ploughing into them in scenes compared to action films The Fast and the Furious.An Audi Q7, was allegedly chasing a Porsche, when it span out of control in Moore Street, Chelsea, smashing into a row of parked cars before flipping over.One woman revealed that three of her vehicles had all been damaged; a McLaren, a Porsche and a Bentley.Resident Summer Haider rushed out of her house. She told MailOnline: “I really thought there had been some sort of explosion, like a helicopter coming down.“The driver got out. There was blood coming from his head.”Another said it was a “miracle” no one was killed.“It was very lucky no pedestrians were around,” she said. “If any other vehicle had been coming down the street they would have been history.”The woman said the Audi driver emerged from his vehicle “dazed and in shock” and covered in blood with some hair missing. 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. “He was clearly in shock and had no idea how badly injured he was,” she said.“He was saying he was chasing a car that had previously bashed into him. I made him sit on a bench until paramedics arrived.” Others said the street, on which the average house is worth £4.5million, was “very dangerous” with drivers racing down it often.Eyewitnesses likened the aftermath to a scene from Hollywood action films The Fast and the Furious that focus on illegal street racing.Elizabeth Neville, a vicar’s wife, said she was woken by the sound of the collision.“There was lots of shouting a swearing from guy after the crash. It was mayhem,” she told MailOnline.Viola Pemberton-Pigot, whose black railings were destroyed in the crash, added: “Luckily I was behind curtains and did not see it, but I certainly heard the crash. It was an terrible noise.“All the neighbours came out. We are all just grateful that no one was hurt. It could have been so much worse.”A police spokesman said: “Police were called to Moore Street at 0031hrs on Monday August 5 following a collision between a car and number of parked cars. “A male driver and passenger from the car involved were taken to hospital for the treatment of head injuries. “Their condition is not believed to be life threatening. The driver however continue to receive treatment for serious head injuries. All of the parked cars were empty at the time of the collision. No arrests have been made. Enquiries into the full circumstances continue.” An Audi Q7, was allegedly chasing a Porsche, when it span out of control read more

Police want 2 in connection with murder

Keon Ashby, of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and ‘Waynie’ or ‘Shark’ of Diamond EDB are wanted by the police for questioning in relation to murder which occurred on 2017-01-23 at Kaneville, EBD. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 charged for burning to death of 8-month-oldFebruary 11, 2017In “Court”Wanted bulletin issued for murder suspectDecember 10, 2015In “Crime”Police issue wanted bulletin for ‘Brains’May 23, 2016In “Court” (L) Keon Ashby                                       (R) ‘Waynie’ or ‘Shark’Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Keon Ashby and ‘Waynie or Shark’  are asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 227-2128, 226-1389, 226-7065, 225-6411, 225-2227, 225-0575, 911 or the nearest police station. read more

Man remanded for robbing male sex workers

Of the four men who allegedly robbed two male sex workers on Wednesday last, one was today (Friday), remanded for the crime.Twenty-four-year-old, Michael Macy appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and had the charges read to him.The first charge alleges that he, on December 12 2017 at Croal Street, Georgetown while being together with others and armed with guns, robbed Denzil Benjamin of a cellphone valued $45,600.A second charge against him, which he also denied, alleges that he, on the same day at the same location and being in the company of the same men, also while being armed, robbed Kevin McLean of one motorcycle valued $178,000.Both charges were made indictable and as such the accused was not allowed to plead.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris objected to bail being granted on the grounds that a firearm was used; also due to the fact that the other three accused are yet to be charged.As such Magistrate Daly remanded Macy to prison for him to return on January, 26 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo remanded to prison for robbing Royal Castle DeliverymanApril 17, 2014In “Crime”Duo charged for robbery under arms, forgeryJanuary 19, 2018In “Court”Sex workers accused of robbing Presidential guards remanded for robbing anotherOctober 30, 2017In “Court” read more

Guyana Indonesia to explore trade investment opportunities

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana commits to working with Indonesia to ensure the survival of small statesOctober 9, 2015In “Politics”Guyana-Russian Federation to strengthen bilateral tiesMarch 28, 2018In “latest news”Guyana and Indonesia to foster closer relationsMay 30, 2019In “Business” President Granger met with the Foreign Minister of Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi at State HousePresident David Granger, on Friday received a courtesy call from the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Ms Retno Marsudi, who he assured that Guyana remains open to Indonesian investment, especially in value-added manufacturing, agro-processing and within the sugar industry. The meeting was held at State House.The Head of State highlighted the long-standing good relations between Guyana and Indonesia and said that this forms the basis for strengthening ties between the two countries, which share a common history of colonisation. He also used the opportunity to convey condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia on the loss of life resulting from a terrorist attack in that country on May 13, on behalf of the people of Guyana.Meanwhile, Minister Marsudi noted that her country is seeking to improve relations with Guyana and said that she looks forward to Guyana’s participation in the Indonesia Trade Exposition slated for later this year. The Minister was accompanied by Indonesia’s Ambassador Dominicus Supratikto.Guyana and Indonesia established diplomatic relations on August 27, 1999. However, the two countries had been involved in engagements, prior to that, within the Non-Aligned Movement, which Guyana joined in 1970. read more

La Grange residents benefit from medical outreach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice Medical Outreach conducted in Albouystown, East La PenitenceJuly 13, 2014In “Health”NEW GPC medical outreach aids Corentyne residentsOctober 15, 2017In “Health”PPP calls out SOCU for not hauling Patterson, Cabinet in for questioning over probeOctober 25, 2018In “latest news” A resident receiving medical careMore than 100 residents from the village of La Grange on the West Bank of Demerara received medical treatment as part of an outreach organised by the La Grange People’s Progressive Party Group.The medical outreach is the second of its kind organised by the PPP Group and saw numerous residents benefiting.Secretary of the Group, Anjanie Narine, told iNews that the outreach was their way of giving back to the community as well as aiding the National Blood Bank in its calls for more blood donations. Just two hours into the activity, the Group was able to secure 20 units of blood, and members hoped to collect in excess of 75 units by the end of the day.“Our outreach today so far has been very successful. Apart from the medication giving out, we are also giving a hamper to 50 senior citizens in the area and this is in commemoration of the 100th birth anniversary of our founder, Dr Cheddi Jagan and all year we will be having activities. So, the La Grange PPP Group did this sort of activity in remembering Dr Cheddi and he would have wanted us to do this if he was here,” Narine said.Secretary of Group, Anjanie NarineThe residents were able to benefit from regular medical check-ups, dental care as well as preliminary eye tests. Narine said that as long as the support is available, the Group intends to make the activity an annual one and on a larger scale.The team of doctors included former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony; Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr Vishwa Mahadeo; Dr Bheri Ramsarran along with representatives from the Blood Bank.A resident donating bloodOne resident, Golyn Persaud, thanked the Group for the initiative, noting that she was able to receive her diabetes medication without visiting the clinic. In addition, she and her grandson each had a medical check-up. The Group also prepared lunch for the 50 senior citizens to whom hampers had been distributed.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Photos OT- A resident donating blood CT- Receiving medical care PT- Secretary Anjanie Narine read more

Berbice Bridge challenge AG given more time to make submissions on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBBCI files legal proceedings against Govt takeover of Berbice BridgeNovember 29, 2018In “Court”Govt’s takeover of Berbice River Bridge unlawful – BBCINovember 7, 2018In “Business”Surendra Persaud replaced as Chairman of Berbice Bridge CompanyFebruary 21, 2019In “Business” The Berbice BridgeThe High Court has given the Attorney General’s Chambers two additional weeks to make submissions citing the legal arguments on which it opted to take over operations of the Berbice Bridge from the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI).In October, BBCI announced it was facing bankruptcy and its main investor – the National Insurance Scheme – was given no choice but to push for a toll increase.However, Government in a shocking move announced on November 5, 2018, that it would be taking control of the Bridge on November 12. The Bridge was financed through a public-private partnership.The Bridge Company thereafter challenged the Government’s takeover. Now that the matter is being heard, Justice Gino Persaud, who presided over in-chamber proceedings on Monday, outlined that the State must submit its legal arguments by December 28.This is according to BBCI representative, Senior Counsel (SC) Ralph Ramkarran, who told the press that both sides would return to court on January 21, 2019, to present arguments. Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Debra Kumar appeared on behalf of AG Basil Williams.The takeover was effected by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson under Sections 4 (1) and 11 of the Berbice River Bridge Act whereby “in the interests of public safety”, he issued an Order declaring that the functions of the concessionaire to maintain and operate the Bridge “shall be exercised by the Government of Guyana as of 5th November 2018 until the date the Minister specifies by notice on the cessation of the threat to public safety”.The Bridge Company, in its writ, petitioned the High Court to grant several orders to reverse the takeover and bar the Minister from carrying out his functions of maintaining and operating the Bridge.The Company has sought “an order of certiorari quashing paragraph 2 of the Berbice River Bridge (Public Safety) Toll Order 2018 dated the 1st November 2018, No 42 of 2018, made by the first named defendant (Minister Patterson) under the Berbice River Bridge Act Cap 51:06 ordering that the functions of the concessionaire, namely the claimant (BBCI), to maintain and operate the Bridge shall be exercised by the Government”.The Bridge Company also wants to prevent Government or its agents from exercising the functions of maintaining and operating the Berbice Bridge. The BBCI has also requested an order of certiorari to quash paragraph 3 of the Minister’s Order, which states that the tolls levied and collected, and any exemptions, shall be the same and not increased.The Company is asking the court too for an order to prohibit the Public Infrastructure Minister from stopping the increases in the tolls.The BBCI wants the court to declare that Minister Patterson has no power under the Berbice River Bridge Act, or otherwise, to approve or reject an increase in tolls by the claimant. It also wants the court to grant a declaration that this order by the Public Infrastructure Minister is unconstitutional, null, and void and of no effect in that it is tantamount to the compulsory taking of possession or compulsorily acquiring an interest in or right over the Berbice River Bridge, which is owned by the BBCI, without prompt and adequate compensation in violation of Article 142 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana.The BBCI has also requested that an order directing the Public Infrastructure Minister to supply to the Bridge Company, as a body affected by his order, a statement setting out the findings on material questions of fact referring to the evidence or other material on which those findings were based and giving the reasons for the decision. read more

FreeportMcMoRan CEO is new ICMM Chairman

first_imgFreeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold President and CEO Richard Adkerson has been appointed ICMM Chairman.  He has served on the ICMM Council since May 2005. In addition, Marius Kloppers, CEO of BHP Billiton has been appointed Vice Chairman. Adkerson said, “It is an honour to serve as ICMM Chairman. ICMM member companies have committed collectively to improving their performance based on sustainable development principles. I am looking forward to working with my fellow CEOs on the Council to ensure we honour that commitment.” ICMM President Tony Hodge said, “I look forward to working with Richard and Marius who will provide a wealth of experience as ICMM continues to promote good practice and improved performance across the industry.”last_img read more

Lake Victorias new drill rig to undertake soil sampling programs on projects

first_imgLake Victoria Mining has purchased a mobile auger drill rig to provide soil sampling services over “mbuga” covered areas of its gold projects in the Lake Victoria Greenstone Gold Belt of Tanzania. Dr. Roger Newell, Chairman of Lake Victoria: “The addition of the auger rig as a cost effective exploration tool will help us rapidly evaluate our mbuga covered targets without having to rely on the availability and expensive commercial RAB rigs during this early stage of exploration. Since a large proportion of the land mass in the Lake Victoria Gold District is covered by mbuga the chances of making a new gold discovery in areas of our existing licenses is very good. [We are] committed to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the quest for targets beneath the mbuga.Much of the low-lying areas, including the drainages around Lake Victoria, in the northern part of Tanzania, are covered by a blanket of dark grey clays known as Black Cotton Soil or locally as mbuga clays. These clays, believed to be lacustrine sediments derived from periodic flooding of Lake Victoria, have masked the underlying land surface, covering both in-situ soils and rock outcrops and allowing little to no chemical dispersion from the underlying substrate to pass through to the surface. Depths of the mbuga vary between a few centimetres to in excess of 10 m thick. Exploration for mineral deposits in mbuga covered areas therefore becomes difficult, time consuming and costly as it generally requires the scheduling and contracting of a RAB drilling program.Exploration over these mbuga covered areas is largely done by various geophysical techniques conducted by the company’s own geophysical teams and equipment. Upon interpretation of the collected geophysical data, this results in the mapping out of the geophysical properties of the underlying rock sequences and the structural imprint in order to interpret potential gold targets. Follow up drilling is required to test these targets to confirm mineralisation.Using the recently acquired auger drill rig the company intends to test the geophysical targets that have already been interpreted, across many of the   mbuga covered project areas, including but not limited to the Suguti, Murangi, Kinyambwiga, Kalemela and the Tarime licenses in the Lake Victoria District. The auger rig has the capability to drill holes to depths in excess of 20 m; sufficient to reach below the mbuga cover. Using systematic sampling programs and the specially designed sampling tool Lake Victoria will sample the soil/saprock interface beneath the mbuga at the bottom of each drill hole.The auger rig has recently arrived in the country and has been deployed in testing the immediate strike extensions of the subsurface Kanunga 1 gold vein at the Kinyambwiga Prospect. A number of additional north-south sample traverses are planned further east along strike of the Kanunga 1 vein to validate previously reported soil anomalies.The drill rig will the move onto the Suguti Project where a program has been planned to trace a number of northeast-southwest trending soil and gradient IP anomalies beneath the mbuga in the vicinity of the major north-west striking Suguti Fault.The company intends to have the new auger drill constantly deployed to complete the testing of all existing geophysical targets that lie below mbuga covering.last_img read more

Komatsus ACdrive 730E8 mining truck offers higher haul speeds simpler maintenance

first_imgKomatsu Australia has announced a new AC-drive version of its 730E-8 mine truck, “providing higher haul speeds and simpler maintenance requirements, resulting in higher productivity, reduced downtime – and industry-leading availability. With a true payload of 181 t, the 730E-8 is powered by a Tier 4 compliant 1,492 kW engine, and is designed and manufactured to the same engineering principles as Komatsu’s large Ultra-Class mining trucks.” According to Michael Hall, Komatsu Australia’s National Product Manager, Mining, not only is its AC drive system lighter than either mechanical or DC transmission systems, it provides faster acceleration and higher top speeds, while delivering more reliable performance and easier maintenance.Top speed of the 730E-8 is 64 km/h – 15% higher than its predecessor – plus it can handle effective gradients up to 12%, for higher productivity.In addition, the AC control system offers independent control of the rear wheel motors, giving outstanding traction in wet and slippery conditions, reducing tyre wear and improving operator confidence.Its GE35B AC-drive wheel motors, designed collaboratively between Komatsu and GE Mining, have no brushes, eliminating flashover, and a higher thermal capacity.A 2,760 kW retarding system provides advanced braking capacity, giving the ability to handle steep continuous descents and sharp switchbacks. This electric dynamic retarding enhances productivity and operator confidence, while eliminating the need for excessive mechanical braking effort.Hall said the increased reliability of the AC powertrain, plus its easier maintenance translated into industry-leading availability for the 730E-8.“Our 730E DC truck has delivered 90-94% availability to mines around the world, over hundreds of thousands of operating hours,” he said. “In comparison, the industry average for this class of truck is well down in the 80% range. That additional availability – which we expect to be even higher with the AC-drive 730E-8 – translates into an additional 36 weeks, or nine months, per truck over a 10-year operating life.“Overall our diesel/electric AC powertrain is more efficient, offers better operating characteristics and is more cost effective than a comparable DC powertrain,” said Hall. Our new AC drive 730E-8 has been configured for the challenges of the future, with miners frequently moving to smaller ore bodies in more remote locations. It is designed to be quickly deployed into difficult projects and then moved to the next opportunity as necessary.”Hall said the 730E-8’s ‘bolt-together’ design made field assembly and disassembly less complicated, reducing the need for large numbers of skilled technicians in the site assembly process.“The simplicity of its design makes it easier to train service technicians and complete regular maintenance tasks, with fewer hoses, bearings, pumps and wear components than most other mining trucks,” he said.The 730E-8 also incorporates an easily removable powertrain module, further reducing the time needed to complete on-site maintenance.“Maintenance requirements have also been streamlined through the use of Komatsu’s KOMTRAX Plus remote monitoring system, allowing the logging of data such as operating hours, component trends, machine utilisation (including idle time and fuel consumption) and production information for on-line analysis,” said Hall.The 730E-8 can also be fully integrated with management systems such as Modular Mining’s Dispatch and MineCare products.“In addition, the new truck’s cab brings the same comfort features and operator controls used in Komatsu’s Ultra-Class trucks, including air-ride seats, easy-to-use instrument panel with automatic speed control and fully adjustable climate controls,” he said.Brief specs of the 730E-8 are: Payload, 181 t; body capacity, 111 m3; engine, Komatsu SSDA16V159 QSK50 rated at 1,492 kW; maximum loaded speed, 2% grade, 62.6 km/h; braking system, 2,759 kW electric dynamic retarder plus dry disc brakes front and rear; turning circle diameter, 27.1 m; tyre options, 37.00 R57 (standard), 40.00 R57 or 42/90 R57 (optional).last_img read more

Northern Minerals to cash in on EV boom for rare earths

first_imgThe following is based on an article in yesterday’s Financial Review Digital Edition. While investors scout for potential winners among lithium and nickel plays, an ASX-listed rare earths miner is on the cusp of cashing into the looming growth in the electric vehicles market. Eight years after it was first considered as a greenfield exploration venture, rare earths miner Northern Minerals’ Browns Range project in Western Australia is finally set to start production by June-end.The fully owned project, 160 km southeast of Halls Creek in the East Kimberley region, is rich in high-value, heavy rare earth element dysprosium. This is a critical additive in permanent magnet motors that are used in wind turbines, industrial robotics, and electric vehicles. “Currently, 98% of the global supply of dysprosium comes from China, which means Browns Range would be the first major non-Chinese production facility in the world,” the article reports.‘‘We plan to produce 50 t initially so we will be a small player, but what we want to do is demonstrate the security of supply outside of China,’’ Northern Minerals Managing Director George Bauk says.The company revised its plans in 2017 and decided the best way to develop the project was to first build a pilot plant. It has since taken about 13 months to complete the fabrication and installation of the facility. Northern Minerals has so far spent A$175 million on the development of the project, including the pilot plant with annual capacity of 72,000 t of ore, along with two stages of processing at site – beneficiation and hydro-metallurgy.The three-year pilot project is targeted to produce 573 t/y of total rare earth oxides, of which 50 t will be dysprosium. First shipment is due for the September quarter.Bauk says the decision to start small was one of the best choices the company has made. ‘‘OEMs and global buyers are quite cautious about the capability of small companies transitioning from early stage explorer to being a producer of an industrial mineral,’’ he says.‘‘The pilot plant is all about evaluating the technical and economic aspects of the project. It is really important in industrial minerals like rare earths to demonstrate we can provide to the market a product within specifications.’’The pilot plant has been constructed at 10% of the potential full capacity, at which point the miner is targeting an annual output of 300 t of dysprosium, or roughly between 10 and 12% of the global production at that time.But before that, it has outlined other plans for expansion. Northern Minerals is evaluating ore-sorting technology, and plans to implement this by end of the year. It also wants to move into the downstream phase by eventually implementing separation technology at the site. This will allow it to convert the mixed rare earth carbonate into separated oxides.‘‘The biggest benefit is reaching a much broader market,’’ Bauk says. ‘‘A major risk of producing mixed rare earth carbonate is you have a limited market of buyers, but separated oxides open up a lot other opportunities.’’Given the unique nature of the project, as well as the opaque markets for dysprosium, funding for Browns Range has been somewhat challenging. But the company has tackled this in rather innovative ways.It set up a debt-factoring deal with New York financier Brevet under which it has received quarterly advance payments against research and development funding support due from the Australian government in 2017/18.It also negotiated an A$11 million deal with EPC contractor Sinosteel for a deferred payment system where Sinosteel funded 20% of expenditure, and also tied up a A$10 million prepayment against a forward sales of its pilot plant output to a unit of China’s Guangdong Rare Earths group.Northern Minerals has also done several equity placements, including a convertible note issue in the US. It last raised A$12 million through a heavily oversubscribed share purchase plan in January from existing shareholders.The explorer now aims to resume drilling shortly. As per the current resource estimate spread over its six deposits, Browns Range has a mine life of 11 years, but Bauk says this has been limited by how much drilling has been done so far.Given its massive land area spread over 60 km by 30 km, and the fact that resources are open at depth and spread in many directions, he estimates there is much more life in the project. ‘‘The potential upside is significant,’’ he says.last_img read more

Nikola Karabatic to join HC Zagreb

← Previous Story HC Meshkov Brest fined 5,000 € Next Story → HCM Constanta dismissed coach Cvetkovic According to the news from Zagreb, the president of the ’emergency board’ of Zagreb for privatization, Zoran Gobac, announced the possible arrival of Nikola Karabatic in Zagreb, at the end of the season, and prepare a strong HC Zagreb for the next season. Some are laughing at this, but some say that the privatization of the club might actually make these things happen. It will also be interesting to see how Balic-Karabatic duo would work, knowing their personalities.Regarding Balic, Gobac said that he will finish his contract, and probably end his career in Zagreb, and that the only possibility this not to happen is if someone makes a very serious offer. C.O Zagrebhandball transfersNikola KarabaticZoran Gobac read more

IHF Super Globe Kiel and Atletico Madrid with the first victories

There were no surprises in the first matches of the IHF Super Globe in Doha.Mudhar – University of Sydney 32:27 (15:12)Amine Bannour 7, Majed Aboalraha 4; University – Diego Liorente 8, Rafael Leis 5, Oliver Junker 4, Tomasz Szklarski 3. Al Zamalek – Metodista Sao Bernardo 33:24 (12:14)Al Zamalek – Hussein Zaki 7, Ahmed Mostafa 6, Mohamed Hesham 5; Sao Bernardo – Carlos Castillo 6, Fabio Chiuffa 5, Gustavo Cardoso, Diogo Hubner – 4.BM Atletico Madryt – Al Jaish 28:23 (11:13) Atletico – Kiril Lazarov 7, Jonas Kallman, Alvaro Ferrer –  4, Mariusz Jurkiewicz 3; Al Jaish – Jure Dolenec 6, Hassan Mabrouk 4.THW Kiel – Al Sadd 29:26 (9:16) Kiel – Marko Vujin 7, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson 5, Dominik Klein 4; dla Al Sadd – Dragan Gajić 8, William Accambray, Nikola Karabatić, Christian Malmagro oraz Issam Tej – 3. ← Previous Story F.C Barcelona Intersport wins 44th “Doboj 2012” Next Story → Orlen Wisla Plock wins Belgazprombank Cup in Belarus (VIDEO) atletico madridDohaDoha handballIHF Super GlobeKiel read more

Bundesliga Round 30 Fuchse Berlin led by Igropulo win away at Wetzlar

With the away win this night, Fuchse Berlin are continuing the fight for the second place with Rhein-Neckar Loewen and SG Flensburg, with four rounds left in the Bundesliga.With 27:25 (13:13) won the “Foxes” at Wetzlar, Konstantin Igropulo leading them with 9 goals. Wetzlar’s best were the Mueller‘s with 4 goals each, while Steffen Faeth had 4 as well. This has now given them 45 points, one less than RN Loewen that have a game less as well, while SG Flensburg are third with 44 points and a game less. ← Previous Story Swedish Final: Drott against Kristianstad in “Scandinavium” Next Story → End of season for Lars Kaufmann BundesligaFlensburgFuchse Berlinigropuloloewen read more

Nikolaj Jacobsen about black German spring Barca Kielce Veszprem and PSG favorites

Nikolaj JakobsenRhein Neckar LowenVelux EHF Champions League Rhein Neckar Lowen coach Nikolaj Jacobsen expressed his expectations that Germany could stay without a single team at VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 in Cologne “very easily”. The Danish coach stated for Manheimer Morgen about this:-It is possible that Germany will stay without teams in Cologne. I hope that at least one will be there, but it is much more realistic another scenario – said Jacobsen, which team was openly critized for not playing in European elite competition with full strentgh.-Barcelona, Kielce, Veszprem and PSG Handball are four favorites. PSG Handball have an unbeleavable squad – concluded Jacobsen.The “Lions” will face Croatian champions PPD Zagreb at EHF CL TOP 16 phase.  ← Previous Story KIELCE TV: “Middle-European” encounter in six minutes… Next Story → Allison Pineau to Brest Bretagne Handball! read more

Dramatic 30 seconds in Hungary – Two screens one dream celebration in

FTC Rail Cargo handballGyori Audi ETO KCHungarian handballkezilabda ← Previous Story Győr champion for the third time in the season! Next Story → Vote for the World Young Handball Player 2017/2018 What an ending of the women’s Championship in Hungary! FTC Rail Cargo needed only a goal in the last attack to take Championship trophy ahead of reigning champions and crowned EHF CL winners – Gyori Audi ETO KC, but girls from the capital of Budapest were too confused to score in the last 30 seconds of the match.Historical drama could be seen on two screens – the second one was in Gyor, where girls, coach Martin and the fans were waiting for the conclusion…and praying… read more

Students were put through the mill by SUSI

first_imgTHE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE has said that some third level students were “put through the mill” by the new grant-allocating body over the past year.The Ombudsman – which deals with complaints about certain public bodies – had taken on more than 50 complaints relating to problems with the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).SUSI was set up to process grant applications last year, taking over the role from local authorities. However the new system was beset with delays and problems with processing applications.Outgoing Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly took the unusual step in July of advising students affected by the delays in processing their applications that they could submit complaints to her office. Around 400 students were still waiting for their application appeals to be processed by mid-July.Speaking at the launch of the Ombudsman’s annual report yesterday, Richie Philpott, an investigator who is handling complaints against SUSI, said the most common complaint the Ombudsman’s office has received is about the long delays.Philpott said that SUSI is cooperating and are trying to work hard to solve the complaints.SUSI has repeatedly said that things will be different for students this year and that it is more prepared for dealing with applications.Read: SUSI ‘working closely’ with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints > Read: Almost 8,000 applicants turned down for grant by SUSI >Read: Ruairí Quinn considers cutting grants; students say ‘don’t even think about it’ > Read: 59,000 new grant applicants received by SUSI ahead of deadline >last_img read more

Which government minister thought he could change the world when he had

first_img(Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)And there it is, his hair in all its glory. It’s not really that long.After years in politics, has he become a little jaded? Not really, it seems.“I still have a belief in the political system,” Minister Rabbitte told RTÉ, “but changing the world has proved a more difficult task than I thought at 19. Incremental change seems to be the best that you can get in a democratic system”.“Politics has taken a hammering, and it is true that the practice of politics has been debased by your recent history and our failure to discharge our responsibility in terms of supervising the banking system and so on… but I think it’s very important that the denigration of politics isn’t allowed to continue.Another current Labour minister appeared in the archive footage shown by RTÉ, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, seen below. (Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS Pat Rabbitte revealed this morning that when he was a young student politician, he believed the source of power was long hair… kinda.Speaking as part of a series of interviews with cabinet ministers on RTÉ’s Morning Edition, Minister Rabbitte spoke about the early days of his political career as President of the Union of Student in Ireland.When asked on whether he saw himself ending up at the highest levels of politics, he said that many of his generation who lived in “extraordinary times, when the world was young and extremely divided” ended up “prominent in politics or public affairs or the media in one fashion or another”.At that young age entering politics, he did certainly believe he could go far:“When I had the long hair, I was certainly convinced I could change the world”. (Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)Although they made an appearance on the programme, he was not questioned about his possession, at some point in the past, of fairly significant sideburns.center_img (Image Credit: Screengrab/RTÉ)UTV IrelandThe Minister also welcomed the announcement this morning that UTV will be launching a station in the Republic of Ireland, saying that it will increase competition and create jobs.However, he said the decision on whether or not the station will definitely go on-air in 2015 is still up to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, but he believes the station has enough experience to “jump through whatever hoops are required”.WATCH: Mattie McGrath tells Rabbitte to ‘count the tits on Mrs Murphy’s cow’ >More: ‘UTV Ireland’ promises serious news and current affairs output alongside diet of UK soaps >last_img read more

Missing teenager Rebekah Burnett found by gardaí

first_imgUpdated 6 December 9.41 pmGARDAÍ HAVE FOUND missing teenager Rebekah Burnett safe and well.The 15-year-old had been missing since she was last seen at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on Thursday 28 November.Gardaí at Blanchardstown say they would like to thank the public for their assistance in the search.Explainer: How do you search for a missing person?>Read: Gardaí to launch free Child Rescue Ireland Alert app tomorrow>last_img

Fifty bags of heroin found in Philip Seymour Hoffmans apartment

first_img-Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York apartment > Read: Sir Ian McKellan’s touching Facebook post about Philip Seymour Hoffman > AROUND FIFTY BAGS of heroin were found in the apartment of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead on Sunday.Investigators have not yet determined the cause of death of the actor but police have been investigating it as a suspected overdose.The 46-year-old Oscar winner was found lying in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment in New York City with a needle still stuck in his arm. Police also found unused syringes, a charred spoon and various prescription medications in his apartment.An autopsy began on Monday but the chief medical examiner’s office in New York City said the results won’t be expected until today at the earliest.Hoffman had checked himself into rehab for drug problems in May of last year after two decades of sobriety.Since his death, it has emerged that he was living apart from his partner Mimi O’Donnell and their three children.Hoffman was hailed as one of the greatest actors of his generation with a charismatic and dark presence on stage and screen.Broadway is to dim its lights for one minute on Wednesday night in honour of the actor.Many fellow actors have paid tribute to Hoffman since his death:last_img read more

Ireland to auction off €500 million of Treasury Bills on Thursday

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) is to sell €500 million in Treasury Bills in an auction to be held on Thursday.The auction of the three month bonds will be the latest attempt to test the waters for Ireland’s eventual return to normal lending markets when the country emerges from the bailout.A similar auction in January saw €500 million worth of Treasury Bills (or T-bills) sold with a yield of 0.20 per cent.Owen Callan of Danske Bank Markets said despite the positive fallout from the promissory note deal, the NTMA may delay any long-term bond issues until next month due to events in Ireland and Europe, including the impending Italian election and the possible sale of Irish Life Assurance.“While there may have been a political hope for the NTMA to take advantage of the promissory note deal and to immediately issue long term bonds into the market, Ireland already has a huge cash buffer (€22 billion or so), and reacting too quickly to the deal could also have increased criticisms from those claiming that deal would be akin to ‘monetary financing’” said Callan.“As such, waiting a few weeks before issuing is not without justification, even if risk/reward would argue for a more imminent engagement with the bond market”.The auction will open at 9.30am on Thursday morning and close at 10.30am.Read: Draghi: ECB hasn’t yet considered whether Irish deal is legal >last_img read more

Armstrong facing deadline to decide on full USADA confession today

first_imgLANCE ARMSTRONG IS today facing a deadline to decide whether he will meet with US Anti-Doping Agency officials and talk with them under oath about what he knows about performance-enhancing drug use in cycling.The agency has said Armstrong’s cooperation in its clean-up effort is the only path open to Armstrong if his lifetime ban from sports it to be reduced.Armstrong has given mixed signals whether he plans to talk with USADA officials. Armstrong attorney Tim Herman previously suggested Armstrong would not meet with USADA before the agency’s original 6 February deadline. The two sides then agreed to give Armstrong another two weeks to work out an interview with investigators.Armstrong previously denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but in January admitted doping to win the Tour de France seven times.Professional table tennis player baffles opponent with this sick behind-the-back shotChange at the top for Manchester United as Alex Ferguson hails outgoing Gilllast_img read more

I called my teacher Mammy and other mortifying childhood memories

first_imgYouTube/sgsaBeing caught passing a note to a friend about a boy you really fancied and the teacher making you read it out to the whole class. I’m still not over it. WE’VE ALL DONE it right?We’ve all called the teacher “Mammy” in the middle of the classroom. It’s a painful memory, but it’s good to get it out there.Let’s all relive it together:The teacher asks a question. You know the answer.You want to get in there before everyone else and so you hand shoots up, and before you can stop it, it’s out of your mouth… MAMMY! Morto for your ma for having you (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)Going up to a man in the supermarket and realising it’s not your dad. C’mon lads. 20 laps (Flickr/Creative Commons/DawnPinkChick)Saying “orgasm” instead of “organism” in secondary school science. Do I HAVE to wear these? (Imgur) Forgetting PE gear and being made to play hurling in your underpants was always traumatic. Image: TumblrWe asked around TheJournal.ie and DailyEdge.ie Towers for other shame-inducing childhood memories.Prepare to pull a muscle from cringing:Coming back from the bathroom in school and realising the back of your skirt is tucked into your tights. I just want to curl up and die (Shamed kid/Shutterstock)Wetting yourself. And then you had to wear the really ugly tights that the teacher had in the press. Passing notes/ShutterstockGot any more  mortifying gems? Share them with us in the comments section below…18 albums every Irish household has owned>11 things we all did when we were kids>last_img read more

Tornado warning issued for Ireland

first_imgA LEVEL ONE tornado warning has been issued for Ireland by a European storm forecaster – and our own Met Éireann is warning of winds gusting up to 100km per hour.According to Met Éireann, we can expect strong to gale force south to southwest winds of 50 to 60 km/h, with occasional gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr. Winds will be strongest in western coastal areas, said the forecaster.It has placed a weather warning of ‘status yellow’ on the country for today. Status yellow means there is a ‘weather alert’ and people should ‘be aware’.Tornado warningMeanwhile, the European Storm Forecast Experiment (Estofex) has issued a level 1 warning for tornadoes in Ireland. A level one warning is the lowest warning out of three, and warns of a five per cent probability of a tornado hitting Ireland.It says that the “strong vertical wind shear and very low lifting condensation level is reason to believe that one or multiple tornadoes may occur” in Ireland.The Irish Weather Network said that for the rest of today, showers will move in off the Atlantic during the morning affecting the western half of the island. They will become more widespread through the afternoon with one or two on the heavy with a risk of thunder.It also predicts gusts of 80 to 100kmh, strongest in western areas, and says tonight will be cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain across the island as winds moderate.Temperatures will remain mild, with lows of 6 or 7CThe weather for the week ahead will remain unsettled mild and windy at times.- Hat tip to Paul Martin for the Estofex linkRead: Spring has arrived but with nighttime temperatures of -11°C>last_img read more

Illinformed comments on ODriscoll Marshall concussions Eanna Falvey

first_imgJust a few weeks after the Six Nations you saw guys like Paul O’Connell, Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe coming back and doing well in the Heineken Cup. To see that must have been frustrating, in a way, for Declan because if he had even one of those against Scotland, for example, it could have made all the difference.”Amid the carnage, and queues for the treatment table, Falvey was struck by the manner in which Leinster and Ireland back Fitzgerald coped with his second major knee injury in less than a year.“Poor Luke Fitzgerald,” said Falvey, “just back after a long comeback from injury and he damages his cruciate. It must have been devastating for him.”Dr. Falvey and Ireland physio assess the injured Fitzgerald. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Falvey added, “He was unbelievable in his approach and took it on the chin. Once he learned the extent of his injury and timeframes [for a comeback] he said ‘Let’s get going’. I was greatly impressed by that, not just from a medical standpoint but as a human being. The courage he has shown in the face of that is remarkable.”The concussion conundrumThe issue of player concussions cropped up at the tail-end of Ireland’s difficult Six Nations campaign as centres Brian O’Driscoll and Luke Marshall [twice] shipped hefty blows. There was speculation from pundits, supporters, journalists and former players about O’Driscoll and Marshall being patched up and sent back into the fray.O’Driscoll was bowled over by French prop Vincent Debaty in the home draw with France and left the field only to return for the final four minutes of frantic action. Speaking to TheScore.ie after the match Irish winger Keith Earls commented, “When you see a fella who doesn’t know where he is one minute and comes back on with his head all strapped up; he’s a true warrior.”Dr. Falvey speaking at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry. (Paul Mohan/SPORTSFILE)Falvey stated, “There was a lot of ill-informed commentary about Brian and Luke around that time.“From Luke’s side, it was very worrying. He’s a real good guy, honest and a good player. He recovered well after the France game. In the Italy game it was actually his own player, Paddy Jackson’s head he collided with. He came off but had fully recovered that day.”Three weeks after the defeat to Italy, Marshall returned to action for Ulster in their Heineken Cup quarter-final with Saracens. The centre was concussed again and was helped from the pitch by two of the Ulster medical staff. He was ruled out of the rest of the season and not considered for Ireland’s tour to North America.Falvey added, “When it comes to concussion, there are good, quality guidelines there. It is an evolving process. It is not perfect yet but, one would hope, over the coming seasons, that it will be.”Lions in for anxious wait on 15 players in action on finals weekendBrian O’Driscoll in for Pro12 decider but Sean O’Brien misses out AT ONE STAGE during Ireland’s Six Nations game against Italy during this year’s Six Nations, three Irish players were down with serious injuries and Dr Eanna Falvey was caught in the middle.Like a war medic, he dashed from Luke Marshall to Luke Fitzgerald and over to Peter O’Mahony and assessed the worst of the trio before working out treatments for the fallen stars.The afternoon’s of Fitzgerald [knee] and Marshall [concussion] were over while O’Mahony recovered to take his place on the wing – a position the forward has not played since his school days. Falvey, who will travel to Australia with the British & Irish Lions, earned his keep that day.He told TheScore.ie, “I felt bitterly sorry for the players. Even before the Six Nations began Ireland had lost so many frontliners. I felt sorry for Declan Kidney too as his plans were hampered in a big way by the loss of so many key players.last_img read more

Kildare triumph against Offaly in Leinster SFC quarterfinal in Croke Park

first_imgKILDARE: Mark Donnellan (Maynooth); Peter Kelly (Two Mile House), Michael Foley (Athy), Hugh McGrillen (Celbridge); Ollie Lyons (Celbridge), Eamonn Callaghan (Naas), Emmet Bolton (Eadestown); Daryl Flynn (Moorefield), Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge); Paul Cribbin (Johnstownbridge), Niall Kelly (Athy), Eoghan O’Flaherty (Carbury); Johnny Doyle (Allenwood), Tomás O’Connor (Clane), Paddy Brophy (Celbridge).Subs: Fionn Dowling (Suncroft) for Brophy (47), Seanie Johnston (St Kevin’s) for O’Connor (55), Morgan O’Flaherty (Carbury) for O’Flaherty (60), David Hyland (Athy) for Bolton (64), Robert Kelly (Straffan) for Daryl Flynn (64).OFFALY: Alan Mulhall (Walsh Island); Brian Darby (Rhode), Paul McConway (Tullamore), Daithi Brady (Ballyfore); Eoin Carroll (Cappincur), Shane Sullivan (Rhode), Michael Brazil (Tullamore); Alan McNamee (Rhode), Brian Connor (Walsh Island); Graham Guilfoyle (Clara), Johnny Brickland (St Brigid’s), David Hanlon (Edenderry); Anton Sullivan (Rhode), Niall McNamee (Rhode), Ken Casey (St Brigid’s).Subs: Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh) for Carroll (27), Niall Darby (Rhode) for Brazil (46), Johnny Moloney (Tullamore) for Connor (52), Ruairi Allen (Gracefield) for Brickland (55), Paul McPadden (Rhode) for Sullivan (60).Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)23 signs that you’re an Offaly sports fanKildare’s Doyle sad at the retirement of his ‘good buddy’ Earley Scorers for Kildare: Johnny Doyle 0-6 (0-3f), Niall Kelly, Eoghan O’Flaherty 0-4 each, Daniel Flynn 0-3, Paul Cribbin, Seanie Johnston 0-1.Scorers for Offaly: Niall McNamee, Ken Casey (0-2f) 0-4 each, David Hanlon 1-0 Alan Mulhall (0-1 ’45), Graham Guilfoyle, Alan McNamee, Niall Darby 0-1 each. Offaly’s Paul McConway with John Doyle of KildarePic: INPHO/Morgan TreacyO’Flaherty also offered good support for Kildare in the scoring stakes as he has weighed in with three first-half points while U21 star Kelly enjoyed a strong closing period to the first-half when he raised two white flags.Offaly did demonstrate a capacity to shine up front early on with Niall McNamee giving Kildare’s Michael Foley difficult moments while Graham Guilfoyle and Alan McNamee notched beautiful points from distance.Offaly were thankful for the intervention of goalkeeper Alan Mulhall in the 23rd minute when he did superbly to acrobatically tip a goal bound flick by Eoghan O’Flaherty over the bar.The second-half opened in a competitive fashion as the teams traded points but then Kildare increased the tempo midway through the half to power clear and run out winners by a four-point margin.Offaly’s Michael Brazil and Tomas O’Connor of KildarePic: INPHO/Ryan Byrnecenter_img Kildare 0-19Offaly 1-12A strong second-half display was enough to see Kildare past Offaly in their Leinster senior football quarter-final this evening at Croke Park.The game was tightly balanced for long stages and in the 44th minute Niall McNamee fired over a stylish point for Offaly to cut the gap to 0-12 to 0-10.However Kildare then took over to string together the next six points of the game without reply. By the time Offaly scored again in the 65th minute through substitute Niall Darby, they were trailing by 0-18 to 0-11.The Faithful did grab the only goal of the game late on when championship debutant David Hanlon struck a penalty to the net but substitute Seanie Johnston added the insurance point for Kildare to round off the game.The game saw history made at Croke Park when the score detection technology Hawkeye was used for the first time in a GAA match. Offaly substitute Peter Cunningham’s shot in the 47th minute required the use of Hawkeye before it was demonstrated on the big screen that the shot was wide.Kildare will have been pleased to surmount this challenge with the attacking class of Johnny Doyle and Eoghan O’Flaherty extremely important while U21′s Niall Kelly and Daniel Flynn impressed as they chalked up seven points between them on their championship debuts.Offaly will be heartened by their showing as they were highly competitive. Twelve months ago they were convincingly beaten by 13 points by Kildare at this stage of the championship but Emmet McDonnell’s side closed the gap notably here with Niall McNamee and Ken Casey impressing up front for them.Kildare had held the upper hand by three points at half-time, 0-10 to 0-7. The opening period was tightly balanced for long stages but Kildare notched three of the last four points of the half to forge ahead.The class of the experienced Doyle surfaced during the first-half for Kildare. He offered direction up front by notching some exceptional points for Kieran McGeeney’s side.last_img read more

Doctors condemn Gaza violence as death toll rises

first_imgIn reality it is a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity. We wish to report the facts as we see them and their implications on the lives of the people.“We are appalled by the military onslaught on civilians in Gaza under the guise of punishing terrorists.“This is the third large scale military assault on Gaza since 2008. Each time the death toll is borne mainly by innocent people in Gaza, especially women and children under the unacceptable pretext of Israel eradicating political parties and resistance to the occupation and siege they impose.”The letter closes by hitting out at the 95% of Israeli academics who did not sign up to an appeal to the Israeli government to stop the violence. Source: UNOCHAAirports reopenUS airlines lifted a flight ban to Israel as Washington’s top diplomat cited progress in ending the 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza which has killed 718 Palestinians.The ban was lifted just hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah and returned to Cairo to continue pushing regional efforts to ink a ceasefire.Hamas had hailed the suspension of Tel Aviv flights by US and European airlines as a “great victory for the resistance.” Israeli Captains of the Armored Corps carry the coffin of Captain Natan Cohen, platoon commander, during his funeral at the military cemetery in Modiin, near Jerusalem. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe Israeli army said three more soldiers were killed in combat inside Gaza, raising the total number of soldiers killed since the start of a ground operation on 17 July to 32.A Thai farm labourer also died when a rocket fired from Gaza struck the greenhouse where he was working in southern Israel, police said.As the violence raged, the UN Human Rights Council voted to launch a probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive, with the US the sole member to vote against as European countries abstained.A statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office said the council’s decision was “a travesty and should be rejected by decent people everywhere”.Additional reporting AFPRead: Palestinian family finds missing son ‘by chance’ – in YouTube video of his deathRead: UN rights council launches probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive A Palestinian medic searches for dead and injured during a two-hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City’s Shijaiyah neighborhood. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA GROUP OF doctors has slammed the violence in Gaza, as the death toll from the violence reaches over 700.In a letter published by The Lancet, 24 leading doctors and scientists who have all worked in Gaza denounce what they say they “witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel”.“We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression. We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called “defensive aggression”.last_img read more