Kentucky Derby Surprise Ill Have Another Takes The Crown

In an evenly balanced race,  I’ll Have Another, a 15-1 favorite, surprised nonetheless, coming from behind to overtake Bodemeister at 6-1  down the stretch on Saturday to win the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/2 lengths.With jockey Mario Gutierrez on the reins, the 3-year-old colt bolted pass Bodemeister and held off Dullahan, which was closing fast.A record crowd of 165,307 watched I’ll Have Another finish the race in 2:01.83, giving Gutierrez the win in his first Kentucky Derby appearance.Trinniberg was expected to set a fast pace in the 20-horse field, but Bodemeister catapulted to a lead of as much as five lengths. But  turning for home, Bodemeister weakened and I’ll Have Another strengthened.  It is the first horse to win coming from the 19th post.I’ll Have Another paid $32.60, $13.80 and $9. Bodemeister returned $6.20 and $5.60 and Dullahan paid $7.20. read more

Tiger Woods No Major Championship Trophies This Year

Another year of major championship golf has passed without Tiger Woods hoisting the trophy above his head. It has been four years now, and he has to be getting anxious to get one to reaffirm his standing.Last weekend, Woods crumbled over the weekend – again —  after leading the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island after two rounds. Saturday is called “Moving Day” in golf, and Woods moved in reverse, while eventual champion Rory McElroy took leaps forward.Remarkably – remarkable in an unbelievable way —  Woods said he falter on Saturday because “I came out with probably the wrong attitude,” Woods said after a final-round 72 left him 11 shots back of McElroy, tied for 11th place. “I was too relaxed, and tried to enjoy it, and that’s not how I play. I play intense and full systems go. That cost me.”Not saying that’s a bunch of hogwash, but that sounds like a bunch of hogwash.It wasn’t as if Woods was out there slapping high-fives with folks in the gallery or chatting it up with his playing partners. What, exactly, does “too relaxed” mean in Tiger Woods world?“I was trying to enjoy it, enjoy the process of it,” Woods said. “But that’s not how I play. I play full system go, all out, intense, and that’s how I won 14 of these things. That’s something I rectified (Sunday) and I played a lot better because of it.”Better was only even par, which was hardly enough to challenge for his 15th major. Woods began the fourth round five shots behind McIlroy and finished 11 shots back. You do the math.He shot 74 Saturday and 72 Sunday, meaning this year he did not break 60 on any of eight weekend rounds of the majors. That’s so unTiger-like.Woods has four top-five finishes in majors; he’s played well enough ot contend, not well enough to win.“The thing is to keep putting myself there,” he said. “I’m not going to win them all and I haven’t won them all. I certainly have lost a lot more than I’ve won. But the key is putting myself there each and every time and I’ll start getting them again.” read more

Knee Problems Compounded For Sixers Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum, one of the key players in the mega-trade that involved three all-stars, said his left knee troubles have extended to his right knee, too , putting an even larger question mark over when he will actually play for the Philadelphia 76ers.Bynum — acquired by the Sixers in the four-team transaction that moved Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers to Philly, Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, among other elements — has been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee, and his return has been pushed back three times since the beginning of training camp. The 76ers were hoping Bynum would be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10.That date is now in question because of issues with his left knee. Bynum says he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees.“I had a little bit of a setback,” Bynum said. “Just working through some issues with the right knee, I kind of have a mirror thing going on with the left knee. I don’t know what’s going on. The doctors are saying it’s a weakened cartilage state, so we kind of wait, I guess. We can’t do anything. I just have to wait for the cartilage to get strong.”Bynum did say he targeted Dec. 10 as a possibility, with one to four weeks of basketball-related activity to follow, pushing his much-anticipated debut to anywhere from mid-to-late December to as late as mid-January.“It’s the same exact spot (as the right knee) with the cartilage,” Bynum said. “Just doing routine things and it started swelling up. No blunt-force injury or anything like that. It’s the same timetable still.”The Sixers entered Friday 4-4 without Bynum, including three straight losses at home.Bynum announced in May, while still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, that he was going to Germany in September for the Orthokine blood-spinning treatment in his knees that other professional athletes have sought. The Sixers announced before training camp that Bynum needed to delay his return to allow the effects of the Orthokine treatment to work.The bone bruise in his right knee caused the Sixers to push the return date from training camp to the regular season and now possibly to midseason.But the Sixers are still looking long term with Bynum, who’s in the last year of his contract.“My main concern is Andrew’s health,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said. “My main concern is big picture. We want to have a long relationship with him.” read more

Kevin Garnett Demanded Reggie Evans Stay With Brooklyn Nets

When Kevin Garnett was traded to the Brooklyn Nets from the Boston Celtics, part of the arrangement was for him to go to Brooklyn with teammates Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. What has recently become public knowledge is: Garnett also demanded that Reggie Evans remain on the Brooklyn roster so that they would play together.“I won’t go into specific details of what I was wanting and dislikes and everything else when it came to building the business of basketball,” Garnett said before the Nets beat the 76ers, 127-97, in Monday night’s preseason game at Wachovia Center. “But I will say this: One of the key things for me was not only Paul (Pierce) and ‘Jet’ (Jason Terry) coming here with me to make it comfortable, but Reggie Evans had to be on the roster. That was a huge key for me coming here.”Garnett really respects Evans’ work ethics on the court and according to Evans the two players really hit it off.“Me and KG, we’re just clicking,” Evans said. “We are just taking advantage of this moment, and taking advantage of it is winning a championship. Sometimes you’ve got to do the little stuff, always talking to each other, communicating with each other and stuff like that. Everything is a process and we are slowly getting to know each other on the court and off the court. Dapping each other up, all that stuff is coming natural. Ain’t nothing fake about it. It’s all just natural, which is good.”Garnett and Evans formed a bond that will benefit both players, especially Evans who’s getting the opportunity to get mentored by a Championship player. read more

Russell Westbrook Does Everything Fast For Better And For Worse

201453.312.1 201649.9%21.7% 201557.115.2 Source: Synergy Sports Given the aggressive way he challenges multiple defenders at once and the energy he expends in doing so, it’s not all that surprising that Westbrook’s turnover rate is spiking. At the same time, he’s scoring in transition just under 50 percent of the time, which is his lowest success rate on such plays since his rookie season in 2008.There’s also been a major shift in the kind of turnovers Westbrook has been committing since he took on an unprecedented share of his team’s offense in the absence of Durant. The share of his miscues that stem from losing the ball — as opposed to throwing a bad pass, for instance — has more than doubled this season, according to Basketball-Reference. (In fairness, fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who has also been asked to take on a far greater role in his team’s offense, has struggled with many of the same turnover issues.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-heat1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In Cleveland on Sunday, I asked Thunder coach Billy Donovan about Westbrook’s aggressive, coast-to-coast sprints, and Donovan said he’s careful to not try to change the player Westbrook is, especially considering how much his star is asked to facilitate on offense.“When he does make a mistake, or doesn’t make the right decision and it results in a turnover, nobody is harder on him than himself. So there’s a line for me: I don’t want to take away a guy who, in my opinion, is the best open-floor player in the world,” Donovan said before his team lost to the Cavaliers. “After he makes a mistake, he does a good job of regulating and pulling back so that he can make better decisions.”Westbrook, who’s faced questions for the majority of his career about whether he sometimes plays too fast, has said in the past that he doesn’t feel his play is out of control.“I don’t think I play reckless at all,” he said. “I just think I play at a high level that other people may not be used to seeing.” That much is almost impossible to disagree with.Kawhi Leonard’s little fundamentalsIt’s challenging to illustrate how good Kawhi Leonard is on defense with numbers alone, but one metric offers us a glimpse: How often his blocked shots end up in the Spurs’ hands as opposed to the other team’s. It happens way more often than it should.On average, defensive teams come up with the ball about 57 percent of the time after they block a shot. But San Antonio has gotten possession of the ball on 75 percent of Leonard’s blocks this season, the highest rate in the NBA among players with at least 25 swats, according to information from BigDataBall, a database that logs the league’s play-by-play data. (San Antonio is still somewhat above-average at recovering blocks if you take Leonard’s numbers out of the mix, but the Spurs’ 61 percent recovery rate without Leonard doesn’t stand out from the rest of the league nearly as much.)It’s unclear whether this speaks solely to Leonard’s ability to guide blocks with his oversized hands, or whether it’s more a function of the Spurs being in a good position to field the swats once they occur.In any case, Leonard had a great mentor for this sort of thing. Recently retired Spurs legend Tim Duncan saw his teammates recover almost 74 percent of his blocked shots last season, per BigDataBall; the highest rate of any NBA player with 70 blocks or more.Paul George, all of a sudden the NBA’s best free-throw shooterAcross the board, from his three-point stroke to his solid efficiency in the last four seconds of the shot clock, Paul George has improved considerably as a shooter this season. He has also become a surprisingly great free-throw shooter — he’s hitting almost 93 percent from the charity stripe and is leading the league in free-throw percentage.That might not seem all that surprising — after all, he shot 86 percent from the free-throw line last season. But the Pacers star was very slightly worse than league average from the line as a rookie, making 76 percent of his shots that year. If he keeps this up, George would be the first player in more than 45 years — and just the second player in NBA history after Chet Walker — to lead the NBA in free-throw percentage after shooting worse than league average from the stripe during his rookie season.The Memphis Grizzlies’ defense is just for kicksThe Grit ’n’ Grind Grizzlies have long been known for their tough, bruising style of old-school basketball. But at certain points over the years, Memphis looked like it was doing its best impression of a soccer team instead.The Grizzlies, fourth in the NBA with 35 kicked-ball violations, are on track to rank among the NBA’s top 10 in the category for the sixth time in nine seasons, according to rare-stat site NBA Miner. Leading the charge for the Grizzlies is Marc Gasol, who tops the league with 13 kicked-ball violations this season, per BigDataBall. Related: Hot Takedown 201353.315.0 201254.811.1 201054.815.1 Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at chris.herring@fivethirtyeight.com or @Herring_NBA.Is Russell Westbrook too fast for his own good?Between his freakish athleticism and the sheer fury with which he plays, Russell Westbrook — the closest thing we have to a human cannonball in pro sports — is the most entertaining player in the game today. Unlike smoother players like LeBron James or Chris Paul, who have a signature ebb and flow to their games, the Oklahoma City star is unpredictable from one play to the next. Because of his game-changing speed — when going full bore, he’s one of the NBA’s five fastest players, according to the league’s high-level tracking data — Westbrook’s capable of making plays that most other athletes can only dream of pulling off.More often than not, though, when Westbrook’s talent backfires, it’s because he’s trying too hard to make something happen, particularly when he’s outnumbered during fast-break situations.Oklahoma City, after forcing a live-ball turnover, is finishing its possessions in just over eight seconds on average, which is by far the fastest rate in the league, according to Inpredictable, a site that specializes in calculating win probabilities and other advanced sports metrics. Westbrook, as the team’s point guard and best player, is an enormous part of that speed. But the quick trips down the court aren’t necessarily paying off: As of Wednesday afternoon, the Thunder were tied for the second-worst efficiency after live-ball turnovers. That’s a steep drop-off from last year, when Kevin Durant was still in Oklahoma City and the club had the NBA’s eighth-best offense in those scenarios.Perhaps Westbrook’s speed-demon tendencies have something to do with that inefficiency.In transition, Westbrook’s reliance on his speed means he’ll often experience the same dichotomy as Sonic the Hedgehog: He either sprints triumphantly across the finish line or crashes painfully into an obstruction, losing all his golden rings.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/westbrook-vs-clippers-clip.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Westbrook is involved in an NBA-high seven transition plays per game. And according to an analysis run at FiveThirtyEight’s request by Brittni Donaldson of SportVU, which tracks nearly everything that happens on an NBA court, there have been 413 instances1As of January 29. this season where, following a turnover or a defensive rebound in the backcourt, Westbrook took at least three dribbles and covered at least 20 feet with those dribbles. For context, John Wall, the next closest player, has done that 257 times. 200847.215.7 201154.515.5 SEASONSCORETURNOVER 200954.113.2 Outcomes of Russell Westbrook possessions when in transition Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru Of course, there are practical reasons for a team like Memphis — which has also ranked among the top 10 on the defensive end of the floor for six of the past seven seasons — to kick the basketball. At a minimum, it forces a team to reset its offense with less time remaining on the shot clock. And at a maximum, it prevents an opposing player from catching an interior pass in a prime scoring area. (We’ve seen Tony Allen accidentally go a bit too far defending with his feet before.)That said, it’s more fun to try to connect the dots between Gasol’s kicked-ball violations and Gasol’s love for soccer. He hails from Spain, and he is an FC Barcelona fan. Plus, who could forget the time he nearly headed the basketball into the hoop during a pause in the action?Additional research assistance by Neil Paine.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Sneaky Stats That Could Decide The Super Bowl

Source: EdjFootball 2013SEA43.71DEN27.02+16.7 Philadelphia59.474.082.0 1992DAL40.61BUF10.69+30.0 Both teams are seldom in troubleThe average Game Winning Chance of each Super Bowl team at the end of the first through third quarters Game winning chance 2004NE32.83PHI20.47+12.5 1991WAS52.41BUF21.13+31.3 2011NYG6.014NE25.33-19.3 PostseasonNew England58.869.558.1 TotalNew England70.177.276.5 1987WAS5.311DEN17.54-12.2 2003NE31.23CAR1.216+30.0 SplitTeamQ1Q2Q3 Seemingly everyone has a Super Bowl take or prediction these days — the football media is afforded 14 days to scrutinize two teams and dissect every facet of their matchup. But that doesn’t mean every useful bit of information has been presented on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. We dug into the databases of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group and Football Outsiders to find a few obscure statistical areas to highlight that could help predict Sunday’s showdown.Stat No. 1: Weighted DVOAThe key efficiency metric used at Football Outsiders is Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or DVOA for short (explained here). For the season, the Eagles ranked fifth in DVOA (23.5 percent) and actually edged out the sixth-ranked Patriots (22.6 percent). However, when looking at weighted DVOA, which places less importance on early-season games — the ones when the Patriots couldn’t get off the field and Carson Wentz was launching his breakout campaign — things become much different. The Patriots finished No. 1 in weighted DVOA (33.6 percent) and were 10 percentage points higher than the No. 7 Eagles (23.6 percent).It makes sense for the Patriots to rank No. 1 in weighted DVOA. Four of their five lowest games by DVOA came in the first five weeks of the season. Their only loss in their last 14 outings was the Week 14 game in Miami. It also makes sense that the Eagles held steady between the two stats: Philadelphia had five games with negative DVOA in 2017, and four of them were the last four games of the regular season.It has taken some time to adjust from Wentz to Nick Foles at quarterback, but Foles and the Eagles were stellar in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. That game is not reflected in the 23.6 percent weighted DVOA for the Eagles, but as Neil Paine recently wrote, a dominant performance in the conference title round has not been predictive of success in the Super Bowl.Since 1986 (as far back as the data currently goes), teams with at least a 5 percentage point edge in weighted DVOA are 15-8 in the Super Bowl. That sounds good for New England, but consider that the two biggest upsets by weighted DVOA were the Patriots’ losses to the Giants in Super Bowls XLII (the Pats had a 39.9-point advantage) and XLVI (a 19.3-point edge). 2008PIT30.1%2ARI-11.5%22+41.7 2016NE33.01ATL19.94+13.1 1997DEN23.46GB36.61-13.2 Stat No. 2: Defensive DVOAFor the season, the Patriots rank 31st in defensive DVOA, and that could ultimately be their undoing this week. Our study of Super Bowl winners has shown that no team since at least 1986 has won a Super Bowl with a defense ranked lower than 25th in this metric. Atlanta came really close a year ago, but the 26th-ranked defense eventually wore down against the Patriots in the Falcons’ 28-3 collapse in Super Bowl LI. The 2011 Patriots also came close with the 30th-ranked defense, but Eli Manning led the Giants down the field for another game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI. Teams don’t require great balance to win a Super Bowl, but having the No. 1 offense and No. 31 defense like the 2017 Patriots makes them the most unbalanced Super Bowl team in more than 30 years. 2001NE15.49STL21.94-6.5 2000BAL23.35NYG14.110+9.2 1986NYG23.84DEN11.310+12.5 Philadelphia69.670.472.0 This year, New England has a weighted DVOA of 33.6 percent, and Philadelphia is at 23.6 percent.Source: Football Outsiders Regular seasonNew England71.5%78.2%78.8% The biggest mismatches heading into a Super BowlSuper Bowls with the biggest discrepancy in weighted DVOA since 1986 1996GB34.31NE13.49+20.9 1993DAL28.02BUF-2.919+30.9 1989SF42.91DEN18.84+24.1 DVOADVOA 2012BAL8.311SF23.85-15.5 2015DEN16.36CAR30.93-14.6 2007NYG2.617NE42.51-39.9 YearWinnerWEIRankLoserWEIRankDIFF. 1999STL28.21TEN19.45+8.8 Philadelphia68.470.873.1 1994SF39.51SD7.78+31.8 The main reason for the Patriots’ mediocre start to the season was the defense. New England actually allowed more than 400 yards of offense in each of the first six games but has done that just once in the past 12 games, including the playoffs, and has conceded more than 20 points just twice.The improvement in defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s unit has been real, but the Patriots still rank only 22nd in weighted defensive DVOA because they continue to allow a lot of successful plays. The 2017 Patriots have one of the most statistically unique defenses that we have ever studied. They are 32nd in yards per drive allowed but still rank sixth in points per drive allowed. No other defense since the latest league expansion in 2002 has ranked in the top 10 in points per drive allowed while ranking 26th or lower in yards per drive allowed. The Patriots were able to accomplish this with an extreme bend-but-don’t-break style of play. While part of this reflects New England’s red-zone defense that ranks second in points allowed per red-zone appearance, it’s also a matter of real estate. The Patriots’ opponents have the worst starting field position in the league thanks to New England’s strong special teams and ball security on offense — so there are more yards for offenses to gain against this unit. Still, the defense has managed to keep scoring down and is even doing this with just one takeaway in the past six games.You also can say that the Patriots have had some good fortune on defense this year. Opposing kickers missed nine field goals against the Patriots for a success rate of 71.0 percent, the second lowest against any team in 2017. New England has also controversially benefited from a few touchdowns overturned by replay — against the Jets (Austin Seferian-Jenkins), Steelers (Jesse James) and Bills (Kelvin Benjamin).Lest we forget, the Eagles finished 2017 ranked fourth in offensive points per drive. Foles threw four touchdowns against the Giants and just shredded a superior Minnesota defense in the NFC Championship Game for 352 yards and three touchdowns. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good offensive game plan, the Eagles could be poised for another big night of scoring against a suspect defense.Stat No. 3: Under PressureThese were two of the best offenses at handling pass pressure all season long, though Wentz hid a lot of Philadelphia’s protection problems with his mobility. Foles is not nearly the same threat in that regard, and he’s also not playing as well as Brady has been under pressure, which we highlighted a few weeks back.Using a scatter plot from ESPN Stats & Info, we looked at how teams fared under pressure by comparing their Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) to their average air yards per pass attempt (how far the ball traveled relative to the line of scrimmage). Not only were the Patriots and Eagles among the top three offenses in QBR, but they were also among the five most vertical offenses when pressured, both averaging just shy of 10 air yards per attempt. Brady in particular has really taken to throwing deep with defenders bearing down on him. Since 2015, Brady leads all quarterbacks by averaging 10.28 air yards per pass attempt while pressured, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In 2017, Brady has clearly been leaning toward the left portion of the field on passes thrown more than 15 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He has thrown for 723 yards on 52 deep passes outside the left numbers, as opposed to 407 yards on 25 deep passes outside the right numbers.New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks leads the NFL (including the playoffs) with 381 receiving yards on passes to the deep left this season. He could be in for a big night against a Philadelphia defense that fared better in DVOA on passes thrown to the deep right (-10.8 percent) than the deep left (6.5 percent).Stat No. 4: The Predictable Game Script?In their previous seven Super Bowls, the Patriots have never scored in the first quarter. Every game was decided by 1 to 6 points, and either Brady or Eli Manning led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. This season, the Patriots and Eagles led the league in net points per drive, with 1.04 and 0.79 points respectively, and both are accustomed to playing with the lead, though the Patriots needed late game-winning touchdowns to topple the Steelers (in Week 15) and Jaguars in crucial matchups.We turned to EdjFootball, part of the EdjSports analytics site, for its Game Winning Chance probability data to see which team had the higher average win probability through each of the first three quarters of their 2017 games. 2010GB25.14PIT38.42-13.3 1995DAL30.83PIT24.75+6.1 Including the playoffs, the Patriots hold a slight edge over the Eagles in each quarter, boasting an average Game Winning Chance of 76.5 percent to start their fourth quarters compared with 73.1 percent for the Eagles. However, the Patriots have had a rougher go of things in the playoffs; they held just a 16.2 percent Game Winning Chance to start the fourth quarter against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship. Of course, it sure felt like the Patriots would come back from that deficit more than 16 times given 100 chances, but that’s just because we’ve seen this play out so often.No matter how well the Eagles start this game, we know the Patriots have the ability to come back. To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s worst defensive quarter this season was the fourth quarter, in which its DVOA fell to 14th after ranking in the top five in each of the first three quarters. While the Eagles have some experience at holding big leads, they weren’t doing so against an experienced New England team with Brady and Belichick. The Eagles have to be able to exploit the holes in New England’s defense to put a big number on the scoreboard and keep Brady off the field as much as possible. read more

Ohio State softball drops first game of series against Purdue 42

Sporting its road red uniforms, the Ohio State softball team dug itself into an early hole against Purdue and never recovered, losing 4-2 Friday at Buckeye Field in the first of a three-game series. Purdue (12-18, 1-3) was designated the home team after weather conditions in West Lafayette, Ind., rendered its home field unplayable and forced the teams to reschedule the weekend series eastward to Columbus. Sophomore pitcher Alex DiDomenico struggled from the start, walking the bases loaded and giving up two runs in the first inning before being pulled in the second. She finished the day with five walks and three earned runs. She suffered her fourth loss of the season. DiDomenico said she had trouble adapting to the game. “I had trouble adjusting to (home plate umpire Greg Paul’s) strike zone,” she said. “That’s on my part, I couldn’t adjust, and they took advantage of it.” Redshirt junior pitcher Melanie Nichols pitched the remainder of the game. Purdue struck first with a run off of a walk with the bases loaded and added another after a throwing error by sophomore outfielder Caitlin Conrad. The second inning saw the Boilermakers score two more, aided by junior outfielder Lindsey Rains’ RBI double. The Buckeyes (20-10, 2-2) added one back in the third inning off of freshman utility player Cammi Prantl’s sacrifice fly RBI and another in the fourth off sophomore second baseman Shelby Pickett’s RBI single to chip away at the lead, 4-2. In the end, though, the early deficit proved too large to overcome. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Watkins said the Buckeyes still have hope for the rest of the weekend. “We need to come out more focused tomorrow,” Watkins said. “We didn’t hit like we normally do, but we have to come out and play hard and forget about this game and worry about the next two.” The Buckeyes’ offense was grounded by Purdue sophomore pitcher Lexy Moore, who earned her fourth victory of the season with a three-hit, one-earned run, four-strike out game. Watkins said that the Buckeyes simply didn’t play their best. “We should have came out hard no matter what,” Watkins said. “Whether we were home or the visitors, and we didn’t. It was just a normal game.” Purdue snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory and earned its first Big Ten win of the season. DiDomenico said she expects Saturday’s game against the Boilermakers to go better. “We have to come out tomorrow and do our best,” DiDomenico said. “And things will fall into place.” OSU is scheduled to take on Purdue for game two of the weekend series Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buckeye Field. The teams will also meet Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State takes on No 13 Michigan and Michigan State

Ohio State head women’s volleyball coach Geoff Carlston watches theaction during his team’s match with Purdue on Friday, Oct. 27 at St. John Arena inColumbus, Ohio. Purdue won the match 3-0. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Former Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-7, 2-4 Big Ten) takes on the state of Michigan in a weekend-long battle as the women’s volleyball team welcomes No. 13 Michigan and Michigan State to St. John arena this weekend. The Wolverines bring the most impressive record the Buckeyes have faced this season at 15-2, and 4-2 within the conference. The Spartans stand at 14-5 and 2-4 in the Big Ten.“The Big Ten is all kind of beating each other up right now. Each weekend can flip everything so this is a big weekend for us, we’re excited for it,” head coach Geoff Carlston said. The Michigan teams bring impressive players, with each of their top attackers leading the teams with 225 kills, compared to the leading Buckeye, freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilić, with 199. Michigan senior outside hitter and team captain Carly Skjodt poses a threat to the Buckeyes, and according to Carlston, the rest of the Big Ten as well. “She’s tough man, she has all the shots, she grinds, she’s definitely one of their leaders,” Carlston said. “There’s lots of great outside hitters but her back-row attack is maybe one of the best in the conference.”Skjodt received Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 8, along with two other award-winning Wolverines. Senior libero Jenna Lerg earned Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week and junior MacKenzi Welsh earned Big Ten Conference Co-Setter of the Week.“There’s always a big sense of rivalry between us and Michigan and they’ve been playing well so obviously we need to raise the stakes a little bit,” said freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller. Carlston agreed the heightened rivalry changes the dynamic of the match. “We feel it like everyone does,” he said. “We’ve beaten them most of the time hear, and they’ve beaten us there. The environment is huge so we’re hoping to have this place rocking for sure on Friday. It’s a big match for both of us.”With a large number of player injuries this season, the Buckeyes have not enjoyed the consistency of any one lineup. The team and staff continue to work on communication and comfort on the court. “As a staff we’re trying to be more creative and do different things to keep it fresh,” said Carlston. “The chemistry on the floor is so important. You have to really be comfortable with the people to your left and right and that’s been tough because we haven’t had that ability to have the same group on the floor this year.”Ohio State will face Michigan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. for Ohio State’s Dig Pink match to honor breast cancer survivors. read more

Charlie Gards parents spend last precious moments with son after ending legal

first_imgMr Justice Francis in April ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street and said Charlie should be allowed to die with dignity.Charlie’s parents subsequently failed to overturn his ruling in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in London. Bosses at Great Ormond Street Hospital have not said when Charlie’s life support equipment will be turned off.But in late June, when litigation appeared to have come to an end after European judges refused to intervene in the case, a hospital spokeswoman had said there would be “careful planning and discussion” before life-support treatment ended.Mr Gard and Ms Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, had asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that Charlie should be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in New York. 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. Connie Yates and Chris Gard arriving at the High Court on MondayCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph  Charlie Gard’s parents are spending their “last precious moments” with the terminally ill little boy after abandoning attempts to persuade a judge to let him travel to America for experimental therapy.Lawyers representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates say they want to spend the “maximum amount of time they have left with Charlie”.The little boy would turn one year old on August 4, but Charlie’s parents say he “unfortunately won’t make his first birthday”.His parents accused Great Ormond Street Hospital of delaying treatment until it was too late, with 31-year-old Miss Yates complaining that the world-renowned children’s hospital had “wasted time” in refusing to allow doctors from abroad to treat her son. Doctors at Great Ormond Street said the therapy would not help. They said life-support treatment should stop. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie before he became unwellCredit:PAcenter_img Ms Gard read a statement during a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.”We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie, who unfortunately won’t make his first birthday in just under two weeks’ time,” she said.”Mummy and Daddy love you so much Charlie, we always have and we always will and we are so sorry that we couldn’t save you.”Sweet dreams baby. Sleep tight our beautiful little boy.” They also failed to persuade European Court of Human Rights judges to intervene.But the couple had recently returned to court, saying they had new evidence and they asked Mr Justice Francis to change his mind.The couple abandoned their legal fight on Monday after concluding that Charlie had deteriorated to the “point of no return”. Chris Gard and Connie Yates Show more Connie Yates and Chris Gard arriving at the High Court on Mondaylast_img read more

Smokers are good for the economy think tank finds

first_imgSmoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse because of the tax revenue and the savings from smokers’ early deaths, according to a think tank’s analysis.The free market Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) calculated the cost of smoking at £4.6 billion, including treating diseases, tidying up dropped cigarette butts and putting out house fires.But tobacco duties brought in £9.5 billion a year and the Government saves £9.8 billion in pension, healthcare and other benefit payments because of the premature deaths of smokers. The think tank accused politicians of “scapegoating” smokers, drinkers and the obese, claiming the £24.7 billion revenue from “sin taxes” far outweighed the costs they impose on the public finances.”Taken together, Britain’s public finances would be £22.8 billion worse off if there were no drinking, smoking or obesity,” the IEA research paper said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The report’s co-author Christopher Snowdon, head of lifestyle economics at the IEA said: “We are constantly being told that people who choose to drink, smoke or eat too much are a burden on the UK taxpayer.”This is one reason why we have seen such aggressive hikes in taxes on alcohol, smoking and very soon, a tax on sugar. But the justification for these taxes is based on an illusion.”Smokers, drinkers and those who are obese actually provide a net benefit to the public finances, so vilifying them is futile in the quest to make savings for the NHS.”A careful consideration of the evidence shows that the popular belief that costs will fall if people live healthier and for longer is false.While it’s good that we now have longer life expectancies, policymakers must now address how we tackle the financial consequences of the ageing population rather than pointing the finger elsewhere.” Smoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse, report finds Smoking is worth almost £15 billion to the public purse, report findsCredit:Ken Lennox/PAlast_img read more

Return to old habits as babies encouraged to sleep outside in fresh

first_imgBabies and toddlers sleeping outside at Paddock Cottage Babies and toddlers sleeping outside at Paddock CottageCredit:Hannah Rosalie Ellen, 3, takes a break at the Dandelion day nursery in Marsham  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. “As well as building confidence for babies in the outdoors, it’s also about building confidence in new mums because often when women have babies they lose a lot of confidence.” Mindful of the health benefits of fresh air it was once common practice for parents and grandparents to wrap their babies up in a blanket and put them in their prams to sleep.But over the years growing fears of crime put paid to this old fashioned practice, with parents increasingly scared to leave their little ones out of sight, even in their own gardens.Now, however, it appears the practice is undergoing a revival – with several children’s nurseries encouraging their charges to take naps outside.Several have been inspired by the ‘forest schools’ movement in Scandinavian countries, where the practice of children sleeping outdoors is still common.Hannah Rosalie, an experienced childminder, adopted it for her own children and now uses it with those she looks after.She said: “I started doing it myself when my own baby was 6 weeks old, I just instinctively felt like it was a good thing to do. I was influenced by the Danish Forest School method. I think they’ve got it right in the way they do childcare. It’s very outdoors, very healthy, it’s very real. It’s not about engineered spaces indoors with lots of plastic toys.center_img Ellen, 3, takes a break at the Dandelion day nursery in Marsham Credit:James Linsell-Clark/Dandelion Nursery Forest Schools have been a staple of education in countries such as Denmark or Sweden since the 1950s, with young children encouraged to play, eat and sleep outdoors as much as possible..Childcare professionals from Bridgewater College, in Somerset, who visited a Forest Pre-School in Denmark in the 1990s were among the first to reintroduce the idea into the UK.Charlotte Atkinson, the headteacher of Charlotte’s Forest School, in Wilby, Suffolk, said the practice of leaving babies to sleep outside was once commonplace in Britain:“When I was a baby that’s what happened – getting pushed out in the pram,” she said.Ms Atkinson said the benefits of sleeping and playing in the fresh air could go some way towards countering the impact on children of a sedentary life spent in front of TV and computer screens. A survey last year found that 74% of children in the UK spend less time outside than prison inmates.Hayley Room, of Dandelion Education in Norfolk, which claims to be the first entirely outdoors nursery in Britain and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, said: “Nature provides extensive opportunities for learning. With the appropriate weather clothing, suitable bedding, a pram, and appropriate supervision there is no reason not to let children sleep outdoors!” Dr Rahul Chodhari of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health told the Telegraph that as long as it is not raining and the area is secured from animals, sleeping outdoors carries few dangers, even in cold weather.“This is a very Scandinavian approach where afternoon nap-time in the back garden temperatures could drop below freezing,” he said. “It seems that young children, infants, are not bothered by the temperature and it doesn’t seem to affect their wellbeing at all.“This is a cultural practice in places like Finland since even the 1920s and they have had a tremendous lower infant mortality rate than the UK for many years.“The health benefits of children just being outdoors and physically active is enormous and there is no evidence that any harm occurs provided babies are well-wrapped and not cold. It’s about having a common-sense approach. Rain and drizzle is more common than in Finland, and urban or rural animals do sneak into people’s gardens.”last_img read more

Sinn Fein policing spokesman is filmed using bolt cutters to remove car

first_imgGerry Kelly breaks the chains once again! #ClampBuster pic.twitter.com/iMeTBG7Gni— newradical (@newradical94) February 3, 2018 A spokesman for parking firm PEA told the Belfast Telegraph: “PEA is aware of this incident and has reported the matter to the PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) as we do in all such cases.” A Sinn Fein spokesman said: “Yesterday, Friday 2 February, Gerry Kelly MLA returned to his car after an early morning gym session to find that his car had been made immobile by a clamp just after 7.20am. Gerry Kelly is seemingly spotted removing the car clampCredit:Twitter/ newradical94 “He removed the clamp from the front wheel. He left the device nearby and drove off to pre-arranged meetings. His solicitor is dealing with the matter and he will be making no further comment at this time.”Mr Kelly is Sinn Fein’s policing spokesman and has formerly held the position of junior minister at Stormont.He was part of the party’s negotiating team during the years leading up to The Good Friday Agreement and has been MLA for North Belfast since 1998. During the Troubles, the veteran republican was convicted for his part in the IRA bombing of the Old Bailey in 1973.Ten years later he took part in a mass escape from the Maze paramilitary prison. Gerry Kelly, left with Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris, was part of Sinn Fein's negotiating team before the Good Friday Agreement Gerry Kelly had just left a gym in Belfast when he discovered he had been clampedCredit:Niall Carson /PAcenter_img Gerry Kelly is seemingly spotted removing the car clamp Sinn Fein confirmed Mr Kelly removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car after footage emerged on social media.The footage appears to show him kneeling down to remove the orange device from the vehicle’s right-hand wheel, before resting it against a nearby wall. A pair of bolt cutters appear to be lying beside the wheel. Sinn Fein’s policing spokesman has been reported to police after he was filmed apparently using bolt cutters to remove a clamp from his car.Gerry Kelly removed the device after finding his car had been immobilised while he was at a gym in Belfast city centre on Friday morning, the party said.The private parking firm that controls the area outside the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) near St Anne’s Cathedral has reported the matter to police.Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) leader Jim Allister called for the Northern Ireland Assembly member to resign and the police to take action. “It must be demonstrated he is not above the law,” he said. Gerry Kelly had just left a gym in Belfast when he discovered he had been clamped Gerry Kelly, left with Gerry Adams and Martin Ferris, was part of Sinn Fein’s negotiating team before the Good Friday AgreementCredit:Haydn West/PA 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

New witness protection scheme for whistleblowers exposing technology industry wrongdoing

Whistleblowers are being offered a “witness protection scheme” to  expose “wrongdoing” in the technology industry. An American non-for-profit organisation founded by a French entrepreneur and philanthropist has said it will provide individuals working within “big data” financial and legal support if they are able provide information  that shows how the public is being “harm[ed], exploited or misled”.The Signals Network, which was set up last year, is working with a consortium of journalists around the world and aims to provide assistance to potential whistle-blowers to ensure that powerful corporations can be investigated. Newspapers and websites in America and Europe, including The Telegraph, have issued a “call for information” to people working in “big data” who are able to show how the public are being misled or that the information they have provided is being misused.Other organisations involved in the project include Mediapart, which was set up by the former editor of Le Monde, Die Viet in Germany, the Intercept and WikiTribune.The reporters will work together to examine information that is provided and a committee will  decide  whether potential sources have provided sufficiently strong information to warrant support from the organisation.In recent years, concerns have arisen about the role of technology companies and how “big data” may be being misused by firms.  Gilles Raymond Earlier this year, it emerged that a Cambridge professor used a personality quiz on Facebook to obtain data from 50 million users without their knowledge.  The academic then allegedly passed the data to a company called Cambridge Analytica, in violation of Facebook’s rules and without the company knowing.It also emerged that Cambridge Analytica harvested data on 50 million Americans without their permission and failed to ensure the data was deleted – it was allegedly used to develop an algorithm used in the US presidential election to target voters for the Trump campaign. The controversy led to more than $36 billion (£26 billion) being wiped off the value of Facebook, as investors reacted to the revelations.  The firm have denied that the data available to Cambridge Analytica constituted a data breach and any wrongdoing.Earlier this month, experts said that social media and online gaming firms should have a “duty of care” to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behaviour, amid concerns that social media firms are cynically targeting children using addictive “hooks”.The Signals was set up by French businessman Giles Raymond and has an operating budget of several hundred of thousands of dollars to provide financial, legal, psychological and public relations assistance to individuals who are able to provide information that exposes wrongdoing.  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. Mr Raymond found a company News Republic that was bought by Cheetah Mobile in 2016 for $57 million.  In 2017, he founded the Signals Network. The Signals Network aims to provide the equivalent of a witness protection program for whistle-blowers. Today’s “Call for Information”, which was made by the newspapers and websites, asked for whistle-blowers to provide information that exposed wrongdoing, but also that could “shed light on commonly misunderstood or questioned practices, for example, why companies have chosen specific product updates and their effect on consumers”.Once the information has been provided to the reporters, each case will be “vetted” by a committee, and, based on the public interest and risk exposure, the Signals Network will decide on the level of protection to be offered.   Mr Raymond said:  “Talking to whistle-blowers we identified key needs and expectations”.  To help support them the organisation “will set up its own equivalent of the witness protection program  for qualifying whistleblowers “, he said. To find out more, go to telegraph.co.uk/bigdatacall/ Founder Gilles RaymondCredit:The Signals Network read more

Cotswolds beautician named Tiffany in legal row with global jewellery store over

Mrs Parmar, whose children are one and two, set up Lashes by Tiffany in 2014 as a beauty salon at her home. Some of Tiffany Parmar's products, called "Cotswold Lashes" 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. Some of Tiffany Parmar’s products, called “Cotswold Lashes”Credit:SWNS/GloucestershireLive As part of the planned Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany venture, she hoped to sell eyelash glue and trays to other companies and start a beauty training course.She said the business will operate as planned even if she is forced to drop her trademark application.Tiffany and Co did not comment. A Cotswolds beautician named Tiffany has become embroiled in a legal row with the international jewellery store over the name of her business.Tiffany and Co has formally launched legal action against a Tiffany Parmar after she filed a trademark application in April for her cosmetics business to use the name “Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany”.But lawyers for Tiffany and Co say the “highly similar” name she uses could bring its famous brand “into disrepute” and has formally opposed her application.Mother-of-two Mrs Parmar, 32, of Gloucester, accused the firm of “bullying”.She must now decide by December 17 whether to drop her application or go into battle against Tiffany and Co in court, which could see her facing thousands of pounds of costs.”I am not interested in competing with Tiffany and Co,” Mrs Parmar said. “I wish I could, but sadly not. I just didn’t want to start all over again and sadly this was my only chance at this stage in my business to trademark my new venture.”She added that the “trademarking process doesn’t favour the little businesses”. “There is no third party who overlooks the opposition pre legal battle and giant cost,” she said. read more

Minibus driver conductor robbed at gunpoint

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBus driver shot during minibus robberyOctober 11, 2015In “Crime”Bandit nabbed with unlicensed gun, ammo – and cash he stole from minibus driver, passengerFebruary 8, 2016In “Crime”Siblings assaulted, robbed by armed trio in Grove home invasionSeptember 1, 2018In “Crime” Two armed bandits on Saturday evening attacked and robbed a minibus driver and his conductor while they were reportedly making a purchase at a shop at the Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara.The victims, 40-year-old Wazeem Hussain of Section ‘C’ Block ‘Y’, Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara and 35-year-old Mark Richman of Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara along with others were in the business place at about 21:00h when the two armed men entered and instructed everyone to lay on the ground.The perpetrators then relieved the two victims of their cash, documents and cell phones. During the ordeal, one of the men discharged a round into the concrete floor but no one was injured.The men then quickly escaped the scene on a blue Honda CG motorcycle. The police were immediately summoned and an investigation was launched. read more

QMASTOR wins inaugural IT solution award at Australian bulk handling awards

first_imgAn independent judging panel comprising several of Australia’s leading experts in the bulk handling industries made the selection, representing private enterprise, academia and government. The judges included: Professor Mark Jones, Director, Key Centre for Bulk Solids & Particulate Technologies, the University of Newcastle; Assoc Professor Peter Wypych, Chair, Australian Society for Bulk Solids Handling; John Planner, Director, Introspec Consulting; Neil Kinder, Managing Director, Kinder & Co; Mike Anderson, Managing Director, Nu-Con Australia; Ivan Price, Managing Director, Kockums Bulk Systems; and Charles Macdonald, Editor, Australian Bulk Handling Review acting as moderator. QMASTOR’s General Manager Steve Maxwell who received the award said: “It is truly an honour for QMASTOR to be selected as the overall category winner, in an Australian mining and bulk commodity software market that is renowned globally for its excellence in technology innovation. It is a credit to our dedicated team whom continue to develop and deliver world class solutions that add real value to our mining and bulk commodity clients. QMASTOR’s approach to collaborate with clients to deliver pragmatic solutions is a key factor in the company’s growing success. QMASTOR looks forward to further collaboration and innovative product development to add to our current portfolio of bulk commodity software solutions that includes: Pit to Port.net – export mining supply chain management, Pit to Plant.net – domestic mining supply chain management, Port to Plant.net – import supply chain management, SMS3D.net – advanced 3D stockpile modelling and iFuse – mining system integration, that are rapidly moving towards industry standard status.” QMASTOR systems currently manage over 300 Mt/y of bulk commodity movements per annum in coal, iron ore, nickel, bauxite and copper/gold. www.qmastor.com QMASTOR, an Australian supplier of bulk materials management information systems, was recently announced as the recipient of The IT Solution Award for its Pit to Port.net system. These awards pay tribute to industry champions across a range of fields including: Innovative Technology; Environmentally Responsible Projects; Dust Control; OH&S; IT Solutions; Conveying and Transport Technology. The IT Solution Award, which was sponsored by Lloyds List DCN, represents excellence for a system, software, or information technology application with specific relevance to bulk handling, bulk materials scheduling or the supply chain.last_img read more

Teck drops Cominco

first_imgTeck Cominco has launched its simplified name and brand, Teck, and the formed five new strategic business units specialising in copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. “Seven years ago when Teck Cominco was formed, two strong Canadian companies with a tradition of excellence in mining and metal refining were brought together. Since then, we’ve grown stronger through the acquisition and development of a diversified range of commodities,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “Today, under one simplified name and a new strategic business unit structure, Teck is well positioned to build on our strength as a diversified resource leader.” The new structure is designed to improve the company’s competitiveness by increasing Teck’s ability to analyse and act on available opportunities in each commodity segment. Each business unit is led by a senior executive with full responsibility for the unit’s performance including establishing a growth strategy, project identification and development, the safe and sustainable operation of the unit’s assets, delivering quality products to customers, and overall profit and loss accountability:Copper Business Unit – Roger Higgins, Senior Vice President, CopperMetallurgical Coal Business Unit – Boyd Payne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Elk Valley CoalZinc Business Unit – Mike Agg, Senior Vice President, ZincGold Business Unit – Rob Scott, Vice President, GoldEnergy Business Unit – Ray Reipas, Vice President, EnergyIn support of these business changes, the company is updating its brand and logo to more accurately reflect Teck’s diversified portfolio of commodities. “Each of us at Teck is striving to build a company that is a special place to work: where everyone goes home safely every day, where we treat the environment with care, where we give back to communities, and where we take pride in what we do and the value our products bring to the world,” said Lindsay.The company’s legal name will remain Teck Cominco Ltd until the next Annual General Meeting in April 2009. At that AGM, subject to the approval of shareholders, the company proposes to change the legal name to Teck Resources Ltd. However, effective immediately, the brand of the company will be simply Teck.Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, metallurgical coal, zinc, gold and energy. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TCK.A and TCK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TCK.last_img read more

Significant breakthrough in new coring data technology

first_imgCoretrack has successfully completed a series of pressure and temperature tests of the transducer used in the intermediate telemetry system of its Core Level Recorder (CLR). The transducer has been tested from ambient temperature to 135°C in 25°C increments. At each test temperature, the transducer was also pressure tested between ambient and 552 bar. During temperature and pressure testing, four parameters were recorded. Of these, only one parameter was found to vary outside of tolerable limits, a variance which can easily be overcome by individually tuning the transducers. This tuning process will ensure optimal performance of data transmission from down hole to the rig floor. To ensure the viability of the proposed spot temperature and pressure tuning method, Coretrack will be conducting further tests on the test transducer to ensure repeatability of these results. Coretrack will also test other, similar transducers to ensure comparability of results.  While focussed on oil drilling at present, this core data transmission system is likely to transfer to ore drilling at some stage.“These results are very significant and an exciting development for Coretrack – bringing the company significantly closer to completion of a world first system that is able to transmit coring data to surface in real time”, said Nanne van ‘t Riet, Coretrack’s CEO and Managing Director.Following completion of the current tests, a field test of the intermediate telemetry system is planned at MTH-4 Mt Horner, near Dongara. This will involve lowering a 54 m long inner core barrel (with the telemetry system inside) down a well until it is fully submersed. The inner barrel will be filled with drilling fluid, including suspended solids. Once fully submerged, the entire transmission up to the mud pulser will then be tested. This will be as close to a real well situation prior to Coretrack running the entire system in an actual operating well.Coretrack is in close contact with a number of oil and gas companies and coring contracting companies to schedule a test run in an operating well as soon as possible following the completion of the tool.The Core Level Recorder (CLR) is a measuring and recording device that is placed inside the inner core barrel.  During coring the unit rests upon the column of core that is entering the barrel and records the amount of core captured. This data collected will inform geologists from what depths core was captured and conversely, where core was lost, if a full recovery was not obtained.  Coretrack has run the CLR (without the telemetry to surface) with a number of major operators & the tool is market ready now.Coretrack has designed and is in the process of completing development of the Core Level Recorder System (CLR with real-time telemetry) – a coring tool that will enable an explicit measurement of the acquisition of a core sample during a coring operation. The availability of real time data on the rig floor will ensure substantial cost savings to  exploration and production companies.last_img read more

ICMMs new guidance on local level concerns and Vedanta found in breach

first_imgICMM presents Human Rights in the Metals & Mining Industry: Handling and Resolving Local Level Concerns & Grievances, the second in a series of publications designed to help member companies deal with challenging issues in this area. The publication sets out good practice approaches to help companies design and/or enhance existing complaints procedures or mechanisms.  Focussing on this issue, which was highlighted in the recent publication, Human Rights in the Metals & Mining Industry: Overview, Management Approach and Issues, complements ICMM members’ work at the operational level to build strong, trusting relations with local communities around their operations.Meanwhile, a UK registered mining company failed to comply with OECD standards for operating overseas when it did not consult an indigenous group on the construction of a bauxite mine in India, a UK Government examination has found. UK-registered Vedanta Resources plc operates directly or through subsidiaries in India, Zambia and Australia with a focus on aluminium, copper, zinc, lead and iron mining. The company is listed on the FTSE 100.The Government’s examination found that Vedanta acted inconsistently with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises by failing to put in place an adequate and timely consultation mechanism fully to engage the indigenous group Dongria Kondh about the construction of a bauxite mine in the Niyamgiri Hills, Orissa, India.Trade, Investment and Small Business Minister, Lord Davies, said: “The Government promotes responsible business practices and adherence to internationally recognised standards. Clearly, mining can have an impact on those living nearby so it is essential that UK registered companies maintain an open dialogue with local communities, including indigenous groups, affected by their activities and put adequate means of consultation in place”.A complaint under the Guidelines against Vedanta was made by Survival International on December 19, 2008, triggering the start of the complaint procedure by the UK National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines. The UK NCP’s Final Statement on the complaint made two recommendations:Vedanta should immediately and adequately engage with the Dongria Kondh, on the construction of the bauxite mine. And, Vedanta should include a human and indigenous rights impact assessment in its project management process, paying particular attention to the creation of an adequate consultation process, prior to the finalisation and execution of a project, with indigenous groups potentially affected by the company’s activities.So, the timing of the new ICMM publication is very appropriate as it aims to:Describe a set of ‘overarching design principles’ that provide basic, high-level guidance for companies developing complaints mechanismsOutline some basic criteria to help operations ‘assess the nature of and potential for complaints’ and so to develop a mechanism most appropriate to their situationPresent three possible types of mechanism, with incrementally greater levels of external engagementSet out various ways in which global headquarters of companies can develop ‘group-wide procedures’ to support best practice locally.http://www.icmm.com/document/691last_img read more

VR Steel designs and manufactures the largest fabricated rope shovel bucket ever

first_imgVR Steel has completed the largest fabricated rope shovel bucket in the world. This first-of-its-kind VR Dipper, was designed for the P&H 4100 XPC electric shovel. It is a 59 m3 bucket weighing in at 89 t and took five months to complete. It was wholly designed and manufactured by engineers and designers at VR Steel’s headquarters in Alberton, South Africa. This particular VR Dipper was manufactured for a coal mine in China’s Shanxi province.VR Steel Managing Director, John van Reenen, says: “We are extremely proud to be the first company in the world to have designed and manufactured the biggest rope shovel bucket ever made, right here on South African soil. We are represented in Australia, USA, China, India and Canada, but in future, due to the strength of the exchange rate, all further manufacture of these VR Dippers for export will be done at our Shanghai base.”last_img read more