Inconsistent Tiger Woods Still Favorite At British Open

Tiger Woods has not won a major in four years, has been schizophrenic this season and still is an 8-1 Las Vegas favorite to win the British Open that begins Thursday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.For Woods, the expectations are not what matters. It’s about how he plays, and this course is a not easy. There are 205 bunkers , making position off the tee critical. It also has the Open’s most exclusive list of winners — all nine are either in the Hall of Fame or were ranked No.1 in the world at some time.“This is one of the more difficult ones that we play,” Woods said of the nine courses used in the Open Championship rotation. “It’s more confined, but I think that as far as shot making, it tests us. It tests us a lot, because we have to shape the golf ball both ways.“It’s not like playing Troon (in Scotland) where you have right-to-left (shots) going out and left-to-right coming home. Here you have a lot of different angles. And it tests your ability to hit shots and hit them the proper distances, more so than most links courses.”Woods said he would not be able to employ that same strategy that helped him to his last Open victory, at Royal Liverpool in 2006. There, Woods hit just one driver off the tee, keeping his ball in play on the fast-running course, positioning himself away from the numerous pot bunkers.At the rate his going, with a four-year drought of majors, Woods will try any tactics to get back on top. After winning three times this year but also looking scattered in others, Woods, who has 14 majors, said he has no anxiety about not winning another major.“No, no. I just try and put myself there,” Woods said Tuesday morning after his third practice round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. “I think that if I continue putting myself there enough times, then I’ll win major championships.”Even tour pros are not sure what Woods will show up this week.“If Tiger’s instincts are his new swing now and he has ownership of his new swing, then his instincts are going to be an advantage,” ESPN’s Paul Azinger said. “If his instincts are to revert back, he’ll be all over the place.”Said Curtis Strange, ESPN analyst: “If he’s playing well, he’s better than everybody else in the field,” said ESPN analyst Curtis Strange, twice a U.S. Open champion. “If he’s not, he’s average. It just depends on which Tiger shows up. And we of late have seen two different Tigers.” read more

Change of Heart Cavs Rehire Mike Brown as Head

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown talks with sports journalist Chris Mannix about how excited he is to coach the Cavs next season. Brown also talks about Kyrie Irving’s potential and where he ranks with the top point-guards in the league.Mannix questioned Brown about Anthony Bennet as the first round draft pick.Brown replied, “We look at his talent level. Not only his talent level, but the upside, and his character and the versatility and athleticism. When you combine all that he brings to the table he has a very high ceiling.”The Cavs fired Brown three years ago, shocking the league as he had coached the Cavs to the first conference finals in the team’s history. read more

New York Knicks Chandler Likely to Miss 6 Weeks

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler may miss four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his right leg during his team’s 102-97 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.An organization official announced the player’s injury Wednesday, adding that X-rays showed no ligament or nerve damage and surgery is not necessary at this time.  Chandler went down after colliding with Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker in the first quarter. He has a small fracture in the fibula in his lower leg.The Knicks (1-) are off to slow start after taking the Atlantic Division title last season – the team’s first time winning that title since 1994.The 7-foot Chandler will be missed on the Knicks defense and rebounding at the rim.“He’s a big piece to what we do,” coach Mike Woodson said after the game. read more

Derek Jeter Says Hell Learn on the Job as

Miami Marlins owner Derek Jeter talks to reporters during a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Back in the ballgame, Derek Jeter says he’ll be a hands-on owner for the Miami Marlins who will learn on the job and rely heavily this offseason on the president of baseball operations Michael Hill.Jeter and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday about their group’s $1.2 billion purchase of the Marlins. The news conference came two days after the Marlins concluded their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors.“We are a rebuilding franchise,” said Jeter, who played on five World Series champions with the New York Yankees. “We are putting the right people in place.”While Jeter acknowledged he’s a novice at running the team, he already has learned not to tip his hand. He declined to shed any light on whether slugger Giancarlo Stanton, manager Don Mattingly or others have a future with the Marlins, or what sort of direction he envisions for the team.“You’re trying to get me to tell you what I’m going to do?” Jeter said. “Some things you keep private. But yeah, we do have to rebuild.”Jeter and Sherman wouldn’t even discuss plans for the garish Marlins Park home run sculpture — loved by some, hated by many.“I read I was getting rid of it,” said Jeter, who added that’s not necessarily true.“Every one of our partners has an opinion,” Sherman said with a smile.There are at least eight other investors. Sherman has the highest equity stake at about 46 percent. Jeter has about a 4 percent stake, and he’ll lead baseball and business operations.“I’m not coming in here thinking I know everything about team ownership. I do not,” the former Yankees captain said. “One thing I’m good at is knowing what I do not know. I surround myself with people who are much smarter than I am.“We have some wonderful people who are working in this organization now. We are going to add some quality people as well to help us turn this organization around.”Among those staying — for now, at least — will be Hill, who has been with the Marlins for their entire 14-year playoff drought.Jeter said he hasn’t met with any players, and declined to discuss the future of Stanton, the major league home run and RBI champion, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million. That could make him unaffordable for the revenue-challenged franchise, and Jeter alluded to speculation that a payroll purge looms.“I don’t like the word teardown,” Jeter said. “Moving forward, there are going to at times be unpopular decisions we make. We have a plan, but at the same time we have to have patience.”Writing on the Players’ Tribune website earlier Tuesday, Jeter recalled his first trip to Florida, when he was 17 and being recruited by the Miami Hurricanes.“To this day I still remember how it felt,” he wrote. “The music, the weather, the diversity — I remember how alive Miami was.”Jeter said the new ownership group will celebrate the culture and diversity of South Florida.He described the purchase of the team as a long process that was “draining at times.” But he said Miami has always made him feel welcome, and it’s time to return the favor.“Doing things the right way, over and over, leads to sustained success,” he wrote. “That journey starts today. It will not happen overnight. But our ownership group is focused on building a team that this community can be proud of.” read more

You Asked We Answer A Holiday Mail Bag From The Lab

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 27, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle are opening the mail bag to answer their favorite questions from listeners. Which team or player has been the biggest surprise so far? Which team stands to improve most in the second half of the season based on the stats? Who will regress to the mean? We get into all those and more.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Kyle on why LeBron is still getting better.Chris on how the last-place Bulls became the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more

Want To Bet Now On The Heisman Trophy Winner Maybe Dont

On paper, the Heisman winner seems like a reasonable thing to handicap as the winners tend to fit a longstanding mold. Almost all are quarterbacks or running backs, and most will be competing in the national title picture late in the fall. If the teams favored to compete for the title this season hold up, that would seem to whittle the Heisman field to a pair of easy choices: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Neither is mired in a quarterback competition this summer,2Jalen Hurts transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma, and Kelly Bryant left Clemson for Missouri. and both were brilliant for much of last season. They’re co-favorites at 11-4 odds, according to the Westgate Superbook. In the past 10 years, only Tim Tebow (9-4) in 2009 was a bigger preseason favorite.But change comes quickly in college football. One year ago, neither Tagovailoa nor Lawrence was even certain to start his team’s season opener. Tagovailoa spent much of the fall as the Heisman front-runner until he went down with an ankle injury and Kyler Murray surpassed him for the Heisman. Lawrence ended the season as the spectacle of the national championship game. But now Tagovailoa is healthy again and coming off a season in which he had better overall numbers than Lawrence. Would you bet money on one of the two weathering another long season to prevail as the country’s most outstanding player? And even if you would, which one?Of the top five Heisman contenders according to Westgate, three — Lawrence, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — are in their first full year as the starting quarterback on their current team. Two of the five are transfers, and only Tagovailoa has been a finalist before.3The fifth favorite is Adrian Martinez of Nebraska. Then contend with the fact that five of the past 10 winners started with odds of 100-1 or longer, which opens the door to the likes of Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Washington State’s Gage Gubrud and Florida’s Feleipe Franks. If they seem obscure, just remember Manziel in the summer of 2012.That 2012 race was perhaps the wildest in recent memory, complete with the awarding of a “September Heisman.” Through five weeks, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was unstoppable, it seemed — a 1-1 favorite. In his first five games, Smith completed 81.4 percent of his passes with 399.2 yards per game, 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions. But in his last eight games, he completed just 64.6 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Manziel, meanwhile, went from off the board to 7-4 in five weeks. If that sounds quick, this is Lawrence’s 2018 in comparison: He was a 40-1 contender entering Week 1 despite the fact that he wasn’t the starter until Week 5. Then Lawrence threw more touchdowns and fewer interceptions in his last five games than Manziel did in the last five of his redshirt freshman season.The odds are not a science,4Heisman odds are mathematically a bad bet. In May 2015, SBNation’s Bud Elliott wrote that the summer betting line was designed for a 37.4 percent profit by sports books. July’s odds from Westgate generate a 29 percent house edge. for many reasons. They also favor big names. The “leaderboard” trends toward returning winners (like Tebow in 2009 or Ingram in 2010), even though only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin has won the Heisman twice, in 1974 and 1975. Who might make a rise from relative obscurity this year to win the trophy?It should be clear by now that guessing is a fool’s errand. But the winner has typically been someone with a combination of a firm hold on the starting job, a place on a team that will contend and a role in an offense conducive to big numbers. Outside the top five preseason contenders, Washington’s Jacob Eason and Notre Dame’s Ian Book fit that profile. The winner could be someone better-known. It could also be someone you’ve never heard of. The college football season starts in less than a month, and bold predictions are rolling out. Just don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to the Heisman Trophy. Making picks about the sport’s preeminent award is as difficult as ever.The Heisman is always a standard futures bet before the season kicks off. But in the past decade, according to Sports Odds History, only one of the 10 players favored to win the award entering Week 1 has hoisted the trophy in December: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in 2014, who was a slim favorite after leapfrogging returning winner Jameis Winston of Florida State in the offseason. If we add up their implied probabilities, the past 10 favorites should have produced 2.14 winners. But a $10 bet on each of the 10 would have cost $100 and paid out just $42.50, on Mariota.In fact, of the past 10 winners, four started the season off the board — Alabama’s Mark Ingram in 2009, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012 and Winston in 2013 — as did 15 of 40 finalists. That’s because college football is filled with unexpected breakout stars. Especially as the top performers have been younger recently,1Only one of the past 12 Heisman winners was a senior. predicting which candidates will live up to the hype is a tough task. read more

The Netherlands Is In A World Of Trouble And Argentina Might Be

For soccer fans around the world, Tuesday may be an emotional day. This could be the last time that Robben, who is 33 years old, appears in an orange shirt on the field. And for Messi, arguably one of the greatest players ever, the 2018 World Cup is his last great opportunity to fill the one glaring hole on his stellar résumé as he will be in his mid-30s the next time the tournament comes around. It would be a shame if that chance ended before it even started. 5Peru177462625+125 The top four teams automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup; the fifth-ranked team must win a playoff against a team from another region to make the tournament.Source: FIFA 201018231.3–✓ 1974492.3–✓ YEARGAMES PLAYEDGOALS SCOREDGOALS SCORED/GAMEQUALIFIED 199816231.4–✓ TEAMGPWONTIEDLOSTGOALS FORGOALS AGAINSTGOAL DIFF.POINTS 10Venezuela1716101835-179 7Paraguay177371924-524 In 2014, Argentina and the Netherlands — two of the world’s most established soccer powerhouses — met in the semifinals of the World Cup. After 120 scoreless minutes, Argentina prevailed in an agonizing penalty shootout. It’s very unlikely, though, that the Dutch will be able to exact revenge on Argentina during next year’s World Cup in Russia. That’s because the Netherlands most likely won’t be there — and Argentina may not be either.The Netherlands is on the brink of soccer disaster: To make the 2018 tournament, the Dutch must beat Sweden by 7 goals in their final qualifying game, at home on Tuesday. If they don’t, it will be the fourth time that the Netherlands has failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1982, or the last 10 tournaments.More than 6,000 miles away in South America, an even bigger crisis is brewing for Argentina, which has won the World Cup twice and made it to the final in 2014. If Argentina were to fail to qualify for 2018, it would be the first time that the team has missed the tournament in 48 years. But the Argentines have more ways to get in than the Dutch do (although they’re still in deep trouble). Depending on what happens elsewhere, a loss to Ecuador on Tuesday could mean elimination — but, likewise, a win doesn’t guarantee that Lionel Messi’s men will earn a berth in Russia either.Things are so bad that the Argentine Ministry of Health has issued instructions on how to avoid a heart attack during Tuesday’s game. 8Ecuador176292526-120 1966492.3–✓ 19584102.5–✓ *Argentina has one game left to play in its 2018 qualifying campaign.Source: FIFA 3Chile178272624+226 19866122.0–✓ 6Argentina176741615+125 2018*17160.9– 201416352.2–✓ 1Brazil1711513811+2738 200618291.6–✓ 200218422.3–✓ In defense of both the Dutch and the Argentines, each has had a brutally tough path to Russia, unlike some other countries (cough, America). According to the Soccer Power Index rankings of all teams on Sept. 4, 2016 — the day that the first round of European qualifiers were played — the Netherlands’ Group A was the third-toughest of the nine European qualifying groups, with an average SPI ranking of 57. And Argentina — ranked No. 1 in the world in SPI on Oct. 8, 2015, the day of the first round of South American qualifying games — faced an even gloomier schedule. The sole South American group had an average SPI ranking of 19, including five teams rated in the top 10 in the world.Why both teams have been this bad is baffling. OK, the Netherlands hasn’t had the star-studded lineup that made the World Cup final in 2010, but the Dutch have still had stalwarts Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, among others, at their regular disposal. For Argentina, a lack of talent is also not an excuse. In its 0-0 tie with Peru on Thursday, Argentina’s squad included 10 players who are on teams playing in the Champions League this year — and this doesn’t even include Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero, who missed the game because of injury. No, for the Argentines, they simply haven’t scored enough — which is unusual for a country where you seemingly can’t throw a rock without hitting a world-class striker. Through 17 qualifying games, Argentina has scored just 16 goals, and in seven of those matches, the team didn’t score at all. That’s the lowest goals per game in their qualifying history since, well, ever.1For years not listed in the table below, qualifying was not yet needed, Argentina withdrew or did not enter, or Argentina qualified automatically through either hosting the World Cup that year or winning the previous World Cup. Deep breaths, ArgentinaSouth American standings in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers 9Bolivia1742111434-2014 2Uruguay178452818+1028 1970441.0– Argentina’s attacking firepower has dried upThe number of goals scored per game in each of Argentina’s World Cup qualifying campaigns 19622115.5–✓ 4Colombia177552018+226 1994671.2–✓ For countries with as rich a soccer history as the Netherlands and Argentina, not qualifying is unthinkable. For the Dutch, however, they’re used to struggling to make the World Cup on the heels of a good showing. They failed to make the 1982 tournament after finishing as the runner-up in 1978, and in 2002, they didn’t qualify after making the semifinals in 1998.The Oranje have been in turmoil since Louis van Gaal left for Manchester United after leading the team to third place in 2014. They failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France with Guus Hiddink and then Danny Blind in charge — the first time they failed to make Europe’s national team tournament in 32 years — and are on their third manager in as many years, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. In context, the KNVB’s current crisis may be the worst in its illustrious history. In August, the Dutch dropped to 36th in the world, their lowest spot in the rankings since FIFA started them in 1992. The team’s 3-1 win over Bulgaria in September nudged it back up to 29th. Among Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain — the seven teams that have made a World Cup final since 1994 — none has been ranked as low as 29th since 1994. Although FIFA’s world rankings are flawed, this is just one measure of how far the Netherlands have fallen relative to the other top nations in the world. read more

Mens soccer moves up in conference standings with victory over Penn State

It was a game the Ohio State men’s soccer team had to have to keep their hopes of a conference championship alive, and it was a game they got by defeating No. 24 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday. “We’ve kept our hopes alive,” coach John Bluem said. “There are a whole bunch of teams in the running now for it but we’re real happy for the guys. That was a great win for us.”Under sunny skies at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes came out playing very aggressive and with a sense of urgency. They looked for early scoring opportunities, which finally paid off in the 14th minute of play.The Buckeyes struck when Austin McAnena put one into the left corner of the goal. It was set up by a great outlet pass from Konrad Warzycha, who crossed the ball into the middle of the field and McAnena finished it off by giving the Buckeyes the 1-0 advantage.For McAnena, it was his fourth goal of the year and the freshman seems to be developing into a solid player for the Buckeyes. There have been multiple times this season when McAnena has been on the receiving end of a pass into the middle of the field and several times it has ended with a Buckeyes goal.Early in the second half, the Buckeyes added another goal. This time it was Konrad Warzycha who got his first goal of the season to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead. Sam Scales and McAnena each had an assist on the score. “That was a great goal by Austin to get us off to the good start and then an electric goal by Konrad in the second half really made the difference,” Bluem said.For the Buckeyes, it was McAnena, Warzycha, and Scales who provided the offense for OSU. All three were involved on both goals. Penn State was not done, though, as the Nittany Lions tried to mount a comeback. In the 59th minute of play, Frank Costigliola kicked one from deep that somehow went into the net and cut the Buckeye lead to 2-1. Penn State turned up the heat once they scored and had several good chances to tie the game but OSU found a way to hold them off and get the conference win. The Buckeyes (8-3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) continue to keep pace with the top teams in the conference. OSU will return to action on Wednesday for its last home game of the regular season. It will also be the Bucks’ last non-conference game of the season, as they face West Virginia at 5:30 p.m. read more

Explosions as fire rips through Selsey school

first_imgSmoke pours from the school near Chichester, West SussexCredit:Eddie Mitchell He described the response of the local community as “fantastic” as donations of tea, coffee and food poured in to keep fire crews fuelled.”There was great community spirit,” he said.”Clearly, there is a lot of damage to the school but every effort will be given to help get it back up and running.” 100 firefighters battled the blazeCredit:EDDIE MITCHELL Crews were sent from neighbouring Hampshire to help contain the fire’s spread, while firefighters in Surrey and East Sussex provided cover for their West Sussex colleagues.Up to five appliances remained at the scene by 3pm.The fire spokesman said: “They are damping down and turning over, and they will likely be there for the rest of the day and keep a watching brief overnight.” Smoke pours from the school near Chichester, West Sussex Thick, acrid smoke pours from The Academy in Selsey, near Chichester The cause of the fire at Selsey Academy has not yet been established 100 firefighters battled the blaze The fire broke out in Selsey, West Sussex The Academy is a mixed school for pupils aged 11 to 16. It was opened by the Duke of Norfolk in September 1963 as Manhood Secondary Modern School.Chairman of governors Bill Emerson said there were contingency plans in place for students to pick up their GCSE results.”There is a possibility we might be able to save a small section of the school and the emergency services are doing their best to do that,” he told the BBC.”But it is amazing how quickly the fire has spread. It’s shocking. The structures are effectively a skeleton now compared to what they were and we have still got fire raging in sections.” A West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We rule nothing out but at this stage there is nothing to suggest it was arson.”Some parts of the school escaped unscathed but a massive effort will now be made as schoolchildren were due to return to classes on September 6.The school said it would be making arrangements for students due to collect their GCSE results on Thursday.No injuries were reported among members of the public and firefighters but a police officer directing traffic at the scene was reportedly hit at low speed by a car.center_img Thick smoke billows from the school site Up to 100 firefighters tackled a major blaze which partly destroyed an academy school in a seaside town a fortnight before the end of the summer holidays.Stacks of dense, acrid smoke were seen from miles around as 14 fire engines were sent to The Academy in Selsey, near Chichester, West Sussex. In an effort to protect neighbouring homes, including some thatched properties, a small number were evacuated.Other locals were told by emergency teams to keep their windows shut and stay indoors as black smoke poured from the building.An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze. The cause of the fire at Selsey Academy has not yet been establishedCredit:Eddie Mitchell Thick smoke billows from the school siteCredit:Justine Mackinnon/Solent  Thick, acrid smoke pours from The Academy in Selsey, near ChichesterCredit: Eddie Mitchell The fire is believed to have started in the roof space just before 8am on Sunday before quickly spreading through large parts of the school amid winds of around 25mph.More than 60 calls were received to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

British passports being sold on dark web for £750

first_imgResearchers at King’s College London found that the Tor Browser, designed to mask the identity of people online, was being used for illicit purposes.They found that 57 per cent of sites designed for the browser were being used to facilitate criminal activity, including drugs, illicit finance, and extreme pornography.  British passports are being bought on the “dark web” by terrorists for as little as £750, Europol has warned.Rob Wainwright, who heads the EU police agency, said the hidden part of the internet was being exploited by terrorists, Mail Online reported.Mr Wainwright said it had become a “huge underground criminal environment” which was difficult for the security services to monitor.He was particularly concerned about the trade in stolen passports.“There is a criminal trading platform … that is substantial,” he said. “It means criminals and terrorists acquire criminal goods in a more secure way, making it harder … to see what is going on and who is doing it.”According to research by the Liberal Democrats, HM Passport Office’s delivery firm DX has lost 1,291 passports since 2011.“This shows how criminal gangs and potentially even terrorists are trying to cash in and use other people’s passports,” said Tim Farron, the party leader. “This is a massive national security risk.”The trade in stolen passports is just the latest manifestation of how the dark web is being exploited.In October last year, an investigation by BBC South East found that fake train tickets were being sold on the dark web by a self-styled Robin Hood group claiming to be acting on behalf of passengers angered by high rail prices.center_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.last_img read more

Burst water main floods Tooting High Street

first_imgA burst water main flooded a South London high street in the early hours of this morning, causing rush hour disruption. Tooting High Street was closed in the early hours, and emergency services were called to deal with the chaos.Motorists and pedestrians were warned to steer clear of the high street whilst Thames Water assure that they are working on handling the issue “as soon as possible.”This comes after thousands of south London homes were left without water in the aftermath of Storm Emma. 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

Financial advisor to French Resistance heroine cleared of fraud and forging her

A financial advisor to a heroine of the French Resistance has been cleared of abusing his position after a judge ruled he had always been trying to protect her. Barry Jefferd, 57, was accused of abusing his position to commit fraud and forgery after helping Armande Cohen, 96, change her will because the original left everything to her brother who had since died. Miss Cohen, who had won the Croix de Guerre for her bravery in resisting the Nazis during the Second World War, was suffering from dementia and did not have the capacity to manage her own finances, it was alleged. But Mr Jefferd was cleared after the judge noted that not only was Miss Cohen capable but the changes did not make him a beneficiary in any way and it was “counter-intuitive” to suggest he was not working in his client’s best interests when making changes in 2011 and again in 2012. The accountant stood trial alongside Miss Cohen’s doctor Olivier Reymond, 53, who she had bequeathed her flat to. Dr Reymond was accused of abusing his position to “procure payments” of £109,000 between 2011 and 2016 for treatment knowing Miss Cohen could not manage her financial affairs.  The prosecution had alleged that she had been suffering from dementia  and incapable of making her own financial decisions since 2011, when she had been admitted to hospital following a fall. Both men denied the allegations and the judge halted the trial half way through and ordered not guilty verdicts after ruling that neither had a case to answer. Judge Bartle QC said that all of those involved in her care said that she had improved after returning home from hospital in 2011 and she was capable of managing her own finances.He concluded that Mr Jefferd was “careful to check” that Miss Cohen’s instructions were being followed when the will was drawn and when she amended it again in 2012, adding: “There is no credible explanation why Mr Jefferd should have made those amendments unless they represented Miss Cohen’s instructions”. In ruling that there was no case to answer the judge agreed with the defence team that “it is simply counter-intuitive to suggest that in doing so Mr Jefferd was dishonestly abusing his position and failing to safeguard her interests”.A second will in 2012 shows he was “safeguarding Miss Cohen’s interests not the reverse”. He concluded that Dr Reymond believed Miss Cohen had “fluctuating capacity” and there was no evidence that he was trying to gain access to her finances 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

BBC goes vegan with vegetablepacked cookery show hosted by former daredevil

“There are plans to take it to network and it will be on the iPlayer.”We have got to see how well this one does and if the public like it then fingers crossed we’ll do more.”The BBC is this year planning to capitalise on the vegan trend which has swept the nation by planning multiple shows based on the diet.A spokesman said: “We have a couple of projects on veganism in development, looking at its environmental impact as well as those who choose veganism for health reasons.” The BBC has gone vegan, releasing its first ever plant-based cooking show – and plans to broadcast more veganism shows this year.Dirty Vegan, premiering on BBC Wales before being released across the country, features Matt Pritchard of Dirty Sanchez fame.In the series, the former stunt performer, who turned vegan in 2015, will be showing the people of Wales how to live on a vegan diet.The trained chef will be seen offering rugby stars plant-based meals, as well as baking vegan cakes at a Women’s Institute.Mr Pritchard, who owns a tattoo parlour in Cardiff, said the WI members “enjoyed” his eggless cakes.”It differs a lot from Dirty Sanchez as you can imagine,” the 45-year-old told the BBC. “From what I have seen on social media, a lot of people like the fact that I have changed from this head-banging lunatic to this health and fitness freak.”But the beast is still there. He just needs to be released. But I try and keep that beast away from temptation.”The first show will feature the daredevil attempting to convince the  Scarlets Women’s rugby team of the merits of a vegan meal ahead of one of their matches.He added: “If someone had told me I would have had a vegan cookery show I would have laughed all the way to my grave. But life takes you in strange directions. 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

Girlguides shun learning about the history of the movement in favour of

The top three badges for Brownies, who are age 7-10, were baking (12,518), performing (8,429) and mindfulness (5,893). Meanwhile the most popular badges for Rainbow members, who are age 5-7, were: Animal lover (7,188), drawing (7,083) and family tree (6,885).  They promise to do their best, to serve the Queen and to keep the Brownie Guide Law.What they are less known for, however, is their ability to create delicious mocktails, amass thousands of followers to their vlogging channels and create natural remedies.Last year Girlguiding updated its iconic badges and activities in favour of more progressive badges which “reflect the world that girls live in today”.Now, new data from the first year of the new programme of badges has revealed the line-up of top-rated activities completed by young women and girls in the UK – and it appears that the skill of perfecting the ultimate mocktail is valued far more than the history of the Girlguiding movement. The data, provided to The Telegraph, reveals that the most popular badge for Guides, who are age 10-14, is mixology (with 6,628 badges completed in the past year), in which girls use fruit, juice, herbs and spices to create mocktails and learn about creativity and style in drinks as well as flavour, In contrast, just 823 girls took up the opportunity to receive the ‘Guiding history’ badge.The next most popular badges for guides were ‘confectionery’ (2,053), for which girls make sweets which express their identities and are inspired by their culture, and ‘backwoods cooking’ (1,753), which gives girls a chance to try different methods of cooking and learn survival skills. Girlguiding Advocate Isla, 19, added: “I really love the new programme. The new badges are so relevant to modern girls’ lives, such as the Voting badge. It helps girls become more engaged with politics, which is so important for our futures.“It’s great to see Girlguiding progress while maintaining its values. I love seeing how the girls-only space empowers our members. It gives us a unique environment to grow in confidence and make friends that will stay with us for life.” Brownies show off their new badgesCredit:Girlguides/Girlguides More than 122,000 of the 72 new Girlguiding badges have been awarded over the past year.Responding to the figures which reveal that thousands more young girls favour mocktail making over learning about the movement’s history, Kat Lee, Head of youth programmes at Girlguiding, said: “The new badges and activities were shaped by over 50,000 girls, so there’s something for every girl. “As well as learning about Guiding history in group activities, over 800 girls have already chosen to work towards the badge in their spare time, which shows they’re keen to learn about our roots. Girls have always had the chance to find out about traditions and we’re happy to see so many embracing the entirely new badges. “Mixology gives girls the chance to experiment creatively and we’re thrilled – but not surprised – that it’s been so popular in the first year.” Brownies show off their new badges 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. Gone are the outdated badges such as ‘hostess and home skills’, as thousands of girls are now instead opting for the likes of digital design, entrepreneur, zero waste, construction and human rights. Girls of all ages choose which badges they wish to complete, then work towards them at home. The old badges stopped being sold this week and from September, only the new badges will be on offer.The new programme of activities is divided into interest badges, skills builders, group activities and awards, all developed around six themes: Skills for my Future, Have Adventures, Be Well, Know Myself, Express Myself and Take Action.Support from partners including Google, who co-created the Digital Design badge, and easyJet, who sponsored the Aviation badge, have also helped girls learn new skills.Girlguiding, which is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, runs activities and offers opportunities to all girls aged 5-18. There are currently almost half-a-million members and more than 100,000 Girlguiding volunteers across the UK. Brownie Olivia, eight, said: “I like doing badges because I get to learn different skills and try new things. My favourite was the Inventing badge because I got to turn my drawing into a model. This inspired me to be more creative and has given me more confidence in my building skills.“I have learnt from doing the badges that I can have an impact on our environment by making petitions that everyone can sign. We can all make changes.” read more

Man charged with causing death of elderly woman gets bail

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFamily mourning death of elderly Melanie woman following early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Elderly Melanie woman killed in early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Causing death charge dismissed against lorry driverJanuary 18, 2019In “Court” Narsigh Jagsar, of Supply, Mahaica, East Coast Demarara was on Thursday released on $300,000 bail after he appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh in the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.Dead: Lydia RodriguezJagsar was remanded to prison on March 5, 2018 for causing the death of 87-year-old Lydia Rodriguez, called “Aunty Baby”, of Lot 51 North Melanie who was struck down around 06:00hrs on the Melanie Public Road.Reports stated that minibus BKK 6714, which was being driven by Jagsar was proceeding west along the southern lane of the said road while the pedestrian was standing on the northern side of the road.However, as the minibus approached, Rodriguez began to cross the road from north to south, ending up on the southern lane. As such, she was struck by the vehicle.Rodriguez, who sustained head injuries, was picked up by public-spirited persons in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.A breathalyser test conducted on Jagsar showed no trace on alcohol in his system.The accused, who is represented by Bernard Da Silva, is expected to return to court on April 5. read more

Popular local knowledge

first_imgTwo of the world’s giant mining companies believe that Norilsk Nickel has the in-country knowledge and experience that is essential for success in Russia. First, Norilsk and Rio Tinto launched an exploration and development joint venture in Russia this January. Then BHP Billiton joined in on June 13. Norilsk’s recent progress and future plans are reviewed in IM’s July Operations Focus.Rio and Norilsk signed their co-operation protocol in the Ministry of Natural Resources. The joint venture exploration and development company is owned 51% by Norilsk Nickel and 49% by Rio Tinto. Initial exploration efforts are concentrating on opportunities in the Siberian and Far-Eastern Federal Districts of Russia. Rio Tinto chief executive, Leigh Clifford, said: “Rio Tinto has increased its exploration and development activity in Russia over the last few years, and we are now delighted to enter into this agreement with a partner of the stature of Norilsk Nickel. The establishment of this joint venture breaks new ground for the mining industry. Combining the skills and resources of Norilsk Nickel and Rio Tinto will provide an unrivalled platform for exploration and development of mineral deposits in Russia.“We are pleased that by expanding our long term commitment towards exploration in Russia, Rio Tinto will play a significant role in developing the country’s resource base.”Norilsk Nickel chief executive, Mikhail Prokhorov, said: “Norilsk Nickel continues to focus on growing and diversifying its resource base and on gaining exposure to international best practices. Entering into this agreement with Rio Tinto will bring together the knowledge and expertise of two leading mining companies to promote exploration in Russia. This country’s mineral wealth remains untapped in many areas across many minerals, and we will pursue the development of new discoveries and known deposits with the potential for significant capital investment and attractive financial returns.“The aim of the joint venture will be to create a viable economic model of cooperation to accelerate and enhance exploration for new mineral resources in Russia, thereby promoting the mineral wealth and economic development of the regions.” The combination of these two giants may produce very interesting results. Russia’s mining industry is of course a giant itself. It produces 12% world aluminium output and is the world’s largest exporter of primary material. Russia produced 182 t of gold in 2004, or 7% of world mine output. While in diamonds, the volume of rough production in Russia is 25 Mct, 16% of the world total of 155 Mct. In other metals, Russia produced 900,000 t of refined copper in 2004; nickel production was 270,000 t in 2004, more than 20% of global output, all from local raw materials. Platinum output was 850,000 oz, 13% of global output, and palladium production was half of world supply. Russia is the world’s sixth largest producer of coal. In 2004, it produced 61 Mt of coking coal and 148 Mt of steam coal. Annual iron ore production is 97 Mt. Russia is a net exporter of iron ore (20 Mt) and pellets (10 Mt). Russia is one of the world’s major producers of uranium and has a substantial nuclear power programme. Certainly BHP Billiton sees great potential in Russia, the joint venture announced on June 13 provides for joint identification of attractive mineral exploration and development prospects in Russia, to be followed by the establishment of joint local companies to pursue and develop specific projects. These exploration and development companies will be owned 50% plus one share by MMC Norilsk Nickel and 50% minus one share by BHP Billiton.The companies will jointly pursue a range of commodities in certain targeted areas, initially concentrating on the northwest of Russia as well as western Siberia. By working together, MMC Norilsk Nickel and BHP Billiton will look to maximize the benefits of their respective strengths. BHP Billiton will complement Norilsk’s local knowledge by applying global exploration and project development expertise and world-class technology.BHP Billiton chief executive, Chip Goodyear, said: “This is an important step for BHP Billiton and represents a diversification of our geographical base. We look forward to working with our new partner in Russia.” Prokhorov, said: “We believe in the strong prospects for growth in new resource discovery in the Russian Federation and have taken another step in pursuing this growth. We are excited by the opportunity to work in close partnership with BHP Billiton.”last_img read more

View to raise A30 million as growth continues

first_imgView Resources is raising money to support its short term capital requirements as it moves towards positive cash flow and dual income from both gold and nickel by the first half of 2008. The funds raised under the Institutional Placement will be used for: – Development and working capital for the Carnilya Hill mine scheduled to start this month.Development and working capital for Bronzewing which includes further pre-stripping of the Central pit and access development of the Discovery underground, accessing additional reserves.Further exploration and tenement acquisition at Bronzewing.Debt reduction of the Investec Loan Facility, allowing the company greater freedom and flexibility to achieve its strategic goals.Costs of the Institutional Offers. Managing Director Tim Gooch: “The quick transition from explorer to producer at both Bronzewing and Carnilya Hill is extremely exciting for us and provides an excellent spring board as we progress our goal of becoming a mid-tier mining house. These funds will allow the company to meet its short term capital commitments as we recommission our gold and nickel projects in parallel and provide further funds for future exploration and regional consolidation. By the first half of 2008 View will be deriving positive cash-flow from both projects, however we are already looking to increase mine life at Bronzewing and Carnilya Hill as well as seek other growth opportunities”. More recently View announced the recommissioning of the Carnilya Hill nickel project and mobilization to site has commenced for a July 2007 start. The recently announced feasibility study based on reserve of 14,000 t of nickel in situ provides an extremely robust project with total costs of $6.50/lb. View has a 30% stake with its JV partner Mincor the remaining 70%. The company has successfully recommissioned its 100% owned Bronzewing Gold Project, pouring the first gold in May this year and is now focussed on ramping up to its full production averaging 120,000oz/y by the end of the July quarter. In addition it is seeking to increase its resource base with its own expanded exploration program and through continued consolidation with its neighbours within economic trucking distance of Bronzewing.last_img read more

Underground just became a little safer with the arrival of Matrixs proximity

first_imgSeveral of Alliance Resource’s independent operating subsidiaries have begun deployment of a recently developed proximity detection system designed to improve the safety of continuous mining machines used in underground operations. To date, ARLP operating companies have installed seven proximity detection systems on continuous miners in production at five underground coal mines. The new system was developed and designed by Matrix Design, a subsidiary of ARLP. Matrix began development of its proximity detection technology in 2005. Its current technology, the Matrix Mine Monitor (M3), provides a practical, mine-duty system that trains operators to remain clear of unsafe areas, or red zones, by warnings and machine shut-downs. Matrix recently entered into a partnership with Joy Mining Machinery to offer a highly reliable proximity detection system for the entire range of Joy continuous miners. Matrix is currently conducting field tests and anticipates the system will be commercially available in the US market in early 2011.“Alliance is committed to serving as a leader at the forefront of mine safety technology,” said Joseph W. Craft III, ARLP President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our operating companies share this commitment and are working diligently to complete installations of the Matrix proximity detection system on their entire fleet of continuous miners.”Aric Pryor, Matrix President, added, “Matrix is pleased that ARLP operating companies have begun deployment of our M3 proximity detection system. All of us at Matrix are excited for this opportunity to advance the development of this new cutting-edge technology and we look forward to the opportunity to provide the mining industry with proximity detection technology through our partnership with Joy.”last_img read more

Multotec poised to introduce flameproof underground overbelt magnet

first_imgMultotec is in the final stages of the development of a flameproof air-cooled overbelt magnet for underground tramp iron removal. It is poised for the go-ahead to manufacture and supply this innovative new product as soon as it receives certification from Mining And Surface Certification (MASC), a company endorsed by South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources to act as a certification authority on the standards applicable to this project.Multotec’s Ernst Maritz says: “In line with our company’s commitment to innovation and safety in mining, we took a decision about two years ago to embark on the development of a flameproof air-cooled overbelt magnet. We’re very excited about the progress made to date and we expect to receive the required certification in the first quarter of this year. The certification confirms that the product complies with SANS 10108 Edition 5, which refers to flameproof equipment used underground.”Maritz was recently tasked with internally merging two of Multotec’s process technology activities under a dedicated process equipment division and the outcome is a highly streamlined manufacturing operation focused on supplying the most appropriate products to the mining industry – specifically the coal sector.“We’re now able to deliver faster turnaround times from our newly expanded refurbishment and servicing facility,” he says. “Magnetic separation is one of our primary specialities and the internal merger has pooled the extensive knowledge of both teams into one value-added team. ”The company says its “steadily increasing process equipment market share is a direct result of continuous R&D and the resultant world leading technical innovations which are boosting efficiencies across the board. Every product is performing at a consistently high level in the mining, mineral processing and power generation industries. Along with an extensive product offering in process equipment, a highly qualified team of process engineers provide optimum technical solutions and high levels of advice and support.“In the process equipment arena, Multotec’s strength in the marketplace also derives from our broad scope of mineral processing and distribution equipment used for both classification and dense medium applications across a range of multiple minerals.”Multotec manufactures filtration equipment specifically for coal and water treatment plants. These filters are fully automated, requiring less operator intervention which results in shorter cycle times, higher safety and less human error. A variety of other solid and liquid separation solutions are on offer including Siebtechnik centrifuges that are manufactured under licence or imported from Germany, depending on the type of machine. The company recently sold a stainless steel vibrating screen centrifuge that will be put to work at a salt operation in Kenya in May 2012.Multotec manufactures Ishigaki polishing filters under licence and is the sole agent to import fully automatic Ishigaki filter presses. The FW polishing filter is unique in that its footprint is far smaller than that of similar equipment and it has a high solids capture rate.Over the last few years, the company has improved on the designs of its own Seprotech Rapid Filter Press, which is proving a valuable addition to this range of equipment. The SRF fills like any conventional filter press with top corner feed but, if required, membrane squeeze takes place at the end of the dewatering cycle to further dewater the filter cakes. This unique filter is environmentally friendly as it does not utilise hydraulics to close the filter press and therefore has a specific application in water-sensitive applications by eliminating the danger of oil spillage.Multotec has test facilities available for the testing of centrifuges in fine and coarse coal. As part of the company’s value-add, clients are offered comprehensive after-sales field service and maintenance contracts which include servicing and repair work that is quickly and efficiently completed on the centrifuges and filter presses with minimum downtime.Multotec today occupies a respected position in the magnetic separation arena. Mechanical design work is ongoing to establish the brand even further in the industry with a focus on low intensity magnetic separators (LIMS) featuring an optional capability of lining wet drums with ceramic linings instead of metal wear wrap. A significant amount of engineering work is also being applied to the Wet High Intensity Magnetic Separation (WHIMS) range. As a result of this continuous development work, in early 2012 Multotec secured an order for two WHIMS machines for use in an iron ore application in India.last_img read more

Enhanced Gemcom Surpac version offers solids repair functionality

first_imgGemcom Software has released the latest version of Gemcom Surpac, the world’s most popular geology and mine planning software. The company states: :”Suitable for every commodity and mining method, Surpac drives efficiency and productivity through ease-of-use and workflow automation; addressing the requirements of geologists, surveyors and mining engineers. Surpac 6.3 significantly increases efficiency for users by providing enhancements in the areas of solids validation, pit design, block modelling, efficient CAD import, and support of third party file formats.”A key feature of this release is its innovative new solids repair functionality, which reduces manual solids validation time from days to minutes. New auto correction repairs invalid solids, while manual repair allows for a detailed examination of each problem area within spatial context. “Solids repair is the most exciting enhancement in this release,” said Leon Dickinson, Technical Product Manager for Surpac. “This functionality was requested by the market. We heard from Surpac users that they valued the way Surpac is strict in solids and surface validation, but that they wanted a tool to identify, visualise and fix problem areas within solids, particularly when obtaining solids from third party packages. Our Research and Development team looked to the gaming and medical imaging industries for ideas. The result is new functionality that substantially exceeds user requests. This is an industry leading advancement that has been extremely well received by our geology and engineering customers who have already tried and tested the software.”“When developing underground mine designs and schedules, it is often necessary to combine stopes. However, depending on how they are generated, it can be a challenging and time consuming process to go back to the original solids,” said Dustin Smiley, Mining Engineer of Prairie Creek mine, Canadian Zinc. “With Surpac 6.3 and its new solids repair function, the process is now fast and very intuitive as the software proceeds step-by-step to identify and correct problem areas. Thanks to Surpac, all the solids I generate are now valid and water tight.” Additional benefits of the solids repair function include: New solids repair panel enables easy visualisation of problem areas Autocorrect feature locates invalid triangles and repairs on a case by case basis Manual repair includes the same functionality as autocorrect with the ability to examine problems in more detail Validation report generation documents any corrections performedSurpac 6.3 also features many developments that will greatly enhance the user experience, including improved distance estimation that is up to 100 times faster, and a 15% performance increase in all block modelling estimation techniques. Pit design functionality has been enhanced to allow the creation of pit designs using block models for slope angle and berm width, in order to better cater to variation in rock type and geotechnical characteristics. Alternative pit designs can be rapidly generated using the new multi bench design function. Additionally, improved digitising and point snap features, along with more efficient CAD import, and increased support for third-party file formats such as AutoCAD, all contribute towards a significant increase in productivity and time savings.last_img read more