Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are in panic mode after falling to their first 0-3 start in 34 years to the Los Angeles Clippers 105-95 Friday night.After the game Bryant was asked when is it time to hit the panic button, and responded by saying “now.” Bryant later said he was joking about hitting the panic button.Losing their third straight game of an early NBA season is not a joking matter for Lakers coach Mike Brown. The Lakers have turnover concerns that they need to address. They turned the ball over 23 times against the Clippers and are ranked in the top three in the NBA in turnovers with 19.7 percent per game.“I’m not trying to fool anybody here, we do need a win and we hope that we could have gotten one tonight,” Brown said after the game Friday night. “That’s part of the reason why Kobe played the minutes he played, which is too many; but while we’re trying to get this win, we still got to do things right. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough to get a win if we’re averaging 23 turnovers a game.”Bryant played 43 minutes while scoring 40 points and Dwight Howard contributed 13 points and eight rebounds while struggling with constant foul trouble. They were without guard Steve Nash who sat out with a bruised left leg for the leg.Losing is not one of Bryant’s strong traits, who is a five-time NBA champion.“It’s particularly hard for me because I’m not the most patient individual in the world, but you have to be,” Bryant said. “You have to be. You have to stay persistent. You have to stay committed to what you’re doing and just keep on trucking.”There is one positive in the Lakers slow start, they have a field goal percentage of 49.8 percent per game, which is top three in the league. Despite having a high field goal percentage, the Lakers would like those figures to translate into wins.“You always take a step back when you lose, I don’t really believe in moral victories,” said Bryant. “Defensively we were pretty solid, but you let a team get nine offensive rebounds for 20 second-chance points, I’m having a hard time believing how that’s possible.”The Lakers will attempt to repair their defense and get their first win Sunday as they host the Detroit Pistons and hope to get Steve Nash back in the starting line-up.
There are few times in life where we witness an institution crumble. The image of Joe Paterno – synonymous with Penn State football, is disintegrating before us. He has spent 62 years on the coaching staff, and is an icon surpassing the likes of Woody Hayes. In an era where college football coaches have the job security equivalent to a housefly’s life expectancy, Paterno has managed to hang on as the Nittany Lions’ head coach for 46 years. The program has been around since 1887, and Paterno has been the chief of the sidelines — or the booth — for an incredible 45 percent of the program’s games. Today, none of that matters. His inaction when innocent children were being deprived of their humanity — in the very facilities that wouldn’t have been built without him — has forever tainted his legacy. Legally, he is absolved because he reported the alleged rape of a 10-year-old boy to his superiors within the university’s administration. Morally, no one who overlooked Jerry Sandusky’s alleged actions can be forgiven. For men who molded the lives of many young adults, they will be remembered for ruining the lives of — at least — nine young children. Paterno’s biography on the official team website says he “has passionately served the Penn State football program and the university with principle, distinction and success with honor.” After what’s already been made public, those words are hollow. The best Paterno could muster as far as a public reaction, was a statement crafted by his son. It said that he wants everyone to “let the legal process unfold.” Thanks to the collective ignorance of Paterno, assistant coach Mike McQueary, former athletic director Tim Curley, former top administrator Gary Schultz and others, the “legal process” hasn’t taken shape until recently. While PSU’s leadership remained willfully ignorant, Sandusky was allowed to run overnight football camps on PSU’s campus as recently as 2009. That’s seven years after they were made aware of Sandusky’s actions. After Curley and Schultz resigned, the remaining members of the PSU administration continue to protect Paterno by canceling press conferences and — most importantly — allowing him to keep his job. As Milan Jordan, of 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, tweeted, PSU “has done more in 72 hours to protect its football coach than it has done to protect innocent children over the past 13 years.” It’s difficult to place an event of this magnitude into context — a natural instinct. The only remotely comparable event in the world of college sports is the wildly unethical actions of former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss. After former Baylor player Carlton Dotson murdered ex-teammate Patrick Dennehy, Bliss attempted to cover up his improper benefit payments to Dennehy by framing him as a drug dealer. Bliss was never held in the same regard as Paterno, both in terms of character or his team’s success. That is what makes this situation so unprecedented. Paterno’s sterling reputation and on-field success – which took 46 years as head coach to build – was tarnished as soon as the Pennsylvania state grand jury report came out. That doesn’t compare to the damage done to the lives of the innocent children, who were molested on the same campus where Paterno’s power looms so large.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team just keeps on winning. The No. 8-ranked Buckeyes improved their record to 15-0 Monday with an 84-71 win against Iowa at the Schottenstein Center. With the win, the Buckeyes continue the best start in the program’s history. Senior guard Samantha Prahalis and junior guard Taylor Hill carried OSU with 30 and 28 points, respectively, but the win didn’t come easy. With 5:19 remaining in the first half, OSU saw itself trailing, 22-37, but OSU coach Jim Foster didn’t panic. “I don’t tend to think negative thoughts,” Foster said. “At least I won’t verbalize them until we’re in the huddle. Then I’ll remind people. I’ve seen big leads come and go. There’s a significant frame of reference.” His team responded with a 17-3 run before the half ended, though the Hawkeyes held onto a 40-39 lead going into the half. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said the Buckeyes picked up their intensity. “We shot the ball well during that time and even defended well, but when they got on a roll it took us out of our rhythm. They changed the way they were playing and had more intensity as the game went on,” she said. “I think it was a matter of us playing well that got us the lead early, but I don’t think Ohio State was as into it at the beginning of the game.” The second half was all Buckeyes. Prahalis sunk a three to put OSU up, 42-40, and the team never looked back as the combination of Prahalis and Hill dominated the Hawkeyes. “I think our energy [made a difference in the game],” Prahalis said. “At first we let Iowa’s guards penetrate. It was just a matter of keeping their guards in front of us. We just needed to step up. We weren’t playing how we needed to play and how we know how to play.” Hill came into the game as the Big Ten’s top scorer on the year. A career high five 3-pointers helped propel her to 28 points. She credited her success to her teammates. “My teammates were finding me, especially Sam (Prahalis) on the fast break. I feel like I had the hot hand at one point,” she said. “It’s kind of hard to guard us on the outside with our ability to get to the bucket.” The victory gets the Buckeyes off to an undefeated start in conference play. OSU is the only undefeated Big Ten team. Foster said conference play is the team’s main focus. “We have a board in our locker room that has the records of every team in the league, and we want to be at the top. We were in the preseason, and we moved that column over today to start the Big Ten column. We want to be on top.”
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (25) wait for a snap in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) will play its final game in Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Illinois (2-8, 0-7 Big Ten). It will also celebrate Senior Day, with players like quarterback J.T. Barrett, center Billy Price and linebacker Chris Worley competing in their final game in the Horseshoe. The Buckeyes have a chance to clinch the Big Ten East title Saturday with a win if No. 24 Michigan loses at No. 5 Wisconsin. Ohio State offense vs. Illinois defenseOhio State comes in heavily favored to throttle the Fighting Illini, and the lopsided matchup between the Buckeyes’ offense and Illinois’ defense is a major factor in that. The Fighting Illini have allowed 28.4 points per game, the 76th most in the nation, and 403.2 yards per game. Ohio State will bring an offense that averages the third-most yards per game at 546.5 and fifth-most points at 44.2.The greatest disparity between the Buckeye offense and Fighting Illini defense comes in the ground game. Illinois has allowed the 105th-fewest rush yards per game at 199.1 and 80th-fewest yards per carry at 4.5. Meanwhile, Ohio State comes in with the 16th-most rushing yards per game (245.3) and fourth-most yards per carry (6.1).The Buckeyes also are coming off their most dominating rushing game of the season, recording a season-high 335 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns. Both freshman J.K. Dobbins and redshirt sophomore Mike Weber recorded more than 120 rushing yards.As for the passing game, Ohio State still holds a statistical advantage over the Illini. Ohio State has averaged 301.2 passing yards per game, 17th-most in the nation, and 8.5 yards per attempt, which is tied for 18th. Illinois has been sound defending against opposing aerial attacks, holding opponents to the 42nd-fewest pass yards per game (204.1) and 57th-fewest yards per attempt (7.1). The Fighting Illini have a pair of safeties who have put together strong seasons and helped the pass defense remain solid for the team. Stanley Green and Bennett Williams are second and third, respectively, in total tackles on the team despite playing in the defensive backfield. Green has picked off one pass this season, forced two fumbles and recovered one. Williams has 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two passes defended and one forced fumble.The defense for Illinois has been comparatively solid when examining it as a whole. It has done a far better job keeping opponents from scoring than the Illinois offense has done itself in trying to score. However, given the struggles of the Fighting Illini offense, the defense might be on the field for extended time Saturday. Ohio State defense vs. Illinois offenseThe Buckeyes held then-No. 12 Michigan State to just three points in their most recent game in Ohio Stadium. There’s a chance Illinois might not even be able to muster up that much. The Fighting Illini offense comes into this game having averaged 16.4 points per game, 124th in the nation, and squares off against a defense that has allowed the 25th-fewest points at just 20.4.The only aspect of Illinois’ offense that has found any semblance of success this season has been its passing game. Two quarterbacks — the pocket-passing Jeff George Jr. and the mobile Chayce Crouch — have regularly split time under center for Illinois in its attempt to provide unique looks to opposing defenses.Unfortunately for the team, neither quarterback has found much of anything. George has 1,273 passing yards with a 51.9 percent completion rating and seven touchdown passes to 10 interceptions.Crouch has only 427 passing yards with a 53.2 percent completion rating with a touchdown and four picks. On the ground, Crouch has 93 total yards on 46 carries and one touchdown. Overall, the offense has the 92nd-most pass yards per game. It is completing just 51 percent of passes and has thrown eight touchdown passes to 17 interceptions. Part of the problem for the quarterbacks has been the inconsistency of the offensive line. The line has allowed the fourth-most sacks per game at 3.6 and the 117th-most tackles for loss per game at 7.3.The offensive line’s struggles has contributed to the inability for Illinois to gets its run game going. The Fighting Illini have the 121st-fewest rush yards per attempt at 3.32 and the 122nd-fewest rush yards per game at 107.8. Only Mike Epstein and Cam Thomas are averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry, and the former is out for the year and the latter is questionable for Saturday.This Fighting Illini offense plays right into the hands of the Ohio State defense. Though the passing defense for Ohio State has struggled at times, it seemingly only has issues when the defensive line is not applying enough pressure on the quarterbacks. Ohio State’s defensive line has the ninth-most tackles for loss per game (8.3) and 23rd-most sacks per game (2.7). But perhaps most importantly, it is coming off one of its strongest game of the season in which it had nine tackles for loss and six sacks against the Spartans.The Fighting Illini quarterbacks could struggle to receive sufficient pass protection, and it is unlikely the rushing offense will produce much against a rush defense that has allowed the 14th-fewest yards per game (116.5) and ninth-fewest yards per carry (3.16). This figures to be a tough game for the Fighting Illini. Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 63-3Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 58-3
Ohio State redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland (32) takes down Indiana quarterback Peyton Ramsey (12) in the second quarter of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State earned its sixth win of the season on Saturday, beating Indiana 49-26 at Ohio Stadium. With many of the same storylines that have followed the Buckeyes from game to game, such as redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ dominance in the passing game or struggling secondary play, the Buckeyes move to a Week 7 game against Minnesota with a perfect record. Here are three takeaways Ohio State can take from its win on Saturday. Running game still has work to doAs Haskins nearly broke the record for passing yards in a game, throwing for 455 yards, three yards away from the record Art Schlichter set in 1981, the Ohio State offense still had a game plan to follow against the Hoosiers. Along with passing 44 times in Saturday’s 23-point win, Ohio State backs recorded 48 rushes, the most the unit has recorded since the season opener against Oregon State. Even with the amount of carries, Ohio State could not get its running game going consistently. With sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber taking 81.3 percent of all carries, Ohio State backs averaged 3.2 yards per carry. Weber recorded the only three runs of 10 yards or longer, recording a 21 yard rush in the second quarter. Dobbins led the team in carries, recording a season-high 26 touches, but averaged, like Ohio State as a whole, 3.2 yards per rush, recording his fourth touchdown of the season, his third since Sept. 22. With the balanced offense that head coach Urban Meyer preaches, Ohio State has relied on Haskins and the passing game through the first six games of the season. However, Meyer said after the game the running game is still an important part of the offense, calling the performance at this point in the season “alarming.” Tuf Borland continues to shine After returning from an offseason Achilles injury originally expected to sideline him for the first part of the season, redshirt sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland has come back to full strength over the past two weeks and has shown he is healthy in the middle. In Saturday’s game, Borland had three tackles, two of which were for loss, including a sack. He also recorded a forced fumble in the second quarter that was significant in terms of momentum for the Ohio State defense. It was the second game in a row Borland had made such an impact. In the game against Penn State on Sept. 29, the redshirt sophomore tied for the team lead with eight tackles, recording a 5-yard sack and forcing a fumble. Even though the second level of the defense has been one of the main storylines as to how Ohio State must improve in the near future, Borland has been one of the bright spots over the past two games. Redshirt senior receivers set the tone in the passing game Redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin is not only a pass blocker. He said he enjoys doing that, saying at one point in Saturday’s win over Indiana, he helped block two defensive ends. However, McLaurin showed that he is still a valuable receiver in the passing game. He recorded four catches for 59 yards, bringing in his fifth and sixth touchdown receptions of the season against his home state Hoosiers, one on a 7-yard crossing route and the other a 17-yard pass play in the third quarter. McLaurin said his play was helping Haskins with the amount of blitzes Indiana was showing up front, allowing the quarterback to be able to get the ball off quickly to open receivers in the secondary, who used their speed to get into open space. This has been the made strategy for the pass offense through the first six games, something that worked for redshirt senior Parris Campbell as well. In Meyer’s words, Campbell had “a hell of a day,” leading the team with 142 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. Redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon also brought in a touchdown, bringing in 73 yards on five catches. The veteran Ohio State wide receiver room continues to help Haskins as he gets more national recognition for his play over the first six games of the season.
Carrie Fisher, the actress best-known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, has died aged 60, four days after she suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight.Her daughter Billie Lourd said the actress passed away on Tuesday morning after being taken ill travelling from London to Los Angeles.She is survived by her mother, the veteran Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds who has been by her side along with her close family over Christmas. pic.twitter.com/RLiWEXU8Ob— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) December 27, 2016 RIP Carrie 2000 she grabbed my ass and said ” you would have loved me when I was on Xanax”. Funny, interesting, chaotic , soulful. Friend.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 28, 2016 Show more In an interview in November with Rolling Stone magazine, Fisher said she was “not happy about being older, except what are the options?”When asked if she feared death, she said: “No. I fear dying. Anything with pain associated with it, I don’t like. I’ve been there for a couple of people when they were dying; it didn’t look like fun.”But if I was gonna do it, I’d want someone like me around. And I will be there!”She once joked that she would like her obituary to record that she was strangled by her own underwear, after George Lucas famously told her not to wear a bra under her Star Wars costume because they did not exist in space.”I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra,” she wrote. Her uncle Bill Reynolds, brother of Debbie, said: “The family all had hope. That’s what the doctors told us, that she would recover.”On Christmas Eve we all had dinner together at my sister’s house and said prayers. Everything looked positive and everyone seemed pretty upbeat.” She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016 He added: “We don’t have enough details yet. But the family is all gathering. We all loved her and no one expected anything like this.”Star Wars without Princess LeiaFisher is expected to make her final appearance on screen as General Leia Organa, after completing filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII. Her death has already sparked speculation over how the franchise will proceed without her. Fisher stars in Return of the Jedi Fisher with her mother Debbie Reynolds in 2003 no words #Devastated pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher in the role which made her a household name Princess Leia, @carrieffisher now one with the Force. Your kindness & sharp wit will be missed. #RIP PS: Thanks for the milk & cookies. xx pic.twitter.com/sFSy9UmvYY— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) December 27, 2016 I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2016 Oh no!! Carrie wasn’t done yet! https://t.co/hAvLtKfLmA— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 27, 2016 English actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in The Force Awakens, says she was “devastated at this monumental loss”.And director of the same film, J J Abrams, posted a handwritten note to Twitter which read: “You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power. She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.” In 1987 she published Postcards From The Edge, which was later turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine and Dennis Quaid, while her one-woman confessional stage show, Wishful Drinking, was published in book form in 2008 to rave reviews.”People relate to aspects of my stories and that’s nice for me because then I’m not all alone with it,” she said of her confessional tendencies.”Also, I do believe you’re only as sick as your secrets. If that’s true, I’m just really healthy.”Fisher is survived by her brother Todd Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Billie Lourd. When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 27, 2016 Carrie Fisher didn’t make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Fans of Fisher had held out hope for her recovery following reports that she was “stable”, with her uncle disclosing the family had believed there would be a positive outcome.But a spokesman for the family said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. Said to be initially “unresponsive”, she was rushed to hospital in LA where she was treated in an intensive care unit but did not regain consciousness.Four days later, after spending Christmas in hospital, Fisher’s daughter confirmed she had died. I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016 I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.— Anthony Daniels (@ADaniels3PO) December 27, 2016 “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”Reynolds, 84, said: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter.”I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie’s Mother”.Fisher had been in hospital since December 23, when she fell ill on a United Airlines flight. Fisher and Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fisher appearing on the Graham Norton show in December As well as her acting career, Fisher was a prolific author, advice columnist, comedian and script editor.She has achieved a cult following for her frank confessions and witty one-liners, flanked in her recent public appearances by her dog Gary.In her personal life, Fisher long battled drug addiction, alcoholism and mental illness, and spoke widely about her struggles. Her death prompted widespread praise for her work helping to remove the stigma of mental health. Co-stars pay tribute to FisherShe had most recently been undertaking a book tour for her autobiography, The Princess Diarist, making headlines with her mischievous confessions about her youthful affair with Harrison Ford.As news of her death was announced, tributes immediately poured in from actors and admirers. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, her on-screen brother, said he was devastated, adding there were “no words”.Harrison Ford said she was “one-of-a-kind” who lived her life “bravely”, adding: “My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd and her many friends. We will all miss her.”The creator of Star Wars, George Lucas, said: “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. “In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all. George Lucas.” The daughter of Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, with Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, she grew up surrounded by Hollywood glamour.She married musician Paul Simon then Hollywood agent Bryan Lourd, with whom she had a daughter.Fisher made her acting debut in 1975 in Shampoo, appearing alongside Hollywood stars Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn and went on to appear in The Blues Brothers, Charlie’s Angels, Hannah and Her Sisters, Scream 3 and When Harry Met Sally, as well as quietly working – often uncredited – as a script doctor. ‘The most beautiful creature’Bette Midler, Stephen Fry, Mia Farrow, Richard E Grant, William Shatner and Joan Collins were among those adding their condolences, with Steve Martin saying: “When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well.” My heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds on the death of Carrie her talented daughter. There have been too many deaths this year— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) December 27, 2016
Many hay fever suffers attempt some form of pollen acclimatisation as summer approaches, but the new research suggests that to achieve lasting effects patients must undergo three years of treatment.Two years’ immunotherapy does not bring the same lasting benefits, the study found.Currently immunotherapy to overcome allergens is administered in specialist medical centres in the first instance in case patients suffer serious reaction such as anaphalaxis.Subsequent doses can be taken at home.Professor Stephen Durham, head of allergy and clinical immunology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, said: “You treat patients for three years and then they have a big improvement in their hay fever for several years afterwards.”Exposing people to grass pollen in this way is a very effective treatment for people who really have debilitating hay fever.” Exposing people to grass pollen in this way is a very effective treatment for people who really have debilitating hay feverProfessor Stephen Durham, National Heart and Lung Institute Symptoms of hay fever include bouts of sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.The condition has been estimated to affect as many as one in four people across the UK.The majority of these cases are initiated as a reaction to grass pollen.The new study, published in the journal JAMA, involved patient volunteers at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.Experts assessed the effectiveness of two different immunotherapies which used grass pollen extract – as an injection or a pill taken under the tongue.A total of 106 patients were given either injection, tablets or a placebo.Overall, 92 patients completed the study.After a two-year course of treatment, the results showed that both therapies were effective at tackling symptoms.But one year after patients had stopped taking the medication the effects were no better than the placebo group. Hay fever sufferers can effectively cure their condition if they take pills or injections for three years that acclimatises them to pollen.Experts at Imperial College London said those blighted by the allergy can reduce their symptoms for “several years” after undergoing treatment.Past studies have shown that exposing patients to increasing amounts of grass pollen over time is an effective way to reduce severe symptoms in the long term. 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.
Fake designer goods worth £8 million have been seized in police raids.Counterfeit clothes, sunglasses, jewellery and perfume were recovered as homes, businesses and storage units in the Strangeways area of Manchester were targeted on Tuesday and Thursday. Detective Inspector Paul Walker said: “These raids are a great example of successful partnership working investigating the counterfeit world.”The raids took place following intelligence from our partners and send out the clear message that fakes are illegal and will not be tolerated by the police.”People often see selling knock-offs as a victimless crime but buying these goods helps to line the pockets of criminals which can often fund more sinister crimes.” 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. Millions of pounds worth of fake designer goods were seized after raids in Manchester https://t.co/nPWX8mTPZ0— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 4, 2017 People often see selling knock-offs as a victimless crime but buying these goods helps to line the pockets of criminals which can often fund more sinister crimesDetective Inspector Paul Walker More than £270,000 in cash was also secured by Greater Manchester Police in the searches conducted in partnership with Trading Standards and immigration authorities.A 44-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering as well as counterfeit and trademark offences.Both have been released under investigation.
Nadia Choucair A woman who was pictured desperately waving a makeshift flag from her window near the top of the Grenfell Tower has been identified as Nadia Choucair, who is missing along with five members of her family.The haunting image of Mrs Choucair, 29, and her husband silouetted against a backdrop of raging fire, was widely published and epitomised the unimaginable horror that victims were forced to endure.Six members, and three generations, of the Choucair family are feared to have died.Three sisters Fatima, Zaynab and Mierna Choucair, aged three, ten and 13, were in their flat on the 22nd floor, along with their parents Nadia and Bassem, 38, and Nadia’s elderly mother Sirra, from Lebanon. Hisam Choucair said he believed the photograph was of Nadia, who worked as a nursery officer at the Avondale Park primary school, standing alongside Bassem.He has demanded that fire evacuation policies for high rise buildings are reformed and that cladding is removed from similar blocks.”I would like to say to the government that I would like to see reform into all high rise buildings in London,” he told Sky News. Sawsan Choucair at a tribute board near the Grenfell Tower fire where she has posted pictures of missing members of her familyCredit:SWNS Nadia left him a voice message at 2.41am saying that there was a fire in the building and they were sitting in her flat. “OK, bye,” she added. Nadia’s sister Sawsan Choucair revealed she had spoke to them at around 3am. “They were screaming, shouting, all I could hear in the background, and they were just screaming, and I was shouting – get out, try and find an exit or something,” she said.“Everyone’s doing their bit, their duty and everything, but I still don’t know anything. I’ve given my name, my number, everything, just to know. I pray for everyone, I hope everyone’s safe.” Another one of her brothers, Nabil Choucair, said Bassem had texted work colleague at 1.55am on Wednesday morning to say there was a fire in the building and it was unlikely he would make it to work. “Sorry guys for letting you down,” he wrote. “Take a relook at all fire evacuation policies within high rise buildings because it seems residents have been given mixed information about what to do in the event of a fire and I would like to see the removal of cladding from high rise buildings.” The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fireCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS 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.
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. Chief Superintendent Neil Evans said: “The moorland fire is now being investigated as arson following information from local witnesses and initial inquiries.”The scale of this fire is exceptional and we are treating it with the utmost seriousness.”That said, we are under no illusion that solid evidence as to where the fire started and what was the cause will not be easy to establish.” “Investigations are currently ongoing with a multi-agency approach to find the source of the ignition. There is an area of interest that specialist officers are inspecting.”Firefighters are working in extremely difficult and challenging circumstances in Tameside and I can’t praise crews enough – they’ve done a fantastic job and are continuing to work hard to put out the multiple fires across the moorlands.”I would like to urge the public to be really careful with barbecues, discarded cigarettes and glass bottles in the countryside. Fires in the moorlands can spread rapidly so it’s important that we take extra care.” Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 20 crews were at Winter Hill on Wednesday as they continue to tackle smouldering areas.The 22-year-old man arrested by Lancashire Police on suspicion of starting one of the Winter Hill fires has been released under investigation. Soldiers drafted in to help Greater Manchester firefighters tackle the Saddleworth Moor blaze will continue their temporary roles until the end of the week.Around 100 troops from the Royal Regiment of Scotland have been involved in the operation in Tameside, including digging trenches in an effort to stop the moorland fires spreading.On Wednesday there were 45 firefighters on the scene who were using specialist equipment and vehicles to extinguish the remaining pockets of fire, said GMFRS.Firefighters are being supporting by two helicopters from United Utilities which are continuing to dampen down targeted areas.GMFRS firefighters and others from around the country are also supporting colleagues from Lancashire to maintain control of a similar blaze at Winter Hill near Bolton which broke out when two moorland fires either side of the hill merged on Saturday because of increased wind speed. Mr Evans added: “The areas we have been able to look include dusty ash, burnt peat and grass and because of this our work with the fire service will be painstaking.”We recognise the incredible support that the emergency services have received and we now hope that the local community can help us further by getting in touch with any information that could help our investigation.”The bonfire sighting was at about 7.30pm on June 24, with the fire service called out at 8.19pm.Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) interim chief officer Dawn Docx said: “Specialist fire investigation officers at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to investigate the suspected arson in the moorlands in Tameside. The wildfire on Saddleworth Moor which crews have been fighting for more than a week is now being treated as arson.Police say witnesses reported that people were lighting a bonfire on the moorland above Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, on the early evening of Sunday June 24 – around 50 minutes before the first 999 call.The fire on land at Buckton Vale, east of Manchester, later led two days later to the evacuation of dozens of homes in the village of Carrbrook as flames threatened to engulf properties.Flames continued to spread before fire crews from across the country, with the assistance of the Army, successfully battled to keep the area safe.On Wednesday with the fire still burning, although under control, Greater Manchester Police said the bonfire sighting was being pursued as a possible line of inquiry. Two separate blazes at Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton and a third at Healy Nab near Chorley, were confirmed to have been set by arsonists.Crews had already spent five days tackling the huge moor fire near Manchester when two new fires broke out last Thursday, and a third over the weekend.One man has already been arrested and helicopters on reconnaissance flights and water drops will now be scouring the area for culprits, with those caught facing prison.
Police have told shop workers to call the parents of young shoplifters instead of dialling 999 amid concerns that they are being swamped by emergency calls, it has been claimed.A city centre security guard, based in Truro, Cornwall, said police advised him that those caught attempting to steal could not be detained for longer than 30 minutes, and that any theft of under £200 would probably not be dealt with.He added that children and teenagers under the age of 18 should be released with parental consent once the stock was returned, rather than reporting the theft to police.A Devon and Cornwall Police inspector admitted resources were “finite” and that shoplifting would be assessed as a “lower priority” during periods of high demand. A source also told The Daily Telegraph that there was an attitude within the police that juveniles should not be arrested for shoplifting.The security guard’s claims are believed to have been made at a “Truro Safe” meeting, where licensed traders, taxi operators, the police, Truro City Council, Cornwall Council and others meet to discuss safety relating to local businesses and night-time economy. The security worker, who wishes to remain anonymous said: “Police are no longer going to attend shoplifting arrests in stores. We have also been advised that we cannot detain anyone for longer than 30 minutes. But if anyone is under 18 we’ve been told we have to just get the stock back and release them, with parental consent.“We were told we should only call the police if parents can’t be contacted. They said they wouldn’t attend if we had a shoplifter, and it would be down to us to deal with it.”Devon and Cornwall Police said that there is no fixed value of goods that dictates whether the police respond to a shoplifting complaint, but rather the risk to the public.Insp Rick Milburn said: “There is no policy, forcewide or locally, which dictates a shoplifting value that will determine if police do or do not attend. “Resources at Truro are finite. To determine and prioritise our attendance, we need to carefully assess threat, risk to the public and potential harm. There will be occasions whereby we face very high demand. During these periods it is inevitable that some incidents will be assessed as a lower priority. Shoplifting per se, is not a low priority offence.” According to the law, anyone caught shoplifting goods with a value under £200 can face up to six months in prison, while larger thefts can result in a jail term of up to seven years.However, a police insider said that there was an expectation within Devon and Cornwall Police that under-18s would not be detained for shoplifting.Russel Routledge, who works in Mobile World, Truro, said: “How are kids going to learn? Talking to parents doesn’t sound like punishment to me.” 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.
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 Biami understood nothing. We had to rely entirely on such gestures as we had in common. And it turned out that there were many of them. We smiled – and the Biami smiled back.” Sir David goes onto say that such an expression “has not been entirely learned from our parents” nor our social surroundings, but is part of our “built-in repertoire of gestures” and is understood by all walks of life all over the world.The simple and universal communication tool allowed Sir David to build trust with the tribesmen, he reveals, and it was not long before their relationship headed in a profitable direction.“We began to trade”, Sir David writes. “Pointing at an object, touching fingers to indicate numbers, nodding our head in agreement, all these gestures were unambiguous. We all used our eyebrows a great deal.”Eyebrows are not just there to keep sweat from running into our eyes, Sir David believes, but that their main function “must surely be as signalling devices.”“The Biami drew their eyebrows together to express disapproval. When they accompanied this by shaking the head, they made it unequivocally clear that they did not want the beads that we offered”, he writes. They were one of the most secluded tribes in the world, hidden deep within the forested mountains of Papua New Guinea and cut off from mankind.So when Sir David Attenborough encountered the Biami tribe in 1967, he relied on one “universal and deep-seated” human gesture to communicate with them – a smile.Recollecting the encounter in his new book ‘Life on Earth’, Sir David describes the moment he first met the tribesmen after a two week long trek through the muddy, isolated terrain.Despite their lack of a common cultural ground, he was able to communicate with them through mannerisms that are “deeply embedded in us” and “an inheritance of our evolutionary past”.Sir David writes: “After we had been marching through the mountains for two weeks, drenched by daily rains, living entirely on the food we carried with us, we found footprints. Two people were ahead of us and travelling fast. We followed them.“One morning, we awoke to find seven men standing in the bush within a few metres of our tent. They were very small, and naked but for cane wrapped around their waist with sprigs of green leaves thrust through it in the front and at the back.
At the same time she will lay a wreath at the grave of north Londoner John Parr, who became the first British soldier to be killed at the outbreak of war, in 1914, when his patrol encountered a German cavalry detachment. He was just 17.By coincidence, the two soldiers are buried opposite each other at the cemetery; comrades in death though they almost certainly never knew each other in life.Following the ceremony Theresa May will travel to France to meet President Macron in Albert, the town at the heart of the Somme region which suffered some of the worst bombardment of the war. George Ellison had only to get to 11am on the morning of November 11, 1918 and he would have survived the carnage that had already claimed millions over the course of the First World War.But in one of those heartrending human tragedies that characterised the conflict Ellison was shot and killed by a German sniper just 90 minutes before the Armistice bringing peace between the warring sides came into effect.The 40-year-old Yorkshireman was the last British soldier to be killed in the conflict and on Friday the Prime Minister will lay a wreath at his grave at the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, in Belgium, as part of a series of events marking one hundred years since the end of the Great War. Downing St says the visit will give the two leaders the opportunity to “reflect on the unique shared history between our two countries” and the importance of the Centenary.In looking ahead to the commemorations Mrs May said: “Next week will mark one of the most significant moments in our nation’s history. One hundred years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front, each and every one of us can pause to reflect on the immense sacrifices that were made by so many. 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. Credit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph “The killing fields of France and Belgium are scarred by the horrors of war, but the strength and closeness of our relationship today is a testament to the journey our countries have travelled together. I’m proud to represent the immense gratitude of our nation at these commemorations and share these moments of reflection with our friends and partners in Europe.”Mrs May and President Macron will have a working lunch before attending a wreath laying ceremony at the Thiepval Memorial, which bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and troops who died in the battle of the Somme.The two leaders will jointly lay a special wreath made for the occasion, combining poppies and le bleuet, the two national emblems of remembrance for Britain and France. The final resting place for Private John Parr (foreground) who was the first British serviceman to be killed in World War I on 21st August 1914, lies fifteen feet away from the grave of Private George Ellison the the last British soldier to die during the war on 11th November 1918.Credit:Eddie Mulholland for the Telegraph The following day the Prime Minister will attend The Royal British Legion (RBL) Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, along with members of the Royal Family, to lead the nation’s thanks to all who served in the conflict.On Sunday she will attend the traditional wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph, where, for the first time, a German leader – President Frank-Walter Steinmeier – will also lay a wreath in an historic act of reconciliation.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A new Kensington preparatory school will offer weekly museum trips, a philosophy club and an “innovation lab”. Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, which will open in September 2020, will take children on short but frequent visits to cultural institutions, sometimes just to see a single artifact or object at a time.With the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum just a short walk away, pupils will be taken on “highly focussed” trips.This could involve the youngest pupils, aged three and four-years-old, coming to school dressed as explorers and reading the story We Are Going on a Bear Hunt. “They would then go to the Natural History Museum and hunt the bears on exhibit there,” Jill Walker, the school’s headmistress, explained. “When back at school, they would make their own bears using split pins, use their iPads to record themselves telling the story and take photos of eachother in a bear pose using an art app.”To finish they could bake bear biscuits, and have treasure hunt in the school’s garden before enjoying a picnic on the lawn. Meanwhile, Year Six students studying forces – which can be “quite a dry topic” – would be taken on a trip to the Science Museum to look at the Supermarine Seaplane which could take off and land on water. Jill Walker is headmistress at Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, which will open in 2020 Back in the classroom, they would then design and build their own model planes, using the 3D printer to create their own propeller. After testing their planes in the garden, they will give a presentation to the class about about the scientific principles that informed their design.In addition to weekly museum trips, Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, will have a host of different clubs including creative writing, a robotics, philosophy and debating.The school will also have an “innovation lab” where pupils can learn how to code. Mrs Walker said that most of the time, the glory of museums is lost on school pupils who “go round from floor to floor, grow weary and their eyes glazing over”.She said: “What can often happen is a school can organise a trip and they go for the day – but what you find is lots of children switching off after half an hour, mindlessly pressing buttons, wondering around, but not thinking about what they are viewing.“They are not particularly focused. You spend a lot of time counting children making sure you haven’t lost anyone. It’s quite a stressful, fraught day.” Mrs Walker added that most schools find that health and safety requirements so onerous that they are “put off” from organising them in the first place.“What many schools find is that in order to meet health and safety requirements of a trip, there are vast amounts of paperwork – risk assessments, permission slips from parents and so on,” she said. Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School, which will cater for children aged three to eleven, has not yet disclosed its fees, but it is likely to be between £16,000 and £20,000-a-year.
Two women were abducted at random by a man in north London and raped in what police have described as a “terrifying ordeal”.The women were snatched separately on Thursday, the first shortly after midnight from a street in Chingford and the second around 12 hours later at 12.15pm from a street in Edgware.The pair, both aged in their 20s, escaped the white male suspect after a struggle in Osborn Road in Watford at around 2.30pm on the same day, the Metropolitan Police said.The man, who abducted the women in a car, is described as having a muscular build.Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for both women who were abducted by the suspect in separate areas.”At this stage there is nothing to suggest either victim were specifically targeted for any reason, but both appear to have been selected at random.”A number of active leads are being followed up urgently including reviewing CCTV footage and forensic analysis. We are also working closely with our colleagues in Hertfordshire to establish what links the suspect may have in that area.””Stranger attacks like this are extremely rare. That being said, I would urge everyone in these areas to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police immediately via 999.” Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOP-ED: Govt accelerating the pace for the closure of Sugar Industry- RamsammyMarch 31, 2017In “Opinion”Govt White Paper on sugar: A political prop to disguise the “too big to fail” lies- RamsammyMay 11, 2017In “Opinion”‘Alternative facts’ won’t change the reality, Govt is closing sugar – RamsammyApril 20, 2017In “Opinion” Below is a commentary by Dr Leslie Ramsammy, who believes that the Uitvlugt sugar estate, contrary to what government promised, will be closed:Dr Leslie RamsammyMake no mistake, the wheels of closure is on its way to Uitvlugt. The stage is being expertly set by APNU+AFC, with their henchmen at GUYSUCO, to close the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate and its factory. The APNU+AFC’s promise just a few days ago to keep three sugar estates and their factories operational (Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt) is about to be broken, just as their promise during the election campaign in 2015 not to close any sugar estate.I fully expected the threat of a Uitvlugt closure. From the beginning I contended and I insist still that APNU+AFC hatched a plan long before May 2015 to close SUGAR as a vindictive anti-PPP policy. Consistently in the last two years APNU+AFC has denied they have any plan to close SUGAR. Instead, they spin their closure trajectory by using words such as re-engineering, consolidation etc. More than ever before, total closure of sugar looms ominously closer and closer.The goal as announced in 2014 was and remains CLOSURE of SUGAR. APNU+AFC hatched its mission in 2014 and maybe before and that mission is TOTAL CLOSURE OF SUGAR. The evidence is mounting and APNU+AFC’s wicked closure plan is fully exposed. Sugar workers and their families, people in the sugar communities and everywhere in Guyana are convinced that the narrative of closure is now real and the threats to close Uitvlugt brings that reality within sight. But APNU+AFC must also know that people are not letting this slide, their voices are being raised and people will stoutly resist.Just a few weeks ago APNU+AFC announced they will keep three sugar estates and factories operational. From the beginning, however, I cautioned that they speak with “fork tongues”, blatantly perverting the truth, routinely lying and misdirecting people. I had warned that, in fact, Uitvlugt Sugar Estate, one of the three they promised only within the last two weeks to keep operational, is also on the chopping block. This week the stage is set for the closure of Uitvlugt. GUYSUCO announced that unless Wales sugar workers report to Uitvlugt, that estate will be forced to close. Several weeks ago, Ramjattan and a crew of ministers basically portrayed the same message in a meeting with residents from Wales and Patentia. Oh what a tangled web we weave!During the 2015 election campaign, David Granger, other senior APNU members, Nagamootoo, Ramjattan and other AFC members contended that SUGAR was “too big to fail” and that SUGAR remained a critical part of the economic equation for a prosperous Guyana. They promised on the campaign in numerous public meetings, on TV and in the newspapers, in community walkabouts and in bottom house meetings that no sugar estate will be closed and that sugar workers will enjoy a 20% annual increase and better benefits under an APNU+AFC government. They promised that under their tenure sugar will see even more glorious years ahead. I am everyday expecting Nagamootoo or someone from APNU+AFC to deny ever promising that no sugar estate will be closed or that they had promised a 20% wage increase or better benefits. After all, Nagamootoo just barefacedly denied they ever promised rice farmers $9,000 per bag of paddy.The truth is that they lied openly and shamelessly in an effort to fool sugar workers. In spite of our warnings and the better judgment of many fellow workers, some sugar workers were persuaded of a “better life” under APNU+AFC. But all along, the plans were to close sugar, just as was announced at the press conference held at APNU Headquarters and chaired by Joe Harmon in 2014. Soon after that press conference announcing that APNU believed that closing sugar is a better economic option, Ramjattan announced he fully supported this position. During the election campaign, they deceptively promised no closure of any sugar estate.Since May 2015, however, the truth is as clear as it is clear that water is wet. The truth is that APNU+AFC is implementing a mission of closure for sugar. NO “ands, ifs or buts”. The move has been swift and there is no ambiguity.In May 2015, there were eight (8) sugar estates and seven operating sugar factories, with one co-generation plant (Skeldon), one prototype ethanol plant (Albion) and two sugar packaging plants (Blairmont and Enmore). Wales Sugar Estate and its factory have closed, the factory almost completely dismantled. Skeldon Sugar Estate and its factory are non-operational at this time and plans for its closure and divestment have been announced. Enmore and LBI Sugar Estates with its Enmore Sugar Factory are non-operational. Rose Hall Estate and its factory are on a phased closing down operation by the end of 2017. GUYSUCO has admitted that it has no plans for continuing the prototype ethanol plant at Albion. The future of the sugar packaging plant at Enmore and the co-gen plant at Skeldon is in jeopardy. Now Uitvlugt is under threat for closure. This is the sugar portfolio of APNU+AFC – an unrelenting path to SUGAR CLOSURE.
Its a recurring theme and has come up again with the National Mining Association (NMA) citing the consequences of America’s growing dependence on foreign materials. It says “a growing and potentially damaging reliance on foreign metals and minerals should make Congress wary of measures that would further disadvantage the use of American resources, said an executive for Uranium One on behalf of the NMA.”In testimony before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Uranium One Executive Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Affairs Fletcher Newton cited several potentially negative consequences of America’s significant and growing dependency on foreign minerals and metals including aggravation of the US balance of payments, unpredictable price fluctuations and supply disruptions due to political or economic instability.Uranium is a primary example of this dependency, said Newton. The US currently consumes more than 56 Mlb/y of uranium, yet produces only 4.5 Mlb, despite the fact that America possesses some of the world’s largest uranium deposits and has historically been a major uranium producer. Newton said America has the world’s largest fleet of nuclear power plants that generate 20% of the nation’s electricity. At the same time, the US produces less than 10% – and imports more than 90% – of the uranium it uses for nuclear power. Uncertainty over regulatory policies discourages investment in new production, he said, even though prices for uranium have climbed to record levels and the US demand for uranium is expected to increase.Newton drew on his extensive experience in citing factors that contribute to a climate of uncertainty for American hard rock producers. Among them, he said, is an overly burdensome regulatory and permitting process “that can take upwards of a decade to complete,” and the prospect of additional regulatory burdens for operators on federal lands, who account for the bulk of the nation’s metals production.NMA supports efforts to reform the 1872 General Mining Law, said Newton, that do not add redundant layers of regulation to the existing framework that the National Academy of Sciences has already judged to be “effective.” For example, uranium production now complies with all the laws and regulations governing hard rock mining operations, and uranium processing must meet additional standards set by both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as numerous state agencies.
Yesterday International Mining attended the opening of Xstrata Technology’s newest base, in London, as it expands its technology development and marketing offering for the global mining, mineral processing and metals extraction industries further into Europe. Rakan Rahbani will be based in the UK’s capital from where he will focus on the European, Russian and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) markets. This complements Xstrata’s current global network of offices in Chile, South Africa, Canada and Australia.General Manager, Mineral Processing, Lindsay Clark, said: “There is huge potential for our technologies in the European and CIS region over the next few years, and London is an ideal base for Xstrata Technology to expand its exposure to new countries due to its proximity to target markets and the fact it is home to some of our most important clients.“Xstrata Technology’s grinding and flotation technologies, IsaMillsTM and Jameson Cells, which are now standard equipment in new concentrators and coal preparation plants in many countries, are quickly being adopted in Europe and the CIS, so we are seeing an increase in demand for our suite of technologys as evidenced by our recent IsaMillTM installation in Portugal. This builds on the success of our ISASMELTTM technology which has been successfully adopted for metals recycling in Belgium, Germany and England, and our Albion Process atmospheric leaching technology which has also recently been adopted by Xstrata Zinc in Spain and Germany, and has been selected for refractory gold applications in Romania and Armenia.”Joe Pease, Chief Executive for Xstrata Technology, who was in London for the opening of the new base, said: “The mining industry in Europe is undergoing a renaissance to meet the demands of both commodity markets and the environment. Our products have been specifically developed for energy efficiency and robustness, and our model is based on support and technology transfer to “build plants that work”. Xstrata Technology’s new London base aims to develop this new market, and support its new and existing customers.”Rakan has been involved in the European region for several years, including full scale IsaMillTM installations and commissioning in Portugal, and testwork and flowsheet development in Russia and Turkey, in addition to his experience on a range of projects in other countries.
MDM Engineering has completed work on First Uranium’s, Mine Waste Solutions (MWS) Phase 2 project, 1 month ahead of schedule, within budget and successfully achieving 1 million LTI (Lost Time Injury) free hours in November 2010. This was the final phase of the capital expansion program which saw the Phase 2 module treating 650,000 t/month of reclaimed tailings. The project included a reclamation station pumping the material 10 km to a CIL and elution plant, as well as all adjoining infrastructure. In addition, the plant includes detoxification circuits for all three CIL module tailings and disposal to a combined new tailings storage facility.Martin Smith, MDM CEO said:”MDM is proud to have achieved construction completion and the start of commissioning one month ahead of the planned schedule. This can be contributed to the hard work of both MDM and the owners team, a great milestone for the project”.
Engineering company SKF has announced the availability of a new SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit. According to SKF, this is an easy to use, rugged and handheld monitoring device for early detection of faults in conveyor belt idlers in mines. Conveyor idlers support the length of conveyor belts and are a common cause of belt damage and mine production downtime. The SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit will enable early detection of faulty idlers and prevent costly belt repairs, lost production and risk to workers.Equipped with acoustic enveloping technology, the SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit distinguishes between the sounds of a good idler and a faulty one even in high ambient noise environments. The device detects faulty idlers earlier and more reliably and safer than if a manual operation was conducted by listening or observing for faulty idlers. It has a simple visual display, headphones and audible condition alarm. The unit’s ease of use gives even inexperienced workers the ability to detect faults with minimal training. The unit also allows for easy data download for subsequent review.Robert Collyer, Principal Engineer at SKF commented, “Along with uncovering idler faults quickly and reliably, the SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit provides maintenance workers with an objective tool for idler inspection that is safe to use. This is a significant improvement to the alternative of subjectively walking around and relying on the skill of the worker to listen and recognise faulty idlers.” The device can be operated with one hand and therefore enables the operator to maintain three-point contact as dictated by safety requirements. It can be also be integrated into an Operator Driven Reliability maintenance programme.