More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (Aug. 1, 2017), we celebrate the publication of Kate Fagan’s latest book, “What Made Maddy Run.” FiveThirtyEight senior editor Chadwick Matlin and Kate discuss the story of Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania track star whose death by suicide sparked a conversation about the difficulties of transitioning to college life, mental illness and the impact of social media. Next, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur, who helps us make sense of the MLB trade deadline by breaking down how the deals made by this year’s top teams might affect the playoffs. Plus, a significant digit on the Chicago Cubs.Here are links to what we discussed on this week’s show:An excerpt from “What Made Maddy Run” can be found here.ESPN looked at the trade deadline’s biggest winners and losers, declaring that the Dodgers and Yankees stocked up while the Orioles missed out.Ahead of Monday’s MLB trade deadline, Rob wrote that trades aren’t just for the deadline anymore.Rob also notes that as a result of this year’s trades, baseball’s richest just got much richer.Significant Digit: 14, the number of years between the infamous Steve Bartman incident during the 2003 National League Championship Series and the Cubs’ decision to present a 2016 World Series ring to Bartman. The Cubs said that “while no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization.” Embed Code FiveThirtyEight
In the roughly seven decades since the NHL started handing out the Art Ross trophy to the league’s top scorer, only three recipients have spent at least some of an award-winning season as a teenager. Two of those players are on the short list of all-time best: Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby. The other? This season’s winner: Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers.McDavid was impressive as a rookie last season, but 2016-17 was when he announced his official superstardom to the world. In addition to leading the NHL in points, he was the league’s best at generating quality scoring chances. And although McDavid has been held to 2 points in the Oilers’ four first-round playoff games against the San Jose Sharks, the series is tied, and McDavid is driving possession the way he did during the regular season. Plus, he’ll probably be honored as the most valuable player in the game regardless of how his postseason goes.McDavid’s rise to the top of the NHL is hardly unexpected — as a child in Newmarket, Ontario, he was already being compared to Gretzky and Crosby. Comparisons with legends bring loads of pressure and expectations, and assuming that an 18-year-old who’s only played against other teenagers will turn into an all-time great is almost always silly.1*Cough, Alexandre Daigle, cough* But even the most optimistic hockey fan might be astonished by how valid McDavid has made those analogies look, and how quickly he’s done so.To say a great deal of hype surrounded McDavid as a youngster would be an understatement. In 2012, Hockey Canada waived its normal eligibility rules — which dictate that players can’t suit up at the major junior level until they’re 16-years-old — and allowed McDavid to enter the Ontario Hockey League draft at age 15. It wasn’t long before McDavid was torching the best junior-level competition in the world: In his three OHL seasons, he scored 285 points, or 1.7 per game. By the time his junior career was over, McDavid had won the most individual silverware in the history of the OHL.In his first two NHL seasons — the first of which was cut short because of an upper body injury that gave the entire city of Edmonton a brief, but acute, panic attack — McDavid scored 148 points over just 127 games.How does that compare with the legendary company McDavid is often mentioned in? Crosby’s scoring rate through his first 127 games was a bit higher than McDavid’s — he tallied 181 points — but there are also a few factors at play that put McDavid at a disadvantage in terms of raw numbers. After adjusting for those, McDavid ends up looking very similar to Sid the Kid.For one thing, Crosby’s first two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07) were also the two highest-scoring NHL campaigns since the 2004-05 lockout. During those two seasons, teams averaged 9 percent more goals per game than in the two years since McDavid entered the league. 2007 might not seem like very long ago, but the game has changed. And part of the scoring gulf between then and now can be explained by a huge disparity in power play opportunities: In 2005-06, teams played with the man advantage a whopping 5.85 times per game on average. This season, that number was 2.99. (Theories abound as to why.)That matters for scoring: In his first two seasons, Crosby scored 108 of his 222 points (49 percent) on the power play. By comparison, McDavid has scored just 41 of his 148 points (28 percent) on the power play. If Crosby took advantage of whistle-happy referees, McDavid hasn’t had that luxury. Taking into account shorthanded stats as well, McDavid has scored 71 percent of his points at even strength. Crosby, by comparison, scored just 50 percent of the points in his first two seasons while playing at even strength. Because the vast majority of the game is played at even strength, points scored when teams are playing at five on five are arguably more valuable than contributions on special teams.Crosby also benefited from inferior goaltending during his first couple of seasons, relative to what McDavid has faced. According to save percentage — a good benchmark for goaltending performance — netminders were 11 points worse across the league during Crosby’s first two years than they have been during McDavid’s. From 2005-06 to 2006-07, the league’s average save percentage was .903; from 2015-16 to 2016-17, it’s .914.Add it all up, and after adjusting for the league’s scoring environment, Crosby’s 33-point lead in the raw stats gets cut roughly in half: Crosby had 179 adjusted points in his first 127 games; McDavid had 164.2Hockey-Reference.com’s system of adjusting statistics takes a player’s raw numbers and normalizes them to a league where six goals and 10 assists are recorded per game.As for Gretzky … well, he notched an insane 240 points per 127 games in his first two seasons,3Hockey-Reference.com doesn’t have individual game logs dating back as far as the early 1980s, so we’ll have to base the comparison on Gretzky’s points per game in his first two seasons. although it’s worth noting that Gretzky built his case as the undisputed GOAT in an NHL that barely resembles today’s league. McDavid could be the second coming of the Great One, and he’d never have a chance to touch Gretzky’s raw production. But if we run the same adjusted scoring formula as above for Gretzky’s first two seasons, he produced 190 adjusted points per 127 games in his first pair of NHL seasons — 26 more than McDavid and 11 more than Crosby. (This just in: Gretzky was amazing.)So McDavid may be running a bit behind the Great One, but he’s pretty close to Crosby’s level. None of this is to say McDavid is guaranteed to match what Crosby has accomplished; Sid the Kid is probably still the best player in the world (at least according to that Gretzky guy) and is one of the best players to ever take the ice. But when you consider that McDavid is performing roughly as well as Crosby was at the same stage of his career, you get the sense that we’re all lucky to witness his ascent.Of course, while McDavid has asserted himself as one the game’s most prolific scorers, that doesn’t mean Edmonton fans should expect immediate returns in the form of a Stanley Cup. Gretzky himself didn’t lead the Oilers to a championship until his fifth NHL season (those early-1980s New York Islanders teams were notoriously tough to beat), and Crosby didn’t deliver a Cup to Pittsburgh until his fourth season. But with his Art Ross season, McDavid is already living up to the hype on an individual level, and the Oilers seem to have found the franchise cornerstone they’ve been looking for since Gretzky left town for sunny Los Angeles.So even if this season doesn’t end with a parade through Edmonton, the future looks exceedingly bright for the Oilers — and their boy wonder.
When the Purdue men’s basketball team learned in the preseason that senior forward Robbie Hummel would miss the entire season with a knee injury, there were doubts about the team’s ability to live up to its lofty expectations. Through 20 games, however, the Hummel-less Boilermakers have more than held their own. As it arrives in Columbus to play No. 1 Ohio State, No. 12 Purdue sits at 17-3 and 6-1 in Big Ten play. Led by senior forward JaJuan Johnson’s 20 points and eight rebounds per game, the Boilermakers are just one game behind the undefeated Buckeyes in the conference standings. Though it’s early, tonight’s game could have significant Big Ten regular-season title implications. Battle of the big men As good as Johnson has been for Purdue, freshman forward Jared Sullinger has been equally good for the Buckeyes. Though OSU coach Thad Matta said it will be a collective effort against Johnson on the defensive end, both Johnson and Sullinger figure to play a big role in their teams’ success tonight. “The alarming thing about JaJuan is he makes such difficult shots,” senior guard Jon Diebler said. “I mean, if you watch film and watch the games he’s played, there are times where he’s got a hand or two hands in his face and he’ll just turn around and shoot it in. He’s a great player.” If Sullinger’s performance in the Buckeyes’ first 20 games is any indication, however, this game’s importance won’t intimidate him. In OSU’s four games against ranked opponents, Sullinger has averaged nearly 20 points and 13 rebounds. Sullinger’s success results from meticulous preparation, Matta said. And though he wouldn’t give many details, Matta said Sullinger might have picked up something that will help tonight. “Jared is one of those guys who is very tuned in to scouting,” Matta said. “He asked a question (Monday) night that kind of blew my mind when he was listening to the film session.” But Matta didn’t divulge any secrets. “I can’t elaborate,” he said. “It’s double-secret information.” Familiar foes Much like the Buckeyes, Purdue plays several upperclassmen who have been with the program for at least three years. OSU senior forward David Lighty said playing against Johnson, as well as Purdue senior guard E’Twaun Moore and others for so many years has bred a sense of familiarity between the two teams. And with that familiarity, Lighty said, comes highly competitive basketball. “There have been close games since day one, since everyone’s been here and since I’ve been here playing against them,” Lighty said. “We expect the same thing (tonight).” Diebler said the teams should know what to expect. “We’re both very familiar with each other just from the past years with the guys who’ve returned and the guys that have been around,” Diebler said. “I think that’s all it comes down to is who’s going to be able to execute their system both offensively and defensively.” Another test for Craft Buckeye freshman point guard Aaron Craft has been developing a reputation for his defense all season. In two of OSU’s last three games, Craft has been matched up against two of the best point guards in the Big Ten and perhaps two of the best in the country. Though Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Penn State’s Talor Battle are much more experienced than Craft, the two seniors struggled against the Buckeye freshman, going a combined 7 of 28 from the floor. Tonight, against the Boilermakers, Craft will have his hands full again. Moore, who averages 18 points per game, will be joined in the backcourt by junior guard Lewis Jackson, who is coming off a career-high 19 points in Saturday’s win against Michigan State. Though Matta referred to Jackson as one of Purdue’s several “X-factors,” he is confident in his own point guard. “He’s got great feet, and he’s really, really strong — probably stronger than most people think,” Matta said of Craft. “You couple that with his mind and he’s a guy that loves to watch film and really zero in on anybody that he could be guarding. … But probably third and the most important thing is he wants to play defense, and that’s something that I think is unique.” The Buckeyes’ and Boilermakers’ tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. tonight at the Schottenstein Center.
The lot containing the revealing letter sold for £2,400, more than double the £600-£900 estimate.As well as divulging details about the private life of the young family at Kensington Palace, the messages from the 1980s and 90s show how fond Diana was of Mr Dickman, who provided her with support after the death of her father in 1992.The six notes were part of a collection described as “the private letters between a trusted butler and the royal family”, which also included photos and Christmas cards. John Foster, of Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, said interest in the collection had been “phenomenal”, with inquiries coming from as far afield as Japan, Australia and Canada. A letter from 1984Credit:BNPS / Cheffins The letters are written on Kensington Palace headed paperCredit:Cheffins /AP In it she wrote: “Cyril, you will be greatly missed by this particular Lady – thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so kind to me throughout the years and take great care of yourself, fondest love from Diana x.”The six letters were part of a bigger collection which included other royal memorabilia. One handwritten letter from the Queen sold for £1,500 – considerably more than the £50-£100 estimate.In it, the Queen wrote: “Dear Cyril and Eva, I much appreciated your thoughts and sympathy on the death of my mother. We must all be thankful in the encouragement and pleasure she gave to so many during her long life. Elizabeth R.”A boxed piece of cake from the Queen’s wedding in 1947 sold for £550. An extract from one of the lettersCredit:BNPS / Cheffins In the letter to Cyril Dickman, Diana wrote: “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!”The reaction to one tiny person’s birth has totally overwhelmed us and I can hardly breathe for the mass of flowers that are arriving here!”In October 1992 Diana wrote to Mr Dickman ahead of a trip to Asia with the Prince of Wales: “The boys are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” The Princess Diana letters sold for £15,000 Credit:Hugh Peralta /Reuters He told the BBC: “One of the nice things about this collection is that it reveals the personal side. It’s not just thanking someone for an event, it’s things like the handwriting and the squiggly drawings.”There is also mention of when Diana’s father passed away and how sad it was, talking of the children when they were at school, how much trouble they got into, just those personal touches which you never really get to hear about.”Among the letters was a note appearing to wish Mr Dickman well on his retirement in 1992. Letters sent by Diana, Princess of Wales, which revealed Prince Harry was “constantly in trouble” at school have sold for thousands more than was estimated.The six handwritten letters, sent to a favoured Buckingham Palace steward, sold for £15,100 at auction, exceeding the £2,300-£3,600 estimate.One lot, which included a letter where Diana described Prince William’s adoration for younger brother Harry, was sold for £3,200 – around five times more than its estimate of £400-£600. 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 Ministry of Defence has released helmet camera footage capturing the run up to the controversial ‘Marine A’ killing of a wounded Taliban fighter.Officials for the first time released three separate sections of video which show Sgt Alexander Blackman’s unit of Royal Marines patrolling shortly before the incident, but not later sections that show the killing.Blackman is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2013 of murdering the unnamed Taliban fighter during a patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province two years earlier. The legal body which examines possible miscarriages of justice last year sent Blackman’s case back to the appeal court after finding there was a “real possibility” his conviction will be quashed.Blackman was dismissed from the Royal Marines in disgrace and told he must serve at least eight years in prison for the killing, after a court martial where he was identified only as Marine A.His trial was shown video of him shooting the stricken man in the chest at point blank range and then turning to colleagues to admit he had broken the Geneva Convention.However his wife and supporters argue he was suffering from combat stress and snapped under the appalling pressure of his tour. Show more They say he was let down by his legal team and should have faced a lesser sentence of manslaughter for the incident in Nad-e Ali district in 2011.The footage released by the MoD shows Blackman’s unit listening to an Apache helicopter firing on Taliban fighters as they attack a nearby British outpost, and expressing frustration the pilot keeps missing its targets.Blackman’s men were later sent out on patrol to the scene and later footage shows them walking through the long grass on patrol, approaching the field where the badly hurt Taliban fighter was found.The Ministry of Defence in 2013 defeated a bid by broadcasters and newspapers to have film of the killing released. At the time Judge Jeff Blackett, judge advocate general, ruled the video capturing the incident was too inflammatory to be made public, because of its propaganda value to terrorists.The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has given Blackman the right to appeal his conviction after it spent a year studying his case.Investigators at the CCRC ruled the case should be heard again because of new evidence about Blackman’s mental health and concerns his court martial had no option to hand down a lesser manslaughter verdict. Alexander Blackman, whose wife Claire Blackman is pictured, was given a life sentence and told he must serve at least eight years for the murder
Britons are being urged to check their fivers after a rare £5 note discovered in a man’s change fetched more than £60,000 on eBay.The new polymer note – with one of the earliest serial numbers starting AA01, which is desirable to collectors – was sold on the internet auction site on Sunday morning.Seller Piotr Sobczuk, from Telford, Shropshire, listed the note on eBay after finding it in his change.He researched serial numbers before realising that his note, which featured the number AA01 444444, was potentially worth thousands of pounds.It has now been sold for more than 12,000 times its street value after attracting 136 bids from 21 different bidders. The note has been sold for more than 12,000 times its street valueCredit:Caters The note, with serial number AA01 000017, was the lowest number offered to the public.The lowest numbered note, AA01 000001, was given as a gift to the Queen. The eBay seller did not wish to comment. The seller is expected to post the valuable note by first class standard delivery, having listed postage for just 64p.The auction site will also take over £250 in fees, according to eBay’s fee calculator.At a Bank of England charity auction in October, one new fiver sold for £4,150. 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.
Former deputy chair of NHS Digital Sir Nick Partridge said that while there were systems in place to try and combat hacks, the value of personal data meant there was an increased risk. “Systems are there but there’s a growing understanding that patient records are now much more valuable on the dark web than credit card ratings,” he said. Patient records are at risk from hackers because they are now more valuable than credit card details, NHS bosses have revealed. “They sell for more money so we can only expect this level of cyber attack to increase in a very fragmented NHS and it’s going to be a growing challenge”. Sir Nick said that NHS Digital, the health service’s internal IT provider, had…
Emilyh Maitlis, who presents Newsnight but is also not on the list, retweeted this tweet.It appears something of a sisterhood of BBC presenters and journalists has emerged as Charlotte Smith, who presents BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and BBC 1’s Countryfile, added to the backlash by saying she was happy to take one for the team and have her salary raised to be on the list along with the men. @janegarvey1 I’m happy to accept a pay rise to help the BBC out with its gender pay gap problem… #notonthelist— charlotte smith (@charlottebsmith) July 19, 2017 Big fan of the BBC but if you position yourself as the very bastion of equality.. you must practise what you preach. #bbcpay— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 19, 2017 She also said she wished her programme was on an hour earlier, as the salaries were not published until 11am.The BBC has admitted that two-thirds of its top earners are men, which shows a gap between the pay of male and female presenters and journalists.The popular presenter of Woman’s Hour sarcastically tweeted ahead of her show that the news of the pay gap shows things are “going well”.She tweeted: “I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it?” Jane Garvey, who presents Woman’s Hour, was not included in the list of the BBC’s top-paid presenters, journalists and actors. She began the backlash against the gender pay gap, which sees the highest-paid female star being paid a quarter of what the highest-paid male star makes, on Twitter early on Wednesday morning, before speaking on it on Woman’s Hour.Ms Garvey said: ” Radio 2…extraordinarily male and entirely pale and big salaries,” before hastily adding: “allegedly.”Jeremy Vine, who presents his show on Radio 2, is the fourth highest-paid BBC employee, on £700,000-£749,999.The top seven best-paid BBC employees are men, topped by Chris Evans who is on £2,200,000-£2,249,999. The highest-paid woman, Claudia Winkleman, is paid a fraction of this and is on £450,000-£499,999. 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. Of the 96 top names earning £150,000 or more, 62 are male and 34 are female.Releasing the BBC annual report, Lord Hall, the director-general, said: “At the moment, of the talent earning over £150,000, two-thirds are men and one-third are women.“Is that where we want to be? No.”The backlash from female presenters began last night with one well-known name saying the corporation is stuffed with “male ‘intellectual titans’ with egos the size of planets” who have demanded huge salaries and got them. On Good Morning Britain, he gestured to fellow presenters Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins, and said women “dominate” at ITV. I’m looking forward to presenting @BBCWomansHour today. We’ll be discussing #GenderPayGap . As we’ve done since 1946. Going well, isn’t it? https://t.co/j2M6oQBqde— Jane Garvey (@janegarvey1) July 19, 2017 She tweeted: “I’m happy to accept a pay rise to help the BBC out with its gender pay gap problem.. #notonthelist”.Ms Garvey replied that this is a “lovely idea”.The presenter said on Woman’s Hour: “We have been covering the gender pay gap for 70 years.”It would be hypocritical in the extreme if Woman’s Hour didn’t speak on this today”. He also pointed out that the CEO of ITV is a woman. It was recently announced that the former boss of EasyJet, Carolyn McCall, is their new chief executive. The presenter said: “We are the BBC in reverse! We are a shining example of equality – the women dominate on ITV!”The BBC replied: “We look forward to seeing how ITV compares when all large employers have to report their gender pay gap next year.” ITV presenter Piers Morgan has said that “women dominate” the rival network and that the BBC should practice what it preaches when it comes to gender equality.
“He is there putting emotional pressure on his son to take the blame. He went on to say to Thomas ‘self-defence for you, you didn’t know what you were doing. Me, different ball game’.”Matthew Moseley was subsequently charged with murder and was remanded in custody at HMP Preston, the jury heard.In prison the defendant made a number of phone calls which were recorded, said the prosecutor.On February 2 in a phone call from prison the defendant was heard to say to his son: “They are going for life. You do realise that? They did explain that to you? I will never see you again. I will never, ever get out.”That’s what they are going for which means I will never see you again. Because they coerced you into changing your statement.”Moseley denies murder and the trial continues. “Indeed he was arrested and interviewed by police on suspicion of the murder of Lee Holt,before the truth came out.” A covert bug was placed in the vehicle, said Mr O’Sullivan, and it appeared that the defendant frequently reduced his voice to a whisper in conversation with his son.The prosecutor said: “He can be heard telling Thomas that he is a minor and cannot go to jail and if Matthew Moseley did not get out they would come for his mother and younger siblings. Matthew Moseley, who is accused of murdering Lee HoltCredit:NB Press Ltd The court heard Mr Holt, his partner Kate Phelan, her 14-year-old son Wesley Metcalfe and a friend of the teenager went in a taxi to to the Moseley family home.Thomas had been in dispute with Wesley since May 2016 and a row flared up on social media between the pair earlier on October 25 with a suggestion they meet for a fight, the jury was told.The messages were shown to Ms Phelan and Mr Holt, who had both been drinking at a funeral, and they sent messages themselves to Thomas.Mr O’Sullivan said Ms Phelan and Mr Holt had become “angry and agitated” before they set off for the Moseley home.Both were seen shouting outside the property and banging the outside windows when they arrived, he said.Thomas Moseley said he then saw his father bending down on one knee, taking a shotgun from a gun cabinet next to the porch and loading it with three cartridges.He asked his father what he was doing and he was told by his father to call the police, the court heard. Mr O’Sullivan said Thomas Moseley dialled 999 from a cordless phone and a sound was heard about 10 seconds into the call, which the prosecution suggested was the firing of the gun.He said: “It is inherently unlikely, is it not, that Thomas can put the receiver down, hand it to someone, pick up the gun and fire it on the doorstep in all that time.”The jury heard that Thomas Moseley brought the gun back inside the house after it was allegedly handed to him by his father, who then told him in the hallway: “Tell them you have done it because you can’t get done for it.”When police arrived, Thomas Moseley told them he had shot Mr Holt and he was arrested.On October 27 both father and son were taken to local magistrates in the back of a police van as detectives applied for further time to question them, the court heard. A father who shot dead a man on the doorstep on his home following a dispute between their children then tried to blame his 14-year-old son for the killing, a court has heard.Matthew Moseley, 50, allegedly “sought to manipulate” his son, Thomas, into saying he was responsible for the shooting in Oswaldtwistle, near Accrington, Lancashire.Preston Crown Court heard how the victim, Lee Holt, 32, had visited the address last October as part of an ongoing row between his partner’s son, also aged 14, and Thomas.The prosecution claims Moseley senior opened the front door and fired a Beretta semi-automatic shotgun once at Mr Holt, who later died in hospital from a single wound to the chest.The defendant then allegedly handed the weapon to his son who was inside the house and suggested he take responsibility for the killing.Opening the case, Robert O’Sullivan QC said: “The prosecution say from that point onwards Matthew Moseley has falsely blamed his son Thomas for the shooting.”It is the prosecution case that Matthew Moseley, from the outset, has sought to manipulate his son into accepting responsibility for the shooting and the death of Lee Holt.”Thomas initially did just that, out of what you may think was loyalty and love for his father. Lee Holt, who died in hospital from a single wound to the chestCredit:Lancashire Constabulary 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.
It comes after the Daily Telegraph revealed claims that the retail tycoon stands accused of “inappropriate” behaviour against several of his female employees, including groping, grabbing one woman by the face and putting another in a headlock. Sir Philip is also accused of telling a senior black employee that he was still “throwing spears in the jungle”, making fun of his dreadlock hair style and saying he smoked cannabis. Mark Stephens, the solicitor who represents Harvey Weinstein’s former PA Zelda Perkins, said: “Philip Green’s behaviours… Lawyers, MPs and campaigners have called for police to investigate the allegations of sexual harassment and racist abuse levelled against Sir Philip Green.
If a storm is the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane that has moved across the Atlantic, the already established method of referring to it as, for example “Ex-hurricane X”, will continue. What are the storm names for 2019?In September, the Met Office and Met Éireann revealed the list of storm names for the coming season. Announcing the storm names back in September, Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann, said: “The last 12 months have seen some extreme weather around the Globe as well as here at home.”While it is too early to say whether the coming winter will be a stormy one or a quiet one we are prepared with a whole new set of 21 names for whatever nature may throw at us. A yellow severe weather warning for #wind has been updated: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/X1rr4vWGnK— Met Office (@metoffice) March 11, 2019 Why do storms need names?There’s nothing British people enjoy more than talking about the weather and in 2015, they were given the chance to develop an even closer connection by giving names to major weather systems affecting the UK and Ireland.In September 2016, the Met Office invited members of the public to submit names for storms for autumn/winter 2015/16 by social media. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. #StormGareth has been named by @MetEireann and is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the UK later on Tuesday and into Wednesday #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/sdpxvNNWy1— Met Office (@metoffice) March 11, 2019 Storm names for 2018/19Credit:Met Office The storm with no nameOn March 9, 2016 there was heavy rainfall across south Wales and southwest England and widespread northwesterly gales.There were gusts of wind up to 70mph and rainfall totals were around 20-30mm.Many were confused as to why the winds were not given the name Storm Katie, the next name on the Met Office list after Storm Jake.Storms are named by the Met Office when medium or high impacts are forecast as a result of high winds.As the weather system on March 9 was expected to have a low impact, it did not meet the criteria for naming a storm and was therefore not named. What to expect: There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties and there is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris. There is also a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofsThere is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affect. There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could closeThere is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, some of which have already hit parts of the south east, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverageFlooding of a few homes and businesses is likely In Britain, we also hear about a number of ex-hurricanes that arrive at our shores from across the Atlantic.Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. These lists are maintained and updated every year by the international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. There are six lists that are used in rotation.As with the US system, the new naming system in Britain runs through the alphabet with alternate male and female names.There are no storms that begin with the less common letters Q, U, X, Y or Z.The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is particularly deadly or costly, such as Hurricane Katrina, which claimed nearly 2,000 lives in the United States and caused more than £65 billion in damage. Attaching a name to a weather event has been found to help people track its progress, to allow people to prepare for and avoid danger and to make it easier to reference on social media.Didn’t we already give names to storms?Before the new system was introduced, naming was random, with the same storm sometimes being referred to by several different names.The St Jude’s Storm of October 2013, which led to the deaths of four people, was so-called because it was due to arrive on St Jude’s Day. The idea behind the pilot project was to help raise awareness of severe weather before it strikes and to ensure greater safety of the public. First introduced in 2015, this is the fourth year the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Republic of Ireland) have jointly run the ‘Name our Storms’ scheme, aimed at raising awareness of severe weather before it hits.This first storm, which was “male” and named Ali, hit on September 19 last year. The second was “female” and named Bronagh and hit Britain a day later, lasting until September 21. The system follows the alternating male/female pattern established by the US National Hurricane Center in the 1970s.Storm Callum and Storm Deirdre have both come and gone before the new year, Storm Erik was 2019’s first on February 8 and 9 followed by Storm Freya was the year’s second on March 3 and 4. Here are the rest of the storm names for this season, after Storm Gareth was named as March’s second and 2019’s third: “As before, Met Éireann forecasters will work in close co-operation with our colleagues from the Met Office in the UK to keep all the peoples of these islands warned of impending severe weather.”This season’s names have once again been compiled from a list of suggestions submitted by the public, choosing some of the most popular names but also selecting names that reflect the nations, culture and diversity of Britain and Ireland. As in previous years, Q, U, X, Y and Z will not be used, to comply with the international storm naming conventions.When does a storm get named? A storm will be named on the basis of ‘medium’ or ‘high’ potential impacts from wind but also include the potential impacts of rain and snow.So storms will be named for weather systems which is expected to result in the Met Office issuing an amber or red warning. These two warnings carry a potential risk to life. The Met Office has named its third storm of the year which will bring winds of up to 80mph to parts of Britain over the coming days. Various yellow weather warnings for wind and rain for Storm Gareth are in place from Tuesday through to Friday. From 3pm on Tuesday, Northern Ireland will be subject to the first warning for wind, stretching all the way through to midday on Wednesday.All of England and Wales south of York will bear the brunt of the storm from 9pm on Tuesday through to 3pm on Wednesday. After a weekend of strong winds which was enough to fell trees and partly-demolish buildings, there will be no let up as more strong winds will batter the country for almost two days. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, there is a separate yellow weather warning for rain in the north west of England, which threatens to flood homes and businesses in the area. Up to 40mm is expected to fall in less than a day in parts of Lancashire. The average monthly rainfall for the UK in March is 95mm.
Industrial action was suspended in February when it appeared a resolution was in sight, but the union is renewing strikes after accusing the company of “dragging its heels” in protracted talks over the past few months.The RMT said SWR was not prepared to give assurances that its new operational model will not move to driver controlled operation, which sparked fears of a “stitch up.”According to the RMT, the train company pledged in February that “each passenger train shall operate with a guard with safety critical competencies”, which led the union to suspend industrial action.Union officials said since then it has been “stalemate”, accusing the company of “rowing back” on its public pledges.RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members have been left with no choice but to go ahead with strike action.”They are angry and frustrated that despite suspending action in good faith, and entering into talks in a positive and constructive manner, South Western Railway have dragged their heels and failed to bolt down an agreement that matches up to our expectations on the guard guarantee.”Worse than that, the company have refused to give assurances on the future operational role of the guard, fuelling fears amongst our members of a stitch up. Customers paying more than £5,000-a-year for a season ticket had their regular trains cancelled on Tuesday morning, and those that were running were overcrowded, forcing people to stand or sit in vestibules connecting carriages. Picket lines were being mounted outside stations across the SWR network, trains were cancelled or delayed, and a bus replacement service was in operation in some areas. A number of high profile events are being held this week which could be affected by the strikes, including the Royal Ascot racehorse meeting, music concerts at Hampton Court, and a gig by rock band Metallica at Twickenham on Thursday.SWR said it will run extra trains to the events.Reaction from the networkThousands of commuters shared their experiences of the travel disruption on social media, with footage showing queues spilling out of Surbiton station in south-west London, and a long way down the street.”It felt very unorganised, one person trying to deal with everyone’s queries and he didn’t seem to have a straight answer,” said 29-year-old Adam Neal-Jones, who posted a video to Twitter.”The queue was surprisingly orderly and people were joining it with little qualm in a very British way.”A lot of people stood about quite unsure if they should attempt a bus or to get to a different station.”I think surprise was the general mood as it seemed to be fine according to national rail app and we had been told there would be minimal disruption.”Speaking at 8.45am, Mr Neal-Jones said he was told 11am was the earliest he could expect to board a train. Train chaos South Western Railway strikes this is the que down Surbiton high street this morning. I’m now back at home chilling out waiting for the dust to settle. pic.twitter.com/0DOzNBoNp2— Shaun Ferguson 🇿🇦🇬🇧🏴 (@sferguk) June 18, 2019 Why are passengers being affected again?The five-day industrial action is continuing in spite of an agreement that guards would be kept on every train. #SWRStrike chaos today at Surbiton station, told to come back after 11 to possible get on a train. @nationalrailenq app suggests trains running on time, only if you can get on one. @SW_Help @kingstonnews @BBCTravelAlert Utter madness… pic.twitter.com/K5AGFr8j2H— Adam Neal-Jones (@adammnjones) June 18, 2019 £450 a month to be squashed on like sardines….I just love commuting #SWRStrike #southwesternrailway #swr pic.twitter.com/smuluipqRN— Calum Wild (@CalumWilld) June 18, 2019 “That situation has been compounded by an insistence that future operational models will be governed by the protection of company profits and not the safety of the travelling public.”For more than three months we have sought to negotiate a conclusion to this dispute and it is wholly down to the management side that the core issue of the safety critical competencies and the role of the guard has not been signed off. It is because of that crucial failure by SWR that we have had no option but to lift the suspension and move back into strike action.”How will the strike affect your train? Day 1 of the #SouthWesternRailway strike. 3 hours to get to work. The striking Guards don’t seem to do anything anyway apart from occasionally apologise for a late running train and terrible service @SW_Railway @swtrains_watch pic.twitter.com/fTKwBBaR7y— Tom Seldon (@TomSeldon) June 18, 2019 What is happening for the rest of the week?From Wednesday through to Friday, commuters will be forced to endure the same disruption as Tuesday.Hugely reduced services will affect all routes into London Waterloo, with some journeys axed altogether. The full rundown of the week’s industrial action can be found at South Western Railway’s website, but here are some of the major changes. Basingstoke to London Waterloo: Reduced hourly service in each directionWoking to London Waterloo: Reduced half-hourly serviceSalisbury to London Waterloo: Reduced hourly servicePortsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo: Reduced service with two trains an hour (one fast, one slow). The London Waterloo to Haslemere trains will not runDorking to London Waterloo: Trains will run every thirty minutes between London Waterloo and Epsom. No services between Leatherhead and DorkingGuildford to London Waterloo: Hourly train service will run from 7am to 10pm between Surbiton and Guildford via Cobham Hampton Court to London Waterloo: Replacement buses will be running a half hourly service between Hampton Court and SurbitonChessington South to London Waterloo: Reduced service will start later than normal at 8pm, with three trains every two hours. The train service will also finish earlier than normal at 7pmLondon Waterloo to Windsor and Eton Riverside: Half-hourly service will run between London Waterloo and Windsor & Eton Riverside (via Hounslow) between 8am and 8pmLondon Waterloo to Reading: Two trains each hour London Waterloo to Weybridge via Staines: These trains will not runOn Saturday, there is a different timetable to usual too. Here is the map: 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. #Surbiton is in a totally mess this morning! The line to get into the station is a mile long now! And not moving. No staff to tell you what to do and hardly any info before this telling us about the strike!? @SW_Help is this going to be the case all week!??? pic.twitter.com/CwQ8KlcB3A— Francesca Gillett (@FrancescaHeath) June 18, 2019 ℹ️ There’ll be changes to our timetable until 22 June. This is due to RMT union industrial action. Find the latest information at https://t.co/WuP33njSWo pic.twitter.com/M9nISrDz8G— South Western Railway (@SW_Railway) June 17, 2019 Commuters looking to get to London for work were told to go home and come back two-and-a-half hours later as rail passengers suffered misery on the first morning of a five-day strike. Some of the busiest routes in the country faced fresh disruption on Tuesday as workers walked out at the start of a mass walkout in the long-running dispute over guards on trains.Commuters on South Western Railway (SWR) services, including those into London Waterloo, were hit as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union took action after the row flared up.At Surbiton, commuters were faced with a 300m queue just to get into the station, and many of the trains that were running on a reduced timetable were delayed. By 8.20am, city workers looking to get into the capital by 9am were told to come back at 11am in the hope that the queues had died down.Passengers have reacted furiously to the latest in a string of walkouts, which so far have seemingly achieved nothing. @SW_Railway where you sit on strike day. All this for over £100 a week. A joke. #southwesternrailway pic.twitter.com/z2vBksMNfF— Fraser Cassidy (@FraserCassidy) June 18, 2019 Anyone travelling from Surbiton, be warned. There’s a massive queue to even enter the station today going down the high street. #SWRStrike #SWR #southwesternrailway pic.twitter.com/vMdfqU6ktP— carol (@notdaftcarol) June 18, 2019 Credit:SWR Credit:SWR @SW_Railway it’s one thing to have strikes. It’s another when the only trains you have running depart LATE. What’s your excuse?! pic.twitter.com/Px6K1O8vNd— Krish Puri (@KrishPuri1) June 18, 2019 An SWR spokesman said: “It’s very disappointing that despite having had dates in the diary for what we hoped would be further constructive talks, the RMT union decided to call disruptive strike action over the course of five days.”The company said it met with the union last week and agreed to arrange new dates to continue those talks.”However, they seem insistent on going ahead with their unnecessary strike which will impact our customers and colleagues alike.”The RMT has always said it wanted us to keep the guard on every train which is what we have offered as part of a framework agreement.”We want to move the conversation on to how we operate our new trains and take advantage of the new technology on board to benefit our customers.”We remain committed to finding a solution that will help us build a better railway for everyone. We will do everything we can to keep customers moving during these strikes but would like to apologise for the disruption this unnecessary action will cause.”Passengers are strongly advised to plan their travel in advance as services are likely to be busier than usual because of the strike action.”Rail replacement services and ticket acceptance on other bus and rail networks have been organised where possible, whilst fans attending events at Twickenham, Hampton Court, Royal Ascot, and elsewhere, are advised to allow extra time for their travel. “Customers will be able to see amendments to their train services, as currently published on our website.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI announces Windies squad to face EnglandJanuary 15, 2019In “Sports”Windies begin preparations for U-19 World CupDecember 13, 2018In “Sports”Emerging Windies players to benefit from camp – WestMay 17, 2019In “latest news” Women’s World Cup 2017West Indies women’s squad for the World Cup, which will be played in England in June-July, features four new faces, including 16-year-old fast bowler Qiana Joseph. The three other newcomers include 19-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Reniece Boyce, 23-year-old allrounder Akeira Peters and 25-year-old opening batsman Felicia Walters.Chairman of the selection panel Courtney Browne said these four players caught the eye at the emerging women’s players camp held last year. “The team is composed of a mixture of youth and experience,” Browne said. “Performances in this year’s Women’s Regional Super50 Tournament along with the form of incumbent players over the last few international tours were taken into consideration.“The panel felt all four [new] players bring a specific skill-set to the team. It should also be noted that all four players are products of our last training camp for emerging women’s players held last year. We feel at this time that these players, although not as experienced, have shown improvement and can add value to our squad.”Allrounder Shanel Daley, who last played in November 2014, returned to the squad. Browne said of her selection: “Shanel’s ability as a player has never been in question. She however, had some injury issues over the last few years. Those issues are now under control and our medical personnel, as well as Oba Gulston, the physiotherapist for the women’s team, will continue to monitor and manage her.”Allrounder Shaquana Quintyne missed out with injury.The Women’s World Cup runs from June 24 to July 23. West Indies play their first match on June 26, against Australia in Taunton. They are one of eight teams in the tournament, alongside Australia, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. (ESPNCricinfo)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHIV and AIDS cause billions of dollars in lost earnings- ILO reportMay 24, 2018In “Health”Global unemployment expected to reach 199.4 million in 2016 – ILO ReportJanuary 20, 2016In “Business”Global wage growth at lowest rate since 2008 – ILO ReportNovember 26, 2018In “Regional” ILO imageGENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when they numbered 150 million.According to the 2nd edition of the ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers , which covers the period between 2013 and 2017, the majority of migrant workers – 96 million – are men, while 68 million are women. This represents an increase in the share of men among migrant workers, from 56 per cent to 58 per cent, and a decrease by two percentage points in women’s share, from 44 per cent to 42 per cent.“While growing numbers of women have been migrating autonomously in search of employment in the past two decades, the discrimination they often face because of their gender and nationality reduces their employment opportunities in destination countries compared to their male peers,” said Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO Conditions of Work and Equality Department.Nearly 87 per cent of migrant workers are of prime working age, between 25 and 64 years old. This suggests that some countries of origin are losing the most productive segment of their workforce. This, the report says, could have a negative impact on their economic growth.Regional trendsThe report provides a comprehensive picture of the subregions and income groups in which migrants are working.Of the 164 million migrant workers worldwide, approximately 111.2 million (67.9 per cent) live in high-income countries, 30.5 million (18.6 per cent) in upper middle-income countries, 16.6 million (10.1 per cent) in lower middle-income countries and 5.6 million (3.4 per cent) in low-income countries.Migrant workers constitute 18.5 per cent of the workforce of high-income countries, but only 1.4 to 2.2 per cent in lower-income countries. From 2013 to 2017, the concentration of migrant workers in high-income countries fell from 74.7 to 67.9 per cent, while their share in upper middle-income countries increased. This could be attributed to the economic development of the latter.Nearly 61 per cent of migrant workers are found in three subregions; 23.0 per cent in North America, 23.9 per cent in Northern, Southern and Western Europe and 13.9 per cent in the Arab countries. Other regions that host large numbers of migrant workers – above 5 per cent – include Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South-Eastern Asia and the Pacific, and Central and Western Asia. In contrast, Northern Africa hosts less than 1 per cent of migrant workers.Need for comprehensive dataThe authors also highlight the importance of gathering more comprehensive and harmonized statistical data on migration at national, regional and global levels. The ILO is planning to produce global estimates on international migrant workers regularly, to better inform decision-making and contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.“International labour migration is a rising policy priority and there is a need to respond equitably to the interests of countries of origin and countries of destination, as well as to the interests of migrant workers,” said Rafael Diez de Medina, Chief Statistician and Director of the ILO Department of Statistics. “To be effective, and aligned with international labour standards, policies must be based on strong evidence, including the number of international migrant workers involved, their characteristics and their employment patterns. Precisely because of this urgent demand, the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians recently endorsed specific guidelines on how to better measure international labour migration worldwide. We are confident that through that countries will produce better data and therefore there will be increasingly accurate global estimations.”
Shimron HetmyerThey are presently seen as the regional giants – the powerful Guyana Jaguars team led by Leon Johnson, will play their first of five matches at home.The National Stadium, Providence, Guyana will see the best regional players today, January 10, 2019, compete in high-quality cricket from 09:30h.After defeating the Barbados team, Guyana Jaguars made three changes to the squad that will play the Windward Islands Volcanoes.The talismanic Shimron Hetmyer, fast-bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul and opening batsman Trevon Griffith are the latest additions to the squad.Fresh from his career-best knock of 144 against Barbados Pride, duty calls for Chandrapaul Hemraj, who will represent Windies President’s XI team, along with Raymon Reifer and Vishaul Singh, Guyana Jaguars leading run scorer this season.Singh, who has accumulated 177 runs in the first three rounds of this tournament, among them two half-centuries, including a knock of 90, continues to impress while Reifer continues to show his worth at the regional level with both bat and ball.Changes are often made to the Guyana Jaguars team, with players being absent owing to international duties.The strong bench of the Jaguars has ensured that this does not affect their unbeaten run in the Regional 4-Day Tournament. Hetmyer and Paul are both international players who will only strengthen the formidable Jaguars unit. Griffith has a similar attacking approach as Hemraj and the top order will not be affected by his selection.Hetmyer, who is looking forward to playing this match against the Windward Islands Volcanoes, is rated as one of the better batsmen currently in the Caribbean and will want to score some heavy runs for his country.After a great 2018 playing international cricket, Hetmyer will want to transfer his form to the First-Class arena to obtain maximum preparation for the England series, starting January 23.Paul, who has recently recovered from a finger injury, is set to play his 17th First-Class match. The Essequiban all-rounder, who scored a century on home turf, will further add to the batting depth in the Jaguars team. Paul took a five-wicket haul against Bangladesh in his most recent T20 match, and will be looking to kick up some good pace and add to his 57 wickets at the First-Class level.Windward Islands Volcanoes Assistant Coach Fernix Thomas said his team was fully prepared for the Jaguars challenge. Volcanoes have won two matches after they suffered a defeat at the hands of the Guyana Jaguars.When asked how important Devon Smith was to the squad, he replied, “Devon Smith is well capable, and when you see his name, expect centuries.”The Volcanoes team are expecting a spin-dominant encounter since the pitch at Providence is dry. Sunil Ambris and Shane Shillingford are the notable losses from the Volcanoes squad, but they are still confident of putting up a good challenge. Thomas further added that the strength lies in the Guyana’s bowling with the likes of Veerasammy Permaul, who continues to be a threat to all regional batsmen.The Volcanoes team, which will be led by Barbadian and former West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards, have Windies fast bowlers in Obed Mc Coy and Test quick Sherman Lewis. Guyana Jaguars full squad for the fourth round reads: Leon Johnson (Captain); Shimron Hetmyer; Keemo Paul; Veerasammy Permaul; Anthony Bramble; Trevon Griffith; Tagenarine Chanderpaul; Christopher Barnwell; Sherfane Rutherford; Keon Joseph; Gudakesh Motie; Clinton Pestano and Romario Shepherd. (Brandon Corlette) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI Regional 4-Day Tournament: Hetmyer, Paul shine to give Jaguars fourth straight victoryJanuary 14, 2019In “Sports”Guyana Jaguars begin hunt for 3-peat against new look Jamaica ScorpionsNovember 11, 2016In “Sports”Jaguars race to 10-wicket victoryMarch 21, 2017In “Sports”
Outokumpu Technology has agreed with JSC Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals Plant (KNFMP) for the delivery of a silver refinery installation to the world’s biggest platinum group metals (PGM) refinery in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia. Under this technology transfer contract, Outokumpu Technology will supply engineering and critical silver refinery equipment. The new installation is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2007.Igor Tikhov – General Director of KNFMP: “By selecting state-of-the-art precious metals technology from a well recognized supplier, we will strengthen our position as the global leader in precious metals refining. Outokumpu Technology as a partner is a natural choice for us, since we are familiar with many similar plants built by them in different countries, including Russia and Kazakhstan.””This project further enhances Outokumpu Technology’s position as the market leader in precious metals technology. Five out of ten world’s biggest silver producers apply Outokumpu Technology’s process, and we are happy to welcome KNFMP in the club and deliver our latest improvements and technical solutions in silver refining to Krasnoyarsk,” says Björn Ludvigsson, Vice President of Outokumpu Technology AB in Skellefteå, Sweden.
Discovery Metals has completed a comprehensive new study into the most cost effective way to process ore from its Dikoloti nickel deposit in north-east Botswana, using a state-of-the-art heap leach bio-oxidation process. The study was based on GeoBiotics LLC’s proprietary GEOLEACHTM process, which has been developed as a method to recover base metals from sulphide ores as an alternative to stirred tank leaching and other competing technologies.Following the positive results of the study, Discovery has contracted Snowden Mining Industry Consultants to revise the Dikoloti scoping study financial model as the bio-oxidation process has the potential to lower capital and operating costs for development of the project, in comparison to traditional flotation processing techniques. Highlights from new metallurgical test work:The Dikoloti nickel mineralisation is amenable to heap leach bio-oxidation processing using the GEOLEACHTM processGreater than 74% nickel extraction from the ore was achieved after 160 days;99% of the extracted nickel can be recovered from the bio-oxidation solution as a nickel sulphide, by use of sodium sulphide precipitation The heap leach approach using GEOLEACHTM should have capital and operating costs which are significantly lower than conventional flotation processing.Discovery Metals Managing Director, Jeremy Read, said the metallurgical test work using the GEOLEACHTM process had shown that bio-oxidation was a technically feasible method for processing the Dikoloti nickel-copper mineralisation. “The positive results from the GEOLEACHTM bio-oxidation test work are a big step forward for the project. We have now identified a processing technique which could lead to Dikoloti being developed as a stand-alone operation,” Read said.“We are currently having the scoping study financial model for Dikoloti revised, based upon a bio-oxidation heap leap operation. Once the results of this financial review are known, we will make a final decision on how to progress Dikoloti to the next project development phase.”
WAI considers that the Micromine resource model provides an adequate global resource estimate for Pioneer which can be used for long term planning The mining schedule proposed for Pioneer is optimised to balance ore mining, waste mining and average grade each year. Mining will take place from three separate open pits with single combined processing facilities. WAI considers the proposed schedule to be both practical and achievable given PHM’s experience and management expertise gained through the Pokrovskiy operations High grade pay shoots (‘ore columns’), such as those at Andreevskaya Zone (Pioneer), which are not yet fully explored and evaluated by the company, carry the potential for additional production during the deposit’s exploitation.The development and mining schedule for Malomir is ambitious but realistic and achievable, given PHM’s experience in developing and mining Pokrovskiy and in commissioning the Pioneer project. WAI considered the portfolio of 10 additional hard rock assets which are being developed by the company in the Amur region and found the development plans to be strategically sound with many of these assets having the potential for the discovery of significant gold resources. All the projects are potentially amenable to open pit mining and are being actively developed and have a potential to contribute to the company’s production schedule and to assist it to meet its production targets over the coming years. These projects all require further exploration and geological modelling work before a meaningful reserve can be established; One of the most promising deposits, Albyn, appears encouraging for the development of an open-pittable resource. The relatively simple mineralogy and geologic continuity make the Albyn property both an exciting project and one which is worthy of continued exploration and development. PHM expects to report further on this in third quarter 2008. WAI has examined PHM’s strategy of expanding alluvial gold production and briefly reviewed a number of the PHM’s placer projects in Amur region. It has concluded that the strategic rationale and projections appear sound and, if successful, will provide PHM with significant and increasing incremental gold production. In the Yamal region, WAI reviewed the exploration work undertaken by PHM at Novogodnee Monto deposit and considers that this deposit potentially has a substantial gold and iron resource base able to support a mining project. The position of the Novogodnee Monto deposit in relation to the rail line and the vast increase in the need for construction materials as a result of the regional activity in the oil and gas sector mean that the aggregates from this deposit may considerably enhance the project’s economics. WAI believes that there is considerable potential to increase the resources for Novogodnee Monto deposit, given the number of positive indications identified and exploration results achieved to date. The Technical Audit of Peter Hambro Mining’s mining and mining related assets, which it commissioned from WardellArmstrong International (WAI) has been completed. The WAI Audit Report can be found on www.peterhambro.com. WAI concluded: Company Measured and Indicated mineral resources (as defined by the JORC Code (2004)) are 118 Mt at an average grade of 1.15g/t Au containing 4.4 Moz of gold; Inferred resources are 82.7 Mt at an average grade of 1.33g/t Au, containing 3.5 Moz of gold The total mineral resources, reviewed by WAI, inclusive of those resources evaluated in accordance with the Russian classified scheme are 344 Mt at an average grade of 1.73g/t Au, containing 19 Moz of gold.The company believes that “its intensive exploration and drilling programme will further substantiate its resources and reserves and enable it to meet its production targets. The comparison shows a good overall correlation between the Russian-classified resources published in the 2006 Annual Report and the updated combined JORC/Russian resources quoted in the WAI report. It demonstrates 99.9% conversion of C1 and C2 to JORC Code (2004) at Pokrovskiy, and 91% for those parts of Malomir and Pioneer which were included in the resource model prepared in accordance with JORC Code (2004). At Pokrovskiy and flanks, WAI noted: The Company’s resource estimate is supported by a positive reconciliation against production records The Pokrovskiy plant operations are run efficiently and in line with best international practice The environmental management carried out at the site is well organised and appropriate The Pokrovka-2 deposit represents an exciting target which is being aggressively explored by PHM in order to better understand the structure and mineralisation. WAI believes that this deposit has the potential to host a significant gold and silver resource. Pioneer Ozernoye has the potential to become a sizeable polymetallic deposit. Exploration is ongoing, and WAI considers that if the geological structure and grade distribution of this area can be properly understood, there are real possibilities for tracing PGM mineralisation along the pyroxenite belt south-westwards for some tens of kilometres from the Ozernoye deposit, through Pyatirechenskoye exploration area (itself not yet explored in detail) and beyond. WAI also believes that there is considerable potential to improve the resource position at Rudniye Gorki, given the favorable exploration results achieved to date. As an exploration portfolio of assets, WAI considers the Yamal assets to be strategically valuable, with many properties having the potential for the discovery of significant gold resources as well as PGMs and other minerals. Peter Hambro, Executive Chairman of Peter Hambro Mining: “The JORC total of 8 Moz is an excellent basis from which to assess the minimum future potential of the Company and the grand total of 19 Moz, taking Russian and JORC ounces together, compares very favourably with the 17 Moz shown in the company’s Annual Report. The very good correlation between WAI’s opinion of PHM’s reserves and resources and the company’s published view is reassuring.” WAI reviewed the exploration data for work undertaken on the Toupugol-Khanmeishorsky licence area to date and is satisfied that it is a promising exploration asset with the potential to establish a mineral resource similar to those identified at Novogodnee Monto and Petropavlovskoye.
Caterpillar is building on its Bucyrus acquisition with the recent signing of another contract to deliver an automated longwall plow system to Chinese company Gasification Co, part of Lvliang Dongyi Group. The system marks the 11th plow system from DBT/Bucyrus/Caterpillar for delivery to Chinese mines. The system will be delivered in the first quarter of 2013 and will go to work in the Xinyan mine in Shanxi province. The system will mine a metallurgical coal seam with a height of 1 to 1.2 m (39 to 47 in), and the face length will be 240 m.The Cat GH800 plow will be paired with a Cat armored face conveyor using PF3 line pans, and the Cat PMC-R roof support control system will manage roof support advance. Automation enhances safety, as there is no need for an operator to be at the coal face during operation. In China, automated plow longwall faces from the Caterpillar predecessors, DBT and Bucyrus, hold all of the production records for seams of less than 2 m thickness. Tiefa Coal Mining Group, with a 50% share in the joint venture project with Dongyi, owns four such systems already and has publicly indicated that the plow systems enable them to profitably mine thin seam reserves that otherwise would be uneconomic. As an example of the robust design and power of Cat plow systems, the gliding plow guide is welded to the face side of the armoured face conveyor. Plow chains up to 42 mm can be used, allowing power installations up to 2 x 800 kW. On older-style systems, the cutting depth was typically controlled by adjusting the shield advancing ram pressure. As a result, cutting depths varied with coal hardness. A modern Cat plow system can cut a precisely defined depth, regardless of coal hardness and seam structure. Cat plows offer a unique horizon control system and incremental plowing that allow the plow angle to change to follow the seam and to easily traverse geological faults. They also offer overload protection and load sharing to maximise efficiency.
Philippi-Hagenbuch has designed what it describes as “the first off-highway truck body specifically for hauling oil sands.” Its design minimises material “loafing” and carryback while providing a safer environment for truck drivers, longer truck chassis and body life while decreasing box maintenance, it reports. “While oil sands have been mined in Ft. McMurray, Alberta and other areas for years, mines have had no choice but to accept and use generic ‘off-the-shelf’ truck bodies to transport the extremely abrasive, cohesive material from the mine pit to the hopper. Because of the lack of industry-specific truck body design compaction of the oil sands through vibration during the haul to its destination resulted in the oil sands amalgamating into an almost solid packed mass. Upon dump, the large load (or loaf) of material that weighs up to 400 t/load has traditionally jolted the truck resulting in severe truck driver discomfort and exposing them to extreme ‘whole body vibration’.”By using a combination of unique materials to construct the truck body in combination with design, PHIL says it has eliminated the problem of oil sand sticking in the truck body and at the same time breaks down the oil sands loaf as the truck body dumps. These two extreme benefits to the oil sands industry are accomplished by:Inclusion of Hydrophobic and/or Oleophobic material selectively placed on the interior surfaces of the truck bodySevere tapering of the body sidewalls from the center of the truck bodyReceding the rear center of the body floor edge to the sides of the body floor.By innovating the above features into a body specifically sized and designed for hauling oil sands, oil sands and overburden or cover materials improves the natural material flow from the truck body as it is pivoted to a dump position. The material flows away from the corners and sidewalls of the truck body where carryback would normally begin. The outwardly tapered body sides are at such severe angles, the load is no longer being contained in a “channel” environment allowing the load to further break down. Because the truck and body no longer jolt, the drivers experience is much more subtle, substantially decreasing their “whole body vibration.”Innovations within this design include the implementation of multiple patents held by Philippi-Hagenbuch, as well as multiple innovations that have patents pending, which include a severe tapered body side, extreme hydrophobic liner to reduce material carry-back, reinforced front slope, body capacity calculated with our proprietary load profiling methodology and the practical implementation of its new Body Lifting System.