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One of baseball’s most prestigious groups has a new member: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols joined the 3,000-hit club Friday with a single in the 5th inning of L.A.’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Pujols was a future Hall of Famer regardless of his club membership, of course, but the achievement helps bring into focus just how incredible a hitter he has been over his nearly two-decade-long career.Including the brand-new entry, 32 batters have broken the 3,000-hit barrier, from Cap Anson in 1897 (maybe?) to Pujols 121 years later. Of those 32, only the scandal-ridden1e.g., Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro. aren’t either honored in Cooperstown already or bound for the Hall when eligible. But even among that group of baseball’s best-ever hitters, Pujols stands out. While many members of the 3,000-hit club (such as the recently quasi-retired Ichiro Suzuki) secured their memberships by rapping out single after single, Pujols did it with power and patience. He’s tied with Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez for the highest isolated slugging percentage (a stat that measures raw power) of any 3,000-hit-club member, and he has the club’s very best career ratio of extra-base hits plus walks to singles:To be sure, others in this club mastered the art of waiting for the right pitch and crushing it. Willie Mays, for example, had almost as many extra-base hits plus walks per single (1.42) as Pujols does (1.45). But it’s still pretty uncommon, and Pujols is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the style among 3,000-hit-club members. It’s hard to get 3,000 hits against major-league pitching at all, much less to do it while also swinging for the fences.Perhaps this partially explains why Pujols hasn’t aged as well as other hitters; heck, one outlet went so far as to call him the worst player in baseball last year. (Oh wait, that was us.) A base-hit maestro like Tony Gwynn or Craig Biggio might naturally fare better as the baseball odometer ticks up. But despite a steep slowdown in production, Pujols still made it into the 3,000-hit club — a milestone other hitters with power and patience never reached (think Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Schmidt or even Babe Ruth). It’s a testament to the 21st century’s most fearsome hitter. read more

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Louisville and South Florida play Monday night in the second-round women’s NCAA tournament game that our March Madness predictions have the least certainty about. We’re giving Louisville, the No. 3 seed in the Albany region, a 52 percent chance to beat South Florida and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. It might as well be a coin flip. No other favorite in a second-round game had less than a 66 percent chance of winning.Why is the game so tough to call? It has more to do with the unusual structure of the women’s tournament’s first two rounds than with the teams involved. Typically, the top four seeds in each region get to host the first two rounds. This year, that happened for 15 of 16 top-four seeds. Louisville was the exception, because its arena is busy hosting men’s tournament games. Rather than head to a neutral site, the Cardinals had to travel to the arena of the next highest-seeded team in its quartet: South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa.Home court advantage typically is worth 3.5 points in women’s college hoops. So this scheduling conflict adds up to a 7-point swing in the Bulls’ favor as they look to make a dent in the Cardinals’ 26-4 record against them and avenge a loss last year that effectively knocked them out of the tournament.“Both teams know each other, are very familiar with both styles, with personnel, so it’s a shame we’re meeting this early in the tournament,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I’m glad we’re home.”That bit of scheduling luck, and not South Florida’s strength, is what boosts the Bulls’ chances so much. South Florida is good for a 6 seed: Our mashup of power ratings and rankings says the Bulls are the 20th best team in the field, so they probably should have gotten a 5 seed. But Louisville might also have been underseeded. It’s the eighth-highest-rated team in the field, which usually is good enough for a 2 seed. The Cardinals won their first-round game by 33 points, compared to a 9-point win for South Florida. Texas, the fifth seed in the Albany region, and No. 4 California were rated much more closely than Louisville and South Florida are. In fact, Texas rated slightly higher than Cal, yet Cal, playing at home in Berkeley, had a two-in-three chance of winning. (Texas pulled off the upset, 73-70.)Monday night’s toss-up game is a good argument for changing the best-teams-host model in the early rounds, for two reasons. First, choosing neutral sites in advance would prevent the double-booking of arenas such as Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. And second, the women’s tournament probably would have more competitive games if it didn’t boost its already-strong favorites with hosting privileges.Through Sunday, men’s favorites, playing in neutral arenas, have struggled more than women’s teams that get to host their competition. Two of 16 men’s teams seeded fourth or better lost in the round of 64, and five more went down in the next round. The teams averaged a winning margin of 12.3 points in the round of 64 and 4.4 points in the next round. By contrast, all of the 15 women’s teams that were seeded that high and got to host made it to the round of 32, and just three of the eight that played at home on Sunday lost there. The 15 teams averaged a 23.3-point win in the first round and a 9.5-point win in the second round. Some of the difference is due to a wider spread of talent in the women’s field.1The difference between the eighth- and 24th-best teams in our normalized pre-tournament team ratings gives a sense of how big the spread is, since teams of around those levels play typical round-of-32 games. In both the men’s and women’s fields this year, that spread is 5 points. So this year the men’s field is about as spread out as the women’s, thanks in part to the men’s field being unusually top-heavy.Until the women’s tournament removes favorites’ hosting rights, here’s a more modest proposal for schools that have women’s teams as strong as Louisville’s (Elite Eight last year, national runner-up the year before): Don’t host men’s tournament games on the opening weekend, lest you put your women’s team at a competitive disadvantage.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.“We improved a bit and found the net,” Carli Lloyd, a midfielder on the U.S. women’s national team, said after Monday’s Round of 16 game against Colombia. “We’re creating some chances, and I am confident more will come.”Confident or not, chances have not come easily for the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) at this World Cup. They’ve looked stagnant and uncreative, especially in the attacking third. And to make matters worse, they head into tonight’s quarterfinal match against China without the two players who have created the most chances: Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday.Despite the loss of these players, the team continues to tout its depth and versatility, but there’s no denying that Rapinoe’s spark and Holiday’s vision have been some of the most promising aspects of an altogether lifeless team. So what’s wrong with the USWNT, and can they fix it before they face a team like Germany or France?As Lloyd suggested, much of the USWNT’s problems stem from an inability to create chances — passes that lead to shots — in the midfield, in particular. Lloyd, along with Holiday and Rapinoe, was one of the most prominent playmakers for the USWNT at the 2011 World Cup. Combined, the three players created an average of 5.6 chances per game, compared with 4.8 chances per game at this World Cup. It’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison — they’ve faced tougher competition at this World Cup — but Holiday’s absence in the U.S. attack (two shots and zero assists so far, compared with 20 shots and three assists in 2011) is indicative of the larger issue for the USWNT: The central midfielders are being played completely out of position, and without them, the U.S. attack has been listless.Under coach Jill Ellis’s current 4-4-2 system, there is no true defensive central midfielder, despite Ellis’s baffling remarks that Holiday and Lloyd have both played as defensive center mids in some games. In most two-player central midfields, one player is more attack-minded, combining with the forwards and connecting the midfield with the attack, and one player is more defensive, checking back to pick the ball up off her own backline.1Let’s ignore for the moment that this system almost altogether erases one of the most important attacking positions, the central midfielder that plays as a withdrawn forward — the best example we saw at this World Cup was Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann.Without a designated defensive center mid, Lloyd and Holiday have been positionally amiss, caught in no-man’s land between being high enough to support the forwards and close enough to each other to create any sort of rhythm or connection through the midfield. They’re both trying to cover so much space that it results in huge gaps between the midfield and forwards — the space that is so important for creating chances on goal. Australia32 At the 2011 World Cup, Shannon Boxx often filled the defensive midfield void the USWNT has now, sitting behind Lloyd while Holiday (née Cheney below) played as a withdrawn forward. The midfield combination of Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe and Heather O’Reilly (who has yet to play at this World Cup) created almost twice as many chances per game at the 2011 World Cup as the midfield combination of O’Reilly, Lloyd, Holiday and Rapinoe. New Zealand12 Canada28 TEAMTOTAL CHANCES CREATED Norway40 Nigeria19 South Korea22 France43 Colombia20 Japan43 Mexico16 Cameroon50 Netherlands25 Germany85 China29 Brazil37 Costa Rica14 Switzerland36 By Kante4 / via Wikimedia Commons Fortunately for the U.S., this problem isn’t likely to be exacerbated against a much weaker Chinese opponent tonight. Although it’s one of the most inexperienced teams at this World Cup, China has pace up top in forward Shanshan Wang, who has scored two of China’s four goals. But China has yet to play a team with a WSPI over 90, and they have created even fewer chances than the USWNT. China’s most prolific playmaker, midfielder Shuang Wang, has created only five chances compared with Rapinoe’s 10.The Americans head into the game with an 88 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which does not take into account Rapinoe and Holiday’s absences. Should Ellis stick to the same lackluster formation, Christen Press is likely to replace Rapinoe on the wing, with Morgan Brian for Holiday in the midfield. Press is pacy and creative, but the USWNT’s proven “Abby Dependence” — playing long balls forward even when Abby Wambach isn’t on the field — does not suit Press’s strengths as a player. When Press entered the game late against Colombia on Monday night, she too resorted to hitting long balls forward.Should the U.S. win tonight against China (they should), waiting on the other side of that victory is the winner of Germany vs. France. France struggled early, losing to Colombia 2-0 in one of the biggest upsets in WSPI history. But France routed South Korea 3-0 in its last game, controlling more than 60 percent of the possession and scoring one of the most beautiful combination play goals. Yet France’s chances created haven’t exceeded the Americans’ by much, 43 compared with the U.S.’s 37 overall. Thailand12 Sweden25 FIFATV Spain25 U.S.37 Ivory Coast25 England34 Ecuador7 Then there’s Germany, which has been near perfect this tournament, save for an early group stage tie with Norway. Germany has created more than twice as many chances as the USWNT. Nine players on Germany’s roster have created five chances or more at this World Cup; only Rapinoe and Holiday have more than five for the U.S. The tournament’s leading goal scorer, Anja Mittag, has created 14 chances alone for Germany — more than Alex Morgan, Wambach, Press, Tobin Heath, Lloyd, Brian and Sydney Leroux combined.Germany’s chances of winning the tournament have increased more than any other team, up from 27 percent at the start of the tournament to 33 percent now. If the U.S. faces Germany in the semifinal (assuming both teams have the same WSPI rating they do now), the U.S. would not be favored to win: Germany would have a 56 percent chance of winning, and even that seems too low given the U.S.’s inability to create chances against teams far worse than Germany.After solidifying a spot in the World Cup back in October, Press told Fox Sports, “Jill has emphasized having a really big attacking shape. It took us a while to see the angles and to see how that changed everything, but as we’ve progressed through this tournament it’s become quite clear that we’re starting to get it.” But when she was interviewed before the Colombia match Monday, that sentiment had changed entirely. “We’re kind of in a rigid formation with no natural angles,” she told ESPN. “And I think we’re working so hard to do what our coaches want and get the tactics right that we lost a little bit of that spirit of the game where you can just run where you want and do what you want.”Tonight’s game could go one of two ways: Slip in Press and Brian and play exactly the same way, squeaking past China on pure athleticism while hoping for moments of individual brilliance,2If that’s what we’re calling Alex Morgan’s cross-turned-accidental-goal. or realize that this formation has strangled the USWNT’s ability to create chances and scrap it altogether. That doesn’t necessarily mean reverting to the 2011-era USWNT style, but it does mean reconsidering the players that are available — in tonight’s game against China and going forward at the World Cup — and how to best utilize some of the most talented players in the world. The USWNT must evolve or die, Deadspin wrote this week; let’s hope the former happens before the latter. read more

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Senior midfielder Danica Wu (19) tries to take the ball during a match against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefAlthough it was senior day for the Ohio State women’s soccer team, two freshmen stole the show. Freshman forward Nichelle Prince notched a hat trick and freshman midfielder Alexis Degler added a goal as the Buckeyes defeated Northwestern 6-1 Sunday.“Today, finally we have gotten into a rhythm … and it just felt right,” Degler said. “We started connecting and scoring goals, especially in the second half.”Five Buckeye seniors, midfielders Danica Wu and Kristen Niederhaus, defenders Samantha Lewis and Megan Fuller and goalkeeper Rachel Middleman all played their final game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium as members of the OSU women’s soccer team.“I’m proud of what our seniors have done for us, and I think that was a nice way to send them out in their last game at the Jesse,” coach Lori Walker said. “What I’ve enjoyed about all five of them is what quality people they are.”In the 12th minute, Prince had her shot bounce down off the crossbar. At first, play continued, but a few moments later officials ruled that it was actually a goal, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 advantage.Prince was the source of offense throughout the first half, netting both of the goals for OSU in the opening frame. She reached double digits in goals on the year in the 30th minute, finishing from eight yards out to double the Buckeyes’ lead.“Nichelle is just so special, and what I love about watching her is just the passion that she plays with. She’s so clean technically and so quick,” Walker said.Despite scoring three goals, Prince said the improvement against Northwestern came from the team.“Really it’s just like a team effort,” Prince said. “We’ve kind of been picking it up in the last two games, so it was good to get a few of those today.”The Wildcats cut the lead to 3-1 in the 69th minutes, just four minutes after Prince’s third goal, as Northwestern freshman forward Addie Steiner finished a cross from two yards out.OSU had an offensive burst late in the second half, scoring three goals in a little less than seven minutes. Degler started the run in the 72nd minute, chipping in a goal after Northwestern freshman goalkeeper Jenna Hascher bobbled a shot from Buckeye sophomore defender Marisa Wolf.“I saw her kind of bobble it, and kept running at her and got the ball in, and took her with me,” Degler said.Niederhaus and freshman forward Nicole Miyashiro added goals to give the Buckeyes six goals on the day. The six goals for OSU was a mark they had not reached since 2009, also on senior day against Indiana.“It was really nice to come out here and get all the seniors on the field, get them all minutes and really give them a good way to leave Jesse,” Degler said.The squad is next set to face Nebraska at 5 p.m. Friday on the road. read more

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Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to throw a pass in the second half of the Rose Bowl Game featuring Ohio State and Washington. Ohio State won 28-23. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDuring the 2018 season, Ohio State had been looked at as a Big 12-type offense. With redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, the Buckeyes were heavily involved in the passing game, finishing second in the country averaging 373 passing yards per game, completing 70.8 percent of pass attempts, No. 1 in the NCAA. In his first few hours as head coach, taking over for Urban Meyer immediately after the Rose Bowl, Ryan Day seemingly wanted that Big 12-type offense to continue in the future, signing former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich to a two-year deal as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Yurcich has a reputation for leading high-scoring and high-profile passing offenses. In his tenure at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys averaged 38 points and 478.3 yards of offense per game. He has led offenses that, in the past eight seasons, have scored 40 points or more in 46.1 percent of the games he has coached in with 15 games with over 50 points scored. Much of that has to do with the last two quarterbacks that have led the Cowboys offense. From 2015-17, Mason Rudolph, selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, completed at least 62 percent of his pass attempts for at least 3,770 yards in his three seasons at starting quarterback. In his final season with the Cowboys, Rudolph posted a career high 4,904 passing yards, throwing 37 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions. Rudolph was never much of a run threat, recording 28 yards in 225 career rushes. However, he was viewed as a threat to score on the goal line, recording a career-high 10 rushing touchdowns his senior season. In 2018, redshirt senior Taylor Cornelius picked up where Rudolph left off, but with a bit more agility. The passing numbers remained, recording 3,978 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in the passing game, but also added 10 touchdowns on the ground, recording 406 yards on 122 carries. Looking at his tenure at Oklahoma State, Yurcich has had mostly pro-style quarterbacks that have peppered opposing defenses for the past six seasons. But Yurcich offenses do run that same run-pass option that Ohio State thrived in with Haskins and plan to do in the near future with whatever quarterback may be behind center. Day is still in the process of molding his coaching staff, after the hiring of Yurcich and the promotion of wide receivers coach Brian Hartline to a permanent position on Dec. 8. During bowl preparation, the newly-named head coach was quiet about what his timeline would be for creating his staff. With the first two hirings he has made, Day has shown that, much to the credit of his background, the offense will continue to be the priority for Ohio State. That no matter the quarterback that will start the season for the Buckeyes next season, the Big 12 element in the offense will remain. read more

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Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire calls plays to his team during the first half of Ohio State’s 8-5 victory against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor in Chief The No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will travel to Hampstead, New York to play Hofstra on Saturday at noon. Ohio State comes in as one of three teams undefeated in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25, while Hofstra, usually a powerhouse, poses a threat as a potential underdog team.Ohio State (5-0) attempts to come back to Columbus next week following back-to-back road games. The Buckeyes are coming off a 13-9 win against Marquette and are going for its third-straight road win against Hofstra.“Two months into the season, it’s real easy to get complacent, it’s easy to get on that autopilot feeling, but we challenge each other as a coaching staff, and it’s no different for our captains,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.Myers said the team is hoping to remain consistent moving forward throughout the season.Ohio State is currently No. 9 in the Inside Lacrosse poll, with the only other two unbeaten teams, Towson and Cornell, ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. Hofstra (2-3) comes in on a three-game losing streak.after starting the season with two straight wins, suffering its worst loss last week against Georgetown University, losing 14-6.“They are a team right now that are two goals away from being a 4-1 team, they’ve been in tough battles. Talented, very well coached, gritty and we have no doubt we will get their best stuff on Saturday,” Myers said.The Pride has junior attacker Ryan Tierney, who has scored 14 goals in his five games this season. Tierney leads the team in goals and points, with 16, and is coming off a hat trick this past week.Sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio won Big Ten honors this week, being named Big Ten Specialist of the Week for the second-straight week after his strong performance in faceoffs. Inacio won 18-of-25 faceoffs against Marquette, helping the Buckeyes win the game 13-9.“I like to highlight that whole faceoff unit, Christian Feliziani, Carter Kisler, Anthony Ameo, these guys have worked for months as a unit,” Myers said. Inacio has dominated the faceoff play this season, winning 63.9 percent of his faceoffs and has picked up 54 ground balls this year, leading the Big Ten in ground balls on the season.“When you have a guy that is having success like that on game day, you gotta look inside the work week,” Myers said.Hofstra’s faceoff specialist is sophomore midfielder Brian Herber. Herber has won 53.4 percent of his faceoffs, while also picking up 20 ground balls, a team high this season.“When you look at Hofstra, their goalie and faceoff play, they’re both over 50 percent right now, one of the first opponents that are over 50 percent in both areas” Myers said.  “We’re going to have a great challenge, and we are certainly going to count on Justin and that unit.”The Buckeyes offense may be the key to a victory, as they have scored at least 11 goals in every game and average 13.8 goals per game, while Hofstra is coming off a loss which saw the Pride only tallied six goals. However, Hofstra allows 9.6 goals per game, so its defense has been a consistent piece for them this season.“They play with a chip on their shoulder,” junior defense Jeff Henrick said. “I think they are a hot and cold team, and if you let them run away with it, they will.” Ohio State takes on Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium at noon Saturday. read more

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first_imgDavid Cameron said patients would be given access to GPs seven days a week by 2020Credit:Paul Ellis/AFP Long waits are unacceptable as some patients may decide not to seek treatmentKatherine Murphy Partial access could mean anything from one extra 1.5 hour session after 6pm on one day per week, to six extra sessions a week or Saturday opening. Practices can also work as groups to offer the sessions to their patients at another practice if theirs is closed.The figures, first reported by the Health Service Journal, showed that around a third of practices provided extended opening on one or two days per week.Some 975 practices, which provide care to 6.4 million patients, were found not to provide any access to appointments outside normal working hours. Only one in five GP surgeries offer extended hours to patients seven days a week, despite a drive for better out of hours care, official data shows.The Government has committed to improving access to GPs in the evenings and weekends through surgeries putting on extra sessions where appointments can be pre-booked.But only 19 per cent of the 7,000 GP practices surveyed for NHS England offer full extended access across seven days a week, either at their own surgery or another practice within the local group.  The survey found that the most common offer from practices was a later opening on one day of the week. The second most common offer was extended access on all seven days of the week.Sunday was the least common day for practices to offer extra appointments.An NHS England spokesman said: “We know just how much the public value a timely GP appointment, so it is encouraging to see from these figures that local GP practices, by working together, are offering evening and weekend appointments to the vast majority.”These figures confirm that the best approach for offering extended access is not for each practice to have to do so on its own, but instead to share appointments across practices.” center_img David Cameron This is despite a pledge from former prime minister David Cameron that patients would be given access to GPs seven days a week by 2020.Previous research has suggested that demand from patients for weekend appointments is low but the Department of Health says that as weekend opening becomes “normalised”, it expects demand to grow.Katherine Murphy from the Patients Association said lack of access to GPs is a “significant concern”. She told the Daily Mail: “Long waits are unacceptable as some patients may decide not to seek treatment…This may lead to serious illnesses being missed.”The survey found that 6,164 practices (86% of the total) provide partial or full extended access, covering 49.51 million patients in England. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ruth Davidson Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that the so-called “rape clause” introduced by the UK Government’s child tax credit reforms is an “abomination” that must be scrapped.Speaking ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on the issue the First Minister said the policy was “illustrative of the damage a Tory government can do”.She also claimed it was “ridiculous” to suggest the Scottish Parliament should step in and use new welfare powers to get rid of the policy north of the border.Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, has been under attack over the issue and last week challenged Ms Sturgeon to say whether she would act to scrap the clause. She said that if she failed to so she would be guilty of “gross hypocrisy”.The controversial UK welfare reform imposes a two-child tax credit limit, although women can claim for a third child if they have been raped.Ms Sturgeon said that if Holyrood was going to be able to mitigate against such policies it needed the powers and the budget transfer to do so.She added: “Where does it stop?  What if they just abolish welfare, pocketed the money and say ‘over to the Scottish Parliament’? Ruth Davidson has suggested Nicola Sturgeon could scrap the rape clause in ScotlandCredit:Getty “If this Tory government wants to say that the Scottish Parliament is better placed to make these decisions, then give us the full power over benefits and the budget that goes with it.“It is a ridiculous argument to say that the Tories can make cuts and keep the money and expect the Scottish Parliament to fill the gap.”A report from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) found it would cost Scotland about £200 million over the next four years to mitigate the clause using Holyrood’s new powers to top up benefits.Ms Sturgeon said that making women who have been raped relive the trauma of the experience to access chid tax credits was “utterly appalling”.She added: “But it is policies like this, and other attacks on the most vulnerable in society – including pensioners, the disabled, vulnerable young adults and the bereaved – which would be pursued by a Tory Government with a bigger majority. “The Tories now think they can do what they want to Scotland and get away with it.”Meanwhile, Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said Ms Davidson would have to “defend the rape clause every single day of the general election campaign”.Annie Wells, Scottish Conservative equalities spokeswoman, said her party hoped to use the debate on Tuesday to set out why limiting child tax credit to the first two children was the right course of action.She added: “We will also be re-affirming our view that exemptions to these limits should apply for women who have been through the most difficult circumstances and had a child due to rape.“This debate is an opportunity for the SNP government to set out whether or not it wants to use its welfare powers to scrap the limits to child tax credits in Scotland.“We will also be using the debate to repeat our calls for the SNP to provide more support services for women who have suffered sexual violence.”last_img read more

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first_img“The had already attacked and killed members of the public and had to be stopped immediately. Indeed I am not surprised that faced with what they must have feared were three suicide bombers – the firearms officers fired an unprecedented number of rounds to be completely confident they had neutralised those threats.“I am humbled by the bravery of an officer who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber thinking only of protecting others.Mr Rowley said a member of the public had “also suffered a gunshot wound, although the injuries are not critical in nature’. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He praised the officers’ bravery for tackling the men dressed in fake suicide vests.He said: “The situation these officers were confronted with was critical. A matter of life and death, three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide belts The situation these officers were confronted with was critical. A matter of life and death, three armed men wearing what appeared to be suicide beltsAssistant Commisioner Mark Rowley Armed police stopped the attack only eight minutes after the first reports that a van had driven at pedestrians on London BridgeCredit: WILL OLIVER/EPA Armed police fearing suicide blasts fired an unprecedented hail of around 50 bullets to kill the three terrorists rampaging through central London, with officers also wounding a member of the public.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Metropolitan Police, said eight officers had opened fire as they confronted the men they believed to be human bombs.AC Rowley, the country’s most senior counter terrorism policeman, said a member of the public had also been shot during the shooting in Borough Market, Southwark. Police units at mobilze at London Bridge after reports of a incident involving a van hitting pedestrian on London Bridge, Central London, Britain, 03 June 2017. A doctor at the Royal London hospital told the Guardian the member of the public shot was a man wounded in the head who was expected to make a full recovery. Police had killed the three attackers just eight minutes after they received the first reports that a van had driven into pedestrians on nearby London Bridge.last_img read more

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first_imgUsers have been advised to follow cooking instructions to save energy Credit: Andrew Crowley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He pointed out that consumers tended to buy new appliances before their existing ones reach the end of their useful life.“As a result, discarded electrical equipment, such as microwaves, is one of the fastest growing waste streams worldwide,” he added.The lifespan of modern microwaves is nearly seven years shorter than it was almost two decades ago, said the scientists whose findings appear in the journal Science Of The Total Environment.In 2005, 184,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic (EE) waste was produced by discarded microwaves, the study found.However Prof David Reay, Professor of Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh, said: “To say microwave ovens are ‘as bad for the environment as cars’ is an apples to oranges comparison, because one (the microwaves) is for a full life-cycle assessment and the other (cars) is just their direct emissions from being driven.  “Yes, there are a lot of microwaves, and yes they use electricity.  But their emissions are dwarfed by those from cars – there are around 30 million cars in the UK alone and these emit way more than all the emission from microwaves in the EU.”Latest data show that passenger cars in the UK emitted 69 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2015.   Microwaves in Britain generate as much carbon dioxide as more than one million cars, scientists have concluded as they call on people to use the ovens more efficiently.Scientists arrived at the figure after studying the broad environmental impact of microwaves, taking account of their manufacture, use, and end-of-life disposal.There are around 23 million microwaves in homes across the UK, but despite their huge popularity, little is known about the effect of the devices on the environment, said the researchers.The University of Manchester team found that the ovens generate around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent to 1.3 million cars.On average, a single microwave uses 573 kilowatt hours of electricity over a lifetime of eight years, which compares with a seven watt LED light bulb being left on continuously for almost nine years.The study’s authors suggest consumers should use microwaves more efficiently by sticking to cooking instructions rather than just guessing, or always using the highest setting.Lead researcher Dr Alejandro Gallego-Schmid, from the university’s School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, said: “Given that microwaves account for the largest percentage of sales of all type of ovens in the EU, it is increasingly important to start addressing their impact on resource use and end-of-life waste.” Users have been advised to follow cooking instructions to save energy last_img read more

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first_imgThe University of Oxford has apologised after an image of a female cleaner being made to clear a message reading “Happy International Women’s Day” was shared on Twitter by a professor.Oxford Associate Professor of Political theory, Dr Sophie Smith, tweeted the photograph, writing: “Oxford security makes a woman cleaner scrub out ‘Happy International Women’s Day’ on the Clarendon steps. What an image for #IWD, @UniofOxford.”This message was widely shared on social media, with thousands of people retweeting the image and many sharing their disgust.One person wrote: “Utterly shameful, Oxford. Degrading, demeaning & insulting that security men believe they had the right to instruct a woman cleaner to remove a message that seeks to celebrate women.”Another said: “What a powerful image, and poor judgement on behalf of Oxford University.” Some were unsure as to why the university apologised, with one sceptic tweeting: “Are you for real? I’m assuming it’s her job as a cleaner. Why would she get an apology and the rest of the day off? That’s bizarre.” The university said it was “deeply sorry” for the incident, and that it “should not have happened”, tweeting: “We are deeply sorry for this and for offence caused.“International Women’s Day is hugely important to Oxford. This should not have happened.”Dr Smith responded, asking the university to give the cleaner: “a heartfelt apology, a warm cup of tea, the rest of the day off and, along with all our precarious staff, good enough pay to live in this city.” 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.center_img Another said: “How ridiculous. Why are you so disrespectful of that women’s job? Perhaps she’s proud to be working and providing for her family. We can’t all have Doctorates.”Garrick Taylor,  president of the Oxford UCU union, expressed his sympathy for the cleaner, writing: “During a peaceful International Women’s Day rally. A low paid and probably precariously employed female cleaner was sent out in the freezing cold to clean chalk writing saying Happy International Women’s Day. Did it have to be removed? Then?”The chalk message appeared to have been written during a UCU strike International Woman’s Day rally. Did you ask her permission before posting it? You, a middle class female academic, might think it’s degrading to be a cleaner, but it’s her job. Example of middle class feminism trying to perpetuate the idea that women are victims & using poorer women as mere props to do so. #IWD https://t.co/St3AZqqZkK— Maria Laoise (@MariaLaoise) March 9, 2018last_img read more

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Adults will be able to view computer-generated child abuse images online because of a loophole in new laws barring under-18s from porn sites, the Government has been warned.Baroness Howe, a former chairman of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, is leading a campaign for ministers to rethink the legislation, which she says “leaves the door wide open” for adults to view online violent porn and child abuse images that would be illegal to possess.Writing in today’s Daily Telegraph, she says it is an “extraordinary consequence” of the under-aged crackdown that such “incredibly lifelike computer-generated” child abuse images should be accessible online to adults.This is because only “extreme porn” is explicitly banned to over-18s in the Digital Economy Act, which introduces new age verification checks for porn sites. Anything computer-generated or violent, including sexual violence against women, that would normally be banned from R18 videos would be exempt for viewers online under the Act as long as they had passed the new 18-plus age verification checks, says Baroness Howe.It might not even stop children viewing the material. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which will police age verification for porn sites, has warned some “tech savvy” teenagers are likely to find ways around them. A survey shows 71 per cent of MPs opposed making non-photographic child sex abuse images available online to adults Baroness Howe A survey shows 71 per cent of MPs opposed making non-photographic child sex abuse images available online to adultsCredit: Andrew Brookes “We should no more accommodate these [animated child abuse] images online than offline,” says Baroness Howe. “Giving the impression that viewing them is in some ways acceptable will not address in any way the steep curve in offences of possession of these images.” Baroness Howe has been backed by Lord Butler Sloss, the first female lord justice of appeal, ex-lord chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, ex-Tory treasurer Lord Farmer, the Bishop of Leeds and film producer Baroness Kidron, a campaigner for children’s online rights.She is also supported by MPs. A ComRes poll for the charity Care showed 71 per cent of MPs and 76 per cent of women MPs from all parties opposed making non-photographic child sex abuse images available online to adults. Only 5 per cent of the 155 MPs surveyed disagreed. However, Care spokesman James Mildred said: “If this kind of material is still allowed on the internet, what’s to stop children and young people from being exposed to it as well?”The Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory duty of care to be imposed on social media and gaming firms to protect children from online harms such as porn. Baroness Howe is urging MPs to back her private member’s Bill, which would close the loophole by reinstating the Government’s initial ban on such pornographic material.The Government changed its position and introduced amendments restricting access to “extreme porn” and allowing violent porn because it said an Act aimed at barring children from porn websites was not the appropriate vehicle to set thresholds for what adults could watch. It said other bodies would continue to police “illegal” material and it did not want the BBFC “treading on the toes” of authorities doing this. “We have always been clear that what is illegal offline is illegal online. This applies equally in relation to pornography that is already illegal offline, including non-photographic images of child abuse,” said a government spokesman. Baroness HoweCredit:Max Mumby/Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia were targeted in SalisburyCredit:East 2 West Tony Mackinnon, a member of Bishop’s Cleeve Parish Council, who has attended meetings of the Wingmoor Forum, said: “The number of checks and surveys that have been made over the years, largely as a result of local groups, have pretty much confirmed that the operations at the site are safe.”We’ve done air quality and dust tests and tests of lots of potential different pollutants and they were well within safe limits. “I would have thought the risk to the public is as close to nil as one can get.” “There is absolutely no risk to the public of using hazardous waste landfill sites. These locations are fully sealed and highly regulated to ensure waste is disposed of safely. This is controlled by regulation, overseen by the Environment Agency, which specifically ensures that sites are not prone to flooding or other hazards.”The site has been operating for more than 20 years by Grundon Waste Management Limited, who declined to comment on the news. Earlier this year, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent on the streets of Salisbury.Three months later in a nearby town, two members of the public Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley fell ill after coming into contact with the highly contagious nerve agent. Ms Sturgess later died from the incident.A Defra spokesman said: “The clean-up work in South Wiltshire has been underway for some time and any potentially contaminated items continue to be removed and stored securely before being disposed of safely. A number of emergency vehicles were at the scene were Mr Rowley was found to be poisonedCredit:Pixel8000 Ltd 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. Dawn Sturgess (L) passed away after being poisoned by the substance. Charles Rowley (R) was severely illCredit:AFP Emergency service vehicles used in response to the Salisbury Novichok poisoning have been buried in a Gloucestershire landfill site, the government confirmed.An undisclosed number of police cars and ambulances have been sent to Wingmoor Farm, one of few landfill sites in the UK that takes hazardous waste.The site is located on the edge of Bishops Cleeve in Cheltenham, a village that is home to 13,000 people.However, residents were urged to not be alarmed by the announcement, with the government insisting there is “absolutely no risk” at the “potentially” contaminated vehicles being buried there.A spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the decision was made to ensure life for people in Salisbury, Wiltshire could “get back to normal.” “As part of this work, following review by specialist teams, some of the vehicles involved in the response to the incident in March have been moved to a hazardous waste landfill site.”Our number one priority is making sure that the identified sites are safe, so they can be returned to use and Wiltshire can get back to normal. A number of emergency vehicles were at the scene were Mr Rowley was found to be poisoned Mr Mackinnon, who believed that the vehicles would be covered in “a metre or two of clay”, added that he lived in Bishop’s Cleeve and would not lose any sleep over the latest news, feeling confident that Grundon ran the site safely.”It’s something that will be of interest to the public but it certainly shouldn’t be something that alarms them.” Sergei Skripal, right, and his daughter Yulia were targeted in Salisbury Dawn Sturgess (L) passed away after being poisoned by the substance. Charles Rowley (R) was severely ill read more

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Her great-great-uncle’s words clearly left the Duchess deeply moved. In recognition that the family had suffered a particularly terrible blow in losing three of its sons, the Keeper of the Privy Purse wrote on behalf of King George V to their parents, Harriett and Francis Lupton, from Buckingham Palace.As the director-general of the museum, Diane Lees, showed her the palace missive, she said to the Duchess: “You might recognise the address.”The letter, an unusual honour even at a time when so many families were suffering multiple casualties, stated: “I am commanded by the King to convey to you His Majesty’s deep feeling of sympathy with you in the fresh bereavement which has befallen you by the death in battle of your gallant son Major F.A. Lupton.“The King realises that this is the third beloved son you have given in your Country’s cause, and His Majesty trusts that you may be granted strength and comfort in the further sorrow which you have been called upon to bear.” The Duchess looks at a huge poppy installation outside the Imperial War MuseumCredit:AP Photo/Frank Augstein The Duchess of Cambridge (left) arrives at the IWM London to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War  One of the letters she spent time reading was that written by Maurice on May 24, 1915, less than a month before he was killed. In it, with a typical serviceman’s humour, he asks his father to send him supplements to his meagre rations.“Weekly China tea would be acceptable, as the govt. Tea is the limit – very bitter – though it be treason to say so,” he wrote. The Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Imperial War Museum to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Imperial War Museum London to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War Credit:Kirsty O’Connor/Press Association The Duchess of Cambridge, visits the Imperial War Museum to view letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother, all of whom fought and died in the First World War The Duchess of Cambridge views letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmother Left: Lieutenant Lionel Martineau Lupton, killed by shellfire in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, at the age of 24. Top right: Major Francis Ashford Lupton. He had only been married to his wife Dorothy Winifred Davison for three years when he was killed by shellfire. Bottom right: Captain Maurice Lupton, one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s three great-great-uncles killed in WWI Duchess of Cambridge There weren’t many British families who were left untouched by the horrors of the First World War. And in that respect at least the Royal Family were no different to everyone else.As if to emphasise how the war devastated so many households across the British Isles the Duchess of Cambridge on Wednesday heard in detail for the first time how three of her great-great-uncles met the same tragic fate which befell millions of young men between 1914-1918.During a visit to the Imperial War Museum she learnt how Francis, Maurice and Lionel Lupton were killed on the Western Front within two years of each other, reading for herself some of the letters and postcards the three sent home before their deaths.Among the documents was also one of the official telegrams breaking the news that one of them had been killed.“It’s so strange to see them,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “What really struck me was the positivity – they are writing home with such positivity,” she said. “It is a side you don’t really see reflected.”The three brothers were the sons of her great-great-grandfather Francis Lupton. Their sister Olive, the Duchess’s great-grandmother, worked with the Voluntary Aid Detachment of the British Red Cross. Major Francis Lupton, the eldest brother, served with the 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment and was killed by shellfire on February 19, 1917, aged 31. He had only been married to his wife Dorothy Winifred Davison for three years.Lieutenant Lionel Lupton, who served with the 28th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, was killed by shellfire in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, at the age of 24. Anthony Richards, the museum’s head of documents, who showed the Duchess the letters and cards, said she had been deeply touched by seeing the originals of the documents.“It was the combination of seeing the actual letters and the portrait photographs of them. It sort of brings it home to you,” he said.“She had heard about the letters before, and had read the content, but she was handling the letters themselves and she found that a very special moment. It is making that connection with the relatives who served and lost their lives.” The Duchess of Cambridge views letters relating to the three brothers of her great-grandmotherCredit:Frank Augstein/PA The first of the three brothers to be killed was Captain Maurice Lupton, who served with the 7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. He was shot by a sniper ion June 19, 1915, aged 28. Left: Lieutenant Lionel Martineau Lupton, killed by shellfire in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, at the age of 24. Top right: Major Francis Ashford Lupton. 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Finance Minister Winston Jordan in Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly In that report the Minister—despite obfuscated responses in recent days—has had to revise his overall projection for national growth downwards again. He reports that despite the “historically early budget, the required shift in planning cycles at the sectoral levels failed to keep pace… growth for the year has been revised to 3.1 per cent from 3.8 per cent.”“Spending was less than one-third of the budgeted allocation,” according to the Finance Minister in his report on the nation’s financial affairs for the first half of the year.GoldOf note in the report is that while many of the traditional sectors such sugar and forestry continues to perform poorly, the gold sector which has been credited with keeping the economy buoyant in recent years, has now also begun to decline in terms of production and earnings from sales on the international markets.Total earnings from gold exports declined from a high of US$390.7M, in the first half of 2016, to US$388.8M in the first half 2017, a decline the equivalent of G$404M.This is according to the information supplied by Minister of Finance Jordan, in his Mid Year Report for 2017, presented to the 65 Members of the National Assembly on Friday last.The damning information contradicts recent pronouncements by Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, who had projected growth in the gold sector based on the first quarter performance.Minister Jordan in his report however, attributes the decline in gold earnings and production due to poor weather, despite a marginal increase in average export price over the period. Actual Gold production fell by 1.7 percent to 317,096 ounces, in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Of the total gold declared, Minister Jordan says 65.7 per cent came from small and medium-sized miners and dealers, whose declarations were above projections while the two large gold companies were below projections.Jordan also blamed the “switching to lower grade material by one of the producers, to facilitate remedial work at the higher yielding mine,” as one of the factors that affected production for the large companies.Despite the less than desired performance in the first half of the year, the Finance Minister remains optimistic, “overall production is still expected to surpass its 2016 level, with the industry expected to grow by 1.7 percent in 2017.”Mining The Bauxite Industry also continued along its economic decline recording a further 11 per cent decline in production in the first half of this year.According to the information supplied by the Finance Minister, the bauxite industry declined by11.5 per cent, as a result of reduced production of higher valued grades. “This was due to poor weather combined with mechanical issues at one of the mines.”He reported however, production of metal grade bauxite (MAZ) increased by 97,016 tonnes or 21.3 per cent.He said the favourable international price for aluminum in 2017 is expected to boost output of bauxite during the second half of the year.The other mining and quarrying industry contracted by 13.1 percent, in the first half of 2017 in comparison to a positive growth of 13.9 percent in the first half of 2016. This decline, he said, is driven by a reduction in the production of diamonds, sand, and stones.“Declining diamond production was attributed to falling global prices and possible substitution by some miners into the gold industry as a result of the favourable prices of gold.”Traditional Sectors The Minister did report some good news in that the manufacturing sector recovered in the first half of 2017, growing by 9.9 percent following a decline of 14.1 per cent in the corresponding period in 2016, which he said was mainly due to expansion in the rice sector. According to Jordan in his report, rice production in the first half of 2017, recorded 349,867 tonnes, an increase of 31.6 percent over production in the first half of 2016. This noteworthy performance, he said, was attributed to a rise in acreage sown in all regions, especially in Region Five where acreage sown rose by 30 percent to 42,595.Overall, the agriculture, fishing, and forestry sector grew by 6.4 percent, in the first half of 2017, underpinned by the recovery in the rice industry and improved performance in the fishing industry.According to Jordan however, compared to the first half of 2016, rice export earnings declined by US$11.1M to US$77.2M, in the first half of 2017. This, he said, was due to a decline in volume exported despite higher export prices. The Minister noted however that due to high levels of production, exports are expected to grow during the second half of 2017, as millers reduce their inventories. Sugar Earnings ImproveThe Skeldon Sugar Factory has since also proved to the bane of the industry again for 2017. According to the Finance Minister, sugar production fell by more than 12 per cent to 49,606 tonnes at the half year, compared to 56,645 tonnes during the first half of 2016.“This shortfall was mainly due to no production at the Skeldon estate because the boilers were unsafe and required significant repairs” Jordan posited. -Yearly growth projection revised downwards from 3.8 to 3.1%As the country’s export earnings continues to plummet, gold has now joined the list of commodities reflecting a decline.   The facts are laid bare in the 2017 Mid-Year Financial Report, presented to the National Assembly this past week by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, as is required under the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act. He also blamed the late supply of critical operating materials such as fertilizer; pest damage, particularly at the Blairmont and Uitvlugt estates; unfavourable weather; and strikes and absenteeism. As a result the industry was unable to reap its entire first crop, with approximately 150,000 tonnes of cane being carried over to the second crop of 2017.Despite the lower than anticipated production locally, prices on the international market did see sugar earning better than expected prices bringing in US$19M for the first half of the year.According to the information supplied by the Finance Minister, “despite falling production, as Guyana was able to receive higher than anticipated export prices for this commodity…Export earnings for sugar decreased from US$20.8M, in the first half of 2016, to US$19.8M, in the first half of 2017.”Among other exports, fish and shrimp as well as and rum and other spirits, and wood products showed significant growth in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. 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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC’s nominees discarded in favour of WPA’s Trotman for GECOM CommissionerNovember 24, 2017In “latest news”No decision made on recalling Roopnaraine, Trotman from Govt posts yetMarch 23, 2018In “Local News”PSC fires back …says “disgraceful, offensive, behaviour” by Govt-aligned Commissioner has no place at GECOMJuly 30, 2019In “latest news” …as New GECOM Commissioner sworn inBy Ramona LuthiDesmond Hugh Trotman of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) –a smaller party within the coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)-  was on Friday sworn in as the new Commissioner of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) at the State House.President of Guyana, David Granger has deemed Trotman to be the “most experienced” while noting that he is “fit and proper” for the position.Desmond Hugh Trotman being sworn in as a GECOM Commissioner by President David Granger on Friday (November 24)He also expressed confidence that the new GECOM Commissioner will act in accordance to his mandate.In an interview with media operatives after being sworn in, Trotman said that he is conforming to his new position as “a Guyanese representing the interests of the people of Guyana.”Probed as to whether he believes that his additional responsibility as an employee of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) proves to be a conflict of interest, Trotman responded in the negative.“I entered within the Elections Commissions’ legislation… but if it is [conflict of interest], I am willing to step down…I looked at the law up to last night after speaking with the President…but if [a] wiser council [makes] a suggestions or some advice that I am not eligible for the position, certainly [I will] step down,” he said.AFC’s Leader Raphael TrotmanMeanwhile, co-founder and current leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC) [the second largest party within the coalition Government], Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman feels that Desmond Trotman being appointed is an “injustice” to his party.“We are entirely disappointed in the process and that once again the AFC feels that an injustice has been meted out to it,” he told media operatives this morning.Further, the Minister acknowledged that his party being side-lined is an “on-going saga,” while reiterating that the AFC is “deeply disturbed” and “disappointed.”“We have been promised the position for some time and we had really hoped that having been seen as a worthy partner of the Coalition we would be seen as worthy to name one of our ranks to the position,” he explained.Moreover, he asserted that the Executives of the AFC will be meeting soon to “look at a likely response” to the situation.“We will be meeting soon to make a response, over the weekend, the latest.”Nevertheless, having been affiliated with the WPA member, the Minister expressed confidence that the new GECOM Commissioner will be a strong fighter for principle.The AFC had nominated one of its members, former Member of Parliament, Trevor Williams for the post of Commissioner at the GECOM following the death of Sandra Jones.AFC Member, Trevor WilliamsHowever, a media advisory from the Ministry of the Presidency had disclosed that Granger has selected one of his party’s own.AFC Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday had confirmed reports that his party had nominated Williams for the post.He had also noted that the AFC, as a third party, has always pressed to have one of its members sit on the body, highlighting that this was mainly on account of the fact that the party had representation in Parliament where at one time it held five seats and another time it had seven seats.Williams has been active in politics since 2006 and at one time headed the youth arm of the AFC. He was suggested to be Director of Youth, but was never appointed to that position.Ramjattan had said that should the President for some reason not find favour with Williams, there is Beverley Alert, a former spokesperson for the AFC party, who will be the alternative nominee.The GECOM post would have been a key one for the party. The Commission comprises three members from the Opposition and three from the Government. The Chairman is the seventh person. read more

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Cleviston Haynes has been appointed as Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados.Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler, pursuant to the powers vested in him under Section 11 (1) of the Central Bank of Barbados Act CAP 323C of the Laws of Barbados, and with the concurrence of the Cabinet of Barbados, approved the appointment of Haynes to head that institution for a period of five years, with effect from January 1, 2018.The new Governor has over 37 years’ experience in central banking, with emphasis on macroeconomic policy and bank regulation.  He has acted as Governor of the Central Bank from February 24, 2017, after he took over from Dr DeLisle Worrell.Cleviston HaynesHaynes started his career at the Bank as a research trainee in 1980, and held various positions there, including Advisor to former Governors Calvin Springer, Winston Cox, and Dr Marion Williams. He was Deputy Governor from February 2009 until early this year.His tenure at the Central Bank was briefly interrupted from 1987 to 1989, when he served as technical assistant to the Canadian executive director at the International Monetary Fund.Haynes attended the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics.  He later went on to the University of Western Ontario and earned a Master of Arts in Economics.He has authored and co-authored a number of publications, principally on economic policy, debt and financial sector issues. (Barbados nation) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBajan Central Banker calls Republic takeover of Scotia `slightly unfortunate’November 30, 2018In “latest news”Barbados economy contracts againAugust 3, 2018In “latest news”Health Minister says new CEO of Diamond Hospital has not yet been appointedJune 23, 2016In “Health”

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Irfaan Ali making his way to court on WednesdayThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) has come out in full support of it’s executive member Irfaan Ali who was on Wednesday hauled from his home in the wee hours of the morning by agents of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and subsequently placed before the court where he faced multiple charges in relation to the sale and transfer of lands located in Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (ECD), commonly known as Pradoville 2.In a statement, the Party said that the trumped up charges against Ali was a clear case of the APNU/AFC Government upping its political vendetta against the political opposition following their defeat at “Local Government Elections (LGE), the No-ConfidenceMotion filed against them and a visionless budget that has plunged them into evendeeper political woes.”Moreover, the Party said that during a recent sitting of the National Assembly, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan informed Ali that he is directing charges to be filed against him and also told Anil Nandlall, another executive member and Presidential hopeful, that he will be convicted.Against that backdrop the PPP/C noted that SOCU is taking political directions from Ministers.According to the PPP/C “We are not oblivious to the fact that these charges are intended to tarnish our leaders in order to impact the choice of the PPP’s presidential candidate for the 2020 General and Regional Elections.”However, the Party noted that any such endeavour would be unsuccessful.See their full statement below:After a thrashing at the Local Government Elections (LGE), the No-ConfidenceMotion filed against them and a visionless budget that has plunged them into evendeeper political woes, the Coalition Government, as promised, has upped thepolitical vendetta against the Opposition.We have seen another round of trumped up charges against People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member and former Minister of Housing, Irfaan Ali, in relation to the sale of lands at Goedverwagting.These charges have been dangling for over 2 years.Their institution, today, a few days before the national budget debates begins andof course, the No-Confidence Motion is no coincidence. The modus operandi in thearrest of Irfaan Ali, says it all.A vanload of Policemen turned up at his house at 4:00 am, arrested him and tookhim to the Headquarters of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Irfaan Ali attended SOCU’s office on every occasion he was requested to do soover the last year. So, there was no need for the show of power. But, this is thePNC back in form.During a recent sitting of the National Assembly, Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, didinform Irfaan Ali that he is directing charges to be filed against him and told AnilNandlall that he will be convicted. Now in hindsight, we realized our error in nottaking these remarks as serious as we should have done. We would like to highlightthat not only is SOCU taking political directions from Ministers but is being run bya foreign envoy, masquerading as a “consultant”.This “consultant” was seen at daybreak this morning, directing the operations. Another important functionary at SOCU is an officer who was dismissed on numerous occasions for corruption.It is clear that authoritarianism is being taken to another level.We remind of the political threat to our supporters issued by Joseph Harmon at apublic meeting in Sophia and the racist remarks of Volda Lawerence, coupled withthe threat to remove our Councillors from office without an election. The dark daysof dictatorship are returning faster than most expected.We are not oblivious to the fact that these charges are intended to tarnish our leaders in order to impact the choice of the PPP’s presidential candidate for the 2020 General and Regional Elections.This plan will also not succeed.No doubt, greater pressures will be mounted, more charges will be filed and moreagencies of the State will be directed to target our leadership, in order to break ourspirit and intimidate our supporters.However, it will succeed only in making us stronger and even more determined to lead and unite, not only our supporters, but every fair, law abiding and patriotic Guyanese, irrespective of class, race or religion in an indefatigable movement and struggle to remove this corrupt,incompetent and vengeful cabal from Government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAli innocent until proven guilty – HarmonDecember 1, 2018In “latest news”MP’s arrest shows high level of desperation of APNU/AFC Govt- PPP GSNovember 29, 2018In “latest news”ICD blasts Coalition Govt over “political harassment, intimidation” against Opposition membersNovember 30, 2018In “latest news” read more

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first_imgSandvik Mining in South Africa has donated R1 million to KwaZulu-Natal based Durnacol Skills Innovation Hub (DSIH), which focuses on training, development and skills improvement. Sandvik’s donation covers the training of five students from the surrounding communities, as well as the conversion of offices into comfortable and affordable student accommodation. DSIH operates from the site of the now closed Durnacol coal mine offering a broad spectrum of technical learnerships and apprenticeships as well as other skills sets.“We’re delighted to be able to sponsor five learners from the theoretical phase at DSIH and we hope to increase this number in time,” Sandvik Academy’s Letitia van Rensburg says. “This is a real centre of excellence and is proving an ideal vehicle through which we can empower the communities in which we operate. We see creating opportunities for the local residents to study as an investment in the economic well being of the area.”The Sandvik Academy is based in Jet Park, Johannesburg, and offers comprehensive practical and theoretical education in four core areas focusing on technical training, operator training, business skills training and comprehensive apprentice and learner programs for both in-house and external employees.Accredited by the MERSETA and offering Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) program approval, the Sandvik Academy is fully resourced with ten operator trainers, seven technical trainers and two business trainers.The Sandvik Academy runs an in-house apprenticeship program that currently has 10 learners enrolled. This program focuses on candidates with a Grade 12 certificate interested in embarking on a technical career in the mining and construction sectors.Beyond the apprenticeship program, successful candidates have the opportunity to embark on additional training through the Sandvik Academy.last_img read more

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first_imgPower and automation technology group ABB has announced a series of major orders in recent weeks, ranging from grinding mill drive systems for mines in Liberia and the US, to an HPGR drive contract in South Africa and an energy management system contract for LKAB in Sweden. In Liberia, ABB has an order to provide three single pinion high-speed mill drive systems for the Western Range iron ore greenfield mine owned by ArcelorMittal, an open pit outside Yekepa in the north of the country, close to the Guinean border.The order includes three 7.4 MW squirrel cage induction motors, ACS6000 frequency converters with mill application controller and remote diagnostic facilities, transformers, medium voltage cubicles, chiller units and system engineering for 3 x 30 ft diameter SAG mills. ABB’s variable-speed ring-geared mill drive (RMD) solutions are designed for reliable, long-life and low maintenance operation and are ideal for ores with varying grinding properties. The contract was awarded in May 2012 by grinding mill and crusher supply major, CITIC Heavy Industries, with deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.In the US, ABB has an order to provide drive systems for the new ore grinding mills at Allied Nevada Gold’s Hycroft gold mine expansion project. The project is part of an overall $1.2 billion expansion that will almost triple the mine’s recovery and production rate for gold and silver by 2015. The contract was awarded in June 2012. The Hycroft open pit is located 50 miles west of Winnemucca in northwest Nevada. Once the expanded mill operations begin in 2015, production is expected to average 582,260 oz/y of gold and 29.1 Moz of silver for the next 10 years. ABB will deliver five dual pinion 2 x 9 MW low-speed mill drive systems for two 36 ft SAG and three 26 ft ball mills, and one dual pinion (2 x 5.5 MW) low-speed drive system for a regrind mill. The drive systems comprise transformers, frequency converters, synchronous motors advanced mill control, operations and maintenance features for dual pinion RMDs. ABB’s innovative dual-pinion mill drive system helps to minimise mechanical wear on ring gear mills, reducing downtime and repairs while increasing the availability of grinding process equipment. Operating on low-speed, with motors driving the pinions directly, no gearboxes are required. The solution also raises the efficiency and overall productivity of the process. Deliveries are scheduled for the third quarter of 2013.In South Africa, ABB has an order to upgrade Anglo American Platinum’s HPGR drive system at the Mogalakwena North open pit mine. The contract was awarded in the second quarter of 2012 and consists of one HPGR drive system comprising two squirrel cage induction motors, two ACS1000 frequency converters and two converter transformers. The contract also includes a spare motor and transformer as well as ABB supervision for installation and commissioning. This is ABB’s first reference in optimising an HPGR drive system by exchanging the existing ABB fixed speed drive with a variable-speed drive system (VSD). Prior to this order, ABB already delivered, installed and commissioned equipment for the initial Mogalakwena North mine expansion consisting of two complete gearless mill drive systems in 2007 and one ring-geared mill drive systems for the Amandebult concentrator in 2009. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter of 2013; with commissioning to follow in the second quarter of 2013.Finally, ABB is to deliver an energy management system to LKAB that will optimise energy use at its Kiruna and Malmberget underground iron ore mines, and its newest Svappavaara open pit mine. ABB’s award-winning cpmPlus Energy Manager will “improve the energy efficiency of the mines, reduce their carbon footprint and lower their overall energy costs”, says the company, pointing out that in many cases, 15% of a mine’s total production costs are related to energy. Energy Manager helps customers in all industries monitor, manage and optimise their energy usage for maximum efficiency and cost savings.It provides reliable data on energy consumption and costs, to pinpoint potential process improvement targets as well identify the process area with the highest levels of energy efficiency. This data is then used as the basis of future energy saving measures. Energy Manager is completely scalable; this modular solution can start with basic energy monitoring and reporting at a single facility, and later expand to include multiple sites, or be implemented throughout the entire company to optimise energy use and manage energy supply costs.In a recently published study titled CPM/MES Systems for Process Industries Worldwide Outlook, industry analyst firm ARC Advisory Group ranked ABB in the leading worldwide position for this expanding market. CPM and MES (Manufacturing Execution System) software provides visibility, execution, tracking, reporting and optimization of manufacturing processes to improve product quality, safety, and overall productivity.According to the study, the CPM market grew in all regions of the world in over the past two years, as all manufacturing organisations need to collaborate and improve their efficiency to operate profitably.The increased use of CPM is driven by the need to control energy use and costs, new regulations, globalization, standards enforcement, big data analytics demographic changes, and the overall need to reduce manufacturing costs.Even with economic instability and exchange rate fluctuations, ARC forecasts that industry dynamics will continue to drive the overall CPM for process market growth positively in 2012 and beyond. The increased use of new technologies such as tablets, smartphones and cloud computing as workplace tools have set new expectations for the information access and capabilities provided by CPM solutions.“ABB’s CPM solutions provide users with collaboration tools to improve productivity and asset availability, while reducing energy and maintenance costs in a rapidly changing business environment.” said Janice Abel, principal consultant at ARC and author of the study. “The acquisitions of both Ventyx and Mincom vastly expanded ABB’s CPM business. With its comprehensive product line, ABB stands poised to grow its presence even further in this market.”ABB acquired power networking software company Ventyx in 2010. Ventyx then acquired Mincom, a software company focused on the mining business, in 2011. The combination of Ventyx, Mincom and continued strong organic growth of ABB’s existing CPM portfolio allowed ABB to move to the market leadership role. In 2011, ABB also recorded very strong organic growth in the mining business.“Collaborative Production Management allows our process customers to extend the benefits that they get from the underlying automation they already have in their plant. The software ABB provides has been proven to reduce order to cash time for our customers’ manufacturing operations, improve throughput, reduce inventory and optimize maintenance,” said said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “We’ve heard customers talk about the need for complete shop floor to top floor integration for years; ABB is delivering CPM solutions that do exactly that and more.”last_img read more