What Is Going On In The NBA Conference Finals

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 24, 2016), we talk about the surprising NBA conference finals and wonder if the conventional wisdom about the best NBA teams was wrong. Then, we talk to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon about his piece on The Undefeated that argues that African-Americans aren’t interested in discussing sports analytics. Finally, Carl Bialik joins us to talk about the French Open and whether Roger Federer’s absence will have an effect on the outcome of the tournament. Plus, a Significant Digit on Ichiro Suzuki, the Miami Marlins veteran closing in on 3,000 hits in the Major Leagues.Neil Paine says the Warriors’ loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was historic.And ESPN Stats and Info says the key to the Thunder’s win was their smaller lineup.Ben Morris writes that season series matter when it comes to predicting the playoffs.In the East, Neil Paine writes, the Cleveland Cavaliers are obliterating the competition.Neil Paine also says the Cavs won’t need any help beating the Raptors.But that was before Kyle Lowry helped the Raptors level things up in the series.Michael Wilbon writes in The Undefeated that blacks are not feeling the sports analytics movement.Carl Bialik writes that Roger Federer’s absence from this year’s French Open is the first time he’s missed a Grand Slam in 17 years.Could Rafael Nadal’s slump be at an end, asks ESPN’s Johnette Howard.Tom Ley in Deadspin says Ichiro Suzuki still rules.Significant Digit: 40. That’s the number of hits Ichiro Suzuki needs to reach 3,000 in the Major Leagues. He had 10 hits in just three games this week. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

This Years Cubs Might Be Better Than The Incredible 27 Yankees

Anchored by a legendary lineup of hitters dubbed Murderers’ Row, the ’27 Yankees scored 975 runs and allowed only 599, outscoring foes by 2.4 per game (which also ranks No. 2 all-time). Babe Ruth had one of the finest seasons of his career, setting a single-season home run mark, which wouldn’t be broken until 1961. And Ruth wasn’t the only slugger in the lineup: Lou Gehrig (also a member of those dominant ’39 Yankees), had his best season, as well. Altogether, four members of that vaunted batting order would go on to make the Hall of Fame.But as historic a run as the 1927 Yankees had, we are now seeing what might be an even better Cubs team. Through 53 games — about a third of the season — only four teams accrued a higher run differential than this year’s Cubs squad: the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1912 New York Giants, 1929 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1939 Yankees. (Through 53 games, the ’27 Yankees’ +124 margin ranks 10th all time.) And if the Cubs continue their outstanding individual performances, they’ll crush the 1927 Yankees’ record for most WAR in a season — by about six full wins. Especially after accounting for the increase in parity over MLB’s history, this Cubs run stands out as startlingly impressive.The Cubs have stumbled slightly from their unsustainable 24-6 start, but they are still outscoring the opposition by 2.6 runs per game. If they can continue at that level, Chicago will surpass the ’27 Yankees’ total run differential around the 145th game of the season, giving them another 17 games to challenge the ’39 Yankees’ all-time record. So even as we remember the greatness of 1927 Yankees, we are also witnessing history unfold with this season’s Cubs team. Our colleagues at ESPN are spending much of this year on an innovative history project documenting the 1927 season of the New York Yankees. A look at the numbers explains the focus on that legendary team, and it’s difficult to overstate their dominance. Sure, the Yankees racked up 110 wins that year and easily swept the World Series, but even those accomplishments don’t fully do the team justice. More than just crushing opponents, the Yankees left them in shock. Opposing first baseman Joe Judge summed it up best: “Those fellows not only beat you, but they tear your hearts out.”According to FanGraphs’ wins above replacement, the ’27 Yankees’ 66.3 total WAR makes them the best team of the modern era.1Going back to the American League’s first major-league season in 1901. By a more conventional metric like run differential, their +376 scoring margin ranks second–best in baseball history, trailing only the 1939 Yankees’ +411 mark. Both are good statistics for encapsulating a team’s overall dominance — its ability to tear out hearts, if you will — and hardly any teams have posed a threat to the ’27 Yankees’ legacy in the last 89 years.But they could potentially have company this season in the form of the Chicago Cubs. read more

Ohio State mens hockey falls to Michigan in firstever Big Ten game

The Ohio State men’s hockey team will be searching for its first-ever Big Ten conference win Monday, as the team fell to the Michigan Wolverines, 4-3, in overtime Friday in Ann Arbor.The game saw the Buckeyes (8-5-0, 0-1-0) come back from a one-goal deficit three times against the No. 3-ranked Wolverines (9-2-1, 1-0-0).A goal from sophomore forward Anthony Greco with 3:13 left in regulation tied the game at 3-3 and sent the teams into overtime.Michigan sophomore forward Andrew Copp netted the game-winning goal with 1:22 left in the extra session.Despite the loss, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the effort was something to be noted of the Buckeyes in the tough matchup.“Our kids emptied the tank, we played hard and there were some chances on both sides,” Rohlik said in an OSU press release. “We just came out on the short end. You always have to learn from things and we’re going to learn from this and get better.”The teams were tied, 1-1, after the first period, and Michigan had a 3-2 advantage heading into the third.Freshman goalie Logan Davis, in his third start between the posts for the Buckeyes, had a career-high 34 saves, including one on a second-period penalty shot from Michigan freshman forward Evan Allen.OSU converted on both of its power play opportunities, while the Wolverines had one goal on four power plays, the first power play goal allowed by the Buckeyes in 27 opportunities.The Buckeyes are set to close the two-game series with Michigan Monday in the Schottenstein Center. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball drops regular season finale 31 against No 1

Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary runs to return a ball during a game against Loyola (Chicago)April 11at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-1.Credit: Logan Hickman / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team couldn’t muster a win in its last regular season game.OSU ended its regular season schedule with a 3-1 loss against No. 1 Loyola (Chicago) Friday at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes (11-15, 6-8) took on the Ramblers (24-1, 14-0) Friday for the second time this season. The previous match also ended in a loss for the Buckeyes, as they fell, 3-0, Feb. 1 in Chicago.The Buckeye defense was strong throughout the match but could not hold its own against Loyola’s offense.Defensively, OSU doubled up Loyola in blocks, 10-5. Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy and junior middle blocker Dustan Neary — the reigning Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week — led the way up front, each getting in on five blocks.Redshirt-junior setter Peter Heinen said the Ramblers played to their strengths of solid serving and scoring near the antennas throughout the game to come out on top.“Loyola has great service pressure and two of the best pin attackers in the country,” Heinen said, referring to sophomore Thomas Jaeschke and junior Cody Caldwell, who finished with 19 and 18 kills respectively.This season OSU has struggled getting all of the new players to work together, with eight freshmen and three redshirt-freshmen on the roster, and that has been a main issue this year, Heinen said.“We struggled with our consistency. That is going to happen when you have so many freshmen playing key roles, and we are still working to try and figure that out. When we have been able to put together a consistent effort from everyone on the floor, great things happen,” he said. “The ability is there, we just need to find a way to bring it every point.”Senior libero Michael Piechowski said another season-long struggle has been playing at a steady, high level.“Our struggle has been our consistency in matches and really staying aggressive against every opponent. As you know, our team is very young and we have a lot of freshmen. I would say our biggest improvement has been their ability to come ready to play and bring it,” he said.Senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton agreed, saying the players vary by matches.“Some games we will have one player playing good and another having an off game, and that has thrown us off during games. Like our coach said, we just need everyone to play the 80 percent level of good volleyball all the time and we will be able to beat anyone,” Newton said.OSU also celebrated its seniors in their last match of the regular season and in Columbus. The honored players included libero Danny Baker, Newton, Piechowski and Heinen, who will not be returning to OSU next year.Next up for the Buckeyes is the MIVA tournament, and their first match is set for Saturday against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Ind. read more

Forget family meals – parents would rather just bond in front of

first_imgIt is a scene evoking thoughts of an idyllic family life many fear is being killed off by long working hours and smartphones.But new research suggests that the prospect of gathering the family around a table to share a meal is enough to bring most parents out in a cold sweat – and many would rather just relax with their children by watching television.Findings by Mintel, the consumer trends specialist, show that two thirds of British parents describe family meals as “quality time” and half think of it as a “bonding” experience. Family meals at Downton AbbeyCredit:CARNIVAL FILMS/ITV But any bonding might, it seems, have more to do with adversity as not even a quarter of parents (23 per cent) said they think of dining together with the family as relaxing.By contrast more than six in 10 (62 per cent) chose watching television together as form of family relaxation and almost half (47 per cent) of mothers surveyed agreed that it was an activity which brings their whole family together.The findings challenge the once common argument that television threatens family life by discouraging parents and children from spending “quality” time together. They echo remarks last Christmas by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Nick Baines, who argued strongly for the merits of festive television as a “shared experience” for families. Overall 79 per cent of those polled said the female partner in their household handled household chores on a typical weekday compared with only 36 per cent citing the male partner. But when it came to spending time with children the proportions were 48 per cent and 33 per cent. Richard Cope, Senior Trends Consultant at Mintel, said: “Today’s parents are more attentive, but feel time starved and more distant than past generations.”While eating dinner together as a family is seen as being ‘quality time’ and a bonding experience, so too is watching television, but where it comes top is in helping families relax – relaxation is something that almost two thirds of respondent associate with TV viewing.” While eating dinner together as a family is seen as being ‘quality time’ and a bonding experience, so too is watching television, but where it comes top is in helping families relaxRichard Cope, Mintel downton-dining The research, presented at ITV’s “Family Planning” conference in Leeds also shows that while women still shoulder the burden when it comes to housework, men are gradually narrowing the gap when it comes to childcare and reading bedtime stories. 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

George Michaels boyfriend Fadi says the truth is out after coroner finds

first_imgMichael’s boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, tweeted a black and white photograph of the him being embraced by Michael with the caption: “The Truth is out…”Fawaz also hit out at the negative publicity he endured in the weeks following George’s death and in particular the leaked 999 call of his attempt to revive the singer after finding him lifeless in bed.He tweeted: “All the nasty comments, press and 999 were very cruel and unnecessary whatsoever, Now I hope to receive some real LOVE x.” In some cases, it is an inherited condition. Otherwise, it can be caused by viral infections, uncontrolled high blood pressure, problems with the heart valves or excessive drinking. George Michael died of natural causes from dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, a coroner has said.The 53-year-old was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames on Christmas Day.Darren Salter, Oxfordshire’s senior coroner, said in a statement: “Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.”As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further inquiries.”No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.” The Truth is out… pic.twitter.com/F07TxE8T2a— Fadi Fawaz (@fadifawaz) March 7, 2017 Floral tributes outside the home of George Michael in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire Michael, who rose to fame as the frontman of Wham! and had chart-topping hits including Last Christmas and Freedom, suffered health scares and fought drug addiction for years.Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle. It becomes stretched and thin, which affects how blood is able to pump around the body. Floral tributes outside the home of George Michael in Goring-on-Thames, OxfordshireCredit:Steve Parsons/PAcenter_img Myocarditis is inflammation in or around the heart and is usually caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection.Symptoms include pain or tightness in the chest which can spread to other parts of the body. Ridgeley said: “On Christmas Day 2016, the greatest singer-songwriter of his generation, an icon of his era and my beloved friend George Michael was lost.”He described Michael as a “supernova” and that his death “felt like the sky had fallen in”.At the Grammys, Adele performed a slowed-down version of Michael’s song Fast Love after restarting her first rendition, saying the tribute was “too important”. Tributes were paid to the singer at the recent Brit and Grammy awards ceremonies.Coldplay frontman Chris Martin sang alongside Michael’s rendition of his ballad A Different Corner at the Brits while clips from his career were played.The performance followed a tearful speech from Michael’s former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley and the band’s backing singers Helen DeMacque and Shirlie Holliman, otherwise known as Pepsi & Shirlie. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by a build-up of fat in the liver and is usually seen in people who are overweight or obese.A different type of fatty liver disease is caused by excessive drinking and is known as alcoholic fatty liver disease.Michael’s former partner Kenny Goss has previously said he believed the pop superstar’s body “just gave up”. 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

Royal Ballet choreographer appears to ridicule his own stars

first_imgTim Couchman, assistant choreographer The dancers of the Royal Ballet are considered to be among the very best in the world.But when choreographer David Dawson’s latest work at Covent Garden drew poor reviews, those dancers found themselves at the centre of an extraordinary written attack.An online commenter purporting to be Dawson’s choreographic assistant, Tim Couchman, said the failure of the production was down to the Royal Ballet stars with their “inflated” egos, refusal to practise and non-stop moaning behind the scenes. So bad was their behaviour, the comment read, that they should be “shrunken with shame”. Choreographer David Dawson The Royal Ballet's production of David Dawson's The Human Seasons A top-class professional [does not] bicker and moan about things theythink are impossible before they’ve even tried them He went on: “To me, personally, a top-class professional is someone who endeavours to present the art as authentically as possible. They are open to understanding the techniques required to achieve an artist’s particular style and vision, whether they like them or not…”A top-class professional makes the effort to learn the physicality, and musicality, properly and precisely. They observe, listen and practice, and they practice repeatedly until they master that which is strange and difficult [sic]. “They retain the information, come to rehearsals prepared, they focus hard, and deliver the work consistently, without deflecting corrections and coaching advice. They do not bicker and moan about things they think are impossible before they’ve even tried them.”He signed off: “And a top-class professional (not to mention true artist) would never ever be satisfied with scraping though at the last minute, shrunken with shame, knowing they didn’t really do their best.”Only when ALL cast members behave as top-class professionals, can a work of art hope to reveal it’s fragile truth. But when time is tight, when egos are inflated, when hearts are closed and minds are unfocused, all that can happen is the promulgation of lies. And the art is lost, and we will never know.” Tim Couchman, assistant choreographerCredit:Telegraph Choreographer David DawsonCredit:Angela Sterling Dawson is acclaimed in Europe and was the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Mariinsky Ballet. He trained at the Royal Ballet School, as did Couchman, who helps to stage Dawson’s productions around the world.The production in question, The Human Seasons, takes its name from the Keats poem of the same name. It was first staged by Dawson in 2013 and is currently part of a triple bill. The other two works, from different choreographers, were well-received.The principal dancers and soloists taking part include some of the Royal Ballet’s star names: Marianela Nunez, Claire Calvert and Eric Underwood.center_img The Human Seasons performed by the Royal BalletCredit: Alastair Muir The Royal Ballet’s production of David Dawson’s The Human SeasonsCredit:Corbis via Getty Images The Human Seasons performed by the Royal Ballet A top class professional puts the needs of the scene before the needsof the self Critics were unimpressed by the production but the harshest review was on The Arts Desk website, which said the dancers “make a game stab at it, like the top-class professionals they are” but that the production had no redeeming features. “Everything that is vapid and dreadful about contemporary ballet is present and correct,” it said, adding that Calvert had been “manhandled like a sack of flour by six male dancers”.A comment submitted underneath the article at midnight under the name of Tim Couchman, although it could not be verified, said: “As the stager of The Human Seasons, I would like to say that the ballet you saw was not, in truth, The Human Seasons – it was, as you say ‘a game stab at it’. And if you’d been privy to the staging process, your assumption that all the dancers are ‘top-class professionals’ might perhaps have been challenged.” For his part, Dawson said in a tweet – since deleted – that he would be taking his work elsewhere because he was so furious about the reviews.”London critics can be delighted to know that I have decided not to show my work any longer if I can help it,” he wrote. The tweet ended with the hashtag #respectgoesbothways. As the Royal Ballet reeled from the accusations, Dawson issued a conciliatory statement addressed to the dancers and the company’s director, Kevin O’Hare.”Dear dancers of the Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare and all his team at Covent Garden,” it read.”I would like you to know that you have my greatest admiration and respect. It has been a true honour and a privilege to work with you and to share the stage with the superb Crystal Pite and Christopher Wheeldon [the other choreographers in the triple bill].”Thank you for your art.”The final performance is on Friday. Couchman could not be reached for comment.The Royal Ballet declined to comment. 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

Jeremy the rare lefty snail caught in a love triangle is left

first_imgBut what next for Jeremy and his potential to become a father after being left on the shelf? Researchers are still seeking a suitable partner for him, but Jeremy is said to have embraced his role as a “loveable uncle” and has been observed playing with the baby snails.While he remains on the market for a mate, Jeremy is said to have been “remarkably unphotogenic” lately and will not pose for pictures.Perhaps he just does not want to come out of his shell. They are seeking to study a gene that also affects body asymmetry in other animals – including humans.Research using these snails could offer the chance to develop our understanding of how organs are placed in the body and why this process can sometimes go wrong. Jeremy in his role as loveable uncle “The irony is, it’s like that thing where maybe you introduce your best friend to a girl you’re interested in,” Dr Angus Davison, a biologist at the University of Nottingham who is also Jeremy’s keeper, told Radio 4’s Today programme. “The two snails got together.”Snails mate face-to-face, sliding past each other on the right hand side so their genitalia can meet.To copulate, “lefty” snails must beat one-in-a million odds to find a mate with compatible sex organs.Jeremy has had the benefit of the match-making skills of researchers, who want to study the genetics of left-sidedness and continue to hunt for a partner for Jeremy so they can study his offspring. Love is a hard game to play when you are a rare “lefty” snail.Jeremy the garden snail’s rare genetic mutation means his shell spirals anti-clockwise – leaving his sex organs on the wrong side.Researchers at the University of Nottingham sought to help the sinistral mutant in finding a suitable mate by launching a worldwide hunt.center_img But the search has spectacularly backfired – after Jeremy found himself on the losing side of a gastropod love triangle.At first, things looked promising when two potential left-coiling partners were found for him by a snail enthusiast in Ipswich and farmer in Mallorca.But it has since emerged that Jeremy has been overlooked by his potential lovers. Instead of mating with Jeremy, the other “lefty” snails – called Lefty and Tomeau – have paired up and procreated together.Their first batch of eggs together was laid in April and now a total of 170 babies, which are each right-coiled, have been born. Jeremy in his role as loveable uncleCredit:BBC 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

Charlotte Church loses baby just weeks after announcing pregnancy

first_imgA second message read: “2 of 2 We kindly ask everyone to respect that peace.”Church had announced last month she was expecting her third child.It was thought the baby was due in November. The star is already a mother to nine-year-old Ruby and Dexter, eight, from her previous relationship with Gavin Henson.They parted company in 2010. 1 of 2 Charlotte and Jonny are very sad to announce that they lost their baby. Now is a time for grieving and being together as a family.— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) June 26, 2017 Credit:Dominic Lipinski /PA  Charlotte Church has announced that she has lost her unborn baby.The singer, 31, said on Twitter that she and her partner Jonathan Powell were grieving their loss.She wrote: “1 of 2 Charlotte and Jonny are very sad to announce that they lost their baby.”Now is a time for grieving and being together as a family.” Charlotte Church 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

Bank of mum and dad sees average parents spending £18000 on supporting

The bank of mum and dad sees average parents spending £18,000 on supporting grown up children.Around 17 percent of over-55s who provide financial help to loved ones will be, if they are not already, worse off, Legal & General and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found.One in 10 said they felt less financially secure and 4 percent said they had postponed retirement after supporting family or friends onto the housing ladder.The research, which surveyed more than 2000 lenders, also found that women were found to be more likely than men to have accepted a lower standard of living after providing financial support.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––People approaching retirement aged 55 to 64 were also particularly likely to be feeling the strain – with money being siphoned from places such as pension pots, downsizing to smaller homes and equity release to help younger generations.Legal & General found that, based on the average contribution by the Bank of Mum and Dad, an over-55 household could expect to be £18,000 worse off on average after providing financial support.The research also found that the “bank” lenders were unlikely to take advice in regard to the impact their giving may have on their own financial future.Before gifting money to help family or friends onto the housing ladder, more than 77 percent did not speak to a professional adviser or even seek information online.Chris Knight, chief executive officer at Legal & General retail retirement, said: “Parents and grandparents across the UK are often digging deep into their pension pots to support loved ones, balancing the housing needs of their children and grandchildren with their own retirement goals.”Worryingly, in the majority of cases, these individuals aren’t taking advice before they ‘lend’.”He said the financial services sector should re-think how it communicates with people and continued: “It means getting people thinking about retirement income earlier, helping them build their retirement plan and laying out all the options available to them.”If we can do this, we can help people to be this generous without leaving themselves short – helping their family onto the property ladder, but also ensuring they have the best retirement they can.” 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

Care worker inherits country estate after DNA test proves he was illegitimate

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. Jordan has installed a gym at the estate The Penrose estateCredit:Panther Media GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo Posting a photograph of his new home on Facebook, he said it had been “a hard three months of fighting for what is truly mine” adding: “I’m sure there will be lots family barbecues in the future I also have a tennis court.” He had asked for a DNA test several times but got no response. It was only after his death that the power of attorney arranged for a test to take place.”I’m starting to get my feet under the table here,” Jordan added. “People say I’m lucky but I would trade anything to be able to go back and for Charles to know I was his son. Maybe then he might have taken a different path.”I don’t need to work anymore so want to set up a charity and help the Porthleven and Helston communities.”I’ve been at the point of worrying about the next bill and have had a tough start in life but now I’m here I want to help people. “I’m not going to forget where I’ve come from.” Jordan has installed a gym at the estateCredit:Instagram The Rogers family have lived on the site between Helston and Porthleven in Cornwall for generations, gifting it to the National Trust in 1974 in exchange for a 1,000-year lease to continue living there.The family Trust makes money from investments in stocks and shares and renting a number of parcels of land to local farmers, producing a substantial income for the life tenant and meaning Jordan, whose partner gave birth to their first child last month, will not need to work again.  Charles Rogers, who died last year Jordan outside his new home A care worker has inherited one of Britain’s finest country estates after a DNA test proved he was the illegitimate son of the previous aristocratic owner who died last year.Jordan Adlard Rogers, 31, has moved into the sprawling house on the 1,536-acre Penrose National Trust estate after a lengthy battle to prove he was the rightful heir.He had spent years trying to prove that Charles Rogers, whose family had lived on the estate for generations, was his father but his efforts to secure a DNA test were repeatedly rebuffed.However, when Mr Rogers, 62, died of a drug overdose last August, a test was finally carried out and his son, who had long struggled for cash, suddenly found himself at the centre of an incredible rags to riches story.Jordan has wasted little time in embracing his new found inheritance, installing an outside gym at the property and buying a Mercedes C63 to sit on the drive. “There was always a pressure of him trying to match expectation,” Jordan said.”His brother was a RAF pilot and his dad a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy so he had big shoes to fill. He was under huge pressure taking it on, but he was different and a free spirit.”Charles served in the Army in Northern Ireland and I think this affected him greatly along with the death of his brother Nigel from cancer who he was very close to.”Jordan had suspected that Mr Rogers was his father since he was eight.  Charles Rogers, who died last yearCredit:Jordan Adlard Rogers/SWNS Jordan outside his new homeCredit:Cornwall Live/SWNS The Penrose estate But he insists he would give it all up to have had the chance to steer his father away from the drug abuse that claimed his life and is determined to find out more about his life.An inquest held in Truro last week heard that Mr Rogers had struggled with drug abuse for many years and died in his car outside his Grade-II listed farmhouse.He was reportedly malnourished, neglected personal hygiene and rarely changed his clothes in the months leading up to his death. Instead of living in his lavish home, Mr Rogers was sleeping in his car.His son said he had learned of a number of factors that may have prompted his life to spiral out of control. read more

Shake up in Timehri Police Station after female prisoner escapes

…two ranks demoted, one awaiting charges and another being investigatedTwo ranks attached the Guyana Police Force have faced demotion, while another is expected to be charged internally, and a fourth is being investigated following the escape of a female prisoner from the Timehri Police Station lockups on Monday last.INews understands that an inspector has now been transferred to Force Control, a CID rank was demoted to general duties and transferred to the Police “C” Division (East Coast Demerara), while a female Station Sergeant is awaiting charges and a Lance Corporal is being investigated.The four were all stationed at the Timehri Police Station.Based on information received a female prisoner, who was held for possession of narcotics, was transferred to the Timehri Police Station from the East La Penitence Police Station.However, she reportedly managed to escape during an alleged “lapse in supervision” by the ranks, police say.Investigations are ongoing as officers are trying apprehend the prison escapee. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice says raped prisoner assaulted ranks; Top Cop knew of assault since DecemberJanuary 15, 2014In “Crime”Colwyn Harding’s file sent to DPPFebruary 10, 2014In “Crime”No buggery evidence in Harding’s claims – KennardFebruary 4, 2014In “Crime” read more

Australia could lose over 23000 mineral industry jobs by 2020 under emissions

first_imgA modelling scheme carried out by Concept Economics, an economic analysis group, shows that 23,510 direct jobs will be lost across Australia’s minerals industry by 2020 and 66,480 by 2030 as a result of the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). The 2020 figure represents an 11% drop in overall employment in the minerals sector, while the 2030 result is a 24% decrease. The report, The employment effects in the Australian Mineral Industry from the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme in Australia, was conducted by Dr Brian Fisher, the former Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics. It is the first detailed analysis of the impact of the emissions scheme on employment in the Australian minerals sector.  “The proposed CPRS is out of step with global efforts to reduce emissions, other international trading schemes and the development of the low emissions technologies needed to reduce emissions.  It will impose the highest carbon costs in the world on Australia’s minerals exporters,” Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Hooke said.“We share the Government’s commitment to reducing emissions, but this modelling shows the CPRS is fundamentally flawed. By imposing the highest carbon costs in the world on Australia’s minerals exporters, it will eliminate jobs while failing to materially reduce global greenhouse gas levels. One simple change to the CPRS would deliver a cap-and-trade emissions reductions scheme without the job destroying impact of the current design. It should include a phased approach to emissions trading – with the number of carbon permits auctioned increasing over time,” Hooke continued.“Such a simple change would deliver a scheme with good outcomes for the environment and save thousands of jobs. Other schemes around the world have adopted a phased approach – it is hard to understand why it has been ruled out in Australia.”The modelling has calculated the following job losses by state:Queensland – 11,440 (2020), 34,090 (2030)New South Wales – 4,260 (2020), 14,600 (2030)Western Australia – 3,410 (2020), 5,750 (2030)South Australia – 1,990 (2020), 3,150 (2030)Tasmania – 1,050 (2020), 2,520 (2030)Victoria – 1,210 (2020), 5,830 (2030)Northern Territory – 150 (2020), 540 (2030).Job losses by commodity and sector:Coal – 9,040 (2020), 15,610 (2030)Gas – 870 (2020), 1,730 (2030)Bauxite – 40 (2020), 600 (2030)Other non-ferrous metal ore mining (including gold/copper/lead/zinc) – 1,720 (2020), 5,290 (2030)Iron ore – 560 (2020), 1,740 (2030)Other mining -1,130 (2020), 3,240 (2030)Mining services – 1,580 (2020), 4,600 (2030)Smelting and refining sector – 8,570 (2020), 33,670 (2030).The MCA states that the recent changes to the CPRS have not fixed the fundamental flaws in the scheme.“The one year delay represents a stay of execution for the jobs that will be shed under the proposed scheme.  The simple message of this report is that the CPRS as it is currently designed will result in a transfer of exports from Australia to our international competitors. That will not produce any appreciable reduction in global emissions,” Hooke said.last_img read more

Anglo American selects Intergraph SmartPlant Foundation for Los Bronces

first_imgAnglo American, one of the largest copper producers in Chile, has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation to support the information management handover process for its Los Bronces expansion project (IM, April 2011, pp14-19), which is expected to increase production capacity to an average of 400,000 t/y of fine copper. Anglo American joins hundreds of companies that have implemented SmartPlant Foundation, an information management solution. Anglo American sought to optimiase its present project/plant information management systems handover strategy to reduce risks in all areas of its business.Pixis, the exclusive distributor of Intergraph solutions in Chile and Peru since 1996, is working closely with Anglo American on the project.Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine President, said, “SmartPlant Foundation provides Anglo American the technology and capabilities of the industry-standard solution for information management, used by EPC companies and owner operators globally. The implementation of SmartPlant Foundation at Los Bronces gives Anglo American fast, easy and intuitive access to engineering documentation, allowing it to execute projects and operate safer while increasing quality and productivity.”Intergraph says “SmartPlant Foundation has the broadest solution footprint in the industry with capabilities that span the entire project life cycle, ranging from simple document management to configuration management in highly regarded industries. Its forte is the ability to manage massively interrelated, interdependent and rapidly evolving data that is the backbone of SmartPlant Enterprise, Intergraph’s multi-discipline integrated engineering suite, as well as being the platform for integrated applications such as SmartPlant Construction and SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators.”last_img read more

David Brown and Santasalo merge to create new global force in gear

first_imgDavid Brown and Santasalo, two of the world’s leading mechanical power transmission companies merged on June 1 to create David Brown Santasalo, a new, truly global force in the gear industry. With more than 1,000 employees, seven major manufacturing plants and 23 service centres across six continents, the business is ideally equipped to serve its growing customer base in commodities, marine, defence, power, industrial and consumer end markets.The statement said: “With over 150 years of gear engineering leadership and substantial geographic expansion over the last decade into high growth countries such as China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, David Brown Santasalo is well positioned as a world leader in its field. Under Clyde Blowers Capital ownership, David Brown Santasalo has benefitted from significant investment in world-class manufacturing, new product development and service centre expansion. Through its highly responsive and capable local teams, David Brown Santasalo brings the connectivity and responsiveness to support the specific needs of over 5,000 customers worldwide.”Thomas Burley, Chief Executive Officer, David Brown Santasalo explains: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead a business with such a diverse, international team. We now combine extensive sales and service presence in all regions with a world-class engineering and manufacturing capability. David Brown Santasalo covers varied end markets including naval ships, minerals processing and the manufacture of a wide range of pulp and paper products. Across all these markets, our core differentiator is our fundamental capability to design and engineer gear systems for the world’s most demanding applications. We are committed to maintaining and growing this through continued investment in our people and manufacturing capabilities over the coming years.”Burley said that the strategy comprises three main elements: “To continue to expand our sales and service network, becoming ever more local to our diverse customer base. To use our in depth gear engineering knowledge to enhance our product offering and support our customers in their end markets. To invest further in world-class manufacturing, ensuring we have full production capability in key regions to meet the growing demand for our products.”Jim McColl, Chairman and CEO, Clyde Blowers Capital adds: “In bringing together David Brown and Santasalo, we have created a large scale industrial gearing business with proven management, highly complementary products, a unique global service network and increasingly efficient manufacturing. Whilst both have progressed well independently, we now have a business with all the necessary attributes to further grow and develop as an industry leader. Clyde Blowers is committed to invest in the business over the coming years, including acquisitions that further enhance its position in key markets. We look forward to continue working with the leadership team at David Brown Santasalo, as we have done successfully to reach this stage.”last_img read more

Schulte Strathaus exhibit at MINExpo

first_imgSchulte Strathaus’s main focus is the STARCLEAN® conveyor belt scrapers, “which are the problem solver designed to help operating belt conveyors more efficiently.“The main idea is to provide optimum cleaning, unlike the competition not only for a short time, but from the first to the last minute of the lifespan of the blades. This is reached by the unique Twist-Swing®feature which ensures that every blade adapts to the belt, and therefore compensates individual wear and provides longest lifespans.”When scraper blades are worn, the replacement should be carried out in a minimum of time. All STARCLEAN® scrapers provide a plug-in foot, and are inserted into the shaft without the use of any tools. This feature paired with one-touch quick-tensioning devices ensure that maintenance can be carried out within minutes.Known as a technology leader in the field of belt cleaning, Schulte Strathaus has just introduced some great innovations.First is the torsion tensioning device for heavy duty primary scrapers. With this new tensioning device for belt widths up to 3.2 m and speeds up to 11 m/s primary scrapers do not have to be retensioned (often a big problem for operators of heavy duty conveyors). This new tensioning device maintains perfect tension until the blades are worn.The company has also introduced a new electrical tensioning device. Used with tungsten carbide scrapers, the new device can disengage the scraper; for example during reversing operation or maintenance, and then move back automatically to the preset tension. As an option the device can readjust the tension automatically also for primary cleaners when wear occurs.Extremely sticky materials can be cleaned off the belt with the new STARCLEAN single-blade scraper with segmented counter rollers. In order to make sure that material build-up cannot occur, this system uses a single-blade scraper. Because single blade scrapers cannot adapt to the belt properly, limiting cleaning ability, Schulte Strathaus uses an assembly with segmented rollers at the inside of the belt, which gently adapts the belt to the cleaner. With this new system, the company says, “even the stickiest materials can be perfectly scraped off the belt, without material build-up on the scraper.The roller assembly is equipped with the proven quick tensioning device for easy tensioning.In addition to conveyor components, the company has launched the innovative closed conveyor belt system SAFEBELT®. The SAFEBELT system is an ideal conveyor for bulk material handling when it is important to avoid transfer points, to go around obstacles and to convey the material in a protected, closed and dustless way. To achieve this, the belt- loop stays closed from the loading point to the unloading point. The execution with various possible horizontal and vertical curves enables the conveyor to easily be adapted to local conditions.The closed belt design reduces total costs, because complex enclosures are not neededThe bulk material is completely enclosed in the belt. There is hardly any inlet or outlet for dust or liquidsThe lightweight steel support and because no special framework makes for simple extension and enables flexible changes of directionDue to the possibility of extremely small vertical and horizontal curves additional transfer points are not needed.last_img read more

Updated Detour Lake Life of Mine plan to add to ultraclass fleet

first_imgDetour Gold Corporation has reported the details of its updated life of mine plan (2018 LOM Plan) for its Detour Lake operation located in northeastern Ontario. The 2018 LOM Plan, in conjunction with a stronger leadership team dedicated to implementing several key operational improvement initiatives, represents an intensified commitment to optimise the Detour Lake operation.“Detour Gold is moving forward on an achievable plan to create long-term value for all of our shareholders, with whom we have always maintained an open dialogue. Our Board has made important changes and is committed to making further changes, as necessary, to ensure Detour Lake becomes a consistently profitable operation,” said Alex Morrison, Board Chairman. “With our new mine operating plan in place and a team led by our new Chief Operating Officer, Frazer Bourchier, to execute it, we are confident that we are on track to position the Company as a leading intermediate gold producer. Both management and the Board are highly focused on operational improvements. The impact of the changes we are making will not be evident immediately, but we intend to deliver consistent execution under Frazer’s leadership.”The 2018 LOM Plan includes all production and costs at the Detour Lake mine site and does not include costs for corporate, exploration and interest. Highlights are as follows:Proven and probable reserves of 16.0 million ounces of gold contained in 517 Mt grading 0.97 g/t over a mine life of approximately 23 years (as at December 31, 2017)Average annual gold production of approximately 659,000 oz over LOM at average total site costs of $843 per ounce soldFor the period 2019-2023, average annual gold production of approximately 608,000 ounces at average total site costs of $983 per ounce soldAnnual total material mined ramping up to 129 Mt by 2024Annual plant throughput maintained at 23 Mt starting in 2021Estimated LOM capital costs of $2.5 billion (excluding deferred stripping)Estimated LOM pre-tax cash flows of $8.4 billion at $1,300 per ounce and CAD/US exchange rate of 1.25After-tax NPV5% of $3.45 billion as at January 1, 2018Frazer Bourchier, COO, commented: “This updated mine plan generates a more consistent near and mid-term gold production profile with a cost structure based, in part, on realised performance to date while allowing flexibility for future permitting requirements. All input assumptions consider recent performance, current operational maturity and future planned operational improvements. It is the most prudent and achievable mine development approach for the Detour Lake operation.”The 2018 LOM Plan successfully reduces the large annual variation in projected gold production under the prior plan. Specifically, the gold production profile is more consistent over the next 12 years at approximately 614,000 oz per year and subsequently increases to approximately 725,000 oz per year for the next 10 years.The mine life of 22.6 years is based on the amended mineral reserves statement which is included at end of this news release. The mine production plan assumes the continued development of the Detour Lake pit, including successful attainment of required progressive permits, with the start-up of the West Detour pit in 2025 and the North pit in 2026. The majority of ore tonnes (88%) are sourced from the Detour Lake pit with the balance coming from the West Detour and North pits. Plant throughput capacity is maximized with the processing of LG Fines over the LOM (average grade of 0.59 g/t Au and representing less than 5% of total LOM mill feed).The mining rate for the Detour Lake pit gradually ramps up from 107 Mt in 2018 to 129 Mt in 2024. During this period, the waste to ore strip ratio will vary annually from 3.5:1 to 6.6:1. The ultra-class haulage truck fleet is projected to increase from the current 34 to 39 CAT 795 trucks in 2022 while no increase is expected for the current two electric rope shovels (CAT 7495) and five hydraulic shovels (CAT 6060).The mining phases have been subdivided into more contained geographic areas compared to the prior plan. The mining benches remain at approximately 120 m in width and 12 m in height with two access ramps for waste extraction servicing the upper portion of the pit. There is no change to the wall slope geometry and dilution assumptions. As reported on April 26, 2018, the company has already started on the mine sequencing changes with a focus on the south wall development of the Detour Lake pit.Production from the West Detour pit is scheduled from 2025 to 2036, starting at 8 Mt per year to a maximum mining rate of 31 Mt per year in 2028. It assumes a combination of small equipment (CAT 6030 excavators and CAT 777 haul trucks) and shared usage of the Detour Lake pit mining fleet. The company plans to use the West Detour pit, once depleted, for tailings and/or waste rock deposition. Production from the North pit is scheduled from 2026 to 2030, using a contractor at a maximum mining rate of approximately 6 Mt per year.The 2018 LOM Plan assumes a gradual ramp-up of the processing plant capacity, from 21.0 Mt in 2018 to 23.0 Mt starting in 2021. Overall gold recovery is expected to average 92.8% over the LOM plan.last_img read more

The LoveHate season finale 11 questions we want answered

first_imgLAST NIGHT, WE said goodbye to Love/Hate once again, as the season concluded with an episode that was, frankly, a little all over the shop.As a result, there are lots of questions we’d like answered, and we’d imagine some of the other one million or so viewers would like the same.All images via RTE Player.What happened to the pipe bomb guy?After last week’s foiled attempt by Nidge and Wayne to get rid of the pipe bomb guy, we were expecting to see him exact his revenge.  Instead, he was barely seen in last night’s episode.One blink-and-you’d-miss-it shot showed him getting on a ferry. Is he really gone or will he come back and take care of Nidge?Why get rid of Wayne?The dynamic between Nidge and Wayne had a lot of potential for future episodes, and Wayne himself was a bit of a scene stealer.  Why get rid of him?There are questions in terms of the storyline as well.  Was Nidge trying to keep his attack on the pipe bomb guy a secret?  Could he simply not stand to let someone who had seen him fail live? Or did he simply not trust someone who could change sides so easily?Will Wayne’s killer be in the gang now?He’s now shown that he’ll do anything to get in, but will Nidge want him?  Or will he simply get rid of him as he did Wayne?What’s the future for Nidge’s love life?He seemed to find some real comfort and solace in Janet, but since his callousness about Debbie and the other girl’s deaths she’s gone a bit cold.Now that she’s seen who he really is can she continue the relationship?  Or is it over?  And if it’s over does that mean she’s over too?What’s going to happen to Tommy?Poor auld Tommy was in bad shape throughout this season, never more so than in the season finale when his head began to bleed and he collapsed.Moynihan seemed to think he would pull through, but as Siobhan said, in many ways he’s gone already.  Will we see Tommy gone altogether?  What more can they do with his character given his condition?Will Siobhan rat on Nidge?Siobhan seemed pretty committed to doing whatever it takes to exact revenge on Nidge for what he did to Tommy.Will she go through with it or will she chicken out?  Or will Nidge get wind of it and send her on her merry way?  He seems to be very free and easy with the killing these days.What’s the story with Fran’s teeth?One minute they’re fixed, the next they’re not.  Who will continue his dental work now that Andrew is gone?  Enquiring minds need to know!When are we going to see the Nidge/Fran showdown?When is this power struggle going to come to a head, and who is going to win?Clearly Fran is no longer happy working for Nidge, or anyone, for that matter.  He’s bound to strike out on his own at some point.  What are we going to see?Are we going to see Keith Duffy again?Will he ‘grow tits’ from all the stuff he’s taking for the bodybuilding?What the hell was Nidge at in that cell?No really, what was that about?  Yes, Nidge has been a little paranoid this series but he still seemed to have it all together at a basic level.Why did he intentionally get himself arrested?  Why did he claw at himself until he bled?  What is he at, at all, at all?Will the IRA be back?With Dano gone, things seem to be pretty kosher between Nidge and the IRA.  Tony asked for some money from the tiger kidnapping and Nidge seemed happy to give it to him, but could that be it?Surely the two biggest criminal powers in Dublin will come up against each other again?Do you have the answers?  Or do you have other questions?  Leave them in the comments.The Love/Hate finale: Deaths, Mr Universe and wee on your cornflakes>The internet’s best responses to Love/Hate season 4>last_img read more