Month: September 2019

OSU freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. OSU won 49-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOut with the old and in with the new.As redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett prepares for his final trip through the Big Ten, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins is set to establish his presence in the conference as the catalyst of Ohio State’s offense for years to come.And the Ohio State coaching staff couldn’t be more excited about the future of the first-year running back.“I kind of tempered my emotions with you guys early on because we’ve seen that since spring practice. He’s had a hell of a camp,” Meyer said after the Indiana game. “Not surprised at all [with his performance].”Dobbins’ career began in an almost storybook fashion. With Ohio State traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, to open up its season against Indiana, Dobbins was assigned the start at the last minute with redshirt sophomore Mike Weber dealing with a lingering hamstring injury that kept him out of the starting lineup. The game could not have gone much better for the freshman. He set an Ohio State record for most rushing yards by a true freshman in his debut with 181 rushing yards on 29 carries, adding 24 receiving yards on two catches. “I felt like I was going to do things that I did because I practiced against the best defense in college football every day and then I got a great offensive line,” Dobbins said after the game.Now just two weeks away from kicking off the remainder of the Big Ten season, Dobbins is one of the only offensive weapons the team can count on in conference play. He has undoubtedly been the most consistent performer for Ohio State’s offense this season as Barrett, the wide receivers, the tight ends and the backup running backs have been shaky in their first two games.Despite being so young, Dobbins has been hyped up by members of the coaching staff since his arrival in Columbus and expectations have been placed quite high for him.“This guy has picked it up faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years as a true freshman,” running backs coach Tony Alford said on Aug. 18. “He’s picked it up, he understands the offense — the nuances of it — very, very quickly and he plays hard. He goes so hard at everything he does which is part of the culture of this program.”The coaches have praised all aspects of Dobbins’ game, citing his explosive speed, toughness barreling through the defensive line and ability to catch passes. But what has set Dobbins apart from other young running backs in the past is his ability to block.“I would like to think that the hardest thing for incoming freshmen running backs is pass protection,” Alford said. “Not only to protect it but where to go and where they fit and all the different protection schemes and understanding fronts and different blitzes.”So far this season, Dobbins has lived up to the hype. He is second on the team behind Barrett with his 276 all-purpose yards this year and has recorded more rushing yards (253) than the rest of the team combined. He has also accounted for 32 percent of the team’s chunk plays (15-plus yard pass or 10-plus yard rush) to this point, catching an 18-yard wheel route on the second play of his career and rushing seven times for more than 10 yards and gaining 20-plus yards on three occasions. With one loss already in the standings for Ohio State, the Buckeyes will need Dobbins to live up to the hype in his inaugural campaign if the offense is going to put up the points necessary to reach the College Football Playoff. read more

The Ohio State Wrestling team took on Michigan on Jan. 25. at the Schottenstein Center and lost their first dual meet of the season 19-17. Photos by Sal Marandino.

first_imgA teenager has been hit with a criminal record for a “killer clown” stunt near an infants school as the escalating craze sparked calls from police chiefs to remove fancy dress from shop shelves.Forces vowed to prosecute all pranksters as numbers of sinister sightings continued to soar, with reports of violence as vigilantes fighting back at those in fancy dress.Senior officers warned the trend, which started in the US, was wasting police resources as Kent Police revealed it alone had received reports of 59 clown-related incidents in just three days. 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. Meanwhile, Vera Baird, the police and crime commissioner for Northumbria, told BBC radio officers were  now resorting to asking shops to stop clown costumes.One 18-year-old, named locally as Connor Jones,  from Caerphilly, Wales, is believed to be one of the first offenders to be to be hit with a criminal record over the stunts.He was issued with a fixed penalty notice and fined £90 for a public order offence  after reports of a menacing figure on a pedestrian bridge outside an infants and comprehensive school. Dai Evans, a 34-year-old sales rep who was collecting his daughter, told the Caerphilly Observer: “The teachers were in the yard [of the infants school] and they moved the children away because he was doing it.”Then we had a message on the school’s app warning us that someone was dressed as a clown…. There is a time and place to have a laugh and a joke, but outside a school on a Friday afternoon?”Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth, of Gwent Police, said his force was keen to show it would not tolerate clown stunts. “In this case, not only is this man out of pocket, he will now have a criminal record which will impact his future, including any job opportunities.“I hope this result sends a strong message to anyone thinking about taking part in this craze, that their five minutes of what they may think is fun really isn’t worth it.”Scotland Yard also warned it would bring prosecutions against “killer clowns” after a student brandishing a chainsaw caused panic on a university campus. The student, who identifies himself as Kenny Parker, 19, on Facebook, sparked chaos while running through the grounds of Brunel University in Uxbridge.Amid warnings of police action, he apologised, saying he bought the chainsaw at B&Q to record footage for his YouTube channel.He said: “I’m really nervous. I don’t know what is going to happen. It’s such a mess.”First of all I want to say a massive sorry to anyone I’ve scared. Secondly, this was a YouTube video.”Scotland Yard said a 19-year-old was in custody last night over to the incident at Brunel University .A spokesman said: “The incident was reported to police on Tuesday, 11 October. On the same day, a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He is currently in custody at a west London police station.” Commander Julian Bennett, the head of crime prevention at the Met, said: “We are currently assessing a small number of reported ‘killer clown’ incidents in London, three of which meet the threshold of a criminal offence.”Our primary responsibility is identifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offence has occurred.”However, anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.”Clown craze coincides with Hollywood remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’last_img read more

first_imgFears have been raised over the pressures on the care system as the National Audit Office warned that funding and staffing levels are not sustainable. In a damning report the public spending watchdog said the lack of prestige associated with working in care, poor career progression and low pay meant the sector struggled to retain staff. It said that the vacancy rate for registered nurses in care had more than doubled from 4.1 per cent in 2012-13 to 9 per cent in 2016-17, even as the total number of jobs dropped from 51,000 to 43,000 over the same period. In some cases local authorities said nursing homes had re-registered as care homes because they could not recruit the necessary nurses. One in three nurses working in care is aged over 55, the report added, prompting concerns that the staffing problems would get worse as current workers retired. Nurses in the care sector earn on average £27,900 per year, more than £3,000 less than the average pay for a registered nurse working in the NHS. The NAO said the Government had failed to demonstrate that the sector was sustainably funded and had not followed through on commitments to make working in care more attractive by offering better career development and training to staff.It also warned that a shortage of nursing home beds would put pressure on the NHS, and that lack of certainty over £2bn allocated to the sector in last year’s Budget was preventing proper staff planning. Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said social care was a “Cinderella service”.”The Department needs to respond quickly to this challenge by giving the sector the attention it deserves and needs, instead of falling short and not delivering value for money,” he said.  Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s  shadow cabinet minister for social care, said: “The National Audit Office’s message is clear: Tory cuts to local authority funding since 2010 have led to an increasingly unsustainable and fragmented social care workforce. ” Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “This worrying report reflects the historic underfunding of social care which is putting severe pressure on the care workforce, the provider market and the availability of care.”A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “We’ve provided an extra £2 billion funding to the sector and this week announced a further £150 million for next year – in the summer we will outline plans to reform social care to ensure it is sustainable for the future.”last_img read more

The Isil fanatic is accused of plotting to kill Theresa May (pictured)Credit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Rahman said he would aim to strike when Mrs May came out of 10 Downing Street to talk to the press (pictured), jurors heard On October 23 last year, Rahman met a contact known as Abu Waleed in a Shepherd’s Bush shopping centre.He told the agent that he planned to use a suicide belt, drone, improvised explosive device and poison, referred to as P or “curry mix”.He allegedly divulged the targets of the MI5 building and Parliament. Meanwhile, Imran was asking his MI5 role-player to get him a passport quickly.At a further meeting on November 15 last year, Rahman allegedly said: “They’re gonna s*** it, especially her who is inside.”Three days later, Rahman carried out reconnaissance around Whitehall, walking past the entrance to Downing Street, the court heard.Rahman, from Finchley, north London, has denied two counts of preparing terrorist acts.Imran, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, has pleaded not guilty to preparing terrorist acts and possessing a terrorist document on his Kindle entitled How To Survive In The West – A Mujahid’s Guide 2015. **What is Islamic State?** A salafi Islamist extremist group that controls territory in the middle east and sponsors terrorist activity internationally.**What are its aims?** A worldwide Islamic caliphate – a religious government without borders.**What is it actually called?** In the west, the group is known as Isil (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). The militants themselves prefer to be called “Islamic State” in recognition of their self-declared caliphate. Daesh is an abbreviation of *Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq wa al-Sham*, and is the derogatory name used by many Muslims.**What terror attacks has it carried out?** Isil has claimed responsibility for numerous atrocities, including the Brussels suicide bombings in March 2016, the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015 and the London ramming and stabbing rampages of 2017. As its territorial power has shrunk, the group has switched to sponsoring more frequent and less strategically ambitious “lone wolf” attacks.**Where is it based?** Since 2014, Isil’s de facto capital was the city of Raqqa in Syria. However, the group lost control of Raqqa in late 2017 to a US-backed coalition force. In Iraq Isil was based in the city of Mosul, but was driven out by Iraqi security forces in mid-2017. It now lacks a capital, but retains footholds in a number of states. The defendant is also accused of helping his friend Mohammad Aqib Imran, 22, join Isil in Syria by recording a sponsorship video.Mr Heywood said the men knew each other well and shared the same “warped ideology”.On Imran, he said: “He elected to travel and set about assembling money, acquiring a fake passport, engaging in research and otherwise equipping himself with the information and means to travel aboard for violence for terrorist purposes.Jurors heard how both defendants were engaged in chat with MI5 role players, even though they discussed the dangers of “spies”. Rahman said he would aim to strike when Mrs May came out of 10 Downing Street to talk to the press (pictured), jurors heardCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty If he could not get to her, he would kill a few guards then detonate himself to create “big news”, the court heard.Jurors were shown covert video footage of a meeting in Shaq’s car in a PC World car park in Brixton on November 6 last year. In it, Rahman said he would get past the gate and make a “10-second sprint” for the door of Number 10. He allegedly said his main objective was to “take her head off”.Mr Heywood told jurors: “His settled conclusion was that lethal violence here, directed at the very heart of the United Kingdom Government, was the only effective way to pursue his intentions.”Before his arrest prevented it, he was, he believed, just days away from his objective, which was no less than a suicide attack, by blade and explosion, on Downing Street and, if he could, upon the Prime Minister Theresa May herself.”He said Rahman planned a full frontal attack and fully expected to die. 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. An Islamic State fanatic plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May in a suicide attack on 10 Downing Street, a court has heard.Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, was encouraged to cause carnage in Britain by an uncle who had joined Isil and died in a drone strike in Syria, jurors were told.He allegedly thought he was just days away from inflicting “lethal violence” with a knife and a suicide vest before his arrest last November.But his plan was uncovered by a two-year MI5 surveillance operation which involved an agent posing as a senior Isil official in Syria, the Old Bailey heard.Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC read out Telegram chat in which Rahman was allegedly snared by the fake Amir.On September 14 last year, Rahman said: “Can you put me in a sleeper cell ASAP? I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament. I want to attempt to kill Theresa May.”The next day, he said: “My objective is to take out my target. Nothing less than the death of the leaders of Parliament.”The court heard Rahman went on to praise the Manchester arena bomber, saying he “did well”. Jurors heard he said: “Everyone inside, including the Prime Minister would be dead.”Rahman talked about the MI5 building but allegedly said: “Getting outside Parliament when all the leaders are there is simple, you can walk right outside.”On September 23 last year, Rahman also said he had an idea based on what his uncle had told him about the Isil development of poison, jurors were told.Rahman is accused of conducting reconnaissance, recording a pledge of allegiance, and delivering a rucksack and jacket to be fitted with explosives.On November 1, Rahman was introduced to another member of the network called Shaq, an undercover police officer, to help him get a blade and suicide vest.Rahman allegedly told him: “If you can put a belt on me, I’d actually want to do that.”He said he would aim to strike when Mrs May came out of 10 Downing Street to talk to the press, jurors heard. The Isil fanatic is accused of plotting to kill Theresa May (pictured) He allegedly said he thought about wearing “a vest”, driving past Parliament and “pushing the button” to “clear the entire block”. read more

Debra Ives, director of operations, said: “A lot of people sleeping rough don’t have the basic items needed to survive on the streets in hot temperatures.”As a result, we’re calling on the public to donate things like sun cream, water, and sun hats, to help those at risk in the coming months.”People can either offer them directly, or donate them to a shelter or charity.” Send us your heatwave pictures  Weather map for Thursday and week ahead Health warnings have been issued amid a continuing heatwave, with temperatures hitting 31.9C (89.4F) in Wales – making Wednesday the hottest day of the year so far as the heatwave continues.Porthmadog in north-west Wales beat its own record of 30.8C (87.4F) recorded on Tuesday, and the Met Office warned that temperatures were still rising, meaning the record could be broken once again within the next 24 hours.Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning saying the extreme heat might pose a risk to the most vulnerable.The Met Office’s heat-health watch alert is currently at level two, meaning social and healthcare services are at the ready to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.Parts of the UK are hotter than Athens in Greece, and on a par with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Rio in Brazil.A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The temperature seen at Porthmadog will not necessarily be the highest today but it is the record so far this year.” 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. “We may see some thunderstorms on Sunday or Monday but nothing’s certain. But we can expect these sorts of high temperatures to be reached certainly until Saturday.”PHE said the over-65s, young children and those with health conditions are the most vulnerable in hot weather as it encouraged people to look out for each other.Dr Thomas Waite, of PHE, said: “It’s vitally important that we keep an eye on friends, family and neighbours who may be at risk, and chances are we’ll all know someone, if we’re all going to stay well this summer.Homeless people can also be vulnerable if exposed to strong sunshine and heat while sleeping rough, charity Evolve Housing + Support said. The fine, hot weather looks set to continue into next month, he added.”At the moment it looks like that will be the general theme through much of July,” he said.”Generally it looks like it will stay drier and warmer than average.”Warning not to discard rubbish amid wildfireThe rising temperatures have come with warnings to be careful near water and in the countryside, where fire crews have been tackling a massive wildfire in Saddleworth Moor. The cause is unknown.Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service reminded people that “a stray cigarette, a discarded glass bottle, or a spark from a BBQ can all cause untold devastation”, and neighbouring Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue said it dealt with a number of grass and rubbish fires.Video: Huge wildfire engulfs Saddleworth Moor Met Office: Hot weather to continue into JulyTemperatures are set to rise again, with a possible high of 33C (91.4F) on Thursday, meteorologist Alex Burkill said, soaring above the UK average for this time of year of 17.3C (63.1F). Services on the London Waterloo to New Malden line are being subjected to speed restrictions from 11am each day until Friday.Network Rail said hot weather can cause the steel on rail lines to expand and in some cases buckle (curve), causing travel disruption. Slower trains exert lower forces on the track, reducing the likelihood of buckling. Rail slowdown to prevent tracks bucklingRail passengers are being warned of lengthy delays as speed restrictions are enforced to prevent tracks from buckling.Network Rail has deployed “extreme weather action teams” in readiness for even warmer conditions. A child cools off in a fountain on London’s Southbank, as health bosses said the extreme heat might pose a risk to the most vulnerableCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Click here for more UK weather news. Children cool off in the fountains on the Southbank, London The heat caused rails to buckle at Wishaw near Glasgow  The hot weather looks like it is here to stay, the spokesman said, adding: “Over the next few days the high pressure will remain so there will be blue skies across the UK and that will last certainly into the weekend. File photo: Buckled rails at Wishaw near Glasgow, during May’s hot weatherCredit:Network Rail  read more

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses of the incident or anyone who saw anything suspicious near Mr Walsh’s home.A silver Vauxhall Astra has been seized for forensic examination as part of the investigation.Neighbours of Mr Walsh expressed their shock at the incident and said he had only been living in the house for a matter of weeks, having moved in with his partner and children.One said: “I shook his hand and welcomed him to the area and he seemed like a really nice bloke. Newstead Avenue, Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh, 37, was involved in a road traffic collision The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press “It’s so tragic that this has happened and really shocking for this to happen around here.”Most people are working professionals and we never get any trouble here. The first I knew about it was when the police came knocking asking if I’d seen anything.”Your heart goes out to the lady and their two kids. They have moved here for a new start and it ends like this.” The scene outside the home of Stephen Walsh, 37, who has died after being assaulted there following a road traffic collision A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a father of two in a suspected road rage attack.Stephen Walsh, 37, was assaulted at his home after being involved in a minor road collision, in which he failed to stop at the scene of an accident.Detectives believe Mr Walsh’s Lexus car was involved in a collision with another vehicle in Nottingham on Sunday evening.But rather than stop, he returned to his home in Blenheim Avenue, less than a mile away. It is thought his attacker might have followed him home before confronting him about the accident.Police said Mr Walsh suffered serious head injuries in an assault at the property. Another neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “We hadn’t got to know them properly because they hadn’t been here long enough.”But they seemed like a nice, normal family and very happy about their new home.” Newstead Avenue, in Mapperley, Nottingham, where Stephen Walsh was involved in a road traffic collisionCredit:Raymonds Press 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

In future, a similar approach could be used to identify at-risk patients at birth, say the researchers.Cardiologist Dr Ami Khera, a member of the team from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US, said: “These individuals, who are at several times the normal risk for having a heart attack just because of the additive effects of many variations, are mostly flying under the radar.”If they came into my clinical practice, I wouldn’t be able to pick them out as high risk with our standard metrics.”A computer was programmed to scour more than six million locations in the complete human genetic code, or genome, of each patient – identifying many at risk with no typical symptoms.Lead scientist Dr Sekar Kathiresan, from the Broad Institute that brings together experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, said: “For heart attack, I foresee that each patient will have the opportunity to know his or her polygenic risk number in the near future, similar to the way they can know their cholesterol number right now.”The research is reported in the journal Nature Genetics. Over five million Britons are three times more likely than their peers to have a heart attack, a ground-breaking study has found – as scientists said their discovery could lead to nationwide screening to save their lives.American scientists identified genetic variants in the DNA of patients that increase the risk of five common disorders using information from the UK Biobank database. The unique collection of DNA samples and medical information is provided by more than 400,000 donors. The results enabled them to produce “risk scores” – showing how likely they were to develop one of the diseases.The conditions studied were coronary artery disease, the abnormal heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, Type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and breast cancer. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––Some eight per cent were found to be more than three times as likely to develop coronary artery disease as everyone else based on their genetic variants – despite not always showing obvious warning symptoms such as high blood pressure or cholesterol. 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

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A woman stabbed and killed her boyfriend after finding him naked in a hot tub with a group of men and women, a court has heard.Christopher Pearson, 39, died after suffering a stab wound to the abdomen at his home in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, on 18 February.His girlfriend, Demi Harris, is accused of attacking him after becoming humiliated when she found him naked with other partygoers in a hot tub in their garden.She is accused of first pouring a bleach like substance into the hot tub before then attacking with a knife.Michael Auty QC, prosecuting, said the pair had been out drinking when they invited some friends back to their home.Miss Harris went to bed while her boyfriend and their guests went into the garden and climbed into a hot tub. But when one of the women went inside, she saw Mr Pearson lying on the floor injured.She described Miss Harris as “distressed” saying, “What have I done… I’ve gone too far this time”.Mr Auty said Miss Harris claimed to have only “jabbed” her boyfriend to stop him attacking her.”Significantly, when all of this was over she didn’t have a mark on her. Not a bruise,” he said.”I don’t suggest Mr Pearson was some sort of saint – he wasn’t. But he didn’t deserve what happened to him.”This, we say, was a frantic and sustained attack… she simply lost her temper.”Miss Harris denies murder and the trial continues. When she awoke some hours later saw Mr Pearson and two other men naked while two women were in their underwear.Mr Auty said: “She felt plainly humiliated and embarrassed by what was happening… and that got the better of her. These are not the actions of a cowed woman… a timorous waif.”The court heard Miss Harris then went back in the house followed by a naked Mr Pearson. read more

Despite it being treated as a missing person case, hundreds of police officers have been involved in investigations, combing the East Yorkshire city to search for the 21-year-old. In a grim twist, investigators were not immediately able to establish the gender of the body due to decomposition. An initial examination by the coroner’s office in nearby Cleethorpes concluded the remains were likely female … 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. Forty-nine days after Hull student Libby Squires went missing, pieces of the tragic puzzle finally started to emerge.  Seven weeks of uncertainty about her fate began coming to an end on March 20, when, at around 2.30pm, the coastguard spotted what appeared to be human remains in the Humber Estuary.  read more

A popular one-time Blackheath donkey was found stabbed in what his owner believes was a suspected “gang initiation” attack.Bimbo, a 28-year-old donkey, was found bleeding from his side on Friday by one of the animal’s minders and has since taken a “turn for the worse” after the wound became infected.Owner Lorayne Ahmet said Bimbo had contracted laminitis, a disease similar to thrombosis in humans which can lead to animals being put down.Ms Ahmet said she believed the attack on Bimbo may have been perpetrated as part of a “gang initiation”.”There have been a few stabbings in Eltham of late and I have seen youths messing around with the donkeys,” she said.”I think one of them could have stabbed Bimbo as a gang initiation task.”I’d like to get my hands on them, put them in a field and let the general public do what they want with them.”The donkey is one of several owned by Ms Ahmet, whose father Len Thorne ran donkey rides in Blackheath, near Greenwich Park, London, for more than 60 years before he died in 2012.The herd had lived for nearly 30 years in a field surrounded by six foot fences.But in 2012 they were moved on after then Mayor of London Boris Johnson decided to build the Greenwich Equestrian Centre on the spot as an Olympic legacy. The donkeys are now in a field in Eltham, south east London, with shorter fences which leave the herd open to outsiders. 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

first_imgMetso has completed the acquisition of the Spanish grinding media supplier Santa Ana de Bolueta (Sabo). The acquisition will complement Metso’s current comminution wear parts offering for mining customers. “Metso is the global market leader in performance based services for the global mining industry, and our aim is to continuously strengthen our services offering and footprint. Sabo is a reputable and well-known grinding media provider with an excellent knowhow, and the acquisition fits perfectly into our strategy – through this acquisition we will become a full comminution services partner for our customers”, says João Ney Colagrossi, President, Services business line, Mining and Construction, Metso.“By adding grinding media expertise to our portfolio, we gain a better overall control of mill performance. We can offer comprehensive value adding services packages that materially improve the productivity of our customers’ processes and their overall performance. We will utilise Sabo’s know-how when we develop our global services strategy further during the coming years”, he adds.Sabo’s offering covers grinding media for SAG, ball mill and VertimillTM grinding applications as well as bars for rod mills. These are available in different diameters and materials to guarantee the best performance for the mineral to be processed. Founded in 1841, Sabo was a privately owned grinding media supplier. It has some 40 employees in two locations in Spain. Sabo’s net sales in 2012 were some EUR40 million.last_img read more

first_imgEquinox Gold Corp reports that mining activities are underway in the Piaba Deposit at its Aurizona gold mine in Brazil. Construction remains on track to pour gold by late 2018. The mining contractor, U&M Mineração e Construção S/A, mobilized to site in March and mining commenced in mid-April. The majority of the mining fleet is on site and U&M has filled most of the planned 200 operator and support positions. U&M is operating two shifts a day and at the start of June will implement a third shift to mine 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mining activities are currently focused on removing waste from two locations in the Piaba pit and developing access roads in preparation for ore mining in Q3 2018.“Commencing mining activities is a significant construction milestone for the Aurizona gold mine and also for Equinox Gold,” said Christian Milau, CEO of Equinox Gold. “The project remains on track to pour gold by the end of 2018. Aurizona will be Equinox Gold’s first operating mine and is expected to produce on average 136,000 oz of gold per year over the life of the mine.“While the Aurizona operations team is focused on achieving production, Equinox Gold’s exploration team is focused on mine life extension and district-scale opportunities,” continued Milau. “A resource update is underway incorporating near-mine mineralisation identified in the successful 2017 exploration program. There is also approximately 4 km of strike extension to be tested with upcoming exploration programs and a study is underway examining opportunities to develop the underground potential of this exceptional gold deposit.”Overall project was 44% complete and EPCM (engineering, procurement and construction management) activities were 61% complete at the end of MarchPlant construction was 27% complete at the end of MarchRefurbishment of the CIP circuit and detox tanks is completeConcrete foundations and pedestals for the new SAG and ball mills are completeManufacturing of the SAG and ball mills is complete and the components are in-transit to Brazil with delivery to site expected in JuneConstruction is proceeding on schedule and on budget, with $43 million of the $146 million construction budget spent and $76 million committed at the end of March. Construction is fully funded from cash and marketable securities on hand and an $85 million secured project credit facility, from which the company has drawn $15 million to date.All process plant earthworks have been completed. Fabrication of the SAG and ball mills is complete and the components have been loaded onto a ship for transport to Brazil with delivery to site expected in June. The concrete foundations and pedestals for the SAG and ball mills are complete and ready for mill installation. Structural steel erection in the grinding area has commenced. Additional concrete work is being completed in the leaching and thickening areas while formwork and rebar work is underway in the crusher and surge bin areas.Refurbishment of the existing CIP circuit and detox tanks is complete while the refurbishment of other equipment such as pumps, agitators, screens and motors is 65% complete. The new jaw crusher has been delivered to site as well as other new equipment.  A total of 600 t from the anticipated 1,200 t of structural steel has been delivered. The structural, mechanical and piping contract was awarded in March and steel erection activities have been underway since early April. The electrical and instrumentation contract is under technical and commercial evaluation and is expected to be awarded by the end of April.Engineering is well advanced and expected to be essentially complete by the end of April, with some follow-on field engineering activities moving to the site. Overall procurement of equipment and materials is 58% complete and all major purchase orders have been awarded. Purchasing activities are expected to be essentially complete by the end of May with follow-on expediting activities continuing through August. Most of the equipment is expected to be delivered to site from April through August.Improvements to secondary access roads to site have been completed. The incinerator is nearly complete and the site water treatment plant is 50% complete. All assay lab equipment has been ordered and the modular lab facilities are being assembled in containers by SGS-Geosol near Belo Horizonte, Brazil before being shipped to site. The first modules are expected to be delivered to site in June.The upgrades to two substations required to support the increased power draw for the 8,000 t/d throughput were 65% complete at the end of March, with completion expected by August. Engineering is complete and the longest lead items, capacitor banks and voltage regulators, have been delivered to site. Civil work at one of the substations is complete with work at the second substation commencing soon.In March 2018 the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Mineração Aurizona (MASA), received an Award for Excellence in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry by Brazilian magazine Minérios & Minerals in recognition of MASA’s “Young Environmental Agents Project”. This is the magazine’s 20th annual Award for Excellence in the Mining and Metallurgy Industry. Previous recipients have included companies such as AngloGold Ashanti, ArcelorMittal, Vale, Imerys and Alcoa.The Young Environmental Agents Project was created in 2015 to strengthen the relationship between MASA and local communities through an environmental approach. The main objective is to educate young people by hosting workshops focused on how minerals are used in our daily lives and the social, environmental and economic impacts and opportunities associated with mining. In 2017 MASA participated in more than 150 hours of workshops and hosted Aurizona mine tours, actively engaging with more than 50 teachers and 40 students from three nearby communities.“We are honoured to receive this award and are proud of the work the Aurizona team is doing in local communities,” said David Laing, Chief Operating Officer of Equinox Gold. “The Young Environmental Agents Project is just one of our ongoing community and stakeholder interaction programs. The Aurizona team works with community leaders and Brazilian organizations to implement a wide range of programs focused on infrastructure improvement, education, skills training, agricultural development and social programs.”last_img read more

Ambros MartinSD Itxako After seven successful years, Ambros Martin will leave the Spanish champion Itxako writes Noticias De Navarra. EHF Cup winner and EHF Champions League Finalist in the last season will try to find a coach with the same capabilities as Martin’s.Itxako currently playing at the TOP 8 phase of the Women’s Champions League. ← Previous Story Peter David is a new Head Coach of Slovakia! Next Story → Predrag Dacevic “comes – stays” in MT Melsungen

The EHF Court of Handball has released a decision in the case regarding the withdrawal of BM Atlético Madrid from the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14.The club registered to participate in the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14 and was drawn in Group B. However, in July 2013, due to financial difficulties leading to their bankruptcy, the Spanish club withdrew from the competition.Pursuant to articles 2.6 and 2.6.2 of the VELUX EHF Champions League 2013/14 Regulations and article C.1 of the EHF List of Penalties, BM Atlético Madrid is fined 25,000 € for withdrawing from the VELUX EHF Champions League and is excluded from participating in any handball club competition organised or authorised by the EHF for the 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.Furthermore, the club shall pay the entry fees for the 2013/14 VELUX EHF Champions League Group Phase according to the Regulations as they registered for the competition.The club has the right to appeal to the Court of Appeal within seven days.SOURCE: EHF BM Atletico MadridEHF ← Previous Story IHF president Hassan Moustafa: “Brazil to pay debt with organizing Beach and Junior WCh” Next Story → HBC Nantes with Thierry Anti until 2018: “My ambition – Championship title” read more

first_imgRuseva and her mentally ill husband Atanas, 38, have another nine children, five of whom are also fair-skinned and blonde in contrast to their parents’ dark complexions and brownish-black hair.The family lives in a single-room ramshackle house and their daily menu consists of bread and potatoes, Ruseva said, adding that she had never been contacted by social workers.“I am not a criminal,” Ruseva pleaded, saying that she was now “scared” by the possibility of going to to jail.If found guilty of selling her daughter, she risks a prison term of up to six years.– © AFP, 2013DNA test confirms Bulgarian couple are parents of ‘Maria’> THE BULGARIAN ROMA mother of Maria, a young blonde girl whose fate made headlines around the world when she was found in a Greek Roma camp, denied today that she had sold her daughter.“I have not sold her! I have not… I gave her, I made a mistake. But I haven’t taken any money,” Sasha Ruseva, 35, told private television station TV7 in her first public appearance since DNA tests proved on Friday that she was Maria’s biological mother.“I want Maria back! I am her mother, how could I not want her. I do not care what they say. I want Maria back with me,” she said through tears.The four-year-old girl, with her blonde hair and green eyes, was wrongfully thought to be a Western European child abducted by a Roma couple she was found living with the family near the Greek town of Farsala.InvestigatingGreek and Bulgarian police however tracked down her real parents to a Roma ghetto in the central Bulgarian town of Nikolaevo on Thursday and are now investigating the mother for allegedly selling the child in Greece in 2009.Maria is currently in the care of Smile of the Child, an Athens-based charity.“I gave birth to her in Lamia (in Greece). I raised her until she was seven months old. Then I had to return to Bulgaria to take care of my other children when my eldest daughter, who was caring for them, got married,” Ruseva said today.She said she could not bring the baby back with her as she did not have any documents. She said:A young woman came to me and said: ‘I do not have children. Give her to me. I’ll take care of her just as you would. Come back to Greece to take her when you can’.But I gave birth to two more children here and I could not go back. I did not have the money.last_img read more

first_imgNew feesSo how will the new fees introduced compare to other countries around the world?Most countries request fees for printing or photocopying costs or when a decision is appealed, but just three require upfront fees.IrelandThe number of requests declined by 50 per cent when fees were first introduced in Ireland. An application fee of €15 applies, or €10 for medical card holders, after which a number of extra charges can apply. These include “€20.95 per hour of search and retrieval”, and just over €10 if a CD is used to store documents.Under the new amendment to the Bill, if a request is consists of more than one piece of question seeking “separate and distinct information”, each part will count as a separate request and thus encounter the €15 fee.This means that a request which contained five requests will now cost €75 instead of just €15.IsraelCurrently a fee of NIS 77 (around €16) applies to all requests.  Handling and production fees also apply up to NIS 204 (around €43), which includes NIS 40 (€8.45) per hour. The cost of the request can be more than NIS 204, but the applicant must be informed of this first.However, this is now set to be cut, as reported by the blog New Israel Fund. Some believe this could be as much as 80%, bringing the cost well below what is paid in Ireland.CanadaA fee of $5 (around €3.50) applies to each request. Further fees will then apply if the requests takes longer than three hours to process. These are charged at $30 per hour, and $0.25 per photocopy. 50 per cent of the total estimated free must be paid upfront.Read: Brendan Howlin “had to fight a battle” for new Freedom of Information law >More: Department’s FOI amendments ‘run entirely contrary to spirit’ of bill > THE LATEST AMENDMENT to the Freedom of Information Act is due is beginning its passage through government.This raft of changes will see all public bodies and those “in receipt of significant funding from the Exchequer” be subject to the legislation, but has come under fire due to a change in the process which will increase fees.If multiple pieces of information are requested, each will be treated as a separate application, and so an individual fee will be required for each.A previous criticism of the bill has been amended since it was first announced in August following concerns from government.Section 17 (4) (b) would have required officials to handle electronic database queries in the same way in which they would deal with queries related to printed files, something which Solicitor Simon McGarr called an effort by the government to “uninvent computers”.‘Filleted’Speaking at the Department of Education yesterday, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that it was part of the government’s plan to restore “provisions of the Freedom of Information Act which had been filleted”, and that the changes introduced were necessary to address the amount of time the requests take to process.last_img read more

first_imgENDA KENNY WILL be in Paris later today to attend a conference on youth unemployment in Europe.On the invitation of French President Francois Hollande, the Taoiseach will be joined by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton as politicians discuss the current youth employment crisis.The second Conference on Youth Employment in Europe was organised by Hollande’s administration to “maintain political momentum behind addressing the youth employment challenge”.Those attending hope to firm up actions to implement the Youth Guarantee agreed by the Irish Presidency earlier this year.Kenny’s contribution will focus on digital skills and the potential of the digital economy.In September, 5.584 million people under the age of 25 were unemployed across the European Union, a rate of 23.5 per cent.At 28 per cent, Ireland’s rate is above average but not as devastatingly high as in Greece (57.3 per cent) or Spain (56.5 per cent).The lowest rates were seen in Germany (7.7 per cent) and Austria (8.7 per cent).Meanwhile, the Irish Times reports this morning that there is growing doubt that the government can fulfill the promise made through the ‘youth guarantee’ that there will be a job or training scheme for unemployed under 25 within four months.Citing a Social Protection document, Carl O’Brien says there are growing concerns about resources.Read: Isolation and the lack of opportunities impacts on young peoples’ mental health in DonegalMore: People who play sports are more employed and better paidRelated: Under 35s urged to attend youth assembly on forced emigrationlast_img read more

first_imgEACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.We’re going to assume that you already have a lot of the most popular apps, so let us do the hard work for you and pick out the latest apps that are deserving of your time. This week includes a messaging app based around selfies, 3D photography and a very clumsy ninja.SeeneFor: iOS Cost: Free What is it: Creates pseudo-3D photos for you to share. Why should I care?- There’s already enough ‘take photos, add filters’ apps out there so it’s refreshing to see something different.- Capturing an image is simple and is processed pretty quickly.- It works better when you capture inanimate objects and/or people staying still. Trying to keep your pet still will only end in tears.- Moving your phone around lets you view the image from different angles, which is a nice touch.- The screenshots here don’t do it justice, but thankfully its Tumblr page shows off what it can do.Sportizr FootballFor: Android Cost: Free (€2.40 per month for past seasons) What is it: A football app jam-packed with stats, lots of stats.Why should I care?- If you’re a Premier League fan on Android, this is the app for you.- Gives you the latest stats from games as they’re being played.- You can check up stats on individual players, managers and the grounds too. It’s almost like Football Manager.- The app goes back as far as 20 years should you require that much info.- Current season is free, but you will have to sign up if you want access to past seasons or extra stats.(Image: Sportizr Football/Google Play)Clumsy NinjaFor: iOS Cost: Free (Includes in-app purchases) What is it: Ragdoll physics game where you help train an inept ninja so he can save his friend. Why should I care?- Shown as a tech demo at Apple’s iPhone 5 event back in 2012, it finally arrived on iOS.- Think Tamagotchi without the annoying bits combined with ragdoll physics and you’re halfway there.- Most of the game is figuring out new and bizarre ways to interact with your ninja, and the game encourages it.- Of course, there’s a main quest should you need something to focus on, but the mechanics are too fun for you to care.- It’s aimed at kids, but adults will definitely get a kick out of it too.React Messenger For: iOS Cost: FreeWhat is it: A messaging app that also uses selfies to express yourself.Why should I care?- Remember we had that piece on messaging apps? You can add this one to the list.- Has all the regular messaging features but each message is accompanied by a small selfie of yourself.- The idea is your photo expresses how you feel, because figuring out someone’s mood through text alone is hard.- It may annoy you now, but the number of selfies apps are only going to increase with apps like Shots of me and Frontback being released.- Cause emojis are so last year.(Image: React Messenger/App Store)InstagramFor: Windows Phone Cost: Free What is it: Popular photo sharing app that popularised filters. You may have heard of it before.Why should I care?- Considering the camera quality of the Nokia Lumia series, it’s about time it arrived (iOS had it since 2010, while Android got it in 2012).- Currently in beta mode, but most of the standard features like filters and explore are there.- Despite the launch not going smoothly, the app performs well and will definitely improve over time.- Video isn’t available yet but don’t worry, you’re really not missing much.- Despite people’s criticisms, it’s still one of the best photo apps out there.(Image: Instagram/Windows Phone)Read: “Apple doesn’t own beautiful and sexy” – Samsung lawyer reacts to €215 million award >Read: Watch: A smartphone that can heal itself when scratched >last_img read more

first_imgThe generous response we received was vital not just in helping SVP bring toys, food and assistance to 175,000 families at Christmas, but also in helping us support the many thousands of families in need throughout 2014.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the ads were most likely paid for using corporate donations and not donations to local SVP charities, as the money sent locally is used locally by each branch.He said that SVP wanted to “thank people – they have been so generous in the annual appeal time in November and December”.He said that a lot of people “are struggling themselves” and that there was also an impact from the charity top-ups scandal. Calls for help from SVP have more than doubled in the past five years.“In the circumstances this year we felt that people were particularly generous,” he said. “A lot of people are struggling themselves but managing to find money for SVP.”Despite the generosity, the charity estimates that donations were down by about 10 per cent this year. There was an impact in the middle of December, but recovery was seen in the last week coming up to Christmas, particularly online.When it emerged that SVP needed not just money, but other items, people responded. “That’s what the thank you is for – not just for the financial donations, but the donations of toys and indeed food as well,” said the spokesperson. “We got a great response in the last 10 days before Christmas.”He said the ads were “the most economic way to say thank you to people in a general way”.Read: St Vincent de Paul appeals for money and toys as donations fall> AS CHRISTMAS 2013 approached, St Vincent de Paul had to appeal for money and toys due to a drop in donations.Now, a month later, the charity has taken out ads in newspapers thanking those who contributed to the ‘We can’t do it alone’ appeal.The ads contain a thank you from SVP National President Geoff Meagher, where he says that:last_img read more