Month: September 2019

If Ray Rice Told The Truth Roger Goodell the

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.Ozzie Newsome, the highly respected general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, testified in the Ray Rice hearing that the former Ravens’ running back gave NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a blow-by-blow (pardon the pun) description of what happened in at elevator with his wife, Janay, long before the commish suspended Rice indefinitely from the league.If this is true, Goodell should be fired.Why? Because Goodell said Rice was “ambiguous” in his description of what happened on the elevator in the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day—and that Rice’s ambiguity led to him changing the two-game suspension to an indefinite suspension after seeing the video of the incident because he said he did not know the severity of what happened.Goodell said Rice did not tell him he punched his then-fiance in the face and knocked her out. However, Newsome testified that he was there and, according to ESPN, heard Rice give Goodell the gory details.This is not a Black man lying for another Black man. This is the commissioner of the NFL being called out on what appears to be a lie—another botched element of this sad case.Newsome’s testimony also shows that Goodell suspended Rice twice for the same offense: Once when Rice told him what happened and again after the video was released months later showing the infamous left-handed punch. This gives Rice leverage to be reinstated to the NFL, although he likely will be hard-pressed to find a team that would welcome him.A larger concern is the power that Goodell has flung about with impunity since taking over as commissioner—an overseer control freak who has used scare tactics to achieve his mission. Sound familiar in history?He has exacted punishment on players with impunity, garnishing a reputation as a power hungry ruler of all things NFL.The undercurrent is there is white rule over Black players. Goodell sits on high and determines what the athletes who drive America’s most profitable and popular sport are held held accountable for under his watch. Not a good look.Players have gotten to where they are scared to voice concern about Goodell’s power, for fear of retribution. Problem is, his authority was granted to him by the NFL Players Association, same as with previous commissioners.Goodell has chosen to use his power at times to insulting levels. The way he handled the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, in particular, was outrageous. He issued fines for borderline hits, eliminated post-touchdown celebrations, viewed by many as another way to suppress Black celebration of achievement. Goodell ran things—runs things—as he sees fit, a dictator ruling his underlings.David Stern did the same when he ran the NBA for 30 years, and instituted a dress code for players—a move widely considered an act against Black players playing in front of mostly white crowds. And it was under Stern’s rule that the league airbushed a photo of tattoo-laden Allen Iverson on the cover of an NBA magazine.Rice’s case will challenge Goodell’s power. . . and future. If Newsome’s testimony proves to be accurate—and there is no reason to believe it is not—the commissioner will be proven to have lied. And his reign should be over. read more

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Gladys Knight Dismisses Don Lemons Question About Being Concerned

Gladys Knight made good on her promise to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII Sunday amid criticism over the choice.The Empress of Soul spoke to “CNN Tonight” and defended her decision, affirming to host Don Lemon that she was not concerned about how others felt about the upcoming performance.“People are going to have their opinions about whatever. And all I can deal with … right now is what my heart says. OK? I believe in fairness,” Knight said on the Feb. 1  edition of the show. “I believe in truth. I believe in all of those things, and as far as this is concerned, I grew up with the national anthem. We used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayers in school before school started, and we just don’t have that anymore and I’m just hoping that it will be about our country and how we treat each other and being the great country that we are.”Lemon then asked about the similar controversy surrounding singer Chrisette Michelle, who performed at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017. The R&B performer’s career has not been the same since then. She was dropped from her record label and suffered personal traumas like a miscarriage and having suicidal thoughts.However, with a career spanning six decades, Knight had no qualms about her show.“Nothing good comes easy. And I would hope that they will understand as I do that we have a better way to do this than to be angry and why is he doing this or why ain’t she doing that,” Knight says. “For me, it’s just — for me — about respect. If we start denying the anthem, there are so many people that have died for our country and there are so many people in my family that are still part of just standing for the country. They are in the services and that kind of thing and just to not say that — if you really listen to the lyrics of the beginning — you’ll understand that. We have fought hard for a long time and not just in wars. I have protested myself.”Many took issue with Knight singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the big game, since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick seemingly has been blackballed by the NFL after he spent the 2016 season kneeling during pregame performances of the national anthem in protest of police killings of Black Americans and systemic abuses by the criminal justice system.But Knight continued to defend herself and even told NBC’s “Today Show” previously that she wrestled with the idea of joining the entertainer boycott against the NFL in support of Kaepernick. Still, citing her history in the civil rights movement, she decided to take on the gig. Singer Tevin Campbell also used that same reasoning in his fierce defense of the icon. read more

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MLB Games Are Slow Again And Its Helping Older Hitters

Atop the hitting leaderboards this season, you’ll find an unexpected — yet familiar — name: 40-year-old David Ortiz leads baseball in Weighted Runs Created Plus, a full 12 points beyond wunderkind Mike Trout. Big Papi’s return to the ranks of the elite hitters corresponds with a de facto loosening of one of his least-favorite rules: a restriction on how much time batters can take to ready themselves for the next pitch. This season, the pace of play has begun to creep back toward 2014 levels, and older hitters such as Ortiz may be reaping the benefits.Just before the 2015 season, new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred added new rules designed to speed up the game. And they worked: after the average game took an all-time high of 3 hours and 2 minutes the previous year, it fell by 6 minutes in 2015. Manfred’s tweaks had the desired effect, and his attention moved to other problems in the game, like the lack of offense.But unlike offense, which continues to spike, Manfred’s pace-of-play fixes didn’t last long. The average game has nearly reverted to its 2014 high this year, at an even 3 hours. Part of that increase is due to the surge in offense — it takes longer to get 27 outs when outs are happening less frequently — but some of it comes from a decrease in pace, or the time between successive pitches. On average, the time between pitches has increased by 0.07 seconds per pitch compared to last season, which explains about 9 percent of MLB’s overall 4-minute increase in average game time.1Here, I am using PitchInfo data.Manfred’s rules aimed to shorten this time by forcing batters to keep one foot in the box between pitches, thus eliminating some hitters’ long and involved pre-pitch rituals. But the rule has numerous exceptions: if the hitter swings, steps back to avoid a pitch or even if he simply asks for a timeout, he may leave the box to refasten his gloves or kick the dirt. As hitters became more familiar with the rule, they began taking advantage of each exception, so that over the course of the 2015 season, time between pitches increased from just under 21 seconds at the beginning of the year to around 21.6 seconds by the end. That gradual slowing of the game’s pace has continued in 2016, with the average time between pitches swelling to 21.69 seconds.Whether because veterans command more respect or have a better grasp of the exceptions to the rules, older hitters have always moved a little slower at the plate than youngsters. In 2015, for instance, hitters older than 28 took 21.49 seconds between their pitches, while hitters age 28 and younger took 21.25 seconds.2I used age 28 because it was the median for MLB hitters in 2015, making it a rough dividing line between young and old. But this year, older hitters have widened that gap dramatically: They are taking 21.87 seconds between pitches on average, as opposed to only 21.47 for their younger counterparts. While both populations have seen their average pace decline, the difference between old and young has also expanded some 67 percent.3Older hitters tend to be more disciplined, and hitters’ counts tend to take more time to get into, so it’s possible that we’re seeing a decrease in pace as an effect, rather than a cause, of older hitters being better. However, even after adjusting for count and the presence of men on base, older hitters tend to take an additional 0.3 seconds per pitch, suggesting that the increased time is not just a result of superior plate discipline.As I wrote last year, some older hitters may derive special benefits from taking their time between pitches. Ortiz claims that the additional time lets him make better guesses about the next pitch, perhaps allowing him to offset a decline in raw bat speed with the benefit of experience. That benefit may not apply equally to less cerebral players, and so not all 40-year-olds are seeing the same success as Big Papi.But even if old hitters don’t derive any special time-related benefit relative to youngsters, they have still received the lion’s share of the extra seconds in MLB’s pace slowdown — and more time is correlated with better outcomes for hitters.4The correlation coefficients between time and linear weight value for both 2015 and 2016 were statistically significant with a p-value under 2.2e-16. This really shows up when the time between pitches exceeds 30 seconds: hitters produce an average of 0.05 runs5Using pitch-type linear weights. on those pitches, vs. -0.01 runs per pitch when hitters have 30 seconds or less to think. While there are thorny issues of correlation vs. causation here, it’s generally true that the longer a player has to ponder the next pitch, the better he fares. And this season, older hitters have gotten a disproportionate share of that extra time.Ortiz is far from the only veteran batter witnessing a late-career revival. Daniel Murphy has seen his performance soar far beyond expectations, and Robinson Cano is on pace to have one of his best seasons in 2016 after one of his worst in 2015. After years of steady decline by MLB’s senior citizens, the weighted age for MLB batters in 2015 was the lowest it had been since the early 1990s — but that figure has actually increased this season. In fact, MLB is seeing the largest single-year bump in WAR-weighted age since the strike-shortened 1994 season; before that, you have to go back to 1981 to see a similar swell.It’s hard to tell whether and how much of the resurgence of older hitters is due to additional time at the plate, vs. the many other factors which may be lengthening careers. On top of pace, we could also point to a combination of better training, medical advancements and a (potentially) juiced ball as prolonging hitters’ careers. But the next time you find yourself checking your watch mid-plate appearance, you’ll know who to blame for — and who may be benefitting from — MLB’s slower pace of play. read more

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No 5seeded Buckeyes seeking postseason success

The Ohio State women’s basketball team (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten) begins postseason play Friday night with a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. For the No. 5-seeded Buckeyes, the first hurdle of defending its back-to-back championship titles and boosting its NCAA Tournament résumé will be No. 4-seeded Iowa (22-7, 10-6). OSU and Iowa split their two regular-season encounters. In the teams’ first contest of the year, the Buckeyes lost, 89-76, Jan. 8 in Iowa City, Iowa. OSU then redeemed itself with an 81-67 win against the Hawkeyes on Jan. 24 at the Schottenstein Center. Iowa has aspirations for postseason success as well. Entering the tournament as the No. 24-ranked team in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Hawkeyes boast a five-game winning streak. Both teams have an intimate knowledge of each other, and Buckeye coach Jim Foster spoke after practice Wednesday about the threat Iowa poses for his team. “They really spread the floor,” Foster said. “Their guards are very good off the dribble. They’re a good basketball team.” Foster said Hawkeye senior guard Kachine Alexander is someone who could play a major role in the game. “Alexander is unique,” Foster said. “She’s a 5-foot-(9) player that can get double-digit rebounds. That’s unique talent.” But Foster said he can expect a strong offense from his team every night. “From an offensive perspective,” he said, “(we’re getting) great ball movement and taking care of the ball and timely shots.” With the Buckeyes riding a six-game winning streak into the tournament, Foster said other conference teams are considering OSU a threat. “Once we figured it out, I really liked the stretch of games,” he said. “I think there’s people in our league looking at our stretch down the end and saying they’re in trouble.” Senior center Jantel Lavender said OSU’s current streak proves the Buckeyes are “a good team.” “Even though I don’t think we had a great start, I still think that teams knew we were a team to be reckoned with,” she said. “It has started to really show.” The ultimate measure of the 2010–11 Buckeyes’ season, Lavender said, will be how well the team performs in the postseason. “I think it’s obvious that we have to make a run in the postseason,” she said. “I think we can make a run and show the world that we’re a great team.” Sophomore guard Tayler Hill might have summed up her team’s outlook best. “We’re getting better,” Hill said Wednesday, “and I don’t know if a lot of teams can say they’re getting better.” OSU’s Friday game against Iowa will tip off about 8:30 p.m. read more

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Bad mood New app senses emotion and suggests food to lift spirits

first_imgThe app can detect anger, disgust, fear, surprise, sadness and joy and makes menu suggestions according to what it finds. For example, an angry face suggests that a person is stressed and so would benefit from calming foods, such as dark chocolate and nuts which contain magnesium.In contrast, people who are excited may benefit from blood sugar regulating foods such as whole grains and legumesNutritionist Ruth Tongue, said: “Not only do our moods affect the foods we choose to eat, but the foods we eat can in turn help us to feel happier, energised, relaxed, focused or fired up and ready for the day.“It’s important to recognise the relationship between the foods we eat and our moods so that we can ensure that we’re looking after not only our physical, but also our emotional wellbeing.”Graham Corfield, UK Managing Director of Just Eat added: “We know that mood plays a part in what we choose to eat, so innovations like Emotion-Analysis-Technology, while fun, also serve a real purpose.“Ultimately we want people be thinking about food and the impact it can have on their daily life.” An angry face may need magnesium 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 angry face may need magnesium Prof Charles Spence center_img Prof Spence has worked with Heston Blumenthal and the former El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià on involving the other senses in the pursuit of taste and currently runs the University of Oxford’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory.He said that mood and emotion can affect the ‘sensory discriminatory aspects of tasting’ which is why people often stop eating following a relationship break-up or when they are grieving because food simply does not taste as good as during happier times.”This is at the very cutting edge of what technology and science can do but in the future it is likely to become much more the norm,” he added. A new app which monitors facial expressions to assess mood and then suggests the perfect food to lift or the spirits, or quell anxiety, has been developed by scientists at Oxford University.Professor Charles Spence an experimental scientist has teamed up with food delivery service ‘Just Eat’ to launch new ‘mood mapping’ technology which is being trialled for the first time this weekend ahead of a roll out later this year.The new app scans the face for signs of emotions, such as downturned lips and eyes and frown lines, and can often pick up on hidden feelings that a person may be ignoring.”Face mapping can provide a more accurate and objective assessment of a person’s mood or emotional state than they can,” said Prof Spence.“Often people are not able to say how they are feeling or just don’t feel they want to. After all, we might know that we are in a bad mood, but not know why.”There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates that your mood has a significant impact on your taste and smell – it can deaden or liven the effect of both – a reverse of this is also believed to be true, that food can have a number of affects on your mood.” Prof Charles Spence last_img read more

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One in 10 new homes were created in areas of high flood

first_imgThe proportion of newly created residential properties located in areas of high flood risk increased for the second year running in 2015-16.According to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government, nine per cent of newly registered residential addresses were located in National flood zone three.Properties in this zone are located in areas estimated to be at risk of at least a one in one hundred chance of flooding each year from river areas or at least a one in two hundred chance of flooding from the sea. This is the highest risk category. The proportion of newly created homes located in these high risk zones has risen in each of the past two years, from seven per cent in 2013-14, to eight per cent in 2014-15 and finally to nine per cent last year.This is not the same as saying that nine per cent of newly built homes are located in these areas as the figures also cover instances where existing buildings have been transformed into residential ones.Roughly 10 per cent of England is located in this highest flood risk zone although it varies across the country and in some of these areas it would be impossible to build houses anyway.On a local authority level, Boston in Lincolnshire saw nearly all its newly created residential addresses located in the highest flood risk zone with 98 per cent placed there.Hull was not far behind with nine in ten new houses created in high flood risk zones, while in Southwark the figure was slightly less than four in five.An LGA spokesman said: “Local authorities throw out planning applications which are reckless and irresponsible.”Councils are generally opposed to building property on floodplains and over 98 per cent of the 77,125 new homes in 2014-15 had planning outcomes in line with Environment Agency advice.”Where building does take place on a floodplain, the local authority would need to be reassured that adequate defences were in place so that the risk of flooding would be minimised and that measures would be in place to prevent or minimise water from entering homes.” The UK has been hit by several periods of flooding in the past year, the most recent of which was Storm Angus which battered the South of England earlier this month.In December last year the North of England, and particularly Cumbria, was repeatedly flooded with Storm Desmond bringing sever disruption to many over the Christmas period.Many scientists believe that climate change is making flooding incidents more likely to occur and this is problematic when trying to consider flood risk. Flood risk models are based on historical events and cannot account for the more extreme weather systems that result from changing climates. It means that although events that are predicted to occur once in every hundred years could actually happen much more frequently.Meanwhile, the proportion of newly created addresses that were located on Green belt land fell from three per cent to two per cent across England this year.Within this figure of two per cent nearly two in five of these properties were located on Greenbelt land that had been previously developed.center_img Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Newly created residential properties in areas of high flooding risk. Proportion of new addresses in National flood zone 3Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 3 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Newly created residential properties in areas of high flooding riskNewly created residential properties in areas of high flooding risk – Highcharts CloudNewly created residential properties in areas of high floodingriskNewly created residential properties in areas of high flooding riskProportion of new addresses in National flood zone 32013/142014/152015/160%2.5%5%7.5%10%Source: DCLG Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Keep on working into old age for the good of your health

first_imgOlder people should consider working until their 70s for the good of their health, the chief medical officer will pronounce today in new advice to today’s baby boomers.Prof Dame Sally Davies will tell those aged 50 to 70 that they are better off staying in work, or else taking up new hobbies to keep physically and mentally active in retirement.The chief medical officer, who is 67, said she had no plans to retire, as she urged others to follow suit.Her annual report on the state of the public’s health will urge people not to slow down the pace of life as they hit their 60s.The report is expected to suggest that people who remain in paid employment past retirement age or involved in community and voluntary work improve their chances of staying healthier for longer.Dame Sally will say: “People are living longer than ever and so retirement presents a real opportunity for baby boomers to be more active than ever before. For many people it is a chance to take on new challenges, it is certainly not the start of a slower pace of life it once was.” Phil Collins and his tour: Not Dead Yet “Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.”By 2020, a third of British workers will be aged over 50, estimates show.More than three quarters of people aged between 50 and pension age are still in active employment, along with 12 per cent of those over pension age, which is 62 for women and 65 for men.The report will say that while many pensioners enjoy the benefits of retirement, in many it brings feelings of social isolation.Dame Sally has previously caused controversy with strict advice, counselling drinkers to “do as I do” and think about the risks of cancer before having a glass of wine.Last month she urged parents to stop children from helping themselves to snacks from the fridge, in a bid to tackle the obesity crisis. On Monday health watchdogs published advice, saying GPs should encourage widows and divorcees to take up singing and dancing to stave off dementia and stay physically healthy.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said more should be done to prevent loneliness in retirement. Collins appears in concert at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday night, April 19, 1997 She said staying in work was one way to boost health – but that taking up new activities on retirement was another way to boost the health. Phil Collins and his tour: Not Dead YetCredit:PA Collins appears in concert at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday night, April 19, 1997 The former Genesis drummer officially retired in 2002.center_img The guidance from Nice says family doctors should be told to offer “tailored community-based physical activity programmes” to older people most “at risk of a decline in their independence and well being”.Research suggests that social isolation increases the risk of dementia, while more active lifestyles have been shown to protect against a host of diseases and the advance of frailty.The new quality standard from Nice urges doctors to identify those – such as the recently bereaved, divorced or retired – who might lose opportunities to socialise.It also says GPs should target those who have recently had to give up driving, and those who are caring for others as those who might not be getting the chance to take part in social activities. But Collins, who has previously spoken about his battle with the bottle following a divorce fight with his third wife – with whom he later got back together – told a press conference that retirement was “a funny word”.He said: “I stopped work because I wanted to be a dad at home. As bad luck would have it, as soon as I retired, my family split up.”I didn’t have anyone to go home to. That’s why I started drinking.”But the drummer and singer said of his retirement: “I’ve changed my mind.”I’m living with my young kids. They want me to go out on the road and do my thing, and why not?” 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. Doctors should offer such patients a range of activities, the guidance suggests.Dancing and swimming clubs, singing programmes run by choirs, volunteering and helping children with reading in schools are all singled out as hobbies which could prevent isolation.In October the pop star Phil Collins announced plans to come out of retirement.The 65-year-old former Genesis frontman will play five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall next summer as well as dates in Cologne and Paris. Ed Balls  Singing and dancing should not be left to the young, health watchdogs suggestlast_img read more

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Tony Christies tour bus attacked after stopping for fuel near migrant camp

first_img“I couldn’t believe it. They could have got into the coach, what the hell would they have done?” he told the Daily Mail.”It’s the second time it’s happened to the coach driver. The first time he was stabbed by a spike. These poor drivers take a hell of a risk.”I feel really sorry for these people. I know they’re desperate, but we shouldn’t be scared to travel.”The petrol station on the A16 motorway outside Dunkirk was near the Grande-Synthe migrant camp, around 27 miles east of Calais.Christie said the driver found himself “surrounded” by a group of five men as he filled the tank.When he shouted at the group that they were being recorded by security cameras they dispersed.”But then our tour manager found a man hiding with the stage equipment in the trailer,” Christie said.When he was discovered, the man threatened to kill the manager before fleeing the scene.Christie enjoyed a number one single when (Is This The Way To) Amarillo was re-released as part of Comic Relief in 2005 and the tour group were returning from a final gig in Bonn, Germany.He told the newspaper: “I think I will fly from now on. I don’t think I’ll go on the road again.” I couldn’t believe it. They could have got into the coach, what the hell would they have done?Tony Christie Singer Tony Christie has described how his tour bus was ambushed by a group of men after it stopped for fuel near a migrant camp in France.The 73-year-old was returning from a European tour with his band and wife Sue, 68, when their bus had to fill up at a service station near Dunkirk early on Saturday.Christie said the couple were sleeping after a party on board to celebrate the successful trip when they were awoken by their driver and tour manager, who were “shaking”.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Treasure hunt to recover £45billion worth of British gold trapped in merchant

first_imgThe team are planning to initially target a “cluster” of three ships in one areaCredit:Alamy Britannia’s Gold will launch search and salvage crews which use “state-of-the-art Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles and other robotic tooling systems” to recover the gold and bring it to the surface.The team are planning to initially target a “cluster” of three ships in one area – two from the First World War and one from the Second World War – which could contain around £750 million. Billions of pounds worth of British gold is hidden in the wrecks of merchant ships sunk during the First and Second World Wars, a team of experts believe.Four research groups have spent 25 years producing a database tracking the gold shipped by the British Government to pay for munitions and goods during both World Wars.Of the 7,500 merchant ships sunk, the teams have identified more than 700 which they believe may have been carrying vast quantities of gold and other precious metals. The SS City of Benares won't be searched by the team  On their website, the organisation says: “From our vast research database, we have access to invaluable information such as cargoes, wreck locations, water depths and legal ownerships. The SS City of Benares won’t be searched by the team Credit:Getty Images All will be treated with respect and those wrecks known to be sensitive and specifically, to have carried evacuee children, will be avoided at all costsBritannia’s Gold Organisation Britannia’s Gold has now amassed more than eight million documents which point to the locations of the ships, which may have carried at least £4.5 billion.  Their research also revealed that during the Second World War, many of the merchant ships were specifically attacked because of their precious cargo and German U-boat commanders were told to make them priority targets.Sinking the boats aimed to reduce Britain’s ability to buy munitions and food and the enemy’s plan was to return and collect the gold after winning the war.But decades later, the gold has not been recovered and in a few weeks, a £15 million recovery operation is due to launch a few hundred miles west of Ireland. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The circumstances of the sinking and location of the wrecks are often further confirmed by inquest documentation and survivor accounts.”However the team has stressed that the targeted wrecks are not ships such as the war grave SS City of Benares, which was torpedoed in 1940 by the Germans and resulted in the death of 77 evacuated children.  The website says: “All will be treated with respect and those wrecks known to be sensitive and specifically, to have carried evacuee children, will be avoided at all costs.“As a mark of respect, a commemorative plaque will be placed at each shipwreck location upon completion of the team’s operations.”All British warships sunk since 1914 are classified as both war graves and sovereign territory but most merchant wrecks do not have such protection.Philip Reid, a former banker with Merrill Lynch and chairman of Britannia’s Gold said the first portion of any recovery will go to the British Government which is the owner of the cargo.After covering the operation’s costs, the rest will be shared among investors, with a percentage going to merchant marine charities. The team are planning to initially target a “cluster” of three ships in one arealast_img read more

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Mark Carney learns he can bank on British love of letter writing

first_imgBehave for the good and the majority of the population, not the rich, the powerful and favoured groups including  offshore tax evaders!(Anonymous)Wind-up merchantMy agricultural projects greatly requires you to make the following deposit of £1m ASAP. Once again, please stop delaying.Your sincerely, the UK Permanent King, incorporating the universe. With a reputation as the “rock star of banking” having worked in the London, Tokyo and New York offices of Goldman Sachs, Mark Carney could be forgiven for expecting a modicum of respect for his acumen as an economist.But as the Governor of the Bank of England he has had to learn that the Great British public can be at their most vocal when airing opinions about money.Following a Freedom of Information request from the BBC, it has emerged how complaint letters and emails sent to the Canadian have been anything but polite when airing their views about Brexit, house prices, savings and pension policies.The letters, sent since January this year, have sometimes verged on the downright rude as well as remarkably bizarre.Read some of the typical correspondence below.’Rubbish’My grandchildren are going to have to buy tents … because all the housing stock will have been bought up by greedy buy-to-let landlords. I am angry.There are good economists, bad economists and rubbish economists. You fall into the latter category, an economist who couldn’t predict the day after tomorrow.Yours in utter contempt, a better economist than you will ever be.(Name redacted)’Untrustworthy’You people are untrustworthy and have ruined savers and faked the UK’s overpriced housing market.(Anonymous)’Misery and failure’Will you address these issues instead of kicking them down the road all the time? We doubt it and if not, it shows how corruption rules this country.If only HM The Queen and her family knew of her subjects; misery and failure of successive Governments and Bank of England governors. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Gunrelated admissions have doubled in a year says trauma surgeon

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the cold light of day, it’s hard to ignore London’s violent crime surge. More than 50 people have been killed in the capital since the start of 2018. Martin Griffiths, a consultant surgeon at one of London’s leading trauma centres has told The Telegraph that he has seen gunshot injuries at the hospital more than double from 10 to 23 in the first quarter of the year.last_img read more

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Two men dead after Edgware carbon monoxide leak

first_imgTwo men have died after a possible carbon monoxide leak Officers were called at around 1.30pm to reports of two unresponsive males, finding both men dead when they arrived along with the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade.The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have been made.”At this early stage, police believe that there was a possible carbon monoxide leak at the address,” the force said in a statement.”Police in Harrow continue to deal alongside the Health and Safety Executive who have been informed.”Scotland Yard added that the building affected was “multiple occupancy.”  A neighbouring house was also evacuated as a precaution but residents were later allowed to return home.  Two men have died after a possible carbon monoxide leak.The pair, thought to be aged 38 and 42, were found at an address in Edgware, north London, on Sunday afternoon.Five other people were taken to hospital as a precaution.A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “We have had two males pronounced life extinct by London Ambulance Service.”Two adult males, one adult female, one male child and one male infant have also been treated on site for carbon monoxide poisoning and taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.”Scotland Yard said the deaths are being treated as “unexplained” but police believe there was a possible carbon monoxide leak at the property on Bacon Lane. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Hotpoint owners claim cigarette could have caused Grenfell Tower fire in desperate

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. Hotpoint sent out a product notice about the affected model of fridge-freezer following the fireCredit:Hotpoint/PA Hotpoint sent out a product notice about the affected model of fridge-freezer following the fire “These conclusions have also been verified by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser.” Mr Menon said the suggestion was a “transparent attempt by a multinational corporation to try to avoid liability and minimise reputational damage and financial loss”.Sir Martin must conclude the fire started in the fridge-freezer, he urged, so that “as a society we can try to regulate in the interest of public safety”.He continued: “The inquiry must set the record straight and unequivocally declare Mr Kebede bears no responsibility indirectly or directly for the outbreak of fire in his kitchen, its spread and its fatal consequences.”The inquiry is currently hearing closing statements from lawyers representing the bereaved, survivors, and organisations involved with the tower.A spokesman for Whirlpool said: “We are committed to assisting the Grenfell Tower inquiry in any way we can as it continues to investigate all the potential origins and causes of the fire and how it spread.“Separately, we would like to reassure owners of these products that they are safe and they can continue to use them as normal.“Two separate investigations have been carried out into this model of fridge freezer –one by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and another by Whirlpool.”Both investigations independently found no evidence of any fault with this model and confirmed that it fully complied with all safety requirements. “As far as the theory of the fire having started as a result of something being thrown through the open window is concerned, this is pure speculation, desperate to put it politely,” he continued.”There is no evidence in support, it would have been impossible for a cigarette or some other mystery item to have been launched from ground level four floors down and it is equally impossible to imagine how a cigarette or some other mystery item discarded from a flat above could have miraculously entered the kitchen through the open window, let alone set anything in the vicinity alight.” The makers of the fridge-freezer suspected of causing the Grenfell Tower fire have been accused of a “desperate” attempt to save face by suggesting a cigarette may have started the inferno.A closing statement to the public inquiry from Whirlpool Corporation, the owner of the Hotpoint brand, is said to argue that its appliance may not have been responsible.Instead, it reportedly speculates whether the blaze may have begun “by someone throwing something – perhaps a burning cigarette – into the kitchen through the open window”.An expert previously concluded that the fire, which led to 72 deaths, probably started in the Hotpoint FF175BP in the kitchen of Flat 16 on the block’s fourth floor.Rajiv Menon QC, who represents the tenant of Flat 16, revealed details of Whirlpool’s statement – allegedly circulated among lawyers – in his own closing address to the inquiry on Tuesday.He called for Sir Martin Moore-Bick to “unequivocally” clear Behailu Kebede, 45, of any responsibility for the tragedy. read more

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Teen granted 25000 bail for armed robbery

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSex workers accused of robbing Presidential guards remanded for robbing anotherOctober 30, 2017In “Court”West Bank resident granted bail for allegedly beating man with wireAugust 27, 2013In “Crime”Night Shelter resident granted bail for hitting another with a brickOctober 9, 2013In “Crime” Eighteen-year-old Emanuel Stoll appeared in Court on Wednesday, following an allegation of armed robbery committed against the person of Ayesha Adams, the complainant.Corporal Bacchus took to the witness box before Magistrate Fabayo Azore to swear to the information which detailed that the accused; Stoll, on September 25, 2017, at the Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown, whilst armed with a dangerous weapon (a  knife), robbed the complainant of one cellular phone valued at $62,000.The remorseful teen disclosed to the court his inability to post bail in the event that it is granted, but the presiding Magistrate exercised her discretion to grant bail at $25,000 notwithstanding the disclosure.The accused returns to court on October 25, 2017. read more

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Canada institutes new measures in processing permanent resident applications for Cbean

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump will allow immigrants to obtain citizenship through military serviceApril 4, 2017In “latest news”New citizens start lives in Canada as country seeks immigrantsJune 22, 2017In “World”Govt moving to expand passport services to Berbice, Essequibo – FelixAugust 19, 2016In “Essequibo” OTTAWA, Canada (CMC) — The Canadian immigration agency – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has instituted new measures in processing permanent resident applications for Caribbean and other immigrants.“We know that applying to immigrate to Canada is a life changing event, and we understand how frustrating it can be when applications take longer than expected. That’s why we have made changes to improve the experience for some permanent resident clients,” said IRCC in a statement.“Now, clients will have a more accurate idea of how long processing of their immigration application may take for several permanent resident business lines,” it added.On July 31, IRCC said it began using an improved method to estimate processing times for some new permanent residence applications.It said the processing times are projected, “and tell applicants how long we expect most applications to take under normal circumstances if submitted today.”With this change in effect, IRCC said it is able to better estimate how long some new permanent residence applications will take, based on several factors, including the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year under the multi-year immigration levels plan.Over the past few years, IRCC said it has made “significant progress in reducing processing times and inventories across many permanent resident categories, all the while meeting the ever-increasing demand for visitor visas, and work and study permits.”IRCC said this client service improvement was made possible by the multi-year increase in immigration levels, “which allowed for advance planning, along with implementing intake controls in some categories and using innovative new processes in our offices in Canada and abroad.”Previously, IRCC said all permanent residence application processing times were only historical and showed how long it took to process 80 percent of applications in the past year.“While these historical times are accurate for most applications that are currently being processed, we anticipate that the new method for projecting processing times will provide more accurate estimates for clients,” IRCC said.It said it continues to move towards an “increasingly integrated and modernized working environment to more efficiently process immigration applications, provide the greatest value for money for taxpayers, and improve service to clients.“We are carefully monitoring processing times and will make further changes to other lines of business if deemed necessary,” it added.Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said improving the service experience of IRCC clients has been “a significant point of focus for my department in recent years.“This update is an important one to ensure our immigration processing times are as accurate as possible and to help clients better prepare to move to Canada if their application is approved,” he said. read more

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TT urged to remain earthquake alert

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T, Grenada rattled by earthquakeNovember 12, 2018In “Regional”T&T rattled by 9th quake in just over a weekNovember 1, 2018In “Regional”T&T rattled by another quake, over 100 aftershocks since last TuesdayDecember 13, 2016In “over 100 aftershocks since last Tuesday” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Wednesday said that Trinidad and Tobago must continue to ensure that all necessary measures are in place to respond appropriately to any large magnitude earthquake which may potentially cause significant damage and loss of life.The SRC said that the oil-rich twin-island republic would continue to experience earthquakes in keeping with the pattern expected after it experienced a 6.9 magnitude quake in August.Trinidad and Tobago has over the past nine days recorded quakes with magnitudes ranging from  4.2 to 4.5 and the SRC said that “moderate to strong earthquakes such as these, are usually associated with aftershocks, with those at shallow depth producing a higher number.“The earthquakes currently being recorded, in the Gulf of Paria, with some being felt, is in keeping with the pattern expected after such events. The other areas around Trinidad will continue to produce their normal annual magnitude output; on average, we expect just over 50 events of magnitude greater than 3.5 every year.On August 21, the country was rocked by a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 causing widespread panic and damage to several buildings. No one was killed.The SRC said that the quake, which occurred off the coast of eastern Venezuela, about 130 km west of Port of Spain, with a depth of 127 km, was widely reported as felt in Trinidad and Tobago and neighbouring islands.It said that in addition, during the period 26th-28th January, 2018, there was a burst of more than 20 earthquakes in the Gulf of Paria, about 70 km south-west of Port of Spain; the largest was of magnitude 5.3 km. The SRC said that the activity currently being recorded has little bearing on the larger magnitude earthquakes, like the one that occurred in 1766 with a magnitude of 7.9 “that can happen at any time.“Therefore, we here in Trinidad and Tobago, along with all relevant, regional agencies and communities, must continue to ensure that all necessary measures are in place to respond appropriately to any large magnitude earthquake which may potentially cause significant damage and loss of life,” the SRC added. read more

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Trimble acquires Terralite assets from Novariant to expand its positioning technology portfolio

first_imgTrimble is a leading innovator of GPS technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble’s worldwide presence and capabilities position it for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Trimble has acquired the Terralite assets from Novariant to expand its portfolio of positioning solutions. The Terralite XPS technology is a scalable infrastructure that generates signals for real-time positioning to augment existing Global Positioning System (GPS) coverage. The technology uses a network of ground-based transmitter stations to broadcast a proprietary signal to one or more mobile GPS+XPS receivers. Using Terralites allow operators of GPS-enabled machines, such as drills, bulldozers, shovels and haul trucks, to receive continuous real-time positioning information in locations where conventional GPS satellite signals may be obstructed or unavailable.“The Terralite asset acquisition expands Trimble’s technology portfolio and can enable us to offer an even broader range of positioning solutions,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president of Trimble. “The solution can improve the efficiency and productivity of surface mining and other high-value site operations challenged by limited or no GPS coverage.”GPS is a proven utility for determining positioning on the Earth’s surface. However, in certain cases it requires augmentation in areas with obstructed views of the sky, such as heavily forested areas, near high walls in open-pit mines, and areas with overhead obstructions such as bridges and cranes. A variety of technologies have been implemented to augment GPS, including the development of receivers that track GPS along with additional GNSS signals, and the use of optical technology, inertial systems, cellular network assisted GPS, LAN-based positioning, laser augmented GPS and others.Operations such as open pits can enhance the continuity, efficiency and productivity of GPS applications by deploying the Terralite technology to have direct control of positioning coverage in their area.last_img read more

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Liebherr family looks to the future

first_imgThe owners of the Liebherr Group, Willi Liebherr, President of the Administrative Board of Liebherr-International AG, and his sister Isolde Liebherr, its Vice-President, have assigned a proportion of their shares in the Liebherr Group’s parent company to their children. The statement said “This will enable various duties and responsibilities to be transferred to the next generation.” In the future individual group divisions will be managed by Isolde Liebherr or Willi Liebherr jointly with a representative of the third family generation.Initially, the following members of the third generation will assume responsibility step by step for corporate management and supervisory tasks: Jan Liebherr; Stefanie Wohlfarth; Sophie Albrecht and Patricia Ruf. The statement closed: “The way is now clear for the future management of the Liebherr Group, and to ensure that Liebherr will remain an independent family-owned company.” Hans Liebherr established Liebherr as a family business in 1949. The company’s first mobile tower crane laid the foundation for its remarkable success. Liebherr is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery but also an acknowledged supplier of advanced technical products and services in many other business sectors, including mining, with its hydraulic excavators up to the R9800 and trucks up to the T282C. Liebherr has developed into a group of more than 120 companies worldwide, employing more than 35,000 people. The parent company is Liebherr-International AG, which is based in Bulle, Switzerland and owned entirely by members of the Liebherr family.last_img read more

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Rio Tinto joins forces on revolutionary block cave tracking system

first_imgRio Tinto is joining forces with CRCMining, Newcrest Mining and Elexon Electronics in the development of a cutting-edge, real-time tracking system for material within block caves, on target to be operational in 2014. For more effective caving based mining methods, technologies must be developed to better control the caving process in a manner that ensures good fragmentation and minimises ore dilution. The key to this is to measure the direction of flow of material within the caving zones as well as its degree of fragmentation. This information is necessary in order to control the ingress of waste material from outside the ore zone into the ore. It also provides necessary data to develop and validate caving models to improve cave designs and ensure improved cave performance.The proposed technique attempts to track the location of beacons placed in the cave. The approach uses a modulated magnetic carrier approach to track the beacon through the caving rock. The cave tracking system has three major components:Beacons – devices that are placed in the cave and tracked during cavingDetectors that measure the signal generated by the beaconsCentral Cave Tracking unit collects measurements made by each detector to determine the 3D location of the each beacon detected.The system also requires a communication infrastructure to transmit the detector measurements to the central cave tracking unit. System benefits for the mining industry include:Real-time mapping of caving material movementMinimise dilution and maximise recovery from caveTest validity of existing caving models and develop new modelsDesign better cave layouts using improved models.CRCMining established the concept for the Cave Tracker before inviting Newcrest Mining and Elexon Electronics to develop the concept into a commercial cave tracking system.  Commercial development of the Cave Tracker technology remains on track with Rio Tinto recently joining the partnership between CRCMining, Newcrest Mining and Elexon Electronics. This will allow continued progress towards cave deployment testing as a first generation commercial product in multiple operational mines by mid 2014.last_img read more

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Caterpillar China manufactures and delivers first complete longwall AFC

first_imgCaterpillar (Langfang) Mining Equipment recently manufactured its first full armoured face conveyor (AFC) system for longwall mining. Previously the facility, located in Hebei Province, China, had produced only line pans for AFC systems. Producing the first full AFC system marks a milestone in the facility’s evolution as a key mining equipment manufacturing plant for Caterpillar and the region. Langfang premium longwall products will serve mining companies worldwide.The new Cat® AFC has been delivered to the Datong Coal Mine Group (Tongmei) for use in the Dongzhouyao mine in Shanxi Province. Datong is the third largest state-owned coal mining enterprise in China. Tongmei Group, the parent of Datong, first acquired an AFC in 2004 from the company that is now Caterpillar. Tongmei is the largest AFC customer globally for Caterpillar. The new AFC system marks the 39th delivered to Chinese mines by Caterpillar and its predecessors in the longwall equipment line.The new AFC system is designed for longwall top coal caving (LTCC) to mine a coal seam as thick as 8 m. Face length will be 260 m. The LTCC mining method enables recovering thick seams economically by cutting the lower portion of the seam as is normally done and then recovering coal that caves as the face moves forward.The premium face conveyor is composed of Cat PF6 line pans. The innovative modular design separates wear-resistant hardened steel parts and the substructure made of high-strength steel. The design enables easy replacement of wear parts without damaging the substructure.  The front AFC has transport capacity of 2,500 t/h, and the rear AFC has capacity of 3,000 t. Each of the conveyors has total installed power of 2 x 1,050 kW. The beam stage loader is a Cat BSLPF6 with capacity of 3,500 t/h and 600 kW installed capacity.WesTrac China, the Cat dealer in northern and northeast China, delivered the system and will provide service and support through its facilities and personnel based in the region.last_img read more

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