The Lakers and the Dodgers have company in Los Angeles. The L.A. Kings of the National Hockey League are champions, too. With their 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Monday night, the Kings captured the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.The 4-2 best-of-seven series win ended 45 years of disappointment for the Kings, who did so with a remarkable playoff run of 16-4. They were an eighth seed, by far the lowest to win the Cup. Since the NHL started seeding its conferences one through eight in 1993-94, only one bottom-four seed had ever won it all – the 1995 Devils, a fifth seed in a lockout-shortened season.These Kings were commoners for much of 2011-12, underachieving in a league of salary-capped equality. General manager Dean Lombardi fired coach Terry Murray and brought in Darryl Sutter in December. He acquired sniper Jeff Carter before the trade deadline in February. Despite a talented roster that had been expected to contend, the Kings ranked second-to-last in the league in scoring. They grabbed the final playoff spot in the West.And look at them now. After taking a 3-0 series lead, New Jersey took Games 4 and 5. But that was the end of the Devils’ good fortune. The Kings jumped out to a 3-0 advantage Monday night and did not let up.Now, they will receive a champions’ parade soon — the same accorded to Lakers and Dodgers.
Photo by www.bostinno.streetwise.comA suspension handed down to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez must be on the horizon. What else is there to think when his lawyer, David Cornwell, says he’s already looking to counter any punishment.“We are focused on an appeal,” Cornwell, said in an interview on ESPN radio in New York.And there you have it. Word on the street is that Major League Baseball soon will exact penalties on Rodriguez and others allegedly involved in the Biogenesis case.Cornwell said Rodriguez’s “primary focus” is playing in the majors again. Rodriguez is in Tampa rehabbing a quad injury that postponed his return to the Yankees last week. Clearly, New York wants no part of a Rodriguez return. Why? A lot of it is a money game.The team would like to get from under his contract that has about $100 million left on it. If Rodriguez hits 13 more homers, he would tie Willie Mays with 660 on the all-time list and receive a $6-million bonus. For every 50 games that Rodriguez is suspended, the Yankees would save $7.5 million.Rodriguez, 38, would be eligible to play during the appeals process, which could take weeks or months. If he has no setbacks physically and spends the full five days on his minor league rehab, Rodriguez could return to the Yankees on Aug. 6 in Chicago against the White Sox.However, MLB may try to suspend Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, according to The Associated Press. If MLB goes ahead with the suspension under the labor deal, Rodriguez would lose virtually any chance of delaying the penalty while he appeals the case.He has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players’ union files a grievance. That means the penalty is put on hold until after an arbitrator rules.Cornwell said the goal for Rodriguez is to have “no discipline,” not just a reduction in any suspensions. There have been numerous reports that Rodriguez could face anywhere from a 50-game suspension to a lifetime ban.
We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NFL predictions NFL See more MLB predictions Things That Caught My EyeThe Most Improved Player has really improvedWith an average of 36.8 points in the first four games of the season, Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks sure as heck looks like an MVP contender this year. The kid is only 22 years old and is hot off last year’s Most Improved Player award. [FiveThirtyEight]They say there are Angelenos still sitting in post-game traffic to this very dayIt was an 11-inning absurdity Wednesday night in L.A., with a win probabilty chart that causes bona fide whiplash just looking at it. Houston notched their first-ever franchise World Series win in what will go down as an ultimate case study in both why the east coast hates extra innings and also how to perfectly mismanage a bullpen: The Dodgers used nine pitchers in Game 2 after pulling Rich Hill despite throwing just four excellent innings. [FiveThirtyEight]Irish not in control of own destiny, per usualNotre Dame is 6-1 this year, but despite that record and the strong chance that a one-loss team will make the College Football Playoff, they’re still only an 11 percent chance to make the postseason. Indeed, even if they win out — they have a 21 percent chance of doing so — their destiny is still in the hands of others since they won’t have a conference title to bring up in their bid to get in over other one-loss teams. [FiveThirtyEight]32nd time is the charmPenn State (No. 2) faces Ohio (No. 6) this weekend in what will be the biggest Big Ten game of the entire year. It’s a pretty solid rivalry: They’ve played 31 times in the AP ranking era, and 30 of those times one of the two teams was ranked. FiveThirtyEight has Ohio State as the favorite here, with a 61 percent chance to win in Columbus. An Ohio State win would decimate Penn State’s chances of winning the conference and more than halve their chances of making the playoff. A Penn State win, probabilistically speaking, basically ends Ohio State’s season and gives the Nittany Lions a 69 percent chance of making the playoffs. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Golden Knights: pretty good!The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a terrific start, sitting atop the Western Conference at 6-1. By all appearances, Vegas has some of the best talent of any expansion team in NHL history back 1991. The average expansion team since then has put up 57 points in its first season, which is awful: Only four normal teams in the past four seasons did that. [FiveThirtyEight]The return of the kingRoberto Aguayo is a kicker who was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Bucs. Read that sentence again. Kicker, second round, Bucs. Remember that insanity? Anyway, his NFL debut was not up to second-round drafted Bucs kicker standards apparently and he was cut on national television in a preseason game. Well he’s back, and with no more ridiculous expectations to live up to on the Panthers’ practice squad. I see a winner there. [NFL.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number8 home runsIn a new World Series record, there were eight home runs in Game 2. “Obviously, the balls are juiced,” said Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, and most stats nerds everywhere and also anyone with eyes. [CBS Sports, FiveThirtyEight, FiveThirtyEight, The Ringer, FiveThirtyEight, Seriously there’s a lot of evidence for this on FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: emily:women’s hockey Canada v USA is in boston tonight at BU with a great crowd 🏒 🏒 🏒daniel.levitt:you should really help me write a hockey story as I know v. little. We could maybe do one about the #goleafsgoemily:also Canada won! both teams getting in their groove for the olympics, USA took the first game of what could be 8 games between the two (if you consider 2 possible Four Nations tournament games on top of 6 The Time Is Now tour friendlys), announcers were mentioning some stats of just how many times the two have met and how often they’ve been in Worlds/Olympics finals together. Wonder where they fall on the Big Rivalry list.daniel.levittSo Emily’s writing and editing? Sounds good.emily:(also small hockey update: I did make http://isadammcquaidhealthy.com/)[Check out IsAdamMcQuaidHealthy.com for all your “Is Adam McQuaid healthy?” questions!]Predictions MLB All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetA UNC player lost a video game an broke his hand, as your Duke fan friend probably already texted to you.
OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after an interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the No. 61 overall, Vonn Bell joins the New Orleans Saints as their second, second-round pick joining teammate Michael Thomas who was selected by New Orleans at No. 47 overall. The former Buckeye safety started two season under coach Urban Meyer as an imperative member of the defense.Bell was projected by many to go in the late first round, and no later than the top 10 picks in the second round. As is the case at times in the annual allocation of collegiate players, Bell became a victim of suffering through NFL draft purgatory. Nearly falling to the third round, the Saints ended the suspense and drafted the defensive back by acquiring the third-to-last pick in the second round from the Patriots through the Cardinals. Bell came out of high school as a five-star recruit but didn’t see much playing time in his true freshman season until the postseason. Making his first start as a Buckeye in the 2014 Orange Bowl, the 5-foot-11 safety made an immediate impact by intercepting Clemson’s quarterback Tajh Boyd inside the red zone.In 2014, Bell, then a sophomore, earned a starting safety position and finished second on the team with 92 tackles. The Georgia native also ended the 2014 season ranked ninth in the country with six interceptions, including a span of three straight games with a pick.His most impactful takeaway came in the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. Reading the eyes of Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims, Bell adjusted to the underthrown ball and intercepted it on his own goal line, robbing Alabama of a touchdown and preserving a 34-28 lead with under 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.Despite only collecting two interceptions in 2015, Bell played his way to earning Associated Press first-team All-American honors. Also grabbing a first-team All-Big Ten selection, the decorated safety was a stalwart in the OSU secondary, starting in all 13 games as a junior.Average-sized at 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, Bell was known for running downhill and being physical with opposing receivers in the secondary, as well as an instinct to make plays in the open field.Despite choosing not to run in the NFL combine due to a pulled hamstring, the Saints realized the talent that fell to them at the 61st pick and didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on the former Buckeye.The Saints are scheduled to open up play against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor underwent surgery on his right knee earlier this week, team spokeswoman Shelly Poe told The Lantern.Pryor played the second half of the season with a partial tear of his posterior cruciate ligament. He originally suggested that the injury occurred in his left knee, but the surgery was conducted on his right knee.“He had a routine arthroscopic procedure performed on his right knee,” Poe said. “Good news is everything checked out fine and he should make a quick recovery.”Pryor is expected to return to health in time for spring practices, which begin April 1.The sophomore threw for a career-high 266 yards in leading the Buckeyes to a 26-17 Rose Bowl victory over Oregon.
It’s a bye week for the Ohio State football team, but coach Luke Fickell still met with reporters on Tuesday. He discussed the team’s extra week to prepare before the Oct. 29 matchup with Wisconsin, the quarterback situation and the team’s lack of passing in OSU’s 17-7 victory over Illinois. New backup quarterback? Senior Joe Bauserman may have lost his job as OSU’s backup quarterback. Fickell hinted that redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton may have passed Bauserman and would enter a game if anything happens to freshman starter Braxton Miller. “It just depends on what the situation is, but you know, I think Kenny (Guiton) probably has taken a few more reps last week than Joe (Bauserman),” Fickell said. Injury update Travis Howard appeared to have injured his ankle during the Illinois game on Saturday, but Fickell said he doesn’t expect him to miss any time. “Travis ran around out there today,” Fickell said. “He looked all right. I think he was just, you know, a little bit of a twisted ankle at the moment.” Fickell also said Miller doesn’t appear to be slowed by the ankle injury he suffered during OSU’s 34-27 loss at Nebraska. Bye week The Buckeyes don’t have a game this week, but are still practicing and preparing for the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers, who come to Columbus on Oct. 29 for a game that is scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m. Fickell said the extra week to prepare is a definite advantage for his coaching staff, but even with the extra time, only so much can be done. “You can’t overdo it,” Fickell said. “You can’t be, you know, thinking you can reinvent the wheel in an extra week, but you got to get better at what you do. Yes, we know there’s a lot of things we can get better at.” Passing game OSU only completed one pass Saturday against Illinois, a 17-yard touchdown strike from Miller to senior tight end Jake Stoneburner. The lack of passing is something Fickell hopes to improve. “You got to attempt some more and you got to throw some more to get better at it,” Fickell said. “That’s not the only thing we have to work on, but we see ourselves getting better at it.” A reporter also asked about Miller seeming to struggle to throw a spiral at times, but Fickell said he has confidence in his quarterback. “He throws a good football,” Fickell said. “He really does and I think it comes down to patience and being relaxed and you know, getting more used to what you do. “He’s getting better and he’s going to continue to get better.”
OSU redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) hurdles a defender during a game Nov. 1 against Illinois at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternIf the Ohio State offense was looking past the Illinois Fighting Illini, and toward next week’s matchup with No. 7 Michigan State, it didn’t show.The Buckeye offense bounced back from a subpar performance against Penn State as it routed the Fighting Illini, 55-14, Saturday night in Ohio Stadium. Leading the way for the Buckeyes was a two-headed monster at quarterback as redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones combined for 334 of OSU’s 545 total offensive yards.Following the game, coach Urban Meyer said he was ultimately happy with how both quarterbacks played.“J.T. missed a couple of wide open guys early in that game. But I was really impressed by the way he came back and he made some very good plays in the second quarter,” Meyer said. “And Cardale, I think that was the first time we let him play. And he was in there with some really young linemen and still moved the ball. So I thought did he very well.”Barrett, who entered the game nursing a sprained MCL suffered against Penn State, said after the game that the injury didn’t affect the way he played against Illinois, despite missing multiple open throws.“The knee didn’t really give me any problems throughout the game,” he said. “That’s all on me. The receivers did a great job of getting open, I just have to do a better job of getting the ball to them.”Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said following the game that while Barrett’s missed passes are a concern, he isn’t worried about the redshirt-freshman ironing out the mistakes.“He missed some open throws that we would have liked to have competed,” Herman said. “We will figure that part out, I don’t have any hesitation there. He is one of, if not the most accurate quarterback I have ever coached.”Barrett finished the day 15-24 passing for 167 yards and two scores, both to senior wide receiver Devin Smith.Smith’s two touchdowns on the night put him in a tie with former Buckeye wide receiver Santonio Holmes for third all-time on OSU’s career touchdown receptions list with 25.Smith attributed his relationship with Barrett on the field to his big game.“I have confidence in him and he has confidence in me,” Smith said after the game. “When you got that connection with QB and receiver, it’s night and day.”Jones came in to start the second half with OSU up 31-0 and picked up where Barrett left off, throwing for two scores of his own, the first a 27-yard touchdown toss to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson.Barrett said after the game that he was not surprised Jones was able to come in and execute on offense in his absence.“You really don’t know what you are going to get (with Jones),” Barrett said. “He is hurdling people, he is dropping dimes out there to Dontre against man coverage. Cardale is a great player and he is just getting better.”A slight surprise for the Buckeye offense was freshman running back Curtis Samuel getting the start over sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who had started the first seven games of the year for OSU.Meyer said it was ultimately OSU running backs coach Stan Drayton’s decision of to give Samuel his first career start.“Stan Drayton came to me in the middle of the week and said ‘I’d like to start Curtis Samuel this week, he’s doing everything right, and practices at an extremely high level,’” Meyer said. “And we still have great confidence in Zeke but we have two guys that can play.”Herman attributed some of Samuel’s development and rise to the starting lineup to Drayton’s coaching.“Coach Drayton does a hell of a job developing him and coaching him, but I think it was pretty apparent early in the spring that … we might have a real tailback here,” Herman said. “That certainly added to where we are at right now.”The Buckeyes are now faced with their biggest test of the season as they are scheduled to take on the No. 7 Spartans, the team that defeated OSU in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game and ended a 24-game winning streak. Meyer said following the win over Illinois that one factor will ultimately decide who comes out on top in East Lansing, Mich.“It’s all about the most prepared team. That’s what’s going to win this game,” he said. “This is a motivated team. And I think the most prepared team will win it.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to face off Saturday. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) speaks with head coach Chris Holtmann in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignThe Big Ten announced the men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2018-19 season on Tuesday. Big Ten play starts on Nov. 30, and concludes with the conference tournament from March 13-17.The Ohio State men’s basketball team opens its Big Ten schedule with Minnesota on Dec. 2, and continues on Dec. 5 at Illinois.Some highlights on the schedule include a Jan. 5 matchup at home against Michigan State and a Jan. 29 game at Michigan. Later in the season, the Buckeyes head to Bloomington to play Indiana on Feb. 10 and close the Big Ten season on March 10 at home against Wisconsin.Last season, Ohio State finished second in the Big Ten regular season standings, boasting a 15-3 record in the conference, and a 24-8 record overall. The Buckeyes lost in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament 69-68 to No. 7 Penn State, but still earned a five seed in the NCAA Tournament.Here is the list of the full Ohio State conference schedule:Dec. 2 vs. MinnesotaDec. 5 at IllinoisJan. 5 vs Michigan StateJan. 9 at RutgersJan. 12 at IowaJan. 18 vs MarylandJan. 23 vs PurdueJan. 26 at NebraskaJan. 29 at MichiganFeb. 2 vs RutgersFeb. 7 vs Penn StateFeb. 10 at IndianaFeb. 14 vs IllinoisFeb. 17 at Michigan StateFeb. 20 vs NorthwesternFeb. 23 at MarylandFeb. 26 vs IowaMarch 3 at PurdueMarch 6 at NorthwesternMarch 10 vs Wisconsin
His ex-wife was sorting through his possessions when she allegedly found the items and reported him to colleagues.PC Toms, from Romford, Essex, spoke only to confirm his name and to deny two counts of theft when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.The court heard he allegedly took the Metropolitan Police issue office chair on New Year’s Day last year from the Safer Neighbourhoods base in Collier Row in Romford.He removed the throw rope embossed with the initials KD from the Havering Patrol Base last August, it was said. A police officer is facing trial for allegedly stealing equipment from work after his ex-wife told his colleagues she had found the items after their marriage ended. PC Christopher Toms, 38, took a police issue chair and a “life saver” throw rope before storing them in the summer house he used as his office, the court heard.After falling out with the mother of his one-year-old daughter, he moved out of the family home. 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.
Smith’s offence involved “prolonged bad driving”, albeit not all of it was causative of the accident. It has been illegal to use a handheld mobile phone while driving, or while stopped with the engine on, since December 2003.From March this year, the fixed penalty notice for using a handheld mobile phone while driving was increased to £200 and six penalty points. Increasing his sentence to 44 months, they said that the loss of Mrs Wattmore, who was greatly loved, had a “devastating” effect on her large family. He was reaching down to tune the radio just before his Skania car-transporter hit the back of a car in which 79-year-old Jeanette Wattmore was travelling back to Bristol from holiday in May last year.Mrs Wattmore died at the scene and her daughter and son-in-law were seriously injured in the accident on the A30 near Bodmin in Cornwall. Two other motorists were also injured.He had failed to notice traffic slowing down ahead because of road works and applied his brakes too late.Smith, who was of previous good character, stayed at the scene of the crash and helped a man in an overturned van.Lord Justice Fulford, Mrs Justice O’Farrell and Judge Farrer heard that he had shown great remorse and was himself having treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. A texting lorry driver who was reaching down to tune his radio when he killed a pensioner has had his sentence increased after judges found it was unduly lenient.Former soldier Joseph David Smith had been using his mobile phone to send and receive messages, pay a loan, search the internet and visit a gambling site in the run-up to the crash. The last message was sent 43 seconds before the crash.On Tuesday his 32-month prison term was increased by a year. Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London agreed with the Attorney General that the sentence passed on Smith at Truro Crown Court in February was unduly lenient.Smith, 30, of Gillingham, Kent, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Royal Engineers during 10 years in the Army, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. Jeanette Wattmore with her daughter Susan West, granddaughter Anglea, great granddaughter Crystal and great-great granddaughter IslaCredit:SWNS Jeanette Wattmore pictured with son-in-law Lesley WestCredit:SWNS 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.
Sir Bruce was born in 1928 and brought up in Victoria Road, in the Edmonton Green area. His family owned a car repair garage and he attended the Latymer School, a well-regarded grammar school a short distance away, before training as a dancer in Tottenham and Brixton. Sir Bruce Forsyth was beloved to many – but nowhere more so than in the area where he grew up. Now councillors in his home town of Edmonton are considering plans to commemorate their most famous son with a permanent memorial to his success. Nesimi Erbil, an independent member of Enfield Borough Council for the Lower Edmonton ward, said he would raise the issue of an appropriate commemoration with the rest of the councillors. “I think everyone will have a different view, but personally I would certainly support something to remember him,” Mr Erbil said. “When I heard he was from Edmonton I was so proud to learn it. Edmonton is forgotten compared to London,” he said. The issue was due to be discussed at a full council meeting on Sunday afternoon. A motion would then be raised at the next meeting, which is due to place in two weeks’ time. The nature of the tribute will depend on planning consent, he added, but options under consideration would include a statue or plaque. The BBC said an appropriate commemoration was likely to be under discussion but no firm plans had yet been made. The star co-presented the show alongside Tess Daly until 2014, a role which has now been taken on by Claudia Winkleman. When Sir Bruce Forsyth reopened @The_Millfield in 2009 he made our Adult Dance class dreams come true. A true #Enfield legend. pic.twitter.com/IkT8yW4bVn— Paul Everitt (@millfieldman) August 18, 2017 Locals were among those paying tribute to the star, who died at the age of 89 after a record-breaking career in show business. Edmonton theatre the Millfield, which has an auditiorium named after the star, opened by him in 2009, tweeted: “We are so sorry to hear the news that our patron Sir Bruce Forsyth has died today. He was a son of Edmonton and a real inspiration to us.”A commemorative programme looking back over his 75-year career was broadcast in place of the One Show on Friday evening. Tributes continued to pour in to the veteran entertainer on Saturday after his death was announced on Friday following a long illness.Sir Elton John said it was an “honour” to work with him, adding that he was a “a treasured part of my life since I was a young boy”.Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck credited him with “changing his life” and Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole said he was “honoured” to have known and worked with Sir Bruce and “to have had my life touched by such greatness”.His family said he died peacefully at home surrounded by his children and his wife Wilnelia. A new series of his most famous recent show, Strictly Come Dancing, is due to start at the end of next month. 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.
Cannibal killer Stefano Brizzi was taken off suicide watch despite police finding a noose and suicide letter in his cell, an inquest heard.Italian national Brizzi, 50, died at Belmarsh high-security jail in Woolwich, south-east London, on February 5.Brizzi, who was HIV-positive, was for a time on a programme for prisoners considered at risk which provided a care plan and monitored mental health issues, a pre-inquest review hearing at Southwark Coroner’s Court was told. The crystal meth addict was taken off the programme on December 28 and several days later on January 4 “suicide watch ceased”, senior coroner Dr Andrew Harris said.A noose and a letter “indicating he was thinking about death” had been found in a cell he occupied on his own, the hearing was told.Dr Harris gave the cause of death as hanging, adding there were no injuries “implying altercation with another party”.A full inquest will seek to determine the “management of information found in his cell indicating he was thinking about death”, Dr Harris said. The noose was said to have been discovered on December 6 while he was still on suicide watch.It was unclear whether the letter was found on December 10 or was dated December 10 and discovered later, the court heard. Dr Harris queried the potential “non-disclosure” of the letter to healthcare staff and said it had been suggested Brizzi made the noose out of boredom.He said: “It is important to understand the way that risk was assessed at the time.”A date of April 23 next year was given for the opening of the inquest, which will have a jury.Dr Harris added: “Given the nature of his crime we need to understand … whether he was assessed as a violent prisoner.”It may relate to the fact he was in a single cell and whether he had been exposed to risk by other prisoners.”Brizzi strangled police officer Gordon Semple, 59, during a bondage sex session and then cooked and tried to eat him.The former Morgan Stanley IT developer met his victim on gay dating app Grindr, inviting him for a “hot, dirty, sleazy session” at his flat near London’s Tate Modern gallery on April 1.The Breaking Bad fan admitted being inspired by the TV series as he tried to get away with killing the Inverness-born officer by dissolving his flesh in an acid bath. Stefano Brizzi in the dock at the Old Bailey, London Credit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire 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. Gordon Semple exiting Blackfriars station, London, before meeting Stefano BrizziCredit: Metropolitan Police
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedParking lot fiasco: Broomes committed no crime, party to deal with conduct- GrangerSeptember 1, 2018In “latest news”Corentyne residents complain about NDCs performance during Ministerial outreachMarch 20, 2017In “latest news”Broomes’ conduct ‘outside of Ministerial code’, Cabinet yet to address matter-HarmonAugust 6, 2018In “latest news” -As Broomes denies knowledge of parking lot fiasco Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona BroomesHeavyweights of the Peoples National Congress (PNC) have added their views on the matter involving Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes, her driver and two security guards at a private business establishment stating that they are against ministerial misconduct.General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), Amna Ally has said that if the reported account of the dispute is factual, then the incident would be extremely unfortunate.“If it is that something took place as is reported, it’s unfortunate, very unfortunate. Something like that shouldn’t happen because we have to be able to follow rules and so on,” Ally said.Nevertheless, the veteran PNC politician also went on to state that everyone must observe the rule of law whether “you are a minister, you are an ordinary person; that is what is expected.”Asked whether she was able to view the video footage which tells a different story from the one being told by Broomes, Ally said, she has more important things to do.Ally, who also serves as a senior minister in the coalition administration, said while she has not spoken to Broomes about the incident she may seek an explanation from her at some point.Another senior executive of the party, Volda Lawrence told the media that she was surprised by what was told to her by one of the security guards involved in the incident.When questioned further whether she thinks the Broomes should apologise, she said that the Minister will make her own personal decision on whether to apologise or not.Lawrence, the PNC Vice Chairperson, on Tuesday had apologised to one of the security guards who was locked up by police for 16 hours for allegedly abusing the Junior Minister of Natural Resources.She explained that she was having dinner at the New Thriving Restaurant when the security guard approached her and recounted what had transpired. After hearing his side, she apologised.“We didn’t come into Government for issues like this. We came into make changes,” Lawrence said, while explaining that she felt compelled to apologise on behalf of the PNCR.Meanwhile, State Minister Joseph Harmon said that it would be unprofessional for Broomes to comment on the matter when it is still being investigated by the police.However, Broomes is campaigning with and for Harmon who is contesting for the chairmanship of the PNC/R. He will be challenging the incumbent chairman Basil Williams and Lawrence.Although the Minister had called the police and had the two security guards arrested, the Minister on Thursday denied any knowledge of the incident, stating “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”On her arrival at Parliament, Broomes was flocked by members of the local press who asked the Minister for a comment on the matter but she refused and eventually walked away.When told about the incident at the Massey Stores parking lot, she maintained that “I don’t know what you’re talking about” and proceeded to walk towards the Parliament Chambers.Broomes had claimed that she and her driver, whose name has not been officially released to the media to date, were the victims of verbal assaults and threats by two security guards, who were attempting to bar her from parking in a specific section of the establishment.The Minister with the Natural Resources Ministry, who is no stranger to controversy, had even alleged that one of the guards had pointed and “crocked” a firearm at her and the driver of her SUV vehicle at some point during the incident.She claimed that she was fearful for her life and safety as a result of the actions of the guards, who were arrested and detained by Police ranks following the incident for close to 16 hours before being released on their own recognizance.However, since the release of footage on Tuesday, it became clear that the version of the story told by Minister Broomes was different from what was depicted thereby forcing a tidal wave of criticisms and attacks against the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU/AFC) official on social media, with Guyanese accusing her of high-handedness and dishonesty.There have also been attacks on her integrity as more support and sympathy poured in on Wednesday for the guards, who it is being argued were “simply doing their jobs”.Asked whether the Police have found any proof to substantiate the claims made by Minister Broomes that a gun was aimed at her during the ordeal, Crime Chief Paul Williams has declined to make any definitive pronouncement as he dodged the issue.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that the Minister’s behaviour if true was atrocious and should not be allowed to continue.He said that the incident also pointed to the fact that sometimes people rush to judgement, referring to the unwarranted arrests of the two security guards at the Massey Store over the incident without properly investigating the issue thoroughly. He believes that the Police should be held responsible, given that they acted unprofessionally.
……………………….Rented bus parks………………………..Cecelia Richards represented the University of Guyana’s branch of the United Minibus Union (UMU), to highlight a decision that was taken by the Town Clerk to collect monies from nine specific drivers of the Route 44 (Industry) route. She testified that King was collecting a monthly rental of $3000 from each of the drivers to occupy a stretch of the roadway that spans from the Avenue of the Republic to Hinck Street. Consequently, some 45 drivers are left to fend for themselves as the area remains occupied by the said drivers.Prior to that, city Police Officers would arrive at the park every day to collect $200 from each of the drivers. When confronted, officials at City Hall denied implementing such a regulation. Efforts were made to reach the Town Clerk, but the affected drivers were prohibited from meeting with him.“It was hard for us to provide for our families. We just stay there all day at the back of the line,” said Richards.The inquiry is expected to conclude on October 31, where the necessary recommendations will be submitted after all evidence is presented before the Commission. Justice Kennard sought to point out that letters in the media will not be taken in account as testimonies. Hence, persons would have to take the stand under oath to submit their evidence.Since September 21, 2018, the Town Clerk was instructed to proceed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCity Hall CoI: Bulkan says it is the responsibility of the Local Govt Commission to actDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”Georgetown gets a new Town ClerkJuly 14, 2015In “Business”Bulkan awaiting feedback from LGC on City Hall CoI recommendationsDecember 12, 2018In “latest news” Town Clerk Royston King… City being micromanaged by Min Bulkan – former Deputy Mayor As the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) unfolds into the operations at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Sherod Duncan took the stand, declaring that the Town Clerk is incapable of performing his duties which has led to much interference from the Communities Minister.Duncan stood before Justice Cecil Kennard as he made his testaments under oath, sharing some light into the activities which have been occurring at the Council under the leadership of Mayor Patricia Chase Green and the Town Clerk, Royston King.He indicated that Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan has taken the liberty to interfere into the works at City Hall and in some cases, King was notified via letters that his decisions were not approved by Central Government. According to Duncan, it seems as though Bulkan “has taken up residence” at City Hall to look at all activities under a microscope.“The city is being micromanaged by the Minister of Communities when you should have a competent Town Clerk who understands what he is doing and the Minister is writing to the Town Clerk reprimanding him. It boggles my mind,” he further added.On one occasion, King was engaged by the Minister in relation to the dismissal of two officers who were attached to the City Constabulary. One of the officers had provided evidence of wrongdoing against another officer. However, King dismissed both of them even after the committee was asked to address the incident. He was later addressed by Bulkan for the way this matter was dealt with.According to Duncan, he is under the impression the Mayor has relinquished all of her superiority into the hands of the Town Clerk and as such, he has been misusing his authorities and power. Duncan indicated that on many occasions, the Councillors were not briefed on the allocation of monies for contracts that were been awarded. An instance is the $125 million contract that was allocated towards the restoration of the Le Repentir Cemetery which was finalised after a unilateral decision.When asked by Justice Cecil Kennard as to what would have been the outcome of the No-Confidence Motion that was filed against the Town Clerk if it was approved, Duncan explained that early interventions would have been taken by the Local Government Commission (LGC).Former Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Cecil Kennard“One of the consequences of the motion would’ve been the registering or displeasure in the conduct of the Town Clerk and then following that subsequently, [actions on behalf of] the Local Government Commission.”The motion was filed earlier this year but was disallowed by the Mayor after seeking legal advice from Attorney Maxwell Edwards, who is the spouse of Councillor Noelle Chow-Chee.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLowenfield commits to high quality of service as new GECOM CEOMarch 13, 2014In “Local News”GECOM’s new CEO is Keith LowenfieldMarch 12, 2014In “Politics”Govt influencing GECOM to delay preparations for elections – JagdeoJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news” Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Keith Lowenfield remains on sick leave and was visibly absent from today’s statutory meeting.Last Tuesday, Lowenfield was admitted at the Caribbean Heart Institute located at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Doctors believe Lowenfield suffered a heart attack as a result of high blood pressure.On Wednesday last, GECOM’s Public Relations Officer Yolanda Warde confirmed that the CEO was taken to the hospital. She disclosed that Lowenfield is currently on seven days medical leave.It is not clear what his current medical condition is or whether he is still hospitalised.The Chief Elections Officer’s hospitalisation comes at a time when GECOM had been instructed to start preparations for polls sometime this year.
Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment simulators have recently come under high praise – in February they were awarded first prize in the category of Machines & Products Display at the International Mining Exhibition in India. Now MCC Contracts (MCC) has followed the likes of BHP Billiton, Vale and Rio Tinto by strengthening its operator training program with the acquisition of several Advanced Equipment simulators from Immersive Technologies. The investment includes three base simulators and four Conversion Kits to support a range of equipment. Each simulator is supported with a comprehensive customer support program to ensure maximum utilisation and MCC has taken a further step by utilising Immersive Technologies’ unique training systems integration program. With strong support by MCC, the company expects over 300 equipment operators to be trained and assessed on the Immersive Technologies’ advanced equipment simulators with the goal of improving operational skills and increasing site safety, productivity and reduced equipment maintenance.MCC Group Training Manager, Pieter Page: “I am convinced that we are going to see financial benefits from the programme which we did not deem possible. The time has come for us to develop a very different breed of operator, and Immersive Technologies’ simulation technology is going to play a major role in achieving this objective.”Immersive Technologies Regional Manager of East & Southern Africa, Anthony Bruce: “This is a strategic investment by MCC Contracts in order to maximise, measureable returns of mobile machinery & operators deployed across multiple mine sites. The simulators will greatly assist the company’s efforts in strategic workforce development improving safety and increasing site profitability.”
Mine Site Technologies (MST) has been recognised by the Australian International Design Award organisation for the fit-for-purpose design of its underground mining cap lamp. The lamp is a component of MST’s ICCL (Integrated Communications Cap Lamp) system. An ICCL provides every miner working underground with a complete single system solution for light generation, personnel tracking, and the receiving of emergency communications and alerts. The cap lamp design went up against formidable competition in the Business and Technology category and was judged by a panel of world renowned design and engineering experts. For additional information regarding the award go to http://www.designawards.com.au/. The MST cap lamp replaces the traditional incandescent bulb type lamp with a modern LED lighting and optics technology. The result is a ‘fit for purpose’ product providing extensive improvements in battery life and lighting efficiency. The MST LED design essentially doubles the run-time battery life of the traditional incandescent lamps. In addition the ICCL cap lamp provides a clean beam of spectrally balanced white light.A cap lamp is an essential safety tool; arguably the most important piece of a miner’s PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). It must function flawlessly for 12 hours or more on a single charge. The MST cap lamp has been designed, thoroughly tested, and certified to the requirements of underground mining. The design of the ICCL battery pack received this same prestigious award in 2005. The result is a system which provides an integrated solution (light, tracking, alerts) for improving the safety and efficiency of every underground miner. Mine Site Technologies has sold over 20,000 units.
Sherborne Sensors, a designer, developer and manufacturer of sensors for military, aerospace and industrial applications, has announced that its DSIC inclinometers and A323 accelerometers are being used to provide highly-accurate, geo-reference position data as part of an innovative automated mineshaft inspection technology. Based on LiDAR, (Light Detection and Ranging) technology and high-resolution photography, the Mobile Shaft Scanning System (MS3) being developed by Canada’s Sight Power combines three core elements – Lasers, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) – “promising substantial savings and improvements in safety.”The conventional mineshaft inspection procedure is to lower engineers down the shaft in an elevator at a speed below 1m/s. However, with the MS3 system, the laser scanning device will be attached to the elevator and move up and down the shaft at speeds that enable quick and unobtrusive shaft scanning. Because GPS is not available underground, Sherborne Sensors’ DSIC high-precision inclinometers will measure the amount of roll and pitch of the carriers to give an indication of whether or not the movement down the shaft is well controlled. Meanwhile, the A323 accelerometers will measure the performance of the carriers with respect to vibration and acceleration during normal operation as well as during inspection cycles. “LiDAR systems are ideal for mineshaft inspection, because the typical distance from the scanning device to objects within the shaft barrel is only 3-4 m,” says Sight Power’s CEO and CTO, Borys Vorobyov. “But without GPS, a variety of positional aids are required to assist the INS, including inertial sensors such as accelerometers and inclinometers. We compared products from a number of suppliers and the consensus was that Sherborne Sensors provided the best match for accuracy, price and reputation.”MS3 is capable of acquiring billions of data points to produce a realistic 3D image of an entire shaft with all internal infrastructures, (construction elements). Known as a ‘Digital Spatial 3D model’, the image can then be imported into a computer-aided design (CAD) software package for analysis. During the laboratory test phase, Sherborne’s inertial sensors assisted in mapping and characterising the horizontal test setup performance, as well as indicating any flex, twist and tilt in the MS3 mechanical housing system. The inertial sensors are also being employed to characterise and understand the mineshaft environment, so that the Sight Power team can refine the MS3 system and its design for optimal accuracy and reliability.“Our gravity referenced servo inclinometers and accelerometers are very robust, extremely accurate and field-proven,” says Sherborne Sensors’ Jesse Bonfeld, Vice President of Business Development. “Their dynamic range means that their output is more conducive to the volume of data required and integrates seamlessly into the MS3 data acquisition system. The fact that these inertial sensors are temperature compensated was also a key factor in ensuring accuracy of results, because the temperature varies dramatically as you travel along the length of a mine shaft.”In the future, Sight Power aims to determine whether using clusters of accurate but lower cost sensors such as inclinometers and accelerometers can eliminate the requirement for the INS, which would lower the overall cost of the MS3 system. Sherborne Sensors says it can customise all of its inertial sensors and manufacture to comply with specific customer requirements within its AS9100C Quality Management System. In addition, all Sherborne Sensors’ products come with a two‐year comprehensive warranty, guaranteed On‐Time Delivery programme “and are meticulously tested and calibrated to international standards prior to shipment.”
The Myanmar Federation of Mining Associations (MFMA) has provided more background for this event which will bring together the leaders in the domestic mining industry and visitors from overseas in a great networking experience October 30-31 this year, alongside Mining Myanmar – 2nd International Mining and Minerals Recovery Exhibition, http://corporate.im-mining.com/imevents/; www.miningmyanmar.com. John@im-mining.com is calling for abstracts.MFMA confirms that current mining is still predominately small-scale and using basic mining methods.Small scale investors, which make up some 95% of miners are defined by three- to five-year leases on a maximum of 8 ha for gold, or up to 20 ha for other concessions.Large scale investors, approximately 5%, are defined by 10 to 25 years leases on 20+ ha, including gold and other minerals.The main mined minerals are: gold, antimony, tin, silver, lead, zinc, copper and tungsten.The industry’s main problems are lack of finance and a lack of advanced mining technology. Particular sectors lacking technology are:• Underground mining – this needs big improvements• Blasthole drilling• After blasting mechanised machines are needed to muck the broken ore and waste. Currently a lot of this is done by hand• Good ventilation equipment and practice is required to clear fumes after blasting• Conveyor systems to move materials. Once again a lot of this is done by hand• Crushing and grinding mills, to all sizes• Education and technical support regarding better modern, more efficient mining practicesIn terms of mining education Myanmar’s miners need:• How to run a mining business• Book keeping• Replacing traditional methods with modern advanced technologyIn general, the industry currently export raw materials but wants to do more refining locally. They need education and equipment to do this. For example, gold, most refining is still done by hand.Myanmar has large deposits of marble. Currently they export raw materials but they want to change to exporting refined products.The Myanmar Mineral Commodity Exchange is due to open in 2015 and they are starting from ground-zero.
Miners who are researching efficient mining techniques and optimisation of operating costs are attending the In-Pit Crushing and Conveying Conference (IPCC) 2014 conference in Johannesburg this week. Following on from the successful Deswik Africa Open Day last week, where the company unveiled its new branding and product road map, Deswik Regional Manager Marc Johnson today presented practical, innovative techniques for modelling combined IPCC and truck haulage in a single plan.In 2013, during the IPCC 2013 conference in Cologne, Germany, Deswik announced a partnership with RWE Power International to develop the world’s first commercially available software for planning of Continuous Mass Mining techniques.The presented Deswik study looked at how operators can close the strategic planning loop for IPCC projects. Initial assumptions are utilised to create an optimised pit shell and mine design completed on this optimised pit shell. A mine schedule and material placement model are developed – which delivers a much better estimate of costs. A revised estimate of costs is then fed back into the optimisation process to generate a new pit shell. The same process has been run for both trucked and IPCC cases to get a comparative answer.Concluding on the impact on optimisation by use of IPCC, Johnson concluded that the examination of the use of an IPCC system at an early stage of the planning cycle can add significant value to an operation. The demonstrated opportunity to reduce haulage costs through alternative material movement strategies can increase reserves. But there is a requirement for an element of detail in early stage mine planning to ensure that the possible benefits (and associated risks and operability requirements) are captured.