September, 2019 Archive
Redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith (84) goes up for a catch against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOn Monday following Ohio State’s 34-27 win in Bloomington, Indiana, OSU coach Urban Meyer addressed the media to discuss thoughts about the Indiana game and where his team stands heading into its Week 6 matchup against Maryland.Here are three topics that were covered by the coach.InjuriesDuring the second half against Indiana, redshirt wide receiver Corey Smith was carted off the field with a leg injury suffered when a pile of players rolled up on him.It was alluded to after the game that the Akron native was out for the year. On Monday, Meyer confirmed it.“My heart bleeds for that guy, and so do the rest of our team,” Meyer said.Smith had 20 catches for 255 yards in 2014 and this year had five grabs for 62 yards. He also played a key role on the coverage side of special teams due to his downfield speed.Meyer said Smith suffered a “similar injury to Noah Brown,” who was lost for the season with a broken leg during practice before OSU’s first game.However, Meyer said it is a possibility that Smith’s time in college might not be up as a medical redshirt is a possibility to bring him back for a sixth year.“From what I understand there’s a chance we can get one more year back,” Meyer said. “We’re going to see what happens.”Meyer also said that sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel, who did not have any touches in Saturday’s game, was limited in practice all week with back spasms but is doing better, and redshirt freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell should return to action against Maryland after missing two games with a leg injury.Areas of focusWhile OSU topped the Hoosiers to stay undefeated and top-ranked in the nation, Meyer said there are two ongoing areas of concern that plague the team: red-zone offense and turnovers.Meyer called them “two areas of strength in the past” that “are not strengths right now.”The Buckeyes had three turnovers against Indiana — two fumbles lost by redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall and an interception by redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones.The Buckeyes have committed 13 turnovers so far this year: seven interceptions and six lost fumbles. Their minus-four turnover margin is 101st in the country.OSU’s red-zone scoring rate of 75 percent ranks 108th in the nation. In 16 trips to the red zone, the Buckeyes have scored six touchdowns, hit six field goals and have come up empty four times. None of the six touchdowns were of the passing variety.Meyer said a discussion has happened about using a two-quarterback system with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett stepping in for Jones inside the 20-yard line, but no decision has been made.Assessing BraxtonRedshirt senior Braxton Miller did not factor in much on Saturday’s box score, but Meyer felt happy enough with the H-back’s performance to designate him a “champion” from the game.Miller had one run for 14 yards, and caught the first pass of the game for a large loss of nine yards. He was also flagged for a chop block that took away a touchdown.“He deserves touches,” Meyer said. “He’s an electric player with the ball in his hand. We just have not got him loose the last couple of games.”Meyer praised Miller’s perimeter blocking against Indiana, and pointed out that while Miller graded out as a champion on Saturday, he did not in the opener at Virginia Tech despite producing 140 yards of offense and two touchdowns.
Ohio State released a new athletic logo to the public Monday, the same day it approved the use of the non-rounded in Block “O” in its academic logo. After a Board of Trustees vote Friday, the Block “O” will also take the place of the round “O” on OSU’s university seal, which is mostly seen on diplomas and official university documents. Jacquie Aberegg, assistant vice president of OSU marketing, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that school officials started working on updating the seal about two years ago. The end result was all part of OSU’s mission to give the school one notable identity that gives it the best representation of academics and athletics. “We engaged hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents through the course of this project and looked for a visual cue,” Aberegg told the Plain Dealer. “We learned that there is a common link – that the symbol is symbolic of all of those things, the breadth and depth of the academic program and the connection to the athletics. The Block “O” is the best of our history and will help us into the future.” School officials told the Plain Dealer that changes to these university symbols will be put into effect over the next few years during which time current material, like stationary, is used up. Officials told the paper that the new logo will be applied online, to documents and on buildings, but more permanent items will not be replaced. While the Block “O” has been OSU athletic department’s logo for decades, the words “Ohio State” on the department’s symbol will be all black instead of black and white now. The academic logo has been changed to a Block “O” with the words “The Ohio State University” to the right of it. No changes were made to the OSU Alumni Association’s logo of a Block “O” with a Buckeye leaf over top of it.
“I couldn’t say enough positive things about what that was like when I had a chance to work with her,” McGuff said. “Fantastic person, great coach, been a great friend of our family for a long time. Tough to go against people you care about but it’ll be an exciting game and a great opportunity for us.”McGraw has been the head coach of the Irish for 30 years. She is a seasoned veteran of tournament play, with seven trips to the Sweet 16 and two to the Final Four under her belt. McGraw has led her program to four runner-up seasons and one national championship.McGuff first met McGraw when he interviewed at Notre Dame after one season of assistant coaching at Miami of Ohio.“I was fortunate enough to get the job,” McGuff said. “That was really a life-changing event for me.”In their time coaching together, the pair took their team to an NCAA tournament appearance every year and a national championship in 2001. To this day, it is the only national championship either coach has won.McGuff stayed with the Irish until he accepted a head coaching position at Xavier in 2002. McGuff said that McGraw prepared him for the next level and taught him how to run a winning program.“She (runs a program) as well as anybody in the country,” McGuff said. “Just the organization, the structure of how things work. How to treat people well and what you get in return. She was great to work for. Had high expectations, which is an environment that I wanted to work in, but also will allow her assistants to do their jobs and really impact the program.”In addition to this, McGuff met his wife while they were both on the coaching staff at Notre Dame.“She’ll be pulling for us,” McGuff said. “Obviously that program means a lot to her as well, but she’ll certainly be pulling for us.”This season, Notre Dame and OSU are each playing their best basketball at the right time. No. 5 OSU advanced to the Sweet 16 after topping No. 4 seed Kentucky, while the No. 1 Irish defeated No. 9 Purdue, 88-82 in overtime.“They’re a great team,” said redshirt junior Linnae Harper. “Been great for years, have a great program, a great coach. Now it’s just about us focusing on ourselves. Preparation for that game, attention to detail, just doing the little things.”Last season, the Buckeyes made it to the Sweet 16, where they fell short against Tennessee, 78-62. But this year, the team is more experienced and eager to advance.“We’re deeper, we’re more experienced, we’re just better,” McGuff said. “Last year, I thought the kids did a great job … we found a way to end on a pretty high note. We didn’t play well in the Sweet 16, but we ran into a really good Tennessee team. But I think we’re in a much different place this year. I like where we are and I like the opportunity that’s in front of us.” OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoWhen the Ohio State women’s basketball team takes on No. 1 seed Notre Dame this Friday, Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff will see a familiar face across the court. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw served as a mentor to McGuff, who was an assistant under the Fighting Irish coach for six years.
Team GB hockey captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, who steered her women’s team to gold in Rio, will also be among those cheering on sporting newcomers.The 36-year-old said: “As a group of athletes, whether medallists or not, I think Team GB have opportunity to see sports they have maybe never seen before.”There was such a breadth of of over in Rio. Our team has had so many lovely messages from people who have never watched hockey before but they watched the final, they saw the penalty shuffles and they saw how exciting a game it was and how fast it was and they have gone out to have a go. “That’s what we want people to do, but it doesn’t have to be hockey. Any sport would be good. Just go out there and do something. Be active.”Much of the Olympics’ success was down to the funding of athletes from more than £80million raised each year by National Lottery players.To celebrate Team GB’s record haul of 67 medals, Lotto will create an extra 67 life-changing prizes this Saturday, with 27 prizes of £1million to match our 27 gold medals.There will also be 23 prizes of £100,000, to equal tally of silver medals, extra prizes of £50,000 to 3 extra ual our and 17 to mark our bronze medals.To take part in the events across the country, visit iamteamgb.com. His double gold medal glory at Rio 2016 attracted one of the biggest audiences of the broadcasting year, yet gymnast Max Whitlock will become a TV turn off on Saturday in a bid to get people off their sofas.Whitlock, whose triumphs in Brazil were watched by more than 10 million Britons, will flick the switch off on all ITV channels for an hour as part of a nationwide sports day celebrating the UK’s biggest Olympic medal haul in 108 years.Dozens of medallists will join the public for I Am Team GB, an event which sees 2,400 venues throw open their doors to encourage the public to get more active. 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. Viewers tuning in to ITV from 9.30am will be greeted with the message “we’ve gone running,— why don’t you join us?” as sports clubs across the country open their doors for free tuition.Whitlock, 23, will turn off the channel after telling viewers: “Okay, to get involved today just go to iamteamgb.com to see what’s happening near you…we’ll be back in an hour.”It is hoped hundreds of thousands of Britons young and old will take part, cheered on by stars including Whitlock, gold medalist rower Helen Glover, swimming silver medalist Jazz Carlin and Charlotte Dujardin, the equestrian gold medalist.Whitlock, who is due to get married this year, said: “I first started gymnastics in Hemel Hempstead at Sapphire School of Gymnastics.Knowing how friendly and life-changing clubs like this can be, I’d urge everyone to get involved.”The event, organised by the National Lottery and ITV, will the broadcaster’s favourite soaps getting in one the act. Emmerdale will host races on its main street while Coronation Street will have games of badminton on its famous cobbles. Team GB hockey heroesCredit:Julian Simmonds
The defendant had brought with him ammunition, grenades and pyrotechnic munitions which he sold for £5,000.He also agreed to lend him a Diemaco assault rifle and Sig-sauer P226 handgun for an extra £5,000, handing them over with a sawn-off shotgun.Shannon told the officer the stash was “military grade” and the grenades were “big stuff”. One of the guns was loaded when the defendant showed it to the officer, the court heard.Shannon told the officer the deal was about “him wanting to make some money”. He described himself as “old school”, “old fashioned” and “loyal”, and was “happy to be part of a team”. He admitted all the charges including transferring a prohibited weapon, having explosives, possession of ammunition, transferring prohibited ammunition and possession of a firearm without a certificate. A statue representing the scales of justice on the roof of the Old Bailey courts in central LondonCredit:REUTERS/Toby Melville He also showed the officer how to load and unload a weapon, the court heard.After the meeting, he was tracked to a supermarket in Winnall, near Winchester, where officers moved to arrest him safely.A search of his home uncovered 500 rounds of ammunition and a stick of plastic explosive. Some of the bullets were hidden inside a Kenco coffee jar.Following his arrest, Shannon was asked if he had any issues and he said it would “all come out in the wash”, the court heard.In an interview, Shannon explained how he had picked up and kept the guns which were meant for use in the training range.The self-confessed “hoarder” said he had stored them in watertight containers he buried in the New Forest.Shannon admitted there was another weapon buried in a hide and took officers to the spot.Specialist officers later discovered a bolt-action shotgun buried near to a train track. A Royal Marine reservist is facing years in jail after being caught in an undercover sting trying to sell guns and ammunition to “Great Train Robber-types”.Over four years, Martin Shannon, of Hythe, Southampton, took guns, ammunition, explosives and grenades from his base in Poole and buried them in hides in the New Forest.The 43-year-old was snared by a National Crime Agency undercover officer who handed him £10,000 for the sale or loan of ammunition and guns at a meeting in a pub car park near Newbury.Following his arrest, Shannon told officers that he had thought to make money selling the guns to “Great Train Robber-types” who would open safes in a “cloak and dagger” style before “running off into the sunset”.The cash-strapped defendant was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time and pleaded guilty to 15 offences at the Old Bailey. Ahead of his sentencing, Judge Richard Marks QC told him that whatever his motives were, once he had handed over the guns, they were out of his control.The Ministry of Defence had launched its own inquiry after supplies went missing from the Poole base where Shannon was stationed over a period of four years.Shannon had joined as a Royal Marines reservist in 1996 and was also a commercial diver and HG driver.He was questioned by the MoD investigators after an assault rifle and self loading pistol went missing from the base in October 2012 but he denied involvement.On the evening of September 1, Shannon had met the NCA undercover officer in the Chieveley area of Newbury. 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 centuries past deterrents against nagging ranged from the notorious scold’s bridle to the ducking stool.But now a psychological study has come up with what could be a much more powerful means of preventing nagging – evidence that it just does not work.Research commissioned by the insurer Zurich UK into what motivates people to save money found that having a positive personal goal was a more powerful motivation than simply knowing it was important.It found a marked divide between how people responded when asked what they ought to put money aside for and what, if anything, they actually were saving for. One of the options in the survey was saving to buy a houseCredit:David Cheskin/PA Unsurprisingly, given that it would not apply to all of the respondents, weddings were least common reason for saving but had stronger emotional appeal for those who did choose it.The participants were then asked whether they were already saving for some of the 10 goals and if so roughly what proportion of their income they set aside.This time the results were almost the opposite.Among those who were actively saving for something, the more emotional goals came out on top – both in terms of people’s reaction speed and the amount they said they were saving.Caring for an elderly relative came top on this measure, with both the biggest emotional draw and by far the biggest cash behind it, with those who chose it putting aside more than a quarter of their income.Having children was ranked second, just ahead of “going travelling”, which had noticeably more emotional appeal than saving for a standard holiday among those actively saving.Meanwhile big financial goals such as buying or renovating a house, although judged among the most important causes among the overall sample, came close to the bottom among those actually saving for a particular purpose.The researchers concluded that, while the head might appear to rule when people were asked what they ought to do, the heart was more decisive in determining what they do in practice. Duncan Smith, Managing Director, MindLab, said: “Zurich asked us to test people’s implicit associations with savings goals so they can delve far deeper into what drives saving behaviour.“It provides insight into non-conscious processing in the brain, allowing us to measure the emotional value we attribute to different goals.“Exploring the ‘heart’ as well as the ‘head’ in this way gives us better insight into savings behaviour because it is emotions that power decision-making. “What’s clear is that goal-setting does increase the amount people save, and that some goals are more effective than others, but it’s those ‘emotional’ goals – saving to care for elderly relatives or for retirement – that come out as the most important from both a head and heart perspective.”Anne Torry, Head of Zurich UK Life, added: “Our research demonstrates that thinking about what you aspire to and having goals for the immediate and long term will inspire people not only to save, but save more.“This is why it is so critical to take time out, and visualise your future so that you can then take action to financially prepare and realise your ambitions.” 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. Our research demonstrates that thinking about what you aspire to and having goals for the immediate and long term will inspire people not only to save, but save moreAnne Torry, Head of Zurich UK Life They were given dozens of mini dilemmas, each involving a straight choice between the different options and asked to give an instant answer.Their responses were then analysed not only by how often the different options were chosen but also how quickly the participants chose them in each case.That enabled the researchers not only to rank the different options in terms of importance but also to see which had the strongest emotional appeal, based on their reaction times.Overall retirement was ranked as the most popular reason to save money, chosen in almost 70 per cent of the different scenarios in which it was an option. It also ranked highly for emotional appeal based on how quickly people chose it whenever it came up in one of the dilemmas.Holidays had the most emotional appeal, based on reaction time, but were ranked fourth in terms of importance behind buying a house and home improvements.Saving to support children was ranked just behind holidays in order of importance but close to the bottom for emotional appeal. Saving to fund a holiday was an emotional motivatorCredit:Lauren Hurley /PA When asked about what they should save for, people’s answers appeared to be governed by the head.But when the behaviour of those who said they were actively saving money for a particular goal was analysed the answers were noticeably governed by the heart. The study found that the more a particular goal resonated with someone at an emotional level, not only were they more likely to save up for it but also more likely to save a larger amount.The findings could be applied to other seemingly unattractive chores such as DIY or cutting the grass.Psychologists working for the research group Mindlab devised a test to work out whether people were more likely to be motivated to save money by their head or the heart.A group of 900 people were recruited to carry out a simple online test involving choosing between 10 possible reasons for saving, from buying a house or planning a wedding to going on holiday.
Giving anything up for #Lent? How about handheld phones at the wheel? (Except you have to ditch that bad habit permanently) #MobileBan— Transport for Bucks (@tfbalerts) March 1, 2017 “At one point I overheard a policeman saying that the lady he had just ‘done’ was a member of the press on her way to this very event. I certainly didn’t recognise her, neither did my colleagues.”Thames Valley Police told the Telegraph: “Thames Valley Police did a mobile phone check this morning where several members of the media were invited. This was at Ock St, Abingdon.”We stopped 16 people in total ( 5 for not wearing a seatbelt and 11 for using their mobile phones while driving including 2 new drivers)”It is not our policy to confirm occupations of people stopped.”The Telegraph has reached out to 5 News and Mr Reynolds for more information.The crackdown on using mobile phones at the wheel began on the 1st March, and it seems some have already faced the penalty. 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 bells of midnight have tolled. Using your mobile phone while driving will now get you 6 points and a £200 fine.Please don’t. 📵— MPS Specials (@MPSSpecials) March 1, 2017 The Department for Transport has said around 3,600 drivers were given penalties during the last co-ordinated enforcement week between 23-29 January.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “It may seem innocent, but holding and using your phone at the wheel risks serious injury and even death to yourself and other road users.”Doubling penalties will act as a strong deterrent to motorists tempted to pick up their phone while driving and will also mean repeat offenders could find themselves banned from our roads if they are caught twice.” Many thought the tweet seemed too good to be true, but the news channel has confirmed it happened in a post on its Facebook page.Mr Reynolds also replied to naysayers on Twitter, writing that it did indeed happen.Freelance reporter Steve Cottrell was also at the scene, and told The Telegraph what happened.He said he witnessed the event while filming for ITV news. He explained: “The police were pulling people off the A415 Ock Street using plain-clothed Police spotters to indicate to uniformed officers further down the road (where we were). The specific offence being targeted was mobile phone use while driving. There were plenty caught, and as the photographers and cameramen (me, BBC Oxford and Channel 5 News) filmed them, various reporters asked for comments from the drivers, and variously some responded, most didn’t. From the 1st March, drivers using their phones at the wheel will be doubly penalised; being fined £200 and have six points put on their license.Journalists, keen to explain the situation to viewers and readers, set off to cover the new rules at a Thames Valley Police organised press event in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on Wednesday morning.However, one allegedly got caught using their phone while at the wheel, and faced the new penalty while on the way to cover it.Eagle-eyed journalist Dominic Reynolds from 5 News took a photograph of the incident, writing on Twitter: “Breaking Irony News: a journalist driving here to cover phone/driving crackdown has just been busted: £200, 6pts”. Breaking Irony News: a journalist driving here to cover phone/driving crackdown has just been busted: £200, 6pts. pic.twitter.com/8d0GiyjOp0— Dominic Reynolds (@domreynolds) March 1, 2017 Motorists caught using a phone at the wheel face losing their license if using their mobile telephone within 2 years of passing their test.Additionally, the police have begun a seven-day crackdown, featuring extra patrols and an “increased focus” on stopping people using their phones while driving.
“The RSPCA is essentially a great organisation, fantastic staff work incredibly hard, but you have to come to a point where you have to say enough is enough and I can’t any longer support the way this is happening.” The RSPCA is not “fit for purpose” according to the charity’s former directorCredit:Frank Naylor / Alamy The RSPCA is “not fit for purpose”, a former director of the animal charity has claimed.Steve Carter, who left his role as director of RSPCA Wales in 2015, said he believed the structure of the organisation had not “moved on much since the 1970s”.His remarks came after the Charity Commission said the RSPCA’s governance was below the standard it would expect for a “modern charity”.In June, RSPCA chief executive Jeremy Cooper departed after just a year in the role, and the organisation was told it could face “further regulatory action” if it did not make improvements.The charity did not have a chief executive between 2014 and 2016 and instead two unpaid trustees took the helm.Mr Carter told the BBC’s Panorama programme: “I personally think that the RSPCA currently is not fit for purpose. I think it stems from the background of council.”I don’t think the governance process and structure has moved on much since the 1970s.”Chris Laurence, a former chief vet at the RSPCA who resigned as a trustee last year, added: “I had real concerns about the way the RSPCA was being run at council level. In response to Panorama, the RSPCA said it had published an independent review into its governance which said some improvement was required.A spokesman for the charity said: “We aren’t complacent about these issues, and we are committed to continually improving everything we do as an organisation.”The programme makers also spoke to people who had been prosecuted by the RSPCA, including a bird keeper who said he felt the charity “bullied” him.Steve Rainton and his partner Natalie Holden, from Sussex, were taken to court by the RSPCA but were cleared of two animal welfare offences, while another 14 charges were dismissed, according to the BBC.Mr Rainton told the programme: “I felt bullied by the RSPCA. They used my partner. They basically said they would drop all charges against my partner if I took the rap basically.”The RSPCA said it had taken the decision to prosecute Mr Rainton and Ms Holden “because there was sufficient evidence and it was in the public interest”.”Unfortunately the police inadvertently breached procedures under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which resulted in much of the evidence being excluded at trial,” the charity said.”The result of the trial does not have any bearing on the conduct of the RSPCA, which acted properly and lawfully throughout this investigation and in the best interest of the animals concerned.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
“He was frantic, and shaking, and I could tell something was wrong, but that was not what I expected,” she said.”I had to use a broom handle to lift the lid, then out popped its head and its tongue came out as well.”Mrs Cowell telephoned several companies asking for help until specialists from Scales and Fangs, a local pet store, came to her aid. But when he arrived at the house, he found the young python, which was “clearly someone’s pet that had escaped into the toilet system”.”It was in quite good health,” he added, “but it unfortunately had a bit of a skin problem as its skin had been covered in bleach.”The family were scared of course, but I told them that the snake was completely harmless”.Mr Yeldham said that Scales and Fangs plans to look after the baby python until its scale rot is cured, and if no one comes forward for their pet the snake will be put up for adoption.It’s the first time in ten years of business that they’ve seen a snake in a bathroom, he added. “Normally we find about one or two in the garden each year, and last summer we found a corn snake in a family’s living room, but there’s never been one in a toilet.” Credit: Laura Cowell When a five-year-old boy went to use the toilet at his home in Southend, Essex, he found a three-foot-long python concealed under the toilet lid.The specialists who rescued the snake have surmised that it was probably a local family’s pet that had gone down their toilet and made its way through the connecting sewers to another house’s bathroom.Laura Cowell, the boy’s mother, said that she was “petrified” after the incident, and placed weights on the toilet lid in that bathroom for a few days after the snake had been removed.Before she knew about the snake, Mrs Cowell had noticed that the toilet seemed blocked and the water wasn’t draining properly. But she only found the cause when her son went to the bathroom on Wednesday and was shocked to discover the baby royal python lying hidden inside the toilet. Rob Yeldham, the shop’s owner, was expecting to find a native grass snake when he got the call from Mrs Cowell, and brought along gloves and a hook to release it back into the wild. The snakeCredit:Laura Cowell 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.
Once heard, the haunting words of Wilfred Owen and his First World War contemporaries can never be forgotten, capturing all the heroism, trauma and tragedy their generation endured.A century on, the Duke of Cambridge is leading the search for a talented poet for a new era, inviting them to write their “modern-day perspective on service, conflict and humankind’s ability to overcome adversity”.The Duke, who said he never fails to be moved by the “sentiments invoked by the brave, young soldiers” of the First World War, has launched a national poetry competition to immortalise the sacrifices of 21st century servicemen and women, promising to read out the winning entry himself.The poetry competition marks both the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the opening of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC): a world-leading clinical rehabilitation centre for the Armed Forces.Called A Poem To Remember, it is intended to honour and convey the challenges faced by current serving men and women, and their families. The Duke of Cambridge will read the winning poemCredit:PA 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. “I am greatly looking forward to reading the winning entry.”The best poem will be chosen by the public from a shortlist of five, and be read by the Duke of Cambridge, the Patron of the DNRC campaign, at a special event at the new defence facility this summer. It will also be mounted at the DNRC, with its author receiving a £2,000 cash prize.The DNRC, which is funded by charitable donations, will succeed Headley Court as the UK’s leading facility for the clinical rehabilitation of sick and injured members of the Armed Forces later this year. Wilfred Owen, the war poet “Many of the memories of that conflict, and our understanding of it, have been shaped by the remarkable works of poetry written by those caught up in that struggle.“I, like countless other readers over the decades since the war, have always been moved by sentiments invoked by the brave, young soldiers.“That is why – as Patron of the appeal to build the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre – I am delighted to help launch this competition to find a new poem that, inspired by those earlier works, will have its own modern-day perspective on service, conflict and humankind’s ability to overcome adversity. The competition is supported by the Poetry Society, Poet in the City, the War Poets Association, the Wilfred Owen Association, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Help for Heroes, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Style for Soldiers, and Walking with the Wounded. The new centre is being built, due to open later this year Prince Harry and Prince William visit Headley Court in 2008Credit:PA “The First World War poets are still held in deep regard, and it seems very appropriate to launch a competition that can both remind us of their great work and their sacrifice, while helping us contemplate the service and sacrifice that the current generation and their families have given.”Levison Wood, former British army officer and ambassador for Walking with the Wounded added: “I think it’s very important that we never forget the sacrifices made by British and Commonwealth servicemen and women and poetry is a wonderful way of immortalising the legacy of that great generation, whilst remembering that today’s soldiers have their own challenges to face.”The competition is now open, with a deadline for entries on April 9th. Ahead of the competition’s launch on Friday, the Duke of Cambridge said: “The centenary year of the end of the First World War is a very appropriate year to be launching a national poetry prize. Dan Snow, the historian and broadcaster, will chair a judging panelCredit:Rii Schroer The state-of-the-art facility, which will be run by the Ministry of Defence, is situated near Loughborough and is designed to provide neurological and complex trauma care, and a full suite of rehabilitative facilities, together on one site.The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry were both major supporters of Headley Court, photographed there speaking to those undergoing rehabilitation on numerous occasions. The building project was initiated by the late 6th Duke of Westminster, who had a distinguished 40 year service in the British Reserve Army and is said to have cared deeply about the treatment provided for those who volunteer for their country. Patients being treated at the centre, which has been running for 70 years, will be phased over to DNRC once it is up and running this summer.The poetry competition is open to anybody aged 17 and over, and requires writers to submit unpublished work no more than 25 lines long.Entries will be whittled down to a longlist of 25, before the best five are selected by a panel of judges chaired by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow and including SAS veteran and bestselling novelist Andy McNab. The winner will then be decided by public vote. Will Greenwood, England rugby player and supporter of Walking With The Wounded, a charity that is backing A Poem to Remember, said: “It is so important that we don’t forget our injured troops. “The new Defence National Rehabilitation Centre will be a powerful signal that the country is committed to providing the best possible care for our wounded service personnel. The 6th Duke of Westminster, who died in 2016, and his friend Prince Charles
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 soggy start to the week came with chilly temperatures, with a high of 8C (46F) forecast for London, 12C (54F) in Manchester and 6C (43F) in Norwich.Cricketers in the Essex v Hampshire fixture even took to the pitch wearing woolly hats in an attempt to repel the unseasonably cold weather.The North Downs between Kent and Surrey could see between 60 and 80mm of rain, compared with the April average for the area of 50mm, Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said.Northern and western parts of England, as well as Scotland and Ireland, should remain mostly dry with some sunny spells, the Met Office said.Rainfall is expected to ease away from south-eastern parts on Monday night, with temperatures set to rise to the mid-teens, the Met Office added. Morning! Mia here today. Heavy rain and strong winds will persist in the southeast through the day, particularly in East Anglia and Kent, and it will feel cold too. Elsewhere should stay largely dry with bright spells. https://t.co/hQmWS6xFNb Have an amazing Monday. pic.twitter.com/80ah6LGIJz— Met Office (@metoffice) April 30, 2018 Thanet RNLI tweeted: “Trying to grab that exciting ‘storm selfie’ today with some dramatic waves? It could be risking your life!”Remember if you see an animal or a person in the water struggling dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” For the latest weather news, click here. “Just before 10.30am today HM Coastguard received a report that three people were in distress in the water off Ramsgate pier.”It is believed that all three people were washed off the pier by a large wave.”Margate Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboats are on scene, alongside South East Ambulance Service and Kent Police.”All three people have been recovered from the water and are in the care of the Ambulance Service. We have no further information regarding this incident.” A man has died after three people were swept off a pier and into the sea as rain and gales battered parts of Britain on Monday. A large wave hit Ramsgate Harbour and the force washed the trio into the water, sparking a rescue operation. Kent Police said they were called to the scene in the Royal Harbour at around 11.30am on Monday to reports three people were in the water.A force spokeswoman said: “Three men were recovered from the water, but one was later pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to hospital for treatment.”The death is not being treated as suspicious. Inquiries are ongoing to identify next of kin.”The South East was hit with a deluge as forecasters estimated a month’s worth of rain would fall on Monday alone. The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings, saying the conditions could cause flooding, power cuts and damage to trees and other structures.Nearly 40 “be prepared” flood alerts were active on Monday afternoon, mostly for south east England, while two “flooding is expected” warnings were in force in the north east and Anglia.Environment Agency staff are maintaining defences at at-risk spots, with concerns over rising river levels and waves in coastal areas, boss Emma Howard Boyd said. Flooding at the Crooked Billet underpass in Walthamstow, north London, caused long delays for rush-hour motorists and one lane remains closed, Transport for London (TfL) said.Pictures posted online showed fallen trees blocking roads in London, with tree surgeons disposing of one which had crashed through a wall in Ealing.Talking of this morning’s incident in Ramsgate, a Coastguard spokesman said: “HM Coastguard is currently dealing with an incident in Ramsgate where three people have fallen off the pier and into the sea. Clare Dinnis, flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Widespread heavy rain from Sunday evening and through Monday could lead to flooding from surface water and rivers in parts of south, south-east and central England. “Strong winds will also lead to large waves and spray in exposed coastal areas and we encourage people to take care in these locations.”We advise people to listen to their local radio stations and remember not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of fast-flowing water is enough to move your car.”Earlier this month, temperatures peaked at 29.1C in London on the hottest April day for 70 years ahead of the hottest ever London Marathon last Sunday.UK weather map for Monday and week ahead Among the weather-related incidents on Monday was a man who became trapped when a tree fell on to his car in Herne Bay, Kent.Firefighters had to cut the roof off the vehicle before the man was seen by medical staff, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said. Tomorrow’s set to be a wet one. Heavy rain is expected through till Monday which could lead to some #flooding. Don’t get caught out, keep an eye on flood risk here:. https://t.co/PuexEILD5C #prepareactsurvive pic.twitter.com/aukgARvaDi— Environment Agency (@EnvAgency) April 28, 2018
He drew evidence from a government-monitored air pollution monitoring station in Catford, just one mile from Ella’s house, and another three miles from her home.It found that spikes in air pollution coincided with all but one of Ella’s hospital admissions, and that she died after one of the “worst air pollution episodes in her locality.” Prof Holgate believes her cause of death should be recorded as acute respiratory failure and severe asthma secondary to air pollution exposure.His evidence will be submitted in an appeal to the attorney general to re-open an inquest in to Ella’s death. A nine year-old girl’s fatal asthma attack is the first death to be linked directly to air pollution.A government health advisor said there was a “striking association” between the times young Ella Kissi-Debrah was admitted to hospital in an emergency, and spikes of nitrogen dioxide and PM10s, the most noxious pollutants, near her home.Ella lived just 80ft from London’s South Circular Road – a pollution “hotspot” in the city – and in the three years before her death in February 2013 she went to hospital 27 times.Her inquest found she died from acute respiratory failure, after suffering from years of seizures and hospital stays.However, her family have launched a legal bid to get the conclusion overturned, citing a report by asthma and air pollution expert Prof Stephen Holgate. 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. Speaking to the BBC, her mother Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah said Ella would often walk along the road to school and was first taken to hospital in 2010 after a coughing fit that followed a spike in air pollution levels.”I need to find out for myself why she died and what the causes are,” Mrs Adoo-Kissi-Debrah said.”I need this for my other children, in order to protect their health.”I also believe there is a public interest in examining her death because if this direct link were made then the health of our children would have to be prioritised over other considerations including the convenience of drivers.” Ella Kissi-Debrah and her mother Rosamund His report, according to the BBC, said there was a “real prospect that without unlawful levels of air pollution, Ella would not have died”.Prof Holgate, from University Hospital Southampton who chaired the government’s advisory committee on the effects of air pollution, wrote in his report: “Unlawful levels of air pollution contributed to the cause and seriousness of Ella’s asthma in a way that greatly compromised her quality of life and was causative of her fatal asthma attack.” Human rights lawyer Jocelyn Cockburn, from the firm Hodge Jones and Allen, is acting on behalf of the family. She said: “Ella’s case illustrates the hard-hitting human impact of air pollution.”According to a government report published in 2018, poor air quality has been classified as the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK.The attorney general’s office said: “In considering whether to grant his consent to an application, the attorney general must be satisfied that there is a reasonable prospect of the application succeeding in the High Court.”
Claire Colebourn was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years at Winchester Crown Court Credit:Hampshire Police/PA “Throughout the criminal trial, I and all those that loved Bethan have had to endure the heartbreak of listening to her last moments.”I have also had to suffer endless unfounded allegations and lies made against me with no opportunity to respond.“I desperately miss being a daddy – we would have such great times together; Bethan’s laugh was infectious and her energy was endless. There is not a second in the day that goes by that I am not thinking about her. He said: ““There are no words to describe the past 18 months. The one thing in my life that gave me purpose has gone.“My beautiful daughter has been taken from me in such a cold and callous manner at the very hands of the one other person that should have protected her and kept her safe.“The loss of Bethan has had a huge impact on so many people: family, friends, and all that knew her. She was such a special little girl – bringing so much joy to all their lives. “Bethan was my world and being her daddy made me so proud. I miss her so much.”Judge Justice Johannah Cutts QC blasted Colebourn for her “shocking’ actions” and said she was on an “emotional rollercoaster” when she set a 2am alarm to drown Bethan.The court heard Bethan told Colebourn “I don’t want a bath mummy” moments before she was murdered in the Colebourns’ £400,000 converted bungalow in Fordingbridge, Hants on October 19 in 2017.After drowning her daughter, diabetic Colebourn then tried to hang herself, stabbed herself in the stomach and injecting a huge dose of insulin in an attempt to take her own life.Colebourn, a former biology teacher, wrongly believed Mr Colebourn, who runs a luxury marine interiors firm, was having an affair and spying on her. 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. Police outside the family’s home in Fordingbridge, Hants, in October 2017Credit:Ben Mitchell/PA A grieving husband said “I miss being a daddy” as his wife was jailed for life on Monday for murdering their three-year-old daughter.In a powerful statement, read out after the sentencing of Claire Colebourn, her estranged husband Michael said there was “not a second in the day that goes by” that he doesn’t think about his daughter Bethan. Mr Colebourn, a chief executive of a luxury marine interior firm, attended Winchester Crown Court to see his wife jailed for life for a minimum of 18 years and he condemned her for making “endless unfounded allegations” about him.The court heard Colebourn, 36, drowned Bethan in the bath after wrongly believing Mr Colebourn was cheating on her.After she was sentenced, he expressed his anguish in a statement read outside the court by Hampshire Constabulary. Mrs Justice Cutts QC, sentencing Colebourn at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, said Colebourn should have been ‘sickened’ by her searches relating to killing by drowning prior to Bethan’s death. Bethan told her mother she didn’t want a bath moments before she was murderedCredit:Hampshire Police/PA She said: “Bethan was your daughter and only three at the time of her death. She was clearly a beautiful little girl and full of life.”The judge said she wanted to make it clear Mr Colebourn was ‘in no way responsible’ for Bethan’s death after he rejected seeing Colebourn a day before.She also said: “It’s quite something to decide to take your own life but it’s something else to make that decision for someone else. The one thing Bethan was entitled to and deserved was a life.”Colebourn kept her head bowed for most of the 30-minute hearing and had a blank face as she was sentenced to jail.The court heard she has already spent 327 days in custody, which will be deducted from the 18-year sentence.
The judge ruled that she couldn’t have intended the second definition as she said that he had “tried” to strangle her and the police who were called after the incident in March 2003 “had found handprints on her neck” and therefore she must have been referring to the first definition. But Lord Kerr, whose ruling was unanimously backed by the other four judges on the panel, noted that a statement is “not fixed by technical, linguistically precise dictionary definitions, divorced from the context in which the statement was made”.“The fact that this was a Facebook post is critical,” he said. “The advent of the 21st century has brought with it a new class of reader: the social media user.”He said “that this is a casual medium; it is in the nature of conversation rather than carefully chosen expression; and that it is pre-eminently one in which the reader reads and passes on.”Mr Stocker, who was ordered to pay all legal costs, said that he was “disappointed” with the judgement.Harriet Wistrich, director of Centre for Women’s Justice which supported Mrs Stocker, said that is was “a victory for common sense and for women who seek to warn others about men’s abuse”.The human rights lawyer added: “We are appalled that a woman speaking out about an accepted incident of domestic violence was subjected to these court proceedings – it is another example of abusive men using the court system to perpetuate their controlling behaviour.” He said that the readers of posts “do not subject them to close analysis. They do not have someone by their side pointing out the possible meanings that might, theoretically, be given to the post.” Facebook users do not ‘pause and reflect’ on posts so dictionary definitions do not apply, the Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark defamation case.Nicola Stocker, 51, had been found by two previous courts to have libelled her ex-husband Ronald Stocker after telling his new lover that he had tried to strangle her.The judge used the Oxford English Dictionary to define strangling and decide that because she was still alive she had implied that her millionaire ex was trying to kill her when in fact his intention when putting his hand round her neck during an argument was “to silence, not to kill”. But the ruling was overturned by the highest court in the country on Wednesday in what has been described as a “victory for common sense”.Lord Kerr said that judges have to consider what the ordinary reader would have thought the words meant and Mr Justice Mitting should have taken into account that Facebook is a fleeting medium. “People scroll through it quickly. They do not pause and reflect,” he said in the judgment. “They do not ponder on what meaning the statement might possibly bear. Their reaction to the post is impressionistic and fleeting.” Ronald Stocker, pictured with partner Ms Bligh, had won a High Court battle against his ex-wifeCredit:Jeff Gilbert Speaking after the case Mrs Stocker, who had been facing a £300,000 legal bill before today’s ruling, said that she hopes it will make other men “think twice” before dragging women through the courts. “I am just delighted, hugely relieved,” she said. “I think it highlights the danger that the courts are being used by men to continue an abusive process, whether it be in the family courts or through a libel court.””If they have got the money to do it, they will. It has been five years of my life that has been hell.”The emotional and financial damage that it does is huge.”After 13 years of marriage the Stockers’ went through an acrimonious divorce in 2012. In December of that year Ms Stocker commented on a Facebook post by Mr Stocker’s new girlfriend Deborah Bligh. She stated that he “tried to strangle me” and had been arrested a number of times including over some “gun issues”, threats and a breach of a non-molestation order. In 2016 Mr Justice Mitting ruled that the dictionary defines “strangle” either as “to kill by external compression of the throat” or to “constrict painfully” the neck or throat. 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. Mrs Stocker said she had endured “five years of hell” after the ruling Credit:Jeff Gilbert
Heathrow airports to a standstill before and after Christmas. Last night the CAA told The Telegraph: “There is indeed an airspace restriction in place around Aintree that only applies to drones. The restriction will be in place 7.30am to 6.30pm each day f and prohibits the use of an unmanned aircraft/drones below 2,000ft. This does not apply to any drone that has permission from Aintree Racecourse.”An Aintree spokesman said: “As well as the police, we’re working with special drone surveillance team who will operate across the Festival with the aim to ensure there is no disruption to the Randox Health Grand National Festival.”On the first day of Aintree today, wind and wet weather were so bad that the renowned Red Devils parachute team were forced to abandon plans to land on the famous course at mark the start of the festival. A specialist drone surveillance team has been recruited to keep watch over the Grand National tomorrow amid fears the flying gadgets are a safety risk to VIPs arriving by helicopter.Drones have blighted horse-racing in recent years, with crime gangs piloting them over courses to give gambling punters an unfair advantage while placing bets before footage is screened to bookmakers.The Jockey Club, owners of Aintree racecourse, is understood to have hired a team of spotters after fears were expressed that they are becoming an increasing safety risk.As well a worry for jockeys and horses, concern has been expressed for helicopters ferrying trainers and wealthy racegoers to courses. Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Tindall are National regulars and many VIPs opt for a 90 minute helicopter flight from London directly into the racecourse landing pad.The Telegraph understands specialist firm Crowded Space are working with Aintree to sport drones, while the Civil Aviation Authority has a restricted airspace in place this week. Crowded Space use technology to detect when the pilot of a drone has broken any regulations, like flying too low or too close to public exclusion zones.Racecourse and a host of sporting venues have reviewed security operations after police and even the army failed to stop drones bringing Gatwick and Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A New York-based Guyanese woman died Monday, a day after an allegedly drunk off-duty cop rear-ended her car on the Van Wyck Expressway, authorities said.Police investigate the accident on the Van Wyck Expressway near Rockaway Blvd. on April 23, 2017. (MARC A. HERMANN/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)According to the New York Daily News, Vanessa Raghubar, 22, was returning from her sister’s birthday celebration Sunday at about 4 a.m. when Officer Neville Smith, 32, crashed his 2010 Mercedes-Benz into her Honda, cops said.The collision sent Raghubar’s car into a tree and a light pole, critically injuring her and her two passengers.Rescuers rushed the woman to Jamaica Hospital, along with her sister Maria Raghubar, 21, and her sister’s boyfriend, Justin Harricharran, 20, officials said.According to NY Daily, Vanessa Raghubar was studying psychology at York College, and was set to graduate in June, her family members said.“She had a great future ahead of her,” said her mother, Janice Perry. “We need justice. He needs to face the consequences for what he did. He did this to two innocent girls.”Smith, a detective assigned to the 48th Precinct was charged Sunday with vehicular assault, assault, driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a Breathalyzer test. Upgraded charges are expected.DEAD: Vanessa RaghubarHe remained hospitalized Monday, and has yet to be arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, officials said.Raghubar’s devastated aunt, Esther Mongul, who raised the woman as her own child, said Maria, who was in critical condition, has not been told about her sister’s death.“She was the most understanding, giving, loving person. She never asked for anything for herself,” Mongul said. “She took care of me and my 92-year-old mother. Now I’m lost and all alone.”Vanessa Raghubar signed up as an organ donor when she renewed her driver’s license, her aunt said.Maria Raghubar has undergone four surgeries, Mongul said. Her pelvis was shattered, her bladder shredded and her arm broken.“He was a cop and he was drunk. We want justice. He was supposed to protect us, not kill us,” Mongul said. “I’m heartbroken. I never thought when she left home Saturday she would never come back to me.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNYPD detective charged in Queens drunken driving crash that killed Guyanese womanApril 26, 2017In “Crime”Ugly confrontation as ICE officers arrest illegal Guyanese man in NYMay 31, 2017In “latest news”US based Guyanese woman murdered, husband commits suicideJanuary 2, 2018In “Crime”
Former presidents Jorge Quiroga of Bolivia, Andres Pastrana of Colombia, Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica and Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Costa Rica (AFP Image)Opposition leaders said they would step up their campaign against the constituent assembly.They are planning a general strike for Thursday. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned it “risks further polarising the country and increasing confrontation”.In response, Mr Maduro called her “insolent” and said that Venezuela was not a colony of the EU.Venezuela also banned five former Latin American presidents from entering the country.Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said that Mexico’s Vicente Fox, Bolivia’s Jorge Quiroga, Colombia’s Andrés Pastrana and Costa Rica’s former presidents Laura Chinchilla and Miguel Ángel Rodríguez had been declared personae non gratae.The former leaders had been part of a delegation who agreed to monitor Sunday’s unofficial referendum organised by the Venezuelan opposition. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said the constituent assembly would go ahead (AFP Image)(BBC) The Venezuelan government says it will hold elections for a controversial constituent assembly despite the threat of US sanctions.The assembly would have the power to rewrite the constitution and to bypass the opposition-controlled legislature.On Monday, US President Donald Trump said he would take “economic actions” if the constituent assembly went ahead.Mr Trump also called President Maduro “a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator”.Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada denounced Mr Trump’s words as an “insolent threat”.Mr Trump had warned that “if the Maduro regime imposes its constituent assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions”.But he did not give any details as to what those actions may be.Mr Trump’s warning came hours after the opposition said that 7.6 million people had voted against the constituent assembly in an unofficial referendum on Sunday.The Venezuelan government disputed the figure given by the opposition and called it a “gigantic fraud”.Increasing pressureCalls within Venezuela and abroad have been mounting since the results of the referendum were announced.Opposition politicians say Mr Maduro wants to use it to entrench himself in power, while Mr Maduro argues a new constitution will promote dialogue in the polarised country.Colombia, France, Spain and the European Union have also demanded that the Venezuelan government drop its plan for the assembly.The opposition said that 7.6 million people took part in the unofficial referendum (EPA Image) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuela’s Maduro claims poll victory as opposition cries foulJuly 31, 2017In “Regional”Maduro rallies military as Venezuela opposition plans protestJanuary 30, 2019In “Regional”Canada expels Venezuela diplomat in tit-for-tat moveDecember 26, 2017In “World”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Unchartered territory…January 5, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Choices…May 3, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Valentine musings…February 14, 2019In “EYEWITNESS” …AFC Dead MeatThe AFC are running on their own in the LGE, after they were rebuffed by the APNU…or more specifically, the PNC. They’d demanded the same 40 per cent of offices they’d demanded in Cabinet appointments before the 2015 General Elections, when they promised to bring their 11 per cent support into the APNU/AFC coalition platform. The PNC said, “No way Jose!!”, or more pointedly, “Go show us what you have, losers!!”Point of the matter is, the AFC never did bring in their promised 11 per cent from the Indian community that would’ve traditionally gone to the PPP. So when they were given the promised 40 per cent in the Cabinet, hard core PNCites were livid. Never mind AFC Cabinet Ministers – being creatures of the President – were made so ineffectual they might as well have been dog catchers!! Like, of course, the man who so lusted to be “Prime Minister”, he betrayed all!! All he got was “Larwah” – but he seems to be liking it. Go figure!!Anyhow, at an event dubbed “Fit and Proppa”, to rally their candidates for the LGE, even the ones who’d evidently been nominated by Guyanese “walking dead”! – AFC’s Kathy Hughes — claimed bitterly they were the ones who’d put the PNC into office. The not-so-subtle implicit subtext, of course, what that the PNC was ungrateful for throwing them out on their own, and not keeping them on its coattails!!But even their “Fit and Proppa” label shows how disconnected the elitist AFC is from the grassroots – which is where the LGE is fought. No grassroots voter would be caught dead saying “Fit and Proppa” – they’d be run out of their village with the derisive hoots greeting their pretentious pronunciation of “fit an’ prappa”!! Truth is, the AFC has become the “Dead Meat” that Ramjattan predicted before they sold their souls to the PNC for thirty pieces of silver. And dead meat, by definition, has to be “unfit and imprappa”!!Your Eyewitness doesn’t have to wonder what the PNC will do with the AFC after the LGE reveals they’ve got no supporters! They’ll demand every leader from the AFC – starting with Nagamootoo and Ramjattan – swear fealty to the PNC in general, and Granger in particular, by kissing his ring and, of course, his posterior!! If, when there were no objective grounds for rejecting their 11 per cent pretentions, the AFC accepted being humiliated by the PNC, imagine the treatment they’ll accept when they’re exposed as the fakes they are!!Especially when the PNC’s hand is strengthened with the new corps of soup drinkers they’re cultivating during the LGE nomination process!!It’ll be a new Larwah time!!…Town ClerkNo Guyanese — of whatever political persuasion — can be surprised at the revelations from the CoI into the actions of Town Clerk Royston King. Not if they’re honest and not sleeping during the last four years. King’s ascension to the position had been born out of illegalities, which naturally defined his modus operandi.He’d been appointed Town Clerk in 2014 by then Mayor Hamilton Green, after serving as his PRO – even as Carol Sooba occupied that position. Even after the Court ruled King’s appointment illegal, Green backed him and had vendors harass Sooba.From the moment the Government changed and Bulkan removed Sooba – violating the very principle Green had challenged Sooba’s appointment over – and appointing King, in July 2015, King naturally concluded he could do whatever he wanted. He was blessed from “on high”.The 2016 LGE strengthened his hand, when his old compadre and hard core PNC insider Patricia Chase-Greene became Mayor. Along with past PNC General Secretary Oscar Clarke, they were now given the licence by the PNC to do whatever they wanted with the City’s purse – to take care of the largest PNC base, of course. But King and Chase-Greene had other plans – personal plans.The question is why Patricia Chase-Greene’s not also under investigation?…for GECOM ChairGECOM’s Chair James Patterson warned, “Mischief is afoot”. Yes….from the moment he was appointed by Granger!!
Joy Global and ESCO Corporation have announced that they have entered into a strategic business alliance. Joy Global is a major producer of equipment for extraction of ores and minerals in surface mining, including P&H electric rope shovels, blasthole drills, wheel loaders, and draglines. ESCO is a leading developer and manufacturer of ground engaging tools and other wear products used primarily in mining and infrastructure development applications.The first phase of the new alliance is the development of new lip systems with ESCO technology for P&H shovel dippers. Joy Global Surface Mining will offer ESCO’s proprietary lips and GET systems as the standard offering on new P&H shovel dippers and loader buckets unless a customer specifically requests an alternative GET system. ESCO will service the aftermarket on all lips through their distribution network. ESCO and Joy Global engineers will also be collaborating on enhanced designs toimprove reliability and productivity, while at the same time reducing lip and GET maintenance needs.“This is an exciting opportunity for both companies as we work closely together to market new products with improved productivity and lower cost/tonne performance for our collective mining customers,” stated John Koetz, Vice President, Product Marketing & Engineering for Joy Global Surface Mining. According to Jon Owens, President of Engineered Products for ESCO, “ESCO and Joy Global are a good fit. Both are known for innovation and value. Through a shared commitment to customer satisfaction they drive toward increased production, reduced downtime and superior value.”
Essen-based engineering, exploration and consulting company DMT GmbH & Co KG is further expanding its international presence with the addition of a further Asian subsidiary. PT DMT Exploration Engineering Consulting Indonesia in Jakarta belongs to DMT’s International Mining Consulting (IMC) Division. The company stated: “By opening the new subsidiary, DMT underlines its global business operations, demonstrating the commitment to be closer to its clients. The new Jakarta branch will strengthen existing connections and provide Asian clients with easier access to DMT’s services.”The opening announcement is due to take place during the Indonesian Coal Investment Forum in Jakarta on November 6. The group comments: “The expertise of the DMT Group is based on a wide-ranging background of activities in exploration, mining, minerals, cokemaking technology and testing. While offering a portfolio spanning the entire mine life cycle, DMT specialists have provided mining solutions in more than 150 countries for over 150 years. With a staff of approximately 1,000, the DMT Group has the capability, know-how and practical skills to carry out projects at almost any scale and support customers in achieving financial success and ensuring the safety of their workforce. Typical clients include private mining companies, merchant banks or major financing institutions such as the World Bank, investment banks, governmental institutions, lawyers and insurers.”For the South-East Asian market, DMT will offer its full-range of mining activities, covering exploration surveys, resource/reserve statements, investor support, feasibility studies, underground and open pit mine planning, mineral processing, project or risk management and further special services. “The new local presence will result in quicker response time, more integrated planning and increased efficiency”, says Heinz Gerd Körner, CEO at DMT. DMT is a member of the TÜV NORD Group, one of Germany’s largest providers of technical services and an international specialist for mobility, energy technology, plant engineering, certification and natural resources.