Denver Broncos Champ Bailey to Sit Out Season Opener

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, who has a left foot sprain, will sit out the team’s Thursday night NFL season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.This is another significant loss for the Broncos who will also be playing without their top pass-rusher. Linebacker Von Miller was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.Bailey sprained his foot two weeks ago and attempted to return to practice Tuesday, but didn’t participate in the session. When asked if his foot was feeling any better, Bailey responded: “Yeah, yeah. Every day, every day.”On Monday Bailey said he was “very close” to being ready to play, but the date of his return remained “up in the air” because of the injury. read more

Once BrownSkinned Former Cubs Slugger Sammy Sosa Is So

sammy sosa = the perfect example of a dominican that doesn’t want to be defined as black. self hate is real. dominicans in denial is real.— Jessica Johnson (@iheartdilla) July 13, 2017 ayo Sammy Sosa look like a unbrushed tongue— Price. (@Priceverson) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa’s skin tone began appearing lighter in 2009. (Twitter/Screenshot) as a dominican, the sammy sosa pic is a sad reminder of the self-hate and psychological damage of white supremacy that still exist among us.— alex medina (@mrmedina) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa the same complexion as those cheap ass hot dogs that turn the water pink when you boil them.— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) July 13, 2017Sosa, who retired from Major League Baseball after the 2007 season with 609 career home runs, eighth on the all-time list, admitted to using a bleaching cream in 2009 after photos surfaced of him looking noticeably lighter at an awards show.“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin tone,” Sosa said at the time on Univision’s “Primer Impacto.” “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but [it] has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily. What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”Several people reflected on the social implications of a once dark-skinned man having such a remarkably different appearance.It’s sad that the emotional pain Sammy Sosa feels about being black is so sharp he was willing to endure bleaching himself pink.— roxane gay (@rgay) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa look like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Fruity Pebbles.— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) July 13, 2017 If you thought you knew what former Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa looks like, a new interview will make you think again.Sosa alarmed some fans when he appeared in an interview on a July 13 ESPN Deportes special about the All-Star Home Run Derby, an interview that revealed his already lightened tone as lighter than ever.Many made fun of the former Dominican baseball star.Sammy Sosa out here lookin like Pepto Bismal.— OXTAIL GAWD (@ThatDudeMCFLY) July 13, 2017 Sammy Sosa lightening himself is a result of a perverted system of white supremacy that causes ppl to take extreme measures to feel “safe”— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 13, 2017 read more

Turns Out Running A Baseball Team Is Hard

Some people daydream about becoming professional baseball players. Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller daydream about being general managers. The two co-host the “Effectively Wild” podcast for Baseball Prospectus (Ben is also a writer for this site), and last summer they learned that one of their listeners was the media relations director for the Sonoma Stompers, an independent minor-league baseball team in California. Lindbergh and Miller floated the idea that the Stompers should let them act as general managers for the team, advising on player personnel and strategy. The Stompers bit.Their new book, “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work,” chronicles a summer spent trying out their weirdest analytics-driven ideas on the actual playing field.On this week’s What’s The Point, Ben Lindbergh discusses his summer with the Stompers, and the larger lessons about what it’s like to try to use data to change a team’s culture.Stream or download the full episode above, or subscribe using your favorite podcast app. Read an excerpt from the book here. Here is a transcript of a highlight from the conversation. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of What’s The Point, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, and please leave a rating/review — that helps spread the word to other listeners. And be sure to check out our sports show Hot Takedown as well. Have something to say about this episode, or have an idea for a future show? Get in touch by email, on Twitter, or in the comments.What’s The Point’s music was composed by Hrishikesh Hirway, host of the “Song Exploder” podcast. Download our theme music. Ben Lindbergh: These players were far enough from the majors that they were willing to mix things up. Someone who is at AAA, one step from the big leagues, would’ve said, “I’ve gotten this far with what I’ve done, and I’m not willing to do something new.” But these guys were getting desperate enough that they were willing to listen.Jody Avirgan: That’s the key — you have to find a community that is desperate enough to listen to what you have to say. That’s actually the key to this podcast.But, what was your relationship with Sam [Miller] like? You host the podcast every day, I assume that you’re friends. Now all of a sudden you were thrust into a working relationship.Lindbergh: There was some tension. Usually we are separated by a continent and we get along just fine. But when we were in the same place, running this team and writing this book, we definitely had some philosophical differences.I remember on Opening Day I wanted to march into the manager’s office and say, “Here’s the batting order for today’s game.” Sam didn’t want to do that because he thought we would alienate the manager, and it would have a ripple effect, and we’d be fighting for the rest of the season. I thought we had to assert our authority [right away].Avirgan: And who won that battle?Lindbergh: I don’t know if there was a conclusive winner. Eventually Sam moved towards my side of the spectrum, but there were things he saved me from doing throughout the season.Avirgan: Overall, do you feel like this project was a success, not just in that it was fun … but in that it taught you larger lessons about the work that you’re going to continue to do?Lindbergh: I think it taught us about selling yourself, and storytelling. We probably could have packaged this book as “what baseball can teach us about business” or something, and sold a million more copies.Avirgan: You could have done a TED Talk!Lindbergh: Shoot, we should have done that. But, really — it is about management and finding a way to present your message to people who may or may not be receptive to it. You may have the spreadsheets, but don’t always show the spreadsheets. Make it fun and exciting.Take your conclusion, one that’s sound and driven by the data … but don’t always show your math. Know your audience. So we learned a lot about how to present our findings, and that can be applicable in any field. By Jody Avirgan read more

Mens Volleyball No 9 Ohio State topples No 6 Loyola in four

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas sets up redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Laffin during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29 at St. John Arena. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe energy was through the roof of St. John Arena with the No. 9 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (18-4, 9-2 MIVA) returning from its five-week road-trip in one of its most pivotal conference matchups of the year.Lifted by the excitement, the Buckeyes came onto the floor and took care of business, beginning aggressively and defeating No. 6 Loyola 3-1. The lone loss came in the third set at the end of a 30-point overtime that ended 41-39 in favor of the Ramblers (19-5, 9-2 MIVA).What began as an uneventful set eventually picked up speed at 15-14 and turned into one of the longest NCAA volleyball sets of the 2018 season. Ohio State senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir said the only thought in a player’s head during a set like that is to continue fighting.“You’re just trying to keep going,” Hervoir said. “You’re so tired that you’re just trying to do your best at that moment.”In Ohio State’s previous matchup with the Ramblers in Chicago, the Buckeyes took the first two sets, but dropped the remaining three to lose the match. Entering Thursday night’s fourth set, the Buckeyes looked tired, but not beat. Despite low energy, Hervoir said he was not worried about tonight’s match being a repeat of the last.“At Loyola, we let them come back and on set three [of tonight’s match], we fought until the end,” he said. “So we were already in this mindset like, ‘just keep going and fight as hard as we can.’”Ohio State took a 14-11 lead, one it  kept through the end of the set. Redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes finished the match with a service ace and the team swarmed the court, filled with the sweet taste of revenge. Though both the longest set and the clinching set were the final two of the match, head coach Pete Hanson was especially pleased by the team’s performance in the first two sets.“The first two sets, we played excellent volleyball,” Hanson said. “Just really, really did the things that we had talked about all week in practice. Our tactics were good. Our execution of our tactics [was] good.”The first two sets seemed to portend a quick night with the Buckeyes beating the Ramblers 25-20 and 25-16.The first set was fast paced with both teams playing well. However, Ohio State had the necessary edge to win. Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen got the ball rolling for the team, leading in kills, service aces and digs. Rambler junior outside hitter Collin Mahan and senior outside hitter Ryan Jamison carried their team offensively, each tallying four kills in the opening set.The entire Ohio State team seemed to be fired up with aggressive kills and big blocks on the net throughout the second set. Hervoir finished the second set with eight kills and two blocks. Throughout the remainder of the match, Hervoir didn’t let off, racking up a career-high 24 kills.“I didn’t play very well when we were playing away,” Hervoir said. “We had a super long streak away and it was really hard for me mentally I was really focused today because I wanted to be better and come back hard in my gym and show that I will be here hard in conference.”On Saturday in the team’s final home match of the year, Ohio State will play No. 10 Lewis, which beat the Buckeyes 3-0 on Feb. 22 and ended their 28-match MIVA winning streak.Hanson said he feels good about playing Lewis after seeing what his team was able to do against another quality opponent during Thursday’s match.“My personal feeling is Loyola’s a more balanced team, that they have more offensive weapons that can really hurt you at a high level,” he said. “Lewis has a couple good players but I think if we can kind of control their couple of guys, it should be hopefully in our favor. I think that if we play the kind of volleyball that we played tonight, we’ll be in a really good spot.” read more

Football Ohio State will rely on firstyear starters to make substantial impacts

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) shakes off a defender while running the ball in the third quarter of the Ohio State-UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State doesn’t have much room to complain about the year-to-year cycle of losing and replacing players. Massive turnover is just part of the cycle as a college football program — and given their recruiting prowess, the Buckeyes have it easy. That does not mean things always run smoothly.A large base of high-level talent means the program loses players to the NFL every year. The coaches have pressure to turn first-year starters into NFL-caliber players. And while coaching and developing those athletes, the staff must prepare for the future by recruiting against the nation’s top teams.The cycle often changes. Last year, the Buckeyes had several second-year players at key positions. They entered the season returning its starting quarterback, an All-American center, a bookend left tackle, the deepest defensive end group in the country and an experienced group of linebackers.But as spring wraps up, Ohio State once again is in the position of relying on a smattering of first-year players to step up into roles in which they are relied to be major contributors. That, of course, begins at the quarterback position, but extends elsewhere. Out went J.T. Barrett, Rimington Trophy winning center Billy Price, first-team All-Big Ten left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, a two-year starter.Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) attempts to take down Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (10) in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes, along with defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, are gone. Behind them, the defense lost its leader in linebacker Chris Worley and two-year starting linebacker Jerome Baker. Safety Damon Webb and cornerback Denzel Ward also have left the team.The Buckeyes will likely have first-year starters at tight end, center, right tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, safety and cornerback. The large amount of new starters is not necessarily a bad thing to head coach Urban Meyer, who preaches competition — even at quarterback.“There’s zero stress, minimal stress when you have great players that are competing,” Meyer said on March 5.Despite the anticipation that Ohio State will rely heavily on unproven players, optimism about the situation is not hard to find. Because the Buckeyes have recruited better than ever before, the expectation exists that former five-star recruits and four-star prospects will step into primary roles in the fall.Several former five-star prospects — sophomores defensive end Chase Young, linebacker Baron Browning and cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade — will compete for open spots, along with many four-stars and a few three-stars. Even when a former three-star prospect — like sophomore Thayer Munford, who is penciled in as the starting right tackle — grabs a spot, he is seen as a worthy starter because he beat out highly regarded recruits for the role.The expectation also differs by position. Not only are Okudah and Wade former five-stars, but they play a position at which Ohio State has had immense success. Whoever wins the starting center role — Brady Taylor, Josh Myers or Matt Burrell — will feel massive pressure in replacing Ohio State’s second consecutive Rimington winner. That is especially true on the defensive line, historically a position group of strength that does not just hope to have a major impact, but views that as a necessity.Ohio State freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (29) breaks up a pass in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I think the standard’s been set,” Meyer said. “We just can’t drop below that.”But not everyone pans out, which often gets forgotten. Redshirt junior cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, junior wideouts Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor and redshirt senior linebacker Dante Booker slid into starting roles with opportunities to take advantage with big seasons. Though none completely failed in their roles, none significantly broke through. So while Ohio State should be confident in redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry, sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper taking a step forward, a cautiously optimistic attitude might be the best approach.This situation is not new for Ohio State. Nor is it unfamiliar to Meyer. And sometimes, despite the lack of experience, a fresh group of talent works well.In 2014, the last time Meyer returned to Columbus with a national-championship trophy, the Buckeyes’ core consisted of first-year players in key positions. In his first season as the starter, Barrett tossed passes to first-year starter Michael Thomas and handed the ball off to first-year starter Ezekiel Elliott. A bevy of first-year starters — Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Tyvis Powell, Steve Miller and Eli Apple — helped turn the defense into a feared unit.In a sport with more than 130 teams at the Division I level, it might seem insane to see a national championship berth — or, at the very least, a College Football Playoff appearance — as an expectation. But Meyer did not just earn a $1.2 million raise to view a New Year’s Six bowl game as a success. Ohio State did not make offensive coordinator Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano the first two million-dollar assistant coaches in program history with the goal of anything other than a national championship.In order to raise the level of play to that level, the Buckeyes must ensure a high level of play from their first-year starters. read more

Opinion Weak nonconference schedule leaves Ohio State unprepared

first_imgOhio State redshirt senior wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) catches a pass during the first half of the game against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21. Ohio State won 76-5. Credit: Amal Saeed | Photo EditorOhio State football is a perennial powerhouse, not just contending for conference titles, but vying alongside blue chip programs such as Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma for national supremacy.This year, both the defensive and offensive ends of the ball clicked almost immediately for Ohio State — something that hasn’t happened in recent years. Even special teams have seemed to improve, blocking punts in back-to-back weeks and a field goal the week prior.But does demolishing small schools warrant arguments for rings and championship trophies this early on? Since 2014, Ohio State has made sure to include a tough early-season nonconference opponent in order to stand out to the College Football Playoff selection committee. These difficult early opponents served as teachers that taught Ohio State valuable lessons for their season.In 2014 it was Virginia Tech, whose win over the Buckeyes showed the flaws in Ohio State’s offensive line and quarterback play, as then-redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett finished 9-for-29 passing after being sacked seven times. Ohio State went on to win the national championship, with the offensive line plowing the way for three consecutive 200-yard games against No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Oregon.Ohio State learned further lessons during its home-and-away series against Oklahoma in 2016 and 2017, which gave the team early metrics by which it could test its mettle.This past season it was then-No. 15 TCU, but this year, there’s no teacher in Ohio State’s nonconference schedule, which is comprised of three non-Power Five opponents: Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio), that acted more as scrimmages than real contests.Throw in a weak conference adversary in Indiana, and Ohio State has racked up 214 points while giving up just 36.Sure, TCU may have opted out of playing in Columbus in 2019, which would’ve given the Buckeye schedule more gravitas this season, but nonetheless, Ohio State enters Big Ten play having had no test to prove its merit.Yes, sophomore quarterback Justin Fields’ 880 passing yards and 19 total touchdowns are sensational thus far, but they also feel somewhat expected considering the level of opponent. Fields hasn’t faced players like Penn State sophomore defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos or Michigan State senior defensive end Kenny Willekes. Granted, the offensive line ought to be able to protect the pocket against these defenders, but Fields hasn’t felt the defensive pressure the Big Ten is known for. Defensively, the Buckeyes have shown no mercy. Junior defensive end Chase Young — who might be better than the Bosa brothers — and junior cornerback Jeffrey Okudah proved that the Silver Bullets weren’t messing around this year. Young has already charted an NCAA-leading seven sacks while Okudah’s interception against Miami freshman quarterback Brett Gabbert was the last straw for the already frustrated Redhawks. But Miami — like Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati and Indiana — is nowhere near the offensive powers that make up the best of the Big Ten. If Ohio State goes all the way into College Football Playoff as some believe it will, what will the game plan be against reigning champion Clemson or Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s horde of offensive playmakers?All three Ohio State units have worked in unison to produce these high-scoring blowouts, but they have faced no real competition to date. That changes with the three game slate of Nebraska, No. 25 Michigan State and No. 8 Wisconsin on the horizon.last_img read more

Eight in 10 NHS hospitals not safe enough amid warnings that care

first_imgEight in ten hospitals are not safe enough, with rising numbers overloaded by a crisis in care of the elderly which is approaching “tipping point,” NHS watchdogs have warned.A major report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveals Accident & Emergency departments buckling and patients suffering harmful blunders as pressures mount.In an unprecedented plea, the head of the regulator called on the Government to boost funding for social care.It came as local government leaders warned of a £2.6bn funding gap, and said £1.3bn was needed urgently to prevent the collapse of the sector, as care home operators go bust.The Local Government Association said the country faced the risk of “widespread market failure” which could force the evictions of thousands of pensioners, and increase strain on the health service.The CQC report follows inspections of more than 20,000 care homes, NHS trusts and GP surgeries.Overall, eight in ten hospital trusts were ranked as inadequate or requiring improvement for safety, along with one third of care homes and a quarter of doctors’ practices. No hospitals achieved the best ranking for safety, while one in five was rated good. NHS  The NHS is facing pressures fuelled by lack of funding for social care, the new report saysCredit:Dominic Lipinski/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. Latest figures suggest more than one million elderly people are living with “unmet social care needs” – an increase of 200,000 people in five years.Mr Behan said the trend, combined with nursing home closures, care providers terminating contracts, and the failure of some of the worst services to improve meant the sector faced a crisis the like of which he had never seen. “I am now in my 38th year working in health and care services and I can’t recall a time when those five factors have occurred together,” he said.Investment in services to help older people to live independently would reduce pressure on hospitals, which have become increasingly overstretched, the watchdog said.“This is about help with activities for daily living – washing, feeding, cooking, cleaning,” Mr Behan said. “We are raising this issue because we think urgent action needs to be taken,” he said. “We think more resources need to be made available.”Making a direct plea to ministers, he said:  “We can’t carry on like this.”The regulator raised fears that the care sector could face a wave of closures, piling still more pressure on hospitals.“There are indications that the sustainability of adult social care is approaching a tipping point,” the report warns.Rising numbers of pensioners were being denied help to wash, eat and dress, increasing the risk they would end up in hospital, the  watchdog said. The watchdog said failings included a failure to learn from blunders such as surgery on the wrong part of the body, or from errors mixing up medication.The head of the CQC said hospitals were struggling because they were attempting to look after too many elderly patients who were not getting enough help from social care.David Behan, CQC chief executive, said he had never experienced a crisis on such a scale, during almost 40 years working in health and social care.  Too many elderly people are ending up stuck in hospital, for want of social care, the CQC saysCredit:Andrew Fox  ‘The care provider market cannot carry on as it is and there is a real danger of more widespread market failure. Either care is properly funded or providers will pull out of council contracts or in worst case scenario go bust’Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Local Government Association ‘We are raising this issue because we think urgent action needs to be taken. We think more resources need to be made available’David Behan, chief executive, Care Quality Commission The report highlights the first criminal prosecutions of care homes, with two homes fined over the deaths of residents last year.Kevin McNally, 62, died after breaking his neck at a home owned by St Anne’s Community Services in Birstall, West Yorkshire, amid supervision failings, while Dennis Wootton, 78, died at Coton Hill House in Shrewsbury after being denied crucial medication. Social care services have seen an 11 per cent cut in funding since 2010, amid cuts to council budgets, leading to a 26 per cent reduction in the number of people receiving state funded care.In a submission to the Treasury, the Local Government Association will today say the sector is facing a funding gap of at least £2.6 billion – and say an immediate injection of £1.3bn is needed to prevent the collapse of the sector.The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales,  said the crisis would otherwise see more care homes pull out of the publicly-funded care market or go bust.The remaining funding is needed to meet the extra costs of an ageing population, inflation, and the cost of paying the National Living Wage, the body says, in a submission which urges the Government to use income from extra business rates to plug the gap.Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Our analysis shows the sheer scale of the funding crisis we face in social care, both now and in the near future, as well as the damage done from the historic underfunding of adult social care.” “The care provider market cannot carry on as it is and there is a real danger of more widespread market failure. Either care is properly funded or providers will pull out of council contracts or in worst case scenario go bust.”Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association said the report made “sobering reading” while Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said the picture painted was “horrifying.”Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said: “When any regulator says that it is worried that a service may be reaching a tipping point in terms of quality and sustainability, it is clearly time for very serious concern.”Next month’s Autumn Statement is an opportunity for the Government to give social care the priority it deserves in terms of public spending and this report shows how important it is that the Government acts.Simon Stevens, head of the health service has repeatedly said any extra funding should go towards easing pressures on social care, with thousands of elderly people in hospital, for want of care in their own homes.A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “The NHS is performing well at a time of increasing demand – the Government is investing £10 billion to fund its own plan for the future, and crucially is ensuring that the amount of money available to local authorities for social care is rising in future years of the Parliament, reaching up to £3.5 billion extra by 2020.”Warning over GP practices which fail basic safety standardsMore than 800,000 people are registered with a GP practice which is “inadequate” in terms of safety, regulators have warned.The CQC said it was “concerned” that some GP surgeries in England were delivering “unacceptable standards of care”.Inspections undertaken at half of the GP practices in England concluded that 26 per cent of practices were inadequate or required improvement for safety.Among them were 180 practices with the lowest rating, serving 800,000 patients.In some, inspectors found clinical waste – which can include blood, urine and used needles – had not been properly disposed.In others, medicines were not being stored correctly, while equipment for medical emergencies was not maintained. The report states: “We have concerns about safety. There is still a proportion of practices delivering unacceptable standards of care – about 800,000 people were registered with practices that were rated inadequate for safety.”It comes as a leaked memo suggests that GP practices which are not good enough should be allowed to “fail and wither.”The letter from regional health officials said NHS England would no longer be able to support struggling practices which could not provide a quality service. The number of people aged 85 and over has risen by one third since 2000Credit:John Stillwell/PA  Old hands old man hospital  The head of the watchdog raised concerns that successive Governments had failed to face up to a mounting crisis. “I think this is one of the biggest social policy challenges of our time,” Mr Behan said, pointing out that none of the party leaders mentioned the issue during their party conference speeches.In the report, Mr Behan raised fears about care home closures, and the withdrawal of home care from those who need it.“We are becoming concerned about the fragility of the adult social care market, with evidence suggesting that it might be approaching a ‘tipping point,’” he writes.“The combination of a growing, ageing population, more people with long-term conditions and a challenging financial climate means increased need but reduced access. The result is that some people are not getting the help they need – which in turn creates problems in other parts of the health and care system, such as overstretched A&E departments or delays in people leaving hospital.”last_img read more

Drivers last moments recorded in 999 call as he tells operator cars cruise

first_imgA driver dialled 999 as his out-of-control car hurtled along a motorway at more than 110mph and said that the cruise control was stuck open and he could not stop, an inquest heard.An operator heard company director Kaushal Gandhi being killed as his car crashed into the back of a stationary lorry during the eight-minute emergency call.A recording of the 32-year-old’s call to police was played to a coroner, who heard he struggled at the controls of his white Skoda Octavia as it reached speeds of 119mph on the M40 before the fatal impact.Mr Gandhi had told the emergency call handler that the cruise control had stuck open and he was accelerating out of control. The inquest heard the car had a button to start and stop the engine instead of an ignition key and as Mr Gandhi pushed it, the engine kept escalating to high revs. The coroner was told that a retired firefighter driving an Ocado HGV on the opposite side of the road recalled to police how the white Skoda crashed into the truck 600 yards after the M40 merged into the A40 Western Avenue shortly after 3am.Robert Hague, the witness, said: “Just a millisecond after it whooshed past me, I heard a bang.”Mr Hague called the emergency services immediately after he used the A40 junction’s motorway to go back to the scene.He told the inquest: “The car was almost completely embedded in the lorry, the roof of the car was peeled back. The car had knocked the rear axle of the lorry a long way forward into the front axle.”Martin Clatworthy, a vehicle data examiner and safety specialist for Volkswagen, the makers of the Skoda, told the inquest that the airbag systems gave the speed, steering, accelerator pedal position and braking of the Skoda in the five seconds before the crash.The inquest heard that the main car part that recorded the data was destroyed in the collision, but it had fed the information to the vehicle’s airbag system.That data revealed the Skoda was travelling at 116mph with the accelerator pedal fully depressed five seconds before the crash.No braking was recorded, but there was evidence of small steering left and right as dashcam footage from Mr Hague’s HGV showed the car veering from the middle lane into nearside lane, where the motorway merged with A40.The car continued to accelerate and hit a top speed of 119mph with the accelerator pedal pressed two-thirds of the way down, two seconds before the impact at 94mph when it was fully off, the inquest heard.Mr Clatworthy said: “There is no indication that there was any error or problem with any of the electronic systems of the car in the five seconds leading up to the collision.” The incident unfolded on the M40 in BuckinghamshireCredit:INS The crash happened near junction 1 of the M40 in BuckinghamshireConcluding the inquest, Mr Butler recorded a narrative verdict.He said: “Shortly after 0300 hours on February 2 2016 the Skoda Octavia motor car being driven by Mr Gandhi was in collision with a Scania truck which was parked for the night in a lay-by on the eastbound carriageway of the A40 Western Avenue, approximately 600 metres east of the M40 junction 1. Mr Gandhi died instantly.”Two seconds prior to the impact the Skoda had reached a speed of 192 km/h (119 mph) based on analysis of data retrieved from the vehicle’s airbag deployment system.”At the time off the impact the speed of the vehicle was 152 km/h (94 mph). The accelerator pedal is recorded as having been depressed fully, five seconds prior to the impact but not depressed at all at 1.5 seconds prior to the impact. The steering input data indicates small deviations left and right during the last five seconds.”In the eight-and-a-half minute period prior to the collision Mr Gandhi had been engaged in a phone conversation with Thames Valley Police.”He added: “The vehicle was badly damaged in the collision but subsequent extensive investigations have not revealed any evidence of the faults described by Mr Gandhi.” The driver said the cruise control on his Skoda Octavia had stuck open and was accelerating out of control. File pictureCredit:INS 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 coroner was told the car was finally brought to a halt when it careered off the motorway and into a lay-by where the flat-bed lorry was parked.Emergency services who arrived at the scene soon after the crash found Mr Gandhi’s body in the wreckage. The car was embedded under the lorry up to the back wheels.The inquest in Beaconsfield, Bucks, heard the motorist told police his car was driving itself as it reached 119mph two seconds before the collision with the stationary 18-tonne lorry.Mr Gandhi’s eight-and-a-half minute 999 call was played to the inquest. The coroner heard the Skoda hit the three-axle HGV with such force that its rear axle was pushed to the front of the trailer. The Skoda was found with its roof peeled off up to its rear wheels.Senior coroner Crispin Butler said that data analysis from the car’s airbag systems failed to provide evidence of the defects Mr Gandhi, from Harrow, London, was describing to the police moments before his death.The inquest heard Mr Gandhi, the director of Rehncy Shaheem Chartered Accountants, in Greenford, west London, told the male police call handler: “My car is not coming out of the cruise control.”I have just passed the exit of the M40 towards Slough. It is not letting me stop. It [the speedometer] shows 70mph, but I think I am going much faster than this.”The call handler from Thames Valley Police asked: “Can you slow to a stop by braking? Can you try to control the car’s speed using your gears?””I am trying. It is not stopping at neutral,” said Mr Gandhi, before a faint beep could be heard as he tried turning off his engine by pressing the start-stop button.”I have kept pressing the button, but all it makes is a noise,” he said. “My speed is increasing. I think what has happened was I tried to change the mode on the car, because I was on the sports mode. I pressed a button to come onto the normal mode and then it is not allowing me to do anything.”center_img M40 I have kept pressing the button, but all it makes is a noise. My speed is increasingKaushal Gandhi in his 999 call Police collision investigator Andrew Evans said Mr Gandhi’s account of his vehicle’s positions during his call to police was backed up by video footage taken by Highways England cameras of his car on the M40.Mr Evans, who said there were no skid marks near the lay-by, added that the faults Mr Gandhi described meant that the Skoda would have had to have suffered a simultaneous mechanical and electronic failure.He said: “We would have to have had an electronic failure earlier and also a mechanical failure of the clutch as well.”If you are in sixth gear and you need to knock it into neutral at those speeds, you should be able to do that without using the clutch.”He explained that applying the handbrake could have saved Mr Gandhi’s life by forcing the car’s rear wheels to lock up and turn it around so it skidded backwards.The coroner ruled out any suggestion that that Mr Gandhi, of Harrow, Middlesex, had deliberately taken his own life.Mr Gandhi, who was born in Mumbai, India, had many interests including archery, sky diving and had recently got back in touch with an ex-girlfriend in India after his marriage ended in February 2015.”This was not a matter that caused Kaushal any concerns,” said Gatinder Kaur, a friend and work colleague. “He was on top of the world, he had everything to live for.”She added: “He kept his car immaculately spotless, it was one of his passions. He was a good driver and he did not mention the car had any problems. I know Kaushal would not drink and drive, he was meticulous about this.”The coroner said a post-mortem examination at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford gave the cause of death as multiple injuries. A toxicology report showed no substances that would affect Mr Gandhi’s driving in his blood at the time. Skoda Octavia The driver, whom the inquest heard was a car enthusiast and a “meticulous” driver, asked the call handler if a lane could be closed ahead of him as he approached a junction with the A40 at Denham, Bucks.”It is just gone 77mph right now,” he said. The call handler was then heard asking if he had tried pulling on the handbrake.”I haven’t tried it (using the handbrake) because at this speed I am not sure what will happen. I am in the middle lane right now, there is no traffic. Do you want me to try the handbrake?”The call handler, who was then seeking advice from a colleague, got no response to a question and the crash then happened.The coroner heard that the phone connection was lost moments after Mr Gandhi was heard saying: “I am just going to check that, one second… “The call handler was then heard to say: “Are you still there? Hello, operator, I’ve lost the line.”last_img read more

Prince William flies woman hit by police van to hospital on last

first_imgThe air ambulance returned to its Cambridge base at 1.30am, at the end of William’s final shift.Meanwhile, Prince William was also spotted in a park in Royston, Hertfordshire, on his penultimate job.He was seen sitting in the helicopter at around 7.05pm after attending an emergency call out to an elderly woman who had suffered leg injuries following a fall. The woman was then taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where she remains in a “life-threatening condition”, the East of England Ambulance Service said.A mile-long stretch of the B1135 Wymondham Road in Hethel, home of Lotus Cars, remained closed on Friday as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated.The rural road has farmers’ fields on either side. The woman was struck at around 10.20pm on Thursday and nobody else was injured.  Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2L) starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “In accordance with normal procedure, Norfolk Police has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”An air ambulance spokesman said: “The EAAA crew, which last night included William, attended an incident south of Norwich which involved a road traffic collision-related injury, and a patient was treated at scene for severe head injuries then treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.” Prince William starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air AmbulanceCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley He joined EAAA as a pilot in March 2015 and, after completing an initial period of job- specific training involving simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills, he began piloting his first operational missions in July 2015.Throughout his service, William has been based at Cambridge Airport, as part of a team including specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots providing emergency medical services across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Duke of Cambridge starts his final shift The helicopter left around 7.35pm without picking anyone up as the casualty was taken by land ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.Tracy Stressing, who lives near the park, said: “I had just heard the news on the radio that it was Prince William’s last day and then a friend called to say he had just landed in the park nearby. I couldn’t believe it and rushed there to take some photos.”The Duke announced in January that he would be ending his career with EAAA and has clocked up more than two years flying medical crews to emergencies. Prince William’s career The Duke of Cambridge flew a critically-injured pedestrian to hospital on his final shift as an air ambulance pilot.The woman, in her 50s, had been reported missing when she was struck by a marked police van in Hethel, about eight miles south-west of Norwich.Officers were responding to a 999 call “relating to concerns for the safety” of the woman, Norfolk Police said.Prince William’s East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) crew was called to the scene at 11.13pm on Thursday and the critical care team treated her at the scene for complex serious head injuries. A statement issued by Kensington Palace earlier this year said William and Kate wanted, as they had in previous years, to increase their official duties on behalf of the Queen and their charity work, which would mean more time in London. The Duke of Cambridge starts his final shiftCredit: Heathcliff O’Malley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Leading mans proud grandfather hails Hamilton success as another step forward

first_imgRachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton) and Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) shine in the musical HamiltonCredit:Matthew Murphy l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Christine Allado (Peggy) and Rachel John (Angelica) backstage at the Victoria Palace Theatre Jamael Westman’s grandfather Barry Hermitt at his home in West Dulwich, south London Credit:Patrick Sawer l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Rachel John (Angelica) and Christine Allado (Peggy) – The Schuyler SistersCredit:Matthew Murphy l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Rachel John (Angelica) and Christine Allado (Peggy) - The Schuyler Sisters But for those who can’t afford it or can’t wait there is a way of seeing its leading lady for free. Rachel John, the London-born actress who stars as the glamorous Angelica Schuyler, still sings along with her local church choir.The 37-year-old, plucked from obscurity to star in the musical, is still living with her parents in their modest terraced house in Walthamstow, north east London, during the course of the run.When she can the actress goes to church on Sundays with her mum Patricia John, 67, a retired NHS nurse who came from Trinidad in 1973.Mrs John is understandably delighted and proud at her daughter’s meteoric rise to star in the hottest musical for years. Ms John first got a taste for the spotlight when she appeared with the church choir on the BBC children’s television show Why Don’t You?.“She started off singing in church and the BBC came and filmed her for Why Don’t You? That was it,” recalled Mrs John. “She was maybe eight or ten years old at the time. But it [performing] just came naturally. She still goes to the local church. She still sings in the choir.”The family have given Hamilton their seal of approval. “It was absolutely fantastic,” said Mrs John. Like many of his generation Barry Hermitt faced years of prejudice and discrimination when he arrived from Jamaica in 1953.Frequently refused housing and unable to pursue his ambition to become an engineer he turned to building work, helping to construct London’s Barbican Centre.But, more than 60 years on, the 89-year-old is proud to say he has lived long enough to see a member of his family hailed as a rising star by theatre critics.On Thursday night Mr Hermitt travelled from his home in south London to the Victoria Palace Theatre to watch his grandson Jamael Westman take centre stage in a triumphant performance of the acclaimed hip-hop musical Hamilton.In his first major role since leaving drama school Westman plays Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, in a radical reworking of the story of the American revolution. Jamael Westman as a schoolboy l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Christine Allado (Peggy) and Rachel John (Angelica) backstage at the Victoria Palace TheatreCredit:Twittercenter_img Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton) and Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) shine in the musical Hamilton Wallace Hermitt, who attended Reading University, became a respected football coach, initially working with Crystal Palace FC before going on to found the Black and Asian Coaches Association and working with inner-city youth in Brixton.Although his parents separated when Westman was a teenager the family are still very close, according to Mr Hermitt. Jamael still visits his grandparent’s house for a traditional Sunday lunch whenever he can.Mr Hermitt credits Mrs Westman with encouraging the young Jamael to pursue his ambitions.“She is forceful figure, a very strong lady who urged him always to strive for better,” he said.Westman’s grandfather says his verdict on Hamilton is perhaps predictable. “It was wonderful. Jamael was brilliant. He had so many lines to learn and he remembered them all,” he said. “If I could afford it I would go back to see it again.”Tickets to Hamilton are like gold dust and even at £200 each, the premium seats sold out within hours when they first went on sale a year ago. Mr Hermitt told the Sunday Telegraph of his immense pride in one of his grandchildren taking advantage of the opportunities that he was denied when he was a young man.“When I came here I wanted my children to have the benefits of a better life and I’m so happy of what Jamael has achieved, because lots of us didn’t have that opportunity,” he said.“Things were difficult for people like me. It was brutal. People pretended there were no job vacancies when they saw my face. When I answered an advert for a room they said it had been taken. Politicians like Enoch Powell said we weren’t wanted here.“But my son’s generation managed to make progress. Now Jamael’s generation has taken another step forward to do better than their parents and grandparents.” Jamael Westman’s grandfather Barry Hermitt at his home in West Dulwich, south London  It is perhaps fitting that Westman has made his name in a musical that employs a cast of non-white actors to tell the story of the founding of America in a way that looks very different to the history textbooks.Mr Hermitt’s life experience has also run counter to perceived wisdom.When he first arrived in London he found the housing conditions and levels of education of many Britons worse than those back home, yet he was the one regarded as backward because of the colour of his skin:“When I came here two million people in Britain couldn’t read or write. Much of their housing was in a terrible state. But I was educated and I had a broader view of the world than many of the masses I worked with.”A widely read man – his shelves are packed with books, including biographies of the US president Abraham Lincoln, the assassination of JFK and the great black American writer James Baldwin –  Mr Hermitt encouraged Jamael and his 11 other grandchildren to be curious about the world around them.Westman’s mother Susan, a community worker originally from Gloucestershire, met his father Wallace through her friendship with his sister. The pair settled in the Streatham area, where they had two sons, Jamael and Myles, who in 2011 had a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Jamael Westman as a schoolboyCredit:Facebook Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Fifth of Britons using cooking oil dangerously to achieve perfect sun tan

Andy Millward, an Birmingham-based facialist, said it is surprising that supermarkets would need to go to such lengths to prevent something “that really should be common sense”.  Emma Shields, Cancer Research UK health information manager, said that any tans that happen after using cooking oil are “far from being a sign of health.””Getting a tan is actually a sign that your skin has been damaged. And over time, this damage can build up and cause skin cancer,” she claimed.  The 1970s trend of using of cooking oil as sunscreen is making a modern day comeback, according to a new survey.More than a fifth of Britons are now turning to their kitchen cupboards in a misguided attempt to get the perfect summer tan.A poll commissioned by Asda has found that a fifth of Britons use cooking oil instead of sun cream in a misguided attempt to tan faster. The poll found that a third of Britons don’t bother with sunscreen at all, even though one in ten had suffered such severe burns that they were forced to go to the doctor.Experts said that cooking oil provides no UV protection, and heat up when the skin is exposed to the sun, burning the skin and leaving tissue damage that could cause long-term scarring end even skin cancer.The push for oil as sunscreen took off in the 1960s, when the tanning furore hit Britain and people could afford to travel abroad on holidays, and peaked a decade later.Many people used baby oil, coconut oil and cooking oil to speed up their tans before scientists discovered that UVA rays damage the skin.  This trend still persists thanks to misinformation online, with dozens of beauty blogs falsely claiming that oil will speed up tans.  “Applying a cooking oil to the skin in the hope of promoting the tanning process is also false and illogical,” he said. “Ironically, you’d get a healthier looking and longer lasting tan by using a high protection SPF and small amounts of sun exposure over a longer period of time.”People with red and blonde hair are likely to struggle to tan because their bodies do not produce much melanin — something that cooking oil will not solve, experts claimed. Colin Cable, assistant chief scientist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said that people have long been taken in by the dangerous “urban myth” of using oil instead of sunscreen and that Asda’s move to highlight it is a “good start”.  “Using cooking oil is the same as going out without any sun protection at all, or any clothing or hats. It’s a very worrying trend,” he said.”With all stuff on the web, you have to be incredibly careful and make sure that they are supported by more than anecdotal evidence.”The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has been following the trend of people resorting to drastic home remedies to fuel the culture of “binge tanning”.In 2009, it released a report that claimed Scottish people were using chip fat to create their own homemade tanning solutions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Guyana signs US40m loan agreement with IDB

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, yesterday, signed four loan agreements with the Inter-American Development Bank to secure US$40 million in developmental resources to finance key initiatives within the Ministries of Legal Affairs, Agriculture, Business and Public Health.Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan and President of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno signing one of the agreements at the hemispheric bank’s Washington DC headquarters.The following is a press release issued by the Ministry of Finance in relation to the signing: Guyana, on Tuesday February 21, 2017, signed four loan agreements with the Inter-American Development Bank to secure US$40 million in developmental resources to finance key initiatives within the Ministries of Legal Affairs, Agriculture, Business and Public Health.The agreements were signed by Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan and President of the IDB, Luis Alberto Moreno at the Headquarters of the IDB in Washington, D.C.These loan resources will support Government’s developmental agenda of promoting investment; improving connectivity throughout Guyana; diversifying the economy; and providing citizens with quality healthcare and social services.The US$15m Sustainable Agricultural Development Program will aid in the country’s focus on diversifying the agricultural sector and improving its competitiveness and viability. The loan seeks to increase productivity of the agricultural sector while maintaining sustainable and climate resilient use of natural resources in Guyana. Specifically, this program is aimed at (a) producing high quality data for the agricultural sector; (b) increasing productivity, especially for medium and small farmers; and (c) increasing sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) standards and access to meat processing facilities. It is expected that higher productivity will also contribute to reduced pressure on forest and fragile ecosystems, and at the same time, increase incomes for small and medium-sized farmers.To augment our diversification and enhanced competitiveness thrust, the US$9m loan is programmed for the Ministry of Business to support economic diversification and exports through the enhancement of the National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) and through a National Export and Investment Promotion Strategy. Specifically, the project will seek to enhance the capacity of the NQI, improve facilities for the NQI and enhance the capability of GOINVEST for export and investment promotion. Importantly, this project will seek to enhance the ability of Guyana to connect with regional and global value chains through the promotion of exports and foreign direct investment, particularly agri-business.The Ministry of Health will benefit from the US$8m loan, which will provide support to improve maternal and child health. Specifically, this project will contribute to the reduction of maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. This project will not only seek to increase access to and use of reproductive, maternal and neonatal health services, but, importantly, it will seek to improve the quality of those services.The Ministry of Legal Affairs will benefit from the US$8m loan, which will provide support for the Criminal Justice System. It is anticipated that through this project, there will be a significant reduction of high concentrations of prison population in Guyana. The intent is to reduce the use of pre-trial detention of persons accused of minor, non-violent offences by aggressively  promoting the use of alternative sentencing options such as probation, community service, restitution and fines. This intervention will also seek to ensure that our public institutions responsible for the administration of justice are effective, transparent and accountable.The inking of these agreements is yet another demonstration of the robust relationship shared between the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the IDB. The IDB, Guyana’s main development and multilateral partner, plays a critical role in helping Guyana to access a wide range of concessional resources from other donor countries and agencies. In addition to its own lending window, the IDB is currently involved in an innovative blending of grant and loans with the European Union in two projects, valued over US$96 million. Additionally, the Bank is working with Guyana as the Implementing Partner in some of our programmes under the Guyana- Norway GRIF Scheme.The IDB Country Strategy with Guyana for the period 2017 – 2021 is currently under preparation, which will see further collaborations between Guyana and the Bank, as we seek to advance our nation along a ‘green’ trajectory. read more

Teen arrested for rape of 10yearold

A thirteen-year-old boy was on Monday arrested for the rape of his ten-year-old (male) neighbour in New Amsterdam, sometime between Friday and Sunday last.This information was confirmed by Police “B” Division Commander, Ian Amsterdam on Tuesday.Inews understands that the 10-year-old lad resides with his father, in a home next door to where the 13-year-old lives with his mother. However, on the days that the 10-year-old’s father is required to work at nights, he would stay with the teen and his mother.This online publication was told that on the day in question, the teen’s mother had to leave the home to tend to work, and she reportedly left her son to watch over his neighbour. It was during this period that the teen allegedly sodomised the younger child.This publication was also informed that a report was made on Monday, after the 10-year-old confided in his father about what had transpired.The 10-year-old reportedly underwent a medical examination which confirmed his claims.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into rape of 9-y-o girlJune 9, 2018In “Crime”Gang raped teen names three persons, identifies female co – worker as facilitatorFebruary 24, 2015In “Crime”Gang raped teen receiving ‘shock treatment’ at N/A hospitalJanuary 27, 2015In “Crime” read more

Venezuela jailbreak attempt sparks blaze 68 dead

A woman kicks at a riot police shield as relatives of prisoners wait to hear news about their family members imprisoned at a police station where a riot broke out, in Valencia, Venezuela, Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AFP)CARACAS, Venezuela – A fire allegedly set during an attempted jailbreak from Venezuelan police holding cells killed 68 people on Wednesday, the country’s top prosecutor and an inmates’ rights group said.The blaze at the detention facility in Carabobo state is the latest in a series of deadly incidents in Venezuela’s overcrowded jails.“In light of the terrible events that took place in the Carabobo state police headquarters, where 68 people died in a presumed fire, we have appointed four prosecutors… to clarify these dramatic events,” chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on Twitter.Carlos Nieto, head of Una Ventana a la Libertad (A Window on Freedom), said that “some burned to death and others asphyxiated” after setting fire to mattresses and stealing a guard’s gun in an attempt to break out.The dead included two women thought to have been visiting the jail at the time of the incident, Nieto said.Rafael Lacava, the governor of Carabobo state, expressed his “consternation” over the events but did not provide a toll.“A serious and profound investigation has been initiated to find the causes and those responsible for these regrettable events,” he said on Twitter, expressing solidarity with  relatives of those who died.Relatives complained they had been given no information (Reuters image)Relatives of those being kept in the detention center tried to force their way into Carabobo state police headquarters. After one officer was injured by a stone, the crowd was dispersed by police firing tear gas.A video posted on Twitter showed dozens of people demanding information in front of police guarding the site.“I am a desperate mother. My son has been here a week. They have not given any information,” Dora Blanco told local media.Venezuela’s prisons suffer from dire overcrowding and a shortage of basic supplies, struggling under the deepening economic crisis that is gripping the once-wealthy oil-producing country. (Excerpts from AFP) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelan beauty queen slain; daughter survives shootingJanuary 8, 2014In “Crime”Venezuela prison ‘massacre’ kills 37August 17, 2017In “World”Pence vows US will not allow ‘collapse of Venezuela’August 24, 2017In “Regional” read more

Ministry of Education pledges 6M to STEM Guyana team

First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger, on Wednesday received a cheque for $636,000 from Minister of Education, Ms Nicolette Henry on behalf of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana.Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry presents a cheque to First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger, on behalf of STEM Guyana, to support the team’s participation in the First Global Robotics Championship, which will be held in Mexico.This sum, which is the first installment of a total pledge of $6,000,000, will assist in purchasing the Robotics kit for the team as they prepare to compete in the First Global Robotics Championship set for Mexico from August 16-18, 2018.  The presentation ceremony was held at the Office of the First Lady at State House.Minister Henry has offered her support the team and extended her best wishes for their success. “Thank you for giving us the opportunity… to partner with STEM Guyana. We believe it’s a wonderful programme and we are more than excited to provide support and opportunity for our young people… For those of you who are going this year, I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing Guyana shine again,” she said.Meanwhile, the First Lady said that the Ministry’s support opens doors for the STEM team. “I want to say thank you on behalf of STEM Guyana… It is… through you… that our young people are gearing up for Mexico… The kids have now started looking at the competition robot and I know that they will iron out the kinks by the time [of] the month of [August],” Mrs. Granger said.Team Mentor, Ms Farnaz Baksh thanked both Minister Henry and Mrs Granger for their support. “We’re very thankful… Last year, they were… one of the first supporters to help us and make the journey successful… and this year they have done that again. So, we do commend them and we do appreciate all that they have done, both financially and [morally],” she said.This is the second year that STEM Guyana has received support from the Ministry of Education, which  provided funds for the team’s participation in last year’s Robotics Olympics competition in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst Lady urges youths to embrace technology at robotics exhibitionJuly 8, 2018In “latest news”STEM Guyana receives $2.5M for participation at First Global Robotic ChallengeJune 22, 2017In “latest news”Education Ministry, STEM Guyana launch NGSA AppFebruary 12, 2018In “latest news” read more

Accident on Houston road leaves woman unconscious

A 23-year-old woman was admitted to the Accident and Emergency Unit attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Tuesday evening following an accident on the Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD) public road.Injured is Kimberly Carrington of Diamond Housing Scheme.Based on information received, the vehicle -PTT421 – she was travelling in was being driven by a 30-year-old Kitty, Georgetown resident.INews understands that at about 23:15h, the motorcar was proceeding south on the western side of the eastern carriageway of the Houston road.However, as the driver approached Rahaman’s Park, he started to negotiate the right turn and in the process of doing so lost control of the vehicle.This resulted in the vehicle crashing into the concrete median before continuing for a short distance and slamming into a lamp post.After the accident, the vehicle ended up on the western carriageway with its front facing east.Carrington, who was the lone occupant, was taken out of the vehicle in an unconscious state, and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital along with the driver of the car who was conscious at the time.They were both seen and examined by a doctor on duty and Carrington was treated for lacerations about the body and admitted in an unconscious state.The driver of the car was also treated for lacerations about the body and knee injuries.Police reports indicate that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.Investigations are continuing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNismes resident dies in Houston accidentDecember 11, 2016In “Local News”Driver charged months after elderly woman died in accidentNovember 9, 2017In “Court”Immigration Officer, friend killed in Houston accidentMarch 11, 2018In “latest news” read more

Nobel Peace Prize for antirape activists Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege

Ms Murad and Dr Mukwege made a “crucial contribution” to fighting violence against women(BBC) The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has gone to campaigners against rape in warfare, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.Ms Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people.Dr Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of victims.Some 331 individuals and organisations were nominated for the prestigious peace award this year.The winners announced in the Norwegian capital Oslo on Friday won the award for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war”, Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said.The pair both made a “crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes”, Ms Reiss-Andersen added.How have the winners reacted?Ms Murad, 25, told Reuters she shared the award “with all Yazidis, with all the Iraqis, Kurds and all the minorities and all survivors of sexual violence around the world”.However, her initial thoughts were with her mother, who died after Islamic State (IS) militants overran their home in 2014, according to a spokesman for her trust.New Iraqi President Barham Saleh called the award “an honour for all Iraqis who fought terrorism and bigotry”.Dr Mukwege was operating at his hospital when he heard he had won the prize.“I was in the operating room so when they started to make noise around [it] I wasn’t really thinking about what was going on, and suddenly some people came in and told me the news,” he told Norwegian newspaper VG.He dedicated his award to all women affected by sexual violence.“This Nobel prize is a recognition of the suffering and the failure to adequately compensate women who are victims of rape and sexual violence in all countries around the world,” he told reporters gathered outside his clinic.Who is Nadia Murad?Ms Murad did not just lose her mother in the genocide. She endured three months as a sex slave at the hands of IS militants. She was bought and sold several times and subjected to sexual and physical abuse during her captivity.After escaping, she became an activist for the Yazidi people, campaigning to help put an end to human trafficking and calling on the world to take a tougher line on rape as a weapon of war.Ms Murad described her escape in a BBC interview in 2016, detailing how the women who were held captive were treated by IS.She was awarded the Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe in 2016 and called for an international court to judge crimes committed by IS in her acceptance speech in Strasbourg.Ms Murad, the first Iraqi to win the award, was named the UN’s first goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking later that year.Who is Denis Mukwege?He has spent decades helping rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.He and his colleagues are said to have treated about 30,000 rape victims, developing great expertise in the treatment of serious injuries sustained during sex assaults that were carried out as a weapon of war.The 63-year-old has won a number of international prizes, including the 2008 UN Human Rights Prize, and was named African of the Year in 2009.He lives under the permanent protection of UN peacekeepers at his hospital and has also previously called for a tougher line on rape as a weapon of war.Denis Mukwege in his own wordsIt was in 1999 that our first rape victim was brought into the hospital. After being raped, bullets had been fired into her genitals and thighs.I thought that was a barbaric act of war but the real shock came three months later. Forty-five women came to us with the same story, they were all saying: “People came into my village and raped me, tortured me.”Other women came to us with burns. They said that after they had been raped, chemicals had been poured on their genitals.I started to ask myself what was going on. These weren’t just violent acts of war, but part of a strategy. You had situations where multiple people were raped at the same time, publicly – a whole village might be raped during the night. In doing this, they hurt not just the victims but the whole community, which they force to watch.The result of this strategy is that people are forced to flee their villages, abandon their fields, their resources, everything. It’s very effective. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst woman Physics Nobel winner in 55 yearsOctober 2, 2018In “latest news”Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for LiteratureOctober 13, 2016In “Entertainment”Human Services Minister urges better protection of Guyanese girlsOctober 11, 2014In “Business” read more

More woes for Region 2 rice farmers as acres planted with

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRDB receives int’l help to fight paddy bug infestationAugust 13, 2019In “Business”Berbice farmers predict major losses again from paddy bug infestationAugust 8, 2019In “Business”Dry season results in 300 acres of rice being lost in Region 6January 19, 2019In “Business” Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt inspecting those fields where the GRDB seedlings are not germinatingRegion two rice farmers are in for more trouble as a field visit on Wednesday with the Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt and the media revealed that hundreds of acres of rice fields along the Essequibo Coast, sown with the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) ’10 Seed Paddy’ are not germinating.This has resulted in the farmers who planted the GRDB strain having to replant their fields using different varieties of seedlings, which was outlined as added cost to the already struggling farmers.This publication was informed that farmers who are in the business of planting the GRDB 10 seedlings are the ones loosing everything because they still have to pay for the seedlings.Their plight is further compounded by reports of farmers not being treated fairly, with millers withholding farmers’ payments for protracted periods without paying any interest on the crops sold.The farmers who are not paid are then forced to take credit for using machinery and other services like seed paddy, fertilizers, drugs etc, in the hopes of making their production targets.Moreover, the farmers say they are losing all confidence in the GRDB, noting that the field officers are not doing their jobs by visiting the farmers and monitoring the industry.The paddy that was set and shows no signs of germinationAccording to the farmers, since the new Government took office and removed the subvention from the Rice Producers Association (RPA), causing the organization to lose its technical staff, GRDB became the only body left to monitor the rice industry and give technical support.During the last rice crop over 1000 acres of paddy in the State Farm area was set on fire due to blast and paddy bugs and the farmers lost everything, even their machinery they took on loans.With this second disaster hitting the industry within weeks, rice farmers who might not have access to further credit might end up losing everything to the lending agencies.Region two is a farming region and heavily dependent on the rice industry for its survival.Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt said that the Government must stop playing politics and seriously look into the industry before its too late. read more

Application to build first commercial uranium enrichment plant using laser technology

first_imgGlobal Laser Enrichment (GLE), a business venture of GE, Hitachi Ltd and Cameco, has announced a landmark in the deployment of its proposed, next-generation enrichment facility designed to increase the US supply of enriched uranium to fuel its nuclear power plants. GLE has completed its licence application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to build the world’s first commercial uranium enrichment facility to use laser technology. The proposed facility would be built in Wilmington, North Carolina. The new facility would produce a new domestic supply of low-enriched uranium used to power nuclear plants to meet an anticipated increase in global demand. The facility also would help support the country’s goal to reduce carbon emissions through the expanded use of nuclear energy, which creates virtually no greenhouse gases during the electricity generation process.If approved, GLE’s facility could help drive US job creation, including up to 300 permanent engineering and support staff positions and more than 500 construction jobs.“Our goal is to enable an efficient and effective review of our innovative technology by providing a quality, complete application to the NRC,” said Tammy Orr, President and CEO of GLE. “Submitting the highest-quality product has been our priority for this significant licensing process milestone.”The NRC’s estimated 30-month application review will officially begin once the agency formally dockets, or accepts, the GLE application. On January 30, GLE submitted its environmental report for the proposed facility, representing a significant portion of the overall license application. The NRC had approved the early, partial submittal to add efficiency to its review process.Global demand for low-enriched uranium is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. First, a major supply of low-enriched uranium for US nuclear power plants will cease in 2013, with the expiration of a program to convert Russian weapons-grade material into nuclear plant fuel. Also, the anticipated construction of a new generation of nuclear power plants is expected to further intensify the demand for fuel.“This is an exciting time in our industry,” Orr said. “As world leaders in innovation and technology, we have a unique opportunity to offer needed enrichment supply to nuclear operators meeting the challenges of energy security, climate change and increased demands for power.”GLE currently is in the pre-deployment stage of its enrichment test loop, which is designed to confirm the commercial feasibility of the technology and advance the design of the equipment, facility and processes for the planned production facility.GLE will use the information from the test loop in its evaluations of whether or not to proceed with the full-scale commercial facility. The plant would be co-located with the existing nuclear fuel manufacturing facilities of Global Nuclear Fuel and the new plants and services business of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, headquartered in Wilmington.If the decision is made to proceed with construction, the GLE commercial production facility would have a target capacity of three-to-six million separative work units (SWUs). A SWU is a unit measuring the energy used to enrich uranium, which is then fabricated into fuel assemblies for nuclear power plants.In 2006, GLE acquired the exclusive rights to develop and commercialise the third-generation uranium enrichment technology globally through a license from Silex Systems of Australia. In 2008, Cameco, one of the world’s largest uranium producers, acquired a 24% ownership stake in GLE.GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in June 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety.Cameco, with its head office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is one of the world’s largest uranium producers. The company’s uranium products are used to generate electricity in nuclear power plants around the world, providing one of the cleanest sources of energy available today. Cameco’s shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.last_img read more

Astec Minings integrated global processing solutions

first_imgAt MINExpo 2012, Astec Mining showcased its integrated global processing solutions, which leverage the individual and combined experience and expertise of Astec Mobile Screens, Breaker Technology, KPI-JCI, Osborn and Telsmith – five companies that provide a single-source focus. Targeting every key process within the mining operation, Astec Mining offers extensive support capabilities and innovative product offerings – from mobile mining vehicles and breaker systems to feeders, crushers, screens, scrubbers, mills, and conveyors. “Providing true single-source capabilities, Astec Mining is well positioned to support mining operations worldwide with complete solutions, and localized service and support. Our field applications engineers and service personnel are strategically placed throughout the world, where each specialises in a particular market, and understands the specific challenges and characteristics of that region,” says Rick Patek, Group Vice President, Astec Aggregate &Mining.“In the mining industry, service and support is everything – and operational goals focus on uptime, productivity, and safety. Our product development is based on these goals, and our equipment is designed for safe, reliable operation; and for maximum uptime, and minimal maintenance downtime,” says Tim Denehy, VP of international sales, Astec Aggregate & Mining.As to the challenges faced by its distributors and customers, Astec Mining says it “is poised to react quickly in sourcing products and solutions from each of its companies. The following highlights a few of the innovations showcased at MINExpo 2012.Telsmith launched new Mine-Duty T900 cone crusherThe new Telsmith T900 is a true mine-duty machine designed and engineered to deliver maximum uptime, productivity, safety, and ease of maintenance amidst the 24/7 operating demands of the toughest hard rock mining applications. Offering a capacity output range from 550 to 2,100 t/h, with up to a 381 -mm feed size, the T900 israted with the largest in-class clearing stroke, the highest in-class crushing force, and boasts 900-hp performance.In designing the new T900, Telsmith places a key emphasis on safety and serviceability. The machine’s large clearing circuit is engineered to safely and quickly allow any uncrushable materials to pass. Also, numerous innovative serviceability features differentiate the T900 from conventional units that typically require significantly more time in routine service.For reduced maintenance time and costs, the T900 is designed with the following:EIght cylinders (versus 12 cylinders in conventional units), yet offering the largest crushing force availability, the company claimsA new and improved patent-pending anti-spin feature mounted on top of the machineThe largest-in-class, patent-pending hybrid bearings offering both a static and dynamic lift and resulting in far greater lift to efficiently carry the crushing forcesThe elimination of a socket, socket liner, and head ball – all of which typically require time-consuming removal when servicing the machine; a nitrogen-free patented release system that eliminates the need formaintenance-intensive hydraulic accumulators; and the use of a single bowl for all liners over its range of operation – allowing optimum versatility, flexibility, and efficiency in any hard rock mining application.BTI Mobile Scaler Boosts Safety & ProductivityBreaker Technology (BTI) manufactures a wide range of mining and quarry equipment including hydraulic hammers, mobile rock breakers, stationary and portable rockbreaker systems, underground utility vehicles, and a mechanised scaling equipment line highlighted by its RMS-18 Mobile Scaler Vehicle – an innovation proven to increase both safety and productivity in mining operations. The operator is fully protected from falling rocks insidea certified ROP/FOPS (roll over protection/fall object protection) cabin. The RMS-18 is designed with a midship operator drive position that provides excellent visibility in both the direction tramming and scaling operations.Other benefits include fully adjustable stabiliser legs for secure operation of the scaling boom system; a precise electromechanical proportional control system for accurately indexing the scaling boom for optimal scaling, andpinpoint control for ease of scaling; and a robust design and construction of the chassis and drive train to ensure reliability in harsh underground mining conditions.BTI will also highlighted its MRHT 36 Stationary Rockbreaker System, which features a slew bearing turret systemthat extends duty life and reduces maintenance downtime over that of traditional swing post construction. An automatic greasing system allows for ease of lubrication maintenance.  For safe operation, the unit’s load drop counter balance valves eliminate any accidental boom falls due to power loss, which in turn safeguards both theworkers and the equipment from loss of control.Additionally, BTI showed its BX 20 and BX 30 hydraulic hammers, which feature a robust, heavy-duty, box-mounted, hydraulically- activated hammer, with long and short stroke selection. The hammers shift seamlessly between lower power with higher beats per minute, and longer more powerful strikes at a slower frequency. This allows a fine tuning of hammer to the hardness of the material.Osborn Mineral Sizers Offer Low-Profile, High-Volume ProcessingAs South Africa’s leading mining equipment manufacturer, Osborn Engineered Products provides a full rangeof crushers, feeders, screens and conveyors.At MINExpo, Osborn displayed its range of single and twin shaft mineral sizers engineered with the lowest profile, and capable of processing high volume throughputs at the lowest possible power consumption. Primarily designed for coal and anthracite applications, the Osborn Mineral Sizer is ideal for processing the more difficult soft and sticky clay materials. It is also highly suited to most mineral and tar sands processing applications.Astec Positioned for South American Market GrowthAstec Mining recently formed a joint venture with Manufatura E Desenvolvimento de Equipamentos (MDE). Astec Do Brasil Fabricacao De Equipamentos LTDA., of which Astec Inc. holds a 75% share, will provide localised manufacturing, sales, distribution, and product support to aggregate and mining companies throughout Brazil and South America.The joint venture isconstructing at manufacturing facility in Vespasiano, Minas Gerais, Brazil, which will initially manufacture KPI-JCI track mounted crushers and Telsmith jaw and cone crushers, with the expansion to additional Astec products and brands to follow.“Over the last decade MDE has established itself as a leader in the sales, distribution, and product support of aggregate and mineral handling systems within the Brazilian marketplace,” says Patek, “By partnering with MDE, Astec Industries can better offer our innovative solutions within this rapidly expanding marketplace.” KPI-JCI unveils Kodiak Plus K500+ Cone CrusherAs the latest addition to the Kodiak Plus cone crusher series, the new Kodiak Plus K500+ is a 500-hp, remote-adjust cone crusher. “The K500+ fills the demand of high-production aggregate facilities for larger secondary and tertiary cone crushers,” says Mike Johnson, VP of sales and marketing for KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens.Johnson says that refinements implemented within the Kodiak Plus product line include a new hybrid cast/fabricated base frame design; the ‘MILO’ automated control system; a new patented bearing design and other additional evolutionary refinements. “The K500+ will incorporate these new innovations as well, and we are confidentthat it will fill a large need in the current aggregate market,” he says.Other features of the Kodiak Plus cone crusher product line include patented hydraulic CSS thread locking; patented replaceable brass thread inserts; patented internal counterweights; patented liner retention system; a tramp iron system consisting of pressure relief valves in lieu of accumulators; brass v-seat liners; and other unique ease-of-maintenance design elements.last_img read more