Why An AnalyticsObsessed Cycling Team Keeps Winning The Tour De France

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (July 26, 2016), we talk to The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay about the Tour de France and Team Sky, which has won four of the past five Tours — perhaps because of an emphasis on analytics. (That it has a lot of money also helps.) Then, Neil Paine explains why MLB teams should always at least look to buy or sell at the trade deadline, rather than hold. Finally, we talk about Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s extraordinary year for the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks and whether she’s having the best statistical season of all time. Plus, a significant digit on Roger Federer’s announcement that he will miss the rest of the tennis season because of a knee injury.Links to what we discuss are here:Jason Gay in The Wall Street Journal asks if the Tour de France needs a financial fix to help balance competition among teams.Gay describes how the eventual Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, ran up a mountain in his cleats after crashing his bike during this year’s race.On Deadspin, Patrick Redford explains how Froome dominated this year’s Tour.And William Fotheringham in the Guardian breaks down how Team Sky’s analytics and tactics helped it to victory.Last year, Neil Paine and Nate Silver came up with the “Doyle Number.” It tells us when an MLB team should be willing to trade future talent at the trade deadline in order to try to win in the current season.Neil calculated the Doyle Numbers for this year’s teams, and the Chicago Cubs came out on top, meaning the team should try to win this season rather than hoard prospects.Jim Bowden at ESPN breaks down the trade deadline objectives for all 30 MLB teams.Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s Basketball-Reference.com page. Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight for an article about her rise.Carl Bialik writes about Roger Federer’s injury and what it means for his shot at another major title.Significant Digit: 3. That’s the number of major tennis titles won by men older than 35. All those titles were won by Ken Rosewall, an Australian whose career spanned three decades. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Sophomore helps fuel sevenyear win streak for OSU tennis

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court.  Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va. read more

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Reds Indians week in review

Cleveland IndiansThe Cleveland Indians struggled offensively once again, going 2-4 in series’ against the Los Angeles Angels and the Minnesota Twins.After taking only one of three from the Angels, the Tribe returned home and only won one in a weekend series against the division-leading Twins.The Indians are 10-14, 5-and-a-half games behind the Twins in the American League Central and in third place behind Detroit.Studs: Austin Kearns. The former Cincinnati Reds slugger had a big week, with seven hits and six RBIs in three games against the Angels. He came into Sunday’s game against Minnesota hitting .357, with two home runs and 12 RBIs.Duds: The offense. The Indians’ offense continues to be a major disappointment, with an American League-worst 85 runs. Those fortunes could change when highly touted catching prospect Carlos Santana gets called up from the Columbus Clippers.Up Next: The Indians continue their homestand with three games against Toronto beginning Monday and a three-game weekend series with the Detroit Tigers. Cincinnati RedsStep by step, the Reds are creeping back from a sluggish start to the season.The Reds opened up their week on the road with a three-game series at Houston.For the first time this season, Reds fans had their chance to bring out the brooms, as the Reds swept the series against the Astros.Pitchers Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo had some solid outings, each recording a win in the first and third games of the series respectively, and Mike Leake continued a brilliant start to his professional career recording a win off his seven-inning, five-hit performance in the second game.Pitcher Johnny Cueto helped the Reds’ win-streak get to five games on Friday, as the Reds won at St. Louis.The streak then came to an end Saturday as the Reds couldn’t match the Cardinals’ late-game surge, losing the game 6-3.Studs: The Rotation. At the beginning of the season, it seemed like these guys were never going to win a game for the Reds. In just this past week, Harang, Leake, Arroyo and Cueto all recorded wins, and didn’t leave it up to late game heroics to ensure a Reds’ win.Duds: Jonny Gomes. It was tough because no one Red had a really bad week. Gomes has only two hits in 15 at-bats over the last six games, though, and he’s a liability in the field as it is.Next Week: The Reds come back home this week as they host a series with the Mets today, and then get a day off before hosting a three-game series against the Cubs. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball drops Big Ten opener in 5 sets to

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle before a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2.Credit: Sarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerOn Wednesday evening at St. John Arena, the No.12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a loss at home, falling to No. 21 Minnesota in five sets (22-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-19, 11-15).Both OSU (11-2, 0-1) and Minnesota (9-2, 1-0) came into the game on extended winning streaks. The Buckeyes had not lost since their opening match against Wyoming and the Golden Gophers came into the game having won eight straight matches.Minnesota won the first two sets of the night as it attempted to win its eighth straight game without dropping a single set. Minnesota gained leads of 4-1 and 15-2 in the first and second sets, respectively, forcing the Buckeyes to play from behind. OSU did not hold a lead at any point until midway through the third set.But OSU battled back, winning the hotly contested third and fourth sets before ultimately falling in the fifth.“We fought back and for as bad as we were the first two sets, we could have rolled over and died, but we didn’t. So, I’m proud of my team for that,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said, finding a positive in the loss.However, Carlston said he was disappointed that the Buckeyes fell behind by such a wide margin early, a hole they were unable to recover from.“We almost had them. We’re better than they are. And we’re at home and we’ve got to show some more pride in how we go about things,” Carlston said.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell led OSU with 22 points, including 18 kills. However, she said she sees room for improvement.“I think we made a lot of mistakes. Just little things like being in the net or serving the ball into the net or out of bounds. So, if we can control our aspect of the game, I think that we can play a little bit better,” Campbell said.Carlston noted the errors at crucial points in the game as the reason the Buckeyes could not complete the comeback in the fifth set. The Buckeyes were called for a net violation late in the fifth and final set which gave the Golden Gophers an 11-9 lead that they held onto, ultimately winning 15-11.The Buckeyes are next set to face their fifth ranked team of the season on Sunday when they’re slated to host No.16 Wisconsin. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

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Ohio State to be awarded with Capital One Cup at ESPYs

The OSU men’s volleyball team pose with their second consecutive national title trophy alongside James DeSantis, nine-year-old super fan. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOver the past year, few athletic programs have accomplished as much as Ohio State. And for that success, the Buckeyes’ men’s athletics program will be rewarded Wednesday during the ESPYs with the Capital One Cup, an award given to both a men’s and women’s group of athletes that demonstrated consistent success over a variety of sports. The Stanford Cardinal women’s athletics program won the women’s Capital One Cup.The award is earned on a points basis, with different point values being assigned to either ranking within the Top 10 of a certified poll, or placing in the championships of any given sport. The Ohio State men’s athletic program received 111 points, narrowly edging out two-time cup champion Florida who came in second with 105 points.To the athletes and alumni, this award takes on a special meaning.“It says that you’re one of the best,” said Eddie George, former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner. “For us to finally hoist up a Capital One trophy to say, ‘OK, our athletic program as a whole is the best in the land,’ says a lot.”For its victory, Ohio State will receive not only the trophy, but $200,000 to be put towards student-athlete scholarships.And though Ohio State ranked third in highest-grossing athletic programs according to Business Insider, George said the school can benefit from the additional source of funding.“Anytime that you can get money for student-athletes to get more opportunities to come, it’s just that added bonus,” George said. “It’s saying that you don’t have to go out and fundraise as much. That goes right toward the bottom line, and it allows for student-athletes to get scholarships, not just for football, but for all sports. It gives someone a chance to foster their dream and to get a great education.”Winning an award such as this requires a well-oiled machine of athletics and someone at the helm who knows how to run it, George said. As a result, George believes a great deal of credit belongs to Smith for the work he has put into Ohio State athletics to put the program in a position to function as well as it has. “It just goes to show you the great job that Gene Smith has done for Ohio State as our athletic director,” George said. “(He) is very adamant and persistent about equality in all of our sports and supporting all of our sports.”George said that Smith and the rest of the athletic department have worked hard to bring Ohio State to the point of where it is no longer just viewed as a football or basketball school, but a university with widespread success across all different sports. He added that winning an award like this one sends a message to any potential incoming recruits that the program as a whole is committed to bringing together all the pieces required to drive a championship-caliber team.“It says that we’re hiring the best coaches, we’re giving the best mentorships, we’re doing everything we can as a university to put our athletes in the best position both athletically and academically,” George said. “It says that you’re coming to a program that believes in winning championships, that’s getting recognition, the best of the best.”George will officially bestow the honor to his alma mater during the presentation of the award, handing the trophy to fellow Ohio State alum and member of the 2016 National Championship-winning men’s volleyball team Miles Johnson.The former standout running back said he did not know how he was chosen, but that as soon as they called to offer him the position, he immediately accepted.“When they asked me to do it, I didn’t hesitate,” George said. “And to honor Ohio State for winning their first-ever Capital One Cup trophy is pretty amazing, so I’m honored to do it.”The ESPYs will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and will be aired on ABC. Point Breakdown:Lacrosse: 36Volleyball: 20Football: 15Gymnastics: 12Wrestling: 12Tennis: 8Fencing: 6*Rifle: 2**The rifle and fencing team received double the listed total, but since both teams are mixed genders, the point totals had to be split with half going to men’s athletics and the other half allotted to women’s athletics. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins faces first major opponent in No 15 TCU

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws the ball downfield in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins has been nothing short of spectacular in his first two starts for Ohio State.The redshirt sophomore quarterback combined for 546 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interception while completing 79.2 percent of his throws.These eye-raising statistics came against Oregon State and Rutgers, who held the third- and 55th-worst scoring defenses in the NCAA last season, respectively.Now, with TCU, the 16th-best scoring defense in 2017, on the horizon, Haskins and the Ohio State offense will be getting their first real test of the season. For Haskins, his first real test as a starter.Besides the final 20 minutes of the Michigan game last season, Haskins’ experience came at the end of games that were decided well before he ever touched the field.Haskins will be making his first collegiate start against a ranked opponent at a neutral site 18 miles from TCU’s campus. In doing so, he has an opportunity to build on his already impressive stats.In the press conference on Monday, acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he has seen promising decision-making in Haskins’ first two starts under center. “Whether it’s before or after the snap, he has to make decisions,” Day said. “He has the ability to make a check or in the pass game, he can change the protection and slide it one way or the other. He has a good handle on that.”Day said that despite the early season success Haskins has found, there are still plenty of mistakes to be corrected, especially with TCU coming up on the schedule.“I think that, you know, when the games get tighter, every play matters even more. And so the mistakes are still there,” Day said. “The interception in the red zone two games ago, or, you know, a play with false starting or sack on third down; those plays in a big game are going to show up even more.”To avoid these mistakes, Haskins will have to rely more on the rest of his offense than he has thus far, with sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber having the big-game experience to help relieve some of the pressure.“I think the combination of a great offensive line and J.K. and Mike, you have to account for them,” Day said. “You saw Johnnie [Dixon], you see Terry [McLaurin] down the field, one-on-one situations with cornerbacks and then it’s just a matter of making the throw and catch. So it all starts with running the football, and if we can force that seventh guy in the box, that opens up stuff in the pass game.”With Haskins working almost strictly through the air, Day said big games from Dobbins and Weber allow for more chances to beat safeties on deep throws “whether it’s with [a run-pass option] or play-action pass,” something made more important in a matchup that’s expected to be closer than the previous two.It might have been Oregon State. It might have been Rutgers. But Haskins has lived up to the high expectations left behind by former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.Breaking the Ohio State record for passing yards and touchdowns in a first start, then completing 87 percent of passes for four touchdowns in his second, Haskins has looked the part of a worthy successor to one of the Buckeyes’ most decorated quarterbacks.Now, coming into TCU, Haskins has an opportunity to prove his worth against an opponent that seems more fit for the challenge than any he has ever faced. read more

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We did it Man who was suicidal runs marathon with the stranger

first_imgThey have met Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who convinced the pair to run the race for Heads Together. Jonny Benjamin, who was suicidal, managed to complete the marathon with the stranger who talked him down from a bridge when he was at his lowest point.The two were elated as they finished the race together. Neil Laybourne, the “stranger on the bridge”, said “what an amazing experience!” as they ran the last mile.They finished the marathon together, and spent much of the race with their arms around each other for support.The two, who are now good friends, finished the race in 5 hours 26 minutes. With a promise that “things can get better” and an invitation for coffee, Neil successfully talked Jonny back to safety before they went their separate ways.Eight years later, the two were reunited and have kept in contact as they prepared to run the marathon to raise awareness and money towards mental health. They ran to support the charity Heads Together, the mental health campaign fronted by the three young Royals. The pair managed to raise over £30,000 for the charity.The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon joined the pair in running for the foundation.Jonny, 30, and Neil, 34, met in January 2008 on Waterloo Bridge: the former in such despair he was ready to jump, and the latter the unexpected good Samaritan who intervened. It was only in 2014, when Jonny launched a social media campaign to find and thank the stranger, that they were reunited.He told his friend to run ahead of him in the race, because he recently suffered the loss of both his uncle and his grandmother. However, they ended up running it together.Shortly before the marathon, he wrote: “Admittedly, I haven’t done the training I needed for it. It’s been a tough year so far with my relapse and going back into hospital, family illness, and most recently my Uncle and then Grandma passing away a few days ago. But I WILL complete the 26 miles! Even if I have to crawl some of the way!! 'We did it!': the two were elated We actually did it!!! 5 hours 28 minutes!! I can’t believe we’ve just run the @LondonMarathon. Wowzers. #TeamHeadsTogether #oktosay pic.twitter.com/NQobVEoXrL— Jonny Benjamin MBE (@MrJonnyBenjamin) April 23, 2017 ‘We did it!’: the two were elatedCredit:Jonny Benjamin “This feels like such an important moment for mental health. They’re calling this the world’s first ever #mentalhealthmarathon  It’s a privilege to be part of it.” The two meet the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:REUTERS/Toby Melville Jonny, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when he was 20, has spoken frankly about his own mental health struggles, which culminated in him standing on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide.Neil, who spotted the lone figure of a young man standing still amid the commuters while walking to work, stopped to talk to him, telling him: “It’ll get better mate, you will get better.”After a 25 minute conversation, the emergency services stepped in and the pair were swept away and back to their respective lives. The two meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Crackdown on mobile phones at the wheel has cut number offences by

first_imgIt received responses from 41. March saw the most FPNs issued for mobile use in 2017 as many forces conducted a crackdown on distracted drivers, with more than 8,500 caught.The lowest monthly total was 1,400 in December as police focused their efforts on drink-drivers over the festive period.AA president Edmund King said: “It will take time for a wholesale change in attitudes to really take effect.”While some have got the message and changed their behaviour, many drivers still believe they won’t get caught.”Separate RAC research found that nearly one in five (19 per cent) firms say their employees have been involved in an accident after using a phone illegally while driving for work.A survey of 1,000 UK businesses revealed that 5 per cent admit this happens “on a regular basis”. Department for Transport figures show 780 people were injured in accidents in 2016 when a driver was distracted or impaired by their phone, up 10 per cent on the previous year.  A crackdown on mobile phone use at the wheel has cut the number of offences by half, new figures show. Around 39,000 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued to drivers between March and December last year compared with 74,000 during the same period in 2016, according to police data.The 47 per cent decline is due to a combination of harsher punishments, road safety campaigns and a lack of enforcement due to reductions in traffic officer numbers, according to the AA.Since March 1 last year, motorists caught using a handheld phone have faced receiving six points on their licence and a £200 fine – up from the previous penalty of three points and £100.Drivers can lose their licence if they receive 12 points within three years, or six points in the first two years after passing their test.The figures were obtained by the breakdown rescue firm after it submitted Freedom of Information requests to all of the UK’s 45 police forces. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Children and passersby put at risk by Russian nerve agent hit squad

first_imgThere are now fears several other people may have had access to the front door before the house was sealed off by police on the Monday afternoon, the day following the attack, after they realised they were dealing with a chemical weapon.Tom Symons, a BBC news reporter who was among the first media to arrive at the house, wrote on Twitter: “Myself and two BBC colleagues were first reporters at Sergei Skripal’s door on Monday afternoon.  No cordon, just a police car.“Thankfully I decided not to knock but I did ask the officer sitting in the car if there were any health risks I should be aware of. Didn’t get answer!”It is feared the method used by the suspected Russian hit-squad to target Col Skripal gave the would-be assassins the opportunity to flee the country within hours of launching the attack.By smearing the front door with nerve agent any time from the Saturday night onwards they would have had enough time to travel to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports and fly out of Britain before the Skripals collapsed after succumbing to the poison.Former counter terrorism officer David Videcette, who investigating the 7/7 London bombings, said: “If the assumption that someone has put something on the front door is right, and it’s not cross contamination, there is a way for someone to escape without being seen down an alleyway along the side of the house that doesn’t appear to be covered by CCTV.” 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 in chemical protection suits examine the bench where the Skripals collapsed following the nerve agent attack in SalisburyCredit:Ben Stansall/AFP Counter-terrorism police revealed for the first time that they believed the pair “first came into contact” with the Novichok nerve agent at their home in Christie Miller Road.Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was hospitalised for several days after falling sick, is thought to have become ill after going to the house directly from the spot where Col Skripal and Yulia collapsed near the Maltings shopping centre at around 4.15pm on Sunday, March 4.Scotland Yard said: “As a result of detailed forensic and scientific examination, detectives believe the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent at their home address. Specialists have identified the highest concentration of the nerve agent, to-date, as being on the front door of the address.” The hit squad which targeted former Russian spy Sergei Skripal put dozens of innocent bystanders – including children – at risk by placing nerve agent on the front door of his home close to a children’s playground, it has emerged.NHS officials are understood to be monitoring several people for signs of health problems after coming into potential contact with the Novichok agent.They are thought to include neighbours, postal staff, the first uniformed officers to arrive at the scene and even reporters who approached the house after news of the attack broke and before it was properly sealed off by counter terrorism police.Yesterday afternoon police began to search a children’s play area just yards the Skripal’s Salisbury home, suggesting they fear it may contain traces of nerve agent – either from the Skripals themselves or by the would-be assassins leaving a trail as they made their escape.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon said: “I would like to reassure residents that we have placed the cordons around the park, and officers will be searching it, as a precautionary measure. I would like to reiterate Public Health England’s advice that the risk to the public is low.”Police disclosed on Thursday night that the “highest concentration” of the nerve agent which poisoned Colonel Skripal and his daughter Yulia was found on his front door.center_img Police in chemical protection suits examine the bench where the Skripals collapsed following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former head of the military’s Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment, said the application of the nerve agent could only have been done by well trained operatives.He said the would-be assassins had probably hoped the nerve agent would never be identified and the delayed effect would have meant they would be long gone anyway.He said: “There are probably one or two people involved in putting it there. Novichok agents have the ability to delay their reaction. They were hoping to be well gone before anything was discovered and they were hoping that they would get away Scot free because we wouldn’t identify it.”The suspects are also likely to have used careful planning and tradecraft to cover their tracks.He said: “Once again it points towards the FSB [successor to the KGB].” Traces of the nerve agent have been found at some of the other scenes detectives have been working at over the past few weeks – including Zizzi’s restaurant and The Mill pub visited by the pair –  but at lower concentrations to those found at Christie Miller Road.At a public meeting two weeks ago Paul Mills, deputy chief Constable of Wiltshire police, revealed 131 people could have potentially come into contact with the deadly nerve agent, and that they were being monitored by health authorities over the phone on a daily basis.last_img read more

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Man killed in Durban Smyth Streets accident identified

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 dead, 4 critical in 3-vehicle smash-upMay 21, 2017In “Crime”Several survive Durban Street accidentJuly 19, 2014In “Crime”East Ruimveldt man killed in early morning accidentSeptember 30, 2018In “latest news” Dead: Daniel Richmond was said to be “half in and half out of the minibus” when the accident occurredThe man who succumbed during a fatal accident at the intersection of Durban and Smyth Streets, Georgetown on Sunday last has been identified as Daniel Richmond of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, an umpire attached to the Guyana Cricket Board.On the fateful Sunday, Richmond was killed while traveling in mini-bus BVV5273, while several other passengers identified as – Brian James, 40, Kim Douglas, 49, Jelani Williams, 17, Ariel Eversley, 35, Michael Bunburry, 47, De Andre Smith, 17, Ronaldo Bancroft, 15, Deon Goodridge, 27, Brian Desouza, Lynette Crawford, 42, Godfrey Daniels, 35, and seven year old Otien Otto, were injured.Inews had previously reported that the accident occurred around 16:00hrs while minibus BVV 5273 was said to be proceeding along Durban Street heading to South, Georgetown when it was struck from behind by a black Tundra which was said to be speeding along Smyth Street headed North.The mangled remains of the minibus involved in the fatal accidentThe Tundra, bearing registration GRR 8350, then hit a parked blue Allion before coming to a halt.According to information received,  after being struck, the minibus which was said to be fully loaded, toppled a number of times.The injured persons had to be pulled from the mangled minibus, some in an unconscious state and Richmond, the now dead man, was said to be “half in and half out of the minibus.”The driver of the Tundra, reportedly fled the scene while also being injured.When this online publication visited the Hospital, some of the injured persons relayed what transpired.The mangled remains of the minibus involved in the fatal accident“All I know is that the bus got hit, and it toppled and then fall on its side. Everybody started to holler and everybody started to hold onto each other and when I come out of the bus, one man I saw half of his body was inside the bus and half was outside. After that, people start running to help us,” Lynette Crawford, 42, related.Investigations are still ongoing. read more

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Weight control measures to be enacted for vehicles traversing Hinterland roads

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure is moving to put systems in place to regulate the weights of the vehicles traversing the roads in the Hinterland, according to a government release.Conditions of the roads in the hinterland, despite on-going rehabilitation and upgrade works, remains unsatisfactory.This Irfaan Ali FB photo shows the deplorable state of a section of the roads in the Hinterland Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson told the National Assembly today (Friday) that the ministry has already begun taking steps towards addressing this situation. He explained that in addition to procuring three automatic scales, the Ministry has drafted a Bill, that, once imposed will further regulate the weight of the vehicles traversing these roads. The Bill is at the Attorney General (AG) Chamber, Minister Patterson said.The Minister made these disclosures after he was questioned by Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill as to measures that the Ministry is taking to address the plight of the truckers and other passengers, traversing the several, present impassable hinterland roads, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).Minister Patterson in responding explained that Budget 2017 sets aside a total of $2.3B to bring redress to Hinterland roads, in recognition of the importance of making these vital road links accessible. The Minister explained that to date 83 percent of the funds allocated in Budget 2017, have been committed in contracts, and disbursed.He explained that whilst the ministry continued to invest in the upgrade and rehabilitation of these critical road links, a major challenge to their redress, remains the issue of overweight trucks.The imposition of the weight control measures will bring a solution to these problems, the Minister said. He said that already the Ministry has gotten the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and Guyana Gold and Diamond Miner Association (GGDMA) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to adhere to the weight control measures that the ministry is seeking to put in place, DPI said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImposing weight limits for interior roads will see escalation in prices for goods – MPJuly 13, 2017In “Business”Updated road policy to address overloaded vehiclesMarch 16, 2017In “Local News”Govt to install vehicle scales for hinterland roads to address woes- PattersonJuly 31, 2018In “Business” read more

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TT Uber driver found murdered

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFemale cop murdered in T&TMarch 16, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese businessman found dead in T&TMarch 23, 2017In “Regional”Cops probing murder of Guyanese man in T&TMarch 23, 2017In “Crime” PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Police are probing the death of a 28-year-old Uber driver, whose body was found in bushes on Mucurapo Road on the outskirts of the capital on Thursday night.Police said that relatives of Christopher Mohammed had last seen him earlier in the day driving his vehicle in east Trinidad.Media reports said that his body was found with a single gunshot wound to the head Thursday night in the west of the island.The Trinidad and Tobago government has not officially given permission for Uber to operate in the island, but many local motorists are involved in the programme that allows a passenger to call for a car with a smartphone running the Uber application with the driver then taking the passenger to his/her destination.So far this year, more than 200 people have been murdered in Trinidad and Tobago. read more

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Trumpbacked immigration reform bill fails in US House

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS lawmakers, first lady call for end to migrant family separationsJune 18, 2018In “latest news”Trump suggests 2-phase immigration deal for ‘Dreamers’January 9, 2018In “latest news”Trump suggests merit-based immigration systemMarch 1, 2017In “latest news” WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A Republican “compromise” bill reforming US immigration law failed spectacularly in Congress on Wednesday, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to resolve a simmering border crisis that has seen thousands of migrant families separated.United States (US) President Donald TrumpLawmakers rejected the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act by an overwhelming 121 to 301, with all Democrats opposing the bill along with dozens of Republican conservatives who argued it did not do enough to rein in illegal immigration.The failure now raises the possibility of lawmakers taking up a narrower measure that ends family separations, but does not address issues such as border wall funding, protections for young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, and curtailment of legal immigration. read more

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9 homeless after fire razed West Berbice home

Members of the two families look at the remains of their burnt houseNine persons are now homeless after a fire destroyed  their Lot 19 Number 40 Village West Coast Berbice home on Wednesday. The fire reportedly started in the upper flat of the building owned and occupied by Sandra Grant and her two grandchildren.The lower flat was occupied by Grant’s daughter and her family.  INews understands that at the time of Grant was not at home.Nelta Campbell says at the time she was at home in the lower flat along with her 80-year-old bedridden cousin.  The woman explained that someone alerted her of the fire and as he rushed out of the house, she saw smoke billowing from the upper flat of the house.A brother who lives in a house situated behind hers left to get water to extinguish the blaze but by the time he got back, the entire upper flat was engulfed.He nevertheless, joined those who were breaking into the lower flat in an attempt to save household items.Campbell explained that after some time elapsed, she remembered her cousin but managed to take her to safety.Meanwhile, the 63-year-old owner of the house was in Georgetown when she was informed of the fire. She later arrived to the scene only to see the gutted house.“When I look I see the entire upstairs everything burn flat…”, the woman cried. The Guyana Fire Service has since launched an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire.Initial reports suggest that an electrical appliance may have been left thus causing to overhear and ultimately starting the fire but Grant stated that she unplugged all the appliances before leaving home.“There is no appliance in the back room only a bulb in there. No point in the back room. All the points were outside of the room and at the back of the back room that is where the kitchen was. The freezer, gas stove and everything at the back there but I am certain that nothing was left on.”On Thursday, Regional Councilor Dulston Crawford visited the family to offer assistance. However, those who are interested in assisting the family can contact Grant on telephone number 668-5484 and Campbell on telephone number 662-1045. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 homeless as fire guts Princes Street homeJune 12, 2017In “latest news”Fire destroys Tucville range housesFebruary 3, 2019In “latest news”Two women homeless following early morning fire; arson suspectedFebruary 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Brothers attacked stabbed by Kartel at drinking bar

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Linden footballer killed in stabbing incidentDecember 22, 2018In “Crime”Fatal stabbing: Kitty vendor died from ‘perforation of the heart’- PMEJune 6, 2018In “Crime”Teen fatally stabbed by brother after he allegedly refused to lend motorcycleMarch 20, 2017In “Crime” Two brothers are now nursing stab wounds at the Mackenzie Public Hospital after they were attacked and stabbed by a man following an argument on Saturday night.Those injured men are 25-year-old, Matthew Clarke and Quammie Clarke, 33, of Lot 153 Block 22 Wismar, Linden.According to reports, the duo and another friend were said to be “hanging out” at a bar in Wismar Linden at about 22:30h when the suspect known as “Kartel” or “Eggie” lighted a fire cracker and threw it in their direction.This caused the brothers and their friend identified as taxi driver, Maitek Duncan to become upset and as such, they approached the suspect to warn him of his behavior and to desist from hurling explosives.However, an argument erupted followed by a scuffle between the suspect and Duncan. Nevertheless, the fight was parted and the suspect left the scene but later returned. Upon his return, he saw the two brothers and reportedly whipped out a knife from his pants waist and dealt them several stab wounds to their hands, hip and back.The men reportedly collapsed to the ground as the suspect quickly escaped from the scene.The two injured brothers were picked up by persons who were at the bar and rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex where they were admitted as patients. Their conditions are listed as stable. The matter was reported to the police but the suspect has since gone into hiding. read more

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PPPs Gail Teixeira prepared to renounce Canadian citizenship …following CJs ruling

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt dual citizens will return to National Assembly – Chief WhipMarch 26, 2019In “latest news”Govt being “duplicitous” by failing to remove its dual citizenship MPs – JagdeoMarch 29, 2019In “latest news”‘I am not illegal’ – Harmon says on returning to ParliamentMarch 29, 2019In “latest news” Opposition PPP/C Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraFollowing Acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, landmark ruling on Thursday that a person holding dual citizenship cannot be a Member of Guyana’s Parliament, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that PPP/C MP Gail Teixeira, is prepared to renounce her Canadian Citizenship. Jagdeo made the revelation during his weekly press conference today (Friday) at the party’s headquarters at Freedom House.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonAccording to the party’s General Secretary, the National Assembly is clear that a MP having dual citizenship will have implications and as such, he revealed Teixeria’s decision.“She is prepared to give up her Canadian citizenship, I spoke to members on my side about it…she said so voluntarily, I know that she has been thinking about it for a while and I didn’t call her to ask her if she will, I spoke with her and she said that,” Jagdeo revealed.Further, Jagdeo noted that the APNU/AFC Coalition Government presently have several Ministers who also hold dual citizenship; including Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge,“Harmon now may no longer be a Minister by virtue of the constitution, he has to resign because of the ruling and the same goes for Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs…this puts us in new territory. I have no doubt that the Government will try to appeal this and CJ will uphold ruling…the ruling is clear, you cannot be a dual citizen in the National Assembly…that’s what our constitutions says” Jagdeo recognized.He noted however that the PPP/C will be holding an executive meeting later on Friday where they will discuss a way forward and whether the law could be amended…“All of this will come out of a process for constitutional reform”.Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George-WiltshireJustice George at the High Court on Thursday pronounced on the case filed by Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud, whose vote in support of the Opposition sponsored no confidence motion on December 21 saw the toppling of the Coalition government.According to the CJ, by swearing allegiance to another state, a dual citizen is not qualified to be elected to serve in the National Assembly. read more

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Geoscientists call on government to resuscitate Australian mineral exploration

first_imgAustralia’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost destinations for mineral exploration is under threat from a critical market failure that discourages ‘greenfields’ exploration, according to Australia’s leading professional institute for geoscientists. Additionally the organisation says, Australia’s current precious and base metals mining production is increasingly reliant on a small number of major deposits which are largely ‘mature’ and in decline – presenting a clear threat to mine production and in turn, the export earnings of the economy.The concerns are expressed in a major report released by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and titled – Market Failure in the Australian Mineral Exploration Industry: The Case for Fiscal Incentives“. The report was authored by exploration geologists, Chris Cairns (Integra Mining) and Dr Jon Hronsky (Western Mining Services) and by mineral economist, Richard Schodde (MinEx Consulting).The report finds that the heavy reliance of companies exploring in Australia on short-term market capital has impeded their ability to undertake high risk but potentially high reward “greenfields” or “grassroots” exploration capable of yielding the new major discoveries needed to sustain Australia’s precious and base metals mining production.“Additionally, Australia’s current tax regime offers no incentives, concessions or support for investments in greenfields exploration by companies that do not already have producing mines generating cashflow against which exploration expenditure may be fully offset for taxation purposes,” AIG Vice President, Andrew Waltho, said.“Essential work by ‘junior’ exploration companies — which now undertake the majority of metals exploration in Australia — receives no recognition under our current taxation system during the often protracted time it takes to discover a new deposit and turn it into a viable and sustainable mine,” Waltho said.“Instead, these ‘juniors’ are driven by very short-term market forces and by the need to constantly report good news and stay on brokers’ and investors’ radars. This approach does not encourage longer-term investment in exploration, typically without short-term newsworthy results, that is needed to find the next generation of major discoveries. The study clearly demonstrates that the way by which we fund and reward metals exploration has actively discouraged exploration in greenfields areas for the best part of 20 years, leading to a steady decline in the number of new high-quality precious and base metals discoveries in Australia.”Waltho said successive governments had contributed to a clear market failure affecting the exploration sector, apparently through a fixation on the income generated by mining projects discovered decades ago. “This has resulted in a failure to implement measures to address the critical market failure affecting funding of greenfields exploration.“The upcoming Federal Budget presents the Commonwealth Government with the opportunity to correct this market failure, and to begin to resuscitate the exploration sector on which the long-term sustainability of Australia’s resource industries critically depends.”No flow through – decline inevitableThe AIG, in concert with other representative mining industry bodies, has long been pressing for the introduction of a flow-through share (FTS) scheme similar to that in Canada, which provides an exploration tax credit designed to “flow through” to shareholders in junior exploration companies.The Canadian scheme, initially introduced in October 2000 and recently extended, is credited with stimulating the exploration that has led to some of the most important new minerals discoveries in Canada, including the world-class Eleanor gold deposit in northern Quebec.“Unless the Government takes bold action in the near-term, Australia’s mining industry’s resource base will decline to a point where we become reliant on fewer and poorer quality projects, eventually lose our prominence in global markets and be unable to continue performing our key role in underpinning Australia’s economic performance and therefore Australia’s quality of life,” Waltho said.“Australia remains a highly prospective place to explore – our geology has many more high-quality deposits to potentially be found in both previously explored areas and vast, essentially unexplored terrains where prospective geology is buried under shallow cover. Australian geoscientists continue to develop new tools and technologies for exploring deeper through these cover rocks and integrating different sources of geological, geochemical and geophysical data that will contribute to new, major mineral discoveries if the ability of explorers to apply these new technologies in a systematic and persistent manner is resolved by securing sustained exploration investment.”The AIG says a FTS scheme would address a notable disparity in Australian tax law by which most junior explorers are ineligible for deductions for investment in exploration under Australian tax laws simply because they do not generate any taxable income.“A FTS would rectify this anomaly by allowing explorers that cannot use the deduction to enable tax credits to ‘flow through’ to their shareholders, making these companies more attractive to investors and providing the exploration sector with greater and more sustained investment,” Waltho said.Last year, an independent study by Synergies Economic Consulting and the Centre for Policy Studies concluded that a flow-through shares scheme in Australia would generate some 4,000 new jobs and up to A$1 billion in additional exploration investment over a four-year period, making it one of the most cost effective economic stimulus measures available to the Commonwealth Government.The Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) is Australia’s leading professional association representing geologists and geophysicists employed in all sectors of industry, government and education throughout Australia. 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Rigorous training schedule pays off for Doe Run mine rescue team as

first_imgA mine rescue team from The Doe Run Company recently earned high honors when the team members put their rescue skills to the test at the 40th Southern Regional Mine Rescue Classic in New Iberia, La. The Gray Team, one of Doe Run’s two mine rescue teams, took second place in the three-man first-aid competition. The group also took third place in the two-man technician competition, which sharpens the team’s skills on mine rescue equipment, including breathing units, gas detectors and communication systems.The Southern Regional Mine Rescue Classic, sponsored by the US Mine Safety and Health Administration, was divided into four events, including a mine rescue contest, a technician team contest, a first-aid contest and a team trainer contest. By actively training and testing the skills of its mine rescue teams in numerous competitions each year, Doe Run raises the standard for employee safety and builds on years of mine rescue expertise.“We are extremely proud of the Gray Team’s accomplishments and their dedication to mine safety,” said Dan King, safety specialist at Doe Run and mine rescue team trainer. “These teams provide an extra measure of protection beyond our around-the-clock commitment to safe operations and practices. We’re thankful to have such talented guys ready should a real mine emergency occur.”Members of Doe Run’s first-aid team include Randall Hill, Brad Beck and Wayne Marlin, team captain. The technician team consists of Garry Moore, Jr., and Kenny Wood, who serves as co-captain of the Gray Team. Other team members include Charles Walker, Kevin James, Kenny Sherrill, Kelly Kalman, James Gamblin and the late Carl Mann.On average, Doe Run’s rescue teams dedicate more than 40 hours every month, outside of regular work schedules, to prepare for competition season. The Southern Regional Mine Rescue Classic is just one of several competitions that Doe Run participates in annually to sharpen mine rescue team members’ abilities and collaborate with other top rescuers. Most recently, Doe Run’s other rescue group, the Maroon Team, won the field competition during the Southwestern Regional Mine Rescue Competition in Carlsbad, N.M. Both teams are currently training for the 2010 National Mine Rescue Contest, slated for July 27-29 in Reno, Nev. The competition stands out as one of the largest and most comprehensive competitions in the US.last_img read more

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Superior finishes conveyor components factory expansion

first_imgSuperior Industries, North America’s only combination manufacturer of both conveyor systems and their related accessories, has announced completion of a major expansion project at its conveyor components factory in Morris, Minnesota. Combined with the debut of idler, pulley and conveyor accessory production in Prescott Valley, Arizona, the 40-year-old manufacturer reports a 60% increase in component’s production capacity. The additional space allows Superior to improve production floor design, ultimately speeding idlers and pulleys through the factory and improving industry-topping lead times.“The new space allows double digit capacity increases for both our conveyor idler and pulley production processes,” says Paul Schmidgall, the company’s Vice President of Manufacturing. “When you link these new capabilities in Minnesota with brand new conveyor components production at our Arizona factory, we score a 60% increase in production capacity.” In Minnesota, the ten-month expansion project involved three stages of demolition, construction and machine installation. Crews demolished 30,000 ft2 of old space and added 60,000 new ft2. To complete, the expansion required 34,000 yds of aggregates, 6,000 yds of ready mix concrete, 4 acres of concrete paving and 3.3 acres of new asphalt paving.last_img read more

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Precision paramount in new Minesight SubBlocking

first_imgGeologic modellers will enjoy a new level of precision for their 3D block models with MineSight Sub-Blocking, released this month by Mintec. This delivers two notable advantages over traditional sub-blocking approaches, the company says. Firstly, a sub-blocked model can carry multiple divisions. For example, you may wish to sub-block a model by geologic codes and by a phase design. Once each set of solids is coded to the model, simply alternate between the two sub-block divisions within the one model.Secondly, sub-block divisions can be updated at any time. So, if you receive additional geologic data or a new pit design after the initial sub-blocking, you can easily update the model without the need to rebuild the model from scratch.“Models with very small block sizes and hundreds of items can quickly become unmanageable due to their file size,” said Mintec President, John Davies. “Sub-blocking in MineSight generates an additional file associated with the 3D block model that is only applied to sub-blocked areas and items. This includes geologic characteristics, grades, and other information, such as mined out flags. It can be created to redefine resolution along contacts.”“This provides unprecedented precision without the performance hit.”Information in the sub-blocked file is stored independently for each item and items can be added to sub-blocked storage at any time. Sub-blocks can be defined by coding from solids and surfaces, set from user calculations, or interpolated from composites.MineSight Sub-Blocking features a new, improved query that can group like-items into zones and create a visual breakdown of individual parent blocks. The ability to query parent and sub-blocks by showing zones and editing items offers great detail and flexibility.The new software is part of MineSight Version 8, which saw the long-awaited release of MineSight Atlas, a complete package for manual scheduling and stockpile management. Like Atlas, MineSight Sub-Blocking’s ability to aid in reserve calculations and clarify troubled cuts, lies in its full integration with other MineSight products, particularly Compass, Interactive Planner and Atlas.last_img read more

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