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  • Film Study: What is, You Know, Working in the Run Game?

    first_imgWe’ve focused so much on the negatives when it comes to OSU’s run game. We should take a look at a few things they’re doing correctly as well.Coach Gundy said they changed up the blocking schemes for the game-winning drive against West Virginia.I’m not so sure of that. I think it goes back to what Mr. Epstein said in the PFB podcast. To me it looks like the o-line had a little fight left in them and decided they wanted to win. The difference I can see are 1) they run to the short side of the field and 2) they send the WR in motion.Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 10.46.18 AMAdChoices广告Notice WVU’s defensive alignment, they have three players that are basically excusing themselves from the play. Side note: I just had my marketing coordinator show me how to use paint on my computer. No, I’m not that old, graduated from OSU in 2007 and yes I realize it looks like a small child drew that. I take full responsibility for the low quality, but I will not apologize for it.On snap, the RG pulls to kick out the DE, he doesn’t make the best block, but by gosh he gets enough of him to take him out of the play. The TE and LT double down the DT, the center does a nice job holding his ground on the NT, the LG blocks the backside backer and the LT kicks out the DE.The WR motion freezes the other two backside players and takes them out of the play. As shown in my below average paint brush skills.The RG gets enough of a block so the FB can act as a proper lead blocker. Washington gets enough of his man, and Childs hits the hole with force.Now OSU has another set of down to work with in overtime. Again, going back to the podcast, this is all about attitude and execution.Hopefully this will be the start of a new type of bad attitude the linemen bring to the rest of the season. The “We’re going to run it down your throat and there’s nothing you can do to stop us” type of bad attitude.Cowboys Ride For Free did a great job, much better than I can, breaking down this next play in their “Chalk Talk.”What I really want to do is acknowledge my man Mr. Paul Lewis. We rag on him a lot and I wanted to give credit where credit is due.OSU is running a QB trap play, which is everyone blocks right and the guard pulls back to the left to block the DT. Paul Lewis clears his guy out of the middle on 4th down with the game on the line and helps give OSU the OT victoryScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 10.46.46 AMThat’s what you want in a player, game’s on the line and he goes out and makes a play. Hopefully this will give him and the rest of the o-line some confidence going into the meat of the schedule.OSU is going to have to be able to turn some of these games into a fist fight, big nasty offensive lineman will sure help. The d-line is up for the challenge, if the o-line can step up, this team will do great things. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • Mike Gundy Laments Loss to CMU, Explains 11-2 Alamo Bowl Rings

    first_imgMike Gundy’s ESPN car wash experience started Thursday evening and early again on Friday with lighthearted mullet talk, but by his 9:30 appearance on First Take Friday the ESPN talking heads were into much more serious discussion that had OSU’s head man revisiting the Central Michigan debacle from 2016.Gundy explained that the decision to toss the ball out of bounds was a situational decision that was made when he called plays back in 2008-2009 in scenarios where there are five seconds or less. But when there was a discussion about whether the play should have awarded CMU an untimed down, Gundy admitted he wasn’t 100 percent confident in his knowledge of the rulebook — and he still kicks himself about it.AdChoices广告“Where I failed was, I didn’t know the rules well enough — the book is this thick [stretches arms!] — people can say what they want, but not everybody knows all the rules,” said Gundy. “I thought I did but I wasn’t able to say ‘I know that rule is wrong.’ And we let the play happen. That’s what is hard to get out of your mind because the guys won the game. They won 11 games last year. I put 11 wins on their rings. Somebody asked ‘well how do you do that?’ I said ‘I paid for ’em, so I can do whatever I want.’”Gundy badger in rare form is truly a sight to behold, and when Gundy badger don’t care, we get excellent television like this to fill up your Friday before the weekend. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

  • Report: Man City 1 Chelsea 0

    first_imgManchester City 1 Chelsea 0: Bernardo Silva clinches one-sided triumph Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 01:52 5/3/2018 BernardoSilva - cropped Getty Images Chelsea were completely overrun by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with Pep Guardiola’s side taking a huge step towards the title. Manchester City moved just four wins away from claiming the Premier League title as Bernardo Silva clinched a one-sided 1-0 victory over defending champions Chelsea.In a thoroughly commanding performance from a City team closing in on their first league triumph since 2013-14, Bernardo Silva’s strike enabled them to open up an 18-point lead at the summit, though Manchester United can close the gap to 16 by winning at Crystal Palace on Monday.Antonio Conte dropped Alvaro Morata to the bench as he opted against fielding a recognised striker and false nine Eden Hazard was starved of service as they failed to register a shot on target in the match, the imperious City completely overrunning them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Chelsea made it to the break without conceding, but an error from Andreas Christensen was seized upon by Sergio Aguero – whose wait for his 200th City goal continues – and David Silva crossed for Bernardo Silva to open the scoring 33 seconds after half-time.It was enough to inflict a third successive Premier League away loss on the Blues for the first time since March 2013, damaging their Champions League hopes by leaving them five points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham.For City, who rested captain Vincent Kompany, it capped a phenomenal eight days in which they recorded back-to-back 3-0 victories over Arsenal, the first coming in the EFL Cup final at Wembley to give Pep Guardiola his first piece of silverware in English football.Unshakeable spirit!— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 4, 2018That trophy was paraded in front of the fans prior to kick-off and City looked set to produce a similarly dominant performance as they controlled possession and pressed Chelsea high from the off.An important block by Antonio Rudiger stopped Leroy Sane guiding David Silva’s cross home, before Aguero was unable to get a shot away after a loose pass in the box from Cesc Fabregas, selected in place of the ill N’Golo Kante, gifted the hosts the ball in a dangerous area.Chelsea could barely get out of their own half and a piercing Sane run into the area was eventually halted, though the ball ran on to Bernardo Silva, who curled a sweet left-footed effort onto the roof of the net in the 20th minute.Sane produced a magnificent touch to bring down Kevin De Bruyne’s delivery at the back post, but his thumping shot across goal was blocked on the line by Cesar Azpilicueta and Thibaut Courtois dived on the loose ball.Chelsea managed to keep City out for the remainder of the first half but their clean sheet was gone within a minute of the restart. Christensen’s failure to clear a long pass from Ilkay Gundogan enabled David Silva to cross for Bernardo Silva to stab past Courtois at the back post.2 – Bernardo Silva has scored in back-to-back league appearances for the first time since May 2017 at Monaco. Shine.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 4, 2018Victor Moses sliced a rare opportunity wildly off target after Chelsea’s best move of the match in the 54th minute, but Courtois had to be alert to bat away a driven attempt from David Silva moments later.Conte introduced Olivier Giroud in place of Willian in the 78th minute, but they did not threaten until Marcos Alonso volleyed wide in stoppage time as City provided another example of why they are the Premier League’s leading side. Key Opta stats:- Manchester City will end the day 18 points clear at the top of the Premier League, the biggest lead ahead of second place since March 2006, when Chelsea were 18 points ahead of Manchester United.- Chelsea have lost four consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since January 2003, when they lost to Man Utd (twice), Leeds and Arsenal.- Pep Guardiola is only the second manager to complete a league double over Antonio Conte, after Delio Rossi (for Sampdoria in 2012-13).- The Blues had just seven shots against Man City in their two Premier League meetings this season, while facing 30 themselves. read morelast_img read more

  • ‘Brilliant’ White backed to exploit U.S. weaknesses

    first_imgEllen White has taken this World Cup by storm with her five great goals so far – and there’s nobody more pleased than former England and Arsenal Ladies team-mate Rachel Yankey.The Lionesses face U.S. women, who are reigning champions and favourites, on Tuesday night in Lyon and White will be hoping to add to a goal tally that sees her joint-top of the Golden Boot race in France.”Ells has been brilliant,” Yankey, who’s close friends with White, told Goal. “You always know she’s going to work hard but now she puts the goals in consistently, and she always looks a threat. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I think her movement has been fantastic, and she’s a worry up there. Ellen has brought something else to her game.”When I speak to her, she says, ‘I’m just really enjoying myself, Yanks!’ She’s in a happy place and you can see that when she’s playing – it’s really good to watch.”Yankey, who clocked up 129 international caps during her own England career, is thrilled to see the amount of interest in the Lionesses, which she considers long overdue – and thinks that stars like captain Steph Houghton and full-back Lucy Bronze are showing everyone just why fans of women’s football have been talking about them for so long.“It seems like everybody has their opinion on the England team, and other teams, and VAR, and everything,” she says. “It’s led people to talk about women’s football as they would any other game of football.Ellen White Phil Neville England womenOf course, England’s success so far has been vital in generating interest back at home in the tournament – having won five out of five games – and Yankey says they have the capability to shine tonight in Lyon.”There are so many players you could talk about, and still ones you feel like there’s something more to come from them – hopefully that will come tonight,” she said.She has been impressed by the performances of the youngsters enjoying the world stage for the first time, mentioning Keira Walsh, Beth Mead and Georgia Stanway in particular.”They’re embracing it,” she said. “They’ll go out there and they’ve got nothing to lose. They will learn so much.”After this World Cup is done, they need to bring it back to club form, and be playing at the same high level so that we can generate a fan base there and keep the momentum.”And as for the USWNT, Yankey says it will be a tough test, but believes their last 16 struggles against Spain proved they have weaknesses that can be exploited.Megan Rapinoe Alex Morgan U.S. women“The USA are a good side,” she added. “I don’t think they’ve performed as well as they could have in every game.”I definitely think they were very lucky against Spain. Spain rattled them physically, they didn’t give them any time to breathe, and if England can do the same thing, they have a better group of players than Spain do – and a different sort of mentality.“But you can’t take your eye off of them. At any moment they could just come back and win the game.”However, she also thinks it is a challenge to which Phil Neville’s side can rise – and secure themselves their first ever spot in a World Cup final.”Sometimes it’s easier to be the underdog – there’s no pressure on you, there’s no expectation, only the expectation that you put on yourself,” she said.”I think if England go into it playing the same way, the same sort of style that they played against Norway, I think they’ve got every chance of really causing the USA some problems.”England looked fresh against Norway [in the quarter-finals], I think they looked really good, and if they can play at the same high tempo with the same aggression without giving up the ball in dangerous areas, if they can eradicate those little mistakes, I think they can win this one.”Rachel Yankey Head & ShouldersRachel Yankey was with Head & Shoulders, Proud Sponsor of the England Football Team and the UK’s #1 shampoo, encouraging fans to get behind the Lionesses. Wear 3 lines in your hair and 3 lions on your shirt to show your support. #JoinThePridelast_img read more

  • Scorpio Tankers Secures Funding for 8 Newbuildings

    first_imgzoom NYSE-listed Scorpio Tankers has received commitments for a loan facility of up to USD 172 million from a group of financial institutions which will be used to finance up to 60% of the market value of eight MR product tankers under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea.The eight newbuilding tankers are scheduled for delivery throughout 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.The loan facility is composed of multiple tranches and the maturity date of each tranche is between six and twelve years from each drawdown date.Scorpio Tankers currently owns 77 product tankers with an average age of 2.2 years and time charters-in 16 product tankers.The company has contracted for 10 newbuilding product tankers, the eight MRs and two LR2 tankers.The two LR2s are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017.last_img read more

  • UP FIR against IAS officer for murdering wife

    first_imgLucknow: An FIR has been registered against an IAS officer posted as Director of the State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) for allegedly murdering his wife. “The FIR was registered under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information) against IAS Umesh Kumar Singh at Chinhat police station here in connection with his wife Anita Singh’s death,” a senior police official said. Anita (42) died of bullet injuries on September 1 at the officer’s residence located in the Chinhat area. The FIR was registered on a complaint lodged by the victim’s cousin Rajiv Kumar Singh, who alleged that the IAS officer had relations with other women due to which his sister was not happy and Umesh used to beat her.last_img read more

  • Senior UN peacekeeping official to visit China

    16 November 2009The United Nations peacekeeping chief is slated to pay an official visit to China this week to attend a meeting on the Organization’s operations tasked with restoring stability and democracy in conflict-ravaged countries. Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy will be accompanied by the Secretary-General’s top military adviser General Obiakor and Assistant-Secretary-General Anthony Banbury.In addition to participating in the UN peacekeeping symposium in Beijing, Mr. Le Roy plans to meet with members of the Chinese Defense Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry to discuss the vast Asian nation’s contribution to the world body’s peacekeeping efforts.Meanwhile, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Susana Malcorra is in Sudan this week to attend the latest round of tripartite talks with the Sudanese Government and the African Union (AU).Among the issues Ms. Malcorra is expected to discuss is the deployment of troops, personnel and equipment to the joint UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).UNAMID was established by the Security Council in 2007 to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and their allied Janjaweed militiamen. read more

  • UN officials warn of threat to aid as fighting steps up in

    At least 900 families have fled Marja and Nad Ali districts of Helmand province for the nearby city of Lashkar Gah since Operation Mushtarak, a joint offensive by NATO and Afghan forces, began on Friday, according to a statement issued yesterday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).UNAMA and OCHA said UN aid agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the area around Lashkar Gah have been mobilized to help the displaced families, distributing 750 kits containing food supplies and other items and organizing emergency shelter. Another 6,000 kits are already in place if needed, as well as water and sanitation equipment.Robert Watkins, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, said OCHA is holding dialogue with the military to try to ensure that aid can still be delivered to those in need.“We are calling on combatants to respect the neutrality of the humanitarian community and humanitarian aid,” Mr. Watkins said. “The affected population must be assured of unobstructed access to basic services.”Mr. Watkins said it was critical that “robust measures” are undertaken by the combatants to avoid civilian casualties.“I would like to take this opportunity to call on all parties not to involve or use the civilian population, humanitarian actors, or humanitarian aid for any military purposes.” 15 February 2010United Nations officials in Afghanistan have called on combatants to the current fighting between Afghan and NATO forces and Taliban militants in the south of the country to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers and to allow the provision of aid to civilians displaced by the conflict. read more

  • Safety of Rohingya children must be guaranteed before return to Myanmar –

    “Some 58 per cent of the refugees are children, many of whom are still traumatized by their experiences of violence,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth on Wednesday, speaking from the Kutapalong refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. “It is critical that their rights and needs in terms of protection and aid are front and centre in any agreement to return families to Myanmar. Return of refugees to Myanmar must be voluntary, safe and dignified,” he added.The vast Kutupalong camp shelters many of the 688,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border from Myanmar’s Rakhine State following an outbreak of violence there in late August last year. More than half of the refugees are children. Until the safety and wellbeing of any child returning to Myanmar can be guaranteed, talk of repatriation is premature“In just the last few days we have heard reports of fires and shooting in villages across the border. Until the safety and wellbeing of any child returning to Myanmar can be guaranteed, talk of repatriation is premature,” he stressed, while praising the leadership of Bangladesh for supporting these desperate people and helping avoid “the worst potential consequences of this human calamity.”However, Mr. Forsyth pointed out that with the rainy season approaching, there were still huge challenges ahead.“Conditions in the camps here are undoubtedly harsh – the overcrowding, the shortages of clean water, sanitation, health care and education all carry a particular risk for children.”Working with partners, UNICEF has dug hundreds of water-bore wells, installed up to 16,000 toilets, helped immunize nearly a million children and adults against cholera, screened 335,000 children for malnutrition, and provided learning for nearly 80,000 children.Even so, waterborne and other diseases are a constant threat in the overcrowded camps, which need to be urgently decongested to ensure basic facilities reach all inhabitants. Currently, up to 100 people must use a single latrine and water supplies often run short.More must also be done to protect vulnerable children from traffickers and other dangers and to provide psychosocial care to those who are still traumatized by the experiences that drove them from their homes. Learning and recreational spaces for children have been expanded rapidly, but still fall well short of the needs. Nearly 220,000 children are currently deprived of an education.“The longer these children remain without the chance to learn, the greater the risk that they will miss out on the chance to build a future for themselves and their families,” Mr. Forsyth warned. read more

  • Mens Basketball Ohio State lands 2019 fivestar forward Alonzo Gaffney

    Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann just made the biggest recruiting splash at Ohio State since 2014. And he’s been the head coach for less than a year.Five-star power forward Alonzo Gaffney announced his commitment to Holtmann and the Buckeyes on Twitter Tuesday, becoming the highest-ranked recruit Ohio State has landed since current Brooklyn Nets guard D’Angelo Russell committed in the 2014 class.There’s no place like Home…♥️— (@alonzo_gaffney) April 10, 2018Gaffney, a 6-foot-9, 190-pound power forward, is currently listed as the No. 18 recruit in the 2019 recruiting class, third best at his position and top recruit in the state of Ohio, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The last five-star recruit Ohio State landed was Russell, who was the No. 16 recruit in the 2014 class. Ohio State has not brought in a five-star recruit from the state of Ohio since Jared Sullinger in the 2010 class.Landing Gaffney is a major win for a coach who has made recruiting his priority since becoming Ohio State’s head coach in June. During his introductory press conference, Holtmann stressed the importance of bringing in a majority of the top prospects in the state of Ohio, saying he wanted to “close the borders and dominate the state.”Last year, Ohio State brought in both the top two Ohio recruits in center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young. Wesson committed during previous coach Thad Matta’s tenure. Young decommitted from Butler and went to Ohio State soon after Holtmann was hired. By putting together a surprising, turnaround campaign for Ohio State that resulted in a 25-9 overall record, the best record since the 2012-13 season, Holtmann made a strong case that he would be turning around the school’s men’s basketball program. Along the way, it became easy for the coach to sell his vision to incoming recruits, hosting players like Gaffney during home games to show what the team has accomplished under Holtmann.In adding Gaffney, Holtmann is also starting to shape up what could be a strong 2019 roster. C.J. Walker, the former starting point guard at Florida State, announced Monday he will transfer to Ohio State and will be able to play his first season in scarlet and gray in the 2019-20 season. Holtmann should expect to still have both Young and Wesson, along with members of the current year’s recruiting class in four-stars Luther Muhammad and Jaedon LeDee and three-stars Duane Washington and Justin Ahrens. read more

  • EYEWITNESS Straight talk…

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Boning up…October 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: The free marketFebruary 18, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: New developments…December 21, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …and politiciansWell, it’s certainly past time! Time for some group with clout to sit down this government and explain the facts of (economic) life for a country. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) decided to call in all the political parties for a palaver on what the politics of unilateralism is doing to the economic prospects of our country. The perspective goes beyond the specific poor decisions made in so many areas – such as dropping tax reform like a hot potato – but involves the context of business decisions. Of which, this government is clueless!!The economists would like us to believe businessmen or entrepreneurs make their decisions to invest or not invest, or pull their funds from the market, etc…based on “rational choice”. That is, at every intersection of the variables in their business environment, they examine the pros and cons of the available choices and then make a “rational” choice. Sounds good, doesn’t it? For what it’s worth, the rational choice model was extended by the economists into every aspect of our lives. Looking at the supermarket shelf, are we going to buy the Heinz, Hunt’s or Del Monte Ketchup?But your Eyewitness figures you’ve spotted the flaw in the argument – which has pulled the rug out from under the economists influencing governmental policy. You didn’t choose the Hunt’s because of that comparison of qualities, did you? You went with your GUT feeling. The decision was more emotional than rational. The irrelevance of the “Rational choice” model becomes even clearer when we think about how we make our POLITICAL decisions. Did we really compare and contrast the PPP and the PNC according to some set of factors? Naaah!! You know we didn’t! Gut feeling, Budday!And we return to the point about the PSC’s timely call to get the Government to stop with the schupidness it’s on. It’s been known from the days of Walter Raleigh that Guyana’s chock-full of resources. Rational choice theory would’ve predicted that businesses with capital and knowhow would’ve sat down and done their comparisons, etc…and invested! Some did, of course, but not nearly enough.Why? They were scared away by their gut feeling about a country ruled by arbitrary despots like Burnham. This loss of confidence can happen even in developed countries – like the Great Depression, which Keynes said, was caused by “animal spirits” – his name for gut feeling.Right now, the animal spirits pervading businesses in Guyana are driven by the feeling these yahoos in Government don’t know their ass from their elbow when it comes to investment.The ongoing vendetta on old privatisation deals is a perfect example.Why are PNC privatisations like Demerara Timbers, National Paints…getting free passes?…and oil negotiationsLumumba really made mincemeat out of Trotman when the Natural Resource Committee examined the bonus the latter had claimed he “negotiated” with Exxon, didn’t he? We discovered sooo many things. Trotman let on as to how the US$18 million figure for the bonus was arrived at by some other department (most likely Foreign Affairs) because that’d be around the amount they’d need to handle Venezuela’s border controversy at the ICJ.Can you imagine NEGOTIATING for a bonus and not even connecting it to the amount of oil under the ground? Here we are, a certified shithole country that’s salivating for an injection of funds up front and we ASK for a measly US$18 million when we have 3.5 BILLION bbls?? It gets even scarier when we consider Trotman was the man who’d proposed early in the day that Exxon could extend funds to us up front against future revenues.Your Eyewitness won’t even mention Trotman’s admission that there’s no “paper trail” on the bonus. It was all “verbal”!!…on CCJPM Freundel Stuart on his intention to have Barbados withdraw from the CCJ: “I’m not going to have Barbados disrespected by any politicians wearing robes. It is not going to happen.”Imagine the uproar if Jagdeo had said the same!! read more

  • Concor Opencast Mining completes 13year project for Impala Platinum

    first_imgOne of the longest-running opencast mining contracts in recent Concor Opencast Mining history has now been completed. The Impala open-pit project, located on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex near Rustenburg, South Africa, was awarded in 2002 by Impala Platinum and mining commenced in the vicinity of Impala # 6 shaft, with the Concor team tackling the Merenksy orebody first. In 2005 the team began mining the UG2 orebody.The two Merensky faces were relatively small scale, while the UG2 was present on a much larger scale, with seven faces mined. These reefs ranged over a 9 km area and were mined to a depth of 35 m. Below, the Impala Platinum underground operation mined ore from its shaft systems. The open-pit contract included crushing the material to <300 mm and its delivery to the mine’s stockpile, as well as rehabilitation of mined areas.Since 2002 the contact was renewed on an annual basis until all surface resources were depleted. Between November 2009 and December 2013 Concor mined 49,340,574 bank m3 of blasted overburden, 6,576,454 bank m3 of topsoil and 8,871,767 t of reef.“This project was tightly controlled throughout its duration to mitigate the associated challenges,” Roger Hearne, Acting General Manager of Concor Opencast Mining, says. “For example, mining took place in close proximity to both mine infrastructure and housing occupied by members of the local community. Great care had to be taken not to impact these structures and we achieved this by keeping the vibration from blasting to a minimum. In addition, blasting was only carried out twice a week out of consideration for the local communities.“At all times we also had to be careful not to hole through to the mine’s underground workings. For this, we depended on existing surveys and worked closely with the mine surveyor to ensure that highwall positions were correct.”At the end of the project, the team had achieved more than 5 million fatality free hours — 1,196 LTI-free days, earning several Impala Platinum and Concor safety awards along the way. Weekly safety audits were carried out by Concor, while Impala Platinum undertook 40 day safety audits. Visible felt leadership (VFL) was also part of the safety environment, aimed at influencing and transforming behaviour.A total of 240 people worked on the project. Equipment comprised five bulk excavators for overburden removal; six smaller excavators for cleaning the orebody and extraction; five dozers for moving overburden and top soil; 25 trucks on site; three water carts and various ancillary support plant. A static jaw crusher serviced the southern pits during the project, while a mobile jaw crusher serviced the northern pits.Concor applied the strip mining method, with average advances of 30 m wide. The team was also responsible for drilling and blasting operations in all pits. The orebody was exposed, extracted and transported to a rail siding 5 km away, where it was crushed and then transported by rail to the plant for further processing. Haul road maintenance was critical to minimise wear and tear on vehicles and ensure safety.The company employed a local emerging sub-contracting company, which it mentored to successfully undertake the required top soil rehabilitation. Personnel were trained in production methodology, on how to achieve targets, on costing and on safety issues.last_img read more

  • Hospital group will review actions of all staff in care of Savita

    first_imgUpdated 11pmTHE WEST/NORTH West Hospital Group pledged to review the actions of all staff members involved in the care of Savita Halappanavar who died while a patient at University Hospital Galway.A special board meeting of the group took place last night and decided that now all three reports on her death have been completed, the group’s disciplinary process will be applied.The process will include the opportunity for all staff to explain their actions and decisions taken during the care of Savita Halappanavar with the group adding that it will refer individuals to the Irish Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Board if deemed appropriate.Group chief executive Bill Maher said however that he believes that, “in many instances there will be no case to answer.”“The HSE and HIQA reports have already been referred to these two regulatory bodies,” he said. ” We are cooperating fully with this process, which has already advanced to preliminary hearings in some instances.”A HIQA report published last week into Savita Halappanavar’s death last year found a litany of failures during her care with 13 “missed opportunities” in her treatment that could have saved her life.Implementing HIQA recommendationsIn a statement following last night’s meeting, the hospital group said that recommendations made in the HIQA report will be implemented across all of their seven member hospitals. Openness will be a key part of the process they say:We will now also implement the HIQA recommendations and the board asked that they be given a detailed update on progress at each board meeting. They also asked for an external review after 12 months of the implementation of the recommendations and, in the interests of full transparency, to make available the report from this audit at a public board meeting.The group said that many of the recommendations would have “resource implications” which needed to be calculated ahead of discussions with the HSE and the Department of Health.The group has also promised to conduct a review of its governance structures as a result of the report and will engage with HIQA on this matter.Maher also reiterated an apology to Pravenn Halappanavar and his family for the events that led to the death of Savita.“No member of staff came to work during Mrs Halappanavar’s care or any other day to do harm. However, the death of Mrs Halappanavar had a devastating effect not just on her husband, family and friends but also on many people working at UHG, ” he said.First published 3pmRead: HSE promises to be “very public” in its progress on Savita report >Read: ‘An appalling indictment of State failure’: Consultant calls for more maternity staff >last_img read more

  • SFR change de patron dès cet été

    first_imgSFR change de patron dès cet étéLa direction de Vivendi a annoncé la nomination de Michel Combes au poste de président directeur général de SFR. L’ancien patron de Vodafone remplacera Frank Esser, parti le 26 mars dernier.Changement de PDG pour Vivendi, la maison mère de SFR. Le groupe de télécoms a choisi Michel Combes, ancien directeur général du groupe de télécommunication britannique Vodafone pour remplacer Frank Esser, mis sur la touche le 26 mars dernier. Il prendra ses fonctions dès le 1er août prochain.À lire aussiLe Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini sera proposé chez SFR et Bouygues TelecomMichel Combes aura la lourde tâche de renouer l’entreprise avec la croissance. En deux mois, SFR avait accusé la perte nette de 200.000 clients mobiles. C’est l’occasion pour l’opérateur au carré rouge d’établir une nouvelle stratégie face à la rude concurrence de Free, entré en janvier dernier sur le marché de la télécommunication.”L’expérience de dirigeant international et sa connaissance du secteur des Télécoms seront très précieuses pour conduire l’entreprise dans les défis qui l’attendent, estime Jean-Bernard Lévy, Président du Directoire de Vivendi au sujet de Michel Combes. Nous avons toute confiance dans sa capacité de mobiliser les équipes de SFR et de construire avec elles un projet couronné de succès.”En attendant l’arrivé de Michel Combes à la tête de SFR, Jean-Bernard Lévy continue à assurer la présidence de SFR.Le 3 mai 2012 à 12:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Kevin Pietersen says Eoin Morgan looked scared of Mitchell Starc

    first_imgKP doesn’t mind stirring the hornet’s nestReutersKevin Pietersen is known for creating controversies. As a player, there was never a dearth of stories about him and even after retirement, the former English Test cricketer hasn’t faded away from the scene. In his latest avatar as an analyst and commentator, KP has been in India working as an expert for the official broadcasters Star Sports.Interestingly, while he presents meaningful and insightful analysis on TV, on Twitter, the former England captain continues to try and provoke his followers. His standard tactic has been to make outlandish predictions about the success of England. These predictions, don’t seem to be serious and as expected, don’t come true. However, Pietersen has been serious about one thing – calling England the favourites in this tournament and backing them to lift the trophy. However, the results that have been produced by the Three Lions is starting to worry him and he expressed some deep concerns after the capitulation of the side against Sri Lanka.In a tweet issued on June 22, after England’s shock defeat to Sri Lanka, Pietersen had this to say on the social media platform: “Listen, @englandcricket, we’ve had our ups and downs. After putting all my eggs in your basket for this year’s CWC, I’m begging you to NOT F this tournament up. My Twitter feed has been chaotic since last night! SWING HARD! NO BLOCKING!”This is what concerned me yesterday. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was showing his stumps cos Starc attacks them. I may be wrong though?! Or I may be right?! Thoughts?— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) June 26, 2019TwitterBut when England started to struggle in their run chase against Australia, he put out an even more provocative tweet. KP suggested that the captain of England’s team – Eoin Morgan – looked scared while facing Mitchell Starc. “Oh no, Eoin Morgan looked scared! That is a horror sign!” the retired cricketer tweeted.He then put out a subsequent message elaborating his point. “The England captain stepping to square leg when Starc bowled his first delivery to him made me think England could have a little problem over the next week or so. I hope not, but I’ve not seen a captain show such a weakness for a while….”The South Africa-born former cricketer also shared a video clip to drive home his point. All this was brought to the notice of Morgan during the post-match press conference and he was asked for a reaction. The Engllish captain merely responded with “Really. Excellent.” When asked the question again, he continued to not get involved with it too much.Clearly, Pietersen is worried, and for good reason. He may face some backlash in England for putting down the England captain and his old disputes with the team may be mentioned as the motivation. But KP is not someone lacking cricketing intelligence. His analysis is usually quite good. Perhaps he has noticed something very important.last_img read more

  • Nortons Congressional Bill Ensures US Government Includes Black and WomenOwned Media in

    first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire CorrespondentBREAKING NEWS — Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) formally introduces a bill that she and others hope will help to stop federal agencies from overlooking Black-, other minority-, and women-owned businesses when establishing advertising contracts.The bill requires all federal agencies to include in their annual budget justifications for the amount spent on advertising contracts with Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs) and businesses owned by Blacks, women and other minorities in the previous fiscal year.The legislation, which is co-sponsored by California Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Wisconsin Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Moore, also requires that each agency provide projections of their spending for the upcoming fiscal year.“The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) applauds and salutes the outstanding leadership of Congresswoman Norton for introducing one of the most important Congressional bills to potentially benefit the Black Press of America,” said NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.“For too long, millions of annual federal advertising dollars have not been spent with Black-, other minority- and women-owned newspapers and media businesses,” Chavis said.Chavis also thanked Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) for co-sponsoring “this game-changing legislation.”“We further thank Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), and all the members of the CBC for their resolute support of the Black Press of America,” he said.Norton and Lee also sent letters to all 12 House appropriations subcommittees requesting that they direct each agency under their jurisdiction to include the pertinent information in their fiscal year 2021 budget justifications.An accompanying House fiscal year 2020 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill – the first fiscal year 2020 report released thus far and the second largest appropriations bill – further directs the agencies to include data in their fiscal year 2021 budget justifications.“As the largest advertiser in the United States, the federal government has an obligation to ensure fair access for minority and women-owned media companies,” said Norton, who earlier this month was ranked as the most effective House Democrat by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.Led by professors at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, the Center for Effective Lawmaking defines legislative effectiveness as the “proven ability to advance a member’s agenda items through the legislative process and into law.”It’s that reason that Norton and the nation’s Black-, other minority- and women-owned media companies are optimistic that her proposed legislation will aid their businesses, which have long played a vital role in local communities.“My bill would ensure that federal agencies are striving to reach minorities and women, who often get their news from outlets that serve more specific communities,” Norton said.Lee added that it’s important that federal agencies comply.She said that African American-, women-, and other minority-owned businesses should always have a seat at the table when it comes to government advertising and contracts.In 2016, Norton led members of Congress in requesting a GAO report on their advertising contracts.Released in July 2018, the GAO report showed that, in fiscal year 2017, only 16 percent of the federal government’s advertising contract obligations went to businesses owned by minorities and women.“In 2017, the GAO examined spending on advertising contracts with minority-owned businesses by five agencies – the Department of Defense, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of the Interior, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – and found that only five percent of the $4.3 billion available for advertising contracts went to minority businesses,” Norton said.“In light of these concerning figures, we, and several Members, sent a letter to the GAO in April 2016 requesting updated information on the amount of federal advertising dollars spent with SDBs and businesses owned by minorities and women,” she said.“The GAO’s findings make it clear that there is still much progress to be made,” Norton said.Further, she said the regular collection of information on federal advertising contracts with SDBs and businesses owned by women and minorities is essential to bridging the divide between current statistics and a more inclusive advertising landscape.“Collection would also promote transparency and encourage federal agencies to strive to reach minorities, who often receive their daily news from smaller media outlets that serve communities of color,” Norton said.“Collection of this information would also demonstrate that the promotion of equity in advertising, and in all areas of government, should be a continuous effort that is central to the mission of every agency,” she said.last_img read more

  • Water tanker hits aircraft at Kolkata Airport

    first_imgKolkata: More than 100 passengers were stranded at Kolkata Airport early on Thursday after a water tanker hit a Qatar Airways aircraft, which was preparing to take off for Doha.Around 2.30 am, when passengers were boarding the plane, a water tanker hit the belly of the Doha-bound flight, near the landing gear, an official of Airports Authority of India (AAI) said. According to airport sources, as soon as the pilot started moving the aircraft, out of nowhere a water tanker rammed near the aircraft’s landing gear. As a result, the plane got shaken. The passengers who were inside also panicked. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, the pilot informed the Air Traffic Control (ATC) about the development. Within a few minutes, ATC staff and other emergency services rushed to the landing area and saw the tanker rammed in to it. At first, the officials checked with the passengers. As it was found that no one was hurt, officials immediately arranged for their deboarding. Later, the aircraft was grounded for a thorough check-up. After checking the aircraft, engineers informed that it is not possible to fly it as the landing gear and some other parts had been damaged. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLater, it was decided that the passengers will be accommodated at a hotel in the city till another flight could be arranged. Spokesperson from the NSCBI Airport informed that the passengers will be accommodated in Thursday night’s flight. During the incident no flights at the airport were obstructed and operations remained normal. The Airports Authority of India, Kolkata officials have suspended the driver of the water tanker. A probe has been ordered by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on how a water tanker could get so close to an aircraft.last_img read more

  • JU fails to resolve admission debacle English Comparative Lit depts adamant on

    first_imgKolkata: The Executive Council (EC) at Jadavpur University (JU) on Monday failed to resolve the long-standing admission debacle, with the English and Comparative Literature departments still sticking to their stand of admitting students in undergraduate level only on the basis of marks scored in entrance test. The EC, which is the highest decision-making body of the varsity, reverted the matter back to the admission committee, asking for reconsideration. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe other Humanities departments, namely Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and History, are in favour of the equal weightage system of admission, where 50 percent weightage will be given to marks obtained in the admission test, with the other 50 percent to marks scored in higher secondary or equivalent examination. The two-member admission committee formed by the varsity had recommended admission following the equal weightage system. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that in 2018, there were allegations of improper evaluation of answer scripts of History and the varsity had to conduct re-evaluation with external academicians. It was found that there was a significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second evaluation. The first evaluation was conducted by professors of the varsity’s History department while the second one was done by external experts. As a result, there were multiple changes in the revised selection list for History. A total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated. The merit list for admission was prepared on the basis of 50 percent of marks in the board examination and 50 percent of the marks scored in the admission test.last_img read more

  • A lesbian Queer Eye is in the making and this is how

    first_img‘To elevate themselves by learning to be self-sufficient, confident, independent women who don’t feel the need to look like a supermodel every time they leave the house. Women need empowerment so much right now, and that needs to be reflected in this show,’ she said.‘It can be funny and still convey this crucial message. The gender equality movement is happening now, and getting more female-forward television is an integral part of that.’The crowdfundingThe logo for the show. | Photo: suppliedJohnson set up a crowdfunding campaign at where people can donate money to shoot the pilot and get incentives in return, including a personal advice from the team and associate producer credits for the most generous.‘I wrote the first episode of what I feel is the right way to do this show, and with the people’s support, it can easily become a series. We just have to come together to make the difference,’ she said.She also organized a lesbian car wash in the LA area on Saturday 22 July, in the final week of the campaign.At the moment of writing, Butch Pal has raised nearly $10,000, but there are still $5,000 to go to hit their target.A crossover with Queer EyeThe fabulous Fab5 | Photo: IMDB/NetflixAsked about the possibility of a crossover with Queer Eye, Johnson was delighted.‘I would absolutely love to! I’m not trying to make people pick sides, and I really think the Fab5 would love what we’re doing,’ she said.‘Maybe we pick a heterosexual couple that needs a lot of help and the Fab5 gives the guy a makeover and we take the girl. Then, we’d ride off into the sunset, us in our Subarus and them in their Mazda Miatas.’Read more from Gay Star News:I messaged girls on dating apps using only The L Word quotes and it was weird Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Butch Pal for the Straight Gal will feature an all-female team of five. | Photo: supplied eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Queer Peers’ are chatting to young LGBTI peopleNo, bi people are not ‘appropriating gay culture’Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Just a few days away from Queer Eye’s four Emmy nominations, an all-female version of the beloved show might be in the making. Actor and writer Ally Johnson wants to make Butch Pal for the Straight Gal a reality through crowdfunding. She explained Gay Star News why representation matters.‘People have been talking for years about a female Queer Eye, but for some reason, it’s never really happened,’ she said.‘We had that sad little “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl” show back in 2005, but it never went anywhere and consisted of four men and one lesbian. The female queer community really doesn’t have much out there in the way of content, and that really needs to change. We can’t live on The L Word forever!’Butch Pal for the Straight Gal[embedded content]‘If you’re like us, you liked Queer Eye, but wondered where’s the female representation,’ Johnson said in the appeal for donation.‘We’re not just giving women more representation, we intend to broaden the scope on the queer community in general,’ she told Gay Star News.‘”Queer” means so much more than 5 cis gay men, and we intend to reflect that with Butch Pal. We want to represent as many gender and sexual identities as we can. We won’t be able to cover it all with five experts, but we plan to incorporate this vast community in as many ways as possible.’Meet the teamJohnson wants the audience to fall in love with an all-female team of experts in the same way they have with the Fab5.The Fish5 consists of Ally (fashion), Tegan (grooming), Leslie (cooking), Moana (culture & nightlife), and Sam (interior design).‘Each is unique in their own way and represents a different type of queer woman. Despite the title, these women are not all butch lesbians,’ Johnson explained.‘However, I will say tool belts and flannel are involved.’The show pokes fun at stereotypes‘Lesbians have a lot to teach straight women. How to rock a leather jacket, how to make vegan chili… kidding, sort of,’ Johnson said.‘Social media has made a lot of women a little too ‘image-obsessed,’ so we can teach those women to tone it down and rediscover their real selves. Others have no idea how to change a tire or even hang a picture in their house. We can definitely help in that department as well.’Johnson said the show pokes fun at stereotypes, but it also contains an important message for all women. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

  • UK Government admits its failing LGBTI people on healthcare

    first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The NHS is failing the UK’s LGBTI community and the government has now launched an enquiry to find out why.The Women and Equalities Committee will conduct the enquiry. It will look at provision of healthcare, discrimination issues, and how to improve access to health and social care.center_img ‘This is therefore a crucial time for us to look at how services can best be provided and improved for LGBTI patients.‘We want to hear from organisations, individuals, researchers and service providers about what can be done to make health and social services more effective for LGBTI people.’Committee will conduct wide-ranging enquiryAs part of its enquiry, the Committee will seek to understand and address LGBTI health inequalities. It will look at the areas of health where LGBTI people experience worse outcomes than the general population.The Committee also hopes to discover how to better meet the needs of LGBTI people in health and social care. It will examine what evidence shows that LGBTI people have particular needs as health and social care users.Additionally, it will examine how effectively health and social care providers take into account the needs of LGBTI people.The Committee will also consider the ageing population. It will look at the particular challenges older LGBTI people face in accessing social care, housing and end-of-life care.The Committee will also investigate discrimination against LGBTI people when they access health and social care.Underpinning all of this will be an assessment of how the new National Adviser for improving LGBTI healthcare should function.The Committee has invited written evidence from organisations and individuals. The deadline for comments is 5 October 2018.Guidance for giving evidence is available here.See alsoLGBTI’s in the US less likely to have jobs or health insurance – study A recent Government survey of 108,000 LGBTI people found that health outcomes are worse for them than the general population.Many reported difficulties accessing healthcare services and some had experienced inappropriate questioning and curiosity from healthcare staff.UK Pride: Enquiry will look into healthcare needs of the nation’s LGBTI communityGovernment survey finds LGBTI healthcare provision woefully lackingAt least 16% of survey respondents had a negative experience of accessing public health services because of their sexual orientation, and 38% because of their gender identity.72% of LGBTI people who had accessed or tried to access mental health services reported that it had not been easy. 51% said they had to wait too long, 27% were worried, anxious or embarrassed about going, and 16% said their GP was not supportive.21% of asexual people have had a negative experience of healthcare in the past year, as have 40% of trans people, with over a third saying that accessing sexual health services is ‘not easy’.Nearly half of bisexual people said they have never been out to anyone in a care setting, and 67% have never disclosed their sexuality to a healthcare professional.Nearly a quarter (23%) said that being out in a care setting has had a negative effect on their care.Maria Miller, who chairs the committee, said the healthcare needs of LGBTI people were clearly not being met effectively.‘…[S]ome report that they still face discrimination in health and social care, and there are inequalities in outcomes between LGBTI groups and the wider population’, she said.She welcomed the Government’s recently announced action plan and its commitment to improving how the NHS addresses LGBTI needs. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more