September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

As we near the NBA All-Star break, it’s time to update FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings. Here’s the short explanation: Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the upcoming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For a more detailed FAQ regarding these numbers, see our introductory rankings post.Some odds and ends from this week’s ratings:The Los Angeles Clippers dropped seven spots in the rankings, and it’s not hard to see why. Since last Monday, they’ve gone 0-4 with an abysmal -13.7 efficiency differential, including a league-worst defensive rating of 121.1. (Granted, they faced the teams that were ranked No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 in last week’s ratings, all on the road, but -13.7 is still disappointing for a team we’d ranked No. 2 overall a week ago.) Adding injury to insult, All-Star Blake Griffin is out indefinitely with an elbow infection, joining Glen Davis and sharpshooter J.J. Redick on the bench. The resulting lineup shuffling is expected to cost L.A. more than 3 points of power rating, even without considering their slide in play over the past week.On Friday night, the Atlanta Hawks won what was billed as a potential NBA Finals preview, beating the top-ranked Warriors 124-116. Yet in this week’s rankings, they Hawks have dropped three slots! What gives? Some of it was disappointing results offsetting that big win: Atlanta was outscored by 1.1 points per 100 possessions last week, including a 15-point loss to the New Orleans Pelicans (ranked No. 16 in last week’s ratings). But that had just a minor effect, considering Atlanta’s schedule difficulty otherwise. Instead, the biggest reason for the change is the allocation of more minutes to Kent Bazemore (who carries a very poor -4.4 RPM rating) after injuries to Thabo Sefolosha and DeMarre Carroll. Before Jan. 30, Bazemore was averaging just 11.8 minutes per game; ever since, he’s logging 29.4 MPG.No team’s rating improved more than the Portland Trail Blazers’ over the past week, and their ranking rose from No. 11 to No. 8. The team went 3-1 with a +6.0 point differential per 100 possessions since last Monday, with impressive wins over Phoenix and Houston. Portland was lifted by the return of Robin Lopez, who carries a +1.1 rating, from a broken hand. We’d projected him to record only 7.2 MPG last week, but he averaged 31.0 MPG instead, an uptick in playing time that alone is worth +0.6 of Portland’s 2.2-point rating improvement this week.Time to check in again on the playoff battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns. OKC seems to have righted the ship a bit by going 3-1 over the past week, increasing its playoff chances by 10.7 percentage points to 64.2 percent. The Thunder were aided in that department by Phoenix’s 1-3 record over the same span, which included a painful buzzer-beating loss to Sacramento. Despite still clinging to the No. 8 spot in the West, the Suns are suddenly staring at a 29.9 percent chance of making the playoffs according to our simulations — down a whopping 20.2 percentage points from a week ago.As big a nosedive as Phoenix’s playoff probability took, three teams in the East saw an even bigger shift to their postseason chances:After winning all three of their games — which included handing the Cleveland Cavaliers what’s now looking like an extremely rare loss — the Indiana Pacers tacked on 25.6 percentage points to their playoff probability, which is now 43.2 percent. With George Hill’s minute limit now lifted, the Pacers could be poised to build on their recent improved play.At the same time, Miami’s postseason probability, once so positive (it stood at 93 percent last week), took a turn for the worse this week. An 0-3 record with a -11.6 efficiency margin can do that, but the more troubling development might be the recent injury to center Hassan Whiteside. (No, I never expected to type those words, either.) Whiteside owns one of the highest short-term RPM ratings in the entire NBA, thanks in part to an impressive run over his last 18 games, in which he’s averaging a double-double. The expected downturn in Whiteside’s playing time knocked 0.9 points off of Miami’s rating this week. The good news, however, is that Miami still holds the 8th spot in the East and our simulations show a 62.1 percent chance that the Heat make the playoffs.The Detroit Pistons were 18-30 a week ago, but somehow had a 33.8 percent chance of making the playoffs in the East. Now, not so much: Their chances have dropped by 23.9 percentage points this week, despite arguably improved play (they went 2-2 with a +3.0 efficiency margin, although they did also lose by 11 to the Timberwolves at home). One problem is Indiana’s aforementioned improvement, but another might simply be more teams crowding the East playoff picture. With about 30 games left in the season, Charlotte and Brooklyn spent the week solidifying their positions above Detroit in the standings, while even Boston is now creeping up on the Pistons from below. The Celtics went 3-1 last week and raised their playoff probability by 12.1 percentage points (partly because of the ascension of Marcus Smart to their starting lineup). read more

September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Boston College had no clue as Villanova executed its fake punt play. Also confused, was the ESPN cameraman who nearly missed the play altogether. The play can be watched in the video below.The Wildcats quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead in Chestnut Hill, Mass. with a well-planned fake punt in the first quarter of the Saturday game.With Boston College looking for a punt play, Villanova’s wide receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman received the snap just a few yards off the line of scrimmage. He then placed the ball on the ground and mimed snapping it back to another teammate, who sprinted toward the home sideline. With the Eagles’ special teamers in pursuit of his teammate, Abdur-Rahman went the other way and ran nearly untouched for the 47-yard score.“Nobody knew he had the ball but now he has the end zone,” ESPN announcer Ryan Ruocco shouted.Despite being hoodwinked by that early fake punt play, Boston College would secure a 24-14 victory at the end of the game. read more

September 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Early in the second quarter of Thursday’s NFL game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens, Jacoby Jones of the Ravens dropped back to fair catch a punt, but was pummeled by teammate Brynden Trawick.Trawick slammed into Jones, sending both players crumbling to the ground. Trawick, a rookie, was hoping to block for Jones on the punt return,  but instead injured his knee.Jones limped slowly off the field and into the locker room. NBC’s Michelle Tafoya confirmed that Jones had suffered a knee sprain on the play.Check out the video of the play below: read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 46 NCAA secondary violations since May 30, 2011, and OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he thinks that’s “natural.”By Smith’s estimation, OSU fans should possibly expect about 40 violations most years, and that quantity doesn’t upset the Big Ten Conference.OSU released records last week that revealed the 46 secondary violations, which can be attributed to 21 of the university’s 36 varsity sports. Of the quantity and variety of violations that were made public last week, Smith told The Lantern, “For us, it’s natural.”“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said during a Tuesday interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”Big Ten associate commissioner for compliance, Chad Hawley, credited OSU’s self-reporting processes, adding that the conference is “not concerned with the quantity of violations” OSU committed.“Division I athletics is a highly regulated environment with a self-reporting requirement,” Hawley said in an email to The Lantern. “When it is clear that a violation has occurred, we expect our institutions to report the violation. Ohio State has a well-established practice of operating in this way.”Smith attributed OSU’s violation’s to the athletic department’s size, saying, “We’re large.”“When you do your benchmarking, you have to keep in mind that we have 36 sports,” Smith said. “You can compare us to Purdue, which has less sports. It’s different (at OSU). We have 350 employees. And we’re probably second only to Texas in that regard, and they only have 20 sports.” Teams involved with the NCAA violations included football, men’s basketball, field hockey, synchronized swimming, men’s and women’s track, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s golf, men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s gymnastics, mixed rifle, women’s rowing, men’s swimming and diving, wrestling and women’s ice hockey.Smith said multiple offenses by individual teams is a concern of his, especially if the violations committed are in relation to recruiting.“We worry … if we have one particular sport that violates recruiting rules,” Smith said. “That’s how we look at those. If you have a sport that recruits a large number of athletes, then you’re going to have more of those. If you have a smaller sport with 12 athletes, say women’s golf or men’s tennis or one of those – and they have a consistent number of recruiting violations, then we’ve got a problem.”Smith was cited for breaking NCAA recruiting policy despite his distaste for recruiting infractions in particular.Smith, along with two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, recorded a personal recruiting video for prospective football student-athlete Ezekiel Elliott. Smith and Griffin both missed Elliott’s unofficial visit while attending the OSU men’s basketball team’s Final Four appearance on March 31. Smith told The Lantern it was not the first time he had prepared video recruiting material, and does so when he is off campus.“I have done videos before for recruits when I am traveling and coaches are hosting the recruits on campus,” Smith said in a Friday email to The Lantern. “But never for a specific recruit mentioning her/his name, which is where I made the mistake in the video.”Griffin was not immediately available to respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.Elliott, a St. Louis, Mo., native has verbally committed to OSU, according to Rivals.com.OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg said Smith and Griffin created the video “in good faith.”“NCAA rules permit employees to meet with prospective student-athletes on campus during official or unofficial recruiting visits,” Wallenberg said in a Tuesday email to The Lantern. “In this instance, Gene Smith and Archie Griffin were heading out of town and could not meet with the prospective student-athlete. They in good faith believed that they could produce a video message for the prospective student-athlete to watch during his visit to campus. The video covered the materials that they normally share with prospective student-athletes during a campus visit.”All told, 11 OSU teams committed multiple violations.OSU football compiled the most violations with nine. Buckeyes football violations spanned across the coaching tenures of former coach Jim Tressel, former head coach and current defensive coordinator Luke Fickell and current head coach Urban Meyer.Six OSU teams – field hockey, wrestling, men’s swimming and diving, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s ice hockey – committed three violations. The men’s basketball, synchronized swimming, women’s lacrosse and women’s golf teams rounded out the list of teams with more than one offense.The OSU athletics communications staff also committed one NCAA secondary violation categorized as “institutional” violations, which involved the women’s basketball.There are several questions that are asked when violations arise, Smith said.“We look at those numbers in a lot of different ways,” Smith said. “Step one – why is that occurring? Step back and say, ‘Why is that happening?’”Smith said he also questions the intent of each violation.“All those (violations since May 30) were unintentional,” Smith said, “but then when you look at any pattern of behavior, then you look to ‘are we not doing what we’re supposed to be doing unintentionally? Do we have intent?’“The large numbers to me are very important, because it sends all kinds of messages, for me. Are coaches getting it? That type of thing.” read more

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Then-senior Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) avoids OSU defenders during a game Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSteps have been taken to scale what has for years seemed like an insurmountable mountain in college athletics — the debate over college athletes becoming school employees and getting paid — but don’t expect to see Urban Meyer offering his support any time soon.Although the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago district gave Northwestern University football players the right to formally establish a union on March 26 — thus considering them school employees — Ohio State’s football coach does not see eye-to-eye with the ruling.“I don’t feel that at all,” Meyer said Tuesday after OSU spring practice when asked if he saw student-athletes as employees. “What I do feel is that I’ve always been a pro-student (guy) … students should get more than what they get. But it gets so complicated.”The complications that come with the decision move across the college football landscape as a whole to the current members of the Northwestern football team, some who showed support for the unionization movement and who also dodged questions from the media after their first spring practice Tuesday, according to The Chicago Tribune.“I am focusing on football and football only right now,” Wildcat senior running back Treyvon Green told the Tribune, going on to say he didn’t have a comment on whether or not he feels the same way he did in January when players — including former quarterback Kain Colter, who is the face of the movement — signed on in support of the right to join a union.Meyer and the rest of the coaches in the Big Ten, however, won’t have to immediately worry about their players doing the same, as the ruling only applies to private institutions — Northwestern sits as the lone private school in the conference.Meyer, however, said he has not “immersed” himself in the situation and is unable to give a full and informed response. But when it comes to money, the coach did say potential student-athletes should be able to visit campus free of charge.“I think students, athletes, parents should come on visits and shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Meyer said. “They should get a stipend.”Anything beyond that? No way.“But to say they should go out and get their own shoe contracts and things … I start hearing that and I’m like, ‘Whoa. What could that do for this great sport?’” Meyer said. “And really, what would that do for college athletics as a whole?”OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Joseph Steinmetz joined Meyer as another OSU employee who wasn’t “really knowledgeable” on the happenings in Evanston, Ill., but he said he has concerns about its repercussions.“My concern, I think, is two-fold for situations like that. One is, it will affect the major sports and I hope it just doesn’t damage the ‘non-revenue’ sports that are extremely important, which are a majority of the athletes that we have,” Steinmetz said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday. “The other concern I always have when there is a shift in the economics, in this particular case, is, one of the things we’re really proud of at Ohio State is that our student-athletes do really well academically. They’re among the top in the country, not only in the Big Ten, but in the country. I really am concerned, again as the chief academic officer, about anything that would damage the ability for those students to do well, and for us to assist those students through athletics because a lot of their budget goes to the academic assistance of the students that are there.”Northwestern plans to start appealing the decision by the NLRB by April 9, and issued a statement about its opinion on regional director of the NLRB Peter Sung Ohr’s decision.“While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it,” the statement read. “Northwestern believes strongly that our student athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student athletes.”While Meyer, Steinmetz and Northwestern have reservations about players unionizing, one Ohio lawmaker — Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — supports Colter’s cause, and the two met on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where Brown offered up his support.“The right to fair treatment is why all workers, no matter the job or venue, should have the opportunity to unionize,” Brown said in a statement. “College athletes dedicate the same hours to their sport as full-time employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker. I offer whatever assistance I can to Mr. Colter and his colleagues to help athletes organize and ensure their rights are commensurate with their sacrifice and responsibilities.”The NLRB’s ruling is based off a link between the players’ time commitment athletically and academically, and is a move that is making waves across the country.“I don’t necessarily agree with football players being unionized,” OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after spring practice March 27. “We don’t necessarily see the money, but we are getting a lot of benefit out of our scholarships. It just kind of seems silly to want to be unionized.”While the country waits to see if Northwestern wins its appeal, the track beyond that is also unknown, because if the institution comes out on the wrong side of the decision, a trip to federal court is likely imminent.“That’s different,” OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said March 27 regarding the current and former Northwestern players’ push. “It’s neat that the players feel they’re doing the right thing … It’s going to change college football.”Either way, the move by Colter and company is sure to change the landscape of the sport — and college athletics as a whole. The NCAA mandates student-athletes are only allowed to practice 20 hours per week under supervision. That’s a rule Meyer supports, but recognizes success at this level goes beyond just that time.“It’s a great rule,” Meyer said. “Mandated means ‘with us.’ A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week. But he’s gotta do it on his own … If they’re watching an hour clock, if they’re punching out after 20 hours, you probably have a pretty average player there.”If a union is indeed in the cards, the players at Northwestern — and those other schools that choose to follow suit — would have the opportunities to push for wage increase, health care benefits and even a cut down on that time at work.“If that is best for the players, why not take a look at it and listen?” Johnson said.If the members of the union want to get more of a stipend, Bennett said that much would be beneficial due to the current state of the economy.“The cost of living’s going up and I don’t think that our stipend is going up,” Bennett said. “So obviously a little bit more money is nice, but I’m not really in the business of trying to force people to do that.” read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin Prosecutor Dave MacKay told the court Calvert and two accomplices broke into the 22-year-old player’s apartment in Bradford city centre.One kept watch outside while Calvert took £500 in cash and another robber picked up the PlayStation.Mr MacKay said that Mr Magrin arrived home and saw Calvert coming out of his door. Ken Green, mitigating, told the court Calvert had discovered the body of his mother who had committed suicide and described his head as all over the place at the time of the offence.Judge Rose told Calvert he had made a living out of crime and had been happy to use violence.He said: “When that happened, you used a screwdriver as a weapon to strike against him [Mr Magrin] to make your escape.”It’s extremely fortunate that serious injury was not caused to him, because a screwdriver can be a potent weapon and you were prepared to use it.” As Calvert ran off, the rugby player pulled off the burglar’s jacket and his phone fell to the ground.Calvert, of Bradford, was arrested four days later with a black eye. DNA linked him to the offence.Mr Magrin’s PlayStation was damaged and it cost £200 to repair his smashed-in door. Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin runs with the ballCredit:Thomas Pearson / Bradford Bulls As I was trying to restrain him he tried to fight back and and I got angry and started beating him up.Jon Magrin Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon MagrinCredit:Telegraph and Argus / SWNS.com Bradford Bulls rugby prop forward Jon Magrin (with ball) Speaking at the Bulls’ training ground after the sentencing, Mr Magrin said he was “pleased” with the punishment handed to Calvert.Recalling the incident last November, Mr Magrin said: “I got out of training, and as I was driving past my apartment to park up I saw my lights were on. I’d left them off, so obviously alarm bells were ringing.center_img The defendant then tried to run away. Using his day-to-day playing skills, Mr Magrin rugby-tackled him to the floor.Prosecutor Dave MacKay “I got out the car and saw one guy outside keeping watch. I ran straight in and saw the door had been kicked in.”One guy was inside the flat trying to steal my PlayStation. He saw me and bottled it, throwing the PlayStation at my head.”That disoriented me, and then the other one has tried to get away so I grabbed him. “At first I was just trying to restrain him, I wasn’t trying to beat him up or anything. I was probably being too nice.”I was waiting for the police to arrive as a few people in the street had called the police.”But initially they had called the police on me, because they thought I was assaulting him for no reason.”As I was trying to restrain him he tried to fight back and and I got angry and started beating him up.”The passersby were having a go at me and I was explaining what I was doing, he pulled out some sort of weapon like a screwdriver and went for me.”I let him go because my safety was more important that keeping him there but in the struggle I got his phone and jacket.” As I was driving past my apartment to park up I saw my lights were on. I’d left them off, so obviously alarm bells were ringing.Jon Magrin A burglar picked the wrong  target and was left with a black eye after breaking into the home of a burly professional rugby player.John Calvert, 23, tried to steal a PlayStation games console and cash belonging to Bradford Bulls star Jon Magrin.The 16-stone prop forward confronted Calvert as he tried to flee his property in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and rugby tackled the habitual criminal.Judge Jonathan Rose told Bradford Crown Court it was the defendant’s “misfortune” that his victim was a professional rugby league player. He jailed Calvert, a “three-strike” burglar, for three years.  The prop punched the defendant square in the face which knocked him to the ground and provoked a violent struggle.Mr Mackay told the court: “The defendant then tried to run away. Using his day-to-day playing skills, Mr Magrin rugby-tackled him to the floor.”The court heard Mr Magrin punched the defendant in the face again, but Calvert struck him in the head with a screwdriver – causing a small cut to his ear which forced Mr Magrin to let go. 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

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgfire 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. London Fire Brigade has 10 engines and more than 50 firefighters at the scene.Large plumes of smoke can be seen for miles across the city.The road is close to Oxford Street – the capital’s busiest shopping hub. We have 10 fire engines & 50 firefighters tackling this blaze on Great Portland Street #W1. We’ve received over forty 999 calls to it. More soon https://t.co/PKSIcOwBLN— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) February 17, 2018 Fire breaks out on Great Portland Street.Credit:PA Came out of Broadcasting House in London to see this fire down the road. The fire service have just arrived. pic.twitter.com/mHmrCe0Q32— Mike Holt (@MikeHolt12) February 17, 2018 More than 50 firefighters are tackling a blaze in London’s West End.The blaze broke out at a construction site on Great Portland Street in Fitzrovia shortly after midday this afternoon. Scotland Yard say a cordon is in place and the road has been closed in both directions.No injuries have yet been reported from the scene of the fire in London’s West End, Scotland Yard said.A spokesman said: “Police were called shortly before 12.50pm today to reports of a fire at a building site on Great Portland Street.”The emergency services are on the scene and there are no reported injuries at this time.”People have been asked to avoid the area. A column of acrid black smoke could be seen rising from the fire in pictures posted on social media, apparently visible from miles away against the blue afternoon skyline.Calls to the fire service had suggested that the fire had either broken out close to or in a building site, an LFB spokesman said.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Two deer on the Rum national nature reserve that died after becoming tangled together with rope in their antlers Rubbish washed up on Rum national nature reserve A campaign to reduce the amount of litter in Scotland’s waters has been stepped up after images of a stag with rope tangled in its antlers were released.Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has highlighted the dangers of marine rubbish to wildlife on land by publishing the photos, which were taken on the Rumnational nature reserve.The organisation revealed two deer had recently died on the island after they became tangled together with rope in their antlers.Lesley Watt, reserve manager on Rum for SNH, said: “Marine litter is a huge international problem.”But small actions can make a big difference and everyone has a part to play.” She added: “Along with many organisations, SNH recently joined the campaign to bin plastic straws – and we’re cutting down on disposable plastics by providing our staff with re-useable travel cups.”If you use your own bag for life when shopping, or take litter home after a day at the beach, you could help save an animal’s life.”One of the images released shows a stag with rope and a buoy in its antlers, although a spokesman for the body said this was not one of those found to have died. 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. Two deer on the Rum national nature reserve that died after becoming tangled together with rope in their antlersCredit:SNH Rubbish washed up on Rum national nature reserveCredit:SNH Some deer forage on seaweed at Rum and this may be how they come into contact with marine litter.While the island community works in partnership with SNH to remove as much rubbish as possible, regular clean-ups of remote and inaccessible areas can be challenging. The SNH post also tells of how staff on Rum once discovered a dead deer caught up in a piece of fishing rope which already had an old deer skull attached. Images released by the body were taken several months ago, according to an SNH spokesman, but have now been published to highlight the blight of marine litter on wildlife on Scottish soil. read more

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The lucky EuroMillions player who scooped a jackpot of almost £115 million in New Year’s Day draw has claimed their prize.Hundreds of people tweeted that they had dashed to double-check their numbers after it was announced that the winner had not come forward.A National Lottery spokesperson confirmed that the lucky winner still had claimed their money on Wednesday afternoon.It is not yet known who the winner is, and sometimes they choose to stay anonymous.The National Lottery said the player has become the fourth biggest winner in UK history by winning the entire £114,969,775.70 jackpot.A further 10 players have also pocketed £1 million each in the New Year’s Day draw.Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at The National Lottery, said: “What a start to 2019 for UK EuroMillions players.”All players are urged to check their tickets to see if they are a big winner and can turn 2019 into one long celebration.”The winning main EuroMillions numbers were 01, 08, 11, 25, 28 and the winning EuroMillions Lucky Star numbers were 04 and 06.The New Year’s Day win follows a series of high profile lottery prizes in recent years.In July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir became the biggest lottery winners in the UK – and across Europe – when they scooped more than £161 million. Adrian and Gillian Bayford, from Suffolk, took home more than £148 million in August 2012, while the biggest prize awarded in the country in 2018 was £121 million, handed to an anonymous winner in April.And last November, builder Andrew Clark, 51, from Boston, Lincolnshire, discovered he had won £76 million – six weeks after the draw.He said he stockpiled tickets in his van, only checking them every three months. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“Ellie was a talented, popular and much-loved member of our school community who will be dearly missed.”Our thoughts and condolences are with Ellie’s family at this devastating time.”We recognise that the coming days and months will be difficult for us all and we are determined to support each other with the help of our partner agencies.”Further details of this support will be shared directly with our pupils and parents.” Yesterday groups of Ellie’s friends, many of them in tears, gathered at the school, where they were offered counselling.Teaching staff at the school were also said to be deeply shocked and upset at the loss of such a popular pupil.A teacher, who was meeting pupils at the gates, confirmed mourners had been arriving to pay their respects. Friends of the teenager gathered to pay their respectsCredit:SWNS Police are continuing to question a teenage boy in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old A’level pupil, who was found dead at her home in a quiet Wiltshire town last week.Ellie Gould, a talented horsewoman, who represented her school at equestrian events, was pronounced dead after paramedics were called to her family home in Calne, Wiltshire on Friday afternoon.Police detained a 17-year-old boy, who is thought to be known to Ellie, a short time later in the town of Chippenham around 7 miles away.The cause and circumstances of her death have not been released, but police have sought to reassure the worried local community.The suspect was arrested on suspicion of murdering Ellie, who was a Year 12 pupil at Hardenhuish school and sixth form.A member of a local pony club since childhood, Ellie was a talented equestrian eventer, competing across the country. He said: “We’re looking after our pupils and students and teachers at this time.”  Ellie had recently began learning to drive and had been seen by neighbours having lessons with her father, Matthew, in the roads around Calne.Her parents, who run an interior design business locally, were being comforted by friends, family and the police.Forenics officers wearing white suits were also seen going in and out of the neat four bedroom property.A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said inquiries continued to ascertain the circumstances surrounding Ellie’s death.Superintendent Conway Duncan said: “Our thoughts remain with Ellie’s family, her friends and schoolmates.”Ellie’s family will continue to receive support from specially trained officers and we are aware that her fellow pupils are being encouraged to seek support being organised by Hardenhuish School.”We fully appreciate the level of shock, anxiety and upset in and around Calne and Chippenham and our officers are continuing to progress their inquiries as swiftly and diligently as possible.”I would like to take this opportunity to thank our communities in Calne for the support and patience they have shown our officers as they undertake their inquiries.” Police remained at the scene of Ellie Gould’s death Credit:PA In a statement, her school said: “The Hardenhuish community is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Ellie Gould. Police remained at the scene of Ellie Gould's death  Friends of the teenager gathered to pay their respects Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A Happy Acres, East Coast Demerara (ECD) woman, succumbed to her injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital, moments after she was taken there by public-spirited citizens.Dead: Cornelly Grimmond, called NellyCornelly Grimmond, 22, who was originally from New Amsterdam, Berbice, was reportedly struck down and left on the Happy Acres Public Road.According to reports, around 23:00h on Sunday, Grimmond, called Nelle of 6 Happy Acres, had just disembarked a minibus and was crossing the Public Road when a speeding car hit her and drove away without rendering assistance.It was public-spirited citizens who were passing in a car moments later who found the young woman panting for breath, Police said on Monday. Grimmond was taken to the hospital, but subsequently succumbed to her injuries.According to Police, there were signs of severe impact on her neck, legs and other parts of her body. Police reported too that they found pieces of broken mirror some 70 feet away from where the young woman was found.Police have not yet arrested anyone for the fatal accident, but investigations are being conducted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman dies in Essequibo accidentOctober 17, 2013In “Crime”Pensioner succumbs after son sets her bed alight on Christmas morning- PoliceDecember 28, 2017In “Crime”Better Hope woman fatally struck by car while crossing roadJuly 11, 2016In “Crime” read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The moment the MOAB bomb struck the IS cave and tunnel system (BBC)(BBC) – A US military strike with a weapon known as the “mother of all bombs”, or MOAB, killed 36 Islamic State (IS) group militants and destroyed their base, the Afghan defence ministry says.The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US in combat was dropped on IS tunnels in Nangarhar province.No civilians were affected by the explosion, the ministry said.The US military said the bomb was used purely on tactical grounds, “the right weapon against the right target”.A statement on the IS-supporting Amaq news agency denied there were any IS casualties in the bomb strike.Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah confirmed that the attack had been carried out in co-ordination with the government and that “great care had been taken to avoid civilian harm”.In a press briefing on Friday, Gen John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said: “We have US forces at the site and we see no evidence of civilian casualties nor have there been reports.”The Afghan defence ministry said the bomb struck a village area in the Momand valley where IS fighters were using a 300m-long network of caves.It said the 21,600lb (9,800kg) bomb also destroyed a large stash of weapons.Speaking at the White House: “Another successful job, we are very proud of our military” (BBC)Presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi told the BBC that IS commander Siddiq Yar was among those killed. Mr Murtazawi said the IS fighters in the tunnels had “come from Pakistan and were persecuting people in the local area”.The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb was dropped by plane in Achin district on Thursday evening local time, the Pentagon said.More than 9m (30 ft) in length, it was first tested in 2003 but had not been deployed in combat before.An Afghan soldier points to the area where the US dropped the bomb (EPA Image)Gen Nicholson said it was “the right time to use the GBU-43 tactically”.He added: “Let me be clear – we will not relent in our mission to destroy [IS in Afghanistan]… There will be no sanctuary for terrorists in Afghanistan.”Achin district governor Ismail Shinwary told the BBC that Afghan special forces, with the help of American air support, had begun anti-IS operations in the area 13 days ago.He said IS targets had been bombed regularly but “last night’s bombarding was very powerful… the biggest I have ever seen”.Nangarhar Provincial Governor Gulab Mangal said IS fighters had used the complex to “kill people and hold important meetings”.Massive blast area – Jonathan Marcus, BBC defence correspondentThe clue is in the ungainly name – the MOAB or GBU-43/B massive ordnance air blast is the US military’s most destructive conventional (that is non-nuclear) bomb.It is a huge weapon and is GPS-guided. It was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft – the US Special Forces variant of the Hercules transport. The weapon is carried on a special cradle inside the aircraft from which it is extracted by a parachute.Its principal effect is a massive blast over a huge area. It is a larger version of weapons used during the Vietnam War.The Trump administration’s policy towards Afghanistan remains under consideration but the use of this weapon sends a powerful signal that IS is top of the administration’s target list wherever its offshoots may be found.A member of an anti-IS group in the area who gave his name only as Mohammad told the BBC he was at a checkpoint 1km from the bomb strike.He said: “We were eating dinner when we heard a big explosion, [I] came out of my room and saw a mountain of fire… the area was full of light with the fire of the bomb.”He said all civilians had left the area since the start of the anti-IS operation.President Donald Trump called the strike “another successful job”.The BBC’s Jill McGivering says it remains unclear what President Trump’s Afghan strategy will be – he has talked in the past about the need for the US to get out of nation-building and may be keen to extricate himself from this long-running and expensive conflict.But, she says, he has also expressed determination to stop the spread of IS.Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai vehemently condemned the attack, saying on Twitter it was “not the war on terror but the inhuman and most brutal misuse of our country as testing ground for new and dangerous weapons”.Syria errorIS announced the establishment of its Khorasan branch – an old name for Afghanistan and surrounding areas – in January 2015. It was the first time that IS had officially spread outside the Arab world.It was the first major militant group to directly challenge the Afghan Taliban’s dominance over the local insurgency.Afghan forces have been targeting IS in Nangarhar for two weeks (EPA Image)However, experts say it has struggled to build a wide political base and the indigenous support it expected. It has steadily lost territory and fighters to US air strikes and an assault by Afghan forces on the ground.Estimates about IS’s numerical strength inside Afghanistan vary, ranging from several hundred to a few thousand fighters. US forces say their number has been cut in half since early 2016 due to military operations.The MOAB strike followed last week’s death of a US special forces soldier fighting IS in Nangarhar.The news also came hours after the Pentagon admitted an air strike in Syria mistakenly killed 18 rebels.It said a partnered force had mistakenly identified the target location as an IS position, but the strike on 11 April had killed rebels from the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are backed by Washington. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAfghanistan air strike: UN confirms 30 child deaths in April attackMay 7, 2018In “latest news”Afghanistan Islamic State Leader ‘killed in air strike’August 26, 2018In “latest news”Baghdad suicide bomb attack dead rises to 165 – whole families ‘wiped out’July 4, 2016In “Crime” read more

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A new smoke column billows from the lower part of the Fuego Volcano forcing rescue operations to be suspended and the evacuation of everyone in the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, today.ALOTENANGO, Guatemala (AFP) — Nearly 200 people are missing and at least 73 people were killed since Guatemala’s Fuego volcano began erupting over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.Seven communities in already devastated areas were evacuated as the volcano’s activity increased, with rescue operations halted.In the city of Escuintla, near the summit, panicked locals rushed to their cars to escape, causing chaotic traffic.An AFP photographer witnessed a large plume of ash rise into the sky, prompting an evacuation of everyone authorities could find before the police, the military and rescuers were stood down.And a total of 192 people remain missing since the weekend eruptions, disaster relief agency chief Sergio Cabanas told reporters.The search for bodies in mountain villages destroyed by the eruption was progressing slowly, officials said earlier, given the nature of the terrain and the way the volcano released large amounts of boiling mud, rock and ash down the mountain.“We will continue until we find the last victim, though we do not know how many there are. We will probe the area as many times as necessary,” Cabanas told AFP.However, the prospects of finding any more survivors was poor, he said.“If you are trapped in a pyroclastic flow, it’s hard to come out of it alive,” he said, adding that people who may have been caught in the flow may never be found.The latest of the 73 victims was a 42-year-old woman who died in hospital having lost both legs and an arm in the eruption.The previous toll was given as 72. Some 46 people were injured, around half of whom are in serious condition, it said.The 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano erupted early Sunday, spewing out towering plumes of ash and a hail of fiery rock fragments with scalding mud.Authorities said more than 1.7 million people had been affected by the disaster, including more than 3,000 ordered evacuated, many living in shelters in Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango since Sunday’s eruption.The speed of the eruption took locals by surprise, and could be explained by it producing pyroclastic flows, sudden emissions of gas and rock fragments, rather than lava, said volcanologist David Rothery of Britain’s Open University.President Jimmy Morales, who has declared three days of national mourning, has visited the disaster zone.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply saddened by the “tragic loss of life and the significant damage caused by the eruption,” and said the UN was ready to assist national rescue and relief efforts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuatemala volcano: Dozens die as Fuego volcano eruptsJune 4, 2018In “World”Guatemala volcano death toll up to 62, expected to riseJune 4, 2018In “World”Six dead, 31 missing after Colombia tourist boat sinksJune 26, 2017In “Regional” read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe lives of people in West Africa are being improved by responsible mining companies operating in the region. On April 27 we reported on the great achievements of Randgold Resources. Now SEMAFO (TSX: provides an update on its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and highlights Fondation SEMAFO’s important contributions to improve the quality of life in West Africa. “In the context of SEMAFO’s humanitarian mission, we are committed to make sustainable contributions to the communities in which we operate through ethical social, health, education and environmental policies and programs,” said Benoit La Salle, SEMAFO’s President and CEO. “We have always endeavoured to be a socially responsible corporate citizen and in line with our commitment, we intend to continue our important corporate philanthropy program in 2010 by donating 2% of SEMAFO’s net income, representing approximately $1 million to support Fondation SEMAFO. We remain dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which we operate.”During the past year, initiatives in its West African host countries included:Construction of five schoolsConstruction of a health centreEstablishment of two school lunch programs benefitting more than 600 childrenDonation of medical supplies, educational material, clothing, house wares, miscellaneous items (shipment of 2,600 boxes)Donation of agricultural equipment and irrigation systemsProvided the village of Bossey Bangou, Niger with access to electricityInstallation and repair of fresh water wellsProvided financial and moral support to flood victims in Burkina Faso and NigerProvided support and guidance in the establishment of shea butter soap manufacturing project.“We are very fortunate to have such a partner,” said Chantal Guerin, Fondation SEMAFO‘s General Director. “SEMAFO continues to play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to effect positive change in West Africa. I am proud to note that in 2010 as part of our commitment to sustainable development, we are working in close co-operation with government and community groups to initiate a sesame produce and processing project in Burkina Faso, a paprika produce project in Niger and a fish or fonio program in Guinea.”Fondation SEMAFO‘s 2010 objectives include:Construction of schoolsDonation of educational materialConstruction of latrines for schoolsContinue school lunch programOngoing shipment and distribution of donated itemsAssist the population to establish self-sufficient revenue-generating development initiatives.Fondation SEMAFO is a registered Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) charitable organization established in 2008. Fondation SEMAFO‘s funding is provided by corporate and individual donations and through partnerships with various organizations. The foundation’s independent Board of Directors reviews and determines participation based on the potential for viable sustainable development and prospective social and environmental benefits. Fondation SEMAFO is committed to work in concert with the people, communities and governments in accordance with economic, social and cultural guidelines respective to each individual country.last_img read more

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first_imgEurotire, an emerging global leader in the design and manufacture of OTR tyres for the mining industry, and Advantage PressurePro, leaders in TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) technology, have signed a definitive distribution agreement. With this, Eurotire becomes a distributor for PressurePro TPMS products for its Eurotire tyre customers and tyre services and support programs around the world. The application of TPMS technology to mining tyre applications provides a primary benefit of supporting improved overall mining vehicle safety. Furthermore, when properly integrated into a mine’s tyre maintenance program, the customer using the PressurePro TPMS can realise decreased tire maintenance costs, increased haul truck fuel efficiency, and fewer vehicle accidents and costly repairs, Eurotire reports. Vehicle operators can experience enhanced vehicle stability and braking and reduced fatigue as a direct result of improved tyre and vehicle maintenance practices.Distribution of the PressurePro TPMS is a natural extension of Eurotire’s focus on providing mining customers with the OTR tyre service and support tools they need to maximise tyre productivity. Reducing tyre costs through better tire monitoring with the PressurePro TPMS is an essential portion of a worldclass vehicle maintenance program. Eurotire’s EuroCare services and recently announced EuroTools tyre maintenance tools are also examples of Eurotire’s focus on providing the customer with essential service and support products.“We are excited to bring Eurotire’s expertise and global market reach to the PressurePro distribution network,” stated Phillip Zaroor, President and CEO of PressurePro. “We are always excited to partner with companies that maintain the same commitment to quality and value as we value and with over 50 years of experience providing the highest quality OTR tyres and service across numerous continents, Eurotire is well established as a standard for quality and durability in the mining industry. We look forward to working alongside Eurotire to bring added efficiencies to OTR fleets worldwide.”Eurotire’s management team has emphasised the value of PressurePro’s commitment to quality, professionalism and technical expertise. Randy Toelle, Global Field Services Manager, explained, “We are extremely pleased to be a part of the PressurePro distribution network and to have the ability to take the PressurePro high quality TPMS products to our emerging markets customers. For years the tyre manufacturers and equipment operators have been looking for a real-time solution to monitor air pressure on their equipment, with PressurePro a solution for the industry has arrived.”last_img read more

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first_imgIntierra Resource Intelligence has acquired Swedish-based Raw Materials Group (RMG). All RMG shareholders have taken an equity position in the expanded company and all RMG staff will stay on with the new entity. This unification with RMG, a pioneer in mining data compilation and analysis, creates one of the industry’s largest and most complete database groups and will deliver enhanced mission-critical data, reports, consultancy services and industry briefings.Since 1985 RMG has leveraged its extensive database, team of mineral economists and policy analysts to provide in-depth mining research and analysis to governments, international organisations and private sector clients worldwide.Intierra CEO, Peter Rossdeutscher said, “Bringing together the two leading suppliers of resource sector information affords clients an unrivalled blend of knowledge, advisory experience and analytical expertise. With the world’s most complete resource sector database at their core, our combined services and capabilities allow clients to better forecast and benchmark their business performance.”Magnus Ericsson, CEO and Co-founder of RMG, joins the Intierra Board of Directors and will continue to lead the expanded consulting division under the Raw Materials Group brand. Both database business units, Raw Materials Data and IntierraLive, will continue to operate as independent products. Ericsson will remain a Director of the RMG Board of Directors, along with RMG Chairman, Tom Niemi.Ericsson stated, “We are delighted that Intierra and RMG have joined forces. The new entity is a perfect combination of information, analytical skill and global reach that will provide mining companies, governments and other organisations with the critical information and tools they need to optimise their strategies and policies.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe cost curve forecast for Africa’s emerging iron ore sector has the potential to displace future production from higher cost operations elsewhere around the globe according to an Australian company looking to develop iron ore mines in the Congo. Speaking in Perth on the second day of the 2013 Paydirt Africa Down Under conference, Equatorial Resources’ Managing Director, John Welborn, said that while Africa historically was a land of risks and endeavour, it was set to become a force of the future in global traded iron ore. “It is now a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ for Africa’s iron ore exports,” he said.“Africa is the last great region in the world of undeveloped, large-scale, high grade iron ore deposits,” he said. “African iron ore projects in the pipeline have the potential to operate in the first quartile of the cash cost curve with costs well under $50/t. By 2020 Africa could host three out of the top seven lowest cost mines. The forecasts also demonstrate that these leading projects have the potential to displace future production from higher cost operators.“The factors tipping the scale in Africa’s supply favour are not only that Africa is the host to major iron deposits and has the ability to fit below or within the cost curve and be highly competitive, there is a strong political driver in the increasing willingness of African governments to support development and drive infrastructure development and the social and financial dividends of mining success.“Then there is the China reality. The China Iron & Steel Association has stated that within two years, China wants to import 50% of its iron ore consumption from Chinese owned mines elsewhere in the world.”“There is a reality that Africa’s time is coming in terms of iron ore.”The well cashed up Equatorial (A$52 million in cash) is developing two 100%-owned iron ore projects in the Republic of Congo – Badondo in the country’s northwest and which has the potential Welborn says to rival the Pilbara – and the planned 2 Mt/y low capital cost Mayoko-Moussondji project in the far southwest corner.“Our own aspirations aside, the Congo has favourable fiscal terms for miners as the mining sector is central to the Government’s Economic Diversification Program – including uncluttering the approvals process and providing incentives for foreign mining companies.”Mayoko-Moussondji has a JORC resource defined in February of 767 Mt at 32% Fe including a hematite resource of 102 Mt at 41% Fe. This initial hematite resource is expected, with low cost processing, to produce a clean premium grade fines product grading 64% Fe. The Company has set a $114 million capital cost to get into initial production building to a total expenditure of $230 million by the third year for a 2 Mt/y operation. “We believe we can be in production within 15 months of final investment decision,” Welborn said. “Our operating costs will be low – around US$41/t – and there is significant potential to expand the resource.” An upgraded resource estimate is expected before the end of this year.last_img read more

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first_imgREMA TIP TOP AG has acquired a significant interest in COBRA Group/DEPREUX, a specialist in the manufacture of conveyor belts and accessories for the mining and other sectors. “The acquisition brings new perspectives for cross-industry growth in the field of conveying equipment for both companies….the French company is characterised by its many years of experience in the manufacture of high-quality conveyorbelts.” COBRA is one of the largest companies in the world in the mining business. In addition to the company’s headquarters in Luxeuil de Bains, COBRA has production facilities in France, Poland and China.“Highly specialised belt constructs and rubber compounds, combined with a broad range of services, are differentiation factors in the field of conveying and are seen as being the main key for overall management of transport systems. Given the background of continually increasing demands on the efficiency of modern systems, comprehensive management of conveying equipment is more and more the value driver in manufacturing andmining as well as in preparation and processing.”“Due the ongoing global increase in demand for raw materials and energy, the conveyor belt market is also strongly growing. Particularly in regions with strong mining operations such as South America, Australia, Southeast Asia, China and India, the market demands a strong global full-range supplier with a tailored product portfolio and a broad spectrum of integrated operational services” notes Michael Labbé, Member of the Board atREMA TIP TOP.“The acquisition of COBRA/DEPREUX is an important step in the strategic alignment of our company towards becoming a full-range service provider” comments Patric Scheungraber, REMA TIP TOP Board Member. “Both companies will in the future cooperate closely and profit from the jointly existing service, application and product knowledge, but will continue to operate independently on the market with regards to their product and portfolio policies.”The statement said that thanks to this closer cooperation, both companies will in future be able to offer even stronger service capabilities combined with high-quality products. Customers will profit from an expanded and comprehensive single-source solutions portfolio. “For COBRA/DEPREUX, this is the right way to achieve stronger international expansion of our business. Moreover, REMA TIP TOP has a worldwide organisation and a global service network with an own presence – important for us. We will profit from this” observes Edgar Mansour, Managing Director and co-owner of COBRA/DEPREUX.last_img read more

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first_imgThe US federal government fiscal year 2016 saw the fewest number of mining deaths in recorded history. With more than 13,000 mines through the United States, only 24 fatalities occurred between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), deaths dropped 30% from the 2013 level. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Joseph Main, attributes the historic safe period to increased cooperation between MSHA and the mining community.“The safety and health of our nation’s mining workforce is paramount to SME, and we are pleased to see the industry’s progress toward achieving the goal of zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in the rate of injuries by 2020,” stated SME Executive Director David Kanagy. “Mine safety and education are extremely important, as evidenced by our creation of a Health and Safety Division, an increase in the number of technical sessions and symposia focused on worker safety, and SME’s endorsement of the National Mining Association’s CORESafety initiative.”Speaking at the annual Training Resources Applied to Mining conference, Main also praised the industry’s continued efforts to improve the air quality at mining operations, with average respirable dust levels for underground coal mines dropping to historic low levels of 0.64 milligrams of coal dust per cubic metre of air, down from 0.70 milligrams in 2015. To read the MSHA news release, visit www.msha.gov/newsmedia/press-releases/2016/10/11/mining-deaths-respirable-dust-samples-drop-historic-lows-fylast_img read more

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first_imgGoldphyre Resources has announced outstanding airlift development yields from the first test-production bores completed at its Lake Wells potash project. Goldphyre has expedited the test-pumping program, mobilising the test-pumping contractor to site immediately.Goldphyre’s Executive Chairman Matt Shackleton: “We’ve been able to demonstrate exceptional airlift development yields beyond our expectations, which are at the upper range for palaeochannel bores in the Eastern Goldfields. These bores are installed in the core, high-grade zone of the brine sulphate of potash resource, nearby the proposed evaporation pond site.“It is important to note that airlift yields are strongly indicative but also typically lower than production yields. Production yields will be measured as part of the pending test-pumping program, and in light of these outstanding results, we have made the decision to expedite that program. The test-pumping contractor crew will mobilise to Lake Wells immediately.“These airlift development yields again reinforce the quality of the Lake Wells Resource and its potential to support an SOP operation. Goldphyre has previously identified the size and grade of the brine aquifers, the project location puts it in a very advantageous logistical position and now with these airlift development yields, we have further confidence in the exceptional production flows that can be achieved.“The basal or lower aquifer is the primary target for development studies on the Lake Wells project. Pumping from this aquifer will be the main focus for potential production and facilitate the drainage, or downward leakage, of brines contained in the upper strata. Developing a bore field brine abstraction operation allows Goldphyre to avoid the more costly trenching method for brine recovery. Establishing a network of bores is significantly cheaper than developing trenches to produce the equivalent volume of brine. Production trenches being modelled by peer companies in Australia extend for between 100 and 250 km.To test for additional production potential, Goldphyre constructed a test production bore into the secondary target, the upper aquifer. The upper aquifer at site A yielded airlift development rates of 8 litre/s, and test pumping will identify the additional production potential of this secondary target.Airlift development is the process where, upon completion of the bore’s construction, air is injected down the bore to clear detritus, sediments and other material from the bore, until a clean brine flow is recorded. The rate at which water is lifted out of the bore during this process is an airlift yield, and is indicative, although usually lower, than the ensuing production yield measured during test-pumping.Test-pumping involves running the bores under an operational scenario, with production pumps installed in the bore to replicate operating production wells. Over the ensuing seven to 10 days, the bore is ‘stressed’ to understand how it performs at different flow rates.At the same time, the other production bores, and bores installed specifically for monitoring purposes, will be monitored for changes in water levels. In this way, Goldphyre’s hydrogeological team will be able to assess the impact of operating bores across the entire high-grade brine aquifer.In line with all of its previous exploration and development work on the Lake Wells project, management is firmly committed to ensuring that the most rigorous techniques and practices are applied to all test work. Adhering to a comprehensive test-pumping regime will allow the company to confidently release actual results of the test-pumping program without extrapolation or modelling of ‘potential’ yields.Located approximately 500 km northeast of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, the Lake Wells potash project is a palaeochannel brine hosted sulphate of potash project. The company has recently completed the construction of test production bores at two sites in the core high-grade zone of the Resource. Test pumping of these wells is due to commence in early November, and is scheduled to complete in 30 – 40 days.last_img read more