All newsletters Things That Caught My EyeHockey took a major ratings hitThe numbers are in, and the NHL’s bar on participating in Olympic hockey in Pyeongchang certainly made the sport more skippable for viewers this year. The U.S. men’s victory over Russia in Sochi pulled in 4.1 million viewers, but a game this year against Slovakia drew only a third of that. However, the U.S. women’s win over Canada, which began at 11 p.m. Eastern, pulled in 2.9 million viewers, an NBCSN late night record. [The New York Times]Canada had an awesome Olympic gamesDespite losses in hockey and curling, the 2018 Olympics were a banner year for the Canadian delegation, leaving the games with 29 medals, 11 of which are gold. That’s the best Olympics for Canada ever. [NPR]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?America had a terrible OlympicsThe Associated Press found the internal U.S. Olympic Committee document detailing expectations for the 2018 Olympics, and it’s a tough read. The USOC predicted a minimum of 25 medals, with a forecast of 37 medals and a high estimate of 59 medals. The underperformance here is huge: Team USA goes home with 23 medals, the fewest since 1998. [The Washington Post]Lots of ‘pewter medals’ thoughOne reason for that immense shortfall is that 35 American athletes had to settle for a “pewter” medal, as in they finished just to the left of the podium in fourth, fifth or sixth place. That’s got to sting. [The Los Angeles Times]Try out our super fun quiz, Which Winter Olympic Sport Is Best For You? I got ski jumping!This new rule could change baseballAs part of the constant attempts of the MLB to make the game interesting for new fans who are a little reluctant to devote four and a half hours on every game, the league announced it’ll reduce the number of mound visits in the first nine innings of a game to six, which could ramp up miscommunications. [ESPN]Bullish on BortlesBlake Bortles signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, earning up to $66.5 million after incentives. Bortles had a stirring postseason but threw 51 interceptions from 2014 to 2016. [ESPN]Big Number+80.68America fell in love with curling, again. This happens every four years. Ever since NBC broadcast 50 hours of curling in Nagano ’98, Americans have eaten up the sport, in many cases being consumed by it. Then they forget about it for the 206 weeks between olympic sessions. Curling is by far the largest Olympics bump of any winter sport, seeing its google search trend index jump a walloping 80.68 points in Olympic months compared to other months. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: neil:U.S. men win curling gold, beat Sweden 10-7!chris.herring:People stayed up to watch this at like 4!tchow:!!!!!Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetTiger nails duck We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe See more NBA predictions
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Damian Lillard60.5%–– 2015-1624.5%15.2%16.9%5.1% 2017-1821.512.316.04.9 Source: Second Spectrum Stephen Curry46.7–– Even in the area where the duos are most similar — long-range sniping — they are still markedly different because of the disparate ways the players come by their threes. Lillard and McCollum have almost exact inverse splits between the percentage of their 3-point makes that have been pull-ups vs. catch-and-shoots over the past four years, per Second Spectrum, while Curry and Thompson’s splits have not lined up quite as cleanly. ––36.1% Klay Thompson14.0–– 2018-1921.710.014.14.6 Average22.612.915.84.9 ––84.8 ––58.7 CJ McCollum40.7–– The Splash Brother pairs shoot their threes in different waysShare of made 3-pointers in the regular season that were pull-up vs. catch-and-shoot, 2015-16 to 2018-19 Portland’s guards handle the ball moreThe time of possession rates* for each pair of players, 2015-16 to 2018-19 This, of course, is the natural result of the contrasting job descriptions of these players, which flow from the differing roster constructions in Portland and Golden State.Thompson is a classic shooting guard like you might have seen in the early 2000s. He works almost exclusively off the ball, flying off pin-downs and flare screens, spotting up when Curry runs pick and rolls or making split-cuts when Draymond Green has the ball in the post. Curry, meanwhile, may be Golden State’s point guard, but he is more of a co-lead ball-handler, along with Green and Durant, because that structure allows the Warriors to better weaponize his shooting abilities.By contrast, Lillard is essentially the prototype of the modern-day attack guard who is at the controls of the offense at all times, while McCollum splits his time: working off the ball alongside Lillard, on the ball as a de facto backup point guard in certain lineups and off the ball again in bench-heavy units alongside Evan Turner or Curry’s brother Seth. By wading into the tracking data on NBA.com, we can see that in each of the past four seasons, the ball has been in Lillard’s hands for a greater share of his time on the floor than Curry and Thompson’s shares combined, and McCollum has had the ball in his hands nearly as often as Curry and usually more than twice as often as Thompson. The NBA’s splashiest backcourt outside Oakland resides in Portland. Trail Blazers stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have combined to make 1,645 threes over the past four seasons, more than any duo in the league besides Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.1The four-year period starts when McCollum was elevated to the starting lineup — after the offseason departures of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Nic Batum — and became the Robin to Lillard’s Batman. Steph and Klay are also the only backcourt in the league to average more collective points per game over that span of time than Dame and CJ.The Splash Brothers are still (somewhat obviously) the superior pairing. Curry and Thompson are widely considered two of the greatest shooters of all time, and they completely warp opposing defenses. Thompson is also far and away the best defender of the four players. But when the quartet squares off in the Western Conference finals, which begin Tuesday night, the Blazers won’t just be bringing an inferior version of the Splash Brothers to the table. The Splash Brothers Lite are mostly just different — and there are even a few things Dame and CJ do a bit better than Steph and Klay.For starters, Portland’s guards attack off the bounce far more often than their Northern California counterparts. Lillard averaged 13.3 drives per game this season, per Second Spectrum tracking data on NBA.com, and his 7.7 points per game on drives ranked 17th among the 353 NBA players who appeared in at least 40 games. McCollum, meanwhile, averaged 9.4 drives that created 6.3 points per game, a figure that tied for 28th among the same group of players. Each of the Blazers’ guards averaged more drive-points per game than the Warriors’ backcourt duo combined.2Curry’s 7.7 drives per game created 3.9 points per game, (73rd) while Thompson’s 4.4 drives created 2.1 points per game (132nd), which means they combined for only 6.0 points per game off the drive.This isn’t a new phenomenon, either. The Blazers’ guard duo has consistently been more aggressive in attacking the paint than the Warriors have been — both before and after Golden State acquired Kevin Durant prior to the 2016-17 season. 2016-1722.513.615.94.9 YearLillardMcCollumCurryThompson Despite the fact that these guard pairings have carried similar usage rates them over these past four years (30.7 percent and 26.7 percent for Lillard and McCollum; 31.1 percent and 25.4 percent for Curry and Thompson), the above figures show that they have come by that usage in vastly different ways. This is further driven home by the fact that Curry and Thompson have been assisted on their baskets far more often (52 percent and 82 percent) than have Lillard and McCollum (29.6 percent and 38.5 percent).These differences naturally stem from the high-end talent disparity between the two teams. Curry and Thompson have had the benefit of playing alongside Green and Andre Iguodala for the entirety of their run, and they’ve had Kevin Durant as an additional wingman for the past three years. Lillard and McCollum, meanwhile, have spent the majority of their time playing alongside Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, as well as one of big men Mason Plumlee, Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter. Those three are all nice players, and they have each proven incredibly valuable for Portland at different times, but none of them brings anywhere close to the brilliance of Durant or Green, none has the versatility of Iguodala, and none is the caliber of playmaker any of the aforementioned Golden State players are.The Warriors thinned out their bench in their series against Houston, but not to the point that Curry and Thompson had less help on their side than Lillard and McCollum do — and anyway, Portland is not Houston. The Blazers don’t have the ability to go small as often or as dangerously as the Rockets did when they put P.J. Tucker at center, which means that Andrew Bogut, Kevon Looney and even Jordan Bell can be on the floor more often. As good as Lillard is, the Blazers don’t have a singular player who has broken the game quite in the same way James Harden. And they don’t have the deep wellspring of wing shooters Houston has, either.What they do have is a star guard tandem and a deep group of players who have supported Dame and CJ on this run to the conference finals. That construction has generally not been enough for teams to beat the Warriors in the past. It may not be now, either. But the Splash Brothers Lite will try to make it work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Pull-upCatch-and-shoot * Calculated by dividing the number of minutes the ball was in a player’s hands by that player’s total minutes played during a given season.Source: Second Spectrum ––51.3
Wrestling Coach Tom Ryan announced redshirt junior Nick Heflin, redshirt senior C.J. Magrum, redshirt junior Ian Paddock and redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber as the 2012-2013 team captains on Thursday. “Our team members voted for captains and I am proud of who they chose and why they chose them,” Ryan said in a press release. “Logan, Cody, Ian and Nick are all very special men on and off the mat. We all look forward to them leading the Buckeyes in the 2012-13 season.” Helfin was a team captain during last season, finished second in the 174 pounds weight class at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, fifth at the 2012 NCAA championships and was named a 2012 All-American. His career record as a Buckeye is 51-19. Magrum is a 184-pounder and retaining his captain role for the third season in a row. He has a 67-39 career record and has qualified for the NCAA Championships three times. Last season, Magrum finished eighth at the Big Ten championshps but did not compete at the NCAA championships because of injuries. During the 2010-2011 season Paddock was a captain but was redshirted last year. While at OSU the 141-pounder has qualified for the NCAA Championships twice and complied a 42-24 career record. Stieber received the All-Big Ten, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and InterMat Freshman of the Year after winning 2011-2012 Big Ten and NCAA Championship at 133 pounds. He was a three-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week and holds a career record is 38-5. Also, Stieber competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials last spring. The Buckeyes wrestling team voted for their captains and will start the season Sunday at the UB Invitational in Buffalo, N.Y.
Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins (31) prepares to make a save during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team is heading into a two-game series against Niagara University on the heels of a split series with No. 20-ranked Minnesota Duluth.The Buckeyes (4-4-0, 0-0-0) are set to take on the Purple Eagles (1-4-1, 1-1-1) in the midst of a seven-game homestand, something OSU freshman goalie Matt Tomkins sees as being “huge” for the team at this point in the season.“We love playing here and kind of getting in the groove,” Tomkins said. “It’s been great so far that we’ve been on a little bit of a run, and it’s going to continue to pay off that we get to continue to play at home in front of our home crowd.”Tomkins added that the homestand is crucial to picking up some momentum as the team heads into Big Ten Conference play, which starts Nov. 29.“Obviously, winning four out of five (games) is huge,” he said. “Having this homestand gives us a great opportunity to continue this roll here moving forward, and it’s a very positive attitude in the locker room.”There is also the potential that junior forward Tanner Fritz, who sustained an upper-body injury in OSU’s 4-3 loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15, might be back in the lineup for the series. Coach Steve Rohlik said he’s been skating and that he’s “optimistic that we might see him in action this weekend.” Fritz’s return, though, can’t allow the team to become complacent.“Hopefully, our team doesn’t let down and think that since we have one of our best players back, they can drop their guard a little bit,” Rohlik said. “I think this is an opportunity, and I hope that having one of our better players back makes everybody better.”’Looking forward, Rohlik said the team will have to continue building momentum — in the series against Niagara and beyond — in order to get where it wants to be.“We’ve got build on what we did this weekend against Duluth. If we have any kind of letdown, we’re in for a rude awakening,” Rohlik said. “Our guys have to build on the momentum, they’ve got to build on their work ethic … if we do that, we’re going give ourselves the best chance to have success.”He added that the team’s competitiveness and consistency, two things it struggled with early this season, have improved greatly and will have to continue to do so.“We’re still a little up-and-down at times … but if you can get the compete and the consistency, I think you’re going to have a good hockey team,” Rohlik said.Junior forward Nick Oddo said “sticking to (their) systems” while also “tweaking the details,” has made the Buckeyes an overall better team.OSU has not faced Niagara since 2000, but Rohlik said the Buckeyes must come out ready to play or the outcome won’t be what they want.“If we don’t come out and play our best hockey, we’re in trouble,” he said.The Buckeyes and the Purple Eagles are slated to face off this weekend, with the puck set to drop at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 8:05 p.m. Saturday.
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (left) hits Connor Cook after he releases a pass during the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said that although he has not made a decision on whether to forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, he is “leaning towards staying” in school.“Right now I’m dead flat in the middle. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Shazier said Friday. “If I would say anything I would probably be leaning towards staying.”Shazier, a first team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, totaled 12 tackles in OSU’s 34-24 loss to Michigan State Dec. 7 in the Big Ten Championship Game. He led the conference in tackles during the regular season, tallying 122 total to go along with five and a half sacks.The No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) are set to play No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) in the Orange Bowl Jan. 3 after losing to the Spartans and missing out on a chance to play for the BCS National Championship. Shazier said that will not play a factor into his decision for next year.“This season’s really not playing much of a role in me coming back. It’s just the outcome of whether the coaches and everybody say that’s what’s best for me and my family, what’s best for us,” Shazier said. “I’m just going to look at the evaluations and whatever we just feel is the best decision … how much school I have left, what is the best circumstance. I’m just going to look at everything and how that plays out then make my decision.”A projected first-round pick by CBS Sports, Shazier has been a vital part to the OSU defense during his three years in Columbus. The chance of being selected that high, though, is also not on his mind.“To be honest I really don’t even know right now. I’m not even really focusing up on that I’m just focusing on the game,” Shazier said.
OSU coach Urban Meyer watches his team during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternOffense is what Urban Meyer is known for as a football coach.His spread system has helped him win two national championships, and win 83.7 percent of the games he’s been a head coach.But after watching Ohio State’s defense get torched in its final three games — two of them losses, to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, respectively — Meyer has said he is putting more of an emphasis on that side of the ball. He said the defense had to undergo an “overhaul” after last year — and so far, he likes what he’s seen after bringing in co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.“It’s going well,” Meyer said Tuesday on how Ash is working with fellow co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell after OSU’s sixth spring practice. “We’re completely revamping the entire back end of how we do our business, and so far it’s been pretty good.”The Buckeyes finished 112th in the country last year in defending the pass, giving up 268 yards per game. That group lost leaders like linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Christian Bryant to graduation or the NFL Draft, but Meyer likes what he’s seen from their replacements so far in spring ball — particularly junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill Shazier’s shoes.“He’s really, he’s without question one of our top five most improved players,” Meyer said of Perry. “Demeanor’s always been there, work ethic’s been there and the toughness element is something that’s really improved. Love of the game and he’s a wonderful guy to coach.”Offensively, however, OSU has the task of replacing four offensive linemen as well as stud tailback Carlos Hyde, who were all big parts of OSU rushing for 4,321 yards last season.One of the replacements on the offensive line has already been set according to Meyer, who said redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein has earned a starting spot. Elflein played admirably during the Michigan game last year, as well as the Big Ten Championship Game.As for running back, Meyer said Tuesday that between redshirt-senior Rod Smith, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-sophomores Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn, “no one’s really separated themselves yet.”Starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller hasn’t been taking snaps all spring because of a shoulder surgery Feb. 21, but he’s been taking mental repetitions with a camera on his hat and reviewing them with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman.Not getting the actual reps with Miller on the field is “frustrating,” Herman said Tuesday, while also noting that the team has to replace four starters on the offensive line.Herman isn’t worried too much about that, though.“It’d be a bigger concern if I didn’t believe the talent was there, and if I didn’t believe in (offensive line coach) Ed Warinner,” Herman said. “This group of O-linemen, whether we like to say it or not is much farther ahead than the group of our O-linemen our first spring.”Another player who has improved is sophomore running back Dontre Wilson, who Meyer said “is the starting H at Ohio State,” as he looks to fulfill that hybrid position the offense so desperately needs.“But we’d like that hybrid position is really a key guy if we can do that,” Meyer said.Herman echoed Meyer, saying the reason Wilson’s role was simple last year was because he wasn’t ready for anything more than that.“He couldn’t play receiver last year — he didn’t know what the hell he was doing,” Herman said of Wilson. “Didn’t know how to do it. He was 175 pounds or whatever the heck he was. So him and his ability limited us. And ability doesn’t just include running fast and making guys miss. There’s a lot that goes into and usability in the offense. Has had a great offseason and really took to the position and it still learning.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
She said they conducted the study because of the inconsistency across the country in the way forces treat officers with visible tattoos and to ensure policy reflects the views of the public.“It is clear from the findings that the vast majority of people do not have a problem with police officers having visible tattoos,” she said.“Having a design inked on your body, even if it is clearly visible, has no bearing on someone’s ability to carry out their duty to serve the public and as our survey found in some cases it can act as a great icebreaker and a way of breaking down barriers, particularly with young people.” It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serveVictoria Martin 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. This is despite the fact that many forces, including the largest, the Metropolitan Police, ban visible body art on duty. The Police Federation is calling for people who have visible tattoos, such as on the neck and face, still to be allowed to join the service.With only a third of British adults thought to have tattoos, the greater propensity among police officers is thought to be because many are recruited from the Armed Forces, where tattoos are popular. Many forces ban visible tattoosCredit:Alamy Laura Millward of Leicestershire PoliceCredit: Andrew Fox In the 102 years since the first policewomen took to the beat, much has changed in their outward appearance.Heavy ankle-length skirts have given way to more practical trousers and there is now little to distinguish their uniform from that of male colleagues.But one surprising area where female officers are setting themselves apart is in the field of body art, with a survey finding that more than half of policewomen now have tattoos. The Police Federation – which represents rank and file officers – found that 52 per cent of female officers had at least one tattoo, compared to 47 per cent of their male colleagues. There is no consistent tattoo policy across the countryCredit:Allan Milligan Not all members of the public are convinced that tattoos are in keeping with the professional image of the police.Almost a quarter of those who took part in the survey said they would not feel comfortable dealing with an officer with a tattoo on display. That rose to 37 per cent among the over-65s. But the overwhelming majority of the public questioned in the survey did not object to seeing police officers with body art.Sixty per cent said they supported the Police Federation’s call for the ban on visible tattoos to be lifted. National guidelines published in 2011 stated that the police service should consider candidates provided visible tattoos were not offensive. But in 2012, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, took a harder line, ordering all visible tattoos to be covered while on duty.In a strongly worded statement, he told his 31,000 officers: “All visible tattoos damage the professional image of the Metropolitan Police.”Victoria Martin, who led the Police Federation study, said: “It is not a huge surprise to find that so many officers, particularly women, have tattoos because this simply reflects modern society and the people they serve.”
However, the Official Solicitor, the official representing Pc Briggs’s interests, said it would take the decision to the Court of Appeal.Pc Briggs, 43, suffered a brain injury when Chelsea Rowe ploughed into his motorcycle in her Nissan Micra on July 3 2015 as he drove along the Birkenhead flyover on his way to work a night shift with Merseyside Police.Rowe, 26, was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence in July this year, after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Mrs Briggs welcomed Mr Justice Charles’s ruling and said the decision to contest it would only prolong her family’s agony. Speaking on Tuesday, she said: “Paul was such a selfless, kind and charitable person. He dedicated his career and his life to serving others. We know that he would have wanted us to pursue this case for him.”Doctors had told the court that Pc Briggs, who had previously served in the Gulf War with the Army, would benefit from being moved to a specialist rehabilitation centre and “a more socially stimulating environment”. However, the court ruled that, even in the best-case scenario, he would not regain the capacity to make complex decisions, would not improve physically and would need 24-hour care. A judge has said that doctors should be able to withdraw treatment from a Gulf War veteran who was left in a coma after a head-on collision, ruling that is what he would have wanted.Lindsey Briggs had asked judges to allow her policeman husband Paul to die, against the view of doctors at the Liverpool hospital where he is being treated who said it would be wrong to withdraw treatment as he is in a “minimally conscious state” but not a “permanent vegetative state”.On Tuesday Mr Justice Charles, sitting in the Court of Protection, agreed that, despite his “natural instinct of survival”, Pc Briggs would have wanted to die and that he should be moved to a hospice where he would stop receiving fluids and nutrition and would receive palliative care in his final few weeks.Mr Justice Charles ruled that Pc Briggs’s “best interests are best served by giving effect to what he would have been able to dictate by exercising his right to self determination rather than the very powerful counter arguments based on the preservation of his life”. 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. Doctors said Paul Briggs was not in a ‘permanent vegetative state’ from which there would be no hope of recoveryCredit:PA Paul Briggs suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle crash while serving with Merseyside PoliceCredit:PA
Ross Greenhill, the coastal operations area commander, said: “We always advise people to check the weather and tidal conditions before they set out so that they can either prepare accordingly or consider whether they should even be going out at all.”At sea, changes in tidal streams can make conditions worse, particularly if the wind and tide are against each other and tidal heights may hide underwater hazards.”It also emerged that some customers who had used Atlas Choice to book a hire car over Christmas were double-charged after the firm failed to pass payments onto suppliers. Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, added: “We are expecting gusts of around 80mph widespread within the amber warning area, up to 90mph in places.”We have had the good fortune to be able to issue the weather warnings ahead of Storm Barbara coming, with plenty of time hopefully for people to change their plans if they need to.”But the nature of the storm means it still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossings.”The UK Coastguard also issued its own safety warnings ahead of the weekend. There are also fears of delays on the road through a potential last-minute increase in motorists after Network Rail announced it is carrying out up to 200 improvement works, with some starting on Christmas Eve.Rail passengers will face disruption for up to 14 days, as stations including London Paddington, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Cannon Street are closed.Those in London, Manchester and Cardiff are expected to be the hardest hit by the works, which may cause delays as well as cancellations and diversions.Phil Hufton, Network Rail’s managing director for England and Wales, said the “vital investment” was being carried out to improve journeys and make the railway more reliable. Amber & Yellow weather warnings for #wind have been updated https://t.co/TmvTfmDfrK. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/rmTN2Dsgzl— Met Office (@metoffice) December 22, 2016 Highways England said it had completed or lifted 448 miles of roadworks ahead of the Christmas period, but 164 miles were still in place. It came as the Met Office extended its yellow weather warning for wind to include the South West and Wales on Thursday and Scotland on Boxing Day. An amber “be prepared” warning remained in place for the north of Scotland, where winds are expected to get up to 90mph.Rod Dennis, the RAC’s traffic watch spokesman, said the extreme weather would “make the going tough for anyone driving on Friday especially”. Motorists are set to face chaos as the Christmas getaway begins on Friday, with rail engineering works, strikes and extreme weather all expected to disrupt travel.More than 10 million people will make journeys between now and Sunday, with 3.5 million setting off on Friday, according to the RAC.Forecasters and road experts warned of potential restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries as heavy rain and gusts of wind “join forces”.Parts of the country also face potential structural damage and power outages as Storm Barbara – this year’s second named storm – sweeps in. It still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossingsGrahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office We are currently experiencing foggy conditions, which are expected to clear later this morning. (1/2)— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) December 22, 2016 He insisted more than 95 per cent of the network would remain unaffected and “will be open for business as usual”.”There’s never a good time to impact on journeys and I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience”, he added.Meanwhile, ongoing industrial action is expected to affect Southern and Gatwick Express services, with further planned strikes by ASLEF and RMT between Dec 31 and Jan 2.There will be roadworks on the M1, M5 near Droitwich and M6 near Crewe as improvement works are carried out. Others found their booking had been cancelled or was marked as not paid for, despite having paid. Atlas Choice could not be reached for comment. Storm Barbara has been named in line with the Met Office’s alphabetical policy for the strongest weather systems and is only the second name designated this season, which began on October 1, after Storm Angus.It came after festive travel plans faced being thrown into chaos after Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport all experienced a raft of hold-ups due to the weather on Thursday morning.All three airports were hit by delays as thick fog shrouded the capital. A spokesman for Heathrow said some early-morning flights had been been pushed back and knock-on delays could take place throughout the day, adding that there have yet to be any cancellations. 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.
However Coca-Cola Great Britain said the tour was in line with its “responsible marketing policy”.“We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do so,” said a spokesman.”The fact is, as government data shows, sugar intake from soft drinks by both children and teenagers continues to decline and consumption of full sugar soft drinks in general has fallen by 44 per cent since 2002.”We will continue to take actions to help people to reduce the sugar they consume from our range of drinks, but the evidence suggests the current focus on sugar and soft drinks alone will not address the problem.” In an open letter, experts including five public health directors and the current president of the Faculty of Public Health, Prof John Middleton, said they were “disappointed and concerned” that Coca-Cola used the holiday period to promote sugar.“Their drinks play a major role in the soaring obesity and type 2 diabetes figures which place a huge and growing strain on the NHS,” the letter said.Writing in the British Medical Journal, Mr Ireland added: “The truck is just the latest of Coca-Cola’s campaigns to become a holiday brand and, indeed, to help brand Santa Claus himself.“Should this form of advertising and marketing be banned, given the growing evidence of the effect that marketing of unhealthy food and drink has on children?“We believe it should and will continue to push for national action from organisations such as Public Health England to stop similar campaigns next Christmas.” Many people turned out over Christmas to have their picture taken with the Coca-Cola truck 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. Coca-Cola’s “Happy Holidays” truck tour should be banned next Christmas because it promotes unhealthy living to children, a group of 108 health experts have said.Over Christmas the lorry visited various locations in Britain offering free cans of fizzy drink, which contain nearly four teaspoons of sugar.But Robin Ireland, director of food charity Food Active, said Coca-Cola was trying to “hijack Christmas” and bring the gift of bad teeth and obesity to children. Show more Data released in November from the National Child Measurement Programme for England showed that nearly one in five 10 to 11-year-olds was obese in the last academic year, with more than one in three (34.2 per cent) now described as overweight or obese.In 2015-16, 19.8 per cent of Year 6 children were obese, meaning they had a body-mass index of 30 or above, a sharp rise on the 19.1 per cent the year before.Last week Public Health England also warned that most children had already eaten half of their daily sugar allowance before they even got to school. We do not provide drinks to under 12s unless their parent or guardian is present and happy for us to do soCoca-Cola spokesman
As the jury had been warned, some passages were harrowing.The phrases “Let me go” and “Please” were audible, and also “Don’t undress me, will you?” and “I want to see mummy”.At one point there was a blowing sound into the microphone and a child screaming: “Don’t” and “Mum, ah”. The tape ran on: Woman (Hindley): “Shut up” Child: “Please God help me, ah, please, oh.” Woman: “Come on.” Child: “Please, please – Oh (then faintly),”Help, oh, I cannot while you have got hold of my neck. Oh (followed by scream) – Help (followed by gurgling noise).” There were “screams and gurgles”. Woman: “Sit down and be quiet” Man (Brady): “Go on.” In 1966, a tape recording of Lesley Ann Downey’s terrified last moments was played to the all-male jury at Chester Assizes years after her callous murder.The Telegraph reported at the time: “For its 16 minutes, the people in the courtroom sat still and silent.”Sir Elwyn Jones QC, the Attorney General, who led the prosecution, said the voices of the man and woman were those of Brady and Hindley. The victims of moors murderer Ian Brady, who has died in hospital. (From left) John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey Edward Evans, 17, Pauline Reade, 16, and 12-year-old Keith Bennett, whose body was never found Credit:PA Ian Brady in police custody prior to a court appearance, when he was charged with the murder of 10 year-old Lesley Ann Downey on October 22 1965Credit:Popperfoto 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. Setting the scene, Sir Elwyn said there were “various noises, sounds of a door banging, crackling noises, heavy steps across the room, recording noise, followed by a blowing sound into the microphone, then footsteps.”Then…”there were the voices of a child and a woman, a child’s screams and cries and man’s voice. At one stage the girl said she was called Lesley Ann. The man said he wanted to take some photographs.”The Telegraph reported that the tape was played “at full volume, a loud scream echoing through the court after several minutes during which only the footsteps and soft voices in the background could be heard”. In her evidence, Hindley denied involvement in the murders of Lesley Ann, John Kilbride and Edward Evans, claiming that she left Lesley Ann alive after naked photographs were taken of her by Brady and another man.She told Sir Elwyn in cross-examination that she had put her hands over her ears to cover the noise of Edward’s death from Brady’s hatchet blows.Sir Elwyn: “This court has heard of another scream, more than one, in a room where you were?”Hindley: “Yes.” “The screams of a little girl of 10, of your sex, madam?””Yes.””Did you put your hands over your ears when you heard the screams of Lesley Ann Downey?””No.””Why not?””I wanted her to be quiet.””Or get the child out?””I should have done. I didn’t. I have no defence for that. No defence. It was indefensible.”It was cruel.” At another point, the woman said: “Hush, Hush, shut up or I will forget myself and hit you one. I will hit you one.”In another passage, Lesley Ann pleaded: “Can I tell you summat. I must tell you summat. Take your hands off me for a minute, please… Please, mum, please – I cannot tell you. I cannot breathe…Please God …Why? What are you going to do with me?” Man: “I want to take some photographs, that is all.” Child: “I want to see my mummy…Honest to God. I will swear on the Bible… I have got to go because I am going out with my Mama. Please, please help me, will you.” Man: “The longer it takes you to do this, the longer it takes you to get home.”At another point Brady said: “If you don’t keep that hand down, I will slit your neck.”As The Telegraph noted: “The court was still and quiet. Suddenly a child’s scream and a cry filled the room.”
“The greater the gap, the more it acts like a chimney. It is one line of the investigation.” Grenfell Tower Block FireCredit:Eyevine Grenfell Tower was fitted with combustible cladding and flammable insulation. The insulation was fitted between the original concrete pillars and the external aluminium cladding with a plastic flammable core used for rain protection.The source said: “The investigation is not just looking at the materials but the design of Grenfell Tower. The triangular shape created by the cladding has created a void and the flames have shot up the side. Grenfell Tower was built in 1974 and the concrete pillars that ran up its side are unusual. That may give some crumb of comfort to residents in other tower blocks that have also been clad.If the unusual design was central to the speed of the inferno, residents in other tower blocks may feel more reassured. Fire investigators believe the unusual design of Grenfell Tower created a chimney effect that led to the fire engulfing the building in minutes.A well-placed source has told The Telegraph that cladding placed over ‘triangular’ shaped concrete columns may have created a void which sucked up the flames. A total of ten columns run up the sides of the building with a further column at each corner. Investigators now believe that when those columns were fitted with cladding, they could have created an air gap that acted as a chimney.Videos of the blaze clearly show the flames spreading upwards far faster than they spread sideways. Investigators are looking at whether fire breaks were built in to the newly clad columns. Given the speed the fire spread up the side of the building that appears unlikely. 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.
She wrote a message of her own to Mr Sullivan, urging him to abandon his plan to cast hundreds more bottles adrift elsewhere around Britain, telling him: “Those bottles could be smashed before they land on our precious beach or stepped on.“I would ask you to think of another more environmentally friendly way of carrying on with your campaign. When visiting our beaches you should leave only footprints.” Helen Gill, who was strolling on the beach with her boyfriend last Saturday, was among those who feared that the bottles would be damaging to wildlife and add to the mountains of waste already polluting our oceans.Ms Gill told The Telegraph: “I went for a beach walk and we came across about 30 glass bottles with lids. They had lots of messages inside about finding love. It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?” Helen Gill: “It’s may be romantic, but what is it doing to the environment?”Credit:Facebook On the surface it seemed like a touching idea from a widower looking for love after the death of his beloved wife from cancer; cast hundreds of bottles out to sea, each containing a plea for a soul mate to come forward.But Craig Sullivan’s attempt to find romance led to an unexpected backlash over the prospect of dozens of the bottles washing up on Britain’s beaches.The 49-year-old a consumer technology designer had been inspired by the Police’s hit song Message in a Bottle, which pictured a lonely castaway’s search for company answered in similar fashion.His romantic gesture, which involved casting 2,000 bottles into the sea from various points around the British coastline, soon ran into trouble however, when walkers stumbled on dozens of them littering Rhossili Bay, near Swansea. Not that the messages he sent out to sea have been completely in vain. 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. Craig Sullivan, who was planning to cast 2,000 bottles out to sea around BritainCredit:Wales News Service Fears were also expressed after Mr Sullivan left a similar number of bottles, each containing his plea for love, near salmon breeding grounds in the River Cree in Scotland. Dozens of people used social media to urge Mr Sullivan to scrap his romantic project.“He might have thought it was a good idea but I don’t think he’s really thought it through,” said Ms Gill, 36, from Dunvant, Swansea.“There’s already so much rubbish in our seas and rivers and the last thing we need is more bottles dumped into them,”Mr Sullivan, who had planned on casting the bottles at sea while travelling round the country with his teenage daughter, has now abandoned the project in the face of objections from Ms Gill and others.”There has been a rather unpleasant backlash to my intentions, which were always not to achieve this sort of reaction,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “It’s been quite saddening but it won’t affect my optimism or plans – to find someone new.” One of the lonely heart bottles washed up on Rhossili BayCredit:Wales News Service Mr Sullivan has already been contacted by several women interested in striking up a friendship.”As it happens I’ve been contacted by a lady in Ireland and one from the west coast of Scotland and I’ve got a couple of dates arranged,” he said on Wednesday. “So some good has come out of it.”
Two police officers took a selfie of them sharing chips with a hungry suspected illegal immigrant they arrested on the side of the M1.PC Kieran Dempsey and PC Charlie Amodio, from Leicestershire Police, bought the food for the 35-year-old man after he was picked up walking on the hard shoulder of the motorway on Tuesday.The man was arrested under the Immigration Act but the officers dropped by a fast food outlet after he explained how he had not eaten for several days.One of the officers tweeted selfie pictures showing them in the front of their patrol car with the suspect sitting in the back seat tucking into a bag of chips.Writing on the @LeicsPoliceRPU page, the cops said: “Male found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK. Male found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK. He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine …… a bag of chips!! 👍🏻 🍟 pic.twitter.com/4VQMFwsTLN— Leicestershire Road Policing Unit (RPU) (@LeicsPoliceRPU) 19 June 2018 A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police confirmed officers had found the man on the M1.They said: “It was a report of a man sitting on the barrier of the M1 motorway. He wasn’t seen near a car so there were concerns as to why he was there.“Officers attended and following inquiries a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. He remains in custody.” “He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine… a bag of chips!”Many praised the officers’ actions. One Twitter user said: “Great stuff! The human side of policing is being shown here.”Facebook user Jonno T wrote: “Never felt so proud of British cops. What a gesture of human kindness. The US could learn a lot from this little country.” 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 Department for Culture, Media and Sport House of Commons select committee currently has an open inquiry into “production companies’ duty of care to participants, and ask whether enough support is offered both during and after filming, and whether there is a need for further regulatory oversight in this area”. New guidance issued by Ofcom last month said that participants in television and radio programmes should be warned to avoid social media, with broadcasters will be required to take due care over the “welfare, well-being and dignity of participants in programmes”.An Ofcom spokesman said: “People who take part in TV or radio programmes may find themselves the subject of intense social media debate, or even trolling. So it’s important that participants are given the right advice before a show is broadcast, to help them prepare for potential contact on social media.” Love Island, the reality tv showCredit:ITV 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. Steve Regan, a former entertainment commissioner for Channel 5, said: “To make it work better there almost needs to be an independent body in the middle of all of us who are making those assessments, because at the moment it’s all too connected.” The television industry must set up an independent regulator to determine whether members of the public are fit to appear on reality shows, executives have said. Senior figures in television called for more rigorous testing, carried out separately from programme-makers, in an attempt to safeguard potentially vulnerable contestants. The call comes after a committee of MPs launched an inquiry into reality television following the deaths of former Love Island stars and a guest on the Jeremy Kyle Show. Jonathan Stadlen, managing director of production company Knickerbockerglory, told BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show that decisions were too often “at the mercy of whatever assistant producer or producer is on duty that time to think, ‘does this person need help?'””So I think we need some independent body to try and help us to decide whether people have the capacity to be in it,” he said. “I don’t think that body should be paid by the production company, because at the moment we’re paying psychologists to test people but there’s a conflict of interest because the people paying them are the people doing that [making the shows].”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Allicock announces three more radio stations for Indigenous villagesAugust 24, 2016In “latest news”Skill training programme for Indigenous Youths to be launched in OctoberAugust 20, 2015In “Business”NTC to receive capacity building boost from Conservation InternationalAugust 28, 2016In “Local News” The Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice project in Guyana was officially launched Monday at the British High Commissioner residence in Bel Air.Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan engaging one of the representatives of the other partners of the projectMinister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock in his remarks said this project will see traditional knowledge being incorporated into biodiversity policy for poverty reduction and a lot of work will be done in the five protected areas of the Kaieteur National Park, Iwokarama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, Konashen District Community Owned Conservation Area, Shell Beach and the Kanuku Mountains.Minister Allicock pointed out that without proper and approved recorded documentation, traditional knowledge which is very significant to Indigenous people will be lost. He lamented the need for a national plan to preserve it which he is hopeful will result from this project.Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge (centre), Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sydney Allicock (second right) Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Greg Quinn flanked by representatives of other partners of the Darwin Initiative; Integrating Traditional Knowledge into National Policy and Practice projectThe Minister who himself is Indigenous noted that indigenous people have an important connection to land and biodiversity. Therefore, “we see it as an opportune time to come together to protect this knowledge and once and for all to have such a policy like the national action plan for traditional knowledge for Guyana.”He further stated that the knowledge gained from this project will be used to make decisions to protect the history, land forest, biodiversity culture and sustainable livelihood of the 215 indigenous communities.British High Commissioner to Guyana, His Excellency, Gregg Quinn gave a brief history of the Darwin Initiative which funds projects in countries rich in biodiversity but has limited financial resources, to meet their objectives.The British High Commissioner pointed out that the project was launched by the United Kingdom (UK) government at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. He explained that it is funded by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Common Wealth Office.“Since the start of the initiative in 1992 a total of 1,055 projects have taken place in 159 countries. These have a total cost of about $37.1B; in that period there have been a total of eight projects in Guyana at a cost of about $371M. So about one percent of all Darwin Initiative has come to Guyana,” Quinn Explained.Some of these projects include the greenheart initiative in 1994, influence of selective logging in 1995, biodiversity and sustainable development of butterfly production from 2006 to 2009 and most recently supporting Indigenous and local organisations to implement part of the convention on biological diversity from 2010-2013.The Project Leader, Jay Mistry explained that the project will take a threefold approach. Mistry outlined that the project which began in July, 2017 aims to implement traditional knowledge integration, conduct institutional capacity building at community and national level and develop a national action plan for traditional knowledge. It is expected to conclude in 2021.The project will use a video method similar to that in the COBRA project which was undertaken between 2011 and 2015 to investigate and research in communities on traditional knowledge.“There are also other conventions on biological diversity obligations for traditional knowledge and Indigenous and people. So we hope we can also contribute to some of those obligations…we hope that we can look at how specific issues to do with Indigenous people can be worked on in this project and we’ll be working with other partners in Guyana to contribute to Guyana’s green state strategy…” Mistry underlined.Partners for the project include Ministry Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB), South Central Peoples Development Organisation, Royal Holloway University of London, UN World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Cobra Collective.In brief remarks Denise Fraser, Commissioner at the Protected Areas Commission (PAC), said PAC welcomes this project which comes as an opportune time when it is implementing its management plans and striving to strengthen the relationship between indigenous communities and PAC and promoting sustainable use of Guyana’s resources.Kemraj Parsram, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the EPA is committed to the collaboration with the other sectors’ agencies in meeting its mandate through this project and will certainly do its fair share to ensure a successful completion.Vice Chairman NRDDB, Michael Williams lauded the project. He said the initiative means a lot to the NRDDB and is hopeful that it can assist them in many years to come.Minister of Foreign Affairs, performing the functions President, Carl Greenidge, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe were also in attendance at the launch of the project. (DPI)
A 12-member jury was empanelled before Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court in Georgetown on Monday to hear the trial of Vigilance, East Coast Demerara resident Michael Britton, who is accused of murdering miner Refford Williams at 10 Miles Backdam, Port Kaituma, in the North-West District.Murder accused: Michael BrittonIt was contended that Britton, also called “Rasta Man”, used a piece of metal pipe to carry out the gruesome act on July 25, 2013.However, when finally given the chance to respond to the State’s accusation, four years after the crime was committed, Britton entered a plea of not guilty in a barely audible tone. Williams, who was also known as “Kamarang”, met his demise by way of blunt trauma in addition to a ruptured spleen. Reports back then were that after an intense argument between the two miners, Britton retrieved the metal pipe which he used to inflict injuries on Williams.The accused is being represented by defence counsel Ronald Burch-Smith while State Counsel Mandel Moore is leading the State’s case. The matter was adjourned to this morning (Tuesday) when the first set of witnesses will begin testifying before the jury. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo freed of murder of Brazilian gold minerJune 12, 2019In “Court”High Court trial begins for duo accused of killing 3 in Robb St arsonAugust 21, 2019In “Court”LUSIGNAN MASSACRE: Appeal Court orders retrial for acquitted accusedMarch 9, 2016In “latest news”
The current Administration, which was given a three-month lease of life following the successful passage of the no-confidence resolution in the National Assembly on December 21, has no vision.This was reiterated by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo during his address to thousands of PPP supporters at Babu Jaan, Berbice on Sunday as the Party observed the 22nd death anniversary of its founder, Dr Cheddi Jagan.The annual pilgrimage to the memorial site of the former President is attended by Party supporters who have been attending over the past two decades, as Jagdeo outlines how the Party continues to keep Dr Jagan’s policy alive. On Sunday, he did not disappoint them.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing supporters at Babu Jaan on Sunday“Dr Jagan waited for 28 years to return freedom to Guyana. We can return it faster, because people are more educated and their children are educated and also they have more means of combination. They can get involved in the fight using social media and now they are not fearful of this government, so we can all play a part in returning our country to what it was,” Jagdeo stated.Guyana can only progress under the PPP, Jagdeo told the gathering. Even if the coalition Government were to win the soon-to-be-held Regional and General Elections, Jagdeo said Guyana would be thrown into a state of anarchy.“Assuming a miracle happens and they win the elections, do you think Granger would suddenly be invested with a vision for Guyana – a visionless man? Do you think he will leave State House to walk among people? No! Do you think some of them would be less corrupt? In fact, more corrupt. Do you think another term could solve the incompetence in that geriatric cabal? They can’t offer us anything,” he told his supporters.Guyana, he added, can only be managed with a programme and a vision and with younger people working with older people. “That is what the PPP is offering,” he said. Government, he stated, is aware that the PPP will win massively at the next elections.A section of the crowd on Sunday“They use to say at the last elections that they will throw us in jail, well many of them will be in jail in the future because of actual corruption – not rumours of corruption and that is a big fear of theirs. They have two massive fears. One is when they go around the country, they are not getting support. Look at what happened at the last Local Government Elections: right across Guyana, we won more than 60 per cent of the votes. We got 47,000 more votes than APNU [A Partnership for National Unity] and AFC [Alliance For Change] combined. So they are very fearful, because now when they go to people on the ground, they are asking them, ‘“Where were you over the past four years?”’The other fear plaguing Government at this time is that of losing the elections.The Government has nothing to offer, the Party’s General Secretary stated. According to the former Head of State, the PPP has always been on the side of the people.He noted that the right to vote was fought for and won by the PPP in 1953.“We stayed strong through those dark days when democracy was snatched from us and when the Government behaved with impunity and when people were jailed for what they eat and what they said. There was no freedom of expression,” Jagdeo noted.He related that many persons could not eat certain food products without being viewed as a criminal under the Administration that the PPP/Civic took over from in 1992. During that era, many Guyanese fled owing to discrimination and lack of opportunities.“It was the PPP fighting to return democracy again in that period. We led that long struggle and we were patient, but we knew just as we know that you cannot suppress the will of the people for very long. They will ultimately prevail. So, as we won in 1992, in a few months’ time, we will win again and continue to take this country forward,” Jagdeo said while noting that all of the social and economic gains Guyana has realised over the past two decades were now being eroded in less than four years of APNU/AFC rule. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo calls on supporters to be ‘foot soldiers’March 6, 2017In “Local News”PPP observes Dr Jagan’s 20th death anniversary at Babu Jaan todayMarch 5, 2017In “Politics”Babu Jaan tribute to Dr Jagan takes on added significance this yearMarch 10, 2018In “latest news”
BacTech Environmental Corp has been awarded the contract by the Mines Branch of the Manitoba Department of Innovation, Energy and Mines (Canada), to remediate a stockpile of arsenopyrite concentrate located in the community of Snow Lake. The contract is subject to negotiating a suitable agreement between BacTech and the Manitoba government. BacTech has proposed a “no cost to the taxpayer” approach to the clean up.The company will recover payable metals for its own account from the stockpile while treating the contained arsenic. BacTech’s bio-oxidation technology has been used successfully in the gold industry for many years to aid the extraction of gold from arsenical concentrates, while stabilising arsenic values into a benign form.BacTech’s interest in the project stems from test work completed in 2010 whereby bioleaching technology was determined to be well suited for the stabilisation of the high levels of arsenic in the stockpile.This will be the first commercial bioleach facility in North America. Ross Orr, President & CEO, said, “This is a major step forward for BacTech as we position ourselves as a leader in the field of tailings reclamation. It is a highly visible project whose success could lead to bioleaching playing a prominent role in future clean ups in North and South America.”The Snow Lake stockpile was created in the 1950s as a byproduct of gold production from the Nor Acme mine. Due to the refractory nature of the ore and its high arsenic levels, it was decided at that time to produce an arsenopyrite concentrate which was subjected to cyanidation to recover exposed gold values, leaving behind a residue which contained significant gold values that would be processed at a later date. Based on historic data provided by the Manitoba Mines Branch in the Request for Proposal, the stockpile is estimated at approximately 250,000 t with an average grade of some 9 g/t Au. The stockpile is 6 m to 10 m high and encompasses an area of about 19,500 m2.BacTech has engaged the services of Dr Barbara Sherriff, a recently retired professor from the University of Manitoba who has a 15-year history evaluating the stockpile. Dr Sherriff will oversee the drill program slated to begin on May 9. The program will obtain representative samples from some 30 holes to be drilled on the stockpile. These samples will be subjected to diagnostic and bioleach testing to determine the appropriate approach for treating the concentrate.Alexis Minerals Corp, the mine leaseholder, has granted BacTech access to the site so that samples can be obtained for test work. The bioleaching test work will be completed later this year. An environmental baseline study will begin shortly which will take approximately one year to complete.The anticipated life of the project, beginning with the onset of processing concentrates, will be approximately six to seven years. Engineering design for the plant and operations will be carried out concurrently with the work program described above. The current anticipated start date for the construction of the plant will be the summer of 2012.Conceptually, the plant may also have value in being capable of treating other refractory type gold values and waste in the region, and efforts to incorporate this concept may be made at the design stage. If the concept is incorporated as part of the project plan then, clearly, this adds additional value to the project in creating a regional bioleach facility for treating other materials.