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21 days agoLiverpool star Salah ‘must rest’ insists ​Egypt coach El Badry21 days agoLiverpool star Salah ‘must rest’ insists ​Egypt coach El Badry

first_imgLiverpool star Salah ‘must rest’ insists ​Egypt coach El Badryby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEgypt coach Hossam El Badry believes that his star player Mohamed Salah needs rest.The Liverpool winger is set to miss the nation’s friendly against Botswana during the upcoming international period.And El Badry knows he must take the long term health of the player into consideration when deciding on his line up.”I agreed with him that it is in his best interests and those of the national team that he rests,” El Badry told local channel MBC Masr.”He won’t be with us at the training camp for Botswana, but God willing, he will be with us for the official matches.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Georgia Star May Be Hinting At NFL Draft DecisionGeorgia Star May Be Hinting At NFL Draft Decision

first_imgGeorgia football players running onto the field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 16: Mecole Hardman #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs takes the field before the game against the Samford Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Mecole Hardman Jr. was a five-star member of Georgia football’s 2016 recruiting class. While the Dawgs are extremely run-focused under Kirby Smart, Hardman has made an impact.In the last two seasons, he’s hauled in 59 passes for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s also an accomplished kick returner, and made second-team All-SEC thanks to that effort.The numbers aren’t gaudy, but Jake Fromm has opened it up a bit more in the last few weeks. He also has serious measurables that will help him whenever that NFL Draft decision comes.While there has been some speculation that he could try his hand at the 2019 Draft, it might make sense for Hardman to come back to Athens add to his resume.Mecole Hardman recently sent out a cryptic tweet, and Georgia football fans are hoping it means he’ll spend another year at school.From Thursday evening:It’s still money to be made 4️⃣? pic.twitter.com/6hQuaSC75J— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) December 13, 2018It is impossible to know exactly what he means but the easiest interpretation is probably that he intends to return. Or it could be nothing.Don’t tell UGA fans that.Please? Yes? Bowman Boy is back!!!????!!!— Kevin Cheej (@wheezymedic) December 13, 2018Let’s freakin go #GoDawgs #DGD— UGANative??⚫️ #BeatTexas (@UGANative) December 14, 2018Coming back for Senior year?!— ?? (@rabdaawg) December 13, 2018Heisman 2019 boom!— lee wells (@leeswells) December 14, 2018You’re just catching the national exposure , gonna turn their heads next year even more !— OkefenokeElvis (@OkefenokeVince) December 14, 2018We’ll probably hear something more definitive from Hardman as we get closer to the Sugar Bowl. Georgia faces Texas on January 1.last_img read more

On-drive boosts my confidence the most: Jemimah RodriguesOn-drive boosts my confidence the most: Jemimah Rodrigues

first_img Indo-Asian News Service JaipurMay 10, 2019UPDATED: May 10, 2019 11:44 IST Jemimah Rodrigues was the star with the bat as Supernovas beat Velocity (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSupernovas defeated Velocity by 12 runs in the Women’s T20 ChallengeJemimah Rodrigues was the player of the match for her unbeaten 77Supernovas will face Velocity again in the Women’s T20 Challenge finalJemimah Rodrigues, who scored a match-winning knock for Supernovas against Velocity in the ongoing Women’s T20 Challenge, has revealed that playing the on-drive shot boosts her confidence the most.Sent into bat in their must-win match, the Supernovas scored 142 for 3, thanks to Rodrigues’ 77 not out and then restricted Velocity to 130 for 3 to win the final round-robin league match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Thursday.The 48-ball knock from the 18-year-old was studded with 10 stylish boundaries and a six.Speaking after the match, Rodrigues said: “I think the confidence I get while playing the on-drive is something no other shot gives me. I just tried to get good impact on the ball.”Jemimah Rodrigues is the Player of the Match for her match winning knock of 77* off 48 deliveries.#WIPL pic.twitter.com/WQ4GyRb4ZOIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 9, 2019She further revealed that her coach told her to stay at the wicket and not try to hit the ball hard.”I think it was important for me to play throughout. My coach told me to just time the ball and not try to hit it hard. I am batting pretty well. I look forward to the finals and would want to keep things simple,” she added.The two sides will again face each other in the finals on Saturday as the third team, Trailblazers, who also secured the same two points as Velocity and Supernovas, finished last on the basis of net run rate.Also Read | Veda Krishnamurthy defends defensive approach as Velocity qualify for final on NRRAlso Read | Velocity lose to Supernovas but both teams enter finaladvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jemimah RodriguesFollow SupernovasFollow VelocityFollow Women’s T20 Challenge On-drive boosts my confidence the most: Jemimah RodriguesJemimah Rodrigues scored an unbeaten 77, including 10 fours and a six, as Supernovas defeated Velocity by 12 runs in the third match of the Women’s T20 Challenge.advertisementlast_img read more

Education Minister Calls for Cultural Shift to End Corporal PunishmentEducation Minister Calls for Cultural Shift to End Corporal Punishment

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called for a cultural shift to eliminate the practice of corporal punishment in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.“Corporal punishment is so entrenched in our culture and interwoven in our society that it has been accepted as a norm for many families and at a point in time in our schools. We have been able to repel that in large measure,” the Minister said.Senator Reid was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Regional Caribbean Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (December 5).“I join the Prime Minister, the National Parenting Support Commission [NPSC] and, of course, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in calling for a shift in culture and discontinuing the practice of corporal punishment in our region,” the Minister said.According to Senator Reid, parents and caregivers must employ “permissible ways” to discipline children, rather than resorting to physical and verbal abuse, which he said, have long-lasting psychological effects.“In many cases, violence begets violence. The cycle cannot be allowed to continue,” he underscored.The Minister noted that laws are being strengthened to protect children from corporal punishment and other acts of violence.He also restated the Government’s commitment to ban corporal punishment in schools, and issued a reminder to teachers that an executive directive is in place prohibiting the act.“Our Prime Minister has been very strong on this point, and he has given clear directives and mandate for us to put it in a legislative form. Until I have been able to conclude that, I have the authority to outlaw it by giving an executive directive that corporal punishment is no longer allowable,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Senator Reid urged the ISPCAN members to use insight and best practices garnered from the conference to effect the changes necessary to end violence against children worldwide.“The change, therefore, starts here. The cycle of violence must end. It is my hope that every parent… whichever part of the globe you are from, will leave this conference determined to make the step to make the world a better place,” he said.The conference was hosted in partnership with the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), and reinforced research and collaboration among countries from around the world.Other countries participating in the event included Switzerland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States (US).ISPCAN is the world’s premier society for professionals working to prevent child “Corporal punishment is so entrenched in our culture and interwoven in our society that it has been accepted as a norm for many families and at a point in time in our schools. We have been able to repel that in large measure,” the Minister said. Senator Reid was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Regional Caribbean Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (December 5). Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called for a cultural shift to eliminate the practice of corporal punishment in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. last_img read more

Gujarat ship washes ashore Maharashtra villageGujarat ship washes ashore Maharashtra village

first_imgPalghar: A large cargo ship from Gujarat went adrift and got stuck on the rocks of Vangaon village in Maharashtra following stormy and rough weather conditions in the Arabian Sea on Saturday, officials said. According to Vangaon Police Station chief, Rahul Patil, some fishermen informed the about the stranded ship. “We immediately sent a police team there and found that there are around 13 crew members on board the stranded vessel. We have taken full details from them and are making further arrangements to rescue them from the ship,” Patil told IANS. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Captain V.V. Pillai said the ship ‘M.V. Nanda Aparna’ had set sail from Hazira (Gujarat) to Alibaug in Raigad (Maharashtra) last week with a cargo of steel. After unloading the cargo at Alibaug, it was returning to Hazira on Friday evening. “Everything was okay till around 2 a.m. Thereafter, we encountered extremely heavy rain, very high waves, almost zero visibility and we seemed to have lost the course. Around 4 a.m., we found that we were stuck on the rocky shores of Palghar,” Captain Pillai told IANS from the ship. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said all the crew members were safe and there was sufficient food and water for them on board and they were awaiting help from the owners, M/s. Eco Pronch Logistics Pvt. Ltd. in Surat. As per the preliminary investigation, police said one of the ship’s propellers appeared to be badly damaged thus paralysing the ship. The 1,478 tonne merchant ship measures around 78 metres in length and five metres in width, said Captain Pillai. Meanwhile, a large number of curious onlookers from the fishing village and nearby areas thronged the seafront for a view of the big ship.last_img read more

Lucky loon sought out Alberta campers to save it from fishing gearLucky loon sought out Alberta campers to save it from fishing gear

first_imgNORDEGG, Alta. – This is a story about one lucky loon.Don Gibson was standing with his family on a dock in Fish Lake Provincial Park west-central Alberta last weekend when he noticed a normally standoffish loon — one of a group of five that call the lake home — swimming toward them.“I said, ‘There’s no way that’s a real loon because they don’t come that close,’” Gibson recalled Friday from his home in Sundre, northwest of Calgary.“I said, ‘Somebody’s out in the woods playing a trick on us. They’ve got a remote-control bird or something.’”But as the loon got closer, Gibson could tell it needed help.A piece of fishing gear with wire leaders and multiple hooks, often referred to as a pickerel rig, had become tangled around the bird’s bill, neck and leg.Loons are sleek and rely on their diving ability to catch fish, frogs and other water creatures. Seeing the way this one was tangled, it was clear to Gibson that it couldn’t hunt.The bird kept looking up at the campers on the dock and moved to a shallow area along the shore.“This one just knew he only had another day and he was going to die. He was just right pooped I think.”Gibson turned to his 12-year-old son.“I said, ‘We’ve got to go over there. This thing just sent us a sign that he’s in distress and he wants us to help him.’”Gibson was leery about the loon’s sharp beak, but the bird lowered its head and allowed him to give it a stroke.“When he allowed me to pat his head, I said, ‘That’s it. I am taking my shoes off and I’m going in and I am going to help this guy, because he was obviously not afraid of me.’”Gibson’s wife enlisted the help of a park attendant who had some scissors and they started cutting away the tackle. A hook caught in the back of the bird’s neck came out easily. Gibson then picked up the bird and unwound the line that was wrapped three or four times around its leg.By then, a fairly large crowd had gathered to watch the rescue.Gibson put the freed bird back in the water.As it swam out from shore to rejoin its buddies, it turned back, lifted itself up in the water and gave a flap of its wings as if to say thank you, he said.Everyone cheered.“You couldn’t write a fiction novel so perfect.”Gibson said he saw the five loons feeding on minnows in the lake the next day, so he figures everything worked out fine.“I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it myself. He knew exactly what he was doing. It was incredible.”last_img read more

Report Chinese coal mine accident kills 19Report Chinese coal mine accident kills 19

first_imgBEIJING — A news agency says 19 miners were killed when a coal mine collapsed in northern China.The official Xinhua News Agency says rescuers are looking for two miners who still are missing following the disaster Saturday in the northern province of Shaanxi.Xinhua says another 66 miners were rescued.Authorities say the number of fatalities in China’s coal mines has fallen sharply over the past decade but the industry still is the world’s deadliest.The Associated Presslast_img

West Africa 130000 still need support following severe floods says UNWest Africa 130000 still need support following severe floods says UN

Months of heavy rainfall led to serious flooding in Togo, Ghana, Niger, Benin, Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal, and to a lesser extent in Liberia and Mauritania, destroying homes, crops and infrastructure, and exposing thousands to water-borne diseases, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“In spite of the tremendous challenges we face currently in our efforts to respond to all these weather-related emergencies around the world, we must strive to ensure that all those in need of humanitarian help receive it,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes. “In West Africa, flooding has hit some of the most vulnerable people who have a limited ability to cope. The international community must not forget them,” added Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. The immediate needs include maintaining high levels of alert to avert major disasters in the coming weeks and having equipment ready to redirect flood waters away from settlements.Also vital is providing required health kits to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases and delivering food aid to the most vulnerable.OCHA noted that a series of workshops on flood preparedness and management it held in the affected countries ahead of the rainy season this year helped reduce the impact of the flooding compared to 2007, when some 800,000 people were affected by floods. More than 200 people died due to last year’s flooding, compared to just over 30 this year.The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has sent emergency teams to affected areas in Togo and is assisting the government’s response with cash donations. ECOWAS, in partnership with OCHA, is also in the process of setting up a regional stockpile of non-food relief supplies in Mali as a disaster preparedness measure. 10 September 2008The United Nations humanitarian arm said today that continued assistance is needed for an estimated 130,000 people affected by severe flooding in West Africa, where several countries were already suffering from the impact of the global food crisis. read more

Toronto stock index crawls higher as shares in Bombardier soar after AirbusToronto stock index crawls higher as shares in Bombardier soar after Airbus

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index eked out a minor gain Tuesday, as shares of Bombardier Inc. soared following its CSeries deal with Airbus.Shares in Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) were the most heavily traded stock on the Toronto Stock Exchange as they gained nearly 16 per cent or 37 cents at $2.73 at the end of the trading session. The company announced a deal late Monday that will see Airbus obtain a majority stake in the CSeries aircraft.“I think that’s come at good time because we’ve had a lot more concerns about NAFTA in general for Canada, a lot of focus on not only Bombardier but other companies in terms of manufacturing and the outlook going forward,” said Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia Wealth Management. “So I think today’s news was positive and we saw that reflected in the stock.”Meanwhile, the S&P/TSX composite index itself advanced a mere 14.20 points to 15,816.90.“The story today is less what’s going on with the TSX on the surface,” said Pyle, pointing to other Canadian developments, including the announcement by the country’s banking regulator Tuesday that it’s going ahead with a new stress test for home buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance.The move, which is expected to reduce the maximum amount buyers will be able to borrow to buy a home, had a negative impact on shares of alternative lenders, he said.But far bigger drops were experienced by several licensed marijuana producers after the Toronto Stock Exchange said late Monday that firms with business activities that violate U.S. federal law regarding cannabis could undergo a delisting review.Aphria Inc.’s stock (TSX:APH) was down $1.06, or 13.38 per cent, to $6.86, while shares of Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer, fell 61 cents, or 4.65 per cent, to $12.52.South of the border, there was also little movement on Wall Street.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 40.48 points to 22,997.44 and the S&P 500 index was up 1.72 points to 2,559.36, both record highs. The Nasdaq composite index was down 0.35 of a point to 6,623.66.“I think markets are basically in a holding mode right now,” said Pyle. “This is pretty common for a market that has moved up pretty strongly over such a short period of time.“If you look back at this time last year when we were going into the U.S. election with the Dow trading close to 18,000 and now getting to that 23,000 level that we hit today, you are going to get markets or investors taking a bit of a step back.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.69 cents US, down 0.12 of a cent.In commodity news, the December crude contract was down three cents to US$52.11 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was up two cents at US$2.96 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $16.80 to US$1,286.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down four cents to US$3.20 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Underfunding forces UN refugee agency to cut back refocusUnderfunding forces UN refugee agency to cut back refocus

The best estimates for 2002 now show a budgetary target of $825 million, which is equivalent to the projected income for the year, the agency said in a statement issued today in Geneva. Compared with this year’s initial budget of $954.9 million, it represents a reduction of $130 million, or about 14 per cent. “What we have done is painful but absolutely necessary to make UNHCR a better focused, leaner and ultimately a better funded organization,” said High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, the architect of the plan.UNHCR noted that some of the savings required reductions in the number of posts and the scaling back of field operations. But considerable savings also stem from the long-planned phasing down of the organization’s involvement in certain regions of the world, such as East Timor and the Balkans.Under the plan, the overall number of UNHCR posts is expected to go down from 4,828 today to 4,065 by the end of next year. The net result is the abolishment of 939 posts, offset by the creation of 174 new posts in areas vital for the agency’s operations.One vital part of the plan in the mid-term is to improve the funding of UNHCR’s programmes. Although the agency’s annual budget has been approved each year by its 57-nation Executive Committee, the OK for the budget has not necessarily meant that the very same governments come up with the funds. Indeed, over the last few years, the organization has endured annual shortfalls. “When our stakeholders give us a job to do, they also have to make sure we have the adequate resources,” Mr. Lubbers said.In other news, UNHCR today welcomed last week’s approval by the European Union of a Directive on a European regime of temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons, noting that it was in agreement with almost all aspects of the Directive.Commenting on the measures aimed at controlling undocumented arrivals into the European Union by imposing stiff sanctions on those facilitating such arrivals, UNHCR said it was essential that any such measures be administered “with sensitivity and flexibility, lest they inadvertently obstruct refugees and asylum-seekers from reaching safety.” read more

UN justice institute promotes NigerianItalian cooperation against human traffickingUN justice institute promotes NigerianItalian cooperation against human trafficking

With 60 per cent of trafficked women in a major Italian city coming from Nigeria, the United Nations justice institute said it was organizing an international meeting in Turin tomorrow, aimed at stopping the trafficking in human beings from Nigeria to Italy.In Turin, one of the main destination Italian cities, an outreach unit aided around 1,250 victims, of whom 60 per cent were Nigerian, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) said. Victims were offered practical assistance, including access to health services.UNICRI said it had helped to devise programmes to raise awareness of the crime in the two countries and between 2000 and 2002 an Italian help-line received nearly half a million requests for help. Some 2,700 lawsuits have been filed and witness protection was offered to those who wanted to break away from the trafficking network.At Thursday’s meeting, UNICRI will present the results of its anti-trafficking project, launched in September 2002 in Italy and, collaborating with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also in Nigeria. It will also launch new proposals for stronger and more effective action against trafficking in human beings. read more

Alexandre Gagnon stepping down as CEO of Petrolia IncAlexandre Gagnon stepping down as CEO of Petrolia Inc

QUEBEC – Alexandre Gagnon is stepping down as CEO of Quebec oil and gas company Petrolia Inc.Gagnon is joining aerospace firm Pratt and Whitney.Petrolia (TSX-V:PEA) has named Martin Belanger as interim CEO. He has been a member of the board of directors for nearly two years and has worked extensively in the oil and gas industry for the past 24 years.Petrolia has been embroiled in a dispute with the Quebec government over exploratory oil and gas drilling on Anticosti Island, with a judge ruling in July the province and a private firm didn’t have to give the company nearly $13 million.Petrolia went to court to get the money to ensure exploratory work on three wells would begin as scheduled this summer.Superior Court Justice Martin Castonguay did state, however, that Ressources Quebec, a subsidiary of Investissement Quebec, and Saint-Aubin must contribute money until next May to enable Petrolia to maintain certain jobs on Anticosti Island.The amount was not made public.Petrolia and Corridor Resources yielded their exploration permits for Anticosti Island in 2014 in exchange for promised investment. That deal was reached under the previous Parti Quebecois government. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 26, 2016 10:06 am MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alexandre Gagnon stepping down as CEO of Petrolia Inc. read more

UN envoy announces steps by Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders towardsUN envoy announces steps by Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders towards

“Their constructive dialogue included a range of core issues that go to the very heart of the Cyprus question,” Espen Barth Eide said today in a statement delivered on behalf of the leaders. “Mr. Akinci and Mr. Anastasiades underlined once again their shared will and determination to reach a comprehensive settlement. The two leaders believe that outcomes at the negotiating table should reflect the positive atmosphere prevailing on the island,” he added. Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akinci agreed that their next meetings will take place on Wednesday, 17 June, Monday, 29 June, Friday, 10 July and Monday, 27 July. In support of the leaders’ mutual commitment, the negotiating teams met five times over the past two weeks. “They worked tirelessly on all aspects of the Cyprus issue in order to reach a comprehensive understanding of where the two sides currently stand,” Mr. Eide said, adding that progress was achieved in a number of areas. The leaders agreed to make a strong appeal on the crucial humanitarian issue of missing persons.Furthermore, as a sign of their mutual commitment, the leaders agreed to the following five concrete steps: To work towards the opening of more crossing points, starting with Lefka-Aplici and Deryneia. In addition, they referred a number of other proposed crossing points for further examination to the committee on crossings. They agreed to interconnect electricity grids, and to start taking the practical steps towards this goal. In the same vein, the leaders agreed on the desirability of mobile telephone interoperability. The two leaders want this issue to be solved. The leaders will therefore instruct the technical committee on economic and commercial matters, as well as their respective experts, to discuss and propose how this important issue can be solved. In parallel, work will commence to prevent radio frequency interferences.Last, but not least, the leaders agreed that the Cyprus issue can only be properly solved with due understanding of the perspectives of both women and men. To that effect, they agreed to establish a committee on gender equality.Mr. Eide said that going forward, the leaders agreed to explore a range of other possible confidence-building measures in parallel to the substantive negotiations. read more

Farmers Market returning to Jubilee CourtFarmers Market returning to Jubilee Court

The weekly Brock University Farmer’s Market is coming back Thursday, May 26.Every Thursday throughout the summer, Jubilee Court will be transformed between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.Brock’s farmer’s market is a place for students and staff to socialize with friends and colleagues in a backyard barbecue-type atmosphere with live music and games. Bring your lunch or buy fresh off the barbecue.Like any traditional farmer’s market, local farmers and bakeries are invited to attend with their seasonal and distinctive fare. Aside from the colourful vegetables and fruits, other local selections typically include sweets, treats and arts and crafts. The farmer’s market also features a different winery each week, providing tastings and sales of their Niagara VQA wine.

Womens basketball Former Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun finding her niche at OhioWomens basketball Former Duke transfer Sierra Calhoun finding her niche at Ohio

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun takes a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMoving from one place to another can be a difficult process.In redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun’s case, however, it was not.  When Calhoun decided to transfer from Duke to Ohio State in 2015, she felt she had an idea of what awaited.Having already known some of the players and coaches at Ohio State, it only made the move that much easier. “I really liked the culture at OSU,” Calhoun said. “I knew a couple of players prior to transferring here, so it didn’t take long to gel with them. I also knew a couple of the coaches here prior to my visit. I thought it was a good fit in terms of coaching staff, personnel, atmosphere, stuff like that.”A product of Christ the King High School located in Queens, New York, Calhoun was the top prospect in the state and committed to Duke in 2013. As a freshman, she posted 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Despite starting the first 13 games for the Blue Devils, Calhoun abruptly left the program midseason, deciding Ohio State would be the best place for her. “It was a lot of things, but it just didn’t work out,” Calhoun said. “It wasn’t a bad transition at all. It was actually pretty easy. The universities are very different. Obviously, coming from a small university to a bigger university is a change. I’m from New York, so moving to a bigger university wasn’t really that hard of a transition.”After sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, the former Blue Devil emerged as one of Ohio State’s best players during her first season in Columbus. She started every contest during the 2016-17 season for Ohio State, averaging 9.5 points per game as the Buckeyes’ resident sharpshooter. Calhoun averaged a team-best 38.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and made the second-most 3-pointers (68). Watching the previous season unfold beforehand wasn’t easy for Calhoun, but it not only provided invaluable experience, it helped her see the game from a different perspective. “Last year, sitting out a while was hard, but I also got to look at the game from a different perspective,” Calhoun said. “I feel like that helped me last year in terms of looking at things from a different angle and seeing what other people are doing well, so I can help my teammates out more. This year, I definitely have more experience under my belt. We’re gelling more.”The 2017-18 campaign began inconsistently for Calhoun in her second season on the court as a Buckeye. She hit worse than 27 percent of her shots in four of the first five games of the season. But as the season has progressed, so has her shooting stroke. Calhoun has hit 12-of-27 triples in her last four games.Through 10 total games this season, Calhoun is averaging 10.8 points — on 37-of-111 shots from the field for a 33.3 percent field goal percentage — and three rebounds, while shooting 29 percent from 3-point range (18-for-62). At this point in her Buckeye career, Calhoun is more than proving her worth to the 12th-ranked team in college basketball.In a starting lineup featuring seniors at every position except her own, Calhoun has managed to carve out her own niche as a leader, which can only help Ohio State in Calhoun’s eyes. “I definitely want to show that I have more experience,” Calhoun said. “I don’t want to make any sophomore or rookie mistakes. I just want to be a leader out there. We have a lot of leaders on our team. I think it’d be a great to have a lot of coaches on the floor. It’ll help us have a great season.” read more

How Optimism May Have Led The Nuggets To Fire Coach Brian ShawHow Optimism May Have Led The Nuggets To Fire Coach Brian Shaw

In a bit of not-very-surprising news, the Denver Nuggets announced Tuesday that they fired head coach Brian Shaw after fewer than two full seasons at the team’s helm and with a winning percentage below .400.According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Shaw was fired in part because he lost the Nuggets’ locker room. “He really never connected with these guys,” Broussard said in a television interview Tuesday. In an ESPN.com story, Ramona Shelburne reported that Shaw had complained to management about the “maturity and professionalism” of a few of Denver’s players. So certainly Shaw’s relationship with his roster didn’t help his chances of remaining the team’s coach. But our research has also found that performance relative to expectations is a major determinant of whether an NBA coach can keep his job. And in Shaw’s case, he might have been undone by unrealistic expectations before the start of the season.Back on Oct. 10, the sportsbook Bovada released its over-under win totals for the 2014-15 NBA season, and Denver was listed with an expectation of 41.5 wins. That wasn’t out of step with other preseason Vegas odds. On Oct. 1, the Westgate casino pegged the Nuggets’ over-under at 40.5 wins. And the online book Bwin listed 44.5 as the team’s over-under in August. The prevailing wisdom of Vegas seemed to call for Denver to finish around .500 this season.Instead, the team is on pace for about 28 wins — whether you look at our power ratings or Basketball-Reference.com’s season simulator. Our model predicts that such a performance in the face of a 42-win Vegas over-under will get a coach fired about 68 percent of the time. In that light, it seems neither surprising nor unjust that Shaw was given the ax.But the advanced stats weren’t nearly as high on Denver as Vegas was. Our preseason projections, driven by the same estimates of player talent that fuel our weekly in-season power ratings, looked at the relatively weak supporting cast around Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari (including a poor bench) and called for Denver to win only 34 games this season.You might think there isn’t much difference between undershooting your projections by six games and missing them by 14, but a coach in the former scenario traditionally gets fired only 46 percent of the time. In other words, had Denver’s preseason expectations been more realistic from the get-go, Shaw’s odds of being fired would conceivably have gone from greater than two-thirds to less than one-half.That still would have left Shaw with essentially a coin flip’s chance of being Denver’s coach next season, and it’s also worth noting that the aforementioned locker-room drama probably lowered Shaw’s probability of retaining his job at any given level of underperformance. But the difference between a realistic preseason expectation and an overly optimistic one doubtlessly hurt Shaw as well. read more

Thomas the Tank takes advantage of playing timeThomas the Tank takes advantage of playing time

In Sunday’s 82-61 win against Indiana, freshman forward Jared Sullinger was relegated to the bench after picking up his second foul with 8:16 to play in the first half. In an unfamiliar predicament, Ohio State coach Thad Matta needed a contribution from someone other than his National Player of the Year candidate. In went freshman Deshaun Thomas off of Matta’s thin bench. The first half lacked consistent flow for the Buckeyes, and “Thomas the Tank” entered, doing what he does best: shoot. Almost immediately, the southpaw hit back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite his 14-consecutive-point run that opened the floodgates to OSU’s big win against Indiana. “I think that he’s got such a knack for finding the ball and finding open areas,” Matta said. “The shots were going down for him and it was great to see because we’ve seen at times when he can score in bunches like that.” Thomas finished the first half with 16 of his 22 total points on 6-for-7 shooting, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range and four rebounds. It was just two points short of his career high, which came on Nov. 12 when he scored 24 against North Carolina A&T. “It felt great. Every day it’s like this. … Coach is always in my ear telling me, ‘We need you — this team needs you,’” Thomas said. “I just come in and work hard in practice to help my teammates win ball games, and today was one of them.” Thomas said the key to his performance was finding his hot spots on the floor. He said he’s gotten to know those spots during the team’s practices. “We see it every day in practice,” fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said. “Once he gets it going there’s really no way to stop him.” As the seventh man in Matta’s usual six-man rotation, Thomas has been an enigma for OSU this season. Since a key eight-point performance in the Jan. 22 road win against Illinois, Thomas had been nearly invisible. Over his next eight games, Thomas just managed to hit two of nine 3-point attempts and average 3.3 points per game. He didn’t make a single 3-pointer from Jan. 29 until Feb. 22, only attempting five in limited minutes. Since his strong performance in Champaign, Ill., Thomas has averaged just more than 10 minutes per game. In Sunday’s win, he played 24 minutes, with 14 of them coming in the second half after Matta elected to give him some extra minutes and Sullinger some extra rest. The team has a quick turnaround as it plays at Penn State on Tuesday. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native is third on the state’s all-time high school scoring list with 3,018 points. Thomas said he didn’t treat the game against a team from his home state any differently than he would any other. “It was just another game,” Thomas said. “I just came in and was ready.” read more

Gee Smith Tressel to hold press conference at 7 pmGee Smith Tressel to hold press conference at 7 pm

Ohio State officials are scheduled to hold a press conference at 7 p.m. today to address reports that football coach Jim Tressel knew about six of his players receiving improper benefits eight months before the university reported it to the NCAA. The athletic department sent out a press release Tuesday afternoon stating that President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith and Tressel will address the media at the Jack Nicklaus Museum. Yahoo! Sports published an article Monday alleging that Tressel was made aware of the fact that quarterback Terrelle Pryor and five other players sold memorabilia to the owner of a tattoo parlor in Columbus in April. OSU reported the violations to the NCAA on Dec. 8, 2010. The NCAA handed down five-game suspensions to five of the players on Dec. 23, 2010. Tressel was supposed to sign copies of his book, “Life Promises for Success,” at Barnes & Noble on OSU’s campus from 7-9 p.m. The store confirmed to The Lantern moments after OSU’s announcement that Tressel’s signing has been rescheduled for Spring Quarter. Smith and Tressel could not be reached for comment. read more

Technological leadership displayed by Bateman in process engineering forumTechnological leadership displayed by Bateman in process engineering forum

first_imgBateman Engineering showcased its technological expertise at a successful Process Engineering Forum held recently in Johannesburg, South Africa for its clients and staff. Introducing the Forum, Steve Burks, Chief Technology Officer of Bateman Engineering, outlined how the Group is employing technology to redress the global skills shortage, via a structured three-year growth plan. This plan includes establishing centres of excellence focused on unit processes or products, such as DC furnaces or SX plants, and which have many advantages including the ability to develop standard designs for re-use thus reducing skills requirements, cost and duration in all phases of the projects. Forming technology partnerships and acquiring or developing proprietary technology in house are also high focus areas with benefits such as a reduction in flowsheet development time, effort and failure rate.The establishment of a multi-centred hub in India to provide detailed engineering services in all disciplines other than process engineering to the Group worldwide will release high cost resources to focus on technology supply packages, while the procurement office in China offers the advantages of access to high quality, low cost products and shorter delivery time. Other important elements of the growth plan include training, using a variety of avenues such as post graduate technical programmes, inhouse training modules, sponsor bursaries and mentorship programs, a focus on development and retention of technology specialists, and the upgrading of the Group’s enterprise resource planning and IT communication systems.Bateman Engineering’s development program for diamonds was presented by Darrell Olivier and highlighted the design competencies offered to the market through this well defined centre of excellence in diamond process engineering. These cover the complete value chain from ore reception, washing and screening through comminution and liberation, dense media separation, recovery, slimes and tailings disposal to simulation, process control and efficiency measurement, process plant commissioning and operations management.The diamonds division also launched a consulting services competency in 2007, which has immediately proved successful with a number of audits already completed. The services cover process technical audits, sampling campaigns and process modelling, project viability evaluations, process plant equipment testing and plant operations and skills training.The development of Bateman Grease Recovery Systems presented by Neels van Niekerk outlined the advantages of these systems over X-ray separators including their ability to recover low-luminescent diamonds, their higher recovery efficiency on small diamond sizes (-4 mm) and their higher unit feed rates when treating finer size fractions.Other advantages include lower capital and maintenance cost and lower electrical and instrumentation complexity. These advantages, combined with the fact that the operating parameters are either controlled or monitored, thus minimising operator error, have meant that Bateman Engineering’s range of grease-belts has proven very successful in diamond recovery plants in both primary and secondary applications.Two basic grease belt designs are available tailored to treat DMS or Pan concentrates or to be used as a scavenger recovery system after X-ray recovery: the Bateman Conventional Grease Belt 1000 and the Bateman Compact Grease Belt 800. With regard to the latter, different designs are available to treat -32 +1 mm and -50 +32 mm particle sizes where a thicker belt and larger separation tank are required. The Bateman Conventional Grease Belt 1000 has also been modified to treat -50 mm material.The option of containerisation has proved popular due to the benefits of trial erection and factory testing and the ease of installation and relocation.In a presentation on the Bateman Engineering jig – a modern marvel, Andrew Jonkers noted the Group’s impressive reference list of over 50 jig installations in most major mineral producing regions. Bateman Engineering’s under-bed pulsed jig is used to clean coal, iron ore, manganese, metal from slag and any ore application with a moderate density difference and particle size. This will be discussed in more detail in IM‘s September feature on iron ore.Bateman Engineering is also a world leader in advanced process models for jig design, sizing and scaling based on batch test work. For example, the ASTRAD process model was used very successfully for Manganese Ore India Ltd (MOIL) to size jigs on what proved to be an extremely difficult separation. MOIL commissioned its jigs in November 2007 exceeding all client expectations in both grade and yield, easily meeting performance guarantees and outperforming manual separation.Furthermore, the jigs could not have performed in this separation without the key gate and control advances supplied by Bateman Engineering.In A new design approach for large mills, August Durow highlighted the design philosophy behind Bateman Engineering’s full range of SAG mills, AG mills, ball mills and scrubbers. This will be discussed in more detail in October when IM features comminution.The future of pyrometallurgical FeNi production by Chris Naude and Mike Shapiro outlined the process development dating back to the small scale DC furnace test work in 2004 at Mintek, South Africa. Testing three types of ore with nickel contents of 1.41%, 1.15% and 0.87%, this work indicated a 90% nickel recovery for all types of ore and a nickel grade obtained of 15% – 20%. Stable operating conditions with hot feed were obtained, the copper coolers were shown to perform adequately and several critical parameters were established for commercial furnace design. In a grinding, drying and preheating test at Polysius in 2004, it was established that nickel ore can be effectively calcined and preheated in a POLCALTM preheater.With the required equipment identified, the copper cooler technology was developed to create and maintain a slag freeze lining and, after a successful pilot test campaign and commercial installations, DC furnace technology now offers the industry the following advantages over the old AC furnace technology. It is able to process lower grade ore; it can process fine material without the need to increase the feed particle size in an upstream agglomeration process; carbon addition can be rapidly adjusted to achieve the desired degree of reduction; process adjustments during operation can be rapidly implemented; close control of power to feed ratio can be obtained; and reaction kinetics can be maximised.In addition, the process is more tolerant of variations in raw material chemical composition and different types of reductant; a larger electrical parameter operating window is provided, facilitating the optimisation of throughput, recovery, grade and slag chemistry without compromising power input levels; and the open bath operation means easier tapping operations.Bateman Engineering’s expertise in base metal tankhouse design, presented by Linus Sylwestrzak, is underscored by the Group’s impressive reference list. That and Galvanox, a novel atmospheric leaching process for copper concentrates, presented by KenBaxter, will be described in detail in IM‘s World Copper feature in August.An Edge in uranium solvent extraction by Alan Miller outlined services provided through the Solution Purification Group (SPG), a cooperative joint venture between Bateman Litwin and Bateman Engineering giving the latter direct access to the latest technologies for SX, ion exchange and electrowinning plants. Uranium SX services commence at laboratory analysis of extraction and stripping mass transfer and kinetics, followed by pilot plant test work to size the SX equipment (Bateman Pulsed Columns (BPC) and Reversed Flow Mixer Settlers) as well as develop a preliminary cost estimate. At the FEED stage, the basic engineering is accomplished and the design and supply stage covers complete detailed engineering, supply of equipment to site, assistance in construction, training and assistance in commissioning and performance testing.The advantages of using the BPC for SX include the efficiency and safety (lower fire hazard) of the process and the ease of operation. SX installations are cost effective for extraction and stripping, while delivery to site, commissioning and start-up are executed speedily. The SX portfolio also features a cost effective, efficient and layout-friendly Reversed Flow Mixer Settler installation.Bateman Litwin and SPG’s track record with BPCs includes Haifa Chemicals in Israel, Olympic Dam in Australia, Dominion Reefs mine in South Africa and Wengfu, China. Recently, Bateman Litwin, through SPG, has provided two industrial plants using conventional uranium SX (250 -400 ppm uranium in the feed) and is currently supplying a plant for an unusual organic combination (80 – 90 ppm uranium in the feed). It has also recently tested BPCs for various feed conditions and achieved 6 – 10 ppm to less than 1 ppm uranium in the raffinate. On the stripping side it has successfully run a BPC for a strong acid strip and recently for a conventional ammonia strip.Dr Clive Brereton of NORAM Engineering & Constructors presented on NORAM-Bateman Acid Plants – the benchmark in the use of the most modern process and mechanical technology to solve problems and to improve reliability in acid plants. Noram has traditionally serviced the acid industry in North America and Europe, with a milestone being the design for Europe’s largest converter (3,000 t/d). In 2006 a technology alliance was formed with Bateman Engineering for Sub-Saharan Africa with the prospect of expanding to other geographic areas. The first Bateman acid plant is being designed for the Ambatovy Nickel Project, Madagascar, comprising 2 x 2,750 t/d trains.A number of design advances to the traditional sulphuric acid plant, essentially a series of heating, cooling, reaction and absorption steps carried out in converters up to 40 ft diameter and ducts up to 8 ft diameter, have improved operability and performance in the NORAM-Bateman acid plants. For example, old-style carbon steel and mixed carbon stainless converters with post supports have been replaced with lighter, more cost-effective all-stainless converters with catenary plate construction. These converters are easily coupled with internal heat exchangers to minimise ducting, and can often be largely shop-fabricated for improved quality control, therefore requiring minimal site fabrication.Similarly, replacing the old-style brick lined absorption towers with flat plate packing supports and arches has overcome problems such as expense, complicated construction and poor draining. The modern tower has a dished base for draining, a ‘smart’ distributor for low carryover, and ease of inspection and maintenance, and supports the packing on a selfsupporting dome.NORAM’s patented SFTM ‘split flow’ exchanger has overcome problems associated with conventional ‘cold heat exchangers’, greatly reducing condensation and corrosion, while other design advances include overcoming high NOx emissions from the sulphur furnaces. Dynamic simulation helps handle variations in smelter off-gas concentrations that cause plant instabilities. Also, considerable attention is paid to what might seem simple problems like the mixing of gas streams of different temperatures. Failure to provide such mixing can result in, for example, a superheater seeing non-uniform temperature and performing sub-optimally.NORAM’s philosophy of working with the client to debottleneck their old plant or provide the optimum in a new plant has also seen considerable engineering improvements. For example, at a plant in Sherritt, Alberta, design improvements to a plant have increased its production to 850 t/d acid from the original design of 650 t with reduced maintenance costs and lower emissions.In answering the question as to why the industry uses autoclaves, in his presentation on Autoclave expertise, Johann Verster briefly outlined the advantages of this technology and gave technical reasons why certain projects implement high pressure leaching as part of the optimal flowsheet.Bateman Engineering’s track record features numerous studies and seven projects with autoclaves as part of the flowsheets in the past 10 years. These autoclaves have various conditions and different process objectives. All these autoclaves were successfully commissioned within three months, a proud record for Bateman Engineering.Other highlights were mentioned: one of the projects has an autoclave circuit with the most heat recovery stages ever built. Another project features the first heat recovery that operates under a vacuum and the Sepon Copper project in Laos won the prestigious RW Hawken Award.In addition to these project successes, often in difficult locations, there are other reasons why Bateman Engineering is a good choice for autoclave design and supply. Autoclave technology is only one of a suite of leaching technologies available from the Group. Other competing technologies that Bateman Engineering offers include Galvanox and atmospheric leaching. The most suitable technology is always selected for each specific application. In addition, Bateman Engineering has developed standard design calculation sheets to facilitate cost effective design and construction and its international procurement centres facilitate delivery of equipment.last_img read more