The Subtle And Not So Subtle Dominance Of US Swimmers And Gymnasts

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 10, 2016) we look at the different ways to appreciate the performances by U.S. swimmers and gymnasts at the Olympics. Is it better to marvel at the statistical dominance, or just sit back and be in awe of the athleticism on display? FiveThirtyEight’s very own Allison McCann also checks in from Rio, where she says things are going relatively smoothly. Then, an extended significant digit segment on Ichiro Suzuki, who just tallied his 3,000th hit in the majors. Neil Paine wonders: What would Ichiro’s career stats look like had he played his entire career in Major League Baseball?Links to what we discuss are here:Ben Morris on U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky’s prowess, and how others may join her assault on the record books.Allison McCann’s dispatch from Rio: a bit rocky, but overall no different from other major sporting events.The New York Times breaks down how Simone Biles completes her signature floor move, “The Biles.”In a sport usually decided by fractions of points, the U.S. women crushed their gymnastics opponents.Neil Paine says Ichiro Suzuki is a rare combo: “old and good.” read more

The US Womens Soccer Teams Chances At Equal Pay

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This week, Hot Takedown is taking a focused look at the lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s soccer team in advance of the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Twenty-eight players have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, claiming patterns of gender-based discrimination. One of the plaintiffs is USWNT defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who released the following statement:“The bottom line is simple: it is wrong for us to be paid and valued less for our work because of our gender. Every member of this team works incredibly hard to achieve the success that we have had for the USSF. We are standing up now so that our efforts, and those of future USWNT players, will be fairly recognized.”To unpack this lawsuit and assess the U.S. women’s 2019 World Cup chances, we’re joined by journalist and author Caitlin Murray, whose book, “The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer,” is out now.Finally, our Rabbit Hole fields an imaginary baseball team full of the most preposterous injuries that have plagued players of the sport. Who knew pillows could be so dangerous?Here’s what we’re looking at:Brooks Koepka’s historic performance at the PGA Championship.Bodexpress’s solo ride at the Preakness States that captured America’s heart.Michael McCann’s analysis of the USWNT lawsuit for Sports Illustrated.Excuse us while we try not to laugh at Johan Camargo’s epic fall. read more

Junior forward JaeSean Tate maturing and progressing through shoulder rehab

The sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will have a new look this year. Three transfers out the door, four new freshmen and the return of assistant coach Chris Jent to the staff just outline the transition in which the team finds itself.However, there is hope for OSU in 2016-17, which went 21-14 last season with an exit in the second round of the NIT. The team returns its six leading scorers from last season, including its leader on the court and in the locker room, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, who is rehabilitating from shoulder surgery in late February.Just minutes before OSU’s tip against then-No. 6 Michigan State at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23, the team announced that then-sophomore Tate would miss the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.Tate, the team’s co-captain with senior Marc Loving, had to sit idle and watch his team miss out on the NCAA tournament. Tate said it was a humbling moment.“It made us realize we weren’t as good as we thought we were,” he said. “Being injured, you definitely have to be patient. (You) can’t rush into things.”A month and a half ago, Tate began shooting once again in his rehabilitation process. However, roughly four weeks ago, Tate had another surgery on his right ankle.It was an arthroscopic surgery done to remove a loose body, said team athletic trainer Vince O’Brien, who worked Tate out in front of the media on Thursday. Loose bodies form when free-floating cartilage becomes detached from the ankle joint causing pain. Tate said that he felt the discomfort all season, and it was the reason he sat out the team’s exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 8.“It wasn’t like I needed (the surgery) but it was just annoying,” Tate said. “So I got with the coaches and the trainer, and I’m not allowed to go full contact until August, so I may as well knock both of them out in the summer. I think it was good to do it now.”He is still wearing a boot for another week because of his ankle surgery, but said that his shoulder is much stronger than it was at the start of rehab.After a disappointing season in 2015-16, the development of the Buckeyes in the offseason will be crucial if the team should return to prominence in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament. Tate said he believes he can play at an even higher level now with no nagging injuries.“With the new coaching staff coming in and how much we are keying in on player development, I think I’m just going to come back healthy and able to worry about getting better as a player and a team leader,” he said. “We’re putting the emphasis on my outside game.”Tate’s injury could not have come at a worst time for OSU. Facing three straight games versus top-10 opponents on the brink of elimination from the bubble of the NCAA tournament, Tate said that he has a newfound approach toward being a leader. He began to pay attention to the finer aspects of the game and tell players when they came to the bench what they can improve on. “I might be vocal, but I have to understand that everybody doesn’t think or process information that same way. We have a lot of different characters on the team,” said the 6-foot-4 junior. “Some people may need to be yelled at and some people may need to be talked to on the side privately. I just got to figure out how I can reach more of my teammates and lead by example.”The 2015-16 season was only the second time in Matta’s 12 seasons at OSU that he made the NIT and not the NCAA tournament. That stat hasn’t added pressure to Tate, but rather motivation to get back to that stage this year. On top of all of that, it’s Loving’s final season with the Scarlet and Gray, and Tate understands it’s been awhile since OSU had won anything of significance.“I don’t want to be remembered at Ohio State for one of the worst teams. This is my legacy that I’m trying to build, and being a captain of this team two years in a row, it reflects me,” Tate said. “I’m trying to work hard and make sure I can at least leave here with some type of ring or type of title.”Tate and the Buckeyes open the season on Nov. 11 in Annapolis, Maryland, versus Navy. read more

Andrew Lansley attacks doctors union over unethical strikes

first_imgFormer health secretary Andrew Lansley has branded junior doctors “unethical” for threatening all-out strikes that could harm patients.Lord Lansley, who was replaced by Jeremy Hunt in 2012, also attacked the the doctors’ union, the British Medical Association, for being “nakedly political”.Speaking at the annual lecture of NHS Providers, the body that represents hospitals and other acute care providers, he compared the BMA to “proper trade unionists” that are “able to take their members with them”. He also cast doubt over the financial recovery plans currently being adopted by numerous deficit-stricken hospital trusts, saying that in some cases they were simply being used to slice services.Lord Lansley conceded, however, that he never expected financial restraint imposed on Government spending to last ten years from when David Cameron first took office in 2010, rather than the previously forecast five. He said: “Real trade unionists, they set out to identify what the best available deal for their members is and when they arrive at that they deal they make the deal, they don’t carry on.”Lord Lansley also condemned the “deplorable attacks” on Mr Hunt’s character during the long-running dispute.However, he suggested his successor should have kept a lower profile in the debate, and left it more to NHS executives to argue for the new contracts. Junior doctors strike Junior doctors are intending to strike againCredit:Ben Birchall/PAcenter_img “I think the one thing you shouldn’t do is give a chance to the BMA to make the NHS their political football any more than politicians should be kicking it around themselves,” he said.“Bruce Keogh (NHS England medical director) was pursuing a seven-day service in a clinically-led basis and NHS England and NHS Employers should have been the parties doing the negotiations.”The former Health Secretary also described as “nonsense” claims that the NHS was unsustainable, and said that the country should enjoy a “Brexit bonus” from 2019-20, as “both campaigns promised more money for the NHS”. I think the one thing you shouldn’t do is give a chance to the BMA to make the NHS their political footballAndrew Lansley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Labour MP calls for HMRC probe after Telegraph exposes cash for places

first_imgEkaterina Ametistova, a partner at Bruton Lloyd William Petty, co-director at Bonas Macfarlane Stowe School in Buckinghamshire Ekaterina Ametistova, a partner at the Mayfair-based educational consultants Bruton Lloyd, told undercover reporters that in the case of at least one public school: “It would help if the parents are prepared to sort of sponsor [the school] a little. We’re talking potentially about a quite substantial amount.”But the boy has to be good. It has to be both.” However, this week she said she had never facilitated a payment to a school. Alexander Nikitich, founder of UK-based Carfax Education Group said: “Parents are making enormous sacrifices to pay independent school fees: they deserve total transparency about how the admissions system works.” William Petty, co-director at Bonas Macfarlane “They should simply charge foreign parents more than British ones – but do it openly and transparently. It is as simple as that. “Brilliant foreign pupils would still be able to access scholarships at leading schools, as they do today.”Mr Petty said Bonas MacFarlane’s work was “conducted in accordance with all relevant legal obligations”, adding: “We have never facilitated acceptances in return for donations.”Anthony Wallersteiner, the headmaster at Stowe, said Mr Fletcher had resigned after admitting making “inaccurate and inappropriate statements”. amd that he school has “no reason to believe” that a donation has ever influenced a decision to award a place. Almost one in 10 public school pupils is from overseas, with the number from China trebling in the past decade amid rising fees.Ms Powell has been highly critical of independent schools recently.  She accused them of failing to improve Academies they sponsor last week, following the publication of fresh Ofsted data.The Manchester MP was also unimpressed by a proposal, put forward by the Independent Schools Council, to increase the number of free place made available each year by 10,000, in return for tens of millions in public funds.She said: “It’s time for ministers to drop their gimmicks and focus on what really matters: enough excellent teachers in the classroom and proper resources for schools, things they are singularly failing to deliver.” Ekaterina Ametistova, a partner at Bruton Lloyd 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. Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central and former Shadow Education SecretaryCredit:Martin Rickett/PAcenter_img A leading Labour MP has called for a formal investigation into allegations top public schools including Stowe were willing to accept large cash donations in return for offering places.David Fletcher, the school’s registrar until last week, was filmed saying a six-figure payment would be helpful when there was a “marginal decision” over whether a pupil should be admitted.Mr Fletcher, 60, claimed one overseas family had recently given £100,000 towards a project at the school, which is a registered charity, to help secure a place for their child  – something the school has denied. Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s former Shadow Education Secretary said the Telegraph investigation had “lifted the lid on some potentially dodgy practices”, and should be looked into by HMRC and the Charity Commission.The Telegraph’s undercover reporters also met education consultants who spoke of donations being provided to help secure places at a series of public schools.William Petty, a director of the south-west London firm Bonas Macfarlane, explained how making a donation to secure a place at one top public school would be “eye-wateringly expensive”. David Fletcher resigned as registrar at Stowe following the Telegraph investigation He told undercover reporters: “No one is going to move a muscle at [the school] for less than a million and a half. I know those guys, they’re ruthless and they will push for five [million pounds].”Mr Petty, whose consultancy charges £10,000 for each child who is found a place at a school, said that although there were rules governing admissions criteria, it might be possible for them to be “seriously bent”. Ms Powell said: “With the reputations of these institutions on the line, it’s clear that a full investigation by the Charity Commission and HMRC now needs to take place urgently to ensure these schools are behaving legally and appropriately.”Ministers must now act to satisfy themselves, and the public, that these organisations continue to warrant the charitable status they have.”Telegraph reporters posed as representatives of a Russian businessman who wanted his son to study in England, after receiving information that specific schools and agencies were taking money from wealthy foreign parents to secure places for their children. Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central He added: ‘It’s the British reputation for fair play that attracts so many overseas parents to British independent schools. So if there are schools abusing the system, they are destroying the ethos that underpins the British education system.”“If you are a good consultant you do not need to offer a school money to take your pupil.”Mr Nikitich said he believed the solution was for independent schools to have a two-tier fees system, one for British parents and one for families from overseas: “Just as British universities have a two-tier fee system for home and overseas students, so should our independent schools. David Fletcher Stowe School in Buckinghamshirelast_img read more

People smuggler jailed after Border Force chased his plane down a runway

first_img 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. Algirdas Barteska was convicted for people smugglingCredit:EANS However, a jury took just over two hours to return a guilty verdict for three counts of assisting people smuggling, which Barteska will serve concurrently.Judge Holt also singled out Barteska’s employer, Finnish businessman Kristia Tieda – who runs a business in Helsinki purportedly offering people assistance with immigration – as “the principle figure in the people smuggling operation.”Asked whether British authorities were working to arrest Mr Tieder – whose Cessna light aircraft was registered to a US trust company – prosecutor John Farmer said that his whereabouts were currently unknown, but that steps were being taken to uncover his location.Commenting on the case, Adam Hutton, chief immigration officer in Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigations Team, said: “Barteska has 43 years flying experience.”It stretches credulity to believe that someone with such a background could genuinely believe he was entitled to bring three people into the UK without establishing whether they had the right to enter the country.”The reality is that he agreed to deliberately try to circumvent the UK’s immigration controls in exchange for money.”Barteska’s offences struck at the very heart of immigration control and his conviction today sends a clear message that this kind of criminality will be severely dealt with.” A pilot attempted to drop off a family of illegal Albanian migrants but was thwarted on the runway, a court heard as a judge warned British airfields are “defenceless” against people smugglers.Algirdas Barteska, a former flying instructor from Lithuania, was arrested on June 24 last year after Border Force personnel were forced to chase him down a runway as he tried a daring ‘drop and run’ mission involving three Albanian migrants at a private member’s flying club in Seething, Norfolk.As Border Force staff attempted to prevent the 60-year-old trafficker from escaping, Barteska continued with his takeoff procedure undeterred, forcing his pursuers to bang on the cockpit window in order to bring the Cessna light aircraft to a halt.Once detained, Barteska was found carrying €5,000, which he claimed had been his payment from the family for smuggling them into Britain from Germany.center_img Algirdas Barteska was convicted for people smuggling Presiding, Judge Stephen Holt sentenced Barteska to six years imprisonment, adding that his crimes fell into “the more serious category” and should be considered a deterrent to others planning similar operations.“Small airfields, particularly in Norfolk are just defenceless,” he added.“There just isn’t the manpower and there has to be a deterrent aspect. In my judgement there are dozens of small airfields in East Anglia which are extremely vulnerable to this sort of people smuggling.”The airfield’s staff were originally alerted to Barteska’s activities earlier last year, after he was seen by a member of the public making two test flights to the airfield in May.Records of the plane were logged and an alarm was later raised when its transponder showed that it had reentered British airspace on June 24, after departing Dinslaken in Germany with the Albanian family.It later emerged that Barteska had filed a flight plan to Nottingham airport but had made no mention of his passengers.When questioned at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, Barteska said he had been hired to fly the family to the UK in his employer’s Cessna because they had been interested in buying the light aircraft, adding that he had been forced to make an unscheduled landing in order for the mother and daughter to use the airfield’s toilet facilities.He also claimed that he was unaware that his passengers were not permitted to land in the UK, adding that he was attempting to takeoff in order to complete his flight to Nottingham.last_img read more

Police foil active terror plot as woman is shot and six are

first_img 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 was injured, she had a wound on her right side and doctors were trying to help her. There was a bandage on the wound. She was lying in the street and there were about five or six police around her, some of them were carrying guns.” The raid took place at a Victorian property on Harlesden Road and locals reported hearing a number of shots as heavily armed officers from the Met’s Counter Terror Specialist Firearms command stormed the house. Harlesden Road terror raid Police outside the home in Harlesden Road on Thursday evening Police have arrested four people during the operation in Willesden and KentCredit:Eyevine Harlesden Rd still cordoned off by the police, forensic vans just left the area. Residents allowed in under police escort. pic.twitter.com/MngBSrf5j8— Jakub Krupa (@JakubKrupa) April 27, 2017 “An armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with, and involved armed officers firing CS into the address. Police outside the home in Harlesden Road on Thursday eveningCredit:Jakub Krupa Six people were arrested during the operation and police said the woman remained in a serious but stable condition in hospital. The injured woman is in hospital and has not been arrested yet  Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, who is the senior national coordinator for Counter Terror Policing said the operation had foiled an “active plot” and he paid tribute to the officers involved.It is understood the police had been watching the property as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism operation, but decided to go in after receiving specific intelligence.center_img Police outside the terraced house in Willesden Counter Terrorism operation in #Willesden – Four arrested and woman shot #Brent https://t.co/B1BNBT4pZB pic.twitter.com/8VGLXMPOu9— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) 27 April 2017 “During the course of that operation one of the subjects of that operation – a woman – was shot by police – she remains in hospital.”Her condition is serious but stable. Because of her condition she has not yet been arrested. We are monitoring her condition closely.” He added: “In total six people have now been arrested in connection with that investigation – five at or near the address and one in Kent.”The two further arrests were made when a man and a woman – both aged 28 – returned to the address later last night.”Searches are ongoing at three London addresses – including Harlesden Road – as part of this investigation.”Due to these arrests that we have made, I believe that we have contained the threats that they posed.” The operation took place just a few hours after a man was arrested in Westminster on suspicion of terrorism offences after being stopped close to Downing Street carrying a rucksack packed with knives.But Scotland Yard said the two matters were unrelated.Mr Basu said: “Our highly trained firearms officers carried out a specialist entry into an address in Harlesden Road that we had under observation as part of a current Counter Terrorism investigation.  Locals described how they saw heavily armed officers wearing bulletproof vests stormed the address just after 7pm.They said the house was occupied by a family of three who were occasionally visited by a an older woman in her 40s.Neighbours said the injured woman was brought out of the house on a stretcher, wearing a burkha.One said she shouted “don’t touch my body” as paramedics tried to tend to her wounds. Another neighbour said: “It’s so scary, I don’t know the family but I heard the gunshots. I never expected something like this.”Police said six people had been arrested including a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman who were detained at the address. Ruth Haile, 40, who has lived in the area for nine years and who witnessed the raid said: “I heard a shot and I looked out my window and there were dozens of police.”The woman was being arrested, she was on the floor wearing an long dress and covered in a head scarf.  She was shouting, ‘Do not touch me, do not touch my body.’ A 20-year-old man was arrested near to the address and a 43-year-old woman was arrested in Kent a short while later.Two further people, a man and woman both aged 28, were arrested when they returned to the address last night.All four have been arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts under section 41 of the terrorism act 2000.The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the incident, as is routine for police shootings. A police operation in north London during which a woman was shot, foiled an active terror plot, Scotland Yard has said.Armed officers raided a property in the Willesden area shortly after 7pm on Thursday evening and a woman in her 20s was shot by police.last_img read more

Black and Asian children enjoy reading more than white kids survey finds

first_imgThe survey also found that the gap between the reading age of pupils who enjoy books compared with classmates who dislike reading increases over time, with 10-year-olds having a reading age 1.3 years ahead of their peers, up to 3.3 years at the age of 14.Jonathan Douglas from the trust said: “When children enjoy reading and have books of their own, they do better at school and later in life, so we must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.” We must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Black and Asian children enjoy reading more than white children, a study by the National Literacy Trust has found. Twenty-five per cent of white children involved in the survey of 42,406 pupils aged eight to 18 said that they “very much” enjoy reading, compared to 27.8 per cent of black respondents and 28.2 per cent of Asian children. At the other end of the enjoyment spectrum, a higher number of white children reported that they liked reading “not at all”, with 9 per cent giving that answer compared to 6.7 per cent of black children and 5.3 per cent of Asian children.The annual survey also shows that the number of primary school children saying they enjoy reading has reached record levels.Close to 78 per cent of children aged eight to 11 like having their nose in a book while 55.2 per cent of pupils aged 11-14 also enjoy reading. However the study also shows a continuing gender gap, with boys less likely to enjoy reading than girls. Enjoyment of reading also drops off sharply as boys get older, with twice as many boys aged eight to 11 reporting that they enjoy reading compared with boys aged 14 to 16. There is a similar fall among girls, but it is less dramatic, with 82.8 per cent of those aged eight to 11 taking pleasure in picking up a book compared with 53.3 per cent of those in their late teens. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths Religious

first_imgReligious leaders have united in solidarity to condemn the Finsbury Park terror incident as an “attack on all faiths”.A man ploughed a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque early on Monday. One man died at the scene and 10 people were injured. Really heartwarming to see the #Bankside community come together to celebrate all that unites us. ❤️ #GreatGetTogether #MoreinCommon #SE1 pic.twitter.com/dMCqfz9SGO— Emma (@emmaegli) June 18, 2017 Last week rabbis, vicars, police and others joined Muslims at #FinsburyPark Mosque for a communal Ramadan meal. We have #moreincommon still. pic.twitter.com/O02bSP9QMZ— Andy Hull (@AndyHull79) June 19, 2017 “This is a mosque that’s turned outwards towards its community; it’s a mosque that’s integrated within its community.” Bishop Adrian NewmanCredit:PA Watch this discussion with a rabbi, Muslim and Bishop that is wonderfully #London. Finsbury Mosque Muslims had Iftar with Rabbi last night pic.twitter.com/pWWCoHqAY3— Julia Macfarlane🇬🇧 (@juliamacfarlane) June 19, 2017 It was great to address the community #GreatGetTogether event organised by IFF, nice to see many people from different faiths & backgrounds pic.twitter.com/YNFwFN8Ak4— Mohammed Kozbar (@KozbarM) June 18, 2017 A message is left amongst flowers and tributes outside Finsbury Park mosqueCredit:Getty  A wonderful end to the @great_together – so good to be with faith communities from across London for a #MoreInCommon #bigiftar pic.twitter.com/m5HPTHyZdQ— Mike Buckley (@mdbuckley) June 18, 2017 In a statement posted on its website, the Finsbury Park Mosque said it “condemns in the strongest terms a heinous terrorist attack”.The mosque’s chairman, Mohammed Kozbar, described the incident as “a cowardly attack which is no different than the attacks in Manchester and London”.”Our community is in shock, our thought and prayer with those who have been affected by this,” he said.Here’s everything we know so far about the north London attack.  Extraordinary atmosphere of warmth & friendship as the CR & Valerie host an Iftar at their home as part of #GreatGetTogether #MoreInCommon pic.twitter.com/YsKlvk9rLH— Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) June 18, 2017 Other faiths across the UK also united for the event: A message is left amongst flowers and tributes outside Finsbury Park mosque The terror attack took place after different faith groups had united over the weekend for the Great Get Together – community celebrations across the UK inspired by the late MP, Jo Cox.Reporter Julia Macfarlane shared footage of a discussion with a rabbi, Muslim and Bishop following the attack, tweeting it was “wonderfully London”. Just hours before the attack, Muslims from the Finsbury mosque had Iftar with the Chief Rabbi as part of the Great Get Together. Bishop Adrian Newman Horrific attack at #finsburypark a painful illustration of why we must never allow hatred to breed hatred. Thoughts with all those affected.— Chief Rabbi Mirvis (@chiefrabbi) June 19, 2017 The Archbishop of Canterbury also condemned the “appalling” attack.The Most Rev Justin Welby said: “The freedom to worship without fear is a right we cherish as a nation and was won at great human cost over many years.”The appalling attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park is an attack on us all and on the culture and values of our country.” The appalling attack on Muslims in #FinsburyPark is an attack on us all and the culture and values of our country.https://t.co/wvTh9Ij94F pic.twitter.com/zwMcezpoWH— Justin Welby ن (@JustinWelby) June 19, 2017 “An attack on one faith is an attack on all faiths, it seems to me,” said Reverend Adrian Newman – Bishop of Stepney.“And the reason that so many people have turned up today from all sorts of different faith communities is because we want to stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters.“What’s happened here is awful, but it’s ironic just a few hours before they had been gathering with members of the Christian and Jewish community in support of the Jo Cox Foundation. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

A quiet gentle man Tribute to Finsbury Park Mosque attack victim revealed

first_imgMetropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said specialist counter-terrorism officers have spoken to 28 witnesses who were at the scene.He said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has provided information so far – their accounts are assisting the investigation hugely – but we need more people to come forward and tell us what they saw and what they know about the driver of this van. If you think you may have spoken to the driver, please get in touch.”Detectives have trawled through around 80 hours of CCTV so far. They have visited 140 locations and recovered 33 digital devices from a number of addresses in Wales.Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff. Mr Ali, who came to the UK from Bangladesh when he was 10 years old, was said to be well-known around Finsbury Park, with many who live in the area recognising him from regular visits to cafes for tea and attendance at worship.A statement from Mr Ali’s family read: “We are devastated by the loss of a husband, father, brother and grandfather, Makram Ali, in this tragic event.”Our father was a quiet, gentle man. He didn’t get involved in political or social discussion; he instead took comfort and enjoyment spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and he was always ready to make a funny joke when you least expected. “We wish to thank them and the emergency services for their work and we’d especially like to thank those people who helped our father in his last moments and also thank all the people who have left messages of condolence and flowers at the mosque. A police forensics officer examines the interior of the van used in the Finsbury Park attackCredit:Carl Court/Getty Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to calm the chaotic situation in the aftermath of the attack and was said to have used his body to shield the suspect from the fury of onlookers. Mr Ali’s family said they were trying to piece together what happened on the night he died.In a statement, they said: “We know that he had some form of collapse because of his weak leg, a condition he suffers from, before recovering, sitting up and expressing a wish to return home, only to then become a victim of this horrific incident – an incident made only more tragic as he had only just completed his evening prayers, something he did regularly. He took great comfort in the feelings of peace his prayers provided.”At present we are getting a clearer picture of what exactly happened to our father and we are getting regular updates from the police, who have been extremely helpful so far. A police forensics officer examines the interior of a van  “We wish everyone to know what a loving man he was. He spent his whole life without any enemies, choosing a quiet life instead. “We as a family have always believed that the actions of one person cannot be a reflection of a whole people and I have no doubt that our father would not wish for there to be any retaliation or recriminations and would urge people to remain calm and to pray for peace in these difficult times.”Detectives are continuing to question 47-year-old attack suspect Darren Osborne. “Until we know more, we would ask everyone to respect our privacy so that we may grieve in peace and come to terms with the immense loss in our lives.” On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales delivered a personal message of solidarity from the Queen as he visited faith leaders and community members. A 51-year-old man who was among the victims of the suspected terror attack outside a north London mosque died from “multiple injuries”, a post-mortem examination has found.Scotland Yard said Makram Ali, from Haringey, was married with four daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.Witnesses at the scene in Finsbury Park said Mr Ali appeared to suffer a medical episode in the moments before the attack on Monday.Nine other people were taken to hospital when a van driver targeted the area busy, with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the nearby mosque. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Leftleaning National Trust head admits We have alienated traditional members after spate

first_img“My own view [is that] it’s too large, and therefore it’s kind of alienating a lot of its members. I think there is a big discrepancy between the historic houses and gardens which certainly the present DG is possibly embarrassed about, and landscape and coastline, and it may well benefit from splitting. National Trust staff and volunteers repair a stretch of damaged Coast to Coast path near Grasmere, Cumbria, with help from National Trust Director General, Dame Helen Ghosh and Tim Farron MP Credit:Paul Kingston/NorthNews Helen Ghosh Dame Helen, and an advertisement for the National Trust’s “airbrushed” Easter egg hunt Helen Ghosh  Speaking on Radio 4, Sir Roy Strong, a former director of both London’s Victoria & Albert museum and the National Portrait Gallery, was damning in his assessment of the Trust.He blamed successive “left-leaning” director generals, and suggested it may be time for the organisation – which attracts more than £500 million in annual funding – to be “broken up”. “It is sometimes the case that we appeal too much to one audience, and not enough to another.”Dame Helen, who succeeded previous director general Dame Fiona Reynolds in 2012, continued: “I haven’t got a specific example in mind. I think what I’m describing is that in order to be open-armed to welcome the widest possible group of visitors to our places, sometimes some of our perhaps more traditional visitors have felt that they are not being catered for as they once felt that they were.”The Trust has endured a torrid summer, during which it has faced criticism for requiring volunteers to wear gay pride badges, the public ‘outing’ of Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, former owner of Felbrigg Hall near Cromer, and a change in the recipe for it’s celebrated flapjacks. The outgoing head of the National Trust has admitted that the organisation has alienated “traditional visitors” in the wake of rows over Easter egg hunts, gay pride badges and flapjacks. Dame Helen Ghosh, who takes over as Master of Balliol College, Oxford University, next April, said that while Trust membership was healthy “sometimes some of our perhaps more traditional visitors have felt that they are not being catered for as they once felt that they were.”She told Radio 4’s The World This Weekend: “Sometimes I see signs that our places, or things going on, that perhaps tread too far in one direction than another. Sir Roy StrongCredit:Clara Molden/Telegraphcenter_img “So much of what they do sounds like the Blair government in exile. It’s ticking the boxes against the disabled, the aged, LGBT, the ethnic communities and the rest of it, and something gets lost along the way.”The National Trust attracts 20 million visitors per year to its 775 miles of coastline, 248,000 hectares of land and more than 500 historic houses, castle, monuments, gardens and nature reserves Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969) Roy Strong Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969)Credit:Sue James/National Trust Earlier in the year, the Trust was accused of “airbrushing faith”, after the word “Easter” was dropped from the annual egg hunt it runs with Cadbury. Sir Roy, 82, said: “If you go to a National Trust house or property, you’re being almost told what to think, and how we ought to react.“They’re obsessed with children, play areas, fun things at Easter and Christmas, and so on. “The signs are that the National Trust is being turned into a branch of the leisure industry.“Within the last 20 years it’s really begun to alienate its own public. They’ve had two director generals, both competent in their own ways, and a balance has gone. Both were left-leaning”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Whats in a name Louis Arthur Charles is a nod to Prince

The Prince of Wales’s full moniker is Charles… All hail Louis Arthur Charles. After keeping the world on tenterhooks for almost five days, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced the name of their newest arrival. Credit: John Stillwell/AFP The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their third child - Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge The grandfather-of-three has been prevented from rushing to his eldest son’s side to coo over the baby by royal duty, in Scotland, something that is soon to be remedied. And what a lovely name it is. It is also the perfect riposte to those who have, rather unkindly, suggested in recent days that there is some sort of animosity between the Duke and Prince Charles. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their third child – Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge It is hard to imagine a more beautiful tribute to your father than naming your son after him, not just once, but twice. read more

Age is no barrier for the Queen and Duke to ride out

Duke of Edinburgh “As you can see, we enjoy the presence in our midst of members of the British Royal family.”Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – our weekly newsletter with everything you need to know about the Royal family. At the ages of 92 and 97 respectively, they could be forgiven for picking up a more sedate hobby.But the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh yesterday showed they still know how to enjoy themselves.The royal couple, appearing in robust health, were photographed enjoying the great outdoors at Windsor Castle, she riding her beloved pony, and he driving a carriage.The pony had an unmistakable red rosette of four poppies attached to its bridle, signifying the Queen’s dedication to the season of remembrance so important to the Royal family.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The Queen, wrapped up warmly in a navy blue coat and headscarf against the November chill, rode through the castle grounds accompanied as usual by Terry Pendryon, her head groom.The Duke, meanwhile, undertook his own journey driving a carriage – the sport he made famous – accompanied in the back seat by two female grooms.The sight will prove cheering for admirers of the Royal family, who have been left in no doubt as to the Queen’s continued good health but have been concerned by a series of health scares for the Duke. The Duke of Edinburgh takes the reins for acarriage ride in the castle groundsCredit:Kelvin Bruce Then, she will ask the Prince of Wales to once again lead the nation in honouring the country’s war dead during the national service of remembrance, while she watches from a balcony.The Duke’s attendance is not confirmed and, as with all engagements since his retirement, will be decided on the day.The service will also be attended by the Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of York and minor members of the Royal family.An equerry will lay a wreath on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh, who has retired from public duties.It will be the first time the Duchess of Sussex has attended the event.Last night, the Queen was fondly mentioned at a state dinner thrown in Ghana by President Akufo-Addo for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, during their West Africa tour.”We have very fond memories of the two visits made by your mother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” he told the Prince.”The first was in 1961, four years after independence, when she and your father were the guests of our historic first president.”The second was in 1999 when she was hosted by our country’s longest serving president. Riding separately at their own paces, both looked on fine form yesterday, with the Queen taking a momentary break from her duties in the lead-up to November 11. read more

Silencing of Sir Philip Greens British accusers is making a mockery of

Ms Phillips, the Labour MP for Yardley, added: “It seems to be that in America – whilst not perfect –  in civil society as well as in the law they are progressing in a way that the UK law should be. It does feel slightly more democratic and as if their legal system is for the people.”I would like to see Britain look at what others are doing, but also I think that there needs to be a serious review of when our laws are not used within the spirit they were intended. Nobody intended for privacy laws to do this.”She added: “I think that the injunction staying place is ridiculous and it is more of a power play by him so he can still hold all the cards. I am sure that the judges and lawyers are as annoyed by this abuse of the system as the rest of us. It is making a mockery of our legal system.”Critics say that the situation shows that the law is “not fit for purpose” and should be looked at again by Parliament.Peter Kyle MP said: “My first thought is that these women who are coming forward are extraordinarily brave in doing so and we as a society owe them a huge apology, because we now know that there are extraordinarily wealthy men who are allegedly acting criminally but avoiding the law simply because of their wealth, because they have access to courts and lawyers in a way the no one else does. Auna Irvine was hired to open the Las Vegas store  Auna Irvine was hired to open the Las Vegas store Credit:Rupert Thorpe Actress Kristen Bell, Sir Philip Green and model Lydia Hearst attend the grand opening of TopShop TopMan store in Las VegasCredit:FilmMagic Actress Kristen Bell, Sir Philip Green and model Lydia Hearst attend the grand opening of TopShop TopMan store in Las Vegas “That is why this is a Parliamentary issue, and an issue that Parliament needs to resolve.“I went into politics to stand up to bullies not to roll over to them and if Parliament isn’t on the side of these alleged victims of people like Philip Green then what is the point?”“There is a black hole in our legal system. The judges are doing their job but it is clear that the law is not fit for purpose and it is making some people, mostly women, particularly vulnerable to certain types of predator.”Mr Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove, said that he would like see to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, on which he sits, hold a joint inquiry with the Women and Equalities Committee and the Justice Committee.The committees should look at the “wider use of NDAs” and whether the current laws need reforming, Mr Kyle said. The MP has raised the prospect of a joint inquiry and it is being “actively considered”.  “If Parliament doesn’t act against this type of abuse of power then we have to wonder whether Parliament is fit for purpose for anything,” Mr Kyle added. Sir Philip Green has said he “categorically and wholly denies” allegations of “unlawful sexual or racist behaviour”. As three other American employees came forward to make allegations of sexual harassment against Sir Philip, experts said that the injunction would never have been granted in the US, where greater importance is placed on freedom of speech.Geoffrey Robertson QC, a leading human rights lawyer, said: “This shows how America and American law places a much higher value on freedom of speech than British law as declared by the Court of Appeal in the Telegraph case, which upheld the gag on employees speaking out about alleged misconduct.“Freedom of speech in England can be very expensive and it can be overridden by contracts that are not in the public interest because they prevent the exposure of wrong-doing. The protection for employers who are wrongly accused is defamation which gives them the right to sue their accuser who then has to prove the truth of the accusations.”Concerns were also raised that Britain is lagging behind the US in cracking down on the abuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). Miss Irvine did not sign an NDA and experts say that lawyers in the US are much more hesitant in using them as a tool to silence alleged victims. Some areas, including California and parts of New York, are abolishing NDAs for use in sexual harassment cases. Silencing Sir Philip Green’s alleged British victims while his former employees in America speak out on is “making a mockery” of the UK’s legal system, experts and MPs have said.The Topshop billionaire was yesterday accused of waging an almost year-long campaign of sexual harassment and bullying against a manager in his Las Vegas store.But whilst Auna Irvine, 33, was able to detail how he would regularly smack her bottom, grab her by the waist, make comments about her weight and breasts and tell her she was “naughty”, gagging orders remain in place to prevent British members of staff speaking out.Sir Philip also has an injunction against the Daily Telegraph preventing this newspaper printing allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination that happened in the UK. The businessman has spoken publicly about the claims, dismissing them as “banter”. Jess Phillips MP, who sits on the Women and Equalities Committee, said: “It makes a massive mockery of our legal system that women in the UK are being silenced with collusion from the British legal system, because in this instance it appears as collusion and it appears as if our laws are for one group of people and not the other.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Facebook criticised by cancer support groups after blocking accounts that share surgery

Jay Walker, 40, from Horwich, Manchester, has been banned from Facebook “countless” times for sharing photos of her chest scars since her preventative mastectomy in 2016. Facebook has been accused of hindering cancer support groups after blocking accounts that share surgery scar images. It comes after Facebook updated its community guidelines last year to permit sharing these kind of photos within the cancer community.   Breast cancer campaigners have branded Facebook’s decision to remove post-mastectomy images and ban users as “damaging”, while charities said the photos are “critical” in revealing the realities of the disease. “Two weeks ago I was given a 28-day ban for sharing images in a closed,…

One in five dads have not seen their kids on Fathers Day

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. Father’s 4 Justice have campaigned for more rights for fathersCredit:REUTERS/Luke MacGregor One third (32 per cent) had experienced, or knew someone who had experienced, distress or mental health issues after being denied access to their children.Matt O’Connor, the founder of Fathers 4 Justice commented: “These figures, lay bare the appalling scale and reality of the challenges dads face on a daily basis. Denial of access to their children, estrangement and mental health problems for millions of men has become the norm.”One of the aims of the campaign group is to secure dedicated political representation for men and boys, in the same way that women have a Women’s minister. They are also calling for a fully funded ‘safety net’, focused on addressing the alarmingly high rates of male suicide, depression and other health issues linked to family breakdown.The ComRes poll found that nearly one in six dads, (17 per cent) had experienced challenges accessing their children, while a quarter (27 per cent) knew someone who had.“Since we started our campaign in 2001, our helpline has received in the order of 750,000 calls, roughly one every 15 minutes, from men, or their partners who are struggling with access after separation, depression and mental health problems, or who are being unfairly treated by a system that seems rigged against them,” said Mr O’Connor.“These fathers just want to be able to see their kids and not have to go through a lengthy and expensive legal process to make this happen.”  CORRECTION: This article’s headline originally stated that four in 10 dads have not seen their children on Father’s Day. This figure in fact relates, as the article explains, to the proportion of fathers who have experienced this themselves  or know others who have experienced it. We have amended the article for clarity.  Campaigners from Fathers 4 Justice stand on the roof of the home of former Labour Party deputy leader, Harriet Harman One in five dads have not seen their children on Father’s Day, a new poll has revealed.According to a ComRes survey of more than 1,000 fathers, some 37 per cent said they, or someone they know, have experienced not seeing their children on Father’s Day. 21% of fathers surveyed had experienced this personally. If this is indicative of the general population, some 2.3 million men will not see their children today.The survey, commissioned by the campaign group Fathers 4 Justice focussed on men with children aged 18 and under.It also found that one in five fathers, (20 per cent) feared losing, or had lost contact with their children, and 22 per cent knew someone who had experienced this. read more

Gayle glad to repay Kings XI Punjab faith

Windies star Chris Gayle with Kings XI Punjab co-owner and Bollywood diva Preity ZintaSportsMax– Fresh off scintillating knocks for Punjab Kings XI Windies star Chris Gayle insists he is happy to repay the faith shown in him by the franchise and its team mentor Virender Sehwag who may just have ‘saved the IPL.’ The 38-year-old Gayle, who was close to having no takers in the IPL draft before being swooped up by Kings XI in the third round, has certainly proved to be a bargain so far with whirlwind knocks of 63 and 104 in impressive wins for the franchise.  On Wednesday Sehwag took to social media platform Twitter to joke that Gayle selection might just have saved the IPL, the West Indian agreed.“I’m always determined. I always give it my all for whatever franchise I represent. I’m a 100 percent. Like I said, it’s a new franchise. A lot of people might say that Chris has a lot to prove – he didn’t get selected or wasn’t picked early in the auction. I think Virender Sehwag has saved IPL by picking me. This is a brilliant start,” Gayle said in a post-game interview on Thursday.Initially, Gayle who was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the IPL, was expected to play more of a substitute opener role for the franchise, after his performances in the last two games, however, it could be time to reconsider those terms.“Viru said in an interview that if Chris Gayle can win us two games, we have got our money’s worth. I’d like to have another word with Viru and see what happens from thereon,” he added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPunjab quick Tye looks forward to bowling to ‘scary’ GayleFebruary 12, 2018In “Sports”IPL: RCB said they’d call me back, but they didn’t – GayleMay 1, 2018In “Sports”Gayle, Yuvraj worth the money ‘even if they win two-three games’ – SehwagMarch 13, 2018In “latest news” read more

Norse gold yields great results for Dragon Mining

first_imgDragon Mining Limited released the December 2008 quarterly report which highlights record quarterly gold production for the group of 21,061 oz at an average cash cost of $520/oz. At Svartliden in Sweden gold production for the quarter was 11,332 oz at an average cash cost of $476/oz. Encouraging final results were received from diamond core drilling to improve confidence in the resource estimate and upgrade the reource catgories in preparation for open pit mining at the Jokisivu gold project in Finland. At Dragon’s Vammala processing centre in Finland record gold production was achieved for the quarter – 9,729 oz at an average cash cost of $570/oz (including refining costs of $106/oz).Diamond drilling focused on the depth extensions at Svartliden returned high grade intercepts including 5 m @ 11.24 g/t Au, 4 m @ 7.39 g/t Au, 4 m @ 18.23 g/t Au and 11m @ 9.83 g/t Au. Diamond drilling has also confirmed the discovery of a previously unknown zone of precious metal mineralisation within the Hanhimaa Project in northern Finland.  The drilling program which targeted the Kiimakuusikko area, intercepted zones of hydrothermally altered rocks with elevated gold and silver contents, including a best intercept of 3.45 m @ 3.94 g/t Au and 5.26 g/t Ag.last_img read more

Africa presents best resources investment climate in 10 years

first_imgAddressing the third and final day today of the Paydirt 2010 Africa Downunder Conference in Perth, African Lion Funds’ Chairman, Mike Brook said there are more investing opportunities presenting in Africa’s resources sector now than at any time in the past 10 years. He said the $79 million venture capital fund was looking for opportunities in Africa in the up to $12 million range.The major shareholders include the Lion Selection Group, Botswana African Mining Fund, UK based Development Bank, CDC Group and the European Investment Bank and has current investments in seven African resource projects. “The opportunities to invest in Africa change constantly, and it is vital to re-assess and update on an ongoing basis,” Brook said.“However at the current time, we have identified more than 400 potential opportunities, three quarters of which are with listed explorers and miners, and of those, two thirds of them call the ASX and the Toronto stock exchanges home. Many of the best opportunities are in gold and we are seeing a lot of those opportunities coming through, particularly via the TSX.“The highest level of opportunity is in South Africa, but there is a reasonably broad spread dominated by southern and western Africa but with Zambia and the DRC making some claim in the centre of the continent. Tanzania is also a prime opportunity along the eastern seaboard.”Brook said that by commodity, African Lion 3 saw precious metals opportunities largely coming from South Africa and West Africa “but we are seeing the spread across the continent with some weighting towards gold in western Africa. In bulk commodities, South Africa dominates for iron ore and coal.”Senegal says its reforms to the country’s resources investment and mining laws have created a favourable climate for increasing foreign investment in the country’s mining sector. Addressing the delegates, Senegal’s Director of Mines and Geology, Dr Moussa Sylla, said that since the first reforms were introduced in 2003 and further updates in 2007, Senegal now offered mining procedures that were transparent, efficient and easy to understand.“We have backed this by focusing on ensuring Senegal has assembled highly qualified staff who understand the needs of foreign businesspeople and resources investors. Profit margins are already bigger in Africa than elsewhere and Senegal presents an excellent opportunity within this environment.“Our new mining laws are now delivering on security of tenure, the ability to repatriate profits, management of control of operations by the foreign investor, realistic exchange regulations, stable exploration and mining terms, and predictability of tax. We have also backed these legislative measures with flexible labour options.”Dr Sylla said the changes were also benefiting Senegal’s population with 20% of the country’s mineral revenues being allocated to local communities and mining companies are committed by law to provide a mining site rehabilitation fund. He explained Senegal was also improving export infrastructure at the country’s main port and this would enhance investment attitudes to its resources offerings.Australian companies in Senegal include Mineral Deposits Ltd (MDL) and Bassari Resources. Bassari says it plans to assign additional drill rigs to its emerging gold project in Senegal to generate a fourth quarter lift in exploration tempo at the company’s mainstream Bassari project. Managing Director, Jozsef Patarica, said the move was aimed at crystallising the growth opportunities at Bassari which hosts at least 9 prospects along a 75 km length of strike.“This is a very under-explored region of Western Africa but is a gold hot spot now starting to benefit from Senegal’s pro-mining government and its focus on targeting development of the country’s natural resources sector,” Patarica said. “We have four drill rigs on site but are looking to urgently mobilise a higher capacity reverse circulation rig to lift the drill tempo. Bassari has also elected to drill through the coming wet season, particularly at the key high grade Makabingui prospect where there is room for significant expansion of the drill pattern and gold intersects. Results are pending for our fist diamond drill campaign at Makabingui which is ground surrounded by a number of world-class gold deposits.”Bassari also plans to gradually lift production at its small Douta alluvial mine to between 8,000 – 10,000 oz/y and to add further to the existing 25,600 oz resource under the company’s five year renewable permit.MDL, the company that originally dredged the Gold Coast’s famous white beach sands, is set to demerge its African gold business from November as it gears to launch the world’s newest mineral sands operation. Addressing the conference, Executive Chairman, Nic Limb, said demerging the gold business would unlock the inherent value in the gold business for shareholders and allow the Company to focus on developing for first production by 2013, the world class $406 million Grande Cote mineral sands project on Senegal’s coast.“The demerger will be effected by the New Year with the IPO and Canadian listing commencing in November,” Limb said. “80% of shares in the proposed new listing will be offered to MDL shareholders and we believe there will be strong support for that. Strategically, Grande Cote will come on stream at a time of increasingly tight supply in mineral sands globally, particularly zircon, and there are not a lot of new suppliers coming into the market such is its nature.“It has taken us seven to eight years and more than $100 million in expenditure to date to get to the stage of bringing Grande Cote into production but while the capital costs seem high, this is a business that offers high long life margins and is a very very attractive proposition. It doesn’t seem on that basis to try and manage both a gold business and a mineral sands business.”MDL estimates that Grande Cote – a 100 km long, no clay beach deposition with low impurities, will generate cash flow of between $75 and 100 million a year with operating costs of $75 million/y. It is expected to have a mine life from its resource base of more than 3,000 Mt at 1.8% Heavy Mineral (HM), of more than 25 years.The project will employ a worldclass dredge and 6,000 t floating concentrator, and mine at a rate of 55 Mt/y, producing Limb says, “the highest quality zircon in the world”.The Company is also looking to double throughput of its $325 million Sabodala gold mine in Senegal, first opened last year. “We are currently processing around 2.4 Mt/y but want to take that over the next year or 2-4 Mt/y to lift Sabodala to a 200,000 oz/y gold mine at a cash cost of around $500/oz,” Limb said.Namibia’s newest iron ore explorer and developer, Avonlea Minerals, says its immediate focus now will be on delineating a significant iron ore resource estimate in the country, following initial success in identifying three prospective deposits. Managing Director, David Riekie, said that while the company had delineated three key magnetite iron prosects in Nambia’s northwest in the past 12 months, additional regional prospects had been identified but remained untested.“Our results and historical data, now confirm the potential for scale projects within an extremely prospective magnetite iron rich province in the northwest. So we need to take this to the next step and delineate a significant ore resource, something we believe in the global market focus on Africa’s iron ore potential, will enable our projects to command a higher underlying enterprise value.”Avonlea’s initial program has delineated the Thresher, Hammerhead and Ondjou prospects in the far northwest corner of Namibia, with broad zones of rich magnetite encountered in all of the prospects. It has consigned a conceptual target of 900 Mt plus to the lower grade (20-30% Fe) Hammerhead prospect, and around 150 Mt to the higher grade (30+%) Thresher target. Initial Davis Tube Recovery (DTR) test work has generated recovery rates of up to 38% grading up to 70% Fe concentrate with low impurities.Further drilling, a 4,200 m of Reverse Circulation, is currently underway on Ondjou which has a 10 km long strike potential, with a view to generating the company’s maiden resource estimate.One of Victoria and Tasmania’s best known miners, Bendigo Gold Mining, says it sees West Africa as a natural growth market but is taking a slowly slowly approach to its first offshore exploration and mining move. Bendigo’s CFO, Tim Churcher, said the company had grown its Victorian and Tasmanian operations through exploration and acquisition and wanted to “continue along that path.“We have not been able to find sufficient opportunities at the front end of the gold production cycle in Australia and west Africa got onto our radar pretty quickly,” Churcher said. “West Africa offers the opportunity for low risk strategic alliances and we have tapped into an experienced local management team with some exciting assets with GoldStone Resources. “However, our view is to take it one step at a time, learning and making informed decisions with every step. We will continue to walk this path in a market where Australian miners like us are welcomed and where the opportunities are not yet dominated by Canadian juniors.”Bendigo has taken a 20% stake in Goldstone Resources at a cost of A$4.3 million and a 10.7% stake in BCD Resources NL. One of the first steps forward in its African foray is the pending commencement of a 4,000 m drilling program later this year on the promising Homase gold project in Ghana. Goldstone also owns the Manso-Amenfi gold licence in southwest Ghana, has two large gold holdings in Senegal and has very large gold in soil anomalies in Gabon under application.Ashanti Goldfields mined two of Homase’s shallow pits seven years ago but Goldstone estimates there is a 283,000 oz gold resource beneath and along from the pits and containing 6.3 Mt at an average 1.4 g/t Au. Churcher said the Homase drill program would target extensions below and along from the previously mined pit.last_img read more

Jackson Kelly advises on new mine safety requirements for SEC filing

first_imgOn December 22, Jackson Kelly PLLC reported “Section 1503 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law on July 21, 2010, and requires mining companies to include certain information about mine safety and health in the quarterly and annual reports filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Last December, the SEC issued proposed rules to implement the mine safety reporting requirements.  Yesterday, the SEC released its final rules implementing § 1503 of the Act.  The rules become effective 30 days following their publication, which is expected sometime next week in the Federal Register. “In general, the final rules follow the structure of § 1503 of the Act, which operators have already been complying with since passage of the Act.  The preamble accompanying the rules notes, ‘… we have decided not to adopt the proposals that would have expanded the required disclosure beyond that required by Section 1503 since we are persuaded by comments asserting that the added burden of these proposed requirements likely would have outweighed the potential incremental benefits of the additional disclosure.’  Some exceptions do exist where the SEC believes additional disclosures will advance the intent of the legislation; however, even in those instances the reporting periods have been reduced to limit the information required.“Generally, the final rules apply only to mines in the United States; do not require issuers to report citations and orders issued to independent contractors working at the issuer’s mine site; define “subsidiary” as defined in Exchange Act Rule 12b-2; and do not provide special treatment to smaller reporting companies or foreign private issuers.“The SEC rules require mining companies to provide mine-by-mine totals for the following:Significant and substantial violations of mandatory health or safety standards under § 104 of the Mine Act for which the operator received a citation from MSHAOrders under § 104(b) of the Mine ActCitations and orders for unwarrantable failure of the mine operator to comply with § 104(d) of the Mine ActFlagrant violations under § 110(b)(2) of the Mine ActImminent danger orders issued under § 107(a) of the Mine ActThe dollar value of proposed assessments from MSHANotices from MSHA of a pattern of violations or potential to have a pattern of violations under § 104(e) of the Mine ActPending legal actions before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review CommissionMining-related fatalities.“Reporting instructions specify that a mining company must report the total penalties assessed in the reporting period, even if the company is contesting an assessment. For legal actions, mining companies are instructed to report the number of actions instituted and resolved during the reporting period, report the number of actions pending on the last day of the reporting period, and categorize the actions based on the type of proceeding.“In addition, the Dodd-Frank Act added a requirement that mining companies file a Form 8-K when they receive notice from MSHA of an imminent danger order under §107(a) of the Mine Act, a notice of a pattern of violations under §104(e) of the Mine Act, or a notice of the potential to have a pattern of such violations.  The new SEC rules specify that the Form 8-K must be filed within four business days and include the type of notice received, the date it was received, and the name and location of the mine involved.  However, the late filing of the Form 8-K will not affect a company’s eligibility to use Form S-3 short-form registration.”last_img read more