Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals.
M. FellainiBelgium+0.31-0.03+0.28-0.24 J. VertonghenBelgium2.78.2+5.5 The biggest changes in share of team productionWorld Cup players with the biggest increase from share of club team’s expected goals and assists to share of national team’s expected goals and assists, 2014-18 L. ModricCroatia+0.28+0.05+0.33+0.17 R. LewandowskiPoland+0.25+0.01+0.26-1.35 Share of team exp. goals + assists G. SigurdssonIceland+0.38-0.22+0.16+0.20 C. EriksenDenmark+0.53-0.13+0.39+0.29 PlayerCountryGOALsassistsGoals + AssistsExp. Goals + Assists L. PiszczekPoland10.017.1+7.1 E. HazardBelgium+0.30+0.68+0.98+0.45 J. MikelNigeria+0.39+0.41+0.80+0.44 J. KimmichGermany-0.02+0.33+0.31+0.24 T. SilvaBrazil+0.31-0.03+0.27+0.19 The leaderboard is peppered with players who have made a difference in Russia: Swiss mainstays Blerim Dzemaili and Xherdan Shaqiri led their team to the round of 16, while Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric have been the backbone of the Croatian attack. Another quick and crafty midfielder — this one from Colombia — has been very good for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich over the past four seasons, but he’s been downright marvelous for Los Cafeteros: From 2014 to 2018, James Rodriguez scored nearly half a goal more per 90 minutes while wearing the yellow Colombia kit than while donning club colors. In our sample, his difference in expected goals plus assists from club to country is second to only Dzemaili, who plays for Bologna in Italy. It’s no surprise then that Colombia was eliminated by England in the round of 16 when a calf injury sidelined James.Hazard and James are built to wear their national team jerseys. But there are others — two of whom are often invoked in the GOAT conversation — who seem to perform a little worse, or at least score with less frequency, on the international stage. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two best players in the world,4They’ve each won five of the past 10 Ballon d’Or awards, given to the best soccer player in the world. but both have underwhelmed a bit while representing their countries. M. RojoArgentina+0.19+0.12+0.31+0.22 DIfference between club and national team T. MeunierBelgium16.324.9+8.6 When we think of the best soccer players in history, we rarely think about the relatively inconsequential goals they scored for their club teams in midseason matches against their middle-of-the-pack competition. Instead we think about how they played for their national teams, and especially how they performed at major international tournaments like the World Cup. We think of a 17-year-old named Pelé delivering Brazil its first title in 1958; we think of Diego Maradona ripping through England’s defenses (and famously getting a little handsy with the ball in the box) in 1986; we think of the French maestro Zinedine Zidane scoring twice on home soil to topple Ronaldo and Brazil in 1998.Some players just seem built to wear their national team’s jersey.We wanted to know if there are certain players who play well for their club but disappear when playing for their national team — and certain players who raise their production when playing for country. So we looked at the tallies of expected goals and assists per 90 minutes for every player at the World Cup and compared the difference between club stats1Big five European leagues only. and country2Including World Cup, World Cup qualifiers and each confederation’s tournament. since 2014. We also looked at each player’s share of his entire team’s expected goals plus assists.Among the remaining stars at the 2018 World Cup, the best example of one who thrives while representing his country is Belgium’s Eden Hazard — at least based on raw production. The quick and crafty man from Wallonia has a knack for playing his best soccer when the world is watching. From 2014 to 2018, Hazard scored 0.30 more goals per 90 minutes and provided 0.68 more assists per 90 minutes while wearing a Belgium jersey than while repping Chelsea blue — while his expected goals plus assists are 0.45 better for Belgium.Hazard’s exceptional international form has carried over into this World Cup: In three games played, he contributed two goals and two assists — one of which tied the match against Japan after Belgium had gone down 2-0. The diminutive Belgian danced at the left corner of the penalty area, shrugging off a pursuant Yuya Osako before delivering an inch-perfect cross with his left foot to the edge of the 6-yard box and onto Marouane Fellaini’s head. Fellaini scored, but Hazard’s brilliance was responsible.Hazard’s form and contributions are expected. Thomas Meunier’s form and contributions, on the other hand, are a bit of a surprise. The right back has been perfectly competent for Paris Saint-Germain, but he’s been an outright world beater on the international stage: Since 2014, he’s scored 0.32 more goals per 90 minutes and provided 0.73 more assists per 90 minutes while playing for Belgium than for his clubs. The biggest of his 10 international assists was the one he provided to Nacer Chadli to knock off Japan on Monday. Both Meunier and Hazard are among the top seven players at the World Cup when it comes to expected goals plus assists for country versus club. But based on actual goals and actual assists, both Belgians are in the top three.3Only Poland/Wolfsburg winger Jakub Blaszczykowski has them both beat. From 2014 to 2018, Messi notched 0.61 fewer expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes while draped in the vertical blue and white stripes of Argentina. Ronaldo has found it more difficult to score for Portugal: Over the same span, he scored an entire goal per 90 minutes fewer with Portugal than he did with Real Madrid, and he averaged 1.53 fewer expected goals plus assists. And Uruguay’s superstar striker Edinson Cavani has had it even worse: He averaged 2.04 fewer expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes with La Celeste than he with Paris Saint-Germain.The outlook gets brighter for Messi and Ronaldo (but not for Cavani) when you consider their contributions as a percentage of their national team’s expected goals plus assists versus their club team’s since 2014: Messi was responsible for 57.5 percent of Barcelona’s expected output and 63.3 percent of Argentina’s, while Ronaldo accounted for 54.6 percent of Real Madrid’s expected output and 59.4 percent of Portugal’s. They’re not in James or Rakitic territory, but they’re not in the red either. IscoSpain+0.13-0.38-0.25-0.29 B. DzemailiSwitzerland23.431.0+7.6 A. IniestaSpain13.319.1+5.8 J. MikelNigeria5.227.9+22.7 A. GriezmannFrance-0.30+0.12-0.17+0.28 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data is only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group J. BlaszczykowskiPoland+0.52+0.58+1.10+0.50 S. RamosSpain9.615.9+6.3 PlayerCountryGOALsAssistsGoals + AssistsExp. Goals + Assists C. EriksenDenmark36.548.8+12.3 X. ShaqiriSwitzerland42.848.1+5.3 I. RakiticCroatia-0.02+0.30+0.28+0.39 D. MertensBelgium-0.63+0.38-0.25-0.84 J. RodriguezColombia+0.49+0.03+0.52+0.53 M. RojoArgentina7.113.9+6.8 L. MessiArgentina57.563.3+5.8 J. RodriguezColombia34.5%58.5%+24.0 KokeSpain-0.21-0.23-0.44-0.27 C. RonaldoPortugal54.659.4+4.8 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data includes only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group E. CavaniUruguay-1.48-0.33-1.81-2.04 D. CarvajalSpain9.714.5+4.8 The club team heroesWorld Cup players with the biggest drop-off in expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes between national team and club team, 2014-18 NeymarBrazil45.658.4+12.8 L. MessiArgentina-0.67+0.11-0.56-0.61 PlayerCountryClubNationalDifference E. BanegaArgentina-0.21+0.06-0.15-0.37 I. GundoganGermany17.332.4+15.1 The national team heroesWorld Cup players with the biggest discrepancy in expected goals plus assists per 90 minutes between club team and national team, 2014-18 Messi and Ronaldo probably only appear to be underperforming on the international level because they’ve spent the past decade thrashing defenses in Spain’s La Liga while playing for two clubs that are lousy with all-world talent. Scoring at a pace of roughly a goal per game is difficult to sustain over the course of a single season; Messi and Ronaldo have been doing it for 10. They’re not performing terribly for their national teams, they’ve just set the bar too high for themselves.But then there’s Neymar, the other greatest player in the world. He has set his bar pretty high during his time with Barcelona and now with Paris Saint-Germain. But unlike the two legends lording over him, Neymar has been able to vault over it — he scores at roughly the same rate for Brazil as he does for his club, and he provides more assists. And Neymar has increased his share of the team’s expected goals plus assists by 12.8 percentage points from club team to national team.Argentina is done; Portugal is done; Brazil and Belgium meet tomorrow in Kazan to decide who gets a spot in the semifinals. So it will be Hazard and Neymar trying to become the next Pelé, Maradona or Zidane.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. P. PogbaFrance-0.11-0.39-0.50-0.26 C. VelaMexico-0.03+0.35+0.31+0.18 B. SilvaPortugal-0.60+0.04-0.56-0.45 A. Di MariaArgentina+0.04-0.50-0.46-0.34 B. DzemailiSwitzerland-0.05+0.20+0.15+0.72 I. RakiticCroatia15.835.2+19.4 E. ForsbergSweden+0.27-1.44-1.17-0.49 CasemiroBrazil-0.26-0.13-0.39-0.24 L. ModricCroatia12.925.4+12.5 S. RudyGermany-0.07-0.21-0.29-0.33 PaulinhoBrazil+0.33+0.18+0.50+0.32 Only players who played 1,000 minutes for a major European team since 2014; national team data includes only major tournaments.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group J. VertonghenBelgium+0.20+0.05+0.25+0.18 Y. CarrascoBelgium-0.19-0.43-0.62-0.46 DIfference between club and national team P. CoutinhoBrazil+0.27-0.23+0.04-0.23 PaulinhoBrazil24.530.7+6.2 T. MeunierBelgium+0.32+0.73+1.04+0.50 J. KimmichGermany13.119.2+6.1 J. BlaszczykowskiPolad13.723.9+10.2 C. RonaldoPortugal-1.09-0.57-1.67-1.53 A. KolarovSerbia15.320.6+5.3 X. ShaqiriSwitzerland+0.09+0.02+0.11+0.46 J. Dos SantosMexico-0.14+0.06-0.08-0.24 I. GundoganGermany+0.13+0.00+0.13+0.51 A. GuardadoMexico+0.53-0.24+0.29+0.29 Joao MarioPortugal-0.26-0.23-0.49-0.44
With less than six minutes to go, and No. 2 Ohio State up just five on unranked Michigan State, an errant Spartan pass flew into the backcourt and nine of the 10 players on the floor seemed content to let it roll out of bounds. OSU freshman point guard Aaron Craft wouldn’t allow it. Craft chased the ball down. As the Spartans tried to recover, he went up and under the rim for a layup, drew a foul and converted the three-point play. The freshman’s only field goal of the night gave OSU (25-1, 12-1 Big Ten) an eight-point lead and propelled the Buckeyes to a 71-61 victory. “That’s a heck of a play right there,” senior guard Jon Diebler said after the game. “That’s just someone wanting the win and Aaron is a guy who, he does the little things and that just shows the type of player that he is. That was a huge play.” The Spartans played most of the game like the team they were projected to be when they entered the season at No. 2. Outscoring the Buckeyes off the bench, 21-1, MSU shot 63 percent from the field in the first half. With freshman forward Jared Sullinger on the bench in foul trouble, MSU matched the Buckeyes shot-for-shot all half. A basket from senior point guard Kalin Lucas gave MSU a 34-32 lead with 1:30 left in the half, but Buford responded with a 3-pointer, giving OSU the lead, one of 11 lead changes in the first 20 minutes. OSU took that 35-34 lead to halftime, and Buford’s 14 first-half points put him ahead of all scorers. “We didn’t bring it in the first half,” Buford said. “Our defense wasn’t there and we weren’t together as a team. For the second half we had to pick up the intensity.” The lead changed hands four more times early in the second half, and a fifth time when a three-point play from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty gave OSU a 45-44 lead. That was the game’s final lead change. Lighty sparked a 10-2 run, opening up a six-point OSU lead, 52-46. An off-balance, end-of-the-shot-clock 3-pointer from junior forward Draymond Green ended the run, and after a Sullinger free throw, a layup from Lucas cut the lead to two. Five quick points from Buford gave OSU a 58-51 lead, its biggest to that point, with 8:30 to play. Minutes later, Craft made the play that ignited the sellout crowd at the Schottenstein Center. “Aaron is like a spark plug for this team,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I think guys are looking and saying, ‘If he’s going to give that (effort), then I’m going to give that.’” The Spartans got as close as four down the stretch, but a pair of Sullinger free throws and three from Craft gave OSU an insurmountable 10-point lead with less than two minutes left. Buford led all scorers with 23 points on 9-for-15 shooting, 3-for-4 from beyond the 3-point line. Sullinger scored 11 points and grabbed a season-low two rebounds. Lighty and Diebler had 12 points each. Lucas led MSU with 14 points, and although the team shot 57 percent from the floor and outrebounded OSU, its 19 turnovers swung the game in OSU’s favor. After falling at Wisconsin on Saturday, OSU relinquished the No. 1 rank to Kansas, who lost at Kansas State, 84-68, Monday night. OSU plays again at 1 p.m. Sunday at No. 11 Purdue.
Senior attackman Katie Chase (11) handles the ball during a game against Northwestern March 9 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 11-10.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFrom the first drop of the ball, Katie Chase had one thing on her mind: scoring goals.The senior attackman for the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team turned in a career-high seven goals on her way to eight points as the No. 18 Buckeyes topped Oregon, 13-9, Wednesday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.High winds wreaked havoc on play throughout the entirety of the game, leading OSU coach Alexis Venechanos to attribute much of the team’s success against the Ducks (4-4, 1-0) to Chase’s work on and off the ball.Venechanos described Chase as a “special player” that had a “really strong game.”“She took over parts of that game in the draw control,” Venechanos said after the game. “Her teammates looked for her and she shot phenomenally.”The Buckeyes (7-4, 1-1) got off to a quick start, gaining possession of the ball off the game’s first draw. Chase set the pace for the match early by scoring the game’s first goal 23 seconds into the game.“We always want to score first,” Venechanos said. “That was important to start like that.”Chase said setting the tone early is a goal OSU has every game, and she felt they were able to do that with a quick goal from the start.“It gets the beat up for our attack and gets us in the flow of things,” Chase said after the win.The momentum from Chase’s quick strike didn’t continue, however, as the Ducks responded with two goals in just less than five minutes to take a 2-1 lead.But OSU, lead by Chase — who completed a hat trick before the half ended — struck back to take a 4-2 lead before Oregon evened the count with 11:06 left in the first half.OSU senior attackman Cara Facchina tallied her third goal of the season at the 2:29 mark in the first, though, to give the Buckeyes a one-goal advantage heading into the break.“They would answer, then we would answer,” junior goalie Tori DeScenza said on the first half. “But we really (hunkered) down knowing that they were going to swing the ball pretty fast.”Along with hard work on the offense, the Buckeyes gained their success with the defensive mentality around the field forcing numerous turnovers from Oregon’s strong attack.“We haven’t seen an attack like them,” Venechanos said. “We really had trouble with it.”The Ducks’ strong attack tested the OSU defense, but the Buckeyes maintained composure and were able to gain more possessions to help secure the victory.Part of that defense was DeScenza, who fought hard in the net all throughout the game and ended the game with 10 saves.The game was the first ever between the two programs.DeScenza credits Oregon with its good stick skills but was proud of how hard the defense worked to combat them.“It was a hard battle all the way to the final whistle,” DeScenza said.The Buckeyes head back to work to prepare for a match against William and Mary set for noon Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Chris Holtmann, the 14th coach in Ohio State men’s basketball history, speaks at introductory press conference Monday morning | Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterDressed in a gray suit, white dress shirt and scarlet-striped tie, holding the hands of his wife, Lori, and his daughter, Nora; Chris Holtmann, alongside Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith, was formally introduced as Ohio State men’s basketball’s 14th head coach in program history in a press conference Monday on the court of the Schottenstein Center.Rumored to be a candidate at several job openings such as North Carolina State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Tennessee over the past three offseasons, Holtmann said the Big Ten program in Columbus was the only one he seriously considered.“This was a decision I had to work through,” Holtmann said. “Gene was aggressive and persistent in his approach and I really appreciated that.”Holtmann, 45, spent the past three seasons at Butler and made the NCAA Tournament each year, reaching the Sweet 16 this past season. After that run, Holtmann signed a contract extension with Butler through the 2024-25 season. But when the Ohio State job became available and he was offered an eight-year deal worth approximately $3 million annually, he couldn’t let that opportunity slip by him.Holtmann said the combination of a university with world-class education, a thriving athletic department with some of the best programs in their respective sports in the country, the tradition of the program, a talent-rich recruiting area and a passionate fan base sold him on the position.“I had left a special program and special guys,” he said. “That was emotional for me. But I’m telling you, it was the vision that (Smith) had and what he was looking for and this place. I’m extremely excited.”The search for the replacement to 13-year head coach Thad Matta began the afternoon of June 5, coming just after it was announced Matta would be exiting. Smith met with former collegiate basketball coach Eddie Fogler to begin the process of searching for candidates and conducting background checks on any names that arose in the discussions.Smith said the search for a new head coach began and ended with the same name at the top of their list.“(Holtmann) was my target from the beginning,” Smith said.Holtmann discusses the importance of recruiting well in the state of Ohio at his introductory press conference Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThough Holtmann was offered the job on Tuesday, Smith said Holtmann was reluctant at first to sign on the dotted line. The contract originally put on the table was a seven-year offer, but Smith said he tacked on an additional year to create a more enticing offer.Then, on Thursday morning, Smith said he and his wife traveled to meet the Holtmanns in Dayton and get to know one another. By the time the discussion had ended, Ohio State had its next head coach.Smith called Fogler and told him the search was over. They got their guy.“We sought a high-intensity individual with an emphasis on academics, someone who is relentless in recruiting with great ties to the great state of Ohio and the contiguous states,” Smith said. “We found a proven winner who’s a community engager and bottom line fits our culture.”During Holtmann’s introductory speech, he emphasized the importance of recruiting the state of Ohio, highlighting his 20 years of experience recruiting the Buckeye state. He said that locking down the state’s best prospects would be paramount to the program’s long-term success.“This region … is a tremendous area for talented, smart and tough players,” Holtmann said. “We’re going to work extremely hard as a staff to close the borders and dominate the state of Ohio in recruiting. It will be an every-day focus for us.”Holtmann, who is leaving the highest-ranked recruiting class in Butler history, said that he began calling recruits immediately Friday after he signed the appropriate paperwork with the compliance department.As far as the rest of the coaching staff is concerned, Holtmann said there are “some wheels in motion” on naming the rest of his staff, but would not expound on that notion.The past four seasons, the Ohio State program has been on the decline, which has been exemplified in scoring struggles and defensive letdowns. Holtmann gave an indication of how that play might change under his leadership.“Aggressive, attacking. We want to be physical and tough and tough minded,” he said. “But we want to play aggressive, attacking style and we want our guys to play with freedom. We want them to go out there and cut loose and play. I think that’s what people will see when they watch our team.”
Women are being told by their bosses to put on more make-up, and wear high heels and short skirts to work, research has found.One in five women said they felt that their bosses paid more attention to their appearance than they did to their male colleagues, a survey by law firm Slater and Gordon found.Seven per cent of women said their bosses had urged them to wear high heels in the office or with clients because it made them “more appealing”, while eight per cent were told to wear more make-up so they “looked prettier”. It comes after one receptionist said she was sent home from her job at an accountancy firm for wearing flat shoes. The survey asked 2,000 employees about how they felt their appearance was judged in the workplace.Nearly half of men said their dress code was more clearly defined than women’s and less likely to draw comment. The survey claimed 28 per cent of women reported they had been advised that changing their appearance would be “better for business” while 13 per cent said they had decided to flaunt more flesh at work after suggestions by more senior employees to vamp up their appearance.In contrast over half of men said they had never received comments about their appearance and just three per cent had occasionally been told to dress smarter by their senior colleagues.Current UK employment law states a dress code can be used but this is usually imposed for health and safety reasons, or to promote a particular image, for example, of smartness and efficiency. Nicola Thorp said she was sent home for not wearing heels when working as a receptionistCredit:Adam Gray /SWNS Some bosses tell female staff to wear more make-up, the survey foundCredit:Getty In 2016 there is absolutely no expectation that women in business should wear make-up or high heels in order to be smartly dressedJosephine Van Lierop, lawyer It must not be discriminatory on protected grounds such as gender or religious belief, and disabled employees have the right to have adjustments made to alleviate disadvantage.Employment lawyer Josephine Van Lierop said: “Under current UK employment law employers cannot treat one person less favourably because of their gender but there is no legislation to prevent employers from treating men and women differently in relation to dress code.”Employers will argue that men and women must be dressed smartly or well groomed for a person of their gender.”However, in 2016 there is absolutely no expectation that women in business should wear make-up or high heels in order to be smartly dressed. Imposing this expectation on women only is arguably unlawful sex discrimination.” 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.
Show more The men escaped from PentonvilleCredit:Ben Stansall /AFP / Getty The basics of security aren’t getting done simply because there is not enough staff to deal with the daily tasks.Steve Gillan, Prison Officers Association In 2012 convicted murderer John Massey spent 48 hours on the run after he escaped from Pentonville by climbing over a wall using a makeshift rope made from bed sheets.However, Steve Gillan, general secretary of the union the Prison Officers Association , said the focus should fall on the Government rather than officers at the north London jail.A police hunt continued on Tuesday to find Baker, who was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago, and Whitlock, who was on remand after being charged with conspiracy to burgle over 19 alleged ATM thefts.The cellmates used diamond-tipped cutting equipment to break through bars before scaling a perimeter wall. Their beds were stuffed with pillows to make it look like they were asleep. The governor of the jail where two inmates dramatically broke out this week is facing fresh calls to be sacked after a series of security lapses.Kevin Reilly had received a vote of no confidence from half of staff at HMP Pentonville before Matthew Baker, 28, and James Whitlock, 31, went on the run.Insiders said Mr Reilly is set to be moved into an office job – but late on Tuesday night the Ministry of Justice said claims he was set to lose his job were “categorically untrue”. Mr Reilly has previously said that reducing violence was one of his top priorities, according to an internal newsletter seen by the BBC. Pentonville, which opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adult men, was last year singled out by former justice secretary Michael Gove as “the most dramatic example of failure” in the estate.Inmate Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died after being stabbed at the jail on October 18 in an attack which left two others injured. Mr Gillan said: “There has been under-investment in Pentonville for many years. We have highlighted our concerns.”We know the focus now will be on Pentonville prison officers but the reality of the situation is the focus should be on Government and their budget cuts that have created this situation.”The basics of security aren’t getting done simply because there is not enough staff to deal with the daily tasks.”Investigators are understood to have ruled out one theory that the pair’s break out tools were delivered by remote-control drones. 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.
Show more 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. He’s back! https://t.co/SpdbGd6Tqe— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) December 31, 2016 Blackburn will also present an hour-long Radio 2 show at 7pm on Fridays, starting later in January.In the New Year’s Eve show, running from 8pm to 11pm, he will play classic tracks from the likes of Michael Jackson, The Temptations and Dionne Warwick. The BBC said it stood by its decision to take Blackburn off the air, but added that he would be returning.Blackburn has strenuously denied suggestions that he “seduced” Claire McAlpine – who later took her own life – after inviting her back to his flat following a recording of Top Of The Pops in the 1970s.The DJ, who first broadcast on Radio 1, denied in evidence that he had ever been made aware by the BBC of the complaint against him, even though the corporation told the Dame Janet Smith inquiry he had been. Tony Blackburn returned to the BBC airwaves announcing “Good Lord, I’m back”, 10 months after being sacked over evidence he gave to the Jimmy Savile inquiry.The 73-year-old broadcaster presented a three-hour live show, Soul Party, on Radio 2 for New Year’s Eve and opened with the Gloria Gaynor classic I Will Survive.He said as his slot began: “It’s New Year’s Eve, it’s BBC Radio 2 and what do you know? Good Lord, I’m back.”Blackburn was welcomed back by Sir Roger Moore who tweeted about his return. The DJ said: “I’ve just had a tweet from Sir Roger Moore, ‘He’s back!’ Fantastic.”He also said: “One or two people are saying where have you been for the last eight months? Well, I went for a long walk and got lost. Somebody found me yesterday.”Blackburn’s return to the corporation was announced in October, with the I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! winner saying he “can’t wait” to get started.The DJ had threatened to sue the BBC and claimed he had been made a “scapegoat” after being taken off air in February.Later, announcing his comeback, he said: “I have had a difficult year personally, but I’m pleased to be returning to the BBC and can’t wait to get behind the mic again.”
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Clooney, who is a friend of the Sussexes and attended their wedding in May, said history is repeating itself and warned: “We’ve seen how that ends”. Saying the Duchess is getting a “raw deal” after the publication of a letter written to her now-estranged father, Clooney said he has been “sort of surprised” by coverage of the breakdown of the Markles’ relationship. The Duchess of Sussex is being “pursued, vilified and chased”, the actor George Clooney has said, as he compares her experience in the Royal Family to that of Diana, Princess of Wales. The actor and his wife Amal are known to be friends with the Duke and Duchess, reportedly spending time together at the Clooneys’ Lake Como retreat last…
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThompson leads glittering 200m field in ZurichSeptember 1, 2016In “latest news”Jamaican sprinters brace for life after BoltMay 12, 2017In “latest news”Bolt, Thompson headline Jamaica’s 59-member team to London World ChampsJuly 25, 2017In “latest news” (Jamaica Observer) After a smashing season last year, just the thought of Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson getting better must be frightening for her rivals, to say the least.Thompson, who swept the 100m and the 200m at the Rio Olympics in 10.71 and 21.78 seconds, respectively, believes she is the one to beat.THOMPSON… I have a slight advantage over others (Photo: Observer file)“As a double Olympic gold medallist, I would say yes (I am the one to beat); I have a slight advantage over others,” said the 24-year-old, after officially being introduced as the new FLOW brand ambassador on Sunday.“But I mean everybody is training, everybody wants to win and I will have to work hard. Not because I am Olympic champion doesn’t mean I am going to have an advantage. So I will just have to maintain my focus and composure and continue to be on top,” she added.Thompson, who was a relatively unknown athlete in 2013, showed remarkably improvement and lowered her 100m personal best from 11.41 to 10.70 seconds in just three years, believes there is more in the tank.“I think I have improved and there is more room for improvement,” said Thompson, who opened her season clocking 7.02 seconds over the 60m outdoor at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet on January 28. Her previous best was 7.04 seconds, a clear sign that she is ahead of where she was last year this time.“I am feeling good and the training is going well so far. My main focus is to put in the training and just go out there and perform as the best I can,” she noted.Last year, Thompson was voted Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year for the first time after destroying a quality field to win the 100m at the Rio Olympic by a widening 0.12 margin, clocking a splendid 10.71.She then got sweet revenge in the 200m outlasting her 2015 World Championships conqueror Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, winning in 21.78 seconds and became the first woman to cop the Olympic double in 28 years after American world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.Thompson is expecting to be at her best at the London World Championships in August.“When I go out there to compete, I go to compete, and every year is a learning experience. Beijing was an experience, the Olympics was an experience and coming forward at this year’s World Championships, I wouldn’t say I have more confidence going into the World Championships,” a confident Thompson pointed out.But before the London World Championships, Thompson has her eyes on making her debut at the World Relays in The Bahamas April 22-23.“I am looking forward to the World Relays. I have never been there before and I am looking forward to this year because I know when team Jamaica steps out there, we are going to perform and I am looking forward to be on those relays this year,” said Thompson, with a gleam in her eyes.“The World Relays seem more excited than others and I am looking forward to be in Bahamas,” she added.
– security guard choppedFour armed bandits, carrying guns and a cutlass, broke into a teacher’s Canje, Berbice home and robbed her of a quantity of cash and other valuables but not before severely beating her.The incident occurred some time around 01:30hrs on Tuesday and during the attack, a security guard was also chopped.According to a Guyana Times report, the bandits attacked the 45-year-old guard, Claudius Alert, then proceeded to enter the house at Lot 22 Bhudhan’s Housing Scheme, Caracas, West Canje, by breaking open the back door.They then confronted the 43-year-old teacher, Easter Reid, who was home alone at the time.The Canje house which armed bandits invaded Tuesday morningAccording to the traumatised woman, she was held at gunpoint as the bandits demanded money.“They said where you have the gold and money? I said ‘I don’t have’ and one said: ‘strip, lemme see, strip’ and I started to pull down my dress,” she related.However, one of the other bandits stopped his accomplice. “Don’t bother let the lady strip,” she recalled him saying.The English and Food Preparation teacher told this newspaper that all of the men were masked. She noted that while she was still to properly assess her losses, the bandits made off with jewellery and several digital boxes.“I don’t really wear jewellery, but they took my wedding band, they took another ring I had for my husband, the DVR from security cameras, an E-Networks control box and another box I had for movies,” Reid explained.The woman further recounted that while the one bandit was attempting to sexually assault her, she could hear the bandits beating the guard, adding that she heard “chopping sounds”.She noted that the Police took about 45 minutes to arrive after the initial call.Speaking with this publication, neighbours indicated that when the Police were a few houses away on their way to the scene, the men left the home. Reid corroborated that she heard one of the men saying that the Police were coming before they fled.Meanwhile, the security guard suffered a laceration to the face apparently from a glass bottle that was smashed against him and a chop to the head as well as injuries to the eye.The teacher explained that the guard was employed since February 15.Two persons have since been arrested. The Police are on the hunt for others and are pursuing certain leads. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits terrorise East Canje family during 45-minute home invasionApril 23, 2016In “Crime”Bandit accidentally shot and killed by accomplice after robbing Berbice familyAugust 22, 2016In “Crime”Armed bandits terrorise Corentyne familyAugust 13, 2019In “Crime”
A small group of persons on Thursday stood in front of City Hall holding placards once again calling for the Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk, Royston King to be arrested and dismissed from duties for allegedly attempting to “cover up” allegations of sexual assault committed on a 15-year-old boy by a City Constable.“Every single body who knew about this and kept it under wraps should be punished in some way,” Akola Thompson, an activist said.Another picketer told media operatives that since the group’s first protest, the accused City Constable has since been charged. However, according to him, justice has not been served since the Mayor and Town Clerk are “accessories to the crime after the fact.”“There are no charges or nothing of the sort against the Mayor and the Town Clerk who knew, according to [Chief] Constable (Andrew) Foo who said that within six hours of this crime occurring, the Mayor and the Town Clerk knew of it and they lied to the people…We need accountability,” Don Singh said.Singh also called on the Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan to intervene and sanction the duo.Moreover, another protester contended that in addition to Chase-Green and King, the former Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan is also to be blamed for the alleged cover-up.“The Legal Affairs Committee, I understand is chaired by none other than Sherod Duncan. Therefore, all of them are equally guilty of trying to cover up this incident,” Jonathan Yearwood asserted.The protesters avowed that they will continue to stage protests in front of City Hall, every Thursday until appropriate action is taken.INews had reported that a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody on August 17, 2017 and placed before the court on a charge of wandering.At some point during his detention for reasons unknown- between August 22 and August 23- the minor was transferred to the Regent Street Outpost where an alleged sexual act was carried out involving the child and the accused, Lance Corporal Clifton Pellew.Officer Quacy Baveghems had reportedly informed his superior of the act, claiming that he had witnessed it. However, as an investigation began into the matter, it was discovered that Baveghems did not make a written entry of the incident in the station diary.Pellew and Baveghems were then dismissed, after receiving a letter signed by the Town Clerk.Pellew, the alleged perpetrator was dismissed for “gross misconduct of carrying out a sexual act on a juvenile” while his colleague was sacked for dereliction of duty in failing to intervene or make an entry of the incident in the station diary.The issue was brought to light after former Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan took to social media to question whether the Town Clerk should be disciplined as well, since according to Duncan, King had interviewed the alleged victim and failed to submit a report to the Legal Affairs and Security Committee.In an invited comment, Chase-Green had told this publication that the decision to dismiss the officers came following the discovery of new evidence.“There were some additional information that was brought to the council’s attention and some video tapings. Based on those video tapes, and even though it was still an alleged allegation, in the best interest of the Constabulary and the Organization the Town Clerk as administrator of the city of Georgetown would have dismissed them both,” Chase-Green added.She had noted that following the dismissal of the Officers, the Police were called in and the matter is now in their hands.Meanwhile, in 2016, it was reported that the accused was involved in a matter of similar nature. However, nothing came out of the issue as the juvenile then, did not pursue it. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDPP recommends ex-Constabulary officer be charged with rapeJanuary 30, 2018In “Crime”Unequivocal calls for revocation of parking contract in MAPM’s 4th protestFebruary 22, 2017In “Business”Mayor, Town clerk are ‘accessories to a cover-up’, should be fired- Protesting duoOctober 20, 2017In “Crime”
(AFP) – Cancer survival is increasing across the world but large gaps endure between nations, while some cancers remain hard to treat everywhere, according to a major review released Wednesday.The progress and the gap are especially large for childhood cancers, according to the CONCORD-3 study covering 71 nations and 18 types of cancer, published in the medical journal The Lancet.For children with brain tumours, for example, five-year survival has improved across the board from 54 percent for the period 2000-2004, to more than 60 percent for 2010-2014.In the United States, Denmark, Sweden and Slovakia, the survival rate progressed to 80 percent or better. In Mexico and Brazil, however, less than 40 per cent of children diagnosed with brain tumours survived in the 2010-2014 period.Similarly, five-year survival for the most common type of childhood cancer — acute lymphoblastic leukaemia — rose to higher than 90 per cent in Canada, the United States and nine European countries, but remained below 60 per cent in China and Mexico.“This likely reflects the availability and quality of diagnostic and treatment services,” the authors said in a statement.The world has seen across-the-board progress on breast cancer, the study showed.For women diagnosed with the disease in the United States and Australia between 2010 and 2014, five-year survival was 90 per cent. In 16 western European countries, the rate improved to 85 per cent, and stood at 71 per cent for eastern European nations.In India, breast cancer survival improved during those five years to 66 per cent.37.5 million casesLiver and lung cancers remain quick killers in both rich and developing countries, but the last 20 years have seen some progress.Between 1995 and 2014, liver cancer survival increased in South Korea (from 11 to 27 percent), Sweden (5 to 17 per cent), and Portugal (8 to 19 per cent).Similarly, lung cancer survival went up by 5 to 10 per cent in 21 countries, including Britain. The most progress was seen in China (from 8 to 20 per cent), Japan (23 to 33 per cent), and South Korea (10 to 25 per cent).Pancreatic cancer remained highly lethal everywhere, with five-year survival rates typically under 15 per cent.“Greater international efforts are needed to understand the risk factors for this rapidly lethal cancer,” said co-author Michel Coleman, a researcher at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.Led by Claudia Allemani from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Concord-3 study marshalled hundreds of experts and more than 300 cancer registries covering 37.5 million cancer cases — three-quarters of all the cancers diagnosed worldwide from 2000 to 2014.Thirty-one European countries were included, along with 17 from Asia and 13 from Latin America. Only six African countries were included, due to a lack of data.“Despite more than 20 years of advocacy for …fully functional cancer registries, both political and financial support remains woeful,” said Richard Sullivan, a professor at Kings Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre in London. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T among highest cancer mortality rates in the Americas – reportNovember 7, 2013In “Regional”Blood test offers hope of finding cancers before symptoms developJune 1, 2018In “latest news”Latin America, C’bean record over 28,000 cervical cancer deaths annuallyFebruary 1, 2019In “Health”
A 73-year-old rice farmer is left counting his losses after his Essequibo Coast home of several years met with a disastrous fire on Thursday morning resulting in the loss of the entire upper flat.Based on police information, the fire occurred at Lot 2 Windsor Castle, Essequibo Coast at about 09:00hrs today (Thursday).The owner of the house, Harry Nanan Parmanan told investigators that he had left home at around 07:00hrs with his son, to visit the Suddie Public Hospital.He said that shortly after, his teenaged grandson returned to the two storey wooden and concrete structure, and observed smoke emanating from the upper flat of the house.The 15-year-old reportedly began to raise an alarm, and his mother and other siblings who were present in the lower flat of the house managed to flee the building.Neighbours in the area attempted to carry out a bucket brigade as they awaited the arrival of the fire fighters. However, this proved futile as the blaze was too intense.As such, when the fire service responded to the scene, they only managed to save the lower flat of the home from a fiery destruction.A number of important documents and an undisclosed sum of valuables were lost as a result of the blaze.Police have not yet ascertained the exact cause of the fire.An investigation has been launched. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPensioner’s house goes up in flamesMay 23, 2019In “latest news”Enterprise home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedMay 11, 2018In “Crime”West Berbice farmer’s house destroyed by fireSeptember 13, 2017In “Local News”
The English engineering company, DavyMarkham, has been awarded a $20 million order for the supply of mining hoists and associated electrical drives and controls by gold producer IAMGOLD of Toronto, Canada. The contract includes a large double drum hoist with a diameter of 6.4 m, a drum width of 2.4 m and a payload capacity of 20,000 kg. It will serve as the main production hoist, operating at depths down to 2,652 m, at IAMGOLD’s new Westwood exploration program. “This is a very important contract gain for DavyMarkham and it is testimony to the cutting-edge design engineering technology we are applying to this key market sector and the extreme precision of our heavy engineering,” says Managing Director, Kevin Parkin. “IAMGOLD is a major new customer for us and we are delighted to have won this major order in international competitive tender.”Over recent years DavyMarkham has been developing mine winder technology, making inroads into the Canadian minerals market, supplying, according to the company, more than a dozen new hoists for gold and nickel mining projects; it was also the first supplier to the North American market to comply with the South African SABS codes of practice, for deep shaft exploration. The company has worked closely with ABB Montreal on the provision of electrical plant for these projects and gained a thorough understanding of how its drive and control systems operate, ensuring the highest levels of safety, reliability and performance for mine hoisting installations.For the Westwood project, DavyMarkham will design, manufacture and supply a 6.4 m diameter production hoist and a 5.5 m double drum service hoist, together with associated clutch assemblies and multi-channel hydraulic brake control system. ABB has been sub-contracted to provide drive systems for both hoists, including high voltage motors, industrial drive units, digital hoist control system and a hoist operator station. Delivery is scheduled for late spring, early summer 2010, presently on a supply to mine site basis, although there may be the option of providing installation and commissioning services at a later stage.Located two kilometres from the company’s existing Doyon mine operation in northern Quebec, IAMGOLD’s Westwood advanced exploration project began in 2004 to identify potential new deposits. A raise boring machine is already excavating an initial shaft and, once this is complete, the sinking of the main 5.5 m diameter exploration shaft will begin.This accelerated exploration program puts pressure on DavyMarkham to meet an extremely tight contract deadline, although work is currently progressing to schedule. The principal components were first subject to a rigorous engineering analysis process to predict stress levels and deflections at all critical points in the hoist, with the drums themselves modelled using finite element studies, which accurately represent the thickness of materials to be used throughout the structure. This process enabled the company to recommend a smaller 5.5 m diameter service hoist with geared drive, as the optimum size commensurate with duties, rather than the more expensive 5.79 m diameter, direct drive configuration originally specified.A particular feature of the DavyMarkham mine hoist design is the provision of a multi-channel hydraulic brake control system, which ensures full SABS compliance and maximum safety under fault conditions. This system has been specified on both IAMGOLD hoists and will be interfaced with ABB’s digital hoist control equipment, so that if a fault occurs with one brake channel, only one cluster of brake units is affected and the remaining clusters provide correct brake application and controlled deceleration.On the drives side, ABB will be supplying a water-cooled ACS6000 series multidrive coupled to a 6,800 kW AC synchronous motor for the main production hoist, with an ACS800 multidrive and two 1,205 kW cast iron induction motors for the service hoist. It will also provide its well-proven digital hoist control and safety supervisory system, to monitor the hoist operating speed envelope and ensure reliable and accurate control of brake systems and other hoist subsystems. This will be linked to a Type PA1 hoist operator control station and Hoistlogger monitoring system, for a simple and clear means of mine hoist operation when full production starts in 2012.
Arch Coal plans to invest $3.0 million in ADA to fund near-term growth opportunities. ADA has been successful at developing technologies that improve the performance of coals from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin (PRB). In addition to flue gas conditioning chemicals used to aid in the collection of ash from PRB coals, it also developed a cost-effective brominated activated carbon technology that provides a means of achieving 90% removal of mercury emissions from PRB coals and CyClean technology, a proprietary coal additive that improves combustion of PRB coals in cyclone boilers resulting in enhanced efficiency and reduced emissions of mercury and nitrogen oxides. For the past several years, ADA has worked with Arch to explore certain unique characteristics of some of its coals that allow them to be burned with lower mercury emissions.The first step of the investment was completed on March 23 with the purchase of 143,885 shares of ADA for $1.0 million. The remaining $2.0 million is consideration for an exclusive license to use ADA’s technology to provide environmental benefits for coals mined by Arch that are used to produce electricity. The license is currently being negotiated to define the royalty structure and is expected to be finalized in the next month. Arch has been a significant shareholder of ADA since 2003 when the Company spun-out as a separate public entity.Mike Durham, ADA President and CEO, stated, “This investment will continue our long-standing relationship with Arch and allow the company to fund opportunities that have the potential for significant near-term increases in revenues and earnings such as CyClean. As Congress is considering a year extension to the Section 45 tax credits, we want to be in a position to respond quickly to sell and install additional CyClean systems to produce refined coal.”ADA-ES is a leader in clean coal technology and the associated specialty chemicals. It develops and implements proprietary environmental technology and specialty chemicals that enable coal-fuelled power plants to enhance existing air pollution control equipment, maximise capacity and improve operating efficiencies. ADA-ES supplies activated carbon (AC) injection systems, mercury measurement instrumentation, and related services. Through Clean Coal Solutions, the company provides its patented refined coal technology, CyClean, to utilities to enhance combustion of and reduce emissions from PRB coals in cyclone boilers, which qualifies for Section 45 tax credits. In addition, to meet the needs of the power industry for mercury control, a joint venture of the company, ADA Carbon Solutions, is developing state-of-the-art facilities to produce AC with the first plant projected to come on-line in 2010. The company is also developing technologies for power plants to address issues related to the emissions of carbon dioxide.
With a range of new features “for increased productivity, safety and ease of use, the compact, versatile Dando Terrier MK2 has been designed specifically for site investigation and environmental analysis,” the company says. Crawler mounted for easy access to areas of restricted access, the rig boasts the following features and options:– 300mm hydraulic mast dump– Trip hammer auto-stop– Trip hammer swings out from drill line at any height– Capable of tripping out multiple rods– Drill string is supported by a stainless steel rod guide– New split weight design. 63.5kg reduced to 50kg with the removal of 8 bolts– Single piece drive adapter– Swing-out pullback ring– Revised control console– Lightweight, folding stabiliser legs– Mast automatically locks into headache post with no additional pinsOptions:– Fixed wide track kit extends width of carrier to 1000mm from 800mm– Single hydraulic foot clamp– Hydraulic stabilising legs– SPT blow counter with illuminated display– Remote mast kit– Lighting– Various engine options– Hydraulic power take off– Radio remote control– Concrete coring head– Vice options– Lift off storage baskets– SPT calibration
The 2018 International Tin Conference in Budapest was successfully held last month, with over 200 delegates in attendance. The conference programme highlighted, in particular, the increasing focus on responsible tin sourcing, while assessing the outlook for tin supply and impact of new technologies.During the conference, various views on responsible sourcing were expressed by a range of stakeholders across the tin supply chain. Supply chain due diligence emerged as a key theme, with the London Metal Exchange, European Commission, the International Tin Association (ITA) all outlining progress in developing and implementing new supply-chain standards and requirements for tin. Tin consumers present raised concerns about overlapping or unharmonized standards. Tin producers hope that the ITA Code of Conduct can address this concern by becoming the universal standard for responsible tin supply in the tin industry.The growth of Electric Vehicles presents new opportunities for tin, with various potential uses in lithium-ion batteries and in the development of supporting infrastructure. However, innovation in the tin industry is also visible in mining and processing technology. Presentations outlined how optical ore sorting can successfully be applied to tin ore processing for hard-rock mines and that it has been adopted both by the San Rafael mine in Peru and Renison in Tasmania.A number of tin exploration and development companies provided progress updates for projects in Australia, Canada, DR Congo and Morocco. Some existing producers outlined how they are working on new sources of tin supply, with Minsur developing its B2 tailings project and carrying out advanced exploration at a number of deposits proximal to the San Rafael mine. PT Timah is trialling both onshore and offshore borehole mining with plans to invest in this extraction method in the coming years. However, the ITA continues to warn that global tin supply will likely be insufficient to meet rising demand in the years ahead without price increases.Its next event will be Asia Tin Week in Shenzhen, China, to be held provisionally September 16-18, 2018.
Weir Minerals clocked a solid performance in the first half of 2018 and was ably supported by strong demand for new equipment and aftermarket services from its Minerals division.The company’s orders from continuing operations (minus its Flow Control division) were up 20% year-on-year in the six month period at £1.17 billion, while operating profit jumped 38% to £160 million.Minerals orders increased 12% to £728 million, with original equipment orders up 9% (£222 million) and aftermarket orders up 14% (£728 million). Operating profit within the division rose 13% to £112 million.While its Minerals division performed well, its Oil & Gas division topped it with a 35% year-on-year order jump to £438 million as North American upstream oil and gas markets grew strongly.Weir said: “Activity in mining markets continued to grow strongly as customers ramped up production to maximise the benefits of supportive commodity prices. Demand was particularly good for brownfield solutions that help debottleneck, increase throughput and reduce downtime of existing mines.”The pipeline of new projects continued to increase driven by good long-term fundamentals for commodities such as copper, gold and lithium, the company said.“Customers remained disciplined about committing to new greenfield developments, although a small number of projects received final approval.”Weir said its early investment in deploying more engineers to customer sites to help miners improve productivity had continued to support strong order growth in the first six months of the year with sales from integrated solutions, which leverage the division’s portfolio of premium products, delivering around £50 million in additional orders. Weir noted engineers completed 374 site audits in the period.“The division also continued to grow market share through its successful trials programme that sees it go head to head with competitor products to demonstrate the superior performance of Weir equipment,” the company said.The first half also saw the opening of additional service centres in Zambia, Chile and Peru to further extend Weir’s service network.Weir’s technology programmes focused on continuous improvement in the division’s core products while also developing its Synertrex® IoT solution. Weir said full commercialisation of this technology in mining markets was planned for the second half of the year.Synertrex uses network connectivity to capture equipment data and relay it to service centres, service technicians, their customers and Weir’s design centres for trend monitoring, proactive components supply and product improvement.After the end of the quarter, Weir completed the acquisition of Esco Corp in a deal that came with an enterprise value of $1.29 billion.