Month: September 2019


Gronk Was The Most Efficient Receiver Weve Seen


2Julio JonesWR1,09510,7319.8 6Michael IrvinWR9608,9369.3 7Jordy NelsonWR9248,5879.3 1Rob GronkowskiTE7947,8619.9 9Doug BaldwinWR7226,5639.1 3Malcom FloydWR5705,5509.7 8T.Y. HiltonWR8788,0979.2 Among players with at least 500 career targetsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 4DeSean JacksonWR1,05710,2619.7 It was the Instagram post that shook the NFL. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took to the social-media platform Sunday night to announce what had been speculated for the better part of two years: He was retiring from football at age 29, leaving the Pats less than two months after New England won Super Bowl LIII. Despite his relatively short career, Gronk seems like an ironclad lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on his three championships and many spike-worthy touchdowns. And there’s plenty of evidence that the traditional markers of tight end production undersell Gronkowski’s success. When healthy, Gronk was one of the most efficient offensive weapons in NFL history, notable as much for the nightmares he caused defenses as for the short amount of time his star shone (or his party-loving ways off the field).Not that Gronkowski’s conventional stats are anything to scoff at. He was named to the Pro Bowl in five of the seven seasons in which he played more than half of the Patriots’ games and was the first-team All-Pro tight end in four of those years. In the 2010s, no tight end had more receiving yards, and no receiver of any kind scored more receiving touchdowns. Only two tight ends in history — Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez — have more regular-season career TD catches, and Gronkowski caught 12 more in the postseason, which ties him with John Stallworth for the second-most playoff TDs among all players behind Jerry Rice.On a per-16-game basis, the average Gronk campaign would consist of 72 catches, 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns — numbers that would rank among the top 25 tight end seasons in history. And Gronkowski sustained that pace for nine seasons.Those numbers are only scratching the surface in terms of how valuable Gronk was to Tom Brady and the Patriots over the years. On a per-target basis, Gronkowksi picked up 9.9 yards — basically an entire first down every time the ball was thrown in his direction — according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Since 1992 (the first season for target data on PFR), that’s the best of any receiver — wideout or tight end — in the NFL. 5Brandin CooksWR5465,1479.4 Good things happened when you throw to GronkMost career yards per target for NFL players, 1992-2018 10Travis KelceTE5795,2369.0 PlayerPositionTargetsYardsyards per target Remember longtime Vikings WR Cris Carter’s old reputation — “all he does is catch touchdowns”? For Gronkowski, that was closer to being true than for any player of his generation — and it was a very good thing for the Patriots. With 521 career receptions and 79 career touchdown grabs, Gronk hauled in a TD once every 6.6 catches. Only eight players in NFL history with a minimum of 400 lifetime receptions — Don Hutson, Paul Warfield, Tommy McDonald, Art Powell, Jimmy Orr, Wesley Walker, Randy Moss and Lance Alworth — caught touchdowns as a greater share of their total catches than Gronkowski did.With those rates of great things happening whenever he was involved in the play, it’s easy to make a case that Gronkowski was the most efficient receiver (of any type) in NFL history. What’s more, Gronkowski consistently made his teammates more efficient, too.When our colleague Kyle Wagner looked at Gronk’s impact during the 2017-18 playoffs, he found that Brady’s passing efficiency numbers were significantly higher when his favorite tight end was on the field than not, one of the big ways Gronkowski has been a secret weapon for the Pats during the latter phase of their record-smashing dynasty. Since Gronk’s debut in 2010, Brady’s passer rating when targeting Gronkowski is 124.7, but it was just 96.8 when throwing to any other receiver. Even when it came to the greatest quarterback of all time, Gronkowski found a way to make him look much better.And then there was Gronkowski’s effect as a blocker. He frequently graded out as the best blocking tight end in the game, according to ProFootballFocus.com’s ratings. This aspect of his game made Gronk an asset whether the play call was a pass or run — keeping the Patriots from having to sub him in and out depending on the situation, or having his presence tip the Pats’ hand on which type of play was coming. No matter what Gronkowski was asked to do, he generated a mismatch with the defense.(All of this is to say nothing of the fun-loving image Gronkowski cultivated both on and off the field. We’ll leave others to judge his extracurricular activities, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t reference this great description of Gronkowski’s playing style from The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay: He was “six-foot-6, 265 pounds, galloping straight at you in the open field like a pony who just broke loose at a children’s birthday party.”)Gronkowski was still a valuable player in 2018, but there’s no denying that he was a shell of his old self. According to ProFootballFocus, he was ranked 11th best overall at the position. But as he showed in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory this year, Gronkowski could still be a game-changing player. His 29-yard reception in the fourth quarter set New England up on the goal line, leading to the game’s only touchdown. While Gronkowksi’s impact as a blocker generated great fanfare during the regular season and in the playoffs, he also was the team’s primary downfield weapon after Josh Gordon exited New England, averaging 16.4 air yards per reception, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. That was more than 50 percent greater than Brady’s overall mark per attempt during the same span.Few Hall of Famers have ever retired before their age-30 season,1In the parlance of Pro-Football-Reference, which calculates its seasonal ages based on the player’s age as of Dec. 31 during the year in question. but Gronkowski is destined to join a group that also includes Jim Brown, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley and Gale Sayers (among modern2Retiring since 1960. players). Though his time in the NFL was relatively short, Gronk made his mark on the league as a receiver, blocker and all-around offensive terror. The game — and its greatest quarterback — will miss him dearly next season. read more


College coaches crossing the line


Ohio State football players don’t know just how nice they have it.Not only do they enjoy incredible practice and workout facilities, a tradition-rich program and prominent national exposure on a weekly basis, but they don’t even get locked in a shed, verbally humiliated or punched in the face when they screw up.That’s a perk worth more than all the training tables, stipends and bowl gifts put together.In a college football environment that has seen Mark Mangino of Kansas fired for physically and verbally abusing his players (allegedly), Texas Tech’s Mike Leach canned for locking receiver Adam James in a darkened tool shed (allegedly) and the dismissal of South Florida’s Jim Leavitt for grabbing a player by the throat and striking him (allegedly) for a miscue on special teams, these Buckeyes should be counting their lucky stars to have a coach like Jim Tressel.Just ask Ray Small.If anyone on this past season’s OSU team could have benefited from a good lock-down or face smacking, it was him. If Tressel’s policy on missed classes, bobbled punts and smoking weed (allegedly) included such humiliations, Small would have looked like Rocky Balboa after 12 rounds with Clubber Lang.My prediction for Small’s career had he played for coaches Mangino or Leavitt?Pain.Probably a better case for comparison would be freshman Duron Carter’s treatment. His case is a little more salient because, like Adam James, he is the son of a former pro football player who now has the national platform provided by being a television football analyst.In light of his academic failures (allegedly), Carter was merely suspended by Tressel before the Rose Bowl rather than locked away in a janitor’s closet at the RPAC.Tressel has had his fair share of malcontents and miscreants to deal with. Early in his career at OSU, Tressel was forced to decide the fate of senior quarterback Steve Bellisari for driving under the influence. The following season, Louis Irizarry and Ira Guilford were arrested for attempted robbery.Each time, Tressel had a hard decision to make. In Bellisari’s case, it meant benching his starting quarterback for the game against arch-rival Michigan. For Irizarry and Guilford, he had to make the difficult choice to sever their ties with the program. For a man of coach Tressel’s integrity and compassion, that was certainly a difficult decision to make.To be fair, OSU is not unfamiliar to the tactics of a harsh disciplinarian. Some of our campus roads and buildings are named after one of the most aggressive coaches ever to stalk the sidelines of a college football game: Woody Hayes.Just ask Charlie Bauman. He was the Clemson nose guard who had the audacity to intercept a pass in the Gator Bowl and was then on the receiving end of a throat punch delivered by Hayes on the sideline.At that point, OSU officials’ hands were tied and they had no other choice then to let the venerable Hayes go. Just as the athletic directors at Kansas, Texas Tech and South Florida had no choice.Gone are the days of mothers and fathers sending their sons off to task-masters such as Hayes or former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight to be forged into men in a crucible of fire.In their place are parents like Ken Small and Craig James who are laboring under the illusion that just because their sons lit up the scoreboards for their respective high schools they are somehow entitled to being handled with kid gloves on the collegiate level.Given this level of coddling, once these student-athletes are outside of their insulated, athletic bubbles, they can hardly be blamed for thinking that the world revolves around them.Tressel can’t save every soul that comes under his tutelage. Some are beyond redemption before they ever set foot on campus (See: Maurice Clarett). But his track record is better than most, and for that, Buckeye fans should be proud.So three of the more brutish coaches in the ranks of college football are looking for work and the athletes left behind know that they are the ones holding the trump cards if their new coaches tick them off.Allegedly. read more


OSUs Dominic Clarke arrested wont play at Illinois


Ohio State football sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke will not travel with the Buckeyes for Saturday’s game at Illinois after being arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct during an on-campus incident involving what a witness described as a “compressed air” gun. An OSU student called the university police department and said that three black males were sitting on top of the roof of Marketplace, a campus eatery, “firing a paintball gun down at people.” The student said he looked out his window and saw the men on the roof.  “I can’t totally tell if it’s an Airsoft or a paintball, but it’s using compressed air,” the student said. The OSU police department report identified Clarke, as well as football freshman offensive lineman Chris Carter and men’s basketball freshman Sam Thompson. Both Carter and Thompson gave statements to police but were not arrested. In an email to The Lantern, OSU football spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Clarke would be suspended. “The individual was involved in a university rules violation,” Emig said in an email. “The issue is currently going through the university process, and head coach Luke Fickell has announced that he will not be traveling with the team to Illinois this weekend.” Basketball team spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email, “We have no issues with any basketball student athletes.” The police report said that the incident is still under investigation. read more


No such thing as a bad point for Columbus Blue Jackets


There’s no time to waste in the current NHL season – the Columbus Blue Jackets just need points. So far, they’re getting the job done. The Detroit Red Wings crashed the Blue Jackets’ Monday home opener by tying the game at three with 6:04 remaining in regulation before winning in a shootout, 4-3. The night wasn’t a total loss, though – players in the Columbus locker room found consolation in gaining a point by virtue of forcing overtime against the visitors. That valuable point in the standings gave the Blue Jackets three points through two games (the first two came in Saturday’s season-opening 4-3 shootout win at Nashville). It took the 2011-12 Blue Jackets nine games to make three points and claim their first win. So, while it’s true that the Blue Jackets were a mere 6:04 away from only the second 2-0 start to a season in franchise history, the team is taking a glass-half-full approach to the situation. “For us, (Monday’s game is) still a good point,” Blue Jackets wing Vinny Prospal said after the game. “I think, before the season, if anybody told us we’d have three points after the first two games, we would take it.” Prospal scored his first goal of the season – the would-have-been game winner – with 11:17 to play in the third period to put Columbus up, 3-2. Red Wings veteran center Pavel Datsyuk erased that lead when he jammed the game-tying goal past Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from close range. After a scoreless overtime period, Detroit center Damien Brunner scored the only goal of the shootout to win the game. A single point isn’t to be taken lightly in the current lockout-shortened, 48-game season. Fewer games mean fewer chances to climb in the standings and a significantly narrowed margin for error when compared to the ample opportunities teams have to improve during the typical 82-game seasons. Another product of the condensed schedule is quick turnarounds – Columbus will play its third game in five days Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes. If there was any lingering frustration about letting a win against Detroit slip away, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jack Johnson compelled his teammates to quickly move beyond it. “You have to let it go,” Johnson said. “We have to get ready for Wednesday … win or lose, you have to put it behind you and get ready for the next one.” A win against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., would give the Blue Jackets five points – it took last year’s team 12 games to reach that plateau, and they were already fading from the playoff picture, having posted a 2-9-1 record during that span. So long as the team doesn’t fade into playoff oblivion again, when and how the points come probably isn’t of much consequence to the Columbus players. The goal, Johnson said, is to simply accumulate points every time out and stay in the hunt. “We’re trying to find a way to get a point in every single game,” Johnson said. “Because every point is so precious with only 48 games.” John Davidson, president of hockey operations for Columbus, agreed. “There’s no such thing as a bad point,” Davidson said. “Not this year.” The Blue Jackets’ Wednesday game at Phoenix is scheduled for an 10 p.m. start. read more


Mel and Sue to host BBC One primetime Saturday night show


first_imgMel and Sue had presented the Great British Bake Off with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood Credit:BBC “Their warmth, wit, charm and chemistry married with their genuine love of entertainment are all a perfect fit for Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief.”During the Saturday night show they will be challenging contestants to both sing and dance as they perform some of the biggest hits in pop history, while wearing red noses. The announcement comes just days after the end of the Great British Bake Off on the BBC. The two hosts had said they will not “follow the dough” to move to Channel 4, making clear their loyalty to the BBC. They will now host a Saturday night entertainment slot of all-singing, all-dancing celebrities in aid of charity.Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, said: “Bringing Mel and Sue to BBC One on a Saturday night is hugely exciting. 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. Bringing Mel and Sue to BBC One on a Saturday night is hugely excitingKate Phillipscenter_img Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who shunned moving to Channel 4 when they poached the Great British Bake Off, have been rewarded with a primetime Saturday night show on the BBC.Mel and Sue, as they are known to fans, will host Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief, a four-part series on BBC One next year. Viewers and a panel of judges will vote for who they want to see return to the competition’s grand finale after three live heats in the lead-up to Red Nose Day 2017.Perkins, 47, said: “I’m thrilled to be co-presenting Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief, not least because it will finally show the world why I was voted West Penwith’s Krumping Champion – over 40s category.” Mel and Sue had presented the Great British Bake Off with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood last_img read more


Protect our salmon from poachers volunteers demand as they say river deserves


first_imgDespite the fact England’s salmon stocks are among the lowest on record, the River Ure in Yorkshire has enjoyed a boost in its salmon population over the last five years – even outperforming the rivers in Scotland. Volunteers are pushing for a Yorkshire river with a flourishing salmon population to be recognised as a “principle river” by the government so they can protect the fish from poachers. This is thanks to the efforts of the Ure Salmon Group, who tend the habitat, remove blockages to the river so fish can swim in and run a stocking scheme.center_img However, the Government has labelled the river a “recovering salmon river” rather than giving it principle salmon status – meaning it will not receive…last_img


Christians on brink of extinction in Middle East warns Archbishop of Canterbury


Describing the “daily threat of murder” faced in the Middle East, the Most Reverend Justin Welby says Christians are experiencing “the worst situation since the Mongol invasions of the 13th Century”. Christians who were the first founders of the church are on brink of “imminent extinction”, the Archbishop of Canterbury is warning. It comes as figures have revealed just one in 400 Syrian refugees given asylum in the UK last year were Christians despite them being subjected to “horrendous persecution”. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Archbishop Welby, the most senior clergyman in the Church of England, calls on the Government to take in more refugees. Highlighting their plight ahead of a special…


Selfharm trebles among women in past 14 years amid calls for social


Responding to the report, an NSPCC spokeswoman said: “We know from contacts to Childline that many children are being driven to self-harm as a way of dealing with the pressures and demands of modern-day life.“Within a few clicks, children and young people can have almost unlimited access to suicide and self-harm content online – despite tech giants claiming they prohibit such material.”This is why our Wild West Web campaign is calling on the Government to introduce independent regulation of social networks to protect children from the risk of abuse and harmful content.”In 2000 and 2007, the prevalence of self-harming was similar between the sexes, but by 2014 it had become higher in women and girls (7.9%) than men and boys (5%).”The rise in rates of self-harm – particularly among girls and young women – is alarming,”  Emma Thomas, CEO at YoungMinds, said. 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. Her father, Ian, has been vocal in his beliefs that Instagram “helped kill my daughter”.Despite showing  “no obvious signs” of severe mental health issues, the teenagerl was found dead in her bedroom.Her family later discovered that she had been viewing material on social media linked to anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide.Mr Russell, said the algorithms used by Instagram enabled Molly to view more harmful content, possibly contributing to her death. The revelation that almost one in five girls and young women have self-harmed comes as charities warn that “within a few clicks, children and young people can have almost unlimited access to suicide and self-harm content online”.In April, following a campaign by the Telegraph, the Government announced plans to introduce new Duty of Care laws to hold tech firms accountable for damaging material online.The case of Molly Russell sparked headlines around the world. The schoolgirl took her own life six days before her 15th birthday in 2017 after viewing self-harm and suicide material on social media. “At the moment, it’s far too difficult for children and young people to get mental health support before they reach crisis point.The study also shows that rates of self-harm in England are generally increasing. Across the period, the rate of lifetime non-suicidal self-harm rose from 2.4% to 3.8% to 6.4% across the population.The study analysed responses from people aged 16 to 74 in England in 2000, 2007 and 2014, mainly using information from face-to-face interviews.Their sample included 7,243 people in 2000, 6,444 in 2007 and 6,477 in 2014.Jacqui Morrissey, assistant director of research and influencing at Samaritans, said: “Self-harm is a sign of serious emotional distress and while the majority of people who self-harm will not go on to take their own life, it is a strong predictor for future suicide risk.”It’s therefore vital that there is a broad public health approach, rooted in education across frontline professionals and the wider community, improved mental health services and effective support on and offline.” The number of girls and young women self-harming has tripled in the past 14 years as charities call on social media companies to take up their duty of care.In 2000, 6.5% of 16 to 24-year-old girls and women reported having self-harmed at some point in their life. However this figure doubled to 11.7% in 2007 and 19.7% in 2014.Experts have described the figures in the study, carried out by  the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and published in The Lancet Psychiatry, as “alarming”.The study provides the first evidence of long-term trends in non-suicidal self-harm in England.Previous studies have used data from health services to measure self-harm, but many people who self-harm do not seek or receive help, the researchers said. read more


Why turning your fan around can help you sleep better in a


One unconventional method championed by a New Zealand-based eco-warrior involves pointing an electric fan outside of your open bedroom window to keep cool at night.   Nelson Lebo, an eco design adviser for Palmerston North city council in the South Pacific nation’s North Island, explains the clever fan trick works by blowing the… Inevitably, the weather has got people talking, and sharing tips on how to stay cool. They range from the bizarre, like eating chilli and painting your roof white, to practical tips like wearing light clothes. The heatwave is coming. Forecasters predict all-time records for July could be broken on Wednesday or Thursday as the mercury pushes towards 95F (35C) and above. 


Malaysia releases Kim Jong Nams body in deal ending spat with


By Joseph Sipalan and Rozanna Latiff | KUALA LUMPURA van believed to be carrying the body of Kim Jong Nam, leaves the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Kyodo/via REUTERSMalaysia put the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a plane to Pyongyang on Thursday, in a deal that secured the release of its citizens there and ended a drawnout diplomatic spat.U.S. and South Korean intelligence sources say North Korea masterminded the deadly attack on Kim Jong Nam last month using VX nerve agent, a chemical so toxic that it is on a U.N. list of weapons of mass destruction.The attack outraged Malaysia and sparked a diplomatic row with North Korea, resulting in travel bans on both sides and a collapse in their long-standing friendly ties.Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the nine Malaysians barred from leaving North Korea had been allowed to board a plane out, adding on Twitter that they were expected to reach Kuala Lumpur at 5 a.m. local time on Friday (2100 GMT Thursday).The Malaysians left Pyongyang in a Royal Malaysian Air Force business jet, which headed immediately west out of North Korean airspace before turning south toward Malaysia, according to flight tracking website planefinder.net.“Following the completion of the autopsy on the deceased and receipt of a letter from his family requesting the remains be returned to North Korea, the coroner has approved the release of the body,” Najib said in a statement.The statement did not mention Kim by name. Kim was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13.Earlier, sources told Reuters authorities were preparing to transport Kim’s body on Malaysia Airlines flight MH360 to Beijing. That flight lands in Beijing after midnight.The swap agreement brings to an end nearly seven weeks of diplomatic standoff between the formerly friendly countries.Najib has said the return of the nine Malaysians in Pyongyang was Malaysia’s priority.North Korea had been demanding the handover of Kim’s body and that three remaining suspects inside its embassy be returned to Pyongyang in exchange for an end to the travel ban on Malaysians, diplomatic sources have said.It was not immediately clear if the suspects were also allowed to leave Malaysia, although some local media reported that they were taking the same flight to Beijing.Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed nation.The young, unpredictable Kim Jong Un had issued a “standing order” for his elder half-brother’s assassination, and there was a failed attempt in 2012, according to some South Korean lawmakers.RELATIONS REAFFIRMEDMalaysian police say Kim was killed by two women who smeared the super toxic nerve agent VX on his face. An Indonesian woman and a Vietnamese woman have been charged.North Korea reacted angrily when the Malaysian authorities identified North Korean suspects and sought to question others including a diplomat at their embassy in Kuala Lumpur.Pyongyang has maintained that the body was that of Kim Chol as stated in his passport, and not Kim Jong Nam.Malaysia expelled North Korea’s ambassador for being “diplomatically rude”, although Najib later said that ties with Pyongyang would not be severed, in a bid to calm relations.A statement by the North Korean government released simultaneously said both countries managed to “resolve issues arising from the death of a DPRK national” in Malaysia at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.DPRK stands for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.“The importance of bilateral relations was reaffirmed. In this connection, both countries agreed to positively discuss the re-introduction of the visa-free system and work toward bringing the relations to a higher level,” read the statement from North Korea.Malaysia imposed a travel ban on North Koreans leaving the Southeast Asian country in a tit-for-tat move after Pyongyang barred Malaysians from leaving its borders.Najib said on Thursday that North Koreans will now be allowed to leave Malaysia.(Additional reporting by James Pearson and Liz Lee; Writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by Nick Macfie and Hugh Lawson) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKim Jong-nam killing: Senior N Korea diplomat named as suspectFebruary 22, 2017In “World”Airport killing seen on CCTV, probe strains Malaysia-North Korea tiesFebruary 20, 2017In “World”Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysia police hold female suspectFebruary 15, 2017In “World” read more


India doctors allow 10yearold rape victim to abort


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndia media storm over 10-year-old pregnant rape victimAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”Brothers given life sentences for raping 10-year-old niece in IndiaNovember 3, 2017In “World”Third teenager attacked and burned in a week in IndiaMay 11, 2018In “latest news” (BBC) A panel of doctors has accepted a 10-year-old rape victim’s plea for an abortion in the northern Indian state of Haryana.Dr Ashok Chauhan told the BBC the termination would be carried out “anytime now”.Sexual abuse against children is rampant in India (Getty images photo)The girl became pregnant about five months ago. She alleges rape by her stepfather, who has been arrested.Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the woman’s life is in danger.The decision to allow the child to abort was taken after a local court told doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in the town of Rohtak that it would accept their recommendation.Analysis: Geeta Pandey, BBC News, DelhiIndia is home to the largest number of sexually abused children globally. But there’s a general reluctance to talk about the problem and it’s rarely discussed in public.Studies have shown that in large numbers of cases, like in the case of the 10-year-old rape victim in Rohtak, the abusers are known to the children and include care-givers like parents, relatives and teachers.Contrary to the popular belief that only girls are abused, boys are equally at risk; and children from affluent families are just as much at risk as those from poor backgrounds.Campaigners say sexual abuse of children goes unchecked because the victims are often afraid to report it to their parents or teachers, and also because parents themselves often hush it up, fearing family dishonour.But in recent years India has been waking up to the problem and on Tuesday, child rights charity World Vision India launched a new campaign to end child sexual abuse by 2021.The campaign aims to impact five million children across 200 districts and calls on every Indian citizen to work to break the silence that surrounds child abuse.Campaigners say India’s culture at present stands on the side of the offender, and that must change.The tough law against abortion was introduced to fight India’s skewed gender ratio. A deep-seated cultural preference for sons has led to millions of female foetuses being aborted over the years by pregnant women after undergoing foetal gender testing.In recent months India’s Supreme Court has received several petitions, some from women who were raped, wanting to terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks. The court has always referred the matter to medical experts.The scale of abuse in IndiaA child under 16 is raped every 155 minutes, a child under 10 every 13 hoursMore than 10,000 children were raped in 2015240 million women living in India were married before they turned 1853.22% of children who participated in a government study reported some form of sexual abuse50% of abusers are known to the child or are “persons in trust and care-givers”Sources: Indian government, UnicefIn the latest case in Rohtak town in Haryana, doctors from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) accepted the family’s request to allow the child to have an abortion after discussing the matter on Monday.The pregnancy came to light last week when the 10-year-old’s mother, who works as a domestic helper, suspected her child was pregnant and took her to see a doctor.Reports said the girl was often left at home when her mother went to work. She told her mother that she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who had warned her not to say anything.The stepfather was arrested after the mother lodged a police complaint, senior Rohtak police official Pankaj Nain told the BBC.Dr Chauhan had said on Monday the case for the termination was “borderline”.“She is around 20 weeks pregnant, but it could be 19 weeks or it could be 21 weeks. The technology is not so advanced that it can tell you exactly what week she’s in.” read more


CPL 2017 BravoMcCullum carnage overshadows Gayles 93 as Riders beat Patriots


Chris Gayle reached his fifty in 34 balls Ashley Allen – CPL T20 / Getty(ESPNcricinfo) Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum blitzed eight sixes off the final 13 balls of a rain-reduced chase to leave hosts St Kitts & Nevis Patriots shell-shocked as Trinbago Knight Riders escaped with a dramatic eight-wicket win (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern). The win increased the Knight Riders’ first-place advantage over Patriots to three points and a win in either of their final two matches will clinch them top spot in the league stage.Knight Riders held slim hopes after Colin Munro fell in the fourth over of the chase to Samuel Badree, after which rain halted their 13-over chase – a consequence of two lengthy delays during the Patriots innings – and reduced it to a six-over sprint in which they needed 52 off the remaining 17 balls. Yet, Knight Riders reached the target with four balls remaining.Lewis leads offEvin Lewis hits a ball to the boundary every 4.06 deliveries so far in CPL 2017, a rate behind only McCullum (3.80) and Mohammad Nabi (2.92) for players facing a minimum of 30 deliveries. Lewis was twice as good on Wednesday night, hitting every other ball he faced for four or six in a rollicking 14-ball 39.He distributed his punishment evenly against Knight Riders, driving Ronsford Beaton for a straight six in the second over before doing the same to Sunil Narine in the third. In the next two overs, he pulled each bowler over square leg for another set of maximums. Lewis was on track to bring up the fastest fifty of CPL 2017 – currently held by Darren Sammy off 23 balls – before he was given out to Narine caught behind. Replays showed the ball missed the bat entirely on a back-foot swipe, with the sound of the ball clipping the pad flap. That duped the umpire into upholding Narine’s appeal for a catch as Lewis walked off bemused.Action. Camera. Lights?Just 5.5 overs into the match, with the score at 60 for 1 and Gayle on 19, a floodlight power-failure halted play and eventually resulted in a 90-minute delay, which shaved off two overs from each innings. Just 2.1 overs after the break – as Patriots advanced to 86 for 1 – a further 45-minute rain stoppage caused another five overs to be peeled off.With only five overs left in the innings, Patriots went on to nearly double their score. Their 162 in 13 overs ended up as the sixth-highest first-innings total of the tournament, and the highest scoring-rate of any innings in CPL 2017 (12.46 per over).Vintage GayleChris Gayle was near his menacing best at Warner Park. On three separate occasions – Ashley Nurse in the seventh, Dwayne Bravo in the 10th and Ronsford Beaton in the 13th – he smashed sixes off consecutive balls. He reached his fifty in 34 balls; in the next 12 deliveries, he raced to 93.Gayle needed two boundaries off the innings’ last three balls to reach a ton and Beaton, the bowler, served up another pie, but the batsman mistimed it to deep midwicket. Gayle’s 93 was the second-highest individual score of CPL 2017 and also moved him to the top of the season’s run charts.Knight Riders ambushLewis and Gayle’s knocks, however, were mere afterthoughts in the face of the assault from Darren Bravo and McCullum. Set an adjusted DLS 13-over target of 169, Knight Riders scored only two runs off the bat in a five-run opening over from Ben Hilfenhaus.McCullum got hot in the second over against Carlos Brathwaite, taking him for a six and two fours, then followed up with a trio of boundaries off Hilfenhaus in the third. But Narine and Munro fell in the space of four balls to the Australian and Badree, before rain stopped the chase with the score 34 for 2 in 3.1 overs.When the rain finally ceased, the target was reduced to 86 in six overs. The drama was just beginning though, as Bravo pumped his first two balls straight over Badree’s head for six before heaving a short ball over midwicket for a third in three balls to start his innings. From there on, the equation was simple. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPatriots claim second Hero CPL win to hold up Knight Riders’ qualificationJuly 30, 2016In “latest news”CPL 2018: TKR stifle Patriots to seal Final spotSeptember 15, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2017: Patriots march into final after stellar bowling showSeptember 6, 2017In “latest news” By Peter Della PennaTrinbago Knight Riders 86 for 2 (McCullum 40*, Bravo 38*) beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 162 for 3 (Gayle 93) by eight wickets (DLS method) read more


Motorcyclist killed after minibus slams into him


A motorcyclist was killed in the wee hours of Saturday morning after he was struck by a minibus in the vicinity of the Goed Fortuin Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD).Dead is 42-year-old Joseph James of Walter Terrace, West La Penitence, Georgetown. James was returning home from a party when the accident occurred.Reports are the driver of the minibus claimed that he was robbed and held hostage by armed bandits, causing him to hit the cyclist.According to reports, the incident occurred at about 03:00h as he was returning home from a party on the West Bank of Demerara.Dead: Joseph JamesThis publication was told that the now dead motorist was struck by a minibus bearing registration number BSS 9898 that was at the time proceeding North along the roadway.Reports indicate the driver of the minibus was at the time of the accident above the legal limit of alcohol. He told Police he was attacked and robbed of his jewellery by occupants of a motorcar.He claimed that after being robbed, he was forced back into his minibus and in a bid to escape, struck James who was proceeding in the said direction on his motorcycle.The minibus driver claimed he lost control of the bus and ended up toppling into a nearby trench.However, James, whose head was smashed from the impact, was picked up by public spirited persons and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.When this publication visited the home of the dead man, family members were still trying to ascertain how the father of three died.A neighbour of the dead man who visited the scene revealed that she saw the motorcycle that James was riding mangled at a corner of the road.“The motorbike was in two pieces, it was broken in two and I didn’t go and see the body because I didn’t want see him like that,” the neighbour related.Relatives told this publication that residents related a different story than what the driver reported to the Police.Mother of the dead man, Gloria Lewis, who kept repeating that her son was a very loving person, said she wants justice for him.“Ow… I want justice for he… he don’t drive fast, he does always tek he time and drive… I want justice for me son.Anything you could’ve ask him for do and he would do it, anything,” she related.The driver of the minibus is now in Police custody as investigations into the incident continue. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTraffic Chief cautions motorists about rising road deathsAugust 30, 2017In “Local News”Pedal cyclist killed, struck down by drunk minibus driverSeptember 20, 2017In “Crime”Mother of 3 killed in accident while returning home from Flag Raising CeremonyMay 26, 2016In “latest news” read more


KGHM brings production experience to Swedens mine of the future initiative


first_imgFollowing on from IM‘s report in June 2009 about Sweden’s ‘mine of the future’ (MIFU) initiative (p44), copper and silver producer KGHM has now joined the consortium. As the eighth largest producer of copper and the third largest producer of silver in the world, it will bring extensive knowledge and experience to the program. Led by mining technology partner, Nordic Rock Tech Centre, the MIFU project will be used to identify strategic issues that need to be addressed and solved in present operations to increase production efficiency in line with manufacturers in other sectors, whilst also conveying an image of the sector as innovative, interesting and sustainable. It is envisioned that the study will be used to prepare the framework for a Strategic Research, Development and Innovation Agenda 2011 – 2020. The study is partly financed by the Swedish Strategic Mining Research Programme through the national agency Vinnova (http://www.vinnova.se/) in an agreement with the Swedish mining research foundation, MITU (http://www.bergforsk.se/).Henryk Karas, the KGHM representative for the project: “We have found that we share similar challenges for future mining in Sweden and Poland and by joining the MIFU conceptual study, I am sure we will create good solutions together.”For more information on the MIFU program please visit www.rocktechcentre.selast_img read more


Donaldson expands fuel filter product line for mining machines


first_imgWith new offerings for Cummins®, Racor®, Stanadyne® Fuel Manager® FM 100 and DAVCO® Fuel Pro® systems, Donaldson has expanded its fuel filter offering to provide customers with even more options to protect engine components and to extend equipment life. Rich Lewis, General Manager in charge of liquid filtration at Donaldson: “This gives us comprehensive coverage of fuel filter applications in both on-road and off-road vehicles, provides performance that meets or exceeds application requirements, and offers features that make them easy to install and more convenient to use. It truly is a better way to filter fuel.”The expanded line of replacement fuel filters includes a full complement of filters to fit Cummins® engines, Racor® fuel systems and Stanadyne® Fuel Manager® FM100 fuel systems.Many of the fuel filters in the expanded line have Twist&DrainTM valves, which make them among the easiest to service and use in the industry, the company says. The Twist&Drain valve, a key feature on Donaldson replacement filters for Cummins and Racor systems, turns the complicated task of removing water into an easy process. This Donaldson-exclusive valve has been designed with user-friendly features:A wider, easy-turn “thumb and forefinger” profileSelf-venting, allowing for easy water flowA single threaded port in the bottom of the filter housing for fast and easy water draining – without the awkwardness of multiple sensor and drain ports.Donaldson filters for Cummins engines with Twist&Drain valves come standard with a fully integrated water-in-fuel (WIF) sensor in the drain valve for operator notification of water presence.Donaldson filters for Racor systems (used in both on- and off-road vehicles) come with a choice of standard Twist&Drain valves or Twist&Drain valves with an integrated threaded sensor port designed to be compatible with existing OE sensors. Filters for the Racor systems also offer the option of a clear water collection bowl for visual water inspection.Donaldson filters for Stanadyne Fuel Manager FM100 systems cover a range of 500 off-road vehicle and equipment applications with just 17 part numbers, allowing dealers and maintenance shops to reduce inventory and shelf space. This reliable, simplified Donaldson design includes a universal interface, with no “keys” necessary to fit existing equipment. It’s also fully compatible with OE drain valves, sensors and bowls.Many Donaldson replacement fuel filters are manufactured using SynteqTM media, a high efficiency, robust media for fine particulate removal. This composite media combines cellulose and synthetic materials to give you worry free performance and extended filter life to meet or exceed even the most demanding application requirements.last_img read more


Bulldog mine conveyor belt alignment and rip detection


first_img4B Australia has introduced the new 4B Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches designed to detect dangerous misalignment of conveyors and belt tear damage. The switches are built to withstand harsh industrial environments. Designed as an electro-mechanical system, the belt alignment and rip detection switches can detect horizontal misalignment of belts when contact is made with the roller. The roller arm will be forced to pivot by the belt activating a switch at 15º to trigger an alarm, and initiate a shutdown procedure of the conveyor at 30º. The sensors are usually installed in pairs on opposite sides of the belt.A steel flexible wire is set below the running conveyor belt and attached by a rare earth magnet at each end. If the belt is ripped or damaged, the wire is pulled away releasing the magnet connection, which in turn will activate a switch. Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches feature a robust design for use in heavy duty applications such as quarrying and mining.Easy to install with no requirement for calibration, Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches are compatible with 4B’s CBS2 belt alignment monitors as well as Watchdog Elite monitoring systems.The belt alignment and rip detection switches have been approved for use in hazardous areas according to ATEX.last_img read more


MEG calculates 17 billion spent on nonferrous exploration in 2011


first_imgPreliminary estimates from Metals Economics Group’s (MEG) Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study indicate that 2011 nonferrous exploration budgets will exceed $17 billion for expenditures related to precious and base metals, diamonds, uranium, and some industrial minerals. This represents an increase of about 50% from the 2010 total and a new all time high. Collection and analysis continue, with the final exploration budget figures slated to appear in the publication of the CES study in late October 2011. MEG states that early analysis indicates that Latin America will continue to be the industry’s favorite regional exploration destination in 2011, while Canada will remain the top overall country. Budgets for grassroots, late-stage, and minesite exploration have all increased significantly, but the relative proportions allocated to each stage of development are expected to remain relatively stable compared with 2010.Despite a sharp rise in the amount of money planned for grassroots work in 2011, the proportion of the overall industry exploration effort committed to long-term project generation is anticipated by MEG to remain near historically low levels – about a third of 2011’s exploration total compared with an average of about half the annual exploration totals through the 1990s. As would be expected, the preliminary findings indicate that gold is the top exploration target, and will likely account for about half of the global exploration total for the second consecutive year. Second-place copper is expected to account for roughly a fifth of the 2011 nonferrous exploration total. MEG’s analysis is based on information collected from more than 3,500 companies worldwide, of which about 2,400 are expected to have active exploration programs and will therefore be included in the final study.last_img read more


Bristow reports on Malian gold mine concerns


first_imgFollowing the coup in Mali, many gold miners have reported that there has been no interruption to production. Randgold Resources is perhaps the most influential producer in the country. Its CEO Mark Bristow said yesterday that the Bamako airport had reopened and the borders opened for all traffic on Tuesday.Bristow, who was at the company’s Loulo complex in Mali, said the operation’s fuel supplies had been replenished over the weekend and the Loulo, Gounkoto and Morila mines were all operating at present. Randgold and other mining companies in Mali had a meeting with representatives of the Comité National de Redressement de la Démocratie et la Restauration de l’État (CNRD-RE) on Monday at which the CNRD-RE assured them that the situation was under control and that the State was still functioning. The CNRD-RE representatives also assured them that they were well aware of the importance of the mining industry to the Malian economy.last_img read more


SMARTS™ II has dynamic realtime scheduling improved usability 3D graphics and web


first_img•Resource shift schedule planning across complex multiple heading rapid developments•User or machine based physicals capture for production management and reporting•Interactive real-time shift optimisation based on simulation using actual machine and location data•Concurrent parallel simulations for comparative analysis of scenarios for bottleneck scheduling•Full integration into the Minetec Trax+Tags for real-time machine and vehicle movement monitoring and status•Web based interface provides system control from any location.By automating tasks that are typically handled manually, SMARTS II enhances efficiency, increases safety, reduces costs, and improves work quality in mining operations. Minetec has introduced SMARTS II, an enhanced version of its flagship mine management and control system. Minetec says SMARTS II brings an entirely new level of productivity to underground mining operations through improved 3D graphics and reporting capability, dynamic scheduling of real-time events, and easy-to-import mine planning formats. Minetec has improved the intelligence inherent in the SMARTS II modules to address the mining cycles for literally any mining method and associated scenarios,” said Andy Sheppard, Executive General Manager, Minetec. “The core of the SMARTS II system is an optimisation engine that interfaces to the recently released Trax+Tags™ II system as well as a unique scheduling and simulation interface. The efficiencies that result from a SMARTS II implementation result in a more accurate alignment between planned and actual scenarios, providing real time data from the face of the mine.”SMARTS II provides a collection of intelligent software modules which can be used either independently or as an integrated mine management and control solution to give excellent visualisation, control and optimisation capabilities including:last_img read more