Month: September 2019

  • Venus Serena Williams Open Olympics With Easy Wins

    The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, started their path toward Olympic gold with pedestrian victories in their opening matches, generating chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” from fans.Twenty minutes separated the victories by the American sisters. Venus Williams took care of Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-1 in a match during which she hardly was threatened.At the other end of the All  England Club, Serena Williams disposed of Poland’s Urzula Radwanska, 6-2, 6-3.A schedule backlog transformed the Olympics at Wimbledon into a parade of Grand Slam champions Monday, with the Williams sisters and Roger Federerall playing at the same time.And all won, Federer reaching the third round, beating Julien Benneteau of France, 6-2, 6-2.“I just wanted to play well for my country,” Venus Williams said. “It was just great to be out there.”She waited an extra day because of rain to begin her bid for a record fourth gold medal.Venus Williams, who is unseeded, drew a tough first-round foe in Errani, who has won four titles this year and is ranked a career-high No. 9. Williams served well, charged the net aggressively and appeared at ease on the Wimbledon grass, where she has won five of her seven Grand Slam titles.“I’ve been working really hard on my serve,” she said. “I really haven’t had my serve where I wanted it this year. But I definitely worked a lot on it, so that way it would be a real weapon for me, which is what I’m used to.”Despite being diagnosed last year with an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue, she began 2012 determined to make the Olympic team. She won the gold in singles at the 2000 Games and teamed with Serena to take the gold in doubles in 2000 and 2008.Because her opening match was delayed a day by rain, Williams will have to play six consecutive days if she reaches Saturday’s final.“I definitely expect everything to be tough on me almost nowadays,” Williams said.Over on Court 1, Serena’s serve lacked its usual sizzle, and she was even broken once, but she still eliminated Radwanska with little drama.  She will next play Vera Zvonareva of Russia, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2010. read more

  • NBCs Al Trautwig Backs Down from Comments About Simone

    Al Trautwig and Simone Biles (Daily Dot, US News)Al Trautwig, the gymnastics commentator for NBC’s Olympic Games coverage, has found himself in hot water for claiming Simone Biles’ adoptive mother and father are not her parents. The athlete was adopted by her maternal grandfather  and his wife – Ron and Nellie Biles –at age 6 with her younger sister Adria. The pair took the siblings in after their daughter struggled with drugs and alcohol.Trautwig referred to Ron and Nellie as Simone’s grandparents on air during the competition. When a Twitter user corrected him he said, “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”The tweet was later deleted but not before others captured a screenshot, including Maggie Astor.Funny, @AlTrautwig deleted his vile tweet about @Simone_Biles’ parents. Fortunately, screenshots exist. @NBCOlympics— Maggie Astor (@MaggieAstor) August 8, 2016Many responded to the message, including Aimee Boorman, Simone’s long-time coach.@AlTrautwig actually they are her parents.— Aimee B (@Salto_Coach) August 8, 2016Lauren Brewer questioned why Ron and Nellie kept being called her grandparents, adding “adoptive parents are parents.”Why do the #nbc commentators keep saying #SimoneBiles parents are her parents to her, her actual grandparents? Adoptive parents are parents!— Lauren Brewer (@knowinvno1) August 8, 2016Andrew Watring thought the network needed to “educate yourself about adoption.”.@nbc Those are @Simone_Biles’s parents – she doesn’t “think of them” as her parents. They are. Educate yourself about adoption, please.— Andrew Watring (@AndrewWatring) August 8, 2016Later on, NBC released a statement saying, “we became aware of the situation last night and addressed it with Al quickly.”Time reported the 19-year-old Olympic all-around finalist was formally adopted by her grandparents on Christmas Eve 2002. Biles asked if she could call her grandmother mom on the first day it became official. Now, she refers to Nellie and Ron as mom and dad. While she has met her biological mom a few times, she only hears from her on birthdays and holidays.“When I was younger, I thought every kid was adopted,” she told the magazine in June. “I didn’t understand why people made it such a big deal. To me, it’s just normal.”According to USA Today, Trautwig emailed an apology to NBC Sports.“I regret that I wasn’t more clear in my wording on the air,” he explained. “I compounded the error on Twitter, which I quickly corrected. To set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone’s parents.”The statement came too little too late, however. The hashtag #FireTrautwig sprung up online after the commentator apologized.@mskavon called for Trautwig’s “immediate dismissal.”Dude needs immediate dismissal. They raised her. They’re her parents. This isn’t about biology. It’s about NURTURE #FireTrautwig— smh_yet_again (@mskavon) August 8, 2016@olympicstoelect thought Trautwig’s statement was simply a defense of his “insensitive words.”@Gymtertainment I think by “quick correction” he means defend his insensitive words and belittle people who pointed it out. #FireTrautwig— Olympics to Election (@olympicstoelect) August 8, 2016 read more

  • Shaunie ONeal Finally Gives Fans Update About Sons Health

    Shaunie O’Neal has been relatively quiet when it comes to updating fans on her son after he had surgery on his heart back in December. But now, after tons of questions from followers, she’s revealed he’s been given the all-clear.The star and executive producer of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” proudly shared the news on her Instagram page Tuesday, March 26, saying that Shareef O’Neal is back to being able to play “with no limitations.”“CLEARED with NO LIMITATIONS!” O’Neal wrote in a caption. “We are so thankful and appreciative for all of your support, prayers and love through this long process. There has been a tremendous weight lifted off of me today, and I can’t stop Thanking God! I will never stop paying attention to my children’s health and will always advocate for student athletes to get The Best screenings! I know @shareefoneal ‘s Come Back will Be one to remember!!! Love & Light ❤️”She accompanied the memo with a slow-motion video of the UCLA freshman running on a treadmill with a breathing tube and various monitors attached to track his progress in a stress test. It was soundtracked to Kanye West’s “Say You Will.”“I always get back up,” read a quote at the end of the 36-second video.Much like before, fans left their prayers and well-wishes in the comments section.“@shaunieoneal5 glory yes I pray GOD continue to cover, protect, and Bless our babies from all evil diseases, things, and people! Glory to GOD the most high! Hallelujah.”“Well done Shareef. Get back at it & terrorize the college & NBA circuit like your father did.❤️”“Good luck looking good keep up the good work.”“Oh myyyyy, yes won’t he do it!!!! So happy for you guys!!”In one of several posts announcing his return to form, Shareef said on Instagram of basketball Wednesday “I know she missed me … I won’t leave you like that again🏀❤️.”The 18-year-old son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal had surgery on Dec. 13, 2018 to repair an electrical issue in his heart. The four-star recruit in UCLA’s 2018 signing class was forced to miss an entire season after his condition was discovered. The 6-foot-10 forward is expected to play for the school next season.Shaunie O’Neal Shares Major Update on Son Months After His Heart SurgeryShaunie O’Neal has been relatively quiet when it comes to updating fans on her son after he had surgery on his heart back in December. But now, she’s revealed he’s been given the all-clear.Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-90.5x1x1.25×1.5x2x facebook twitter Email linkedin pinterest reddit Link EmbedCopiedAuto 800p (740 kbps)800p (730 kbps)400p (440 kbps)Live00:0000:3500:35 read more

  • Theres Still Hope For The Soccer Team That Cant Score

    TEAMLEAGUEAFTER 6 GAMESFULL SEASONRELEGATED ’14-15HamburgBund-4.37-9.62 ’14-14BurnleyEPL-2.55-11.36✓ ’12-13NorwichEPL-2.52+0.03 ’12-13AugsburgBund-2.08+1.37 Among teams in the top four European leagues. Expected goals does not count penalty shots.Source: Opta Sports ’16-17HamburgBund-2.32+2.36 ACTUAL GOALS MINUS EXPECTED GOALS ’15-16MalagaLiga-4.23-3.86 ’13-14SunderlandEPL-2.18-5.41 ’16-17IngolstadtBund-4.21-6.83✓ ’11-12Sporting GijonLiga-2.88+2.89✓ ’14-15SassuoloSerie-2.58+3.13 ’10-11EvertonEPL-3.93-1.57 The best of soccer’s worstTeams that scored less than four points in their first six games but had at least two more expected goals than goals scored, since 2010-11 ’12-13ChievoSerie-2.44+0.94 Crystal Palace is making history in the English Premier League. In six games, the Eagles have conceded 13 goals and scored zero. No other team in the 129-year history of the English top flight has ever lost its first six matches without scoring a single goal.It’s not even October, but Palace is already on its second coach of the season, having fired Frank de Boer and brought in former English national team manager Roy Hodgson after the fourth loss. It hasn’t helped. Palace suffered its worst loss last weekend in a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City. To make matters worse, the team’s seventh game will be Saturday at Manchester United, which has only given up two goals this season.But perhaps the most curious thing about Crystal Palace is that many of the EPL’s most embarrassing campaigns belong to teams that had been recently promoted and were woefully underprepared for the top level. In 2007-08, for example, Derby won one game and finished with 11 points after making the jump (though even they scored 20 goals). By contrast, Palace has been up for four years and has high-caliber scoring talent like striker Christian Benteke (66 career goals in the EPL) and winger Wilfried Zaha (signed to a $38 million contract over the next five years). Even more unusual is this: The team’s underlying numbers this season are not really bad — despite the awful results.With 80 shot attempts in six matches, the Eagles rank ninth in the Premier League. And Crystal Palace hasn’t just failed to score because all of its attempts were taken from long distance or hampered by heavy defensive pressure. Eight attempts were marked as “big chances,” which the shooter should be expected to convert about 42 percent of the time. And according to expected goals (xG), a stat that measures the quality of scoring chances, one would expect Crystal Palace have scored about six goals, not zero. Benteke — who is now out six weeks with a knee injury — has the most xG (1.9) of anyone in the Premier League who has not yet scored a goal, and he has failed to convert three clear chances. In his five years in the Premier League before this season, Benteke had scored on 30 of 72 non-penalty clear chances.So if you want to project the rest of Crystal Palace’s season, you should not simply compare the Eagles to the worst teams in history, but rather to those teams that struggled early while putting up underlying numbers that are less dismal than their overall results. By applying this method to the top four European leagues,1EPL, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga. we get a list of 14 teams that, since 2010-11, took no more than three points from their first six games and created at least two more expected goals than goals scored. Here’s the good news for Crystal Palace: These teams mostly managed to right the ship. On average, the finishing problems they displayed in their first six matches eventually dissipated — eight of the 14 teams outperformed their expected goals over the rest of the season. Only Burnley scored less than a point per match over the rest of its season.2There are only 34 matches in a Bundesliga season, so even though Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Stuttgart all took similar total points to Burnley over the rest of their seasons, they did so over four fewer matches.But for several teams on this list, their recovery was not dramatic enough — five of the 14 were relegated despite improvements. Likewise, FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index projections think Palace has a 48 percent chance of relegation, which is the highest in the Premier League, even though the Eagles’ rating is better than those of Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield.The problem Crystal Palace faces, then, may not be its squad but its record. In the last seven seasons, teams with Palace’s profile tended to improve a lot, but more than a third of the time, they were relegated anyway. The team cannot count on simply improving to the level that its underlying stats suggest it ought to achieve. The Eagles will require real improvements — perhaps buying new players in January or developing new tactics now — if they hope to escape the drop after this unfortunate start. ’17-18Crystal PalaceEPL-6.18?? ’10-11DeportivoLiga-5.07-6.41✓ ’15-16StuttgartBund-5.29-9.37✓ read more

  • PSG And Real Madrid Werent Supposed To Have This Many Problems

    This analysis might suggest that Paris Saint-Germain should abandon hope — the attack has been totally dependent on Neymar, and now he’s out. However, PSG may be the only club in the world that is rich enough to have a reasonable Neymar replacement sitting on the bench. Angel Di Maria, who played in Neymar’s wide forward position this weekend against Troyes, put up similarly huge numbers for PSG in 2015-16 (before Neymar’s arrival). While that season was a career-best for Di Maria, he has consistently put up more than 0.5 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes (averaging over 0.7) and 4 to 6 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Most clubs would have to reshuffle their tactics upon losing Neymar, transferring some of his scoring load to one player and some of his ball progression work to others. But PSG can plug in Di Maria and keep everything else roughly the same. If PSG is to get the big win it needs on Tuesday, the man in the center of it is likely to be Di Maria.Scratching back from a two-goal aggregate Real Madrid lead might normally seem like an insurmountable task, but Real hasn’t been the same team this season. Los Blancos have already fallen 15 points off Barcelona’s pace at the top of the La Liga table, effectively conceding the league title with months to go in the season. Real’s defense has been unusually permeable this season, conceding 29 league goals. That’s the club’s worst defensive record through 27 matches since 2010-11. Real has conceded 43 clear scoring chances — defined as a situation like a one-on-one in which a player is expected to score — also its highest number since 2010-11.On the attacking side, the team appears to be reeling as well — but these numbers are a little misleading. Typically, the very best teams in the world outperform expected goals. After all, these teams have the best strikers, and the best strikers convert the easy chances and also score more often in situations when goals are not expected. Real Madrid is getting their normal amount of chances this season: The team has 63 expected goals and has averaged 61 through 27 matches over the past seven seasons. What has changed then is that the finishing has gotten worse. This year, Real has converted only 58 nonpenalty goals from those chances. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been uncharacteristically unproductive with his chances, accounts for most of the gap, with 13 nonpenalty goals and 17 expected goals.These statistics provide the context for Real Madrid’s disappointing position in La Liga. The weakened defense is enough to make Real fall short of first-place Barcelona, but it is uncharacteristically poor shooting from superstars like Ronaldo that has dropped Los Blancos out of title competition entirely.The stakes could not be higher for this match. PSG is desperate and missing its star. Real Madrid appears more vulnerable than usual — even if the attack is most likely better than its relatively disappointing top-line numbers show.Neither team has much to play for this season other than Champions League glory, and both clubs were constructed precisely for this task. The stage is set for a great European clash between two of the richest and most successful clubs — even if it’s not what these two heavyweights envisioned when this all started.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Few clubs came into this season with grander ambitions than Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Both clubs were among the top contenders to win the Champions League when the competition began. Now, one will be eliminated from competition after the two face off Tuesday in the second leg of their round of 16 matchup. And the problems run deeper than just elimination — PSG is looking to survive an injury to its superstar Neymar, and Real Madrid has already fallen out of title contention in La Liga. Whichever team fails to advance from the match will have questions to answer about what went wrong.So how did we get here? Let’s start with the summer transfer window after the 2016-17 season. Real quite reasonably avoided making major changes to its roster after winning three of the last four Champions League trophies. PSG, having once again been eliminated from the Champions League before the semifinals, embarked on an unprecedented spending spree — laying out hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Despite these purchases, PSG is once again struggling in the Champions League. A 3-1 first-leg defeat in Madrid has left the French with a roughly 25 percent chance of advancing to the quarterfinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions. To reach the quarterfinals, PSG must win by three or win by two while holding Real scoreless. If PSG wins 3-1, the teams will be tied in both aggregate and away goals over the two legs, and the match will go to extra time and possibly penalty kicks to decide who will advance. For PSG, the Champions League appears to be slipping away. And worse, Neymar recently broke a bone in his foot, which will sideline him for at least six weeks.For both ball progression through midfield and shot creation around the penalty area, PSG runs through Neymar. He has scored 19 goals and assisted 13 in Ligue 1, with a non-penalty scoring and assist rate of 1.34 per 90 minutes played. These numbers are no fluke: Neymar hasn’t benefited particularly from good fortune in either his own or his teammates’ finishing. Neymar has taken shots valued at around 13 expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, and created chances worth about 11.5 expected goals. His expected goals and assists rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes is the highest of any player in the top five European leagues1The English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1. (that means he’s doing better than Lionel Messi).Neymar also moves the attack forward through midfield or into the penalty area before the shot more effectively than anyone else in the top leagues. He has provided about 7.7 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes, just edging out Messi, who has provided 7.2. (Progressive passes and runs occur when a player either moves the attack forward by 10 or more yards beyond its furthest point of progression or moves the ball into the penalty area for the first time in a possession. A progressive run must also include a successful take-on of an opponent.)These comparisons to Messi are not superfluous — Neymar’s production at PSG has reached such a high level that Messi is his only peer. This chart shows the company that Neymar is keeping this season. It displays all 9,000-plus player-seasons in the top five leagues in which a player had at least 1,500 minutes. There are 10 seasons in the top right corner, where players have more than 0.9 expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes and more than five progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Eight of them are Messi, starting with his 2010-11 season and running through the current one. And nestled among them is Neymar’s current season. read more

  • These Arent Your RegularSeason Cavs

    The Cleveland Cavaliers that swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason in dominant fashion looked completely different from the Cavs team that eked out 50 wins in the regular season. And with good reason: The bulk of Cleveland’s postseason minutes have gone to, quite literally, a different team. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Cavaliers have leaned heavily on a five-man lineup that had never shared the court before.In the team’s series against the Pacers and Raptors, Cleveland’s most-used lineup has been George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James and Kevin Love. So far this postseason, they’ve logged 110 minutes together. That’s 110 more than they played together in the regular season. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1OG Anunoby, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas. logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it’s experimenting on the fly. But it’s working. Cleveland’s most-used postseason lineup is outscoring opponents by 41 points, good for third-best in the playoffs. The Cavs’ second-most-used lineup this postseason, which features José Calderón in place of George Hill, is also without precedent. Cleveland is the only remaining team in the playoffs that has given more than 20 percent of its postseason minutes to a lineup that didn’t see any time together in the regular season.2Although it should be noted that only about half the total playoff field gave more than 20 percent of the team’s minutes to any one lineup of any description. In addition to the Cavs, the Raptors, Pelicans and Rockets have all leaned heavily on a single lineup.Midseason trades and injuries are the primary reasons for this. Right around the time Cleveland acquired George Hill at the trade deadline, Kevin Love missed 20 games with a fractured hand. By the time Love had returned from injury, J.R. Smith had been moved out of the starting lineup to run the team’s second unit. A short while later, Kyle Korver took a leave of absence to deal with a family issue and a nagging foot injury. The lineup had no opportunity for chemistry-building before the playoffs. And even then, George Hill missed three games during their series with the Pacers due to back spasms.Having Hill in the lineup unlocks a major component of Cleveland’s offense. Not only does it give the Cavs another person (besides James) to bring the ball up the court, it also allows Hill and Love to run a pick-and-roll that creates defensive mismatches that are easier to exploit than the mismatches created by the James and Love version of the pick-and-roll. After last night’s game, Love said in the postgame press conference, “And for me personally, setting a 1-5 pick-and-roll, that was something that I missed, especially in the first series when [Hill] was out with his back.”After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, LeBron James was asked how happy he was with his team’s chemistry thus far. James noted that it was just their ninth game in the postseason together, but in some ways it was just the ninth game ever for this iteration of the Cavs.Of the seven remaining playoff teams, the Golden State Warriors are the only other club that has been using untested lineups. But now that Steph Curry has returned after rehabbing a knee injury, the Warriors are back to using lineups like the “Hamptons Five,” which they’ve featured throughout the last two seasons.How you view Tyronn Lue, Cleveland’s head coach, colors how you view his postseason lineups. If you think Lue is in over his head, you might believe that he’s making things up as he goes. But if you have more faith in his abilities, you might believe that this has been Lue’s plan the entire time. One piece of evidence in favor of the latter theory is that Lue hinted before the end of the regular season that he had something up his sleeve that he was saving for the playoffs. “We’ll probably do things we haven’t done all season when it comes to the playoffs, things we’ve been working on all year,” Lue told playoffs are meant to be the culmination of everything that teams work on over the regular season. Coaches spend 82 games fine-tuning their schemes, rotations and lineups to find out what works and what doesn’t. By the time the playoffs arrive, there aren’t many stones left unturned. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors.In previous years, when people explained why the LeBron-led Cavaliers improved during the playoffs compared to the regular season, they usually chalked it up the to the team giving more effort — or flipping the proverbial switch. The difference this year is their lineups.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

  • Shakespeare poisoned by actors going over the top director says

    first_imgShakespearean theatre has been “poisoned” by the “bizarre” over-acting of an older generation of thespians, the director Robert Icke has said.Icke, who is currently working with actor Andrew Scott on an Almeida theatre production of Hamlet, said the public had been put off going to see Shakespeare by the “operative modes of delivery” once preferred by actors like Sir John Gielgud.Saying British theatre had “shot itself in both feet” thanks to an obsession with “verse speaking”, he warned the taste for pausing at the end of every Shakespeare line is “nonsense” and ruins lines that are actually “completely…normal”. Stephen Dillane's Hamlet performed at the Gielgud Theatre 1994 Scott performing at the Almeida Theatre Andrew Scott as Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet Scott performing at the Almeida Theatre “All this nonsense about ‘Pause at the end of every line’ that Peter Hall perpetuated in the 1960s…”When asked whether he would have liked to work with Sir John Gielgud, Icke added: “Oh, kill me! I just don’t think it’s acting, in any modern sense.” In an interview about his modern Hamlet, awarded three stars by the Telegraph, Icke said he “never needed to see” a production in Elizabethan costume, opening with dry ice and actors pacing back and forth again.“It’s dead,” he said. “It’s completely boring.”On the topic of language, he told the Sunday Times Culture magazine: “The water is completely poisoned by reverence and bizarre, operatic modes of delivery. The director is one of a new generation who regularly seek to emphasise the accessibility of Shakespeare, convincing a new generation to give productions a try.Sir Nicholas Hytner, former director of the National Theatre, has previously urged actors to use “spontaneous, comprehensible, simple, natural” speech patterns to help audiences understand, delivering lines “as if it’s how they think”.Greg Doran, director of the RSC, warned last year: “Actors sometimes become addicted to over-stressing.“They get so interested in how many nuances the line can bear that they stress every single word and you get battered by nuance and don’t get the simple strength of the line.” “Actors do really weird things. They’ll take lines that are completely colloquial and naturalistic and normal, and they will say it like it’s the Bible.”The trait, he added, left audience believing there is “a high-culture party going on, which, if you’re honest, you don’t know how to behave at”.”Verse is one of the things British theatre has totally shot itself in both feet about,” Icke added. David Tennant in the role at the RSCCredit:Alastair Muir David Tennant in the role at the RSCcenter_img “Because we pretend there’s such a thing as ‘verse-speaking’, and people say things like ‘I didn’t think the verse-speaking was very good’, and nobody knows what that means. Andrew Scott as Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre Andrew Scott's 2017 Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet Scott, who plays Hamlet in the new production, said he hoped to convince new fans to love Shakespeare – but only if they want to.”I really don’t believe in forcing people to see Shakespeare if they don’t want to,” he said. “You have to have confidence in the product.”Icke added: “I don’t know why we, in theatre, think we have the right to expect a sort of reverence from an audience, whereas on TV, if it’s boring or bad or overacted or just not interesting, you switch it off.” 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. Andrew Scott’s 2017 Hamlet “I also think it’s our job to be captivating for as long as we’ve asked for your attention. “It’s about offering a door into the maze and saying, ‘Come into this maze, it’s gonna be exciting.’ “And if they get lost and find that scary or frustrating, that’s fine.“My feeling is more that we don’t open the door, we just go, ‘You’d be lucky to get into this room — doing Shakespeare!'” Stephen Dillane’s Hamlet performed at the Gielgud Theatre 1994last_img read more

  • Police search for driver who took selfie at the wheel after he

    first_imgJust to keep everyone current on the situation > It is people like this who end up destroying people lives through their own stupidity— Matthew Clements (@162154_VRC40) April 15, 2017  After police tweeted him, the reckless driver deleted his Twitter account.It is believed he was driving at about 50mph on a dual carriageway. The police wrote: “Please get in touch and we’ll send you your wedding present. £200 fine & 6 points.”The man, who calls himself “Geordie Aviator”, wrote in the tweet: “Last night as a single man. “Married man as of tomorrow. Scary times.” Police are on the hunt for a man who took a selfie at the wheel while driving.In the picture, which he tweeted, the steering wheel can be seen reflected in his mirrored sunglasses.An officer from Northumbria Police tweeted: “It is people like this who end up destroying people lives through their own stupidity” Twitter account holder @geordie_aviator AKA Pete Hemsley has deleted his account after he tweeted a selfie taken while he was driving at approx 50mph on a dual carriageway.Credit:Northumbria Police Twitter account holder @geordie_aviator AKA Pete Hemsley has deleted his account after he tweeted a selfie taken while he was driving at approx 50mph on a dual carriageway. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

  • Women more likely to die after heart attack because doctors see it

    first_imgThe research found that women were less likely than men to receive the recommended treatments after a heart attack.Women who had a the type of attack where the coronary artery is completely blocked by a blood clot, were 34 per cent less likely than men to receive procedures which clear blocked arteries and restore blood flow to the heart, such as bypass surgery or a stent.They were also 24 per cent less likely to be prescribed statins, which help to prevent a second heart attack, and 16 per cent less likely to recommended aspirin, which helps to prevent blood clots.Critically, when women did receive all of the treatments recommended for patients who have suffered a heart attack, the number of women dying decreased dramatically.Previous BHF research has also shown that women are 50 per cent more likely than men to receive the wrong initial diagnosis and are less likely to get a pre-hospital ECG, which is essential for swift diagnosis and treatment.Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Heart attacks are often seen as a male health issue, but more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer in the UK.“The findings from this research are concerning – women are dying because they are not receiving proven treatments to save lives after a heart attack.“We urgently need to raise awareness of this issue as it’s something that can be easily changed. By simply ensuring more women receive the recommended treatments, we’ll be able to help more families avoid the heartbreak of losing a loved one to heart disease.” A large percentage of women were not prescribed statins Women were less likely than men to receive artery opening surgery or a heart bypass  Researchers worked with the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden, and the findings are based on Swedish health records between 2003 and 2013.  But Sweden has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, so the experts believe the situation could be even worse in Britain.“Sweden is a leader in healthcare, with one of the lowest mortality rates from heart attacks, yet we still see this disparity in treatment and outcomes between men and women,” added Prof Gale.“In all likelihood, the situation for women in the UK may be worse.”The research was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Women are being left at risk of repeat heart attacks and early death because doctors see heart disease as a male problem, a new study has shown.Researchers from The University of Leeds and the British Heart Foundation claim women are dying because many are not offered stents to unblock arteries, or prescribed statins, after their first heart attack.Around 42,000 men and 28,000 women die from coronary heart disease in Britain each year, with most deaths related to an original heart attack.But the new study, which looked at data from more than 180,000 people over 10 years, found three times the expected number of women died in the first year of a heart attack, compared to men. Experts claim women are being denied life saving treatment because they are not considered at high risk.“We need to work harder to shift the perception that heart attacks only affect a certain type of person,” said Professor Chris Gale, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at the University of Leeds who co-authored the study.“Typically, when we think of a heart attack patient, we see a middle-aged man who is overweight, has diabetes and smokes. This is not always the case. Heart attacks affect the wider spectrum of the population – including women.“The findings from this study suggest that there are clear and simple ways to improve the outcomes of women who have a heart attack ­­– we must ensure equal provision of evidence-based treatments for women.” Women were less likely than men to receive artery opening surgery or a heart bypass  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. A large percentage of women were not prescribed statinsCredit:Kumar Sriskandan / Alamy last_img read more

  • John Worboys victims face black cab rapist in court as judicial review

    first_imgVictims have come face to face with John Worboys at a High Court hearing 15 years after he had drugged and raped them in the back of his taxi, as they were given the go-ahead for a legal challenge against the decision to release him from prison.Worboys, 60, was brought to the Royal Courts of Justice for a hearing into whether or not the Parole Board’s decision to release him should be overturned. Two judges ruled that a temporary bar on releasing Worboys should be extended.The case was brought by two victims who say the black cab rapist, responsible for attacks on more than 100 women, remains a danger to the public.The hearing was delayed for Worboys’ arrival from Wakefield prison, his home since his conviction in 2009.Worboys shuffled into court flanked by four security guards. He wore jeans and a grey open necked shirt with light green sleeves. JOHN WORBOYS A handcuffed John Worboys is led into the High Court by a security guardCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP  Items seized from John Worboys alcohol and drugs to stupefy his victimsCredit:Metropolitan Police  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. John Worboys, pictured in a police custody image, was jailed in 2009Credit:Metropolitan Police/PA  John Worboys  Lawyers representing the Parole Board and the Justice Secretary said they were not opposed to a full judicial review hearing going ahead.Ben Collins, for the Parole Board, told the court: “The board does not wish to take any step to prevent a review of the decision and does not propose to stand in the way.”Another senior judge had already temporarily blocked Worboys’ release pending the latest hearing. On January 26, Mr Justice Supperstone made his decision after considering an urgent application by two of Worboys’ victims. Sir Brian said that, as Worboys did not yet have legal representation, it was important he was able to be there at the hearing. Worboys was given half-an-hour to speak to a lawyer.Worboys was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with a minimum term of eight years, for drugging and sexually assaulting women passengers.center_img The taxi driven by London black cab driver John WorboysCredit:Metropolitan Police Phillippa Kaufmann QC, for the victims, told the court the two victims bringing the case were “very concerned” to ensure something had not gone “horribly wrong” with the Parole Board process.She said part of their challenge is that the rule preventing the Parole Board from telling the public any of the reasons for its decision “is itself unlawful”.She added: “That kind of blanket secrecy is something that is contrary to a fundamental principle of our law, which is that justice is administered in the open.” In making his order in January, High Court judge Mr Justice Supperstone, who considered the application on documents lodged by the parties, concluded: “I consider that this claim raises serious questions to be determined and the balance of convenience plainly favours a short stay pending the hearing.”Worboys became known as the black cab rapist after attacking victims in his hackney carriage. The taxi driven by London Black cab driver John Worboys The women, supported by Mr Khan, applied for a “stay” on Worboys’ release “pending determination of the claim for judicial review or further order”. items seized from London cabbie rapist John Worboys Using his new name John Radford, Worboys spoke monosyllabically when asked for views on aspects of the case by one of the judges, Sir Brian Leveson.The Parole Board is not contesting the right of the two victims bringing the judicial review to see the documents and the reasons for his release.Victims were told on Tuesday night that Worboys would be appearing in person after the judge decided that a video link was unreliable and kept breaking down. The lawyer for the victims said they were unhappy at coming face-to-face with Worboys.last_img read more

  • UK weather Heavy rain and gales bring flooding to England and Wales

    Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkhill said: “It’s going to be a breezy day for most places with showers around for the South and West.”We could get spells of more regular showers pushing westwards during the day, reaching central parts in the afternoon.”Those showers could be heavy with a bit of thunder mixed in and possibly some hail.”The north-east of England and Scotland could stay dry.”During the day, temperatures are expected to remain a few degrees above average for the time of year, although the wet and windy weather will likely make it feel cooler. Gale-force winds and heavy rain brought flooding to parts of England and Wales, closing a train line, submerging homes and cutting off power for thousands of properties.At Dawlish, Devon, a high tide and strong winds caused the sea to flood tracks, while Western Power Distribution said it had 2,500 customers “off supply” on Friday evening.In Pembrokeshire, some homes were reportedly under up to 10ft of water and properties were evacuated as more than an inch of rain fell during the day.More than 10 flood warnings and around 60 flood alerts have been issued across the south west of England and Wales.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The inclement weather was expected to continue into the early hours of Saturday, which will be wet and windy across large parts of the country. Meanwhile lows of minus 1C (30F) or minus 2C (28F) could be seen in parts of Northern Ireland and sheltered glens in Scotland.Wind speeds hit 68mph at Culdrose in Cornwall on Friday afternoon, while they were still gusting at up to 66mph in the evening.Images from Dawlish station showed water pouring over the seaside platform and on to tracks ahead of high tide shortly before midnight.In Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, streets and homes were flooded as the region saw a second day of heavy rain.BBC Wales reported five properties had been left under 10ft of water after a lake overflowed.A localised yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for area for most of Saturday. Up early this #Saturdaymorning? Here is a look at the weather first thing— Met Office (@metoffice) November 9, 2018 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. #Friday got off to a bit of a slow start before very wet and windy weather pushed in from the west 🌧️🌬️— Met Office (@metoffice) November 9, 2018 read more

  • Prince Charles documentary I wont be a meddling King

    “But I think it’s vital to remember there’s only room for one sovereign at a time, not two. So you can’t be the same as the Sovereign if you’re the Prince of Wales or the heir.“The idea somehow that I’m going to go on exactly the same way, if I have to succeed is complete nonsense because the two situations are completely different.” Emphasing his non-political campaigning, he nevertheless told how he had been encouraged to take an interest in the workings of government by former Prime Ministers Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan.The Duchess of Cornwall, also interviewed. is asked whether she thinks her husband’s future as king weighs heavily on his shoulders.“No I don’t,” she replies. “I think his destiny will come, he’s always known it’s going to come and I don’t think it does weigh on his shoulders at all. It’s just something that’s going to happen.”Sign up for Your Royal Appointment – our weekly newsletter with everything you need to know about the Royal family. The Prince of Wales will today vow publicly that he will not be a ‘meddling’ King The interview, part of “Prince, Son & Heir – Charles at 70” and to be broadcast tonight, is designed to take stock of the Prince’s life so far, and contains warm tributes from his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and sons the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, seen in the documentary In a deeply personal insight into the life of the Royal family, it sees the Dukes praise the “phenomenal” role their father has managed to carve out as Prince of Wales after decades of “making the most” of his time as heir which, in theory, required little more than to “sit quietly and wait”. In particular, it is understood that the Prince and his advisers believed his 70th birthday was the right time to make clear his own views of his future, after decades of speculation and accusations he would be unable to keep his well-known opinions to himself.It is expected to be the final and only word from the Prince himself about his coming reign.Told by an interviewer that “some people have accused you of meddling”, the documentary shows the Prince laughing before replying drily: “Really? You don’t say!“I always wonder what meddling is,” he continues. “I mean I always thought it was motivating, but I’ve always been intrigued: if its meddling to worry about the inner-cities as I did 40 years ago and what was happening or not happening there, the conditions in which people were living…If that’s meddling I’m very proud of it.”Of his role so far, he adds: “I’ve tried to make sure whatever I’ve done has been non-party political. His comments come ahead of his 70th birthday, as part of a documentary giving insight into his future The Prince of Wales will today vow publicly that he will not be a 'meddling' King The Prince of Wales will today vow publicly that he will not be a “meddling” King, as he outlines for the first time his plans for his future as sovereign.The Prince, who has been heir to the throne since the age of four, will pledge that he will not continue his campaigning role when he becomes King, as he moves to reassure the public he fully understands the limitations he will face.Speaking ahead of his 70th birthday, as part of a documentary giving insight into his future, the Prince will spell out for the first time his firm resolve to follow in the footsteps of his mother the Queen to “operate within the constitutional parameters” of life as monarch.The Prince, who has long faced accusations of “meddling “in public life on issues from architecture to the environment, will say his life’s work as the Prince of Wales is “completely different” to the role he will one day accede to.Pressed on whether his public campaigning will continue, he will insist: “No, it won’t. I’m not that stupid.“I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So of course I understand entirely how that should operate.” Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, seen in the documentary Invoking the tales of Shakespeare, in which the wayward Prince Harry transforms into the heroic Henry V, the Prince says: “You only have to look at Shakespeare plays, Henry the V or Henry the V part I and II, to see the change that can take place because if you become the sovereign, then you play the role in the way that it is expected.“Clearly I won’t be able to do the same things I’ve done you know as heir, so of course you operate within the constitutional parameters. But it’s a different function.“I think people have forgotten that the two are very different.”Asked whether he could continue to use his “convening power”, which sees him gather experts together to make progress on his chosen issues, the Prince adds: “Well you never know but you could only do it with the agreement of ministers. That’s how it works.” His comments come ahead of his 70th birthday, as part of a documentary giving insight into his future read more

  • Fatal stabbings reach the highest level since the Second World War

    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. Two weeks before, 14-year-old Jaden Moodie was killed in a frenzied attack after a black Mercedes knocked him off his moped. The young boy was stabbed in the back at least eight times and left to die in the road.Last week Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans for new knife crime prevention orders that could be imposed on suspects aged 12 or over. Police voiced support for the powers but critics warned they risked unnecessarily criminalising young people. A separate ONS report said that over the last two decades, the Crime Survey for England and Wales has shown long-term reductions in estimates of violent crime.But levels have remained fairly flat over the last four years “indicating a change in the previous downward trend”.Nick Hurd, minister for policing, said: “Tackling the impact of violent crime remains a government priority and it is crucial to stamp this out. Since March we have taken urgent and unprecedented action which is having an impact and knife crime is stabilising in London and slowing in the rest of the country.” Rises were most pronounced for male victims aged 16 to 24. Convicted killers were most likely to be from the same age group, the figures showed.There were 132 people murdered in London – the highest for 10 years excluding those killed in terror attacks.”The rise in homicide seen in recent years has been most pronounced in male victims and those in younger age groups,” the analysis said.“This, in part, reflects the increase in serious violence in London and other cities where young adults have been disproportionately affected.”Ministers and police have come under sustained pressure to get a grip on serious violence following a number of high-profile killings.Last week, Nedim Bilgin, 17, was stabbed to death in a north London street with a so-called ‘Rambo’ knife because he refused to give up his bicycle. His grieving parents later described him as their “wonderful boy”. Harry Fletcher, director of the Victims Rights Campaign, said lack of action by police and the courts was allowing violent criminals to “laugh at the law”.“These are horrifying figures. People are now really reluctant to let their children out after dark,” he said.“But quick fixes won’t work. We need to offer these young people an alternative to gang behaviour, and we need the courts to enforce sentences that fit the crime.“The fact is that sentencing has gone ridiculously soft, and some extremely violent people are being allowed to laugh at the law.” Jaden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death in the street after being knocked off his moped Fatal stabbings have reached the highest level on record, according to new figures revealing the scale of Britain’s knife crime crisis. The number of young people killed by knives rose by nearly 50pc last year amid a surge of murderous violence, Home Office analysis showed.Victims’ campaigners said the numbers were “horrifying” and claimed parents no longer felt safe allowing their children outside after dark.It comes as police forces across the country struggle to cope with a rising tide of violent crime. Last night policing figures accused ministers of “failing a generation” by cutting the number of officers on the streets.In the year to March 2018 there were 285 homicides in England and Wales where the method of killing was by a knife or sharp instrument, the Office for National Statistics said.It was an increase of 73 compared with 2016/17, and the highest number since records began at the end of the Second World War. The previous high was in 2008, when there were 268 victims. Jaden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death in the street after being knocked off his mopedCredit:Metropolitan Police /PA Overall, the murder rate rose by 15pc from 606 to 695, the fourth consecutive year that the number has increased, following a steady decline.There were 179 white victims of fatal stabbings, nearly two thirds of the total, while 70, a quarter, were black. This was both the highest number and proportion of black victims ever. read more

  • Shamima Begum hires Gareth Peirce the human rights lawyer who represented Abu Qatada

    It marks a significant development in the fight to bring the teenager back to Britain and will be deemed a timely coup for her family, coming as this newspaper revealed that Begum, according to sources, had served in the Islamic State’s “morality police” and had tried to recruit other young women to join the jihadist group. Shamima Begum’s family has hired one of the UK’s top human rights lawyers whose clients have included hate preacher Abu Qatada. Gareth Peirce, once described as the lawyer of choice “for every accused jihadist and IRA suspect”, took over the former Bethnal Green school girl’s case last week, the Telegraph can reveal. She was allowed to carry a Kalashnikov rifle and earned…

  • Wentworths Chinese owners in new row as they admit they went too

    In the latest sign of discontent, as many as 20 members are quitting, including the two recent club captains. Wooden honours boards that listed winners of the PGA Championship, club trophy… The Chinese owners of Wentworth, probably England’s most prestigious golf course, have admitted for the first time that they went too far in stripping the clubhouse of its “heritage”. The club has been in turmoil since it was taken over by Chanchai Ruayrungruang, a Chinese-Thai billionaire who made his fortune selling the energy drink Red Bull in China. Members have accused the owners of “cultural and sporting vandalism” after they ripped out wooden honours boards and historic golfing photographs and paintings.

  • LETTER Gaskin exposes himself hangs AFC out on a limb

    Dear Editor,I have read with interest the comments made by President David Granger’s son-in-law, Minister Dominic Gaskin, in attempting to justify, and poorly so, the AFC denial of being consulted on President Granger’s unilateral appointment of Reverend James Patterson as the GECOM Chairman and denial of playing any part in the selection process, in face of the presence of AFC leader, Raphael Trotman, at the October 19th, 2017 meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader.The report by Stabroek News (November 13, 2017) states, and rightly so, that, as Natural Resources Minister, Trotman would have had no reason to be present at the meeting, in any capacity, other than that of AFC leader.Dominic Gaskin and Gail TeixeiraGaskin confirms that Trotman was present at the meeting between the President and the Opposition Leader because he is “the leader of the AFC” and “it is a recognition that we are a coalition government.”However, he then contradicts himself in defending the unilateral appointment of a GECOM Chairman by his father-in-law, by saying that the Constitution does not provide for consultations with any party, as the decision to choose a chairman is placed on the President.Gaskin cannot defend the AFC when it says it was not consulted and not part of the selection process used to arrive at a GECOM Chairman and at the same time defend his father-in-law as President. He cannot, using the proverbial term, “chew cane and blow whistle at the same time”. The AFC cannot be physically present when this egregious breach of the Constitution takes place and then pretend like “Pontius Pilate” that it washes its hands of its sin.This latest pronouncement by yet another AFC leader points clearly to another manifestation of the ‘PNC faction’ in the AFC. Dr. Henry Jeffrey and members of the AFC Canada Chapter recently publicly warned about this PNC faction.Gaskin has exposed himself as an apologist for his father-in-law, President Granger, and the PNC, and, has gone so far as to hang his own party, the AFC, out on a limb.Regards,Gail Teixeira, M.P. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: Jagdeo says AFC cannot deny its role in the unilateral selection of PattersonNovember 14, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”Letter: A blatant misrepresentation of the ruling from the acting Chief JusticeOctober 21, 2017In “Letters” read more

  • Teen fined and jailed for theft escaping Police custody

    A teenager, who escaped Police custody after he was arrested by the Police for snatching a woman’s purse, was on Friday jailed and fined when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly.Clifton Boyce, 19, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and pleaded guilty to the charges read to him.The first charge against him stated that on November 16, 2017, at Ruimveldt Police Station while being in lawful custody on a larceny charge he escaped.In that larceny charge, it is alleged that he on November 15, 2017, at Meadow Bank Wharf, stole from the person of Nafeeza Patterson, one Samsung phone valued $45,000 and $9,440 in cash.Police Prosecutor, Sanj Singh told the Court that the Virtual Complainant (VC) was at the market in Meadow Bank shopping when the accused approached her, grabbed her purse containing the items and attempted to escape.However, public spirited persons managed to catch up with the accused and he was subdued.The Police were called and he was arrested and taken to the Ruimveldt Police Station. However, while there, the accused was placed on a bench but requested a few minutes to go to the washroom.His handcuff was removed and the accused immediately ran out of the station and boarded a bus. The bus was followed and stopped by ranks on Lombard Street where the accused was rearrested.Boyce told Magistrate Daly when questioned over the theft that “I stole it but she get it back”.As such the Magistrate handed down a one year sentence for the escaping custody charge and he was fined $40,000 and jailed for another 6 months for the larceny charge. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather of 8 remanded for escaping Police custodyApril 9, 2018In “Court”Teen sentenced to 2 years in jail for theft, promises to change when freeAugust 2, 2017In “Court”21-yr-old accused of smoking ‘ganja’ released on bailJanuary 19, 2016In “Crime” read more

  • allmineral booms in iron ore contracts still rolling in from Australia

    first_imgallmineral has been awarded three independent contracts to supply its mineral processing products and equipment to the Rio Tinto Low Grade Iron Ore Pilot Plant. The pilot plant, which will be located at the Brockman 4 mine site in Western Australia,60km north west of Tom Price, will play a strategic part in the optimisation of beneficiation options for future Pilbara lower grade deposits.Through MSP Engineering – the contractor that successfully secured the complete jig package with Onyx Projects – allmineral will be providing an alljig® with a design capacity of up to 80 t/h feed material. The alljig separates high density iron ore from gangue material using the processes of stratification and separation. The jig is fitted with flexible design features that allow it to treat fines and lump material up to 32 mm as well as treating wide ranging particle size ratios of up to 1:8.allmineral also secured an order for its unique three product allflux® classifier, the model AFX 100 classifier. This unit is designed to treat up to 2 mm iron ore particles in two classification stages that upgrade the valuable mineral by size and density, and also do thickening and desliming in one step. The third allmineral product specifically developed for the beneficiation of hematite ores that will be supplied to this Pilot Plant is the model G 1000 gaustec® wet high intensity magnetic separator (WHIMS). The WHIMS separates iron ores, including paramagnetic and feebly magnetic minerals, up to a particle size of 3 mm if required but typically around 1mm. High gradient magnetic fields are used, which can be independently adjusted for each rotor, allowing scavenger and cleaner process steps to occur in one single machine.“The equipment being supplied comprises of our proven technologies in hematite beneficiation and we consider ourselves fortunate to be associated with the next generation large capacity downstream operations planned for the Pilbara,” said Dr Heribert Breuer. He  went on to say: “We are confident that the upgrading processes for low grade iron ore have the potential to significantly add value to Rio Tinto’s existing and planned operations.”Onyx Projects is the engineering company that will provide the complete Pilot Plant facility to Rio Tinto, with start-up scheduled for late Quarter 4, 2011.last_img read more

  • Rajant management gives insight on Trimble and SCAN RF distribution deals

    first_imgThe solution they came up with was to create regional distributors in different areas of the globe. These distributors would allow Rajant to create synergistic leverage between local resellers and a centralised distributor whose intent isn’t to block other entities from selling Rajant products in a region, but works with multiple resellers to ensure all levels of a specific channel are adequately covered, as well as all other market segment channels the group needs to address.  They can also act as a central organisation for regulatory compliance, inventory management, RMA processing and warranty claims. Readers of IM will have noted the recent news that Rajant Corporation recently announced some significant distribution agreements with Trimble Mining and SCAN RF. While in Sydney attending AIMEX recently, IM Editor Paul Moore caught up with Scott Beer, Chief Operating Officer and Todd Rigby, VP of Business Development from Rajant. Both offered some insight on the recent distribution partnerships and how they  expect it to enhance support for their end users. Rigby told IM: “Rajant’s historic distribution strategy involved signing up a myriad of resellers and then working in partnership with them to deliver network designs, project  planning, implementations and post deployment support. As distribution hasexpanded around the globe, our plan has been to continue to deliver the same high level of support that customers/resellers have enjoyed in North America. While we have been able to continue to grow, it is apparent at some point this model could not continue to scale without changing the focus of the company.”He added: “For some time we had been planning improvements to our distribution model. In seeking customer input, we were hearing a consistent message. Customers want local support, and quicker product availability for emergency spares, parts and accessories. They also were vocal in their interest for continued manufacturer involvement in the support equation. Local support is integral to a high level of customer satisfaction  because of cultures, customs, and regionally specific business practices as well as language. Another issue we had to consider was its multiple market segments in addition to mining. Any new plan needed to  accommodate all of these different channels.” On August 23, 2013, Trimble and Rajant Corporation announced that  Trimble would be selling Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh Networking solution as part of its mining portfolio. This means that Trimble will be Rajant’s exclusive distributor in South America, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia for mining applications. These  responsibilities are considered a starting point and both companies expect the territory will expand to other areas of the globe. Then On September 4, Rajant and SCAN RF Projectsannounced that SCAN RF Projects will serve as distributor of Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh wireless networking solutions throughout Africa.  SCAN RF is a premier network distributor in Africa and already has a significant reseller organisation. And they have a large staff based in multiple countries. Rigby told IM: “Africa is one of the burgeoning mining economies of the world, however the political instability in many countries makes it a challenge for foreign companies to get  established.  By partnering with an established and respected company like SCAN RF, it allows Rajant to make available its market leading products to agrowing market in a short period of time.”last_img read more

  • Ausdrill develops walking drill rigs for salt lake gold exploration

    first_imgInnovative technology developed by Ausdrill is opening up previously inaccessible salt lakes for exploration drilling. Custom-built drill rigs, nicknamed lake walking machines, allow drilling for potential mineral deposits to be carried out in lakes and other locations with deep mud covering. The lake walking machines are designed and manufactured by Ausdrill subsidiary, Drill Rigs Australia, at a facility in Canning Vale in Perth’s southern suburbs.They are already in use on salt lakes in the Goldfields of Western Australia, with Ausdrill conducting drill campaigns for major clients such as Gold Fields and AngloGold. To date exploration has taken place at both Lake Carey and Lake Lefroy. To overcome the problems inherent in drilling in locations where there is substantial mud coverage, the lake walkers have been designed to “walk” on the surface of a lake. A key to the technology is the use of 2.2 m wide tracks which stop the rigs sinking in to the mud.“The rigs weigh up to 25 t each,” said Eddie Banner, General Manager of Drill Rigs Australia (DRA). “A traditional drill rig would sink straight into the mud.” Ausdrill has been developing equipment over the past 15 years to access the salt lakes around Kambalda, in order to explore for gold deposits. A range of different technologies have been employed in the past to allow drilling to be carried out in the lakes. This has included the use of hovercraft platforms, and the construction of temporary causeways to move conventional drill rigs out onto the lake.“If you build a causeway, you have to remove it later. These new machines eliminate the need for the whole process of building and removing a causeway, and they save the mining companies a lot of money as a result,” Banner said. DRA are leaders in the design and manufacture of these specialised machines. With growing demand, Ausdrill now has eight of the rigs available. “We are seeing increasing interest from our clients for exploration drilling in lakes and sandy areas,” said Ausdrill General Manager Brian Mann. “Our expertise in this field, combined with the specialised equipment we have developed, has put Ausdrill in a very strong position to deliver drilling programs in what would otherwise be fairly inaccessible locations.”Riding on their super-wide tracks, the lake walking rigs have a footprint of 53 square metres in order to minimise the pressure on the lake surface. This is approximately 90 times the foot print that an average car has on the road via its four tyres. The drill rigs are accompanied by a number of support vehicles which carry drill rods and other equipment, fuel, water and personnel. “Once we’ve set up on site, the drill rig and the support vehicles must remain stationary for days or even weeks at a time to complete each hole, so it is vitally important that they do not sink into the muddy lake surface,” Mann said.last_img read more