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Javaris Crittenton Former Hoops Star Arrested in Atlanta Drug

Javaris Crittenton’s life that once was full of so much promise continues to fall apart in a spectacular and shocking fashion for those who know the former Atlanta high school and Georgia Tech basketball star. The latest development finds Crittenton arrested at his suburban Atlanta home Wednesday as part of a drug sting operation.A former first-round NBA draft selection of the Los Angeles Lakers, Crittenton and 13 others were named in the indictment that was initially the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency,  a source close to the investigation told ESPN.According to that source, Crittenton, 26,  conspired to deal cocaine and marijuana in the months before he was indicted last year for his alleged role in an August 2011 Atlanta shooting death of a young mother.Shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, DEA agents, federal marshals and local police descended on Crittenton’s home in Fayetteville, a suburb just south of Atlanta. Crittenton was led away in handcuffs and booked into the Fulton County Jail.That is the latest drama in Crittenton’s apparently crumbling life. He was banned for a year in the NBA when he brought a gun into the Washington Wizards locker room, an indiscretion that stunned friends and family. It also essentially ended his undistinguished NBA career. And it got worse.In April 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted Crittenton and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, for murder in the death of Julian Jones, 22, a mother of four children. That 12-count indictment also accused Crittenton and Gamble of participating in a criminal street gang and linked both to a second shooting in Atlanta that occurred five days before Jones’ death.According to court documents, both of the August 2011 shootings were in retaliation for a robbery committed against Crittenton and his cousin. On April 13, 2011, Crittenton and Gamble were held up at gunpoint by two men outside a southwest Atlanta barbershop and robbed of more than $55,000 worth of personal items and jewelry, according to a police report of the incident.In the drug case, according to the district attorney’s office, “Crittenton and the other suspects are accused of selling multi-kilo quantities of cocaine and several hundred pounds of marijuana” during a seven-month investigation dating to June 2012. He will have an initial court appearance Thursday morning on those charges; he had been on limited house arrest as he awaited trial for murder.At Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Crittenton teamed with NBA star Dwight Howard to win the 2004 state championship. Crittenton led his team to a second state title in 2006 without Howard.Howard’s uncle, Paul Howard, the Fulton County district attorney, said he knew Crittenton to be upstanding.“This was a kid with a lot of promise,” Howard said. “As I look back, I’d have to say it was a lot of pain involved having to take some action because of those facts.” read more

Is Deshaun Watson Better Than Lamar Jackson Depends On What Skills You

Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson stirred up some mild controversy last week when he declared that he — not Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won this year’s Heisman Trophy — was the best player in all of college football.“I’m the best player in the country,” Watson told reporters on Dec. 19. “That’s how I think. That’s how I feel. You know, people have their own way of voting.”Although Watson won his second straight Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s most outstanding QB this season, he ended up second behind Jackson in the Heisman voting. And the O’Brien-Heisman split — “best quarterback” vs. “best player” — is pretty much the heart of Watson’s rivalry with Jackson.In the traditional sense of the QB role, Watson was probably a better pure passer than Jackson this season. Watson threw for 524 more yards, had a higher passing efficiency rating (according to the NCAA’s formula) and contributed many more expected points added (EPA) in the air than Jackson did. More to the point, Watson had a vastly superior completion percentage (68 percent to 58 percent), threw fewer of his passes off-target (11 percent vs. 15 percent), and was notably better in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He beat Jackson in Total QBR (81.2 to 76.9) on passes that traveled 15 or fewer yards through the air — plays that accounted for about three-quarters of each QB’s total attempts — and a higher percentage of Watson’s passing yards also came after his receivers caught the ball, a healthy indicator in the type of quick-passing game Clemson employs.As a result of all that controlled passing, Clemson’s aerial attack was more efficient than Louisville’s this year. The Tigers ranked fifth among Power Five conference teams in passing EPA, piling up about 40 percent more expected points per game via the pass than the 12th-ranked Cardinals.Still, Jackson made up the difference as an all-around QB. He generated nearly 70 more yards of total offense per game than Watson, thanks in large part to his mobility — Jackson rushed for an incredible 1,538 yards, the most of any Heisman-winning quarterback ever (as well as the second-most by a 3,000-yard passer).1That is, since at least 2000, which is as far back as Sports-Reference.com’s Play Index can search — but also probably even earlier, since I couldn’t find a season in their earlier data that even came close to matching Jackson’s 2016 output. Watson’s no slouch as a runner — he gained 524 yards on the ground, which ranked 15th among qualified FBS QBs — but Jackson probably had the best dual-threat season in college history. When we factor in Jackson’s huge workload in the running game, he had a slightly better Total QBR than Watson on the season, and he generated about 31 percent more total EPA per game than Watson did.Jackson even had Watson beat in a couple of important passing categories. First, Jackson threw 24 percent fewer interceptions per attempt than Watson did. (Despite his accuracy, Watson has had a problem with picks all year — though his overall game is still so good that it’s hard to say even the picks are a real problem.) And although Watson had the superior overall passing numbers, Jackson had a better year throwing the ball deep. Not only did he do it more — 14 percent of Jackson’s throws traveled at least 25 yards in the air, versus 9 percent for Watson — but he also had a better QBR (77.8 to 71.1) on those long tosses. Watson was more surgical in his deep strikes, with a sterling 8-0 TD-INT ratio on throws of 25 or more yards (Jackson’s mark was a more pedestrian 9-6), but he also spent a significant amount of his time setting up bubble screens with passes at or behind the line of scrimmage. Twenty-seven percent of Watson’s passes were for zero or fewer air yards, compared with 17 percent for Jackson.All told, many of the differences between Jackson and Watson simply come down to the trade-offs a QB makes playing in different offenses. While both teams call their share of zone-read plays, Louisville’s offense asks Jackson to keep the ball and run with it more than Clemson’s does of Watson. (There’s also a school of thought that says this was by design, and that Watson will be unleashed as a runner in the College Football Playoff, so stay tuned.) The Cardinals are a more run-oriented team than the Tigers anyway, and that allows them to exploit defenses for more big plays down the field when Jackson does throw. Clemson, meanwhile, is more set up to control the field through short passing and the selective use of Watson’s running and deep-throwing skills.The big takeaway, then, is that although the two quarterbacks played pretty different styles this season, they both arrived at a similar place in terms of overall production. So the question of who is the nation’s true best player might just boil down to preference: Do you like running QBs who throw a bunch of deep bombs, or do you prefer more pocket-oriented accurate passers who can also run when necessary?If I were starting a team, I’d flip a coin. read more

Bowl game could grant Pryor chance to follow in footsteps of fellow

Twenty seconds remained in the 2006 Rose Bowl. A fourth-and-5 was all that stood between Texas and a national championship; between Vince Young and college football immortality.A few seconds later, Keith Jackson said, “He’s going for the corner, he’s got it.”Vince Young disappeared into an assembly of media and photographers with the same confidence he possessed when he showed up on the Rose Bowl stage 368 days earlier.  Longhorn fans relished a national title celebration. Young relished the knowledge that he would go down as one of the biggest heroes in Rose Bowl history.Two-time defending national champion USC scrambled to win its third title, but Vince Young’s 9-yard touchdown run and almost unheard-of individual performance had already shattered that dream. On Saturday, when the oldest member of the Buckeyes, Devin Barclay, kicked OSU into the “Granddaddy of Them All,” it was only a matter of time before someone pointed out this fact: Vince Young played in the Rose Bowl his sophomore season, too.Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who has often been compared to Vince Young since the Longhorn’s dominating performances in the Rose Bowl in ‘05 and ‘06, will be a sophomore, as well.The comparisons have come from everywhere, including Pryor’s former high school coach Ray Reitz and Young’s college coach Mack Brown.“Before he leaves Ohio State, he’ll lead them to a national championship,” Brown said earlier this season of Pryor. “He’s that kind of player.”Brown saw Young up close for four seasons at Texas. After redshirting his first year, Young split time as a redshirt freshman before starting as a sophomore and junior.His blend of size, speed and athleticism had never been seen at the quarterback position. And for the most part, it hasn’t been seen since — until Pryor.Although both Young and Pryor managed to lead their teams to a Rose Bowl in their sophomore seasons, struggles didn’t go unnoticed.Against Purdue several weeks ago, Pryor committed a career-high four turnovers in the Buckeyes’ shocking loss. His lackluster effort against USC earlier in the season also gave doubters reason to grumble.Young faced similar hardships in his sophomore season. Against rival Oklahoma, the quarterback was eight of 23 for 86 yards, and his Longhorns were shut out for the first time since 1980.  Young’s critics were in full force after a 12-0 loss.His season stats, like Pryor’s, weren’t gaudy. Young threw one less interception than touchdowns on the season and also did his fair share of scoring with his legs.The shutout loss, however, would be the last of Young’s college career, and he would still manage to get his one-loss Texas team into the Rose Bowl against Big Ten champion Michigan.His first of two Rose Bowl appearances would mark the beginning of the end of one of the most brilliant college football careers in recent history.On the grandest stage of all, Young did not disappoint. The Wolverines had a star-studded defense, but nothing stopped Young when the bright lights of California shined their brightest.Young brought his Longhorns back from a 10-point deficit in the second half. He had touchdown runs of 20, 60, 10 and 23 yards and ran for a total of 192 yards total on the day. Young was equally efficient at passing, throwing a touchdown, and completing 16 of 28 for yards.When the Longhorns won on a last-second field goal, Vince Young had officially broken onto the national scene, making his name known as one of the best quarterbacks in college football.The following season would be even better for the junior quarterback. Leading his team to an undefeated season and a berth in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, Young’s stats sent him to New York, where he finished runner-up to Reggie Bush for the Heisman Trophy.In the national championship game against USC and its two Heisman winners, Bush and Matt Leinart, Young again put on a display of how to will his team to victory.With the world watching, Young ran all over the Rose Bowl, leaving USC defenders with nothing to tackle but air. Running for three touchdowns and 200 yards, Young led Texas back from a 12-point deficit to a 41-38 win.Young’s arm was also on display, going 30 of 40 for 267 yards. His combined 467 yards of offense is a Rose Bowl performance that might never be matched.But Pryor will get his chance to live up to the Rose Bowl legend of Vince Young; at least, his legend as a sophomore, when he led his team to a Rose Bowl victory. As for the legend of Young’s junior season, when he led his team to a national title, Pryor will have to wait to claim it next year. read more

Ohio State defense will look to slow down Melvin Gordon Badgers run

Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon (25) carries the ball during a game against South Florida at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., on Sept. 27. Wisconsin won, 27-10.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhile the Ohio State football team has lost a Heisman Trophy candidate to injury, it must prepare to take on another candidate in the biggest game of the year.Redshirt-junior Wisconsin running back and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Melvin Gordon is on many people’s shortlist for the Heisman, as he leads the country in rushing yards with 2,260 to go along with 26 rushing scores.OSU coach Urban Meyer said that while he doesn’t know much about Gordon, he has heard nothing but good things about the Badger running back on and off the field.“Obviously we understand there is another Heisman guy going to be on the field, Gordon, who (Wisconsin coach) Gary (Andersen) tells me the best thing about him is he’s a wonderful young man, too,” Meyer said Monday. “So that’s good for college football.”OSU co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said gearing up to stop Gordon will not be an easy task.“This is as good a running back they have had, and they have had some great ones,” Fickell said Monday. “Montee Ball, James White and heck, go all the way back to Ron Dayne. I don’t know that they’ve had one as electric as Gordon. Most importantly, you can’t let him get going. We have seen, you get some of those guys going, it’s hard to get them down.”Those guys Fickell talked about include junior Indiana running back Tevin Coleman and senior Minnesota running back David Cobb who combined to rush for 373 yards and six touchdowns against the Buckeyes this season.In one game this season, Gordon managed to rush for 408 yards in a win over Nebraska, which at the time broke the NCAA record for rushing yards in a single game.Despite all his success, Gordon said there is something he has yet to accomplish in his time at Wisconsin that he is hoping to achieve on Saturday.“Since I have been at Wisconsin, I haven’t had a chance to beat Ohio State yet,” Gordon said during the Big Ten players teleconference Monday. “It’s a tough team to go up against and it would be good to have my first win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.”Gordon, who first played for the Badgers as a redshirt-freshman in 2011, exploded onto the national scene during the 2012 Big Ten title game when he rushed for a game-high 216 yards on just nine carries, outrushing both Ball and White.While he was successful in that game, Gordon said his eyes are on the task at hand.“We can’t think about that game because it’s not Nebraska, it’s Ohio State,” Gordon said. “It’s a different team, different players, different coaching staff, we got to think about this game because it’s completely different.”Gordon added that he has watched the Buckeyes on multiple occasions, and complimented the OSU defense’s style of play.“I follow Ohio State … they are one of the best teams in the nation. They love to play physical, they don’t shy away from contact,” Gordon said. “The linebackers, they speak for themselves. They always have great linebackers there.”The man who coaches the OSU linebackers, Fickell, said the Buckeyes must not only focus on Gordon, but other aspects of the Badger offense.“The thing that they still do is they are not just one-dimensional. You still got to know that the most important thing, they are going to rely on him,” Fickell said. “They are going to run the football. He can be one of those guys that beats you. They are good enough up front to be able to give him the opportunity to do those things. It poses a lot of problems.”In last year’s matchup in Columbus, Gordon was bottled up for just 74 yards rushing on 15 carries and was held without a touchdown.The Buckeyes did, however, give up 295 yards passing to now-redshirt-junior Joel Stave, who has yet to throw for more that 220 yards this season.The Buckeyes and Badgers are set to square off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 8:17 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Urban Meyer Ohio State quarterbacks always talking in practice

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (left), redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones and redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller share a laugh during OSU’s national championship celebration on Jan. 24 at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen two recent Heisman Trophy candidates and the reigning National Championship starter play quarterback for the same team, things could get ugly.But at Ohio State, “it’s all positive” between redshirt-senior Braxton Miller, redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt-junior Cardale Jones, coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.“If you watch the three of them, they’re always talking,” Meyer said.Miller — who has been in the top-10 in Heisman voting twice — was the undisputed starter heading into fall camp in 2014, but he tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder less than two weeks before the season started. That paved the way for Barrett to take the reigns of the OSU offense. After losing to Virginia Tech in his second start, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native led the Buckeyes to 10 straight wins.But Barrett ended up fracturing his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan, forcing him to miss the Buckeyes’ postseason run. Injury and all, he ended up in fifth place in Heisman voting.Jones replaced Barrett for the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff, and picked up a 3-0 record as he led OSU to a national title.Now just three practices into spring camp, the trio is locked in an open competition for the starting job next season.Even though they’re competing every day, Meyer said the players have been supporting each other in practice.“I just happened to turn around and Braxton and J.T. are talking about football,” Meyer said. “And I saw Braxton walk up and hit Cardale, you know, tap him, ‘Nice job.’ And I just see that, that’s not common.”While the players are technically all in the race for playing time, only Jones is fully fit. Miller is still recovering from his shoulder surgery while Barrett’s ankle isn’t yet completely healed.Meyer said OSU’s medical staff has pulled back on Miller, but stressed that was for precautionary reasons. He added that Barrett has been ahead of schedule so far this spring.“J.T. is doing good, he’s doing more,” Meyer said. “I thought he would be much more limited but he’s getting every mini field and 7-on-7 rep.”As Barrett and Miller continue the rehabilitation process and Jones continues to grind, Meyer said, in general, everything is positive when it comes to his options at quarterback.“Talent, quality people, value to the program, investment in the program,” Meyer said. “Check, check, check, check.”But with all the positivity, there’s just one problem: Only one quarterback takes the field at a time.“It’s not like receiver where you can put three of them out there,” Meyer said. “That’s the only thing that’s starting to eat away at me a little bit.”Regardless of who ends up winning the battle, the Buckeyes are set to take the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va., to kick off the 2015 season. read more

Football Ohio States Tyquan Lewis selected by Indianapolis Colts in second round

Ohio State defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis was selected as the No. 64 overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.A three-year starter for the Buckeyes, Lewis played in 55 games, playing in as many games as any Ohio State player in history. Lewis combined to rack up double-digit tackles for loss in both his final two season and accumulated 23.5 sacks during his college career. In 2016, Lewis was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, recording 10.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Lewis continued that success into his final season in Columbus, this time as a captain. He repeated as a first-team All-Big Ten lineman, recording 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Lewis recorded 122 inches on his broad jump and had a 35.5-inch vertical. Lewis did not participate in the 40-yard dash or bench press at the NFL combine due to the flu, but he worked out at Ohio State’s pro day.The Colts ended last season with 25 sacks, the second-fewest in the NFL. On the ground, they gave up 120.4 rushing yards per game, the seventh most in the league.Lewis and the Colts will open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 with a matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. read more

Stoke bus driver brings the magic of the silver screen to his

first_imgWhen he was a young boy his usherette grandmother gave him a lifelong love of the movies and ever since Anderson Jones has dreamt of owning his own cinema.That dream came true when Mr Jones built a 34-seat cinema, in his own garden.The 38-year-old bus driver has spent the past four and a half years, and £70,000 of his life savings, erecting the brick building at his Stoke-on-Trent home.Replete with a 17ft by 7ft screen, red curtains and red seats Mr Jones’s home movie theatre is a homage to the ABC chain of cinemas of his youth. 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. Mr Jones with son Ethan and wife JaneCredit:Phil Yeoman/BNPS All the fittings, from the door handles to the exit sign, have been reclaimed from redundant cinemas, including the seats, which came from the ABC in Hanley in Stoke which shut down in 2000.Mr Jones even managed to obtain some original ABC carpet, but didn’t have enough to cover the floor of his cinema.He approached a specialist firm who, using samples of the original carpet, managed to make an exact copy.ABC Cinemas was founded in 1927 and in their post-Second World War heyday there were more than 400 of them throughout Britain. But the advent of large multiplexes meant that by the early 1990s the firm was on the verge of bankruptcy, eventually being taken over by Sir Richard Branson for his chain of Virgin Cinemas.Mr Jones says he just needs to get hold of a set of neon lights and tidy up his garden before he can host his own premier next summer. A light fitting at Mr Jones’s tribute to the ABC chain of cinemas, built in the garden of his homeCredit:Phil Yeomans/BNPS A light fitting at Mr Jones's tribute to the ABC chain of cinemas Mr Jones with son Ethan and wife Jane The concessions stand offering popcorn and sweets at Mr Jones' back garden cinema Mr Jones mans the kiosk at his home built cinema The cinema, sited just 15 metres from the back door of his house, has its own projection room and even a foyer with a concessions stand offering popcorn and sweets. “My grandmother was an usherette and ever since I was a small boy I’ve loved films. I’ve always been collecting things from old cinemas, especially movie posters,” he said. “In 2010 we moved into a house with a quarter of an acre of land and not long after I won planning permission to build my cinema.”I used to be a kitchen fitter so I can do plastering and brick laying and built the cinema myself. All my life savings have gone into it.”My wife Jayne loves films and my children, Hannon who is 21 and Ethan who is 16, love the cinema too. I’ve even got their X-Box rigged up to the big screen!”Anderson, a member of the Cinema Theatre Association, said the first screening will either be Back to the Future or Dirty Dancing, with any donations from the audience going to charity. It is adorned with a 40ft long, 22ft wide and 20ft high an ABC sign and takes up half of the garden of his three bed semi-detached house.Mr Jones’s cinema will only be open to family, friends and members of the Cinema Theatre Association, who will not be charged. He has even bought wife Jayne, 47, an old ABC uniform so she can join in the trip down cinematic memory lane.He said: “I’ve been a cinema fan since as long as I can remember and since I was at school I’ve always wanted to build a cinema.“I used to say to friends ‘I’m going to build a cinema in my garden.’ “They didn’t believe me.” The concessions stand offering popcorn and sweets at Mr Jones’ back garden cinemaCredit:Phil Yeomans/BNPS Mr Jones mans the kiosk at his home built cinemaCredit:Phil Yeomans/BNPSlast_img read more

Man arrested for having pipe bomb in his hand luggage at Manchester

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man has appeared in court accused of having a pipe bomb in his hand luggage at he turned up to catch a flight from Manchester Airport.Nadeem Muhammed, 43, was arrested on January 30, after officials at the airport allegedly discovered a suspicious device as he went through security prior to boarding a Ryanair flight to Bergamo, Italy.The Pakistani national, who lives in Bury, Greater Manchester, was questioned by officers at the time but was later released on bail and was allowed to travel several days later.He was arrested when he returned to the UK on Feburary 11 and charged with possessing an improvised explosive device under the Explosive Substances Act of 1883.The court heard the device was viable and that it appeared to consist of batteries wrapped in brown tape with wires sticking out.It was described as consisting of a “small pipe, like large marker pen” and was filled with a “smokeless propellant often found in ammunition”.Mr Muhammed, wearing a checked shirt, spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address with the help of an interpreter in a hearing at Westminster magistrates’ court in London.Katie McCreath, defending, indicated that he would be pleading not guilty to the charge at a future hearing.Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said: “It is a rather unusual story where an explosive device was found in carry-on luggage at Manchester Airport.”He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Southwark crown court on March 13, but the court heard the case is likely to be transferred to Manchester.Jessica Hart, prosecuting, said the case would not be proceeding under the terrorism protocol.last_img read more

Grenfell crowdfunding campaign raises £2m for victims of London fire

first_img.@StandardNews have launched the ES Dispossession Fund with @london_cf to help the residents of #GrenfellTower. https://t.co/u54LmAbXgo pic.twitter.com/e6ywq5oZKW— JustGiving (@JustGiving) June 14, 2017 Here’s how you can support those affected by the fire in West London: https://t.co/vcXUvic1aR pic.twitter.com/3zcYKjl7mz— JustGiving (@JustGiving) June 14, 2017 Community centres also have been left “overwhelmed” by donations of food and clothing from members of the public.Meanwhile, Simon Cowell has pledged to help the victims by releasing a charity single.Anger is mounting over a litany of failings that led to the Grenfell Tower disaster, as fears grow that the death toll could rise to more than 100.Here’s how you can help the Grenfell Tower victims. Several charity and fundraising campaigns were set up following the blaze at the 24-storey block in north Kensington, west London.Haley Yearwood, a teacher at a school in the borough, started a JustGiving page which alone has helped raise more than £1m.Another campaign back by the Evening Standard newspaper on behalf of Grenfell Tower residents has also surpassed £1m.Ms Yearwood said she was “humbled” by the “absolutely amazing response” from members of the public who have donated.“Wow! We’ve got a million pounds,” she said. “I’ve raised the target again and no doubt it may have to be raised again. Thank you all so much.“I thought a target of £10,000 might have been a bit cheeky. The love and charity everyone has shown is so fantastic. This is going to help the families so much.“I know that many of our students and their families will be affected by this awful fire.” Donations to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy have surpassed £2million in just two days.center_img A spokesperson for JustGiving said: “JustGiving has once again seen a swell in generosity following the dreadful fire at the Grenfell Tower in west London in the early hours of this morning. 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. “As with all emergency situations, we will be holding funds while we work with page owners to ensure that all money makes it to those in need.”last_img read more

Ryanair axes 20 routes and its base at Glasgow Airport

first_imgEdinburgh Airport will benefit from the move Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said he was torn between the pleasure of the new routes and relief that the cuts were not hitting Edinburgh, but added that the move was a “wake up call for the government”.Derek Mackay, the Finance Minister, said the decision was disappointing and claimed the continued uncertainty around Brexit was having a negative impact on route development. The budget airline Ryanair has claimed hundreds of jobs are under threat as it blamed the Scottish Government for its decision to close its base at Glasgow Airport.The number of routes operated from the airport will be cut from 23 to three, with five being transferred to Edinburgh.The airline opened a new base at Glasgow Airport in 2014, but will only fly to Dublin, Krakow and Wroclaw from Glasgow in its winter 2018 schedule. It plans to operate 45 routes from Edinburgh, including 11 new flights.Ryanair said it had run out of patience waiting for the Scottish Government to reduce Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax after ministers promised it would be halved.Glasgow Airport said it was “bitterly disappointed” and there was “no doubt” the failure to replace APD with a cheaper air departure tax (ADT) in Scotland was behind the moveDavid O’Brien, Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, said 300 indirect jobs could be lost at Glasgow with a potential fall in around 500,000 passengers. He said the government was still committed to reducing passenger duty by 50 per cent by the end of this Parliament and wanted to “get on and deliver it”.He claimed it had been deferred while issues were resolved over plans to continue to exempt journeys from airports in the Highlands and Islands, which requires EU approval under state aid rules.In October, he claimed the “mess” was the UK Government’s fault while the Treasury said it was the responsibility of the SNP administration to make sure any new tax complied with the rules.Christine Jardine, the Liberal Democrat MP and Scottish affairs spokesman, said the Scottish Government’s “shambolic” handling of the policy had undermined its credibility with business.She added: “Opposition parties and the Scottish public were unconvinced by their pledge to cut airport taxes.”The whole policy fell through when a close reading revealed that the whole thing had been impossible all along.” “There are other markets in the UK and Europe which offer a more compelling proposition.”Mr O’Brien said the “flip side” was a possible 700 jobs being created in Edinburgh. Ryanair also said Brexit was a background factor threatening Scottish tourism and the airline industry.A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said that despite repeated warnings from both airports and airlines about the potential impact of the policy not being implemented, it was now faced with the “stark scenario that includes the loss of 20 services and a significant number of jobs”.”This is the second example in as many months of an airline cutting capacity in Scotland because of the lack of movement on ADT,” he added. “The reality is this capacity will be reallocated elsewhere in Europe to countries with more favourable aviation taxation policies to Scotland’s detriment.”center_img Please see below our reaction to the news Ryanair is to cut 20 routes at Glasgow Airport from November 2018. The airline will continue to operate its three-times daily route to Dublin and twice-weekly services to Krakow and Wroclaw as normal. pic.twitter.com/uAM2WeaVwE— Glasgow Airport (@GLA_Airport) February 27, 2018 He added: “Sadly the weaker Scottish market is even weaker still in Glasgow which simply can’t bare the burden of APD at £13.”This should not come as a surprise to the government, we did say that our growth in Glasgow was based on their promise to abolish APD, which morphed into a promise to half APD, which suddenly has disappeared into the ether and quite frankly we don’t have any more patience. edinburgh airportlast_img read more

Unmarried mother denied widowed parent benefits after partners death wins landmark Supreme

p. 2 That loss is the same whether or not the parents are married or in a civil partnership with one anotherLady Hale, Supreme Court President Siobhan McLaughlin Supreme Court judgment Siobhan McLaughlin, Speaking outside court after the April hearing in the Supreme Court, which sat in Northern Ireland for the first time, Ms McLaughlin thanked supporters.Attending with two of her children, she said: “This case was never about me. I would love to be recognised as a widow but I accept in the eyes of the law and the Government that I am not.”What I wasn’t prepared to accept was how the Government viewed my children – how they could treat my grieving, bereaved children as insignificant.”I am such a private person but to sit and accept that this is how it is made me say, ‘No, this is wrong’. Siobhan McLaughlin Supreme Court judgment Loading Loading Zoom Previous Page Note  1 of  34 0 An unmarried mother has won a Supreme Court battle to access widowed parent’s allowance for her bereaved children.Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was refused the benefit after her partner, John Adams, died from cancer in January 2014 because the couple, who had four children and were together for 23 years, were not married or in a civil partnership.She initially won a case after claiming unlawful discrimination based on her marital status, but that ruling was later overturned by the Court of Appeal.But, by a majority of four justices to one, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the current law on the allowance is “incompatible” with Human Rights legislation.Giving the lead judgment, the court’s President Lady Hale said: “The allowance exists because of the responsibilities of the deceased and the survivor towards their children. » Ms McLaughlin, a special needs classroom assistant from Armoy, Co Antrim, was with her partner John Adams, a groundsman, for 23 years and they had four children – Rebecca, 15, Billy, 16, Lisa, 21, and 23-year-old Stuart.Following Mr Adams’s death, Ms McLaughlin had to take on an evening job after being refused widowed parent’s allowance by the Northern Ireland Department for Communities. Loading Loading p. 3 Document Pages Notes Text CLOSE “I want to look my children in the eye and say it is the Government at fault here, not you, and because of this I have tried to rectify this for you.” “Those responsibilities are the same whether or not they are married to or in a civil partnership with one another.”The purpose of the allowance is to diminish the financial loss caused to families with children by the death of a parent.”That loss is the same whether or not the parents are married or in a civil partnership with one another.” Contents « Related Article » However, Lady Hale said not every case where an unmarried parent is denied the allowance after the death of their partner will be unlawful.The court also said it is up to the Government to decide whether or how to change the law. To print the document, click the “Original Document” link to open the original PDF. At this time it is not possible to print the document with annotations. Loading Loading for “” Next Siobhan McLaughlin was refused the benefit as she and her partner were not married or in a civil partnershipCredit:Liam McBurney /PA p. 1 Contributed by: Telegraph Graphics, The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Richard Hammonds family robbed as they sleep amid fears of Saint Tropez

Jenson Button claimed he was gassed after £300,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from his villa in Saint Tropez Formula One world champion Jenson Button claimed that he had also been sedated after more than £300,000 worth of jewellery was taken from his rented villa in Saint Tropez 2010.Experts have doubted the claims, saying gasses such as ethers and chloroforms would cause coughing and spluttering to anyone exposed to high doses. It would not be possible to pump high enough concentrations of alternative gasses, such as nitrous oxide, through an entire villa to knock victims out for long enough, some experts have said.  “I’m pretty convinced we must have been gassed or something, because they were in all of the bedrooms – they went where they wanted, into each room, opening and closing the drawers, searching through handbags etc,” she told the Sunday Express.“You have got to have some kind of confidence to do that and to be quite satisfied that people aren’t going to wake up.”Ex-Arsenal star Patrick Vieira was targeted while holidaying in Cannes in 2006. Gas was discovered in the ventilation system after the French midfielder woke feeling unwell to discover his home had been raided with jewellery and his Mercedes 4×4 missing. I’m pretty convinced we must have been gassed or somethingMindy Hammond But describing their break-in last month as a “horror story” Mrs Hammond said before going to bed she had heard male voices behind the living room door but assumed it was some of their guests.She only realised the next morning she had, in fact, had a close shave with the thieves. The neighbouring house had also been robbed that night. she said, and after the incident family employed a security guard. Police arrested the two burglars within 48 hours as they were caught on CCTV.  British Formula One world champion Jenson Button claimed he was gassed after £300,000 worth of jewellery was stolen from his villa in Saint TropezCredit:Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport Fears are emerging that Saint Tropez’s knockout gas burglars have returned after Richard Hammond’s family were robbed in their sleep.Thieves are known to have previously pumped anaesthetic gas through air conditioning systems in a series of raids on luxury villas on the French Riviera.Mr Hammond’s wife, Mindy, said she is “convinced” the family were targeted while staying at an up-market property on the French coast. The former Top Gear star’s teenage daughter, Willow, had a watch stolen from her bedside table while she slept and the couple had cash stolen from their wallets. Mrs Hammond said she was not even woken by her husband Richard’s snoring but when she did eventually stir she noticed all the bedroom doors were open.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Picture exclusive Prince Philip very shocked and shaken after car crash near

The Duke of Edinburgh had to climb from the wreckage of his car following a crash in which his Land Rover overturned on its side.The 97-year-old was on Thursday afternoon said to look 
distraught and “quite shaken” after the accident, which left two other people in hospital with minor injuries.He was recovering at Sandringham with the Queen by his side, after being checked by a doctor as a precaution and found to have no injuries.Police confirmed that both the Duke and a female driver had been breathalysed at the scene and had not been drinking. A witness said the Queen’s husband appeared “shocked and shaken” after the crash, describing the fact he was uninjured as a “miracle”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The witness told The Telegraph the Duke had seemed “quite distraught” in the aftermath of the incident, as police arrived at the scene. He is understood to have been helped out of his vehicle, which had flipped over, trapping the driver’s door shut.Photographs of the wreckage appeared to show that the car had been hit on its passenger side, with heavy scrapes and dents in what will have been a “reinforced” vehicle made for the Royal family. A second car, a Kia, was left on a verge after the crash on the A149 near the Sandringham estate shortly before 3pm on Thursday. Berneen Caney, a 25-year-old support worker from King’s Lynn who was nearby, said: “It appeared to be quite serious, there was a lot of glass over the road as well as debris. I saw one of the cars was quite badly damaged… its windows were smashed. By the time I passed by, [it] had been tipped back up on its wheels.” Almighty God, the Fountain of all Goodness,We humbly beseech thee to bless Philip Duke of Edinburgh:Endue him with thy Holy Spirit; enrich him with thy Heavenly Grace; prosper him with all happiness; and bring him to thine everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.— John Sentamu (@JohnSentamu) January 17, 2019God of Love and Compassion reach out with your Peace to the people who were in the car involved in the traffic accident with Prince Philip’s vehicle.Amen.— John Sentamu (@JohnSentamu) January 17, 2019 “The fact anybody walked away from that is incredible. If a 30-year-old had walked away from that unhurt it would be a miracle. For a 97-year-old man, that is something else.” He added that the Duke looked to have been turning right on to the main road when the collision happened.Norfolk Police added last night: “The male driver of the Land Rrover was uninjured. The female driver of the Kia suffered cuts while the female passenger sustained an arm injury, both requiring hospital treatment. We can confirm both casualties were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and have since been discharged.“The road remained open and both vehicles were recovered”.In a statement three hours after the incident, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. The Duke was not injured. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate. Local police attended the scene.” A Palace aide added: “He saw a doctor as a precaution and the doctor confirmed he was not injured.”The spokesman would not comment on whether the Duke had passengers, but it is likely that he was travelling with a protection officer. The steward at Babingley Social Club, around 200 yards from the crash scene, described the A149 as “one of the busiest roads in Norfolk.” The Duke of Edinburgh’s car after it was involved in a collision at Babingley, Norfolk Credit:Chris Bishop /Archant  There were conflicting reports about precisely how the crash unfolded, but locals believed the Duke was leaving a small private side road, intending to cross the A149 as he headed back to Sandringham when he collided with a car travelling south.The Duke, who was wearing casual country attire, was seen speaking to uniformed police as a group of about five people comforted one another near to the second car. Ambulance crews were called to the scene, where the B1439 joins the A road in a stretch known as Queen Elizabeth Way. The royal car and one other vehicle were taken from the scene by recovery lorry. A Buckingham Palace source confirmed that the Duke holds a current driving licence; the law requires those over 70 to reapply every three years.A spokesman for Norfolk Police said on Thursday night: “It is force policy to breath test drivers involved in collisions. We can confirm both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings.” The Duke of Edinburgh's car after it was involved in a collision at Babingley, Norfolk  Prince Philip driving near Balmoral Castle in September last year Credit:Peter Jolly/Northpix An eyewitness who took a photograph of the scene moments after the crash and asked not to be named said: “The Duke looked distraught. He looked quite shocked and shaken. It was extraordinary to see the Duke of Edinburgh. He looked at me as I approached the junction. Police were already on the scene, helping him. There’s a police station not far away. Edmund King, the AA president, said: “We wish the Duke well. Many commentators use high profile car crashes involving elderly drivers as a reason to call for bans or restrictions on older drivers. [But] if driving restrictions based on age and safety were introduced we would be more likely to restrict young drivers rather than older drivers. “The decision to hang up your keys is a tough one but should be based on personal advice from your GP and family rather than being based on some arbitrary age. We all age differently and the car is an essential lifeline for many elderly people.” Local driver Natalie Courtney Ely, wrote on a Facebook page: “I drove past about 10 minutes after it happened, if that. I’m surprised he wasn’t hurt. On that stretch of road the sunlight was causing major visibility issues for me so I’m sure it was for other drivers too – maybe they should consider that due to this the poor visibility was more of a cause for the collision rather than speed.”Both the Duke and the Queen have been staying at Sandringham since before Christmas, and traditionally remain there until Feb 6.The Prince of Wales was yesterday at his Scottish residence at Birkhall, and had been made aware of the accident. The Duke, who retired from official royal engagements in August 2017 and had a hip replacement in April, is regularly seen driving his car and a carriage. He drove Barack Obama, the former US President, and his wife Michelle with the Queen to Windsor Castle after the presidential helicopter landed nearby for a visit to the UK in April 2016.The Archbishop of York shared a message of support for the Duke. Prince Philip driving near Balmoral Castle in September last year  read more

Facebook accused of using Chelsea Flower Show to improve its tarnished reputation

The former host of Gardeners Question Time has accused Facebook of using the Chelsea Flower show to improve its “tarnished reputation”. Next month the ‘Beyond The Screen’ garden by award-winning designer Joe Perkins and sponsored by Facebook will be shown at the horticultural event.Facebook says its £75,000 coastal-themed landscape garden will highlight how social media is a “powerful force for positive change in the real world”.However Professor Stefan Buczacki, former chairman of Gardener’s Question Time, said: “It is a backhanded compliment to the influence of gardening that Facebook wants to improve that tarnished reputation by associating with what is the most healthy, wholesome outdoor activity,” he said. “The idea that Facebook will get young people away from their screens and into gardening is pretty bizarre. BBC producers had the same mantra for years that we must get young people gardening.”But the reality is that young people will not be interested in gardening until they have their own garden and that is further away than ever these days because they cannot afford their own homes.”Matthew Appleby, of magazine Horticulture Week, added that it was “ironic” Facebook had a garden because “too much screen time is the biggest barrier to getting kids outdoors and into healthy activities like gardening”. Mr Perkins, 42, of Hove, East Sussex, added: “Social media is not going away. We all use it. I have a lot of gardening books at home but I have not looked at them for over five years. If I want some inspiration or to find something out I go online.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Body found in freezer is identified as missing mother of three

“I would appeal for anyone who knew MJ and may have information about what happened to her and in particular her association with the address in Vandrome Road where she was found to come forward.”Did you see her just before or maybe even after she was reported missing? What was she doing? who was she with?”Police were called to a in Vandome Close, Canning Town, last Friday following concerns for the welfare of a male resident.When officers managed to gain entry the flat they made the grim discovery.Police said the property where the bodies were found was known to be frequented by drug users and transient members of the local community who moved from address to address.Zarhid Younis, 34, of Vandome Close, has been charged with preventing the lawful and decent burials of two dead bodies and is due to appear before Kingston Crown Court on 29 May.A 50-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday, 29 April, has been released under investigation. Police are continuing to investigate the grim discovery 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. Police are continuing to investigate the grim discoveryCredit:PA Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “We are now confident that one of the females found is MJ. As you can imagine, this is a devastating time for her family and we would ask for their privacy to be respected.“MJ was reported missing in May 2018. As yet we don’t know when she died; a post-mortem examination is ongoing. One of the bodies found in a freezer in a flat in east London has been identified as, mother of three, Mihrican Mustafa.The 38-year-old had been missing for a year when her remains were found alongside the body of another woman in a chest freezer in a property in the Canning Town area.Detectives are still working to establish the identity of the other dead woman and have still not established how they both died.Post mortems have begun but police said it could be several days before they are concluded.Miss Mustafa, who was also known as MJ, was reported missing to police in Newham on 10 May 2018.Family members said she was heading for the shops when she went missing and only had £3 in her pocket and her mobile phone.Because she was a registered missing person, the Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. read more

Ramdhani Chiong reach quarterfinals of PANAM

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana’s Priyanna Ramdhani selected for Pan AM Camp in SurinameOctober 25, 2017In “latest news”Ramdhani captures ladies singles, doubles at Badminton tournamentJune 23, 2014In “Sports”Ramdhani reaches quarter-finals of U-19 Int’l badminton tourneyMarch 10, 2016In “latest news” Local badminton ace Priyanna Ramdhani on Monday evening advanced to the quarter-finals of the Pan American Badminton Championships Under-17 Girls Doubles, which are being played at the Pan Am Centre in Markham, Canada.Priyanna Ramdhani (left) and Sara Michelle Barrios ChiongThe national and Caribbean junior and senior champion teamed up with her partner, Sara Michelle Barrios Chiong of Guatemala to defeat Chile’s Constanza Naranjo But and Belen Troncoso Mandiola in a thrilling three-setter.Ramdhani and Chiong, who have been playing together for three years, came from behind after surrendering the first game at 21-23, before recovering to win the second and third sets 21-17 and 21-10 respectively.They will have a shot of entering the semi-finals when they compete later today (Wednesday). Meanwhile, in the Under-17 Girls Singles, Ramdhani lost to Peru’s champion, Inés Mendoza Rosell 21-19, 21-8The Championships are being played from July 24 to 28, 2017. read more

PPPs LGE challenge to remove names from AFC backers lists dismissed

File photo: Some of the persons who turned up at Whim Village, Berbice to have their names removed from the listJustice Navindra Singh on Tuesday had the case filed by one of the constituency candidates in Berbice for the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to have the names of 50 persons who claimed to have been tricked into signing an Alliance for Change (AFC) nominators lists to contest the Local Government Elections (LGE) dismissed.According to the Opposition, the 50 persons of the Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) had their names fraudulently affixed to the backers’ lists for LGE in the Ancient County.The court document names Shafraz Beekham as the applicant, along with the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield and Orlando Christopher Persaud as the respondents.In handing down the ruling, Singh stated that after investigations, he did not find any evidence to convince him that the nominators were forced to sign the list.As such, he had the case dismissed stating that the names will remain on the original list.PPP were challenging on the grounds that the said decision was unlawful, illegal, and unreasonable and was in violation of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act.The document filed at the High Court cited the individual’s alleged refusal to withdraw the applicant’s name and the names of 49 other electors. It said unless the names were withdrawn, the election in the Local Authority Area would be tainted with “illegality and fraud”.Beekham, of Letter Kenny Village, Corentyne, was the first person to come forward with the allegations against the AFC. Following his outcry, several other persons also came forward with the said accusation.In a sworn affidavit, Beekham, who is a registered elector on the Official List of Electors for Constituency Number 3 in the Whim/Bloomfield NDC said he and others were “deliberately deceived into signing a document by an Alliance For Change representative who he claimed fraudulently represented that she was employed by GECOM and that he needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.“I am informed and do verily believe by the other electors in the community that they were told that they would benefit from better roads, jobs, better pension and rehabilitated playgrounds and were also deceived into signing,” he stated in court documents.He said too that it was only after Nomination Day on September 21, 2018, that he learnt that the signature which was taken from him was unauthorisedly used as a nominator backing the AFC candidate in constituency Number 3.According to him, at no time whatsoever was he or the other residents informed, or did they know that they were in fact signing a list of backers in support of the AFC candidate(s).Beekham said on becoming aware of what was perpetuated against him and other electors, he immediately demanded that their names be withdrawn or deleted from the AFC lists.However, Beekham eventually learnt on September 28, that Persaud had refused to withdraw his name and that of the 49 other electors from the lists submitted by the AFC.Political interferenceMeanwhile, in a statement on the ruling the PPP, among other things, posited that “electoral democracy and the citizens’ right to vote in Guyana suffered yet another blow today.”The Party is contending that “a Police Report submitted to Justice Navindra Singh in the High Court in Berbice totally misrepresented what the residents of the Whim/Bloomfield Local Authority Area claimed they told to the Police during interviews that were supposed to be used to compile that report.”The Judge had ordered a Police Report into allegations made by over 50 (fifty) persons that their names were procured by misrepresentation and trickery on lists supporting AFC candidates.The persons who were present in Court explained to the media after the Court hearing that the Report did not accurately reflect what they said to Police Officers who interviewed them.This was confirmed by officials of the PPP/C who were present when these interviews were conducted by the Police.The PPP is contending that the “Police investigation and the ensuing Report were perverted by and contaminated with political interference.”“Despite the fact that the Report was clearly tailored to meet a particular conclusion, it still contains various damning statements: for example, all of the persons interviewed and whose names are on the AFC list of backers made it absolutely clear that they did not know that they were signing any document supportive of the AFC; that they are not supporting the AFC and that they all requested that their names be removed from those particular lists” said the PPP.In the end, the Party noted that “no matter how much you turn it or twist it, the bottom line is these AFC candidates have 50 (fifty) persons who are on public record saying to the world that they are not supporting the candidates they are supposed to be backing. Yet the Court refused to interfere with this violation of these persons fundamental right to support a political party of their choice by removing their names from those lists.”Local Government Elections are scheduled to be held on November 12, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLGE 2018: AFC to contest 38 Local Authority AreasOctober 10, 2018In “latest news”51 persons’ names removed after saying they never signed AFC listSeptember 27, 2018In “latest news”Jagdeo condemns PPP/C supporter’s arrest over alleged arson attempt on AFC candidate’s homeNovember 1, 2018In “latest news” read more

Gibraltars mill experts

first_imgTaseko Mines has announced further procurement details for the upgrade and expansion of the concentrator facility at its Gibraltar mine in south-central British Columbia, Canada. This upgrade and expansion project will increase the production capacity of the Gibraltar mine from 70 Mlb to 100 Mlb of copper per year by 2008. Taseko has entered into an agreement with Farnell-Thompson, an engineering firm specializing in grinding mill design and engineering for direct sourcing of the new SAG mill for Gibraltar. Direct sourcing reduces the time for mill design, engineering and delivery of the mill components. Taseko reports that “Farnell-Thompson has been active in the global market for SAG mill sourcing for over the last 15 years, and recently provided similar services to Newmont for the supply of grinding mills for their Phoenix project in Northern Nevada.” It is expected that the SAG mill will be delivered in 15 months. In conjunction with this work, Taseko has also engaged Hatch to provide overall engineering and procurement services for the upgrade of the concentrator. www.farthom.comlast_img read more

FLSmidth to supply complete gold processing plant to Polyus Gold subsidiary

first_imgFLSmidth has received a contract worth around €30 million from Polyus Gold subsidiary, Pervenets for the supply of equipment to its ‘brownfield’ Verninskoye gold plant. The plant, which will have a capacity of 278 t/h of gold, will be located in the Irkutsk region of Russia. The contract includes supply of all the process equipment and technology and will cover all the main plant areas, excluding crushing and grinding.“Russia is a well-known market to FLSmidth and we have a strong local presence in the country. We believe that Russia holds a large future potential – and within minerals, gold and copper are particularly interesting. This order for a complete gold processing plant illustrates our ability to serve as a single-source supplier to the mineral’s processing industries,” Group CEO JÝrgen Huno Rasmussen comments.The plant is scheduled for start-up in the third quarter of 2011.last_img read more

WorleyParsons launches Advisian consultancy

first_imgWorleyParsons, one of South Africa’s largest engineering contractors, launched its new global advisory business, Advisian, into its local South African structure in October 2014. Advisian provides high-level strategic and management consulting services and has been supported by the strong engineering and technical expertise that resided within the WorleyParsons group. Building on from this, WorleyParsons recently announced further changes to enhance the Advisian offering, by formally transitioning their technical consultants and industry specialists into the Advisian business.The new entity is based on a successful model already well established in Australia, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. Advisian in Sub Sahara Africa will work alongside the existing business units of Minerals, Metals & Chemicals (MM&C); Hydrocarbons, Resource Infrastructure, Power (HRIP); Public Infrastructure (PI); and Improve. Advisian’s Global CEO, Dennis Finn, recruited from consulting firm PwC, explained that “Advisian’s main point of difference is its ability to offer expert strategic and management advisory services coupled with broader technical engineering consulting capabilities. This is all backed by real-world experience across a wide range of industries and asset portfolios. We believe we are now the first truly global consulting advisory business to be able to provide this integrated offering to our clients”.The local Advisian business is led by Regional Executive Manager, Adam Boughton, who has been with the RSA operation for the past two years. Initially Adam led the Rail Department and more recently, the Resource Infrastructure Division of HRIP. Prior to his move to Africa, Adam spent a number of years working within the Group’s Australian Consulting business.“Advisian will be a strong driver of growth in our African operations,” said Boughton. “We have established local teams with significant experience across all engineering sectors which are supported by our global capabilities. Advisian will focus on harnessing this expertise to provide our clients with access to a world-best capability that will deliver significant value to their businesses. All of our specialist capabilities are backed by credible, full-range, project delivery experience.”Advisian can be engaged at any time of the project lifecycle, either in a stand-alone manner or as part of the overall project, adding value from the early phases of project development through to decommissioning and post-closure. Consulting services include Strategic and Management Consulting Services (such as strategic decision making to investment portfolio optimisation); Mining Studies; Transportation; Ports, Marine and Terminals; Environmental and Social Services; Restoration Services; Power Advisory; Master Planning and Geotechnical Sciences.WorleyParsons sub-Saharan Africa business grew rapidly through the acquisition of TWP in 2013 and has been undergoing a period of integration with the existing African business. With this integration drawing to a close, Boughton says the timing was perfect to introduce Advisian as a dedicated strategic, management and technical consulting business line.last_img read more