The Warriors Could Be The 1990s Bulls Or The 1970s Bucks

1998-99Spurs1728+105✓29.478 28.942 1966-6776ers1734+103✓27.995% 2008-09Cavaliers1738+188 YEARTEAMCOMPOSITE ELOCHANGE FROM PRIOR SEASONWON NBA FINALSAVG AGE*CONT-INUITY* 2010-11Heat1702+138 That’s a pretty good group. You see Michael Jordan’s Bulls (twice), along with Tim Duncan’s Spurs and several of the Lakers’ mini-dynasties. But there are also a couple of cases of teams that didn’t quite live up to their promise. The next chart shows how many games each team won in the seven seasons after its breakthrough, along with whether it reached or won the NBA Finals.On average, these teams won 1.5 additional championships in the seven seasons after their breakthrough year.1Technically, that average could go slightly higher if the Cavaliers win the championship next year or if the Miami Heat do within the next three seasons. But the average, of course, conceals a lot of variation. Eight of the 13 teams won multiple additional titles, while the other five won no more.The Warriors look pretty good even compared to this elite group of teams, however. Their Elo rating is the second-highest — after the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls — while their average team age, 26.4 weighted by win shares, is the second-youngest, behind the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks.The Warriors have also gotten better “organically” with the same core group of talent. Their continuity percentage, which I calculate as the percentage of a team’s win shares that came from players who were also on the roster in the previous season, is 86 percent. Interestingly, going from good to great organically seems to be the more common path than doing it by signing a bunch of superstars. The 2007-08 Boston Celtics and the 2010-11 Miami Heat are the only real exceptions on the list above.Based on a nearest neighbor analysis,2Using the five categories you see in the first table in this chart: a team’s Elo rating, its change in Elo rating from the previous season, whether it won the NBA championship, its average age and its continuity percentage. the most similar team to this year’s Warriors is the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ three best players that year — Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant — were 27 years old, 25 and 25. By comparison, Curry was 26 this season, while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were 24.That’s a fortuitous comparison, of course, since the Bulls’ 1991 championship was the first of six they’d win in eight seasons. The second-most similar team, however, is the 1970-71 Bucks. They had all the talent in the world — Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor3Alcindor changed his name to Abdul-Jabbar after the Bucks won the 1971 finals.) on the same team! But after going 66-16 and romping their way to a title in 1971, the Bucks wouldn’t win one again. They ran into a 69-13 Lakers team in the 1972 playoffs and then were upset (by the Warriors) in the 1973 playoffs. They did reach the finals again in 1974 but lost to an underdog Celtics team. Robertson retired after that season, and Abdul-Jabbar left for Los Angeles a year later. And that was it.At least the Bucks were highly competitive, though, averaging 61 wins in the three seasons after their breakthrough. If the Warriors fail to win another title, it’s likely to be because of a Bucks-like circumstance of running into some other really hot team in the playoffs or blowing a couple of playoff series that they ought to win — rather than (barring an injury to Curry) because of a sudden and dramatic collapse. Winning an NBA championship is never easy. But the Warriors are very good, very young and have many players locked up to long-term contracts. Teams in similar circumstances usually haven’t been one-year wonders and instead are able to make several more runs at a championship. 1990-91Bulls1755+122✓26.795 27.282 2007-08Celtics1710+310✓28.048 1999-2000Lakers1724+110✓28.481 26.779 1984-85Lakers1736+102✓28.2100 1979-80Lakers1706+124✓27.266 *Weighted by win shares 1970-71Bucks1723+143✓25.977 2007-08Lakers1701+171 1971-72Lakers1732+199✓30.489 2014-15Warriors1796+170✓26.486 We here at FiveThirtyEight have been riding the Warriors bandwagon for a long time. Good thing they won the championship Tuesday! But now the question is how many more titles Steph Curry and company might expect in their future.Let’s take a really simple approach. We’ll identify other teams that, like the Warriors, had a big breakthrough and quickly went from being good to really great. More specifically, we’ll look for teams that had a composite Elo rating of 1700 or higher, which is a rating that we’d ordinarily associate with a championship-caliber team, and whose Elo rating improved by at least 100 points from the previous season.There were only 13 of these teams before the Warriors, it turns out. You can find them below. 1995-96Bulls1815+199✓30.289 read more

Paul Pierce Jason Kidd Talk Winning NBA Championship with

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason ‘Jet’ Terry were officially introduced as Brooklyn Nets players early Thursday morning. Pierce was introduced to a large media contingent along with Garnett and Terry at the Barclays Center. The former Boston Celtics player talked about his excitement to be in Brooklyn and wanting to bring a NBA championship to the city.“I think we’re going to be right up there with the best of them,” Pierce said Thursday. “Obviously I would’ve loved to have finished my career in Boston, but that day and age is finally over with. My ultimate drive is winning a championship.”Recently retired New York Knicks player and new coach of the Nets, Jason Kidd, took the podium and addressed a question about the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets. Kidd stressed that it would be nice to be No. 1 in the city but winning the NBA championship is what occupies his mind.“I think we’re talking about a championship, so it doesn’t matter if it’s Miami, Chicago, Indiana, it’s New York, too,” first-year coach Jason Kidd said. “It is a nice rivalry here between the two of us, and hopefully we can get the better of them this year, but the big picture is that championship trophy, and that’s why we’re up here. The gold trophy is what we’re here for.”Garnett, Pierce and Terry were traded to the Nets in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics. read more

Michigan Cop Sues Police Department Says He Was Pressured

A Mundy Township police officer filed a civil lawsuit against Mundy Township and its police department alleging they pressured him to portray former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves (left) as guilty of an alleged sexual assault. Photo by Rachel Woolf/Associated Press.A Mundy Township police officer has filed a lawsuit against the township and police department, claiming that they pressured him to paint a former Michigan State basketball star as guilty of an alleged sexual assault.Officer Brian Ogle filed the suit in a Genesee County Court on May 4 accusing the department of punishing him for reporting state law violations by the township and police department to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, The Detroit News reports. Wayne County is handling the investigation into former basketball player Mateen Cleaves.In his complaint, Ogle asserts that his rights under Michigan’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act were infringed upon and says he “found himself at odds with defendants because he would not acquiesce to defendants’ pressure to portray Mr. Cleaves as guilty of sexual assault.”Per The Detroit News, the Mundy Township officer began his investigation into Cleaves in September 2015 and informed the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Nov. 17 of “suspected violations” by the township and department. In a suspected retaliation, the township informed Ogle that he was in violation of their regulations on Feb. 4, the news site reports. According to the lawsuit, Ogle was then suspended for two days without pay.He is now seeking over $25,000 for lost and potential earnings, as well as emotional damages, the Detroit Free Press reports.According to Dean Yotis, Ogle’s attorney, his client was the first on the scene of the alleged sexual assault that took place Sept. 15 and had an opportunity to interview the victim.“He concluded there had not been a crime committed. And the work environment after that was full of tension, and it got to the point that he got suspended for two days,” Yeotis said.Cleaves, who played six seasons in the NBA, is accused of holding a 24-year-old woman against her will in a Mundy Township Hotel and sexually assaulting her, according to the Detroit Free Press. The former basketball star now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment, second-degree criminal sexual assault, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration, and two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. If charged, Cleaves could spend 10 to 15 years behind bars, the publication also reports.The former Detroit Pistons player took to Twitter on March 16 to deny the allegations, writing, “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”Frank J. Manley, Cleaves’ lawyer, deemed the charges “outrageous, false and catastrophic to his career.” Per The Detroit News, Manley also told reporters Tuesday that he hopes the accusations made in Ogle’s lawsuit will be promptly investigated by the prosecutor’s office.“It’s troubling to me that somehow it appears the lawsuit, if true, that pressure was brought upon Ogle to conform his testimony to a certain narrative,” Manley said.Cleaves is scheduled to be back in court on May 17, The Detroit News reports. read more

Bucks Sterling Brown Sues Milwaukee Lawsuit Reveals Officer Mocked

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Milwaukee and its police department, claiming unlawful arrest and excessive force when officers used a stun gun on him during his arrest for a parking violation.Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen filed the lawsuit in federal court.Brown had been talking with officers while waiting for a citation for illegally parking in a disabled spot outside a Walgreens on Jan. 26, when officers took him down because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets as ordered.Police Chief Alfonso Morales apologized to Brown last month when body-camera video of the arrest was released. Brown wasn’t charged with anything and three officers were disciplined, with suspensions ranging from two to 15 days.Eight other officers were ordered to undergo remedial training in professional communications.Video of the confrontation shows an officer approached Brown around 2 a.m. When their conversation becomes tense, the officer calls more squad cars for help and eventually eight officers are standing around Brown. One asks him to take his hands out of his pockets and a second or two later the scuffle begins. Almost immediately, an officer yells: “Taser! Taser! Taser!”According to the lawsuit, one of the officers later took to Twitter to mock Brown, saying, “Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeerPolice only released the body camera video of the first officer who contacted Brown. But additional body camera and squad car videos, obtained by WISN-TV, showed the moments after officers used a stun gun on Brown. In one, Brown is on the ground and handcuffed when an officer puts one of his boots on Brown’s ankle, holding it there. Brown doesn’t mention being in any discomfort but he questions the officer’s actions.“C’mon man, you’re stepping on my ankle for what?” Brown said. In response, the officer said he was trying to prevent Brown from kicking anyone.Other videos obtained by WISN-TV showed an officer talking with two colleagues seating in a squad car. They talked about how they could be perceived as racist for arresting a black Bucks player, with one saying if anything goes wrong, it “is going to be, ‘Ooh, the Milwaukee Police Department is all racist, blah, blah, blah.’”Brown told the Journal Sentinel in an interview last month that he “gave in” when police used a stun gun and that he didn’t do anything to resist because he didn’t want officers to “pull out their guns.”“I was just being smart. I just wanted to get out of the situation and get home,” he said. read more

Football Big shoes to fill for incoming commits like Trevon Grimes

Ohio State commit Trevon Grimes attends the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State had a good football season, with some real NFL talent shining through. Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, a majority of that talent is leaving for the 2017 NFL Draft.Most of the impact will be felt on the defensive side of the ball, as long-time OSU cornerback Gareon Conley and stud safety Malik Hooker both decided to chase the dream of playing on Sundays. With half of the secondary gone, and Buckeyes across the country waiting patiently to hear what upcoming redshirt junior cornerback Marshon Lattimore decides, the Scarlet and Gray have more than one incoming option who can step up in a big way on defense.On offense, OSU will be without its best playmaker on offense with the loss of Curtis Samuel. On top of that, Noah Brown surprised some with his decision to leave early after essentially just one year of play.OSU has more than enough incoming talent to help fill roles, but the expectations on the freshman are going to be steep.On the top of OSU’s 2017 recruiting haul are cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade. Respectively, the duo is the No. 1 and No. 4 cornerbacks in the nation according to Lattimore’s decision, either one or both of the young cornerbacks could be thrust into a contributing or starting role. Okudah has one interception and one fumble recovery in his career, but has the size and talent to step up at the next level.Wade, on the other hand, who has been committed to OSU for nearly two years, is a bit undersized compared to Conley and Lattimore. He has the speed to stay with nearly any receiver, but will need an increase in his physicality in order to play at a level comparative to his veteran counterparts.Raekwon McMillan has been making plays since his first year with the Buckeyes, but there is still real promise in the linebacker unit even with his departure. Although now redshirt senior Chris Worley and now junior Jerome Baker had stellar years, the name Baron Browning might be the next big name in the middle for OSU.Browning, the No. 9 prospect according to, recording 189 tackles, four sacks and eight forced fumbles during his time in high school. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, he is a near carbon-copy size wise of McMillan.Size aside, Browning will potentially be replacing a linebacker who had over 200 tackles in his time in Columbus, and was a field general pre-snap for OSU. Although he has the resume behind him, it’ll take big time play to fill the shoes of McMillan if Browning gets the chance.Offensively, OSU has a potential replacement at H-back for Samuel in now sophomore Demario McCall. As for the loss of Brown, the Buckeyes have a plethora of receivers, but a potential replacement in either freshman Trevon Grimes or Tyjon Lindsey.Grimes and Lindsey are the No. 5 and No. 6 wide receivers in the nation according to Although both sustained season-ending injuries, each can make an impact in their own way.Grimes has a size similar to Brown, while Lindsey has speed similar to Dontre Wilson. Even though there are more experienced options, the group brings in a combined 2,780 yards and 40 receiving touchdowns.Although each position could see an upperclassmen take over, there are more than a few freshmen who could steal the spotlight. read more

Ohio State field hockey falls in overtime in Big Ten opener rebounds

Members of the OSU field hockey team celebrate at a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime. Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerMorgan Kile’s first career goal sparked the Ohio State field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Buckeye Varsity Field as the Buckeyes handled the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 9-1, to salvage a split of the weekend’s matchups.It took OSU (3-4, 0-1) all of 47 seconds to get on the board Sunday when the freshman midfielder Kile crossed in front of the net from five yards out and converted off a pass from junior forward Peanut Johnson.“It felt great to come out with positive energy working together,” Kile said. “And when you come out as a team with an attitude like that, it’s just so easy to start a game that way.”Freshman midfielder Maddy Humphrey picked up a hat trick against the Mountaineers.The Buckeyes fell just one goal short of the school record against Appalachian State (2-6, 0-1), failing to match the 10 they scored against Missouri State in 2012 and against Louisville in 1994.OSU’s demolition of the Mountaineers came just two days after the team lost a tight battle against Michigan State.The Buckeyes lost a thriller in overtime Friday afternoon, 4-3, to the No. 16 Spartans to open Big Ten play. Columbus native Abby Barker, a senior forward, scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season 2:50 into the extra session to give the Spartans (5-2, 1-0) the victory.“She’s a great kid. She can finish,” Wilkinson said about Barker. “She showed that last year in the Big Ten Tournament and she showed that again today.”Despite being outshot, 20-17, Michigan State got a quick flurry of four shots on goal in the opening minutes of overtime. OSU freshman goalkeeper Liz Tamburro made three saves away from the net in the period, but couldn’t deny Barker as she maneuvered in front of the net for the game-winner. OSU got out to a promising start early against the Spartans, scoring twice within 20 minutes in the first half. Humphrey connected off a penalty corner eight minutes into the game and senior midfielder Kaitlyn Wagner followed it up with a tip-in goal with 18:01 left in the half.Michigan State didn’t panic and instead responded with poise before the half ended.Senior midfielder Becky Stiles connected from five yards out with less than seven minutes to play in the opening stanza to cut the Buckeye lead in half, 2-1. It appeared OSU would be able to keep its lead at halftime until Michigan State was awarded a final penalty corner attempt with no time remaining. Allie Ahern, a senior forward, scored on the play off a well-placed pass from Barker to tie the game, 2-2, at halftime. “I don’t know if we got comfortable or if Michigan State just stepped it up,” Wilkinson said. “Obviously when you’re down two goals like Michigan State was, you have nothing to lose. And when a team can get into a rhythm playing like that, that usually fares well for them.”Ahern connected again for her second goal, this time off a turnover, to start the second half, and the Spartans led for the first time, 3-2.The Buckeyes didn’t get a shot on goal in the second half until more than halfway through the period, but they made a strong surge late.With 11:53 to play, Royce took a thunderous shot off a penalty corner and fired just wide, but Humphrey snuck into the picture and tipped the ball into the net to tie the game at three. OSU had four opportunities to win the game on penalty corners with no time remaining, but it couldn’t find the back of the net.“We had endless opportunities on goal,” Royce said after the game. “We had multiple (penalty) corners. Under pressure everything changes, so we’ll learn to step up.”Royce said she was pleased with her teammates’ performance against the up-tempo Spartans, but they have to learn to play at their pace.“The Big Ten style has a very unique style of (field) hockey,” she said. “So our hardest challenge will be playing our game despite the way they play.”OSU is set to face Louisville on the road Tuesday at 4 p.m. before Big Ten play continues Sunday against Penn State in Columbus. read more

Football Ohio State finds depth at safety with White and Wade

Ohio State freshman cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs downfield towards Indiana senior wide receiver J-Shun Harris II during the first quarter of the game on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State safeties coach Alex Grinch did not know what would happen with Jordan Fuller on Saturday. But he did have a backup plan. With lack of depth coming into the Nebraska game at the safety position, and sophomore Isaiah Pryor out with a shoulder impingement, Grinch said he knew Thursday that sophomore Brendon White would be the next guy in. That he had earned the right to be the next player up if the secondary needed it. And the Ohio State secondary did need it: Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. White entered without much in-game defensive experience. But, like many other members of the secondary before him, he earned his spot with playing time on punt and kickoff returns. This was how White earned the trust of his position coach, enough trust to be placed in the spot he was in against the Cornhuskers. That being said, Grinch said many safeties have had similar opportunities this season, especially with no real secure hold on the other safety position. “It’s one thing to get the opportunity. It’s a whole other thing to take advantage of the opportunity,” Grinch said. “That has been a little of the frustration is several guys have had some opportunities and maybe haven’t risen to the occasion as much as we’d have liked them to.” White rose to the occasion, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s 36-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday.  Now, with the majority of the secondary healthy, White has still vaulted himself into the conversation as the starting safety next to Fuller against Michigan State. But not with Pryor, with redshirt freshman Shaun Wade. This has been a transition season for Wade, moving from corner to nickel to a hybrid position in which he played a lot of safety. Grinch said it’s been a process trying to find the best fit for the redshirt freshman at this point in his career, and said, for now, it’s in the safety room. In Ohio State’s five-point win over the Cornhuskers, Wade recorded four tackles. For the safeties coach, it’s not deciding whether White or Wade will start and the other will never see the field. “We are certainly not opposed to playing more than just one or the other,” Grinch said. “That’s the message to them, keep competing and the more guys that play, the better.” Even with the pressure of a starting job resting on his performance in practice heading into the game against the Spartans, White said he’s not really looking to change much. “I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing, and that’s going hard every day, having that eager to want to be great and wanting my teammates great,” White said. In Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer said Pryor will be fighting for playing time as well, saying that he is healthy to play. Instead of talking about the safety position opposite Fuller like it is a weak spot in the secondary, the place for opposing offenses to attack, players and coaches alike are praising its depth. Despite no starter at the position at this point, the players know the team has the talent to find production no matter if its Wade or White. “When you got a lot of guys that can play, I know it’s hard for the coaches just deciding who is going to play, but like they said, they are just going to be battling it out,” redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said. “We all know both of those guys are ballers and whatever decision they decide to make, it’s going to help us regardless.”  That’s the mindset White has moving forward. He’s going to continue to do what he always does: fight for the team’s success as a whole. “At the end of the day, whoever gets the starting job, the coaches made the right decision and I’m going to be there for it if it’s me or if it’s not me,” White said. “At the end of the day, I want the team to win. read more

HS2 rail link will destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland

first_imgYou can’t achieve ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ if you’re destroying irreplaceable ancient woodland – it’s impossibleBeccy Speight, Woodland Trust 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. The HS2 rail link will destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland that has been continuously wooded for hundreds of years, the conservation agency Natural England has warned.The Government agency published a review warning that areas that have been continuously covered with trees since 1600 was irreplaceable.It should be removed from a metric aimed at ensuring “no net loss” of biodiversity from the high speed rail project, as its inclusion “gives the impression that it is tradeable or replaceable”, the report said.It added that HS2 Ltd must be far more ambitious in compensating effectively for unavoidable losses of ancient woodland, creating 30 hectares of new woodland for every hectare lost. She added: “You can’t achieve ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ if you’re destroying irreplaceable ancient woodland – it’s impossible.”This report is clarification that HS2 has failed on its key objective of ‘no net loss of biodiversity’ and that this project will be to the detriment of the natural environment.”The Woodland Trust estimates around 900 hectares (2,200 acres) of new woodland will need to be created to replace 30 hectares of ancient woodland (74 acres) lost in phase one of the scheme, from London to the West Midlands.But the National Farmers’ Union raised concerns about the 30:1 ratio and its impact on farmland, and called for quality over quantity of new habitat.NFU vice president Guy Smith said: “High quality farmland should not be used to create low quality habitat and exacerbate our need to import food at potentially higher cost to the environment, or woodlands, abroad.”center_img A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We agree with the vast majority of the recommendations in the report.”However, Natural England admit that there is very little evidence to support the recommendation to create 30 hectares of woodland for every one lost in building HS2, and we therefore cannot accept it.”Compensating for unavoidable ancient woodland loss is vital and Natural England recognises that HS2 Ltd is doing as much, if not more, than has ever been done before.”He said the railway avoids ancient woodlands wherever possible and the Chiltern Tunnel extension would protect several more hectares of woods, whileHS2 Ltd was providing 150 hectares of new woodland and establishing a £5 million fund for woodland schemes. This is much higher than the metric which would lead to a ratio of around five hectares created for each hectare lost.But in its response to the report, the Department for Transport (DfT) rejected the findings, saying that “given the evidential basis is lacking, this part of the report should be seen as a stimulus for debate”.The Woodland Trust, which welcomed the findings by Natural England, responded angrily to the DfT’s statement.Beccy Speight, chief executive of the conservation charity, said: “For DfT to outright reject the findings of Natural England on the planting ratio of 30:1 is a very dangerous situation.”Natural England are the expert advisers to the Government on the natural environment, so it seems inappropriate that DfT should question the expertise and experience of the Government’s own statutory advisory body on matters of environmental protection.”last_img read more

Government is deliberately creating a health crisis to privatise the NHS doctors

first_imgBut yesterday these were branded “Slash, Trash and Privatise plans” by BMA members, who passed the motion overwhelmingly. Doctors leaders have accused the Government of a conspiracy to create a crisis in hospitals in order to usher in the back-door privatisation of the NHS.The British Medical Association passed a motion claiming ministers are using plans launched last year, ostensibly as a means to reform over-spending facilities, as a front for selling off the health service.They fuelled the row by also accusing political leaders of “scapegoating” doctors as a means of “distracting the public from and under-funded service”. 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. JEremy Hunt The Department of Health said the claims had no relationship with realityCredit:Neil Hall /PA A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “This motion sadly has no relationship with reality – while of course there are pressures on the frontline, the Government is now spending more than any in history on the NHS, has left doctors themselves to decide on use of the private sector, and public satisfaction is now the highest it has been in all but three of the last 20 years.” But the Department of Health said the union’s claims “had no relationship with reality”, arguing that more public money is being spent on the NHS than at any point in history.Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who takes over as BMA chairman this week, said: “As doctors we strive to provide safe, quality care to our patients. “Yet we appear set up to fail. We trail European nations, with significantly fewer doctors and hospital beds per head and spend £10 billion less per year on our health service.”Following an overspend in the hospital sector of at least £2.45 billion in 2015-16, NHS England initiated a series of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, which divided the country into 44 areas and charged healthcare providers to come up with more efficient processes.last_img read more

Queen leads mourners at funeral of Countess Mountbatten

first_imgThe Prince of Wales took a moment to thank The Patricias, congratulating them on a job well done as he left the church grounds.The Countess died peacefully at home at the age of 93, surrounded by her children, in Mersham, Kent, where she will now be buried. Prince Charles and Prince Philip Charles, Prince of Wales, comforts the Queen The Earl Mountbatten is said to have once lived diagonally opposite, with members of the family still in the area.Born Patricia Mountbatten, the Countess was the Duke of Edinburgh’s first cousin and was the daughter of Charles’s beloved great-uncle Earl Mountbatten. Members of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry carry the coffin of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma Countess Mountbatten at her home in Kent in 2008Credit: Andrew Crowley Pallbearers from the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Prince Charles and Prince Philip 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. The Countess, then known as Lady Brabourne, suffered serious injuries, but survived the blast, as did her husband Lord Brabourne and Nicholas’s twin brother Timothy.Lady Mountbatten had been a widow since Lord Brabourne’s death in 2005. She is survived by their four sons and two daughters. The eldest son, the 8th Lord Brabourne, born in 1947, succeeds to the titles. Several dozen members of the public watched the arrivals from across the road, including a group of curious painter decorators. The service took place at St Paul’s, Kensington, conducted by the Reverend Alan Gyle.Founded in 1843, the parish church is described as “a lively 21st century church of Anglo-Catholic tradition”. The Prince of Wales greets the Queen He has previously paid tribute to the Countess as someone he had “known and loved ever since I can first remember”, adding that she “played an extremely important part in my life and I shall miss her presence most dreadfully”.The life of Countess Mountbatten was celebrated in a one-hour service, attended by her sister Lady Pamela Hicks, all six of her surviving children and grandchildren including heir Nicholas Knatchbull. Pallbearers from the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light InfantryCredit:AP Photo/Matt Dunham Music before the service included Elgar’s Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, and the service included performances from the church choir and buglers from Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Members of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry carry the coffin of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma The Countess’ children read prayers.After the service, the Queen and Duke departed by car while the Prince of Wales and his siblings walked over the road to join mourners at a reception in the Berkeley Hotel next door. Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of BurmaCredit:AP Photo/Matt Dunham Andrew, Duke of York, appeared to have a black eyeCredit:Getty The Countess’s father Lord Mountbatten, her 14-year-old son Nicholas Knatchbull and her mother-in-law the Dowager Lady Brabourne were all murdered by the IRA in 1979 when their boat was blown up off the coast of Sligo. The Prince of Wales greets the QueenCredit:Eddie Mulholland Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the funeral service of Patricia Knatchbull, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma The Duke of York, who sported a mystery black eye, was in attendance, along with the Countess of Wessex,  the Princess Royal and Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Lady Sarah Chatto. Countess Mountbatten at her home in Kent in 2008 The then Princess Elizabeth, her third cousin, was one of her bridesmaids at her wedding in 1946. Andrew, Duke of York, appeared to have a black eye Lord Brabourne and Countess Mountbatten The Queen and her son shared a touching moment, as senior Royals turned out to commemorate the life of Countess Mountbatten of Burma.The Prince of Wales was seen to kiss his mother before tenderly lifting her hand to his cheek, as they waited outside St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, for the funeral of his “very special godmother”.The Prince, who gave an address to 500 mourners sharing his fond memories of the Mountbatten family, also greeted the recuperating Duke of Edinburgh with a kiss on each cheek and patted him on the back as they entered the church together. Lord Brabourne and Countess MountbattenCredit: Pic Photos In heavy rain, the Countess’ wicker coffin, decorated with elegant white flowers, was carried by a bearer party made up of 12 members of Canadian regiment 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry ( PPCLI). The Countess had been their Colonel-in-Chief. Charles, Prince of Wales, comforts the QueenCredit:DMC/GC Imageslast_img read more

BQ customers compensated after complaining that paint smells like cat urine

first_img“The bacteria grow in the can and release hydrogen sulphide gas which is the bad egg small, and ammonia which is the urine smell.”In a statement, Valspar said it had re-added an additive previously removed from eight of its 140 paint products, having identified that “in exceptional circumstances” the paints emit an ammonia-type odour.It said: “The ammonia-type odour occurs very rarely and when used on walls that are particularly porous, and where the wall is exposed to excessive heat or direct sunlight. The odour naturally wears off over time.“We are working with B&Q to support our customers. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask that anyone similarly affected contact B&Q’s Customer Services.” B&Q is to compensate hundreds of customers who have complained that its paint smells like cat’s urine or rotting animals.The smell, emitting from walls and cupboards painted with Valspar paint, is said to get worse in hotter weather and has led many to complain that it is causing headaches.Baffled customers said they had removed all of the furniture from their rooms, bleached the carpets and washed the bedding before eventually realising it was the paint.Valspar, a US firm whose products are supplied exclusively in the UK by B&Q, said the problem was caused by the removal of a preservative which has since been reinstated.Hundreds of people have complained online. One said his room smelt like a “dead soggy mouse” while another said their bedroom was “practically uninhabitable”.Another said she had paid an electrician, plumber and gas man to try and locate the problem before discovering the paint was to blame.Valspar, a US firm whose products are supplied exclusively in the UK by B&Q, blamed the removal of a preservative for the “ammonia-type odour” and said it had now been reinstated. B&Q said it will compensate customers who have purchased the paint But B&Q did not say how much it would refund customers in vouchers or whether the cost of repainting would also be included.Some customers pointed out that they had paid a significant amount for professional decorators to paint their homes and demanded to be compensated.Charlotte Quine from Brighton told BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours: “What concerns me is that it seems the problem is caused by bacteria growing in the paint.“Until Valspar is prepared to investigate and say definitively what is causing this problem I’m slightly concerned about just painting over it. It’s kind of like sweeping it under the carpet.“If there is a bacteria growing in my walls I want to know what it is and whether it’s going to cause any problems.”Several customers complained online that the hideous smell was giving them headaches.Experts have said the problem was most likely to have been caused by a bacterial contamination in the can and was unlikely to be harmful.Graham Hill, managing director of ECHA Microbiology in Cardiff, said that changes to EU law, which restricts the types of preservatives paint manufacturers can use, means the problem is becoming more common.“It’s a well known issue in the paint industry,” he said. B&Q said it will compensate customers who have purchased the paintCredit:Getty Images 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. It has advised customers to paint over the offending walls with two coats of alkaline sealer with their chosen paint then on top of that.last_img read more

Foreign students can stay in UK for longer after their degree ends

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced the new scheme todayCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA 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. The strategy, announced today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, also looks at ways of supporting international students into employment.The announcement is a step away from the reforms introduced by the Home Office in 2012, when Mrs May scrapped the post-study work visa which had allowed non-EU students to stay in the UK and work for up to two years after graduation.Professor Dame Janet Beer, president of Universities UK, welcomed the new approach saying it “sends a strong message of welcome.”She said: “I strongly welcome the publication of this strategy as a signal of a change in direction.“International students contribute a huge amount to the UK, not only economically but also by enriching the international education environment in our universities for all students.“We particularly welcome steps to improve the visa regime. We would like the government to go further and extend this opportunity to at least two years and we will continue to urge them on this point.”Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “The UK’s education system is world-leading and its reputation is the envy of many countries around the globe.“As we prepare to leave the EU it is more important than ever to reach out to our global partners and maximise the potential of our best assets – that includes our education offer and the international students this attracts.” Foreign students will be allowed to stay in the UK for longer after their degree ends in a bid to boost the post-Brexit economy by £35 billion, the Government has announced.International students are currently only permitted to remain in the UK for up to four months after completing their studies under rules that were introduced by Theresa May when she was the Home Secretary.But now their post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and masters students and a year for doctoral students.The move, which was initially proposed in the Immigration White Paper in December last year, also seeks to increase the number of international students in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.There are currently 460,000 foreign university students in the UK, generating £20 billion per year through education exports – which includes income from international students, English language training and education technology solutions being sold worldwide. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox  read more

Teen mom dies after delivering baby at GPHC investigation launched

Moments after 17-year-old Esther Edwards of Laluni Creek, Soesdyke/Linden Highway delivered a healthy baby girl via Caesarean section on Tuesday, she died under mysterious circumstances at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Reports reaching this publication are that the teenager was admitted at the medical facility on Saturday evening, and at the time she was 40 weeks pregnant. However, an emergency C-Section was performed on Edwards, and while the baby girl was safely delivered, Edwards died. The direct cause of her death remains unknown, but the Public Health Ministry has since launched an investigation into the matter.Officials at the GPHC remain tight-lipped on the incident, their only response being that an investigation is underway.Attempts to contact the relatives of the dead teen have proved futile. To date, the country has recorded seven maternal deaths for 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedInvestigation launched into young mother’s death at GPHCAugust 1, 2015In “Business”Teen who delivered premature baby diesMay 20, 2016In “latest news”GPHC promises probe following woman’s post-delivery deathJanuary 27, 2019In “Health” read more

CARICOM remains resilient despite challenges of 2017 SG

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM SG calls for full CSME implementation at COTED meetingMay 16, 2018In “latest news”CARICOM boss pushes Region’s case for building resilience at int’l conference in RomaniaMarch 13, 2019In “latest news”CARICOM, Germany sign €25.7M agreement for marine protectionMarch 14, 2018In “Regional” CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocqueDespite the challenges faced by the bloc, particularly the ravaging effects of this year’s hurricane season which has cast a long shadow over the Region, the over US$2 billion pledged at the CARICOM-United Nations Conference for long-term recovery for hurricane-affected countries and the establishment of the regional renewable energy centre are among the successes the Caribbean Community (Caricom) recorded for 2017.CARICOM Secretary General (SG) Irwin LaRocque said in his end-of-year message that the Community was ending 2017 with several other noteworthy achievements, including a change in posture by global financial institutions and some development partners with respect to access to concessionary development financing.The SG noted that “six of our Members and several of our Caribbean neighbours experienced the wrath of unprecedented back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria…The heavy toll of lives, property and infrastructure had an effect wider than the affected countries. Our Community has bonded together, as its governments, people and institutions render yeoman support to the stricken countries. The international community has been at our side in the relief undertaking in a highly appreciated show of solidarity.”To that end, he posited that “it is encouraging to note that our relentless advocacy with respect to the lack of access to concessional development financing appears to be bearing fruit. There is some re-thinking on this issue taking place at the level of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and some of our international development partners (IDPs),” the SG stated.Adding that CARICOM will continue to advocate for this change, he said the Region’s vulnerability to external shocks, which the hurricanes laid bare, emphasised the urgent need for the international community to dispense with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita as a primary criterion for access to concessional development financing.Moreover, Ambassador LaRocque noted the “classification of most of our Member States as middle to high income countries denies them access to such funding. The criteria must now take into account our vulnerability as a matter of urgency.”Addressing the climatic events that CARICOM has been enduring as the new normal, Ambassador LaRocque posited that more emphasis will be placed on building resilience to withstand the expected onslaught of more intense and frequent storms powered by the effects of climate change as the recovery and reconstruction phase is underway.He said that “given the magnitude of the damage caused by the hurricanes, the Region cannot rebuild without the support of the international community.” read more

About time we win a World Cup – Holder

Jason Holder has sounded the call for fans to rally round the West Indies as they begin their campaign to earn a place in the 2019 World Cup.West Indies captain Jason HolderA team which was an automatic pick in each of the past 11 editions, back-to-back champions in 1975 and 1979, now has to go through a qualifying tournament to even take part in the ICC event. But, after expressing disappointment at such a turn of events, Holder invoked the rich history of West Indies cricket and announced that they were putting things in place to win a third world title.“All the guys are motivated and we know what’s at stake,” he said. “I see it as an opportunity for us to grab some momentum heading into next year’s World Cup, get some games under our belt, finalise our combinations, get things right and hopefully turn things around in terms of the ODI format. It’s probably one of our weaker formats and no doubt that we’ve been inconsistent. Obviously it’s something we’ve addressed and moving forward I think hopefully we should see some good performances.”West Indies made it to the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup, but since then they have won only 8 out of 42 ODIs. Their win-loss ratio of 0.2 is the poorest out of all the teams that have played the format over the past three years.“We have put ourselves in this situation,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “We have got only ourselves to blame. We are here for a reason. Our form of late hasn’t been the best. It is a matter for us to put that behind and make things right. It is something new for us. We never had to qualify for the World Cup. It will be a new challenge. All these Associates teams tend to play fearless cricket, play quite aggressive cricket, trying to taking down the bigger nations.”Considering they are going into a qualifying tournament that entertains 10 competitors but allows only two to progress, West Indies would be pleased to have some of the big players back. Chris Gayle has come off a two-year ODI hiatus in 2017. Marlon Samuels, who has a history of saving his best for World Cups, is also back in the squad having missed their most recent 50-over assignment in New Zealand.“I must commend a guy like Chris, also a guys like Marlon, who’ve come here with that motivation to do well for West Indies and give us a chance to play another World Cup. As I said to the ground, it’s an opportunity to finish their careers well. It’s also an opportunity for guys to make a spark in their career and start their careers in the World Cup.”West Indies will be facing teams that have done well against them in the recent past. In 2017, they suffered a colossal loss to Afghanistan. In 2016, with a place in a tri-series final on the line, they were beaten by Zimbabwe. And Ireland knocked them over with ease in the last World Cup. Nevertheless Holder was confident his players will place their best foot forward.“I think everybody understands the importance of being in a World Cup,” he said. “We’ve obviously won the World Cup on two occasions and I think we’re trying to formulate our plans in terms of getting a third. We’ve done well in T20 cricket, we’ve done well in women’s cricket, Under-19 cricket, so now I think it’s about time we win another World Cup in the ODI format.”West Indies play their first match against UAE on March 6, but they have a warm-up game against Afghanistan on Tuesday. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGayle return ‘huge boost’ for Windies — HolderSeptember 18, 2017In “latest news”‘Father figure’ Holder wants WI to target 300-plus scoresOctober 20, 2018In “Sports”Young West Indians ‘eager to play Test cricket’ – Jason HolderOctober 3, 2018In “latest news” read more

Surgeries resume at National Ophthalmology Hospital

After an almost three-year hiatus the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, East Berbice-Corentyne, is once again functioning. Laser cataract surgeries as well as those for normal cataracts are currently being done.National Ophthalmology Hospital, Port Mourant East Berbice CorentyneRegion Six’s Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephen, recently made this disclosure to the Department of Public Information (DPI) in an interview. He noted however that the operations have not yet fully resumed.He explained, “Work has not picked up to the full pace as we would have liked. We have new equipment and new personnel, so, as we are get back on stream and being mindful of the loads of the machine, we don’t want to overload the work schedule as yet. However, I do believe within the next 14 days we should be back at full peak.”Stephens noted that as a result of the break in operations, there was a buildup of over 2000 cases requiring surgery and every effort is being made to clear the backlog first. This is being done even as new cases are coming in, however each case is assessed and based, on the evaluations, priority is given to the more critical cases.Additionally, to help better boost efficiency, the Guyana Medical Relief Mission made a donation of Ophthalmology equipment, drugs and medical supplies on May 24.Despite the facility being unable able to conduct surgeries for the past three years, screening, testing and other services were still offered.Previously drugs, equipment and medical supplies were supplied to the facility through the Cuban Government, this ceased after that contract was halted suddenly, the Regional Health Director noted.Efforts to understand why the contract was stopped were unsuccessful however recognising the important role the Ophthalmology Centre played to Berbice residents, the Regional Administration and the Government decided to purchase the necessary drugs. They also wrote to the Guyana Medical Relief Mission for assistance and were successful in covering the initial startup through assistance from donor agencies and the regional health budget.The National Ophthalmology Hospital was constructed in July 2009 and has treated thousands of patients from Guyana and the Caribbean. The facility has the capacity to conduct some 10,000 surgeries annually. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRDC, NA Hospital CEO at loggerheads over Ophthalmology DeptFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news”Ophthalmology Hospital still not performing cataract surgeriesMarch 16, 2019In “latest news”Ophthalmology Center to resume operations on Monday June 21, 2015In “Business” read more

CPL2018 Warriors not taking St Lucia Stars lightly Head Coach

Guyana Amazon Warriors all-rounder Keemo Paul and Head Coach Johan Botha said the team were focused on this weekend’s upcoming double-headers, but were looking to take it one match at a time as they prepared to tackle the St Lucia Stars at Providence, today, Saturday, August 11.Guyana Amazon Warriors all-rounder Keemo Paul and Head Coach Johan Botha at a press conference on FridayDuring the Warriors’ pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon at the Marriott Hotel, the right-arm seamer, who was the pick of the Guyana franchise’s bowling in Thursday night’s opener versus the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, said it was good to have kicked off the campaign on a high note.“I just backed myself and bowled well and bowled my best ball when I thought it was the right time, so it’s all about having a clear mind. I see everything as a challenge, so I just want to overcome it and make strides,” said Paul.The West Indies fast-bowler starred with 2-16, standing out among a good bowling performance from the other world-class Warriors bowlers. The Essequibian said that he was happy to be called upon by his captain to be a key part of the pace attack, adding that he was looking forward to maintaining his form.“I’m looking forward to bowling in the death overs; to do it for the Warriors is an honour. I’m embracing the opportunity that has been given to me, so I just want to continue to do well in my death overs or whenever I’m given the ball.”From a bowling perspective, the ex-Windies U-19 Vice Captain said that overall it was good to have a first-hand look at the surface at Providence, especially with two more home games left over the weekend. He also maintained that the experienced as well as upcoming bowlers would need to work as a unit in order to keep teams at bay throughout the competition.“I mean we have a lot of senior bowlers in our team with international experience, they know how they want to go about doing their stuff; they played a few practice games on the wicket so they know what it’s like. I think everyone has knowledge of how the wicket plays, so it’s about backing yourself when you get out there,” Paul added.Head Coach Botha was also in good spirits as he said the team had ideal preparation ahead of the Patriots encounter. The ex-South African all-rounder also added that he was delighted with how the team handled their first assignment, adding that it was necessary to keep the momentum at a high going forward.Regarding the woes, Botha said while he was thus far happy with the batting and bowling returns following game one, he was focused on improving in the area of fielding as well as helping bowlers reduce the number of extra deliveries, something which he said needed to be rectified immediately.It was also highlighted by the Coach that they were not about to take the Stars lightly as he knew they would be seeking to rebound, given their opening round loss to the defending champs Trinbago Knight Riders.“Any team would want to start three from three, but we are going to focus on tomorrow (Saturday, get the result we want, then focus on Sunday. Personally I think we can win games on the road and if someone outplays us, we will have to go on the road and win games,” Botha declared.Meanwhile, the St Lucia team underwent their training session on Friday, with a rebound win definitely on the cards. Despite a star-studded top order, the Stars failed to shine in Wednesday’s game as the likes of Andre Fletcher, David Warner, Lendl Simmons, Captain Kieron Pollard, and Darren Sammy all failed.With a powerhouse line-up including T20 specialist bowlers – pacers Mitchell McCleneghan and Kesrick Williams, the Stars will be gunning for a win to get themselves going this season. The Warriors will, however, fancy their chances as they beat the Stars twice last season in two low-scoring games.The first ball is expected to bowl off at 16:00h Guyana time. (Clifton Ross) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Warriors, Tallawahs face off tonight in crucial encounterSeptember 8, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Guyana Amazon Warriors poised ahead of opener at ProvidenceAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”Warriors, Zouks ready to ‘bring the party’ to ProvidenceSeptember 5, 2019In “latest news” read more

EYEWITNESS Looking back…

…in rageThe “angry young man” wave was launched back in the 1950s by John Osborne’s ground-breaking play, “Look back in Anger”. It expressed the frustration of the lower-class British post WWI generation chafing at the stifling hypocrisies and restrictions of the pre-war mores and sensibilities.For America, which was never so class-stratified but was certainly more racially divided, you’d think there would be an even more intense reaction by the post-war black generation, wouldn’t you?Well, there was the explosion in the race riots in the inner cities, the Black Liberation Movement, and the “violent Black nationalist” movement represented by Malcolm X, with the Black Power Movement even spreading beyond America’s shores. But if the truth be told, even though they let off steam, none of the Black Movements really was geared to mass violence, and they were all overshadowed by MLK’s non-violent Civil Rights Movement.But how did the Whites deal with their angst? From their position of power, they were buoyed upwards by the explosion of prosperity, occasioned by the pre-eminent status of the US state. They could just print money and have the world ship in their back-breaking-produced goods and services produced with blood, sweat and tears. But the contradictions of benefiting from a system based on both internal and external oppression had to create its own disorders.And it certainly did, with psychoses and neuroses peeping out in all sorts of destructive ways. The most prominent being the mass killings perpetrated with increasing frequency in random states. The most recent being the one two days ago in a California bar where an American war veteran opened fire into a massed group of college students, letting off some steam.When these gruesome acts are committed, the establishment is quick to point to “mental issues” of the shooter – this time Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) of the young veteran who’d served in Afghanistan.But the Western European countries, which most resemble the US in background and income, have the same range and rate of mental issues; yet, over the last 30 years, the Americans have had double the number of mass shootings that the 24 European countries combined have had!! So what’s the variable in addition to the collective repressed violent tendencies?The availability of guns is highlighted, of course. While it’s true that guns don’t kill people, and it’s the people with the guns that do; if the guns weren’t there, maybe there mightn’t be so many killings. Maybe…but your Eyewitness doesn’t think so. The same guns are available to Black Americans, and while they’re constantly blamed for gun crimes, they’re almost never mass murderers.These take a specific mindset of historic collective denial of violence.…WITH ANGER AT MONUMENT’S NEGLECTA couple of days ago, there was a very revealing news item from the Essequibo Coast. It showed the Monument to the Martyrs of 1872, at Devonshire Castle, all overrun with bush and weeds. Imagine that!! With all the talk of building monuments to the 1823 rebels, and India building one to Indian Arrival in 1838, one that was dedicated to the first rebellion, which directly led to our independence from Britain, those in power won’t even spend a couple of thousand dollars a week to clear a ten-ten space!!They’ve obviously forgotten that Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo were united as one country – “British Guiana” – only in 1831. Before that, all struggle was against the Government of the COUNTY! When, in 1872, the Indian immigrants refused to work, and five were killed at Devonshire Castle, they were protesting the planters’ not honouring the contract on their hours of work — leading to continued protests culminating in 1948 with the Enmore shootings, PPP formation and independence.How quickly the Government forgets!…AND FORGETTING UNC’S LARGESSEThe Government boycotted the GMSA’s dinner at the Pegasus with TT Opposition Leader, UNC’s Kamla Persad-Bissessar. While feting PNM’s PM Rowley, however, they praised TT for cancelling Burnham’s debt.But it was actually a UNC Govt! Ungrateful or racist? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Remembering…March 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Commemorating…July 5, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Return of…April 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

The latest technology and developments from the pump industry – IPUC 2009

first_imgThe International Pump Using Conference (IPUC) 2009, hosted by Harry Rosen of pump engineering software provider, TAS in association with the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering, takes place on September 8-11 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a leading pump conference in South Africa and is relevant to all industries where pumps are the vital heart of their operation including mining. This two day conference, titled ‘Towards a Systems Approach – Understanding the effect of pumps on overall system performance’, will have 18 papers of a high standard presented by leading international and local experts. These experts will share their wealth of knowledge and experience on pumping systems and present papers on tried and tested solutions, as well as effective problem solving techniques using the latest technologies. 200 delegates attended IPUC 2007, with this year expecting over 300 attending delegates, drawn from South Africa and the rest of Africa. IPUC 2009 will also have a high international profile due to the calibre of internationally recognised pump institutions who have agreed to endorse IPUC, including the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), EuroPump and the American Hydraulic Institute. Additional events co-located with and following the IPUC conference include: Wisa Conference – September 10 – An exciting addition, this year IPUC is followed by a further conference in association with The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) on the theme ‘Refurbish, regenerate, renew’.Pumping System assessment Training (PSAT) workshop – September 10 – Led by Gunnar Hovstadius, a PSAT qualified specialist, who is respected worldwide for his expertise in pumping systems, energy related issues and life cycle costing. Delegates will receive a free copy of the Pumping System Assessment Tool software, developed by the US Department of Energy.Energy Efficiency Forum – September 11 – How can South Africa learn from the experience of other nations in developing a culture of energy efficiency? Should the carrot or stick approach be used? These issues, and others, will be debated in a one day energy efficiency forum, facilitated by our panel of experts and including relevant stakeholders from Government and from the local pump community, both manufactures and users.Afriwater Exhibition – September 8 – 10 – Afriwater will be co-located with IPUC 2009 and will be open to delegates from both conferences. Since its inception in 1994, this exhibition has provided an important platform for companies involved in the water and waste industry, with a view to offering solutions, products and services to all those endeavouring to preserve Africa’s precious water resource.Papers for this year’s event include:Concentrating on the system makes far more sense – the US approach Gunnar Hovstadius expertise in pumping systems, energy related issues and life cycle costing is respected worldwide. He served as Director of Technology for ITT Fluid Technology and has served on the US DOE’s Motor Challenge/Best Practices Program, UNIDO’s China Motor Systems Program, HI Standards and LCC Committees, and HI/EuroPump working groups. He is one of the main drivers behind HI’s Market Transformation Initiative to change the criteria used for purchasing pumping systems.  The USA is concentrating on pumping systems and incentive programs to achieve energy savings and there has been a great deal of support for this approach in US and Canada.  Specific examples will be given of why system thinking makes more sense than concentrating on components.  US and Canadian incentive programs will be discussed with a view to starting similar initiatives in South Africa.The European approach to pump efficiency Steve Schofield, Technical Director, BPMA is currently responsible for all BPMA’s technical, training, IT, standards, legislative and energy related activities. Together with EuroPump he has been actively involved in many of the European Commission programs and in producing the international guides on pump life cycle costing, variable speed pumping, and energy efficient pump systems. The European Commission is about to introduce mandatory product related legislation on specific pump types in Europe. Which pumps are included and how will this legislation impact on future exports to Europe? It has also been identified that a ‘pump system approach’ could potentially offer large energy savings and possible future business opportunities. Where is the European pump industry on this important subject and is it heading in the same direction as other countries around the world?The Systems Approach – a politician’s viewKen Hall – MD of Calpeda, President EuroPump, which represents 18 European pump manufacturers’ associations, is a long standing member of the BPMA Council and has been at the forefront of the European pump sector’s policy on eco-design, formulating the Ecopump initiative, which is the basis of the European pump industry’s energy and environmental program.Like it or not the participation of politicians in the process of developing and implementing energy strategies will be key to the final outcome. This paper draws on the experience of the European pump sector when negotiating with the European Union over the Energy Using Products (EUP) Directive, and looks at the implications and expectations of the wider political community to an industrial sector’s attempt at reducing its carbon emissions.Energy requirements of pump auxiliary components and the impact on plant wide operational efficiencyRichard Smith, Director AESSEAL – Hydraulic and system issues are the primary energy absorption in pumping equipment, however little consideration is given to the energy absorbed by the auxiliary pump components and systems. This paper proposes alternate solutions that reduce the direct energy absorption by glands and oil seals, and indirect energy absorption by pump cooling systems. Case studies are used to illustrate improvement, inefficiency and in many instances, a spin-off of enhanced pump reliability is enjoyed.Determining the impact of energy efficiency activities on pumping systems through measurement and verificationDr. W.L.R. den Heijer, Prof. L.J. Grobler, North West University. This paper will describe the measurement and verification methodology used to accurately and independently assess and quantify the impact of energy efficiency activities on pumping systems in the industrial sector.  A case study is also provided to illustrate the methodology.For more information on the conference visit read more

Mining could help make Chile a developed country technology is the key

first_imgKey personnel* from the Centre of Copper and Mining Studies (CESCO), as reported in MineraAndina, say that Chile should take on the strategic aim of becoming a producer and exporter of mining technology. “This requires the mining sector to be a key strategy of development for the next government, and not only as a source of income or another sectoral issue.“Chile has the historic opportunity to abandon subdevelopment after 200 years of independence. The signatories here believe that the mining sector would allow Chile to take that definite leap. Hence, the opportunities and challenges that this offers should be worked out and incorporated into government programs in a wide ranging and comprehensive manner, distinct from that which is predominant today, passing from being the main pillar and revenue producer of Chile to being on the platform of development.“As the election of a new Chilean President draws close, mining related issues have centered around the workers’ conflict in Chuquicamata and the necessity of more resources to finance the new government’s program proposals. Beyond the sovereign definition of taxes that the country wishes to apply, the challenges and opportunities of the Chilean mining industry have gone way beyond royalty and Codelco. In the last 30 years, a worldclass leading industry in size, quality, technological significance and national human capital on a large scale has been built, which offers Chile the possibility of breaking historical ties of technological and financial dependence that has prevented the country from becoming a developed country.“Incomparably favorable international conditions – derived from the high growth phase of emerging countries like China, India and Brazil spell an increased demand of raw materials in the coming years. And Chile is one of the few countries in the world with the capacity to generate the mining resources that are so intensely sought after.“Our country has no other industry like mining which is capable of making the leap toward the industries of the future biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technologies. There is no better place than our country to develop technological solutions in crucial matters for the future of global mining, such as in the improvement of use and supply of water and energy, automation and control, underground mining and biotechnology. The big challenge lies in converting these and other emerging issues into opportunities for general knowledge and national entrepreneurship, thus achieving, not only a more sustainable mining business, but a national industry that is internationally competitive, closing the technological gap which has always separated us from the more advanced countries.“In order to reach this objective, Chile should take on the strategic purpose of converting itself into a producer and exporter of mining technology, This requires the mining sector to be a key strategy of development for the next government, and not only as a source of income or another sectoral issue.“The above requires leadership from the government to go beyond what is traditional. It is necessary to create conditions of trust and a genuine public-private commitment about this strategy.“The paradigm of ‘milking the cow’ which considers mining to be just a source of profit and consequently, does not require any other consideration to transform itself into an engine of productive development and national technology, remains to be replaced.“Other fundamental challenges exist for the mining sector, such as in assuring Codelco’s competitiveness as a large global company, in leading in the environmental standards of the global mining industry, and in modernising the institution and public administration. Another would be in taking advantage of the ample room for national entrepreneurship of small and medium mining which is not happening now, such as in dealing with the paradoxical absence of the mining sector on the Chilean Exchange, and with the slow development of exportation through junior Chilean companies – two issues that reveal the lack of connection of the mining sector with the business world and with national entrepreneurship.“Chile has a great chance of achieving development. This is the correct time to produce more and better mining, taking into account the unprecedented demand that cannot be maintained indefinitely. Taking advantage of this chance requires decisive action now.“This motivates us to make this call to those who aspire to lead the country by giving the mining sector a main role in order to achieve development.”*Patrick Cussen, Cristián Quinzio, Leopoldo Reyes, Gustavo Lagos, Ricardo Olivares, Iván Valenzuela, Silvio Giradi, Ernesto Tirón, Juan Carlos Guajardo, Jorge Bande, Fernando Sánchez Albavera, Juan Eduardo Herrera, Juan O’Brien, Juan Ignacio Guzmán, Owen Guerrini, Jaime Bravo and Jorge Moránlast_img read more