Last week, the basketball website Ballislife.com tweeted a fun exercise, asking NBA fans to pick their dream starting five. The catch? It assigned dollar values to each legend and set up a monetary constraint which no lineup’s total cost could exceed. Do you want Michael Jordan as your starting shooting guard? OK, but he’ll cost you $5 of the $15 you have, so now you have just $10 of cap money to spend on four other players.It’s an entertaining spin on the classic “dream team” debate (although I’ll leave the basketball arguments to others). A few days later, though, Matt Henderson created his own version for hockey, giving us $18 to spend on our post-expansion NHL all-star team:Neil Greenberg, who runs The Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, posted his dream team analysis Thursday, and I thought it would be fun to take another look at the pros and cons of dream team building from an advanced stats point of view.GoalieEven at $4, Dominik Hasek is a steal. (As Greenberg noted, Hasek’s save percentage was much better than that of contemporaries like Martin Brodeur, even though Hasek is worth only $1 more than Brodeur by Henderson’s values.) In fact, during his career, Hasek was the outlier of all goaltending outliers. Because of the large influence of random variation in save percentages, most goalies can’t consistently distinguish themselves very much from an average netminder. But Hasek seemed to be the exception. In his career, he allowed 79 percent as many goals per shot as the league did, and was one of the only goalies ever to consistently sustain a very high level of play over a number of consecutive seasons. Hasek’s basically a no-brainer as the goalie for this team.As an aside, if Hasek had not been available, it might have made sense to buy the $1 goalie (in this case, Ed Belfour, a fine goalie who allowed 93 percent as many goals per shot as the league over his long career) and spend more on building a strong lineup of skaters. Because it’s difficult to predict how well a goaltender will play in a given season (much less a series or a game), it doesn’t usually make much sense to sink a huge percentage of a team’s payroll into one of them — a good piece of strategy in this exercise and in life.DefensemenThe four most valuable non-goalie seasons ever according to Tom Awad’s all-in-one stat Goals Versus Threshold (GVT; think Value Over Replacement Player for hockey) belong to Bobby Orr. Orr costs the maximum “salary” here ($5), but the difference between his production at his peak (an average of 45.6 goals above replacement per year in his best five seasons, with a career-high of 49.5 in 1970-71) and that of the next-best defenseman is truly massive. Among the next-best available D-men, neither Paul Coffey, Larry Robinson nor Denis Potvin ever produced a GVT better than 31.1 in any of their seasons.Speaking of Larry Robinson, it’s worth noting that he costs only $2 in salary despite putting up some of the best seasons by a defenseman in NHL history. In 1976-77, Robinson notched 85 points (ranking 12th among all players, not just defensemen) and set the non-Orr record for highest plus/minus in a season with a +120 mark. That performance was worth 30.4 goals above replacement in GVT’s estimation; Robinson also had five other seasons of at least 19.9 GVT, giving him a higher five-year peak than Nicklas Lidstrom despite Lidstrom costing more than twice as much in Henderson’s dollar values.CenterThe second-best non-goalie ever by peak GVT is Wayne Gretzky, who owns the two best non-Orr seasons ever by a skater (each were worth more than 43 GVT). Gretzky also costs the maximum ($5), which, when combined with the salaries of Hasek, Robinson and Orr, will leave only $2 to spread across two wingers. But like Orr and Hasek, Gretzky’s production was such a radical outlier that he’ll be worth the price. (For one thing, there’s plenty of evidence backing up the notion that super-elite playmakers, such as Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, can have a dramatic positive influence on teammates’ shooting percentages.)WingsOn the wings, we’re now essentially “stuck” with $1 pickups Jari Kurri and Johnny Bucyk as Gretzky’s linemates. There are a couple of reasons why this isn’t a bad thing, though. First (and this should be self-evident): Kurri and Bucyk are both Hall of Famers! It’s not like we’re picking from the dregs of the hockey universe here. In fact, Kurri and Bucyk had better GVT numbers in their best five seasons than Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille did in theirs, despite Hull costing four times as much as Kurri and Robitaille costing five times as much as Bucyk. Secondly, statheads have found evidence that — despite the importance placed on strong depth in hockey’s conventional wisdom — building a top-heavy team with a few stars and a bunch of lesser players is not such a bad thing.So, there you have it, the best team our $18 could buy: Hasek, Orr, Robinson, Gretzky, Kurri and Bucyk. According to the average of each player’s best five seasons, our team would produce 200.3 GVT in a hypothetical full season.In a perfect universe, our team would face that of Greenberg (Hasek, Mark Messier, Bobby Hull, Mike Bossy, Lidstrom and Zdeno Chara) and everyone else in the Twittersphere, and settle the matter on the ice. Obviously, that can never happen — and maybe it’s more fun this way anyhow.
The Ohio State men’s hockey team only has a single senior on their roster opening the 2009 campaign, but a core of juniors and sophomores should help stop talk of 2009 being a rebuilding season. Despite losing their leading scorer, Corey Elkins, all but one of their 15 highest point scorers from last season are returning.The 12 juniors and seven sophomores look to build off of last season’s 23-15-4 overall record and 13-11-4 conference record. Their premature exit from the NCAA tournament last year should put an extra fire under the experienced Buckeyes.A stepping-stone season Looking back on last season, head coach John Markell said he believes that the previous year was a great stepping stone season for his team.“We were very close to being a top four team in this league,” Markell said. “With the youth we had, I like the strides we made. I think we established some positions. Our goal tending and defense were solid and we were a good goal tending team.”Last season, the team started off to an adequate 3-5-1, but a 13-game unbeaten streak midway through the season brought them into national contention. The streak was a symbol of consistency, something that Markell is preaching to his team this season. Their successful season ended in disappointment with a loss, 8-3, to No. 1 Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament. “They took the loss the right way and really worked this summer,” Markell said. “I’m waiting to see what that gives them.”Progressing toward this season, Markell said he wants to improve on a few aspects of his team from last season.“The concerns I have for this team is that our power play has to work better if we are going to make even greater strides,” he said. “We need to get a guy on the anchor of our power play and we also have to defend a little better.”Filling the gapsMarkell knows he lost three talented seniors this season, but he believes his team can fill in the gaps.“We lost Corey Elkins, physical players Nick Biondo and Zach Pelletier, that we are going to have to replace,” he said. “We have all the makings with our junior and sophomore classes. The character that we added with our freshman class can fill the holes.”Dustin Carlson, the starting goaltender and a member of this year’s talented junior class, said he believes that this year the team can make great strides with their experienced returning players.“I think we are going to perform a lot better than last year,” Carlson said. “We have a huge returning class and pretty much everyone started.”Carlson said he also believes that even though Elkins was such an important component of last season’s team, someone could easily fill his role.“I definitely think someone is going to step up and fill his shoes for sure,” he said. “We have a lot of depth in scoring and I think everyone is going to step up again.”Junior forward Peter Boyd agreed with Carlson’s assessment.“There’s quite a few guys that can put the puck in the back of the net,” Boyd said. “Corey was a good player obviously, but I definitely think there are guys that can fill into that role.”Other notable returning starters are junior forwards John Albert and Sergio Somma. Albert, who was only two points away from being last year’s lead scorer, looks to improve on his 39 point total and 11 goals. Two sophomores who look to build upon their successful first seasons are forwards Zac Dalpe and Ian Boots.Carlson will return as the team’s starting goalie this season where he posted a 21-12-3 record and allowed only 2.5 goals per game.“Taking it in small blocks”Looking to the upcoming season, Markell said he could not wait to start.“I love the character of our young freshmen,” he said. “Our nucleus is sophomores and juniors, and if they are tight-knit it could take you a long way. They feel like a family and they are playing for each other.”The Buckeyes will face tough opponents this season such as Notre Dame, Miami University and Michigan, but Markell is not focused on any particular opponent.“In college hockey the parity is unbelievable,” he said. “There’s 58 Division 1 hockey teams and everybody can beat everyone. You have to be prepared to play each and every game.”Carlson also believes in the parity theory emphasized by his head coach.“Obviously we want to beat the big teams like Michigan and Miami,” he said. “But we can’t overlook anyone at all. We need every game this year. [We need to] just take it in small blocks a weekend every time. We are looking for consistency and a 20-win season that I think we are capable in having.”OSU kicks off the season with a game at home against Western Ontario Sunday at noon. email@example.com
Sunday’s Ohio State men’s basketball game was supposed to be a going out party for William Buford. Fans waved paddles featuring his face and the student section hoisted a massive cutout of the Buckeyes’ lone senior as Buford was honored prior to the Senior Day game against Wisconsin on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. Instead, the No. 16 Badgers stole the show by defeating the No. 8 Buckeyes, 63-60, as a dejected Buford sat at the postgame press conference with a towel over his mouth, staring blankly at the box score in front of him. “Before the game it was cool,” he said. “But our main goal was to win the game and we didn’t win the game. So that kind of messed with my day a little bit.” Although Buford’s demeanor was somber, OSU still has two more regular season games remaining, along with the Big Ten and national tournament. Buford said he is troubled by the lack of cohesion between the team going forward. “It’s real concerning leading into March,” he said. “I mean, you always want to be together and we should be together by now, but hopefully we learn from this loss.” Coach Thad Matta said he threw the team out of practice Saturday. “They weren’t ready to practice and this team has shown we play like we practice,” Matta said. “It’s been proven. We had two great days of practice going into the Illinois game (an 83-67 OSU win Tuesday) and that’s why I was so upset yesterday in practice because it wasn’t where it needed to be. “The guys have got to look at themselves in the mirror and come back and get ready to go.” Poor team practices have occurred too much this season and the Buckeyes need to learn from the losses that result from them, sophomore guard Aaron Craft said. “It’s not a secret,” Craft said. “Leaving the practice gym you know if we practiced well as a team or if we didn’t. We’ve had that feeling (that we didn’t) probably a little too much than we should have, but once again we have to find a way to learn from it. We have to find a way to move on and refocus and keep our heads up.” Sophomore forward DeShaun Thomas, who had a game-high 23 points in the loss to the Badgers, said the team needs to rally around each other going forward. “It all comes down to maturity and talking to each other, you know, helping each other out,” Thomas said. “That’s what it’s all about. Somebody’s got to step up and just be that guy to say, ‘This is enough,’ and bring us all together.” Craft said there is still enough time for the Buckeyes to come together before postseason play. “We are getting to the end of the season, but there’s still time to get better,” Craft said. “We’re still learning, we’re a young team. I think we can figure it out still.” OSU finishes regular season play this week with two road games: Wednesday at Northwestern and Sunday at Michigan State.
2. Do the Buckeyes have a second scorer? Do they even need one?Since Thomas left for the NBA Draft at the end of last season, OSU has been looking to fill the hole he left behind. Junior forward LaQuinton Ross is the predominant scorer for the team, leading the Buckeyes with 15.4 points per game. But Matta’s squad has seen numerous players step up — only to falter — as the second guy. Everyone — from senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to junior forward Sam Thompson and junior guard Shannon Scott — have at times looked like the player OSU can look to for points. Scott most recently put up 18 points in a loss against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, but perhaps the Buckeyes don’t need someone to step up on a consistent basis. Were it not for a missed 3-pointer by Craft, OSU would have had an opportunity to advance to the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, a team it beat a week earlier. If OSU has won 25 games this season with a rotation of players scoring behind Ross, what is to say they need a second strong shooter now? If OSU does make a deep run in the Big Dance, do not be shocked to see different names at the top of the scoring sheet following each game. 5. Buckeye post playIt’s no secret that OSU hasn’t looked for much from its postgame all season. Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald combine to average just 10.1 points per game, a far cry from what Sullinger used to do two years ago. But Williams, the starter, found himself on the bench during the important moments of the loss to the Wolverines Saturday in favor of McDonald. Matta is known for sticking with a hot lineup when his team needs a boost, so it will be interesting to see which player comes to play in the tournament. Winning in the postseason is very difficult without a solid low post game, so for OSU to have a chance, one of (or both) players will need to step up. OSU coach Thad Matta encourages his players during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about Thursday’s matchup against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. 1. Does Thad Matta extend his streak of Sweet Sixteens to five?Even with the departure of players like Evan Turner, Jon Diebler, William Buford, Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, coach Thad Matta has helped the Buckeyes sustain a consistent level of success in the NCAA Tournament. In each of the last four years, Matta has led OSU to at least the Sweet Sixteen — twice advancing even deeper into the Big Dance — the only coach in the country to do so. But this season might prove one of the tougher challenges for Matta. With Dayton in the second round providing a stiff challenge with talented 3-point shooters, OSU will likely have to fight to win their first game. But it is in the next round that looms perhaps the bigger challenge. No. 3-seed Syracuse, who started the season 25-0 before losing five of its final seven games, is heavily favored to advance past No. 14-seed Western Michigan in the second round, and sports a zone defense that is likely to be difficult for OSU to handle. The Buckeyes have struggled at times this season against a zone, and perhaps no one runs the zone better than Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Not the easiest road for a team that is 208th in the country in points per game. 3. Defense wins championshipsAll the talk of OSU’s below-average offense this season leads to one thing seeming to get ignored: the Buckeyes still have a phenomenal defense. On the season, OSU is 12th in the country in average points allowed per game with just 59.8, and is led by two players who were named to the Big Ten all-defensive team. Craft in particular — who was named Big Ten defensive player of the year for the second time in three years and is the conference’s all-time leader in steals — will be the rock for a defense that will hope to cover the holes created by offensive issues. It is often said that offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. If that is the case, OSU must like its chances to make a run. Although, if the Buckeyes allow more than 70 points to their opponent — second-round matchup Dayton is averaging 73.4 this year — Matta’s squad might be in danger. This season, OSU has only allowed 70 or more points six times, going 0-6 in those games. The Buckeyes are good on defense, but it might not be enough this year. 4. A proper senior sendoffAll season long, players like Thompson and Scott have had nothing but good things to say about the two Buckeye seniors in Craft and Smith Jr. Both were the fastest players in program history to 100 wins, doing so Nov. 29 with a 99-64 win against North Florida in their 119th game for the Scarlet and Gray. After falling to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, Craft and Smith Jr. — along with the rest of the roster — watched Selection Sunday in Columbus for the first time in their careers. The team is a No. 6 seed in the Big Dance, the first time its been lower than a No. 2 in the guards’ careers. But sending the two seniors off properly is sure to be on the rest of the team’s mind heading into the second round game against Dayton. An early exit surely will put a dent on their illustrious careers.
Ohio State continued to add to its 2020 class Sunday after four-star quarterback Jack Miller committed to the Buckeyes. A Scottsdale, Arizona, native, Miller, the No. 47 overall recruit, is the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and the No. 3 recruit from the state according to the 247Sports composite rankings. According to Miller on Twitter, he had received several other scholarship offers, including offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Alabama.Miller is the fourth player to commit to Ohio State in the 2020 class. He will join five-star offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr., four-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos and four-star offensive lineman Jake Wray in the recruiting class.
A new limit on the number of dogs that can be walked at one time in a Hampshire town has been met with consternation from owners and professional dog-walkers.A fine of £100 can be imposed on anyone who walks more than four dogs at a time under new rules that came into force in Gosport on Monday. But professional dog-walkers have complained that the limit, which was previously set at six animals, will affect their business. Various parts of the country have dog bans or restrictionsCredit:Kennel Club One dog owner with five huskies told the BBC she would now have to walk her pets in two packs, and said the move penalised responsible dog owners.Councillors say the changes will address dog fouling and potentially out of control groups. Councillor John Tanner said: “With more than four dogs, you are not taking your dog out for a walk but a pack of potentially dangerous animals for a riot around the park.”In Richmond, southwest London, there are plans for a similar policy from the autumn. The Kennel Club last year warned that dog-walking had been banned or severely restricted in more than 3,300 of Britain’s open parks and spaces in a move slammed as “criminalising” everyday life.Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said at the time that local authorities in some areas “seem to be waging a war on dogs and their owners”. 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 taxi driver has spoken of the heroic bravery exhibited by one of his passengers during the London terror attack.Aksha Patel told Sky News of how a woman, who was part of a couple in his cab, used her own body to barricade a the door of the Black and Blue restaurant in order to stop a terrorist entering.While she did this for “a few seconds”, people in the restaurant managed to escape out of the rear entrance.The door gave in, and she escaped safely from the terrorist.He said: “‘There was two passengers, they came out of the Black and Blue restaurant. “How they described it to me was they were preventing the guys from getting into the restaurant.”She knew they were bad people trying to break in.”She managed to hold the door for a few seconds but they overpowered her.”People managed to escape through the rear door so she saved maybe 20 peoples lives”.Another taxi driver has described how he tried to knock down three suspected terrorists during the London attack.The unnamed man said he saw the men armed with 12-inch hunting knives, stabbing people “randomly”.”I thought, ‘I’m gonna try and hit him, I’m gonna try and knock him down’,” the man told LBC. “I spun the cab round, I was about to ram one of them, but he side-stepped and three police officers came running towards them with their batons drawn. “I was shouting at everybody, just get away from the area, stay back, just run the other way. There were a good few hundred people out there.”He’s veered across the road towards the right hand of where Southwark Cathedral is and rammed it where the steps are.”He just rammed it towards them, wedged it in between the lamppost and the steps and so he’s hit people there.”They’ve jumped out of the van and started stabbing people randomly. There was a scattering of peopleLondon Bridge and Borough Market have been hit by two coordinated attacks south of the River Thames. Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge, as authorities urged Londoners on Twitter to “run, hide, tell” if they were caught up in the violence.Six people have been killed and almost 50 people injured in the “rampage” in central London, the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months. 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 Muhktar said the attack was “definitely a hate crime”, saying “I believe it’s something to do with Islamophobia”. He told Channel 4 News: “Maybe he’s got it in for us because of all the things that have been going on. The public have been warned not to approach John Tomlin, 24, who is being sought after the pair were struck with a corrosive substance as they sat in a car at traffic lights.Scotland Yard said Tomlin, who has distinctive tear drop and dagger face tattoos, is around six feet tall and is known to frequent the Canning Town area of the East End.The attack in Beckton in east London on June 21, Miss Khan’s 21st birthday, left her and her 37-year-old cousin with serious burns to their faces and upper bodies and requiring hospital treatment.Miss Khan has also suffered damage to her left eye and Mr Muhktar was temporarily placed in a coma. Scotland Yard said Tomlin, who has distinctive tear drop and dagger face tattoos, is around six feet tall and is known to frequent the Canning Town area of the East End.Detective Superintendent Neil Matthews said: “I would like to reassure the public that our continued focus remains on finding the person responsible for this horrendous act of violence.”We will continue to progress these inquiries as quickly as humanly possible and fully understand concerns that they should be brought to justice quickly.”This male should not be approached; instead members of the public should dial 999 if seen.”The attack happened at 9.15am in Tollgate Road and the car drove off before colliding with a fence, police said.Later that day officers including the Metropolitan Police’s territorial support group raided a building in the East End, but no arrests have been made. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. John Tomlin, who police are looking for after two people suffered serious burns in an acid attackCredit:PA Resham Khan before and after the attack A man left with life threatening injuries following an acid attack said he believes it was a racially motivated assault.Police are hunting a man wanted over the “horrendous” acid attack that left Jameel Muhktar and his cousin Resham Khan with “life-changing” facial burns. Resham Khan after the attack “I haven’t done anything to anybody, we’re not terrorists.”It was excruciating pain, I was screaming like a baby.”
Transportation to Australia was undoubtedly a grim experience for 18th and 19th century convicts, many of whom had only committed petty crimes in Britain.But a new study has shown there was one unexpected benefit from the dubious practice: happier marriages that have lasted to this day.According to researchers of the University of New South Wales, so many men were sent to Australia that it dramatically altered the sex ratio between men and women.As a consequence, women were prized and so could choose better husbands who were more capable providers and were less likely to stray. It meant both sexes enjoyed marriages that were stronger, stable and happier and fostered a highly-respectful attitude towards women that has lasted more than 150 years, the authors conclude.Dr Pauline Grosjean, Associate Professor, of the School of Economics from the University of New South Wales, said: “This inadvertent sociological experiment changed mating market conditions.“We find that both men and women are happier, and the happiness gap within married couples is smaller in areas where convict-era sex ratios were heavily male-biased.“One interpretation of this result is that because women have higher bargaining power they are more picky and search for a better match, and as an indirect effect, those men who do marry also benefit from this better match quality. A second possibility is that married men’s happiness is contingent on the happiness of their wives.“The present study establishes for the first time that these effects persist and still influence women’s relationship and life satisfaction over 150 years later.” Thee Charlotte, part of the First Fleet, which left from Portsmouth in May 1787 Credit:Frank Allen’s The Ships of the First Fleet, 1987. Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Between 1787 and 1868 around 157,000 convicts were transported by the British government to penal colonies in Australia, with men outnumbering women by approximately 16 to one.Most prisoners served sentences of around seven years before being released. But their numbers altered the local population so greatly in penal colony areas, that by 1820 there was three men for every woman.The male bias was further exacerbated by immigrants, who were mostly men following the Gold Rush of the 1850s. The research was published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 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.
She denied allowing him to unzip her dress, kissing him in her bed and directing the sex act. “That’s an absolute lie, an out and out lie,” she told the jury.She also denied kissing and hugging Pollard as he left, with the defendant claiming that he thanked her for a pleasant evening.Three days later, she reported Pollard to the police and he was questioned on February 18.”He mentioned everything that happened was consensual and that she agreed and made the running,” said prosecutor David Jenkins.The woman told the court she did not feel confident leaving her home during the following days, adding: “I spent most of Saturday in the shower.” Dave Pollard outside Isleworth Crown CourtCredit:Tony Palmer She was still fully-clothed when woken by Pollard at 6.20am, the court heard.”I was asleep, had a weird sensation and thought: ‘What the hell?’ I was disgusted, I was absolutely horrified.”To wake up to that experience is horrific. He is someone I’ve never flirted with or found physically attractive and he’s taken that opportunity while I was asleep to assault me.”Pollard said the woman allowed him to massage her feet in the flat, claiming she also sat on his lap with her arms around him. A music mogul accused of sexually assaulting a woman he walked home from a pub is “hideous to look at… like Shrek”, his alleged victim told a court.Dave Pollard, who ran Universal Music’s video tape facility, the Engine Room, on a consultancy basis, claims the early-morning sex act was consensual with the woman after a drunken sleepover at her west London apartment.Isleworth Crown Court heard the woman had approximately six glasses of white wine and took home another bottle from the pub, sharing a glass with 56-year-old Pollard at her home.They agreed he could stay over rather than return to his wife and daughters at his £1m six-bedroom home in Westhumble, Dorking, Surrey, jurors were told. Pollard ran The Engine Room, Universal’s video studio and editing suite, and was a regular at the Crown and Sceptre pub.University of London graduate Pollard pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by penetration in January.”He is always surrounded by a bevy of artists and talents,” the woman told the jury. “I never gave him any sign whatsoever, no flirting or anything like that.”I see him as a safer, older man. He’s hideous to look at, there’s no sexual attraction. He’s massive, like a beast, like Shrek.” The trial continues. He is someone I’ve never flirted with… and he’s taken that opportunity while I was asleep to assault meDave Pollard’s alleged victim 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.
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. “They shouldn’t have cancelled it, they should have made it primetime. It was held back by its scheduling. As an outsider, it seems a sad one to cut.”The Revd Malcolm Doney, a frequent contributor to the programme, said it had an appeal beyond regular worshippers. “The people I know that listen to it often aren’t card-carrying Christians, but agnostics and even out-and-out atheists. It’s the best of radio because it is thoughtful and surprising.“When people don’t do church-organised religion, this is a rare jewel of an opportunity for them. Even though it occupies only 30 minutes of radio, it feels like more.”The BBC insisted it has plans to “increase the ambition of religious programmes” on the network. It has designated 2019 as the “Year of Beliefs”.Ofcom recently introduced a quota of at least 115 hours of religious programmes across BBC One and BBC Two, stipulating that some must be in peaktime, but no such quota exists for radio.A BBC spokesperson said the corporation produces over 7,000 hours of religion every year across TV and Radio, with much of that on radio.The spokesperson added: “It is wrong to judge the entirety of the BBC’s religious output on one decision to broadcast archive episodes of Something Understood in 2019/20 instead of commissioning a new series, when no decisions have been made beyond that and the reality is that we are doing more overall in the year ahead with a big season of religious programming. “In our religion review we made it clear we want to do more about Christianity as well as other beliefs, and increase the scale and ambition of religious programming as audiences said they wanted.” The BBC’s commitment to religious programming is being questioned after it announced plans to decommission Something Understood, the Radio 4 show that has run for 23 years.From April next year, the regular weekly slot will be filled with repeats of old programmes and no new content will be made.The corporation blamed budget cuts, saying: “The BBC continues to face significant financial challenges, and has to save £800 million by 2012; so Radio 4, like the rest of BBC Radio, has to make tough choices.“We’ve broadcast Something Understood for nearly 24 years, and we know the decision to no longer make this programme will disappoint our audience.“But we have a full and rich back catalogue of the programme, and we propose to fill the schedule with the best of the archive for the foreseeable future.”The programme has many loyal listeners despite its 6.05am Sunday time slot, with a repeat at 11.30pm.The decision was made despite a recent BBC review which concluded: “We want to do more to help people understand the role of Christianity in today’s world, and more to understand other faiths and beliefs as well.”Something Understood explores ethical and faith issues. Critics of the decision to axe it include The Revd Robin Griffith-Jones, Master of the Temple Church in the City of London, who told the Church Times: “It is an unfailing thoughtful, measured programme that covers a wide range of topics with grace.
Kady McDermott, another former Love Island contestant, also said there should be more support. Dr Alex George, who appeared in the last season of Love Island, referred to the challenges during an interview with the Telegraph last year.“Working in A&E, I’m used to dealing with high pressure situations,” George said. “But Love Island was so far out of my comfort zone. At the start, my confidence was broken down completely and I had to find the strength to come back from that…” Mike Thalassitis, a former Love Island contestant, has died aged 26. The reality television star and semi-professional footballer died on Friday, his management confirmed.Thalassitis, a Cypriot, was born in Edmonton in London and played for clubs including St Albans and Chelmsford.He found fame on the 2017 series of the ITV competitive dating show, earning the nickname “Muggy Mike” after partnering with fellow islander Chris Hughes’ girlfriend Olivia Attwood.Thalassitis also appeared on the reality show Celebs Go Dating in 2018.His death comes nine months after Sophie Gradon, another Love Island contestant, died at the age of 32. Former contestants are calling for more support to be offered to people who appear on reality TV shows such as Love Island.Dom Lever, a former Love Island co-star, criticised the show for its lack of support once contestants leave the villa. He said: “You get a psychological evaluation before and after you go on the show but hands down once you are done on the show you don’t get any support unless you’re number one.’ This followed a tweet where he expressed how shocked he was at the news.” Counsellors were available 24-hours a day, and still occasionally called him up to see how he was doing, he said.Cast pay tribute to ThalassitisHughes was among the cast members who paid tribute on Saturday, urging people not to use the nickname.He said: “His name wasn’t Muggy Mike. Please stop brandishing that.”His name was Mike Thalassitis, and every inch of my heart goes out to his family & friends. A good guy, taken far, far to soon.” He said: “I genuinely can’t believe what I’m seeing here.”My boy from the villa and one of my best mates from the show coming out. An absolute hero and a legend and someone I personally looked up to, always full of so much positivity and charisma.”One of the best people I’ve ever known taken from us far too soon, I’m heartbroken and can’t put into words how much I’m gonna miss you bro!”Love Island host Caroline Flack dubbed him a “total gentleman”.She said: “Mike… you were a total gentleman… I won’t forget that … it’s so sad …you will be missed. RIP.”Ferne McCann also paid tribute. The 28-year-old reality star – who appeared in The Only Way Is Essex from 2013 to 2016 – said: “so so so so sad. Mike you absolute gent.”I have no words. My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family. Too young. RIP”Calum Best, the son of footballer George Best and a former Celebrity Love Island contestant, described the news as “so sad”. @LoveIsland @ITVBe @itv2 Before anymore TV auditions there needs to be compulsory mental health support put in place. Not just “we have support there if you need.” TOO many are dying from reality shows. Time to wake up. Changes need to happen, how many more?— Lauryn Goodman (@LaurynGoodman) March 16, 2019 Thalassitis, a Cypriot, was born in Edmonton in London Devastated to hear of the passing of Mike Thalassitis. My heart goes out to friends and family ❤️— Dr Alex (@DrAlexGeorge) March 16, 2019 Exactly mate, you should have someone to talk too. number 1 of first one gone you all deserve the same attention https://t.co/apIGihfNIE— Dom Lever (@_DomLever) March 16, 2019 She said: “Hopefully going forward reality shows will help more with the aftermath of being on one, because I can say it definitely didn’t happen after my series when lots of us needed it. Peoples lives change over night and no one can mentally be prepared for it. The good and the bad.”Lauryn Goodman, another reality TV figure, said it was “time to wake up”. Jonny Mitchell appeared on Love Island with Thalassitis, and the pair remained friends.In a post to Instagram Mitchell said he was “heartbroken” by news of Thalassitis’ death, hailing his “positivity and charisma”. He said: “Jesus that’s so sad , rip mike . Way too young . Thoughts and prayers with his friends and family”.Thalassitis split from The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna late last year. Death should be ‘wake-up call’Sheridan Smith said the death of Thalassitis should be a “massive wake up call”.Writing on Twitter, the Cleaning Up star, 37, said she had been left feeling ill by the news of the reality star’s death.The Bafta award-winner asked fans to reach out to their friends, even those who might outwardly appear confident and happy.Smith has spoken about her experience of mental illness. She suffered a breakdown following the death of her father Colin from cancer in 2016. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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File photo: President David Granger and First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport before they departed to Cuba on October 30President David Granger, accompanied by First Lady, Sandra Granger this morning (Tuesday) left Guyana for Cuba, where he is expected to receive his second round of Chemotherapy.In a Ministry of the Presidency statement Granger said, “In my first visit, I had not only the biopsy but a series of tests and examinations and I also had my first cycle of chemotherapy. I now have to return for succeeding five cycles, so this is the second cycle and I hope to return much more quickly than I did the first visit because this is simply the administration of chemotherapy so presumably after the tests which will be done today, Tuesday, I will have the chemotherapy and return by weekend.”On October 30, the President and First Lady departed for Cuba for him to undergo medical tests after he complained of feeling unwell. He was subsequently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.After spending three weeks, Granger was discharged from the hospital on November 6 after undergoing a series of tests and surgical procedures. He returned to Guyana on November 20 after he was given approval by his medical team. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCuban team satisfied with President Granger’s response to medial treatment- MOTPDecember 11, 2018In “latest news”President to receive fourth round of chemotherapy in CubaJanuary 15, 2019In “latest news”Harmon says President remains in command of State; to return to Cuba on Tuesday for further treatmentNovember 30, 2018In “latest news”
Sasol, the world’s leading producer of synthetic fuels from coal and natural gas, says it has become the first company worldwide to receive international approval for its 100% synthetic jet fuel produced by its proprietary Coal to Liquids (CTL) process. Sanctioned by global aviation fuel specification authorities Sasol CTL will be the first fully synthetic fuel to be approved for use in commercial airliners. This marks a significant development in the adoption of clean burning alternative fuels for the aviation industry; engine-out emissions of Sasol’s jet fuel are lower than those from jet fuel derived from crude oil due to its limited sulphur content. Approval of Sasol’s CTL fuel for commercial aviation is also a milestone in the effort to secure domestic energy supply for South Africa and other countries with significant domestic coal and natural gas reserves; Sasol’s transformative technology will allow these countries to monetize natural resources and increase energy security.Commenting on the announcement, Pat Davies, CE of Sasol said, “This is an historic breakthrough – winning approval for a transportation fuel that is 100% synthetic. This approval by the international aviation fuel authorities recognises the absolute need to develop aviation fuel from feedstocks other than crude-oil in order to meet the world’s growing needs. Sasol is the global leader and pioneer in advanced synthetic fuel technology and this is a huge step forward toward integrating a viable alternative transportation fuel into the energy mix and showing the way forward for countries seeking security in a world that is thirsty for energy.”Sasol, for the past nine years, has supplied a fuel mixture comprised of a CTL component blended with crude oil derived kerosene to international airlines operating from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Based on the success of the alternative fuel blend and following a several-year period of rigorous testing and evaluation, international aviation fuel authorities including the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (UK MoD), governing the Defence Standard DEFSTAN 91-91, approved Sasol’s wholly synthetic jet fuel as Jet A-1 fuel for commercial use in all types of turbine aircraft.ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, has also been working closely with the UK MoD and is expected to include Sasol CTL synthetic jet fuel in its ASTM D1655 specification following the publication of the UK’s DEFSTAN 91-91. Jet A-1 according to the DEF STAN 91-91 specification is very similar to Jet A-1 defined by the ASTM D1655 except for a small number of areas where DEF STAN 91-91 is more stringent.In keeping with the stringent regulation of the Joint Checklist, aviation industry stakeholders, including airframe, engine and ancillary equipment manufacturers; airlines and aviation authorities such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA); and relevant oil companies have all participated in the approval process.The fuel is fully fungible and aligned with the current aviation infrastructure through its compatibility with the existing engine requirements and can be used with conventional crude oil-derived jet fuelling systems. In addition to the benefiting the end-user, Sasol’s process also enhances value by adding synthetic jet fuel to the product range available to the resource provider, who will now have another Sasol produced alternative to crude-oil derived fuels.The current approval covers jet fuel produced at Sasol’s Synfuels facility in Secunda, South Africa. The production in Secunda holds broader implications for the alternative fuel mix as it paves the way for future global production and the use of synthetic fuels for use in transportation. Sasol jet fuel products that will also be submitted for sanction include Oryx GTL plant in Qatar, the joint venture GTL plant in Nigeria and the potential CTL ventures in the USA, China and India.Research is also underway to find an effective process to produce synthetic fuel from biomass to further improve environmental sustainability.
Alexander Mining has received notification from the Commissioner of Patents in Australia that its MetaLeach subsidiary has been granted a Standard Patent for a Method for Leaching of a Copper-containing Ore, patent number 2011200703 (this is derived from the Australian national phase entry from the corresponding PCT/AU2008/001027 application). The patent has a standard term of 20 years from the effective date of 11 July 2008 (being date of filing). The patent covers the leaching of copper from a copper-containing ore using the method steps of curing the ore using a curing agent to produce a cured ore which is leached at atmospheric pressure through the application of an ammonium carbonate solution containing free ammonia. The pregnant leach solution thus produced is passed onto a means for metals recovery.Martin Rosser, Chief Executive Officer, said: “The grant of a patent in Australia for a Method for Leaching of a Copper-containing Ore is a significant milestone in the protection of the company’s AmmLeach® intellectual property. It is particularly noteworthy given Australia’s robust patenting regime and status as having one of the world’s biggest mining industries, and with significant potential for our AmmLeach technology. The new patent is core to our portfolio of patents and patent applications designed to protect the company’s development of unique intellectual property and inventions.”
In recent years the demand for dozer operators working on coal stockpiles has grown dramatically, increasing the need for specialised training in what is considered one of the most hazardous environments for dozer operators. Immersive Technologies says it has developed technology to specifically address operator safety in coal stockpiling. This technology is embedded in an upgrade to Immersive Technologies’ range of Advanced Equipment Simulators.The group states: “Coal stockpiling operations pose a high risk to operator safety and can lead to injuries or death if correct procedures are not followed; incidents can also halt operations and significantly impact repair and maintenance costs.” The simulation training based technology developed by Immersive Technologies focuses on reducing the operational risk of dozer stockpile operations by creating enhanced operator awareness of surroundings; training operators to minimise the risk of falling into a void; and assessing the competency of dozer operators to comply with and follow safe operating procedures. “We are continually developing new technologies that give our customers the highest return on their investment. These new features are developed for the latest version of SimControl, the software at the heart of the PRO3 Advanced Equipment Simulator and ensure our customers receive the maximum benefits from their simulation training,” said Peter Salfinger, CEO of Immersive Technologies.Immersive said that Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek mine and Glencore Xstrata were instrumental in the development of the technology: “Glencore Xstrata has recognised value in being able to take operators out of a potentially dangerous training environment with little ability for trainer interaction; into a realistic hands-on approach where operator errors can occur without sacrificing safety. This site, along with many others, only has one stockpile so any type of training halts production; simulator technology has proved to be advantageous in keeping operations running at full capacity while training operators to be safer and more productive.”Bluestone Global, an Australian based company specialising in labour hire, mining services, professional placement and international recruitment, utilises Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment Simulators for their training efforts. Bluestone was a major contributor to the development ensuring the technology delivers the most accurate and effective training. “The dozer stockpile program will easily quantify itself in monetary returns as it is able to advance operators into a high proficiency level through a method that does not interfere with production. Stringent conditions and protocols make other methods to train complex due to the inability to be close while the operator is under instruction in relation to entering and operating on a coal stockpile. The only alternative is to deliver training from a distance or utilise another dozer which is both time consuming and costly,” said Darren Culley, Bluestone Global Executive Group Manager WHSQ.
A geologist at the University of Exeter has developed “a new and relatively inexpensive way to establish whether certain types of magmatic rocks are more likely to contain valuable metal deposits.” In a study published in Nature Geoscience, Dr Ben Williamson, of the University’s Camborne School of Mines, together with Dr Richard Herrington from the Natural History Museum, London, have proposed a new method to explore for porphyry-type copper deposits. These deposits provide around 75% of the world’s copper and a significant amount of molybdenum and gold which makes them extremely important to the world economy.The deposits, which originally form at several kilometres depth below the Earth’s surface, above large magma chambers, are relatively rare, particularly the largest deposits which are most economic to mine. In addition, most near-surface deposits have already been discovered. Any new method to locate deeper deposits is therefore of great interest to the mining industry. The project, funded by Anglo American, compared the chemical compositions of minerals from magmatic rocks that host porphyry deposits against those which are barren.A case study was then undertaken of a major new porphyry discovery in Chile, to test their theory. Minerals from magmatic rocks which host porphyry deposits have distinctive chemical characteristics which can be used as one of a suite of indicators to home-in on porphyry deposits. Unravelling the causes of the distinctive chemical signatures has also brought new insights into the formation of porphyry copper deposits, and more generally the generation of the magmatic rocks from which they form, which are an important component of the Earth’s crust. The main finding in this regard is that the magma chamber below the porphyry undergoes discrete injections of water-rich melts or watery fluids which enhance the magma’s ability to transfer copper and other metals upwards to form a porphyry copper deposit.Williamson said: “This new method will add to the range of tools available to exploration companies to discover new porphyry copper deposits. Our findings also provide important insights into why some magmas are more likely to produce porphyry copper deposits than others, and add to our understanding of how their parent magmatic rocks evolve.” The paper, entitled Porphyry copper enrichment linked to excess aluminium in plagioclase by BJ Williamson, RJ Herrington and A Morris, was published in Nature Geoscience on February 1.
The National Mining Association (NMA) has welcomed the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision that new, duplicative financial responsibility requirements for the hard rock mining industry are unnecessary. The decision stems from environmental group litigation seeking to use the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund Law) to impose additional, crippling financial and regulatory burdens on the mining industry.“When litigation is used as a tool to attempt to force the government into unnecessary action against an industry, the result is bad policy,” said Hal Quinn, NMA President and CEO. “Today’s action shows that reason can prevail. Modern, advanced mining practices – coupled with existing state and federal environmental and financial assurance requirements – comprehensively cover the same risks contemplated under the CERCLA program.“At a time when America is completely import-dependent for many key minerals, we should be supporting domestic mining and encouraging investment in the U.S. to lessen our dependence on foreign supply chains,” added Quinn.Congress enacted CERCLA in 1980 to address threats to human health and the environment posed by the nation’s past waste disposal practices. CERCLA is both a backward- and forward-looking statute, intended to address remediation of existing sites and prevent the creation of new ones. In the decades that followed its enactment, state and federal environmental and financial assurance programs were developed and implemented to address the very same risks contemplated by CERCLA’s financial responsibility provisions.In 2009, several environmental groups sued the EPA, attempting to use CERCLA to subject classes of facilities within the hard rock mining industry to additional financial responsibility requirements. As a result, EPA conducted a rulemaking to determine if new requirements were needed.In 2016, EPA released a proposal premised on a faulty picture of the mining industry – it relied on legacy practices used at operations decades and even generations ago that are not representative of today’s mining and mineral processing industry. In sum: the proposal addressed conditions that no longer exist or are already remedied under other comprehensive regulatory programs. Now, the EPA has acknowledged these fundamental flaws in the proposal and rightly determined that a new financial responsibility program was not needed.EPA’s decision not to impose additional requirements on the mining and minerals industry is consistent with the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which stated that, while EPA had to act by December 1, 2017 (the deadline established in the litigation), the final action could be no rule at all:“[T]he proposed joint order ‘does not require EPA to promulgate a new, stricter rule. At most, it ‘merely requires that EPA conduct a rulemaking and then decide whether to promulgate a new rule – the content of which is not in any way dictated by the [proposed order on consent] – using a specific timeline.” In re Idaho Conservation League, 811 F.3d 502, 524 (D.C. Cir. 2016).
One of the best shooter in the Danish National Team, Lasse Boesen, from KIF Kolding talked for the Danish media about his injury (Arm) and chances to play in Serbia at the EHF EURO 2012 in January:– I must really have the feeling of making a difference for the team in Serbia, otherwise I would rather give a place in the team to another player. If I feel I can only give it 50 percent, I have no doubt that, there is someone else, who can do better than me – told Boesen, who also doesn’t play at the EHF EURO 2010 in Austria, but was one of the key players in Wch 2009 and 2011 in Croatia and Sweden. Denmark handball NTLasse Boesen ← Previous Story Legendary Magnus Wislander plays in age 47 Next Story → Jakob Vestergaard is the “first pick” of Gyori?
← Previous Story Norwegian golden Era, Thorir Hergeirsson: “Girls wanted to win” Next Story → Vote for the World’s Best Female Player 2011! As some kind of tradition, special IHF’s jury announced the “Best Seven” players of the World Championship, but this time without MVP. The All Star Team of the World Championship 2011:Goalkeeper: Chana Masson (Brazil), Left wing: Emilia Turei (Russia), Left back: Andrea Penezic (Croatia), Centre back: Alison Pineau (France), Right back: Line Jörgensen (Denmark), Right wing: Carmen Martin (Spain), Pivot: Heidi Löke (Norway