Ohio State hockey player Freddy Gerard inspired by late teammate

OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardAsk any hockey player who his secondary family is, and he will say the 20-plus members in his team’s locker room.     Ask any forward who his brothers are and he will say the two other players on his line.In his senior year of high school, Ohio State freshman forward Freddy Gerard lost one of his brothers.Growing up in Rocky River, Ohio, Gerard spent his youth hockey days developing in the Cleveland Barons AAA organization. For a majority of his time there, Gerard played on a line with Brunswick, Ohio, native Kevin Fox. Fox, a senior at the time, was in a car with four other Brunswick High School students just past midnight on June 3, 2012, the same day of the school’s commencement.The driver of the car, Jeffrey Chaya, 18, was speeding in neighboring suburb Columbia Township when his 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed over a CSX railroad crossing.The car flew, before landing hard and causing Chaya to lose control and veer into a ditch. The car struck a tree, overturned and landed on its roof on the road. Chaya was killed along with Blake Bartchak, 17, and Fox’s girlfriend Lexi Poerner, 16. Fox, who was in the backseat with Poerner, was thrown out of the car and landed in a ditch. Julia Romito, now a student at Kent State University, was the third backseat passenger and lone survivor of the accident. She recovered after being taken to a local hospital.Fox — or “Foxy,” as he was commonly called by friends — was flown to the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and was treated until he passed away around 10 p.m the same day.Upon seeing his friend in the intensive care unit in the afternoon hours before his death, Gerard was speechless.“I started crying right away,” Gerard said somberly. “I had no idea what to expect. You never fully understand what that’s like. You see it sometimes in a movie but until it’s right there staring you in the face, your body just breaks down. It was one of the craziest, saddest moments that I’ve ever fully experienced.”A community was devastated and a family was torn as Cleveland hockey lost one of its most beloved members.“It could not be him,” Gerard said. “He’s Foxy. He was the happiest, crazy, funny kid. He had his own personality about him. Everybody knew who Kevin Fox was and what Kevin Fox was.”The bond and family-like environment that growing up in hockey provides was shown at Fox’s funeral.“It’s a family, you spend so much time together and here we are,” Fox’s mother Sherri said. “When Kevin passed, (his former teammates) showed up and continued to be a part of it.”The Barons, now in the prestigious Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, used to compete in the Midwest Elite Hockey League.It was in that realm that Kevin Fox and Gerard would compete against the best teams that the Detroit and Chicago regions had to offer weekend after weekend from September to March.The duo faced numerous future NCAA Division I and NHL players over the years, all of whom molded them into extraordinary players and people. Kevin Fox’s time with the Barons ended after his sophomore year of high school when he would become a star rugby player at Brunswick, while Gerard’s time with the program continued until graduation from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio.Whereas Gerard plays a quick, playmaking type of game with finesse, Kevin Fox complimented him with a grinder-like mentality, working in the corners and muscling it out with anyone, no matter how big or tall.“He was willing to put himself out for his team,” Sherri Fox said. “He loved (his team). If it meant defending a teammate, he would do it.”Gerard, still adjusting to the grueling schedule that college hockey presents on and off the ice, still carries his friend with him in the form of a tattoo on his left bicep. The tattoo, which he had put on three days after Kevin Fox’s passing, features a fox with “Forever 28” inscribed below it, his number with the Barons.“Having something on my body would always remind me of the type of person that he was and how great of a friend he was and how many more friends I want to hopefully have throughout my life like that,” Gerard said. “It’s a good memory to have, and every now and then I look down at it. I’m at the point where it puts a smile on my face that I was able to be his friend and have him be mine.”Freddy Gerard shows his tattoo in honor of his friend. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardUpon glancing at some of the images of Gerard and “Foxy” on the ice together and the tattoo which they had not seen, Kevin Fox’s parents were brought back to a time when it was simply fun to watch the young boys grow into outstanding men through the game of hockey.“Kevin is with him all the time,” Kevin Fox’s father Jim said. “He is proud to be his friend.”Gerard has played in six games this season, tallying one assist. One of the biggest aforementioned adjustments he has had to make to the college game after spending a few years in junior hockey is, ironically, playing more like Kevin Fox.“I’ve kind of had to adapt to a grinder style and mix it up a little bit in the corners, play the body a little bit,” Gerard said. “If I could be like Kevin Fox a little bit, maybe that will help my game a little bit more.”In March 2012, a few months before his death, Kevin Fox was given an assignment in his first period psychology class to come up with a list of 50 goals for his future.No. 23 on the list said that he wanted to “continue to play hockey.”Because of his teammate, friend and brother, Gerard, Kevin Fox continues to play hockey each and every day. read more

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Ohio State offensive lineman Demetrius Knox out eight weeks with broken foot

Demetrius Knox suffered a broken foot in practice and had surgery on Friday. He will miss eight weeks. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State football team has been struck with numerous injuries this season, raising questions about the team’s depth. On Friday, an OSU spokesman confirmed for The Lantern that OSU redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Demetrius Knox had surgery and will be out approximately eight week.Eleven Warriors was the first to report the initial story.Knox was listed as the backup right guard to redshirt junior Billy Price heading into Saturday’s game against Rutgers.Knox is the second offensive lineman for the Buckeyes to go down with injury after junior-college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon suffered a knee injury in fall camp that is expected to sideline him at least until November.The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Knox was a four-star prospect in the 2014 recruiting class from Fort Worth, Texas, and saw time for the Buckeyes in the Bowling Green and Tulsa games this season.Knox broke his foot in February 2015, which forced him to miss all of 2015 spring practice. read more

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Commentary Buckeyes still Ohios most reliable football team

It’s long been joked that Ohio really has just one professional football team — the Buckeyes. For the first time in a while this year, the capital city’s team didn’t outdo one of the “professional” Ohio teams — at least on the field. For the first time since 2005, the Bengals (9-8) won more games than the Buckeyes (6-7). Do keep in mind, there are 16 regular season NFL games. Ohio State plays only 12 with a bowl game normally to follow. In typical Bungle fashion, Cincinnati went to Houston on Saturday, got slapped around by rookie quarterback T.J. Yates and rookie defensive end J.J. Watt, while former undrafted running back Arian Foster made the Bengals defense — a unit that was ranked in the top five defensively for most of the year — look like a high school junior varsity squad. Raising hopes high only to get embarrassed by three scores in front of a national television audience. Typical Bengals. Even worse was the embarrassment the Bengals faced not on the field, but in the stands this season. They only managed to sell out two home games. One was thanks to the traveling Steelers fans who made the trek to Cincinnati for Pittsburgh’s annual game in Paul Brown Stadium, while the other came via a buy-one-get-one-free promotion during the Bengals’ last game of the season, a “win and you’re in” game. The Bengals lost. Fortunately for them, so did the Jets, Raiders and Broncos. OSU, on the other hand, sold out every home game, despite posting its first losing record since 1988. Unless he or she is on the six-year undergraduate degree plan, most current OSU students weren’t even alive for that season. Sure, the Bengals have reason to be excited because of rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green — likely the best rookie-quarterback-to-rookie-wide-receiver duo in NFL history. You would think that would fill the seats, but Cincinnati fans have seen this film before. The reason they can’t rely on Dalton and Green? Because those two talented young men wear black and orange stripes. And history has proven time and time again that wearing black and orange stripes in Cincinnati on Sunday afternoons in the fall will eventually lead to the potential of some of the country’s best young football prospects being wasted. As for the Browns, they haven’t won more games than the Buckeyes in a single season since 1994. That’s the year “Forrest Gump” was released, Glenn Robinson was drafted No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft and Justin Bieber was born. Remember that? Me neither. I was 5 years old. It’s been 6,221 days since an NFL team in Ohio has won a playoff game. OSU had more success from 2002-07 than the Bengals and Browns have had combined since Bill Clinton took over the White House. So Buckeye fans, while times were dark this season and there will be no bowl game next year, don’t fret. Urban Meyer will lead this organization back to what its used to being — Ohio’s most professional football team. read more

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Softball Ohio State downs Wright State 141 in home opener

OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 25 Ohio State softball team (19-7) played in Columbus on Wednesday for the first time this season after a 25-game road stretch and gave the home fans something to cheer about, downing Wright State 14-1 in five innings.“Words can’t explain how excited I was since I woke up this morning, knowing today was the home opener,” said sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas.Wright State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first after a wild pitch from OSU junior pitcher Morgan Ray scored Macey Gunther, but it was all Buckeyes from that point, thanks to a huge first inning highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Alex Bayne.“We were ready to perform for (our fans),” Vargas said. “For us to keep our composure — especially on a big day like this — and perform, hit and score run after run after run, I think that just shows that we care to do well for our fans.”The Buckeyes scored nine runs on five hits in the first, forcing two pitching changes in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-RBI double while senior third baseman Anna Kirk, sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper and junior first baseman Ashley Goodman each had an RBI, giving OSU a 9-1 lead.“We were spraying the ball around the field, so it wasn’t like we were doing one thing,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Emily Clark hitting the ball down the corner (to right field) and then (Alex) Bayne hitting a ball down left field — it’s just nice to see them hitting the ball where it’s pitched not trying to do too much and everyone chipping in.”The Buckeye lead grew in the third as OSU pushed across five insurance runs. Piper hit a two-RBI single while Clark hit a three-run home run to left center field to extend OSU’s lead to 14-1 after three innings.The big lead allowed the Buckeyes to empty their bench a bit in the later innings. OSU made six substitutions in the field, allowing some bench players to participate in the home opener, which meant just as much to the starters as it did the substitutes, Kovach Schoenly said.“The starters work side by side on the field with them in practice every day so they know how hard they work and it means a lot to them to see their teammates have success,” she said. “I don’t think there’s one starter that wouldn’t hand their bat over to give someone else a chance to be a part of it.”The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action on Friday when they begin a three-game home series with Rutgers (8-21) as they look to improve upon their 3-0 conference record. read more

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Gallery Womens Soccer vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State women’s soccer team stands together and talks before there game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 21st. Ohio State won 2-1. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternOn Oct. 21, the Ohio State women’s soccer team faced off against Wisconsin at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State won 2-1. Photos by Cori Wade.

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Patients wait two months to have hair washed after nurses said not

first_img‘The nurse in charge said staff were often too busy to provide personal care and this meant some patients could go up to two months without having their hair washed’Care Quality Commission report on Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich The inspection found a host of failings including long waits in A&E Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA  “We spoke with the nurse in charge who said staff were often too busy to provide personal care and this meant some patients could go up to two months without having their hair washed.”Patients in the hospital’s acute medical unit told how they were left “very embarrassed” after being ordered to use pads for incontinence, and sleep in soiled ones, because staff were too busy to help them use a commode.A spokesman for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “The report does note that we have made progress since the last CQC inspection in February 2014, and we are pleased that our staff received a rating of ‘Good’ for providing a caring, kind, and compassionate service.”He said the trust planned improvements to care in its wards and A&E department, had made changes to improve privacy and that the failure to record vital signs related to one patient, who had received treatment throughout.  Patients were forced to wait two months to have their hair washed because nurses said it was not their job to help the sick bathe or shower, a damning report says.Queen Elizabeth Hospital in south London has been ordered to make urgent improvements after watchdogs found A&E staff failing to monitor patients’ vital signs, with sick patients treated in chairs and corridors due to overcrowding.Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) intervened after hospital staff failed to notice that a patient with blood poisoning was deteriorating badly. NHS sign The patient – who had suffered a cardiac arrest just six weeks earlier – was left for almost six hours without vital signs being monitored, with action only taken after they began shaking and struggling to breathe.Watchdogs said some staff were found treating patients “sharply” and with a lack of kindness.On medical wards, patients were told to use incontinence pads because staff said they were too busy to help them go to the toilet.The report said: “We spoke with a patient on ward 18 who told us they had repeatedly asked staff for a bath or shower and had been told it wasn’t their job to provide this. Two other patients on this ward told us they would like to have their hair washed but staff told them they were too busy. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Posing for selfies the family who ignored warnings at edge of crumbling

first_imgThe woman scrambles away from the cliff edgeCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS A warning about unstable cliffs at West Bay in Dorset On the edge of the 80ft drop, the woman raises her mobile phone to take a pictureCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS Cute evening down the beach chilling, next thing you know part of the Clift had fallen down 😳 #WestBay pic.twitter.com/rxVrJBH5U4— Gem Gilbert ☮ (@Y0urSunshine) August 16, 2016 Chief Inspector Steve White, of Dorset Police, said: “We would like to remind people that the cliffs remain unstable and it is possible further rock falls could occur.”We urge the public to obey warning signs, not to stand near the edge of cliffs or stand directly underneath them. Landslides and rock falls can happen at any time and without warning.” Sam Scriven from the Jurassic Coast Team said: “We would encourage people to behave sensibly on the coast. They should avoid the cliff edge and the base.”Last summer, the Coastguard issued a fresh warning to tourists and residents urging them to stay away from the unstable cliffs at West Bay.A massive rock fall narrowly missed scores of people sat on the busy beach made famous by the ITV crime drama Broadchurch in August, sending huge boulders crashing down. Pictures show the woman sitting on a raised rock right close to the 80ft drop below before using her mobile to take a selfie.The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders and a toddler nearby. He holds a selfie stick, which he appears to use to take another picture.  The man stands just behind with a young child on his shoulders as he extends a selfie stickCredit:Graham Hunt/BNPS “We want everyone to enjoy our beautiful coastline but we want you to do it safely, please keep your distance from cliff edges both at the top and at the bottom, as cliffs really can crumble without warning.” “As a West Bay coastguard officer I find it unbelievable that even with all the warnings a family will risk their lives, the lives of their children that they are forcing in to the unsafe area and the lives of people below and also all the rescue services just to take a picture.”The worst thing about these photos is that they are sitting on a ledge with very little below them. If there was an accident the first thing that would be said is ‘why are there no warnings?'”Do we really need to warn people after years of warnings not to go to the edge of the crumbling cliffs?” The fall happened on the same stretch of beach where Charlotte Blackman, 22, from Derbyshire, was crushed to death by a similar sized rock fall in 2012.Speaking last summer, Peter Davies, of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “The cliff fall is an example of just how unstable cliff edges can be, the incident could have had a very different outcome, and fortunately no one was seriously hurt or worse. A warning about unstable cliffs at West Bay in DorsetCredit:Graham Hunt/SWNS A family have been pictured posing for selfies at the edge of unstable cliffs where the TV show Broadchurch is filmed, despite warnings landslides can occur without warning.The man, woman and two small children were photographed on sandstone cliffs at West Bay, in Dorset, on Sunday.Numerous signs warn visitors not to stand or sit too close to the edge because the fragile state of the cliffs leads to regular rock falls.But the group appears to be blissfully unaware of the danger they face from the crumbling cliffs. Broadchurch cliffs family Broadchurch cliffs family Broadchurch cliffs family Part of the cliff at West Bay collapsed without warning in August Mark Collins, of the West Bay coastguards, said: “How many more messages can we put out there? It is either people not understanding the message or not understanding the risks for real. Part of the cliff at West Bay collapsed without warning in AugustCredit:Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock Photographer Graham Hunt, who was on the beach when he saw the family and took the pictures, said: “I was taking pictures of the harbour when I saw an adult appear at the top of the cliffs, followed by a man and two young children.”I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when the woman sat down right at the edge of the cliff to take a selfie.”The rock face there crumbles all the time, it could easily have happened at that moment.”The man had a young child sat on his shoulders. He was at least stood a bit further back,but he was still very close when he took his selfie.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Wonga data breach could affect nearly 250000 customers bank details

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Wonga breach is believed to be one of the biggest involving financial information to have hit a UK company. A spokesman said: “Wonga is urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers in the UK and Poland.”We are working closely with authorities and we are in the process of informing affected customers.”We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”Wonga has set up a help page on its website for customers and has a phone line for further enquiries. Its website advises customers to change their password and to alert their bank andask them to look out for suspicious activity. It adds: “Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticated.”The police and Information Commissioner’s Office have been informed.A spokesman for the ICO said:  “All organisations have a responsibility to keep customers’ personal information secure.”Where we find this has not happened, we can investigate and may take enforcement action.”Critics say the “payday lending” industry preys on vulnerable borrowers with high interest rates and marketing tactics.In 2014, Wonga agreed to pay compensation of more than 2.6 million pounds to 45,000 customers after it sent threatening letters to customers from fake law firms.  Payday lender Wonga has warned nearly a quarter of a million customers that they may have been affected by a data breach.The stolen data includes names, addresses bank account numbers and sort codes. The lender, which provides short-term loans, said it is investigating “illegal and unauthorised access” to some of its customers’ personal information in both Britain and Poland.Around 245,000 customers may have been affected by the cyber attack in the UK, and 25,000 in Poland, a spokeswoman said. The information stolen could also include the last four digits of users’ bank cards, which are used by some banks to enable log-ins to online banking services. The firm, which said it knew something had happened by Tuesday but did not become aware of a data breach until Friday and began notifying customers on Saturday through email and text. Wonga said it believes users’ loan accounts are secure and no action needs to be taken. Customers have been warned to look out for any “unusual activity”, and to be cautious about cold calls or emails asking for personal information.Wonga is the latest in a line of British companies and institutions to suffer a major security breach. Tesco Bank, Lloyds, TalkTalk and the NHS have all been hacked. British customers were also among one billion people whose personal details and passwords could have been compromised when Yahoo was hacked in 2013 – believed to be the world’s largest ever cyber attack.However Yahoo users’ bank details were not affected, the company said last year when it divulged the attack after being handed information by law enforcement agencies in the USA.   Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticatedWongalast_img read more

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Finsbury Park A mixed and tolerant community that has been left appalled

first_imgVigil for Finsbury Park attack Rabbi Herschel Gluck said the incident hurt and was an attack on “every single Muslim in the UK and beyond”.”But really an attack on the Muslim community is an attack on every single citizen in Great Britain, because we are one nation, under one god, living together, working together, co-operating together in his country,” he added.  The mosqueearned notoriety through its links to Abu Hamza. But that was more than a decade ago and since then it has worked hard to repair its reputation, holding open days and maintaining links with the local church.There was a moment of tension when Theresa May arrived at the mosque amid a heavy police presence. But it was soon over. Hassine came here as a young man and and said the first time he experienced racism was last week: “It was a woman in a car. She told me, ‘Go back where you came from’ and threw a can of Coke at my car. That kind of thing never happened before now.”On Monday night locals were joined by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick at a vigil outside the mosque. She stood with the chairman of the mosque, Mohammed Kozbar, to observe a short silence, before he addressed the large crowd, praising the “great response” from the community. “Yesterday we all experienced a horrific attack on our families, on our freedom, on our dignity. A man, a father of six children, being killed in cold blood and many injured by an extremist, by a terrorist,” Mr Kozbar said.”These people, these extremists, their aim is to divide our communities, is to spread hatred, fear and division among our communities,” he added.”We all have harmony in this area, and these people try to divide us, but we tell them that we will not let you do that.” A lady called Tracey wheeled a plastic trolley up to the police cordon and pulled out a crate of bottled water, gratefully received by officers standing in the baking heat.“I’m quite horrified by this. Where I live, I’ve got Muslim neighbours on this side, Orthodox Jewish people on the other. We all get on,” she said.She went to Poundland and bought the water after watching the news and seeing someone shout at a policeman. “They don’t deserve it, do they? I’m only sorry it ain’t cold.”Outside the Al Baraka Supermarket, a group of Algerian men were discussing the attack. All had worshipped at the Muslim Welfare House and knew some of the victims.“It’s a good community. Muslims, Christian, Jewish, atheist – we all have different opinions and nobody has a grudge with anybody,” said a man called Kader. Finsbury Park is proud to be tolerantCredit:Dan Kitwood /Getty By the police cordon on Seven Sisters Road, a woman stood with a homemade placard. Alison, pictured, a resident, had heard about the attack early in the morning and hastily made the sign before heading to the scene.“Leave Our Muslim Neighbours Alone,” it said on the front. On the back: “This is not a war. It’s just a few deranged individuals acting out their demented macho fantasies. They are not with us. We love our mixed community.”It’s a message that sums up the community spirit in Finsbury Park. The streets may be shabbier than those a mile away in Islington, but people are proud to live in an area known for its tolerance. All morning, people came to leave flowers outside Finsbury Park Mosque – a focal point for the Muslim community here. People hold flowers as they attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque Signs saying ‘Love will win, Terror will lose’ were held up at the vigilCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty  The chairman of the mosque praised the way in which the community had respondedCredit:Dan Kitwood /Getty Other faith leaders from the community also spoke at the vigil, including the Bishop of Stepney the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, who told the crowd “an attack on one faith is an attack on us all”. People hold flowers as they attend a vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty  When people say the multicultural “experiment” has failed, they have clearly not walked down Blackstock Road, where Turkish barbers and 
Algerian grocers sit alongside Sardinian trattorias and hipster pizza joints.The middle classes here are staunchly Labour – save for a respectable number who vote Green – and the attack has left them appalled.“I’ve lived here for about 37 years and it has always been lovely because it’s so mixed,” Alison said. “Muslims are our neighbours and I want them to know they’re not alone.” Finsbury Park vigil Vigil for Finsbury Park Local people were visibly emotional in the aftermath of the attackCredit:Dan Kitwood /Getty His friend, Hassine, is known to his white British neighbours as Harry. “There’s Margaret who lives next door, her son moved to Margate and wanted her to move too but she said, ‘How can I leave Harry’s family? They’re so good to me.’ I check on her every day, she’s an old lady. We make food for the neighbours – couscous, all of that. They love it.” Signs saying 'Love will win, Terror will lose' were held up at the vigil Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Morningafter pill campaigners to target Lloyds Pharmacy

first_imgThe statement added that the chemist was “committed to looking at the sourcing of less expensive EHC medicines”. The pharmacy chain currently sells three versions of the pill, with the cheapest costing £26.75. Clare Murphy, of BPAS, told the Telegraph that Boots should simply cut the price of the pills it is already selling. “There’s no way if they cut it that it would be a loss-making situation,” she said. “The right, responsible and moral thing to do now would be to look at what they have in store and look at cutting the price of that.” Ms Murphy said that Lloyds Pharmacy, which has more than 1,500 stores, was selling a generic version of the pill for £28.25, more than double the price charged by Superdrug and Tesco.Its website shows two versions of the pill, a version produced by Consilient, which specialises in generic medicine, priced at £28.25 and EllaOne, which is priced at £34.95. Consilient is available to buy from online pharmacies for as little as £7.99.  The Lloyds Pharmacy website also includes a link to Brook advisory centre, which provides the pill free of charge to the under-25s. The Telegraph was unable to contact Lloyds Pharmacy for comment.  Campaigners will target Lloyds Pharmacy in the next phase of their efforts to make the morning-after pill cheaper. Representatives of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service said Boots should cut the price of the pills it currently sells after it said it would look at providing a cheaper generic version. Boots has apologised for telling BPAS that cutting the price of the pill would leave it open to accusations of “incentivising inappropriate use” but has not said when or how it might provide a cheaper option. The phrase was used in a letter from Marc Donovan, Boots’ chief pharmacist, sent to BPAS after the campaigning charity lobbied it to cut its prices. In a new statement released late on Friday a spokesman said: “We are truly sorry that our poor choice of words in describing our position on Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) has caused offence and misunderstanding and we sincerely apologise”.  The right, responsible and moral thing to do now would be to look at what they have in store and look at cutting the price of thatClare Murphy, BPAScenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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UK introduces new road signs to detect and warn drivers using mobile

Norfolk County Council road safety team have launched a new roadside mobile phone detection system today in partnership with @Westcotec_Ltd #fatalfour #norfolk read about it here @EDP24 https://t.co/h6Ies6JTFd pic.twitter.com/kX5ir7Iuht— Norfolk County Council (@NorfolkCC) July 10, 2018 They are hoped to be used as a deterrent, as the signs cannot yet record cars’ registration or issue fines. The signs also cannot tell whether a driver or passenger is using the handset. The UK’s first road signs which will electronically detect and warn drivers who are using mobile phones have been introduced. These signs can detect when signals are being transmitted by a mobile telephone inside a car, and then flashes a symbol of a mobile phone with a line through it to remind drivers not to use their handsets while behind the wheel.The road signs work by using a scanner to detect the radio signals emitted when someone in the car is connected to a call, with this data used to illuminate a sign further down the road.The scanner can pick up both mobile phone radio signals and Bluetooth signals, and differentiates between the two. This means those using Bluetooth for a hands-free connection, will not be warned by the sign, as if the scanner picks up a Bluetooth signal, it will disable the light. However, they do not monitor data connections, meaning those using internet services on their phones will not be detected.The first of three £6,000 electronic signs was yesterday introduced in Norwich, Norfolk. 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. Chris Spinks, of Westcotec’s Sales and Marketing team, said he hoped it could provide police with a general view of where illegal use is most prevalent.Mr Spinks said: “Being a local company we’re delighted to be able to trial this technology first in Norfolk.”We are glad to assist Norfolk County Council in promoting awareness about the dangers of mobile phone use in the car.”“The aim of the technology is to remind drivers of the law and to get off their phones.” A police operation in Norfolk in January discovered 120 people committing the offence. Jonathan Chapman, inspector of the Norfolk Roads Policing Unit said: “We will be using the information to help us target drivers in the future but the message is simple – leave your phone alone whilst you’re behind the wheel.”Using a phone at the wheel is one of the fatal four road offences which can have devastating consequences if it causes a fatal or serious collision.” However, the data will be shared with Norfolk police to set up potential future crackdowns.Those caught using their mobile phones at the wheel by police face a £200 fine and six points on their license, after tougher sanctions were introduced last year.The new technology powering the signs was developed by Norfolk County Council’s Road Safety team in partnership with vehicle sign technology local company Westcotec.Iain Temperton, team manager for road safety at the county council, described the technology as “cutting-edge” and said it would be used an “educational tool” throughout Norfolk to tackle the problem.The Norfolk-based company is also working with police forces in New Zealand, Argentinia and Slovenia to implement similar mobile phone warning technology. read more

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Motorists should be forced to prepay for petrol so police can focus

Simon Cole, the National Police Chiefs Council’s lead on local policing, criticised petrol giants for putting profits before crime reduction with a business model aimed at encouraging drivers into forecourt shops to boost sales. Motorists should pre-pay for their petrol to wipe out tens of thousands of drive-off thefts so police can focus on violent crime and burglaries, says one of Britain’s top police chiefs. He said the companies could end “bilking” – where people drive off without paying – at a stroke by making motorists pay in advance as they did in many other countries. “The petroleum industry could design out bilking in 30 seconds by making people pay up front which is what they do in… read more

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World leaders unite in Armistice tribute to those who fell

A handwritten message is pictured on the wreath placed by Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of George EllisonCredit:GARETH FULLER /AFP This will be a weekend of reconciliation. At the Cenotaph on Sunday – and for the first time – a German leader will lay a wreath. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German president, will perform the duty on behalf of his nation in a historic act of reconciliation.After the service, 10,000 people, chosen by ballot, will have the chance to pay their respects to those who served in the Great War by taking part in the Nation’s Thank You procession past the Cenotaph in Whitehall.Across the country, the bells will ring out as they did at the end of the First World War – and a Westminster Abbey service will be held, along with others in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the 
 Abbey service. A handwritten message is pictured on the wreath placed by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of George Ellison At St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons yesterday, Mrs May placed her note at Pte Ellison’s grave, quoting the Laurence Binyon poem For the Fallen, which was published in September 1914 and is often recited on Remembrance Sunday. Donald Trump waves as he arrives in ParisCredit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP French and British soldiers take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the WWI French-British memorial of Thiepval  French and British soldiers take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the WWI French-British memorial of Thiepval Credit: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty After lunch Mrs May and Mr Macron travelled to the Thiepval Memorial, the towering monument that commemorates the Missing of the Somme, the soldiers who have no graves.The two leaders laid a wreath of poppies and bleuets – the French equivalent of the poppy – and then visited two graves. One was that of Philip Ernest Stubbs, who was killed, aged 17, on Nov 3, 1916; the other was of Charles Baron, of the French artillery, who was killed, aged 21, on June 11, 1915. The wreath that was laid stated: “There lie the flower of youth, the men who scorn’d to live (so died) when languished liberty” – a quotation from A Soldier’s Cemetery by John William Streets, who was himself killed in 1916.This was a moment to reflect, said Mrs May, on the two nations’ efforts fighting side-by-side in two world wars, and a chance to look ahead to a “shared future, built on peace, prosperity and friendship”. Private George Ellison almost made it out alive. He died while on patrol just outside Mons, Belgium, at 9.30am on November 11, 1918, 90 minutes before the end of the First World War. He was the last British soldier killed – 886,345 UK troops had died before him. At the start of three days to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War yesterday, Theresa May left a hand-written note at Pte Ellison’s grave side, promising never to forget.Over the weekend millions will 
attend events, including the lighting of 10,000 lanterns at the Tower of London; tiny figures laid out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to represent the 72,396 British servicemen killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave; and portraits of the dead etched in the sand at 32 beaches in a project devised by Danny Boyle, the film and Olympics 2012 director.It will be a weekend of intense diplomatic activity. The Prime Minister met the French and Belgian presidents yesterday, while Emmanuel Macron sees Donald Trump today in Paris.On Sunday, while Mrs May and the Prince of Wales lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, Mr Macron hosts the US president and Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, at a ceremony at the Arc de 
Triomphe. The various events will be watched keenly for signs of a new world order. “They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted … We will remember them.”Opposite his grave, by a macabre 
accident of fate is buried John Parr, 17, of the Middlesex Regiment, who on August 21, 1914, became the first British soldier to die in the conflict.Accompanied by Charles Michel, the Belgian Prime Minister, Mrs May also laid a wreath at Pte Parr’s grave. There too she left a note, this time quoting from Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier.“There is in that rich earth a richer dust concealed,” Mrs May quoted on a card in memory of Pte Parr. Donald Trump waves as he arrives in Paris At Thiepval, Paul Evrard, 88, a Frenchman whose father and two brothers died in the Second World War, looked on, carrying a French flag as he has done for the past 46 years, on every Remembrance weekend.“It is important we remember the friendship and brotherhood between our two countries,” said Mr Evrard. By the afternoon, the Prime Minister had travelled to France to meet Mr Macron in Albert, a town in the heart of the Somme region that suffered a devastating bombardment.The statue of the Virgin Mary that sits atop the town’s church had leant precariously for much of the war. British troops had believed that when it fell the war would be over. The Leaning Virgin in fact toppled in April 1918.Albert has a special place in Mr Macron’s heart. His British great-grandfather George Robertson, from Bristol, fought there during the battle of the Somme. He stayed on to marry a Frenchwoman, with whom he had three children. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Owner of UKs first pagan burial ground in 5000 years told he

A farmer who built the first new long barrow tomb in the UK in more than 5,000 years has been told that he must pay thousands of pounds in business rates on it.Tim Daw, the owner of the burial ground used by Pagans, has been told by the Valuation Office Agency that he must pay between £4,500 to £5,000 a year in business rates for his burial mound where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones.Long barrows were in widespread use in the early Neolithic period and examples still exist today, but the burial method fell out of use.Usually, church graveyards and burial grounds are exempt from the tax as they are seen as places of worship. But Mr Daw has been told that his long barrow is a commercial storage facility that must pay the tax, as it falls above the rateable value on a business property of £12,000.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Daw, from Devizes, Wiltshire, said the decision means mourners visiting his tomb will have to “pay to pray” and that the move discriminates against non-Christian forms of worship. The traditional pagan and druid burial mound is where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones like they did in the Neolithic periodCredit:BNPS Mr Daw, makes an average of £1,000 a year from the burial site, but would have to pay £5,000 a year in business rates.He puts any money he takes towards the maintenance of the long barrow and has said that anyone, whatever their religion, is welcome to visit it.He said: “The long barrow is built like an ancient druid temple and we’ve had druids come here to worship.”It has also become used for a loose kind of pagan worship, so I just always assumed it was a place of worship and that was that, like a church.”Mr Daw said he has since had confirmation from a different government agency, the registrar, accepting the long barrow as a place of worship.A spokesman for the Valuation Office Agency said they could not comment on specific cases. 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. Tim Daw Mr Daw, a farmer, said: “I got an email from the business valuation office saying they considered my long barrow as a place for storage, like a warehouse you would store car parts in. He used conventional stone working techniques to create the unusual site at his farm in All Cannings, Wiltshire.The tomb is designed on an alignment that means the sun shines down the central chamber on the Winter Solstice, which also makes it a popular place of worship with druids and pagans.Mr Daw says the building, which took nine months to construct, cost him around £200,000.The long barrow is about 220ft long and 20ft tall and has stone chambers with a series of shelves, called niches, where people pay to have their loved ones’ ashes stored.It has 340 niches that can hold two or three urns and each niche carries a one-off charge of £1,000. All of the niches are now reserved, although only 40 are currently filled with urns. “Them describing it as ‘storage’ is demeaning to the families whose loved ones are buried here.”I couldn’t believe it. It’s not right and it should be treated the same as a Christian church. It feels like discrimination.”We are being told we must pay to pray. There is one rule for the established Christian religions and another for ancient pagans.”Responding to the decline in people wanting traditional Christian burials, Mr Daw decided to create the long barrow. read more

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Mark Carney scraps Bank of Englands country club despite outrage when he

Mark Carney, left, attended the Wimbledon Men’s semi-final between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic in 2016, alongside Jude Law and Phillipa CoanCredit:Shaun Botterill/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. First Mark Carney went for the Bank of England’s annual cricket match at the staff summer party, replacing it with rounders, football and tug of war.Now, in his final year as Governor, he has scrapped the entire sports facility – a sprawling 32 acre “country club” close to Richmond Park, boasting a gym, 16 tennis courts, world class football and rugby pitches and “relaxation facilities”.In a drive towards greater inclusivity, and to cut costs, the Bank will close its Roehampton “club”, owned since 1907, and lease the site on a commercial basis, cancelling all current memberships.The move has irked employees, who are “saddened” at the loss of such a luxurious company benefit.David Buik, a veteran businessman and financial commentator who was a member of the club for five years said: “The facilities are simply incredible and I am sure that people of my generation will be extremely saddened.” “But you have to look at the balance sheet and the fact that younger people are playing their sport more locally. Now, they don’t want to schlep out to Roehampton, where in years gone by, people would.“It is now an anachronism.”One Bank employee, who did not want to be named, said that he was not surprised at the decision.“They have been talking about it for ages because it is seen as a relic of the past. Very few people use it and I don’t see why we have it.”Figures show that only 13% of staff are members of the sports club, but many more have a pass to the company gym in Threadneedle Street.Labour MP Chris Evans described the Roehampton site as “a very expensive country club that belongs to another era.”  In January, Joanna Place, the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer told MPs at the Public Accounts Committee: “If we were starting with a blank canvas now, we would not think that we need to build a physical sports centre and it needs to be in Roehampton.“This is obviously historical,” said Ms Place, “so we now need to think what is best for the wellbeing of our staff, which is important.”Today, the Bank said: “There will be a new ‘Sports and Social Club’ which will give all current Bank colleagues the opportunity to access a broader range of sports and social activities, irrespective of where they may live. This fits with the Bank’s broader diversity, inclusion and wellbeing agenda.”They could not however, give specifics on what form this new club may take. The Bank of England’s Sports Club has been a company asset for more than 100 years and boasts tennis courts, sports pitches and a gymCredit:hirespace.com The closure of the Roehampton site comes just four years after Mr Carney replaced its annual summer cricket match with the less “exclusive” sports of rounders and football.The move was branded “outrageous” by commentators at the time.Carney’s predecessor Mervyn King was a cricket fanatic and played in the annual match up to his retirement in 2013, but a spokesperson insisted: “The governor has not banned cricket. He wanted the activities at governors’ day to be chosen by staff for staff and their families. Staff chose a number of sports, such as rounders, football and tug of war, among others.”Today, they said: “The Bank is adjusting its wellbeing offer to improve both the accessibility of the offer to Bank colleagues and to ensure value for money.  As part of this the Bank has decided to close its Sports Centre in Roehampton.“While the Sports Centre at Roehampton has been an important part of our health and wellbeing offer, its membership and use is in decline. It was also important to consider how the Roehampton site fits with the Bank’s overall responsibilities and objectives, including value for money.  “The Bank will be entering into commercial negotiations surrounding the lease shortly, but access to the Sports Centre will be unaffected for the next 12 months.” Bank of England Sports Club, Roehampton, London. Mark Carney, Jude Law and Phillipa Coan watch on as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays Milos Raonic of Canada in the Men's Singles Semi Final match at Wimbledon in 2016 read more

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Government should fund dementia choirs says Line of Duty star Vicky McClure

Vicky McClure in her day job on Line of DutyCredit:BBC The government should support and fund choirs to help dementia sufferers cope with their fading memories, Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure has said, as she speaks of caring for her grandmother.McClure is hosting new television show Our Dementia Choir, which offers those with dementia music therapy as they train to perform as a choir in front of an audience of 1,000 people.The Line Of Duty star joins forces with specialists from the fields of medicine, music therapy and performance for the BBC One two part series.”The Government doesn’t put enough funding into research. I am passionate about looking into that,” McClure said.”I want to know what’s being done on that side of things.”The funding is the hardest part, to have the choir running all the time, they’re not cheap. It’s free to sing, but to have that routine and providing tea and coffee and somewhere to do it, it costs money.”It can be cheap and manageable, but it’s not free. (We) need the backing of councils and the Government.” Vicky McClure in her day job on Line of Duty The documentary follows the journey of 20 people with a form of dementia, aged between 31 and 87, from McClure’s home town of Nottingham.The 35-year-old, who also starred in the This is England film and spin-off series, experienced dementia first-hand through caring for her grandmother Iris, who died in 2015.Asked if she’s concerned about getting dementia, McClure said: “What can I do about it? My Nona died of dementia.”Of course, there’s that fear that it could be me. But I can’t live my life between now and whenever worrying about it. “You’ve just got to live your life and enjoy every day.”The episodes see the group training with choral director Mark De-Lisser, singing well-known hits like Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations and Stand By Me by Ben E. King.Although members of the choir see improvements during the documentary, McClure said the deterioration of members since filming is “frightening”.McClure said: “There have of course been changes in people since we filmed.  Some are in homes now and they are all deteriorating, rapidly for some. It’s quite frightening.”I can tell when people recognise who I am and when they’re just being polite. It’s horrible.”Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure will air on BBC One on May 2. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Madeleine McCann investigators probe convicted child killer from Germany

A convicted paedophile and serial killer from Germany has emerged as a figure of interest in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann, according to a former Portuguese detective.Martin Ney, 48, who is serving life in prison for abducting and killing three German children between 1992 and 2001, is reportedly being investigated by officers from Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria.The 48-year-old child sex monster is said to closely resemble a photofit issued by detectives in the case and was understood to have been in Portugal in 2007, when the three-year-old was abducted.Ney, who is in jail in his native Germany, has previously been interviewed by detectives investigating Madeleine’s disappearance but has denied any involvement.Originally from Hamburg, the predatory paedophile targeted children on holiday sometimes entering their apartments or tents wearing a mask and carrying a weapon and other times using camouflage in order to ambush them. Police issued a photofit of a suspect in 2013 Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 from Praia da Luz Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 from Praia da Luz Police issued a photofit of a suspect in 2013 After training as a teacher he is known to have travelled extensively, including to Ecuador, Peru and Portugal. Last Friday marked the 12th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance from her parents’ holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.Scotland Yard currently has a small team of detectives continuing to work on any potential leads.A spokesman for Scotland Yard refused to comment on the claims that a foreign paedophile was now being probed as part of the investigation. He resembles a photofit issued in 2013 of a man who was spotted acting suspiciously in Praia da Luz around the time Madeleine was abducted.Clarence Mitchell, the McCann’s spokesman said: “It might be him and he fits the profile, he is a known predatory paedophile and he’s a foreigner.”It is quite possible and plausible police are looking at him again but it could be someone else. There is a degree of credibility it is Ney but we cannot speculate.”Ney has been previously interviewed by detectives over Madeleine’s abduction, and denied it. He is in a German jail now.”He added: “Kate and Gerry are not in a position to comment on this, nor would they because it is operational detail and they will not discuss it.” In 1992 he killed 13-year-old, Stefan Jahr, the following year he struck again, abducting and murdering eight-year-old Dennis Rostel and then in 2001 he killed eight-year-old Dennis Klein.He is also suspected of killing another child in Holland in 1998 and one in France in 2004.All of Ney’s previous victims have been boys, but police working on the McCann case have continued to consider him as a person of interest. Scotland Yard are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCannCredit:PA But Goncalo Amaral, the controversial former Portuguese police chief, who was sacked in 2007 after claiming the McCanns were involved in their daughter’s disappearance, told the Australian media that a jailed German paedophile was now the main suspect.Last week Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police confirmed that a small dedicated team, from Operation Grange, continued to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance and were following up a number of lines.She also said they were awaiting a decision from the Home Office whether to continue funding the unit for another year. Show more 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. Scotland Yard are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann read more

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Hyundai unveils new 120 t mining excavator at Intermat

first_imgIM was present at the first day of Intermat in Paris to see the official launch of Hyundai’s new mining class excavator, the 120 t R1200-9. The company said it had sold the first machine to a mine in Russia, with others having been delivered to mining operations in Myanmar, New Zealand, Indonesia and South Africa. the company states: “Underlining its intention of competing on a broad front in all sectors of the construction and mining equipment business, Hyundai’s introduction of a new top end excavator in the 100 t plus sector endorses the company’s commitment to large scale investment in developing new products and new market opportunities. Building on Hyundai’s experience with the successful 50 t and 80 t high capacity models, the all-new 120 t  R1200-9 has been conceived with an eye on the expanding worldwide mining and quarrying sector, where the demand for efficient, large-scale mass excavation in minerals extraction and overburden removal has fuelled an increase in sales of large mining trucks and the equipment to load them.”The R1200-9 is powered by the high-performance 23 litre, 6-cylinder Cummins QSK23-C engine, rated at 567 kW. Particular attention has been paid to the insulation to achieve low internal and external noise levels. This first version of the new 120 t machine is equipped with a heavy-duty, 7.55 m back-acter boom, 3.4 m dipper-arm, and 6.7 m³ bucket – a combination which gives a maximum digging depth of nearly 8 m, an outreach of 13.76 m, and a load-over height of 7.8 m. Maximum breakout force at the bucket is 64.9 t. The company adds: “With three selectable power modes (power, speed and economy), this is clearly a machine designed for extra-heavy digging duties and loading of large capacity dump trucks.” The 120 t weight puts the machine up against the likes of the Hitachi EX1200-6, the Komatsu PC1250, the Caterpillar 6015 and the Liebherr R9100 or R984C.last_img read more

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Rise of the autonomous machines – August 21

first_imgCRCMining has announced an exciting mining automation event hosted by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in Brisbane. Australia’s resource industry is being transformed by the increasing use of automation technologies that target productivity improvement through better control of mining processes. Included in this transformation are several strikingly bold initiatives to deploy autonomous mining machines into core production activities. Four eminent speakers will describe the challenges and opportunities the rise of automation in mining presents to the Australian mining industry.Australian research organisations, technology enterprises, and mining companies are at the nexus of a fascinating global innovation story that connects research, development and technology implementation in a way that stands to profoundly change the mining industry over the next 20 years.Professor Ross McAree, will examine Six challenges of mining automation. Whilst mining automation technologies have great potential, there’s no guarantee they will be able to deliver all that they promise. Several key challenges must be overcome. A key element to success will be the way collaboration is organised across the innovation spectrum from university-based research where key knowledge is generated through to the equipment manufacturers and technology providers who supply products to the industry and then to those responsible for site implementation and sustainment of these technologies. Specific case studies drawn from projects completed at the University Queensland and CRCMining will be used to identify six key challenges and suggest how these might be addressed.Change management issues associated with introducing new technologies in the mining industry will be presented by John McGagh. In 2007 Rio Tinto embarked upon a program to investigate the introduction of Autonomous Haulage Systems into the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Pilbara facilities. Rio Tinto recently announced the cumulative movement of 200 Mt of material by operating autonomous fleets successfully implemented in a number of operations. Implementing advanced technologies within the confines of an operating mine demands a focus on safety and rigorous change management. McGagh will reflect on the journey to date.Andrew Ransley will focus on Australia’s leading role in mining automation and technology. The concept of an autonomous truck is not recent. Caterpillar began exploring and testing the concept back in the 1980s although it was admittedly a proof of concept. In 1996 it demonstrated the first autonomous truck at MinEXPO in Las Vegas but it suffered two challenges:1. Lack of appropriate business drivers and recognition of the NEED for autonomy2. Maturity in acceptance and expert use of many of the allied technology systems required to control and give an autonomous truck operational contextIn recent years these challenges have been consigned to history, with both the right business drivers and the right technologies now existing, and Australia is leading the demand for mining automation. The impact of the last mining boom in driving up wages and costs combined with increasing scrutiny on safety has made the Pilbara the world’s testing ground for robotic trucks. The new generation trucks are not remote controlled but truly autonomous, with seven safety layers of protection allowing them to operate alongside manned vehicles.Finally Automation of shiploading: the virtual environment approach is the subject chosen by Dr Russ Morrison. This talk will detail:The significance of bulk exports by sea for Australia, the world’s largest seaborne exporter of coal and iron ore. $ value to AustraliaThe motivation for automation of shiploading. Increasing shortage of skilled labour for 365-day 24/7 manning of the increasing number of shiploaders at remote places. But also safety and efficiencyThe shiploading process. The massive bulk ports, the ships and the loadersThe core requirement: automation equates to removing the operator, requiring innovative sensors and appropriate intelligence to replace innate human capabilitiesThe technical challenges. Control and monitoring of hold filling, collision avoidance during loading and re-location between hatchesThe virtual environment approach: the critical enabling technology. Creation of a virtual shiploading environment and its use for control, monitoring and collision avoidancelast_img read more

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Gabon mining sector project awarded to GAF

first_imgGAF AG, Germany and its partner Sofreco, France, have been awarded the “Renforcement des Capacités de l’ Administration des Mines” contract and the initiation of activities in Gabon. The client and beneficiary is the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Tourism in Gabon. The project has been launched as a response to Gabon’s request for assistance in developing its mineral sector.The project addresses a challenging portfolio of activities in the field of geological and environmental mapping, mineral potential assessment and institutional strengthening. The key aspects include:Geological and geotechnical mapping of the cities of Libreville and OwendoMapping of environmentally sensitive areas in the whole of GabonSynthesis of a metallogenic map of GabonProvision of support in promoting the use of mining and geological data, and establishment of procedures and facilities via which operators can obtain mining and geological dataSupporting of integration regarding the Kimberley processInstitutional and technical capacity building activitiesThe overall aim is to make the mining sector more attractive to private sector investment. This will strengthen the contribution of Gabon’s mining sector to economic development. The assignment is well-suited to GAF, which has a track-record of more than 20 years of experience in the provision of institutional and technical assistance in mining sector governance programs via its consultancy services and cutting-edge software solutions. The project duration is two years and is part of the “PROGRAMME D’APPUI A LA GOUVERNANCE SECTORIELLE (PAGOS)” that supports mining sector governance in Gabon. It is financed by the European Union through the 10th European Development Fund.last_img read more

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