In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

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Ohio State aiming to avenge loss to Wisconsin gain revenge against Purdue

As if the Ohio State football team needed more motivation after suffering its first loss of the 2010 season against Wisconsin, its next opponent is a Purdue team that stunned the Buckeyes last season. “I think a lot of guys have had this one circled for a while now,” junior left tackle Mike Adams said. “At Ohio State, we never like to lose games.” Last season, a Boilermaker team that held a 1-5 record entering the game upset the Buckeyes, 26-18. Entering the game, OSU was ranked No. 7 in the nation. In the defeat, the Buckeyes committed nine penalties for 65 yards, compared to Purdue’s one penalty for five yards. For the second time since 2004, OSU had lost to a team that didn’t reach a BCS bowl game. “We didn’t play as well as we could,” junior linebacker Andrew Sweat told the media after Tuesday’s practice. “They played really well.” Adams said the coaches have been using last year’s loss as a motivational tool in hopes of preventing a second straight defeat. “They’re definitely reminding us. We got some posters up all over the place,” Adams said. “It’s something that they’re obviously going to do, and you know, we need to be aware, and we can’t let that happen again.” Sweat agreed that last year’s loss to Purdue motivates the Buckeyes but said neither team is the same as it was a year ago. “You remember it, but that just gives you motivation to do better this year,” Sweat said. “Ultimately, it’s a new year, and you just have to go out and fight.” Aside from avenging their loss to the Boilermakers, sophomore fullback Zach Boren said the Buckeyes are also motivated not to feel the sting of a loss for the second straight week. “It’s one of the worst feelings,” Boren said. “You’re kind of just sitting there in disbelief. You’re just like, ‘Wow, like, that just happened.’” OSU coach Jim Tressel said last year’s loss adds extra motivation for this year’s match-up, but he hopes his team gives the same kind of attention to each opponent on a weekly basis. “What you hope you have full attention of is what you have to do to get better, more so than it being Purdue,” Tressel said. Tressel also said he’s aware of the kind of attention the Buckeyes receive on a weekly basis. “We told our guys countless times that there are 10 teams that want one thing for sure, and that’s for Ohio State not to be the Big Ten champions,” Tressel said. “Now let’s see how you can handle it.” This year will be OSU’s chance to knock Purdue down from atop the Big Ten standings, just as the Boilermakers did to the Buckeyes a year ago. Purdue is in a three-way tie for the conference lead, with Michigan State and Iowa also undefeated in Big Ten play. “We know they’re going to come in here and play hard. We went up there last year and they beat us, so we just got to go out there and get it done this week,” senior safety Jermale Hines said. “Any time somebody beats you, it goes towards motivation.” read more

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Mens Lacrosse drops ECAC conference opener to Loyola 129

Losing its fourth consecutive game, the No. 17 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was unable to outscore the Loyola Greyhounds in the ECAC conference opener on Saturday. The Buckeyes had just come off a tough three-game road schedule, losing narrowly to No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 6 Virginia and unranked Albany. The Buckeyes struggled greatly with time of possession, as crucial turnovers and a nearly 2-to-1 ground ball advantage for the Greyhounds hindered OSU. “We’re not playing a championship brand of lacrosse right now,” OSU coach Nick Myers said after the game. “Credit Loyola — they’re a good team, but we didn’t play anywhere close to 60 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse today.” The Buckeyes were 8-for-25 in faceoffs, which also contributed to the their scant possessions. “Loyola is a team that is going to possess the ball,” Myers said. “When you don’t have the ball, your defense plays more than they want to, and ultimately that’s when breakdowns occur.” Leading the charge for the Greyhounds was senior midfielder Chris Palmer, who scored five goals. Fellow senior attackman Matt Langan also registered a hat trick. The Greyhounds set the tone early with a three-goal flurry in the first 12 minutes of the game. OSU rallied back in the second period to tie the game, 3-3, with Dominique Alexander scoring first. Alexander led the Buckeyes in scoring with two goals. Palmer was able to notch a goal near the end of the half to put the Greyhounds up, 4-3, at the break. The Greyhounds began strong in the third period with two goals. OSU freshman midfielder Michael Italiano responded quickly with a goal, but senior midfielder Mike Pires drew a two-minute nonreleasable penalty shortly after, which proved particularly damaging. The Greyhounds scored two quick goals while the Buckeyes were shorthanded, pushing Loyola up, 9-4. The Buckeyes were able to claw their way back into the game, bringing the score to 10-9 at the four-minute mark, but were unable to secure the win as the Greyhounds scored two final goals to put away the game. The Greyhounds star attackman Mike Sawyer was limited to one goal. Loyola managed to shut down the Buckeyes’ leading scorer, sophomore attackman Logan Schuss, who failed to score a goal for the first time in his entire collegiate career of 23 games. The loss starts the Buckeyes off at 0-1 in the early ECAC conference play, and brings them to an even 5-5 on the season. With the tough four-loss stretch, Myers said, his team simply will look to the future. “We have to keep working. We can’t focus on what’s been,” Myers said. “Right now we have the whole season in front of us, and this conference is wide open.” The Buckeyes will face Hobart at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball drops second game of the season to Minnesota

The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball squad found a way to slow down the Ohio State fast-break attack Sunday. The Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten) held the No. 9 Buckeyes (20-2, 7-2 Big Ten) to their third-lowest point total this season en route to their 76-65 win against OSU. Aside from the opening bucket, OSU played from behind the entire game. The deficit began early when the Buckeyes were down by 12 points with 7:41 in the first half, before closing the margin to six. With 30 seconds left in the half, Minnesota sophomore guard Sari Noga sank a 3-pointer to keep the lead, 34-28. The Buckeyes rallied in the second half, with back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guard Samantha Prahalis to cut the lead to four with 5:51 remaining in the game. It was the closest OSU would come to catching the Golden Gophers. The following possession saw Minnesota sophomore forward Kionna Kellogg answer with a 3-point ball to put the score at 66-59. Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined for 51 of the Buckeyes’ 65 points. Hill had 26 points, but was 3-of-11 from 3-point range, while Prahalis added 25 points and shot 4-of-9 from behind the arc. The Golden Gophers were lead by freshman guard Rachel Banham with 20 points. Banham was followed by senior guard Kiara Buford, who added 15. OSU shit 34.4 percent from the field Sunday, which makes Sunday’s loss the worst shooting performance for the Buckeyes this season. In its only other loss, OSU shot 36.8 percent against Michigan. While the defeat gives the Buckeyes two losses in conference play, they’re still one game behind No. 17 Purdue (18-4, 8-1) for the lead in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers were defeated by Iowa, 59-42 on Saturday. The top two teams in the Big Ten will meet each other February 12 when Purdue travels to Columbus. Players and coaches were not available for comment following the game. OSU returns home Feb. 6 against the Wisconsin Badgers (7-13, 3-5 Big Ten). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer ready for tilt with Indiana Hoosiers

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman takes a free kick during a match against Illinios Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefComing off a 1-1 draw against Illinois in its last match, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is set to host undefeated Indiana.Thursday afternoon’s match will be the second Big Ten game for the Buckeyes this season. OSU players said they notice a change in play when it comes to conference games.“It’s just a whole different ball game. The girls are so physical, and so feisty, bigger actually, physically bigger than the other teams we play,” sophomore goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said.McVicker and senior Rachel Middleman have split time in goal almost evenly this season. In nine games this year, The Buckeyes have only allowed six goals between them. The 0.67 goals against average is good enough for third best in the conference, tied with Iowa.“I feel like we both compliment each other and the team really well,” McVicker said of the goalies splitting time.Freshman forward Nichelle Prince leads the Buckeye offense this year scoring five goals while recording four assists. The 14 points for the first-year Buckeye has her tied for 10th in the Big Ten.“She’s definitely a strong player up top, has amazing touch and super fast,” said freshman forward Lindsay Agnew of Prince. “Her presence on the field kind of calms people down, and any goal could happen any second.”Prince, originally from Ajax, Ontario, said she is still adjusting to her role with the Buckeyes.“It’s new coming into a new environment, but the players have been really open to helping us,” Prince said. “We have a decent start right now and a lot more games to do well.”On offense, the Buckeyes have been working hard to improve on their ability to finish.“We really focused on our final passes, because we have a lot of opportunities in games, but the final pass and the final shot are a little off sometimes. We’ve just been working on a lot of patterns to capitalize that,” McVicker said.Indiana is 8-0-1 on the season, and the Hoosiers have only allowed two goals so far. Those figures, however, have not changed the practices for the Buckeyes this week.“We usually just practice the same, and adjust a few things depending on the opponent,” Prince said.Senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy leads the Hoosiers in scoring with six goals. Indiana averages 2.33 goals a match, good for sixth best in the conference.The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball loses to Penn State for first time under

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) pushes toward the basket for a shot. OSU lost to Penn State, 71-70, in overtime Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAn inability to put teams away, a lack of toughness or simply missing shots — no matter how you look at it, the Ohio State Buckeyes are no longer undefeated against Penn State with Thad Matta as their coach.Matta’s streak of 17 straight wins against the Nittany Lions came to an end Wednesday, after a jumper in the lane by Penn State redshirt-junior guard D.J. Newbill with 1.9 seconds left in overtime gave them the lead, 71-70. OSU senior guard Aaron Craft was unable to get a shot off at the buzzer and the Buckeyes suffered their fifth loss in six games.“We weren’t the tougher basketball team tonight,” Craft said after the loss. “That’s what it comes down to, 10-point lead with however much time we have left, and we just couldn’t do it.”Newbill carried Penn State down the stretch, scoring 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and overtime, including a 3-pointer that tied the game with 11 seconds left in regulation.“This was more than a winnable basketball game,” Matta said after the loss. “It’s one of those things that we’ve got to — we gotta be a tougher physically and tougher mentally basketball team.”The Buckeyes held the lead for the majority of the second half, but were unable to convert when it counted, failing on three attempts before the buzzer sounded in regulation to win.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. was at a loss for words following the game, but did say the loss “hurts the most out of every game” since he’s been a Buckeye.“This is embarrassing,” Smith Jr. said. “Every other team in our conference is laughing at us right now.”The Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6), jumped out to an early 15-11 lead on OSU, aided by just 3-10 shooting by the Buckeyes in the game’s first eight minutes.OSU’s shooting percentage improved late in the half, as it used a 7-3 run to take a 35-31 lead into halftime.The Buckeyes (16-5, 3-5) would increase the lead to 11 after two free throws by junior forward LaQuinton Ross, but Penn State would not go away.OSU had multiple opportunities to extend the lead, but was unable to do it and Newbill hit big shots down the stretch to secure the win.Ross led OSU with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Smith Jr. added 15 points of his own in the loss.OSU’s last two losses come by a combined seven points to Nebraska Jan. 20 and Penn State. Both are teams that typically sit near the bottom of the Big Ten standings throughout the course of the season, so are OSU’s problems stemming from a lack of motivation against the traditionally weaker conference opponents?“I would hope not,” Matta said. “I would hope not. Yeah, I would hope not.”For Penn State — who has three conference losses by three points or less — a road win against OSU is “exciting,” Nittany Lion head coach Pat Chambers said.“I’m excited for the kids, for our players,” Chambers said after his team’s win. “It’s so hard, losing by a possession and the ball doesn’t bounce your way … I’m happy for them. They deserved to get one back, so to speak.”For whatever reason, OSU continues to struggle as it makes it way through the rugged Big Ten. The Buckeyes are just 1-5 since starting the season 15-0.“In this league, if you don’t come to play every night, you’re going to lose, as you see tonight,” Smith Jr. said, seemingly shaking off tears. “Top 25 teams at home don’t lose these games. And we lost.”Up next, OSU is set to travel to No. 14 Wisconsin (17-3, 4-3) to take on the Badgers at noon Saturday in Madison, Wis. read more

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High school football playoffs at Ohio Stadium estimated to bring in 4M

After Ohio State plays its last regular season game against Michigan in late November, Ohio Stadium will keep its gates open.For the first time in 25 years, Ohio Stadium is set to host the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs and is set to bring in an estimated $4 million in visitor spending for Columbus, according to a Greater Columbus Sports Commission press release.The OHSAA state playoffs are set to begin Friday.From Dec. 4-6, high school teams from around the state and in all seven divisions will compete for a state title from the confines of Ohio Stadium.Game one is scheduled to take place Dec. 4. at 7:30 p.m. while the following two days will host three games each, with games starting at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.Single game tickets for each game can be purchased for $15 for club level seating, or $12 for general stadium seating. In addition, an all-session ticket can be purchased for $105 that gives the ticket holder access to the Huntington Club for each game, while an $84 all-session pass will simply give the ticket holder access to each game.For the last 24 years, the OHSAA state title games have been held at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, and also at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio. Ohio Stadium last hosted the OHSAA title games in 1989. read more

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Freshman duo shines as Ohio State tops Walsh in exhibition matchup

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) follows freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) down the court on a fast break during an exhibition game against Walsh on Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 77-37.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerLess than a week before its season opener, the No. 20 Ohio State men’s basketball team dispatched Walsh University, 77-37, behind the play of a pair of freshmen.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes with a game-high 17 points while freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate added 10 points in the Sunday evening exhibition at the Schottenstein Center.Tate said making his first appearance in front of the Columbus crowd was something he’s dreamed of as a Pickerington, Ohio, native.“I’m from here, this was a dream come true,” he said after the game. “This was a good first game to get all the butterflies out and we are just ready to go and get this season rolling.”Russell and Tate each tallied eight rebounds, while Russell had six assists.OSU coach Thad Matta said Russell has shown throughout preseason practice that he has the ability to make an impact in a variety of ways.“That’s kinda what he’s done to this point,” Matta said after the game. “I think that he’s got a different pace about him, he sees things like a lot of freshmen don’t see them. And that’s good.”Russell said he came to OSU with a chip on his shoulder, and added he’s prepared to do anything the Buckeyes’ coaching staff asks of him this season.“Whatever coach needs me to do, I am going to do it,” he said after the game. “If he needs me to score, I’m gonna score. If he needs me to get everybody going, I am going to do it. Rebound, defend, I am going to do it.”Matta added that Tate can play bigger than his 6-foot, 4-inch frame would suggest.“Jae’Sean Tate plays big for his size, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.Senior forward Sam Thompson chipped in with 13 points in just 20 minutes of action.Russell and Tate were among five new faces for OSU coach Thad Matta, as three true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior transfer took the floor for the Buckeyes. Russell started the game while Tate, freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams and Temple transfer forward Anthony Lee came off the bench.“It’s good for these guys to get through that,” Matta said of the young Buckeyes making their debuts. “I think from the standpoint of first time they’ve ever worn the jersey, I think they’ll be at a little bit more at ease as we move forward.”Because of an offensive rebound from senior center Amir Williams, OSU had two chances to score on its first possession of the game, but Thompson and senior guard Shannon Scott each missed three-pointers. From there, the Buckeyes shot seven of 13 from beyond the arc and added a buzzer-beating tip in by Tate to close out the first half with a 48-19 lead.Russell — a Louisville, Ky., native — finished the opening 20 minutes with 16 points on four-of-five shooting from three-point range.Through the first 10:11 of the second half, OSU opened up a 38-point advantage before closing out the game.But despite the 40-point win, Matta said the OSU offense could have run with a higher tempo at points in the second half.“I thought for the most part, that was the biggest thing,” he said. “We just stopped. We became very stagnant offensively there in the second half.”Behind Russell and Thompson, sophomore forward Marc Loving added 12 points and seven rebounds for OSU. Scott tied Russell for the game-high with six assists, while Thompson added three blocks. The 10 players to see the floor for the Buckeyes scored at least two points each.Tate said any player on the roster can make an impact offensively in any given game.“We just try to share the ball and get the win,” he said. “I think the team as a whole will carry the offense.”Junior guard Jesse Hardin Jr. had 10 points to lead Walsh.Sophomore center Trevor Thompson, senior forward Jake Lorbach and freshman center David Bell were the only players listed on the Buckeyes’ roster not to appear in the exhibition. Thompson has to sit out the season per NCAA transfer rules after coming to OSU from Virginia Tech. Lorbach is a senior walk on while Matta said Bell will likely redshirt this season. Neither Thompson nor Lorbach dressed for the game.OSU’s regular-season schedule is set to begin Friday against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.“It’s the season now, practice this week, play a game,” Matta said. “It’s on us.” read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State ranked 21st in preseason AVCA Coaches Poll

OSU junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) takes a swing past Nittany Lion blockers during a game against Penn State on Nov. 12. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team will enter the 2017 season ranked as the No. 21 team following the release of the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll Wednesday.A season ago, the Buckeyes’ season ended in the NCAA regional semifinals to then-No. 3 Wisconsin — ranked No. 7 in the 2017 preseason poll — in five sets. They finished the season 22-13 overall and 10-10 in conference play.The Big Ten was the most represented conference, placing eight teams in the Top 25 including the aforementioned Ohio State and Wisconsin, as well as No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan, No. 17 Michigan State and No. 25 Purdue.Ohio State will play Minnesota, Michigan and Purdue twice each, while matching up against each of the other five teams only once during the season. The team will also play host to five ranked teams during the season.Coach Geoff Carlston will return several of the team’s regulars from last season, including senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and junior setter Taylor Hughes who were two of only three players to start in all 35 games and play in all 132 sets. Seven other players will come back for another year with the team. There is one transfer (junior middle blocker Jasmine Koonts) and five incoming freshmen joining the 2017 squad.The first matchup for the team will be on Aug. 25 at noon against University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. read more

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Queens Guardsman grabbed a police officer round the throat while another soldier

first_imgMr Ahmaz said White had been a Guardsman for two years, while Holland had been one for just 13 months, a “position he sought since childhood.”Sentencing McLaughlin to an 18-month community order and 120 hours unpaid work, Magistrate Christina Townsend said: “We are going to impose a blanket penalty which will include all three offences before us.”If the offence before us had not been racially aggravated, then the number of hours would have been 100.”You will also pay compensation to each of the officers to the value of £100.”Sentencing White to an 18-month community order, Ms Townsend said: “You assaulted a police officer in the execution of his duty, which is serious enough for a community order.”Holland was given a £323 fine for obstructing a police officer, a £107 fine for being drunk and disorderly and order to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.White was also ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £150 compensation to PC Kouda, as well as £85 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.McLaughlin must also attend a 15-day rehabilitation requirement activity and pay £100 compensation to the two police officers, £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.He was handed a 12-month community order in October at the same court after he admitted theft.McLaughlin and two other guardsmen had convinced Matthew Massey to lend them his bank card and reveal his PIN number so they could nip out of Wellington Barracks.The trio then got a cab to Sophisticats and ran up a £4,656.10 bill as they spent hours boozing and admiring scantily-clad dancers at the gentleman’s club in Marylebone Lane.McLaughlin told his sergeant major he could not remember what happened but later claimed to be “disgusted” when he was shown CCTV footage from the night.  When PC Andrew Fletcher tried to speak to the soldiers moments later McLaughlin called him an “American —” and began squaring up to him while White tried to hold him back.PC Fletcher said in a statement: “He continued to call me a —- and said he would take me down if I tried to do anything, he then said he would destroy me.””He said that I was a skinny white —-, said he would “drop me” and spat at me.”When his colleague tried to intervene, White got PC Owura Kodua in a choke hold.It took both officers to arrest White and restrain him while he kicked out and spat at them.Jersey-born McLaughlin then called PC Kodua a “black —-” while he was being handcuffed.When Holland was arrested he screamed “All for one and one for all”.All three soldiers were based at Wellington Barracks, just 300 yards from Buckingham Palace, but McLaughlin has since terminated his service, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.McLaughlin was spared jail in October for spending £4,500 binging on champagne and buying private dances at a strip club with another soldier’s debit card. PC Kodua said in a statement read to the court: “I’ve been assaulted during my seven years as a police officer, but this incident was the worst and the most frightening.”Being grabbed around the throat whilst I am trying to do my job is not something you should be subjected to – I couldn’t breath​e​ and had I not broken free it would have caused injury to my neck.”I was then subject to racist abuse.”PC Fletcher said: “I have been a police officer for seven years, I’ve got a good working relationship with the community including the Wellington Barracks and I have never been subjected to such hateful abuse before.”This is making me think extremely hard about patrolling Leicester Square – I’ve never been targeted with such conviction as Mr McLoughlin showed.”No one should be subjected to this sort of behaviour regardless of their skin colour or nationality.”Holland admitted being drunk and disorderly and obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.White admitted assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty.McLaughlin admitted two counts of racially aggravated harassment. Thomas McLaughlin Credit:Central  Thomas McLaughlin  Tom McLaughlin and Oliver White Credit:Central  Tom McLaughlin and Oliver White  John Greany, defending McLaughlin, said: “He was with two young friends, out on the town, drinking too much away from his military barracks and it all gets out of hand.”Mr McLaughlin himself was trying to calm others down, but obviously he disgraces himself thereafter.”He is deeply ashamed of what he has done and he said as much in his interview.”McLaughlin has a previous conviction for assault as a 15-year-old as well as the recent theft matter.Mr Greany added that McLaughlin had since left the Army, was looking for work while living with his father in Jersey and now intends to reapply to serve in two years.Amiz Ahmaz, representing both White and Holland, said: “It is clear that, had it not been for the behaviour of Mr McLaughlin, Mr White and Mr Holland would not necessarily have been involved.”Mr McLaughlin was the main player in the abuse.”It is also clear Mr White was initially the peace maker. He tried to steer Mr McLaughlin from trouble.”But Mr White does accept he put PC Kodua in a headlock. His understanding of what was going is that Mr McLaughlin was on the floor with his face in a puddle.”Mr Holland accepts verbally abusing people and shouting expletives, but he was not really part of what was going on.”He actually walks away, but comes back some 20 minutes later because he has friends who are still in the club. He is refused entry and it is at that point he is arrested.” I have never been subjected to such hateful abuse beforePc Fletcher A Queen’s Guardsman gabbed a police officer around the throat while another soldier shouted racist abuse at him after they were kicked out of a nightclub, a court heard.Oliver White, 21, put PC Owura Kodua in a choke-hold, while Thomas McLaughlin, also 21, shouted “black —-” at the officer, Westminster Magistrates Court heard. McLaughlin and White, along with 19-year-old Paul Holland were all serving for the elite regiment at Wellington Barracks when they were kicked out of Zoo Bar in Leicester Square.They were ejected for hurling abuse at a group of American tourists and insulting the US Army, prompting door staff to call the police on August 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.last_img read more

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Ian Bradys lawyer says its none of coroners business after he tries

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 eight-minute inquest hearing was told the serial killer, who had been on intermittent hunger strikes since 1999, had been treated by a palliative care team for the past two weeks because of his deteriorating health.Coroner’s officer Alby Howard-Murphy said no relatives of Brady’s were known to the court. The case was adjourned to a pre-inquest hearing on June 29.In 1966, Brady and Hindley were jailed for life for the killings of John Kilbride, 12, 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, 17. They went on to admit the murders of Pauline Reade, 16, and Keith Bennett.Glasgow-born Brady had been held at Ashworth since 1985. Hindley died in jail aged 60 in November 2002. Myra Hindley and Ian Brady photographed on the moors where they buried victims He said: “I would like an assurance before I do so that first of all the person who asked to take over responsibility for that funeral has a funeral director willing to deal with the funeral and that he has a crematorium willing and able to cremate Mr Stewart-Brady’s body.”Emotions are high, they are bound to be, not so much in this area but in the Manchester area.”I also wanted to have assurance that when Mr Stewart-Brady is cremated his ashes will not be scattered on Saddleworth Moor. I think that’s a right and proper moral judgment to make.”I think it would be offensive if Mr Stewart-Brady’s ashes were scattered on Saddleworth Moor.” Mr Makin, Brady’s Liverpool-based solicitor who is the executor of his will, visited him in the hours before his death on Monday.”He was in the last hours of his life so he was pretty weak but we were able to discuss a few things and sort out what he wanted to be done,” he said.Mr Makin said he did not think Brady had any information that would help the search for the body of 12-year-old Keith Bennett, the only victim of Brady and Hindley whose remains have never been found.He said: “I don’t think useful information is going to come from him. I think that if he had been able to assist in its location it would have happened in the 1980s.” A Police van leaves Chester Crown Court carrying the Moors Murder Suspects, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley  A police van leaves Chester Crown Court carrying Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in May 1966Credit:Bentley Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Ian Brady’s lawyer has claimed that “it’s none of the coroner’s business” after he sought to block the killer’s ashes being scattered on Saddleworth Moor.Opening an inquest into the Moors Murderer’s death on Tuesday, senior coroner for Sefton Christopher Sumner said the 79-year-old’s body will not yet be released.Mr Sumner said he wanted assurances that Brady’s ashes will not be scattered on the same moorland where he and Myra Hindley’s five child victims were buried – a request Brady is believed to have made in his will.”I have no legal means of making that an order, but I think it’s a right and proper moral judgement to make, ” he said. “I think it would be offensive.”Mr Sumner also said he wanted confirmation that a funeral director and crematorium willing to take Brady’s body have been found.When Hindley died in 2002, no local funeral directors would take her body and the Prison Service later found a firm 200 miles away that was willing to arrange for her cremation.But his lawyer Robin Makin, who visited the killer in the hours before his death to discuss his legal wishes and funeral arrangements, told the Daily Mail: “It’s none of the coroner’s business.”center_img In 2013, Brady asked to be moved to a Scottish prison so he could not be force fed, as he could be in hospital, and where he could be allowed to die if he wished. Moors Murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady The Moors Murderer died at Ashworth High Secure Hospital in Maghull, Merseyside, just after 6pm on Monday.The inquest heard his cause of death was cor pulmonale, a type of heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or lung disease.Mr Sumner told the hearing he had received a request to release the body of Brady, also known as Ian Stewart-Brady. His request was rejected after Ashworth medical experts said he had chronic mental illness and needed continued care in hospital.In February, he was refused permission to launch a High Court fight to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal where the decision would be reviewed. Solicitor John Ainley, who represented Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson and works closely with Keith’s brother, Alan, said he had written to Brady less than two months ago and appealed to him to “look at his conscience” and agree to a meeting to aid the search on Saddleworth Moor for missing Keith’s body. He received no reply. He said: “It just remains to be seen whether information is passed over to the police after his death from his representatives but we have no information to confirm that as of yet.”It seems a bit unlikely but we are not giving up hope.”Martin Bottomley, head of Greater Manchester Police’s cold case review unit, said the case remained open and officers would act on “credible and actionable” information which would help them find the body of Keith.He said: “Whilst we are not actively searching Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester Police will never close this case. Brady’s death does not change that.”last_img read more

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Antibacterial wipes pointless as bugs grow back in 20 minutes scientist says

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 point of the show is you don’t need to be so fastidious in cleaning your house from top to bottom because you can’t actually remove all bacteria and nor would we want to – exposing ourselves to everyday pathogens is good in keeping the immune system healthy and strong.”The research shows you can quite quickly reestablish bacteria that we have in our homes anyway. You’re never going to get your home sterile and clean – no way – and there are better things to be doing with your time.She added: “Spend your time cleaning up after food that’s known to be high risk. But on a Sunday, if your kitchen is clean, don’t be cracking out the antibacterials and wiping it down because it’s an absolutely redundant exercise – the minute you walk around the kitchen you’re shedding bacteria and fungi into the area again and it’s just recolonising.””Personally I don’t waste my time purchasing antibacterial products for the home… Our research found that a lot of antibacterial cleaning products were not as effective as good old fashioned soap and water.” But keeping kitchen work surfaces germ-free was impossible because they are found throughout the home and therefore rapidly repopulate, she said.”Some bacteria can divide every 20 minutes so it doesn’t take long for one cell to become one million cells – in fact it would only take around 6.6 hours,” Dr Lanyon told The Telegraph. Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is “an absolutely redundant” exercise, a scientist has said. Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting money on antibacterial wipes and sprays because common germs, which can replicate themselves in just 20 minutes, quickly recolonise back to original mass even if just one single cell is left over. She said bar soap was found to be more effective at destroying bacteria because they tended to contain ingredients that broke down cell walls.Dr Lanyon was speaking to The Telegraph after conducting an experiment for the BBC programme, Trust Me I’m A Doctor, which found “dramatic growth” of microbes within 12 hours of cleaning of a regular kitchen surface with wipes.She said it was always important to clean up thoroughly after handling raw meat to minimise the risk of harmful “foreign organisms” spreading but that this was most effectively done by scrubbing with soap. If your kitchen is clean, don’t be cracking out the antibacterials and wiping it down because it’s an absolutely redundant exerciseDr Clare Lanyonlast_img read more

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Duchess of Sussex delivers major speech on feminism during New Zealand visit

In an introduction, the Duchess also tried out… The Duchess, who spoke at a reception in New Zealand celebrating 125 of votes for women, condemned the marginalisation of people on the grounds of “race, gender ethnicity or orientation” in a short but forceful address to guests. The Duchess of Sussex has delivered a major speech on the issue closest to her heart, as she makes a plea for global equality and declares: “Feminism is about fairness.” Congratulating the country for leading the world in women’s suffrage a full 25 years before Britain, she quoted New Zealand suffragette Kate Sheppard, saying: “All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome.” read more

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Parents retrace late daughters roundtheworld trip to meet Tongan baby girl she

After dinner with Meleane, the couple made their final stop at Paradise Hotel in Ta’anea, which Dr Clark had stayed at during her trip.”As I slowly shut the door to room 115 [where she had stayed], I felt a strong sense of personal closure,” Mr Clark said.”We had followed Lisa’s footsteps though her diaries, we had seen what she wanted us to see, we had touched on her foreign experiences.” 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 told her father on her deathbed: “Dad, I don’t want to be forgotten.”The trip, from December 15, 2018 to January 17, 2019, saw Mr and Mrs Clark travel from Chandler’s Ford, Hants, to Macquarie Island near New Zealand to photograph rare Royal penguins, the New Zealand Northlands, and the Tongan Island of Vava’u, where the baby was delivered. Lisa holding baby MeleaneCredit:Solent News Roger Clark with Meleane, the baby girl delivered 21 years ago Writing about the delivery in her journal, Lisa said: “I went to the hospital and after a lot of waiting around I delivered my first baby and it weighed 9lb 12oz.”It was all a bit nerve wracking but I loved it. It was the mother’s eighth baby – she was 40 – and it was a little girl this time.”The lady was very proud though and even named her after me.”After a visit Ta’anea hospital where the child was born on January 28, 1997, a village resident recognised the mother from the Clark’s photograph and directed them to the family’s house.Mr Clark said that, after a halting introduction, they had managed to communicate with the Tongan family via one member who spoke English, eventually being introduced to the 21-year-old girl, who is now called Meleane. Roger Clark with Meleane, the baby girl delivered 21 years agoCredit:Solent News Dr Clark, who worked as an A&E consultant, was 26 when she was sent to train in Tonga by her London medical school in 1997, and wrote letters to her parents recommending places for them to stay. Lisa Clark in room 115 of the Paradise Hotel, Tonga Lisa Clark in room 115 of the Paradise Hotel, TongaCredit:Solent News Lisa holding baby Meleane “We had to prove to them we were friendly and honest, and we ended up having a wonderful connection with Meleane and the family.” Meleane, who was delivered by Lisa Clark  Meleane, who was delivered by Lisa Clark Credit:Solent News “I really felt very humbled to meet the family,” said Mr Clark. “I knew, for me, it was a really important moment and I wanted to make this girl feel special, but I thought about it from her angle – we were just some tourists with some loose connection to her. Parents who have travelled the world in memory of their late daughter have retraced her steps to Tonga to find the first baby she ever delivered.Roger and Lynette Clark, who are in their 70s, followed entries in the travel journal kept by their daughter Lisa, who died aged 40 of ovarian cancer in October 2012.In 2016, they travelled 8,000 miles to photograph the same breed of penguin that featured an old postcard from Lisa from her holiday in Australia, then made the trip a second time after realising they had captured the wrong bird.They have now completed a mission to meet the baby girl Lisa, a doctor, delivered 21 years ago during her medical training in Tonga. Armed with just a name and a picture of the mother and baby after the birth, Mr Clark spent a month trying to trace the girl before embarking on the month-long trip.He contacted genealogy experts, the hospital where the baby was delivered, the Ministry of Tourism in Tonga and the Tonga Registry Office, even posting on Facebook, before finally getting the name of the girl’s village, Ta’anea, from the Tonga High Commission in London. read more

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President engages top oil exploration stakeholders

President David Granger, today (Wednesday), met with Mr. John Hess, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HESS Corporation, the exploration company that holds a 30 percent interest in Exxon Mobil’s offshore drilling operations in the Stabroek Block, according to the Ministry of the Presidency. The CEO was accompanied by the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Greg Hill, Executive Vice President at Exxon Mobil Exploration Corporation, Mr. Mike Cousins, Country Manager, Mr. Rod Henson and outgoing Country Manager at Esso Exploration and Production Guyana, Mr. Jeff Simons and Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs Manager, Ms. Kimberly Brasington. Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman was also present at the meeting, which was held at State House.From left: Esso Exploration’s Public and Government Affairs Manager, Ms. Kimberly Brasington, HESS’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Greg Hill, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HESS Corporation, Mr. John Hess, President David Granger, Executive Vice President of Exxon Mobil Exploration Corporation, Mr. Mike Cousins, Country Manager, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana, Mr. Rod Henson, Minister of Natural Resources, Mr. Raphael Trotman and Outgoing Country Manager, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana, Mr. Jeff Simons.During their discussions, President Granger told the visiting delegation that while the country is eager to have oil production come on stream, this must be done in the context on Guyana’s ‘green’ development trajectory and as such protection of the environment is critical. “We are very concerned about the preservation of the environment… We want the extractive industries to be developed in a sustainable way,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Hess said that the corporation is investing billions of dollars in Guyana and that they are committed to ensuring that this is done in a transparent manner. “We are committed to your country.  We are committed to being here… HESS is a long-term investor and we are very proud of the partnership with Exxon Mobil and Nexen [Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited] as well… We hope this development of Liza first and hopefully other prospects will transform your country and we will try to help you the best way we can to ensure that oil wealth is spent in the best way possible,” he said.President David Granger emphasised environmental protection during discussions with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HESS Corporation, Mr. John Hess at State HouseHe also spoke of importance, which his company attaches to social responsibility and assured the Head of State that they stand ready to work with the Government to address priority areas. “We are ready to work together to help you with your vision for the country to ensure that the oil treasure really becomes the people’s treasure,” he said.Founded in 1933, the Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident receives courtesy call from ExxonMobil’s Senior VPJuly 12, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil reaffirms commitment to continued exploratory workSeptember 3, 2015In “Business”Actual resource size of 5th oil discovery yet to be determinedOctober 11, 2017In “Business” read more

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Guyanese captain Venezuelan crew escape injury as boat catches on fire

… in Cuyuni RiverEight persons on Friday morning managed to escape from a burning, sinking vessel on the Cuyuni River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The boat engulfed in flamesThe 40-foot iron vessel went up in flames as a result of gas emanating from a hose that slipped out of a stove aboard the boat.According to reports reaching this publication, the boat was at the time travelling along the Cuyuni River, carrying a crew of Venezuelans. Around 06:00hrs on the morning in question, the cook was about to light the stove when the hose attached to the gas cylinder accidentally slipped out.The Guyanese Captain, 26-year-old Paul Lewis, along with the members of his crew were forced to jump into the river, leaving behind the engulfed vessel.The occupants of the boat then managed to swim ashore where they sought assistance. No one was injured.An investigation has been launched. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelan authorities say shooting incident reports are falseJune 11, 2016In “latest news”GDF awaits report from Venezuelan officials on recent shooting incident– Brigadier PhillipsJune 8, 2016In “Politics”Venezuelans among 5 in custody following the discovery of grenades, weapons, drugsJanuary 19, 2019In “Crime” read more

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Giftland Mall owes 25M in taxes CoI hears

An aerial shot of the Giftland MallManagement of MCG Investments Inc which spearheads the operations at the Giftland Mall has not paid any taxes to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for the past four years, as the company states that it is awaiting an agreement to carry out the demanded payments summing up to over $25M. Consultant of MCG Investments Inc, Ray Hugh represented the chairman of the company Roy Beepat at Wednesday’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the puzzling state of affairs at City Hall. Being required to provide an explanation into the back and forth clash between the Town Clerk, Royston King and Beepat, the consultant indicated that a notice was sent to the company for a total of $44,255,183 in 2017. However, a meeting was facilitated between the two on November 2, 2017, where it was decided that all rates and taxes including penalties and interests would be waved completely for the years 2015 and 2016.Hugh said, “It was agreed at that meeting that taxes for the years 2015 and 2016 including interests and penalties would be waved. Interests and penalties for 2017 also would’ve been waved. The demand then [for 2017] would’ve been $11,467,500 and it was agreed that MCG Investments would provide a payment schedule to the Mayor and City Council.”  This was so because the company had carried out a private contractual bargain to fix the roads, drains and to install streetlight. Garbage collection was also done privately throughout the area and as such, the company was not benefitting from any services that were provided by the Council.  Additionally for 2017, Giftland Mall would only be required to pay a sum of $11,467,500 after the interests and penalties would’ve been waved. “M&CC had done nothing for that area. No lighting or drainage. It was all done by MCG Inc, garbage collection, disposal is done on a private contractual basis. That road also services a gated community in the rear of the mall,” said the consultant. King was required to respond via a letter after the engagement to confirm the agreements and a schedule would subsequently be sent by Beepat, verifying how the payments would be made.However, King made no attempts to answer to the decision that was taken until April of this year, where he indicated via a letter that the agreement ‘no longer stood’ because of the lapse of time and ‘certain circumstances’. The document further mentioned, “The Chairman of the Finance Committee had agreed to meet and discuss with you the way forward to settle your accounts with the Georgetown.”The Commission also heard that another letter was issued by the Town Clerk the following May, stating that the Council took a decision on April 28, to impose a fee of $25,263,750 instead of the previously agreed sum of $11,467,500. The company has not paid any taxes since 2015 and is contending that City Hall has to come to the table with an explanation as to why the extra costs were attached to the initial sum. Hugh would’ve indicated that Beepat had written several letters to the Town Clerk, informing him of the arrangement that was set but there was no reply.When the matter was raised by the legal assistant, Sherwin Benjamin as to why the principle rates for the past four years were not paid, Hugh responded, “I don’t see without an agreement, just going ahead and paying something because they can say if you pay part of it, pay the whole thing. The agreement was that after we received the letter [from the Town Clerk], we would send in a payment plan.”Benjamin posited, “Every citizen of Georgetown can say that there isn’t an agreement so they’re not paying taxes. That would be a sad day for this town. At the very least, your company should pay the bear taxes for 2017.” As a consultant by profession, Hugh was probed to give a recommendation to the council to which he stated, “I would say clean it up. It seems like everyone is doing their own thing at City Hall and we need someone to make sure that proper plans, structures and an overview is put in place.”To date, monies are owed by the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) for taxes dating back to 2015. (Rupa Seenarine) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL says ‘moving forward’ to buy power from Giftland MallSeptember 5, 2019In “Business”US$30M Giftland Mall to employ over 2000 GuyaneseMarch 13, 2015In “Business”Govt’s closure of road for state function severely affecting business – Giftland Mall ChairJanuary 29, 2019In “Business” read more

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AustraliaChina relationship gets top vote from Alexander Downer India not so hot

first_imgAustralia has the best relationship with China of any country in the Western world, according to former Federal Government Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Alexander Downer, the country’s longest-serving Foreign Minister. Delivering the 36th annual Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture – one of the most prestigious lectures on the South Australian resources industry calendar – Downer said Australia’s abundant supply of raw materials was the centre piece of its close ties with China.However, the same could not be said for this country’s relationship with the “other emerging behemoth”, India.“There is no so called ‘Western country’ which has a better relationship with China, than Australia,” Downer said. “That may be partly because we have usually played our cards well, but there is no doubting the cards we have are very good ones,” he said.“Watching the new British Prime Minister’s (David Cameron) visit to China this week unfold on television, I couldn’t help but think Britain is 20 years behind Australia in its relationship with China. There are many reasons for that, some historical, but raw material is at the forefront of Australia’s more sophisticated China relationship. But where we have succeeded with China, we have so far failed with India.“It hasn’t worked for one very good reason – as the smaller country, we haven’t had enough to offer India to escape its indifference towards us.”In a wide ranging lecture, titled The Impact of Resources on Global Diplomacy, Downer also spoke about:Australia’s resources sector makes it powerful on the world stage as it is the source of many of the resources that drive the global economyChina needs Australia as much as it needs ChinaAustralia could have played a key role in the global climate change debate – and exerted a lot of influence – but had failed to do soAustralia’s lack of enthusiasm to export uranium has created opportunities for other countries to do so, including CanadaThe nation faces enormous risks by being so dependent on natural resources for its prosperityAustralia is making an enormous strategic and economic mistake assuming that China’s future is a “straight line trajectory” from where it has been over the past 20 years.“Today, Australia is front and centre of resources diplomacy because of its immense mineral wealth,” Downer said. “To understand Australia’s broader political and economic roles as a global source of raw materials, we need to grasp two central points. First, Australia should think very carefully about how it can use its resource diplomacy to good effect. Secondly, we need to reflect on whether our pivotal role as a resource exporter is sustainable.“Sadly though, the country has slumped into a lazy policy complacency with a Parliament controlled by a handful of populist independents who have never demonstrated any proclivity for clever and brave policy initiatives. If we do not husband and value our resources sector, we will lose the great national asset of resources diplomacy.”The Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture is named in honour of the one of the founding fathers of the Australian resources sector, and former Chief Executive and Chairman of BHP.last_img read more

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Isatis 2013 boosts data exchange with acQuire

first_imgIsatis offers a direct link with acQuire. This link allows the transfer of a drill hole dataset from the acQuire database into Isatis for analysis, making laborious import/export routines redundant. The link is fast, easy to use, and fully integrated within Isatis. Geovariances says “this new interface with acQuire database will position Isatis at the core of your software portfolio.” To define the selection criteria for your extraction you can use an existing acQuire Selection File (*.sel) or create a new one. “This new import interface,” Geovariances says, “makes data selection and transfer faster, more powerful and guarantees the integrity of the information on which your analysis is based.”The latest Isatis release facilitates software usage by offering integrated workflows guiding the user directly to the expected results. It also offers innovation with Multi Acquisition Automatic Factorial Kriging (MAAFK) workflow, a new application for 4D seismic data filtering.Isatis 2013 eases software usage, helping to master the software through workflows. Several workflows providing guidelines for specific geostatistical processing have been made available in the software. They allow you to go through the different menus quickly to the results.These workflows are stored as Isatis journal files. They let you specify your own parameters while driving you to the next step.Four workflows are ready for kriging, uniform conditioning, turning bands and plurigaussian simulations. Additional workflows are to be developed for mining resource estimation issues (non stationary kriging, direct block simulations, localized uniform conditioning).Isatis 2013 still innovates, improving seismic data value. Isatis now offers exclusive MAAFK, which provides a quick and easy way to extract the common part of two redundant measurements of the same quantity using geostatistical filtering. The application implements the exclusive-to-Isatis automatic variogram fitting algorithm and automatic factorial cokriging. MAAFK is of particular interest for time-lapse seismic processing or dataset merging.In order to be more in line with Datamine StudioTM, GSLIB and VulcanTM, new rotation systems have been added to Isatis. Rotations can now be copied from experimental variograms to models, or from models to neighbourhoods, through a simple click.Axes unit can now be set to meter, feet or millisecond depending on your data.Isatis 2013 improves resource estimation, enhancing orebody knowledge. Grade Simulation Post-processing, used to compute grade tonnage curves from block simulations computed on Selective Mining Units or on panel grids, has been renamed Grade Reblocking. You may now compute grade curves from one kriged grade variable or from a set of simulation realisations.Contact Analysis is used to check the grade behaviour at the contact between two domains. The application has been improved so that it now lets you define a weight variable, to give less weight to small samples.Border Effect checks relationships between domains and grades by computing transition probabilities from one domain to another one. By normalising the probabilities, the application makes it easier to see what happens at the domain borders.Isatis 2013 improves performancesIn EDA when displaying huge variogram cloudsIn Automatic Variogram FittingIn Turning Bands Simulations when the amount of grid nodes to be simulated is small in comparison to the total size of the block modelIn Grid Filling which lets you define sub-grids in order to speed up calculations and optimize memory allocationIn Selection from Polygons.Isatis 2013 delivers new statistics. Variogram cloud dispersion is sometimes tricky to assess when computed on huge datasets. Isatis EDA now offers two additional ways of displaying variogram clouds, either using box plots or raster display.Copy Statistics now stores the sum of all the values of a variableTo predict a variable from several explanatory variables, Multi-linear Regression is now able to automatically select the variables which have the highest signification. The Stepwise Algorithm is used to test various combinations. Isatis lets you store the computed regression function in a parameters fileParameter Files and Model Definition now let you display defined variogram models and variogram maps.Isatis 2013 improves modelFlumy, the reservoir model for meandering channelised systems, can now load deviated wells. It also lets you enter the erodability information as 3D grids and choose the flow direction of the channelsSequential Gaussian Simulations lets you perform a Collocated Cokriging during the conditioning stage.last_img read more

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