Simply put, the talent coming in hasn’t been able to keep pace with the talent going out — and nowhere is Detroit’s drain more evident than on the blue line. The Red Wings used to be able to pencil in the likes of Lidstrom, Rafalski and Mathieu Schneider for 50 to 60 points a season, with significant contributions made in quarterbacking one of the league’s top power-play units. This year’s Wings, though, have the worst power play in the NHL and the league’s fourth-worst group of offensive defensemen, according to GVT. (Where have you gone, Paul Coffey?) Although some of their weak shooting percentage with the man advantage is bound to improve with better luck, Detroit’s D corps is contributing about half as much GVT as the team got from its defensemen during the playoff streak, with nearly two-thirds of the blueliners’ drop-off coming specifically on offense.And it isn’t as though the rest of this season’s roster has picked up the slack. Goalie Petr Mrazek has been one of the worst in the league, and Detroit’s forwards have been mediocre at both ends of the rink. (They rank seventh-worst in offensive GVT and 10th-worst on defense.)In the past, the Red Wings were able to phase in a few promising young forwards every time one of their veterans declined or left the club. When Yzerman’s point totals dipped in the mid-1990s as he focused more on checking, Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov and Keith Primeau provided an offensive spark. When Yzerman, Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan left the club in the mid-2000s, Datsyuk and Zetterberg were there to carry the torch. But although Tatar, Mantha, Gustav Nyquist, Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou have all shown flashes of potential, none has emerged as a star on anything approaching the level of a Fedorov or Datsyuk. Without those kinds of star turns, Detroit might be starting up a new playoff streak — one of the “drought” variety. Although there’s still plenty of time for the club’s recent draft picks to develop, the Red Wings as they’re currently constructed aren’t an especially young team — they have the NHL’s 12th-oldest roster — and they certainly aren’t a good one. The NHL is a league designed for parity, so Detroit’s record probably won’t stay outright bad for long, but it might also be awhile before we see the Wings restored to their former glory.If so, it’s all the more reason to appreciate the playoff dynasty Detroit built over the past 26 years. Thanks to shrewd drafting, trades, player development and a forward-looking vision of the game, the Red Wings built one of the best teams in hockey year in and year out for two and a half decades. For a whole generation of Motor City fans, greatness on the ice is all they’ve ever known. It’s a remarkable legacy, even if, like every great empire, it eventually collapsed.CLARIFICATION (Feb. 9, 2:34 p.m.): Since this article was originally published, a sentence has been rephrased to reflect the fact that Alexey Marchenko is no longer on the Red Wings’ roster, though he did have a Corsi greater than 50 percent during his time as a regular skater for the team this season. Is College Basketball Broken? We Asked The Game’s Top Stats Guru 2015114.9+3.8+25.7-3.8140.6 Related: Hot Takedown 2007218.1+22.7-4.2-58.2178.4 2017109.3+15.1-12.9-22.788.8 2010174.6+15.9-8.2-46.9135.4 2013171.8+5.9-14.8-25.1137.8 On April Fools’ Day in 1990, the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers skated for the final game of the season at The Spectrum in south Philly. Captain Steve Yzerman banged home a goal late in the third period to earn the Wings a 3-3 tie, ending Detroit’s campaign with 70 points and a last-place finish in the Norris Division. Soon after, the 1989-90 Red Wings cleaned out their lockers and parted ways for the summer.In the nearly 10,000 days since then, Detroit has played 2,035 regular-season games and employed 246 players. It’s gone through three captains, four general managers and six head coaches. But the one constant throughout the last 25 full seasons of Red Wings hockey has been extra action in the spring — and often deep into the summer. Detroit hasn’t missed the postseason since that April day in 1990, a mind-boggling run that beats any playoff streak outside of hockey1The longest playoff streak for an NBA team is 22 seasons, by the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers from 1950 to 1971. The longest for MLB is 14 seasons, by the 1991-2005 Atlanta Braves. The longest for the NFL is nine seasons, by the 1975-83 Dallas Cowboys and 2002-10 Indianapolis Colts. and is tied for the third longest in NHL history. (That it has come partially during the NHL’s salary-cap era is especially impressive.)But it could all come screeching to a halt this season. With a 22-21-10 record, Detroit currently occupies last place in the Atlantic Division, five points out of the Eastern Conference’s final wild-card spot with seven teams ahead of them. According to Hockey-Reference.com’s playoff simulator, the Red Wings have just a 7 percent probability of continuing their run for a 26th straight postseason. Every streak has to end eventually, but how did Detroit go wrong after so many years of success?Perhaps the Red Wings’ most distinctive hallmark during their playoff streak has been a focus on puck possession. Even as teams won through superior playmaking and shooting talent in the 1980s and early ’90s, Detroit loaded up on ex-Soviet stars who’d been trained to take care of the puck. In doing so, the Red Wings anticipated the direction that the game would head in the future, building their dominant teams of the 1990s less on the premise of aiming pucks past the league’s rapidly improving goaltenders and more on the basis of simply controlling the flow of play. These days we measure that control through Corsi percentage, the share of even-strength shots a team directs at the opponent’s net (as opposed to vice-versa) after adjusting for score effects and other factors.2For seasons after 1986-87 and before 2005-06, this number can be estimated using a team’s shots for and against, its power-play and shorthanded chances, its record and its goal differential. Although we didn’t know it at the time, the Red Wings were dominating Corsi back when Corsi was just a guy, not a metric. 2009200.4+28.3-50.3-3.8174.6 2012145.4+9.7+28.9-12.2171.8 2014137.8+10.2-24.7-8.3114.9 SEASONPREVIOUS GVTNEWCOMERSHOLDOVERSDEPARTURESSEASON GVT 2006199.2+32.6+32.0-45.7218.1 2008178.4+22.1+35.7-35.8200.4 No NHL team averaged a better Corsi than the Wings from 1991 to 2016, and the team even ranked fifth in the statistic as recently as two seasons ago. But the next generation has fumbled the torch on the handoff, and Detroit’s fabled possession machine has eroded badly in recent seasons as its stars have aged and departed.Gone are such advanced-metric idols as Pavel Datsyuk, whose 58.1 percent on-ice Corsi3At 5-on-5, adjusted for score effects and zone starts. ranked second among all NHL players from 2007-08 until his retirement from the NHL last summer, as well as Brian Rafalski (fifth), Tomas Holmstrom (10th), Mikael Samuelsson (14th) and Nicklas Lidstrom (19th). (Fifteenth-ranked Johan Franzen is also technically on the Red Wings’ long-term injured reserve list, but is unlikely to ever play again.) In the wake of that mass exodus, Detroit has fallen to an unheard-of 25th in the NHL in Corsi, according to PuckOn.net’s calculations. Only three players who have regularly skated for the Red Wings this season — forwards Anthony Mantha and Tomas Tatar, and recently waived defenseman Alexey Marchenko — have been on the ice for a Corsi greater than 50 percent (i.e., on the ice while Detroit possessed the puck more than the opponent). Even Henrik Zetterberg, normally one of the best possession-drivers in the game, has a mere 49.9 percent mark this season, with his relative Corsi, which measures how much he influences play relative to his teammates, dropping 12 percent from what it was during his best seasons.Detroit’s decline isn’t just about a drop-off in possession rate. The Red Wings have bled talent up and down the ice for years, going back to their post-lockout high-water mark of 124 standings points in 2005-06. Here’s how their roster changed each season since then, according to incoming and outgoing goals versus threshold (GVT), a metric that estimates each player’s value over a hypothetical replacement player in terms of goals added per 82 games: Abbreviated seasons prorated to 82 games.Source: hockeyabstract.com, Hockey-Reference.com NET GVT ADDED VIA… 2016140.6+22.9-45.5-8.7109.3 2011135.4+8.5+5.3-3.8145.4 Net change in goals versus threshold (GVT) for Detroit Red Wings
OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) tries to keep the ball away from Cleveland State sophomore forward Kareem Banton (20) on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerThe battle of the two hottest teams in the Big Ten conference lived up to its expectations in an intense all-out war, but the better team of the two ended up being Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights slashed the Ohio State men’s soccer team eight-game winning streak in a 1-0 game.The Buckeyes dropped to No. 2 in the Big Ten standings and fell to 9-5-2 on the season and 3-2-1 in Big Ten play. Rutgers moved to the top spot in the standings and improved to 10-4-1 on the season and 4-3-0 in Big Ten action.Last season, OSU defeated the Scarlet Knights in a 4-1 victory, but the Scarlet and Gray could not pull off a repeat performance on Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, New Jersey.Rutgers sophomore forward Jason Wright managed to score the game-winner in the final 20 minutes after a tight defensive battle.The Scarlet and Gray had not given up a goal since October 7 nor had they trailed a team in more than 991 minutes prior to Wright’s score.The first half of the game saw the teams struggling to feel the other out, as shots were just 2-1 in favor of Rutgers in the 18th minute.The first good look of the first half came from OSU senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle when he shot the ball to the near post. Doyle’s kick barely missed, leaving the game scoreless.The Buckeyes eventually kicked it into high gear and by the 39th minute of the game, shots were 6-5 in favor of the Buckeyes.Despite the lead in shots, OSU could not get a point on the board in the first half. However, the Buckeyes’ stout defense managed to keep Rutgers from scoring, leaving the game leveled at zero heading into the second half.The Buckeyes came out of the gate in the second half strong.The Scarlet and Gray found ways to break through the Scarlet Knight offense, but could not manage finish it off with a goal.OSU junior forward Yaw Amankwa forced a turnover in the 53rd minute, but on the ensuing offensive possession, his shot missed high. Five minutes later, junior forward Danny Jensen broke through Rutgers’ backline in the 58th minute, but his shot went wide right.With less than 20 minutes left to go in the match, shots were 14-10 in favor of the Buckeyes.Being down in shots, the Scarlet Knights knew they had to do something if they wanted to walk away with the victory.In the 74th minute, Wright scored on a deflection off OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer, giving him his 13th goal of the season and the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead.The Scarlet and Gray tried to fight back in the remaining time but could not pull out its ninth consecutive victory.Overall, shots were 16-15 in favor of Rutgers, while the Scarlet Knights also held a 7-5 lead in corners.Froschauer had a season-high eight saves, but fell to 9-5-2 on the season. The goal allowed was the first to get past Froschauer since Oct. 7 against Bowling Green.The Buckeyes will next prepare to host Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey (3) tries to recover a ground ball during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorIf there’s a word to describe what a lacrosse defense needs, it is unity.In almost any team-oriented sport, it is difficult to win if the team is not playing with unity on the defensive side of the ball. While one player might be able to carry the load offensively at times, an out-of-sync defense usually spells disaster.Unity is one thing that the Ohio State men’s lacrosse defense has prided itself on this year.After losing two of the top three goal scorers from last year in Jesse King and David Planning, OSU coach Nick Myers said the players on defense knew they would have to rely on each other in order to help an offense with a lot a fresh faces.“I think it’s big … anytime that you have relationships that you can lean on, that you have confidence in each other,” Myers said. “A lot of defense, and a lot of high-level defense, is trust and communication.”OSU’s scoring defense currently ranks in the top 20 in the nation, only allowing nine goals per game. Senior defensive midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos said he and his teammates have a special relationship that allows them to find their best stuff.“We have that comfort level with each other where we play together, and we can also push each other,” Kapinos said.The starters that make up the defensive side of the ball — seniors Robby Haus and Chris Mahoney, sophomore Erik Evans and redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey — have had the opportunity to play together for more than a year now, helping to create that unity every defense needs.”It’s really beneficial for us. I think me and Chris have been there for the longest amount of time, so we have a really good relationship. Then Tommy came in and we hit it off immediately,” Haus said. “Erik is a young guy, but he acts a lot older than he is, and I think being around some of these seniors and redshirt juniors has helped him a lot.“Our chemistry is awesome.”Carey continued, elaborating on what experience playing with each other means as opposed to playing with freshmen on the team.“I think the relationships we have with one another — (Robby) and I, and Chris and Evans, too — (they) just allow us to hold each other to a little bit different standard than the first-year guys,” Carey said.Those first-year guys, like freshmen midfielders Logan Maccani and Noah Best, have had a great mentor in Kapinos, Haus said.“I know we’re trying to develop some young faces at the defensive midfield, and he’s done a really good job bringing them in and building chemistry with them,” Haus said.OSU senior defender Chris Mahoney (21) during a game against Notre Dame on March 26 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Cameron Carr | Lantern PhotographerCommunication has been essential in the OSU defense’s success this year. Lacrosse is a sport that involves a lot of switching, commonly referred to as sliding.If an on-ball defender lets his man get past him, the defender has to be ready to slide in order to double team the ball-carrier. Then the whole defense has to slide in order to cover the now-open man. It’s a complicated process, one that would result in allowing a goal without constant communication, Kapinos said.“It’s just keeping everybody on the same page so that we’re all organized and making sure that we’re all doing the same thing,” Kapinos said. “You can’t have one guy doing one thing and five guys doing the other.”A lot of what the defense does is communicated by the goalie, and Kapinos said Carey is excellent at his job.“It helps with Tommy in the goal,” Kapinos said. “Tommy gives us a lot of communication and kind of quarterbacks the defense.”The Buckeyes are set to commence Big Ten play on Sunday. They’re scheduled to face a No. 18 Penn State team that ranks 12th in the nation with 12.67 goals per game.The team will be trying to sever its four-game losing streak, including a 15-6 loss to No. 1 Denver in which OSU gave up eight fourth-quarter goals after only being down 7-5 heading into the final period.Carey said he blames himself for the fourth quarter meltdown but said the defense as a unit cannot be making so many mistakes.“I think a lot of that falls back on me, and at the same time we play as a unit,” Carey said. “So, I’ve got to be a lot better, but we have to be better as a whole unit in stopping shots, getting the ball up and out in transition and … getting back to the basics and getting better every single day.”With the chances of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament dwindling, the Scarlet and Gray will need to turn things around quickly in order to be invited to the Big Ten tournament. A Big Ten championship would give the Buckeyes an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.However, it will take the whole defense, and, really, the whole team, in order to make this happen.“You’re only as strong as your weakest link,” Haus said.
Festivities at this year’s Memorial Tournament will start off with a bang this afternoon as tournament host Jack Nicklaus and nine of the world’s best golfers hit the links in the Memorial Skins Game.Playing the back nine holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the skins game will feature two star-studded groupings. The groups will play for skins, different money amounts on each hole, both for themselves and The First Tee, a charity giving youngster’s the opportunity to learn about and play golf. The first group will feature Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Sean O’Hair, Ernie Els and three-time Memorial champion Kenny Perry. Last year’s Memorial winner Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk will be teeing it up in the second group. Paired with the Memorial’s Junior Golf Day, the skins game promotes a fun atmosphere for both players and fans, which includes players being miked and recorded for fan enjoyment. “It’s just fun. There is a lot of bantering going on back there, a lot of needle-sticking in there, and a lot of aggravating,” Perry said. “Basically it’s for the crowd. They’re going to do it live on the Golf Channel so it is kind of the time where people can see another side of us.”At the age of 70, however, Nicklaus says it’s not quite as easy as it used to be for the five-time PGA Player of the Year. “Why I’m playing, I don’t know,” said Nicklaus, the 18-time major champion. “I tried to get it so I could play on the front nine. I can reach some of the par 4s there.” But the guys who get to play next to him don’t care how many shots it takes him to hit the green. They are just thrilled to have the chance to play with one of the sport’s all-time greats.“It’s always great to play with one of my heroes and it’s always fun to be around him,” Perry said. “Anytime we can get him out on the golf course and you can be a part of it and watch it, it’s always a neat feeling.” But even Nicklaus’ son, Jack Nicklaus II, said you can never doubt the Golden Bear.“We played on the weekend and he still plays pretty well, believe me,” Nicklaus II said. “Don’t count him out.” With golf superstars of the past, present and future all going head-to-head, Nicklaus assures it will be a good time.
Ohio State football defensive backs Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell were released from their scholarships Sunday for violations of team rules, OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern Sunday night. Clarke, a redshirt sophomore, had two run-ins with law enforcement, and was most recently charged with drunk driving on Jan. 7, when he ran a stop sign near the intersection of W. 12th Avenue and Neil Avenue, according to multiple reports. Franklin County court records indicate that Clarke pleaded not guilty Friday to the charge. Clarke was also arrested for an Oct. 9 incident involving a “compressed-air gun,” which he fired from the roof of Marketplace, a campus eatery, located at 1578 Neil Ave. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer addressed Clarke’s most recent arrest during a Thursday press conference. “What we’ll never do is say we’re going to make an example out of a kid. That’s not going to happen,” Meyer said. “However, (Clarke) broke a team rule. I’m still getting the information. I’m very, very disappointed because some things were covered in the team meeting. They’ll be dealt with very swiftly and sternly at the appropriate time.” Emig did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s inquiry regarding the nature of the rule violation committed by Gambrell, a freshman.
OSU coach Urban Meyer and members of the football team look on as senior cornerback Doran Grant and senior wide reciever Evan Spencer (6) go head-to-head in the circle drill during fall camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Aug. 6 in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorWith just days until the Ohio State football team is scheduled to kick off its season against Navy, several starting positions remain up for grabs.Among the open spots are the starting center and left guard positions along the offensive line, the cornerback position opposite senior Doran Grant and playing time in the logjam that is the running back and wide receiver positions.The offensive line has three established starters in junior Taylor Decker at left tackle, redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein at right guard and redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin at right tackle. Coach Urban Meyer said the open left guard position has three players who could fill the spot.“Left guard is not named yet, and it’s not because of ability,” Meyer said Monday. “It’s just, one, the guy hasn’t separated himself, so in the hunt are (senior) Joel Hale, (redshirt-freshman) Billy Price, (redshirt-junior Antonio) Underwood.”The open center spot is a bit closer, Meyer said, as he named two players who are candidates to fill the void left by Corey Linsley, now with the Green Bay Packers.“Center is going to be, probably be (junior Jacoby Boren) and (redshirt-senior) Chad Lindsay. We haven’t named the starter on that either,” Meyer said. “But once again, its still because the battles are going on.”The cornerback position opposite Grant is also a two-man race, Meyer said, as redshirt-freshmen Eli Apple and Gareon Conley battle for a spot on the Buckeye defense.“They haven’t separated themselves yet either, which is a good sign. They’ll both play,” Meyer said.Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said he believes both players bring a special skill set to the table for OSU.“They both bring a different type of style to their game but that’s what makes them special,” Reeves said Monday. “Gareon has really fluid hips, and he reads routes really well, and Eli is a really strong and physical guy so they both play a little bit different.”The battle to replace former Buckeye star running back Carlos Hyde was originally led by sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, however, Meyer said, multiple running backs proved they are worthy of touches during fall camp.When Elliott missed multiple practices because of a minor wrist surgery during fall camp, it opened the door for redshirt-sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-senior Rod Smith to earn reps, something Meyer said they accomplished.“Both Bri’onte and Rod Smith have made every practice and done really well,” he said. “I give credit to (Dunn) and Rod Smith, every day they have shown up and they have worked their tails off so they are in the mix.”Meyer also mentioned freshman Curtis Samuel as a player who could see touches at running back this season.At wide receiver, Meyer mentioned six players who are in the mix, only three of whom played last season.The three who played last season — senior Devin Smith, senior Evan Spencer and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — combined for 88 catches for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns.Meyer also named redshirt-sophomore Mike Thomas, redshirt-junior Corey Smith and redshirt-freshman Jalin Marshall as players who will likely see the field for the OSU offense.“All of them could march in, and they all deserve playing time,” Meyer said. So it’s just a matter of who breaks the huddle first.”Spencer, who has scored four touchdowns in his OSU career, said he is looking forward to seeing how the skill-position players will play during Saturday’s game.“We have so much depth this year. We have so many playmakers at so many positions, from A to Z,” Spencer said. “It’ll be really cool and exciting to see everybody get out there and be able to make plays because we’ve got the depth to keep everybody fresh in order to do it.”Despite senior quarterback Braxton Miller missing the season because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Spencer said he is not worried about the conversion to a new starting quarterback.“It’s definitely a change. But I mean, at the same time, all throughout camp (redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett) and (redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones) have been getting so many reps with the ones,” Spencer said. “They’ve been throwing the ball so much all throughout camp, and really all throughout the offseason that it’s not that much of a transition for us, just because that’s what we’ve been going through.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Navy Saturday at noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
OSU sophomore forward Marc Loving (2) goes up to the rim during a Nov. 18 game against Marquette at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 74-63.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerWhile the competition might not be as strong for the Ohio State men’s basketball team early on, the Buckeyes are looking to work on the changes that have come with a new season.The Buckeyes are working four freshmen into a lineup that has just three regular season basketball games under its belt.With a game against Campbell looming Wednesday night, OSU coach Thad Matta said he wants to see his team improve on one particular thing.“Movement defensively, the reads of where we are supposed to go. I think that is probably the biggest thing we took out of Sunday night’s game,” Matta said Tuesday. “We did a lot of good things but we are trying to get our guys to understand that when we do what we are supposed to do we are a lot better than when we try to shortcut stuff.”One of the things that the Buckeyes are still getting used to on the defensive side of the ball is a newly implemented zone scheme. In the past, OSU had primarily run a man-to-man defense, and picking up the zone system was something that senior center Trey McDonald said was tough to understand at first.“It was an adjustment at first for a lot of us,” McDonald said Tuesday. “But I think we just all fell in love with it and we just bought in to owning our spots and learning our spots to the best of our abilities.”The Buckeyes seem to have figured the defense out quickly as they are holding their opponents to just 55.3 points per game while averaging 90.7 themselves, good for 11th best in the country.With the competition not being as stiff in the first three games, the Buckeyes have been able to start implementing their new defense and working out the kinks.McDonald said that the new zone defense specifically puts a new stress on the big men in the paint, something he added he is taking in stride.“He (Matta) made a point to all the bigs to go out there, protect the middle in our zone,” McDonald said. “For me those are the things that, playing this position, things that you should do. It is just something that comes natural.”McDonald’s counterpart at the center position, senior Amir Williams, is set to return to the floor Wednesday night against Campbell, Matta said. Williams sat out Sunday’s 106-48 win over Sacred Heart with soreness in his knee.“He is doing good. He is going to practice today,” Matta said Tuesday. “We were off yesterday. He has been running, doing skill instruction, those type of things. Planning on playing him tomorrow night.”With Williams coming back from the injury, and freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate and redshirt-senior Anthony Lee added to the mix this season, McDonald said the competition for minutes has made things more exciting around the Schottenstein Center.“It does make for a lot more fun in practice than just, me and him (Amir) going at it every day,” McDonald said. “It is a lot more different looks, sizes to play against. That really helped a lot of us, all of us actually.”With the mix of young and old players like Tate and McDonald, Matta said he can’t quite gauge how good the 2014-15 Buckeyes can be this early in the season.“I have asked myself that question. Where I think this team is, where I think this team can be, I don’t have that sense yet. I go back to the Marquette game, we had opportunities in the first half to really extend and we didn’t do it and we go up seven at halftime,” Matta said. “Guys are still kind of feeling their way through. I think once we get a level of consistency I will probably be able to be able to answer that question better.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Campbell Camels on Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“There has been an extraordinary level of intervention,” said Mr Justice Hayden. “It has kept him alive.”He added: “The thing that one hears most is ‘why is so much time, money and effort spent in these cases? Why not just let them go? “There is no doubt huge resources have been deployed in this case. And I myself have wondered whether that was proportionate. But at the end of the day… they have saved a human life.” 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 thing that one hears most is ‘why is so much time, money and effort spent in these cases? Why not just let them go?Mr Justice Hayden A High Court judge has questioned if an “extraordinary level” of state intervention was justified in stopping a 17-year-old boy from travelling to Syria amid fears he would wage jihad.Mr Justice Hayden said he had wondered whether or not the “huge resources” deployed in the case were “proportionate”.He said people often asked why time and taxpayers’ money was spent preventing teenagers from joining terror groups in the Middle East, adding that he considered the argument: “Why not just let them go?”But the judge concluded that in the case of the boy, who had an uncle held in Guantanamo Bay, a young man’s life had been saved by the local authority’s intervention. The teenager was banned from travelling abroad after a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in central LondonCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP Mr Justice Hayden had made the teenager a ward of court in March 2015 when he was 16.He had been told last year how council staff had learned that family members were making plans for the teenager to go on a trip to Dubai.The judge had said he was concerned to “keep this lad alive” and said an order which barred him from travelling abroad was proportionate.”(The teenager) is a vulnerable young person,” Mr Justice Hayden had said. “He has grown up in modern Britain in an extraordinary family – a family where the male members are patently committed to waging jihad in war-torn Syria.”He said he had balanced the teenager’s human rights and added: “The balance falls clearly in protecting this young man, ultimately from himself.” Mr Justice Hayden last year barred the teenager from travelling abroad following a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court after police and social workers raised concerns about him heading to Syria.He made the teenager a ward of court – a move which bars him from leaving the jurisdiction of England and Wales.And the judge said he has analysed the benefits of state intervention after reviewing the case at a follow-up hearing in London.Mr Justice Hayden had been told that the boy’s two elder brothers had been killed waging jihad in Syria. He said the teenager, who has joint Libyan and British nationality, could not be named.But he said the local authority that had applied for the teenager to be made a ward of court was Brighton and Hove City Council. Barrister Martin Downs, representing Brighton council, had told how the teenager’s family had an “extraordinary history”.He had told how the teenager had an uncle who had been held in the United States detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Three of his brothers had gone to fight for the al-Nusra Front – a group with links to al-Qaeda, the court heard. Two died when both were in their teens and a third was wounded. A friend of the teenager had also been killed in fighting.Mr Justice Hayden is expected to review the boy’s case again in the near future.
High street shops including Marks & Spencer are secretly tracking the movements of their customers using their smartphones, it has emerged.Companies such as footwear supplier Dune, Morrisons and Topshop are among major retailers taking advantage of new technology which picks up the pings emitted by phones as they look for wi-fi networks to join.The ceilings of many major stores now contain small white receiver boxes which are continuously gathering data.The shops use the data not only to record the numbers of their customers, but also to see where they move about in the shop, so they can alter the layout to make walking between departments more convenient, or steer customers towards goods they may have missed.Some retailers have even started sending location-based adverts direct to smartphones of customers as they move around the store, while some Westfield shopping malls now send discounts on the spot if a shopper checks the price at a rival store. A spokeswoman for Marks & Spencer said: “We’re trialling this technology in four stores at the moment and it’s really looking at footfall and time spent in store, and where that smartphone is moving.”Ed Armishaw head of customer acquisition at Walkbase said: “Through the anonymous detection of Wi-Fi signals emitted from smartphones, retailers now have the ability to far better understand shopper behaviour in-store.“Everything from where they go, what they look at, how long they engage with a product and whether all this ultimately results in a sale, can all be anonymously monitored and used to make each experience more personal.”Apple and Google are also about to launch indoor-location services to retailers so that shoppers can be directed not just to stores, but also to the aisles and shelves that they are looking for.The wi-fi analytics industry is expected to be worth around £19 billion within five years, according to market experts. Marks & Spencer are trialling the technology in four stores Credit:Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A heatmap created by Walkbase showing customer movement in a large store The Finnish company Walkbase recently used its wi-fi analytics technology to monitor customers at Morrisons, to find out why people were abandoning baskets before reaching the checkout. They discovered that there were too few staff serving during peak periods, leading to shopper frustration.Topshop, another Walkbase client, changed its opening hours at its London Oxford Street flagship store, based on data taken from phones of customers, who had not logged onto the store’s wi-fi network. It also used smartphone data to check whether customers in fitting rooms were more likely to buy clothes if a call bell was fitted, so they could select alternative sizes.Alex Hanson, the regional controller for Arcadia, which owns Topshop said they had ‘only touched the tip of the iceberg’ of what the data could provide.Marks & Spencer is also currently trialling similar technology at four of its larger stores, although would not reveal which ones. Many stores also offer free wi-fi, but only if customers provide personal details or agree to terms and conditions which allow access to their online search history and give permission for their movements to be tracked, or details to be shared with third parties.However privacy campaigners say that customers are often unaware that they are being ‘watched’ through the mobile phone and are calling on stores to put up notices, in the same way that people are warned that they are on CCTV.“It’s a huge problem, and most people don’t even know that their own phone is being used to monitor them,” said Renata Samson, the Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch.“In some big shopping malls, you are actually being tracked from shop to shop.“Shops will say they are just trying to make the experience more personalised and better, but why aren’t there signs warning people that it is happening, like for CCTV?“When you login there need to be explicit opt-in procedures so people know what they are signing up for and can say whether they want their data to be used for analysis.“Not only is it an invasion of privacy but it’s a security risk. Nobody knows how safe these networks are, and who is to say that the wi-fi network you join is legitimate.” Topshop has already made changes based on analytics from wi-fi signals
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. “That is when the officer tried to disarm him, and you could see them using their weapons (batons) and they were hitting him on the legs – and he was not letting go.”He said he saw one of the officers bleeding from the lip or nose, and another from the top of their head.Police said the 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and assaulting a police officer. “He became even more aggressive and ran towards them with the weapon up in the air … from there the officers tackled him, pushed him over and then I think he ran backwards and fell over. A sword is recovered from the sceneCredit:Joel Goodman/LNP A police officer was hospitalised on Sunday evening after being seriously injured when he was slashed with a sword.Greater Manchester Police said the officer suffered facial and back injuries during the altercation which took place in broad daylight in Whalley Range, Manchester. Dramatic video captured the moment when several officers try to take down the man, using batons and tasers to get him to give up the weapon.A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident. None of the injuries suffered by the officer are life threatening, and he was discharged hours later.A number of roads were closed around the scene.One witness, who gave his name as Haroon, said he saw a man being arrested by officers at around 2.50pm, and claimed he had seen him “attacking the police”.Describing how the man was carrying a “3ft tool or sword”, he said he ran across the road into the front garden of a property on the street.”From there the police tried to stun him because he wasn’t dropping the weapon … I don’t know if the officer made a successful tase,” he added.
The Queen and Princess Margaret leaning against a large treeCredit:ITV “These days there is more noise from the air than in 1867, but Frogmore remains a wonderfully relaxing environment.” The monarch also chuckled when Sir David pointed out a sundial “neatly planted in the shade”.Asked how two nonagarians were still going strong, protecting the planet, he said: “We must be very lucky in our constitutions.“There are very many virtuous people I can think of who can’t walk at my age, so it’s a matter of luck isn’t it?” “There were problems in that where the palace is, geographically, there are always police sirens and ambulance sirens that make filming difficult,” he told the Radio Times. Heathrow airport is barely a seven mile drive from Frogmore House and its flight path passes very close to the royal retreat.It was suggested in 2015 that the monarch could receive millions of pounds in compensation to soundproof Windsor Castle due to the noise of planes from an expanded Heathrow.But aside from the noise pollution, the Queen and Sir David clearly revelled in each other’s company. Sir David Attenborough joins Her Majesty the Queen in the gardens of Buckingham Palace Credit:ITV In any other circumstance, two 91-year-olds strolling slowly around a garden, complaining about the prevalence of noisy aircraft would hardly be of note.But when that elderly couple happens to be the Queen and Sir David Attenborough, old friends and undisputed national treasures, the nature of their conversation is rather more of interest.As it happened, the pair’s genial chatter was marred by the aforesaid overhead din.The Queen could not contain her irritation. “Why do they go round and round when you want to talk?” she pondered aloud. “But she took it all in her stride. It was a privilege of course, a very nice occasion — and she was very gracious. “She is very unsolemn, very good at putting people at their ease.”At one point, the Queen teased Sir David because he was struggling to identify the nametags on two oak trees planted to celebrate the births of Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.“The truth was I couldn’t find my glasses,” he said. Sir David Attenborough joins Her Majesty the Queen in the gardens of Buckingham PalaceCredit:ITV The pair, who were born just a month apart, had met after the former agreed to escort Sir David personally around the Buckingham Palace tree collection.Their summer stroll was the culmination of a year’s filming that also involved her grandchildren, Prince William and Prince Harry, for the Queen’s Green Planet documentary, which follows the progress of a project known as the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which aims to create a network of forests around the globe, second only in size to the Amazon rainforest.Sir David admitted that despite their many previous meetings he was a little nervous about the garden walk because “all sorts of things could have gone wrong.” The Queen in the gardens of Buckingham Palace Credit:ITV Poking fun at the noisy aircraft favoured by US leaders, she joked: “Sounds like President Trump or President Obama.”It is not the first time the monarch has expressed frustration about living under a flight path.Last year, she bemoaned the increasing “noise from the air” that disturbs the peace when she is enjoying the gardens at Frogmore House in Windsor.In a pre-recorded message, she told BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time: “I very much hope you have enjoyed visiting Frogmore House and garden, which holds a special place in my family affections.“Indeed, I would echo the sentiments of Queen Victoria, who, 150 years ago, wrote of this dear lovely garden where all is peace and you only hear the gum of bees, the singing of the birds. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Show more Sgt Cooke said: “People have got far too heavy workloads, which contain a lot of risk, and that’s weighing very heavily on their minds.”The problem is that the relentlessness of the demand, leaves absolutely no time because officers are going from one job to the next job, to the next, with no time to in between, to download, to discuss, to reflect.”He said that he had also suffered from ‘low moods’, adding: “There’s been times in the last five to 10 years that I was adamant that as soon as I got an opportunity I was going to leave the service. I was fed up of it.”The Home Office said: “Our police officers do an incredibly difficult job and we take their physical and mental health very seriously.”That is why we have given £7.5 million to the recently-launched National Police Wellbeing Service which will improve the support provided to police officers and staff.”It is vital that chief officers give their staff the support they need and the Government welcomes the work being led by forces to promote officers’ health and wellbeing.” Richard Cooke, Chairman of West Midlands Police Federation, said officers are “broken and emotionally exhausted”. Police officers being signed off sick with stress and anxiety has doubled in the past five years, new freedom of information figures have revealed.One in 14 officers have had to take off time in the past year, a rise of 96 per cent overall.There are around 144,000 officers in the UK, and the figures show 10,684 officers needed leave to recover from stress, depression, anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder.In March 2014, the same figure was just 5,460 officers – with police chiefs blaming cuts to workforce numbers has added to the stress of the job.Of the 43 forces, only Cumbria, Dyfed Powys and Lincolnshire Police did not respond to the Freedom of Information request.West Midlands had the highest number of officers off sick, with 1,251 – double the previous year. The figure works out at around one in five of their entire force.This was followed by the Met Police, with 783, and 597 in Manchester.A total of 715 officers in Police Scotland took time off sick with stress compared to 723 the previous year, and 449 officers working for the PSNI took time off for stress.The force with the lowest number of officers taking time off for stress was Wiltshire, with just 63 cops off sick in the past year.
Mr Watson met Beech in July 2014 and encouraged him to take his allegations to the Metropolitan… Mr Watson has faced growing calls to stand down from his leadership role in the wake of the conviction of Carl Beech, who now faces years in jail for perverting the course of justice. Harvey Proctor is to stand against Tom Watson at the next election in revenge for the Labour deputy leader’s links to a paedophile who falsely accused him of the murder and torture of children. Beech, 51, from Gloucester, had invented false allegations that Mr Proctor along with Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan and Field Marshall Lord Bramall among others had murdered and raped young boys as part of a sadistic paedophile ring.
Jamaica Tallawahs 178/4 (R Taylor 51*, Lewis 49, Phillips 41, Lamichhane 2/21) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 131/9 (Gayle 24, Santokie 2/13, Imad Wasim 2/21, Zampa 2/38) by 47 runs Andre Russell of Jamaica Tallawahs (C) celebrates with teammate Glenn Phillips during the Hero Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park on August 15, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)CPLT20- Early pacesetters Jamaica Tallawahs made it three wins from three in the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 47-run victory over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on a night when run-scoring appeared at times almost impossible while at others six after six rained down on the Sabina Park stands.What would prove to be the pivotal moment came relatively early in the game, approaching the midway point of the Tallawahs innings. Having been inserted by the Patriots, Jamaica were 77/2 when Ross Taylor, having made just 6 from 10 balls, skewed an attempted drive to long-off off part-time off-spinner Anton Devcich.Devcich, though, had overstepped and the no-ball would prove costly; Taylor went on to blast an unbeaten 51 from 35 balls and take the game well beyond the Patriots.Taylor and Glenn Phillips (41) both accelerated dramatically from slow starts to help power the Tallawahs to 178/4 from their 20 overs despite more brilliance from Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (2/21) and some quality death bowling from Ben Cutting.And this trend continued in the Patriots innings during a bizarre Power Play which saw the Patriots deal almost exclusively in sixes. When the score reached 29/2 after five overs, 24 of those runs had come from just four strikes, while Evin Lewis – who now has 47 runs in his last eight T20 innings – and Tom Cooper had departed to high-class fast bowling from Oshane Thomas (1/26) and Krishmar Santokie (2/13).Chris Gayle – who spent most of the Tallawahs innings off the field with an injured hand – was remarkably watchful against that pair, collecting just a single run from the first 15 balls he faced but then struck three sixes and a four from his next eight before slicing off spinner Steven Jacobs to short third-man to leave the Patriots three down inside the first six overs and with too much work to do.Oshane Thomas of Jamaica Tallawahs celebrates the wicket of Evin Lewis (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals – the first six to six different bowlers – as the likes of Devon Thomas, Devcich and Cutting all tried and failed to breathe life into the Patriots innings.Adam Zampa snuffed out any hopes of a Patriots recovery when he ended a promising partnership between Carlos Brathwaite and Mahmudullah (22) with a googly that foxed the Bangladesh star and knocked back the off stump before the impressive Imad Wasim (2/21) truly ended the contest when he had Brathwaite smartly caught in the deep by Rovman Powell.With the game gone, Sheldon Cottrell enjoyed himself with a couple of huge sixes late in the innings before being cleaned up by the returning Santokie.The Tallawahs made a fine start with the bat, Kennar Lewis grabbing his opportunity at the top of the order after injury ruled out Johnson Charles.Having been the support act for Andre Russell’s match-winning performance against Trinbago Knight Riders back in game three, Lewis was the early star here as he dominated a Power Play that brought the Tallawahs 58 runs without loss before he fell just short of a half-century on 49 from 25 balls.After a tidy opening over from Cottrell, Lewis took charge. He drilled Jeremiah Louis’ first two deliveries straight back down the ground for six and four, and the big man showed there was more to his game than brute force with a delicate cut shot for four more.A mixed bag of an over from Devcich saw some short, wide deliveries go unpunished but also another six down the ground, while Lamichhane was dispatched over midwicket.Lamichhane took centre-stage and his revenge in his next over. After a fourth six of the night for Lewis, he perished looking for number five as Tom Cooper held a smart catch at long-off. Andre McCarthy was trapped lbw propping half-forward to a googly very next ball.That left this Caribbean clash with a distinctly New Zealand flavour as Taylor joined Phillips in the middle with Devcich bowling.And Devcich looked to have struck when he had Taylor caught at mid-off only for TV replays to confirm the foot fauly.Phillips duly deposited the resulting free hit over the ropes at midwicket, and it instantly felt like a key moment. As well as letting Taylor off the hook, which would prove so costly later, it also gave Phillips momentum as Jamaica suddenly jumped from an apparent 77/3 to 84/2.That significance was confirmed in the very next over when Phillips launched Cutting for another pair of sixes. Both were hit straight – the first brutally back over the bowler, the second somewhat fortuitously over the keeper. But the momentum shift was clear. From 15 off 21 before that free-hit, Phillips suddenly had 38 from 29 and the Tallawahs were beyond 100 with nine overs still to go.Things would shift again, though. With the innings slipping away from them, the Patriots turned again to their champion leg-spinner Lamichhane to change things. He may not have got the breakthrough himself, but he certainly did his job in an over that brought the Tallawahs only a single. Phillips duly aimed a huge slog at the first ball of Cutting’s follow-up over and was dismissed lbw, although replays suggested the ball would have gone on to miss leg stump.Lamichhane ended with figures of 2/21, just four runs coming from his final two overs at a time when the Tallawahs were looking to kick on. From 102/1 after 11 overs, Jamaica only made it to 113/3 from 15.Something had to give, and it was Taylor who made his move. Cottrell’s return to the attack was greeted with successive sixes, the first uppercut over backward point and the second smeared over square-leg.Like Phillips before him, Taylor had gone straight from first gear to fifth as a third six in four balls disappeared over deep midwicket when Brathwaite returned to the attack. It was all action now as Powell launched Brathwaite for successive sixes before falling to a catch in the deep looking for a third consecutive Hero Maximum.Cutting kept things impressively tight at the death, but Taylor was able to get through to his half-century in the final over and really make the Patriots pay for the let-off he was given when he had just 6 to his name.Upcoming Fixtures:Thursday 16 August – St Lucia Stars v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Darren Sammy National Cricket StadiumFriday 17 August – St Lucia Stars v Barbados Tridents (9pm), Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. 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A former director of Zimbabwe Cricket, Enock Ikope, has been banned from all cricket for ten years by the ICC, for breaching three counts of the Anti-Corruption Code.Ikope’s ban is related to the Anti-Corruption Unit’s investigation into the corrupt approach made in October 2017 to former captain Graeme Cremer by Rajan Nayer, a domestic cricket official in Zimbabwe. The ACU had established information during the investigation, which gave them reasonable grounds to suspect Ikope may have engaged in corrupt conduct as described in the Code.Nayer, who was handed a 20-year ban from all cricket-related activities last year, had been the treasurer and marketing director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA). Ikope, the ICC said, was bound by the Code and was required to fully cooperate with the investigations in his capacity as chairman of the HMCA and director of ZC.Ikope was charged with:Failure or refusal to cooperate with the ACU’s investigation by failing to provide accurately and completely the information and/or documentation requested by the ACU in January 2018. This included refusing to hand over his mobile phone and documents demanded by the ACU.Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU in relation to possible Corrupt Conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code in January and February 2018. This included further failures and delays in handing over his mobile phone and documents demanded by the ACU, while the breach in February arose as a result of deletion of data from his mobile phone before handing it over to the ACU.Ikope was banned by the Tribunal for five years in respect of each breach. The Tribunal ordered the first two of the five-year periods of ineligibility to run concurrently, with the penalty for the third breach of Article 2.4.7 to run consecutively, resulting in a total ban of 10 years.“We welcome this decision and the substantial sanction imposed on Mr Ikope which reflects the gravity of the offences,” Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager ACU said. “Non-cooperation and obstruction of our investigations by participants to the Code are simply not acceptable and I hope this and other recent sanctions sends out a clear message to anyone involved in the sport.“Once again we must thank an international captain, Graeme Cremer, for his absolute professionalism in recognizing the initial approach by Mr Nayer, rejecting and then reporting it. We are thankful to him and to Zimbabwe Cricket for all the help during the investigations”. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedZimbabwean official receives 20-year ICC ban for match-fixing attemptMarch 27, 2018In “Sports”Sanath Jayasuriya charged under ICC anti-corruption codeOctober 15, 2018In “latest news”Zimbabwe suspended by ICC over ‘government interference’July 18, 2019In “latest news”
Global Geoscience started trading on the Australain stock exchange on December 19, following the Sydney-based company’s successful A$3.3 million Initial Public Offer, which closed fully subscribed on December 7. “We are delighted with the level of interest shown in our Initial Public Offer,” Global Geoscience Managing Director, Mr Bernard Rowe, said. “It is a strong show of faith by investors in our exploration projects and our team and we look forward to commencing exploration activities early in the New Year. A 25-year hiatus in regional exploration has led to a critical shortage of new exploration projects of significant size. Global Geoscience wants to reverse that trend. With our experienced team and the advantage provided by our ‘Geoscience’ intellectual property, we believe we can make a real difference”.Global has accumulated a portfolio of highly prospective and wholly-owned gold, silver and copper/gold projects located in Peru, Mexico, Nevada and Australia. The company is targeting greenfields exploration projects that it has identified and advanced through prior exploration programs. The projects are now at the stage where they can be advanced to drill testing stage in a timely and cost effective manner. Rowe said that exploration programs planned for the first three months after listing would focus on key projects that have returned highly encouraging results from previous work conducted by the Company including:? Mancha Pampa in Peru is located 25 km south of the Yauricocha silver-copper-lead-zinc mine in central Peru. The project covers an area of extensive silica alteration with coincidental anomalous gold and arsenic in stream sediment samples. High silver, gold, copper and arsenic values have been obtained from reconnaissance soil geochemical sampling.? Dun Glen in Northern Nevada, USA, lies within 70 km of multi-million ounce gold mines at Florida Canyon, Gold Banks, Lone Tree, Copper Canyon, Battle Mountain and Sleeper. Two separate areas of interest have been defined by stream sediment geochemical sampling, geological mapping and geophysical data.? Tokop in Southern Nevada, USA, is located within the Walker Lane tectonic zone and within 60 km of major past-producing gold mines of Goldfield and Bullfrog. Gold mineralisation at Tokop occurs within a series of north-west and north-east trending ferruginous-siliceous zones and sheeted quartz veins developed within and adjacent to a multi-phase intrusive.? Denham Range in Queensland, Australia, is located within the Bowen Basin. A strong copper (>1,000ppm) and gold (>100ppb) soil geochemical anomaly is the main target and has not been previously tested by drilling. Rock chip channel samples collected by a previous explorer from a trench excavated across the soil anomaly produced a best result of 50 m at 0.3g/t Au and 2.2% Cu. “Drilling of these targets is planned to follow shortly thereafter, so we are looking forward to a very active period in the first 12 months of becoming a publicly-listed company.”
Geodex Minerals has cleared the final hurdle in its acquisition of a 53% controlling interest in Champlain Resources, having received final TSX Venture Exchange approval for the transaction. Geodex paid just over C$4.164 cash and 550,000 common shares for its stake in Champlain. Champlain’s principal asset is a 30% carried interest in Geodex’s Sisson Brook tungsten-molybdenum property in Nova Scotia.In mid-December, Geodex stood down the three drills which had been active since April on both of its two main projects in New Brunswick. Drilling will continue in January in several areas to finish up programs. Drilling with three machines will resume in April 2008 to continue operations at Sisson Brook and in the Mount Pleasant camp.The Sisson Brook tungsten-molybdenum deposit remains the company’s flagship project and it saw an aggressive program of drilling and engineering in 2007, which culminated in a positive scoping study by Wardrop Engineering in November. A total of 20,400 m were drilled in 2007 – mostly infill drilling in Zone III, to take the open-pit resource to Measured and Indicated status – but also in successful testing of extensions and satellite zones. One new discovery hole on the east flank of Zone III returned 0.305% Mo and 0.080% WO3 over an interval of 85.5 m, one of the best intersections reported in Canada in 2007. Many new targets have been staked or acquired in the belt for exploration and drilling in 2008.In the Mount Pleasant area, survey work was carried out throughout the year to prepare many of the Geodex targets around the former mine for drill testing. By year-end, over 7,000 m of drilling had taken place on seven of these mineralised areas, about half of this on the Pughole-Whopper discovery west of the old mine. Work will continue throughout this belt in 2008 to further develop many of those targets.
The International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) presents Leadership Matters – Managing Fatal Risk Guidance, a new publication focusing on the pro-active actions and behaviours that may be exercised by managers of operations and site leadership teams to help eliminate the risk of fatalities. It urges leaders to set the tone and direction of ‘what is important’ through visible and felt leadership and presents a series of self-diagnostic prompts – built around a risk management framework – to help identify gaps in safety management systems.The report should be read in conjunction with ICMM’s earlier report aimed at Chief Executives and corporate leaders – Leadership matters: The elimination of fatalities.Both reports provide checklist-based advice on three key themes: Live the vision of zero fatalities Focus on high potential events Recognise the fallibility of people and systems.For further information please contact Andrew Mackenzie.
South African based geospatial services company Geomatica has re-launched as GeoM following a major evolution in its business. The company, which specialises both in airborne and terrestrial laser scanning projects, has made a significant investment in new laser scanning hardware, recruited experienced professionals and undertaken a complete marketing makeover. GeoM says it “is responding to market demands in southern Africa for an end to end service provider with experience in all aspects of data capture, processing and delivery.”“The domestic and international markets are changing rapidly and we could no longer remain complacent with our current service offering portfolio,” commented newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Dean Polley. “By investing in new equipment, new people, a new office, new name and a new look we can offer a complete ‘earth to sky’ laser measurement capability including some soon to be announced leading edge innovations.”GeoM is a leading South African service provider of airborne laser mapping solutions; specialising in vegetation management services, power line and tower infrastructure maintenance and management to the electricaltransmission industry. It also offers a range of mapping and surveying services to the mining industry including stockpile volume surveys, open-pit mine mapping and safety monitoring.GeoM can acquire LiDAR, Orthophotos, Oblique images, UV, IR, HD video imagery and hyperspectral data from a range of platforms including standard survey aircraft, helicopters and gyrocopters as well as terrestrial and mobile solutions. GeoM has completed projects across the African region including road surveys in Botswana, quarry mapping in South Africa and a deep sea port project in Cameroon.The company has undergone a marketing makeover launching a new corporate identity including logo and website and will shortly move into purpose built office accommodation within the prestigious Oxford Office Park development in Highveld Techno Park, Centurion.“These are exciting times both for GeoM and the laser mapping market in this region,” added Polley. “GeoM is now ideally placed to move forward with addressing demanding market expectations.”