Jonathan Vilma, the most aggressive attacker of the New Orleans Saints bounty program suspensions and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, has been place on the physically unable to perform list. And so, his battle to be reinstated to play this year was overturned on Friday, but off-season knee surgery will not allow him to play for at least five more games.Vilma, who was called the “ring leader” of the so-called bounty system where players were paid to injury opponents, will be eligible to return after Week 7. The Saints, who will have their bye in Week 6, opted to put Vilma on the PUP list after his roster exemption expired Monday.Vilma, 30, can participate in team meetings and will be allowed to use the Saints’ training and medical facilities. But the three-time Pro Bowler cannot practice with the team.Vilma had his season-long suspension overturned Friday by a three-member appeals panel, which ruled that Goodell did not have authority to punish players for any salary-cap violations committed in the Saints’ alleged bounty scheme. Vilma countered with suits challenging Goodell’s authority and said the commissioner’s signaling out of him as a participant damaged his reputation.Granted the reprieve by the panel, Vilma attended the Saints’ season-opening 40-32 defeat to the Washington Redskins. He did not suit up for that game, but Vilma led the Superdome crowd in a spirited pregame “Who Dat” chant and watched the game from the sideline.New Orleans sure could have used Vilma’s prowess on defense, as Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III masterfully dissected the Saints’ defense to the tune of 320 yards passing and two touchdowns while giving up 40 points. The Redskins also ran the ball effectively. In short, the Saints’ defense was dominated by an offense that had not shown itself to be that potent in the preseason.
20092.72.63.53.912.7 Once we have those ratings, we can add them up to get an overall score for each playoff game. Unsurprisingly, wild-card games have the lowest average score, followed by divisional games, conference championships and the Super Bowl. (Hey! It works!) But this year’s opening weekend scored lower than the typical wild-card round in three of four categories; total scoring was the only metric in which it didn’t underperform, and even then, these games were basically average by wild-card standards. Pittsburgh’s 30-12 blowout over Miami was the eighth-lowest-rated wild-card game since 1990, and the rest of the opening weekend’s slate didn’t fare much better.4The highest-rated game of the weekend was, remarkably, Houston-Oakland, which ranked 43rd among the 108 wild-card games played since 1990.Overall, it was the fourth-worst wild-card weekend since 1990 according to my measure of game quality: Wild card avg.22.214.171.124.411.7 The good news is that things should get much better from here. Although New England is a massive favorite over Houston, the rest of the divisional round is filled with high-quality teams who should be relatively closely matched. That’s not always a guarantee of great football — looking back at my college-bowl grades, how about the barn-burner that was my highest-rated matchup? (Clemson trounced Ohio State 31-0 … oops.) — but it can’t hurt, particularly after the relative snoozefest that opened the playoffs. 20126.96.36.199.913.3 199188.8.131.52.610.4 19902.33.12.43.411.2 20052.62.92.34.011.8 199184.108.40.206.510.3 20012.72.92.83.011.4 20220.127.116.11.512.0 19918.104.22.168.511.2 If you’re like me, the start of the NFL playoffs is always a source of excitement — until you remember that the two best teams in each conference have bye weeks, leaving the dregs of the postseason field to play games that aren’t much better than the league’s standard regular-season fare. Sometimes wild-card games can rise above all that, producing classic games in spite of themselves, but those games are the exception to the rule.Even by those low standards, this weekend’s wild-card action was full of duds. Texans-Raiders was one of the ugliest on-paper playoff matchups in recent memory — and it ended up being arguably the weekend’s most exciting game. Every matchup was decided by double digits, only one featured an above-average amount of scoring,1Relative to the NFL’s regular-season average of 46 total points per game. and there was only one upset in the bunch (if you even could call it that — our Elo ratings gave Oakland a slight edge over Houston, though Elo didn’t know about Oakland’s mess at QB). Add it all up, and it was one of the worst wild-card rounds since the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990.We can measure the quality of each playoff game using a metric similar to the one I used to grade college football bowls. To rate the NFL games, I graded each postseason matchup since 1990 by summing up four different five-point ratings2Where the average is 3, the maximum is 5, and the lowest possible score is 1.: how good the teams were, how close the game was, how many points were scored, and how much upset potential the game had.3Here’s how each is defined in more detail:How good the teams were. This is based on the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame Elo ratings. Better matchups, like Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks, get a 5; worse ones, such as 1999’s Cardinals-Cowboys wild-card tilt, get a 1.How close the game was. For this, I estimated the average margin of the game at any given moment, from the perspective of the eventual winner. Higher grades are given to great comebacks — see the Bills’ epic 1993 victory over the Oilers — and to nail-biters like the Giants’ last-second win over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXV. Lower grades go to laughers like the Jaguars’ 62-7 demolition of Miami in 2000.How much scoring the teams did. This is just the total number of points scored in the game. (High-scoring games aren’t always exciting, but they tend to be more watchable than grind-it-out defensive struggles.) The Cardinals’ 51-45 win over the Packers in 2010 gets a 5; the Steelers’ inelegant 7-6 victory over the Patriots in 1998 gets a 1.How much upset potential the game had. All else being equal, possible upsets make for interesting games. So for this category, I estimated the underdog’s average win probability at any given moment in the game. Games where the underdog dominates, such as when Baltimore thrashed New England in 2010, score highest; ones where the favorite’s victory was never in doubt, like when Tim Tebow’s Broncos never had a chance against the Pats in 2012, score lowest. 20062.13.22.92.710.9 20072.23.12.93.711.9 Conf. champ.3.63.13.03.112.8 19922.214.171.124.211.6 20126.96.36.199.011.1 20188.8.131.52.010.7 20184.108.40.206.211.5 20042.12.83.33.711.9 199220.127.116.11.813.2 20102.33.23.03.912.4 20082.53.22.93.512.1 19918.104.22.168.211.1 19922.214.171.124.610.3 199126.96.36.199.511.5 The best NFL wild-card weekends (1990-present) 20188.8.131.52.612.4 Super Bowl4.13.03.23.313.6 Divisional3.13.03.03.012.0 20032.32.93.12.911.2 20002.53.32.64.112.5 PLAYOFF YEARGOOD TEAMSCLOSE GAMESHI SCORINGUPSET CHANCETOTAL SCORE 199184.108.40.206.612.2 AVERAGE SCORE OF GAMES IN ROUND Each game is graded on a five-point scale in four categories: how good the teams were, how close the score was throughout the game, how many points were scored and the chances of an upset throughout the game.Based on data from Pro-Football-Reference.com 20022.03.23.43.912.6
Logan Schuss, Buckeye lacrosse midfielder, received ECAC Co-Rookie of the Week honors after an impressive performance in the ‘Showdown in the ‘Shoe.’ The British Columbia native had a team-best and game-high four points with two goals and two assists against Air Force. Schuss leads the ECAC in points per game and is second in total points. He leads the Buckeyes with 21 assists and is the second leading scorer with 22 goals. This season Schuss has accumulated four conference player of the week selections, three rookie of the week awards and was named offensive player of the week March 29.Senior co-captain Justin Kronauge of the men’s tennis team received his third nod as Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Week this week. Kronauge was a key player in securing two singles and two doubles matches in route to the Buckeyes’ fifth-consecutive Big Ten regular-season title. Kronauge, No. 40 in the nation, holds the team-high 32 wins. This season has propelled Kronauge to becoming the third Buckeye to have more than 100 singles wins and more than 100 doubles wins. Kronauge and his doubles partner, junior Balazs Novak, are undefeated on the season with 16 wins.The No. 23 women’s golf team received its 16th consecutive bid for the NCAA Regional Tournament. With a No. 4 seed, the Buckeyes travel to the West Regional in Stanford, Calif., May 6-8. The Buckeyes have met and beat 10 of the 24 teams competing in the West and are the only Big Ten representative in the West. The Buckeyes must finish in the top 8 teams to advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
The Ohio State men’s tennis team won its first two matches of the NCAA Championship on Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes, along with 15 other teams, will now advance to round three of the tournament in Stanford, Calif. OSU shut out Notre Dame and Ball State, winning the first two rounds of the tournament, 4-0. Playing doubles for the Buckeyes this weekend were senior Matt Allare and redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt, junior Chase Buchanan and senior Shuhei Uzawa, and freshman Blaz Rola and senior Balazs Novak. “There was so much at stake today,” coach Ty Tucker said after the match against Notre Dame. “We got to be ready to play.” The Buckeyes played hard against Notre Dame, winning the doubles point after two 8-2 victories from pairs Buchanan and Uzawa, and Rola and Novak. The last three points for the Buckeyes came from three singles victories by Novak, Rola and Allare. Novak sped through his match winning, 6-0, 6-2, against Notre Dame’s Blas Moros. Rola finished soon after, beating Casey Watt, 6-2, 6-2. Scoring the final point for the Buckeyes was Allare, with a score of 6-2, 6-3 against Notre Dame’s Greg Andrews. “They’re a really tough team,” Kobelt said of Notre Dame. “They’ve got great coaches and great players one through six.” OSU came out strong against Ball State in the first round of the tournament Friday. “We have to take what we can get,” Kobelt said of the hot weather. “It’s the kind of stuff we’ll deal with if we go out to California.” Novak and Rola were the first to finish their match, beating Ball State opponents Shaun Bussert and Austin Sansone, 8-0. Finishing soon after, fellow teammates Buchanan and Uzawa won their match against Ball State’s Zane Smith and Derek Carpenter, 8-3, clinching the doubles point for the Buckeyes. Allare and Kobelt finished their match early, 6-4, because the Buckeyes had already won the doubles point after the first two OSU doubles wins. Competing in singles and earning the team’s last three points were Rola, Buchanan, Allare, redshirt sophomore Devin McCarthy, Novak and Kobelt. McCarthy finished first, beating Ball State’s Alexandre Brym, 6-1, 6-2. He was followed soon after by Allare, who won his match, 6-3, 6-2, and Buchanan, who won his match, 6-1, 6-0. “I think I played well,” McCarthy said after his match. “It’s always a little nerve-racking going into the first round of the tournament.” OSU will now advance to the third round of the NCAA Championship Tournament, and face off against either Texas or Tulsa at 6 p.m. May 19.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon (25) avoids the tackle of Massachusetts defensive back Randall Jette in the second quarter on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers defeated UMass, 45-0.Credit: Courtesy of MCTWisconsin running back Montee Ball tied the all-time NCAA record for total touchdowns last season when he scored a seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter against Ohio State.Tying the record was just part of a 191-yard rushing performance on 39 carries against the Buckeyes when the two teams met at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., last year. Ball has since moved on to the NFL’s Denver Broncos, but the Wisconsin rushing attack has the potential to give the Buckeyes trouble once again when the two teams meet Saturday at 8 p.m. in Columbus.“I can’t imagine two better backs on the same team,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday about Wisconsin’s top two running backs, redshirt-sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White.Through their first four games of the season, Wisconsin leads the nation with 1,399 rushing yards.Meyer specifically described Gordon, who is the Football Bowl Subdivision’s leading rusher with 624 rushing yards, as a “tremendous player.”Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, who is in his first year with the Badgers after previously coaching at Utah State, said Gordon is one of the best running backs he has ever coached or been around.“(Gordon) developed some patience within the tackles. He has tremendous speed and his God-given ability is unbelievable,” Andersen said. “He’s turned into a speed back and a power back and he’s a patient back, which is a vicious combination.”The majority of Wisconsin’s offensive production so far this season has come from their ground game. In addition to Gordon leading the nation, White ranks 10th nationally with 442 rushing yards. The Badgers have run the ball 175 times and have scored 15 rushing touchdowns, while they have completed 62 of 99 passing attempts for 792 yards and six touchdowns.Nonetheless, OSU redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby said Wednesday the Buckeyes defense could be victimized for big plays if they do not take the Badgers passing offense seriously.“They’ll lull you to sleep with the run,” Roby said.With exactly eight yards per passing attempt and 7.99 yards per rushing play, Wisconsin’s average yards per play has been nearly identical between its passing and rushing offenses.The team’s early lean toward running the football has been, at least in part, in the interest of managing the clock in Wisconsin’s three wins. The Badgers won each of those games by at least 31 points, and ran the ball at least 20 more times than they passed the ball. When the Badgers lost to Arizona State, 32-30, on Sept. 14, the team had 31 passing attempts and 32 rushing attempts.Wisconsin’s leading receiver, redshirt-senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, said Tuesday he expects the offense to be more evenly balanced against OSU.“Going into every game, you expect to throw the ball,” Abbrederis said. “When we throw it, we have to come down with it and make some plays.”The Buckeyes have a potent rushing offense of their own. While Wisconsin has the FBS’ leading rushing offense, OSU ranks second with 1,244 rushing yards.The leader of that effort thus far this season has been redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall, who has 422 rushing yards, good for 13th in the nation, through the first four games.Senior running back Carlos Hyde, who ran five times for 41 yards and also caught a one-yard touchdown pass in his season debut last Saturday against Florida A&M, is also expected to figure prominently in the Buckeyes’ offense versus Wisconsin. Hyde ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns as OSU’s starting running back last season, but was suspended for the first three games of this season for his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July.Practicing against such high-caliber backs like Gordon and White is helping to prepare the Badgers defense to go up against the Buckeyes’ backfield, according to Wisconsin redshirt-senior defensive end Pat Muldoon.“It’s great going against those guys (Gordon and White) … and our third running back, (freshman Corey Clement). They all challenge us every day (in practice),” Muldoon said. “When we do live tackling, it always makes you better as a defense when you have to try to tackle really good running backs, so it’ll help us with the good runners Ohio State has.”Those runners, Muldoon said, also include the Buckeyes’ two quarterbacks, junior Braxton Miller and redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton.Miller ranked third among all FBS quarterbacks with 1,271 rushing yards last season, but he has not played since suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee versus San Diego State Sept. 7.Guiton, who won back-to-back Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards starting in Miller’s place, is also a capable runner, gaining 186 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown, on 25 rushing attempts this season.Although he said Wednesday Miller will “probably start” Saturday, Meyer has not officially named a starting quarterback for the game, instead listing the two quarterbacks as co-starters on this week’s depth chart.The possibility of going up against either quarterback hasn’t affected Wisconsin’s preparation “at all,” Andersen said.“They’re both great quarterbacks,” Andersen said of Miller and Guiton. “The scheme doesn’t change drastically. Sometimes when you prepare for two quarterbacks, there’s a drastic change or even just a little change in the scheme. I don’t see a drastic change in scheme with both of these quarterbacks.”Muldoon said the OSU offense is “similar” regardless of which quarterback plays.“They can both make plays with their feet, they can both make plays with their arm, so the offense doesn’t change much,” Muldoon said. “We’re preparing for a really athletic, good quarterback back there either way.”Regardless of whether one or both of OSU’s quarterbacks play, each team’s ability to run the ball against the opposing defense is expected to play a key role in Saturday’s outcome.“It’s obviously one of those classic smash-mouth games,” redshirt-senior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort said Wednesday. “Who wins the rushing game (will be key); that’s usually what it is in football.”The Buckeyes will be looking to extend their winning streak against Wisconsin to three games, and their overall winning streak to 17 games, Saturday.The Badgers, on the other hand, will be looking for redemption after two close losses in the team’s past two matchups. Wisconsin lost in overtime to OSU in Madison last season, and lost 33-29 two years ago in Columbus.Wisconsin is the three-time defending Big Ten conference champion, but with one loss already on their record, the No. 23-ranked Badgers are considered underdogs against the undefeated, No. 4-ranked Buckeyes.Abbrederis said he is not paying attention to OSU’s ranking or winning streak.“We’ve kind of been the underdogs for the past three years, so it’s kind of familiar territory,” Abbrederis said. “We’re just going to go out there and just do our best. At the end of the day, we’re just trying to reach our goal. It’s not about stopping somebody’s streak or whatever … it’s about getting where we want to be.”
Then-junior tight end Jeff Heuerman (86) is tackled out of bounds during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Lantern file photoAs we rapidly close in on the top five, The Lantern continues its countdown of the top 10 most important Buckeyes for the 2014 Ohio State football season.No. 6: Jeff Heuerman, senior tight endEvery season since Ben Hartsock’s 2003 departure, Buckeye fans across the state have been saying “this is the year” an OSU tight end becomes a key part of the passing game. Over time, after repeated underwhelming displays of production from the position, that statement has become a question.Is this the year?After years of failure, 2013 was a step in the right direction.In 2004 and 2005 it was Ryan Hamby’s chance. He’s best known for a dropped touchdown against Texas in 2005 that could have won the game. From 2006 to 2008 it was Rory Nicol’s chance, but he never managed more than 13 receptions.In 2009 Jake Ballard proved to be a solid player and had a key reception in OSU’s Rose Bowl win against Oregon, but he was not key to the offense.Jake Stoneburner broke through with 21 catches in 2010 and seven touchdowns in 2011, but he was more of an oversized receiver and still didn’t ooze production.After Stoneburner’s departure in 2012, this past season was finally Heuerman’s chance to shine.Heuerman tallied 26 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns –– easily the best tight end production OSU has had in a decade –– and proved to be a valuable safety valve for then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller.In 2014, Heuerman’s importance to the team will go well beyond his number of catches or his trips to the end zone. The most important thing will be when those catches occur.Miller is now a senior with another offseason under his belt, but he missed all of spring practice with a shoulder injury. He is expected to be set to go for the season opener, but that injury, and his injury in 2013 that caused then-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton to step in and attempt 109 passes, served as a wake-up call for coach Urban Meyer and his staff.For this team to be successful, Miller must be healthy, and Heuerman can do a lot to ensure he stays that way. Not only is he a strong blocker on the edge, Heuerman’s ability to bail Miller out in tough situations can prevent the signal caller from running as often as normal.Miller is certainly a runner first, but that might have to change of OSU is to be successful, and having the frame of Heuerman on the field gives him a near sure thing to check down to.Heuerman checks in at 6 feet, 5 inches and 255 pounds. He is an imposing presence on the field and the Buckeyes should hope to –– and expect to –– see a jump in his production for 2014.So is this the year? Does it really even matter?Heuerman put up great numbers last year, and as long as he continues his production and elevates his game, even more balls should be headed his way.OSU’s first game of the season is scheduled for Aug. 30 when the Buckeyes face Navy in Baltimore, Md.
With just one win — or a Michigan State loss — in the way of Ohio State and a ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game, coach Urban Meyer said staying healthy is the key to winning late in the season.Meyer spoke on the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon and addressed OSU’s goal of clinching a spot in the conference title game, the development of junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker and his unwavering stance on redshirting players. He also talked about the upcoming matchup with Indiana and reiterated praise for one Hoosier offensive weapon.Meyer said he hopes his players understand that “they clinch a spot in the championship game with a win.”Meyer said the Buckeyes had probably their best Sunday practice of the season this week.He said Decker is a “model citizen for a team and program … he’s a much better player too.”Meyer on Decker: “I can’t say enough about how much he’s grown in two years.”Meyer said he “probably should have played” freshman defensive lineman Sam Hubbard earlier this season because “he’s doing really, really good.” Meyer added that it’s too hard to burn a year of eligibility by putting a player on the field this late in the season.Meyer said he still doesn’t intend to redshirt players off the bat. “If you’re not good enough, you won’t play or if you’re hurt, you won’t play,” he said. “If you’re recruiting a good player, play him.”He singled out redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple and redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee as two players who benefited from sitting out a season.Meyer said he doesn’t expect Apple to be at OSU for five years. “My guess is, if he continues to improve, that they move on,” he said.On what the key to winning in November is, Meyer said: “Without question, it’s the health of your team and managing practice.”He singled out freshman linebacker Dante Booker and freshman safety Erick Smith as two young players who are excelling late in the season after developing throughout the year.Meyer said Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman is “ridiculous.” Coleman ran for 307 yards in a loss to Rutgers last week.He added that Coleman is “definitely an NFL running back.”Meyer said sophomore punter Cameron Johnston had his “worst day this year” against Minnesota last Saturday.He said current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had a similar impact at Utah that redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett has had in place of senior Braxton Miller this season.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Indiana on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer sings ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a game against Indiana on Nov. 22 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-27, in Spencer’s second-to-last game at the Horseshoe.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn the span of four seasons, the Ohio State senior class has experienced a 24-game winning streak, a 23-game Big Ten winning streak and a crushing loss in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game.While the success the seniors have had is significant, there’s still something missing.OSU is already set to play in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis, but 24 seniors will be honored this week when the Buckeyes take on Michigan on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.Starting with the Wolverines, coach Urban Meyer said the seniors’ legacy will be decided over the next two weeks.“This book’s not written yet,” Meyer said Monday. “So I’m pleased with it. But these next couple are going to … be their legacy, our legacy, I should say.”Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said finding a way to win against the Wolverines is what makes a Buckeye’s legacy.“Whatever you do in this game is immortalized forever,” Spencer said Monday. “If you go for three touchdowns or you have however many tackles or you have however many sacks, everybody’s gonna remember this, really, forever. This game is just, it means a lot to us. And it means even more to us seniors.”As a senior set to play in his fourth Michigan game, Spencer — whose father, Tim, is a former Buckeye running back and assistant coach — said he has negative feelings every time he lays his eyes on the Wolverines.“I’ve … grown to not like them very much ever since birth,” the younger Spencer said. “So every time I see it, every time I hear that fight song, every time I see those damn helmets, I just, not great feelings come up.”When the players donning Michigan’s maize and blue uniforms are sitting in Ohio Stadium this weekend — by Spencer or anyone else — they will have a chance to derail OSU’s national championship hopes. At No. 6 in the College Football Playoff Standings, the Buckeyes would likely miss out on the top four come season’s end if they take a second loss.But even with so much on the line, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman said he’s simply looking forward to a good game in his last time taking the field in Columbus.“I just hope it’s a good game. It’s my last game in the Horseshoe,” Heuerman said Monday. “Obviously we’re just gonna go out and play as hard as we can, and we’ll see. Hopefully it’ll turn out in our favor.”While he mentioned the game will be his last at Ohio Stadium, Heuerman said he didn’t “even want to think about that.” He stressed how much the school has meant to him, but added he’s looking forward to the next step.“I just loved it so much and I just don’t want it to end. I love college, man, I love Ohio State,” he said. “I honestly just don’t want it to end, but it’s been a good ride, and all good things come to an end and move on to the next chapter.”As the seniors’ time in Columbus winds down, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said he’s proud of the leadership his class has provided.“I think our leadership on this team and in this senior class is very good, at least that’s my personal opinion because I’m part of it,” he said Monday.But Bennett added there’s still unfinished business, meaning there’s still time for his class to leave its mark on the younger players and the program in general.“At the same time, nobody here has ever won a Big Ten championship or anything like that,” he said. “So it would be very important as the leaders to rally a lot of these young players that have been contributing.”Senior cornerback Doran Grant said the class got together and discussed what they needed to do before moving on to the next step in life.“We just sat back and really talked to each other, a lot of guys in our class, like, ‘We haven’t won anything since we’ve been here,’” Grant said. “We won a couple (division) championships, but we haven’t won a Big Ten title or anything bigger than that. So that’s our main goal is to win the Big Ten championship and, of course, beat the team up north.”Like many OSU players before him, Grant grouped beating Michigan in with winning championships. And while the Buckeye seniors haven’t picked up a championship of their own, a win on Saturday would give them a career winning record against the Wolverines.Spencer said he’s glad to be playing his last Michigan game in Columbus instead of Ann Arbor, Mich., and stressed he’ll do anything he must to come away with a win.“I’m glad I don’t have to go back to Ann Arbor and I don’t plan on ever going back,” Spencer said. “And I’m gonna do whatever I can to beat ‘em up pretty good this week and go out 3-1 against them.”Kickoff between OSU and Michigan is set for noon.
Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson celebrates a point with his teammates in the 2017 NCAA tournament. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (9-2, 2-0 MIVA) swept No. 14 Fort Wayne (9-2, 1-1 MIVA) in three straight sets to maintain an undefeated conference record.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said it was not clear going into the match whether to expect a three-, four- or five-set match.“They’re a much improved team, but they had a really, really tough year last year. Improvement is kind of in the eye of the beholder,” Hanson said. “They’re playing a bunch of sophomores, and some freshmen and maybe a junior, and I think the experience and the moment kind of favored us.”The first set foreshadowed a good serving match for the Buckeyes, who amounted four service aces in the first set alone. Fort Wayne struggled with receiving serves and were unable to run an aggressive offense, averaging a .143 as a team. Mastodon redshirt outside hitter Colton Stone carried Fort Wayne in kills, contributing five of its nine total kills.Ohio State also struggled with attacking in the first set, hitting a .143. Despite matching Fort Wayne’s hitting percentage, the Buckeyes won the set 25-23.Mastodon blockers were successful in moving from pin to pin across the net and keeping the ball on Ohio State’s side, but the Buckeyes countered with good defense by staying light on their feet and moving to the ball. The Buckeyes picked up their offense in the second set, hitting a match-high .393 hitting percentage and shutting down Fort Wayne’s defense and counterattacks. Ohio State middle blockers Blake Leeson and Nick Laffin showed force from the middle, contributing seven kills, helping the Buckeyes win 25-19.The night seemed to go downhill for the Mastodons in the final set with their hitting percentage dropping to -.125 for the set. Both teams passed well, but Ohio State had a better handle on the ball that allowed them to surge ahead. The Buckeyes felt comfortable enough to sub in sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbliss and sophomore setter Andrew Hillman for some late-set gameplay. Toward the beginning, the teams were close, but leading 5-4, Ohio State went on a 10-3 point run to put them at 15-7. The third set was the lowest scoring for Fort Wayne, who lost to the Buckeyes by 11 points, 25-14.“I think Fort Wayne struggled with connecting on their pins,” Leeson said. “I think their offense was a little too fast for their own ability in some cases, forcing thins, trying to get split blocks and it worked sometimes, but they were high-error.”After the match, Hanson said he thought the team’s serving played an important role in its win. “Our servers put a lot of pressure on their passers and their offense and if you look at the stats, their hitting numbers got worse as the match went on because our serving got better as the match went on,” he said.The Buckeyes ended the weekend on a high note, starting conference season off 2-0 after their victories against Ball State and Fort Wayne. Ohio State will continue conference play at St. John Arena, facing Lindenwood University on Thursday and Quincy University on Saturday.
She added: “I find the constant repetition of the same actors becomes almost farcical.”If you’re in the middle of watching a drama, you’ll think, ‘Hang on, weren’t they in EastEnders?’ and you’ve missed a whole section because you’re trying to place the actor.”The author has also been vocal about her hatred of gratuitous violence against women on screen, fearing too much television set out to glamorise it or make scenes titilating.La Plante had worked on the original series of Prime Suspect, helping it become a television hit before leaving after the third series after becoming unhappy with the way Tennison’s character was developing.In particular, she has said, she disliked Tennison being written as an alcoholic, and resented the fictional glass ceiling she had hit “with which I didn’t necessarily agree”. The television series is based on La Plante’s novel Lynda La Plante, the authorCredit:Andrew Crowley She has made no secret of her televisual tastes, famously abandoning the original incarnation of Prime Suspect when she disagreed with how producers had treated her lead character.Lynda La Plante, the author, has now walked away from the much-anticipated prequel, it has been confirmed, after disputes over how Jane Tennison’s story was to be told.La Plante, the bestselling author, had been snapped up as the writer of the new ITV drama, based on her book Tennison and telling the tale of the young officer navigating the police force in her early days.But ITV have now confirmed they have parted ways, as a representative for La Plante said she is “very sad” about the decision. Martini, the actress who will star in the Prime Suspect prequelCredit:Getty A spokesman for La Plante said he would not be commenting on the reason for the artistic difference, with the author herself insisting she has not seen the finished programme and could not judge whether she was happy with the choice of actress. She has previously been clear about her hopes for the series, saying she was personally undertaking to find a brand new star from drama school.Last year, she told newspapers: “I don’t want a known actress, that would be very dangerous.”We’re looking at new girls. She can’t be exquisite, she has to have weight to her, a stillness, a strength. The hunt is on; I want to find her.” Dame Helen Mirren, who launched to television fame in Prime SuspectCredit:ITV While she was initially credited as the writer of the series, a spokesman for the television channel has now said they are grateful to the author for “allowing us to adapt her brilliant book”. There has been speculation about disagreements over casting, with Stefanie Martini announced in the title role earlier this year.The actress, who plays the “young Helen Mirren” in the prequel, has previously starred in Endeavour and Doctor Thorne, the Julian Fellowes adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s novel for ITV earlier this year. She has since disclosed: “I have never seen the latter series of Prime Suspect. I had created what I thought became an iconic character.”I would not have let her be a drunk. I thought she’d fought too hard. I didn’t want to see the final series.”In an interview last year, she agreed the Tennison book and television series was an attempt to “regain control” over her own character.The prequel, a six-part series called Prime Suspect 1973 , is currently in post-production at ITV.It tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison’s first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry. Stefanie Martini in Doctor ThorneCredit:ITV La Plante told Waitrose Weekend magazine that her decision to leave the ITV series was “a sad one, more than anything else really.”Asked whether she is happy with the choice of Martini, she said: “I don’t know, I haven’t seen it.”Her spokesman confirmed that she had left, repeating that it was a “sad” decision.A spokesman for ITV said: “Lynda La Plante has decided to step back from the drama series Prime Suspect 1973.”ITV will continue to produce and broadcast the six part series, which will come to air in 2017.”We are grateful to Lynda for allowing us to adapt her brilliant book Tennison.” 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.
People on social media have been debating whether women should have to wear high heels and make-up at work, after a report by MPs found that businesses are leaving women in pain by enforcing discriminatory dress codes.While some say it is important to look smart, and that women in certain jobs should have to do so by wearing high heels and make-up, others say such a stance is discriminatory and point out that men don’t have to wear similarly restrictive clothing. Piers Morgan has been among those to weigh in on the report, which was commissioned after a London receptionist, Nicola Thorp, went to the press after being fired from a temporary job last year for not wearing high heels, which she said were painful.Her parliamentary petition on the issue gained more than 150,000 signatures.Morgan was accused of sexism by social media users after the daytime television host said he “likes women to wear high heels at work”.Here’s how social media has reacted to the news.Piers Morgan said he likes women to wear high heels at work No enforced dress code on @Commonswomequ-it’s just we all like red jackets except @jessphillips ! @FlickD @lucyallan pic.twitter.com/kiAG6QDXlU— Maria_Miller (@Maria_MillerMP) January 25, 2017 The Women and Equalities Select Committee weighed in My footwear today @LadybridgeHigh Strong Safe and Resilient project day. #dresscode #noheels pic.twitter.com/kXpchav8Ny— Julie Tweedale (@FpsJulie) January 25, 2017 What do you think? I like women wearing heels at work. Does that make me sexist?@GMB— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 25, 2017 Others have said they like their high heels Sarah Wood said they are a ‘dinosaur dress code’ Should women have to learn a new way to walk in order to work? Many have tweeted about the comfortable shoes they wear to work Are school uniforms for girls more uncomfortable? High heels are dinosaur dress code & ought to be extinct in modern workplace – thx @bbc5live for having me on this morning!— Sarah Wood (@sarahfwood) January 25, 2017 Heels at work…. pic.twitter.com/Vpy8T9oISp— Susanna Reid (@susannareid100) January 25, 2017 High heels aren’t suitable for every workplace As we’re on sexist dress codes, logical to talk about how much less comfortable girls’ school uniforms are than boys’. Especially shoes.— Sally Peck (@mathildeny) January 25, 2017 Does having to wear suit and tie in summer count as sexist dress code against men ? #dresscode— nick (@rednw100) January 25, 2017 This irritated many people onlineBecause anyone who has worn high heels for an extended period of time agrees they are painful. Men have pointed out they get quite warm in summer Petition to make @piersmorgan wear my heels all day and see how he likes it— Holly Wood (@hollydolly_) January 25, 2017 So lucky that my #dresscode allows me to wear trainers to the office. Why are men so obsessed with heels being ‘smart’?— Kara Godfrey (@KaraWillow) January 25, 2017 #dresscode #loveheels pic.twitter.com/9ibB5tF6xi— Katharine Michelle (@kathcott) January 25, 2017 High heels on these lovely birds @piersmorgan ? pic.twitter.com/3fBnYJxJAE— Nicolaj David Larsen (@NDLarsen) January 25, 2017 His co-host Susanna Reid shared a response she seemed to enjoy As an employer, you’re saying you prefer that women *learn a new way to walk* and be physically uncomfortable at work. /4 @piersmorgan @GMB— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) January 25, 2017 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.
On the day of the murder Mercer, then 16, was subject to an Asbo (anti-social behaviour order), imposed because he and some of his friends – including one referred to only as Boy K previously but who can now be named as Dean Kelly, 17 – had been terrorising staff at a local sports centre.At one stage they threatened to set fire to a security guard’s jacket and to “get a knife”.The previous year Mercer had been convicted of possessing a CS gas canister police had found in his home. Eight months after killing Rhys he was caught with cannabis and given a three-month conditional discharge.The scrawny killer, nicknamed Beaver, had joined the gang in his early teens, but was beginning to rise rapidly through the ranks. Local sources suggest the killer had played a prominent role in the attacks on Brady. However, police were never able to prove this was so.They learned only after his arrest that two months before Rhys’s murder he had ridden through Norris Green on a motorbike, waving a gun as he chased a group of Nogga Dogs.Mercer stuck to the gangsters’ code of silence when detectives arrested him, and in court, too, he refused to speak beyond entering his plea of not guilty.But beyond the bravado, he will never shake off the fear that gripped him the day a crucial witness refused point-blank to support his alibi. Police knew enough about him to realise he had the potential to become a major player, but until the murder he was just another young thug to keep an eye on. Show more Brady, 20, had been shot at twice before by his gangland rivals, but despite this had strayed onto their “turf” the day Rhys died. Teenage gunman Mercer was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of the murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones, 11Credit:PA Officers used anti-social behaviour powers to stop him in the street no less than 80 times between the ages of 14 and 16. On 15 of these occasions he was with two Croccy Head leaders who were later jailed for the murder of a Nogga Dog.His main ally within the gang appears to have been Boy K, the pair of them generally referred to in MSN chatrooms as The Boys.Detectives are still unclear about Mercer’s motive for opening fire that day – not least because the killer has always refused to speak to them.However, the shooting is most likely to have been “a rite of passage”, in which Mercer seized the opportunity to “prove” himself to his fellow gangsters and the younger wannabes who hung around them.There was, though, a secondary motive: the long-standing personal grudge Mercer harboured against Wayne Brady, a prominent member of the rival Nogga Dogs gang.This went back to the days they shared at De La Salle Secondary School, but was compounded by the fact that Brady had been dating Vicki Smart, a model and one-time Miss England contestant, who lived near Mercer’s home in Croxteth.In Mercer’s mind Miss Smart, now 19, should have been out of bounds to a Nogga Dog, and it was well known among his gang that one day he was “gonna get” his rival. 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 murderer of Rhys Jones, Sean Mercer, was a convict stopped more than 80 times on the street by police, and on an Asbo on the day he killed the 11-year-old.He had intended to shoot a rival gang member and, if he had succeeded, Mercer might have been propelled into the transient folklore of Liverpool’s notorious gang culture.Instead, one of three bullets he fired at two rival gangsters killed Rhys Jones and condemned Mercer himself to the level of notoriety that not even he could have imagined.He would say later that he saw “a kid go down”, but he didn’t care. All he cared about was saving his own skin. He and his gang tried to destroy the evidence against him, and they struck fear into the minds of those they involved in the cover-up. The shooting is most likely to have been ‘a rite of passage’, in which Mercer seized the opportunity to prove himself to his fellow gangsters
Even celebrities got in on the action, sharing their results on social media accounts.American actress Kate Hudson, who has recently had her blonde hair cut short, matched with Portrait of a Boy, attributed to Pierpont Limner. A spokesman for Google said: “This is an experiment that’s only available in parts of the US right now, but we’re glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art.” Many have dreamed of being compared with the timeless beauty of the Mona Lisa or the Girl With a Pearl Earring.Brave members of the public now have their chance, as long as they are willing to take the risk of being likened to someone altogether less flattering.Google has launched a light-hearted online game, matching modern day faces with their doppelgangers in fine art history. Amanda Seyfried posted her doppelganger, the star of Clewin Harcourt’s One Summer Afternoon, remarking: “It does feel like summer today.”Members of the public posted matches from Henrick Hooft, a 17th century mayor from Amsterdam, to Elvis Presley, captured in a painting in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. @McRonalds1 matched with KeyingCredit:Google Arts and Culture @GilMcKinney said of his 50 per cent match with Elvis Presley: “I’ll take it”Credit:Google The Google Arts & Culture app compares photographs entered by users with paintings from centuries’ past.Many of those trying it for the first time were left amused as the app matched them with wildly different, though visually similar, portraits, in which they changed gender or aged decades. Unfortunately those who wish to test their own match in Britain may have some time to wait, as Google confirmed there are no current plans to expand the app from the US. 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.
Maj Sandy Hennis, is greeted by her family as the British Army’s Ice Maiden team arrive home at Heathrow AirportCredit:Christopher Pledger for the Telegraph 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 team of British soldiers who became the first female group to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone have flown back to the UK saying they hoped their exploits would encourage others to push themselves physically and mentally.The six woman team flew back to London a fortnight after completing a trek that had seen them spend 62 days on the ice, sometimes travelling up to 27 miles a day.The trip saw the soldiers face temperatures as low as -40C while pulling sledges weighing up to 180lb, but they completed the trek without serious injury. The Ice Maiden team She said: “There might be days where you just wake up and say you don’t want to be there, or where someone might make a comment in passing that you would take in completely the wrong way because it’s stuck in your head for 10 hours, that then became all consuming and can really ruin your mood. It’s the mental resilience you need.”The expedition included studying how the women’s bodies to see how they coped with the conditions because the was no previous physiological research on women in extreme environments. She said: “We want to encourage people to take up adventure training and make the most of it and push themselves both physically and mentally.”Lt Jenni Stephenson said the hardest part of the challenge had been mental. Major Nics Wetherill, the team leader, said: “I got my biggest injury of the whole trip by sleeping with a pillow on the first night back. I got a sore neck from that, but other than that it’s general fatigue and soreness.”The Ice Maiden expedition began as an attempt to encourage women in the Army to take part in adventurous training, but Maj Wetherill said she now hoped it would have wider impact.
A parent complained that Ms Barlow was setting a bad example to children at her school, adding that the image is inappropriate. A local councillor and the National Trust also raised concerns about the image. Cllr Phil Boorman, a Seaford Town councillor, commented: “If ever there was a perfect illustration of how not to behave around a cliff edge here it is.” The National Trust has often warned about the dangers of the cliffs around the Birling Gap and advises visitors to “act sensibly” when visiting the area. “It can be extremely dangerous to stand near the cliff edge and we advise visitors to act sensibly when visiting the area,” a spokesperson said.”For guidance look out for our signs on the approach to the cliffs and on our website warning visitors of the danger of the edge of the cliff.” “Don’t be tempted to go and investigate and don’t risk going to the edge to get a dramatic picture. One of our biggest problems is tackling the ‘selfie culture’ where people take risks to get a dramatic photograph of themselves on a dangerous cliff edge or during a tidal surge – no selfie or photograph is worth risking your life for.” Following the backlash, Ms Barlow changed her Twitter account from public to private. She was sitting a metre and half away from the precipice and, despite the angle the picture appears to show, there was “good distance” between herself and the edge. “I am aware that a photograph taken at Birling Gap in my personal time appears to show me seated in a position closer to the edge of the cliff than was the case in reality,” Ms Barlow explained. “I would wish it to be made clear that despite the angle the picture appears to show, there was in fact good distance between myself and the edge of the cliff. “At all times both myself and the others in my party were in complete safety and made sure that due respect was shown to the potential dangers of the site. “Both myself and others in my party were clear on the parameters of safety that were appropriate and adhered to by all present, at all times. “Having witnessed the actions of other members of the public on such a busy day, this was not the case by all present. It was of concern to us that on such a busy day there was no staff present from the centre, no protection to stop others who were going to the edge, leaning over and indeed taking selfies as has been reported in other cases. HM Coastguard urged people not to venture too close to a cliff edge for the sake of a “dramatic picture”Credit: NITB Photographic Library The Coastguard has hit out at the “selfie culture” after a headteacher published a photograph of herself sitting by a cliff alongside the caption “living on the edge”.David Jones, duty controller for HM Coastguard urged people not to venture too close to a cliff edge for the sake of a “dramatic picture”.His warning came after Caroline Barlow, headmistress of Heathfield Community College in East Sussex, was criticised for posting a picture on her Twitter page of herself perching at the periphery of a cliff during a day out at Seven Sisters near Seaford.Mr Jones said: “In the last week or so, we’ve been sent numerous alarming photographs of people on cliff edges and also responded to an increased number of call outs where people have got into difficulty on cliffs.”Cliffs along the UK coastline are continually eroding with pieces falling from them “that can be just a few small rocks or as large as a car”, he said.It is impossible to predict with any certainty when the next piece might fall or how big it will be, he added. “There is no ‘safe’ place to be. Some of the cracks that have appeared have been several feet away from the edge,” he said. 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. “I can therefore understand that a picture misrepresented in this context would cause concern. However these concerns would be completely unfounded; I completely support and endorse messages from the National Trust and Coastguards which urge caution around all sites of interest and beauty in East Sussex such that all adults and children are able to enjoy these areas in safety, as we did.”
Sir Michael Palin is to undergo surgery for a leaky heart valve, which was discovered during a routine health check.The Monty Python star has been forced to cancel a forthcoming book tour but said he hope to feel “better than normal” after the operation.Writing on his blog, Sir Michael, 76, said: “Five years ago, a routine health check revealed a leaky mitral valve in my heart.“Until the beginning of this year it had not affected my general level of fitness. Recently, though, I have felt my heart having to work harder and have been advised it’s time to have the valve repaired.“I shall be undergoing surgery in September and should be back to normal, or rather better than normal, within three months.”Referring to a quote from Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life, Sir Michael called the post The Machine That Goes ‘Ping!’.Sir Michael, also known for his travel documentaries and books, was due to make a series of appearances across the UK in October to talk about his new book, North Korea Journal, which follows his 2018 Channel 5 documentary. Penguin, the publisher, said all tickets will be refunded.Problems with the mitral valve can lead to blood flowing in the wrong direction. A ‘leaky’ valve can cause dizziness, breathlessness, tiredness and chest pain, although in many cases there are no symptoms. The valve can be repaired during surgery or replaced with a mechanical version.Philippa Hobson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “If the mitral valve stops working properly people may find they become tired more quickly, or gradually become less able to do activities they previously found easy, such as walking up inclines.”Mitral valve surgery involves replacing or repairing the valve which is either leaking or narrowed.”It may be performed through open heart surgery, although some techniques are less invasive.”Recovery time varies, but open heart surgery usually takes a few months.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Not my parcel”- man allegedly caught with ganja tells courtOctober 22, 2018In “Court”Gold miner charged for ganja possessionAugust 10, 2018In “Court”Ex-cop nabbed with 202 lbs ganja during raidJuly 2, 2019In “Crime” Vibert Rodrigues of Aruaima River, Berbice, Region 10, was on Monday refused bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he was found with a quantity of ganja in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.Rodrigues, who plies his trade as a logger, denied the charge which stated that on March 2, 2019, at Landsville, Aruaima, had in his possession 2000 grams of cannabis.The Prosecution is contending that on March 2, Police during a sting operation swooped down on the home of the 31-year-old man and conducted a search. The sting operation, according to the Prosecution, was done after police arrested a man with narcotics and he took them to the house where he allegedly brought the illegal drug. Police ranks from the McKenzie Police Station during the search unearthed two plastic bags containing the suspected cannabis in the yard.Rodrigues and his son were arrested but the Prosecution is contending that the defendant, in a caution statement to the police, claimed ownership of the narcotic. In court on Monday Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the penalty it attracts.Magistrate McLennan upheld the Prosecution’s submission and remanded the logger to prison.
Dialight recently reached an agreement with Rio Tinto Energy America to install its LED based SafeSiteTM and LEDBright fixtures throughout many coal mining and crushing facilities, thus improving safety dramatically and decreasing maintenance and energy costs in these locations. The rugged solid state design of these newly released fixtures creates a new era where failed lamps and expensive re-lamping costs become a thing of the past. Dialight’s newest illumination fixture, the SafeSite series is designed exclusively for hazardous locations.Rio Tinto Energy America has begun to replace traditional high pressure sodium, metal halide and florescent lighting fixtures with the new SafeSite and LEDBright fixtures to achieve a better, whiter grade of lighting with an instant ‘ON’ feature so they can be used as needed.These rugged fixtures are perfect for applications such as this where shock and vibration are present. They provide extremely long life before service is required. With the great reduction in power needed to operate these new fixtures they will assist Rio Tinto Energy America in efforts to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.Specific applications at Rio Tinto Energy America include: replacement of Hi Bay Lighting (400 W HID fixtures) in maintenance areas with LEDBright Fixtures; replacement of lighting on drills where vibration shortens the life oftraditional lights; and LEDBright fixtures will replace lighting in the wash bays thus eliminating the shock of hitting a hot fixture with cold water. Future additional applications are presently being considered within the Rio Tinto Energy America facilities. Rio Tinto Energy America operates five coal mines located in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. Rio Tinto Energy America is using Safesite to replace traditional high pressure sodium, metal halide and fluorescent lighting fixtures in maintenance areas and on drill rigs where vibration shortens the life of traditional lights. Safesite’s rugged housing makes it ideal for applications like this where shock and vibration are present. Designed to meet UL Class 1 Division 2 requirements, Safesite uses state-of-the-art solid state LED lighting to avoid failed lamps and expensive relamping.Safesite incorporates the latest LED technology with proprietary optics to achieve area lighting comparable with traditional light sources. By focusing light where it is needed, Safesite is the most efficient light source available for hazardous area lighting applications. Doug Woehler, product manager at Dialight, says: “The emergence of LED technology designed specifically for hazardous environments means that companies like Rio Tinto Energy America can use Safesite to make energy and maintenance cost savings without compromising on their lighting needs. In some environments where coal dust can create a potentially explosive atmosphere, traditional lighting cannot be installed. Safesite provides a new safe option to light these areas.”The first of its kind, Safesite is designed to replace 75 W to 250 W HID light sources in hazardous location applications. The fixture provides better quality light, higher fixture efficiency and 30% greater energy efficiency than traditional HID light source technology.The Safesite LED white downlight can be mounted on walls, stanchions and pendent mounts. It provides an ‘instant ON’ response so can be used as needed rather than wasting energy when not required.Dialight is one of the world’s largest suppliers of applied LED technology. It operates in two principal segments: components using low-brightness LEDs for status indication in electronic equipment and signals/illumination utilizing the latest high-brightness LED technology for traffic and rail signals, obstruction lighting, hazardous location lighting and general illumination applications. www.dialight.com.
Mintec will release MineSight Atlas, a manual scheduling and stockpile management system in June. MineSight provides a resource-based, true calendar approach to scheduling, and manages all material movement and reclaim. It uses multiple block models and makes mine areas for open pit and underground mining easy to mange.Glenn Wylde, Mintec Vice President – Technical said “Atlas is unlike anything else on the market. It will make a profound impression on the industry. Everything is new, and we’ve built it with functionality and usability in mind. You see the initial configuration, and then each of the functions required to perform just flows beautifully for the Atlas user.”The ability to route material through a network of destinations distinguishes Atlas from the competition, says Wylde. “Imagine the material being extracted from your underground stope or from your pit and then routing it to a series of destinations. Atlas allows you this incredible flexibility of establishing your whole destination network, of giving the schedule opening stocks for stockpiles, and then the ability to route material, to crushers, to bulk material, to stockpiles, and then reclaim from them, and even the ability to auto-reclaim from stockpiles, to meet targets at the crusher.”Mintec’s flagship product, MineSight 3D has been designed to work with Atlas, integrating the design, the reserves, the animation and the visualization of the product. Atlas is also integrated with MineSight Haulage. So when scheduling, users who have designed a network of haulage profiles can automatically calculate their equipment cycle times and report them inside Atlas. It’s all supported by MineSight Planning Database for secure data management. MineSight Atlas also has a true activity and calendar based scheduler.“Atlas’s rich reporting and visualization offers multiple Gantt views. So the mine planner can look at just their drilling or mining. They can bring it all together in one big master view and the ability to animate results is sublime.”
Polyus Gold International, the largest gold producer in Russia, has decided, in light of the challenging market conditions, to re-sequence the development of the Natalka project (to be Russia’s largest gold mine) and delay the launch of the plant to summer 2015 from the previously announced target of summer 2014. Although it is operationally possible to commence gold production at the Natalka mine as previously planned, Polyus Gold deems it prudent to postpone its commissioning given the recent substantial decline in the gold price and the possibility of further weakness. The decision to extend the construction schedule will, therefore, enable Polyus Gold to better balance the capital requirements of Natalka with the need to maintain a sound balance sheet and robust funding position in the uncertain macro environment. Further to a deferral of the project’s residual capex, the re-sequencing will allow the company to identify additional cost and operational efficiencies, including the optimisation of capital and operating expenditures, improvements to the project design and the potential implementation of the photo metric separation technology (optical sorting) as a way to pre-enrich the ore.Polyus Gold expects to finalise a detailed plan of improvements to the project by the middle of 2014 following a thorough project assessment review scheduled for H1 2014. In the meantime, construction works onsite will continue, albeit at a slower pace as compared to previously planned. Mining works which actively commenced in 2013 in accordance with the license terms will also continue.Pavel Grachev, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Polyus Gold: “Polyus Gold remains fully committed to bringing Natalka on stream. Once in operation, it will be Russia’s largest gold mine with its first stage producing an average of 500,000 oz/y of gold. The gold mining sector has to adapt to a tough business environment today, with the gold price decrease of 30% over the last 12 months to the level of $1,200/oz. Moreover, there is a possibility of further decline. In light of these challenges, we will advance the project in a prudent manner so as to benefit from an extended construction schedule and seize every opportunity to improve the project’s economics to ensure maximum returns to all our stakeholders, including shareholders, authorities and local communities.”Natalka has the potential to eventually reach an annual output of 1.5 Moz. It is located about 400 km from the sea port of Magadan in the Far East of Russia, Natalka is one of the largest known undeveloped gold deposits in the world. The mine is expected to have a processing capacity of 10 Mt/y of ore at the launch of its operations. Following a stage by stage increase of the mill throughput to 40 Mt of ore annually (conventional shovel-and-truck open-pit operation).Gold reserves (Proven and Probable) amount to 31.6 Moz and resources (Measured, Indicated and Inferred) are estimated at 59.7 Moz.