Eagles Mourn Death of Andy Reids Son Garrett

The Philadelphia Eagle are moving on with practice with heavy hearts, as they deal with the weekend death of head coach Andy Reid’s son, Garrett.The mood has been described as shock, sorrow and sadness at the team’s training camp at Lehigh University, where Garrett Reid, 29, was found dead Sunday.Police said the death was not suspicious, and the cause was under investigation. The coach’s oldest son had a long history of drug problems, once admitting ”I liked being a drug dealer” and went to prison for a heroin-fueled car crash.Reid’s death, of course, stunned the Eagles, who took the field only because their coach wanted them to continue with their scheduled practices.Michael Vick, Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Avant spoke briefly following the afternoon practice, each offering prayers and condolences to the Reid family. Owner Jeffrey Lurie fought back tears when talking to reporters and general manager Howie Roseman broke down after delivering the news in the morning.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Broomall, Pa. Tuesday is a scheduled day off from camp, so the team will be in attendance.A few players went out to dinner later in the evening and took a solemn, solitary moment to toast Garrett Reid, calling him ”a part of the family.””This is a very difficult situation for us all to deal with,” Vick said. ”Coach has always been a great supporter of us, as a team, as an organization. He’s been a rock for us and a big teddy bear for us, so we’re going to lean on him and we’re going to be there for him and we’re going to stay strong for him until he comes back and can lead us on.”Lurie met with the team on the field and told reporters afterward he expected Reid back this week, ending any speculation the coach may not return.Reid, a father of five, took a leave of absence during the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family after Garrett and his second-oldest son, Britt, were sentenced to prison on the same day for separate incidents.The Eagles play host to Pittsburgh in the preseason opener on Thursday night.”I’ve watched Andy try so hard with his family over the years,” Lurie said. ”You see a man that really cares. He loves his players, he loves his coaches. He feels so bad that he’s even interfering with their success today, tomorrow. He knows they’re in good hands with our coaches, but actually in this moment of terrible pain, he’s reaching out to all of us.”The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m. about Reid, and that he was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. The police and the Northampton County coroner were investigating.Shupp said ”there were no suspicious activities.” Reid had been staying at the camp where he assisted the Eagles’ strength coaches in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons. read more

RaidersChiefs Shows That Thursday Night Isnt The NFLs Trash Heap Anymore

*NFL’s season-opening game.**Thanksgiving night game.In each matchup, “Team 1” is the higher-rated team according to Elo.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 411/26/98**MinnesotaDallas167716101643 The best Thursday night NFL matchups of all time 109/10/09*PittsburghTennessee164515931618 59/8/16*DenverCarolina163716341635 In fact, if we toss out special Thursday occasions — Thanksgiving and the NFL’s annual opening-night showcase — Raiders-Chiefs rises to third-best among the ranks of ordinary Thursday night games. We haven’t seen a matchup this good emerge organically from the Thursday night schedule since the Broncos hosted the Chargers in Oct. 2014.Good Thursday night games like Chiefs-Raiders are part of a larger comeback trend. Thursday night football has been a perennial punchline, particularly since 2012, when the NFL decided to play a Thursday night game almost every week instead of firing the feature up at midseason for the stretch run, as it did between 2006 and 2011. But after a rocky start, the quality of these midweek games has slowly risen over the past five seasons: 99/5/13*BaltimoreDenver162816091618 69/9/04*New EnglandIndianapolis166715911628 211/27/14**SeattleSan Francisco166816291648 111/29/07DallasGreen Bay166016491655 When the Kansas City Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders Thursday night, the outcome will go a long way toward determining who wins the AFC West and will influence the whole conference’s playoff picture. But further down the game’s list of notable implications is the fact that it’s one of the best Thursday night games1We’re counting any prime-time game played on a Thursday as a Thursday night game, even though some games played on Thursday nights are marketed as “Sunday Night Football” or “Monday Night Football” and some games marketed as “Thursday Night Football” are played on other days of the week. in NFL history.Just like when I sized up the awfulness of Week 8’s Jaguars-Titans Thursday night tilt, we can measure the quality of a given NFL matchup by taking the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pre-game Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet metric for estimating a team’s quality at any given moment). And according to that measure, tonight’s K.C.-Oakland game is the seventh-best Thursday night matchup in NFL history: 811/24/11**BaltimoreSan Francisco162816101619 712/8/16Kansas CityOakland166215861623 DATETEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 1TEAM 2HARMONIC MEAN PRE-GAME ELO RATING 310/23/14DenverSan Diego168816071646 At the same time, Monday night matchups have been getting worse, and now the two days have very nearly pulled even in terms of their average quality.2At least in prime time; I excluded non-prime-time Thursday games such as Thanksgiving day games. Both are still far, far below the level established by the league’s flagship prime-time games on Sunday nights. But with more games like tonight’s Raiders-Chiefs tilt, Thursday night is no longer merely a place for the NFL to stash terrible matchups so it can get every team on prime-time TV.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

The Team That Signs Kirk Cousins Should Also Invest In Tight Ends

11Drew BreesNO2513633,0028.27 Total Cousins is elite with two tight endsTop NFL quarterbacks with two tight ends on the field, according to yards per attempt, 2015-17 Kirk Cousins is in a class by himself when it comes to maximizing salary at the quarterback position. The signal-caller is on the eve of signing a deal with what could be the highest average annual price tag in NFL history. Few people — including the former general manager in Washington, where Cousins played for the past six seasons — think he will ever play up to his lofty contract. But no matter who signs the free agent, Cousins’s new team would be silly not to also sign a brand-new tight end. Otherwise, the huge amount of money being spent on Cousins — the Vikings have reportedly offered roughly $90 million over three years — will be going to waste.Cousins’s recent performance in Washington offers his next employer a clear blueprint for turning him into a truly great player: employ fewer wide receivers and more tight ends. For the three-season period from 2015 through 2017, Cousins was the most efficient quarterback in football when two tight ends were on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. During that time, Cousins threw 256 passes with exactly two tight ends in the formation and averaged 10.24 yards per attempt. That’s nearly a yard better than the second-best quarterback with two tight ends, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions (9.37), although Stafford attempted nearly 100 fewer passes. And Cousins beats the NFL quarterback average of 7.76 yards per attempt with two tight ends on the field by nearly 2.5 yards.Cousins is far less effective in more traditional formations. He averaged nearly three fewer passing yards (7.37) when not equipped with two tight ends in the formation. If you were to prorate Cousins’s two-TE production over a full season, he easily tops Hall-of-Famer Kurt Warner’s record for most yards per attempt in a single season since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Without them, he’s 2017 Josh McCown. 13Marcus MariotaTEN2423642,9798.18 4Carson PalmerARI1742762,4318.81 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group playerTeamComp.AttemptsPass. Yds.Yd/Att 5Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ/TB58877668.80 7Sam BradfordPHI/MIN1361851,5968.63 1Kirk CousinsWSH1772562,62110.24 12Russell WilsonSEA1892842,3328.21 9Case KeenumLAR/MIN1422131,7758.33 But some of the teams vying for Cousins’s services don’t have even one tight end who is a receiving threat. Of the teams that are reportedly after Cousins in the free-agent negotiation period that begins Monday — the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets and Vikings — Minnesota seems best positioned to take advantage of Cousins’s talents. The Vikings have a Pro-Bowl tight end in Kyle Rudolph and last season used the two-TE more than the league average (19.2 percent of pass plays, compared with 18.2 for the league). Minnesota lost their offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, but replacement John DeFilippo comes from the Eagles, who ranked third in the league in share of pass plays that came with a two-TE set (24.6 percent).The most notable free-agent tight end this offseason is quite familiar with DeFilippo’s offense and could be a great Cousins complement. Trey Burton of the Eagles is one of the league’s best athletes at the position, registering a best-in-class 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle time in his draft year of 2014. Last year, in the two games that starter Zach Ertz missed, Burton scored three touchdowns.Burton is expected to command top dollar based on how well he projects as a receiver. So pairing him and Cousins would require ample cap room this year and beyond. But he’s not the only free agent available. Others include Jimmy Graham, 31, who led the position with 10 touchdowns last season, and Tyler Eifert, 27, who had 13 scoring grabs in 2015, his last healthy season.Here’s the thing about these tight ends, though: There’s a case to be made that every team should load up on the position and try to use two tight ends more frequently. Overall, from the start of the 2015 season through 2017, quarterbacks averaged 0.64 more yards per attempt with two TEs than they did otherwise (7.76 vs. 7.12). This suggests a two-TE strategy might be worth a look — even for teams that aren’t paying a quarterback $30 million a year. 10Andy DaltonCIN1732632,1848.30 3Matt RyanATL1712492,2288.95 15Tom BradyNE3124693,7878.07 14Peyton ManningDEN45705708.14 8Jameis WinstonTB1943252,7988.61 6Jay CutlerCHI/MIA1261781,5608.76 2Matthew StaffordDET1121651,5469.37 read more

Is There Much Hope For The Colts With Jacoby Brissett As QB

It surprised everyone. The news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was retiring Saturday night set Twitter on tilt and was met with skepticism from grizzled beat reporters, boos from the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd and even disbelief from new starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett: Among active QBs, Brisset ranks in the bottom 10 percent in completion percentage over expected. His poor performance is exacerbated by the fact that Brissett also doesn’t attack downfield as often as Luck did. Brissett’s average depth of target — a measure of the distance downfield a quarterback throws — is just 7.2 yards, 1.4 less than Luck’s 8.6. The Colts will need Brissett to target star wideout T.Y. Hilton often to compete offensively, and Hilton’s average depth of target is located well downfield at 12.4 yards. This is a legitimate cause for concern. In 2017 — the only full season Hilton and Brissett have played together — Hilton saw his targets drop to just 109 after 155 in 2016.1With 15 games of Luck.There’s really no sugar-coating the Colts’ 2019 prospects. Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard has been widely praised for the work he’s done since taking over from Ryan Grigson in 2017. But losing a franchise quarterback when you’ve built a team around the idea that you’re currently in a championship window will stress the skills of even the most competent GMs. Ballard’s options are unpalatable but clear: Try to win now with the team he’s assembled and risk being trapped in a purgatory of mediocrity while the cheap talent ages out of their early contracts, or front-load the pain and tank this season in an attempt to secure a high pick in what looks to be a promising quarterback draft class.In a league where having a franchise quarterback is damn near everything, Brissett’s value to the Colts might be highest as air cover for a front office and coaching staff trying to lose as many games as possible. The only person who appeared unmoved by the announcement was — unsurprisingly — Bill Belichick.When the rest of the football world recovered, the consensus outlook for the Colts under Brissett wasn’t particularly good. On Sunday, Las Vegas dropped the line on the Colts win total from 9.5 to 6.5 wins. Our FiveThirtyEight Elo system dropped the Colts from a 9.2 win team to 7.5 wins. And as seen on Sunday Night Football, the model developed by Pro Football Focus put the new Colts win total at 7.1, down from nine wins.Looking at Brissett’s performance over his career, it’s easy to see why the math and the markets are bearish on the Colts’ prospects. Indianapolis has a 4-11 record in games Brissett started, and the quarterback has averaged 6.6 yards per attempt over his career, below the league average of 7.2 for the years Brissett has been active. Brissett averaged just more than 200 yards passing per game in his only full season as a starter — a season in which he compiled a QBR of 41.5 — and his career completion percentage is just 59.1 percent. These numbers are not good.We can try to find a silver lining. Completion percentage can sometimes be misleading. Quarterbacks who attempt deeper passes at a higher rate than their peers will see their stat line punished despite the fact that they are helping their team by attempting more valuable throws. If we account for how deep Brissett’s passing attempts have been over his career, however, we find that there aren’t many depths where he’s above league average — although the sample sizes at some depths aren’t large enough for us to conclude this with certainty. read more

Football Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley questionable for game against UNLV

OSU then-redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) flexes after a tackle during the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley is questionable for Saturday’s game against UNLV due to a foot sprain he suffered in the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win versus Army, coach Urban Meyer said Monday afternoon.The middle linebacker subbed out in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. In Worley’s place, redshirt freshman Tuf Borland led Ohio State with 10.5 tackles. He made nine solo stops, a quarterback hit and a tackle for a two-yard loss. After the game, Meyer said Borland might have earned more playing time.“Worley is a leader, but anybody that plays well gets an opportunity,” Meyer said.If Worley does not play against UNLV, Borland would likely receive his first career start.Despite not playing in the second half of the game against Army, Worley ranks second on the team with 17.5 tackles, including two tackles for loss. The team captain also has one quarterback hit and a forced fumble. read more

Womens hockey No 7 Ohio State remains undefeated sweeps No 5 Duluth

Ohio State then-sophomore forward Maddy Field (22) takes on Minnesota redshirt senior defender Lee Stecklein (2) during the Buckeyes game against the Gophers on Oct. 22. Credit: Emily Lehmkuhl | For The LanternTwo-point performances from junior forward Maddy Field and freshman forward Emma Maltais powered the No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team to a 4-3 victory and series sweep of No. 5 Minnesota Duluth (2-4-0, 0-2-0 WCHA).Senior Captain Julianna Iafallo, Emma Maltais, Maddy Field and junior Jacyn Reeves all scored goals for Ohio State (5-0-1, 3-0-1 WCHA). Junior forward Charly Dahlquist, Maltais and Field added the assists. Redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve saved 31 of 34 shots while adding an assist on Field’s goal. Less than 5 minutes into the opening frame, Dahlquist stole the puck as the Bulldogs were leaving the zone, delivered it to Maltais as she ripped a shot past the glove of senior Bulldog goalie Jessica Convery, putting Ohio State up 1-0 early.Just over a minute later, the Bulldogs answered with sophomore forward Sydney Brodt beating Suave on a quick shot from the slot, tying the game at 1. Not long after, freshman forward Naomi Rogge capitalized on a power-play chance camped in front of net at 7:41 of the first period.After giving up those two goals, all of which were in front of the net, Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall told her team that there had to a be change moving forward.“When we had the media timeout, I just got after them about being relentless on the puck and having a sense of purpose and a little bit of grit,” Muzerall said.As the first period progressed, the gritty forecheck that, at most times of the game, didn’t allow the Bulldogs to come up ice easily began to appear.To start the second period, with the game at 2-1, the Buckeyes’ offense put Duluth on its heels and caused a holding penalty on junior forward Emma Yanko. Not long into the power play,  Iafallo tied the game at 7:16 of the second period. It started with a beautiful tic-tac-toe, cross-ice passing play that ended with a tip in front of the goal.Two minutes later, Sauve’s clearing pass through the middle of the ice found Field, and she muscled her way through the Duluth defense and went five-hole to put the Buckeyes ahead halfway through the second. Those two quick goals from Iafallo and Field had Ohio State holding the edge, 3-2 at the second intermission.Just a minute into the final frame, the Scarlet and Gray scored to take a two-goal lead.Jacyn Reeves took a mishandled puck through center ice, sped by the defense and buried her fourth goal of the season and the decisive fourth goal of the game.Late in the third, and with her team having pulled its goalie, Rogge displayed some impressive hands in tight areas, going backhand-forehand top shelf to beat Sauve to make it an interesting one-goal game.The Buckeyes survived a late Duluth flurry to end the game with a victory. Sauve stopped 15 of 16 shots she faced in the third period. Muzerall said these early wins are big for the confidence of a young, but experienced team.“When you win and have success, confidence comes,” she said. “But you got to find those first few wins and then it starts rolling rhythmically.” read more

Football JT Barrett bids adieu to Ohio Stadium

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTwo round of fireworks went off and fans loudly chanted “J-T, J-T” while quarterback J.T. Barrett was the final Ohio State senior introduced before Saturday’s game against Illinois.The three-time captain rushed out, showered by the loudest cheers for any of the 19 seniors, carrying flowers to deliver to his parents on the field. But for Barrett, the moment he had talked about during the week, did not happen.“Didn’t see my mom cry,” Barrett said. “I thought today was the day, but no. It’s still 22 years and counting I haven’t seen my mom cry.”Barrett’s entrance through the tunnel onto the field marked the final time he, as a player, would take to the field in Ohio Stadium.In the 52-14 blowout of Illinois, Barrett finished the game quickly, as expected. Barrett had left the game in the second quarter in favor of backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, but was called back in after the second-stringer proved ineffective. The quarterback, whom some fans wanted replaced with Haskins earlier in the season, was the one to replace Haskins following the backup’s fumble and return for Illinois’ first score.Head coach Urban Meyer said, “I was pissed,” about the mistakes and said he needed to put the starters back in to prevent the game from turning into a “clown show.”“[Meyer] was very upset,” Barrett said. “I saw him and then it was like, well he’s definitely known for sending the starters back in, so let me go find my knee brace and go find my helmet because I didn’t have any of those things. I wasn’t shocked by any means, but I knew when my man [Haskins] fumbled the ball, it was like this is not about to be good.”Barrett entered the game, and after failing to get anything going his first drive back, took the team down the field after Illinois coughed up the punt to extend the Buckeye lead to 45-7.By the time his night finally came to an end, Barrett had completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed five times for 33 yards, including a touchdown.Along the way, he added some more notes to his crowded resume. He set the program record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing Braxton Miller’s total of 3,054, and became the first Ohio State quarterback to throw 100 touchdown passes.When it’s all said and done, Barrett willy be among the most productive quarterbacks in the history of the Big Ten, and the most decorated Ohio State quarterback of all-time. He holds 35 total Big Ten or Ohio State records combined, many of them set in Columbus.If he has any more records left to break, they will come away from Ohio Stadium.“There’s a last thing for everything,” Barrett said. “I was trying to do my best while I was playing here in Ohio Stadium and send everyone out there in a good way as far as seniors today.”The end of Barrett’s time in Ohio Stadium is not the end of his journey as a Buckeye. Though it might be his finale in front of the home crowd, Barrett still has at least three games remaining with the upcoming rivalry game against Michigan, the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin and a bowl game or two.“It’s certainly not a goodbye,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “When we say goodbye, it’s going to be a tough one. But that was not a goodbye. That was a chance for him to tip his hat.”Barrett had his moment to tip his hat. And while he certainly will spend time reflecting on his time spent in Ohio Stadium, his attention will quickly have to turn to the week ahead. As the victory bell started to chime and the band began to play, Barrett, wearing a rain poncho and clutching the Illibuck, walked with the rest of his team in front of the Ohio Stadium student section to sing, “Carmen Ohio” one final time. read more

Is this huge pile of rubbish the biggest load of flytipped garbage

first_imgFlytippers have illegally dumped an enormous amount of rubbish in a country lane in Staffordshire.The steaming heap appeared in the village of Yoxall on Friday afternoon, to the horror of local residents. “I have never seen anything like it in my life. It stinks to high heaven. There’s all sorts in there – food, dirty nappies – I dread to think what else.”It’s like walking onto a landfill site.”The road itself used to be the main road through the village, but it was closed off a few years ago. Piled high: horrified locals have had enoughCredit:Caters “Now we’ve got loads of heavy goods vehicles coming right through the centre of the village, they mount the pavements because there’s not enough room for them to pass.”This is just the final straw – the whole village is up in arms.” Villagers believe that the enormous mountain of waste may have been left by a HGV that dumped its load after realising it had driven down a dead end.Photographer Tony Slater snapped the pile of rubbish after he and his wife stumbled across the site while out walking.He said: “It is absolutely disgusting. fly tipping Litter-ally steamingCredit:Caters 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. Blocked: The country lane near Yoxall, Staffs.Credit:Caters fly tippers fly tipperslast_img read more

Prince Harry makes surprise visit to Borough Market and praises its strength

first_imgPrince Harry with Matthew from Bread Ahead  Prince Harry buys doughnuts from Bread Ahead, whose staff fought off the attackers Many wept as they linked arms in a show of solidarity following the attack.Others wore t-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘We Are Family’ alongside the Borough Market logo and date of the attack. The market bell tolled  at 10am , hailing its reopening. Prince Harry has paid a visit to London’s Borough Market this morning, meeting traders and restaurateurs whose staff and customers were caught up in the recent terrorist attack.The 32-year-old royal visited the popular food market where knife-wielding attackers ran amok, stabbing passers-by after mowing down pedestrians on nearby London Bridge. Eight people were killed and scores of others injured in the atrocity on Saturday June 3. Darren Henaghan, Borough Market managing director said, “It is absolutely marvellous that Prince Harry came here today. It means a great deal to everyone connected with the market.”Borough Market reopened yesterday in a show of defiance as Londoners were told: “This is your market.”An emotional ceremony saw the market fall silent for one minute  at 9.30am  in honour of those killed and injured in the June 3 atrocity. During the 45-minute visit Harry, 32, met Ganga Garbuja, security guard for the Market on the night of the attack.The prince met a collection of traders and restaurant staff near the Wheatsheaf pub, near where the attackers were killed by police.The prince also met Jack Appleby, who got people to safety by pulling the shutters down on the Market Porter pub.  Prince Harry buys doughnuts from Bread Ahead Mr Jones said of the attack: “The business was in full operation. I was at home at the time but I had staff working on the night of the attack.  Borough Market was closed for 11 days and traders gathered for a poignant minute’s silence before it officially reopened on Wednesday morning.Told how traders are donating food to victims of the West London fire, Prince Harry said: “Those poor people – our thoughts are with them.” Prince Harry meets Matt Jones from Bread Ahead. His staff protected members of the public on the night of the attacks. pic.twitter.com/E6aPlHa8jX— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2017 A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Prince Harry was keen to come down as soon as possible to spread the message this vibrant market is open for business.”The Prince went behind the stall at “Bread Ahead” run by baker Matt Jones, 47, whose staff fought off attackers with brooms and crates as they went on the violent rampage stabbing innocent people.Prince Harry said: “The strength of this community and London as a whole is magic.” Prince Harry tours stalls during a visit to Borough Market  Prince Harry tours stalls during a visit to Borough Market  Prince Harry with Matthew from Bread Ahead  “Two of them got involved throwing bread crates at the attackers to try and save one of the women being attacked. It was really bad.”Yesterday saw so many regular customers coming back. A lot of customers buy their bread here. Harry coming here is great for business.” Prince Harry meets @boroughmarket security officer Ganga Garbuja who was first on the scene and led several people to safety pic.twitter.com/GSelhrNjlz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 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.last_img read more

Revealed The airports where youre most likely to be delayed this summer

first_imgThe least punctual international airlines of 2016Hainan Airlines (30.3 percent of arrivals on time)Korean Air (31.74 per cent)Air China (32.73 per cent)Hong Kong Airlines (33.42 per cent)China Eastern Airlines (35.8 per cent)Asiana Airlines (37.46 per cent)Philippine Airlines (38.33 per cent)Air India (38.71 per cent)Icelandair (41.05 per cent)El Al (56 per cent) In all, 38,000 of 199,000 international flights from UK airports over the peak holiday period were late, according to BBC analysis of figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).Though the majority of behind schedule services were from London airports – Luton, Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow – the latter did not make the top 10 with the highest proportion of delays. The data did not cover cancelled flights.The CAA’s figures also revealed that the route to suffer the most delays was from London Heathrow to Accra, the Ghanaian capital, with 70 per cent of flights (85 out of 122) late by more than 30 minutes. One in five of all summer flights out of UK airports last year were delayed, with Gatwick the worst offender, according to new analysis.Nearly a third (30 per cent) of services leaving the Surrey airport between June and September 2016 were more than 30 minutes behind schedule, a statistic much worse than those of the joint second tardiest, Belfast International and Luton, where 23 per cent of flights left more than half-an-hour late. Dutch airline KLM scooped the top spot, with 88.53 per cent of its flights arriving on schedule. Spanish carrier Iberia came a close second, while Japan’s JAL and ANA placed third and sixth, respectively.According to the report, a measly 75.17 per cent of British Airways flights arrived on time last year, while 75.12 per cent of easyJet’s arrivals ran to schedule. The ranking of the pair among all international airlines was not revealed. Most delayed routes last summerManchester to DusseldorfGatwick to Cunagua Cayo CocoEdinburgh to Oslo GardermoenJersey to DusseldorfBirmingham to MaltaBelfast International to BurgasBristol to Thira SantoriniGatwick to New York JFKGatwick to Warsaw ChopinHeathrow to Splitcenter_img A spokesperson for Belfast International told the BBC that it does all it can to minimise delays.“Our on-time performance is generally very good but sometimes we, too, fall victims to things that are outside our control.”In January this year aviation insights company FlightStats published data on the worst airlines for delays, using data from 2016.The most punctual international airlines of 2016KLM (88.53 per cent of arrivals on time)Iberia (88.18 per cent)JAL (87.8 per cent)Qatar Airways (86.34 per cent)Austrian (85.74 per cent)ANA (85.54 per cent)Singapore Airlines (85.45 per cent)Delta Air Lines (85.17 per cent)TAM Linhas Aéreas (85.07 per cent)Qantas (84.3 per cent) In terms of the average longest delay, the mammoth wait on the flight to Dusseldorf, above, pushed that route to the top of the table, with Gatwick to Cunagua Cayo Coco in Cuba second and Edinburgh to Oslo third. Jersey to Dusseldorf and Birmingham to Malta completed the top five.A spokesperson for Gatwick said “repeated strike action on the continent” and heavily congested airspace over London and parts of Europe led to an increase in the number of delays, adding “Gatwick has more flights to Europe than any UK airport and is impacted disproportionately by events on the continent”. The longest single delay was for a chartered flight from Manchester to Dusseldorf last September, which took off 779 minutes – or 13 hours – later than planned.The data showed that the average delay at the 25 major UK airports surveyed was 21 minutes, and that most delays took place in June.Three quarters of the 40 most delay-prone routes out of the UK were to European countries, the BBC found, while the non-European countries with the highest number of late flights were Ghana, Canada, US, Israel, Ukraine and Pakistan.last_img read more

I escaped the Nazis with your father veteran tells Duchess of Cornwall

first_imgDuchess of Cornwall visits the Museum of Canadian History, Ottawa, Ontario Shand, for his part, had been captured near Marsa Matruh in 1942, treated for wounds in hospital before being taken to the officers’ prisoner of war camp in Germany.He had served with the 12th Lancers, awarded the Military Cross in 1940 and again in 1942, and died in 2006. “We were treated perfectly well,” said Mr Rose of the prison camp. “The food was pretty awful. but we got parcels from Canada which saved our lives.Friends said the 92-year-old, who appeared in good health, drank a glass of wine for lunch every day and a beer each evening.He was one of countless people met by the Prince and Duchess during their three-day tour of Canada, including servicemen, Inuit community leaders and a little girl dressed up as a red London phone box. Edward Rose with the Duke and Duchess of CornwallCredit:Rex On Saturday, the Prince was due to meet with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, before joining a Parliament Hill, Ottawa, event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada. 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. Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, samples wine during a tour of a winery in Wellington, Canada Edward Rose aged 19 The pair had met while escaping from Spangenberg as part of a 25-strong group, who had taken their chances while being marched out of the castle while guards’ attention lapsed.The group, led by the German-speaking Terence Pritty, spent a week in a barn, fending off locals to live on foraged food and eventually being rescued after spotting American tanks in the distance. The Prince Of Wales & Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Canada Mr Rose’s daughter, Victoria, owns one of the vineyards exhibiting their wares for the Prince and Duchess and attended an afternoon engagement which saw the Royal couple sample local produce.Her winery is named Long Dog after the family’s Dachshunds, including one taken to 1940s military training by the teenage Edward – named Adolf. She had arranged the encounter for her father, writing to the Duchess when she learned of the Royal visit to Canada to ask whether the couple might accept some wine as a token of their shared family memories.Instead, the Prince and Duchess made a beeline for Mr Rose himself, hearing about the exploits of Major Shand first hand. Duchess of Cornwall visits the Museum of Canadian History, Ottawa, OntarioCredit:Rex The Prince Of Wales & Duchess Of Cornwall Visit Canada Britain’s Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, samples wine during a tour of a winery in Wellington, CanadaCredit:Reuters Mr Rose, who had been captured while on a recce in France under the cover of darkness, said he and Major Shand had not been close while in the camp, but escaped with mutual friends and were bound by the extraordinary experience of escape.”He was just a very nice guy,” Mr Rose said of him. “Very handy.”When I read that the Prince of Wales was engaged to someone named Shand, I wondered if there was a connection.” Edward Rose with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Prince Charles meets PM Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall in Ottawa The British soldiers were saved by their own daring, and a friend who spoke such convincing German he kept prison guards off their scent.Mr Rose, who was born in London and moved to Canada after marrying, was introduced to the Duchess, who said she was only sorry her late father was not there to be reunited, or to learn about their meeting.After speaking in depth to the Duchess about his experiences, he modestly proclaimed his brush with royalty “not too bad”.  Edward Rose aged 19 On Saturday, the Prince and Duchess visited the Canadian Museum of History, which contains an exhibit on Sir Allan Napier MacNab, the Duchess’ great-great-great-grandfather who was the pre-Confederation Canadian prime minister from 1854-6.The Prince spent time with Justin Trudeau, who apologised for the heavy rain, before accepting the prestigious Order of Canada. Prince Charles meets PM Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall in OttawaCredit:GoffPhotos.com The Prince of Wales, noticing his distinctive outfit, said it was “nice to see the green jacket and blazer” of the Rifles, while the Duchess told him their unexpected connection showed it was a “small world”.  When the Royal Family goes on tour, the list of members of the public waiting to meet them is endless: from screaming young fans clamouring for a selfie to lifelong monarchists hoping for their moment in the sun.Only those paying close attention would have noticed a 92-year-old man in a distinctive green blazer, waiting modestly in the shadows of a vineyard in Ontario, Canada.But when Edward Rose, formerly of the Green Jackets Rifle Brigade, spoke to the Duchess of Cornwall this week, he revealed an extraordinary connection, telling her he had escaped a Second World War prison camp with the help of her father.Lt Rose, then just 20, had embarked on a daring escape from 9AH Spangenberg along with Major Bruce Shand, whom he proclaimed “very handy” in a tight spot. The main event of the day saw the Royal couple attend the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, enjoying a fly past from Canadian forces and music from Bono and The Edge.last_img read more

Rose Hall Martyrs Day to be commemorated

Plans are in train to commemorate the 15 Rose Hall Martyrs at the national level, at the Monument site situated at Rose Hall, Canje. March 13 marks the 104th Anniversary.On Friday, March 03, members of East Canje Humanitarian Association, along with the East Canje Development Association and the Regional Chairman David Armogan met with officials from the Ministry of Education to coordinate activities for the Rose Hall Martyrs Day activity which is planned for March 15th, 2017. Also in attendance at the coordinating meeting were representatives of National Trust and the Department of National Events.The East Canje Humanitarian organizational head, Kawalpattie Dayaram (Brahash) said “while we normally host a regional event we are happy to join with all other stakeholders to honour our fallen 15 Martyrs.” She was emphatic that “it is important that we remember our history not only at the local but also at the national level because the struggle was an example of what our fore-parents fought for so that we can have a better life under better conditions for sugar workers and by extension Guyana,” she said.During the meeting she was adamant in stating that “long live Rose Hall Sugar estate and we are throwing our full support behind this venture to ensure its success. We are happy that the Government has taken the initiative to consult with and include us as the founders of this event.”Also present at that meeting were the Canje Development Association members headed by Mr. Mohammed Akeel who expressed elation at the move to remember the Martyrs at the national level.The two groups have been the stalwarts that ensured that the Martyrs were remembered over the years, and are considered as the standard bearers for ensuring that the Martyrs are not forgotten.A surviving relative of the Martyrs, Dr. Fred Sukdeo and his family, whose grandfather Nabur age 75 was among the casualties on that faithfull March 13, 1913 date.The last memorial was held on March 25, 2015 and commenced with a road march by officials and invitees to the memorial site where a monument was unveiled in memory of the fallen sugar workers.The monument was dedicated to honour the memory of the 15 indentured laboures of the Rose hall Estate who were killed by Police on March 13, 1913 and were buried in a mass grave for seeking a better life. These sugar workers who made the supreme sacrifice for demanding a better life were Motey Khan, Bholay, Sohan, Hulas, Badri, Jugai, Sadula, Sarjoo, Lalji, Durga, Gafur, Roopan, Juggoo and Nibur (all male) and Gobindei, the lone female.In an effort to secure a better life on the sugar plantation, laborers on the Rose Hall estate protested the retraction of a four days holiday awarded to them for a good grinding season. They therefore refused an order from the Plantation Manager Mr. Smith, to p0lant cane on those days. This led to a formal complaint to the immigration officer. In exchange for the charges levied against them to be dropped, Mr. Smith demanded that they pay legal cost. The laborers offered to pay in installments but management refused and the case went to the Magistrate’s court on February, 7, 1913.Hundreds of immigrant laborers filled the Reliance Magistrate’s court where the men were found guilty of instigating resistance to work. The workers protested the verdict and management threatened to transfer the protesting families to distant plantations. The threat caused the workers to raise the level of their protest. Warrants were issued for the leaders and on March 13, 1913 the police attempted to execute the warrants.  The workers resisted and the police opened fire injuring 56 persons and killing 15 workers.The monument where the wreath laying takes place was erected in 2014 and was conceptualized and designed by the National Trust.The location is purported to be the grave site of the slain workers and features additional structures around the main monument to represent each of the 15 martyrs.“This Memorial, like many others, is a reminder of our nation’s history and the struggles endured by our ancestors who struggled for our ultimate freedom. As such it is imperative that we ensure their continuity and preservation,” a National Trust of Guyana Official stated.To this end, the Ministry of Education undertakes to promote and safeguard the nation’s heritage and patrimony, and urges the members of the community to take an active role in ensuring the long term survival of Guyana’s legacy by exercising care and respect at all times when visiting monuments and heritage sites such as this monument.According to a statement from the Education Ministry, this year’s observation will feature presentations from President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Regional Chairman Mr. David Armogan. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

Banks DIH rewards 23 NGSA highflyers with bursaries

Banks DIH Limited on Saturday last rewarded 23 highflyers who recorded outstanding performances at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).They were awarded bursaries of monetary donations towards their future endeavours during the presentation ceremony hosted at the company’s Sports Club, Thirst Park, Georgetown last Saturday.Delivering the feature address at the event was, Ramesh Dookhoo, the Business Development Executive of Banks DIH, who congratulated the recipients for their noteworthy accomplishments.Co-managing Director of Banks DIH, George McDonald, along with other senior executives of the company joined by NGSA bursary awardees for 2017In doing so, Dookhoo relayed that, “You must always try to do your best and even in very difficult situations it must not deter you from being successful.” He also encouraged the group to remain enthusiastic in their academic pursuits.Moreover, Sharon Nelson, Banks’ Human Resources Manager, took the opportunity to remind this year’s awardees that the company’s Bursary Awards Scheme has been in effect for over 40 years.With that, she highlighted that this initiative stands as a testimony to the company’s commitment to its social responsibility.Nelson further urged the young students to take full advantage of the opportunities thrown their way.Among the awardees were Jada Christy Ifill, Eryn Naysa Canterbury, Christina Chisomu Oji, Akia Ruth Moore, Sarah Cynthia Manbodh, Treshontay Johnson, Pradesh Dass, Trevonna Hollingside, Latanzia Atoya Stewart, Joel Charles, Talianna Belgrave; all of whom are children of individuals employed with Banks.Adding to that were a number of students who are the children of stakeholders, comprising of Xavier Pratt, Kaden Conway, Savannah Ariana Pieters, Rasha Ramroop, Daniel Dowdlin, Tinisha Allen, Carlos Dey, Osmond Ward, Jabari Lovell, Jada-Marie Foo, Christina Chindu and Jermaine Jacobs.These students are all off to pursue their secondary education at the respective schools awarded based on their performance at the NGSA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt must take responsibility for Banks DIH $28B claim – JagdeoFebruary 4, 2017In “latest news”NEW GPC awards bursaries to employees’ childrenAugust 30, 2018In “Featured”CEO to NGSA students: No time to rest or ‘poverty will come upon you like a bandit’July 27, 2017In “latest news” read more

Thousands need shelter healthcare in Caribbean after Irma — UN

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Irma will ‘devastate’ part of United States –FEMA officialSeptember 8, 2017In “latest news”Opposition Leader urges evacuation of Guyanese living in hurricane hit areasSeptember 11, 2017In “latest news”Hurricane Maria pummels Puerto RicoSeptember 20, 2017In “World” (AFP) Hurricane Irma has left about 17,000 people in desperate need of shelter and has devastated hospitals and health clinics across the eastern Caribbean islands, the World Health Organisation (WHO)said Tuesday.View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean September 7, 2017. Picture taken September 7, 2017. Netherlands Ministry of Defence- Gerben van Es/Handout via REUTERSAfter its passage through the Caribbean and Florida, Irma has left at least 40 people dead, according to local authorities.In an overview of the situation, the WHO described a dire health situation on the hardest-hit islands, after many hospitals and health clinics were completely or partially destroyed.In addition to the work needed to rebuild health care facilities, “there is obviously the issue of evacuating patients who cannot be treated in functioning hospitals,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva.Islands that have suffered heavy devastation also desperately need a fresh influx of medical staff to replace local healthcare workers, who have been working around the clock even as many have been hit personally by the storm, he said.The overview also included data from the UN humanitarian agency showing that a full 17,000 people in the eastern Caribbean desperately needed shelter.Here is an overview of the situation, according to WHO:Anguilla — the hospital is offering reduced services, and critically ill patients are being transferred to other Caribbean countries. There is significant damage to the water supply and 90 per cent of the electricity infrastructure has been damaged.Antigua and Barbuda — Two shelters are functioning in Antigua and are housing 305 people. The hospital in Barbuda suffered significant damage is not functioning at all.Bahamas — More than 1,000 people were evacuated from Family Islands before the storm hit.British Virgin Islands — The hospital was severely damaged but continues to offer emergency services.Turks and Caicos Islands — were particularly hard-hit, with 80-90 per cent of households damaged on South Caicos, where plans are underway to evacuate 2,000 people. Seventy per cent of houses on Providenciales were damaged, as were 50 per cent on Grand Turk, where the hospital suffered significant damage. The governor of Grand Turk has declared the island a disaster area.Cuba — The government has reported that 10 people died in the storm, and two million were evacuated to shelters and the houses of neighbours or relatives. Hospitals in six cities and town, including in Havana, have suffered damage.Haiti — Authorities have reported one fatality, one person missing and five injured. There are currently 67 shelters housing nearly 1,500 people.Puerto Rico — Three deaths have been reported, while 154 people are being housed in shelters and nearly half a million are without electricity, and some 154,000 without drinking water. Six hospitals have no electricity.Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy — All hospital services have been moved from Saint Martin, where the hospital was damaged. Hospital services have resumed in Saint Barthelemy. French President Emmanuel Macron said during a visit to the Caribbean that 11 people have been killed.Sint Maarten — Forty per cent of houses were severely damaged, and 5,000 people need shelter. The hospital has been damaged and is working at 30 per cent capacity. Four out of 12 pharmacies have been damaged, and most doctors are not working. Four people have lost their lives.United States — The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that 586 shelters are housing 192,000 people in Florida and 92 shelters are housing more than 7,000 people in Georgia. Nearly six million people are without power. In Florida, 46 hospitals have been closed and 204 other healthcare facilities have been evacuated.US Virgin Islands — Four people have been confirmed dead and 376 are in shelters. FEMA reported that 55,000 people were without electricity and 341,000 without drinking water. One hospital in Saint Thomas has been evacuated and closed. read more

Letter When will Security Minister Ramjattan finally accept responsibility and resign

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana not in “really bad state” – Ramjattan on CrimeMay 6, 2019In “Crime”Prisons instability: Govt created this moral hazard by their own acts- Opposition LeaderOctober 22, 2018In “Crime”Ramjattan’s comments about PAC distasteful, disrespectful – AliAugust 30, 2016In “Politics” Dear Editor,As a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee for the Security Sector, I have been taking special interest in the performance (or lack thereof) of the Public Security Minister, the Honourable Khemraj Ramjattan.Apart from his arrogance and total disdain for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Ramjattan is someone you would want to have a beer with. He is approachable and is never afraid to speak his mind, which often gets him into trouble.I honestly believe he wants to accomplish his goals in the security sector but lacks the vision to do so. He listens to the needs of the brave police and prison officers and appears eager to fulfill those needs, but he is powerless to do so. While Ramjattan may be accessible and approachable as a person, as the Minister of Public Security, he is a complete failure.This is a man who despises Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP so much, that it is said he demanded the security portfolio as part of the Cummingsburg Accord with one goal in mind, to put the “corrupt” leaders of the PPP behind bars.This would explain his focus on working with the UK Security Expert, Sam Sittlington and SOCU to prosecute Anil Nandlall, Ashni Singh and others, while neglecting the urgent need to do something to end the vicious cycle of crime that is destroying lives and commerce, prompting the UK Governments to issue the following Travel Advisory to its citizens: “Crime levels remain high and police capacity is low. There are regular armed and violent robberies against businesses and individuals… Muggings have taken place in broad daylight. Burglary and theft from cars are commonplace. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings… Take extra precautions to safeguard your passports, money, tickets, mobile phones and other valuables. Even if you are staying with family, do not leave valuables in view. Keep them somewhere less obvious than your baggage. Use hotel safes if possible. You should be particularly vigilant when leaving local banks to ensure that you are not being followed. In Georgetown, avoid the Tiger Bay and Albouystown areas and take care in Sophia, all of south Georgetown, Buxton and Agricola. Take particular care in the Stabroek Market area where robberies are a daily occurrence.”While I can find no fault with this Advisory, I wonder if the British Foreign Office is aware that their security expert, Sam Sittlington, whose services are paid for by British taxpayers, is actively engaged in a political witch-hunt to prosecute high ranking PPP members, rather than going after the drug traffickers and money-launderers he was employed to do. Perhaps it’s time the Foreign Office account for his actions.In Guyana today, people no longer feel safe in their homes. Crime is running amok everywhere, raining terror on a population that is already stressed out trying to make ends meet. More and more families are being deprived of their valuables, communities ravished and businesses left vulnerable.In 2015, the APNU+AFC coalition campaigned on a platform to get rid of corruption and to “reduce the high rate of armed robberies and murders.”And immediately upon gaining office, this government embarked upon a security recruitment drive and pulled several high-ranking former military and police officers out of retirement to achieve this objective. They have failed miserably!Since Ramjattan became Minister of Public Security, he has brought the entire security sector in disrepute: In March 2016, seventeen (17) prisoners were burnt to death and 11 others injured in what was described as the worst prison riot in our history. Then in July 2017, during the blazing inferno of the Camp Street Prison, a prison officer was murdered and 8 notorious, hard-core criminals escaped, two of whom are believed to be still on the run. Since then, there have been several more well-organized prison breaks.Everyday reports of armed robberies, murders and domestic violence dominate the news.Prisoners, with the aid of some rogue prison officers, are now openly defying authority. At the New Amsterdam Prison, narcotics, alcohol and other contraband were recently discovered in the prison yard.And an inmate there flaunted the breakdown of authority in the prison system by posting a photograph on facebook with fellow inmates in a cell, cerebrating Mother’s Day with several bottles of high-end liquor. During a search of the Lusignan Prison a quantity of illegal items were also found: Improvised weapons, cellphones, cellphone batteries, phone chargers, phone cards, cannabis, cannabis seeds and a cannabis plant. Earlier, a cutlass and a knife were found outside of the north eastern fence of the holding bay of that Prison.I am pleased that Prison Director Gladwin Samuels, a young professional whom I have tremendous respect for, has been able to identify and get rid of five of the corrupt prison wardens involved in the smuggling of contraband into these prisons, for he is often expected to manage the prison population with insufficient resources and personnel.You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that a basic requirement to secure any prison facility is high definition surveillance system and the use of full-body scanners at the entrance of every prison facility. Whatever the cost, these security measures must be procured and installed immediately, The Prison Director should not have to wait on the 2019 Budget to get this done. All Minister Ramjattan needs to do is to come to Parliament with a Supplementary Budget. Government do this all the time for far less urgent matters.Since 2015, the state of the economy has declined rapidly with the loss of over 25,000 jobs and higher taxes. For most families, there is little or no disposable income left after paying utility bills; rent/mortgage; and living expense. The lack of jobs and high cost of living may be tempting some to engage in criminal activities to provide for their families. After all, desperate people are known to do desperate things.On June 29, Minister Ramjattan got his face on the front-page of the Guyana Chronicle with a caption that shamelessly reads, “Gov’t makes ‘half-a-mil’ in pay-outs”.  The article covered the presentation of a one-off payment by government of a meagre $100,000 each to five families of Guyanese fishermen who were brutally murdered by pirates off the coast of Suriname.But this was only done after the PPP had brought a Motion in Parliament urging the government to offer financial support to these families, for Ramjattan had made it clear to them in Suriname that they should expect none. It would have been kinder if government had increased this amount to $300,000 each, the estimated cost of a decent funeral.Nevertheless, I’m sure Minister Ramjattan was happy to be seen in a positive light at a time when just about everyone questions his ability to get the job done. How many more victims must be shot? How many more lives must be lost? How many more cars stolen? How many more women must be forced into prostitution? How many more businesses must be robbed? How many more Guyanese must be discouraged from returning home? How many youths must be forced into a life of crime? And how many more families must be deprived of their life’s savings before the Hon Minister of Public Security realise that he has failed to protect the Guyanese people and is totally unsuitable to serve in that capacity? When will Minister Ramjattan finally accept ministerial responsibility and resign? Will he ever?Yours sincerely,Harry GillPPP Member of Parliament read more

US Germany firms to promote Destination Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana featured on cover of int’l travel magazineJune 17, 2019In “latest news”Guyana tourism to be marketed by US, German firms- GTASeptember 3, 2018In “Environment”GTA honors eight tourism ambassadorsDecember 12, 2018In “latest news” Kaieteur FallsAs part of the growing demand for local tourism, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of two new market representation firms to promote Destination Guyana in the North American and German travel markets.The aim of this venture is to increase visits from these targeted destinations.The new firms, Emerging Destinations in partnership with Green Team Global, will be representing Guyana in the United States and Canada, while Fastforward Marketing, a subsidiary of Travel Marketing Romberg, will be representing Guyana in Germany.The market representatives will be working year-round to raise awareness and further establish Guyana’s presence in these markets, increase demand, and strengthen the direct connections between international tour operators, travellers and the Guyanese travel trade.There are daily non-stop flights to Guyana available from New York, Miami, Toronto, Panama City, and a number of Caribbean islands, which have direct access to the United Kingdom and Germany.According to the GTA, in a press statement on Tuesday, the US, Canada, and the UK are Guyana’s core markets, and Germany is an investment market for travellers who are seeking out authentic nature, culture and adventure experiences.The release further noted that Guyana is well-positioned to become the next must-see destination for adventurous travellers.“Formally entering these markets is a critical component of Guyana’s overall tourism strategy,” explained GTA Director Brian Mullis. “We are confident that our newly-formed strategic alliances with Emerging Destinations, Green Team Global, and Fastforward Marketing will effectively bring Destination Guyana into the global tourism marketplace and meet the growing demand for the increasing number of travellers that are looking for the wealth of natural and cultural heritage we have in abundance.”The appointment of North American and German market representation firms comes during an exciting time for the tourism industry in Guyana.With the recent launch of the new Destination Guyana website, the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, increased airlift to Guyana from international carriers such as American Airlines, and the GTA working to secure market representation in the UK Market before the end of the year, the tourism sector is well poised for growth and positive impact. read more

CPL Playoff fever hits Guyana teams ready for the battle

Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Greene and Andre RusselOn Tuesday, history will be made in Guyana as the first of two Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) play-off matches will be hosted.The first match is slated to commence at 18:00h will see the table toppers, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) clashing with the underdogs of the tournament, the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW).On Wednesday, the St Kitts Patriots will take on the Jamaica Tallawahs. The four teams are entering the play-offs with the aim of securing a spot in the finals slated for Sunday, September 16 at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.Their intentions were clearly stated as the four captains spoke with the media on Monday at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston Georgetown.The youngest of the lot, Guyana Amazon Warriors Captain Chris Green is confident after his team’s massive win over the Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday evening.Guyana Amazon Warrior captain, Chris Green“I think the Knight Riders have been the in-form team all competition and they’ve played some really good cricket. We take a lot of confidence after last night’s clash,” Green statedThe captain then went on to state, “We obviously got out home support here which we thoroughly enjoyed this weekend and I know our teams’ really excited for what’s going to be a very good challenge.”Touching on the advantage of being a top two team, the Knight Riders Captain, Dwayne Bravo highlighted the uncertainty of going into the playoffs.Trinbago Knight Riders Captain, Dwayne Bravo“The luxury of finishing one and two you have two chances but at the same time that doesn’t give you the right to make it to the finals because you could easily have two bad games,” Bravo stated.On the other hand, the Jamaica Tallawahs Captain, Andre Russell is elated to be a part of the final four in his first stint as captain.“I’m happy to be here in the top four, you know it’s my first year as a captain so that’s an achievement for me as well.”Jamaica Tallawahs captain, Andre RusselOn a lighter note, St. Kitts and Nevis Captain, Chris Gayle revealed his preference for the cup.“Well I can tell you this, it’s going to be St. Kitts or Jamaica winning the cup. Not Guyana, not Trinidad,” the world boss disclosed.Not that the teams have indicated their intentions, it time for the grand finale. Fans continue to flock the ticketing office to purchase their tickets.Green Stand and Red Stand ticket cost $5,000 each whole Orange Stand tickets cost $3,000 each and the Grass Mound is $2,500.St Kitts Patriots captain, Chris GayleHere is another catch, once fans purchase a ticket for tomorrow’s match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders, they will 25 percent off tickets for Wednesday match up.Ticket locations are available at the CPL Office at 238 Camp & Quamina Streets Georgetown; Lot 19 Princess Elizabeth Rd Queenstown New Amsterdam; Imam Bacchus & Sons General Store, Affiance Essequibo Coast; Cellular Planet Giftland Mall; Cellular Planet Sheriff Street; Cellular Planet Rosignol; Cell Smart, Rose Hall; Cell Smart, Parika; Cell Smart, Avenue of the Republic; The Cell, Quality; The Cell, New Amsterdam; Cellular Plus, City Mall and Speed Talk, Anna Regina. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Amazon Warriors clash with Trinbago Knight Riders in first play-off match on TuesdaySeptember 9, 2018In “Sports”CPL 2018: The rivalry continues tonight as Warriors face off against TKRSeptember 11, 2018In “latest news”CPL tickets go on sale from tomorrow in GuyanaJune 8, 2016In “Sports” read more

New uses for graphite

first_imgThere is a fervour of exploration in graphite and four such projects are covered in an article in this month’s issue of International Mining magazine. In the latest news, Focus Graphite and Grafoid have signed a two-year R&D agreement between Grafoid and the University of Waterloo to investigate and develop a graphene-based composite for electrochemical energy storage for the automotive and/or portable electronics sectors.Gary Economo, President and CEO of Focus Graphite and Grafoid, said “The objective of the agreement is to research and develop patentable applications using Grafoid’s unique investment which derives graphene from raw, graphite ore to target specialty high value graphene derivatives ranging from sulphur graphene to nanoporous graphene foam. Some of the new graphene materials will contribute positively as a powerful next generation composite for fuel cell/electrochemical supercapacitor applications.”Applications can include electrodes, nanocatalyst support, electrolyte membranes and bipolar plates, transparent electrodes and other potential applications which create high-efficiency solutions in electrochemical energy systems and portable electronics.Economo said “Today’s announcement marks Grafoid’s fifth publicly declared graphene development project with a major academic or corporate institution, and the third related directly to a next generation green technology or renewable energy development project.” Following R&D partnering projects announced with Rutgers University’s AMIPP, CVD Equipment Corporation, with Hydro-Quebec’s research institute, IREQ, and with British Columbia-based CapTherm Systems, an advanced thermal management technologies developer and producers. Economo continued “Grafoid’s investment in highly conductive graphene, combined with the University’s advanced catalyst technologies could advance the science by opening the door to a realistic, cost-competitive option to other energy solutions. Given our growth agenda for 2013, we expect to be in a position to announce a number of additional application development projects throughout the course of 2013.”Research Scientist, Gordon Chiu at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo stated “Research and discovery on graphene sulphur and nanoporous graphene is well documented and is a cornerstone for a wide range of applications. The technology for tailoring graphene for energy storage systems must be developed. This will lead to unique intellectual property assests. Our group’s approach for targeting graphene derivatives that powerfully impact next generation energy storage systems adds significant value to commercial applications while providing invaluable knowledge and insight about the engineering of graphene and certain graphene metamaterials.”Aiping Yu, Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo said that “graphene without proper porosity and polarity remain a constant roadblock for entry into net generation energy storage applications.”“My group will focus on solving the specific tailoring and design of graphene to enable entry into these energy storage areas. Grafoid’s decision to invest in reducing or removing such a roadblock is a brilliant approach of enhancing graphene for impacting fuel cells, electrochemical supercapacitors and other portable energy storage systems.” Yu added.last_img read more

New graphene invention to massively increase battery storage

first_imgA new provisional patent application was filed July 10, 2013 by Gearhart Law for inventors Karim Zaghib, Gordon Chiu, Abdelbast Guerfi, and Amélie Forand. The application describes a new composition using a type of graphene. This material will be important for the energy industry, in everything from alternative energy storage and transmission to improved consumer products. The inventors have successfully formed a uniform composite containing carbon-coated lithium metal phosphate with MesografTM, which is a graphene composition obtained from natural graphite. The material will be useful in storing and conducting energy. The patent will be jointly owned by HydroQuebec and Grafoid.Today’s consumers are not satisfied with the current inefficiencies in the devices we all use every day. Additionally, these inefficiencies are holding back applications for use in, for instance, electric vehicles. The unique invention described briefly below could help advance the needs and demands of airplane manufacturers such as Boeing, auto manufacturers such as Tesla and the mobile computing industry. Imagine a smart phone or tablet that holds a charge for a month or more, or an electric car that has a battery the size of an orange. With the development of this new technology, it may not be that far off.The entire energy industry is aiming for faster charging rates for batteries, greater safety, more capacity and longer energy storage times. These added benefits would lead to more efficient and more cost effective devices and products. This new technology has the potential to have a large impact on the energy industry; the invention is a material that has novel structural, conductive, and hybrid properties that allow it to act as an energy storage mechanism and as an energy conduit.Alternative energy may also see a huge benefit from the new technology. Among the challenges in using alternative energy technologies are the abilities to store and transport the energy. Batteries must be able to store a large amount of energy, and conduits typically lose a large amount of energy as it is transported along power lines. Imagine being able to capture solar power in Arizona and using it to heat a home in North Dakota, all for a few pennies. This new technology is a step on the path to the realization of that vision.HydroQuebec is the world’s expert and holder of the patents for developing lithium iron phosphate charging systems.Graphene became well-known in the scientific community in 2010, when Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work with it. Graphene is a material composed of pure carbon, with atoms arranged in a regular hexagonal pattern, and can be described as a one-atom thick layer of the mineral graphite. Graphene has high conductivity, thousands of times higher than copper. This means that it can transport electricity highly efficiently. It is also the strongest material ever discovered. Graphene is very light, weighing only 0.77 milligrams per square meter. Graphene can be made in many forms, each performing differently in respect to varied physical parameters.Dr. Gordon Chiu is Vice President and co-founder of Grafoid, a collaborative venture with a significant graphite entity, whose mission is to develop, patent and secure the global rights for specific graphene technologies. The joint venture is based in New York City. Described as an “execution-driven businessman,” Chiu has combined domestic and international experience in the chemical, technology, medical, and related industries. A lecturer and corporate advisor, Chiu is engaged in the discovery and research of graphene on behalf of Grafoid and provides advice on project selection with a view to increasing overall uses and applications of graphite/graphene.Dr. Karim Zaghib obtained his MS in 1987 and his PhD in 1990, both in electrochemistry from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France under the direction of Bernadette Nguyen. In 2002, he received the HDR (Habilitation à Diriger la Recherche) in materials science from the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.last_img read more

Wardell Armstrong invests in SAGDesign package for customer testing

first_imgEngineering and environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong International has become one of only eleven major world mineral testing laboratories – and the first commercial lab in Europe – to install new SAGDesign™ semi-autogenous grinding equipment. Now installed at the consultancy’s mineral processing centre of excellence in Truro, Cornwall in the UK, SAGDesign is the most accurate grindability test available according to its manufacturer Starkey & Associates Inc. Complementing existing JK drop weight test equipment, this latest addition brings to nearly £500,000 the investment made by Wardell Armstrong in mineral testing at its Truro facility over the past two years.“This new state-of-the-art technology is another important step in expanding our in-house capability,” said Philip King, Technical Director of mineral processing for Wardell Armstrong International. “It makes us unique in being able to carry out under one roof everything that our international clients need for mine development. Our team of mineral processing engineers, mineralogists, chemists and environmental specialists can take care of everything from geological and environmental assessments to mineral processing testing and full feasibility studies.” The opportunity to contribute to two major new copper and gold projects in Kazakhstan, one of the world’s most active mining countries, provided added impetus for the investment inSAGDesign. The technology was stipulated by the metallurgical consultant acting for both projects, being developed respectively by KAZ minerals (formerly Kazakhmys) and TOO Dostyk.With the cost of a new grinding mill and processing plant typically running to as much as $500 million or more, the testing of ore and mineral samples to establish the best way of recovering economic value is a critical requirement. A new plant needs to be designed to be able to cope with all the variations of ore and hardness of rock that might be encountered. And with lower quality grades of ore now becoming much more common, more cost-effective and efficient grinding machinery is necessary to avoid the use of large amounts of steel media.“This is where SAGDesign testing really comes into its own,” said Philip King, “by precisely measuring SAG and ball mill ore hardness using larger pieces and bigger samples, tested in fewer but larger comminution laboratory components, and with fewer composite samples needed.” SAGDesign testing provides SAG pinion energy grindability in kWh/t to within +/- 5% to grind from F80 152 mm to T80 1.7 mm, and Bond Ball Mill Work Index using SAG ground ore, from the SAG test on the same sample.last_img read more