Tyrann Mathieu Headed To NFL Draft

In the end, the embattled Tyrann Mathieu, who said he was entering the NFL Draft next year, had no other recourse that would have made sense. He could have sat out another season and transferred somewhere else or played next year at a smaller college.But those would have been opportunities that would not have advanced his career. He had been kicked off the LSU team before the season for failed drug tests. Sports Illustrated brought his eligibility into question because of his likeness being used on an advertisement for a party. And then he was arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana in October.So it was of little surprise when Mathieu announced, “it is time for me to move forward.“I am sorry that I was not able to complete my journey at LSU, but I will always support LSU in any way I can. To my teammates, you are my brothers. You have kept me going. I will do my best to make you all proud of me,” he said.Mathieu, known as the “Honey Badger,” was a Heisman Trophy finalist known for his knack for making plays last year. But the 20-year-old Mathieu was suspended for this season due to a substance abuse issue he has continued to work on.Mathieu was arrested last month on a possession of marijuana charge. He also was dismissed from the football team in August for failing a drug test and entered a treatment program run by former NBA player John Lucas.Instead of transferring to another lower-division school to play this season, Mathieu re-enrolled at LSU but is not playing football.“I am committed to tackling my personal issues and will work to better myself every day as a man first and only then as a football player. I will always consider myself an LSU Tiger,” he said. read more

Lamar Odom Checks Into Rehab For Substance Abuse

Lamar Odom has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, according to sources.The NBA player has been in the news recently about alleged drug use. He was reportedly staying at a Los Angeles hotel two weeks ago, where his friends tried to help him kick his drug problem.Odom was also arrested early last Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. The police report said Odom’s car was observed moving in a “serpentine manner” before exiting the freeway.The police report said the ball player initially refused to pull over when authorities tried to stop him, eventually coming to a halt minutes later. Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” the report said.At the police station, Odom refused to take further chemical tests and he was subsequently booked for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.He was released on $15,000 bail Friday morning.Odom played last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and was pursued in free agency this summer by both the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. read more

Defensive decorator Former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins might try his hand at interior

Former Ohio State All-American cornerback Malcolm Jenkins is in the same boat as every other NFL player: locked out of football. With time on his hands, Jenkins might get his creative juices flowing. “I was up at Ohio State’s practice, lobbying to get a coaching job,” Jenkins said. “Either coaching or I’ve been watching a lot of HGTV. I might try to get into some interior designing or something.” Locked out for more than a month, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have yet to reach an agreement on collective bargaining. “Every player is enjoying the time off,” Jenkins said, “not having as many responsibilities as far as mandatory workouts, to be able to take some time off and be with family, stuff like that.” Jenkins, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, said the urge to get back to his usual spring schedule is starting to grow. “Guys are wanting to get together and do our own workouts together, just get back to football,” Jenkins said. “Guys are starting to itch and want to get back on the field.” If the NFL lockout does not end and Jenkins can’t find a different job, he said he will be able to survive without a paycheck for a while, though he fears that some won’t be as financially comfortable. “We’ve known about this for two years now,” Jenkins said. “Me personally, I’ve prepared for it. But I know for a fact that there are some guys who may not have saved like they needed to. “It will impact some guys, but hopefully over the last few years, guys have followed the plan and been smart with their money.” Something players might not be prepared for is human growth hormone testing, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says must be part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The test, which would require blood to be drawn, has received criticism, both positive and negative, from the NFL players and their union. Jenkins said he wasn’t sure what was involved in HGH testing but that he can understand why some players are against it. “I talked to someone yesterday who said they had to take blood,” he said. “When you do that, you get tired. If you get a surprise HGH test on a Friday and you’ve got to play on a Sunday, that can have some effect on your performance.” Jenkins said he doesn’t think HGH is a problem in the NFL. “I don’t think our league is played with that,” he said. “I don’t see (HGH testing as) necessary.” Jenkins said he thinks there will be football but that he doesn’t know if it will be in time for teams to prepare the way they normally do. “Depending on how long this thing goes, if you miss the whole offseason, from a teaching and learning standpoint, young players don’t get as much time as they usually have,” Jenkins said. “We’re really going to have to go back to the basics because there’s no spring ball or (anything) like that. “Rookie players, the chances of them making it shrinks. They have less time to make that learning curve.” Although no one is sure of a time frame for players to get back to work, Jenkins said he’s confident that it is a matter of when football starts rather than if it starts. “There’s a good chance for football,” he said. “I think there’s going to be football.” read more

Ohio State softball loses weekend series against Purdue despite seasonhigh attendance

Ohio State shortstop Caitlin Conrad (11) slides into 3rd base as Purdue’s Tori Chiodo (22) covers the bag during the seventh inning of an April 13 game at Buckeye Field. Purdue defeated OSU, 5-4. Credit: Jason Morrow / Lantern photographerA season-high 1,598 fans packed themselves inside Buckeye Field to watch the Ohio State softball team try and win its third Big Ten series of the season.After splitting game one and two of its weekend series against Purdue on Friday and Saturday, the crowd was roaring and the bleachers were shaking throughout all of Sunday’s exciting rubber match.But despite a late rally by OSU (20-20, 6-6) against the Boilermakers (21-21-1, 9-3), the Buckeyes came up just short, losing the game, 5-4. OSU lost both games to Purdue by one-run margins.With junior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly in the circle for the Buckeyes in the rubber match, Purdue stormed ahead to a 5-0 lead through four and a half innings.In the bottom of the fifth, OSU redshirt-sophomore pinch-hitter Erika Leonard got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard with an RBI double. The Buckeyes continued their comeback in the next inning, as a groundout by senior second baseman Melaina Saafeld scored a run for OSU. With one runner left on base, senior pinch-hitter Leesa Gresham hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to one heading into the final inning.“I was just thinking it was my time to come through, I’ve had chances the last few games I haven’t come through for the team when there was runners in scoring position so I knew it was my time,” Gresham said after the loss.With one out in the seventh, junior outfielder Caitlin Conrad raced around the bases for a triple after her hit smacked off the top of the wall, nearly clearing the fence. However, the Buckeyes’ next two hitters were unable to send Conrad home and OSU’s rally would come up short.It was a busy week for O’Reilly, pitching in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday against Ohio and starting all three games against the Boilermakers. In that span O’Reilly pitched 25.2 innings with three complete games, two shutouts and just six earned runs.Despite the recent heavy workload, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said O’Reilly’s 103.1 innings pitched so far this season is on the low side for a number one pitcher at this point in the season.“I think Olivia is just putting her heart out on the field for us and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Schoenly said. “She just wants to help anyway she can, she knows she’s not going to strike people out every time but she gives us a chance by just not letting them hit it that hard.”Saturday was a different story, as 11 hits for OSU coupled with four errors by the Boilermakers set the tone. The Buckeyes went on to win, 8-0, in five innings.Junior outfielder Taylor Watkins and sophomore outfielder Cammi Prantl led the team at the plate, going a combined 6-for-7 with three RBI and four runs scored in the win.“We attacked their pitchers early and often to keep that a short game, so I was definitely proud of that,” Schoenly said on the win after Sunday’s game.Dominant pitching from both teams was on display in game one of the series Friday. O’Reilly threw a complete game, giving up one run, four hits and four strikeouts. However, that one run would prove to be too much for OSU’s offense to overcome, as Purdue went on to win the game 1-0.OSU threatened early in the first inning with bases loaded and only one out, but a pair of swinging strikeouts sent the Buckeyes back into its dugout with nothing to show for it. Boilermaker starting pitcher Lilly Fecho had nine strikeouts and no walks in her complete-game shutout. Fecho was also the winning pitcher on Sunday, however, OSU was able to adjust and produce four runs in the loss.“I was disappointed with Friday because we didn’t make our adjustments to hit (Fecho) better,” Schoenly said after Sunday’s game. “But to show that they could come back and do what they did today against that pitcher, I thought they did a nice job of letting Friday go and coming back and attacking her again.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road Tuesday for a game against Wright State in Dayton. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. read more

Pirates lost in the pub scupper Penzance world record attempt

first_imgPirates get ready to be counted at the Penzance Pirates on the Prom attemptCredit:Cornwall Live / SWNS.com Lyn King and Stephanie Phelps get ready to be counted Pirates get ready to be counted at the Penzance Pirates on the Prom attempt Lyn King and Stephanie Phelps get ready to be countedCredit:Cornwall Live / SWNS.com He said the funding for the event was sourced privately this year with Penzance Town Council giving what he described as a “modest” donation – believed to be around £1,500.He added: “We have learnt lessons from the previous attempt. The money was not properly authorised last time and then covered up, but this time everything has been fully transparent and we have made just a modest contribution towards the record attempt this year.” Penzance first won the Guinness World Record for the largest pirate gathering in 2011, stealing the title from Hastings.But in 2013, their south east rivals won back the title and Penzance decided to challenge them again a year later.That attempt was marred in controversy after costs showed Penzance Town Council had spent £55,000 on the failed bid.Costs included spending nearly £300 on inflatable parrots, nearly £2,000 on pirate t-shirts and £600 on pirate flags. No figures have yet been released on what the latest attempt cost.center_img Speaking on Monday, Mayor of Penzance Dick Cliffe said: “It is a disappointment not to break the record and miss out by such a small amount… The pirates of Penzance is an expression everyone knows – not the pirates of Hastings. They are just impostors.”He added: “I remember looking into the pub and seeing people in pirate outfits around the time the count was being done. I thought – what are they doing there?”Whether it is missed communication over the importance of being in the compounds for just ten minutes I don’t know.”But it is a tough thing to marshal that number of pirates – they are not a group that traditionally are easily marshalled by anybody.” “We won’t say how many [were in the pub]. We won’t shame those who were down in the Dolphin and that but we still haven’t taught the people who go to the pub to get here on time.”To succeed they needed to have more than 14,231 pirates in one place by 4pm on Sunday. To qualify pirates had to have two accessories, such as a sword or eye patch.  An attempt by Penzance to beat the world record for 14,000 pirates in one place failed after a group accidentally stayed in the pub and missed the count. The Cornish town has been trying to claim the Guinness World Record for several years, having lost it to Hastings in 2013. But they will be forced to try again next year after missing out on the title by “just a few” on Sunday.Organisers blamed the miss in part to groups of pirates who did not leave their local pub in time to be counted. Pubs in the area had promised to make sure pirates were out and in the count area by 3.45pm. But Andy Hazlehurst told the crowd: “Sorry to say we’re back again next year, we fell short by a few. 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

Wild boar bites off dog walkers fingertip in the Forest of Dean

first_imgA dog walker has had part of his finger bitten off by a wild boar in the Forest of Dean when he stumbled across it as he walked in woodland near his homeThe rogue male boar attacked Clive Lilley, 51, at Viney Hill, near Lydney, Gloucestershire just before dawn last Wednesday morning.Mr Lilley said the boar bit off the underside of his finger but left the nail intact.”They told me it should grow back around although there will be a scar,” he said. “Fortunately I was wearing tight fitting elasticated gloves which absorbed much of the impact.”I walk my dogs in the woods every day and I have seen boar hundreds of times but never had any trouble with them before.”This one showed no interest in my dog, only me. The dog was a little way up the track at the time.”When I reported the incident to the Forestry Commission they said a woman had been knocked over by a boar at the same spot about half an hour before I was attacked.” About 1,200 boar currently roam the forest and in recent years have become more tolerant of human interest. While in the past they would disappear into the woods at the sight of people, many now continue foraging for food even while walkers are standing close by taking photos.The boar population reached a peak of about 1,500 last year but the Forestry Commission has been culling the animals to keep the numbers under control.One was spotted roaming Gloucester city centre last summer and the council has warned locals not to leave their bins out overnight because the boar had learned to tip them over. A Forestry Commission spokesman said they were aware of the incident involving Mr Lilley and added “We would like to remind woodland users that feral wild boar can be unpredictable, particularly when they have young close by.”We would also like to remind people not to feed the boar. They can quickly learn to associate people with food and may then seek food from walkers. They are well adapted to living in the Forest and have no need of supplementary food at any time of year.”We are trying to bring the population down to a more manageable level of 400.”Dog walkers should put their dogs on leads the moment they see a boar. Keep to a safe distance from them.”last_img read more

Build rain gardens to prevent floods says Wildlife Trusts

first_imgNew homes should be built with “rain gardens” to prevent future flooding, the Wildlife Trusts has said.The national organisation believes the small depressions which can accommodate rainwater runoff, as well as permeable drives and connected waterways, could reduce the likelihood of damage for millions of householders.Responding to the Government’s pledge to build at least 300,000 homes a year for the next four years, the Trusts also called for wildflower road verges and wildlife-friendly green roofs in new developments.The Wildlife Trusts said the current focus on numbers of new homes – 1.5 million over five years – should be matched by a “visionary” approach on where and how to build them.Government house-building targets mean around 36 square miles will be given over to new housing developments annually, an area larger than Brighton and Hove, the Trusts said.They want to see developments located in areas already served by infrastructure to avoid destroying wild places and designed to protect existing woods, wetlands, hedgerows and meadows, while creating new areas and corridors for wildlife.The Trusts said this does not necessarily entail prioritising urban brownfield sites over greenfield land, as farmland sites could provide an opportunity to restore land which has become inhospitable to wildlife, while some brownfield sites are nature-rich. Streetscape's Holding Back the Flood was a star attraction at the 2017 Hampton Court Flower Show Streetscape’s Holding Back the Flood was a star attraction at the 2017 Hampton Court Flower ShowCredit:Jeff Gilbert Rachel Hackett, living landscapes development manager for the Wildlife Trusts, said: “A huge challenge lies ahead – we need thousands of new homes and we need to restore the natural world.”We’re calling on the Government and local authorities to build beautiful, nature-friendly communities.”She said natural habitats had been lost on an “unprecedented scale” in the past century, but added that nature makes people happy and society is dependent on the things it gives us.”With good design, the costs to do this are a tiny proportion of the overall cost of development, but represent a big investment for the future,” she said.Housing developments should avoid losing any existing wildlife sites, create new habitat, and design in woods, hedges and streams as a key part of the project.Schemes should include features such as wildflower verges, lighting designed to avoid disturbing wildlife, sustainable drainage to avoid flooding and provide habitats, green corridors to link up wild areas, allotments and community orchards.Philip Hammond announced the Government’s housebuilding pledge in the November Budget but was accused of failing to deliver the “bold” changes needed to fix the housing market. 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

Robert the Bruce sword that knighted Robert Burns put on display

first_img“It was a question of de-risking our business and tourism and hospitality is one of the strongest growing sectors in the Scottish economy, which has been assisted by the fact that sterling has weakened appreciably in the last 18 months.” Broomhall House, home of the Earl of Elgin broomhall A sword owned by King Robert the Bruce will be put on public display next week for the first time in living memory. The 14th century weapon is thought to have been used by the medieval king who secured Scotland’s independence from England, although it is not known if it was wielded in battle.It was later kept at Clackmannan Tower, where it was used by his descendent Katherine Bruce to unofficially “knight” Robert Burns in August 1787, and since 1791 has been at Broomhall House, ancestral home of the Earls of Elgin.The sword and other family artefacts will be the highlight of a new exhibition at Bonhams in Edinburgh aiming to promote the stately home in Fife, which has been opened to visitors for the first time in 300 years.Broomhall is still the home of the 11th Earl of Elgin, but has been renovated and restored as part of a plan to diversify the estate.Lord Bruce, the earl’s son, and a firm Remain supporter, said Brexit was not the reason for the changes, but admitted the potential loss of EU agricultural subsidies had been considered.He added: “The idea was to find other uses for the house that can help cover the cost of running it. We felt that we were too focussed on farming and the farming industry and felt we had to find other uses for our assets. Lord Bruce said the house was opened to corporate and tourism events after the family completed a branding exercise to come up with a story “based around the fact that the family has been here so long and our story is so inextricably woven with the history of Scotland”.“I certainly voted to remain in Europe, I’m married to a trade economist and that was certainly her advice,” he told the Daily Telegraph.The two-handed sword will be the highlight of the Treasures from Broomhall House event, along with tartan suits, silver and paintings, ahead of the auction house’s “Scottish Week”.Lord Bruce said the sword was a gift from David II, the son of King Robert, whose marriages did not produce an heir. He added: “Realising that the Bruce dynasty would come to an end, he presented his father’s sword to his first cousin Thomas Bruce of Clackmannan.”This sword is in extraordinarily good condition and doesn’t appear to carry much evidence of being used in battle, but it could easily have been.”Also on show will be a suit in the Bruce Tartan from around 1760 and a silver casket from Rangoon, dated 1898, that was given to Victor Bruce, 9th Earl of Elgin as Viceroy & Governor General of India. 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

Stonehenge tunnel plan risks destroying Ice Age treasures

first_img6,000-year-old Aurochs hoofprints, Plans to build a tunnel past Stonehenge risk destroying a nationally important nearby Ice Age site an archaeologist has warned, as he accused the Government of wrongly marking its location on a map.The Blick Mead site a mile-and-a-half from Stonehenge can trace a human presence back to the last Ice Age, but is under threat from a £1.6bn scheme to improve the road past the world’s most famous stone circle.Prof David Jacques of the University of Buckingham said the planned tunnel on the A303 in Wiltshire and a flyover could irrevocably damage the site which provides insight into Britons’ shift from hunters to farmers.Prof Jacques said the impact on the site had not been assessed, despite it being the only place in Britain that can trace people living there since the end of the Ice Age, around 8,000 BC.Building a tunnel and flyover risks lowering the water table, and drying out the peat and silt conditions which preserve archaeological remains, he said. Roadworks in the 1960s have already dramatically thinned the protective peat covering. 6,000-year-old Aurochs hoofprints,Credit:University of Buckingham 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. Traffic passes along the busy A303 that currently runs besides the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge near Amesbury on April 20, 2017 in Wiltshire, Englandcenter_img The Government has backed plans to put the A303 into a tunnel as it passes the neolithic stone circle as part of measures to ease congestion and improve the setting of Stonehenge.But opponents warn the plans, which include eastern and western entrances to the tunnel within the World Heritage site and a possible flyover at the Countess Roundabout near Amesbury, could harm the rich archaeological landscape.Prof Jacques also accused the authorities of “negligence or worse” for a map of the plans which he said put Blick Mead in the wrong place, where construction of the flyover and tunnel would be less damaging.He said: “If Highways England and the government can’t even locate Blick Mead in the right place how can we trust anything in this process.“The Stonehenge world heritage site landscape is unutterably precious and you tamper with it at your peril – you cannot make it come back.“There should be perpetual inquiry here and the UK government, the National Trust and English Heritage either value that or they don’t. The tunnel scheme will clearly compromise the archaeology. Whose interest would that be in?”David Bullock, Highways England project manager, said the plan “shows indicative general features and was never intended as a geographical map”.He said statutory consultation on the road scheme will begin this week and “provide an opportunity for everyone to give their views on our proposals and we would like as much feedback as possible.”This will help us to make sure we have got the best scheme, or highlight where we still need to make changes, before we make our application to build the scheme.” The busy A303 runs less than 200 yards from the stone circleCredit:Matt Cardy/ Getty Images Europe His most recent excavations found aurochs’ hoofprints, which had apparently been purposely preserved under a stone surface.Prof Jacques, who has spent a decade investigating the site, said there was a real potential human footprints could be discovered.He said: “This is the only site in Great Britain where there is evidence that people have been living there from just after the end of the Ice Age to now.”Essentially the place is like a national archive for organic material which are like documents. It would be like destroying a unique library,” he warned.last_img read more

Queen hit extremely hard by death of her beloved last Royal corgi

first_imgQueen Elizabeth II pictured walking her dogs in 1973 with a corgi leading the way and another ushering from behind A Buckingham Palace source told the Daily Mail: “She has mourned every one of her corgis over the years, but she has been more upset about Willow’s death than any of them… It is probably because Willow was the last link to her parents and a pastime that goes back to her own childhood. It really does feel like the end of an era.” Monty, Willow and Holly greeted the secret agent, played by Daniel Craig, as he arrived at the Palace to accept a mission from the Queen.Monty, who was 13, died a couple of months later.Holly was put down in October 2016 after suffering from an illness, leaving Willow, who died on Sunday, as the Queen’s final corgi descended from Susan. Queen Elizabeth II pictured walking her dogs in 1973 with a corgi leading the way and another ushering from behindCredit:Alpha Press Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (left) with one of their corgis at Windsor Castle pictured in 1959 and Her Majesty walking her dogs in 1980 (right)Credit:PA/Getty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip (left) with one of their corgis at Windsor Castle pictured in 1959 and Her Majesty walking her dogs in 1980 (right) Pharos – then one of the Queen’s oldest corgis – was savaged by another dog and had to be put down.The Queen was devastated at the death of one of her favourite pets.Dottie, an English bull terrier owned by the Princess Royal, was blamed. The year before, Anne had been fined £500 when the same dog attacked two children in Windsor Great Park.But some days later, an announcement from the Palace revealed it was a case of mistaken identity. The real killer of Pharos was Florence, another of Anne’s dogs.Pharos was buried in the Sandringham grounds, joining Susan and some of the other corgis with gravestones there. She also enjoyed walking her corgis and they knew when it was time for their exercise.If the Queen came in wearing a tiara, they laid glumly on the carpet; if she was in a headscarf, they knew it was time for walkies.The Duke of York said his mother’s love of her corgis has helped to keep her fit.”She is just amazing at her age and she walks a long way, the dogs keep her active,” Andrew said.Corgis are liable to bite people’s legs because their forebears rounded up sheep by snapping at their feet.One footman at the Palace found a novel way of getting his own back. The dogs ran down the stairs, performed tummy rolls and then stood as a helicopter took off for the Olympic stadium, carrying Bond and a stunt double of the Queen.Monty, who was 13, died a couple of months later.Holly was put down in October 2016 after suffering from an illness, leaving Willow as the Queen’s final corgi.In 2015, the Queen decided to stop breeding Pembroke Welsh corgis over fears she might trip over and hurt herself over them. It was also reported that she didn’t want to leave any behind when she dies.Yet during her time looking after them, she has had more than 30 corgis stemming from Susan’s puppies Sugar and Honey, who were born in 1949. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She needed three stitches and her chauffeur needed a tetanus jab.Canine psychiatrist Roger Mugford prescribed an ear-piercing rape alarm which the Queen used to break up the dog fights.He also sent the leader of the pack, Apollo, to live with the Princess Royal.But sometimes it was the corgis who found themselves under attack.In 2003, as the royals were gathering for Christmas at Sandringham in Norfolk, one suffered a tragic fate. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the reports, saying it would be a private matter.Prince Harry revealed last year how his fiancee Meghan Markle had managed to charm the Queen’s dogs.The prince said in his engagement interview: “And the corgis took to you straightaway.”I’ve spent the last 33 years being barked at – this one walks in, absolutely nothing.”Describing the moment, Ms Markle said: “Just laying on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.” The snappy little dogs had a penchant for nipping servants’ ankles, but the Queen has always been devoted to them.She has owned more than 30 of the breed, as well as dorgis, black Labradors and cocker spaniels.Her first corgi, Susan, was given to her as an 18th birthday present by her parents in 1944.The Queen had fallen in love with her father’s dog Dookie, a Pembrokeshire corgi, and wanted one of her own.Susan became the founder of the Queen’s royal dog dynasty, and was even taken on honeymoon by Princess Elizabeth.But Susan was not always well-behaved. She bit a royal clockwinder on the ankle and was also rather partial to going for servants’ legs. Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II with her corgisCredit:Videograb Her grandson, Whisky, apparently tore the seat out of a Guards officer’s trousers.The Queen has looked after her own dogs as much as possible.She now has Whisper – a corgi she adopted after the death of its owner, a Sandringham gamekeeper – and two dorgis, Vulcan and Candy.During weekends at Windsor, the corgis went too and lived in her private apartments.She fed them herself, whenever her busy schedule permitted. She mixed their feed with a spoon and fork, from ingredients brought on a tray by a footman.center_img Corgis have played a massive role in Her Majesty’s lifeCredit:Rex Features/Shutterstock A corgi passes between two rugby players in 2007 when The Queen greeted internationals  The Queen has reportedly been hit “extremely hard” by the loss of her corgi Willow who died on Sunday – ending Her Majesty’s close association with the breed dating back eight decades.The dog, which was 14th generation and descended from the Queen’s first dog Susan, was suffering from a cancer-related illness.It is understood The Queen did not want Willow, who was almost 15, to suffer any further. Insiders said she was hit “extremely hard” by the loss of Willow, who had become her most devoted companion.  As a descendant of Susan, who was an 18th birthday present when she was then Princess Elizabeth, Willow had a particularly close link with the Queen.On her 90th birthday, when she posed for portraits with her grandchildren, she also let her dogs share the limelight. Willow was one of four dogs at the time who featured in a picture with her, taken on steps in the grounds of Windsor castle. He spiked the dogs’ food and water with whisky and gin, then watched in amusement as the tipsy animals staggered around. But he was discovered and demoted.At one stage, the Queen was forced to call in a dog psychiatrist when her corgis kept setting upon each other.The worst incident was when Ranger, who belonged to the Queen Mother, killed the Queen’s dorgi Chipper in 1989.Two years later the Queen was bitten on the left hand while trying to break up a fight between six of her corgis and two of the Queen Mother’s at Windsor. Queen Elizabeth II’s long-standing love of corgisThe Queen is synonymous with her love of corgis. It was reported that the Queen was still feeding and exercising Willow until the weekend, but the dog’s condition worsened.A vet was then said to have been called on Sunday afternoon, when Prince Philip was able to rejoin her after nearly two weeks in hospital following a hip operation.The Queen still has Vulcan and Candy, two dorgis – corgi-dachshund crosses, but Willow was the only dog left with a link to the Queen’s original family of royal corgis.Last year Her Majesty agreed to adopt a corgi, Whisper, after the death of his owner, a former Sandringham gamekeeper.As a teenager, The Queen fell in love with her father’s dog Dookie, a Pembrokeshire corgi, and wanted one of her own.She was subsequently given Susan and during her reign she has owned more than 30 corgis, many of them direct descendants of her first dog.Susan was so loved that she accompanied Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh on on their honeymoon. Corgis have played a massive role in Her Majesty's life Her descendant Willow appeared in the 2012 James Bond sketch which the Queen recorded with Daniel Craig for the London Olympics opening ceremony.The dog and two other corgis, Monty and Holly, greeted the secret agent, played by Daniel Craig, as he arrived at the palace to accept a mission from the Queen. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their traditional summer break at Balmoral Castle. The royal couple are seen with ‘Tinker’, a cross between a corgi and long haired dachshundCredit:PA Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during their traditional summer break at Balmoral Castle. The royal couple are seen with 'Tinker', a cross between a corgi and long haired dachshund A corgi passes between two rugby players in 2007 when The Queen greeted internationals Credit:Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty In 2012, the Queen’s remaining corgis had a starring role in the James Bond sketch the Queen recorded for the London Olympics opening ceremony. Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth II with her corgislast_img read more

Man charged with fraud over Grenfell Tower tragedy

A 33-year-old man has been charged with fraudulently obtaining money intended for Grenfell Tower survivors and bereaved families.Antonio Gouveia is alleged to be neither a survivor of the tragedy nor someone left bereaved, but tried to fraudulently get his hands on money meant for those affected by the tragedy, which  killed at least 71 people.Mr Gouveia was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of fraud by false representation, the Metropolitan Police said.  He will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later on Friday.A number of fraudsters have attempted to cash in on the disaster on June 14 last year.In June a student became the fifth fraudster to be convicted as he claimed he only survived blaze because he was praying at local mosque. 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. Mohammad Gamoota, 31, pretended to be the son of one of the victims to get £5,000 and free hotel stays. He was jailed for 18 months. Two illegal immigrants who posed as victims were put up in hotels at the taxpayer’s expense for almost a year. Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks, who are Jamaican, falsely claimed more than £100,000 in accommodation and pre-paid credit cards before staff at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea realised the flat they claimed to live in did not exist. Joyce Msokeri, 47, was jailed for four and a half years in relation to a Grenfell Tower fraud. She posed as a survivor in a bid to claim hundreds of thousands of pounds, and that her husband and sister-in-law had perished.In fact she was single and living miles away.Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52, of Beckenham, south-east London, was also jailed earlier this year for 21 months for pretending he lost family members in the blaze. read more

Wimbledon AI tech will examine players reactions to instantly decide best bits

Britain’s Johanna Konta reacts after winning the first set against Greece’s Maria Sakkari during their women’s singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2017 Wimbledon ChampionshipsCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP Britain's Johanna Konta reacts after winning the first set against Greece's Maria Sakkari during their women's singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships The Duchess of Cambridge's gasps will be picked up by IBM Watson when she is sitting in the crowd at this year's Wimbledon “This is not an automatic publish process, it creates a package and the editor then chooses if they want to use it. But it is taking away the time they waste just sitting there and watching that one part of the match.”Provided by IBM since 2015, AI equipment at Wimbledon is installed throughout 10 courts to monitor up to 10 hours of play a day over 13 days. “That’s an awful lot of video content,” Mr Seddon said. “And it’s a lot of digital editorial time. So we actually free up time for the digital editors to go and create other content.” “This allows us to clip the highlights package to be really tight, so it knows exactly when play is happening,” Sam Seddon, head of IBM’s AI unit at Wimbledon, told the Telegraph.  “We asked ourselves how do we create video content that’s available really quickly?,” Mr Seddon said. “What are the most exciting moments in a match? You can sit there as a digital editor in a match and make that decision yourself, or you can turn that question over to an AI system. “Then we had to define what exciting is – well, let’s listen to how excited the crowd are, let’s look how animated the players are, let’s analyse the data and see whether this is a turning point in the match and use of that to generate highlights.  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 year there were 220 million views of highlights across Wimbledon’s digital platforms. “We are continuously expanding what we are doing with AI and this is the most we have ever used at Wimbledon before,” Mr Seddon said.  Tennis is well-known for arousing plenty of passion from players on the court – and now competitors at Wimbledon can expect to have their tense expressions and celebratory body language examined by artificial intelligence technology. Wimbledon’s AI machine will use visual image recognition technology to capture players’ reactions in order to instantly clip highlights for viewers to watch at the end of the game. The Championships is using “more AI than ever before” to capture the best bits in a match, including analysing the players body language through a live video stream and measuring the crowd noise through a microphone in the umpire’s chair. The technology, named IBM Watson, can pick up anything from an agonising gasp to a celebratory cheer – prompting him to automatically clip that point in the match. Each point is then ranked based on crowd excitement and player gestures, enabling the team of 180 people based in Wimbledon’s AI bunker to “automatically generate” the best moments for highlights in just two minutes.This year, for the first time, IBM Watson has been taught “to understand the strike of a tennis ball on a racquet.” Spectators react as Britain's Andy Murray wins against Italy's Fabio Fognini The All England Lawn Tennis Club, who run Wimbledon, said the “excitement formula” used by their AI machine is here to stay and will be used for many years to come.“What’s been the most seismic shift in the past three to four years is making a conscious decision to say that if we do not evolve our traditions then we will be obsolete,” Alexandra Willis, head of communications, content and digital at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, said. “IBM Watson allows us to turn around highlights very quick for fans to watch online. It gives them control to watch and follow the matches and players they are most interested in.” Spectators react as Britain’s Andy Murray wins against Italy’s Fabio FogniniCredit:AFP The Duchess of Cambridge’s gasps will be picked up by IBM Watson when she is sitting in the crowd at this year’s WimbledonCredit: Eddie Mulholland read more

Rod Stewart free from prostate cancer following secret threeyear struggle with the

Fry said: “A prostate cancer diagnosis is a scary thing – you never expect it’s going to happen to you.”Thankfully, mine was caught early enough that something could be done but I know that it isn’t the same for everyone.”Prostate Cancer UK are investing in vital research that will hopefully take us that one step closer to finding a screening programme.”This could help men have a better chance at early diagnosis and therefore give them more time.” Stephen Fry Credit:DOMINIC STEINMANN/KEYSTONE Stephen Fry  It came after Stephen Fry joined a campaign to fight unexpected and “scary” prostate cancer, which kills 11,000 men a year.The comedian, presenter and writer announced last year that he had been diagnosed with the disease.He is sharing his cancer story alongside other famous talents including musician Nile Rodgers and Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent.The Men, We Are With You campaign by Prostate Cancer UK is aimed at encouraging men to realise the disease can affect anyone, and that there is help available. Sir Rod Stewart has been cleared of prostate cancer following a secret three-year struggle with the disease. The 74-year-old singer was given the all-clear in July after his cancer was diagnosed in its early stages in February 2016.He urged men to get their prostates checked more regularly to increase their chances of survival, The Daily Mirror said.Sir Rod spoke spoke out at a fundraising event for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation charity in Surrey on Saturday.He said: “No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody.  “I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Venezuela opposition leader Capriles banned from politics

Mr Capriles has stood twice as presidential candidate (Reuters Image)(BBC) A leading Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, has been formally banned for 15 years from public office.Mr Capriles has been at the forefront of demands for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro.There was no immediate comment from the government on the ban.In a heated press conference, Mr Capriles said he would continue in his post as governor of Miranda state and called for a protest march to be held on Saturday.Mr Capriles, who has run twice as a presidential candidate, is seen as the opposition’s best hope of defeating President Maduro in elections scheduled for next year.The ban comes after a week of several large opposition-led protests in the capital Caracas. They accuse the government of stifling dissent.On Thursday a man was shot dead during the demonstrations.The Venezuelan comptroller’s office has for a decade used a procedure known as “disqualification” that bans politicians from holding office if they are deemed to have committed irregularities in managing state resources.The ruling said the ban on Mr Capiriles was due to “administrative irregularities” in his role as governor.Henrique Captriles is the latest in a series of prominent opposition politicians to be put out of action.Two years ago, Maria Corina Machado, a former congresswoman was banned from office as was a former mayor, Daniel Ceballos.In 2015 another prominent opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison on charges of inciting violence during anti-government protests in 2014.Mr Lopez was himself barred from office in 2008 when he was the popular mayor of a Caracas district.Over the last few days, authorities have accused Mr Capriles of inciting violence and bloodshed by leading protests against the unpopular president.The protesters were demonstrating against a decision by the Venezuelan Supreme Court to assume control of the opposition-led congress.Although the court’s decision was quickly overturned, the street protests continued.The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, narrowly defeated Mr Capriles in the 2013 elections, a result that sparked controversy and debate as the opposition claimed electoral fraud.Mr Maduro’s government have said that a US-backed business elite is responsible for Venezuela’s economic downturn and that it is trying to organise a coup to impose right wing rule. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuela’s Maduro wants ‘mega-election’ amid opposition boycottFebruary 22, 2018In “Regional”Venezuela’s opposition coalition likely to boycott presidential voteFebruary 19, 2018In “World”Venezuela prevents opposition leader from travelling to USMay 19, 2017In “World” read more

Whats in store for Victorias mineral wealth

first_imgWhile Australia’s national resources sector grapples with the ongoing mining and petroleum tax row and issues, the state of Victoria’s future direction in tapping its mining and energy potential will be under the spotlight next week. Melbourne will play host to its third annual resources conference when the 2010 Paydirt Resources Victoria Conference is held at Melbourne’s Hilton-on-the-Park from Monday July 12 – Wednesday July 14 (the third day is a technical day). The conference has attracted 200 delegates and will be officially opened by Victoria’s Minister for Energy and Resources, the Honourable Peter Batchelor.Delegates include mining and exploration executives, bankers and brokers, industry analysts, engineers, geologists, mining services and equipment suppliers, and heritage and community relations specialists.Session One Chair: Rod Hanson, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo Mining Ltd 09:00 Welcome: Bill Repard, Executive Chairman, Paydirt Media Pty Ltd (5)09:05 Hon Peter Batchelor, Minister for Energy and Resources, Victorian State Government, “The future of Victorian resources – sustainable development” (25)09:30 Gary Comb, Managing Director, Jabiru Metals Ltd, “Discovering and developing low cost, long life metal mines” (20)09:50 Nicholas Garling, Chairman/Managing Director, Morning Star Gold NL, “Gold production returns at Woods Point” (20)10:10 Questions (5)10:15 Morning tea, sponsored by ExxonMobil Australia Group (40)Session Two Chair: Mathew Longworth, Managing Director, Heron Resources Ltd10:55 Chris Fraser, Executive Director, Minerals Council of Australia – Victorian Division, “How do you rate Victoria?” (20)11:15 Craig Haymes, Production Operations Manager, ExxonMobil Australia Group, “Leading the way towards nobody gets hurt: ExxonMobil’s commitment to safety” (20)11:35 Rod Hanson, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo Mining Ltd, “Exploring for growth” (20)11:55 Questions (5)12:00 Lunch (80)Session Three Chair: Hugh Wallace-Smith, Manager – Geelong, Bell Potter Securities Ltd13:20 Dr. Richard Aldous, Deputy Secretary – Energy and Earth Resources, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, “Victoria: achievements, projects and performance” (25)13:45 Steve Wickham, General Manager – Eastern and Western Operations, Iluka Resources Ltd, “Presentation by Steve Wickham” (20)14:05 Paul Kilgour, General Manager – NSW and Victoria, BIS Industrial Logistics, “Strength through partnership” (20)14:25 Questions (5)14:30 Afternoon tea, sponsored by Iluka Resources Ltd (40)Session Four Chair: Dr. Michael Hollitt, Executive Director – Earth Resources, Department of Primary Industries Victoria 15:10 Neil Doyle, Director, Oil Basins Ltd, “Investor update” (20)15:30 Andrew Shearer, Resources Analyst, Austock Securities Ltd (20)15:50 Dr. Graeme Beardsmore, Technical Director, Hot Dry Rocks Pty Ltd, “HDR Victoria: world leading geothermal energy advice and services” (20)16:10 Rick Watsford, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Range River Gold Ltd, “Range River Gold – turning good prospects into gold” (20)16:30 Questions (5)16:35 Cocktail function to be held in the exhibition area* This programme is subject to change Program Day Two Tuesday 13 July 201009:00 Arrival tea, coffee and registrationSession Five Chair: Gary Comb, Managing Director, Jabiru Metals Ltd 09:30 Paul McDonald, Acting Director – GeoScience Victoria, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, “Realise Victoria’s potential” (25)09:55 Tony Farnham, Economist, Patersons Securities Ltd, “The Australian mining sector: the golden goose finds MRRT egg in nest” (20)10:15 Mark Miller, Managing Director, Greenearth Energy Ltd, “Geelong geothermal power project, July 2010” (20)10:35 Questions (5)10:40 Morning tea, sponsored by ExxonMobil Australia Group (40)Session Six Chair: Michael Cairnduff, General Manager, Paydirt Media Pty Ltd11:20 Damian Dwyer, Director – Energy Markets and Climate Change, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, “The role of natural gas in a cleaner energy future” (20)11:40 Mathew Longworth, Managing Director, Heron Resources Ltd, “Evaluating the A1 gold mine” (20)12:00 Charlie Spiers, Director, Clean Coal Victoria, “Clean Coal, the journey continues” (20)12:20 Questions (5)12:25 Lunch (80)Session Seven Chair: Paul Kilgour, General Manager – NSW and Victoria, BIS Industrial Logistics 13:45 Andrew Adams, Managing Director, Bass Strait Oil Company Ltd, “Exploration update” (20)14:05 Hugh Wallace-Smith, Manager – Geelong, Bell Potter Securities Ltd, “Relating exploration success to share market movements using Victoria as an example” (20)14:25 Carolyn Vigar, Special Counsel – Commercial and Regulatory, Minter Ellison Lawyers, “Coexistence of resource entitlements” (20)14:45 Dr. Jessie Davey, Principal Geologist, Manager 3D-GEOthermal, 3D-GEO Pty Ltd, “Validating geothermal resource models” (20)15:05 Questions (5)15:10 Afternoon tea, sponsored by Bass Strait Oil Company Ltd (40)Session Eight15:50 Panel Session: Andrew Shearer (Convenor); Dr. Michael Hollitt, Department of Primary Industries Victoria; Chris Fraser, Minerals Council of Australia; Craig Haymes, ExxonMobil Australia Group; Gary Comb, Jabiru Metals Ltd; Nicholas Garling, Morning Star Gold NL (40)last_img read more

IEA 2011 report predicts surge in global coal use

first_imgA report released recently by the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that under current polices, primary world energy demand will grow 51% between 2009 and 2035, with global demand for coal increasing by as much as 65%. IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook 2011 predicts that coal will continue to be tapped to meet more than a third of the predicted increase in global energy demand. The report concludes that China and India will account for more than half of the projected increase in global energy use. IEA notes that China “consumes nearly 70% more energy than the U.S. by 2035, even though, by then, per capita demand in China is still less than half the level in the United States.”The energy ‘work horse’ for power generation continues to be coal, although renewable energy gains share in coming years, says the agency. Industrial coal demand, for such uses as blast furnace and coke facilities, are expected to nearly peak by 2020, as natural gas begins to displace coal.The largest coal importing region is Europe, but Asia is expected to lead the world. By 2035, India becomes the lead importing country followed by Japan.The IEA estimates that despite significant growth in electricity worldwide, 1.3 billion people, or about 20% of the population globally, do not have access to electric power. Another 2.7 billion people do not have adequate cooking facilities. The agency projects that number to double by 2035.last_img read more

Redevelopment of South Africas rare earths mines gathering pace

first_imgGreat Western Minerals Group (GWMG) has provided a progress report on the drill program at its Steenkampskraal rare earth mine site in South Africa. Some 26 coreholes totaling 2,307 m have been completed, including 19 holes dedicated to metallurgical mini-bulk sampling and seven for geological resource delineation. The former-producing Steenkampskraal mine is located approximately 70 km north of the town of Vanrhynsdorp in the Western Cape, approximately 350 km north of Cape Town. The mine is held by Steenkampskraal Monazite Mine (SMM), a 74%-owned subsidiary of Rare Earth Extraction Co (Rareco) which is a 100%-owned subsidiary of GWMG.Jim Engdahl, President and CEO of GWMG stated: “Our drilling and sampling program will continue to mid-December, 2011. This moves us toward completion of two goals at Steenkampskraal – first, to provide information in support of a fully compliant National Instrument 43-101 resource estimate report and second, to expand the resources at Steenkampskraal through testing the down-dip extension of the main structure as well as investigation of the encasing host rock mineralisation.” For metallurgical testing, clusters of drillholes with a variety of bearings and inclinations were situated around a central resource definition corehole on selected locations to collect representative samples of monazite mineralisation. Intersections of mineralisation in metallurgical holes ranged from a few centimetres to 3.55 m along core length. These holes will be logged in detail, measured for bulk density, and sampled for assay. In addition, a representative selection of the resource definition core has been identified and sampled for ongoing mineralogical and textural studies. Resource definition holes encountered a comparable range of true vein thicknesses,The second major objective of the drill program is the step-out designed to test the on-strike and down-dip extension of rare earth mineralisation of the Steenkampskraal deposit. So far approximately 185 kg out of a proposed 600 kg of underground monazite sample has been collected by underground channel sampling. Upon completion, this material will be submitted for characterisation studies. Mintek has been selected to conduct the metallurgical characterisation necessary for development of design criteria for ore beneficiation and rare earth extraction at Steenkampskraal. Approximately 630 kg of mini-bulk metallurgical sample from the surface tailings dam and 730 kg from the rock dump were submitted to Mintek in early November 2011.An additional 276 samples were collected by shallow tube sampling on a 10 m grid pattern covering the historic tailings dam onsite. Assay samples from the resource definition coreholes are continuing to be collected through to mid-December. All assay results will be reported as they are received from the laboratory with the priority use of the data being for incorporation into the metallurgical characterisation of the potential ore, as well as resource modelling report, which is contracted to SRK Consulting South Africa.last_img read more

Indian mining equipment supplier Puzzolana expands its offering

first_imgPuzzolana is the largest supplier of crushers in India. In crushing and screening it has in-house solutions ranging from 50 to 2,000 t/h. Additionally, whether it is in-plant, cross country, troughed or tube, downhill or uphill, Recent international business has included Indonesia, Zambia and Gabon. Puzzolana’s first surface miner, the PMM 2205 seen here, has now been working for a contractor to CIL for more than a year. It offers a 2.3 m drum but a second has just been ordered with a 3.8 m drum. The original 672 kW unit can produce at up to 1,000 t/h.Puzzolana has wide conveying expertise to engineer and develop solutions. Stacking and reclaiming, and wheel loaders are other sectors in which this wide ranging supplier is involved. The Puzzolana’s newest sector is dredging. Designed and developed with in-house R&D efforts; Puzzolana is one of the first Indian companies to offer hydraulic cutter suction dredgers. The maximum dredging depth is 14 m at outputs up to 650 m3/h. India’s mining industry is a major feature of our April issue of the magazine.last_img read more

Screen optimisation with WS Tyler

first_imgW.S. Tyler’s Pro-Deck screen optimisation approach is a complete service that is most effective when all aspects of vibrating screen performance are examined. While Pro- Deck is still centred on blended screen media, it follows a specific five-step process to ensure that vibrating screens work just as efficiently as the screen media on them. A W.S. Tyler certified Pro-Deck technicians will personally visit your site to follow this specific five-step process.Step 1: Vibration Analysis – The technician uses W.S. Tyler’s signature wireless vibration analysis system to monitor and analyse the speed, stroke and overall performance of any vibrating screen.Step 2: Machine Inspection – The technician inspects key components, examines your vibrating screen for interference or loose components, analyses the bearing temperature, analyses feed materials and inspects your screen media.Step 3: Screen Media Audit – W.S. Tyler combines historical screen media usage data with the onsite discussion and examination of vibration and machine analysis to audit your current screen media and create an action plan for success.Step 4: Screen Media Recommendation – The technician will combine the results of the analysis, inspection and screen media audit to recommend specific types of screen media that work best for your unique situation.Step 5: Screen Media Implementation – Screen media is changed one section at a time, with results measured and recorded between every change. The process continues until all recommendations are implemented and the results are positive.W.S. Tyler says its “ultimate goal is to implement solutions that allow you to have the optimal combination of open area and durability. By following all of the steps listed above, we can help you hit the ‘sweet spot’ and maximize your product quality and profits!last_img read more

Is a joint venture the path to success

first_imgNew light has been shone on the pathway to success for mineral exploration ventures in Australia. Researchers from QUT’s Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) investigated more than 1,000 joint ventures in the Australian mining industry to uncover why some succeed and others fail.They found mining firms that bring new partners in to exploration projects increase the risk of termination – even if the new partner has deep pockets.The results showed stability was the key to successful projects, providing valuable security in an industry affected by changing regulations and wider economic factors.The research was sponsored by the Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) and the Australian Research Council.Lead researcher Dr Rene Bakker said, surprisingly, bringing on new partners to joint venture mining projects sometimes increased the risk of a project being terminated. “It is not always beneficial for smaller firms to bring on board a new partner, even one with deep pockets,” he said. “A new partner can upset the status quo, disrupting the balance of power and making the project more likely to fail.“Joint ventures can be a great resource for mining firms if executed correctly. But, as one mining executive said, you have to be very careful who you get into bed with.However with significant challenges facing the mineral exploration sector, Bakker said joint ventures would continue to feature prominently. “New discoveries are becoming harder and more costly and joint ventures can help fill in gaps in specialised knowledge and financial resources,” he said.“Challenges for investors include the upfront cost of capital investment, difficulty of discovery processes, increased lead time to advance deposits and increased global competition.“We found successful projects were stable and this stability was maintained by factors including choosing projects widely, coming into the project with confidence, clearly defined needs at each site and patience and stamina to cope with the long lead times and high costs.Chair of the QEC Geoff Dickie said patience and stamina were required by investors, given the long lead times and high costs. “Joint venture partners need to be able to take a long-term view even in the face of a highly volatile market.“This research gives explorers valuable insights into setting up and maintaining successful ventures.”Picture courtesy of Azumah Resources, from its operations in Ghana. Azumah is a Perth-based, ASX-listed company focused on exploring and developing its Wa gold project in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Three main deposits have been discovered and extensively drilled out at Kunche and Bepkong, adjacent to the Black Volta River and Ghana’s border with Burkina Faso, and at Julie ~80 km to the east.  Several satellite deposits, including Aduane and Collette, have also been delineatedlast_img read more