NBA Union Plans Grievance Over New Flopping Fines

Anyway, Howard said the only problem he had with the new rule was that punishing floppers after the fact isn’t going to change any of the outcomes on the floor during the game. The new punishment for flopping the NBA instituted is being met with resistance by the players union, which said it will file a grievance and unfair labor practices charge against the league over the disciplinary guidelines aimed at curtailing flopping.“The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union,” executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, the NBA announced a fine schedule for flopping, the practice of tricking the official into calling a foul by exaggerating contract. Under the guidelines being challenged by the union, the league said players would receive a warning for the first flop, followed by fines of $5,000 for the second offense, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Beyond that, players would be subject to increased discipline at the league’s discretion, including higher fines and/or suspension.All punishments would be handed out after possible flops are reviewed on video after the gameHunter called the new rules “without precedent in our sport or any other sport,” and characterized the penalties as “a vague and arbitrary overreaction and overreach by the commissioner’s office.”NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, “Although we haven’t seen any filing from the Players Association, our adoption of an anti-flopping rule is fully consistent with our rights and obligations under the collective bargaining agreement and the law.”The move by the NBPA was expected and largely procedural. Union officials are not necessarily opposed to putting rules in place to curtail flopping, but are prepared to argue that monetary discipline cannot be imposed outside of the fine schedule for various offenses already contained in the collective bargaining agreement.Player reaction Wednesday was strongly in favor of the new flopping guidelines, however — at least at Lakers camp, where Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash all gave their approval for the concept, if not the execution.“I’d love to see it have an impact on the game itself,” Bryant said. “In international play, they give you a technical foul, a free throw and you get the ball back. I like the rule, though. Shameless flopping is just a chump move. We’re familiar with it, and Vlade [Divac] kind of pioneered it in the playoffs against me and Shaq.” Nash said it’s “good, actually, to try to keep the game honest and penalize guys for trying to trick the referees.” Moments later, he was accused by his own teammate of flopping in practice. “I drove down the lane today and I saw him and as I was going towards him, I passed the ball to Kobe and [Nash] kind of touched me and said, ‘Ahhhh!’ and fell on the ground,” Howard said. “That’s a flop. And coach called a charge on me, but he’s going to get fined by me and David Stern.” After Howard informed his new point guard of this, Nash replied, “There’s no videotape in here.” Good comeback, but it’s not clear whether this incident was an indictment of flopping or the new offense the Lakers are running. Shouldn’t Nash — not Dwight — be driving down the lane and passing to Kobe? “If guys are going to flop in a game, we’re going to get the foul called,” Howard said. “So the fine is not really going to help us in the game. It is what it is. I’ve never flopped. I don’t know how to flop. For the guys who do, this is good. They can’t do it as much and guys like me can be a little bit more physical and get away with it.” read more

Kirk Herbstreit talks Ohio State football College GameDay

Fans play corn hole on The Oval during ESPN’s College Gameday on Nov. 21. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor On Saturday, the statue of William Oxley Thompson will have some company, as ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live on the Oval in anticipation of the game between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State. Despite all of OSU’s success on the gridiron, it has been years since College GameDay has come to Columbus for a game. “I can’t believe that we have not been here since 2010,” College GameDay analyst and OSU alumnus Kirk Herbstreit said. “We used to come here, kind of like what we are doing right now with Alabama where we would come once or twice a year.”Every week, College GameDay picks a highly touted game where it will broadcast its show live on Saturday morning. The show typically is on the particular campus from Thursday to Saturday.Regardless of whether or not ESPN is broadcasting the game, the show will go wherever the week’s most anticipated matchup is. “We do tend to travel no matter where the game is … we just travel to what we think is the best game,” Herbstreit said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see the fanbases when we show up. It’s like that that campus will become the face of the sport for 48 hours.”With such a popular show finally making a pitstop in at OSU, many students are excited for the chance to witness it in person.Jarrett Forkey, a fourth-year in chemical engineering, students are planning on arriving the Oval, where the set is placed, early in the morning to get hyped for the game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.“It will be a lot more rambunctious than people think,” Forkey said. “It’s been awhile since GameDay’s been here. It’s been awhile since Michigan State’s been here. There are a lot of seniors playing their last game.“There is a lot of excitement here at Ohio State.”Herbstreit agrees that the students will be ready for the game come kickoff.“I expect to see that typical Ohio Stadium nutty atmosphere,” Herbstreit said. “You have one or two games a year where Ohio State feels (the Buckeyes could be upset), and then it’s a proactive atmosphere. It’s where you are creating the sacks or you are creating the interceptions. My guess is that’s the kind of crowd it will be and it will help Ohio State’s defense and their cause.”The hype for College GameDay and for the game that afternoon, according to Herbstreit, really shows the growth of college football as a sport.“Fans get crazier and crazier. That just speaks volumes about college football,” Herbstreit said. “The sport has never been more popular and there’s never been more buzz. The passion is universal and we embrace it. That’s what makes this sport so special.” read more

Opinion OSUs 2016 draft class has much to accomplish to be elite

Former OSU and current San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) celebrates after making a sack during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4, 2015 in College Park, Md. Credit: Lantern file photoOne of the largest storylines from the 2016 NFL draft was the unequivocal presence of the Ohio State football program. The 12 OSU players selected in the three-day event in Chicago last weekend set numerous records and added to coach Urban Meyer’s impressive mark of former players picked in the draft which, now, totals over 80.Truly, no one knows the worth of a draft class until approximately three years after that draft. But on the surface, OSU’s NFL-record-breaking group stacks up against the top draft classes ever produced by any one school.Matched up against former OSU classes, the 2004 and 2006 draft groups are regarded as two of the best in school history.OSU’s 2004 class, oddly, is very similar to the 2016 group. Each manufactured a championship the year before it entered the draft and then failed to repeat the following year after entering the season as overwhelming favorites. The 2004 class produced three first-rounders in defensive end Will Smith, cornerback Chris Gamble and wide receiver Michael Jenkins, but the bulk of the class came in the later rounds. OSU saw an NFL-record 14 players selected in 2004, which still stands as the all-time mark by one school. Smith played nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints in his tenure in the league and started as an integral cog in the Saints’ defense for seven of those nine seasons. Gamble, too, played nine seasons in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers and started in the secondary from his rookie season until he retired after the 2012 season. Another notable NFL performer from the 2004 OSU class is current Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen.Linebacker A.J. Hawk, safety Donte Whitner, linebacker Bobby Carpenter, wide receiver Santonio Holmes and center Nick Mangold rank atop the list of notable Buckeyes who have been drafted in recent years. All five of those former OSU legends made All-Big Ten teams in 2005, and two of them achieved All-American honors. Excluding Carpenter, the first-round picks found great success at the next level. Holmes was the Super Bowl XLIII MVP, where he snagged the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, securing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sixth championship against the Arizona Cardinals.As for the other first-round picks in that class, Hawk played nine seasons with Green Bay and won Super Bowl XLV in 2010. The two-time All-American totaled 20 sacks and nearly 644 total tackles through 10 seasons thus far. Whitner just finished playing his 10th season in the NFL and has reeled in 11 interceptions and 619 tackles over the course of his career while earning three Pro Bowl bids. Mangold has been known as the game’s best center for close to five years with the New York Jets. The former Buckeye center is one of the most decorated players to come out of Columbus. Mangold has been voted first-team All-Pro twice, once second-team All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowler. As for draft classes that did not come out of the capital of the Buckeye state, look no further than the 2004 Miami Hurricanes’ group. We already covered the 2004 Buckeyes who still hold the draft record for most picks from one school. Now let’s turn our attention to the class who still holds the first-round draft pick record. Miami saw six of its former players taken in the first round in 2004, a mark that has not been surpassed or met in any following draft.The 2002 national championship game between OSU and Miami featured a complete arsenal of NFL talent, and Miami was a large portion of that. Between the six first-round picks from Miami in 2004, the rare draft class racked up three Super Bowl championships and 11 Pro Bowl appearances. Much of those impressive accolades were accomplished by defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Wilfork won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and was selected for five Pro Bowls, and Vilma won a Super Bowl with the Saints as well as being selected for three Pro Bowls. Other notable classes include the 2009 USC draft class that had the lethal trio of linebackers of Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga who dominated the college scene. 2014 LSU, 2011 Alabama and 2010 Florida all had draft classes that have several starters in the NFL at the moment.But if there is one class football analysts and fans should look to when comparing any draft class, it’s the 2002 Miami Hurricanes. Regarded by many as the greatest college football team in history, the ‘02 ‘Canes were a more-than-impressive bunch. Dominating on the field in college winning the 2001 national championship, this group from the Sunshine State lived up to the hype.The ‘Canes had 11 players picked from their national championship team in 2002, including five first-rounders. Two of those first-round picks, safety Ed Reed and tight end Jeremy Shockey, are likely bound for the Hall of Fame in Canton in the coming years. A second-round pick, running back Clinton Portis is likely to have his name enshrined in NFL glory in the future as well.Between Reed, Shockey and Portis, the three were elected to a laudable total of 15 Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl championships. Bryant McKinnie, the seventh overall pick in 2002, also played in a Pro Bowl and won a Super Bowl with Reed playing for the Baltimore Ravens.Portis nearly eclipsed the 10,000-yard career rushing mark in his nine-year career, and Shockey ranks in the top 10 all-time in receiving yards by a tight end. As for Reed, if his nine Pro Bowls don’t speak for themselves, Reed is known as one of the best safeties to ever play in the NFL. He racked up 64 interceptions over his tenure which ranks seventh all time.Most rookie minicamps around the NFL wrapped up on Sunday, and only time will tell if the Buckeyes’ 2016 draft class is boom or bust. 12 former OSU players drafted in the first four rounds was completely unprecedented and absurd no matter how you look at it. Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker and Michael Thomas figure to start right away with Eli Apple, Vonn Bell and Darron Lee getting plenty of reps in their rookie seasons as well.Six of the seven picks from OSU in the first two rounds were underclassmen which speaks volume to how fast these former Buckeyes progressed. The senior class racked up a program record 50 wins over four seasons, so there’s no question the draftees know how to win. Each and every member of the 2016 draft class was a critical part in the 2014 national championship, too. Elliott collected 696 yards in three games on the way to the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship with Bosa being a consistent force on the defensive front the whole season and stepping up in the biggest moments. Apple shadowed some of Alabama’s and Oregon’s top receivers in the semi-final and championship game in the College Football Playoff. Bell had an interception in both the Big Ten championship game and semi-final matchup, and Thomas was a constant deep threat averaging over 11 yards per catch with one score in the final two games of 2014.Former quarterback Cardale Jones—drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round—has a story that is well-documented in leading OSU to a championship. As for offensive lineman Taylor Decker, he’s been the best lineman at OSU for two years and performed at his best under the spotlight. One thing to know about the record-breaking group from Columbus is that they know how to perform at the largest venues.It would be a grand disappointment if this talented class didn’t accomplish much at the next level. But if there is one thing people know about the Buckeyes’ football program, it’s that OSU coach Meyer knows how to produce NFL-ready players. read more

Buckeye Briefs for May 25

Twenty-six Buckeyes will represent Ohio State track and field at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries this weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The field of 13 men and 13 women will compete against teams from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, and Big East schools. There are five All-Americans representing the Buckeyes, including four-time All-American Jeff See. Joining See are Thomas Murdaugh and Matt DeChant. Christina Manning, Letecia Wright and Shaniqua McGinnis round out the top of the pack for the women. Top qualifying times from the East and West preliminaries will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9 to 12.The ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge pairings have been set and OSU hosts the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday, Dec. 2. The challenge pairs 11 teams from each conference together. Both conferences have historically been known as women’s basketball powerhouses. In the challenge’s fourth year, the Big Ten hopes to break a pattern of defeat, as the ACC has won the challenge the past three years. The Buckeyes won their sixth-consecutive Big Ten title in 2010 and return all five starters, including two-time All-American Jantel Lavender. The women’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge follows the men’s and will take place across two days on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2. The No. 4 men’s tennis team ended its team portion of the NCAA Championships after falling in the quarterfinals 4-0 to No. 5 USC on Sunday. It was deja vu for the Buckeyes, as they lost to the Trojans in the 2009 NCAA Championship, the program’s only appearance in the finals. Senior co-captains Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell hold the record for the most all-time wins with 164, as well as most NCAA all-time wins with 17. Big Ten Athlete of the Year Chase Buchanan and Kronauge are set to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, and Buchanan and Dino Marcan will compete in the doubles point.The rowing team travels to Gold River, Calif., to compete for the 11th-consecutive season in the 2010 NCAA Championships. The field is made up of 16 teams, four of which are from the Big Ten. The Buckeyes will compete with two boats of eight rowers for the First and Second Varsity Eights and one boat of four rowers for the First Varsity Four. Washington State University hosts the Championships on Lake Natoma from May 28 to 30. read more

Football season ticket holders to be able to pick their seats

Season ticket-holders will be able to choose their tickets in a new online system starting in 2016.Credit: Courtesy of OSU.Ohio State football season ticket holders will soon be able to select their specific seats online, akin to the way one would buy concert tickets on a virtual map.In the past, seats could be changed by making a request during the renewal process. OSU would then consider the request and possibly make accommodations, said Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associative athletic director.The ability for specific ticket holders to improve their seats depends on their standing within the university’s “donor priority system.” The point system, which is based on a weighted calculation of the ticket holder’s current, past and revocable donations, will not change, said Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associate athletic director.The only access change will be the ability to pick specific seats, rather than requesting seats in a general area.The university began mailing out brochures Tuesday explaining the new process, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The new system will distribute tickets on a four-year basis and begin for the 2016 season.The new system was rolled out for faculty and staff this season, and Jarmond said this smaller demographic, which is roughly half of the number of public ticket holders, served as a sort of beta test, and results have been better than he expected. The biggest issue with the technology has been poor function on certain browsers.The availability of the technology was the No. 1 reason for the change. The new system will be easier for the fans and for the university, as OSU won’t have to use its manpower to screen change requests, Jarmond said.As for a financial benefit of the change, “We really have no idea. That remains to be seen,” Jarmond said. “It’s just a system change, but we don’t know yet if people are going to be donating more because of it.”The distribution method for student tickets also will not change, Jarmond said, as the lack of a seating priority system moots the need to change the student ticketing process. read more

Mens basketball Ohio State reportedly offers Greg McDermott head coaching job

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott embraces his son and tournament Most Outstanding Player after their Missouri Valley Conference championship game against Illinois State on March 4, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri. Credit: Courtesy of TNSComing just two days after the end of the Thad Matta era at Ohio State, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported the Buckeyes have offered Creighton head coach Greg McDermott the head coaching position. Ohio State has offered job to Creighton’s Greg McDermott, source told ESPN. Two sides met tonight.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 8, 2017McDermott, 52, has 23 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate level under his belt, the latest seven seasons coming at Creighton where he has compiled a 165-81 with the Bluejays, 86-52 since the team joined the Big East in 2013. He is in the seventh season of a 10-year deal worth $1.1 million base salary with the team. Under his leadership, Creighton won a pair of Missouri Valley Conference tournament titles in 2012 and 2013, and a regular season title in the latter season. His Bluejay teams reached the NCAA tournament in four of his seven seasons, though they never made it past the round of 32.Prior to his time with the Bluejays, he served also as head coach at Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and Wayne State. In his 16 seasons with those teams, he went a combined 279-224.Though he largely struggled in his time with Iowa State, he led Northern Iowa to NCAA tournament appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and a Missouri Valley Conference tournament title in 2004. read more

Mens Hockey No 6 Ohio State advances to Big Ten semifinals with

Ohio State junior forward Freddy Gerard (15) evades a defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter a resounding 6-2 victory for the No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team in Game One of the Big Ten quarterfinal best-of-three series against Michigan State, Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik knew that they would get the Spartans’ best effort Saturday with their season on the line.Ohio State needed extra time against a Michigan State team that proved to be a tough out even as a seventh seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Sixty minutes proved insufficient with the Buckeyes requiring overtime to (23-8-5, 16-8-2-1 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (12-22-2, 6-18-2-1 Big Ten) 4-3 at the Schottenstein Center to set up a matchup against Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals Saturday. “I thought we played a complete game tonight,” Rohlik said. “It was good to get the win, and move on in the tournament.” Junior forward Freddy Gerard netted the winner in the extra session on a deflection off a shot from junior defenseman Sasha Larocque at 5:53 of overtime. Gerard scored the winner, but was quick to credit his teammates in the win.“It wasn’t just me tonight. Our team, we all fought hard,” Gerard said. “[Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo] played well in net, [junior forward Mason Jobst] stepped up big, [junior forward John Wiitala] had a big goal. Top to bottom.”Jobst added two goals, while Romeo had 15 saves on 18 shots in the win. Jobst extended his point streak to five games. He has six goals, four assists and 10 points in that span.“I’m feeling good. I feel in great shape right now,” Jobst said. “My line mates have been great in finding me in soft spots and it’s been working out.” Throughout the contest, the Buckeyes found themselves down by a goal on two separate occasions and clawed back to force overtime and eventually win.Both teams traded power play goals in the opening frame. Jobst picked up the goal for the Buckeyes and junior forward Cody Milan scored for the Spartans with just 27 seconds left in the period. The back-and-forth play continued early into the second period when Michigan State took the lead just 29 seconds in of sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko, his 12th goal of the season.The Buckeyes answered at 7:43 of the second with another goal from Jobst, but the tie didn’t last long as the Spartans pulled ahead again 25 seconds later with a goal from freshman forward Tommy Apap.Ohio State added another goal off the stick of junior forward John Wiitala, that pulled the score to 3-3 headed into the third period.The third period continued with Ohio State dominating in possession and shots, but couldn’t solve Spartan sophomore goaltender John Lethemon with the game headed to extra time.In overtime, both teams traded chances, until 5:53 into the extra session, Gerard sent the Buckeyes to the semifinal when he tipped-in Larocque’s shot from just inside the blue line for a 4-3 final. Shots were 41-18 in favor of Ohio State. Lethemon made 38 saves on 41 shots in the loss.The Buckeyes advance to the single-elimination Big Ten Tournament Semifinal to play fourth-seed Michigan next Saturday. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. read more

Football Statement says Urban Meyer investigation expected to be completed in 14

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe independent group investigating the allegations against Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer should complete their investigation within 14 days, according to a statement made from the university.“A newly convened, independent working group — formed by the university’s Board of Trustees to direct the investigation involving Urban Meyer — met late last week, appointed a chair, and engaged an investigative firm,” the statement said.The statement also said former Ohio House speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chair of the group, and that the group “was formed to direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice, and to assist with communication to the full board on the matter.”“Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” Davidson said in the statement. “We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take.”The investigative team will be led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. She is also the senior chair for the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton.Meyer is being investigated for allegations that he knew about domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2015 by former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith.Smith was fired for the charges on July 23. Meyer was put on paid administrative leave last Wednesday. read more

A glass of wine a day could protect against a stroke

first_imgHowever, it also increases blood pressure, which raises stroke risks.Prof Larsson believed the different associations between alcohol consumption and type of stroke may have to do with the effects alcohol has on the human body.She explained: “Previous research has found an association between alcohol consumption and lower levels of fibrinogen – a protein in the body which helps the formation of blood clots.”While this may explain the association between light to moderate alcohol consumption and lower ischaemic stroke risk, the adverse effect of alcohol consumption on blood pressure – a major risk factor for stroke – may increase the risk of haemorrhagic stroke and outweigh any potential benefit.” Woman with a glass of red wine Whether light-to-moderate alcohol consumption, generally defined as one to two drinks per day, is protective against cardiovascular disease remains a controversial topicDr Susanna Larsson However drinking more than this significantly increased the risk of all types of strokes, the study found.  And light to moderate alcohol intake did not protect against less common types of strokes – known as intracerebral haemorrhage and subarachnoid haemorrhage.The study published in the journal BMC involved a systematic review of 25 studies, including data from the Cohort of Swedish Men and the Swedish Mammography Cohort, involving 21,000 stroke victims.Lead author Associate Professor Dr Susanna Larsson at the Karolinska Institutet said: “Whether light-to-moderate alcohol consumption, generally defined as one to two drinks per day, is protective against cardiovascular disease remains a controversial topic.”Alcohol consumption in moderation has been associated with increased high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, improved insulin sensitivity, and decreased levels of fibrinogen and inflammatory markers.” A large glass of wine a day could protect against the most common type of stroke, new research suggests.The study of 20,000 adults found that up to three units of alcohol a day appeared to reduce the risk of an ischaemic stroke, where the blood supply is stopped due to a blood clot. These account for 85 per cent of all cases.The research by the Karolinska Institutet and University of Cambridge found that heavier drinking – of any type of alcohol – increased the risks of all types of strokes. Light drinking – classed as no more than one and a half units of alcohol per day, or a small glass of wine – was found to reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke by around 10 per cent.Similar findings were found for moderate consumers, who were drinking up to twice as much. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Show more Enjoying a glass of wine could have health benefitsCredit:Alamylast_img read more

Company director jailed for rape 26 years later after DNA match when

first_imgMark Carnelley Detective Inspector Justine Dakin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim. She was frightened Carnelley would use further violence during the attack and was extremely scared throughout the whole incident.”I would like to commend her for the immense bravery she has shown throughout the investigation. She is a truly an incredible women, who has waited almost 27 years for justice to be served.”I hope she can take some comfort from the fact that her attacker has finally been caught and is starting a lengthy prison sentence.”Carnelley was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely. Mark Carnelley, pictured in police custody, was jailed for seven years after admitting rapeCredit:SWNS Were it not for advances in science you would never have been caught. Thank heavens sometimes for scienceJudge Stuart Rafferty QC Passing sentence, Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told Carnelley: “You are 52 years of age. Halfway through your life. Not a young man, not a teenager, but halfway through your life. At the age of 26 you did something absolutely unforgivable.  “As the time went by you simply confined her and that night to memory. Were it not for advances in science you would never have been caught. Thank heavens sometimes for science.”  The judge added that after the attack Carnelley had rebuilt his life, had children he was proud of, and forged a career. But he said Carnelley’s victim “had nothing” because of what he did to her.  Ian Way, defending, said: “This is a 26-year-old case and the defendant is a very different person to the person he was then.” He told the court Carnelley had “no specific recollection of this incident”, but had acknowledged the weight of the case against him and pleaded guilty. Mr Way added that Carnelley had worked hard since leaving school at the age of 16. Mark Carnelley arriving at Nottingham Crown Court Credit:Nottingham Post/SWNScenter_img Mark Carnelley A businessman has been jailed for raping a woman 26 years ago after police linked him to the crime when he was arrested and had his DNA taken following a row with a group of rowdy teenagers outside his £500,000 home.Mark Carnelley, a company director, believed he had got away with the violent attack in September 1990 that saw him grab and threaten his victim as she walked alone before frogmarching her to an alleyway.  The 52-year-old went on to start a family and run a successful business in the printing industry with his wife that turned six-figure profits.But Carnelley was brought to justice after he complained about a group of noisy youths by his five-bedroom detached home in Gamston, Nottingham, in 2010. 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. He was arrested on suspicion of assaulting one of the teenagers and released with a caution. However, a sample of his DNA was taken and stored on the national database.Five years later, DNA taken from his victim was tested with up-to-date techniques during a review of unsolved crimes – and threw up a match to Carnelley.He initially denied raping the woman, who was 25 in 1990, a year younger than her attacker, and a trial date was set.  But Carnelley changed his plea to guilty and was jailed for seven years at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.  After the hearing was told the probability of the DNA not being his was less than one in a billion, a judge told him: “Thank heavens for science.”David Allen, prosecuting, described how Carnelley had pulled his lone victim into an alleyway in Nottingham city centre on the night of September 14, 1990, claiming he had a knife – although no weapon was ever found.He raped the woman and threatened to hurt her before fleeing. In a statement read out in court, she said: “It made me feel like I wanted to rip my insides out and my body didn’t belong to me anymore. I never got over what happened to me.” last_img read more

Dogs can talk to humans study suggests

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Just good friends Just good friendsCredit: SWNS.com Dogs have a surprising ability to make humans understand what their barks and growls mean, a study has shown.Women were better than men at recognising when a dog was being playful or threatening, or feeling fear, scientists discovered.For the study, 40 volunteers listened to different growls recorded from 18 dogs that were guarding their food, facing a threatening stranger, or playing a tug-of-war game.Overall, participants correctly classified 63 per cent of the growl samples – significantly more than would be expected by guesswork alone, said the researchers. Each growl type was also recognised above chance level. The human listeners identified 81 per cent of the “play” growls but were less good at recognising food guarding and threatening growls.Dr Tamas Farago and his team from Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary wrote in the journal Royal Society Open Science: “Participants associated the correct contexts with the growls above chance.”Moreover, women and participants experienced with dogs scored higher in this task.”During play, dogs produced a larger number of shorter, less separated, growls than when they were aggressive or fearful, the research showed.Play growls and food guarding growls also had distinctively different pitch characteristics.As well as identifying growl contexts, the volunteers also had to rate growls on a sliding scale according to five emotional states – aggression, fear, despair, happiness and playfulness.Context had a “significant effect” on reading dog emotions, said the scientists. Playful growls were rated lowest for aggression, and food guarding growls highest.The scientists concluded: “Our results … indicate that dogs communicate honestly their size and inner state in serious contest situations, where confrontation would be costly, such as during guarding of their food from another dog.”At the same time, in contexts with assumedly more uncertain inner states, such as in play or when threatened by a stranger, they may manipulate certain key parameters in their growls for an exaggerated aggressive and playful expression.”According to our results, adult humans seem to understand and respond accordingly to this acoustic information during cross-species interactions with dogs.”last_img read more

Girl 13 who died of brain aneurysm saved record number of lives

first_img“Jemima was lovely – clever, funny, compassionate and creative – and we feel sure she would be very proud of her legacy.”According to NHS Blood and Transplant, 457 people died waiting for a transplant last year, including 14 children.There are currently 6,414 people on the transplant waiting list, including 176 children.Anthony Clarkson, NHS Blood and Transplant’s assistant director of organ donation and transplantation, said: “Every donor is special and Jemima’s unique story shows the extraordinary difference a few words can make.”Hundreds of people are still dying unnecessarily waiting for a transplant because too many families say no to organ donation.”Please tell your family you want to donate, and if you are unsure, ask yourself: if you needed a transplant would you accept one? If so, shouldn’t you be prepared to donate?” A 13-year-old girl who died of a brain aneurysm saved a record number of lives by donating her organs.Jemima Layzell, who died in March 2012 at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, is the only recorded donor in the UK whose solid organs have been transplanted into eight different people, NHS Blood and Transplant data shows.The discovery was made after staff began trawling records for donors who had helped the most people.A typical donation usually results in 2.6 transplants.Jemima, from Horton in Somerset, was a pupil at Taunton School. She collapsed as her family prepared a party for her mother’s 38th birthday. She died four days later. Everyone wants their child to be special and unique and this among other things makes us very proudSophy Layzell, Jemima’s mother 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. In total, eight of her organs were donated – her heart, small bowel, pancreas, both kidneys, both lungs, and her liver was split and transplanted into two people.The eight different recipients included five children from different parts of the country.Her mother, Sophy Layzell, 43, a drama tutor, said: “We knew Jemima was willing to be a donor following a conversation about it a couple of weeks before her unexpected death.”The conversation was prompted by the death of someone we knew in a crash. They were on the register but their organs couldn’t be donated because of the circumstances of their death. Jemima Layzell (right) with her sister Amelia Mrs Layzell said: “Shortly after Jemima died, we watched a programme about children awaiting heart transplants and being fitted with Berlin Hearts in Great Ormond Street Hospital.”It affirmed for us that saying ‘no’ would have been denying eight other people the chance for life, especially over Jemima’s heart, which Harvey had felt uncomfortable about donating at the time.”We feel it’s very important for families to talk about organ donation. Every parent’s instinct is to say no, as we are programmed to protect our child. It’s only with prior knowledge of Jemima’s agreement that we were able to say yes. Jemima Layzell (right) with her sister AmeliaCredit: PA “Jemima had never heard of organ donation before and found it a little bit unsettling but totally understood the importance of it.”We found the decision to donate Jemima’s organs hard but we both felt it was right and we knew she was in favour of donation.”We had no idea Jemima was the only person whose organs were transplanted into eight different people until NHS Blood and Transplant told us.”Everyone wants their child to be special and unique and this among other things makes us very proud.”Jemima’s father, Harvey Layzell, 49, the managing director of a building firm, had initially felt unsure about donating her heart.last_img read more

Emile Cilliers Wife who stood by her husband after he tried to

Even after the guilty verdict was returned last month, following a retrial, Mrs Cilliers seemed to struggle… But one person who appeared unable to accept the enormity of Cilliers’s crimes was his intended victim, his wife.  The 38-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years on Friday after being convicted of two charges of attempted murder.  Officers said Victoria Cilliers had been the victim of her husband’s  “subtle and coercive” behaviour, leaving her “deeply traumatised”. When former Army sergeant Emile Cilliers tried to kill his wife by tampering with her parachute and sabotaging a gas valve at their home even hardened police officers were shocked by his calculating callousness. 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

David Beckham employs Mr Loophole lawyer to fight speeding charge

He stated that Mr Beckham accepted that he was the driver and that he was speeding, but contested the charge based the 14 day limit under which a notice of intended prosecution must arrive.Mr Freeman said: “I’m not disputing it wasn’t served. I’m saying it was served out of time.” Nick Freeman became known as Mr Loophole after getting a number of high profile clients of motoring chargesCredit:PA 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. He added: “There’s no issue in terms of driving or speed limit. There’s no issue taken with that at all.”He explained that Bentley had loaned the vehicle to Beckham and that the letter had arrived with them a day after the law permits.Asked by the judge if the former footballer would be attending the trial, Mr Freeman replied: “I don’t anticipate it.”The judge expressed concern that if the star lost his license, the consequences would need to be made clear to him.Mr Freeman replied: “If the case goes against him and if the result is disqualification then I will make it abundantly clear.”Mr Freeman, represented Mr Beckham in 1999 when the footballer received an eight month ban for driving his Ferrari at 76mph in a 50 mph zone.He successfully appealed against disqualification by arguing that the footballer was being pursued by paparazzi near his home in Cheshire at the time.Mr Beckham, of Holland Park, denies one count of breaking the speed limit.He will be tried at Wimbledon magistrates’ court on 27 September. David Beckham has employed the lawyer known as Mr Loophole as he fights a speeding charge.The former England captain has accepted that he broke the speed limit in a borrowed Bentley – but is challenging the case on a technicality.The 43-year-old will argue that the legal notice informing him of the charge arrived too late and therefore was not valid, Wimbledon magistrates’ heard yesterday.Mr Beckham was clocked at 59 mph in a 40 zone between North Wharf Road and Bramley Road along the A40 in Kensington at 5:37pm on 23 January 2018.He was represented in court by Nick Freeman, a Manchester based solicitor often referred to as ‘Mr Loophole.’During a case management hearing, which the celebrity chose not to attend, judge Barbara Barnes said: “This case then, I have listed, refers to a David Beckham and it refers to a speeding charge.”Mr Freeman spoke to confirm his client’s plea of not guilty. Nick Freeman became known as Mr Loophole after getting a number of high profile clients of motoring charges read more

Police investigating Suzy Lamplugh mystery dig up field in Worcestershire

Despite being jailed for life in 1988 for the murder of one woman, the rape of another and the attempted kidnap of a third and told he would be unlikely ever to be released, Cannan has always maintained his innocence in connection with Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance. In her office diary she recorded details of a lunchtime appointment with a ‘Mr Kipper’, at a property in Shorrolds Road.The police investigation centred on identifying this mystery man and in 2002 Scotland Yard named convicted rapist and killer Cannan as the key suspect.In 1990 Cannan’s ex-girlfriend told police he claimed Miss Lamplugh’s body was buried at Norton Barracks, in Worcestershire.In December 1999, after a letter was sent to Miss Lamplugh’s mother Diane making the same claim, police carried out a five day dig at the site, but found no sign of her remains. Last month the Telegraph revealed that a former detective had contacted Scotland Yard with new evidence that suggested Miss Lamplugh had never actually arranged to meet the mysterious Mr Kipper and had in fact been abducted when she went off to run a personal errand.David Videcette, who has spent three years investigating the disappearance, and has interviewed scores of witnesses involved in the original case, believes the police fixation with Mr Kipper resulted in them missing or ignoring crucial pieces of evidence which point to the identity of the real killer.Miss Lamplugh’s family never gave up hope of finding out what happened to her and set up a trust in he name that campaigns to protect the victims of violence, aggression and stalking.Sadly her mother, Diane, died in 2011 aged 79, and her father, Paul, passed away last year aged 87. 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. In February 2001, the Metropolitan Police searched the barracks and in August 2010, they searched a field three miles from the site near Pershore, after a witness claimed to have seen a mound of freshly dug earth there in 1986.A Met spokesman said: “On Wednesday, 3 July, officers from the Metropolitan Police Service commenced a search of areas of land in Pershore, Worcestershire. The search relates to the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh in 1986.“Colleagues from West Mercia Police are assisting. A number of officers and police staff will remain on site until a thorough search has been completed.“Officers received new information about Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance following the publicity around the search of a property in Sutton Coldfield in November 2018, carried out as part of the investigation.“All of the information was reviewed. Information relating to the areas we are currently searching was assessed and the decision was taken to make further enquiries. Miss Lamplugh’s family have been informed.”Canaan was named as the key suspect in the murder investigation in 2002 after it emerged that he had been known by the nickname Kipper and had been released from a prison hostel in west London just days before Miss Lamplugh disappeared. Officers at the pershore site Officers at the Pershore, Worcestershire siteCredit: Matt Cooper/ PA Detectives investigating the disappearance of estate agent, Suzy Lamplugh, 33-years ago, have begun excavating a field in Worcestershire as they try to locate her remains.The site in Pershore, which is close to the scene of previous digs, was ordered after police received fresh information earlier this year.In October a team of specialist officers began searching the former home of the mother of convicted killer, John Cannan in Sutton Coldfield.A Scotland Yard spokesman said as a result of publicity around that dig, they had received fresh information about Miss Lamplugh’s disappearance, which had led them to the Pershore site.Miss Lamplugh, 25, disappeared in July 1986 after apparently arranging to show a client around a house that was for sale in Fulham, west London. read more

British ambassador to US called Bill Clintons White House chaotic and mediaobsessed

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The memo in 1994 was written by Robin Renwick, then Britain’s man in WashingtonCredit:PA The memo in 1994 was written by Robin Renwick, then Britain's man in Washington It also suggests the impending resignation of key advisers, Lloyd Cutler and David Gergen, could cause the Clinton administration further uncertainty.“White House organisation remains chaotic, with Cutler and Gergen both likely to leave by the end of the year and the political team still trying to operate as if they were in a campaign,” Mr Renwick claimed. He continued: “The President enjoys thinking about, discussing and talking issues to death. He tries not to make up his mind until the last possible moment…there is an excessive preoccupation throughout the White House with the media, which, of itself, tends to result in negative media coverage.”The President was said to be “convinced” he had established a good relationship with John Major, but was “concerned” about his treatment by the British press. His wife Hillary, who would go on to lose the US election against Donald Trump in 2016, was described by Mr Renwick as “indisputably the single most powerful influence on the President”. Revelations about Britain’s relationship with the US during Mr Major’s years in power come as the Cabinet Office release thousands of previously classified documents. Downing Street memos suggested the US President and Prime Minister enjoyed a warm relationship, with Mr Clinton pulling out “all the stops” for his visit to Washington in February to March 1994.“The Prime Minister was treated as a friend and intimate,” according to one account of the trip.Encounters with other key figures in the US administration were remembered less fondly however. Sir Roderic Lyne, Mr Major’s silver-tongued private secretary, said of one meeting with Richard Holbrooke, then the US Assistant Secretary of State: “As forecast, we were treated to heavy dollops of bombast, name-dropping and soft soap by Holbrooke.“As we parted, he gave me a tear-jerking homily on how he wanted to put the ‘special’ back into special relationship.” The White House is “chaotic” and having “fits” over a series of scandals involving the President, Britain’s US ambassador said in a 1994 memo about Bill Clinton.Robin Renwick, Britain’s man in Washington between 1991 and 1995, set out what he described as “Clinton’s roller coaster ride” in a frank diplomatic cable to London. His briefing, sent to the Foreign Office and Downing Street in May 1994, suggested the President was “weak on foreign policy” and overly “preoccupied” with the views of the media. The blunt assessment of Britain’s closest ally has echoes of the remarks by Sir Kim Darroch which this month inflamed tensions between the two countries. Sir Kim resigned as ambassador to the US after leaked diplomatic cables revealed he had called the Trump administration “inept” and “insecure”. However, newly declassified documents reveal that similarly unflattering accounts were being given a quarter of a century earlier.Mr Renwick observed of Mr Clinton, who entered office in January 1993: “This administration is the obverse of that of Bush – strong on economic and domestic issues, and weak on foreign policy.”At the time of the ambassador’s memo, Mr Clinton was facing accusations of sexual harassment relating to his time as governor of Arkansas, from state employee Paula Jones. The cable said: “The personal stories have taken their toll on Clinton’s popularity. No-one believes the full Paula Jones story, but the thought that the President might have to testify in court against her gives the White House fits.“They are having to claim immunity against personal accusations while he is in office.” read more

Tate Modern Teenager charged for attempted murder after sixyearold boy thrown from

A London Air Ambulance helicopter takes off from outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child fallingCredit: AFP Police officers attended the scene along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.A Metropolitan Police statement said: “We are providing around the clock support to the little boy’s family as they wait for more news on his condition and our priority remains to determine what led to yesterday’s events.“This was a truly shocking incident, and people will understandably be searching for answers.“At the moment, this is being treated as an isolated event with no distinct or apparent motive. There is no link between the victim and male arrested.“It would have been incredibly distressing to watch, and it may be that you left Tate Modern very quickly after. If you have not yet spoken to us about what you saw, please contact us without delay. Security guards at the south bank gallery then took the suspect into the cafe, apparently mistaking him for a member of the boys family.Nancy Barnfield, 47, had taken a trip to visit the art gallery from Rochdale with her two young sons. The admin worker said: “The mother just screamed ‘my son, my son’ – she sounded terrified.“She appeared about 35-years-old and spoke in an Italian accent, I think she must have been a tourist.“We were close to the viewing gallery on the tenth floor, that’s where he was pushed. Then there was a loud bang and people rushed in to restrain him, it was mostly men.“They held him for ten minutes before police arrived. His face showed no emotion, he was completely silent.”Witnesses claim that the 17-year-old suspect was punched in the face by a man following the incident and had to be locked in the Tate Modern’s bathrooms.Police on Monday thanked the public for detaining the suspect in the immediate aftermath. DCI John Massey, investigating, said: “We are grateful for the support of the public, some of whom detained the male arrested in the immediate aftermath of the incident. He was arrested by officers very quickly afterward.”  An aerial view of the Tate Modern “There was a stretcher and I could see fireman taking a small [person], a boy or a young woman.”Corinne Brookes, 25, was at the Tate Modern and told The Telegraph she arrived on the 10th floor viewing gallery seconds after the incident.She said: “I was going up to the 10th floor to the viewing platform and I saw a lot of commotion on the balcony. People were screaming and shouting and these two guys looked like they were fighting, they were grabbing each other. The two guys were holding another guy, kind of like they were fighting.“I went in and said to the security lady ‘something’s going on out there’. Then I saw a woman climbing, [with her] leg and arm over the railing on the balcony. An aerial view of the Tate Modern At the scene, ambulances and rapid response cars were parked, joined by police officers and a fire engine.Rafaella Montuori, 20, a designer from Brazil, said that she saw a stretcher carrying a small person.She said: “We were in the elevator and we saw security, then everybody came rushing from the tenth floor.“Everyone was screaming, somebody said there was a child who fell.“We went into the restaurant and we could hear helicopters above, people were crying. 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. “At that point people were grabbing their children and screaming and crying so I just thought something terrible had happened so I started running down the stairs and other people were running. People might have thought it was a knife attack or something else.“As I was going downstairs a woman was crying her eyes out and I said ‘are you ok? What exactly happened?’ She said ‘they’ve thrown him off, someone’s thrown a kid off.’” A London Air Ambulance helicopter takes off from outside the Tate Modern gallery in London on August 4, 2019 after it was put on lock down and evacuated after an incident involving a child falling  police officer looks out from the viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery, following the arrest of a 17-year-old male A police officer looks out from the viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery, following the arrest of a 17-year-old maleCredit:PA “My team is also very keen to talk to you if you witnessed a male whose behaviour seemed out of place, suspicious or worrying, in the hour or two before the incident in or near the gallery. It may be that this is something which has only just come back to you. If so, please still make that call to the investigation team.”The art gallery on the south bank of the River Thames was on lockdown following the incident.Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 721 4868 or @MetCC quoting CAD 4660/4August or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. A teenager has been charged with attempted murder after a six-year-old boy was allegedly thrown from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery.The 17-year-old is due to appear at Bromley Youth Court on Tuesday accused of trying to kill the child, who is a French national visiting London with his family.The youngster was airlifted to hospital after he was found on a fifth-floor roof at the gallery on Sunday afternoon.He is in a stable but critical condition.The boy had plummeted five storeys after allegedly being thrown from the 10th-floor viewing platform.Scotland Yard has said there is no link between the suspect and the victim.Police were called at around 2.40pm on Sunday to reports of a young boy thrown from the tenth floor viewing platform of the Tate Modern gallery in south London.Scotland Yard said on Monday that they were working hard to establish the circumstances of the incident as they appealed for further witnesses to come forward. Detectives said they had not been able to establish a motive for the “truly shocking” incident, but eyewitnesses at the scene, claimed the suspect had shouted that social services were to blame for his actions.The teenager was spotted standing calmly near the scene surrounded by a group of people, who looked to be in complete shock. read more

Corentyne family detained as police unearth improvised weapon in their home

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne farmer nabbed with illegal gun, ammo during police operationFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news”5 suspects remanded for Corentyne robberyAugust 15, 2017In “Court”Corentyne triple murder: 4th suspect likely to be charged soonSeptember 19, 2016In “Court” A 61 year old male, his wife, 51, and their 18 year old son, are assisting with the investigation police in a released statement said. A Corentyne family has been detained by the police following the discovery of an improvised shotgun in their home on Tuesday night.  Acting on intelligence, about 23:00hrs ranks went to Kildonan Village, Corentyne, Berbice and conducted a search of a two story house for arms and ammunition when an improvised single barrel shotgun, minus its ammunition, was found hidden in the lower flat. read more

Public servants cant make ends meet GPSU seeking improved wages from

GPSU President, Patrick YardeWeeks after the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) inked a deal with Government for retroactive salary increases and benefits between 8 and 12 per cent; another workers’ representative body, the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) is gearing up to increase pressure on Government to ensure public servants get improved wages.GPSU Head Patrick Yarde is prepared to go as high as the sky – percentage wise, telling reporters that the union’s upcoming Executive Council meeting later this month will include discussions on whether or not there will be changes to GPSU’s 2015 three-year proposal given the outcome of Gov’t’s multi-year deal with teachers.  “[It will] be determined by the Constitutional body if there is evidence for us to consider higher our lower; we could go to the sky for the limit. Lots of public servants receive poverty payments; lots of their ends can’t meet with what they’re getting. There is no question with whether we will pursue the best we will get,” the GPSU head detailed.The long time union executive says despite the assurances given, the negotiations would usually drag out to the end of the year, a practice he expected would cease after 2015. He says he wrote President David Granger after GPSU could not schedule ready meetings with the Department of Public Service’s Permanent Secretary but since then, the position is now vacant according to Yarde.    “When it became vacant, I wrote the President another letter saying that there was now nobody there to speak to for the situation to be remedied. There was a series of things that was happening and now he is ill so at our executive council meeting on Friday, we will determine how to proceed to deal with this matter,” Yarde outlined. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPublic service wage talks: Govt proposes end to across-the-board hikeJune 23, 2016In “latest news”Five percent wage increase is an indecent proposal – GPSUNovember 23, 2013In “Local News”Gov’t remains unmoved on 5%; Public servants to receive increase on MondayDecember 11, 2013In “Politics” read more

Draft update to the PERC Code posted for consultation

first_imgThe Pan-European Reserves & Resources Reporting Committee (PERC) is ready to publish a draft update to the PERC Code, for consultation – with a view to producing a new version some time this summer. There are a number of proposed changes that have been made to the 2008/9 version, falling into two main categories: (a) harmonisation with evolving CRIRSCO standards, and in particular the internationally agreed standard core definitions which, already very similar, will become identical across all CRIRSCO-aligned codes; (b) new sections to deal with different mineral commodity types not specifically mentioned in previous versions of the code – or in other CRIRSCO codes. See for more details and links for downloads.There are a number of updates and modifications which have been included in a new draft version of the PERC Code (proposed to be renamed the PERC Reporting Standard). A consultation on these changes is now open, and comments and suggestions are invited. In particular, there are a number of questions on the principal changes which we would like to focus on. The new draft code and the consultation questions can be downloaded from http://www.perc.co/PERC2012draft.pdf and http://www.perc.co/PERC2012consultation.pdfThe consultation will close at the end of June 2012, and all submissions should be sent by email in Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX, or PDF attachments by 17:00 British Summer Time on 30 June 2012, to consultation@perc.co. For any enquiries about this consultation, or to let us know of any problems in sending your comments, you may email the above address, or alternatively perc@vmine.netPERC is the European equivalent of the Australasian JORC in Australasia, SAMREC in South Africa, and similar reserves reporting standards bodies in the USA, Canada, and Chile, and with them is a constituent member of the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards (CRIRSCO – www.crirsco.com). Representation on PERC covers major and junior mining sectors, industrial minerals, aggregates, coal, the investment and financial community and the professional accreditation organisations including the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), the European Federation of Geologists, the Geological Society of London, and the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.The PERC reporting standard is recognised by ESMA (the European Securities and Markets Authority), together with other CRIRSCO-aligned standards, for use in reporting mineral reserves, mineral resources, and exploration results on markets within the European Union, and is also accepted for reporting on stock exchanges in Canada. Because of the close similarity of all the CRIRSCO-aligned reporting standards, including the same classification system and the same set of standard definitions, it is also very simple to translate reports from one standard to another.last_img read more