Jurors in Plymouth County have found an Alta Vista Iowa woman guilty in the death of her infant son, whose lifeless body was found in a baby swing.It took the jury about four hours Wednesday to find 21-year-old Cheyanne Harris guilty of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.The charges stem from the death of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn, whose body was found Aug. 30, 2017, in a maggot-infested diaper in the family’s apartment in Alta Vista.First responders found his body in a sweltering bedroom in a baby swing.An autopsy shows he died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection.First-degree murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.The baby’s father, Zachary Koehn, already has been sentenced to life in prison in the case.
It was exactly 50 years ago this week that the MCC’s Advisory County Cricket Committee took a decision that they hoped might, as the Guardian’s John Arlott put it in a news story, “change the shape and mathematics of county cricket” forever. That, as it turned out, was a significant understatement.Their decision was to introduce, from the 1969 season onwards, a Sunday County League, with matches to be composed of two innings of no more than 40 overs. This, Arlott said, would “present the County game in a fresh way, which may well recall the deserters, attract new and regular spectators from an entire fresh (television) section of the population; and perhaps even achieve the financial solvency so lately tacitly regarded as impossible”. The only county to vote against the idea was Yorkshire, who eventually consented that they would fulfil fixtures on Sundays, though never at home. This form of the game was at the time known as “Cavalier cricket”. Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Ben Stokes bags £1.4m deal with Rajasthan Royals in IPL auction Read more Perth’s new stadium: west can still be best once teething problems are solved Cricket Read more Share via Email Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on WhatsApp The Cavaliers were a premonition both of the kind of star-studded limited-overs franchise cricket now globally prevalent and of the rise of the sporting super-agent, having been the brainchild of a certain Bagenal Harvey. In Jimmy Greaves’ autobiography the former England striker, briefly a client of Harvey, colourfully describes him as “a dapper man, a gentleman of impeccable manners who often wore a worsted jacket and an open-necked shirt from which billowed a red cravat like a June rose”. He has gone down in history as sport’s first agent, having made his name in the late 1940s by landing a £1,000-a-year contract for Denis Compton to advertise Brylcreem; from there he assembled a bulging roster of Britain’s finest sporting talent of the day, all of whom wanted a slice of that kind of action.In December 1968 Harvey was discussed at a meeting of the Football Association council, where he was described as being “harmful to the game” (when the comments were reported in the press, Harvey successfully sued the FA for libel). There was, we reported, “some disquiet inside the governing bodies of various sports that wherever they turn they meet a Bagenal Harvey face”. Not only did he represent leading figures from cricket, football and athletics. He also negotiated for several television and radio presenters, was involved with Wimbledon and worked with a handful of big-name journalists, including Arlott. He had his finger in every available mid-60s pie. During the battle to end football’s maximum wage Jimmy Hill was working from his offices and, when he won that battle, Fulham’s Johnny Haynes was the first great beneficiary, instantly quintupling his wages – and Harvey represented him as well. Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features The Cavaliers were born of a conversation Harvey had with one of his clients, Ted Dexter. In the early 60s he had found a sponsor, Rothman’s cigarettes, who were keen on promoting high-profile Sunday matches, and the BBC were interested in broadcasting them – but only if there was a guarantee that play would be finished by 6pm. It was Dexter who created the rules that allowed this to happen – limited overs and restricted run-ups – and Harvey then assembled a roster of talent impressive enough to beguile cricket fans.International stars, emerging youngsters and high-profile Englishmen, frustrated by a lifetime spent, in Dexter’s words, “travelling 150 miles to play in front of two men and a dog at some obscure outpost of cricket’s over-expanded empire”, signed up to spend their day off with the team (though the money also helped). “We had such an amazing side,” Dexter said. “Sobers, Compton, Graeme Pollock – I was only able to creep in at No6 or seven.” Wherever they played, five-figure crowds flocked to witness them. “When we went to Lord’s for the first time we told them to be ready, there’d be a big crowd,” Dexter recalled. “They said, ‘No, no there won’t.’ They’d sold out of everything by 12. We took the place by storm.”They broke new ground not just in the format of cricket but also its broadcasting. Arlott and Learie Constantine commentated; Frank Bough (no prizes for guessing who his agent was) presented. In one match Richie Benaud and Compton wore radio mikes linked to the commentary box. The counties watched their success enviously and eventually decided to drive them out of business and keep the money they were making for themselves. On 1 February 1968 they made their move. Topics Twenty20 The Spin Share on Pinterest The new competition would, MCC promised, allow players to earn “far more than they have previously enjoyed”. They would be paid a minimum of £6 10s (adjusting for inflation, about £107) per game, rising to £11 (£180) if they won, plus prize money and bonuses for the competition’s top performers. Rothman’s, having put their money behind the Cavaliers, said they hoped that “the MCC will come to us and give us first refusal” on sponsorship for the new competition; the counties instead signed a deal with their rivals, John Player, worth £60,000 a year (very nearly £1m in today’s money).The Cavaliers vowed to play on, even suggesting they might compete as a regular member of the new Sunday league, so the counties pressed the nuclear button. English players registered with first-class or minor counties were forbidden from taking part in televised matches without permission; agents were banned; the idea of the Cavaliers joining the league was dismissed; and a deal was signed with the Cavaliers’ own broadcast partners, the BBC, pushing them off the airwaves.“Thus the International Cavaliers, who have become the symbol of Sunday afternoon cricket, Rothmans, who sponsor them, and the Bagenal Harvey Organisation, who administer them, were virtually made illegal,” the Guardian reported, these moves coming despite the fact that “they alone succeeded in creating fresh interest, entertainment and revenue in post-war cricket.” They fought on through the first summer of the Sunday League, in 1969, and disbanded the following year. Where Harvey had led, other agents followed and flourished. He died in 1987, virtually forgotten; his passing was not mentioned in the Guardian.As the world’s leading limited-overs specialists come to terms with the lucrative deals they have just been handed to compete in this year’s IPL, and half a century after the English game moved to sideline him permanently, it is perhaps appropriate to give some measure of thanks to the man who first set cricket on this lucrative path. But though Harvey never had any trouble arousing intense emotions among those governing the game, somehow gratitude was never one of them.This is an extract taken from The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions IPL Support The Guardian
Greg Schiano/Ohio State.Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was in a car accident today.The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was involved in a car accident this morning in which a bicyclist was injured. Schiano is OK, but the bicyclist has been hospitalized.“We are very concerned about the young man who was injured in this accident,” an Ohio State spokesman told The Dispatch. “Our concern lies with supporting him in every way we can at this time.”#OhioState defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was involved in a car accident this morning in which a bicyclist was injured. 1/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Schiano worked today and is apparently uninjured. The bicyclist has been hospitalized. The accident occurred at Lane Ave/Fred Taylor. 2/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Accident is being investigated by Columbus police. OSU police also came to scene but it’s under Columbus jurisdiction. 3/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016From OSU spokesman: “We are very concerned about the young man who was injured in this accident.”… 4/— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016OSU spokesman, cont. “…Our concern lies with supporting him in every way we can at this time.”— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Here’s our story (to be updated) about the accident involving OSU asst coach Greg Schiano and a bicyclist: https://t.co/3g5aQ1FROi— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) September 23, 2016Schiano, 50, is in his first year as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator.The Buckeyes (3-0) have a bye this weekend before hosting Rutgers, where Schiano coached, at Ohio Stadium next Saturday.[The Dispatch]
APTN National News OTTAWA–If Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a delegation of First Nations chiefs in Ottawa Friday, he could face demands to scrap the Indian Act and to repeal his government’s omnibus budget bills, which have already passed into law.The location of the planned meeting was still unknown Wednesday evening and it was even unclear whether the meeting would take place after Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who is in the midst of a nearly month-long hunger strike, urged chiefs not to attend unless Gov. Gen. David Johnston, whose office said would not show up, also appeared.The Prime Minister’s Office announced the Jan. 11 meeting last Friday, days after Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo requested via letter that Harper and Johnston meet with chiefs on Jan. 24.The meeting comes against the backdrop of ongoing flash mob round dances, rail and highway blockades along with rallies occurring at historical proportions.Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee said it was imperative for Johnston to be there.“If there is any honour in this Crown the governor general better get his ass there,” said Madahbee, whose organization represents 49 Ontario First Nations.Madahbee, however, said late Wednesday afternoon chiefs had still not decided whether they would accept to attend the meeting if Johnston refuses to change his mind.“There is an ebb and flow to these discussions (and) we are not there to make a determination one way or another, we are listening to people,” said Madahbee.Chiefs met in regional caucuses late into the evening Wednesday discussing and teasing out their plans and positioning for the coming days.According to a draft position from Manitoba’s Southern Chiefs Organization obtained by APTN National News, it appears First Nations leaders are planning to put repealing the Bill C-45 and Bill C-38, the government’s omnibus budget bills on the table.The draft outline, which APTN National News was told broadly reflected the direction of discussions, also called for Canada to set a timeline and process to scrap the Indian Act and replace it with a “Treaty Recognition and Implementation Act.”The draft outline also set Feb. 11 as a deadline for the government’s response.The Manitoba delegation is expected to officially lay out its position during a press conference Thursday.While the meeting with the prime minister is seen by some as a pivotal moment, it’s doubtful the outcome will have any major impact on the still expanding Idle No More movement. Idle No More, which was sparked by opposition to the omnibus bill, is also hosting a gathering the same day in Fort Qu’Appelle Saskatchewan that will also be live streamed.“It’s about the people, the people are the key, the people are the ones that no one listens to and that has to change,” said Idle No More founder Nina Wilson.Wilson said she doubted the outcome of Friday’s meeting with a select delegation of chiefs would have any impact on Idle No More.“This is long-term,” said Wilson. “We have to keep going whatever happens.”Mass Idle No More-linked rallies are also in the works for Friday and another day of action is also in the planning stages for Jan. 16.Canada has witnessed a tireless campaign of flashmob round dances, rallies, highway and rail blockades for over a month which shows no signs of abating.And while the action continues on the streets and in the political backrooms, a traditional spiritual element was also unfolding in the lead-up to Friday’s meeting. In Ottawa and across the country, elders, spiritual leaders and grassroots people have also engaged in traditional prayer and ceremony. People gathered in ceremony in a room at the Delta Hotel next to the hall where chiefs gathered discussing their plans and strategies.But even as chiefs discussed their planned approach for Friday’s encounter with Harper, they were also trying to find a way to end Spence’s nearly month-long hunger strike.Spence, who met with chiefs at Ottawa’s Delta Hotel Wednesday afternoon, has said she won’t attend the meeting unless Johnston also shows up. The governor general’s involvement in the meeting has been one of the core prerequisites for Spence to end her hunger strike, which began on Dec. 11. Spence has said she wouldn’t end her hunger strike unless she was satisfied with the outcome of a treaty meeting between Harper, Johnston and First Nations leaders.Johnston’s office has said he was not planning to attend the meeting.Spence’s spokesman Danny Metatawabin told the chiefs earlier in the day Spence would like them to consider cancelling or walking out of the meeting if the governor general failed to appear.Six Nations Chief Bill Montour said Spence should end her hunger strike on Friday and the chief should go to meet with Harper.“For her own health, Jan. 11 should be the end of the hunger strike…she has the attention of the world and let the world judge Harper,” said Montour, whose community is in Ontario. “You never walk out of a meeting, if you walk out you are defeated.”Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said there is some concern about the extent of control chiefs feel the prime minister is trying to exert over the meeting, but she called on the leadership and the grassroots to remain unified.“We need to remain unified as First Nations people across this country, we support Chief Theresa Spence and we continue to support her,” said Cook-Searson, whose community is in Saskatchewan. “There are questions about who will be present at the prime minister’s meeting and it is controlled by the prime minister…We need to have a strong position and present it to the prime minister and if the prime minister doesn’t accept that position on Jan. 11 then we continue with our movement.”The chiefs have been told the prime minister would only be appearing briefly, for 30 minutes at the beginning and 30 minutes at the end of the meeting. The Prime Minister’s Office, however, said the details were still being worked out.Friday’s meeting is also putting the Assembly of First Nations to the test and National Chief Shawn Atleo’s still young second term may be defined by what transpires over the next two days.Atleo was scheduled to hold a press conference along with members of the AFN’s executive committee, including Saskatchewan regional Chief Perry Bellegarde and British Columbia regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould on Wednesday to set lay out their expectations for the meeting with Harper.The press conference, however, was cancelled on short notice and rescheduled for Thursday after it became apparent the chiefs could not find common ground by Wednesday afternoon.
VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association predicts continued cooling of the provincial housing market in 2018, but it cautions would-be home buyers that prices likely won’t soften.The association has released its 2017 Fourth Quarter Housing Forecast showing an expected 8.8 per cent decrease in residential sales across the province this year and a further 10.4 per cent decline next year.Data shows estimated home sales in 2018 are expected to dip to 91,700 units, down more than 10,000 from the record set in 2016, but still well ahead of B.C.’s ten-year sales average.Association chief economist Cameron Muir says the supply of homes for sale is at or near its lowest point in decades and the imbalance between supply and demand has been largely responsible for rapidly rising house prices.The average price of a home in B.C. is forecast to increase 3.1 per cent to $712,300 this year, and a further 4.6 per cent to $745,300 in 2018.Muir doesn’t see much relief, saying in a news release that higher interest rates and more stringent mortgage qualification rules “will reduce household purchasing power and erode housing affordability.”The association says interest rates are expected to rise in the next year and new mortgage qualification rules will carve into purchasing power.“Given the rapid rise in home prices over the past few years, the effect of these factors will likely be magnified,” Muir says.But he also points to a potential for more balanced market conditions, as weakened consumer demand and a surge in new home completions next year is expected to curb upward pressure on home prices.
Rabat – “Not long ago, a woman confided a terrible secret to Zineb Hidra,” starts an Elle article on the new wave of female Moroccan Islamic clerics impacting the lives of women.“Hidra,” the article continued, “listened calmly, but when she answered, her voice burned with conviction.” As one of the mourchida, the beneficiaries of a recent program launched under the auspices of King Mohammed VI to train women in Islamic law and tradition, Hidra’s tasks at the Ain Chock mosque in Casablanca include teaching lessons, offering counsel, and consoling the sick and bereaved. Trained in theology, history, philosophy, psychology, and Islamic law at the Mohammed VI Institute in Rabat, the mourchida are given license to deliver on religious matters, especially topics pertaining to the status of women in the Islamic tradition. Although prohibited from leading prayers, the responsibilities of a mourchida are “otherwise similar to those of an imam,” the article noted. Investing in tolerant IslamA response to the proliferation of extremism post-2001, the mourchida initiative is part of broader reforms launched by King Mohammed VI to safeguard Morocco’s tradition of open and tolerant Islam.Read Also: Moroccan Ulema: Islamic Jurisprudence Must Follow Social ChangesThe need to arm the country’s clerics with solid theological foundations became more pressing after a terrorist attack in Casablanca in 2003.“In a country that had long prided itself on its tolerant interpretation of Islam, the devastating attack convinced Morocco’s head of government, King Mohammed VI, to create a program to train spiritual guides,” Elle elaborated.But the need for spiritual guides also “dovetailed” with an even more pressing need to revise women’s status in society. A year after the Casablanca terrorist strike, the country revised its Family Code, raising the minimum female marriage age to 18 and granting women the right to divorce.“I told her that she must try to get him help. And then I insisted that if he didn’t change, she must divorce him,” Hidra said of the woman who confided the “terrible secret” about an abusive and alcoholic husband.But female spiritual guides do not only work on education and awareness-raising about women’s status. Well versed in Islamic texts and armed with robust training in subjects like philosophy and psychology, they are constantly on the lookout to detect and curb extremism. With its emphasis on Islam as a tolerant religion and jihad as an internal struggle, the Mohammed VI Institute is “a sort of inoculation against radicalization,” according to Elle.Read Also: Mohammed VI Imam Academy: Another Success Story in Faith Management in MoroccoThe success of Morocco’s initiative has resonated with many countries. France and a sizable number of sub-Saharan countries are sending their next generation of imams to be trained at the Rabat institute. Like Nigeria and Mali, the other countries well-represented in the institute’s student body, France seeks to import Morocco’s successful model of a diversity-friendly and anti-radicalization state-sponsored Islam. Islamic feminism?Despite the success of the program in revising a number of traditional social codes on women’s rights, it is hard to categorize the program’s working philosophy as feminist. While from the inside graduates and trainees show reluctance to be labeled feminists, outside critics, without writing off the program’s relative success in advancing women’s status, doubt its commitments to radically transforming the lot of Moroccan women.Asma Lamrabat, a renowned Moroccan female cleric who recently resigned from the Mohammedia League of Scholars or the Ulema, Morocco’s highest ranking religious body, said that the program still has a patriarchal undercurrent. Ann Marie Wainscott, a Miami University political scientist, agreed with Lamrabat. She told Elle that it is doubtful whether gender equality is the program’s real agenda.”The training the mourchidat receive is quite good, and like all state employment, the jobs they get afterward are stable and well-paid. So in that sense, it increases their status,” Wainscott said. She elaborated, “But the creation of the mourchidat was first and foremost a strategic move on the part of the Moroccan government to extend the reach of the religious bureaucracy. It’s not really about empowering women.”Read Also: Two Women In Arizona Teach Children To Mock And Vilify MuslimsAsked whether she would become an imam if granted the permission, mourchida Fatima Ait Said, from the Makka Mosque in Rabat, shrugged off the question. “There is no example of women imams in the Quran.” But that the mourchidat program is not strictly egalitarian is no reason to whitewash the “hugely impressive” and “revolutionary” changes it has made in the lives of many women, the article remarked.By instilling confidence in female clerics to take on some of the burning issues of Moroccan society by providing much-needed social, psychological, and religious support to women in need, the program has paid dividends in the lives of many, Ait Sad explained.She said, “Women are the heart of the family, it is they who shape behavior. The most important thing we do as mourchidat is transmit ideas to them, so that women can become the solution to problems. The men will follow.”Labels should not be the point, Hidra said, explaining that categories like “feminist” often fail to capture the impact of the work mourchidat are doing. What should matter, Hidra contends, is the actual struggle for the rights of women, especially those in need of support.“Feminists care about the rights of women…. And we also care about the rights of women. Just from a different point of view, an Islamic point of view,” she said.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd right) and wife Yoo Soon-taek (3rd right), in a group photo with Heinz Fischer (3rd left), President of Austria, and his wife Margit Fischer (2nd left), at the Austrian Parliament. Also pictured is Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (left).UN Photo/Nikoleta Haffar Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) talks with Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, during his visit to the Austrian Parliament in Vienna. UN Photo/Nikoleta Haffar “In the vocabulary of the international community, Vienna and Austria are synonymous with global action,” said the UN chief. Indeed, the UN convenes major meetings in Austria on issues at the top of the global agenda, including on nuclear energy, drugs and crime, industrial development and more, Mr. Ban said. In particular, he said that Austria has shown its solidarity through the years to help address the many threats facing the world, including inequality among people and among nations. Mr. Ban said that he had been impressed by the “humane approach” and compassion when Austrians welcomed the latest wave of refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East this past autumn. He also highlighted when Austria in 1956 had opened its borders to Hungarians fleeing the “Soviet crackdown,” and was a haven for thousands of refugees during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. “We have a moral, legal and political obligation to help those fleeing war, human rights abuses and persecution,” the UN chief said. “Our commitment to human dignity is meaningful when we provide shelter, food and a warm welcome to families who have risked their lives in search of peace.” Recognizing the “generosity” shown thus far by the people and governments of Europe to migrants and refugees, not least in Austria, Mr. Ban said he was concerned, however, that European countries are now adopting increasingly restrictive immigration and refugee policies. “Such policies and measures negatively affect the obligations of Member States under international humanitarian law and European law,” he said. “I welcome the open discussions in Europe – including in Austria – on integration. But I am alarmed again about growing xenophobia here and beyond. All of Europe’s leaders should live up to the principles that have guided this continent,” Mr. Ban stressed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) addresses the Austrian Parliament in Vienna. UN Photo/Nikoleta Haffar Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at lectern) addresses the Austrian Parliament in Vienna. UN Photo/Nikoleta Haffar ‹ ›Noting that divisiveness and marginalization “hurt individuals and undermine security,” the Secretary-General emphasized that when the arrival process is well-managed, accepting refugees is a “win” for everyone. “These are brave, resilient and forward-looking people. They bring needed skills and energy to their new societies,” he said. As such, while he understood and sympathized with the “enormity of the challenges,” Mr. Ban said he trusted that Austria will continue to contribute towards the European Union’s efforts to forge a “truly cooperative approach” to address the issues. “The United Nations will persist in forging comprehensive solutions together with the European Union,” Mr. Ban stressed. In particular, the UN General Assembly will hold a meeting on 19 September to address large movements of migrants and refugees across the world, as well as the need for shared responsibility, Mr. Ban said. In May, the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, will be convened for leaders to make a global commitment to “ending the assaults against innocent people and shared values.” “The World Humanitarian Summit should send a message of support to the 125 million people in our world who are in immediate crises,” the Secretary-General said. “I count on Austria to engage in these important events – and to reaffirm its proud tradition of openness and solidarity.” Along those lines, Mr. Ban said that he was “very encouraged” to hear from Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz that the Austrian Government plans to “dramatically increase its invaluable” official development assistance. “I count on Austria to create a national plan for the Sustainable Development Goals – and take international action to help others advance. The United Nations bodies based here in Vienna will all support you,” Mr. Ban said. He also asked the Members of the Parliament to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change that was signed by 175 countries last week. “To turn these ambitious plans into actual progress, we need your support,” Mr. Ban said. “I count on you to build on your relations with the United Nations and your neighbours, near and far, to seize our global chance for a better world. It is your and our common moral and political responsibility to make this world better. All the people, regardless of where you are coming from, ethnicities or religions or whatever difference one may have, we need to live with human dignity. That’s what the United Nations is doing,” he added.
Former OSU quarterback Cardale Jones chats with Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Michael Brantley and pitcher Josh Tomlin before the start of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big 10 match-up on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes came away with a 62-3 win.
A “sick sadist” internet troll used high-profile tragedies to target grieving families, a court has heard. Paul Hind, 38, posted offensive material on Facebook about four dead young people. He called Olivia Burt, a 20-year-old Durham University student who died from head injuries after an incident outside the city’s Missoula nightclub in February, a “sex worker” and “prostitute” on the social media site.South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that the defendant, of Westacres in Wark, also doctored an image of the dead woman and posted pictures of children who were “clearly terminally ill” on her Facebook page on April 20.Speaking after Hind had admitted four separate offences of conveying false information which was indecent or grossly offensive, Ms Burt’s father, Nigel Burt, from Hampshire, said his actions were a “desecration” of his daughter’s memory.Describing how the postings had made him and Ms Burt’s mother, Paula Burt, feel “physically sick”, he said: “The person who carried out this trolling can only be described as a sick sadist who knows that they are adding to our anguish and gets enjoyment out of this.”Even though the Facebook posts have now gone, we keep expecting them to reappear on some other social media platform. 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. Mr Burt added: “We would also like to say that our dealings with Facebook have compounded our misery.”He said the social media giants only tackle individual posts and not “overall trolling”, describing this method as “hopeless”.As well as Ms Burt, Hind also targeted a tribute page for Hannah Witheridge, a 23-year-old who was killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao in 2014.The other counts related to the deaths of Joe Tilley, 24, who was found dead at the bottom of a waterfall in Colombia in May, and 19-year-old Duncan Sim, whose remains were found at West Sands in St Andrews earlier this year.District Judge Kate Meek sent the case to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence on September 27, and praised the Burt family for sitting in on the proceedings.Judge Meek also passed on her “deepest condolences” for the loss of their daughter and said that the defendant had only added to the “already unimaginable” pain that they were suffering. Nigel and Paula BurtCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Wire “This is causing us continuing anxiety and distress.” Speaking outside court after the hearing, Hind said he was “deeply sorry” for his actions and that he had done them “for attention”.Describing how he was suffering from mental health issues and was “highly intoxicated” at the time of the offences, he said: “All I can say to the families for the actions I have committed is sorry, that is all I can say – sorry. “I don’t expect them to accept any apology from me whatsoever for what I have done.”When asked whether his actions could be seen as worthy of a jail sentence, he said: “From my point of view, personally, and for what I did, I would say yes.”I do deserve a punishment, and I don’t just deserve a punishment of being banned from social media, trying to apologise to the parents and forgetting about the whole thing.”I have to be punished accordingly for causing people the anxiety and the stress I have caused them, there’s no question about that.” Durham undergraduate Olivia Burt who was killed in a crush while queueing to gain entry to the Missoula nightclubCredit:Social media
Newmont Ghana’s gold production from Ahafo mine was 137,000 oz and 545,000 oz, respectively, during the fourth quarter and full year 2010. Costs applicable to sales were $433 and $450/oz for the fourth quarter and full year 2010, respectively. Fourth quarter production increased from the prior year quarter due to higher mill grade. Costs applicable to sales per ounce decreased from the prior year quarter due to higher production, partially offset by higher labour, power and royalty costs.The annual gold output increased due to higher grade ore mined at Apensu in 2010 and the start of production at Amoma in October 2010. Costs applicable to sales per ounce increased slightly due to higher labour, power, diesel and royalty costs, partially offset by higher production.For 2011 gold production for the Ghana operations is expected to be 550,000-590,000 oz due to mining higher ore grade. Costs applicable to sales of approximately $485 to $535/oz are expected.The Subika Expansion will extend mine life at Ahafo South and there is considerable underground development below the ultimate pit and layback potential. The company is proving up the option of an underground operation below the Subika pit. There is potential for a 4-7 Moz total resource. An exploration decline was collared in January 2010 and now there is simultaneous exploration drilling from underground and surface. This would be Newmont’s first underground mine in Ghana.There is also Akyem, another development project in Ghana, with its mining lease and EIS approved. The Ahafo mine is located in the Brong Ahafo region of west-central Ghana, about 30 km south of Sunyani and 290 km northwest of the capital city of Accra. It started production in 2006 and in 2010, produced 545,000 oz of gold at a cost of $450/oz. There are various opportunities for expansion of both output and mining life. At Ahafo North there are reserves of 3.2 Moz – an upside with multiple pit and underground opportunities. Newmont Ghana currently operates four open pits at Ahafo with reserves contained in 13 pits, over a strike length of 40 km.The operation is currently only operating in the Ahafo south open pits. There is much more gold available in the North section. This year, Newmont will spend between $15 and $20 million on drilling at Ahafo North to better understand the extent of the current Ahafo deposit. Once mining starts in the north, ore will be hauled to the concentrator in the south by either trucks or an overland conveyor system.The current pits are standard shovel and truck operations that feed a fairly conventional CIL processing plant. Ahafo was the first mine in Africa to have received cyanide in isotainers. It was designed to be in compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code.Sandvik supplied the drilling fleet of 10 Driltech D45 blasthole drills and one Pantera 1500. The primary hydraulic excavator loading units are four Liebherr 994Bs. These are supported by one Caterpillar 385, a 345 and a 330. There is also one O&K (Bucyrus, and becoming Caterpillar) 170B hydraulic shovel. The wheel loading fleet is comprised of four Cat 992Gs.Caterpillar supplied most of the rest of the mobile equipment, including a 32-strong fleet of 785 haul trucks. The haul roads are kept in good condition by eight Cat D10T track dozers and Cat 834 wheel dozer, four Cat 16H graders and one Cat 14H grader. There are also two Cat 777 water trucks.Metso Process Technology and Innovation (PTI) conducted a Mine-to-Mill Process Integration and Optimisation (PIO) project at Ahafo last year. The result of this was a significant increase in mill throughput without capital investment. This was achieved by reviewing the current operating conditions, identifying inefficiencies and then implementing PTI’s recommended changes in drill & blast, crushing and grinding practices1.A blend of both primary and oxide ore is fed to the mill to balance the head grade and recovery in the leach circuit. Ahafo operates a 54 x 75″ gyratory crusher for primary ore and an MMD Sizer for oxide ore. This is followed by a SABC circuit comprising a 34 x 16.4′, 13 MW SAG mill in closed circuit with two MP800 pebble crushers. SAG milling is followed by a 24 x 39′, 13 MW ball mill in closed circuit with a cluster of 26″ cyclones. After classification, the milling product is thickened and the overflow is fed to CIL tanks.There is an opportunity to increase production by expanding the mill. A mill expansion could increase capacity by 50% (from 7.5 to ~12 Mt/y). The next steps are to evaluate the optimum increase in mill throughput and the ability to process multiple ore blends. Advance scoping and prefeasibility studies are being undertaken this year.Open pit mapping In 2009, Newmont’s Technical Services Economic Geology (TSEG) group surveyed 60 external industry geoscientists to determine current industry practices in geological mapping. This survey assisted Newmont with identifying best practices in mapping data collection and enabled the company to compare the information to mapping practices within its own operations.This provided a benchmark and an opportunity for the TSEG team to host geologists from around the globe at its first Open Pit Mapping Symposium in July 2010 to better define mine mapping standards, exchange knowledge, and create a strong internal network to support the full adoption of the next generation in mine mapping – digital.While digital mapping has been adopted extensively in exploration, academic and government mapping programs, only 28% of geoscientists who participated in the industry survey reported using digital mapping methods to collect data, suggesting that paper remains the dominant data collection technique. In 2006, Newmont Nevada embarked on a program to introduce digital tablets at its mining operations to provide a leading-edge advantage in the interpretation and assimilation of important mapping data. This technique recently was adopted by Ahafo during 2009.Identifying specific needs of focus, symposium participants identified skills and knowledge gaps occurring across the sites, and evaluated the potential impacts those gaps could have on ore control, geotechnical and resource model improvements. “The timing of this workshop couldn’t have been better,” said Harry Samani, Grade Control Geologist, Ahafo. “I think many of us were at a point of letting go or getting frustrated with mapping and its related issues. The open pit mapping seminar has exposed me to a lot of information that I think will make a significant difference when implemented. This event enabled me to see different ways of conducting and implementing mine mapping best practices. It was a great experience.”“There is only one thing worse than not mapping, and that is not sharing and using information from mapping,” said Terry Briggs, Chief Development Geologist. “By bringing together the people who collect and interpret the data, it encouraged empowerment within the mine geology departments to improve the mapping process and positively impact the enhancement of safety and efficiency at Newmont’s mining operations.”Collecting and interpreting geological information within a mining environment is critical to ensuring safe and efficient operations. Geological mapping is important in identifying and preventing risks of rock wall failures, ensuring economic portions of a mine are suitably delineated and processed, and guaranteeing the proper environmental classification of waste material.Historical methods of mapping on paper are being replaced by digital collection of geological data with digital tablets and 3-D photogrammetry. In addition to providing geologists with a better understanding of the orebodies and extension potential, these tools are helping them become more proactive by providing a complete view of the data required to make decisions to mitigate risk and improve development plans in realtime. This sort of thing is especially useful at a site like Ahafo with multiple active and planned pits.Mineral sizing A significant innovation in processing is the use of an MMD Mineral Sizer. “Normal practice in Africa is to process primary ore through a gyratory crusher with a mixture of saprolite,” explains John Mitchell, Senior Metallurgist and Mark K. Jorgensen, Process Manager with Newmont2. During the rainy season, Ahafo’s saprolite ore is especially wet and sticky and can contain up to 20% moisture. There are two discrete wet seasons in the region each year.“In the early phases of design, it was recognised that the mine plan would dictate that up to 50% of the ore would be saprolite for extended periods, sometimes for as much as several years. To ensure production during seasonal, inclement, rainy weather, a dedicated crusher circuit was designed.”The oxide crusher circuit processes up to 600 t/h of wet sticky saprolite ore. The machine chosen for this duty is a 600-mm x four tooth MMD Sizer. ROM ore is loaded into a crusher feed hopper by a Caterpillar 992 wheel loader and the crushed oxide ore discharges directly to the SAG mill feed conveyor.Mitchell and Jorgensen note “there is an additional benefit to running two crusher circuits in that ore from the MMD Sizer and gyratory crusher are combined on a single belt to feed to the SAG mill [a Metso Minerals machine 10.4 m in diameter x 5 m effective grinding length]. The first material to be conveyed to SAG mill feed conveyor is MMD Sizer product. This material acts as a ‘cushion’ to the SAG mill feed belt and reduces impact to the belt surface from the primary crushed ore stockpile fed from the three apron feeders.The Ahafo license is located in the Yamfo-Sefwi gold belt, a well-defined zone of many gold occurrences that trends 20-30° east of north and stretches northwards from the Ghanaian border with Cote d’Ivoire for a distance of about 200 km. Intruded along this trend are a series of hornblende granodiorites which preferentially exploit a major regional break separating Lower Birimian sediments from Upper Birimian volcanics. Newmont’s property covers three segments of the granodiorite – metasediment contact.Gold mineralisation is generally associated with a brecciated and hydrothermally altered shear-zone of granodiorite lying in thrust/wrench contact with underlying graphitic phyllites of the Birimian Supergroup. The phyllities also contain scattered pods of gold mineralisation, but these appear to be limited to a zone lying no more than 20 m from the granodiorite. The thrust contact always dips east at angles varying from 30° to 65°.Gold mineralisation is also associated with a shear zone about 1.2 km east of the granodiorite – metasediment contact that was expressed by a low-level soil geochemical target. The granodiorite hosted shear zone is subparallel to the main trend and dipping from 60° east to sub-vertical.In December 2003, Ghana’s Parliament unanimously ratified an Investment Agreement between Newmont and the Government of Ghana. This established a fixed fiscal and legal regime, including fixed royalty and tax rates, for the life of any Newmont project in Ghana. Under the Agreement, Newmont pays corporate income tax at the Ghana statutory tax rate (presently 25% but not to exceed 32.5%) and fixed gross royalties on gold production of 3.0% (3.6% for any production from forest reserve areas). The Government of Ghana is also entitled to receive 10% of a project’s net cashflow after Newmont has recouped its investment and may acquire up to 20% of a project’s equity at fair market value on or after the 15th anniversary of such project’s commencement of production.The Investment Agreement also contains commitments with respect to job training for local Ghanaians, community development, purchasing of local goods and services and environmental protection.Newmont faces a number of challenges in the region. Besides the projects covered in the article, it is assessing other potential gold deposits but it is difficult to “gain timely and cost efficient land access for exploration and project development”, the company says. Nevertheless, Newmont believes there is very significant growth potential in its land holdings in the country.Power options have been a problem in the past and Newmont is currently working on a long-term plan to be less reliant on the government VRA power grid. The company is currently working on a study for long-term energy options, including alternatives to natural gas and hydraulic energy. Skills shortages are a problem with the “inability to retain, attract and develop talent, at an acceptable cost, [which] leads to inability to sustain and grow our business (low productivity, expatriate requirements exceed project margins, schedules slip, etc…).“Illegal mining negatively impacts our ability to sustain and grow our business in the region,” Newmont also reports. Newmont remains “committed to growing our relationships and enabling local businesses in Ghana.” It explains that partnerships with host communities and Government are key to building a sustainable business. The majority of the Ahafo mine revenue remains in Ghana, with programs to increase this over time. Mining provides significant benefits to Ghana at the national, regional and local levels.At the end of 2010, the Ahafo open pits contained probable reserves of 148.3 Mt at 2 g/t Au. Recovery should be 87%. This includes undeveloped reserves at Yamfo South, Yamfo Central, Techire West, Subenso South, Subenso North, Yamfo Northeast, and Susuan totalling 3.2 Moz. The six stockpiles contained Proven reserves of 14.1 Mt at just over 1 g/t Au.Subika and underground The Subika Expansion has a current potential of up to 9 Moz, with 3.7 Moz currently in reserves and 2.2 Moz in NRM (non-reserve mineralisation). Drilling of 28 km in 41 holes aimed at expanding underground and open pit mineral extensions, added 1.1 Moz of attributable open pit reserves in 2010. The calculation of underground NRM from 91 holes with 25 km of underground core drilling in 2010 will be confirmed through model and stope design updates in mid-2011.Concurrently, the exploration drift initiated in 2010 advanced 2,635 m, vent raises were completed and initial test stope production is anticipated in early 2011. Completion of an underground pre-feasibility study is anticipated in the second quarter of 2011. Development was progressing in favourable ground and hydrological conditions. The orebody is open at depth and along strike. The operation was stockpiling ore for batch treatment and was working to obtain operating permit. It is in what the company describes as Stage 4 with detailed project engineering and procurement of long lead equipment underway.The current underground exploration fleet comprises one Boart Longyear LM90 and three LM75 diamond drill rigs. There are three Sandvik underground development/production drills – one Axera D07 240 jumbo, one Axera DD7 420 jumbo and one DL 420 15C Solo. There is a Normet 1610B explosives charging unit. Underground material is loaded by two Caterpillar LHDs, one R2900G and a R1700G. These in turn load two underground trucks, a Volvo A40E and a Cat AD55, with a 12M grader to keep the haul roads in good condition. There are also two Cat IT 62Hs and a Telehandler TH414.Akyem Akyem (100% owned) is one of Newmont’s current three main projects for the future, the other two being Conga in Peru (see the May article) and Hope Bay in Canada, which will be covered in June. Located some 125 km northwest of Accra, Newmont has received the Environmental Permit and the Mining Lease for Akyem. Newmont made a development decision late March and estimates first production in late 2013 to early 2014. End of March 2011 detailed engineering is approximately 95% complete.The Akyem project received full funds approval at the March 2011 Newmont Board meeting. Newmont reported 7.2 Moz of gold reserves at Akyem. It is the company’s second major gold project in Ghana, with potential to double production in the region by 2017:■ Current potential of 8-9 Moz gold, with 7.2 Moz in Reserves and 0.3 Moz in NRM■ Estimated average annual production (first five years): 350,000-450,000 oz■ Estimated average annual CAS (first five years): $450-$550/oz■ Expected initial capital expenditure: $0.85-$1.1 billion (excluding capitalised interest and sunk costs)■ Land access activities in progress■ Major long lead process equipment procured■ Life of mine: ~16 years.Medical support Newmont Ghana has been recognised by the Global Business Coalition (GBC) for its workplace program for HIV/AIDs and malaria. It was awarded best in category for its key initiatives in disease prevention and control.Newmont Ghana was singled out by GBC, not only for the quality of its work but also, notably, because of its reach, which extends beyond the company’s own operations to include contractors, suppliers and local communities. By using a peer education approach to empower individuals both at work and in its wider stakeholder group, the company has been able to widen the net for voluntary counselling and testing on HIV/AIDS. Working in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, the company has also broadened the scope of education and prevention of malaria control through its treated bed net distribution program in its local communities and the workplace.GBC, a worldwide coalition of corporate organizations, including the UN and affiliates such as the World Health Organization (WHO), described the company’s programs as ‘outstanding’. It highlighted success stories such as the company’s malaria program which led to a fall in malaria sufferers from 8% of employees at the start of the program in 2006 to just 1.8% in 2009.“The impact has been deep,” noted GBC President John Tedstrom. “Newmont doesn’t just reach its workers. It also covers families and contractors – a demonstration of the company’s commitment to being a force for good beyond the factory gates.”The malaria workplace program involves a proactive effort in disease control through initiatives such as indoor residual spraying and distribution of long lasting bed nets to a work force of over 5,000 as well as communities around the Ahafo mine operations. This is also backed by an educational campaign on prevention and treatment.The HIV/AIDS program includes voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) services which consist of a wellbeing test for blood pressure and blood sugar. The company annually distributes an average of 72,000 condoms free to employees and contractors. The Peer Educator initiative delivers education on malaria and HIV/AIDS to over 10,000 people each year. IMThis is the fifth article in International Mining magazine’s six-part series on Newmont operations around the world. Read all six, and much more in-depth and first-hand reporting from global mining operations. Get the monthly International Mining in print and/or electronically now.