YEAROPPONENTCHANCE TO WIN VIDEO: LeBron’s supporting cast is playing better than Curry’s LeBron James62.3392-0.3 Source: ESPN’s Basketball Power Index LeBron James is in the NBA Finals for a sixth-consecutive season, and fairly or unfairly, his 2-4 record in the finals will be held up next to Michael Jordan’s 6-0 record and the marks set by other MVPs as evidence of some failing on his part. Jordan got his six, Bill Russell went 11-1, and Kobe Bryant managed a 5-2 record in the finals, but the count-the-rings argument breaks down for a simple reason: LeBron’s teams simply weren’t expected to win many of those series.In fact, LeBron never played for a team that entered the finals with more than a 2-in-3 chance of winning, according to ESPN’s BPI, and he had less than a 33 percent chance to win in three of his finals losses – with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Spurs in 2007 and the Warriors in 2015, and with the Miami Heat against the Spurs in 2014. And in a few of those six seasons, it was a minor miracle that LeBron’s teams made the finals at all given the relative weakness of his supporting cast and team’s odds of advancing throughout the playoffs. 2013San Antonio Spurs66 2014San Antonio Spurs31 Magic Johnson94.0455+1.0 2016Golden State Warriors25 Wilt Chamberlain63.6612-1.6 Shaquille O’Neal63.6604+0.4 By that measure, LeBron’s teams have already made about 2.5 more finals appearances than would be expected given their pre-playoff BPI chances in 11 playoff appearances. But understandably, few are eager to praise one of the greatest players of all time for simply making the finals.This tension between crusty old ring count and more sober statistical outlooks is nothing new, but to reconcile the two we need a tool that goes back further than ESPN’s BPI. Elo ratings, a staple of FiveThirtyEight, are the perfect vehicle by which to investigate further.We pulled the Elo ratings for each team to make the NBA Finals before the series began, accounted for home-court advantage and projected each team’s pre-finals chance of winning. We then compared LeBron to other NBA MVPs who appeared in five or more finals – 10 other all-time greats meet this standard.So how does LeBron stack up?Even after accounting for the pre-finals expectations, it’s not surprising that LeBron’s finals record pales in comparison to Russell’s — 11 titles in 12 finals appearances from 1957 to 1969 — and Jordan’s. Even after accounting for dominance by Russell’s Celtics and Jordan’s Bulls, both players still won about two more titles than expected, given their team’s pre-finals chance to win. Bob Cousy75.5796+0.5 Larry Bird53.0613+0.0 Bill Russell128.672%11+2.4 MVP winners to appear in 5+ NBA Finals Michael Jordan64.0666+2.0 Kobe Bryant74.8695+0.2 Unlike Jordan, who entered the finals with at least a 65 percent chance to win four times, LeBron rarely played for a team that was a prohibitive finals favorite. Meanwhile, he is now about to enter his fifth Finals as an underdog, at least using Elo, something Jordan faced once in his career — when the Bulls had a 46 percent chance to beat the Jazz in 1998. When the Cavs lost last year’s finals with an injury-depleted roster, LeBron had one of the greatest statistical series by a player in NBA history. Not only was he the first player to lead both teams in points, rebounds and assists per game in an NBA Finals, but he nearly single-handedly won Games 2 and 3 for the Cavs.Nonetheless, LeBron and the Cavs again find themselves as big underdogs in this year’s finals. A loss will only continue the narrative of his flopping on the biggest stage, but accounting for his team’s pre-finals expectations, a fifth finals loss would only be about 0.6 more than he should have, given preseries expectations for all seven series.On the other hand, if the Cavs upset the Warriors – which would be the second-biggest upset by any MVP on this list — LeBron will actually have 0.4 more titles than expected, and his three titles in seven finals appearances would have been harder to achieve than Kobe’s five titles in the same number of trips. Or to translate that to sports cliché: LeBron would still have a losing record in the finals, but he’d have earned his rings the hard way. What may be surprising, however, is that LeBron’s teams have won about as many titles as expected (0.3 fewer than expected, to be exact) because his teams simply were not supposed to win many of those series. LeBron had by far the lowest expected series win percentage of any of the stars (39 percent), which is a result of the strength of his teams relative to that of the opponents he’s faced. This brings us to an important point: Because this is based on pre-finals projections, the impressiveness of those aforementioned miracle runs to the finals (such as the 2007 Cavaliers) doesn’t show up in the ledger. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar105.1516+0.9 2012Oklahoma City Thunder51 2011Dallas Mavericks63 2007San Antonio Spurs13% PLAYERFINALS APPEARANCESEXP. WINSEXP. WIN PERCENTAGEACTUAL WINSWINS ABOVE EXP. 2015Golden State Warriors28 LeBron James’s chances to win the NBA Finals Tim Duncan64.1685+0.9
Pete Sampras9193–5695– Mats Wilander5492–150– PLAYERWINSWIN PERCENTAGEWINSWIN PERCENTAGE Boris Becker7387–267– Record in first three rounds of Grand Slam events Bjorn Borg60100%–18100%– Rafael Nadal9995–33100– Jimmy Connors9298–37100– Andy Murray9298–——– Roger Federer14597–6598– Ivan Lendl9799–49100– Novak Djokovic entered his third-round match at Wimbledon on Friday against California-born Sam Querrey as the prohibitive favorite — not just to win, but to win in straight sets. Djokovic had won 30 straight Grand Slam matches, 86 straight matches in “the first week” of Slams — an imprecise phrase meaning the first three rounds, even though the fourth round sometimes starts in the first week — and an astonishing 73 consecutive sets in the first weeks of Slams.But on Saturday, Djokovic exited the match — one day, many rain delays and plot twists and inexplicable misses later — as a surprise loser.Just how big a surprise was it? It depends on what standard you hold Djokovic to. He and his rivals — fellow Big Four members Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — have set an astonishingly high bar for consistency in what we’ll call “should-win matches,” as top-five players in the first week of Slams. Each member of the Big Four has won between 95 and 98 percent of should-win matches. If one of them has entered a major when healthy enough to play, that player has been almost a sure thing to advance to the fourth round.1This doesn’t count withdrawals before matches, such as Nadal’s before his third-round match at the French Open in May.But not all prior men’s tennis stars were nearly so consistent. They had off weeks or struggled at particular tournaments or faced tougher early opponents, back when draws were more open. Pete Sampras, who is tied for second all-time with Nadal as a winner of 14 Grand Slam titles, lost 7 percent of his should-win matches. So did Sampras’s top rival, Andre Agassi. If Djokovic wants help coming to terms with his loss, he can turn to his coach, Boris Becker, who lost 13 percent of his should-win matches. Becker’s contemporaries John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg all lost should-win matches more often than has Nadal, the least consistent of the Big Four early in majors. Andre Agassi7593–2392– AS TOP-FIVE PLAYERAS NO. 1 PLAYER John McEnroe5793–29100– Novak Djokovic10797–4798– Note: Andy Murray has never been ranked No. 1Source: tennisabstract.com Stefan Edberg8191–1292– Djokovic isn’t just a top-five player: He’s the world No. 1. And the world’s best player really should win should-win matches. The loss to Querrey was Djokovic’s first in a should-win match as No. 1. Nadal has never lost one. Federer lost one: to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round of the 2004 French Open. Kuerten was a three-time French Open champ. Querrey has never reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam.But again, these things used to happen more often. Sampras lost three should-wins as a No. 1. Agassi lost two. Becker lost only one — but he played only three. (He was No. 1 for only 12 weeks.)Other factors beyond the numbers might make more sense of Querrey’s win. His great serving, the rain delays, health problems that Djokovic alluded to after the match: All of these probably played a role in the upset. To topple any of the Big Four usually requires lots of things going right for the underdog.
The Vince Young era in Buffalo proved to be short-lived following the arrival of Tarvaris Jackson from Seattle.In a Monday morning tweet, Young thanked Bills fans in what was an apparent signal that he had been cut by the club.“I want to thank the Bills organization for the opportunity,” he wrote, “and wish the organization and my teammates good luck this season.”The Bills confirmed the move on Monday afternoon.The developments come on the same day that Buffalo agreed to a restructured contract with Jackson, completing his trade from the Seahawks, ESPN reported.Young, the former University of Texas star who struggled in the professional ranks, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Bills in May after spending last season with the Philadelphia Eagles.The former Heisman Trophy runner-up and former third overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft had seemingly wrested control of the race to be the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, only to play poorly in the Bills’ 38-7 preseason loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night and change the minds of both coach Chan Gailey and general manager Buddy Nix.Young threw two interceptions in the loss, with the first coming on his first pass attempt en route to completing just 12 of 26 passes for 103 yards in the second half.In three preseason games, Young had completed just 48 percent of his passes for 276 yards and two interceptions without a touchdown. He was also sacked three times and charged with a fumble.Jackson had been scheduled to make $4 million this season, but both sides agreed to reduce that number because the Bills were adamant the price was too high for a backup quarterback.Buffalo signed Fitzpatrick to a six-year, $59 million extension last season, leaving Young to battle Tyler Thigpen for the backup job. Gailey has maintained that he planned to just keep one backup quarterback because the No. 3 spot would be reserved for wide receiver/Wildcat specialist Brad Smith.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland, 26No player epitomizes the World Cup’s ability to rejuvenate a player’s brand as much as Switzerland’s pocket-sized tank, Xherdan Shaqiri. After Shaqiri’s lackadaisical season for Stoke City, which was relegated from the Premier League, it looked as though his career trajectory — from Bayern Munich and Inter Milan to the second rung of English soccer — would continue to be downward. But that course may have been reversed in Russia as Shaqiri led Switzerland to the knockout round — notching a goal, an assist and a team-high 10 chances.It may well be the case that Liverpool intended to purchase Shaqiri regardless of his showing in Russia, but the team’s acquisition of the Swiss winger will definitely go down better with supporters after a series of performances in Russia that FiveThirtyEight’s model found were similar to those of Argentina’s Pablo Aimar in 2002 and the iconic Zinedine Zidane of France in 1998. Breakout performances seemed to be everywhere at the 2018 World Cup — young talents were launched to international fame, and established players had their names crystallized on the world stage. The world’s biggest soccer tournament gives players a chance to shine outside the club-level paradigm of consistency and — apart from the English Premier League — a largely domestic audience. On the back of a few impressive performances, players like CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin, one of the key players in Russia’s run to the quarterfinals, can earn themselves the chance to move to one of Europe’s top clubs, even if this recruitment trend is less common than it once was.Using FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup Doppelganger tool, which analyzes the statistical footprint of every player to feature in the world’s biggest tournament since 1966, we can compare the breakout talents of 2018 to their historical counterparts:Kylian Mbappé, France, 19 years oldKylian Mbappé’s talent has been known by soccer’s inner sanctum for the best part of a decade: Europe’s biggest clubs have been circling like sharks since he was just 10 years old. While his performance in this tournament, culminating in being crowned the tournament’s best young player, may come as no surprise to those who knew of him, this summer’s World Cup has turned the French speedster into a global phenomenon.Mbappé’s electric ability to create space and dribble progressively defines his output from the tournament, making his closest historical analogue the 1998 World Cup performance by Denmark’s Brian Laudrup, who was a similarly dazzling dribbler. In Russia, Mbappe thrived on the counterattack for France while playing at right wing, but he may yet transition to a role in the center of the field. If that happens, the predictions of many that he is heir apparent to Thierry Henry may well bear fruit. Kieran Trippier, England, 27England finally met pre-tournament dark horse expectations by making it to the semifinal this year. And even though Harry Kane took home the golden boot, the Englishman who really made a name for himself was a right back: Kieran Trippier.Trippier’s willingness to cross the ball is a throwback to a quintessentially English style, and that combined with his devastating set-piece delivery added up to a performance that was very similar to David Beckham’s in the 2006 World Cup. And that’s about as complimentary a comparison as Trippier could hope for. Hirving Lozano, Mexico, 22There are few better ways to announce yourself at the World Cup than how Hirving “Chucky” Lozano went about it. In Mexico’s first match of the tournament, Lozano scored the winner against the defending World Cup champions, Germany. Playing on the left with an ability to roam, the diminutive attacker was El Tri’s main ball progressor on the counterattack.The 2014 performance by Juan Cuadrado, who fulfilled a similar role for Colombia, providing a fast outlet for Los Cafeteros on the break, is the second-most-similar performance to Lozano’s in 2018. The 2006 showing of Arjen Robben, the Netherlands’ left-footed dribbler, is the third-most-similar. Romelu Lukaku, Belgium, 25While it may seem odd to class a striker whom Manchester United purchased for nearly $100 million as a “breakout star,” Romelu Lukaku has had his fair share of doubters. No doubt, his performance in Russia has silenced the majority of them: The towering striker’s intelligent movement and incisive hold-up play complemented a 4-goal haul.The 2010 performance of Miroslav Klose, who is the top World Cup goal-scorer of all time, is the most similar historically to Lukaku’s 2018 outing, while the 2006 showing by the explosive Brazilian Adriano is third-closest.
Lantern file photoOhio State will pay Urban Meyer and his football coaching staff a total of $7.57 million in salary for the 2013 season, an OSU spokesman confirmed in an email to The Lantern on Tuesday.Meyer’s salary in 2013 will be $4.16 million, up from the $4 million he earned in 2012, according to the email.For the first time in OSU football history, the university will pay three assistant coaches more than $500,000 each, according to the spokesman. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell will make $600,000, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers will make $580,000 and offensive coordinator Tom Herman will make $550,000.The OSU spokesman said in the email that Fickell’s $750,000 salary in 2012 was a transitional salary from the 2011 season when he served as interim head coach. According to the spokesperson, it was “pre-determined that his 2013 salary would be market driven and more in alignment with the rest of the Ohio State assistant coaches’ salaries.”Withers and Herman each received $130,000 raises above their 2012 salaries.The increase in Meyer’s salary makes him the nation’s fifth-highest paid coach in 2013, according to the Columbus Dispatch, who first reported the story.Every coach except Fickell will make more next season than they did in 2012. Offensive line coach and co-offensive coach Ed Warinner will be paid $364,000 in 2013, a $14,000 raise from 2012.Special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs has a $300,000 salary for 2013 and running backs coach Stan Drayton will make $295,000. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel and tight ends coach Tim Hinton each have $286,000 salaries for 2013. Those four coaches had $275,000 salaries in 2012, the spokesman said in the email.The lowest-paid assistant coach on Meyer’s staff is wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Smith will make $155,000 in 2013, a $5,000 raise from 2012.Overall, OSU will pay their coaching staff $354,000 more than they did in 2012, when the total salary of the coaching staff was $7.22 million.The Dispatch report also indicated that none of Ohio State’s coaches have contracts running past the 2014 season. Fickell, Coombs, Vrabel, Hinton and Smith are under contract for 2013 only, while Withers, Herman, Warinner and Drayton have contracts that run through 2014.
Then-Duke freshman guard Kianna Holland takes a shot during the Blue/White Scrimmage Oct. 27 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State women’s basketball program got an early boost to its 2014-15 season Thursday.Coach Kevin McGuff announced the signing of two transfers from the 2013 class in guard Kianna Holland from Duke and forward Shayla Cooper from Georgetown.Both players will be eligible for competition the day after final examinations of 2014 Fall Semester, per NCAA transfer rules.“We didn’t necessarily come into this time of year looking to add anyone but we were certainly excited about the opportunity when specifically Shayla and Kianna became available because both of them bring the right type of character that we want in the program as people, and certainly as basketball players,” McGuff said Thursday. “They fit our style of play, and kind of where we’re trying to go with the program.”OSU (11-7, 1-1) currently has three seniors on the roster in forward Martina Ellerbe and centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, and one redshirt-senior in center Aleksandra Dobranic. This season’s leading scorer, sophomore Ameryst Alston is set to return.McGuff said he’s excited to have both players in the program moving forward, adding that Holland’s ability as a shooter is huge for the team.“(Holland’s) a good athlete, she’s quick,” McGuff said. “She really shoots the ball well. She can really make shots from the perimeter. She can score.”Holland originally committed to OSU in March 2011 before rescinding that decision in August to attend Duke. She did not play in a game for the Blue Devils this season, though. She is coming off surgery for compartment syndrome in her leg, but McGuff said she practiced for the first time Wednesday and is “not limited in any way.”Cooper, who McGuff likened to be similar in size to current junior guard Raven Ferguson but calling her “a little bit bigger,” played in two games at Georgetown this season, totaling 32 points and 17 rebounds.“(Cooper’s) got a great motor and she plays really hard and she plays with a lot of aggression,” McGuff said. “She’s a tough kid and she can make shots too. The good news about her too is that her game’s still evolving in a positive way.”McGuff said Cooper’s decision to transfer was after her coach at Georgetown, Keith Brown, resigned following an investigation into allegations that he verbally abused his players.No matter how they got to OSU, McGuff feels lucky to have them.“We were very fortunate. I think both of them look at Ohio State in a very positive light because of what we did in the fall and what we’ve been able to accomplish with some of the kids we have here. Kind of like, you get some momentum going with the program and it certainly helps in these situations,” he said.Neither Holland, Cooper nor anyone else on the women’s basketball team was made available for comment on the transfers Thursday.
“The first of your victims was a timid young woman. I entirely accept her account that you grabbed her with one hand round the neck and the other on her groin, in between her legs.”After this you told her that you are a strong man. Fortunately she was able to fight back.”The woman cried after, she says she doesn’t know what you would have done if you weren’t so drunk. Plainly she was very frightened by what happened, this was a nasty experience.”Regarding the second victim, the judge said: “You began touching her and kissing her on the neck. Her jeans and belt were undone also.”She was extremely upset, hysterical and barely able to talk. She said you were a monster and feels embarrassed by what happened.”Judge Parkes added: “You were so drunk that in both cases fortunately you were not able to take things further. You are a man who is very well respected and well loved at Park House Stables.”Now you have resigned and I’m sure you will find another job in the racing world because you’re clearly talented.”Phillips must complete a 60-day rehabilitation course for alcohol and carry out 160 hours of unpaid work as part of his one-year community order. A senior member of staff at a renowned stables that trains horses for the Queen has been convicted of sexually assaulting two women while he was drunk and “not in control”.Richard Phillips, who was described by a judge as a “well respected and well-loved” figure at Park House Stables, has been given a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victims, one of whom described him as a “monster”.The 44-year-old grabbed a “timid young woman” by the groin, with one hand around her neck, after she refused to have sex with him and told her “he is a strong man” before saying that “nobody would hear them”, a court heard.Just weeks later, Phillips sexually abused another young woman by groping her breasts and attempted to pull down her trousers while kissing her neck. Following the assaults, Phillips left his senior job at the stables, owned by the family of TV presenter Clare Balding, in the village of Kingsclere, Hampshire.Park House Stables was bought by Balding’s grandparents in 1953 and has since trained many successful thoroughbred horses.It currently trains horses owned by the Queen as well as Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager. Ms Balding’s brother Andrew, 43, became the licensed trainer at the 1,500-acre site in January 2003 after succeeding their father, Ian.Phillips, of North Sydmonton, near Kingsclere, denied two counts of sexual assault but was convicted by a jury at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire.He remained emotionless as he was given a one-year community sentence and restraining order.Simon Jones, prosecuting, told the court that Phillips approached his first victim while drunk and asked her “if she wanted some fun”.”The defendant approached her and she could tell he had too much to drink,” he said. “He asked her if she wanted some fun.”He grabbed her neck and her groin and tried to force her over. He told her nobody would hear – however, she pushed him away and he fell.”Mr Jones said Phillips groped the second victim, adding: “He was touching her breasts and had undone her belt as if to pull her trousers down. Both these attacks were unwarranted and unnecessary contact from this man.”The court heard how both attacks happened during or after social events on separate evenings. She was extremely upset, hysterical and barely able to talk. She said you were a monsterJudge Richard Parkes QC Both these attacks were unwarranted and unnecessary contact from this manSimon Jones, prosecuting Guy Draper, defending, said Phillips had a problem with alcohol that has caused his only long-term relationship to fall apart, adding that during both attacks he was so drunk “he was not in control”.Mr Draper said: “It’s clear that Mr Phillips was very drunk after consuming large amounts of alcohol. Since the incidents he has not had any alcohol for five months. His consumption of alcohol had reached such a peak he was not in control.”His life has fallen apart from alcohol, his only long-term relationship because of his consumption of alcohol, as it is somewhat a problem.”Passing sentence, Judge Richard Parkes QC said: “It’s clear you enjoy your drink and there’s nothing wrong with that, but when you assault young ladies it becomes a problem. Richard Phillips, pictured leaving Winchester Crown Court, was ordered to complete a 60-day rehabilitation course and carry out 160 hours of unpaid work as part of his one-year community orderCredit:Solent 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 Duke of Cambridge has spoken of how he wishes he could ask his late mother’s advice today, disclosing his sadness that his own young family will never meet her.The Duke, whose mother Diana, Princess of Wales, died 20 years ago this August, said he would have loved her to meet his wife, Catherine, and watched children Prince George and Princess Charlotte grow up. Prince William and his daughter Princess Charlotte He added: “It has taken me almost twenty years to get to that stage. I still find it difficult now because at the time it was so raw. “And also it is not like most people’s grief, because everyone else knows about it, everyone knows the story, everyone knows her. “It is a different situation for most people who lose someone they love, it can be hidden away or they can choose if they want to share their story.”The interview was conducted by Alastair Campbell, the former Labour spin doctor who has made his own video for Heads Together discussing his depression.The Duke was photographed at home by Norman Jean Roy, along with the Duchess and their two children. The Cambridge family Prince George and Princess Charlotte at the wedding of their aunt, Pippa Middleton “I could not do my job without the stability of the family,” the Duke said. “Stability at home is so important to me. I want to bring up my children in a happy, stable, secure world and that is so important to both of us as parents. “I want George to grow up in a real, living environment, I don’t want him growing up behind palace walls, he has to be out there.“The media make it harder but I will fight for them to have a normal life.” Prince William with his mother, Diana “I rely on people around me for opinions, and I am a great believer in communication on these issues. “I cannot understand how families, even behind closed doors, still find it so hard to talk about it. I am shocked we are so worried about saying anything about the true feelings we have. “Because mental illness is inside our heads, invisible, it means others tread so carefully, and people don’t know what to say, whereas if you have a broken leg in plaster, everyone knows what to say.”The full interview appears in the July issue of British GQ, on sale from June 1, and available to download from May 30. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess CharlotteCredit:Norman Jean Roy/GQ In an interview with GQ magazine, to publicise charity Heads Together, he said stability at home is “so important” to his family, vowing to bring his children up outside palace walls, just as his mother tried to do with him. Saying the bereavement had been “so raw”, particularly in the limelight, he confirmed is has taken nearly 20 years for him to become comfortable speaking about it.”I would like to have had her advice, “ he told the magazine. “I would love her to have met Catherine and to have seen the children grow up. It makes me sad that she won’t, that they will never know her.” Of the purpose of the Heads Together Campaign, he said it was intended to “smash the taboo” of speaking about mental illness and eradicate any shame about seeking help. Diana, Princess of Wales, at work in 1997 “I’ve been really shocked how many people live in fear and in silence because of their mental illness,” he said. “I just don’t understand it. “I know I come across as quite reserved and shy, I don’t always have my emotions brewing, but behind closed doors I think about the issues, I get very passionate about things. But, he added, the 20th anniversary of her death, which he and brother Prince Harry will be commemorating this summer, sees him “in a better place about it than I have been for a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, talk about her more honestly, and I can remember her better, and publicly talk about her better.” The interview is out on June 1Credit:Norman Jean Roy/GQ 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 Queen and Prince Philip at Ascot on Tuesday The Duke of Edinburgh He and the Queen were joined by many members of their family, including Charles and Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. He has now left a private hospital in London, quietly slipping out through a back entrance before returning to Windsor by car to rest.He had been admitted to King Edward VII hospital as a precautionary measure, following the advice of a doctor, after becoming ill with an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital after a two night stay, bouncing back from an infection at the age of 96.The Duke had missed the State Opening of Parliament and Royal Ascot over fears for his health. King Edward VII hospital, London Prince Philip at Trooping the Colour on Saturday While there was concern for the Duke given his age, he was said to have been out of bed yesterday and in “good spirits”.A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said today: “I can confirm that The Duke of Edinburgh left hospital this morning.” 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 has enjoyed good health throughout much of his life, recovering from a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and a bladder infection in 2012, the latter leading him to miss the majority of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and spend a period in hospital.His decision to retire from public duties after the summer was not health-related, Buckingham Palace said at the time of the announcement earlier this year.The Duke is an advocate of healthy eating combined with exercise. The Prince of Wales said his father was “getting better” following a meeting with faith leaders at a Finsbury Park mosque in north London on Wednesday afternoon.Buckingham Palace declined to discuss specifics of the Duke’s current condition. He has previously suffered a recurring bladder infection.The Duke was at the Queen’s side on Tuesday for the opening day of Royal Ascot and a source said he was on “good form” during the event. He once said he more or less followed the Atkins diet and he drinks only moderately, and is well-known for his robust constitution.He told a flu expert at a research centre last year that he had not had the illness for 40 years.In a statement issued on Wednesday morning Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.”
A top private school has been accused of “everyday sexism” for an advert showing a boy aiming to be a lawyer or politician and a girl setting her sights on becoming a pop star or a soap opera actress. The £36,000-a-year Ardingly College near Haywards Heath in West Sussex has come in for scathing criticism for a poster that appeared on Brighton and Hove public buses across the county. Running with the slogan “World-Ready”, the advert has been branded politically incorrect for showing a male pupil with labels showing he aspires to be a politician, lawyer or swimmer, while a female counterpart has the tags “vocalist”, “actor”, “writer”.The adverts have been live for a month, but have provoked a hostile reaction from Sussex residents including Rachel Brown who called it ‘entry level sexism’.Another, Tanya Taylor, shared a picture of the poster with the caption, “shame on you Ardingly College” and used the hashtag “everyday sexism” and one mother said she would never send her daughters to the boarding school.But headteacher Ben Figgis said the criticism was wide of the mark, claiming “casual observers” had misinterpreted the advertising campaign. 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 said the tags attached to the boy and girl were “the personal ambitions of the students pictured in the billboard” and that other adverts in the campaign showed different preferences. Mr Figgis said: “The key point about our ads is that the children themselves have chosen the career ambitions that feature alongside them. As a school we have not put words into their mouths, nor would we want to.””We have featured girls aspiring to become scientists and surgeons as well as boys becoming writers and linguists.”Among our girls, one is the head of our engineering project Ardingly Solar, while another recently became a finalist in the UK Space Design competition.”But we also celebrate girls succeeding as artists, musicians and any other ambition they pursue.”The headteacher’s explanations did not wash with many, including Brighton and Hove city councillor Emma Daniel , who said she and her friends had been outraged.She said: “I am sure not intentional but as a politician with a law degree I do find it a little cliche.”Student Joely McEwan said she and her friends were “disgusted” by the advert.The posters appeared on Brighton and Hove Buses, which operate Sussex-wide, and managing director Martin Harris said: “We’re absolutely mortified these adverts have been running on our buses.”We don’t approve of them and weren’t given a chance to review them by the external agency who buys in our advertising. “Normally they bring any potential controversial advert to our attention but this one wasn’t. They will be removed at the first possible opportunity.” An alternative “World-Ready” poster showing the girl aiming to be a linguist, humanitarian or racing driver and the boy a business leader, electronics engineer or sporstman
Speaking about the plant at the opening, Sir David Attenborough said: “Plant species can go extinct and there is one cycad here which is the only one specimen of its kind known.“It is a lonely plant, like the Galapagos tortoise.“Human beings are taking over so much of the planet and the climate is changing so that areas where plants once grew they can’t grow anymore. There is nowhere else for them to go, except they can be kept here.” During the restoration the entire framework of the building at gardens in west London has been repaired, with thousands of panes of glass replaced, along with intricate ironwork and paved flooring.Alan Hodgson, former Kew trainee. Former RHS Editor-in-Chief. Editor of The Garden magazine for 18 years said: “I was a student here in the 70s and I can remember we had to wear hard hats in here the Temperate House, in case we were hit on the head by a lump of rusty cast iron. That was before the first restoration in the 80s.“In bad weather, high winds etc, we weren’t allowed up to the gallery level it was too unsafe. They’ve done a great job.” Describing the Temperate House as ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ Sir David said he had fond memories of escaping to Kew while he was working as controller of BBC Two in the 1960s.“When I had an office job with the BBC, and I used to come down at weekends when I was getting really depressed and take a deep breath because there was a smell of the tropics here,” he said.“And I thought, it’s still out there, those jungles.” Richard Barley, director of horticulture at Kew Gardens, added: “The Temperate House is a glistening cathedral where the new glass allows the sun to stream in and the ironwork has been restored to its glossy best.” The ‘loneliest plant in the world’ has taken centre stage at the newly restored Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.The world’s largest Victorian glasshouse, which dates from 1863, has finally reopened its doors to the public since it closed for major restoration work in August 2013.It is now home to 10,000 plants from the world’s temperate regions, including some of the world’s rarest and most threatened species such as the cycad Encephalartos woodii.Now extinct in the wild, the plant has been dubbed the loneliest in the world because there are no known female specimens with which it can breed. All other examples of the plant are clones and reside in other botanic gardens and all expeditions to find a mate have proved fruitless. The Temperate House opens to the public on May 5. A gardener works in front of the newly restored Victorian Temperate House which has been re-opened to the public following a five year restoration programmeCredit:TOBY MELVILLE REUTERS An interior view of the “Temperate House” at Kew Gardens Credit:ADRIAN DENNIS AFP 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.
Chief coroner Mark Lucraft arrives at the Old Bailey in London for the inquest into the March 2017 Westminster terror attackCredit: Dominic Lipinski/PA The inquest was told Masood would have felt and heard every bang and thud as he struck pedestrians.Gareth Patterson QC, who represents three grieving families, said the images showed Masood was “deliberately targeting pedestrians”.He said it appeared people were being hit like “human bowling pins” and “thrown in the air like rag dolls”. The witness replied: “That’s correct.”Instead, firearms officers were on mobile patrol, the Old Bailey heard. The two colleagues then distract Masood, dressed all in black, allowing Pc Palmer to stand up and try to get away. But by then the fatal blow had already been dealt.The rampage finally came to a halt when Masood, who lived in Birmingham at the time of the attack, was shot three times by a plain clothes officer who had rushed to the scene.At the inquest at the Old Bailey presided over by Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC, the senior officer in charge of the investigation was questioned over the absence of armed officers positioned at the entrance to parliament.Hugo Keith QC, representing the Metropolitan Police, asked Detective Superintendent John Crossley: “He [Masood] had but one sole intention, which was to kill a police officer?” to which the detective replied: “Yes.”Mr Keith went on: “There was no static position for armed officers at that time [at the Carriage Gates], was there?” All police on the Palace of Westminster premises are now routinely armed in the wake of the atrocity.Distressing video footage captured Masood, a knife in each hand, stabbing Pc Palmer as he lay prone against a low wall in Old Palace Yard after he had stumbled backwards as he fled. Kurt Cochran, one of those killed in the Westminster attack, pictured in dashcam footage walking across the bridge with his wife Melissa Credit:Metropolitan Police/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. Pc Keith Palmer was unarmed when he was killed protecting the Palace of Westminster in March 2017 by terrorist Khalid MasoodCredit:PA Unarmed police officers ran for their lives as an Islamist terrorist breached parliamentary security to stab one of their colleagues to death, in harrowing footage shown at the Westminster attack inquest.The first day of the inquest was told how lives were “torn apart” in just “82 seconds of high and terrible drama”.Khalid Masood, 52, went on the rampage in March last year, ploughing into pedestrians as he drove a hire car along Westminster Bridge.Four innocent bystanders died: Kurt Cochran, 54, an American tourist who died saving his wife’s life; Leslie Rhodes, 75, a retired window cleaner on his way back from a hospital appointment; Ayshe Frade, 44, a mother-of-two who worked in a nearby college; and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, whose body was found in the Thames.Masood then sat in the rented Hyundai Tucson SUV for about ten seconds before stumbling out carrying two carving knives, one in each hand. He then “ambled” around the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster and a little over a minute after he began his attack at 2.40pm on March 22 stabbed to death PC Keith Palmer, an unarmed officer guarding parliament.PC Palmer’s death raises serious questions about why police at the time were not carrying weapons while no armed officers were close enough to kill Masood before he could strike. Susannah Stevens, representing the family of PC Palmer, questioned Mr Crossley about which colleagues he had spoken to “when you realised there was an issue about the fact that authorised firearms officers were not in close proximity at the Carriage Gates”.He said he would have discussed it with the Gold Commander for the investigation.The absence of armed officers at the scene will be examined in detail as part of the inquest.Grieving families walked out of the hearing when other disturbing footage showing Masood driving over the bridge was shown.
Scarlett Johansson pulled out of the role as a transgender manCredit:Paramount Pictures Backing down from the role earlier this year, Johansson said she’d “learned a lot” from the trans community and was glad there had been a “larger conversation about diversity and representation in film”. She also told the festival that she would like to be a part of more LGBT films, and hopes they are getting easier to make.“Carol was a real labour of love for me. I’d read the Patricia Highsmith story ages ago, when I was in high school. And the film, I think now would be made in a heartbeat, but eight years ago, it was a very difficult film to get up,” explained. “Two women, both of whom are of lesbian-ish persuasion in the 1950s, which is like ‘who wants to go and see that? Only 12-year-old boys go to movies.’ Thank goodness we’re changing the demographic of the critics who write for Rotten Tomatoes.” “For me if something is difficult to make,” she said, “it’s like a red rag to a bull. It makes me want to make it more.” While it has long been accepted that the job of an actor is to pretend to be someone they are not, some activists have lately admonished non-LGBT actors for taking on roles that do not match their sexuality or gender identity.Cate Blanchett has blamed reality television for this backlash, vowing to “fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief”.The actress, who played a lesbian in Oscar-nominated film Carol, said part of the pleasure of acting is “finding out what makes [the character] tick.”The Lord of The Rings star made her comments during a Q&A at the Rome Film Festival.“I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience,” she said.Blanchett added: “I think reality television and all that that entails had an extraordinary impact, a profound impact on the way we view the creation of character. “I think it provides a lot of opportunity, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”Scarlett Johansson was recently forced to withdraw from a role as a transgender man in the film “Rub & Tug” after backlash from campaigners, while Eddie Redmayne faced criticism for playing a transgender woman in The Danish Girl. “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person,” she said.Actors including Sir Ian McKellen have pointed out that openly gay man has ever won a best actor Oscar, but that straight actors have frequently taken home the coveted trophy for playing LGBT parts.“No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance,” he said in 2016.Referencing straight actors who had played gay men, he said “How clever, how clever. What about giving me one for playing a straight man?”Campaign groups have pointed out that 52 straight people have received Oscar nominations for playing gay characters, including both Blanchett and Rooney Mara for Carol.Blanchett, who recently starred in Ocean’s 8, said playing someone with thoughts and experiences different from her own is one of the joys of her job.She said: “Part of being an actor to me, it’s an anthropological exercise. So you get to examine a timeframe, a set of experiences, an historical event that you didn’t know anything about. 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. “But also I’m about to play a character whose political persuasions are entirely different to my own, but part of the pleasure is trying to work out what makes her tick.”
Professor Stephen Harris was said to have “ambushed” Mr Adams’ appeal against conviction by producing documents relating to his rival expert evidence Dr Daryl Hamilton Wallace half way through the case. George Adams, 67, was found guilty of using hounds to kill a fox despite the scientist who gave the main evidence against him being accused of “bias”. Peter Glenser QC, defending, told the court it was the second time during a hunting trial that evidence had emerged relating to the retired professor’s links to the… A professor employed as an independent witness in a hunting prosecution tried to discredit opposing witnesses using secret “intelligence files” from the League Against Cruel Sports.
If it is that head of State, David Granger, cannot from a list of 18 persons select one to head the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), then perhaps he is not a ‘fit and proper’ person to make the selection, since many of the persons already identified are technically even more competent than him and several of his Cabinet Ministers.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger during a previous engagementFormer President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo made the scathing observation on Wednesday when he addressed members of the local media corps and expressed his dissatisfaction over the recent statements made by President Granger.He said, “if our President cannot find from18 persons, 18 persons who are all professionals, who have some standing in society, who have demonstrated independent positions and actions, who are impartial, (if) he cannot find a single person—most of them are more technically qualified than the President himself and most of his ministers—can’t find a single of 18 fit and proper, then something is wrong not with those people anymore or the process, something is wrong with him, and maybe he is not fit and proper to make the selection.”It is now five weeks since Jagdeo submitted his third list of nominees for the post, but so far, there has been no definitive word from the President’s Office as to when he would go ahead and make the appointment.“The Honourable Chief Justice has published an opinion and I have been studying that opinion and looking at the decisions that I have to make,” President Granger told media operatives on Wednesday while noting that her opinion does not interfere with his rights.“It was quite clear that among everything she has written, she has not interfered with the President’s rights guaranteed by the Constitution to select a person ‘fit and proper’ and I think that in that regard, I will continue to do what the Constitution guarantees me to do- which is to select someone fit and proper,” he posited.Moreover, the President noted his intention to meet with the Opposition Leader “next week if he is available” with regards to the matter.Despite the President indicating that he wanted to meet with the Opposition leader following the written ruling issued by the Chief Justice, the Opposition leader told reporters, “nobody said anything about the ruling interfering with his authority to appoint a fit and proper person.”Jagdeo was adamant that the President has an obligation to not only respect but to apply the contents of the ruling in his decision to appoint a GECOM chairman with regards the list submitted.The Opposition Leader in criticizing the positions adopted by the President questioned how long will the charade be upheld in face of the High court ruling.Jagdeo also questioned the need for another meeting that the President is calling for, but nevertheless indicated his willingness to attend.He told media operatives that he is respectful of the office of the President and as such will meet and given the deviation from previous communications regarding the rejection of previous lists, his fingers are crossed that this time around the meeting would be to inform him of a decision taken.Thus far, Jagdeo has submitted three lists of six names each to the President, for one person to be selected as the new Chairman of GECOM. However, the first and second lists have been rejected by the President. The President had maintained that Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana prescribes for the Chairman of the Elections Commission to be “a person who holds or who has held office as a judge of a court…or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person…”As such, businessman Marcel Gaskin had moved to the court to seek clarity on the constitutional requirement for the appointment of a GECOM Chairperson.Recently, acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire ruled against President Granger’s interpretation of the Constitution for the appointment of a GECOM chairperson, saying that there was no preference for judicial persons.The third list of names submitted for consideration include: Major General (Rtd) Joseph Singh, Teni Housty, Sanjeev Datadin, Ms Annette Arjoon-Martins, Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiaspora urges President Granger to appoint GECOM Chair without any further delaysSeptember 21, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: Jagdeo says AFC cannot deny its role in the unilateral selection of PattersonNovember 14, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President says Constitution does not require him to give reasons for rejecting nomineesOctober 23, 2017In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’We will bring back progress to this country’- PPP/C presidential candidateJanuary 21, 2019In “latest news”Ali promises to restore lost hope of GuyaneseMarch 4, 2019In “latest news”Ali calls on supporters to return PPP to officeMarch 11, 2019In “latest news” PPP Presidential candidate, Irfaan AliPresidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Ifraan Ali, in expressing his gratitude towards his Party for electing him to the helm, said that he sees himself as part of “a broader team that will advance an agenda, which has as its primary focus, the people of our country.”Moreover, in a statement, Ali expounded “that I commit, fully, to the programme of the Party, as it relates to delivering greater prosperity and progress for all our people, regardless of race, religion or gender, as well as to ensure the advancement of our nation.”Ali said the years of experience that he has working under various capacities within the Party, Parliament and in Government has positioned him to tackle “some of the most severe challenges facing our people and country – the increasing levels of joblessness, increasing debt, deteriorating investor confidence, poor performance of the economy, poor implementation of the PSIP, incompetence in government, the diminishing of welfare programmes that benefited vulnerable groups, ill-informed decisions and taxation policies that has affected key sectors.”See his full statement below:I am humbled to have been selected by my Party as the presidential candidate. I wish to express my sincerest gratitude to the leadership of the Party for reposing in me their confidence.I also thank the thousands, in and out of the Party, who have publicly and privately encouraged me to seek the Party’s nomination. I see myself as part of a broader team that will advance an agenda, which has as its primary focus, the people of our country.The assurance of my comrades, who also contested for the candidacy, to working as a team is evidence of a collective commitment to a united People’s Progressive Party (PPP).I commit, fully, to the programme of the Party, as it relates to delivering greater prosperity and progress for all our people, regardless of race, religion or gender, as well as to ensure the advancement of our nation.I am glad that the campaign is over. I hope that the rumor-mongering, which was clearlyintended to spread division in our ranks and to disparage me and the other candidates, will now stop.Over the last 20 years, I have served my Party at regional and national levels. My work with the Progressive Youth Organization (PYO), since 1992, has given me a unique perspective of the challenges facing our youths and the opportunities that exist to enable them to activelyparticipate in the governance of our country and being part of the solution.My Party’s decision to select me, as a young person, is testimony to our commitment to not only talk the talk about youth leaders, but actively facilitate this. I have been elected to the leadership of the Party for almost 15 years and served in various capacities, including as Finance Secretary.My grounding in the PPP has imbued me with a deep sense of commitment to the struggles of all our people, especially the vulnerable, and inspired a personal commitment to the people of Guyana.My experience in government has allowed me the opportunity to design and develop strategies and policies, consistent with the PPP’s manifesto, to overcome hurdles in key sectors.My experience at the technical level, at the State Planning Secretariat and as Head of the Caribbean Development Bank Project Implementation Unit (PIU), allowed me the opportunity of overseeing the design, management and implementation of various projects and programmes across Guyana. With seven years of Cabinet experience I was tasked with the management of large-scale projects, which resulted in the delivery of key goods and services to the Guyanese people.I believe that the experience I have acquired, both in government and as the Finance sectorspokesperson for the Parliamentary Opposition, has positioned me to tackle some of the most severe challenges facing our people and country – the increasing levels of joblessness, increasing debt, deteriorating investor confidence, poor performance of the economy, poor implementation of the PSIP, incompetence in government, the diminishing of welfare programmes that benefited vulnerable groups, ill-informed decisions and taxation policies that has affected key sectors.I look forward, with great anticipation and with the support of my comrades to confront themany challenges that lie ahead to ensure that the People’s Progressive Party is returned togovernment so that we can resume the development agenda that will place our people andcountry back on the path of prosperity.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt moving to beef up security in border communities with Venezuela; more CPGs to be formedMarch 5, 2018In “latest news”Community Policing Groups urged to get to the root of crimesApril 1, 2016In “Crime”Systematic gun license programme to be implementedJune 25, 2015In “Business” Members of the Community Policing Groups (CPG) will be increasing their presence at bordering villages in an attempt to ramp up security in those far-flung locations.Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan told media that mechanisms were put in place to establish more community policing groups as well as police stations in Regions One, Seven and Nine.“We must emphasize, because of the developments in the border area, more police stations, more CPG group formations in these communities especially when it is hard to get more policemen in these areas…CPGs are now active in villages spanning the hinterland’, Ramjattan noted.Moving forward, the Ministry is expected to increase the number of such groups in the interior regions. Ramjattan noted that these groups have received international support from the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration.Community Policing in Guyana commenced 43 years ago with the aim of harnessing the energy of willing members of communities across Guyana in support of the work of the Police.To date, there are 210 policing groups, consisting of 4255 members. To observe the group’s anniversary this year, a number of activities are scheduled for March and April including a spelling bee competition, women’s conference and a route march.
Metso Minerals will supply a bulk materials handling solution to CBA (Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio). The delivery will be completed within the first quarter of 2009 and is valued at approximately €12 million. The order comprises two bridge reclaimers, one stacker and six belt conveyors. Additionally, it includes electrical services, engineering, erection supervision, operator training, and start-up and commissioning services. This is for the expansion of the bauxite stockyard located in Alumínio, State of Sâo Paulo, Brazil. With the expansion, CBA targets to increase its production from some 400,000 to 475,000 t/y of aluminium. Outotec has been awarded a contract for the supply of an alumina calcination plant, at a value exceeding €40 million. Outotec’s scope of delivery covers the engineering, supply and construction of a circulating fluid bed calcination plant with a capacity of 1,600 t/d of alumina. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled for June 2009. CBA belongs to Votorantim Group and is the biggest integrated aluminum manufacturer in the world, with a total annual production of 470,000 t of primary aluminum. The new unit will complement the two existing calcination plants, which Outotec delivered in 1984 and 1990, and it will guarantee sufficient supply of alumina also for CBA’s further expansion planned for a production of 570,000 t/y of aluminum by 2010. Outotec’s President and CEO Tapani Järvinen said: “This is our third alumina calciner delivery to the same customer. Our experience and reputation of offering first class alumina technology, combined with reliable project execution, helped to secure this contract and firmly establish Outotec’s position as one of the leading technology providers for the aluminum industry. In June we announced the delivery of two alumina calciners to Russia and several technology deliveries to China.”
Macquarie Research says that Rio Tinto is looking to almost double its coal production in Queensland in the next eight years, taking advantage of planned improvements in rail and port infrastructure, according to Hubie van Dalsen, Managing Director of Rio’s coal unit. “Our aim is to lift our Queensland production from 21 Mt of thermal and coking coal last year to 40 Mt/y by 2015” he said on Friday. Construction work started on Friday at the $950 million Clermont mine in central Queensland, which is expected to produce ~12 Mt/y of thermal coal from 2012, replacing Rio’s nearby Blair Athol mine.
Acquisition will accelerate growth in the Sub-Saharan region and the global mining and mineral processing industry – Rockwell Automation has agreed to purchase Hiprom, a leading process control and automation systems integrator headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hiprom customers include the top global mining firms with precious metal and coal operations in the Sub-Saharan region.Hiprom’s management team and all its 100 employees will join the Rockwell Automation Systems & Solutions business unit.“This acquisition accelerates the growth of Rockwell Automation’s business in the Sub-Saharan region and further expands our customer presence in the global mining and mineral processing market,” said Hedwig Maes, President of Rockwell Automation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region.“Hiprom customers will continue to receive the high level of service they currently enjoy, and gain more direct access to the complete portfolio of Rockwell Automation products, services and solutions,” said Hein Hiestermann, Hiprom Managing Director and CEO. “Rockwell Automation customers will benefit from the expanded portfolio of application solutions, expertise and delivery capacity, specifically within the global mining and mineral processing market.” “Strategically, this acquisition further strengthens our global project management and delivery capabilities and adds critical mass for our delivery of customer solutions in the rapidly growing Sub-Saharan market as well as globally in the mining, metals and minerals industries,” said Terry Gebert, Vice President and General Manager, Rockwell Automation Systems & Solutions business. “We look forward to a successful integration of the Hiprom domain expertise, project management and engineering talent into our global systems and solutions team.”“Due to the improving global economy and increasing worldwide consumer demand, energy and commodity metal prices should continue to rise in the long-term, which will result in additional capital and operational expenditures for new and retrofit automation projects,” according to Craig Resnick, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group. “The acquisition of Hiprom should help Rockwell Automation to best leverage these market trends, as well as add some complementary geographic and vertical industry capabilities that will benefit its entire solutions portfolio.”