Photo Attribution: USATSIIn case you’ve been on another planet for the last week, here’s a summary of the five-part series Sports Illustrated did on Oklahoma State.Part 1 — Some backups took money from some unnamed boosters.Part 2 — There might have been cheating going on among some of the tutors and some rogue advisors but we can’t prove it. Oh, and we screwed up some of the years the people we wrote about were in school.Part 3 — College kids do drugs. Bo Bowling is a star.Part 4 — College kids do sex.Part 5 — A few football players over a 12-year time period were upset with how their lives played out and were looking for someone (or some entity) to blame it on.Did I catch you up adequately?Somebody on Twitter today told me I wasn’t even considering if any of this happened and that my objectivity had flown out the window. No, I think most of it did happen which is also why I think Sports Illustrated looks so foolish!Reason No. 1 why SI looks foolish: Five parts and still zero physical evidence. That’s insane.Reason No. 2 why SI looks foolish: If everything in here happened — and I’m willing to believe it did even though our physical evidence-less sources are more questionable than John Potter in a free throw contest — I was simply told that there were a few one-off occurrences of improper behavior over the course of 12 years at a major Division I football school (according to SI, “a powerhouse”!)Do you understand the silliness of SI not pointing at systematic failure?Or the ridiculousness of not using all these second-stringers to point to a big fish like Justin Blackmon or Dez Bryant. I mean, my gosh, if you do a five-part series on improprieties at Oklahoma State and you can’t prove that Dez Bryant did anything wrong outside of insinuating that his Academic All-Big 12 status was…uh…not on the up-and-up, you haven’t done your job.The thing before all this started that was really going to bother me was if there was a system in place that Gundy or Miles or Burns or Holder knew about and condoned. Did that happen? Maybe, but SI never showed it to me and didn’t even come close.So would I be OK if everything in this five-part series was 100% true? Sure, because you are a fool to think that a college football program (of all things!) is the essence of a squeaky-clean business.Do I want kids to do drugs and not succeed in life and do I want boosters to give kids money, and by doing so showing them that their participation in illicit behavior is valued above their ability to finish college? No, I don’t.But all SI showed me is that businesses are often not well-run and like Mike Holder said before all this started, I’m kind of glad SI pointed that out.Because now OSU just has an opportunity to make theirs even better.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Bournemouth demand huge money for Chelsea target Callum Wilsonby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth are demanding huge money to sell Callum Wilson this month.The Daily Star says they want £75m to sell striker Wilson to Chelsea.That sum is a staggering 25 TIMES the amount the Cherries paid Coventry for Wilson in July 2014.And it underlines their resolve to keep hold of the England forward in the current window.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admitted his club would go as high as £50m in order to land their target, who has scored ten goals so far this season.But Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe has since responded by reiterating Wilson is going nowhere this month.That is the club’s public stance. But, behind closed doors, the general consensus of the Bournemouth hierarchy is they would listen to any offer above £70m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is proud to announce that Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars Redford will accept the notable Prince Rainier III Award for their outstanding contributions to the Arts and their exemplary giving back.Mr. and Mrs. Redford will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala in Monaco on September 5, 2015 along with Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga, this year’s Statue Award winner.2015 marks a special year in PGF-USA’s history as the Gala will be held at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco hosted by their Serene Highnesses The Prince and The Princess of Monaco and sponsored by Christian Dior Couture. The choice of this prestigious venue is the result of a strong wish expressed by HSH Princess Charlene to offer a unique setting to Princess Grace’s legacy. The event will also announce the significant increase in collaboration between the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and the Fondation Princesse Grace de Monaco.The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community. Past recipients of the Award include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Glenn Close, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Twyla Tharp, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Cicely Tyson and Dick Van Dyke. The Prince Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient’s choice and a uniquely designed sculpture by artist Alex Soldier.His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco said, “It is my distinct pleasure to host with Princess Charlene this year’s Princess Grace Awards Gala at our home in Monaco, a place that my mother cherished. I am especially honored to welcome our Prince Rainier III Award winners, Mr. Robert Redford and Mrs. Sibylle Szaggars Redford whose work epitomizes what our organization has strived to achieve over the past 33 years.”Robert Redford is one of the most prolific artists of our time with an Award winning career in Acting, Directing and Producing that has spanned six decades and has achieved great success on the big and small screens and the stage. He created iconic characters in classic films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jeremiah Johnson, The Way We Were, The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor, The Great Waldo Pepper, Brubaker, A Bridge Too Far, The Natural, Out of Africa, Legal Eagles, Sneakers, Indecent Proposal, Spy Game, Up Close and Personal, All the President’s Men among so many others. Redford’s directorial accomplishments include Ordinary People (DGA Award, Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award), A River Runs Through It (Best Director Golden Globe nomination), and Quiz Show (dual Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director and Golden Globe nomination for Best Director), The Horse Whisperer (Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Director) and many others.Redford received a 1997 National Medal for the Arts from President Clinton and the 2001 Freedom in Film Award as well as a 2002 Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2010 he received the Legion D’Honneur medal, France’s highest recognition from President Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr. Redford has testified on Capitol Hill with Americans for the Arts with whom he fights for arts funding and brings high level decision makers and thought leaders from the public, private and civil sectors together. Some of the many accolades for his environmental advocacy include the 1989 Audubon Medal Award, the 1987 UN Global 500 Award and the 1993 Earth Day International Award.One of Redford’s proudest accomplishments is the Sundance Institute which he founded in 1981 and named for the outlaw he played in the treasured Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Sundance Institute is dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors, directly aligned to the mission of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. The Sundance Film Festival supports 350 new talents each year and is internationally recognized as the single most important showcase of independent cinema. Highlighting the special relationship between Mr. Redford and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA are the more than 50 Princess Grace Awards winners who have had their films shown at the Sundance Film Festival and have worked with the Sundance theater and film labs to develop their work.Sibylle Szaggars Redford has been internationally recognized for her contributions to visual arts, with her work reflecting some of the most crucial global issues of our time. Szaggars was born in Hamburg, Germany. As a teenager, she traveled extensively with her family throughout Europe, Morocco and Malaysia. She already then started to admire the depth and mystery of older cultures and traditions and would record her experiences through painting and sketching.In 2013, Sibylle Szaggars Redford and David Thor Jonsson created a concept for performance art titled “THE WAY OF THE RAIN,” which pays homage to our planet earth and its universal elements. In this piece, Szaggars Redford and Jonsson created a mystical journey combining music, dance, words, light, art and film. This performance piece was brought on to the black box stage of the Hiland Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the Film and Media Festival in July of 2013.In 2014 Sibylle Szaggars Redford formed a new collaboration with the musicians Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, Chuck Palmer, the choreographer Desmond Richardson, the lighting designer Steve Cohen and video editor and projection artist F. Thomas McBee III. Together they created The Way of the Rain – Miami, a new take of the performance which was site specific to the “in the round” venue. The world premiere performance was introduced by the National Young Arts Foundation in Miami, FL. This past January, Szaggars Redford showcased her latest version of “Way of the Rain,” over two nights at the Sundance Film Festival, as one of its official programs, in downtown Salt Lake City. Most recently, Sibylle Szaggars Redford showcased exclusive pieces in an exhibit titled “The Shape of Color & The way of the Rain,” at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA.Sibylle Szaggars Redford has exhibited her work throughout Europe, Monaco, Peru, Singapore, Japan and the United States.Past winners of the Awards for theater, dance and film who distinguish themselves in their artistic disciplines since receiving their initial Princess Grace Awards are eligible to win the Princess Grace Statue Award. This year, Cary Fukunaga, Emmy Award winning director and writer will be receiving this honor. A Princess Grace Awards recipient in 2005, Fukunaga wrote and directed his first film, Sin Nombre, with the support of both the Foundation and the Sundance Lab. The film garnered multiple awards including the esteemed Sundance Directing Award. He went on to direct the classic hit film Jane Eyre in 2011 and the first season of HBO’s True Detective for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2014. Fukunaga’s next film, Beasts of No Nation, which he wrote and directed, will be released on Netflix in 2015. This year Cary was selected to sit on the Sundance Film Festival jury for dramatic features. In addition to a $25,000 unrestricted cash gift, Fukunaga will be presented with a bronze statue of Princess Grace created by the Dutch artist Kees Verkade.PGF-USA Executive Director Toby Boshak said, “Cary Fukunaga has inspired us from the day we received his submission for a Princess Grace Award ten years ago. His immense talent has only grown over the course of his impressive career and we are thrilled to honor him with our Statue Award this year. “
Rabat – “Women who reject the Hijab are stupid, naïve and ignorant,” these were the words of Egypt’s former Mufti, (top interpreter of religious edicts issued by Muslim clerics), Sheik Ali Gomaa, speaking on live television.The Islamist jurist joined the debate around Islamic headscarves in Egypt with some very surprising comments that have raised fears among moderate Egyptians.“They think they know everything but they don’t,” he said regarding those who deny the obligation of women to wear Hijab during an appearance on Egyptian television CBC. “A woman who denies Hijab is ignorant and knows nothing about her religion. Those who know the religion are the Islamic scholars who studies and memorized the Quran, the Sunnah, and the Hadith, the Islamic Sharia and the Arabic Language,” he added.Egypt’s ex-grand Mufti has divided non-Hijabi women into two groups: sinners and infidels.According to him, sinners are those who acknowledge Hijab as a must, but fail to adopt it, while Infidels are those who openly challenge the concept of mandatory Hijab.Gomaa, who was appointed as Mufti by the toppled President Mubarak in 2003, a position that he maintained until 2013, has become one of the most explicitly anti-extremist clerics in mainstream Sunni Islam. He is known for making progressive controversial remarks on democracy, female genital mutilation, and other issues.However, his recent comments about Hijab created controversy in Egypt amid fears that moderate mainstream scholars are now giving their blessing to new institutionalized Islamism, according to Nervana1.org.
The Security Council today authorized the establishment of an African protection and training mission in Somalia to help defend the troubled country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs).The new force, which will be set up by the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African group, has an initial mandate of six months, according to a resolution adopted unanimously by the Council.The Council said it was acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter in authorizing the peacekeeping mission.No countries bordering Somalia will be able to deploy troops in the force, which is to be known as IGASOM and is being created amid mounting international concern at the lack of progress in peace talks between the TFIs and the Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the capital, Mogadishu.The mission is charged with: protecting members of the TFIs, including the Government; training those institutions’ security forces to provide their own security and help re-establish national security forces; maintaining security in Baidoa, where the TFIs are based; monitoring progress on dialogue between the TFIs and the Islamic Courts; and ensuring the free movement and safety of all those involved in the dialogue process.Under the resolution, the arms embargo on Somalia has been partially lifted to allow the supply of “weapons and military equipment and technical training and assistance intended solely for” the new force.Council members also stressed that they consider the TFIs and the Transitional Federal Charter to “offer the only route to achieve peace and stability in Somalia,” which has not had a functioning national government since the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled in 1991.The resolution urged both sides to resume peace talks immediately, and warned that the Council would take action against anyone who tries to block peaceful dialogue or overthrow the TFIs by force.Last week Council members adopted a resolution condemning the recent spike in Somalia’s weapons trade and extending the mandate by six months of a group of experts charged with monitoring the flow of arms.
It has been a big year for Christine Alic.In addition to celebrating her 50th birthday, the Administrative Assistant for Custodial and Grounds Services was one of several Brock employees who graduated this week.Seven years of balancing two courses per semester and working full time at Brock finally paid off for Alic when she graduated Tuesday with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography.“There were times I fantasized about quitting,” she said. “I worked longer hours at work so I could attend daytime classes and I was often up until two or three in the morning reading textbooks and writing papers. I was so tired and frustrated that my degree was taking so long, but I stuck with it.”As many Brock employees do, Alic took advantage of the University’s tuition waiver, choosing to study Human Geography because of her lifelong interest in how humans and the planet affect each other.“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was younger, so I didn’t go to university,” she said. “When I read some of the course outlines for Human Geography, it sounded like a whole bunch of everything I was interested in — history, politics, sociology and culture.”As she crossed the Convocation stage, Alic felt a huge sense of accomplishment.“It was a good feeling,” she said. “For seven years, I put everything I had into my classes. I gave up a lot of free time for my degree. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m going to have to learn to spread out my activities — I don’t have to cram in everything I want to do all at once.”Along with Alic, several other Brock employees graduated this week.Marion Barbas, Admissions Officer with the Registrar’s Office, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Labour Studies. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Graduating Student Award — Labour Studies, which is awarded to the student with highest major average in the Department of Labour Studies.Barbas’ original plan of taking one general Humanities course quickly escalated after learning about Labour Studies.“I overheard a group of students talking about how great LABR 1F90 is and how everyone should be required to take it in first year,” she said. “I declared Labour Studies as my major before the course even came to completion.”Bryan Boles, Associate Vice-President, Ancillary Services, graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resources.Boles is thankful for the opportunity to continue his education in a university focused on experiential learning.“I’m a big believer in continuous learning and would encourage anyone with the opportunity to keep learning,” he said.Tyler Harrison, Club and Camp Co-ordinator for Brock Sports, graduated with a Master of Arts in Sport Management.As a student, Harrison was instrumental in engaging the Brock Sports fan base and the ‘We Are Ready’ campaign. When asked what he plans to do with his degree, Harrison said that he’s “looking forward to continuing to pursue my passion to work in intercollegiate sport here in Canada and abroad.”Daniel Lonergan, Senior Experiential Education Co-ordinator with Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, graduated with an MBA in Human Resources.Lonergan plans to use his experience from the MBA program to “continue strengthening the experience for current and future MBA students from an experiential learning point of view,” he said.Erin Plyley, Academic Advisor with the Faculty of Education and part-time instructor in the Teacher Education program, graduated with a Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Development.Plyley is happy and proud to be a “Badger for life,” she said.“Starting as a Brock student and now having the opportunity to work with students on a daily basis is something I’m grateful for. I love what I do and the incredible students I have met.”Catharine Pelletier, Senior Platoon Supervisor with Campus Security Services, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She was the recipient of the Cara Chefurka Memorial Book Prize, which is awarded to the student with the highest graduating average in Psychology at Spring Convocation.Sarah Andrews, Communications Operator and Dispatcher with Campus Security Services, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.Phil Alexander, Academic Advisor with the Student Success Centre, graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Adult Learning.Kristen Nilsen, Change Management Co-ordinator with Human Resources, graduated with a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Administration and Leadership in Education.Henry Gerbrandt, Program Services Co-ordinator with the Student Success Centre, graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting with first-class standing.Gerbrandt says that he’s “thankful for all of the support I received as a student and staff member,” he said.
13Indianapolis Colts91.760.5 6Pittsburgh Steelers94.665.4 John Elway sees a Hall of Fame quarterback every time he looks in the mirror. So you can imagine the frustration of the Denver Broncos’ general manager that he hasn’t been able to spot a new franchise QB since Peyton Manning left town three years ago.When the Broncos open the 2019 season, Joe Flacco is expected to be the fifth player to get a crack at the position since the 2015 campaign that culminated in a Super Bowl victory. Flacco’s signing came as a shock to Case Keenum, the team’s starting quarterback last year. But it should hardly have been a surprise given that, in Elway’s eight years in charge of the team’s roster, he has already cycled through seven different starting QBs.1This includes both of Brock Osweiler’s stints as starter, in 2015 and 2017, which were separated by a season in Houston. Flacco hardly seems a long-term answer entering his age-34 season — or an answer at all given that he’s 39th out of 42 qualifying starters in yards per pass attempt over the past three seasons, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.The Broncos are 29th out of the 32 teams in Total Quarterback Rating2Total QBR is a metric on a 0-to-100 scale that incorporates all of the quarterback’s contributions to winning on all of his plays, adjusting for opponent quality. since the start of the 2016 season. And the teams behind them — the Jets, Cardinals and Browns — drafted quarterbacks in 2018 with top-10 picks. 26Chicago Bears85.547.5 9Minnesota Vikings98.862.2 2Atlanta Falcons105.971.7 20Baltimore Ravens82.750.2 Most of Denver’s success in this time frame came with Manning under center. He delivered consistency and success (45-12 regular-season record) to a franchise that hasn’t seen the same quarterback start five seasons in a row since Elway did it himself. So a more impressive showing may belong to the Houston Texans, who somehow posted a 51.2 winning percentage despite starting eight different quarterbacks. The Texans finally seem to have found their long-term answer: Deshaun Watson, for whom they traded up from the 25th slot in the 2017 draft. The Broncos had a higher selection to trade that year (20th) but held it to select tackle Garett Bolles.One of Elway’s problems is that even without Manning, the Broncos have not been bad enough to be in position to draft a top quarterback. This year, they’re slated to pick 10th — behind both the Giants and Jaguars. But with a 20-28 record over the past three seasons, they’re not overcoming bad QB play, either.If Flacco does take over as signal-caller, this would be the second year in a row that the Broncos will have looked to another team for its starting QB. That’s an unconventional path to finding a signal caller given that last year, with Keenum, Denver was one of just four teams3Along with Minnesota, New Orleans and Washington. to have a passing leader by attempts who had ever played with another club.Elway has tried drafting quarterbacks, too, selecting presumed Manning replacement Brock Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 draft, Trevor Siemian in the seventh round in 2015 and 26th-overall selection Paxton Lynch — Elway’s one first-round quarterback pick — a year later. Despite the opportunity to learn tips and tricks from Elway, who mastered the position at a Hall of Fame level, none of those players is currently on Denver’s roster.Elway had a chance last year to spend a premium pick on a quarterback but passed on Josh Allen and Josh Rosen. That was after being beaten to the punch by the Jets for the quarterback he was rumored to prefer among all others in 2018, Sam Darnold.4The Jets traded ahead of Denver to select Darnold.When he took the job, Elway expected that a consensus franchise quarterback would have to be acquired with a top-five-overall pick. He also believed that one could be developed with the right supporting cast, including the coaching staff. But he did not sound like someone who knew what to look for.“You look for those traits that you see in each quarterback that you believe can translate into a franchise guy,” Elway told the Denver Post in 2011. “There’s the stuff you can see on film, but there’s so much more that you can’t see on film.”Flacco has a reputation for being big-armed like Elway, who was famed for imprinting the “Elway Cross” into the chests of his receivers with the velocity of his perfect spirals. But that element to Flacco’s game has faded in recent years: Since 2016, he ranks 37th out of 41 quarterbacks in Raw QBR on passes 20-plus yards from the line of scrimmage.Yet Elway seems content to bet on Flacco’s reversing the team’s fortunes at least in the short term. Does Elway see something in Flacco that few others can, given how widely the transaction has been panned? Or is it possible that one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history just can’t judge or develop quarterbacks?Cognitive scientist Sian Beilock, the president of Barnard College, wrote in Psychology Today that there’s little chance that former athletes can remember what made them great. In fact, those athletes probably couldn’t have communicated it even when they were playing. “When your performance flows largely outside of your conscious awareness, your memories of what you’ve done are just not that good,” Beilock wrote. “This makes it hard to teach what you know to someone else. … As you get better and better at what you do, your ability to communicate your understanding or to help others learn that skill often gets worse and worse.”The same presumably holds true for knowing what to look for in a player at the position you played. So it just may be that the worst person to pick the new Elway for the Broncos is Elway himself.Neil Paine contributed research. 3New Orleans Saints105.969.7 12Philadelphia Eagles92.460.9 11Seattle Seahawks98.661.4 24St. Louis/L.A. Rams89.649.0 19Oakland Raiders91.551.1 7San Diego/L.A. Chargers95.562.5 21Carolina Panthers82.750.0 18Buffalo Bills76.951.2 RankTeamPasser RatingTotal QB Rating 28Miami Dolphins88.243.9 17Tennessee Titans86.855.1 16Washington Redskins90.356.2 14Tampa Bay Buccaneers90.660.2 15Houston Texans85.657.7 25New York Giants86.148.0 29Denver Broncos79.743.0 Source: Espn Stats & Information Group It’s difficult to make the case that Flacco is any more likely to reverse the team’s fortunes at quarterback than Keenum was. So the Broncos’ search for a quarterback probably isn’t over. Elway admitted after the season that the team needed to find a long-term solution. But they’re not the only team in the NFL with that problem.Washington, Miami and Jacksonville are reportedly looking for new quarterbacks, probably vying with Denver to add one via the draft. And the Giants are widely expected to draft a quarterback after general manager Dave Gettleman refused to commit to Eli Manning as the team’s 2019 starter.Usually, endless quarterback searches correlate with losing. The best example since Elway joined the Broncos’ front office in 2011 is the Browns, who have won just 24.6 percent of their contests while seeing 10 quarterbacks start at least five games. But Denver has managed to win 62.6 percent of its games in that time — the highest winning percentage of any team with at least five different quarterbacks who started at least five games. Denver is throwing nowhere fastNFL teams ranked by Total Quarterback Rating, 2016-2018 8Green Bay Packers93.062.3 27Jacksonville Jaguars80.947.3 22Cincinnati Bengals88.449.7 30New York Jets75.342.7 4Kansas City Chiefs102.869.3 32Cleveland Browns75.939.0 5Dallas Cowboys95.367.6 31Arizona Cardinals76.941.7 10Detroit Lions93.461.6 1New England Patriots103.272.5 23San Francisco 49ers83.149.3
I am truly devastated by the death of our beautiful daughter Natalie. Our family will never be the same without our loving granddaughter, sister & aunty. Thank you for the kind support we’ve received it is overwhelming. Please continue to respect our privacy & allow us to grieve. pic.twitter.com/e5BuXUgnAk— Lindsay Hoyle (@LindsayHoyle_MP) December 16, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Natalie Lewis-Hoyle pictured with her grandfather, Lord HoyleCredit:pixel 8000 But both her parents, who attended along with their partners, said they were troubled by phone calls they believed had affected their daughter’s state of mind. They said she had expressed no intentions to take her own life.Miss Lewis-Hoyle had been collected by her mother from Hatfield Peverel railway station on December 14 and had a blood alcohol level of 171 milligrams per 100 millilitres.Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray said she wanted to put that in context by adding that “she wasn’t driving and it was a week night before Christmas” when many people went for drinks after work. The coroner said: “She was in a somewhat troubled relationship.” Mrs Lewis responded: “A very toxic relationship.”Mrs Lewis said of her daughter: “When somebody is in psychological torment you don’t get the bruises and the fat lips and the black eyes.”Mrs Beasley-Murray recorded an open conclusion, at which point Miss Lewis-Hoyle’s parents comforted each other and Mrs Lewis said: “Thank you.” The daughter of Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle had been in a “toxic” relationship before her death in her bedroom at home, an inquest heard.Natalie Lewis-Hoyle, 28, died in Heybridge, Essex, on December 15 last year.The young parish councillor was described as someone who had been full of life and had a “whole bundle of energy” at the hearing in Chelmsford.She had been reflecting on a troubled relationship before her death, but was “finally coming to terms with the fact that it wasn’t going to go anywhere”, her mother Miriam Lewis said.Essex Police concluded there were no suspicious circumstances and had been no third party involvement in Miss Lewis-Hoyle’s death. This was accepted by the court. Mrs Lewis, who is a Maldon district councillor for the Conservative Party, said: “I’m afraid for me I accept that within the law as it stands at the time there was no third party involvement but it’s not something that I am going to be able to put out of my head.”She said there had been an “attack”, the details of which were not given, a few weeks before at a time when her daughter’s relationship “was really, really deteriorating”. The coroner added: “We haven’t got all of the bits of the jigsaw. We will never quite know what was going through her mind. So that’s what I am going to record.”Miss Lewis-Hoyle had been chairwoman of the environment committee at Heybridge parish council and was “clearly much loved”, the coroner added.Her father said: “She was a person that loved life. She was life. She brought life to everybody.”Referencing her daughter’s small frame, Mrs Lewis said: “She was a tiny person, a teeny tiny person. She was a pocket rocket. She was just a whole bundle of energy.”Mrs Beasley-Murray expressed her condolences to the family. When somebody is in psychological torment you don’t get the bruises and the fat lips and the black eyesMother Miriam Lewis Mrs Lewis found her daughter at home the next morning and she was pronounced dead at 6.46am.Sir Lindsay Hoyle, asked Detective Inspector Gary Biddle: “There were phone calls that evening, has this been taken into account?”, to which he confirmed it had been.Sir Lindsay, a Labour MP for Chorley in Lancashire, said he believed what happened had been “a reaction to that phone call”, adding it “had left somebody in a different state of mind than what they had been in (before)”.Sir Lindsay said: “It is my view that it is something that was a reaction to that phone call. She was a person who loved life, she was life and she brought life to everybody. She was planning the year ahead.”
During this week’s international Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, the Netherlands Special Envoy for Natural Resources, Dirk-Jan Koch will launch the new Dutch Water & Mining Platform. This is premised on the extensive experience the Dutch have with water management, and will revolve around the question: how can we co-create sustainable mining? Through this platform, the Netherlands positions itself at the intersection of water and mining.“Mining and water are inseparably linked”, says Koch. “Any mistakes with regards to water management in mining can result in enormous risks for both man and the environment. Unfortunately, we have recently seen disasters happen in China and Brazil. We need to do everything we can to prevent that from happening again. The Netherlands have ample experience and many innovative technologies with regards to water management, reusing water, and storage as well as the filtering of waste water; and so we believe the Dutch can aid in developing sustainable solutions for mining too”.The Dutch Water & Mining Platform is an initiative of the Netherlands Water Partnership. It consists of the Dutch government, knowledge institutes, water management companies, as well as engineering companies like Royal IHC, Witteveen+Bos, Fugro and Royal HaskoningDHV who will jointly investigate the biggest opportunities and risks for water management in the mining industry. The parties will reach out to local mining partners to collaborate on water related projects.Berte Simons, Mining Director at Royal HaskoningDHV, adds: “This sector operates in a complex setting, whereby the importance of mitigating the negative impacts on the environment is growing. Additionally, there are many technical challenges like having to dig deeper to find the raw materials, coupled with a decreasing purity of these materials which in turn results in a higher demand for the filtering of wastewater. By working together in this innovative platform, the parties can join hands with local partners to find integrated and sustainable solutions, that can contribute to a livable environment while at the same time, offering economic benefits for the mining companies.”
German inventor Patrick Priebe is known for his outlandish weapon designs that consist of things like a handheld flamethrower and a foldable mini-laser gun, but he may have outdone himself this time with his newest “toy” called the Blade Driver. Depicted in the video above, the handmade crossbow is capable of shooting spinning blades at a high rate of speed over a distance of 16 feet. “Don’t try this at home” is the cliche that comes to mind when watching what this device is capable of.The Blade Driver was entirely handmade by Priebe himself using several types of materials. The body of the weapon is made out of aluminum with brass and Teflon reinforcement to protect the structure from the whipping force of the spring steel bow when fired. To add both a touch of sex appeal (not that it needed it) and durability, Priebe installed Palisander wood grips to the weapon. An Indonesian species of Redwood, Palisander is treasured for the way its shine and luster stands up to heavy use, perfect for a handheld weapon that is going to be fired over and over again.Of course, like all of us here at Geek, you’re probably most interested in the ammunition that this bad boy fires. Priebe needed something small, yet durable to have the desired cutting power on impact. He decided to use a 50mm buzz saw blade from a table saw made by German manufacturer Proxxon.The lightweight steel cutting disk is first spun by an electric motor that is controlled by a thumb switch on the side of the grip. Besides looking and sounding awesome, the spinning of the blade has a practical purpose in the area of accuracy. By spinning the blade at a high rate, it will travel in a somewhat straight line due to centrifugal force. If you were to simply shoot a non-dynamic blade from a crossbow like this, you wouldn’t be able to control where it went. It’s obvious that accuracy was important to Priebe, since he cared enough to include a 30mW DPSS laser to allow you to sight in your target effectively.Crossbows have been around for several centuries, mostly as a weapon of war during the early part of the world’s history. Currently this type of weapon is used for hunting and target practice with many different variations being available. The Blade Driver is strictly a target shooting device as 16 feet isn’t a tremendous amount of range, but honestly wouldn’t you be wanting one of these just for how it looks?Unfortunately, while Priebe does offer to make and sell you some of the items off his personal website, he will not be offering this weapon for sale nor will he release any kind of plans or schematics. While we don’t blame him for wanting to keep people safe, we really wouldn’t mind being able to create one to take some aggression out on a watermelon like he does!As for how much it cost to put the Blade Driver together, we can only surmise that it was several hundred dollars. Priebe comments that the spring steel used for the bow alone cost him over 200 Euros, nevermind the aluminum and the Palisander wood. So if you’re looking to try to create one yourself, be ready to fork over your hard earned cash.Read more at Priebe’s site, via Gizmag