Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri has been handed a six-game ban by the FA for using racist language against an opponent during a friendly game against Mansfield last July.The 29-year-old forward, who was acquitted in March of racially aggravated harassment at Mansfield Magistrates Court over the incident, has also received a £25,000 ($30,000) fine.An FA regulatory commission found Forestieri guilty of abusing Mansfield’s Krystian Pearce during a mass brawl when the sides met in a pre-season game at the League Two side’s Field Mill stadium last summer. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? His sanction comes on the day the FA announced it has increased the minimum ban for anyone found guilty of racial abuse from five to six matches for the forthcoming season.An FA spokesperson said: “It was further alleged that the words constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.“The striker has also been warned as to his future conduct and must attend face to face education but the sanction is currently set aside pending appeal.”Forestieri, an Argentine-born former Italy youth international, has always denied that he racially abused Pearce.The striker signed for Wednesday from Watford in 2015 and has scored 38 goals in 111 Championship games.“I am devastated and disappointed with the decision of the Regulatory Commission,” said Forestieri in a statement issued via the club.”Throughout that period of time, throughout both the criminal proceedings and the FA’s disciplinary proceedings, I have consistently and strenuously denied the allegations that have been made against me.”Whilst I was shocked and saddened to face criminal charges regarding this matter, I was equally happy to be found not guilty of those charges in March 2019 by the criminal court and considered that to be the end of a very distressing time. As I said at the time, I felt vindicated by the decision of the judge.”The decision goes against everything about the person I am and the person I was brought up to be.”It is absolutely no comfort to me that, when charging me with misconduct, the FA were very clear that they did not consider me to be racist but instead believed that I had acted in the ‘heat of the moment.”Wednesday begin their Championship season away at Reading on Saturday as they look to return ot the top flight for the first time since being relegated in 1999/00.
The Department of Justice has discovered asbestos lining pipes of the Cape Breton Correctional Facility. On the evening of May 15, nine correctional workers walked off the job after the facility’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee was informed that some of the 33-year-old pipes contain asbestos. The work refusals began at 7 p.m. This issue was first raised several months ago and a process was undertaken to determine if the facility contained asbestos. An inspection of the facility April 25 found the asbestos and the areas containing the material were labelled to protect maintenance staff from potential exposure. In addition, air-quality tests have been done. Staff are meeting with the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, however, preliminary test results indicate that levels are well within safe standards. Further testing is underway. Management staff and the RCMP will provide emergency staffing at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility, if required, during the labour action and new inmates will be sent to the province’s four other correctional institutions.
More details have emerged of the results Northern Star Resources achieved by implementing Minnovare’s Production Optimiser technology over a two-month period at one of its Kalgoorlie gold operations.A newly released case study, co-authored with Northern Star Resources, showed the Production Optimiser technology not only increased drilled metres by 17% at the operation, it also helped deliver the highest average stope recovery in the life of the operation.If maintained over a full year’s production, that represents an additional 5,000 oz and A$8.4 million ($6.1 million) additional revenue – equivalent to a 3.5% increase in forecast stope turnover, according to Northern Star Mining Services General Manager, Rob Parsons.The two-month trial saw the Production Optimiser implemented at one of the Kalgoorlie operation in April 2018, with three long-hole production rigs running.Parsons said: “The collaboration with Minnovare initially stemmed from the observation that too much time was being spent re-drilling holes (due to inaccuracy). The other problem we identified was the difference between the drill rig’s onboard inclinometers, and what was actually being drilled. It was most visible looking at the final stope pick up – the actual shape didn’t line up with what you had designed. So, we were doing extra work just to validate where things really were.”Minnovare’s Production Optimiser system combines advanced hardware and software that enhances the speed, accuracy and reliability of long-hole production drilling. This leads to improved stope productivity and, ultimately, increased profitability, Minnovare says.The system can be retrofitted to any make or model of drill rig and works independently of the rig’s onboard systems.Parsons said: “We achieved, on average, 100 additional drill metres per day in the two months immediately after implementing the new technology, thanks to reduced rig setup time and re-drills. That’s roughly a 17% increase in drilled metres. During the same period, we reduced average blast-hole deviation (from planned toe-point) by 75%.“In terms of stope ore recovery, those two months combined were the highest average for the life of the operation. The increased drill rate and stope ore-recovery equates to an approximate 3.5% reduction in stope turnover time.”Minnovare Managing Director, Callum McCracken said: “Minnovare worked closely with Northern Star from day one to successfully implement the Production Optimiser on site. As the drillers and engineers continued to use the system they’ve seen further gains in drilled metres and a continuation of the improved recovery rate. That’s thanks to optimal blasts and a faster stope turnover, which is a direct consequence of greater drilling accuracy, speed and reliability.”Since the trial has taken place, Minnovare and Northern Star have signed a technology collaboration agreement to develop and implement Minnovare technology across NSR’s Western Australia operations.