COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Tragedy has struck the Maryland football program. Offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized following a recent team workout, has passed away.McNair was listed as being in “critical but stable” condition after being hospitalized. According to a GoFundMe page established by his family, McNair was airlifted to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.He underwent a liver transplant and was “fighting for his life.” Specific details regarding what medical event McNair suffered have been scarce.Maryland has yet to release a statement, but McNair’s high school football coach confirmed his passing on Twitter.The world lost a great person today. We will never forget the impact that @TheRealJMcNair had in our lives. RIP Jordan ?. Please keep the Wilson/McNair family in your hearts ♥️ tonight. pic.twitter.com/mP6RUOBzji— Hakeem Sule (@McDCoachSule) June 13, 2018As news of McNair’s death circulated on social media, friends and teammates paid their respects.Rest In Peace Jordan McNair ??? Gone To Soon— DJ Moore? (@idjmoore) June 13, 2018Rest easy big fella. You’re in a better place now may you watch over me and protect me I love you brother❤️— Pj Mustipher (@KingPJ55) June 13, 2018Man I’m speechless! I’m broken into pieces! Never thought this day will happen. You will continue to be with me at all time, I love you forever?!!!. I will continue to talk to you everyday I can see it too!. Fly high and GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU?? pic.twitter.com/GHSzkhjRsF— Eric Burrell (@EricBurrell_) June 13, 2018Lost for words and heartbroken, didn’t see this coming…I lost a teammate today and all I can do is pray and continue to talk to you everyday ????this only gonna make us stronger and another reason to go even harder for you bro..RIP to my guy Jordan ? pic.twitter.com/qgXY637mxh— JLeake (@ny_king20) June 13, 2018This one hurt…. RIP big Jordan ??— Stanley Hubbard III (@__stvnchizze__) June 13, 2018Lord, words cannot explain anything right now. Thank you for allowing me to know a great friend, teammate and a man who was truly a brother. Watch over us all Jordan and rest in peace, Love you forever. ?❤️— Kasim Hill (@Khillqb11) June 13, 2018Rest In Peace Jordan! ??❤️✊?— Boy Dawg (@bigeazy95) June 13, 2018McNair was a four-star recruit in the class of 2017 out of Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh School. He chose the Terrapins over Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and others.Our thoughts and prayers are with McNair’s family and friends, and the entire Maryland football team.Rest in peace, Jordan.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire is how the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team might be feeling this preseason. After traveling to powerhouse No. 5 Johns Hopkins for a scrimmage last weekend, the team is set to host a doubleheader Saturday against two more nationally respected programs, No. 12 Syracuse and Robert Morris. The upcoming doubleheader and the regular season have seen ramped-up practices for the Buckeyes, which will be looking to test out some fringe first team players in the matchups this weekend. Coach Nick Myers said he is encouraged by the team’s work ethic so far but said he wants to make sure playing time doesn’t go to some of the players’ heads. “Our motto is ‘Don’t count your reps, make your reps count,’” Myers said. “Guys who may not have got as many reps in the Hopkins game … are going to get more of a chance this weekend.” As was the case with a Jan. 20 match against Team Canada, this weekend’s doubleheader at Woody Hayes Athletic Center has sold out. The wealth of support for the team has been noticed in the locker room, too. OSU assistant coach Dave Dobbins said he thinks OSU students’ enthusiasm is going to help motivate the Buckeyes toward their lofty goal of an NCAA Tournament bid. “It’s great to have that support from the local community. It’s exciting for the guys playing in front of a home crowd,” Dobbins said. Some members of the team said they are excited to test their skills against, historically, some of the sport’s best. Senior midfielder Kevin Mack sees the matchups as a chance for the team to find out where they stand before next week’s season opener. “Syracuse is a top 10 program traditionally and Robert Morris always has a potent offense,” Mack said. “It’s just going to be a good test for us.” Like Mack, Myers said he understands even though it’s still the preseason, this match could be a good sample of what this OSU team can do. “It’s still an exhibition, but it’s an outstanding opportunity with Syracuse and Robert Morris, two very different styles of play that will really test us defensively,” Myers said. OSU starts the regular season at home against Detroit on Feb. 9. Dobbins said he can already sense the team’s excitement to start the year. “They’ve handled it well but are looking forward to the end of the preseason,” Dobbins said. “They have to strive for the season but they’ve done a nice job of it.”
With its strong growth trends and growing economic clout, Latin America has risen in recent years to become a vital part of the international economy, with its resources industry a key part of this emergence. The strength of that emergence is reflected in an increasing number of Australian miners, explorers and industry suppliers – totalling more than 80 – expanding their reach across the Indian Ocean to more than a dozen Latin American mining focused jurisdictions.Just how strong these ties are will be on show this week in Sydney when the second, two day Paydirt Latin America DownUnder 2013 conference is held at the Sheraton-on-the-Park over May 29 and 30.Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says the 10 Latin American delegations coming to the forum is the largest single such business group from that region to come to Sydney.Conference Convenor Bill Repard says the Ministerial and high-end business depth of the Latin American delegation is a clear sign of the region’s collective interest and emerging momentum in engaging with Australian miners and explorers.“The Australian Government has made significant effort to enhance its relations with the nations and the economies of Latin America and a particularly strong partnership is emerging in the mining sector,” Repard said. “Latin America is home to large ore bodies, strong mining cultures and governments which offer stable and attractive investment environments, yet it still holds vast, untapped potential.”“Mining has benefited from a resurgence in virtually all Latin American economies in the past 10 years to a point the sector has grown significantly its share of gross domestic product from around 4% to above 6% currently, tripling the worth of mining activity to in excess of $300 billion and on target to forecasts of $400 billion a year by 2020,” he said.“Among the more invigorated mining destinations over this period have been Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.”Ministerial or Vice Ministerial (equivalent) delegations travelling to Sydney include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.Chairman of the Australia-Latin America Business Council, Jose Blanco, said countries like Colombia were good examples of not just those striving to push ahead with mining expansions to establish the sector as one of their “locomotives” of economic growth, but reflective also of the challenges likely to be encountered in meeting those aspirations.“That Colombia has the potential to become a significant mining player is indisputable,” Blanco said.“The country is already the largest producer of emeralds and one of the largest exporters of thermal coal and ferronickel in the world, with the involvement of well-known players such as BHP Billiton and Glencore/Xstrata, to name a few,” he said.“There are also ample indicators that it has the potential to produce substantial quantities of gold, iron ore and metallurgical coal, provided that the price is right. However, while progress is being made by a growing number of domestic and foreign-owned mining companies, most of Colombia’s mining potential remains untapped and the industry contributes less than 3% of GDP.“But they are making steps forward including the creation of the National Mining Agency, the reform of its geological service, Ingeominas, and structural changes enhancing the independence and effectiveness of mining-related institutions.“The result is that increasing numbers of foreign resources companies, including a handful of Australian juniors, now rank Colombia as one of their preferred targets.”Repard said there was also strong interest from Latin America in learning from Australia’s mining experience in the areas of environmental protection, engagement with indigenous communities, creating mining clusters and generally developing a sustainable mining model.This would see site visits to Australia next month by Latin American miners and government agencies to witness first-hand how mining can be conducted alongside agribusinesses.The 2013 Paydirt Latin America DownUnder program has attracted nearly 300 delegates from business, government, academia and a Latin America business media contingent.The program will be opened on Wednesday morning by Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Bob Carr. He will be joined at the podium by Australia’s Latin American diplomatic corps, including its Austrade representatives active in the region. The Hon Gary Gray, Minister for Resources and Energy, will speak at the Conference’s Ministerial Dinner on Wednesday night.Chile (covered in detail in IM’s June issue) is the world’s largest copper and second-largest molybdenum producer; Brazil is the world’s second-largest iron ore producer; Peru (covered in detail in IM’s June issue) is the world’s eighth-largest gold producer and second-largest copper producer; Colombia has increasing coal reserves and production while Mexico is the world’s largest silver producer. The region is home to some of the world’s biggest mining operations, including copper mines such as Escondida (expected to produce 1.3 Mt/y from 2015) and Collahausi (450,000 t copper produced in 2011), gold operations such as Laguna Norte and Yanacocha as well as Brazil’s Iron Quadrilateral.
Universities and the mining industry are teaming up to tackle asset maintenance in the resources sector through the use of data science.The new Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Training Centre will be led by Curtin University in partnership with The University of Western Australia (UWA), CSIRO and the University of Adelaide, and industry partners Alcoa, BHP and Roy Hill, as well as CORE Innovation Hub and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia.Curtin University was awarded A$3.9 million ($2.9 million) in ARC funding for the establishment of the centre, with planning for the new ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science starting immediately.ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science Director, Professor Andrew Rohl (pictured), from the Curtin Institute for Computation, said: “The effective maintenance of engineering assets underpins the A$205 billion ($151 billion) annual export earnings from Australia’s resources sector.“However, maintenance management practices have changed little in the last 20 years and are ripe for a digital overhaul that will bring developments in computational methods, statistics, applied mathematics and artificial intelligence to determine how, when and why maintenance is conducted.”The new centre will enable the development and adoption of new practices to improve productivity and asset reliability for industry and to foster a new maintenance technology service sector for national and international markets, according to Professor Rohl.UWA Professor Michael Small, CSIRO-UWA Chair of Complex Engineering Systems, said being able to effectively use data to create better systems, develop new technology and transform the way maintenance is carried out across the resources sector is critical and the creation of the new centre will allow industry to take huge steps towards this.