London: Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin. The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals. Goffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone. “It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall. “I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back. Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin. The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenGoffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone. “It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic. “He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall. “I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back. “You really have to try to put him in uncomfortable positions on the court — otherwise he will kill you.” Goffin, 28, has matched his best-ever performance at the Grand Slams by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final. Four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, 32, has a 5-1 record over Goffin — but the Belgian won their last encounter, on clay in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals in 2017. “It’s very important for David to have beaten him once. Most of the guys never have,” Johansson said. “Novak is the guy to beat here. You can talk about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but he is the defending champion. “We are the underdog — and we like it.” Johansson, 44, has been working with Goffin on tactics to contain Djokovic, namely a much-improved slice and drawing the top seed to the net. “We will try to find a good solution because rallying with him is not an option,” the Swede said. Goffin is only the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals — and, along with Xavier Malisse in 2002, the only one to do so since 1924. Malisse, 38, said the odds were heavily in favour of Djokovic — but Goffin could still spring a surprise. “It’s going to be tough. Everyone knows it — including him,” the former world number 19 said. “But it’s one match. If he’s on good form and Djokovic is off a bit, gets a little stressed or nervous, that can change things. “It’s about 60 to 65 percent in Djokovic’s favour.” Goffin’s route to the last eight has seen him knock out Bradley Klahn, Jeremy Chardy, 11th seed Daniil Medvedev and Fernando Verdasco. Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said her compatriot had been playing better than ever. “It’s very exciting,” said the retired 36-year-old.
Illegal narcotics were seized during a drug bust in Simcoe last week in which seven people were arrested.The search warrant was issued at a home on Millcroft Drive Friday. Cash was also seized while four people were charged.A 60-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000, and failure to comply with the terms of a recognizance.A 41-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of fentanyl for the purposes of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purposes of trafficking, and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.A 49-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with possession of cocaine and two counts of failure to comply with a probation order.A 29-year-old Brantford woman has been charged with possession of cocaine.“Our Community Street Crimes Unit has been very effective with proactive illicit drug investigations,” Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release. “This is yet another example that highlights the need for the police and the community to work in partnership to resolve crime.”
Ucore Rare Metals has completed further bulk scale ore beneficiation testing on material from the Bokan – Dotson Ridge rare earth deposit on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, USA. A 20 t sample, collected from three locations within the Dotson Ridge deposit, was sent to TOMRA of Wedel, Germany and processed by a large scale x-ray transmission (XRT) ore sorter. Results show that 52% of the feed was rejected as waste, with 96.3% recovery of rare earth oxides (REO), and a net increase in grade from a 0.77 wt % REO feed to a 1.56 wt % output.The group said current testing “improves upon the results of previous ore sorting analysis on bulk samples of lesser size.” In an announcement dated March 6, 2012, Ucore released the results of XRT sorting on three 1 t samples collected from trenches situated at separate locations within Dotson Ridge deposit. The 2012 work, also carried out by TOMRA, resulted in 46% rejection of waste and 93% recovery of REO, so the more representative 2013 work shows a significantly improved output grade and REO recovery.Ucore states: “These tests confirm the effectiveness of XRT at successively larger ore throughput volumes. The results also support Ucore’s plan to construct a significantly smaller mill facility than would otherwise be required in the absence of an XRT sorting circuit at Bokan. The reduction in mill size will have a significant effect on the lowering of capital and operating costs associated with the mill facility, as set out in the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) released on January 15, 2013. At present, a 30 t bulk sample collected from Dotson Ridge in December 2012 is being prepared for XRT sorting. The output of that sorting process, scheduled to take place within the next four weeks, will generate the final feed stock required by Ucore to conduct a comprehensive pilot plant for the Bokan – Dotson Ridge project.”The pilot plant, scheduled for Q4 2013, is the final stage of bulk scale testing of the production circuit prior to the release of a Bankable Feasibility Study and the prospective commencement of mine construction. “The confirmation of XRT effectiveness at large scale is an important milestone in Ucore’s march to mine construction”, said Jim McKenzie, President & CEO of Ucore. “The company is the first in the rare earth industry to demonstrate XRT as a beneficiation technique; a technology already well-established in the tungsten and diamond mining sector. XRT shows the clear potential to dramatically reduce the volume of material feeding the mill facility and an equally dramatic increase in TREO ore grade without a great deal of processing. The current results justify the plan set out in Ucore’s recently released PEA. The addition of an XRT circuit prospectively reduces capital and operating costs, with a smaller processing footprint than is the norm for REE facilities, and with no tailings facility at surface upon mine closure. A zero tailings footprint is a unique environmental objective, and we are aware of no other mine, rare earth or otherwise, that has accomplished such a design feature.”