Month: September 2019

56yearold miner chopped to death for employers gold mats

56yearold miner chopped to death for employers gold mats

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazilian miner chopped to deathSeptember 17, 2016In “Crime”53-year-old Miner beaten to death over missing raw goldApril 4, 2017In “Crime”Bartica miner chopped, robbed during attack by armed menApril 26, 2016In “Crime” A 56-year-old miner of Moco Moco Village, Central Rupununi, identified as Damon Scipio also known as Rastaman, was brutally chopped to death allegedly by one of his co-workers between 23: 00hrs last night (Friday) and 06:00hrs (Saturday) this morning, at BK Old Road Backdam, Potaro River.This is according to the police who in a report said that investigations so far revealed that the victim who was employed by a small-scale mining company at 111 miles Madhia, was performing duties at the company’s watch camp, guarding a sluice box with two gold mats, when he was fatally chopped three times to his head and once to his left wrist, almost severing it.  The gold mats have been stolen. The body of Scipio is at the Madhia Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.According to the police, homicide detectives are making stringent efforts to quickly apprehend the “co-worker who is the prime suspect for the murder,” as investigations continues. read more

Unbeatable unstoppable Usain …Sprint legend dreams of screaming headlines after Saturdays

Unbeatable unstoppable Usain …Sprint legend dreams of screaming headlines after Saturdays

When he wakes up on Sunday morning after the men’s 100m final on Saturday night, Usain Bolt wants to see headlines screaming, Unbeatable, Unstoppable.“Usain Bolt is retiring unbeatable over the individual event. For me that would be the headline. Unbeatable, Unstoppable Usain Bolt,” said the man who is considered a legend of sports, not just athletics.Usain BoltBolt, who will turn 31 on August 21, has called an end to a magnificent career at the end of the World Championships after winning almost everything in front of him starting as a precarious 15-year-old at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Jamaica in 2002.He went on to win nine Olympic gold medals and 11 World Championships titles and said it felt good when a sportsman can call it quits while on top.“For me, it’s great. Anybody that decides when they need to retire, when they need to walk away from anything they doing is always a great feeling. That means you are satisfied with what you have done throughout the years and you feel accomplished. So, for me, it’s a wonderful feeling,” he noted at a crowded Puma press conference yesterday in London.The sprint legend dismissed the notion that he might be tempted to change his mind after retiring from the sport. In fact, he is anxiously looking forward to being a spectator.“I am looking forward to it. Sitting down talking…I don’t know where I will be watching it from, sure I will be betting on somebody to win and that’s the fun part of it,” said Bolt.“The next championships should be fun because I will be watching to see who can hold the nerves, especially if somebody is running good all season, then to see who can hold their nerves. So I am looking forward to that,” he added.Meanwhile, Bolt also watched tributes on a big screen from close friend, sprinter Asafa Powell, actor Samuel L Jackson, and French footballer Thierry Henry, and Sang Tao, the cameraman who sensationally knocked Bolt down in Beijing in 2015.“As a friend, a competitor and a teammate, I just want to thank you for all you have done for the sport. You have done an amazing job and I want to thank you for all you have done for track and field in the entire world,” said Powell, whose world record of 9.74secs Bolt lowered to 9.72secs in 2008.“I also want to congratulate you on being the second best athlete of Jamaica’s track and field history,” said Powell, with a laugh. (Howard Walker/ Jamaica Observer) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGatlin guns for Bolt one last timeAugust 3, 2017In “latest news”Bolt will only run 100m and 4x100m in London farewellJuly 19, 2017In “latest news”De Grasse says time has come to leave Bolt’s shadowJuly 31, 2017In “latest news” read more

Asylum applications double as foreigners turn to TT

Asylum applications double as foreigners turn to TT

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUN agency rolls out regional response to deal with ongoing Venezuelan exodusApril 11, 2018In “Regional”T&T judge rules detention of Nigerian illegal, says immigration law needs amending -man had travelled via GuyanaAugust 14, 2017In “latest news”Guyanese listed as second largest group of trafficking victims in T&TOctober 10, 2016In “Crime” (Trinidad Express) As turmoil continues to plague countries globally, including neighbouring Venezuela, more people are turning to Trinidad and Tobago as a haven from pain and persecution as evi­dent in a drastic increase in the numbers of those seeking refuge.This is according to data provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Ruben Barbado, protection officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Nikita Mohammed, assistant co-ordinator at Living Water, at the United Nations Port of Spain office on Friday.Human trafficking is also an issue, with cases of trafficked women being referred to the Counter Trafficking Unit of this country’s National Security Ministry.Ruben Barbado, protection officer with the UNHCR, and Nikita Mohammed, assis­tant co-ordinator at the Living Water Community, sat down with the Sunday Express at the United Nations Port of Spain office last Friday and shared statistics.They expressed hope the Government would move forward to enact legislation to help with the refugee crisis gripping the world.Barbado said there has been a “substantive” increase in people seeking asylum in Trinidad.In 2016, there was a total of 163 asylum applications.In 2017, in just the first three months, the figures have more than doubled, with some 336 asylum applications being made, with 60 per cent of this figure being men.Barbado said Cubans remain the largest numbers of asylum seekers, but there have also been increases from Venezuela and from over 19 nationalities such as Syria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, etc.There are currently 640 refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern in Trinidad and Tobago.Barbado said Trinidad and Tobago is one of the lar­­­gest refugee-receiving coun­­tries in the Caribbean, but third in the region next to Belize and the Dominican Republic.These two countries have legislation in place to deal with refugees.In response to the growing number of asylum seekers in T&T, the Government adopted a refugee policy in 2016 and UNHCR established an office in January 2016.Asylum applications in Tri­nidad and Tobago over a five-year period are as follows:2013……………………………………82014………………………………….402015………………………………….832016………………………………..163As of May 2017—336, with 60 per cent being men.Refugees are people outside their country of origin because of feared persecution, conflict, violence or other circumstances that have seriously disturbed public order and who as a result require “international protection”.Barbado pointed out that globally, millions of people are fleeing their homes, with the UNHCR figures at the end of 2016 showing 65.6 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide and, of this, some 22.5 million are refugees.He noted ten million are stateless and, of this lot, only a mere 189,300 refugees have been resettled.Refugee policyThe UNHCR has been collaborating with the Living Water Community since 1989 and the non-governmen­tal organisation (NGO) identifies and refers persons of concern to the UNHCR.The UNHCR also works closely with the Immigration Division of the National Security Ministry.Barbado said Trinidad and Tobago does not have legislation to legally help refugees, but he said a refugee policy adopted in 2014 by the Cabinet envisions the Government providing recognised refugees a permit of stay, work authorisation and access to public assistance.Trinidad and Tobago is signatory to a United Nations 1951 Convention which speaks to affording protection to refugees. The next step is to make this draft policy legislation. Barbado said other Caricom countries are looking to what Trinidad and Tobago is doing in order to replicate it and put it into practice.He said measures are being taken to create structures to assist the Government in treating with refugees and to make way for the legislation when it reaches that point.Mohammed said some advancement has already been made with the establish­ment of a refugee unit under the National Security Ministry, and UNHCR has been doing training of officials at the Immigration Division.Barbado said asylum seek­­­­ers would make their way through this region to seek refuge before resettling in pla­ces such as the United States and Canada, but politi­cal changes have made less places available for resettlement.He said there are five people at the Aripo Detention Centre who hold asylum certificates from the UNHCR.Asked if they should be detained, Barbado noted there is no legislation, but the certificates issued by UNHCR are recognised and honoured by the Government.Since there is no legislation ,they are still subject to the Immigration Act—the only way for them to remain in the country would be through an order of supervision.Barbado said the UNHCR’s position is to avoid people being detained as much as possible.However, he said there would be cases where people are detained as the authori­ties seek to validate their country of origin and other information.He said there is also a process to determine whether the person is a refugee or not and once it is determined they are, they are released. read more

Social workers warned not to fleece pensioners

Social workers warned not to fleece pensioners

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAudit finds discrepancies in distribution of Old Age Pension booksJune 10, 2016In “latest news”$13.2B approved for old aged pension in 2019 – as $18.2B approved for Ministry of Social ProtectionDecember 14, 2018In “latest news”RUSAL moves to replace dismissed workersFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news” Social workers were warned by Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally of the consequences defrauding seniors of their annuity, as pension books distribution is slated for November 20.Social workers during the workshopDuring a workshop on Wednesday at the Guyana Police Force Training Centre, social workers were briefed on the next distribution exercise of pension books. Minister Ally in her remarks advised social workers not to attempt to convert the pensions for personal use.The Minister warned that once persons are caught in the act, she will not hesitate to have charges filed, followed by subsequent dismissal. “We will not condone that. Regardless if it is one book, ten books, a hundred books, you are to do what you are supposed to do” the Minister reiterated.She also sternly cautioned, “I am not dealing with suspension, I am dealing with dismissal.”According to Minister Ally, several persons who were caught attempting to defraud pensioners are currently suspended.“That is why we called you here this morning to remind you and to tell you what is expected of you so that you will be prepared and you will know that if you go outside of the rules, anything could happen,” she remarked.Minister of Social Protection, Amna AllyAdditionally, social workers were also reminded to be vigilant of persons who may try to illegally cash more than three pension books.According to a release from the Department of Public Information (DPI) only Toshaos are exempt from this rule. They were also asked by the Minister to be more aware of pensioners holding Guyanese citizenship but opting to collect their pension whilst residing overseas. Minister Ally said Guyana has limited resource and “the people who live here must be able to benefit.”The distribution of pension books will be carried out for a period of three weeks. read more

Govt pawning our futures with its failed approach to economics Opposition

Govt pawning our futures with its failed approach to economics Opposition

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt’s intent to borrow $220B to manage economy “shocking”- JagdeoApril 7, 2018In “Business”The debt ceiling was surreptitiously altered- JagdeoMay 16, 2018In “Business”Low already, Guyana’s foreign currency reserves will deplete further with $30B bond- JagdeoJuly 26, 2018In “Business” With Government having moved towards obtaining a $30B loan from several commercial banks, and hinting about a US$900M loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) being up for grabs, Leader of the Opposition, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is of the opinion that not only are they [Government] “pawning our futures” but they’re leaving Guyanese with a massive debt.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo said during a press conference at his Office on Thursday that the issue is if the incumbent Administration borrows the US$900M on top of the $30B already being sought then “they’re leaving us, whoever gets into office and we hope it’s us in the near future… and future generations of Guyanese with a burden that will be heavy to carry… This is pawning our future. They are destroying the current opportunities of our people and livelihood.”It was disclosed that the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL) Special Purpose Unit (SPU) obtained $30 billion, via a syndicated bond to support the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as its remaining estates.The funding is expected to cover a four-year period and will provide capital, support infrastructure maintenance and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. The funds are also expected to go towards developing new co-generation capacity for the estate operations and the national electric grid.Additionally, last week, Finance Minister, Winston Jordan clarified that “Guyana has not received any loans from the Islamic Development Bank,” however “the IsDB has a resource envelope of US$900M that is potentially available from which the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana can borrow.”To this, Jagdeo posited that this Coalition Administration must come clean “Are they going to borrow the money or no? Clearly there is an intention to borrow,” he said.He asserted that if the US$900M loan is pursued, the APNU-AFC Government would have accumulated a significant debt, which he said is equivalent to the amount of debt GuySuCo was in from to the start to end of the 23 years of PPP’s reign.Jagdeo, an economist by profession, also expressed grave concern on behalf of his party, with regards to the $30B loan which has already been obtained.“… the $30B that the SPU wants to raise on a bond now [they will be] pledging or pawning all the assets of NICIL…[The] interest rate is above the Grant element above which we use to borrow.The grant element that you calculate for Government loans and the grant element takes into consideration the moratorium on interest payments, the length of the loan and the nominal interest rate and I’m sure if you calculate the grant element, it falls outside of the traditional borrowing policy of the Government, but this is backed up by a set of assets that if they fail to pay the loans, we lose the entire GuySuCo, all the factories and everything else and all other holdings of NICIL will go to Republic Bank and the consortium.”Moreover, Jagdeo asserted that at the rate the country is going, Government’s “failed approach to economics” is going have adverse impacts on the International Monetary Fund’s predictions on Guyana’s GDP.“The IMF ratio [had said] that the GDP will go up slightly until we find oil and then it’ll come down and it will go to 59% of GDP…If the economy remains stagnant, we’re going to be defying the IMF predictions by a huge margin because the stock of debt to GDP will go up to 100% again…Even the IMF forecast didn’t expect this massive set of borrowing,” he said. (Ramona Luthi) read more

GTU President calls off strike says teachers will resume fully on

GTU President calls off strike says teachers will resume fully on

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeachers’ strike: Gov’t reconvening meeting with GTU tomorrowSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news”GTU, MoE set to go to arbitration- Chief Labour OfficerSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news”Schools reopen with Teachers supporting GTU strike action over salary impasseSeptember 3, 2018In “latest news” File photo: GTU President Mark Lyte speaking to media operatives at the protest on Monday last in front of the Ministry of the PresidencyPresident of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) Mark Lyte, on Thursday afternoon called off the Teachers’ countrywide strike, citing the negotiation impasse now heading to arbitration as the deciding factor.Moreover, Lyte posited that teachers will resume fully on Monday, September 10 and has advised those who can turn out tomorrow (Friday) to do so.According to the GTU head, a press conference will be held tomorrow to update teachers on the way forward and explain the arbitration process in detail.Earlier on Thursday, Chief Labour Officer (CLO) Charles Ogle during a meeting with the GTU and the Education Ministry revealed that the parties are set to go to arbitration.Ogle disclosed that while no new offers were made to the Union, the discussions were based on reintegration of the teachers back into schools across Guyana without salary cuts.In arbitration, the Union and Government are expected to put forth evidence to justify their cause and the decision made would be final.Scores of teachers who were protesting the Ministry of Brickdam had anxiously assembled outside of the meeting to hear the deliberations.Teachers are seeking increases of 40 per cent under a multi-year arrangement up to 2020. However, Government maintained that it just cannot afford this proposal.The Opposition and other commentators have argued however, that if Government reduces its bloated and unnecessary expenditures they could find the monies to pay the teachers. read more

EYEWITNESS Still going strong…

EYEWITNESS Still going strong…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: A new Columbus…November 22, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: New low…October 28, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”Daily Eyewitness Column – PoetryApril 8, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …PNC’s Aapan JhaatWhile “voting for your own” is a constant in every divided society – be it along religious, cultural, race, colour, ethnicity, whatever – in Guyana, the phenomenon got an “Indian” tag, “aapan jhaat” even though the imperative was created by Forbes Burnham. An African Guyanese, he broke off from the multiracial PPP and used his standing in his community to persuade them to vote for his faction. And that’s the way it’s been ever since – vote for your own!This came out loud and clear over the weekend in a very poignant message from prominent businessman Terrence Campbell, who announced he’d quit the NGO RISE and the nascent political party New United Guyana (NUG).Why? Aapan Jhaat!! Declaring he’d voted for PNC/APNU all his life and supported causes in their African-Guyanese constituencies, he became convinced that because of their missteps since 2015, they were going to lose the next election. He threw his hat into the ring to “prevent a PPP victory” and force constitutional change via RISE and NUG.And that’s the way the PNC is…not even the gentlest of criticism from “their own” is brooked, much less joining up with “others”!! We learnt this when David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis had their columns in the Chronic abruptly yanked when they dared suggest the coalition could’ve done some things differently! So what if the Chronic’s the STATE paper? When your party is the PARAMOUNT party, it’ll take no lip – even from friends!But the no-confidence vote shook the PNC to the core. Its carefully crafted strategy to project a more benign image under David Granger was taken to a new level when they actually buried the PNC brand in the bowels of APNU. Then came the masterstroke: inveigling the AFC into a coalition to pip the PPP. They were in power by the tiniest of margins – 1 seat – but once ensconced, the PNC just couldn’t help itself: their genes took over.While Burnham took four years to defang his coalition partner, the UF, Granger did it within a month! He gave AFC’s Nagamootoo none of the promised “increased PM powers” but a salary raise and six outriders muzzled his mouth!! And since then, it’s been vintage PNC by Granger who promised to “fulfil the legacy” of his mentor Burnham! But even this didn’t satisfy the die-hard PNCites, who suspected Granger might be building a parallel structure by placing ex-Disciplined Forces personnel in every Government department.It’s the die-hards who came out swinging at Campbell for his “betrayal”. They’ve drawn a line in the sand and will use whatever means necessary to prevent the democratic return of the PPP to office.Whither Granger??…on voodoo Mathematics!Just when your Eyewitness thought it was safe to venture back into the no-confidence arena, up came the PNC and filed another motion (you REALLY think a “private citizen” filed the other one??!!) based on the voodoo Mathematics that in a finite set of 65 discrete elements, the subset of 33 isn’t greater than 32!! As was pointed out – but the irony will be lost on the PNC! – imagine a Government, which is in office with a 33-seat majority, demanding the court RULE that “winning” actually needs 34 seats!!Will they resign if the court does so rule?? But we know what’s going on here, don’t we? The PNC’s just playing for time. Surely they don’t think the Judiciary will be less straight up that the Speaker? Your Eyewitness can just see the Judge demanding that Basil Williams, on behalf of the Government, demonstrate exactly how he can arrive at “half-bodies”!!Even if he dissects one, he’ll have to do a Dr Frankenstein not to be charged with murder!!…with MashSeems the PNC are hedging their bets on elections in three months. Norton came out and announced that Mash is ON! In fact, it’ll be BIGGER AND BETTER!!A free campaign “jump up” for the PNC – from G/Town, to NA to Linden?!! read more

Shannon Gabriel sorry for asking Joe Root if he liked boys

Shannon Gabriel sorry for asking Joe Root if he liked boys

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGabriel ‘might regret’ on-field commentsFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news”Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC after apparent homophobic remarkFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news”Players fear ‘selective use’ of stump mic – FICA headFebruary 15, 2019In “latest news” West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel claims he asked England’s Joe Root if he “liked boys” during the third Test but has apologised for his words.The 30-year-old was charged for the comments he made to skipper Root, who replied: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”The incident in St Lucia resulted in a four-match ODI ban for Gabriel, 30. “I know now that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry,” Gabriel said in a statement.Shannon Gabriel“To my team-mates and members of the England team, especially their captain Joe Root, I extend an unreserved apology for a comment which in the context of on-the-field rivalry, I assumed was inoffensive sporting banter.”Gabriel said of an exchange that occurred on the third day of the Test that it had come “during a tense moment on the field”.“The pressure was on and England’s captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar,” he said.“I recognise now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: ‘Why are you smiling? Do you like boys?’Joe RootGabriel was charged under article 2.13, which relates to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an international match.By accepting the charge, Gabriel was fined 75% of his match fee and picked up three demerit points, taking his overall total to eight in a two-year period, which triggered the ban.England won the Test by 232 runs, although they had already lost the series having been beaten in the first two Tests. A five-match ODI series between the sides starts on 20 February in Barbados.(BBC) read more

Voith offers independent and highly dynamic linear axis

Voith offers independent and highly dynamic linear axis

first_imgWith the hydraulic CLDP (Closed Loop Differential Pump) linear axis, hydraulics specialist Voith Turbo H + L Hydraulic is setting new standards: the linear drive is compact, highly dynamic and precise. Additionally, it offers customers the full range of benefits offered by a hydraulic systems solution. These include overload protection, high power density and virtually wear-free operation. Thanks to an integrated servo pump, energy efficiency is significantly higher than that of conventional solutions.The design of the linear drive is fairly simple. At its heart is an integrated servo pump, consisting of servo motor and internal gear pump. Its displacement is optimally adapted to the surfaces of a differential cylinder. This is added by an intelligent control system with field bus connection, pressure protection and a small compensation tank. Other components, for example complex valve technology or a hydraulic unit with associated pipes, are no longer necessary.The compact design and the closed oil circuit allow easy systems integration. The onboard intelligence ensures high flexibility during operation. Possible applications are the quick handling of work pieces or machines for bending, separating and forming processes. In general, the Voith CLDP can be used for all direct linear movements – especially when the application calls for dynamics, reproducibility, overload protection and reliability.The CLDP can be easily integrated into new or existing plants, Voith says. “All that is required is a power connection for the servo motor. Costs for commissioning, training and maintenance are very low. Attractive aspects for plant operators are increases in productivity due to the speed of the drive, as well as higher operating safety thanks to the automatic overload protection.”last_img read more

Fraser Institute Mining Survey 2011 – your opinion sought

Fraser Institute Mining Survey 2011 – your opinion sought

first_imgThe Fraser Institute, a leading Canadian economic think tank, conducts an annual survey of how miners and explorers rate the investment climate of jurisdictions around the world. The results identify the countries, states, and provinces whose policies create the greatest barriers to investment in the mining sector. The results of the 2010-2011 Mining Survey, which elicited a great deal of media attention, can be downloaded as a free PDF at: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/research-news/display.aspx?id=17302. Participate in the 2011-2012 Survey of Mining Companies. Your participation will help to ensure that the results reflect the views of professionals with first-hand knowledge of the mining industry investment climate in countries around the globe. Broad involvement in the survey will increase the number of jurisdictions evaluated, thereby increasing the number of governments who get candid and anonymous opinions on their policies. Additionally, all information collected through the survey remains confidential.You can complete the survey on line in less than 15 minutes. To thank you for your participation, the survey will send you an email alert the very moment the survey is released, with a link to the survey. You will have the information at the same instant as the media. It will also automatically enter you in a draw to win C$1,000.To complete the survey, please click on the following link: www.fraserinstitute.org/miningsurvey2011last_img read more

Hitachi mining customers to benefit from new Remanufacturing Centre

Hitachi mining customers to benefit from new Remanufacturing Centre

first_imgHaving initially launched a remanufactured parts programme in 2009, Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) has now unveiled a new €1 million Remanufacturing Centre. After two years of “detailed planning, intricate development and the installation of the latest high-tech engineering and testing equipment”, the facility has officially opened its doors for business. There is already a wide range of remanufactured parts available for Hitachi customers throughout the European dealer network, and as a next step, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS. The quality of components is “as good as new” according to HCME’s Dealer Support Manager, Marten Bootsma and comes with a significant saving on the new list price.The centre is situated in the vicinity of HCME’s Oosterhout factory in the south of The Netherlands. It specialises in the supply of the main pumps, swing and travel motors, and cylinders for most medium and large Zaxis excavators, and ultra-large EX-6 series mining machines. It also caters for the transmissions on ZW wheel loaders. While only Hitachi-manufactured components will be overhauled in the Remanufacturing Centre, HCME works with an extensive network of OEMs for other components. These include: ZF, the manufacturer of axles and transmissions for wheeled excavators; MTU, which supplies Mercedes engines for the ZW310; Allison’s Dutch dealer for mining truck transmissions; and a UK company that has been certified by Isuzu Europe for the DPF (part of the muffler filter) on Zaxis-5 medium and large excavators.In addition, the remanufacturing of AC-drive components for the EH-series dump trucks has been licensed to a Dutch company. As an example, each EH3500ACII rigid dump truck in the Talvivaara Mining fleet in Finland will benefit from these remanufactured components being fitted at 20,000 h. This offer will be extended to other similar fleets that fall under HCME’s parts distribution network. HCME comments: “The tried-and-tested remanufacturing process is initiated when the required part is ordered by one of HCME’s dealers on behalf of a customer. The sales agreement includes the return of the ‘core’ product to HCME, where it is assessed for damage and evaluated for repair. It is then disassembled and replenished with new parts if required, and then assembled, checked and tested using rigid Hitachi standards, so that it is returned to the same specification as a new component. The remanufactured component is also sold with a six-month warranty – the same as a new component.”“The competitive price, high level of quality and excellent availability of remanufactured parts mean that they are an attractive proposition for any Hitachi customer,” says Bootsma. “This programme is also a good example of HCME’s corporate social responsibility activities, as the core isn’t scrapped, but refurbished and supplied back into the market. HCME’s customers benefit directly from the Remanufacturing Centre, because they have now better access to an increased supply of components from Europe as well as Japan. In addition, the sustainable value of this facility may be evidenced by the diminishing need for raw materials in the supply chain.”last_img read more

INGEMMET and ProInversión working hard to facilitate Peruvian exploration

INGEMMET and ProInversión working hard to facilitate Peruvian exploration

first_imgPeru’s Instituto Geológico Minero y Metalúrgico [Mining and Metallurgical Geological Institute] (INGEMMET) is updating the data of the National Geological Map at 1:100.000 in order to have it ready by the end of next year, Eng. Susana Vilca President of the institution, told MinerAndina.Com. The National Geological Map set consists of 501 maps covering the entire country. Each geological map or group of maps, is accompanied by a study in which geomorphology, stratigraphy, tectonics, economic geology, historical geology of the region studied stratigraphic sections and results of laboratory tests are described.This is the pre-upgrade of the Andean orogeny of the Geological Map scale 1:50,000 scheduled for late 2021, which, once completed, will give way to update the Amazon region at that level.Thus, the National Geological Map provides accurate geological information: the Peruvian soil contents and also the type of mineral resources. The information will be freely accessible to all citizens.“We are also planning to update the southern Eastern Cordillera, not only mapping, but also identifying the type of mining resources, because that area is a virgin site for mineral exploration. I think we’re going to help a lot of mining and exploration companies. It plans to start studies in 2015 and part of 2016, from the mountains to the jungle”, Vilca said.Within its mandate to promote mining during 2014 INGEMMET has referred to the Agencia de Promoción de la Inversión Privada [Agency for Promotion of Private Investment] (ProInversión) three reports of Areas of Inadmissibility of Claims (ANAPS): Colca (14,100 ha), Jalaoca (6,400 ha) and Cahuacho (800 ha) and, currently being evaluated, an additional 17,200 ha.“There are other studies, such as the Cotabambas area in Apurimac, areas that are seeing very interesting and I think it’s going to get Proinversion very well,” said the senior official. Thus, INGEMMET is leading the strengthening of research planning through various initiatives. The goal is to standardise the information to facilitate full consultation process geological information and level of knowledge of our geological, mining and energy potential.last_img read more

Extractives and financial sectors collaborate to produce new biodiversity management guide

Extractives and financial sectors collaborate to produce new biodiversity management guide

first_imgThe Cross-Sector Biodiversity Initiative (CSBI), a partnership between ICMM, IPIECA and the Equator Principles Association, has released a cross-sector guide for Implementing the mitigation hierarchy. This good practice guide focuses on managing biodiversity using the mitigation hierarchy – a framework for limiting the negative impacts of development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services.The guidance was, in part, developed in response to the challenges in implementing the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6 (PS6) and aims to balance conservation needs with development priorities to aid in the sustainable management of living, natural resources.Developed by biodiversity practitioners working in, or with, extractive industries and financial institutions, the guidance offers a step-by-step approach and practical examples of how the mitigation hierarchy can be applied to address biodiversity challenges. “The mitigation hierarchy guidance is a flagship product which brings together sector-leading knowledge and expertise to balance development and environmental priorities,” said CSBI Chair Dr Mark Johnston. “The cross-sector approach was essential in building an understanding about what state-of-the-art practice looks like.”CSBI has now developed a set of products to help manage and mitigate the potential impacts of development projects on biodiversity, and realising positive impacts when possible. This set includes the Timeline Tool designed to assist staff involved in extractive project planning to better align project development, biodiversity impact management, and financial timelines and milestones. It also includes Good Practices for the Collection of Biodiversity Baseline Data developed to help practitioners conduct a meaningful baseline to ensure that outcomes can be measured over time.Formed in 2013, the CSBI is a unique collaboration between the three participating sectors (finance, oil and gas, and mining) to share their knowledge and expertise of biodiversity matters and develop practical tools.The guide may be downloaded for free at www.icmm.com/document/9460last_img read more

BHP Billiton funding to help revitalise namesake city Broken Hill

BHP Billiton funding to help revitalise namesake city Broken Hill

first_imgBHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie has announced a donation of A$5.7 million from the BHP Billiton Foundation to support a major new Broken Hill City Council initiative to revitalise Broken Hill as a place to live and visit. Coinciding with the one year anniversary of Broken Hill’s inclusion on Australia’s National Heritage List, Mackenzie said the Foundation was proud to support the Living Museum and Perfect Light Project in the city that gave BHP Billiton its name.Making the funding announcement in Argent Street, Mackenzie was joined by the Mayor of Broken Hill, Councillor Wincen Cuy. Mackenzie said the City and the company had an important shared history, with BHP Billiton recently celebrating the 130th anniversary of the incorporation of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd. “As BHP Billiton has evolved, we have not forgotten our rich history and connection with Broken Hill. I am very proud to be here today to help the City celebrate its past, and prosper into the future,” he said. “We are delighted to announce the donation which will fund the development of two key components of the Broken Hill City Council’s Living Museum and Perfect Light Project – the Broken Hill Archives and the Argent Street intersection ‘parklets’. These will enhance the City’s appeal to attract new visitors and help to create an ongoing legacy and sustainable foundation for the Broken Hill community.”The ‘parklets’, located at the intersections of cross streets with Argent Street, will help tell the stories of the minerals they are named after, through artwork, seating and paving. The funding will also help protect the City’s historical archives and make them more accessible to visitors and online. BHP Billiton will also fund the restoration and protection of the BHP chimney, which is the last remnant of the company’s original office, a hut built in 1885 for the company’s first manager, William Jamison. Mackenzie said: “Broken Hill has a wonderful story to tell. By tapping in to the City’s bold and energetic artistic flair, its rich and colourful history, it will be preserved for generations to come.”Broken Hill, in the far north-west of New South Wales, and sharing a close affinity and time-zone with South Australia, has a population today of 19,000. The municipality was incorporated on September 22, 1888, five years after boundary rider Charles Rasp pegged the first mineral lease on the site. This rocky outcrop would become known as ‘Broken Hill’, the largest deposit of lead, silver and zinc ever discovered, and lend its name to the city and the company, BHP Billiton. In January 2015 Broken Hill became Australia’s first heritage listed city, joining the Australian War Memorial, the Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef on the National Heritage List. The listing recognises its significant mining history and contribution to the mining and resources industry. It also reflects the role it played in the country’s industrial relations system, with many conditions of employment, such as workplace safety, originating in the city’s mining operations.Embracing its heritage status, the Broken Hill City Council adopted the Living Museum and Perfect Light Project – a major CBD renewal plan – in June 2015. The plan aims to support the region beyond the life of mining operations, leveraging the City’s unique character and historical status to attract greater numbers of domestic and international tourists. Through its Foundation, BHP Billiton will contribute to this project and assist in the revitalisation of the city.last_img read more

Publicprivate partnership to open geodata access for African resource development

Publicprivate partnership to open geodata access for African resource development

first_imgGeosoft is participating in a pilot project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and usability of geoscientific data (geodata) to guide resource investment in the East African region. The pilot project, and launch of a geodata portal hosted by Uganda, will be conducted under the auspices of African Union Commission (AUC), and is a collaborative partnership between the British Geological Survey (BGS), Geosoft, IGS (International Geoscience Services), the Uganda Geological Survey and the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.The regional pilot project is the outcome of a workshop A New Beginning: A collaborative partnering approach towards African Geodata held March 22-24 in Uganda, which sought innovative solutions to Africa’s geodata shortfalls and drew expert participants from member states and institutions across Africa, Britain and Canada. Workshop discussions centered on: data requirements, data management and technology innovation. A business case was presented for a public-private partnership (PPP) model and capacity building.“It was very rewarding to share our insights on geodata with government and industry representatives at the workshop, and contribute to a positive outcome that supports fulfillment of Africa’s vision and potential for resource development,” said Tim Dobush, President and CEO of Geosoft. “Activation of Africa’s vast geodata resources, through multi-stakeholder collaboration, is key to unlocking its value for downstream economic and social benefit within the respective countries.”Geosoft will collaborate with organizing committee members, including the BGS and IGS, to implement the Uganda geodata portal.“We are very encouraged by this pilot initiative and the wide spectrum of geoscience data that will be made available,” said John Ludden, Executive Director of BGS. “Additionally, it will provide an opportunity to examine how the usage of geoscience data can support broader applications including environmental, infrastructure, and water management.”“IGS was honoured to have been involved in developing the workshop agenda, and we’re pleased to be part of the committee implementing the pilot geodata project for Uganda,” said Dr Peter K. Zawada, Managing Director of IGS, “Public-private partnerships are a vitally important way of ensuring the availability and accessibility of geodata, and creating added value to that data, to attract inward investment in the mineral exploration sector for Africa. Exciting time lies ahead where geodata is used to create wealth and to improve the quality of life of Africa’s people.”The workshop and pilot project are guided by the aspirations and principles of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) and Agenda 2063, which recognizes geodata as an imperative for future development of Africa’s extractives, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, infrastructure and tourism sectors.The initiative will be based on a public-private partnership business model for the generation, management and ownership of geodata by participating countries and it is expected to be piloted in other African countries.The picture shows the AUC Uganda workshop group.last_img read more

B2Gold achieves commercial production at the Fekola mine ahead of schedule

B2Gold achieves commercial production at the Fekola mine ahead of schedule

first_imgGold production to date during ramp up is approximately 80,000 oz, 158% above budget. Fekola mine in Mali achieved commercial production on November 30, 2017, one month ahead of the revised schedule and four months ahead of the schedule announced in the Optimized Feasibility Study (OFS). Ramp up to full-scale production at Fekola remains ahead of schedule with gold production well above budget in each of the ramp-up months, beating original recovery, grade and plant availability estimates in the OFS design. Gold production from the Fekola in 2017 is now forecast to be between 100,000 and 110,000 oz, far surpassing the upper end of the original guidance of 45,000 to 55,000 oz. Based on current assumptions and updates to B2Gold’s current year guidance and long-term mine plans, B2Gold is now projecting consolidated gold production in 2017 of between 580,000 and 625,000 oz.In 2018, consolidated gold production is forecast to be between 925,000 and 975,000 oz. This represents an increase in annual consolidated gold production of some 58% for B2Gold in 2018 versus 2017. Annual consolidated cash operating costs and all-in sustaining costs (AISC) for 2018 are forecast to decrease in 2018 to approximately $525/oz and $800/oz, respectively.B2Gold has declared commercial production at the Fekola mine based on an internal commercial production measure of 30 consecutive days of mill throughput at 65% or greater of nameplate capacity (607 t/h (dry)). During the 30 consecutive-day commercial test, the mill achieved an average throughput of 626 t/h (dry). This included an availability for the mill of 95% (budget was 70%) for the test period and a recovery that exceeded 95% (budget was 91%).Fekola mill started processing ore more than three months ahead of schedule on September 25, 2017, with the first pour at the mine achieved on October 7, 2017. In October, the first full month of ramp-up and pre-commercial production, the Fekola mill treated 324,525 t of ore (budgeted — 225,804 tonnes) at an average grade of 3.40 g/t (budgeted — 2.33 g/t) with a gold recovery of 95.4% (budgeted — 90.0%), producing a total of 33,946 oz of gold in the month (surpassing budget of 15,100 oz). Gold production at Fekola in November 2017 was approximately 40,000 oz from 426,836 t of ore (budgeted 316,000 t) at an average grade of 3.05 g/t (2.33 g/t budgeted) with gold recoveries of 95.5% (budget 91%). The higher than budgeted grade is a result of the early start to mining (April 2017), allowing the site to stockpile ore and blend mill feed for optimal production.The estimated overall production from the Fekola mine for 2017 is now projected to be between 100,000 and 110,000 oz. Commercial gold production in 2017 will include a projected 25,000 oz in December 2017. This number is lower than the production in October and November 2017, due to a planned shutdown to finalize operational changes. The routine shutdown is expected to last six to seven days.Based on the life of mine (LoM) plan in 2018, the first full year of Fekola production, the company is projecting production of approximately 400,000 to 410,000 oz of gold from the mine with low projected cash operating costs and AISC of approximately $354/oz and $609/oz, respectively.For the first three years, Fekola is projected to produce approximately 400,000 oz/y of gold at cash operating costs of $357/oz and AISC of $604/oz. For the first seven years, Fekola is projected to produce approximately 374,000 oz of gold annually with cash operating costs of $391/oz and AISC of $643/oz. Over the initial ten-year LoM, Fekola is projected to produce an average of 345,000 oz/y at cash operating costs of $428/oz and AISC of $664/oz.Positive drill results from the company’s $15.4 million 2017 exploration program at the Fekola area indicated that the main Fekola deposit, with additional drilling, could extend significantly to the north. In addition, drilling below the extensive saprolite resource at the Anaconda, Adder and Mamba zones has discovered three, well mineralized bedrock (sulphide) zones, indicating the potential for large, Fekola-style mineralized zones.Drilling is ongoing to further test the Fekola North Extension zone, infill the Fekola resource and further test the new bedrock mineralization beneath the Anaconda, Adder and Mamba saprolite resource. The Company is planning additional, aggressive exploration drilling programs on these targets in 2018.last_img read more

Unimin to modernise its Canadian nepheline operations

Unimin to modernise its Canadian nepheline operations

first_imgUnimin Canada will make a multi-million dollar investment in the modernisation of the company’s mining and manufacturing operations at Blue Mountain in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. When completed, the new operation will further improve the site’s environmental footprint and support continued mining, manufacturing, and employment at the facility for many more decades. The modernisation will enable the optimization of new technologies and practices to reduce noise, dust, lighting, and use of water, as well as electricity, and will provide improved capabilities to serve coatings, polymers, glass, and ceramics markets. The long-term sustainability of this operation is one of the key goals of this project.Upon the completion of the modernisation scheduled for early 2020, Blue Mountain’s sister operation at Nephton will be closed. Unimin will work closely with its staff and labour representatives to determine mutually effective adjustment measures for the approximately 100 employees who will be affected. During the modernisation, the Nephton facility will remain fully operational.“To sustain our operations in the Kawartha Lakes region over the long-term, it is critical that we continue to increase efficiency levels and stay competitive in the marketplace,” said Carl Horvat, Regional General Manager. “We appreciate that this will affect a number of valued employees and will work with everyone involved over the next two years, to manage this transition effectively.”The facility’s product, Canadian Nepheline (nepheline syenite), used worldwide, is a high-quality ingredient used in the production of glass, paint, insulation, and ceramic tile as well as in polymers and coatings. It is processed without toxic chemicals, making the process environmentally friendly.Unimin is an application-focused minerals company providing materials solutions to its customers. Unimin is one the largest producers of quartz proppants for oil and natural gas stimulation and recovery and is a leading supplier of multi-mineral product offerings to industrial customers in glass, construction, ceramics, coatings, polymers and foundry markets.Unimin operates a portfolio of strategically located and long life assets with 38 sand, mineral and coating processing facilities in the USA, Canada, and Mexico that serve a variety of energy and industrial customers. It offers a broad portfolio of minerals including silica sand, with feldspar, nepheline syenite, lime, clays (incl. kaolin), calcium carbonate and olivine allowing the company to offer a multi-mineral product mix to its industrial customers.It operates an extensive logistics and distribution network with access to five Class 1 railroads, a large number of in-basin oil and gas operating terminals and strong unit-train capabilities.last_img read more

Making the case for improved fatigue management

Making the case for improved fatigue management

first_imgKate du Preez, Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health in Queensland, Australia, notes that fatigue has long been recognised as a hazard in the mining industry. Long shifts and extended working periods in remote locations can be exhausting and with a general trend towards longer on-shift rotations, fatigue management remains a prominent issue in mine safety and health discussions.She said that despite this wide recognition of the dangers of fatigue, incidents are still occurring. “In the past 12 months, there have been at least two tragic road accidents involving mine workers who have been killed while driving home from a rotation,” she said.“In fact, driving home from work is potentially the most dangerous part of the job for mine workers. So, with that in mind, I was quite alarmed by an article in the Mackay Daily Mercury recently which reported that almost half of the 200 attendees at the 2018 Resource Industry Network Safety Conference admitted to experiencing ‘microsleeps’ while driving.“Think about that for a moment. Almost half of the attendees at a conference primarily attended by leaders in the mining industry had experienced a potentially deadly microsleep while driving.“That number is particularly concerning because there are specific measures in place to mitigate the risks posed by worker fatigue.”The Guidance Note for Fatigue Risk Management (issued in 2013 and revised in 2015) was developed as a result of a number of recommendations from the Coroners Court of Queensland, and considered by both mining safety and health advisory committees, related to the deaths of mine workers from fatigue-related car accidents.The guidance note outlines the various considerations for mines to effectively manage fatigue and provides mine operators and mine workers with a comprehensive overview of the factors that contribute to workplace fatigue and how they can be controlled.“Our duty of care to workers does not stop when people clock off at the end of a shift,” du Preez said.“One of my priorities for 2018–19 is to hold a series of workshops with the coal mining and the mining and quarrying safety and health advisory committees to examine current practices in the industry and to share information and data available in relation to fatigue, and to find possible solutions to enhance fatigue management.“These workshops will provide an opportunity to examine the causes of these incidents and further explore strategies that we can implement to minimise the risk to workers.”The first workshop is scheduled to be held in July 2018.last_img read more

Mens Olympic Tournament 2 ROUND 2 Balkan derby Wilbek VS Rivera…

Mens Olympic Tournament 2 ROUND 2 Balkan derby Wilbek VS Rivera…

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SEHA GAZPROM SSL Round 5 Zagreb defeated in Belarus – No more

SEHA GAZPROM SSL Round 5 Zagreb defeated in Belarus – No more

7.Vojvodina5203125 : 1436 2.Vardar5311152 : 13510 The Round 5 of the SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League 2013/2014 has been played this weekend. A lot of interesting matches and unexpected results with the first defeat for Croatian champion RK C.O Zagreb, which means that there is no team with 100% score after five matches…RESULTS:RK VOJVODINA – RK VARDAR 21:30RK PARTIZAN – RK BORAC 20:23RK METALURG – RK NEXE 24:24TATRAN PRESOV – RK LOVCEN 32:29MESHKOV BREST – C.O ZAGREB 21:19STANDINGS: 10.Borac m:tel5104109 : 1563 6.Meshkov Brest4202103 : 1006 gazprom handballhandballSEHASEHA GAZPROM HANDBALL 1.Tatran Prešov5401168 : 15112 5.Nexe5212143 : 1417 8.Lovćen4103108 : 1133 3.CO Zagreb4301136 : 959 4.Metalurg4220107 : 978 9.Partizan5104119 : 1393 ← Previous Story BORING BARCA: Karabatic and Co. with +16 over newcomers Next Story → RK Vardar sack Zoran Kastratovic! Talant Dujshebaev new coach? read more