Rajant’s BreadCrumbr wireless mesh system has been selected by Kennecott Utah Copper Corp (KUCC), the wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto, as its primary communications platform for operations within the Bingham Canyon copper mine. Rajant and its technology is described in the December issue of International Mining. The Rajant BreadCrumbr system will enable KUCC to gain additional operational efficiencies by tracking, monitoring and managing its copper mining operations.“Enabling Kennecott to streamline its mining operations was the primary goal of using the Rajant BreadCrumb wireless mesh system,” said Gary Anderson, Senior Vice President of Mining for Rajant. “We knew they required a high number of moving wireless nodes for improving mine monitoring and control. The Rajant InstaMeshr software running on the wireless BreadCrumb units connects hundreds of devices to each other while rapidly transporting critical operational data.”Kennecott has successfully implemented a large number of BreadCrumb systems in an interconnected network that allows loader trucks, shovels, pumps, laptops and other production equipment to communicate with each other in real-time. These systems are a mix of secure access nodes that enable data and voice communications across a meshed, self-healing network for fleet dispatch, health monitoring and other critical mining applications. Many of the devices that require wireless communications are moving at all times throughout the wireless mining infrastructure. The BreadCrumb nodes rapidly adapt to any changes in the network topology, assuring that IP traffic uptime and bandwidth are maximised.
Atlas Copco is launching a new, 18-t capacity LHD for large operations including development work as well as production mining. The company says the Scooptram ST18 “is expected to be the most productive LHD on the market.” Designed to match the successful 60-t capacity Minetruck MT6020, the new Scooptram ST18 completes Atlas Copco’s range of underground loaders in this segment. “We know that this loader is long-awaited on the market”, says Ben Thompson, Product Manager at Atlas Copco. “The optimised bucket means better muck pile penetration, faster acceleration and faster dumping. The result is a better load factor on the truck and, in the end, a higher tonnage per month.”In addition, the ST18 and the MT6020 share many common parts and control system components, which can substantially reduce total cost of ownership.The bucket and the unique boom design combined with variable displacement pumps provide safe and efficient operations. This, together with the proven Atlas Copco Rig Control System, which monitors, supports and controls all aspects of the operation, results in superior muck pile penetration, less wear and tear on the machine and an overall faster and more productive loading cycle.The operator sits in a spacious FOPS/ROPS-approved, air conditioned cab and has extra leg room thanks to the unique Atlas Copco footbox. The layout of the controls is ergonomically optimised and visibility is best in class even towards the rear, thanks to the sloping design and shorter power frame structure. All of this contributes to an outstanding operator experience and improved productivity.The Scooptram ST18 has an abundance of safety features, such as automatic brake test, protection guards, three-point access system, redundant steering system, safety latches, boom lock up, fire suppression systems, machine protection system and more. Furthermore, it can be equipped to run semi-autonomously or by radio remote control. Beyond this, the new loader offers many sustainable solutions that contribute to maximised uptime and a long service life. For example, automatic ride control and automatic declutch to increase the lifespan of the equipment and to reduce spillage from the bucket. Automatic traction control reduces tire wear and fuel consumption and the addition of soft stops on the boom, bucket and steering which reduce wear and tear on the machine. The ST18 comes with a number of Atlas Copco Service products that contribute to trouble-free operations. One example is the RigScan, an advanced audit service product that offers a real-time, non-intrusive look at the equipment’s running condition and performance. Another example is the Remote Monitoring system, making production and maintenance data available through a user-friendly web interface.In addition, Atlas Copco offers a training program consisting of classroom, simulator, and on-site training. By using the sophisticated Scooptram ST18 training simulator, new operators are given plenty of opportunity to practice on machines and systems before entering the mine.
This report from the IEA contains market analysis and forecasts to 2019 (132 pages, ISBN 978-92-64-22188-8, paper €100, PDF €80 from IEA). The Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2014 provides IEA forecasts on coal markets for the coming five years as well as an in-depth analysis of recent developments in global coal demand, supply and trade. The fourth annual report shows that, while China will continue to dominate global coal markets between now and the end of the decade, India and Southeast Asia will also drive coal demand growth, although on a smaller scale. The map (source IEA) shows incremental coal demand during the outlook period.Global demand for coal over the next five years will continue marching higher, breaking the 9-billion-tonne level by 2019, the (IEA) says in the report. It notes that despite China’s efforts to moderate its coal consumption, it will still account for three-fifths of demand growth during the outlook period. Moreover, China will be joined by India, ASEAN countries and other countries in Asia as the main engines of growth in coal consumption, offsetting declines in Europe and the US.“We have heard many pledges and policies aimed at mitigating climate change, but over the next five years they will mostly fail to arrest the growth in coal demand,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said at the launch of the book. “Although the contribution that coal makes to energy security and access to energy is undeniable, I must emphasise once again that coal use in its current form is simply unsustainable. For this to change, we need to radically accelerate deployment of carbon capture and sequestration.”The Executive Director also called for more investment in high-efficiency coal-fired power plants, especially in emerging economies. “New plants are being built, in an arc running from South Africa to Southeast Asia, but too many of these are based on decades-old technology,” she said. “Regrettably, they will be burning coal inefficiently for many years to come.”Global coal demand growth has been slowing in recent years, and the report sees that trend continuing. Coal demand will grow at an average rate of 2.1% per year through 2019, the report said. This compares to the 2013 report’s forecast of 2.3% for the five years through 2018 and the actual growth rate of 3.3% per year between 2010 and 2013.As has been the case for more than a decade, the fate of the global coal market will be determined by China. The world’s biggest coal user, producer and importer has embarked on a campaign to diversify its energy supply and reduce its energy intensity, and the resulting increase in gas, nuclear and renewables will be staggering. However, the IEA report shows that despite these efforts, and under normal macroeconomic circumstances, Chinese coal consumption will not peak during the five-year outlook period.The report’s forecasts come with considerable uncertainties, especially regarding the prospect of new policies affecting coal. Authorities in China as well as in key markets like Indonesia, Korea, Germany and India, have announced policy changes that could sharply affect coal market fundamentals. The possibility of these policy changes becoming reality is compounding uncertainty resulting from the current economic climate.The issue of low prices remains a hot topic among coal market participants. Last year’s report emphasised that many coal producers were running at losses, largely driven by take-or-pay infrastructure contracts or financial liabilities. Coal prices have declined even more since last year, but several factors have helped producers withstand further economic pain.“Our analysis shows that the price floor provided by production costs has decreased significantly, not only because producers reduced costs by gaining economies of scale, better management and budget discipline, but also due to external factors,” said Keisuke Sadamori, Director for Energy Markets and Security. “Depreciation of local currencies in the main exporting countries has been significant and low oil prices also help, as oil represents a significant share of coal costs, especially in open-pit operations.”Coal use in OECD member countries is projected to decline in the outlook period, as growth in Turkey, Korea and Japan fails to offset declines in Europe and America. In the US, retirement of coal capacity and competition from shale gas will lead to a 1.7% decline per year on average during the forecast period. Australia is set to account for the largest growth in exports as Indonesia, driven by higher domestic demand and government policies, slows shipments abroad.Despite coal’s reputation as an old-fashioned, 19th-century fuel, coal markets today are very dynamic: a variety of qualities are traded, new price indexes have been created for different qualities in different regions and an increasing amount of paper trading is taking place. Meanwhile, physical flows of coal are quite sensitive to demand and price developments – not to mention policy changes throughout the world.This report examines whether and when China’s efforts to diversify its energy mix – the so-called ABC (anything but coal) policy – will lead to peak demand for coal in the world’s biggest coal market. It also analyses how the current environment of low prices for coal will affect not just demand and investments but also the ability of coal producers to stay in business, and how new regulations in the main importing and exporting countries may affect international trade.
As part of its ongoing development of the Dual Truck Mobile Sizer (DTMS), one of its key new innovations in In-Pit Crushing and Conveying, FLSmidth recently engaged the services of Maplesoft’s Engineering Solutions team whose design and analysis tools have helped in the development of the offering, which is truly mobile and can be relocated throughout a project’s life, as the haul distances increase. The DTMS increases in-pit crushing efficiency due to its dual-skip configuration. A truck backs into one skip until it reaches a restraining curb in the floor. After dumping its load on the skip floor, it then slowly pulls ahead, lowers its bed, and pulls away.Once the truck clears the end of the skip, the skip can be raised. As the skip is elevated, it pours material from the discharge of the skip and deposits the material into the apron feeder hopper. As material is introduced onto the apron feeder, it conveys the material to the sizer where it is crushed to the appropriate size. After being crushed, the material is deposited onto the discharge conveyor where it is taken to the bench conveyor. This process is performed while another haul truck is depositing material into the twin skip, thereby increasing the number of truck cycles.To create tools that would help FLSmidth to design this innovative piece of equipment, the Maplesoft team first had to develop a deep understanding of the dynamics of the skip system. They began by using MapleSim, the advanced modelling and simulation platform, to develop a fully parameterised model of the skip. Taking advantage of MapleSim’s multidomain modelling capabilities, they were able to create a high-fidelity model that incorporated all the key components of the skip – from its geometric structure and mechanical operation, to the hydraulic circuits and controllers. “The DTMS is a very large and complex machine,” says Willem Fourie, Global Product Line Manager – Mobile Sizer Stations, FLSmidth. “The ability to model all aspects of its operation during the design phase using MapleSim gave us confidence that the product we would ultimately build would function correctly the first time. We cannot even begin to put a value on what this means to us.”MapleSim’s modelling approach not only addresses the basic requirements of dynamic multidomain simulation, but through seamless access to the underlying symbolic equations, enables the user to rapidly create targeted design tools using Maple’s high-performance symbolic computation engine. The creation of the skip model was complemented with the development of multiple design tools to aid in adjusting the model to achieve the desired behaviour. One such design tool is the Geometric Design Evaluation tool, which provides the ability to evaluate changes in the dimensions of the skip design and their effect on the dynamics of the system. The tool uses Maple – Maplesoft’s symbolic computation tool – to perform a parameter sweep, by simultaneously running simulations using the different parameter values provided. Maple then presents the results overlaid on a single plot window for easy comparison and evaluation. Other tools developed include tools for sizing the hydraulics and components, designing the motion profile, investigating the dynamic loading on the bearings, and estimating the material flow load.As part of developing and testing the skip model, Maplesoft’s technical team also evaluated the design, to identify the sources of vibrations and their effects. They developed an approach to perform stability analysis, which was made possible by the fact that the skip model provided easy access to key geometric features and dynamic properties of the design. The stability analysis approach was demonstrated using a case study in which the location of the feedback sensor was varied. The analysis identified a potential issue very early in the design phase, enabling engineers at FLSmidth to develop a more robust design.“The stability analysis performed by the Maplesoft team was very insightful,” said Fourie. “Knowing about a potential issue early on enabled us to design with it in mind, rather than having to go back and rework our design at a later stage. This contributed to keeping our project on track, and saved us millions of dollars down the line.” The stability analysis design approach and all the other analysis tools developed by Maplesoft were delivered to FLSmidth, enabling them to apply them to future projects.Once the modelling and testing of the skip system was completed, during the following phases of the project, Maplesoft staff went on to develop the chassis model, and finally the full DTMS. Many more design tools were created, providing the ability to evaluate joint flexibility, center of mass variations as the skip was raised and lowered, and even soil modeling to investigate the vertical displacement of the system on different types of soil. “From start to finish, Maplesoft provided truly knowledgeable and professional service,” concludes Fourie. “Their team worked tirelessly to accommodate our schedule, and the power of the Maplesoft toolset is second to none. The level of design detail and the amount of insight we gained have enabled us to revolutionise onsite crushing through the development of the DTMS. We could not have achieved this without the services of Maplesoft’s Engineering Solutions team.”
Pipelines are one of the themes of the December issue. A new approach to managing fauna during construction of major pipelines in Western Australia’s iron ore-rich Pilbara region has saved native wildlife, reduced costs and broadened workforce skills. Earlier this year the KT-OSD Joint Venture successfully completed the construction and commissioning of the 85 km connector from the Goldfields Gas Pipeline to a gas-fired power station at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine.In an address to the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s annual conference recently, Project Manager Keith Horstmann explained that changing the approach to managing fauna meant fewer animal losses and better training and work opportunities for the local traditional owners.“Trenches are essentially vast fauna pit traps stretching for kilometres,” Horstmann said. “Once in a trench, fauna face a lack of shelter, extreme heat, dehydration and predation – the cause of previous high fatality levels.”Regulators have since 2004 successfully forced new fauna management conditions which have helped stem fauna losses. However, this has also brought increasing expectations and escalating costs around the need for specialists such as zoologists to be present during a trenching program.“Our focus was on developing the skills needed to minimise fauna losses, which lead to an agreement to develop a unit of competency in fauna management recognised in the national training system, rather than just certificates of participation,” Horstmann said.“There was a larger upfront cost involved in developing this more intensive and tailored fauna training program, but the net cost saving to the West Angelas project was significant. We now hope to continue to work with Polytechnic West, regulators and indigenous employment agencies on future pipeline projects to achieve even better fauna management outcomes.”Rio Tinto Projects Area Manager Wal Terlecki said trenches posed a major environmental risk during pipeline construction and that he was delighted with how the joint venture had dealt with that risk.The KT-OSD Joint Venture elected to build its own fauna knowledge and wildlife handler skills by developing customised training including for indigenous trainees, on fauna identification, rescue and record keeping, and matching it with improved trench inspections and backfilling practices.When not required, the fauna handlers resumed their normal trade assistant or machinery operator duties, thus increasing site manpower efficiency and maximising the workforce’s fauna experience.
Visit Metso at MINExpo and learn about the three biggest ways to reduce capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX) through circuit design. The three ways are to “reduce the quantity of operating equipment, use the most efficient equipment available and ensure that the complete comminution circuit is designed to maximize plant efficiency. With new advances in equipment, such as the Metso MP®2500 cone crusher, the Metso HRC™3000 HPGR and the Metso VERTIMILL® VTM-4500-C, new exciting solutions are pushing the boundaries of circuit design.“The same common themes for energy-efficient circuits have been discussed in countless papers. Crush more, grind less! Don’t overgrind! And, of course, a popular topic is the energy savings offered by going to an HPGR circuit instead of primary grinding. These general concepts are all valid, but they are just pieces of the bigger puzzle; there is further room for improvement.”With diminishing ore grades and rising energy costs, ensuring that a plant has the lowest total cost of ownership is vital. One way to achieve this is to reduce the number of lines in the comminution circuit with as few moving components as possible – a strategy that has been employed in SAG mill circuits for some time. From a CAPEX perspective, the single unit equipment typically has a lower installed cost than multiple smaller units. Cost savings come from a smaller footprint, a reduction in installation costs, a reduction in ancillary equipment, and shorter commissioning time, which results in quicker realization of production targets. By having a single-line circuit, equipment availability is increased as there is less equipment that needs regular maintenance and that can break down. Moreover, larger machines tend to have similar maintenance intervals as smaller machines; but with less machines to maintain, the overall plant availability can be increased.The MP2500 cone crusher, the HRC3000 HPGR, and the VERTIMILL VTM-4500-C are the largest equipment of their kind. With these machines, single line/single equipment crushing circuits up to 95,000 t/d are now achievable. However, these machines are not just known for their sheer size. They offer significant improvements over the traditional versions available to the market. Metso’s MP cone crushers are the industry standard when it comes to large cone crushing and are known for processing more ore than any competitive unit at the same reduction ratio or product size. And now, the MP2500 offers the largest available feed opening on the market, which potentially reduces the load on the primary crusher and could allow for smaller or a lower quantity of primary crushers.Metso’s HRC3000 features the patented Arch-frame and a flanged roll design, which provides increased machine capacity, improved energy efficiency, and increased roll life compared to traditional HPGRs on the market. In closed-circuit testing, the Arch-frame and flanges were shown to increase the circuit capacity by over 20% and decrease specific energy by over 10%. The Arch-frame also provides alignment that is critical for larger HPGR sizes, such as the HRC3000.Finally, the VERTIMILL VTM-4500-C is the world’s largest gravity-induced stirred mill and the only stirred mill on the market that is practical to use in a high-capacity secondary grinding application, says Metso. This means that an HRC HPGR can directly feed a VERTIMILL grinding mill. In one operating installation, two VTM-4500-C mills are in a closed circuit with multiple stages of high-frequency screens, and are accepting a feed of 90% passing 3 mm and grinding to a specification of 85% passing 74 micron at 400 t/h. Additionally, with the VTM-7000-C model now available, operators are able to further reduce the number of lines while taking advantage of the energy efficiency and footprint benefits of the VERTIMILL.Regardless of how efficient any piece of equipment is, in order to have the most profitable operation, the total comminution circuit must be designed to maximize the overall plant efficiency while providing the required liberation for the downstream processes. Every plant has different needs, and our expertise extends beyond the supply of a single piece of equipment. Metso’s experts can help provide a total flowsheet solution that fits the unique needs of your plant.
EPC-UK says it is again emphasising safety as a number one priority for all of its employees and customers with the launch of its innovative new Esprit d’Equipe mobile app. This free multifunctional mobile app provides the user with safety alerts and the very latest safety information, as well as the ability to track and record individual CPD activity. It can also report issues directly to EPC-UK which, when combined with its inbuilt tools can save valuable time when on-site. “With easily accessible information, such as detailed product guides; event information, including upcoming exhibitions and seminars; news stories; and an understandable and easy to use format, the app is extremely user-friendly.”“Available on all Android and Apple devices, the app allows downloaded information to be accessed offline, eliminating the need for data or a Wi-Fi connection. The Push functionality also means the user will be kept up-to-date with the latest safety data, helping them to stay at the forefront of this challenging industry. The new app not only reduces the need for excessive paperwork, but it enables EPC-UK employees to instantly access information on-site, regardless of location or network coverage and disseminate this information directly to the customer in real-time.”Externally, the app’s powerful tools enable complex calculations to be made by blast designers and shotfirers, helping to increase on-site efficiency and effectiveness, as well as safety. It also allows EPC-UK employees to collaborate more closely on safety issues and provides employees and customers with updates on new EPC-UK initiatives and developments, as well as the ability to instantly access the EPC-UK website and Twitter feed.The Esprit d’Equipe app has been developed in collaboration with EPC-UK’s Safety Ambassadors. Safety Ambassadors were introduced to the company to assist in communicating the importance of safety throughout the organisation. The Ambassadors also assist to ensure that safety standards are being met and that these standards are taken out on-site and ultimately to the customer.“The inspiration for the app came from EPC-UK’s Esprit d’Equipe initiative and is based on the group’s core values, which are encapsulated in the word ’SPIRIT’– safety, passion, integrity, respect, innovation and team work – with safety being the number one priority.”“In our industry, safety must always remain at the core of everything we undertake. The new Esprit d’Equipe mobile app will bring safety to the forefront of everyone’s minds, consolidate all of our knowledge and expertise into one place, and help us reach our ultimate goal of zero harm,” explains Ben Williams, Managing Director for EPC-UK.“Real time safety information will also prove invaluable when on-site, whilst the ability to record and track activity will provide us with the vital information we need to make EPC-UK even more effective – and more importantly safer – in the future, benefitting both our employees and our customers,” adds Williams.
GeoProMining LLC (GPM) successfully increased recovery from sulphide concentrates in its Ararat plant from 20% to over 95%, defying expectations and targets. The plant was commissioned in June 2014 and achieved full capacity after three months. GPM owns and operates the Zod gold mine and Ararat processing plant in Armenia to produce gold and silver bullion.In order to expand, GPM needed to treat the underlying sulphide material at the Zod mine which only resulted in around 20 to 30% gold recovery through the existing conventional CIL flowsheet.In 2010, GPM approved a refurbishment project at the Zod mine and Ararat processing plant – in increased crushing capacity to deal with the harder ore and a refurbishment and re-commissioning of the existing flotation plant. Added to this was the installation of a new Albion ProcessTM plant for the oxidation of the sulphide concentrate prior to its treatment in the existing CIL plant. The new flowsheet would be configured such that the CIL would treat flotation tailings and oxidised residue from the Albion Process.The Albion Process is an atmospheric leaching process developed and owned by Glencore Technology. It uses ultrafine grinding to reduce the activation energy needed in oxidation of the sulphides, so that it can occur under atmospheric conditions. The leaching occurs in an agitated tank that uses HyperSpargeTM supersonic gas injectors to boost oxygen capture efficiency.Glencore Technology was engaged to design, supply and commission the Albion Process and to provide installation supervision assistance.The design basis for GPM’s Albion Process was oxidation of 100,000 t/y of concentrate to give an overall production of 100,000 oz/y of gold from concentrate and flotation tailings. The design recovery of gold from the Albion residue was 92% but the plant frequently achieves over 95% recovery with an overall plant-wide design recovery of 86% but commonly achieving 88%.The refurbishment project was commissioned in June 2014, with ramp-up occurring for the remainder of 2014. The plant has achieved and exceeded nameplate production, treating in fact 120,000 t/ya concentrate with an overall production of 120,000 oz/y.Further, GPM successfully achieved an overall 88% plant-wide recovery exceeding the 86% design target due to better than design performance in the Albion Process.The grade of concentrate has been more or less stable, and increased production might normally be expected to decrease as equipment is stretched. But in GPM’s case, it has successfully kept recovery above design using the Albion Process.GPM is currently evaluating an expansion project comprising a second line of an Albion Process plant.
Sharing a spirit of innovation, John Deere Power Systems and Rubble Master GmbH say they aim to set new benchmarks in power, performance and efficiency, each in their own fields. Now, with the compact yet powerful RM 100GO! and RM 120GO! impact crushers, fitted with John Deere Tier 3/Stage III A or Final Tier 4/Stage IV PowerTech E 9.0L engines, “Rubble Master offers an excellent alternative to heavier crushers for big applications, including the toughest – mining.”Able to recycle and process materials on site, Rubble Master’s John Deere-powered impact crushers “bring instant return to small- and medium-sized recycling contractors. They offer great weight to size ratio and excellent throughput capacity. The patented GO! principle, built into every unit, emphasizes easy set up and intuitive operation.”The RM 100GO! track-mounted impact crusher handles up to 250 t/h, crushing construction and demolition (C&D) waste, concrete, asphalt, glass, coal, natural rock, and even reinforced concrete for production of high quality construction materials. With the RM 120GO! track-mounted impact crusher Rubble Master says it has strengthened its foothold in the mining industry. Weighing only 35 t, it can reduce up to 350 t of demolition waste to tiny pieces in just one hour. Impact plates enable the operator to switch between recycling and natural stone applications quickly, increasing productivity and flexibility.For both units, customers have a choice of a John Deere Tier 3/Stage III A or Final Tier 4/Stage IV PowerTech E 9.0L engine. “The dynamics of a crusher require a good engine response to maintain a constant speed at highly fluctuating load. These engines have proven reliable in the toughest of applications,” says Heinz Jank, research & development manager of Rubble Master.“Both Rubble Master and John Deere Power Systems are pioneers in their fields. While processing hard stone usually requires a jaw or cone crusher, Rubble Master has developed impact crushers that can handle the job – and, in certain applications, do the work of two other crushers. John Deere Power Systems pioneered advanced emission technologies for Tier 3/Stage IIIA, and built its Final Tier 4/Stage IV on these proven technologies. The company is ready to lead customers seamlessly through the upcoming Stage V transition, thanks to its considerable DPF experience. John Deere brings remarkable expertise in application integration, while a wide product offering gives OEMs more options to match power and performance to exact machine requirements.”The two companies have a long history of successful collaboration. Local John Deere engine distributor Hamilton AG has worked with Rubble Master to successfully integrate John Deere engines in the company’s impact crushers since 2005. “As long-term supplier to Rubble Master, we appreciate the opportunity to support its innovations. We are pleased our technologies help Rubble Master to strengthen its position in the market, and its end-customers to build successful businesses,” says Florent Goujon, Area Manager of John Deere Power Systems.
Fantastic night for all the Hungarian Handball Fans. Team coached by Lajos Mocsai made the biggest surprise of the Preliminary Round at EHF EURO 2012 against France 26:23.– It is a fantastic feeling to defeat such a great team as France – we all know what great work the French team do in handball. They are already qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games and have won several big titles. Ours is a young squad with few experienced players. Today I feel that the luckier team has won, which used its technical skills most effectively. I could single out only one player for his performance Nándor Fazekas, but I really feel this was a victory for the whole team – said experienced coach for the official EHF EURO 2012 website. ← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 PR Best Individuals: The leaders are Sigurdsson and Angelov Next Story → Fantastic day in Belgrade: “Two draws, one win in the last second! Hungary handballLajos Mocsai
← Previous Story Wacker Thun extend deal with Chakalidis and Franic Next Story → Elena Gjorgievska sign for Baia Mare! aixDean BombacFrench handball After bankruptcy of Belarus champion HC Dinamo Minsk, all the players left the capital. Slovenian trio Miklavcic, Mackovsek and Bundalo have been transfered to RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, where they will finish the season, but “the most wanted” was their compatriot – playmaker Dean Bombac (25) who was a target of RK Metalurg and Wisla Plock, but at the end, he decided to sign a short three months deal with French Aix!Legendary THW Kiel coach Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic leads ambitious French team since February…
5. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6204170:175(-5)4 6. Chekhovskie Medvedi6015184:211(-27)1 2. HC Vardar6312175:169(6)7 RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko German DKB Bundesliga leader, Rhein Neckar Lowen, had another bad evenning as visitors on Balkans. After Skopje, where Nikolaj Jakobsen boys were defeated easily, not better performance was seen in Celje, where home team showed once again, who talented are. At the end, 32:28 win for Celje, who remain in the race for TOP 16, while Germans lost all the chances to reclaim the first place from Veszprem…In one moment, RNL was seven goals behind the home squad – 28:21…Celje Pivovarna Laško : Rhein-Neckar Löwen 32:28 (16:11)Celje Pivovarna Laško: Skok (13 saves), Lesjak, Blagotinšek 1, Ivić 2, Žuran 1, Janc 4, Razgor 3 (2), Marguč, Malus, Poteko 2, Miklavčič 7, Slišković 4, Zarabec 5, Kodrin 1, Kasal 1, Žvižej 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Landin (5 saves), Rutschmann, Schmid 2, Gensheimer 7 (4), Kneer, Sigurmannsson, Myrhol 4, Steinhauser, Larsen, Groetzki 1, Reinkind 1, Guardiola, Petersson 2, Ekdahl Du Rietz 5.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Zagreb win handball war against Meshkov Next Story → Barca hat-trick against Flensburg – Big point for Wisla in Denmark 3. Montpellier Agglomeration …6222188:193(-5)6 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen6303177:167(10)6 1. MKB-MVM Veszprém6600174:153(21)12
← Previous Story Norway take Croatian scalp Next Story → Russia beat Hungary for Main Round hope Slovenia had +1 and attack in the last minute of the clash with Spain, but that wasn’t enough. After terrible shot by Dean Bombač, Cristian Ugalde leveled the result on 24:24 (13:10) only 15 seconds beore the final buzzer. Slovenians tried once again to score the winner, but Borut Mačkovšek had no chance against strong block in the last second.Slovenian team led by Veselin Vujovic had a good start, 6:2, 11:7, but Spaniards managed to turnover on 19:18. However, Luka Žvižej (6) and his compatriots managed to overtook control over the results once again in the last ten minutes of the match. At the end, lack of good decisions and match winners took cut a point…STATISTICSphoto: ehf-euro.com
← Previous Story Roland Mikler to play again in Szeged – Appelgren i(wa)s replacement? Next Story → “SUPERCUP WAS A LACK OF TIME? Valcea – CSM Bucharest 2:0 The leaders of the French Championship Chambery Savoie and right wing Fahrudin Melic extended deal until 2022.This is probably the last contract which is signed by 34-years old lefthander who is currently the TOP scorer of the French Lidl Star Ligue with 32 goals in four matches.Melic came to Chambery from Paris Saint Germain handball in 2016.He played at Paris between 2013 and 2016.Melic is former Montenegrian national team member. Chambery SavoieFahrudin Melic
THE CEO OF Eirgrid, Fintan Slye, has told an Oireachtas committee that he would have “no issue” living next to a pylon, the day after the incoming chairman of the company admitted he would not want to live beside one.Yesterday John O’Connor told the committee on Transport and Communications that he “would not like to live close to a pylon”. However, when asked the same question by committee chair John O’Mahony, the company’s CEO said:In terms of my personal view, I would have no issue living next to a pylon. In the first instance, I know it’s completely safe – I have no issue with that.He said another reason he would have no problem with it is because of the necessity for servicing the grid and for the jobs and infrastructure of the community.Syle pointed to “a wealth of studies” that indicate pylons do not cause any health issues and the fact that we are 50 times below the limits set out in World Health Organisation guidelines.Representatives for the company are before the committee to discuss and address issues in relation to three projects that the company is working on across the country – the North/South Interconnector in Meath, Gridwest from Carrick-on-Shannon to Mayo and Gridlink which will stretch from Cork to Wexford and on to Kildare.Going undergroundOn the issue of the visual impact of the pylons, Slye said Eirgrid works with communities and individuals during and after the consultation process to come up with solutions but said that for significant distances, “it is not possible to underground”.He said this would require inserting large converter stations “larger than Croke Park” around the country and would involve considerably higher costs.With all three largescale projects under discussion, if they were to go underground instead of building pylons, Slye said it would “add about €2 billion to the cost of electricity” and this would in turn add to bills for consumers.The CEO told the committee that Eirgrid as “no vested interest in any particular technology solutions”.Get down and dirtyFianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley was critical of Eirgrid, which he said was “less forthcoming” on some of the impacts that transmission lines will have on communities and individuals, like the potential effect on property values.Tipperary South TD Mattie McGrath urged the company’s CEO to “get down and dirty, as I say, with the people, and stand in the people’s kitchens.Take off the suits and get on the wellies and go into the farmyards and asked the people and talk to them instead of talking over them and at them.Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael TD for the Mayo constituency, which is included in plans for one of the three projects, said “at the very least – and you don’t need to be an expert for this – they don’t look nice.”She said Eirgrid should lay out the pros and cons of all of the options to give people a full evaluation.“Let people see the upsides and the downsides for themselves,” she told representatives.Slye said that the need for more details on this, and in particular an assessment of undergrounding as an option, is becoming clear in the consultation process for the Gridlink process and that is something the company is looking at.He said he would be happy to address the committee again to update them after the consultation process is over in January next year.Read: Rabbitte: ‘There must be meaningful engagement with the public over Eirgrid plans’>Read: ‘I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?’ – Incoming Eirgrid chair>
CYPRUS HAS POSTPONED an emergency debate in parliament on a controversial EU bailout today, threatening a prolonged closure of the island’s banks as MPs baulk at an unprecedented tax on savings.Fellow eurozone countries and international creditors imposed the deeply unpopular levy of up to 9.9 per cent on all deposits in the island’s banks as a condition for a desperately needed €10 billion bailout.Conservative President Nicos Anastasiades needs to get the legislation ratifying the deal through parliament before banks reopen or face a run on accounts.But Cyprus media reported that the scale of revolt against the agreement among MPs has thrown into disarray his efforts to do so over a three-day holiday weekend, and he may have to declare an additional bank holiday on Tuesday.Negotiations are under way with the central bank to keep branches closed for an extra day, despite the potential economic cost, the privately run Sigma TV reported.Anastasiades is struggling to secure even a simple majority for the terms of the bailout in the 56-member parliament in which his conservative DISY parliament holds just 20 seats, the channel said.State television said the government had decided to postpone the debate to “ensure MPs were fully aware of the situation and were better informed.”The president also postponed until Monday a planned address to the nation to defend the “painful” sacrifices which he insisted were the only way to save the island’s banking sector from total collapse.MPs will now convene at 4:00 pm (2pm GMT) on Monday to debate ratification, the state broadcaster said.The debt rescue package, agreed in Brussels early on Saturday after some 10 hours of talks, is significantly less than the €17 billion Cyprus had initially sought.Most of the balance is to be made up through the bank deposit levy – the first eurozone bailout in which private depositors are having to help foot the bill.Bank customers aren’t happyCustomers queue to use an ATM outside of a Bank of Cyprus branch on Saturday (AP Photo/Pavlos Vrionides)Savers in Cyprus banks reacted with shock and anger after Anastasiades agreed to the tax in an 11th-hour U-turn on months of promises that it was a red line he would never cross.“I feel betrayed,” public sector employee Elpida told AFP. “This decision might bring good results in terms of arithmetics but it will break our trust in the economy.”Opposition politician George Lillikas called on his supporters to protest on Tuesday, charging that the president, who was elected only last month, had “betrayed the people’s vote.”The tax will hit everyone with savings in Cyprus banks from pensioners to Russian oligarchs, and even the president of the European parliament Martin Schulz expressed concern about the hit being imposed on small depositors.“The solution must be socially acceptable,” Schulz warned.Britain, meanwhile, announced that it will compensate its diplomatic and military personnel for any losses from the levy – but not the tens of thousands of other British expatriates on the island.Cypriot ministers will meet at 8:30 am on Monday to thrash out the draft legislation to put before parliament, state media said.Europhile former president George Vassiliou pleaded with MPs to accept an agreement that he said was the only one acceptable to the parliaments of EU creditor nations like Germany.“The Germans told us they couldn’t pass a Cyprus bailout through the Bundestag without a haircut on bank deposits,” Vassiliou told state television from Berlin. If this bill isn’t approved, there will be a run on the banks and they will collapse.But the socialist EDEK party said its five MPs would vote against the “catastrophic” deal and would not be strongarmed into agreeing to it because of the deadline of the banks reopening.“We refuse to succumb to this dilemma by blackmail,” the party said.The communist AKEL party, which has 19 seats, refused to sign an agreement on similar terms while it was in power before Anastasiades’s election last month.And even the president’s coalition partners – centrist DIKO with eight seats – voiced strong reservations.However German political analyst Hubert Faustmann said that ultimately MPs had little choice.Parliament will have to vote it through because the alternative is bankruptcy. They cannot amend it, as far as I know, it is a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote — and a ‘no’ means bankruptcy.- © AFP, 2013Read: Bank deposits hit as EU/IMG bailout for Cyprus agreed >
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE public sector health unions are this evening attending talks at the Labour Relations Commission, to discuss the possibility of amending the rejected Croke Park 2 pay deal.The Irish Medical Organisation and the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation are attending the talks, which are being led by LRC chairman Kieran Mulvey.A number of other sectoral unions have already attended talks, which are aimed at securing a deal with public workers on how to reduce the government’s pay bill without requiring unilateral pay cuts.Some progress was made yesterday, with the terms of the Croke Park 2 deal – which was rejected by a majority of public workers in union ballots last month – being adjusted somewhat.Plans to delay increments to workers on over €65,000 – which were due to be frozen for three years – have been changed; instead, the second and third increases due after July 1 will each be subject to a six-month delay.While there will also be pay cuts for staff earning over that amount, their cuts will be restored in two phases – in April 2017 and January 2018. Those earning over €100,000 would not have their pay restored, however.The proposals to extend the working week to a minimum of 37 hours have remained, but the extension will not take immediate effect in July as previously planned.Instead the working week would be extended by a maximum of two hours and 15 minutes – the equivalent of 27 minutes a day – from this July. The remaining increases would be deferred for two years.It is also thought that arrangements with Garda representatives have resulted in agreements to reduce leave entitlements, but maintain some of the premium payments which had previously been slated for abolition.Read: Howlin: It’s in personal interests of public workers to accept pay cuts
GARDA COMMISSIONER MARTIN Callinan was questioned today by the Oireachtas’ Committee of Public Accounts on the recent penalty points allegations.A report published yesterday into the practice of some gardaí quashing penalty points found that anonymous allegations made about inappropriate writing off of Fixed Charge notices ‘cannot be substantiated to any degree’.However, it identified three possible departures from administrative procedural guidelines in respect of terminations conducted by three terminating officers. They were among 113 terminating offices who were included in the investigation.“I have no axe to grind with these people,” Callinan said of the penalty points whistleblowers, adding they did what they thought was appropriate from their perspective.However, he said he did not agree with some of the cases in the report.SpendingThe Commissioner acknowledged the penalty points report from Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney and said that the recommendations made in the report will be examined.When questioned on the integrity of a non-independent report, Callinan spoke of O’Mahoney’s honesty and integrity, saying he has a good reputation.O’Mahony picked a team to look at “this very disturbing level of allegations that were made”, said Callinan, and he is “very satisfied that” O’Mahoney and his team would leave no stone unturned in their investigation.Commissioner Callinan said that powers of discretion arise in the enforcement of road traffic matters.Callinan said that “when you are dealing with a discretionary issue” that it is extremely hard to be absolutely prescriptive or descriptive in terms of legislating because people meet individual circumstances and have to deal with them as best they see fit using professional judgement.Callinan said that the most they can do “is provide guidance to our members that when considering a part set of circumstances” it is important they apply principles of fairness and impartiality.He said that in such cases they have to look at the corroboration of some of the things they are being told. He added he is a very strong proponent of discretion and that he thinks the citizens of this country have been very well served in the past having the power of discretion available to an Garda Síochána.ReportDeputy Shane Ross said that the commissioner had “rubbished” the report, and that some people would have serious reservations about the fact no independent internal investigation took place.Callinan denied “rubbishing” the report. Ross told him “you’re in a spat whether you like it or not” with the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission over this, and asked him what he is going to do about what was said in the report.Callinan said that the allegations sent to him by the department about the penalty points situation were anonymous and that it involved a person in a station being confronted by a sergeant after printing off documents from the Pulse system. It emerged that he and another person were providing information to a politician in relation to the penalty points system.Deputy Mary Lou McDonald questioned Commissioner Callinan on this, saying she didn’t accept his rationale about the way the matter was investigated. She said that there might be a dispute over the date when the information was reported.McDonald said that the two individuals concerned said they had raised the issue with the authorities in March 2012.Callinan said that when this matter was brought to his attention, he received two lists, which totalled 400 allegations. He said after duplicates were removed, it led to 189 separate allegations. He said when he was presented with the allegations he brought it to management.McDonald said the situation raises a lot of questions, “not least the efficiency or effectiveness of whistle blowing”, and asked how several months elapsed after a serious allegation was made. The Commissioner said that he took the allegations very seriously, which is why he passed them to the assistant commissioner.When asked about any recent complaints, Callinan said “they are small in number” and that his obligation is to receive them, investigate them and report back.He said that the allegations “are far too serious for me to ignore or push under the door somewhere” and suggested that it may be the case that some of these matters came before the confidential reporting system and he wasn’t aware.Read: Gardaí should be able to quash penalty points for ‘humanitarian reasons’>
August 30, 1984: The shuttle’s maiden voyage is the twelfth shuttle mission, overall. The launch is originally scheduled for June 25, but is pushed back due to a number of technical concerns. The mission, lead by Henry Hartsfield, Jr. (his second spaceflight) lasts just over six days.April 12, 1985: Utah Senator Jake Garn tags along on Discovery’s fourth flight, becoming the first sitting member of Congress in space.June 17, 1985: STS-51-G payload specialist, Sultan Salman al-Saud, grandson of King Ibn Saud, becomes the first Saudi citizen, first Muslim, and first member of a royal family in space. September 29, 1988: Deemed “Return to Space,” the seventh Discovery mission is the first U.S. spaceflight since 1986’s Challenger explosion. The flight is also the first to include an all-veteran crew since Apollo 11 in 1969.April 24, 1990: The Discovery launches a 24,500 pound telescope called the Hubble, the largest and most advanced space telescope to date.October 29, 1998: Discovery passenger Senator John Glenn becomes the oldest man in space, at age 77. Fellow passenger Pedro Duque, meanwhile, becomes the first Spaniard in space. October 11, 2000: Discovery’s 28th flight is the 100th shuttle launch overall. The mission lasts 12 days and includes four space walks.July 26, 2005: The Discovery marks another disaster. This time deemed “Return to Flight,” the shuttle is the first to lift off since the 2003 Columbia disaster.August 28, 2009: The payload of STS-128 includes, among other things, a treadmill called C.O.L.B.E.R.T., named after television’s truthiest newscaster. April 5, 2010: At 15 days, STS-131 becomes the longest mission for the Discovery to date. For the first time ever, four women are in space simultaneously. This is also the first time that two Japanese astronauts are in space at the same time. November 3, 2010: The 39th flight is scheduled to be the Discovery’s last. The mission will last 11 days. On Wednesday, the Space Shuttle Discovery will lift off for the final time. Named for three separate British ships (Captain James Cook’s HMSDiscovery, Henry Hudson’s Discovery, and Captain George Nares’s HMS Discovery),the shuttle will have seen 39 missions in 26 years.In honor of the ship’s retirement, we’ve pulled togethersome of the Discovery’s most exciting moments in its quarter-century of spacetravel.
Computer makers have reacted in myriad ways to the iPad‘s success, and although few of these actual tablet concepts have been released, you can’t say that they’re mere iPad clones. The Samsung‘s Galaxy Tab dares to ship in a much smaller form factor than the iPad, and the likes of Dell‘s Inspiron Duo try to take on the iPad’s dominance with a convertible hybrid tablet / netbook with a screen that flips around like a chalkboard.Acer‘s not short of ingenuity either. They’ve been putting together an intriguing new dual-screen tablet / notebook called the Iconia, and while it’s not meant to challenge the iPad, it’s certainly an intriguing piece of kit.Why? The Iconia features two 14-inch multitouch LCDs and no physical keyboard… a daring choice that could make or break this powerful beastie, which also boasts a Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, optional 3G and even a working USB 3.0 port.That’s a lot of oomph in a laptop or a tablet. Unfortunately, it all carries an extremely high price: almost $2,000 when it is released in Spain on January 28th. That’s a lot of money to pay for a device that, without a physical keyboard, seems more suitable as an e-reader than a laptop or a tablet.Read more at Engadget