ABARE’ latest report shows that at the end of October 2010, there were 72 projects at an advanced stage of development in Australia, with a record capital expenditure of A$132.9 billion. This represents a 21% increase from April 2010. The record value of advanced minerals and energy projects reflects, in part, Rio Tinto’s commitment to expand its iron ore export capacity by 60 Mt over the next three years.Subsequent to the Rio announcement, and not included in this report are the massive BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group iron ore expansions, both of which are detailed in the latest issue of International Mining Project News.In 2009-10, exploration expenditure in Australia’s minerals and energy sector was A$5.7 billion, a decrease of 5% on expenditure in 2008-09. Nevertheless, investment in mineral exploration remained strong, with Australia recording its third highest mineral exploration expenditure in 2009-10.New capital expenditure in the mining industry was A$34.8 billion in 2009-10, 8% lower than in 2008-09. Based on industry intentions from the June quarter 2010, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) survey data indicate capital expenditure in the mining sector in 2010-11 may be around A$54.8 billion.In the six months to October 2010, 25 projects with a combined capital cost of A$8.2 billion were completed in Australia. In addition, 72 projects with a combined capital cost of A$132.9 billion are currently either committed or under construction.The full report is available at http://adl.brs.gov.au/data/warehouse/pe_abarebrs99001758/MEP_Oct2010_report.pdf
Sandvik Mining, whose parent company spent ZAR3.5 billion in research and development in the 2011 financial year, has been undertaking intensive research in partnership with RAG-Deutsche Steinkohle, Germany’s largest coal mining company, aimed at improving automation processes of face mining machines using the Sandvik MR620 roadheader as the coal face model. Sandvik has compiled a report on the progress of the research with the focus on profile definition and the automatic cutting cycle.”The challenges lies in the fact that the mining system has to fulfil a lot of different features, like cutting, loading, roof supporting, following the coal seam and keeping communication to many other underground components,” the researchers indicate. “A lot of information and many degrees of freedom have to be managed at the same time. The aim for the performance of the new automated system is to reach the operational cutting performance of an average machine operator, but to deliver stable performance without significantly overloading of the system. This results in smoother machine loading and consequently in higher system reliability, less downtime and reduced operational costs as well as more comfort for the underground team.” Addressing the issue of machine positioning and recognition of coal seam, the researchers state a different and simplified algorithm needs to be developed to fulfil the requirements of machine navigation with the following features:The machine has to be positioned in front of the face just roughly by the machine operatorWith a laser scanning process the position of the coal seam in front of the machine is measured and evaluatedAfterwards a target plate on the boom needs to be positioned into the laser beam in order to get accurate machine position informationWith all this measurement information the horizontal and vertical translation as well as rotation of the profile is evaluated by the software automaticallyAll the profile positioning parameters are set as default values by the control system, but they have to be approved and might be changed by the operator by real time visualisation. Now all the necessary data should be available in order to cut the face in front of the machine.“Besides the location and orientation of the profile to be cut, the shape of the profile itself might be changed by the operator due to several different reasons. All these parameters are set and modified by the operator. By means of an online visualisation he can check their consequences in comparison with a reference profile,” the researchers say. “The strategy behind cutting automation is to feed the PLC with cutting paths which are automatically processed. In order to overcome the limitations of the generation systems, especially regarding the flexibility of the automation solution, on the ITSM the cut paths are planned online by an algorithm. There now is almost no limitation on the number influencing factors to be taken into account.” The report indicates that when analysing typical cutting operations on a road header with a transversal cutter head one can discern several different operation modes generally classified as sump-in, cutting upwards, cutting downwards and loading, and profiling.
A development application for port facilities designed for iron ore shipments from IronClad Mining’s new Wilcherry Hill mine in South Australia has been approved by the South Australian Government. This concludes all the processes required to commence construction of infrastructure at the existing Lucky Bay port, near the township of Cowell on the coast of the Spencer Gulf, and permits future iron ore exports via the new Eyre Peninsula facilities.IronClad’s iron ore export facilities – which open up a new multi-user shipping avenue for South Australian exporters – include iron ore storage at the port.In a “first” for South Australia, IronClad will initially use the Lucky Bay facility to transport iron ore from this port to ships anchored offshore adjacent to the port. IronClad’s growth plans could potentially upgrade this system to incorporate the innovative concept of a floating harbour, with suitable holding warehouses for the ore, both on land and at sea. Cape-sized vessels with a carrying capacity of up to 150,000 t could then be loaded with iron ore from the floating harbour, which would potentially be owned and operated by IronClad.IronClad has an agreement with Sea Transport Development SA Pty (SEATS) for full access rights to the designated 50-ha port site at Lucky Bay, where it will store and ship iron ore from its Wilcherry Hill and Hercules projects. The company has a 50-year lease to this facility and the accompanying land within the 50-ha site.“We are most appreciative of the South Australian Government’s expeditious approval of this Development Application for another vital piece of SA mining infrastructure,” IronClad Mining Managing Director, Wayne Richards, said today. For IronClad, development approval for the port facility finalises the cmpany’s requirements for an ‘end-to-end’ logistics supply chain for the ore produced from our Wilcherry Hill Project, and has the potential to be expanded to accommodate the ore from our larger Hercules Project currently under review,” he said.“The port facility will provide an important export point not only for IronClad, but for other potential mining companies and exporters in the region. Further, the facility will provide an economic and viable export option (in a timely manner), for the development of our projects, and will stimulate economic growth and employment opportunities within the area.”Richards said the company’s transhipment operations would involve the utilisation of a customised motorised feeder barge that will transport the ore from the Lucky Bay loading facilities to the awaiting ships. Future transhipment upgrades will consider the incorporation of a floating harbour facility anchored offshore, or the utilisation of a floating crane. Both designs will significantly increase the ship loading rates whilst reducing port operating charges and barge cycle times.“The construction of the first purpose-built barge for the transhipment of ore is well advanced, with the vessel scheduled to arrive in South Australia early in the third quarter of this calendar year,” Richards said.–
In early 2013, Watson-Marlow Pumps Group supplied 21 positive displacement pumps to British Fluorspar, the UK’s sole fluorspar producer located in Derbyshire. The pumps, which include 12 of the latest Qdos no-valve metering pumps, are all working on chemical dosing in the flotation banks at the company’s Peak District facility. The mine reopened in May 2012 following closure 18 months beforehand. With the help of Watson-Marlow pump technology, the site produces some 60,000 t/y of acid grade fluorspar.The company today comprises an underground operation at Milldam mine, open pit extraction at Tearsall quarry, and processing operations at Cavendish mill. When the site was re-opened in 2012, British Fluorspar was looking to source new pumps that represented the latest technology – efficient, reliable, precise, low maintenance, clean and user-friendly – and was advised to consider peristaltic pump technology. “We knew about the peristaltic concept but in all honesty never had the financial backing to make the change,” the mining company states. “However, with the new investment we were able to take a look at the market and soon realised that Watson-Marlow were the people to approach.”Following consultation, Watson-Marlow recommended 12 Qdos 30 universal pumps offering flow rates from 0.1 to 500 ml/min at 7 bar; eight 520UN/REL process pumps providing flow rates up to 3,550 ml/min ; and a single 620UN/RE with flow rate from 0.004 to 18 litre/min. Regarding the latter, a probe is used to control the dosing in line with pH fluctuations. All of the pumps offer IP66 protection and NEMA 4X classification. This is a marked contrast from the equipment used prior to the site’s reopening – which relied on a bucket and wheel feeder/proportioner. The emphasis on the Qdos 30 range reflects a design which is aimed specifically at chemical metering. These high performance pumps accurately dose chemicals without the need for any valves or ancillary equipment, keeping costs to an absolute minimum – in fact, the total cost of ownership is less than that of a typical solenoid or stepper-driven diaphragm pump.All 21 Watson-Marlow pumps have been deployed successfully in the flotation process at British Fluorspar. Reagents are pumped up from mixing tanks into the head tank, from where they follow plastic pipes down into flotation. Among the chemical reagents handled by the pumps include methyl isobutyl carbinol, sodium isopropyl xanthate, sodium carbonate, sodium sulphide, caustic soda pearl and sodium silicate. In total, British Fluorspar produces 60,000 t/y of fluorite ore, which is extracted from 300,000 t of ROM material. Limestone is a byproduct of the process and sold in its own right.
Stringent occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations prohibit the use of non-compliant equipment in coal mines. With the risk of explosions, mine management must always ensure compliance with legal requirements through the use of intrinsically safe (IS) technology within the working environment. “Booyco Electronics supplies a range of intrinsically safe barriers, tailored to the specific needs of these extremely safety conscious industries. As demands increase for more advanced technology, we are now implementing more Ethernet-based equipment in the mining, chemical and petro-chemical environments,” says Managing Director of Booyco Electronics, Anton Lourens.This new range of intrinsically safe barriers, which are approved for ETH, USB and RS485 based equipment, complement the company’s ISS (Intrinsically Safe Solutions) product range for customers with a high requirement for IS equipment. Lourens points out that these barriers are designed, engineered and built specifically for the South African mining industry. “It is important to consider the idiosyncrasies and rugged conditions of the local mining sector. Most available barriers are fully imported and are not specifically designed for local conditions. Not only do we custom manufacture our barriers, but we are able to contain costs and provide instantaneous support for our products.” The intrinsically safe barriers are suitable for use in all hazardous areas and are engineered to be compact, easy to use and robust enough for the surface and underground mining sectors.“A major advantage of the Booyco range of barriers is that they are a single-device barrier as opposed to other available options where two devices are used to create a barrier. In essence, each unit serves as an isolation barrier on a communication bus between a non-hazardous and hazardous area in a mine or plant environment,” Lourens explains. The barriers, approved for Group I and IIC, are powered from an 8 to 36 v DC power supply and suitable for use in Zone 1 and Zone 0. The Ethernet barriers are configured to accept one input and two outputs, which allows a single barrier to be connected to more than one piece of equipment. Three connection variations are available on the Booyco Electronics intrinsically safe barriers: IS RS485 barrier, IS USB barrier and IS Ethernet barrier. Any RS485 based communication can be isolated by the first unit, as it is protocol independent. The IS USB barrier is powered by a computer’s USB port, which eliminates the need for an additional power supply. One would typically use these barriers to connect non-IS USB type devices to IS USB based equipment.The IS Ethernet barrier facilitates Ethernet communication between IS areas and non-IS areas. “These barriers enable the user to secure a connection between a PC and an IS rated machine or a PLC in a hazardous area. For example, the unit could be used to connect an IS rated laptop to IS rated equipment to provide programming or to perform condition monitoring,” Lourens says. “Because of the legislation governing applications in hazardous areas, communication with computers in these areas was previously extremely problematic. The IS Ethernet barrier from Booyco Electronics overcomes this issue and allows normal operations to be performed with computers in these previously inaccessible areas,” according to Lourens.The IS Ethernet infrastructure allows the options of adding wireless access points to connect to IS mobile computers, cameras for operations, safety and security, RFID for asset and people tracking and VoIP telecommunications as required at a future date. “We foresee that as technology progresses, our intrinsically safe barrier product range will advance accordingly. We will remain ahead of international competitors by anticipating and meeting the very specific local requirements. Booyco Electronics is geared towards producing products that fully comply with local and international OHS regulations and quality standards, a factor that places us in a favourable light with our mining customers,” Lourens concludes.
Ducon Environmental Systems, a division of Ducon Technologies has secured a major contract, to supply air pollution control equipment designed to mitigate negative environmental impacts of mining for lithium. For this application, Ducon shall supply a combination of technologies, including its most advanced wet electrostatic precipitator equipment, designed to remove sub-micron particles and acid mist from the exhaust flue gas generated while processing ores containing lithium. The acid mist will be recovered and returned to process.According to the company, “the increasing demand of energy-efficient, safe, and low-cost batteries is the key factor driving the growth of the lithium ion battery market. Rare earth metals used in the production of lithium-ion battery technologies are currently mined using methods that produce emissions requiring specialized treatment technologies to mitigate adverse impacts on the health of workers and equipment, and to ensure protection of the environment. The current emission regulations on this project require that the flue gas discharging the atmosphere should contain less than 20 ppm of sulphuric acid mist and 0.05 gm/Nm3 of particulate and the proposed Ducon air pollution control system shall meet these regulations.““We see great business opportunities for our company in this emerging lithium-ion battery market which is presently valued at $24 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.6% between by 2022,” said Aron Govil, Chairman of Ducon group of companies (pictured). “We are the leading company with the most advanced and custom engineered air pollution control technology for this market globally.”
In its interim report released today for the three month period to end March, FLSmidth was upbeat about mining: “Momentum in the market for minerals processing equipment started building in the second half of 2017 and continued into 2018. Miners are, on average, projecting moderately higher capital expenditures in 2018 which is underpinned by the actual tendering activity. While Q1 included the first large minerals project order since 2015 [new $100 million, 75,000 tonnes per day line at Aktogay copper mine in Kazakhstan], the focal point of customer interest is single equipment or smaller islands of equipment. A few larger orders are being discussed and could potentially secure project financing although environmental approvals and business licenses are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.” While overall operating profit and order intake was down, it was still much better than analysts expected.On services it added: “Demand for parts and services in mining remains healthy across regions and in general, the Americas show a positive development, especially related to gold in North America and copper in South America. Somewhat increased activity in iron ore and lithium as well. Customers show good interest in asset inspections, upgrades and wear products. Effective from July 1, 2018, FLSmidth’s organisation will consist of two industries – Cement and Mining – supported by a regional setup to strengthen customer focus and life-cycle solutionscombined with a new central digital organisation. FLSmidth will transition from four divisions into two industries, Cement and Mining, and from a country setup into an agile regional structure. Customer relations will be decentralised in seven regions, while technology ownership for the full life-cycle offering will be anchored in the two industries. This will create a productivity-driven organisation with a strong, unified digital approach and fewer touchpoints. At the same time, it will strengthen FLSmidth’s local presence, customer-orientation, and life-cycle offering in order to capture growth.In short:The two industries; Cement and Mining will develop and drive the life-cycle offering and product portfolio.The two industries will be supported by seven regions: North America; South America; Europe, Russia & North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa & Middle East; Asia; Subcontinental India; and Australia. The regions will drive customer relations, sales and service for both industries.A central digital organisation will drive a unified approach to digitalisation. On its results in the market context the company adds: “After a strong start to the year, the copper price fell back to the end 2017 level in March, likely due to fear of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies, which on the other hand drove up the gold price. A trade war could be damaging to commodity markets and investment sentiment but for now the mining recovery seems intact and, according to IMF, the prospects for global economic growth remain encouraging for 2018 and 2019. The US import tariffs on steel are not expected to have any significant direct impact on FLSmidth project costs due to our flexible and global sourcing platform. The mining aftermarket showed continued good momentum in Q1 with a healthy demand for parts and servicesacross regions.”
Innu Inuit Redpath Ltd Partnership (IIR) will be the primary contractor on Vale’s Voisey’s Bay underground mine development project located on the east coast of Labrador, approximately 350 km north of Goose Bay. The existing Ovoid open pit operation is expected to be exhausted by 2022. Future mining from the two separate underground deposits will extend the life of this operation for at least another decade. Both deposits contain nickel and copper and at peak production, 2.54 Mt will be mined annually.Phase one of the project consists of over 8,000 m of ramp and lateral development; approximately 1.25 Mt of waste rock haulage and the construction of temporary facilities on surface as well as the dewatering and ventilation infrastructure. Redpath is currently advertising for a host of roles from Project Engineer to Mine Surveyor, Jumbo Operator and Mechanic Supervisor.Cited equipment to be operated by new hires at the new underground operation includes Epiroc E2C jumbos with RCS; Epiroc Boltec MC mechanised bolters as well as Sandvik LH514 LHDs and TH540 trucks.
TLT-Turbo Africa has been awarded the contract for the supply and installation of a turnkey solution for underground ventilation and fumes extraction at the Ivanhoe Mines’ majority-owned Kamoa-Kakula copper project, some 25 km outside of Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The contract was awarded by Kamoa Copper SA, which forms part of the project, a joint venture between Ivanhoe, Zijin Mining Group and the Government of the DRC.TLT-Turbo Africa is designing, manufacturing and supplying a Bifurcated Axial Flow Fan Station for the extraction of mine fumes as well as auxiliary and booster fans for Kamoa’s underground operation, it said. The company will also oversee the installation of the fans and provide assistance with commissioning. The project is the first of many of strategic importance within the Sub Saharan Africa region that the company is involved in, TLT-Turbo said.The contract was secured in October, with commissioning due to begin in July. TLT-Turbo Africa was appointed by DRA Projects, which is handling engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) on the project, the company said.Kamoa Copper SA will develop the new copper mine, which is expected to yield an estimated 6 Mt/y in its first phase alone. The Kakula deposit has been independently ranked as the world’s largest, undeveloped, high-yield, high-grade copper discovery, according to DRA, with a resource measuring 174 Mt at an average grade of 5.62% Cu.According to TLT-Turbo’s Madeleine Pretorius, the project presents unique challenges from a logistical point of view. The site is remote, and it involves multiple border crossings and often poor road conditions. “This means complicated logistic solutions. TLT-Turbo has the benefit of a broad suite of options to minimise the need for abnormal or complex loads,” she said.The TLT-Turbo Africa offering and approach positions them as a preferred supplier for ventilation solutions in challenging locations, according to Pretorius. “We provide an energy-efficient solution where power costs are high, and availability can be erratic. Our product is designed for long-term reliability and durability, with simple maintenance requirements and minimal downtime, which is critical for our remote clients.”Mike van Oerle, Sales Manager at TLT-Turbo Africa, said the company’s approach will provide several benefits to Kamoa’s operations. This includes standardised equipment designed for simple installation and maintenance, which means TLT-Turbo’s fans can be maintained by the client on site, without the need for costly expert inspections. “TLT-Turbo is providing highly-efficient products to meet Kamoa’s interim ventilation and power requirements, with flexibility for future redeployment at an alternative ventilation position.”Both van Oerle and Pretorius assert TLT-Turbo Africa’s delivery of the scope of work on this specific project speaks to the company’s wider capabilities and expertise. The collaboration with DRA has paved the way for excellence in service delivery, according to them. Pretorius said: “Working with an experienced EPCM company, such as DRA, our project team is able to draw on their unparalleled knowledge of the Sub Saharan African mining environment. Both teams work together to provide solutions that address the challenges experienced by our customers.”Oerle concluded: “Our ability to understand our customers’ requirements led to a cost-effective solution, focusing on total cost of ownership. Combining this solution with an experienced projects execution team, means that we can ensure Kamoa receives high-quality products and on-time delivery.”
The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) has awarded the consortium of Outotec and Larsen & Toubro with an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build a greenfield mineral concentrator and gold processing plant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Finland-based company says.The order, worth some €140 million ($157 million) to Outotec, is almost evenly shared between the reporting segments and will be booked into Outotec’s June quarter 2019 order intake, the company said. The total value of the project is around €540 million.Outotec’s delivery includes basic and detail engineering, procurement and delivery of process equipment, commissioning, start-up assistance and training services. The new gold processing plant is due to be completed in 2022, it said.Ma’aden is a leader of the Saudi Arabia mining industry, and an internationally recognised mining company with a global presence, thanks to partnerships with the likes of Barrick Gold, Alcoa and the Mosaic Company.The Mansourah & Massarah operation will be built in the Central Arabian gold region, with the processing plant capable of up to 4 Mt/y throughput. The concentrator and the gold processing plant has been designed to produce an average of 250,000 oz/y of gold per year over the life of mine, Outotec said.Markku Teräsvasara, CEO of Outotec, said: “We are extremely pleased with this significant order and continued cooperation with Ma’aden that is growing to be a global mining company.“Our previous deliveries have included grinding, flotation and filtering technologies as well as alumina calcination technology, and three sulphuric acid plants. Our proven technologies and services enable them to get the best value from their resources and build sustainable operations.”
← Previous Story EURO 2012 in Serbia: 12 of 16 teams qualified Next Story → Dusko Milic resign as Serbian NT coach WC 2011 in Brasil Second matches of European qualification for the Women’s World Championship in Brasil gave us some interesting clashes. Germany made a “surprise” in the derby match of this June’s matches, beat Hungary in 27:22 as a visitor, after just +2 from the first match.Hungary: Herr, Palinger; Ferling, Juhasz, Verten (3), Szucsanszki (2/1), Kovacsics, Bulath, Szabo, Görbicz (10/7), Szamoransky (3), Bodi, Zacsik, Hornyak (1), Kovacsicz, Tomori (3)Germany: Englert, Schülke; Klein (1), Jurack (3), Mietzner, Augsburg (1), Müller (2), Loerper (2), Hering, Krause (1), Richter, Melbeck (3), Althaus (2), Nadgornaja (8/3), Wohlbold (4), SchulzeSerbia beat Croatia 31:30 (15:15) after -11 defeat in Varazdin (25:36).Serbia: Tatalović jedna odbrana, Nikolić 2, Krpež 3, Lekić 7, Števin 3, Damnjanović 5, Đerić, Trifunović, Pop Lazić 7, Luković, Čolić šest odbrana i sedmerac, Cvijić 1, Živković 1, Nišavić, Liščević, Bartošić 2Croatia: Grubišić pet odbrana i sedmerac, Žderić jedan sedmerac, Jelčić pet odbrana, Kiridžić, Tatari 5, Kožnjak, Golubić 2, Šerić, Gaće, Pušica 1, Horvat 5, Franić 6(2), Penezić 8, Zebić 1, Milanović – Litre 2, Džono.Player of the Match: Slađana Pop Lazić (Srbija)Result: 2:0 (2.) 2:6 (10.) 7:7 (15.) 11:13 (27.) 16:15 (32.) 21:18 (37.) 24:24 (47.) 29:27 (57.)Another teams, qualifed for Brasil are Montenegro (two wins ove Czech Republic), Netherlands (two surprisingly easy wins over Turkey) and Spain (+15 sum over Macedonia).
The best Austrian handball player with Serbian origin, Gorica Acimovic (26) decided to leave Scandinavia and TOP team, Viborg and signed contract with Slovenian champion, Krim Mercator, to come closer to her husband, who playing in Austria. She spent two seasons in Denmark and with Jurak, Popovic and others won the EHF Champions League 2010. Before that, Acimovic, who can play at all back positions, her career built in Austrian Hypo from 2004 to 2009. Denis KrivoshlykovGorica AcimovicHypo handballKrim Mercator ← Previous Story Zeitz to end his career in THW Kiel Next Story → Omeyer in Makarska at Goalkeeper’s Camp: “Extraordinary idea”
← Previous Story No one like this team! Buducnost is the new champion. Next Story → SG Flensburg win DHB Cup 2015! Orlen Wisla PlockVive Tauron Kielce Domination of the two best Polish team – Vive Tauron Kielce and Orlen Wisla Plock isn’t something new, so nobody was surprised after both teams ended their semi-finals series in the domestic Play-Off by 3:0 wins. Manolo Cadenas team had some difficulties to win in Pulawy against home team Azoty 31:29, but at the end, Wisla found the way to the new final.Azoty: Bogdanov, Zapora – Krajewski 15/2, Masłowski 3, Sobol 3, Kus 2, Przybylski 2, Savić 2, Skrabania 2, Tojcić.Orlen Wisła: Corrales, Morawski, Wichary – Ghionea 9/2, Montoro 6, Daszek 4, Syprzak 4, Tioumentsev 4, Racotea 3, Piechowski 1, Kwiatkowski.Vive Tauron Kielce had much more relaxed job in Szczecin – 36:25. Pogoń Szczecin – Vive Tauron Kielce 25:36 (12:20)Pogoń: Szczecina, Kowalski – Grzegorek 1, Gobber, Walczak 4, Gierak 6/3, Krupa 4, Krysiak 2, Jedziniak, Statkiewicz 2, Zaremba 6.Vive Tauron: Szmal, Sego – Grabarczyk 2, Jurecki 2, Tkaczyk 3, Reichmann 3, Aguinagalde 8/1, Bielecki 2/1, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 8, Lijewski 2, Buntić 2/1, Rosiński 1, Cupić 2.
Photo Credits: Razvan Pasarica www.sportpictures.eu ← Previous Story FC Barcelona Lassa secure new ASOBAL trophy Next Story → Double crown for Al Jazira in UAE CATALIN NEGREANUBucharest, May 21 2016The Romanian Men’s League Finals started with a shock, as not even the most optimistic DINAMO Bucharest fans could have predicted such an unbelievable result after the first game. The Red Bulldogs, as they are called by the DINAMO fans, literally swept the floor with their opponents from CSM Bucharest 34:20 (17:6).In the regular season the two teams split the victories and in the EHF Cup both sides played very well, had strong performances missing by little a qualification in the quarter finals of the European competition. So, everybody was expecting a very tight and balanced match. It was not be…on the contrary!DINAMO started the game very well with a lot of determination and showed a strong desire to win from the very first seconds. Their defense strong, aggressive and very mobile was lead by Ibrahima Diaw who proved that at 37 years old he didn’t lose any of his handball skills and he is still a top player who can perform on both sides of the court. In attack, the 9 meters line, with Vrankovic and Sandru, was fast and very inspired showing a great level of confidence.On the other hand, CSM Bucharest started the game very weak and unfocused: their defense was slow and easy to penetrate while in attack they showed a remarkable lack of any idea and coordination, as they commited an avalanche of unforced errors. Marjanac, Milosevic, Mojsovski and Humet looked like this was the first very time they played toghether. After 14 minutes into the game the score was 6-1 for DINAMO and Zvonko Sundovshi, CSM’s coach asked for the first time-out.The bench meeting didn’t change anything in the Tigers game (they call themselves the tigers and they have a tiger head on their t-shirt) and the Bulldogs stormed over them. Just three minutes later, after some fantastic one on one saves by goalkeeper Irimus and a series of spectacular fastbreak goals by wingers Campan and Asoltanei, the scored was 10 – 2 and Sundovski asked for the second time-out. CSM was in total disarray!The rest of the second half went on the same way! DINAMO managed to hold a fantastic defense and had fabulous saves by IRIMUS, while in attack they scored from almost every position. CSM looked totally lost, whitout nerve and witout any tactical idea. Despite all the efforts of the technical bench, the team in blue continued to make one mistake after the other.At the end of the first half the score board showed an unbelievable 17-6! While DINAMO scored from every position at the 9 meters line and also on the wings, CSM had only 6 goals in 30 minutes, out of which 4 of them came from 7 meters shots! A perfect half for The Bulldogs!The break didn’t bring much change in the game. Remarkable enough for a team which showed many moments of fluctuation during the season, DINAMO remained fresh, focused and respected their game plan. CSM, on the other hand, tried to improve their game and lift themselves up from the pit they had fallen in the first half but with very little success.The Red Bulldogs attack showed had some remarcable moments with right back Jakov Vrankovic and Ibrahima Diaw scoring spectaculars goals with some canon-like shots, while at the 7 meters line right winger Muhamed Zulfic was flawless. Even though CSM moved a bit faster and managed to score more, DINAMO’s defense remained strong, especially in the centre, where Savencoand Mousavi managed quite easily to block the 9 meters line of the Tigers.The ten, or more, goals difference was all the time on the board and this huge gap gave DINAMO the calm and confidence they needed to be in control of the game all the time. Vrankovic scored two in a row and it was 21-8 after 35 minutes! Even when they had two more players on the floor, 6 to 4, as DINAMO had two players suspended at the same time, CSM had huge problems in defense and the Bulldogs scored twice while being two men down!The big gap on the board stayed the same and DINAMO played without any pressure: 27-14 in the 47th minute with three consecutive goals by Zulfic! The last 12 minutes of the game had the Bulldogs still performing at high speed while allowing themselves to entertain their fans with some spectacular shots. In the other side, CSM struggled to limit the score, but their efforts had very little success.The first game of the finals ended with an unbelievable 34-20 for DINAMO who had a fantastic performance and had a very strong game from the beginning until the end. A great way for the Bulldogs to start the finals who are now the strong favorites to win a new championship title after a break of eleven years!On the other hand, CSM Bucuresti looked weak, tired and totally unable to keep the rhythm with DINAMO. They looked more like pussy cats than like tigers. Some dramatically has to change in their game to stand a chance in these finals. After the way they played in the first game it is pretty unlikely. We have to wait and see.The second leg of the finals, which is played in the system “the best out of three matches” will be Wednesday, May 24 on CSM home court.DINAMO BUCHAREST:IRIMUS-15 saves(1 from 7m), GRIGORAS 1, MAKARIA – RAPCIUGA, RAGOT 2, DIAW 5, ASOLTANEI 3, MIRONESCU, SAVENCO, BĂLUȚ 1, SANDRU 5, CAMPAN 4, VANCEA, ZULFIC 6, VRANKOVIC 8, MOUSAVI.7 Meters: 4/4 – all by ZULFIC2 Minutes suspensions: 7– RAPCIUGA 2’, RAGOT 2’, DIAW 2’, SAVENCO 4’, SANDRU 2’, MOUSAVI 2’.CSM BUCHAREST:IANCU-5 SAVES, BLAZEVIC – MILOSEVIC 4, SIMOVIC, MILITARU 1, MOJSOVSKI, STAVROSITU, CONSTANTINESCU 1, RAPCIUGA, HUMET 3, KOSTADINOVIC 2, MARJANAC, NEGRU 7, ROTARU 2, UNGUREANU, STAMATE.7 Meters: 7/5 – all 5 scored by NEGRU. Missed: NEGRU and MARJANAC.2 Minutes suspensions: 2 – MILITARU 2’, MOJSOVSKI 2’.Audience: 1800 people. CSM Bucharest handballDinamo Bucharest handabllRomanian handball
THE HSE IS urging people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza.Flu season is now here, and the HSE warns that flu can be a very serious illness, especially for people who are older or who have a long-term illness.UptakeNational uptake figures show that 56.5 per cent of people aged 65 and over who hold a medical card or GP visit card received the flu vaccine during the 2011-2012 flu season.This is down from 60 per cent during the 2010-2011 season and less than the World Health Organization target of 75 per cent.The HSE advises the following groups of at-risk people to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza: Flu is very infectious and can cause potentially serious illnesses especially for older people, those who have a chronic illness and pregnant women. Seasonal flu vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy and also protects the baby. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu as it does not contain any live flu virus and all those at risk should get vaccinated as soon as possible this year to make sure that they are protected.She added that flu is spread by coughing and sneezing so people should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and washing their hands with soap and water as soon as possible to help prevent it spreading.Some people in the at-risk groups may also need pneumococcal vaccine which is available from GPs. The HSE has a dedicated immunisation website at www.immunisation.ieRead: HSE issues warning over low dosage flu vaccines> Seasonal flu vaccines are safe and have been given for more than 60 years to millions of people across the world. Reactions are generally mild and serious side effects are very rare.It also says that healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, therapists and carers also need to get the seasonal flu vaccine every year.Head of the HSE’s National Immunisation Office, Dr Brenda Corcoran said: Everyone aged 65 years and overAnyone over six months of age with a long term illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes or those with lower immunity due to disease or treatmentPregnant womenChildren or teenagers on long-term aspirin therapyResidents of nursing homes and other long stay facilitiesVirus strainsThis year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three common flu virus strains expected to be circulating this year based on advice from the World Health Organization. The HSE notes that it is important for all those in the at risk groups to be vaccinated again this year as the virus strains in the vaccine have changed.
YouTube: kilkennyfootballO’Connor is survived by his wife Maria, sons Mark, Thomas, Matthew, Luke and Andrew, daughter Emily, mother Nanette, sister Marian McGee and his brothers Murt and Tomás.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.Video: Cracking goal by Marc Ó Sé in club match for An Ghaeltacht yesterdayKerry’s Eoin Brosnan announces his inter-county football retirement FORMER OFFALY FOOTBALLER Liam O’Connor, who set up the most famous goal in GAA history, has passed away at the age of 58.O’Connor was a member of the Offaly team that defeated Kerry in the 1982 All-Ireland senior football final and it was his pass that set up Seamus Darby for the match-winning goal which ended the Kingdom’s five-in-a-row dreams.O’Connor played for the Walsh Island club and was a member of the famous Connor football family. His brother Tomás played in the 1982 team alongside him, as did his cousins Richie and Matt.In ‘Kings of September’ – Michael Foley’s book about that iconic game – O’Connor describes his pass:‘I could say it was a pinpoint pass but it was just a case of getting it up and into the forwards. That was when the stamina stood to us, that you were up there and able to take a ball. We weren’t going to lose because of fitness.’
AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy has become the first Irish person to contract the frequently fatal tetanus disease since 2008.Immunisation against the disease is usually given as part of the the 6 in 1 vaccine for children at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.The HSE are stressing the importance of vaccination against tetanus which causes death in between 10-25 per cent of cases.The Irish Medical Journal has published the case of the young boy who contracted the disease following a puncture wound to his right foot sustained while playing barefoot outdoors.The unvaccinated boy presented to a GP 12 days after the puncture wound and four days after experiencing pain in his left jaw and teeth.The GP prescribed antibiotics for a possible dental infection.Over the following two days the boy developed chest tightness, and became unable to open his mouth fully. Upon attending the emergency department, physical exams showed symptoms of tetanus in his limbs but laboratory investigations proved inconclusive.An examination of the site of the patient’s wound on his foot found a one-inch thorn which was then removed.He then begun the appropriate course of treatment and spent a total of 17 days in hospital, this included nine days in intensive care.Over the course of seven days the patient experienced severe tongue swelling and repeated painful muscle spasms for a 7-day period. Before he was discharged the patient commenced the 6 in 1 vaccine which included tetanus immunisation.The IMJ report states that “despite advice and education, his siblings remain unvaccinated”.HSEThe HSE cautions that “of the people who get tetanus 1 in 10 will die”. It outlines that the risk is greatest for the very young or aged over 60 and advises that “the only way to protect your self from tetanus is by immunisation”.The authority say that only one in ten people who receive the vaccine experience side affects which included redness and swelling where the injection was given or a fever.Information on immunisation can be sought from your G.P., Public Health Nurse or local health office.Read: Vaccine reminder issued as HSE says 1,000 could die in severe flu season >Read: First meningitis B vaccine now available privately in Ireland >
THE US NATIONAL Security Agency has collected almost 200 million mobile phone text messages a day from around the world in the latest revelations from the Edward Snowden files.The Guardian newspaper and Channel 4 News reported that the NSA used the messages to extract data on the location, contact networks and credit card details of mobile users.British spies were given access by the NSA to search the collected “metadata”, information about the text messages but not the actual contents, of British citizens, according to the report.The secret files say the programme, codenamed Dishfire, collects “pretty much everything it can”, the Guardian and Channel 4 News reported.Dishfire works by collecting and analysing automated text messages such as missed call alerts or texts sent to inform users about international roaming charges, the news organisations said.It was also able to work out phone users’ credit card numbers using texts from banks.They cited an internal NSA presentation from 2011 on the programme and papers from Britain’s electronic eavesdropping facility GCHQ.There was no immediate reaction from the NSA while GCHQ said it worked within British law.“All of GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with the strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate and that there is rigorous oversight,” it said in a statement.The report comes a day before US President Barack Obama is due to give a long-awaited speech proposing curbs on NSA phone and Internet data dragnets exposed by fugitive intelligence contractor Snowden.Snowden remains in exile in Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum.The president discussed the details of Friday’s speech during a telephone call with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, according to Cameron’s Downing Street office.During the discussion, the two leaders “welcomed the unique intelligence sharing relationship between their two countries,” according to the statement.© – AFP 2014Read: FBI director says he is baffled that Snowden is called a hero >Read: ‘Privacy matters’: Here’s Edward Snowden’s Alternative Christmas Message >
EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.27,700 kilometres – That’s how close asteroid 2012 DA14 came to Earth yesterday evening. That might not seem like much, but it’s closer than any asteroid of its size has ever come to Earth. Travelling at 75,000 kilometres an hour, it would only have taken 20 minutes to obliterate any of the cities on Earth if it had been nudged out of its path and into our direction.6.17 metres – The length of ‘Lolong’, the largest saltwater crocodile in captivity anywhere in the world, who died in the Philippines last week. The townspeople went into mourning, despite suspicions that Lolong ate some of them.950 – The number of people in Russia who were injured when a meteor burned up in the skies above the city of Chelyabinsk.€18.89 – The amount that the average Irish TD, Senator or MEP declared in donations for 2012. Only three politicians out of 239 said they had received any donations that they were legally required to receive – and one of those was the use of services, while another actually fell under the legal requirement limit.210,958 – The number of seconds for which a Thai couple kissed this week – setting a new world record. That’s over 58-and-a-half hours! It’s the second time in three years that a couple from Thailand has broken the record.12 per cent – The amount by which energy usage in Ireland dropped in three years, according to Eurostat figures – which also showed that Ireland is among the EU countries most reliant on energy imports.€56,500 – The average salary of a chaplain employed by the HSE in the Dublin North East region. That’s over twice as much as the €25,000-or-so that the Archdiocese of Dublin is able to give its priests.€2.97 – The amount that a High Court jury ordered the Irish Daily Mail to pay Denis O’Brien over a defamatory article, in terms of the price per issue sold. The Mail had audited circulation of 50,515 for the first half of 2010; it’s considering an appeal against the €150,000 ruling.3 – The number of HSE staff who were rehired the day after they retired last year. That’s despite voluntary redundancy programmes and incentivised public service retirements in 2012.3 – The possible number of saints named Valentine. But, sure, let’s just have a shindig for all of them.€21,440 – The amount that the average Irish person has to spend after they pay their taxes and social insurance, according to CSO figures. A quarter of the public is now considered to be living in deprivation.598 – The number of years since the last time a pope resigned – and in that case it was only to heal a three-way split in the church by making room for a compromise pope. That sequence will be brought to an end when Benedict XVI steps down in two weeks.111 – The number of popes between the time of St Malachy and Pope Benedict XVI. Malachy reckons the 112th will be the final pope, who will see the ‘city of the seven hills’ (Rome, but possibly Jerusalem) being destroyed. No pressure, then.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces>http://businessetc.thejournal.ie/cost-of-borrowing-falls-promissory-note-deal-788715-Feb2013/
POPE BENEDICT XVI will hold the last audience of his pontificate in front of tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square today on the eve of his historic resignation as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.Pilgrims have been gathering from the early morning in the Vatican to bid a final farewell to an 85-year-old pope who abruptly cut short his pontificate by declaring he was too weak to keep up with the modern world.The Vatican says 50,000 people have obtained tickets for the event but many more may come and city authorities have prepared for 200,000, installing metal detectors in the area, deploying snipers and setting up field clinics.The weekly audience, which is exceptionally being held in St Peter’s Square because of the numbers expected, is to begin at around 09.30am GMT and usually lasts around an hour with a mixture of prayers and religious instruction from the pope.It will begin with Benedict’s final tour of the famous Vatican plaza in his white “popemobile” and could include parting words addressed to Catholics in his diocese of Rome and around the world.Benedict will be the first pope to step down since the Middle Ages — a break with Catholic tradition that has worried conservatives but kindled the hopes of Catholics around the world who want a breath of new life in the Church.Faithful gather to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s last general audience in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican early this morning (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)SpeculationRome has been gripped by speculation over what prompted Benedict to resign and who the leading candidates might be to replace him, as cardinals from around the world fly in this week ahead of the conclave to elect his successor.Rumours and counter-rumours in the Italian media suggest cut-throat behind-the-scenes lobbying, prompting the Vatican to condemn what it has called “unacceptable pressure” to influence the papal election.Campaign groups have also lobbied the Vatican to exclude two cardinals accused of covering up child sex abuse from the upcoming election conclave.The Vatican has said Benedict will receive the title of “Roman pontiff emeritus” and can still be addressed as “Your Holiness” and wear the white papal cassock after he officially steps down at 1900 GMT on Thursday.Just before that time, the Vatican said Benedict will be whisked off by helicopter to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo near Rome where he will begin a life out of the public eye.Benedict will wave from the residence’s balcony one last time before retreating to a private chapel and, as he has said, a life “hidden from the world”.On the hour he formally loses his powers as sovereign pontiff, the liveried Swiss Guard that traditionally protects popes will leave the residence.The shock of the resignation and its unprecedented nature in the Church’s modern history has left the Vatican sometimes struggling to explain the implications and Benedict’s future status — from the banal to the theological.Some Catholics find it hard to come to terms with the idea that someone who was elected in a supposedly divinely inspired vote could simply resign.Lost infallibilityThe Vatican has said Benedict will lose his power of divine infallibility — a sort of supreme authority in doctrinal matters — as soon as he steps down.The personalised gold Fisherman’s Ring traditionally used to seal papal documents — a key symbol of the office — will also be destroyed by a cardinal, as is customary in Catholic tradition.Benedict has said he will also swap his trademark red shoes for a brown pair given to him by artisans in Mexico during a trip last year.Starting next week, cardinals from around the world will begin a series of meetings to decide what the priorities for the Catholic Church should be, set a start date for the conclave and consider possible candidates for pope.The conclave — a centuries-old tradition with an elaborate ritual — is supposed to be held within 15 to 20 days of the death of the pope, but Benedict has given special dispensation for the cardinals to bring that date forward because the event will follow a resignation.Cardinals have been flying in from around the world including US prelate Roger Mahony, a former archbishop of Los Angeles stripped of all church duties for mishandling and covering up sex abuse claims against dozens of priests.A total of 115 “cardinal electors” are scheduled to take part after another voter, British cardinal Keith O’Brien said he would not be taking part after allegations emerged that he made unwanted advances towards priests in the 1980s.- © AFP, 2013Read: Here’s a secret only the new pope will see…Read: Pope Benedict will remain in ‘spiritual proximity’ after his resignation