Sujay Vikhe-Patil joins BJP

first_imgIn a major setback to the Congress in Maharashtra, Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil, son of senior Congressman and Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who announced that his name was being recommended to the central Parliamentary Board as candidate from Ahmednagar South Lok Sabha seat.“Joining BJP is my personal choice. I have taken this decision against the wishes of my father. I do not know what my mother and father think about this decision. But I consider this as a huge responsibility and promise to work tirelessly to ensure both the seats in my districts come to BJP,” Dr. Vikhe-Patil said.Mr. Fadnavis said he knows that Sujay had to rebel in the family to take this decision. “But in due course of time, the decision will prove to be right,” he said.“Youngsters of this country know that development and country’s security can be taken care of Narendra Modiji. Sujay is a representative of that youth. His entry in our party will make us stronger in Ahmednagar,” said Mr. Fadnavis. ‘Can’t fulfil demands’Commenting on statements that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is responsible for Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil joining the BJP, party president Sharad Pawar said he is not entitled to fulfil demands of children from other families.“I can look after my house. How can I fulfil demands of children from other families? If anyone is changing the route and think that the journey will be smooth, then I have nothing but well-wishes,” Mr. Pawar told reporters on Tuesday evening. The Ahmednagar seat is currently held by BJP’s Dilip Gandhi. However party surveys had recommended change in candidate as he was facing anti-incumbency. Seat-sharing talks between Congress and NCP were disrupted several times in the past over the Ahmednagar south seat as Dr Vikhe-Patil was keen to contest. As per the seat sharing formula, the seat is with the NCP and it was unwilling to part it. A senior NCP leader told The Hindu that Dr. Vikhe-Patil was offered to contest the polls from the NCP. “He was to take the decision. We were open to take him in,” the leader said.Last week, Dr. Vikhe-Patil held a meeting with Mr. Fadnavis’ blue-eyed-boy and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan which led to speculations of him joining the BJP.However, on Monday afternoon, NCP chief Sharad Pawar in a press conference clarified that there was no question of NCP giving the seat to Congress. Mr. Pawar even recounted the old days of his rivalry with Dr. Vikhe-Patil’s grandfather Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil. “That was an indication for us that Sujay is not going to get ticket even from the NCP,” said a person close to Dr. Vikhe-Patil.In a last ditch effort to pursue Congress leadership to pressurise the NCP and in a bid to stop his son joining the BJP, LoP Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Monday night held meetings with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and then with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The last-minute effort did not materialise as he wanted and Sujay joined the BJP on Tuesday morning.The Vikhe-Patil family is known to change sides gauging the turning tide. The late Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, an arch-rival of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had won the Lok Sabha in 1998 on Shiv Sena’s ticket and even became Minister of state for Finance and later Union Minister for Heavy Industries in the NDA government, before returning to Congress in 2004. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil too was a minister in the Sena government and in the BJP from 1995 to 1999.last_img read more

CWG probe: I’ll give satisfactory answers, says Kalmadi

first_imgFile photo of former OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Commonwealth Games corruption probe is gaining steam after the arrest of two former Organising Committee officials but an unfazed OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Wednesday said he would give “satisfactory answers” to the government panel investigating the matter.Kalmadi, who has maintained a low profile ever since the controversy-ridden Games concluded on October 14, said that the V.K. Shunglu committee has been entrusted with the task of probing the entire Commonwealth Games and not only the Organising Committee.”We can answer all the questions satisfactorily. Our job was to conduct the Games and we have the answers to anything related to that,” Kalmadi told PTI from Guangzhou, where he is attending the 16th Asian Games.Former Comptroller and Auditor General V.K. Shunglu was appointed as the head of the committee to probe the corruption allegations that marred the build-up to the mega-event here.Kalmadi emphasised that the Organising Committee was not responsible for the all the construction and other works for the Games.”The Organising Committee was responsible for Rs 1800 crore. We had no role in constructions and the work at the stadiums. We can only answer for these Rs 1800 crore,” he said.Kalmadi said that the international delegates, who are here for the Asian Games, have praised the conduct of the Commonwealth Games as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.”But I have been pained by the constant negative publicity by the media. The trial by the media has been unfortunate. More so when we are ready to answer all questions. I have all along maintained that there should be an inquiry,” he said.advertisementOn the arrest of two of the former OC members — TS Darbari and Sanjay Mohendroo — in connection with alleged financial bungling in the Queen’s Baton Relay, Kalmadi said that both of them had been sacked by the OC.”The Organising Committee has already taken action against them after reports of corruption. The OC CEO (Jarnail Singh) has already terminated their services,” he said.Kalmadi also hailed the performance of gymnast Ashish Kumar, swimmer Virdhawal Khade and wushu player Bikramjit Singh — all three of whom bagged historic bronze medals during the Asian Games.”After a gap of 24 years, we have won a medal in swimming. We have won a medal in gymnastics for the first time. In wushu also we have done well, it all goes to show that other sports are also coming up in India,” Kalmadi said.Ashish became the first Indian gymnast to clinch an Asian Games medal by securing a bronze in the Men’s Floor event of the Artistic Gymnastics.The 19-year-old Khade scripted history by becoming the first Indian swimmer in 24 years to clinch an Asian Games medal by notching up a bronze in the 50m butterfly event.”It is a great achievement and we are proud of them. It shows that we are rising as a sporting nation and going in the right direction. We need to keep up this trend,” Kalmadi said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Superstorm Sandy fails to stall New York Marathon, run scheduled to go ahead as planned on Sunday

first_imgThe New York Marathon will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday despite the huge damages from Superstorm Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.Marathon officials were proceeding as planned to stage the annual event that runs through all five boroughs of the largest city in America, but they were awaiting the final word from city officials regarding the staging of the race, reports Xinhua.Flooding and power outages remained a concern around the city and subway and other transit systems are still shut because of the damage caused by the superstorm.Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, said the organising group was set to hire private contractors to replace city workers who would typically handle such things as security and medical needs for the race.Meanwhile, Elite Kenyan runners supposed to participate in the marathon have delayed their departure, awaiting confirmation that it was safe for them to fly to New York.According to Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, the federation was awaiting communication from organisers after the city was ravaged by Sandy on Monday.”They are still around (in Nairobi) waiting to be told of their travelling plans and I can confirm none of them has left the country yet,” Kiplagat said.”We expect communication by Thursday so that we can be certain that our athletes will be safe. What happened there is very unfortunate and we understand the pain organisers are going through.”Berlin marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai said they were concerned about their chances of making it in time. “I have seen what happened there on television and it was a huge blow to the city. My colleagues left here (Eldoret) Tuesday but I understand their flights were held back.”advertisementlast_img read more

Gennaro Gattuso leaves Milan but tells club not to pay him for rest of contract

first_img“Deciding to leave Milan’s bench is not easy but it’s a decision I had to make,” he said, according to Repubblica. “There was not a precise moment in which I decided, it was the sum of these 18 months as coach of a team that for me will never be like the others. Months that I lived with great passion, unforgettable months.“Mine is a painful but thoughtful choice. Am I giving up a two-year contract? Yes, because my story with Milan can never be a question of money.”Gattuso took the role in November 2017 after a spell as youth-team coach. Milan’s fifth-placed finish in Serie A this season was their highest since the 2012-13 campaign. Read more news Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Atalanta punch historic Champions League ticket in wild Serie A finale Milan Gennaro Gattuso has announced he is leaving his role as Milan head coach. The Rossoneri missed out on Champions League qualification on Sunday despite a season-ending 3-2 victory against SPAL.Gattuso, whose contract runs until 2021, has confirmed he is leaving the club and the former Milan midfielder will not be taking any compensation. Reuse this content Topics European club football Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Serie Alast_img read more

All Set for Yuzhny Grain Terminal Construction

first_imgzoom Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) and MV Cargo LLC, a specially formed company for the Yuzhnyi port project, have signed an agreement on the implementation of two partnership projects for the construction of a terminal in the port Yuzhny, situated on the country’s Black Sea coast.Under the terms of the agreement MV Cargo will undertake the construction of a specialized grain terminal as well as a berth № 25 in the sea port of Yuzhny. In the first phase of the project the capacity of the terminal will amount up to 5 million tons and the second phase provides for the increase by another 2–4 million tons.In turn, USPA is to ensure navigable operational water area at the berth № 25 as well as the approaching channel to the future grain terminal, which will see depths of the waters and the approaching channel be dredged down to 16 meters.The estimated investment in the construction of the grain terminal will amount to USD 104 million with USPA investing USD 50 million for dredging works. A feasibility study of the project for advanced depths in the port of Yuzhny has already been submitted for endorsement in core ministries, USPA said.The terminal will be majority-owned by US agriculture giant Cargill Inc. through a joint venture company.The signing comes on the back of an agreement signed on 24 February 2016, when Cargill and MV Cargo penned the construction deal for the new grain terminal in Yuzhny sea port.“A key component of the agreement for us is the term under which the Cargill ensure the loading of the terminal with necessary volumes of grain cargo. This is a vivid example of an idea to assign the cargo owner with certain berth, which creates a comfortable and clear conditions for public-private partnership”, said CEO of USPA Andrey Amelin.“We expect the project to generate over UAH 300 million in tax payments annually and to create employment for around 350 people,” said Director of MV Cargo LLC Alexander Primak.MV Cargo LLC grain terminal completion is scheduled for 1 September 2018. In turn, USPA agreed to finish dredging at the latest 1 February 2018.In August 2015, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine signed a trilateral memorandum formalizing the intention to implement the investment project in the sea port of Yuzhny, which certified Cargill’s intention to purchase 51% of shares of cargo terminal.last_img read more

Genco Unveils Comprehensive Plan Ahead of IMO 2020

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The US-based dry bulk shipping company Genco Shipping & Trading Limited plans to install exhaust gas cleaning systems on its seventeen Capesize vessels with options for installation on an additional fifteen minor bulk vessels.The company anticipates scrubber installation to be completed in 2019, ahead of the January 1, 2020 deadline when the IMO sulphur cap enters into force.Genco estimates that the cost of each scrubber, including installation, will be approximately USD 2 million. The company is currently in discussions with various lenders in regards to scrubber financing.As informed, the balance of the fleet is expected to consume compliant, low sulphur fuel beginning in 2020, when new environmental regulations come into effect capping sulphur emissions at 0.5%, down from 3.5% currently.Genco will also continue to execute its previously announced fleet renewal program aimed at selling older, less fuel-efficient vessels and redeploying the capital towards high specification, fuel-efficient vessels to further reduce emissions.“Following the recent addition of six modern, high specification drybulk vessels to our fleet, and during a time when we continue to execute our fleet renewal strategy, we are pleased to announce Genco’s comprehensive plan for IMO 2020. Our portfolio approach is aimed at improving our environmental footprint, maximizing shareholder returns and reducing fuel costs in an evolving marine fuel environment,” John C. Wobensmith, Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Based on extensive evaluation and analysis, we plan to fit our Capesize vessels with scrubbers given their trading patterns and higher fuel consumption, which we expect to result in a very attractive payback period. Options to install scrubbers on 15 minor bulk vessels will also provide the company with the flexibility to react to market conditions as they develop,” Wobensmith added.Genco Shipping & Trading transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products and other drybulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. As of October 9, 2018, Gencos’s fleet consists of seventeen Capesize, five Panamax, six Ultramax, twenty-one Supramax, one Handymax and fourteen Handysize vessels with an aggregate capacity of approximately 5,430,000 dwt.last_img read more

Theatre fraudster Garth Drabinsky granted day parole

KINGSTON, Ont. — Disgraced theatre impresario Garth Drabinsky has been granted day parole and is permitted to serve the remainder of his fraud sentence at a halfway house in Toronto, the Parole Board of Canada ruled Wednesday.In coming to its decision, the two-member panel determined that the 62-year-old former entertainment mogul would not pose an “undue risk” to public safety, but denied Drabinsky’s application for full release, calling it “premature.”The ex-CEO of the now-defunct Livent Inc. — the company behind such hits as “Phantom of the Opera” — testified at the hearing for nearly three hours via video link from the Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ont.[np-related /]He could be seen crying and hugging his wife, and two children, who were at the prison to support him.“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Drabinsky, his voice overcome with emotion.In 2009, Drabinsky and his longtime friend and business partner Myron Gottlieb were both convicted of two counts of fraud each for a book-cooking scheme that ultimately resulted in the demise of Livent.The court ruled that the partners orchestrated a scheme involving the falsification of Livent’s financial statements to lower its expenses and make the company look like it was meeting high earnings projections.At the hearing, in his first public statements since Livent’s collapse 14 years ago, Drabinsky repeatedly denied that he intentionally committed fraud or that it occurred out of greed. However, he admitted that the employees had been pressured by him to maximize profits at the company, and ultimately, it was his “gross negligence” that makes it his responsibility as the head of Livent.“I drove people tremendously hard in the company,” he said. “I drove them to succeed through my flawed ambition and creative hunger, which was not grounded in greed. I pushed the envelope too far.”He said he did not know that what was being done by the company’s accountants “crossed into criminality.”Drabinsky said he had suspected that there were inaccuracies in the company’s financial statements but due to his lack of accounting practices, he “walked away from the details.”“I should never have been CEO of the company,” he said. “That was a mistake.”The bankruptcy of the publicly-traded company ultimately cost investors an estimated $500 million.Last September, after losing a joint appeal of their convictions, Drabinsky was sentenced to five years in prison and Gottlieb to four years.He told the panel Wednesday that the first month of his sentence, which was served at the maximum-security Millhaven penitentiary in Kingston, Ont., was “devastating” to him and his family.“It affected me beyond description,” said Drabinsky. “Every time the lead door slammed shut and reverberated I was overwhelmed.”Drabinsky, who considers Oscar-nominated actor Christopher Plummer and Canadian ballerina Karen Kain his close friends, said he soon found himself “face-to-face with a different world of individual.”He sobbed when he told the board that he was contacted last August by the Governor-General’s office about stripping him of his Order of Canada, which was rewarded in 1995 for his contribution to the arts.“I’ve always given everything I had to this country,” said Drabinsky, noting that he had often resisted temptation to move the company to the U.S.The panel imposed several conditions on his six-month-long release to the halfway house, including barring him from owning or operating any business, becoming self-employed and managing financials at any company or organization.Drabinsky must also submit financial and banking statements to a parole officer at least once a month, and not associate with any convicted criminals, including Gottlieb.Once granted parole, the man who used to rub shoulders with Hollywood elite said he wants to keep a “low profile” and continue producing movies and stage productions.He was also in talks of doing consultant work, and lecturing at a business school and an arts school.“Forget about building any empires anymore,” said Drabinsky. “I already did that.”Gottlieb was released to a halfway house last July.Drabinsky will be moved to the halfway house sometime after Nov. 11. read more

TSX rises as traders take in heavy slate of economic data

Canadian stocks advanced Thursday as traders wade through a series of U.S. economic data.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 32.77 points to 13,382.54, led by gains in the badly beaten-down gold sector.The Canadian dollar was down 0.52 of a cent to 94.45 cents US, weighed down by falling oil prices.The slide came amid a report that suggests the Canadian economy will improve over the next two years. The Conference Board of Canada expects gross domestic product to grow just 1.8 per cent this year but fro momentum to pick up in 2014 and 2015.U.S. indexes were higher as the Dow Jones industrials climbed 26.71 points to 16,099.51, the Nasdaq gained 13.83 points to 4,031.58 after the index closed above the 4,000-mark Tuesday for the first time since September 2000, while the S&P 500 index edged up 4.36 points to 1,807.11.As traders get set to wind down for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday when U.S. markets will be shuttered, they took in data showing U.S. jobless insurance claims, which are a proxy for layoffs, fell by 10,000 last week to 316,000. Economists had expected a slight rise.Orders for American durable goods fell two per cent during October, which was in line with expectations. Excluding transportation, orders dipped 0.1 per cent.At the same time, a key gauge of the manufacturing sector in the U.S. Midwest showed slower expansion. The Chicago purchasing managers index dropped to a higher than expected 63 in November from 65.9 in October.The University of Michigan releases its latest reading on consumer-sentiment. It is expected to rise slightly to 73 during November.And finally, the U.S. Conference Board will release its leading economic indicators report. That data gives an indication on where the American economy is heading over the next six months.The gold sector led advances, up 1.8 per cent while December bullion rose $7.30 to US$1,248.70 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was up 38 cents to C$23.89.The base metal sector was also positive, up 0.4 per cent while December copper was unchanged at US$3.21 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) gained six cents to C$4.53.Telcos were also supportive as Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) was up 42 cents to $46.65 a day after reaching a 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement with the National Hockey League that gives the company the league’s broadcast and multimedia rights.The energy sector lost 0.34 per cent as oil prices retreated ahead of the release of the latest inventory figures for the United States.The January crude contract fell $1.19 to US$92.49 a barrel. Supply data for last week is expected to show a decline of 1.5 million barrels in U.S. crude oil stocks and an increase of one million barrels in gasoline stocks. Crude supplies have increased for the past nine weeks.The interest rate sensitive utilities sector lost 0.8 per cent with TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA) down 45 cents to $14.22. The sector has been under selling pressure amid rising U.S. bond yields amid speculation about when the Federal Reserve might cut back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases.On the corporate front, Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) says its long-time chief executive, Arthur Mesher, has retired as CEO and chairman of the board due to health and personal issues.The company, which operates a global logistics system used by freight carriers, also said it expects revenue for its fiscal third quarter will be in a range of US$38.5 million to US$38.8 million versus expectations of $38.43 million. That would be up from US$32.7 million a year earlier.It’s also estimating income before income taxes being in the range of US$4.1 million to US$4.3 million, against expectations of US$4.42 million and its shares fell 85 cents to $13.80.Elsewhere on the tech front, Hewlett-Packard posted net income of $1.4 billion for its fiscal fourth-quarter. HP’s profit amounted to 73 cents per share and compared with a loss of $6.9 billion, or $3.49 per share, a year ago. Excluding one-time charges, the company earned $1.01 per share for the recent period. Revenue fell three per cent to $29.1 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of $1 per share on $27.86 billion in revenue. Its shares ran up $2.11 to $27.20.European bourses advanced with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.22 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.45 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was ahead 0.47 per cent. read more

Boys and football coach free from Tham Luang caves in Thailand

They guided the boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the cave system.Getting to and from the trapped group was an exhausting round trip, even for experienced divers.The process included a mixture of walking, wading, climbing and diving along guide ropes. Wearing full-face masks, which are easier for novice divers than traditional respirators, each boy was accompanied by two divers, who also carried his air supply.The toughest part was about halfway out at a section named “T-Junction”, which was so tight that the divers had to take off their air tanks to get through.Beyond that a cavern – called Chamber 3 – was turned into a forward base for the divers.There the boys could rest before making the last, easier walk out to the entrance. They were then taken to hospital in Chiang Rai.The last of the rescue team – three Thai Navy Seals and a doctor – emerged from the cave complex some hours after the last member of the trapped group was released.The first eight boys to be rescued – on Sunday and Monday – are still in hospital but said to be in good mental and physical health.They have undergone X-rays and blood tests, and will remain under observation in hospital for at least seven days.Their parents have been allowed to see them through a glass window at the hospital, but they are being quarantined.Drinking contaminated water in the cave or being exposed to bird or bat droppings in the cave could lead to dangerous infections, experts say.The boys lost weight during their time in the caves and are keen to eat. They are said to have requested a favourite pork dish, bread and chocolate, but solid food will have to be reintroduced slowly to prevent digestive upset.They will also need to wear sunglasses for a few days until their eyes readjust to the brighter light. (Courtesy BBC) There were cheers as a daring rescue operation involving dozens of divers and hundreds of other rescue workers came to an end on Tuesday evening.In an indication of how dangerous the journey out was, a former Thai navy diver died in the caves on Friday. Saman Gunan was returning from a mission to provide the group with air tanks when he ran out of oxygen. Divers in northern Thailand have rescued all 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground.Their plight and the massive, dangerous three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world’s attention. Aged between about 11 and 17, the members of the Wild Boars football team had entered the Tham Luang cave system in the province of Chiang Rai during an excursion with their coach.Confirming the completion of the rescue operation, the Thai Navy Seals Facebook page announced: “All 12 Wild Boars and coach have been extracted from the cave. All are safe.”And at the house just below the mountains where the men who run the Wild Boars meet, there was laughter, shouts and cheers – and people shook hands in a very un-Thai way, says the BBC Jonathan Head. A team of 90 expert divers – 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas – worked in the Tham Luang caves. The group was cut off on 23 June after heavy rains flooded their way back out. They were found by British divers last week, huddled in darkness on a ledge amid fears they could be forced to stay there for months until water receded. read more

Focus on growing inequality at opening of UN Commission on Social Development

“Our attention should be given first and foremost to the issue of inequality, which in many case, is a major cause for social turbulence worldwide,” the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, said, opening the 2014 session of the Commission for Social Development, which will run at Headquarters in New York through 21 February. Kicking off the meeting, Mr. Wu, who is also the Secretary-General for the upcoming International Conference on Small Island Developing States, noted that inequalities undermine poverty reduction, economic growth and social mobility.Noting that too often, prosperity within countries is limited to the privileged few, he said that seven out of 10 people live in countries where income inequality has increased, citing the 2013 Report on the World Social Situation. “With high and growing inequalities, development cannot be sustained. But the right mix of social policies can curb inequality. Efforts to equalize opportunities and foster participation do make a difference.” “Empowering people is at the core of the work of this Commission,” he continued, adding that: “Empowered individuals and social groups will achieve development that is “sustainable, inclusive and equitable.”Speaking on behalf of the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Martin Sajdik, Vice-President Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez highlighted some of the events on the Council’s agenda this year.He noted that in the countdown to the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 2014 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review will focus on addressing on-going and emerging challenges in meeting the MDGs and in defining the sustainable development gains in the future.Among other upcoming events, Mr. Garcia highlighted the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) to be held in July. The Forum, which was created to ensure that sustainable development tops the agenda of the highest levels of government and is embraced by all actors, replaces the Commission on Sustainable Development which concluded its work on 20 September. read more

Gekkos Python charges ahead with underground processing

first_imgAfter the successful on-time delivery of two 55 t/h modular Python crushing and gravity plants to TMAC Resources’ Hope Bay mine in Northern Canada in 2016/17, Gekko has progressed in developing a new 30 t/h underground model.The newly developed 30 tph system (pictured) has been designed to be operated and maintained in a 5 m x 5 m drive and  has several new features to ensure that it complies with underground requirements. Once installed underground, the low-height Python design will assist miners pre-concentrating the ore into ~50% of the original mass, significantly reducing the downstream processing energy requirements and costs. The new features that will ensure the safe and reliable operation of the plant include:• Mobile, electric powered low profile primary crushing front end• Retractable conveyor heads allow ease of equipment maintenance• Dust suppression micro-sprays• Cooling system for local electrical boxes to combat heat generation• Narrow module design to allow adequate clearance for a specially selected maintenance vehicle• Maximised water recycling to reduce water consumption• Minimised module dimensions to aid transport undergroundThe new design, which has been developed in conjunction with an underground mining company, will look to pre-concentrate ore underground prior to being transported to a surface based milling circuit.The project aims to significantly reduce haulage and other related costs, and increase metal production.Nigel Grigg, Gekko’s Business Development Manager stated, “Despite the obvious challenges, there are a number of real benefits to pre-concentrating underground. By pre-concentrating the ore into ~50% Of the original mass, it has the potential to double the grade to the milling circuit while achieving very high recoveries and leaving 50% of the original ore down the hole for backfill”.Gekko is aiming to introduce the underground Python plant into deep mines, where the cost of haulage is becoming uneconomic or where mineralised waste can be economically treated and upgraded to augment current milling production.“Another benefit of pre-concentrating your ore underground, is that if the ore can be upgraded at an economic recovery, then the cut-off grades can be reduced, increasing the mine life or allowing the miners to use mechanised mining methods that might otherwise be prohibitive due to dilution.“The new design takes into account the learnings that we have made from the surface based Python plants and will improve its operability underground,”Gekko Process Engineering Manager, Tim Hughes.The Python plant whilst ideal for high-grade deposits, also suits mines that are looking to exploit low-grade satellite deposits or have mineral waste dumps that are able to be upgraded.last_img read more

Are you missing a reptile This 3 foot long albino corn snake

first_img 17,971 Views By Hayley Halpin Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 5:20 PM Jun 22nd 2017, 5:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 26 Comments snake is currently being kept in a vivarium, with a heat pad and UV lights to keep him warm.“He’s quite an active little lad. He’s not shy at all. He was nervous when he first came in but he’s fine here now. We’ve been giving him baths every morning, they love baths,” Stephen told us.He said the hospital will have to look at re-homing the snake if the owner isn’t found soon.However, they may have to carry out a wider search for a potential home, as there aren’t many places in Ireland that will take in abandoned reptiles.Animal collection manager at Kilkenny’s National Reptile Zoo Jonny Doyle said it was becoming increasingly difficult to re-home reptiles in Ireland.“We do have a lot of people coming forward with abandoned pets. Anyone can buy a small alligator online and get it shipped straight to your door. There’s no legislation as of yet to control any of that,” he said.It’s getting harder because in the boom time people went mad with buying loads of different reptiles and now some of them are getting too big or people are getting bored with them.Anyone with information about the snake are being asked to contact the Bairbre O’Malley Veterinary Hospital on 01 272 3857.Read: Baby girl delivered on Dublin street before ambulance arrived on scene >More: ‘Hang on a second’: Boris Johnson struggles for words in interview about Queen’s Speech > Are you missing a reptile? This 3 foot long, albino corn snake was found up a tree in Ballybrack A man climbed up the tree when he spotted a snake hidden among the branches on Monday evening. A SNAKE HAS been found up a tree in Ballybrack, south Dublin this week and staff at a local veterinary practice are on the lookout for its owner.A client of the Bairbre O’Malley Veterinary Hospital, Bray climbed up the tree when he spotted a snake hidden among the branches on Monday evening.As soon as the man discovered the snake he rang the veterinary hospital who told him to throw a blanket over the snake and put him in a cardboard box.The male, 3 foot long, albino corn snake was taken into the vet’s practice around an hour later. Staff there have put a call out on social media for the owner of the snake to come and collect it.However, they’ve had no luck so far.“We still have him, we’re still trying to find the owner but there’s been no luck unfortunately,” Stephen, a veterinary nurse at the hospital, told“It’s strange because usually with social media you would think someone would have come up to get him.”Maybe someone dumped him. There’s been no word from anyone. Short URL The 3 foot albino corn snake found in Dublin The 3 foot albino corn snake found in Dublin Image: Bairbre O’Malley Veterinary Hospital Share597 Tweet Email7 Image: Bairbre O’Malley Veterinary Hospitallast_img read more

Road crash claims lives of 3 labourers

first_imgMap of PabnaThree workers were killed while another injured as a truck overturned in Nurpur bypass area of Pabna sadar upazila on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.The accident took place around 6:30am when the wood-laden truck overturned after the driver lost its control over the steering, leaving the three dead and one injured, said Pabna sadar police station officer-in-charge Obaidul Haque.The injured was admitted at sadar hospital, he added.last_img read more

24yearold Rifleman from Darjeeling killed in Rajouri IED blast

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling lost a brave son in an IED explosion near the Line of Control at the Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Friday. His mortal remains will arrive home on Sunday. Two explosions had taken place near Roopmati forward post in Pukkharni area at 4:35 pm and 6:10 pm respectively on Friday. The explosions killed Major S J Nair and Rifleman Jiwan Gurung. 24-year-old Rifleman Jiwan Gurung hails from Lamahatta in Darjeeling. He had joined the Indian Army a little more than four years ago. He is survived by his mother Poonam Gurung. His mortal remains will arrive at Bagdogra Airport on Sunday and will proceed to Lamahatta where his last rites will be performed amidst full military honours. Binay Tamang, Chairman of the GTA, extending condolences to the bereaved families stated: “Gorkhas have been sacrificing their lives protecting the borders of this nation.”last_img read more

Egyptian policeman jailed for killing protesters

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