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Brazilians among trio busted in Central Rupununi with illegal gun ammo

The eight ammunition components found on the GuyaneseAccording to the police, the men are all being processed for court in the coming days. This is according to a Guyana Police Force statement which detailed that the Guyanese, 43, of South Rupununi was found in possession of eight ammunition components and the foreign nationals ages 43 and 48 years respectively, were found with a twenty-eight (28) gauge single barrel shotgun and five live cartridges. The twenty-eight (28) gauge single barrel shotgun and five live cartridges were found on the BraziliansRoutine patrols by ranks of the Joint Services, commanded by an army Lieutenant, in Central Rupununi, between January 26-28, 2018,  have resulted in the arrest of three males, two of whom are Brazilians, for unlawful possession of arms and ammunition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMazaruni miners busted with unlicenced firearm, ammoFebruary 28, 2017In “Crime”Chinese national among several in custody for unlicenced firearms, ammoJanuary 20, 2017In “Crime”Guyanese, Brazilians caught with shotgun componentOctober 29, 2015In “Crime” read more

Chase bags century for Windies in mixed fortunes on day 2

4th ODIOctober 29Mumbai 2nd T20INovember 6Kanpur-Lucknow 3rd ODIOctober 27Pune 1st ODIOctober 21Guwahati 1st T20INovember 4Kolkata Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReflections on Windies Cricket in 2018 Part 1 …Gabriel, Dowrich top Test performers in 2018December 28, 2018In “latest news”Chase, Holder resist to give West Indies respectabilityOctober 12, 2018In “latest news”Hope’s heroics help West Indies tie second India ODIOctober 24, 2018In “Sports” Roston ChaseRoston Chase completed his fourth Test century in the second over of play on Day two of the second Test versus India in Hyderabad but the WINDIES lost the last three wickets cheaply to be all out for 311.Devendra Bishoo was the first WINDIES wicket to fall on the resumption of play, when he chucked one onto his wicket from Umesh Yadav for 2. Jomel Warrican joined Chase in the middle and it didn’t take Chase long to complete his second Test century against India.He got an easy two runs to take him to triple figures. Six runs later and Yadav slipped one between bat and pad to rattle Chase’s stumps. Shannon Gabriel got a first ball duck when Yadav got him to edge behind.WINDIES all out for 311, Chase the top scorer with 106, Holder 52, Hope 36 and Dowrich 30. Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers, finishing with figures of 6/88 while Kuldeep Yadav had 3/85.Prithvi Shaw looked intent on attacking the WINDIES bowlers and did just that. His opening partner KL Rahul was the first wicket to fall when Jason Holder got him to play on to his stumps for 4.Shaw continued to make the WINDIES pacers look meek, taking a particular liking to Shannon Gabriel. Cheteshwar Pujara joined Shaw and the pair looked to replicate their partnership from the first Test in Rajkot. However, it was not to be as Shannon Gabriel had Pujara caught by Hamilton for 10.The WINDIES had an injury scare when wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich had to be carried off the field after being struck on the knee from a delivery. Hospital scans showed no damage but the effects of being hit from a 90mph delivery. He took no further part in the day’s play, with substitute Jahmar Hamilton taking up wicketkeeping duties.Indian Captain Virat Kohli and his vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane then went about rebuilding the Indian innings to reach the WINDIES 311 total. Striking 5-fours on his way to 45, Kohli was given out LBW but reviewed the decision. DRS determined that it was the on-field Umpire’s call and the original decision stayed. India now 162-4.Rahane was joined by Rishabh Pant and the pair regained control of the match for India, just when the WINDIES breathed a sigh of relief in the dismissal of Kohli. Rahane played his natural game of patience chipping away at the WINDIES bowlers, while Pant took a liking to Devendra Bishoo. Holder had to rotate his bowlers wisely but that still did not stop the flow of runs. Shannon Gabriel was exasperated after Hamilton dropped Pant on 24 when India were 196/4.At the close of play on day two India are 308/4, trailing by 3 runs with 6 wickets remaining. Pant on 85 not out and Rahane on 75 not out, with a 146-run partnership. Jason Holder had the best bowling figures for the WINDIES with 2/45, while Gabriel and Warrican had 1 each.No doubt the WINDIES will be going hard in the morning in search of those 6 remaining wickets. WINDIES first innings centurion Roston Chase said “After the first game, I really looked at my game in both innings and I thought I was trying to overhit the ball and in these quick out-fields, that’s not really called for. You just have to stroke the ball into the gaps and pick up the ones and twos and put the bad ball away…. Hopefully we get some wear and tear on the wicket to help the bowlers as the days go by because right now it’s a batters wicket.” (CWI)FULL SQUAD:Jason Holder (Captain)Sunil AmbrisDevendra BishooKraigg BrathwaiteRoston ChaseShane DowrichShannon GabrielJahmar HamiltonShimron HetmyerShai HopeShermon LewisKeemo PaulKieran PowellKemar RoachJomel WarricanINDIA TOUR SCHEDULE 5th ODINovember 1Trivanthapuram 2nd ODIOctober 24Indore 3rd T20INovember 11Chennai 1st TestOctober 4-8Rajkot 2nd TestOctober 12-16Hyderabad read more

Collapsing poles reason for power outage in Berbice GPL

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmergency works ongoing by GPL to restore power following stormJune 29, 2015In “Business”Opposition leader slams Govt over continuous power outagesMarch 16, 2018In “Business”East Berbice power interruption…service to be returned to normalcy by this eveningFebruary 29, 2016In “latest news” The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) is informing residents of sections of Berbice of power outages which is as a result of two collapsing line poles.The L22 Transmission Line poles reportedly fell due to the inclement weather including, unusually high winds.Residents of the from Auchlyne to Moleson Creek, Corentyne, Berbice experienced power outages from 07:00h to 10:30h as workers of the electrical company are working to have the poles restored.Workers are also said to be presently on site carrying out remedial works which is expected to be completed by 17:00h.No outages are being experienced at this time.However, the company noted that after the completion of remedial works, a brief service interruption of approximately one hour will be required to restore the circuits to their normal configuration.GPL in a statement said it is putting forth every effort to minimize the duration of the interruption and inconvenience caused to customers. read more

Harmony and Dept of Mining Engineering at University of Pretoria launch mining

first_imgResearch on a safer working environment in the hard-rock mining industry will henceforth be a very specific focus area at the University of Pretoria (UP). This is the result of a donation of R4.7 million over three years by Harmony Gold Mining Co to UP in order to establish a Chair in Rock Engineering and Numerical Modelling in mining. The Harmony chair will be housed in the Department of Mining Engineering of the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology.The aim of the chair will be to take part in leading research activities in the field of rock mechanics and numerical modelling in the mining industry. The chair is also aimed at producing research and learning outcomes to the benefit of Harmony, the University and the country as a whole. There will be opportunities for the development of products like software to support numerical modelling.Apart from research and studies in the above-mentioned fields, efforts will also be made to establish a postgraduate qualification in rock mechanics. Expanding undergraduate teaching in rock mechanics and numerical modelling, specifically as a result of new research being done, will also be an important function of the chair.Another important function of the Harmony chair will be to arrange much needed liaison between academic institutions and the industry in general, but specifically between Harmony and UP.Harmony will further benefit from this donation through its interaction with international leaders in the field of rock mechanics and numerical modelling research, as well as the interaction with under- and postgraduate students by way of student projects.Graham Briggs, CEO of Harmony, said: “Ensuring the safety of each of our mine workers is Harmony’s top priority. Therefore, further research and development to ensure even safer underground conditions are of the utmost importance to us. It is a privilege to have the University of Pretoria as partner in the pursuit of even safer mining activities.“It is of cardinal importance to our industry that South Africa should be seen as the leader in the field of research, with specific reference to the prevention of rock related deaths and injuries. We trust that this initiative will strengthen the partnership between academic institutions and the industry in hard-rock research activities and will empower mining companies to effect further safety improvements,” said Briggs.last_img read more

ASI displayed its automation prowess at successful SME Meeting

first_imgAt the SME 2014 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City at the end of February, members of ASI’s mining team, as well as sales and marketing staff participated in the exhibit hall and technical sessions, including a session dedicated to the Bingham Canyon mine cleanup efforts. Kennecott operators have been using ASI automated excavators since about June 2013 to remove debris from the most dangerous locations on the slide area.Visitors to ASI’s exhibit booth found a miniaturised display of a load/dump cycle that is being developed for mines internationally. The miniature trucks, controlled by ASI’s Mobius command and control software, rolled around a small track to demonstrate how robotic mining equipment can perform complex tasks and interact with other automated vehicles. ASI’s booth featured the Forecast® 3D laser and the miniature haul truck demo.“It’s difficult to give people at an expo the immersive experience they need to see how our software works, and sometimes video just doesn’t do it justice,” said Dru Brown, Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator for the SME meeting. “We wanted to give people something a little more tangible; something that would help them draw the connection to what this system looks like and how it works in an authentic mining environment.”With the risk of falling debris, landslides, and other large equipment, safety remains a major issue. To combat these challenges, every vehicle that ASI automates is equipped with several safety layers from sensors to software. Those attending ASI’s booth at SME were able to explore one of these safety layers in the Forecast® 3D laser, a main component in ASI’s Vantage® obstacle detection and avoidance system. The vertically spinning LiDAR sensor enables robotic vehicles to identify the size and shape of potential hazards ahead and react accordingly. “Our technology has a lot of promise in the mining industry,” said Brown. “The mine operators and managers we talk to immediately see the safety and productivity value adds that are possible with robotics.last_img read more

Zambia Mines Minister presses ahead with industrydamaging tax changes

first_imgAccording to Reuters, Zambia will raise royalty taxes on open pit and underground mining from today, despite strong resistance from the mining industry fears of up to 12,000 job losses. The decision to increase royalties for open pit mines to 20% from 6% and those for underground mines to 8% from 6% has angered unions and mining companies alike. There had been hopes that the government would change its plans to a softer approach. But, Reuters reports, “Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma said on Tuesday the government would implement the new royalties system as is when it comes into effect on January 1 because it was in the best interest of the country, Africa’s second-largest copper producer.”“It will be negligent of the government to undo what we did. We applied our minds when coming up with the new rates and can’t just change because of an outcry,” Yaluma told Reuters. He added that mining companies should come up with clear models showing how their businesses would be hit by the royalties for the government to consider any revision.The Zambia Chamber of Mines statement of some weeks ago noted that it had “reviewed the 2015 National Budget and its position is that the new mining tax regime is entirely unsustainable. Our sincere appeal to the Government is that, this industry needs to be nurtured so that it continues to generate revenues required to diverse our economy and continue to progress on the path of increasing mining and manufacturing production to sustain and continue to create jobs. The Zambian Mining Industry will continue to be the engine of the Zambian economy for a long time to come. We strongly advise Government to reverse its decision.”Zambia’s Chamber of Mines said this month the new royalties would result in shaft closures and 12,000 jobs losses, and may make a number of other operations economically unviable.“The long-term impacts are projected to affect:•Mine production•Production costs•Jobs (direct, indirect and induced)•Suppliers of goods and services to the mining industry will have no business•Overall reduced revenue collection by ZRA (Zambia Revenue Authority).Barrick Gold has already suspended operations at its Lumwana copper mine, which supports nearly 4,000 direct jobs in the area. Lumwana produced around 118,000 t of copper in 2013. “The introduction of this royalty has left us with no choice but to initiate the process of suspending operations at Lumwana. Despite the progress we have made to reduce costs and improve efficiency at the mine, the economics of an operation such as Lumwana cannot support a 20% gross royalty, particularly in the current copper price environment,” said Co-President Kelvin Dushnisky.“We sincerely regret the impact this will have on our people, as well as the communities and the businesses that depend on Lumwana, and we remain hopeful that the government will consider an alternative solution that will allow the mine to continue operating,” said Co-President Jim Gowans.In the meantime, Barrick will initiate procedures to transition Lumwana to care and maintenance. Major workforce reductions are planned to commence in March, following the legally required notice period. The transition to care and maintenance is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015.The 25,000-strong Mine Workers Union of Zambia is deeply concerned about job losses. Its President Chishimba Nkole told Reuters: “There must be flexibility on the part of the government and they must act very swiftly because we don’t want our members to lose their jobs.”First Quantum, which operates Zambia’s largest copper mine, Kansanshi, and a significant number of other operations has said the plan is a “massive disincentive” for investment if it does not come with some form of capital relief.So far there has been no statement from ZCCM-IH. This is a successor company to Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd (ZCCM) in which the Government of the Republic of Zambia holds 87.6% of the shares with the remaining 12.4% held by private investors. ZCCM-IH holds a JV shareholding in many of the copper operations.last_img read more

Mining recovery discussed at BME Annual Drilling and Blasting Conference

first_imgThere was heartening news for mines and miners at the recent BME Annual Drilling and Blasting Conference in Pretoria – with views that commodity prices may be turning, and news of innovations that will save mines money as they struggle to stay profitable. According to Economist Dr Roelof Botha, the volume of total mining production has this year shown signs of stabilising when compared to 2013 – particularly in terms of platinum and iron ore. “Also, in the first quarter of this year, the demand for gold reached its second-highest quarterly level in history, which is fantastic news,” said Dr Botha. “What is good for gold is, as a rule, good for the South African economy.”Reflecting on activity in the exploration sector, BME Managing Director Joe Keenan said there were signs that confidence was returning to commodities, and it was unlikely that prices would worsen beyond current levels. However, Keenan suggested that a global economic recovery may still be a couple of years away. Notwithstanding the cyclical difficulties, he said BME – part of the JSE-listed Omnia Group – was still forging ahead in terms of cost-saving innovations and opening up new markets. “BME has become very much an international company, operating in over 23 countries while pursuing business opportunities in large markets like the USA and Canada,” he said. “This year also saw our first delivery of Axxis products to Colombia, and a contract on theexpanding rail system in Singapore.”The conference focused on technological innovations in the field of blasting that could reduce costs in mining in the short term while improving safety levels and productivity. A key advance was in the employment of emulsions in underground mining; BME in partnership with Gold One’s Modder East mine had implemented the world’s deepest emulsion pipeline, and developed the infrastructure to use emulsion explosives in the narrow-reef environment.“The system at Modder East is the result of three years of hard work, but we’ve achieved what no-one has accomplished before,” James McArdle, Explosives and Technical Manager at Modder East, told delegates. “While we were already using emulsion explosives in development operations, we took a bold step forward. We have successfully installed and commissioned the world’s first longest drop Rapid Re-Loading Emulsion System of 318 m to underground storage tanks and now leverage its benefits and cost-savings in day-to-day operations.”Addressing the risk of lightning to mines’ blasting activities, BME technical director Tony Rorke pointed out that, lightning strikes poses significant dangers to South Africa’s opencast mines. Rorke highlighted the potential for especially positive cloud-to-ground (CG) strikes to induce the unplanned detonation of explosives, and outlined the advances made in the secondgeneration of the Axxis electronic detonation system – Axxis GII™ – to mitigate the risk of lightning-induced initiation.The cellular phone was another focus of innovation at the conference, with BME Senior Software Developer Nicky Klacar demonstrating the power of mobile applications in drilling and blasting. “Tablets and phones can help monitor aspects of operations – even underground – and improve efficiencies as a result of knowing how well plans were turned into action,” said Klacar. “Even a simple photograph of a drilled round on a stope face – taken with a tablet underground – can provide valuable data to be measured and analysed as part of continuous improvement practices.” She highlighted BME’s Blastlog Reporter, an app through which mine-related data can be stored and presented according to what the user requires, and avoiding a deluge of unnecessary information.“For an operation to run optimally, staff needs to be aware of anything exceptional that is taking place with production or machinery – or any deviations that indicate a problem somewhere,” she said. “Apps like Blastlog can do this, and even people who are not familiar with computers can use a cell phone.”The BME conference, held annually for the past 24 years, attracted over 450 delegates from 15 countries including Poland, Singapore, Australia, Canada, United States, the Czech Republic, Zambia and Botswana.last_img read more

Sandvik PM100F flexible haulage system being prepared for production trials at Anglo

first_imgAs precious resources become ever more difficult to access at depth, Anglo American is exploring technologies such as automation and robotics to transform hard rock mining. “Through FutureSmart Mining™, our innovation-led approach to sustainable mining, we are applying innovative thinking, enabling technologies and collaborative partnerships to make mining safer and more economic. Platinum mining operations are at depth and involve physical labour and heavy equipment. Relative to open cut mining, lost time injury frequency rates (LTIFR) tend to be higher, and the technical demands are also high. We are collaborating with key mining machinery and technology manufacturers (OEMs) on a number of automated and continuous mining vehicles designed to create far greater rock stability and less variance in the quality of the ore we extract – cutting rock at more than 150 MPa.”With Sandvik, Anglo is collaborating on a flexible haulage system.  One of the crucial components of moving from batch to continuous hard rock mining is the mechanisation of the transport of the hard rock cuttings from the back end of the RMDS to the mine’s fixed conveyor system. The Sandvik PM100F, a Continuous Haulage system (CHS) is a remote-controlled device that does just that. Current equipment in use, either shuttle cars or LHD fleets, are limited in capacity and do not allow for an efficient mining method. The Sandvik PM100F is based on a closed-belt system which is mounted on several traction modules. The traction modules will allow the conveyor belt to be mobile. The closed conveyor belt can transport the material around small vertical as well as horizontal turning radii.The Sandvik PM100F has just completed Proof of Concept testing at the Twickenham platinum mine in South Africa, having successfully demonstrated improved rates of throughput (100 t/h) and ability to navigate intricate 90-degree bends underground and slopes up to 15 degrees. It is now being prepared for production trials behind the Rapid Mine Development system (RMDS).Also in development with Sandvik, and another in a suite of continuous mining vehicles currently underground at Twickenham, is the Sandvik MN200 Reef Miner. This remotely operated machine incorporates cutting, materials handling and roof bolting and is designed for mining narrow mineral reefs in hard rock. It is up to three times faster than conventional drill & blast methods and, of course, also removes our people from harm’s way. Anlgo is optimising it specifically for platinum mining.“Taken together, the safety, efficiency and productivity gains from a continuous mining process in hard rock are potentially significant and could put underground mining on a more even footing with open pits. Applicable to underground diamond as well as platinum mining, they are also vital to the future of underground mining, making it possible to create a safer environment, while mining lower grade ores and complex mineralogy, at lower cost.”last_img read more

Kimberley Ekapa Mining chooses Epiroc MMI solution to go down digitalisation route

first_imgKimberley Ekapa Mining has agreed to use Epiroc’s Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) solution as it looks to embrace mine digitalisation and create a decision support system to boost safety and increase productivity.With the use of MMI, Kimberley Ekapa Mining will be able to track assets in real-time; to integrate and visualise machine data, machine location and the shift plan together to close the loop between the plan and the reality, according to Epiroc.Howard Marsden, General Manager of Kimberley Ekapa Mining, said: “MMI will help us start to modernise our old diamond mine and be the tipping point in terms of production optimisation.”Marsden added MMI would allow the company to tag and keep better track of its mining personnel and equipment and provide access to real-time data, shedding some light into the “normally dark world of the underground mine”.“We expect this is to be productivity game changer,” he concluded.Thanks to its open architecture, MMI can be integrated easily with other systems in the mine, Epiroc says. Kimberly Ekapa Mining will rely on MMI to compile information from other systems and make all information searchable and easily accessible to decision-makers in real time.Ulla Korsman-Kopra, Global Business Manager, Automation and Information Management Systems at Epiroc’s Underground Rock Excavation division, said: “The MMI is the world’s leading multi-role 3D location based decision support system, which enhances safety, productivity and efficiency in the mining operations.”Users can access the web-based MMI interface from different devices to visualise the locations and movements of workers, vehicles and other equipment in real-time, Epiroc says.Korsman-Kopra said: “When a problematic situation arises, and for example lives are at stake, MMI can be critical. You need to act quickly and make informed decisions to save time and ultimately save lives.”Epiroc will supply Kimberley Ekapa Mining with an MMI hardware and software package that includes personnel training and support. The system installation will be operational by year’s end.The Kimberley Ekapa Mining diamond operation in South Africa produced 755,645 ct in the year to end-June 2018. The Kimberley mines were at the heart of South Africa’s early diamond rush in Kimberley in the late 1800s, where the world’s first hard rock diamond deposits were discovered.last_img read more

Bosna and Herzegovina wants Mens Junior WC 2013

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