Media House is understood to have lobbied MPs on behalf of the campaign group, contacted government departments and trade unions and sent out press releases that accused the government of “unfairly criminalising hard-working families”.Mr Irvine said Media House had not charged Bourne Leisure any extra for its work with Parents Want a Say between 2014 and 2016. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The company that owns Butlins helped fund a parent organisation’s fight against the term time holiday ban.Bourne Leisure, which also owns Haven caravan parks and Warner Leisure Hotels, allowed Parents Want a Say free use of its PR agency.Jack Irvine, executive chairman of Media House International, said Bourne Leisure had asked him to help with the “very interesting campaign”.He told the Sunday Times: “Butlins, like every other holiday company in the UK, has quite a long holiday season, yet there is this mad rush for places during the very brief six-week school holiday period. Anything to ease that pressure is good news and good business.”Parents Want a Say was co-founded by Craig Langman, a father of one, and Karen Wilkinson, a mother of three, in 2013 to protest against a change in government regulations that meant head teachers could not grant any leave of absence to pupils during term time without “exceptional circumstances”.
Croupier’s grandparents Nijinsky and Caroline, were first recorded at Slimbridge in 1969 and the family are known affectionately as the ‘Gambling Dynasty.’ A heartbroken swan who flew into Britain alone six weeks ago after losing his mate during the 2,500 mile journey has finally been reunited with his partner.Wildlife experts at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust feared the worst when 26-year-old Bewick’s swan Croupier arrived without Dealer, who is mother to his 29 cygnets.The pair have been together for 19 years and are part of a lineage of swans which can be traced back decades. Bewick’s swan numbers have plummeted in the past two decades and it was feared Dealer may have been shot or poisoned on her journey back from Russia. But on Monday the Trust in Gloucestershire announced that Dealer has finally arrived after going missing for six weeks.WWT’s swan expert Julia Newth said: “During the 19 years they were together, Croupier and Dealer reared and brought back to Slimbridge 29 cygnets.”The cygnets learned the 2,500 mile migration route when following their parents and we often see different generations of the same family on Swan Lake at the same time.”Few families have demonstrated these birds’ characteristic site fidelity and loyalties to each other and we hope to see them continue to winter at Slimbridge for many years to come.” Croupier in ‘Swan Lake’ at Slimbridge Although swans live a long life but they do not produce many young. Bewick’s swans lay around five eggs each year on the Arctic breeding grounds but usually only one or two cygnets make it to their wintering sites in Western Europe.Experts at Slimbridge have been carrying out research to find out why the swans have declined by 40 per cent in recent years. WWT’s swan research assistant Steve Heaven said: “Our long-term study of the Bewick’s swans at Slimbridge has shed light on their ecological needs, important for survival. This information is crucial for helping us to understand why the population has been struggling”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The charity proposes a simple traffic light style labelling of red, amber and green which would tell parents and children which products had the most compulsive or addictive features and also which offered the highest levels of privacy.It wants strict curbs on the social media firms’ ability to collect and use children’s data not only to protect their privacy but also “reduce the incentive” to deploy features that keep children online.Firms would be required to delete all information when a child left a site. “Children should be given repeated and frequent offers to delete the data they have created, including on logging in, logging out and at predetermined intervals,” says the charity.It argues that firms’ use of profiling of children to target products at them should be banned unless it can shown to be in the child’s best interests. Geolocators which are used by the firms to track children but can also give away a child’s location to a potential predator should be switched off by default, and every time they log off.“When a child’s location is being tracked, it must be made obvious to the child,” says 5Rights. The charity also demands a re-write of the firms’ terms and conditions so they can be understood by a child with a reading age of nine, saying it is “cynical” of the firms to expect children to read them when most adults and experts do not. It even suggests the way firms operate in compelling children to read the conditions or be locked out of services may be illegal.“This raises the question of whether consent can be relied upon as a basis for lawful processing of children’s personal data,” says the charity.Last year it was Baroness Kidron’s amendment to the Digital Economy Act, backed by the government, the Tory peer Dido Harding, ex chief executive of TalkTalk, Lord Stevenson, a former adviser to Gordon Brown, and the LibDem Lord Clement Jones, which paved the way for the code. Social media firms face fines of up to £18m if they disturb children with notifications and alerts at night or during the school day under plans being considered by the information commissioner.Elizabeth Denham, the commissioner, is drawing up a new statutory code that will target strategies used by the firms to keep children online such as the timing of notifications and auto-play.Among the proposals is a ban on the social media giants posting messages, notifications or any alerts that disturb children’s sleep at night or distracts them during the school day.The firms could also be forced to set auto-play, notifications, buzzes, read receipts and non-specific alerts to “off” by default every time a child logged on so they would have to be reset them to prevent them becoming addicted to the technology.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The plans have been submitted by 5Rights, a charity founded by filmmaker Baroness Kidron, which has been working with the commissioner and was instrumental in securing the legislation for the new code to prevent children’s personal data being exploited by the social media firms.There could also be automatic timeouts to limit children’s use of social media, save buttons so they are not forced to stay online to complete a task or game and “streak holidays” where they can escape features that require daily attention to keep up with friends. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The commissioner warned the companies that she will be focusing on strategies used by sites and apps to “personalise a child’s experience to encourage them to stay online longer.”“We have to make sure the code is designed with children at its heart,” she said.This is expected to be underlined next week by research for her office that will confirm growing public concern at the impact of online harms from cyber-bullying and violence to the tactics of the social media firms to keep children online.The code, the consultation for which closes on September 19, is designed to ensure firms comply with the Digital Economy Act, which carries fines of up to £18m or 4% of global turnover for breaches.Baroness Kidron, whose films include Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, said one of today’s biggest health issues was the “epidemic of sleeplessness” among children from the compulsive nature of the technology which contributed to increased depression, anxiety and obesity.“If you ask any teacher what is the problem in your class, they will say that the kids are coming to school tired,” she told The Telegraph.“If you ask parents, it’s about pulling the device out of children’s hands in the night.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Smoking shisha “significantly increases” the risk of users developing diabetes and obesity, a major study has revealed for the first time.Research carried out by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School found that smokers were more likely to gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to non-smokers after inhaling ‘hookah’ fumes.In the largest study to ever explore the adverse effects of hookah smoking, the participants baseline characteristics were measured against their biochemical results which were observed through blood tests.Out of the 9840 participants involved, 6742 were non-smokers, 976 were ex-smokers, 864 were cigarette smokers, 1067 were hookah smokers and 41 were both cigarette and hookah smokers.Obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and dyslipidemia were all positively associated with hookah smoking while negatively associated with cigarette smoking.The research has cast doubt on the widespread belief that smoking hookah is less toxic because it involves an apparatus designed to purify tobacco smoke by passing it through water.Professor Gordon Ferns, Head of the Department of Medical Education Brighton and Sussex Medical School, said: “A single session of hookah smoking may be equivalent to more than a packet of cigarettes, and the inhaled toxic compounds may be even greater.“It is unclear why hookah smoking is associated with obesity and diabetes. It is possible that the toxins in the smoke stimulate an inflammatory response that causes tissues to become resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin, that regulates glucose in the blood. However, it is also possible that hookah smoking is associated with other social behaviours that lead to weight gain.” As cigarette sales have steadily been falling for decades, people are increasingly turning to ‘healthier’ alternatives like e-cigarettes, vaping and hookah smoking.Many people are attracted by the taste of shisha- the sweet sticky tobacco used with hookah- and can spend hours casually using the pipe when out with friends.However, while a cigarette is finished in an average of 20 puffs, shisha smokers can be exposed to greater volumes of tar heavy metals and other carcinogenic chemicals over a longer period of time.The practice now accounts for around half of all the smoking that teenagers do, according to a British Medical Journal study published earlier this year.Experts have warned that the long term health effects of hookah smoking could in fact be greater than cigarettes,so more needs to be done to reduce their appeal to younger generations.Professor Ferns added: “There is now good evidence that hookah smoking is not harmless. The risks of hookah smoking with respect to some types of cancer is well established, and the evidence for an association with cardiovascular disease is growing.“From a health policy perspective, it would be important for the public to recognise the risks of hookah smoking. The use of flavoured tobaccos may be particularly attractive to young people. Hookah smoking should be treated no differently from cigarette smoking.”
The Earl of Snowdon on his furniture empire, Ikea flatpacks, support of new artists and why he sold Princess Margaret’s valuables Despite selling bespoke commissions worth thousands of pounds, the Queen’s nephew insists “Ikea is not the enemy,” admitting: “I have made pieces in my holiday time for my wife and assembled them, there’s only the odd argument.” It is one of many revelations – including that he cannot work a digital television – as we chat at Linley, the 57-year-old furniture maker’s eponymous luxury store in London’s Belgravia where he is supporting up-and-coming artist Kerry Lemon, a scholar of the art charity… Lord Snowdon is enthusing about the design quality of flat-pack furniture.
Four teenage boys aged between 15 and 17 have been charged with an aggravated hate crime over a homophobic attack against two women on a London night bus in May.The incident caused widespread outrage on social media after Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris posted about being beaten by a group of youths.They were attacked after they refused to kiss for the strangers’ entertainment, they said.Four boys, two aged 16, one aged 15 and another aged 17, have been chargedOne of the 16-year-olds, from Wandsworth, south London, is also charged with theft and handling stolen goods, while the other, from the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is accused of possessing cannabis.The 15-year-old boy, also from Kensington and Chelsea, faces an additional charge of handling stolen goods.All four are due to appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on August 21.Former prime minister Theresa May condemned the assault, saying: “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected.”Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community.”In a post on Facebook, Ms Geymonat – who worked recently as a Ryanair air hostess and is originally from Uruguay – said: “I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding out that these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up just because. “We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself s— like this happens.”Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries after the incident on the N31 bus in the early hours of May 30. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added: “At the moment we simply do not know what the future holds, so we are just doing everything we can to ensure that Wendy will be able to get access to the best levels of support as she begins her road to recovery.”But the holiday company has blamed Mrs Brown for the accident, claiming she was negligent.Tui says the path was lit at the time of the accident, the edge was protected by raisededging stone, and a thickly planted border up to 80 cms high.In court papers the firm argues that to fall Mrs Brown must have stepped over a series of edging stones, through plants and over some coping stones and that she must have failed to take enough care to stay on the pathway.In its defence Tui states: “It is denied that the use of the steps, pathways and terraces posed the alleged or any hazard to hotel guests when used in ordinary conditions or in any conditions other than the most extraordinary.” In papers lodged with the High Court they say the drop should have been protected by a rail or barrier and claim that following the accident the hotel erected a wooden fence at the spot where she fell.Mrs Brown, a former telecoms worker, has suffered from a catalogue of mental and physical problems following the accident, including severe fatigue, disturbed sleep and poor concentration.She underwent brain surgery and also had metalwork fitted to stabilise her spine while she was still in Tenerife and according to her legal team at Irwin Mitchell she continues to require significant rehabilitation support, as her injuries continue to have a devastating impact on her and husband’s day to day lives.Her sight is damaged, her speech has been reduced to a whisper, and she needs help in walking.Mr Brown, who has had to give up work to look after his wife and has launched a GoFundMe page to help raise some of the funds he needs to do so, said: “We were walking back to the hotel room and Wendy was slightly behind me when she fell. As there were no wall or railings, she plummeted onto the concrete below.“She was initially unconscious and I performed CPR before she was taken to La Palma Hospital and placed in an induced coma. To see her in such a condition was just awful and I have still not come to terms with the incident.” A woman who suffered permanent trauma after plunging 10 feet onto concrete from a staircase at a holiday resort is suing her travel operator for the care she will need for the rest of her life.Wendy Brown, 56, was three days into her holiday with her new husband Gary, 55, when she fell from the unguarded staircase while returning to their room, suffering severe head and spinal injuries.She was airlifted to hospital in Tenerife where she underwent emergency surgery and spent two weeks in an induced coma.Mr Brown states in court documents that he suffered psychological trauma after witnessing his wife’s fall, including post traumatic stress disorder, an intense phobia of motorway driving, and depression.Fearing she was dead after finding her unconscious and bleeding from a head wound, it was only when she responded to his emergency resuscitation and started to breathe again that Mr Brown realised his wife had survived the fall.The couple, from Bollington, Macclesfield, are now suing holiday firm Tui UK for £200,000 damages, claiming the company was negligent and in breach of contract for its failure to provide reasonably safe accommodation at La Palma & Teneguia Princess Hotel during their holiday in January 2018.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCampbellville man charged, remanded for cocaine, guns, ammo possessionMay 31, 2017In “Court”Trio charged with illegal possession of guns, ammo & drugsJune 6, 2015In “Crime”Dataram gets 4 years for ammo possession, wife freedJanuary 19, 2017In “Court” Jailed for 4 years Trevor RodriguezA taxi driver of Campbellville, Georgetown will now spend the next four years of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to trafficking in 11.363 kilograms of cocaine and the illegal possession of three unlicenced guns along with matching ammunition, when he appeared before city Magistrate Annette Singh, on Tuesday morning.Trevor Rodriguez was on Independence Day (May 26) busted with the illicit drug and weapons when police descended on his home following a report of domestic violence. On the day in question, Rodriguez had threatened to shoot his wife, Amanda Rodriquez, who in fear reported the incident to a co-worker that came to the aid of the woman.The cocaine was concealed in two cylinders with false bottomsProsecutor Simmons had related that the co-worker took away the gun from the perpetrator and contacted the police, who swooped down on the couple’s home.The woman reportedly handed the pistol over to ranks who conducted a search on the said premises, leading to the discovery of the two other guns and cocaine concealed in two cylinders with false bottoms.Rodriguez had also faced other charges for making use of threatening language and behaviour towards his wife, but these were dropped after the woman disclosed to the magistrate that she no longer wished to offer evidence against her husband.Based on reports received, Rodriguez was described as a habitual abuser of his spouse who allegedly threatened to kill her on several occasions.Two of the unlicenced weapons found in the man’s homeMagistrate Singh slapped the accused with a four year jail term for trafficking in narcotics, while handing down a 24 months sentence for the six counts of guns and ammunition charges; these terms will be served concurrently.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspended Beaton to join CWI bowling campMay 2, 2018In “Sports”Narine cleared again, given ‘final warning’May 7, 2015In “Sports”Six players to watch out for in CPL 2017August 3, 2017In “latest news” West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton can resume bowling in international cricket after the ICC approved his remodelled action, ESPNCricinfo has reported.Beaton was suspended from bowling earlier this year after he failed an independent assessment of his bowling action, which had been reported as suspect during an ODI against New Zealand in December 2017.On August 13, his remodelled action was re-assessed at Loughborough University in England, where the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the 15-degree limit allowed by the ICC. Beaton missed playing the CPL this year to work on his action and was replaced by Ali Khan at Trinbago Knight Riders.However, according to ESPNCricinfo, match officials are still at liberty to report Beaton if they find he is not using his legal action, footage of which will be handed to them in due course.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDesperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclearOctober 1, 2018In “World”Indonesia earthquake: Hundreds dead in Palu quake and tsunamiSeptember 29, 2018In “World”Aftershocks rock Indonesia’s Lombok as quake death toll tops 300August 9, 2018In “World” EPA PhotoAt least 832 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the national disaster agency says.Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday’s 7.5-magnitude earthquake, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference.The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added. Vice-President Jusuf Kalla said the final death toll could be thousands.have been digging by hand in the search for survivors in the city of Palu.“What we now desperately need is heavy machinery to clear the rubble. I have my staff on the ground, but it’s impossible just to rely on their strength alone to clear this,” Muhammad Syaugi, head of the national search-and-rescue agency, told AFP news agency.Indonesian men survey the damage following earthquakes and a tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on Saturday(AP Photo/Rifki)There have also been concerns about the town of Donggala, where the impact is still unclear.The Red Cross estimates that more than 1.6 million people have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami which it described as a tragedy that “could get much worse”.Many remain missing in the city of 335,000, some thought to be trapped in the debris of collapsed buildings.Rescue teams dug by hand to free 24 people trapped in the rubble of the Roa-Roa hotel in the city of Palu, but there are fears that dozens more remain trapped.EPA PhotoBodies have been lying in city streets and the injured are being treated in tents because of damage to hospitals.Anxious survivors in Palu bedded down in the open air on Saturday night, heeding advice by officials not to return to their homes as a precaution.“It feels very tense,” Risa Kusuma, who was with her feverish baby boy at an evacuation centre, told AFP. “Every minute an ambulance brings in bodies. Clean water is scarce. The minimarkets are looted everywhere.” (BBC)
Led by 21 nations and the European Commission, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum (CSLF) met in Cape Town, South Africa last week in an effort to develop cost-effective technologies for the separation and capture of carbon dioxide for its transport and long-term safe storage. Formed in 2003, the CSLF Forum is a voluntary climate initiative of developed and developing nations formed to enable early reduction and steady elimination of the large-source greenhouse gas emissions that account for more than 60% of the world’s manmade CO2. Its 22 members, which produce approximately three-quarters of the world emissions, co-operate and collaborate in technology development and demonstration.James Slutz, CSLF Policy Committee Chairman, and Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy, says the CSLF marshals intellectual, technical and financial resources from all parts of the world to support atmospheric stabilization, the long-term goal of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “The Cape Town meetings focused on how to make sequestration work, and improve carbon capture and storage technologies through co-ordinated research and development with international partners and private industry.”Cape Town was noteworthy for several accomplishments: a CSLF declaration of its support for the G8 recommendations for near term deployment of CCS, and agreement on a mechanism leading to an updated CSLF strategic plan. The meeting also produced recognition of a 20th demonstration project – this one for zero-emissions production of electricity and hydrogen from fossil fuels.Other results from Cape Town included:An examination of CSLF priorities for moving carbon capture and storage (CCS) forward that may be recommended to Energy Ministers at the next meeting, a CSLF 2009 ministerialAgreement on appropriate initiatives and projects which would form an overarching strategy for removing the barriers for CCSAgreement on an updated roadmap for bridging the gap for affordable technology so as to obtain substantial progress in both emerging and industrialized economies to reflect the latest market realities;Agreement on creating successful pathways for Capacity Building as the vehicle for the transfer of technologies, knowledge, and experience about CCS to engineers, scientist, and policy makers in emerging economiesA resolution to increase the role of stakeholders in implementing the policy priorities, and recognition that stakeholders’ expertise is key to assisting in removing the barriers for CCS deployment as they are ultimately responsible for deploying the CCS technologies.Delegates also continued work on fundamental CCS issues such as financial tools, risk management, regulation, legislation and achieving public acceptance. These issues and others will continue to be examined at the next conference, a CSLF ministerial level meeting set to convene in London in late 2009.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has determined that CO2 capture and storage applied to such large-scale sources as electric generation and industrial activity can achieve up to 55% of the reductions required to stabilise atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas in this century; and that it can reduce ultimate stabilisation costs by 30% or more. Preliminary IPCC findings indicate the world’s potential storage capacity may exceed 11 trillion tonnes balanced against annual world emissions of more than 24 billion tonnes.Geologic storage at great depth is possible in multiple ways – in depleted and declining oil fields where sequestration linked with CO2 enhanced oil recovery can also enhance near-term supply by boosting production; in natural gas fields; in unmineable coal seams, which may add to natural gas supply by displacing methane; in very deep saline reservoirs which underlie much of the world; and in other significant geologic formations such as basalt. Many of the CSLF’s 20 demonstration projects are meant to quantify the potential and identify the best storage sites.The CSLF and the technologies it seeks to develop were identified by international bodies as pivotal in dealing with greenhouse gases and their ultimate stabilisation. The G8 Summit endorsed the CSLF in its Gleneagles Plan of Action on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development, and identified it as a medium of co-operation and collaboration with key developing countries in dealing with greenhouse gases.The CSLF also works with the International Energy Agency and recognises the facts behind IEA findings that the world will have to rely on fossil energy for economic growth and stability for the foreseeable future – use them through an indefinite period required to pass from the present to a point in the future where low- and no-carbon energy sources can meet most requirements. The challenge is to reduce emissions while fossil-energy use rises.Forum membership spans the world’s largest blocs of economic activity, including the North America Free Trade Area, the EU and the leading economies of Asia. Members are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, the EC, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, the UK and the US.Additional information on the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum may be obtained at http://www.cslforum.org/index.htm or at the US Department of Energy’s CSLF web page at http://www.fe.doe.gov/programs/sequestration/cslf/index.html.
International Mining attended the M&T Expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil in early June and reports over the coming days from those meetings, beginning with Terex which expects “emerging markets should represent 40% of revenue in five years.” In 2008, company sales reached $9.9 billion. Currently, the US and Canada represent 34% of global sales, followed by Western Europe with 32%, Emerging Markets (including BRIC countries) with 23% and Australia, New Zealand and Japan with 11%. Emerging countries have been presenting greatest market growth for Terex, according to Steve Filipov, Company President for Developing Markets. These countries currently represent 23% of the company’s global revenue, a value equivalent to $2 billion.“I’m confident that emerging countries, particularly in Latin America, shall remain important markets for a long time”, Filipov said. “I believe that in the next five years 40% of our revenues shall come from these markets, and this percentage could easily reach 50% in ten years.” Also, the strategy to achieve this forecast involves investments in local production. “We are studying the possibility of expanding our production capacity in these countries, instead of exporting from the US and Europe”, he revealed.Terex operates in five business segments: Aerial Work Platforms, which represent 21% of global sales, Construction 19%, Cranes 29%, Road building 7% and Materials Processing and Mining 24%.Terex Materials Processing & Mining business is structured in four divisions:Trucks over 100 t – Terex Unit RigExcavators over 100 t – Terex O&KHydraulic drilling – Terex ReedrilCrushing & Screening, for which the company has seven plants: Powerscreen, Terex Pegson, Terex Finlay, Terex Jaques, Terex Cedarapids, Terex Simplicity and Terex Canica.The division’s equipment is manufactured in Germany, Australia, England, USA, Northeren Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand. Global sales are divided, today between 30% for Emerging Markets, 30% for Australia, New Zealand and Japan, USA and Canada with 26% and Western Europe with 14%.The M&T Expo 2009 had excellent prospects for Terex. “In addition to further consolidating the Terex brand, with its distinctive product segments working together, the fair is an opportunity to enrich the relationship between our team and customers and distributors, with information relevant to equipment for their businesses”, explained André Freire, President of Terex Latin America.
The China Mining Congress and Expo will be held in Tianjin, October 20-22, 2009 and International Mining will be there. The event will provide the appropriate platform to discuss questions like those below at one of the largest mining events worldwide, hosted by China’s Ministry of Land & Resources:How is the current economic situation affecting the mining industry & commodities?What do industry and commodity trends look like?What is the role of China within the global mining industry?How and where to find business opportunities in China and about Chinese companies going abroad.Providing the largest mineral exploration and mining trading platform, China Mining Congress and Expo plays an important role in creating more communication and co-operation opportunities for domestic and international mining corporations. The rising importance of this event will be also reflected by the continuing rise in the number of visitors and delegates. Last year more than 3,500 delegates and 400 exhibitors from nearly 50 countries and regions joint the event and celebrated the 10th anniversary in 2008.China Mining Congress & Expo’s trade show attracts foreign and domestic governments, associations and companies, including mining and exploration companies, mining technique and equipment suppliers, geologists as well as banks and legal consulting firms.Conference, exhibition and featured events, as the three cores of the event contribute to greater world appeal and influence. China Mining Congress & Expo not only collects a tremendous amount of information, capital and technology stream, but also provides a convenient channel for the purpose of economic and trade co-operations and communications between China and the world.During the conference, government officials, industry leaders, experts from both Chinese and foreign mining industries will have an in-depth mining industry discussion. The topics will cover mining industry development trends, mining and capital markets, domestic and international investment opportunities, China’s outbound investment, mining and sustainable development, commodity trends, geological surveys, technologies and equipment etc.The exhibition will include main mining countries’ pavilions, mining and exploration companies, investment and financing institutions, evaluation and consulting companies, (technical) service providers and equipment suppliers. China Mining Congress & Expo aims to boost co-operation in fields like exploration, development, investment, equipment and technologies. According to the Organising Committee, nearly 200 booths are already booked. And still some booths are available. This year’s show is also going to build a wider stage for better dialogue and co-operation opportunity for governments, enterprises and all circles from each country.China Mining Congress & Expo 2009 will be held at Tianjin Binhai International Convention and Exhibition Center (BICEC), October 20-22, 2009. Tianjin, the largest harbour city in northern China, will now open its gates to the global mining industry. Tianjin is about 160 km from Beijing, with all integrated connections to other cities with an international airport, the first high speed train in China and Tianjin Port. As the centre city of the Ring Bohai Economic Circle (including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning and Shandong), Tianjin represents one of China’s biggest industrial centres, has built up an all-round industrial system with machinery, electronics, textiles, chemicals, metallurgy, foodstuffs, etc. as its mainstays. Tianjin is one of the most prosperous business areas as well as a distribution centre for goods and materials in North China. www.china-mining.org/en
Finning International’s South American division has received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from Codelco that includes the supply of 20 Caterpillar 797 mining trucks and 15 pieces of support equipment, plus a ten-year maintenance and repair contract. The approximate value of the deal, including the maintenance services, is $400 million. The equipment will be delivered in the first half of 2011 to Codelco’s Ministro Hales copper mine, located in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, which has estimated reserves of 219 Mt.Mike Waites, President and CEO of Finning International: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Codelco, one of the world’s leading copper producers. Winning this contract underscores our commitment to our customers and our focus in the mining sector. Mining continues to provide solid growth for Finning and we are proud to have earned the reputation as the leading heavy mining equipment supplier and service partner in the world’s largest copper producing region, Chile.”“Providing unrivalled product support is the cornerstone of our business and we look forward to working with Codelco to maximise their equipment productivity,” stated Juan Carlos Villegas, President, Finning South America. “The investments we have made to expand our facilities and capabilities in recent years have strengthened our mining presence and further enhanced our ability to meet and exceed the expectations and growing needs of our customers.”
FLSmidth has received an order worth approximately €90m from the Moroccan company, OCP Office Chérifien des Phosphates, to supply equipment for a phosphate terminal for the Jorf Lasfar port at the Atlantic coast, some 120 km south of the capital Casablanca. The scope of supply includes complete engineering, design, fabrication of all steel structures and mechanical parts, procurement of all standard components, erection and commissioning.The order comprises two sulphur shiploaders each with a capacity of 2,000 t / h, two fertiliser shiploaders also with a capacity of 2,000 t / h each, two sulphur screw unloaders with an hourly capacity of 2,300 t each and two sulphur grab unloaders each with a capacity of 1,500 t / h. All the equipment will be supplied complete with appertaining belt conveyors. FLSmidth will also supply miscellaneous auxiliary equipment such as electrical equipment, a fire fighting system and dust suppression equipment.“This order demonstrates our increasingly strong position as a preferred provider of material handling equipment to the minerals industries. It also confirms the great opportunities within the phosphate industry, which is not cyclical”, said FLSmidth CEO, Jørgen Huno Rasmussen.
Honeywell has launched a new Searchpoint Optima Plus model variant, which now includes the HART® (Highway Addressable Remote Transducer) communications protocol.Searchpoint Optima Plus is a market-leading Point IR (Infrared) gas detector offering high performance detection of a wide range of hydrocarbon gases. With immunity to adverse weather affects such as snow, fog, rain and sunlight, and fail-to-safety operation, Searchpoint Optima Plus provides a flexible monitoring solution that is ideal for a diversity of hazardous applications.The addition of HART to this device enables sites using a 4-20 mA output to gain value-added functionality without any additional infrastructural wiring costs, because HART works by superimposing a digital signal on an existing 4-20 mA cable, meaning that no additional cabling is required. HART allows users to gain access to full information from Searchpoint Optima Plus anywhere in the loop, helping to save valuable time when carrying out routine maintenance work, because the full scope of work needed can be identified before entering the field.Using HART also eliminates the need for proprietary handheld devices because a single handheld HART communication device can be used to access any HART® enabled equipment on site, delivering further cost savings.The Value of Searchpoint Optima Plus with optional HART output:Flexibility to evolve with process changes: Searchpoint Optima Plus with optional HART output detects a wide range of hydrocarbon gasesEnhances site safety: High performance IR Point gas detector offering immunity to adverse weather and fail-to-safety operationReduces operational costs and saves money: HART does not require additional cabling on a 4-20 mA output and removes the need for proprietary handheld devices; a single handheld HART communication device can be used with any HART enabled equipment on siteReduces maintenance costs: HART allows full device information anywhere in the loop, via a handheld HART communication device, helping to reduce time spent in the field and easily accessible device information helps permit preventative maintenance.
The PERUMIN mining convention is one of the key mining events in Latin America, organised by the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru (IIMP) since 1954 and this year will run from September 16-20 in Arequipa. PERUMIN also hosts the Mining Technology Exhibition EXTEMIN, presenting a range of national and international suppliers of mining goods and services. The Putzmeister Underground Division will showcase its concrete spraying system 4210 SPM WETKRET DUAL DRIVE, as well as the low-profile concrete mixer MIXKRET 4. The Putzmeister Solid Pumps division will be present, which supplies high density piston pumps for transporting tailings and backfilling paste in mining. Furthermore, the Putzmeister Powercreter Magnum will be exhibited, a wet shotcrete pump for concrete repair works.The SPM 4210 WETKRET DUAL DRIVE version has a dual drive system so that all the components can be operated both by diesel engine and electrically. The machine is optionally available with an on-board electric or diesel air compressor. Its reinforced spraying arm provides a vertical spraying reach of 10 m, and the maximum concrete output of the Putzmeister double-piston pump mounted on the equipment is 20 m3/h. The proportional remote control, which can be operated both by cable and wireless, allows the easy operation of the spraying arm as well as the regulation of the concrete output and the adjustment of the pre-defined additive dosage. The peristaltic additive pump is equipped with an automatic dosing device to synchronize the additive dosage with the concrete flow, assuring spraying accuracy and quality. With heavy-duty axles and a reinforced articulated turning system, the SPM 4210 WEKTRET series is also designed for the heavy duty working conditions in mining. MIXKRET 4 is equipped with a 6-cylinder, 130 kW turbo engine, providing high climbing and moving power as well as the possibility to work at high altitudes. With the ICVD drive system (Integrated Continuously Variable Drive) it is possible to drive through the entire speed range without interrupting the traction force, increasing comfort for the driver and reducing fuel consumption. Putzmeister states: “The compact design and heavy-duty axles, both used for steering and driving (4WD and 4WS), provide mobility and manoeuverability in narrow galleries and tunnels. Furthermore, the machine features an automatic speed control system for moving down slopes fully loaded at the maximum secure speed. The cabin, mounted in machine direction, and the night-vision camera at the rear, facilitate manoeuvering and ensure visibility conditions at all times, increasing safety. The concrete transporting and mixing drum of Putzmeister Mixkret 4 provides a concrete capacity of 4 m3 and optionally includes an additive discharging system for transporting and transferring additives to the shotcrete equipment.” The solids pumps company of the Putzmeister Group manufactures high density piston pumps for pumping slurries, sludges and pastes that will be on show at EXTEMIN. In mining, the pumps transport tailings to the dam/filter or transport backfill paste into the underground mines. The pump system features a piston pump, a hydraulic power pack to drive the pump and an electric cabinet with a PLC, control and operation panel. Putzmeister piston pumps can operate with a solid content of up to 85 %, depending on material composition. Finally, with an output of up to 150 bar they can pump over distances of up to 11 km and achieve effective pumping throughputs of approximately 500 m³/h. With a capacity of 3.8 m3/h and a concrete pressure of 122 bar, Putzmeister Magnum Powercreter is described as the most versatile concrete repair pump by Putzmeister. It is ideal for wet-process shotcrete applications. The Powercreter magnum has a 34 kW Deutz diesel engine and conveys low slump concrete and packaged high-performance materials over long distances.
Minemax has announced the forthcoming release of a new solution for rapid, high-level project evaluation. The all-new Minemax Planner is described as “a fast, easy-to-use tool that enables businesses to quickly understand the potential value of projects with minimum time investment. It guides mine planners from a block model through pit optimisation, nested shells and pushbacks to NPV optimal schedules, rapidly developing optimal strategies for even the largest of models.” The computing landscape has evolved significantly since the early days of mine planning and Minemax Planner takes advantage of the latest advances in computing hardware and modern pit optimisation algorithms. It uses a high-performance maxflow algorithm which gives the same pit shells as Lerchs-Grossman (LG) but in a fraction of the time.With a 64-bit architecture, it is able to handle extremely large block models numbering tens of millions of blocks. The user-interface is based on the highly pervasive Microsoft Metro UI and is similar to that of Minemax Scheduler 6, released in 2012. The UI employs step-by-step pre-defined workflows and context-sensitive reports that make it very easy for new users to import models, set parameters, optimise and analyse. Powerful and interactive 3D technology gives a mine planner instant feedback regarding practical mine-ability at each step of the process. The release will take place on February 25, 2014 to coincide with the SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. Minemax staff will be available to answer questions and give demonstrations, while a number of editions will be available to cater to the specific needs of mine planners from standard shell generation and sensitivity analysis to integrated NPV schedule optimisation. Minemax will also offer an academic program for qualifying institutions. A free demo version will also be available on the release day.
Boart Longyear will debut the new MDR700 and showcase a range of other innovative drilling products at DrillFest 2015 this week in Western Australia. “Now more than ever, companies are increasing their focus on reducing costs and creating efficiencies in order to drive productivity and safety on the mine site,” said Mark Dogan, Boart Longyear’s Sales Director for Australia. “Innovations and technological developments in drill rigs and drilling products are increasingly being seen as the way forward.”Boart Longyear’s product experts will be on hand during DrillFest 2015 to showcase a wide range of innovative drilling solutions, including:MDR700 Mobile Drill Rig: The MDR700 combines Boart Longyear’s best underground coring technology with advanced mobility, enhanced automation and engineered safety controls. The powerful MDR700’s wide drilling angles reduce rig moves, and quick-and-easy setup enhances ease of operation and maintenanceReverse Circulation (RC) Rods: Boart Longyear’s RC rods are manufactured from high-grade, quality steel, which ensures less wear and longer lifetime, straighter holes and easier assembling of inner rods in outer tubes. Drill rods are available with Metzke-type, Remet-type and Matrix-type threadsBLH™ DTH Hammer Series: Boart Longyear’s BLH™ down-the-hole-hammer and bit line are designed to increase productivity in RC and conventional drilling. The series can be used for geotechnical drilling, quarrying, water well, geothermal and mineral exploration. BLH5 DTH hammers and bits will be on display at DrillFest 2015DrillFest 2015 is held at Perth’s Ascot Raceway from October 21 to 22.
Pretium Resources announces that the first gold has been poured at the Brucejack high-grade underground mine and that the flotation and gravity circuits are now operational. In addition, gold-silver flotation concentrate is being produced and bagged, with initial shipments scheduled. Construction crews continue to be phased out as construction winds down and the operations team ramps up toward commercial production this year.Brucejack is located in northwest British Columbia, approximately 65 km north of Stewart. The property consists of 122,133 ha and the primary focus is the Valley of the Kings deposit which is comprised of high-grade visible gold within a lower grade gold quartz stockwork system. A feasibility study completed in June 2014 updated in December 2016 outlined Proven and Probable mineral reserves in the Valley of the Kings of 8.1 Moz of gold (15.6 Mt grading 16.1 g/t Au).