BTI and Aramine – a new partnership

first_imgAramine and BTI have established a partnership for the distribution of rockbreaker systems, rockbreaker attachments and demolition tools in northwest Africa, Saudi Arabia and other key markets. “We are very glad to distribute BTI. In business for almost 60 years, they have a strong experience and high performances, that is why we trust their products.” Said Xavier Domenach, Aramine Equipment Sales Director.The French company is continually widening its range of products, mainly through the selection of new recognized manufacturers to distribute. Distribution is an important activity for Aramine, confirmed by this new partnership with the well-known Canadian manufacturer. However, Aramine always ensures that the brands and/or products distributed are complementary and not competitive.“BTI has had a long, respectful relationship with Aramine even extending back in the Teledyne days,” says Terry McKague, Director of Sales for Breaker Technology.  “Aramine is a well- run company and they are well liked in the industry. Aramine is the type of company that BTI works well with. We are very excited to get a business agreement and have them represent BTI’s product line in the continent of Africa.”Aramine is now an official distributor of the BTI offerings through its different organizations. Adding another brand to its product line, the French firm is glad to bring new skills and a new expertise in mining and demolition to its customers.last_img read more

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Success for Chinese investment in Iranian gold

first_imgAt the Iran Sharaf Abad gold project, the processing capacity of raw ore recently exceeded design scale and was expected to increase. Xinhai Mining reports that “since its launch in August 2017, this project has received high praise from customers, local government and industry insiders. The brand image of Xinhai Mining was comprehensively promoted in the Middle East mining market.“Iran Sharaf Abad gold ore dressing project of Iran Jinkaiwang Mining Limited, dominated by Jiangxi Geology & Mineral Exploration Bureau, is located in East Azerbaijan, northwest Iran. Since its launch in September 2016 to production in August 2017, this project created “four first” of Iran mining industry, namely the gold project that put into operation within a year; The first mining company that controlled by Chinese in Iran; The only one gold project adopted cyanide-free and environmental separation process in Iran; The complete set of equipment was manufactured by Chinese enterprises and non-tariff barriers.”Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment undertook the mineral processing EPC service for the Sharaf Abad gold ore dressing project, including dressing test, mine design, equipment manufacturing, installation & commissioning, standard reached. And Xinhai finally adopted “stage grinding – a stage gravity separation – stage flotation” process for simplifying mineral process, reducing equipment investment and avoiding environmental pollution.Under the precondition of ensuring the optimal technological process and equipment index, Xinhai also considered the influence of water supply and drainage system and dust removal system on the environment. After complete sedimentation and clarification, overflow, filtrate and floor flushing water returns to water recycling tank for cyclic utilization; second, Xinhai used dry cloth bag dust removing technology to reduce the spread of dust. Each workshop and floor of belt corridor was flushed per shift, 6 litres of water for per square. And Xinhai set dust proof airtight cover at each material blanking point. In addition, the dust removal equipment was controlled automatically, and draught fan is chained to mineral processing equipment.This project became the fastest construction of nonferrous metal mines in the history of Iran’s mining industry, which was hailed as the “China speed” of “One Belt And One Road”.On July 27, 2017, Jafari-Salunni, vice-minister of Iran industrial mining and trade ministry, visited the construction site of Sharaf Abad gold project. Jafari-Salunni was very satisfied with the mine construction speed and project quality that dominated by Chinese team. He expressed his expectation that the project can be put into operation as soon as possible, and supported the investment in Iranian mining sector.At present, reports Xinhai, “the processing capacity of raw ore is 350 t/d, 5,000 t of high-grade gold powder can be produced every year.”last_img read more

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Freeport McMoRan using drones to monitor mine environment

first_imgFreeport-McMoRan was recently recognized with an award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for its innovative approach to monitoring mine operations using drones. Rather than send workers into hazardous areas to survey mine sites, Freeport-McMoRan uses a drone to capture a bird’s eye view of the mine environment.The military-grade drone was modified to allow it to carry technology capable of recording high-quality images and streaming live video. The drone is used to inspect highwalls, tailings, large mill buildings, power lines, traffic flows and several other aspects of the operations, including providing an additional aerial safety check in advance of blasting and documenting blast sequencing.The use of the drone reduces the risk of falls from heights, electrocutions, injury or death from highwall failures, and provides an extra measure of safety for mine operators who no longer must venture out to hazardous locations for a first look. The drone’s imaging system can transmit streaming video, and take very clear pictures for mapping purposes.last_img read more

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Mediterranean Games W Serbia wins Gold

Serbian girls won the gold at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin. In the final they were better than the national team of Slovenia in a low-scoring game, winning 25:19 (13:12). The bronze medal went to Croatia, which beat Montenegro by one goal 25:24 (12:11).In the mens competition, Egypt and Croatia will be playing in the final in a match which is scheduled for tomorrow. ← Previous Story Mladen Rakcevic to continue career in AEK Athens? Next Story → Claudine Mendy pregnant – does not come to ZRK Vardar? read more

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Index shows first time buyers spend 17 of their net income on

first_imgIt is clear that property is now at its most affordable level in many years and with house prices increasing in Dublin, there is evidence that consumer confidence is gaining momentum.€100M fundAIB and EBS also announced that they are making a fund of €100 million available for customers to support the Government’s new Home Renovations Tax Incentive Scheme.The scheme is for those seeking to make improvements to their existing home. Customers can either avail of a mortgage top-up or personal loan under this fund. Customers can top up their existing mortgage with a minimum borrowing of €10,000 over a minimum term of five years at the bank’s current home loan rates.O’Keefe said they welcomed initiatives such as the Home Renovation Tax Incentive Scheme and said to date this year they have already approved more than €60 million in home improvement loans to customers.This additional €100 million fund will facilitate the increase in demand which the Government scheme will no doubt generate over the coming year, added O’Keefe.Column: House prices are rising again, so should we be concerned about a bubble?>Read: Property prices rise again, that’s five months in a row now> HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IS stable nationwide but weakening in Dublin according to the latest EBS and DKM Affordability Index for first time buyers.The index shows that the national affordability level for first time buyers is 17.3 per cent of net income for a working couple purchasing the average property,with this figure forecasted to rise to 17.7 per cent by the end of this year.Property pricesHowever, there is a higher afforability level in Dublin due to property prices in certain areas increasing by up to 12.1 per cent in the six months to September. As a result, affordability levels have weakened reaching 22.4 per cent in September 2013, with the figure expected to rise to 23.7 per cent at the end of this year.Head of Mortgages for AIB and EBS, Jim O’Keeffe said:last_img read more

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German banks low interest loans set to benefit Irish SMEs

first_imgSMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED enterprises are likely to benefit from lower interest rates on loans provided from a German investment bank following an agreement between the government here and in Berlin.In the wake of Ireland’s decision to exit the bailout programme without a precautionary credit line, the German government offered the services of its state-owned investment and development bank, KfW, whose officials were in Dublin this week.Under the terms of a deal reached with the government here, KfW will be able to assist SMEs with loans at interest rates lower than they would be able to access from Irish banks.The Taoiseach Enda Kenny explained how an SME looking for a loan of half-a-million euro at Irish rates would be expected to pay about 4.25 per cent interest whereas the rates offered by KfW would come in at about 2 per cent.“We expect to be able to put together a structure and a facility with KFW for assisting small and medium enterprises in terms of access to credit here,” Kenny said. ‘Germany’s dumbest bank’Representative groups such as ISME, Irish Small and Medium Enterprises, have been critical of the slow pace of Irish banks’ decision-making in relation to loans.In September, ISME’s Mark Fielding pointed to a decline in lending to SMEs as indicating that banks are not lending to the level appropriate to an economy “on the mend”.“The statistics from our own Central Bank, the ECB and numerous economists, demonstrate the dearth of appropriate credit. We must put an end to the fiction that bailed out Irish banks are functioning properly,” he said at the time.KfW was formed in 1948 as part of the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe in the aftermath of World War II and primarily financed reconstruction projects. Its name originally comes from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, which means meaning Reconstruction Credit Institute.The bank is majority owned by the Federal Republic of Germany with a fifth owned by the country’s individual states. The head of its supervisory board is the current German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.KfW was described by the popular German tabloid, Bild, as “Germany’s dumbest bank” in 2008 when it transferred €300 million to Lehman Brothers on the day the American investment bank collapsed as part of routine currency transactions.Read: Irish SMEs are among the most reliant on banks in Europelast_img read more

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Teen boys have negative view of depression in peers

first_imgRESEARCHERS AT TWO Irish universities have recommended targeting depression awareness and intervention programmes at teenage boys on foot of results of a study.The research used vignettes and questionnaires to measure how both sexes view depression or ADHD in their peers between the ages of 10 and 16.The younger children did not hold very negative perceptions of others their age with these conditions, the study found. However, Dr Eilis Hennessy of UCD’s School of Pyschology said: It’s possible that the children knew what is socially acceptable to say on the questionnaire, so we also used a reaction time test to see how quickly they associated positive and negative words with mental health problems. This test also showed that teenage girls did not have negative attitudes towards their peers with depression but that some teen boys did. Dr Hennessy said:If we were to think about intervention, the group that we need to target are adolescent boys and depression.It wasn’t just teens though that were a cause for concern. The study, which was co-produced by Dr Caroline Heary at NUI Galway, found that all of those interviewed between the ages 10 to 16 were worried about stigma from adults. “A lot of them spoke about not telling anyone they had a diagnosis,” said Dr Hennessy.The study was funded by the Health Research Board of Ireland.Helplines:Childline 1800 66 66 66Samaritans 1850 60 90 90Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 6010000Christmas causes spike in demand for mental health services>last_img read more

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Scotland Yard wrong for not reviewing shoot to kill tactic

first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON have admitted that “it was wrong” not to formally review the so-called ‘hard stop’ tactic used against known criminals and suspects.However, Scotland Yard defended its record on dealing with firearms incidents.In a statement ahead of tonight’s Panorama investigation, entitled Shoot to Kill, the Metropolitan Police Service said that officers “fire shots only once or twice a year”.“Pre-planned operations including armed surveillance are conducted against the most dangerous of armed criminals,” it continued. “They carry risk because it is impossible to predict the actions of the criminal.”The enforced stop (or hard stop) is just one tactic used to resolve an operation and arrest criminals, they said.We do many hundreds of these operations a year and it is extremely rare for shots to be fired. This is because of the professionalism, training and restraint of armed officers.“The alternative to using this tactic is to allow highly dangerous criminals who get into cars with guns intent on committing harm to carry out the crime, only investigating it afterwards, with potentially catastrophic consequences for their target.“Alternatively we could intervene early and disrupt the crime but this may fail to gain sufficient evidence to prosecute them. They will then go free to plan more criminality but now they will be forewarned.”Over the past 10 years, eight people have been killed in pre-planned operations. Two were as a result of an enforced tactic.In 2005, following the shooting of suspected drug dealer Azelle Rodney, the IPCC recommended to the London force that it should formally review the tactic. The watchdog called it a “high risk option”.This was not done, something Scotland Yard now admits was wrong.“However, following the result of the Azelle Rodney enquiry, an interim review has been completed by the College of Policing and the MPS will now work with the College and the national lead to see if there are any alternative or better tactics available in Europe or the rest of the world,” a spokesperson continued.“Firearms operations against the most dangerous and determined armed criminals are of course not straightforward.“We are proud of our success in reducing gun crime in London by taking weapons off the street and putting criminals in prison for long periods.Criticising those who have the responsibility for running such challenging operations is easy.“We welcome better ideas and are currently researching internationally to see if other forces have alternative tactics.”BBC’s Panorama reporters spoke with the unit responsible for killing Mark Duggan in 2011. His death sparked riots across a number of British cities and his family believe he was ‘executed’.One of the officers said he “killed someone because I thought my colleagues and I were about to die”.He added that he would make the same decisions if faced with the situation again.“All the training in the world will not prepare you for dealing with having to kill someone. It’s absolutely horrendous,” added the second officer.Related: Armed police in London to wear cameras to record their actionsVideo: Police shouted down after verdict in London riots caselast_img read more

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15 puntastic Valentines Day cards

first_imgIS THERE A better time of year for puns than Valentine’s Day?We would argue that there is not, and as it is fast approaching (it’s on Friday, fact fans) now is the perfect time to gaze upon some of the beautiful punny creations which have been made for this special occasion.Hopefully they’ll get your creative juices flowing and you’ll come up with something magical for the love of your lifeFor someone classy Source: Buck and LilyIf you need to spice things up Source: Emily and Ivory Well, that’s your Valentine’s Day card sorted>5 of the oddest things you can actually do this Valentine’s Day> For the pizza lover Source: Plaid Panties and Lollipop Trees For the hirsute one in your life Source: Punny Business A coffee lover? Source: Buck and LilyFor the history buff Source: Ben KlingFor someone smokin’ hot Source: PinterestFor everyone (Everyone loves toast, right?) Source: DawandaIn love with a medical professional? Source: KollaboraMad about a farmer? Source: While Wearing HeelsFor an admirer of the classics Source: Skeleton RoadKnow a fisherman who needs a cuddle? Source: PinterestFor a funghi in your life (we couldn’t help ourselves) Source: MemebaseWant to get straight to the point? Source: s postPerfect for the vegetarian in your life Source: Shiny Lifelast_img read more

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Want to join the army Recruitment starts next month

first_imgMINISTER ALAN SHATTER has confirmed that general service recruitment for the Defence Forces will begin in March with some 264 vacancies in the force in total.In response to a number of parliamentary questions from TD Bernard J Durkan, Shatter said the strength of the permanent defence force at the end of 2013 was 9,236, comprising 7,434 army, 779 air corps and 1,023 naval service personnel. In total, force strength should be at 9,500.The minister said that promotions will be made this year in order to fill some rank vacancies and that there will be a new general service recruitment competition next month.The table below shows the vacancies in each rank, with most vacant positions in the corporal, sergeant and captain ranks. Click here if you have trouble viewing this tableDespite the vacancies, Shatter said that “no specific weaknesses” in the force have been brought to his attention.“I am satisfied that the required operational strength and command structures of the army, navy and air corps remain adequate at all installations throughout the country,” he said.He also said he was satisfied that personnel have the most modern and effective range of equipment needed to fulfil all roles assigned to them by the government “in any emergency situations that may arise”.However Shatter said “the fact remains that in the current economic climate, the budgetary situation will continue to dictate the level of funding available for new equipment, training and equipment upgrades”.“Decisions will be made accordingly on a strictly prioritised basis in accordance with operational priorities with a view to maintaining the capability of all roles assigned by government to the Defence Forces,” he added.360 new general service recruits entered the Defence Forces at the start of December 2013, following the latest round of hiring. They were chosen from existing competition panels. The new recruitment competition will be advertised on the Defence Forces website when it starts next month.Read: Defence Forces to begin general service recruiting early next year — Shatter>Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins todaylast_img read more

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