Two largest diamonds recovered in Saskatchewan

first_imgShore Gold, sponsor of the cover of International Mining’s July issue which includes a feature on Canadian diamonds, has received the sixth set of diamond results from Phase 3 of the underground bulk sampling of the Star Kimberlite (Phase 1 being the original 25,000 t bulk sample and Phase 2 being the 18,000 t bulk sample). These results include the two largest diamonds (49.50 and 22.56 carats) recovered in Saskatchewan to date. The diamond recoveries total 205.37 carats from 987.26 t processed. A total of 689 commercial sized diamonds (greater than 1.18 mm square mesh screen), collectively weighing 205.20 ct, has been recovered from the three batches. Thirty-three diamonds greater than one carat have been recovered and the four largest stones are: 49.50, 22.56, 5.45 and 5.34 ct, respectively. In addition, eight diamonds (0.17 ct) were recovered down to 0.85 mm square mesh. The colour of 71% of the diamonds has been classified as white, with a further 17% classified as off-white.These kimberlite batches were recovered from the Cantuar Kimberlite, which was mined at the southwest end of the South 7 drive, some 200 m southwest of the shaft, within Star West – the portion of Star within the claims of the Fort a la Corne Joint Venture (Shore 60%, Newmont 40%). Diamond results are still awaited from a total of 1,400 t of Cantuar Kimberlite, of which some 900 t has been processed through the onsite plant and 500 tonnes remains to be processed. The processing of this Cantuar Kimberlite is currently underway.Senior Vice President Exploration and Development, George Read: “The 49.50 carat stone is a fragment of a considerably larger stone and the crystal shape suggests that less than 50% of the original stone has been recovered. There are multiple breakage surfaces on this stone and the freshest breakage, probably incurred in the processing plant, only accounts for a small loss of carat weight. Fragments comprising 3 ct that are most likely broken from the 49.50 ct stone were found in Batch 225. This large stone confirms the statistical modeling by Shore geologists that diamonds in excess of 100 ct occur in the Star diamond population. The high proportion of plus one carat diamonds and the resultant coarse size frequency distribution for the Cantuar diamond population will have a positive effect on the economics of this kimberlite lithology. The two largest stones were both recovered from a coarse breccia unit within the Cantuar. Present estimates suggest that Star contains some 20 to 23 Mt of Cantuar Kimberlite. This is a geological estimate based on pattern drilling and is conceptual in nature. The collection of data which will be used to determine the presence of a National Instrument 43-101 compliant mineral resource is proceeding on schedule with the potential definition of a mineral resource on Star in early 2008.”The diamond recovery procedure includes on-site processing of kimberlite through the modular Dense Media Separator (DMS), after which DMS concentrates are batch fed through an X-ray Flow-sort. In order to ensure the recovery of low luminosity diamonds, the Flow-sort tailings are processed over a grease table. Flow-sort and grease table concentrates are transported by a secure carrier to SGS Lakefield Research for final diamond recovery. The SGS Lakefield Research process includes drying, screening, magnetic separation, manual sorting and diamond weighing and description. The Star Kimberlite is currently being evaluated using a combination of pattern core drilling, underground bulk sampling and large diameter drilling. This evaluation programme, with a budget of some C$60 million, will determine the presence of a NI 43-101 mineral reserve for the Star Kimberlite.last_img read more

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Democratic support for Americas mining industry

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama said last week that he does not support Mining Law reform legislation recently approved by the House of Representatives and expressed his desire to work on compromise legislation that provides economic certainty for domestic mineral producers and prevents the export of American jobs and industries.Obama discussed his opposition to the ‘Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007’ (H.R. 2262) during a conference call with Nevada reporters, during which he outlined a plan to address a number of priority issues for rural Nevada, including strengthening Nevada’s mining industry.Obama’s plan notes the hardrock mining industry provides “our country with a supply of important minerals.” In the plan, Obama states he will work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. to update the Mining Law and “develop reasonable compromise legislation that requires fair compensation for the use of federal land, enhances environmental protection and cleans up abandoned mines.” Obama’s plan said such legislation must “provide greater business certainty for mining companies and the communities that depend on the industry.”During the conference call, Obama said H.R. 2262, approved by the House on November 1, “places a significant burden on the mining industry and could have a significant impact on jobs.”A copy of Obama’s plan for rural Nevada is available at: http://www.nma.org/pdf/misc/110707_Obama_Rural_Nevada.pdf.Meanwhile, the National Mining Association (NMA) continues to fight for the industry, pointing out that “the continuing availability of minerals and metals mined in the US is vitally important to America’s future economic vitality and national security. However, over the past 13 years, America’s share of worldwide exploration spending has dropped 12%.“In 2006, America accounted for just 8% of such spending, while in 1993, the US stood at 20%. To foster increased exploration spending, Congress must approve responsible Mining Law reform legislation that encourages increased investment in mineral and metal operations and provides a fair return to taxpayers. H.R. 2262 accomplishes none of these important goals.”last_img read more

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Green and safe mining at Euro Mine Expo

first_imgA range of interesting lectures will be presented during the Euro Mine Expo 2012 in Skellefteå, Sweden. In one of the main theme sessions, Smarter, deeper, better mining, visitors will receive information on how Finland is working with green mining and how KGHM works on safe mining in Poland.On Thursday, June 14, presentations will be given on Smarter, deeper, better mining. Two of the topics raised during the day are green mining and the future of safe deep mass metal mining. The mining industry growth offers Finnish companies an opportunity to become pioneers in a sustainable mineral industry. Green Mining combines an industrial production process with ecological operating practices.Harry Sandström is a senior consultant and Green Mining program coordinator at Spinverse Oy in Finland. He will be presenting the Finnish Green Mining Program under the headline: Aims and ongoing research activities. He started his career in mining working as a researcher, project manager and lab manager at GTK during 1977-1999. He continued at GTK in positions as Director, Regional Director and Director of Geoservices between 1990-2006. Sandström has been CEO af Labtium and currently holds the position of Senior Consultant at Spinverse Oy with key competences including service business within the mining sector as well as business development and overseas project management.“The objective of the Green Mining program is to minimise adverse impacts through compliance with environmentally and socially sustainable objectives in the entire cycle of extraction and beneficiation process and to ensure alternative land uses following mine closure. The program also wants to find improved working methods and operating practices”, says Sandström.The main objective of the program is to make Finland a global leader of sustainable mineral industries by 2020 and creating new business that requires specialised expertise alongside traditional mining. Furthermore the project is workning to increase the number of SMEs targeting the export market in the mineral cluster and achieving global leader status for research in selected sectors.Another of this day’s speaker is Henryk Karaś. He is Corporate Adviser for KGHM in Poland and on Euro Mine Expo he will talk about the vision of future deep mass metal mining in Poland. Karaś has since 1972 to 2009 worked in many management positions in the production and research units in mining industry, mainly the KGHM Polska Miedź, encompassing underground mining and mineral processing operations. Since 2009 to date he’s employed as corporate advisor to the KGHM Management Board.Between 2006 and 2012 Karaś was acting chairman of the European Technology Platform on Mineral Resources and also a committee member of a number of European associations in the metal sector representing KGHM, for example: Euromines, Euromeatux in Brussels and the Swedish project “Smart Mine of the Future” which started in 2009. Furthermore he is a member of the CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining) Association),Karaś presents the vision of future deep mass metal mining in Poland. The project is being carried out by KGHM since 2009 and is based on hard rock continuous mining technology. “It should be the introduction to an intelligent and remote controlled robotic technology for deeply laying copper and silver deposits in Central Europe. Owing to successful implementation of the project results KGHM hopes to extend its activity in the next 40 years in Europé”,  Karas says.He also describes how the development of Hard Rock Cutting methods in Europe and in other countries, such as USA and Australia, gives KGHM the opportunity to implement remote sensing, steering and automation when using both continuous mining and hydraulic powered roof support (HPRS) units.Karaś says that the development of novel Hard Rock Cutting methods is based on two assumptions: First: The current method of drill and blast is inherently dangerous, cyclic and slower. Second: Rock Cutting – the way of the future is based on continuous operation (non-cyclic mining) which is easier to automate, easier to respond to geology, faster and safer. “Additionally, continuous mining gives more opportunities for implementation of Lean Management in underground mining operations”, Henryk Karaś concludes.Euro Mine Expo takes place June 12-14, 2012 in Skellefteå. This third international trade fair and conference for the mining industry and its suppliers is held in the very heart of Sweden’s mining industry. In this region, tradition and history go hand in hand with technical development and innovative approaches. www.eurominexpo.comlast_img read more

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Canary Systems plays leading role in risk mitigation for FreeportMcMoRan Americas

first_imgThe US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognised Freeport-McMoRan Americas with the Institute’s award for Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations 2014. Freeport-McMoRan Americas received the NIOSH award for its integrated approach to real-time data analysis for changing ground conditions. Canary Systems Inc has played a leading role in developing this approach by providing the critical Single Integrated Platform Mine Monitoring System to ensure that the vast amount of collected data leads to effective risk mitigation.With the large number of different monitoring technologies required to detect, monitor, and understand moving ground, a single integrated platform is required to ensure timely and accurate notifications leading to appropriate action. Freeport-McMoRan in partnership with Canary Systems has developed a system that is capable of digesting all data produced by its monitoring systems. This single point of interaction provides an easy and intuitive means for site personnel to view monitoring data, ensures systems are operating as designed, produce early alarms and notification of movement outside of predicted trends, and analyse the behavior of all data fed into the system.Formed in 1997, Canary Systems is a leader in providing integrated geo-monitoring solutions for a broad range of industries including mining. “We help clients better manage risk, monitor performance, and increase the safety of their operations by tying together all loose ends: the hardware required for automatic or semi-automatic data acquisition – and the software to collect, process, store and present the data in a simple and efficient way on a single combined powerful platform.” Canary Systems supplies Multilogger Suite (MLSuite) data management software, as well as other custom and standard hardware solutions for data acquisitionlast_img read more

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CITIC Pacific Chairman recounts company progress and experience in Australia

first_imgThis week, Zhang Jijing – Chairman, CITIC Pacific Mining, in a keynote address during Mines and Money in London, shared with CITIC’s experiences in building the largest magnetite iron ore mine in Australia. Well known to IM readers, Sino Iron is the biggest-ever overseas investment in the resources sector by a Chinese company.Jijing stated: “Today, I’m going to give you some background on what we do in Australia: an insight into our operation; our trials, our tribulations and our motivations. I’m going to explain what makes us different from those Australian miners who have gone before us. I will also share some of my observations about our experiences as a Chinese company, embarking on a greenfield megaproject in a foreign land. First, some background. The company I chair is CITIC Pacific Mining. We’re an Australian subsidiary of CITIC Limited, a Hong Kong listed company and China’s largest conglomerate. CP Mining, as we call it, has built, and is now operating Sino Iron, Australia’s largest magnetite processing facility and, perhaps soon, the world’s biggest.”He adds on the background: “Many of you might know or have heard of CITIC. Its roots can be traced to the beginning of China’s opening up and reform in the late 1970s. CITIC became a key window on China for both foreign and domestic investors. A partner of choice for foreign companies seeking a foothold in China, and conversely a leader in Chinese investment outside China. Nearly 40 years later, CITIC has grown in lockstep with China. Today CITIC has more than 190,000 employees across the globe, and a net asset value of around £68 billion. Its main businesses span financial services, resources and energy, manufacturing, engineering contracting and real estate.”CITIC began investing in Australia in 1986, when it acquired a 10% interest in the Portland aluminium smelter in Victoria for 83 million pounds. At the time it was among China’s largest external investments. This has proven to be a very successful, long-term partnership with Alcoa – the well-known global bauxite miner and aluminium producer. And now three decades on, and after making other investments in Australia, we are now the largest magnetite iron ore producer in the country.Moving on to Sino Iron itself he commented: “From nothing, we’ve built a fully integrated, next-generation pit-to-port mining, processing and export operation. A smaller scale mine has operated in Tasmania for many years and, more recently, the Karara project is being developed in Western Australia’s Mid-West. But Sino Iron represents the Pilbara’s first dedicated magnetite mine. We currently have a design capacity of 24 Mt of concentrate per year and a mine life of over 30 years. As you know, the Pilbara’s reputation as a mining province is based on half a century of successfully exploiting vast inland deposits of haematite, also known as direct shipping ore. When the Australian Government eased the ban on iron ore exports, just a few million tonnes were being mined. Today, Australia ships about 800 Mt annually, accounting for just under half of globalproduction. In the past 60 years, we’ve seen the creation of towns, vast networks of railways across the desert, and some of the busiest bulk export ports in the world. As a result, the Pilbara is now regarded as the engine room of the Australian economy. But it must be remembered that realising value from these in-ground resources was not immediate. It took patience, vision, and the cooperation of government. At Sino Iron, we can see parallels with what we’re doing.”He continues: “This is what our mining, processing and port areas looked like when the project began – a completely blank canvas. When one of our senior people flew in during the early days, the helicopter pilot wasn’t even sure he’d arrived at the right place. There was nothing but coastal scrub and red earth. We’re often described as newcomers to the Australian iron ore sector. In terms of taking Australia’s magnetite iron ore industry to a completely new level, there is some truth to this – though we prefer the term pioneers.”The fine concentrate from Sino Iron is mixed with water and pumped through a 30 km slurry pipeline down to a new port at Cape Preston. It’s the first greenfield port development in the Pilbara in more than 40 years. After dewatering and stockpiling, the product is barged to deepwater moorings. Here, it is transferred onto mini Cape-size vessels, for the journey to CITIC’s steel mills in China. This transhipping technique is another first for Western Australia’s iron ore industry.“To process magnetite ore into a high-value product requires a lot of water and a lot of power. So we built a desalination plant, with the same capacity as one which could service a city the size of Birmingham here in England – 51 gigalitres a year. We also constructed a 450 MW gas-fired power plant. It’s a combined-cycle plant, where heat and steam is captured and converted to energy. This makes the plant 40% more efficient than open cycle generation and dramatically lowers our carbon emissions. Once again, this is one of the largest, and certainly cleanest, baseload power plants in Western Australia.”The process turns low-grade magnetite ore of little or no commercial value into a premium magnetite concentrate of around 65% Fe, ideal for steelmaking, particularly in China where domestic production is almost all magnetite. “Until our investment, the low grade ore stayed in the ground.Magnetite is now emerging as an important future resource for Australia – particularly so as the quality of existing iron ore declines and some existing mines reach the end of their lives.”On the timing and cost of the project development he commented: “The unprecedented scale and complexity of Sino Iron has meant that significant time and capital were invested. It didn’t help that we began at the height of a mining and construction boom, when labour and materials were at a premium. Even the Australian dollar was unhelpful, as it rose to a record high. For those of you familiar with Australia, you’d understand there probably wasn’t a major project conceived and constructed at the time which didn’t suffer in terms of cost and delay. Some were even cancelled.Regardless, I’m proud to say that, with determination and commitment, CITIC Pacific Mining has now taken its place as Australia’s newest iron ore producer and exporter. We’ve helped create a new downstream iron ore processing industry in Australia. All six production lines have commissioned, with the last one starting six months ago. We’re now ramping up production and expect to export more than 10 Mt this year. For us, this is only the end of the beginning.”On why the project was advanced in the first place he adds: “I can assure you that we share the same commercial objectives as every western CEO, CFO or investor in this room. I sometimes find it curious the way investments by Chinese companies are portrayed in many western countries. Often, we’re simply branded by media as China – whatever that means. When you think about it, it’s like branding Chevron  as America or Tesco as Britain. I can assure you that we’re very much our own corporate entity, with our own approach and very clear commercial objectives. I’m sure other China companies will tell you the same. Getting back to our motivations, at this point, you should know that CITIC Pacific is the largest dedicated producer of special steels in China. Our annual capacity is 9 Mt and our products are sold to industries such as auto, machinery manufacturing, power generation and shipping to name a few. This business has been one of the most profitable of all steel companies in China. Each year, our steel plants consume over 10 Mt of iron ore sourced from places like Australia, Brazil, India and some domestically. Naturally, they require a secure and long-term source of good quality ore. So, since 2013, Sino Iron has been shipping fine quality concentrate to our steel plants, as well as other steel producers in China. The magnetite concentrate Sino Iron is producing is high grade, with low alumina and phosphorous content. This makes it perfect for steelmaking and, as a result, it receives a premium at market.”Concluding Jijing says: “It’s no secret that producing magnetite product is more expensive than direct shipping ore. Right now our production volume is still below our design capacity. As a result, cost per tonne is high at the moment. To get this down, we need to ramp up production as quickly as possible to achieve economies of scale. An increase in the iron ore price would also be nice. But when the upswing occurs, we need to have our costs low to fully capitalise on the opportunity. Our objective is to become the lowest cost, large scale magnetite producer in the world. Of course, our journey to build Sino Iron has not been a smooth one. Aside from the macro environment I mentioned earlier and managing the complexity that comes with a project with many moving parts, we had additional challenges from operating in a foreign land. In one of his letters to shareholders, CITIC’s Chairman outlined the challenges and takeaways from our Australian experience: local knowledge and expertise, meeting global standards, risk mitigation and corporate social responsibility. I believe that what we have learnt is of invaluable assistance to other Chinese companies seeking to invest in overseas jurisdictions, for it has surely strengthened our own organisation.”last_img read more

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The inside track on Metsos recent WEARX acquisition

first_imgOn November 1, WEARX and Metso Corporation finalised an agreement that will bring the two companies together. The combined strengths of both companies and knowledge of their people is expected to bring even more value to the mineral processing and material transfer market sectors. The deal will also be covered in depth in the IM December 2017 Liners and Wear Parts article.WEARX is a privately owned wear solutions provider with a range of its own products. The company addresses its customer’s needs by implementing the right technologies to deliver wear protection solutions designed to exceed plant availability goals. The company’s offer includes; wear liners, rubber & ceramic lining, skirting, chutes & bulk material handling equipment. Services include; design, engineering, site services & project management.On the morning of November 2, WEARX’s CEO and Metso’s Senior Vice President – Australian Market areas addressed WEARX staff to explain the change at the company’s head office in Thornton, located on Australia’s east coast, 25 km north-west of Newcastle. Commenting on the reasoning behind the deal, WEARX CEO, Gary Newman said, “Over the last few years, we have worked hard to develop WEARX into an agile service provider that delivers high value solutions to our customers. Our board and shareholders knew that at some stage we would need the backing of a much bigger company to unlock our full potential. With the funding of the next phase of our company’s growth in mind, we decided that a full trade sale to a large, likeminded company was the best way to continue the evolution of our business. There were several interested parties, but when it came down to making our decision as to which company we wanted to move forward with, our key considerations were; cultural fit and clear synergies between the two companies. I’m very pleased to say, that we found an ideal fit in Metso. Joining forces with Metso is a historic step in our company’s development,” he said.Metso’s Senior Vice President for the Australian Market Areas – Ross Wotherspoon says that there is an excellent cultural fit between the two companies. “From our very first meetings with WEARX executives, I was impressed by their great culture which is very similar to ours.” This move is part of Metso’s growth strategy, which includes both organic growth, as well as growth through acquisition.Wotherspoon says that over the last seven years the company has evolved its business through several powerful initiatives that have helped to improve service levels. “We have agressively expanded our services footprint and committed to regularly measure and actively improve the satisfaction of both our customers and staff. In parallel to these initiatives, we have developed an acquisition strategy designed to broaden our offering and bring even more value to our customers. As for synergies, combining the strengths of our companies and knowledge of our people will allow us to bring even more value to our clients in the mineral processing and material transfer market sectors. We want to make sure that the transition goes smoothly, especially for staff and customers. The retention of WEARX’s agility and entrepreneurial spirit is a fundamental success factor,” he said.The companies have assembled a dedicated integration team which will now work on all aspects of the integration. It is expected that the group has around six months of intense work ahead.last_img read more

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SAPs latest CoInnovation Lab to have specific focus on IoT and Big

first_imgSAP SE has announced the opening of a new SAP Co-Innovation Lab at its North America headquarters in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. SAP Co-Innovation Lab locations provide infrastructure and space for SAP and its partners and customers to co-innovate new solutions to the most pressing challenges organisations face in the digital economy. This new lab, SAP’s second in North America, will have a specific focus on creating business applications that deal with emerging technologies, such as the Internet of Things and Big Data analytics.Through collaborative framework and emphasis on co-innovation, these SAP labs accelerate the creation of new solutions that span multiple industries, including mining. “With benefits that include project support, reduced development costs and shorter time to market for new applications, SAP’s partners will be able to provide more value to customers, generate new business and build new alliances. Customers will also be able to take direct advantage from additional access to expertise and technology to transform ideas into solutions at a much quicker pace.”The new SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Newtown Square brings SAP’s global total to 15, with others located in Germany, Brazil, India and China, among other places. In mining, the first lab set up at SAP Labs Silicon Valley looked at how IoT technology could improve safety and lower risk using real time situation awareness featuring the use of wearables. More recently, it is doing a lot of work on how to equip self-flying drones with machine learning-based computer vision technology. “Incorporating the vision intelligence into drones will bring the intelligence of location, vision and enterprise knowledge into one solution,” according to Xiwei Zhou, Director of Engineering, SAP Innovation Center Silicon Valley. SAP is also working on helping its Mining IBUs to address problems and challenges to get their drone data and services into SAP platforms and applications.In a collaboration with MineRP, SAP Africa participated in a series of co-innovation projects that sought to integrate technical and business planning processes in the mining industry. By broadly grouping the industry into two domains – the science of mining and the business of mining – “the two companies jointly developed solutions that overcome the disconnect between technical and financial planning by enabling companies to run fully simulated financing and technical planning scenarios.”“These labs are a testament to the important role SAP’s partners play in a customer’s digital transformation journey. Whether it’s the business challenges of today or the anticipated ones of tomorrow, SAP enables its partners to provide customers value in the digital economy.”“Co-innovation builds an agile and vibrant partner ecosystem that drives value through external expertise in digital technologies, hardware and networks,” said Rodolpho Cardenuto, President, Global Channels & General Business, SAP. “With the launch of the co-innovation lab on the US East Coast, we are strengthening the innovative power of SAP and its partners in North America by expanding our digital ecosystem in the region.”last_img read more

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Metso Q2 results up on mining equipment demand

first_imgMetso benefitted from a ramp up in project activity in the mining equipment market during the June quarter, with the company’s services and sales orders, and profit all growing in the three-month period.Overall orders received increased 14% year-on-year to €853 million, with services orders up 7% at €463 million. The company’s sales rose 15% to €776 million, with services sales (up 10%) making up €442 million of this total.Operating profit increased 45% to €86 million, compared with just €60 million a year earlier.Metso noted there was healthy activity in all of the markets it serves in the June quarter and expected the next six-month period to see further growth in demand for equipment from its Minerals division and stable demand for Minerals services.Interim President and CEO Eeva Sipilä said: “We saw continued healthy market activity across our businesses and were particularly pleased to see the project activity in the mining equipment market increase during the second (June) quarter. The solid growth in both equipment and services is a clear indication of our strong position in our key markets.”She said the company would continue to focus on operational excellence as well as implementing its other “strategic fundamentals”.The company’s digital strategy is moving forward with piloting comminution analytics at customer sites in North America, Africa, and Australia taking place.“We are also taking R&D plans forward across our portfolio to strengthen our offering further. Also, our work on adjacent acquisitions supporting our growth strategy continues,” she said.“Overall, while we have a lot of areas of further improvement ahead of us, I am encouraged by the results we have achieved during the first six months of the year.”last_img read more

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Celje beats Velenje wins tournament

Another from the many tournament that are being organized nowadays, is the Salesko-Savinjski tournament, played in Slovenia. In the final of the tournament, Celje Pivovarna Lasko beat Gorenje Velenje with 32:25 (15:12), and have so secured their first trophy this season…Celje Pivovarna Lasko : Gorenje Velenje 32:25 (15:12)Hall Zlatorog, attendance: 600Celja PL: Lesjak, Perić 13 odb, Skok 1 odb; Marguč 2, Žuran 6, Razgor 3, Toskić 7, Ranevski 1, Poklar, Poteko, Metličić 1, Zelenović 3, Mačkovšek 4, Žvižej 5.Gorenje: Gajič 3 odb, Taletović 7 odb; Melić 4, Medved, Bezjak 3, Dolenec 5, Svetelšek 1, Rutar, Cehte 2, Miklavčič, Musa 5, Golčar 2, Bajram, Dujmović 2.Third came Vardar Skopje, beating Nexe Nasice with 41:37. ← Previous Story THW Kiel wins Schlecker Cup! Next Story → Johannesson new Austria coach! read more

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Nikola Manojlovic to Cimos Koper

After having spent two years in Gorenje Velenje, Nikola Manojlovic (31), will be joining their direct rival for the title next season. Cimos Koper lost Sebastian Skube, but will have the former Goppingen, Rhein-Neckar Lowen and Red Star player in their roster for the upcoming season, and could make another surprise in the Champions League as they did in the past season. Manojlovic could be crucial in Cimos’ bid to win the Slovenian championship next year, after finishing only on the third place this season, behind Gorenje and Celje PL.Apart from Manojlovic, Novak Boskovic joined the Cimos Koper team as well, and this means the team is preparing seriously for the next season. ← Previous Story Novak Boskovic to Cimos Koper Next Story → Huesca “thanks” four players via twitter! Cimos KopergoppigenmanojlovicRhein Neckar LowenSlovenia handball read more

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Hungary smashed by perfect Cowboys – Slovenia beat Poland

← Previous Story WCh 2013: African tie – Germany and Iceland win Next Story → WCh 2013 Group A – France close to win the group – Brazil beat Tunisia! Complete results of the World Championship 2013 – Round 3:South Korea – Belarus 20:26Qatar – Russia 22:29Tunis – Montenegro 26:24Algeria – Egypt 24:24Macedonia – Iceland 19:23Serbia – Saudi Arabia 32:22Germany – Argentina 31:27Spain – Australia 51:11Denmark – Chile 43:24Slovenia – Poland 25:24France – Brazil 27:22Croatia – Hungary 30:21

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Gyor oldnew Hungarian champion

Women’s EHF Champions League finalist, Gyor remains at the TOP of Hungarian handball. Gorbitz and C.o finished Championship race succesfully with 2-0 in the final series against the eternal rival FTC.  In the second match, Gyor was dominant – 34:19, to win the 9th national trophy against rival, who was without the best player, injured Tomori.FTC-RAIL CARGO HUNGARIA–GYŐRI AUDI ETO KC 19–34 (11–12)FTC: PASTROVICS – Kovacsicz 3, Szekerczés 1 (1), Szucsánszki 4, Szamoránsky P., Deáki 1,  SZARKA A. 6 (2), Abramovics (kapus), Cifra 2, Dajka 1, Zácsik 1, Such, KocsisGYŐR: LUNDE – ORBÁN 8, Hornyák D. 1, Görbicz 3 (1), LÖKE 7, AMORIM 4, Szepesi 2,  Herr O. (kapus), Tervel, Kovacsics 2 (1), Radicsevics 3, Lekics 2, Sirián 1, Rédei-Soós 1, KorsósAz eredmény alakulása. 8 min 1–3. 11. p.: 4–4. 13. p.: 4–6. 17.m.: 5–8. 21. m.: 9–8. 30. m.: 10–12. 34. m.: 11–17. 41. m.: 12–21. 43. m.: 14–21. 50.m.: 14–27. 54. m.: 16–29. 55. m.: 16–31FIRST MATCH ← Previous Story Jakob Vestergaard leaves Oltchim at end of season Next Story → LNH: Vote for the best team 2012/2013 Gyor handballHungarian handballtomori read more

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Junior WCh 2013 Egypt and Brasil OUT – European semis

827/24/201316 : 00Netherlands – Sweden25 : 30 (13 : 10)End FTR MTR PBP OMR Junior handball The 1/4 matches at Junior World Championship in Bosnia and Herzegovina made from the final stage of the global competition practically battle for European crown: 817/24/201313 : 30France – Egypt35 : 33 (14 : 16)End FTR MTR PBP OMR 837/24/201318 : 30Spain – Switzerland26 : 22 (13 : 12)End FTR MTR PBP OMR 847/24/201321 : 00Croatia – Brazil23 : 21 (10 : 11)End FTR MTR PBP OMR In the semi-finals will meet France and Sweden, while Croatia will play against Spain. ← Previous Story EHF looking for Women’s EHF CL F4 host! Next Story → Alex Dujshebaev joins RK Vardar Pro!

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U20 EHF EURO 2018 DAY 2 Important day for reigning champions

Golovec Hall, Friday, July 20GROUP A13.00ROMANIA: GERMANY15.00SWEDEN: ICELANDGROUP B17.00NORWAY: SERBIA19.00SLOVENIA: ISRAELZlatorog Hall, Friday, July 20GROUP C13.00POLAND: CROATIA15.00RUSSIA: SPAINGROUP D17.00HUNGARY: FRANCE19.00PORTUGAL: DENMARK U20 EHF EURO 2018 ← Previous Story U20 EHF EURO 2018 DAY 1: Portugal beat France! Next Story → U20 EHF EURO 2018: Five teams already at TOP 8

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12 golden memories of the Celtic Tiger era

first_imgWHERE WERE YOU when the Celtic Tiger took its last breath? Eating hummus in a five star hotel? Shopping in Superquinn?Ah, the good old days.Twitter are using the hashtag #celtictigernostalgia to share their memories of the better times…1. Source: Flickr/nancyhugo2. Source: Flickr/gds3. Source: Flickr/hildgrim4. Source: Flickr/infomatique5. Source: Flickr/pdbratcher 6. Source: Flickr/mercedesbenz7. Source: Flickr/cogdog8. Source: Flickr/atillavibes9. Source: Flickr/rahego10. Source: Flickr/lets-unwind11. Source: Flickr/abelcheung12. Source: Flickr/derekskeyWATCH: Man hitches a ride down the M7 on the back of a truck>A pint in the Stag’s Head listed in top 50 ‘must eat experiences’>last_img

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The stages of eating your Christmas dinner

first_imgIT’S D-DAY, PEOPLE.  And by D, we clearly mean dinner.Today is the day that you eat the meal to end them all.  The one you think about weeks in advance.  The one you savour.However, its not without its challenges.  Here are the eight stages of eating your Christmas dinner.1.  Excitement Source: Flickr/SimonDoggettSometimes this starts weeks before the actual event, when simply the knowledge that a full Christmas dinner is in your future gets the juices flowing.  It’s at its peak during the last few days before Christmas when the ingredients begin to appear.2.  Apprehension Source: vauvauThere’s a lot going on on Christmas Day, but there’s still room in your brain to anticipate the pleasures that await you.  The turkey is in the oven, the stuffing has been made up and you don’t know if you can actually wait for the main event to start!3. Impatience Source: thepinkpeppercornThe final stretch before sitting down to dinner is often the most painful.  You can smell the deliciousness you’re about to delve into… why can’t you just start eating?!?  I’ll tell you why, because the bloody gravy isn’t ready yet.  Always waiting for the bloody gravy.4. Adrenaline Source: Aidan-SallyYour adrenaline starts pumping as you spoon the delicious food onto your plate, saliva pooling in your cheeks as golden roast potatoes and juicy slices of turkey nestle into each other.  You may even take a photo of the plate once you’ve gotten it together to show others the beauty of your creation. The moment you’ve been waiting for is nearly here!5.  Joy Source: Chris FlemingThe first beautiful bite is a veritable taste explosion.  Your very own perfectly assembled bit of deliciousness, and the joy you feel is second to none.‘Why do we only have Christmas dinner once a year?’ you ask yourself.  Why not treat yourself to something this beautiful several times a year?6. Fear Source: BrownGuacamoleOh God.  You’re already starting to feel full and you’re only halfway through your plate.  What if you can’t get it all in?  You shovel the food in, faster and faster, you are in a race against your stomach to ensure you can devour enough.7. Despair Source: Steve A JohnsonYou could weep.  It was only minutes ago that you were an empty vessel, waiting to be filled with some of God’s greatest taste creations, and now you couldn’t even fit a pea in.  How did this happen?  How did things change so fast?  Will you ever be able to eat again?8.  Acceptance Source: adactioIt’s over.  The sweet joy of Christmas dinner is over.Open thread: What’s your favourite Christmas memory?>Dublin driver wins Christmas with fully-decorated tree… on his truck>last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…The body is removed from the scene at the Spring Mount apartment complex on Wellmount Road in Finglas, North Dublin. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)IRELAND Gardaí in Dublin appealed for information after a 29-year-old man was found dead in Finglas, two men were later arrested.The Ard Comhairle of Sinn Féin approved the Haass proposalsThe Health and Safety Authority was investigating after a man died in a workplace accident in Donegal Gardaí renewed appeals for help in locating missing 16-year-old Maggie GouldenProperty developer and charity boss Niall Mellon gave a frank interview to Marian FinucaneThe cost of repairs to coastal areas after last week’s storms were estimated at over €23 millionIrish bookies Paddy Power may have contravened UN sanctions after giving Kim Jong-Un some whiskeyA group campaigning for the restoration of Dublin’s Georgian Mile said it is ‘what people want’Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe said he had raised the plight of Palestinian refugees with the Iranian governmentcenter_img INTERNATIONALPalestinians stand over a picture of the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)#SHARON: Former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died today, eight years after slipping into a coma. Sharon’s legacy divides the Israeli right, having withdrawn troops from Gaza and moving towards a more centrist view in his latter years.#BASQUE: Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the northern Spain city of Bilbao. The protest was officially held to call for “human rights”, but was originally planned to call for ETA prisoners to be held in prisons closer to home.#VIOLENCE: Despite the resignation of the president and prime minister, violence broke out in the Central African Republic overnight. Sectarian clashes between Muslims and Christians have led to the UN planning to airlift foreigners from the country.#EGYPT: The leader of Egypt’s army says that he will run for the presidency of the country only if the public demands it. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the leader of the military that ousted Mohammed Morsi last July and Morsi’s supporters have accused him of staging a military coup.INNOVATIONEver wanted your own tiny, (slightly more) affordable satellite? Now you can have one. For the low, low price of €20,000. [Geek.com]Are you ready for this Jelly? Or do you even get what the app is about? Let TheJournal.ie help. [TheJournal.ie]Who has benefited most from the next generation of consoles? Pizza Hut, of course. [GamesIndustry]PARTING SHOTAstronaut and Irish tourism ambassador Commander Chris Hadfield stopped by the BT Young Scientist exhibition today. Despite his new role, he still found time to join Cillian Upton of St Muredach’s College in Ballina for a selfie. (Pic: Photocall Ireland)Of course, TheJournal.ie was there as well all week, discovering how to stop mastitis, a new approach to eye drops and which bread gets mouldy quickest.last_img read more

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CSO figures indicate economic growth of 09 per cent in 2012

first_imgNEW FIGURES RELEASED by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) today indicate that Gross Domestic Product in Ireland increased by 0.9 per cent in 2012.This is the second year in succession in which GDP showed an increase over the previous year following three years of declines in GDP during 2008 to 2010. GNP showed an increase of 3.4 per cent in 2012 over 2011.The preliminary quarterly national accounts found that the fourth quarter of last year showed almost no change compared to 2011 in terms of GDP while Gross National Product, which excludes profits of foreign-owned companies, declined by o.8 per cent over the same period.Exports performed positively for the third successive year while imports remained at much the same levels. The combined effect resulted in overall growth of €4,413 millon in net exports. This growth more than offsets the declines which took place in the final domestic demand components of expenditure.The distribution, transport, software and communications sector showed the highest level of growth of 3.1 per cent in 2012 compared with the previous year. The ‘other services’ sector showed some small growth of 0.2 per cent and industry, including building and construction, also registered a slight increase of 0.3 percent.Agriculture, forestry and fisheries declined by 10 per cent while public administration and defence decreased by 4.2 per cent over this period.Read: Eurozone sinks further into recession in last quarter of 2012>Read: ESRI predicts economic growth and fall in unemployment in 2013>last_img read more

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Legal challenge to bring abortion guidelines to Northern Ireland

first_imgTHE HIGH COURT in Belfast will today hear a request for the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) to issue guidelines on abortion services.The Family Planning Association (FPA) has been fighting for 11 years to have the instructions for doctors and other professionals made available.Abortion is legal in Northern Ireland but only under very restricted circumstances. The 1967 Abortion Act of Great Britain, which allows for more greater availability of termination services in England and Wales, was not extended to Northern Ireland.According to the FPA, there are currently “no good practice guidelines to enable clinicians and women to interpret the law”.“As a result the reality of when an abortion can and cannot take place is not clear.”Guidelines were issued in 2009 but subsequently revoked because of a further legal challenge by anti-abortion campaigners.“The current situation is unacceptable,” says acting CEO and director of Northern Ireland FPA Dr Audrey Simpson. “Neither health professionals or women know when an abortion is permissible and this has devastating effects on women’s health and well-being and the standard of care professionals are able to give them.”The Department of Health is committed to preparing a document on the issue but only if it is “fit for purpose”, said Health Minister Edwin Poots.In a statement, the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (Spuc) said the legal action showed the FPA’s frustration “at its own lack of success in winning support for its agenda”.“In trying to force the Department of Health to publish guidelines the FPA is actually attempting to medicalise the issue of abortion. The law, however, is perfectly clear and requires no guidance.”The High Court hearing is expected to last two days.The situation echoes the situation which is unfolding south of the border, where the government is looking at legislating for the X Case to allow for abortions in certain circumstances.An Oireachtas committee heard from a number of health professionals, including the Masters of Ireland’s maternity hospitals who for greater legal clarity on the issue of abortion in the Republic of Ireland.Pro-life group condemns attack on office as ‘grotesque and vile’last_img read more

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