GFMS reports on platinum and palladium mine production

first_imgGFMS, a leading precious metals consultancy, has released its sixth annual report on the world’s platinum and palladium markets – Platinum & Palladium Survey 2009. GFMS noted in the report that global mine supply of both platinum and palladium in 2008 registered steep declines in output, of 7% and 10% respectively. For platinum, much of the fall was ascribed to South Africa’s 8% drop, where production was affected by, among other factors, the country’s energy problems and serious flooding and subsequent temporary closure of the Amandelbult mine. A near 10% drop in output from Russia, led by disappointing production from its largest producer Norilsk Nickel, compounded the annual decline. Increases in supply from Canada and Zimbabwe, however, of 11% and 6% respectively, served to offset these losses somewhat.The survey details how the onus of the 10% drop in palladium production fell in broadly equal measure on Russia and South Africa. In Russia, which generated over 40% of the world’s palladium output in 2008, a decline in output of just over 10% was due to a number of factors. These included extreme weather and plant maintenance downtime at Norilsk’s properties. South African production fell by 12%, hampered by losses at some of the country’s biggest mines, notably Impala. Canadian supply was severely affected by the collapse in prices which led to the closure of the country’s leading palladium mine, Lac des Iles, in October.GFMS reported that in 2008 platinum miners’ total cash costs (on a platinum equivalent basis) expanded by a little over 30% in US dollar terms. The report’s cost analysis is based on a platinum equivalent ounce basis in order to facilitate a like-for-like comparison between operations. Cost increases were primarily attributed to the industry’s high proportion of fixed costs coupled with lower metal production.Turning to the 2009 outlook for platinum and palladium mine supply, GFMS’ Senior Consultant, Peter Ryan noted that a broadly neutral outcome is expected in South Africa this year for platinum. Losses originating from the closure or downsizing of operations in recent months are expected to prevail, although these should be largely mitigated by a handful of greenfield project starts and in select cases a return to more normal operations following non-recurring events last year. The consultancy’s view for other regions is broadly negative. Declines are expected in Russia, USA and in Canada where the closure of Lac des Iles and, to a lesser extent, the temporary suspension of Vale Inco’s operations in Sudbury will create a meaningful shortfall. GFMS pointed out that in all three cases this will have a more pronounced impact on palladium supply.last_img read more

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Deister Machine marks a century in mining business

first_imgDeister Machine Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012 as a leading manufacturer of high-quality feeding, scalping and screening equipment for the aggregate, mining, coal, asphalt and recycling industries. Deister has remained a family-owned business since its founding in 1912.  “We continue to build upon our century of service via solid engineering and customised screening solutions that allow today’s aggregate producers to efficiently meet the most stringent specifications,” said Deister Chairman and Co-CEO Irwin Deister Jr, who recently marked 60 years of service with the company. Irwin and Mark Deister, President and Co-CEO, represent the family’s third generation at the company’s helm. The company’s dedication to the industry began with their grandfather, Emil Deister, the company’s founder.In the early 1900s, Emil Deister took up the study of ore separation; and eventually, he would patent his own equipment, starting with a centrifugal separator that extracted gold from mercury amalgam, and continuing on to develop ore separating tables. His table is praised in Taggert’s Handbook of Ore Dressing, the official textbook at many mining schools, as the first serious competition to the only other kind of ore separating table available at the time. Emil established his business in 1906 as the Deister Concentrator Company. In 1912, Emil sold his interests in Deister Concentrator Company and established Deister Machine Company. Deister Machine Company began manufacturing operations at 1933 East Wayne Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana, still its current location. The original building, a 5,500 square-foot plant, is still in active use amidst a total operation that today spans more than 360,000 square feet and four plant locations in Fort Wayne.Its line of equipment includes heavy-duty inclined screens, high-speed screens, horizontal screens, dewatering screens, and vibrating feeders and grizzlies. Additionally, Deister recently introduced its new Ultra-Fines Recovery System, as well as its new line of Deister Premium Portable Screening Plants. Deister equipment is in operation in all 50 states, Canada, and in many countries throughout Latin America, as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. According to its engineers, “Deister equipment is designed to integrate with all components of the production system, while delivering maximum performance and productivity.” Some of the earlier models of Deister vibrating screens are still in operation due to their rugged construction and continued high efficiency.last_img read more

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Minerals research scholarships to boost Australian exploration knowledge base

first_imgGavin Lind, Executive Director Workforce and HSEC at the Minerals Council of Australia notes that two Australian Minerals Industry Research Scholarships awarded by the MCA in Adelaide today will boost understanding of mineral exploration techniques to support Australia’s future minerals production pipeline.The recipients of these prestigious A$20,000 scholarships for 2017 are:Alicia Caruso from the University of Adelaide for her Ph.D. research Advanced remote sensing to assist mineral exploration (industry partner: Investigator Resources Ltd – pictured)Jonathan Hamisi from Monash University for his Ph.D. research Improving exploration for iron oxide copper and gold deposits by investigating hydrothermal fluid phase separation and its impact on albitisation (industry partner: Minotaur Exploration).The scholarships facilitate research and training which provide practical value to the Australian minerals industry and enhance the research experience with industry partners.The scholarships are open to existing full-time Ph.D. and post-doctoral researchers, with the program launched in 2016 with three scholarships to support further research in critical risk control management, gold mineralisation and maximising gold recoveries.The MCA will offer these scholarships again in 2018 as part of its commitment to advance industry practice and support collaboration between industry and research institutions.The importance of innovation and technology improvements to Australia’s world-leading mining sector was highlighted in a March 2017 report by Deloitte Access Economics – Mining and METS: engines of economic growth and prosperity for Australians. The report featured case studies of mining and METS companies showing that innovation and technological improvements are central to the efficiency and global competitiveness of the sector.last_img read more

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Introducing world first carbon fibre mining truck tray

first_imgMRL, through its subsidiary MIS.Carbonart Pty Ltd (MIS.Carbonart), has established a carbon fibre manufacturing facility with the core focus of manufacturing structural components for mining and mining construction applications. Its first product is a carbon fibre truck tray for a 150 t capacity haul truck, which is now available.“Much the same way as a steel mill makes steel beams, pipes and plates, MIS.Carbonart manufactures structural components from carbon fibre composites using automated robotic technology. The weight saving, wear and corrosion advantages achieved by using composites over traditional steel based materials are significant, and these combine to result in material cost savings for the applications to which the composites are employed.”MIS.Carbonart’s first manufactured product line is mining truck trays utilising carbon fibre. The weight savings from using carbon fibre in lieu of steel result in a material increase in payload ability, which in turn produces considerable operational cost savings. Now the mining truck tray project is well underway the intention is to achieve commercial production, then expand and commercialise a range of mining products from its carbon fibre operation.last_img read more

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Commencement of flotation commissioning at the Hellyer polymetallic project Tasmania

first_imgNQ Minerals has commenced flotation commissioning at its Hellyer polymetallic operation in Tasmania, Australia. NQ Minerals’ acquisition of the Hellyer gold mine allows the opportunity to fully process and bring its tailings to account. Held within four separate areas, the tailings total 11.24 Mt, and comprise a JORC compliant resource estimated at 9.5 Mt which contains 2.61 g/t Au, 104 g/t Ag, 3.03% Pb and 2.5% Zn. In addition to these tailings, the Hellyer gold mine assets include a large pre-existing mill facility and full supporting infrastructure, including a direct rail line to port. It also includes a fully permitted Consolidated Mining Lease CML 103M – 1987. Highlights:• Commenced successful tails dredging and pumping slurry from the main tailings dam to the Hellyer mill• Commenced commissioning of the base metal flotation circuit at the Hellyer mill• Major mechanical components including the concentrate filters are now all on site and nearing complete installation• Dredge commissioned and in operation. About 120,000 t of material moved from the Finger Pond to Main Tailings Storage Facility prior to its now successful production start-up• Some 62,000 hours worked on the project to date with no reportable injuriesCommenting, Brian Stockbridge, Non–Executive Chairman of NQ Minerals said: “We are pleased to report the Hellyer project in Tasmania Australia has now moved to the commissioning phase. This is a great milestone, and we are very proud of the management and team at Hellyer and the efforts made to get the project to this stage. We are looking forward to seeing concentrate shipped later this year.”last_img read more

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Peabody and Codelco get nod from Immersive in its annual simulation Business

first_imgGlobal mining simulation and training major Immersive Technologies has announced the winners of its Global Business Improvement Award 2018. This is the tenth year in which Immersive Technologies has recognised “the most outstanding real results achieved by mining companies utilising simulation as a key driver in the business improvement process.”As part of their ‘Run for Reliability’ program, Peabody Energy, the Surface category winner, targeted multiple objectives related to safety, haul truck spot times, and equipment abuse events that lead to unscheduled maintenance. Peabody and Immersive Technologies partnered on a Managed Service solution which embedded an Immersive Technologies Training Specialist and analytics support within the mine’s continuous improvement team. Results achieved include an 11% spot time improvement and a reduction of 36% in operator induced machine abuse events which led to cost avoidance savings. “Improving safety and managing costs are important components of the Peabody business model, and the continuous improvement process is core to our success. We are pleased that our ‘Run for Reliability’ program was selected as a Global Business Improvement Award winner for 2018,” says Scott Durgin, VP Operations – North Antelope Rochelle Mine.Codelco at Chuquicamata won the Underground category. It utilised simulation to conduct a baseline training needs assessment of their LHD and Longhole Production Drill Rig operator workforce. The insights from the initial operator assessments facilitated the deployment of a strategic training program, targeting specific operator behaviors. Results achieved include a 49% improvement in LHD and a 56% improvement in jumbo operator behaviors related to safety, production and unscheduled maintenance costs.last_img read more

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Danijel Saric – best ASOBAL player 20102011

← Previous Story Montpellier wins French Super Cup Next Story → Smajlagic back to Bosna BH Gas! After the Spanish Super Cup, the awards for the best players in the previous year were awarded. Danijel Saric was chosen as the best player in the previous year, as the goalkeeper of Barcelona had his huge share in Barcelona’s perfect season, winning the Champions League trophy.Liga Asobal 2010/2011 Dream Team ========================================Goalkeeper: Danjel Šarić (Barcelona Intersport)Right wing: Luc Abalo (Atletico Madrid)Right back: Laszlo Nagy (Barcelona Intersport)Middle back: Raul Entrerríos (Barcelona Intersport)Left back: Antonio Garcia (Fraikin Granollers)Left wing: Juanín Garcia (Barcelona Intersport)Pivot: Julen Aguinagalde (Atletico Madrid)Best coach: Manolo Cadenas (Fraikin Granollers)– Best player: Danjel Šarić (Barcelona Intersport)– Best defender: Didiert Dinart (Atletico Madrid)– Best buy: Aiden Malasinskas (Fraikin Granollers)– Top scorer: Rafa Baena (Antequera), 179 goals– Best referees: Oscar Luis i Angel Sabroso Raluy– Player with most games: Izaija Guardiola (Atletico Madrid) read more

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EHF EURO 2014 Draw in Copenhagen

Denmark EHF EURO 2014EHF EURO 2014handballTOP Handball ← Previous Story TOP 10 “BEST BUYS” for 2011/2012: Stanic, Sigurdsson, Markussen… Next Story → HP Fans prediction: AG wins up to +3 Draw for EHF EURO 2014 qualification Groups will take place in Copenhagen.28 teams will play in seven groups of four with the top two teams and the best ranked third team qualifying for the final tournament. 15 places are available, with Denmark already qualified as host.They will be completed by the four winners and the two best ranked second places of the four qualification tournaments (phase 1).The teams are divided into four pots according to the EHF Men’s National Team Ranking:Pot 1: CRO, FRA, ESP, ISL, POL, SRB, GERPot 2: HUN, NOR, SWE, SLO, MKD, CZE, AUTPot 3: RUS, SVK, POR, LTU, MNE, NED, BLRPot 4: BIH, winner of qualification 1 – group A, winner of qualification 1 – group B, winner of qualification 1 – group C, winner of qualification 1 – group D, best 2nd ranked place and 2nd best ranked 2nd place qualification 1 read more

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FC Barcelona Intersport wins Super Globe 2013

Spanish FC Barcelona Intersport beat the biggest rival at the IHF Super Globe 2013 Final, German HSV Handball 27:25 (15:13).  The match was undecided until the last minute, when 30 seconds to the final whistle, Serhei Rutenka scored the goal from 7 meter-shot after questionable decision of the refferes couple from Serbia. Victor Tomas was the best scorer in the winning squad with 5 goals, while Johannes Bitter with 15 saves and Hans Lindberg (7), where the best in HSV.STATISTICSThe third place at IHF Super Globe 2013 win El Jaish against Tunisian Sahel 27:20.Placement 5-8th place:5. Al Rayyan6. Taubate7. Al Sadd8. Sydney University Al Rayyan handballDoha handballFC Barcelona IntersportIHF Super Globe 2013Qatari handballSerhei RutenkaSydney University handball ← Previous Story Djordje Golubovic the last signing of Csurgoi KK Next Story → Austrian Alpla Hard want to EHF CL, Tanaskovic: “We will fight until the last second” read more

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Efficient Iceland left no uncertainty against Austria

Iceland took on Austria as the second match of the Main round Group 1 began in Herning. It wasn’t the most attractive game of the tournament, but it was an efficient one, as the fans in Jyske Bank Boxen arena witnessed as much as 60 goals (27-33) scored. The main contributors to this staggering ratio of a goal per minute, were Konrad Wilczynski and Dominik Schmidt with with 6 and 5 for Austria; while the Icelandic team captain, Valur Sigurdsson was unmistakable scoring 7/7. Today’s match saw another great individual performance, this time from the left-back Gudmundsson as the emerging star has been the main source of firepower for Iceland throughout the match with 6/8.As the match got underway, Jyske Bank Boxen was steadily filling up to it’s maximum capacity of 14,000 seats, all sold out for today.  The first minutes of the half saw a nervy beginning before the right-wingerSigurdsson got the Icelandic dynamo going, with 4:10 the score mid-way through the first half.The early lead was tenaciously built on, throughout the half, as the difference still stood intact at 7:13 with 10 minutes to go until the break. Austrian left-winger Santos was fairly ineffectual as Austrian team rarely managed to get the ball to the talented 21- year old. On the other side Gudmundsson had found his range shooting 3/3 from the left back position.Last 10 minutes of the half saw Austria with a mountain to climb, as it was the Gudmundsson show, which set the half-time score at 9-17 The second half started in a similar fashion with Austria unable to seriously endanger the highly organized Icelandic team. Result-wise, It was still cold; even by Austrian standards at -9, 13 minutes from the start of the second half, with the score being 18-27. Gustavsson was once again doing a great job denying a high number of shots on his goal, boasting a high-percentage saves ratio at 37% (15/41). The usual culprits Gudmundsson and Sigurdsson maintained the lead as the match went into the last 10 minutes.Wilczinsky and Szilagyi took turns to cushion the blow, but the last five minutes were more of a pleasure-cruse for ‘The Vikings’as they were in control by the difference set earlier in the match. After Svavarsson was fouled on the 6-meter line, Sigurdsson confidently stepped up to take the penalty for 27:33 with no time left on the clock.The 23-year old left-back Gudmundsson will have every reason to be happy with his performance tonight, finishing the game efficiently with 6 goals. Goalkeeper Gustavsson was next to unbeatable tonight, as Iceland saw all pieces of the puzzle fall in place, before the match against FYR Macedonia on Monday.Austria will have no easy task taking something from this group, as the meet the World champions, Spain in two days.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICPhoto: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com Austria handballeuro 2014 handballhandballIceland handball ← Previous Story CONFIDENT HUNGARY BEAT MACEDONIA Next Story → Denmark take revenge for WCH 2013 final disaster! read more

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PSG crush Creteil in local derby

13.Nimes11227301:3186 11.Creteil11317309:3307 6.Cesson Rennes11533267:27513 9.Tremblay11416289:3029 4.Dunkerque11704295:28714 10.Aix11326290:3178 8.Toulouse11425328:31110 1.Montpellier11920345:28520 2.Paris SG11803349:29116 3.St. Raphael11713344:33215 PSG Handball overtook the second position in the national league after victory over city rival US Creteil 29:21 (15:10). Once again, Mikkel Hansen (7) and his team-mates showed how huge potential for the TOP performance they have. They boss the game from the very beginning and deserved to win and come close to the leaders HC Montpellier.STANDINGS: 12.Selestat11308294:3306 14.Istres11119289:3343 7.Chambery Savoie11614295:29913 ← Previous Story LNH (Round 11): Montpellier five points ahead of rivals Next Story → Mobelringen Cup 2014 (Day 1): Denmark beat Norway 5.Nantes11623304:28814 read more

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EHF CL TOP 16 Wisla on 6 Zagreb with five goals to

Orlen Wisla Plock and PPD Zagreb made important step towards EHF Champions League TOP 8, but the main impression is that both teams missed the chance to finish the job in the first 60 minute in front of home fans.Orlen Wisła Płock – Vardar Skopje 32:26 (14:12)Wisła: Wichary, Corrales, Morawski – Daszek 4/2, Ghionea 5/3, Nikcević 6, Kwiatkowski, Syprzak 4, Racotea 3, Tioumentsev 1, Jurkiewicz 4, Zelenović 3, Montoro 2.Vardar: Sterbik, Milić – Brumen, Marković, Dibirov 5/2, Shishkarev 1, Stoilov, Toskić 2, Chipurin, Pribak 1, Karacić 4, Dujszebajew 10/1, Abutović, Lazarov 2, Rastvortsev, Gorbok 1.PPD ZAREB – KIF KOLDING 22:17 (15:8)PPD ZAGREB: Ivić (13 saves), Stevanović; Stevanović; Brozović 3, Stepančić 6, Čelica 2, Šprem 1, Šebetić 2, Raković, Horvat 4(2), Šušnja, J. Valčić 1, T. Valčić, Mandalinić, Obranović 1, Vuglač, Kovačević 2KIF KOLDING: Hvidt (5 saves), Cleverly (3 saves); Karlsson 1, Boesen, Laen, K. Andersson 1, Jorgensen, L. Anderson 2, Spellerberg 1, Pedersen, Dolk 2(2), Landin Jacobsen 4, K. Andersen, Viudes, , Jensen 3, Stefansson 1Veszprem and PSG Handball, but also PICK Szeged are more closer to TOP 8 after the first legs… ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Veszprem smash La Rioja – PSG win in Dunkerque! Next Story → Shameful Aalborg score 11 goals against Barcelona! read more

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Samuel Honrubia to Tremblay

One of the French “Experts”, member of the golden generation, Samuel Honrubia will play domestic second league in the next season! The 29-years old left wing signed three years contract with Tremblay, the team under the relegation line in LNH this season. However, that won’t affect the budget of the team, who is on the way to lose the place in French elite competition this season.Honrubia, the Olympic winner in London 2012, had only two teams in his proffesional carreer. Until 2012, he played at Montpellier Handball, when he came to Paris Saint Germain.PHOTO: PSG Handball, team pics ← Previous Story Xavi Sabate leads Hungarian national team! Next Story → HANDBALL MANIA IN WETZLAR: “Ausverkauft” until summer 2016 Samuel HonrubiatremblayTremblay handball read more

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Ivan Nikcević to Sporting Lisbon

← Previous Story Men’s U20 EURO 2016: “French monsters”, Iceland and Spain to TOP 8 Next Story → STRUGA 2016: Metalurg with Steaua – Alingsas with Africans and Chartres Ivan NikcevicSporting Lisbon The 35-years old Serbian left wing Ivan Nikčević signed contract with ambitious Portuguese team Sporting Lisbon. The former captain of the Balkan “Eagles” left Polish Orlen Wisla Plock after four years to join ambitious project which has to put Sporting on the TOP of the domestic handball, but not only domestic.Some serious names like Carlos Ruesga and Janko Bozovic are already there…Nikcevic played in Spanish ASOBAL between 2005 and 2012 for Altea, Portland San Antonio, BM Valladolid…He began proffesional career at RK Crvena Zvezda. read more

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PSG Handball beat PGE Vive Kielce

8.Aalborg6105155:1732 ← Previous Story Unstoppable “Lions” win in Szeged! Next Story → EHF CL TOP scorers: Autumn of Mate Lekai 4.Meshkov Brest6213162:1645 1.Telekom Veszprem6510184:16411 3.Flensburg-H.6321168:1578 5.Kiel6213139:1535 7.Celje6114180:1963 6.Vive Kielce6123169:1704 The French champions Paris Saint Germain Handball celebrated another home win at VELUX EHF Champions League. This time, PGE Vive Kielce couldn’t cope with the richest team in the world of handball – 33:28 (18:16) led with Nedim Remili, who netted seven goals.Paris Saint-Germain HB – PGE VIVE Kielce 33:28 (18:16)PSG: Omeyer, Corrales – Remili 7, Gensheimer 5, N. Karabatić 5, Kounkoud 4, Sagosen 4, Hansen 3, Mollgaard 2, Nielsen 2, Kampf 1, L. Karabatić, StepancićPGE VIVE: Szmal – Dujszebajew 5, Janc 4, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 3, Jurkiewicz 3, Jachlewski 2, Strlek 2, Zorman 2, Bombac 1, Lijewski 1, Mamić 1, KusSTANDINGS: handballPGE Vive KielcePSG HandballVelux EHF Champions League 2.Paris SG6501184:16410 read more

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ONLY FOR HANSENS EYES PSG Handball put on silence Veszprem Arena

EHF Champions LeaguePSG HandballTelekom Veszprem ← Previous Story EHF CL DERBY SATURDAY: Skopje or Veszprem? Next Story → Scandinavian clash to start Bjerringbro-Silkeborg’s european campaign Paris Saint Germain are the best team of EHF Champions League Group B! Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic, once again, became the winner of “Clash of the Titans” against Telekom Veszprem 29:24 (12:12) a week after win in Paris!Strong defense with Thierry Omeyer between the posts, without Mikkel Hansen (he was on the bench during whole match) in attack with only Karabatic-Sagosen combination, French champions were better in the second half. Only Mate Lekai (8) and Momir Ilic (7) showed solid performance in the back-line of Ljubomir Vranjes squad. They netted 15 of 24 goals of domestic team.On the other side, Uwe Gensheimer extended his shooting series (10 goals), while young Edouard Kempf surprised global handball community with 100% efficiency – 6 goals. Remili and Karabatic added four goals, Sagosen scored three.STANDINGS:1. Paris SG 8 7 0 1 246:216 142. Telekom Veszprem 8 5 1 2 236:226 113. Flensburg-H. 7 4 2 1 198:185 104. Vive Kielce 8 3 2 3 231:227 85. Meshkov Brest 7 2 1 4 190:194 56. Celje 7 2 1 4 209:222 57. Kiel 7 2 1 4 165:182 58. Aalborg 8 1 0 7 212:235 2 read more

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Energia to create 100 jobs in residential power move

first_imgIRELAND’S LARGEST INDEPENDENT energy provider is moving into the residential power business – and says they will create 100 jobs in the process.Energia currently provides power and gas to around 65,000 businesses nationwide and from 2014 will move into the residential energy business.Based in Dublin and Cork, the new jobs will be in the management, sales, marketing and operational areas of the business. Energia has already recruited 20 of the new positions as part of its residential market preparations.The company will offer deals for staff of existing business customers, said retail director Gary Ryan.“We are very pleased to create these new jobs as we plan our further growth and development into the wider residential market.”Read: Event aims to draw up a ‘People’s Charter on Renewable Energy’Read: Irish carbon company creating jobs and lowering energy billslast_img read more

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Defence Forces to begin general service recruiting early next year Shatter

first_img362 personnel left the force over the past year, so the new recruits entering service will ensure the strength of the Permanent Defence Force stays above the 9,500 level.At the moment, the only position up for grabs within the forces is one for a military doctor. The job spec states that “the role comes with very real physical and mental challenges”. It adds:“In addition to your medical role as an Officer you will be expected to lead and manage the personnel of the Medical Corp.”Any takers? More here… Read: First Garda recruitment drive since 2009 begins todayRead: Over €16 million spent on policing protests against Corrib gas pipeline THE NEXT ROUND of ‘general service’ recruitment in the Defence Forces will begin “in the first half of 2014″ Defence Minister Alan Shatter has confirmed.The news comes in the wake of lifting of the hiring freeze in An Garda Síochána. Recruitment for new police officers began yesterday, with details available on the Public Appointments Service website.360 new general service recruits entered the Defence Forces at the start of this month, following the latest round of hiring. They were chosen from existing competition panels.Shatter gave this answer, following a written parliamentary question from Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan: As the Permanent Defence Force is currently below the agreed stabilised strength of 9,500, it is my intention that targeted recruitment will continue within the resource envelope allocated to Defence.It is planned to run a new General Service recruitment competition in the first half of 2014. Details will be made available on the Defence Forces website www.military.ie when the competition commences.last_img read more

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Creighton and Timmins insist Reform Alliance conference not prelude to political party

first_imgLUCINDA CREIGHTON AND Billy Timmins, two members of the Reform Alliance, have insisted that the group’s first national conference in Dublin later this month is not part of plans to set up a new political party.News that the grouping of former Fine Gael TDs and senators plan to hold a conference or “national conversation on Ireland’s future” at the RDS in Dublin on 25 January has fuelled ongoing talk that a new party is in the offing.The conference is expected to hear from high-profile economist David McWilliams among others, with independent TDs and Shane Ross and Stephen Donnelly set to be invited.Donnelly said yesterday he doesn’t know if he will attend the event, saying he hadn’t given it any thought.It has been suggested that he could join a new party formed by the Reform Alliance, but both Creighton, the group’s most prominent member, and Timmins insisted yesterday there are no such plans at present. “Literally, we’re doing what it says on the tin, we just want to engage and see more people interested in politics,” Creighton told TheJournal.ie saying it is “not something we’ve been discussing”.However she said that “there’s a space” for a political party adding she held this view even when she was a member of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.The former Europe Minister was expelled from the Fine Gael parliamentary party along with Timmins and four others, TDs Terence Flanagan and Peter Mathews and Senators Paul Bradford and Fidelma Healy-Eames, after voting against abortion legislation last July. Ex-Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten is also part of the group.‘No egos in the RA’Timmins said the conference “is what it is”, insisting: “It’s a one day conference to formulate ideas… not part of any overall great scheme plan.”Creighton said that plans for the day-long event have been in the works since December, but insisted that it will not be a “flash production” like a party ard fheis with motions and keynote speeches.“It’s open to anyone and everyone. People will be entitled to speak and the only restriction will be time limits… but people can say what they want,” she said.The conference will focus on three “key areas of reform” – political reform, the economy and health – and the RA also promises a “live twitter stream” of reform ideas that have been submitted via its website.Creighton, a Dublin South-East TD, said that five or six members of Fine Gael – not TDs – have been in touch about attending the conference and said that the open invitation extends to ministers and government backbenchers.She said the alliance is “interested in anybody who is interested in reform… genuinely implementing reform and not just talking about it”.The conference is expected to cost a “few thousand euro” and is being paid for by members of the alliance out of their own funds, she said.The grouping has not yet set up a bank account, but will be required to do so after registering as a ‘third party’ with the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) in order to raise funding for research.Timmins, a Wicklow TD, added that the organisation of the conference has been “a combined effort” and added: “There are no egos in the Reform Alliance”.More: ‘Everybody will be invited’: Reform Alliance to hold conference at the RDS this monthlast_img read more

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LiFi uses light to beam data directly to your smartphone

first_imgUSING YOUR LAMP as a wireless hotspot might sound far-fetched, but it could soon become a reality thanks to some new developments in light technology.LiFi technology uses LED light as a medium to send data instead of radio waves at broadband speeds.With the industry estimated to be worth $6 billion by 2018, a number of companies such as PureLiFi have been working on developing this technology. (Video: pureVLC/YouTube)Another company working on developing LiFi is Oledcomm. The French company showcased a device capable of transmitting data, such as a video, map or image,  from a lamp to your phone at CES this year.The company has also partnered with Sunpartner Technologies to unveil the first solar LiFi smartphone.The phone uses light to generate electricity as well as receive and transmit data at broadband speeds. This means it can use the light to recharge the phone as it’s connecting to the web.If the concept still has you scratching your head in confusion, here’s the University of Edinbrugh’s chair of mobile communications Harald Haas explaining how the technology works back in 2011. (Video: TED/YouTube)Read: Your next TV: Will it be Ultra HD? >Read: The ten fastest supercomputers in the world >last_img read more

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