Xylem, a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, has acquired MultiTrode, a privately held Australia-based water and wastewater technology and services company, for some $26 million. With its advanced monitoring and control technologies, MultiTrode helps water and wastewater managers realise significant savings on operating costs – reducing energy consumption, call-outs, failures, and overflows. MultiTrode’s technology and services portfolio includes pump station controllers and supervisors, level-sensing devices, web-based monitoring services, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software, panels, and engineering and integration services.“As a standalone water company, an essential part of Xylem’s growth strategy is to acquire companies that complement our own technology and geographic presence to better meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Gretchen McClain, Xylem’s President and CEO. “MultiTrode’s state-of-the-art and scalable platform builds on Xylem’s robust monitoring and control capability and will enable us to commercialise future products for the water and wastewater markets more quickly. By combining the insights gained through Xylem’s industry-leading installed base with MultiTrode’s technology, we will further position Xylem as a trusted source to solve our customers’ dynamic challenges through the efficient delivery of advanced monitoring and control capabilities.”Based in Brisbane, MultiTrode Pty Ltd was founded in 1986 and has approximately 60 employees. With additional offices in the US and the UK, the company has extensive distribution channels throughout the world and recorded sales of approximately $13 million in fiscal 2012. Water authorities in more than 20 countries rely upon MultiTrode’s solutions to control and optimise some of the largest pump and lift stations in the world.
Screens from specialist vibrating equipment manufacturer and supplier Joest are customised to match the metallurgical requirements of a client’s processes and the associated mechanical duty. Joest brands this benchmark its ‘Engineered Solutions’ approach to supplying its clients with a total solution. “Our customised screens are often the preferred equipment due to the robust design and proven performance. Understanding the difference in design and duty for process plant screens, particularly sizing feed preparation in washing and Dense Media Separation (DMS) applications, is a key feature of our ongoing success in other sectors of the mineral processing industry,” Derrick Alston, Chief Executive Officer of Joest, says.Joest continues to make inroads into Africa. “We have supplied six vibrating screens to a gold mine in Liberia, eight vibrating screens to a gold mine in Mali and 15 vibrating screens to a gold mine in Burkina Faso,” Yashin Ramdhin, General Manager: Sales, says. This picture shows a Joest vibrating screen in a gold application in Namibia.“We have also supplied screens to Tanzania and have had vibratory feeders installed in a large coal mine in Mozambique. We are optimistic that our growth in Africa will go from strength to strength. This is largely due to the excellent reputation that the Joest brand has gained over the years. A particular advantage of Joest’s equipment is the increased lifespan, structural integrity and ease of maintenance of the equipment, which is particularly important in remote areas in Africa.”Joest offers a full selection of specialist equipment to meet its customers’ total vibrating screen and feeder requirements. Ramdhin says the company’s specialist vibrating equipment forms part of a tailored solutions approach to cater for a wide range of duties, “which allow our customers to reduce downtime and achieve production efficiencies at the lowest operating costs.”An example of Joest’s ‘Engineered Solutions’ approach is its design and development of a 4.3 m wide banana screen to cater for the ongoing trend in the coal processing sector to opt for larger equipment so as to increase throughput and boost efficiencies. “We have paid close attention to our clients’ needs by assessing the failure modes of existing 4.3 m wide screens from other suppliers in this market and designed our screen with the focus on reduced downtime and ease of maintenance when required,” Alston says.“There are 50 to 60 screens of this size in the coal processing sector at present, many of which are approaching the point in their lifecycle where they will need to be replaced. Our new 4.3 m wide screen, which incorporates the latest technology and refinements, is therefore ideally positioned to fill this gap in the market,” Alston adds.The trend towards larger equipment in the coal processing sector is being driven by the necessity to increase tonnage throughput and plant availability. “This has had an impact on the entire equipment supply chain, from screens through to cyclones and centrifuges. Joest has therefore been ideally positioned to incorporate the latest advances into its own 4.3 m wide screen, which means that the coal processing sector in South Africa can now be confident it is on par with what is happening internationally.Joest has made a significant investment in its ‘Engineered Solutions’ capabilities in order to be able to offer its clients this kind of intensive value added benefit. “It is the sum total of our experience, combined with the specific expertise we bring to analysing client problems and developing the most cost-effective and technologically relevant solutions,” Alston says.An example of this is Joest’s in house development of a condition monitoring system for integration into its larger 4.3 m screens. “We supply this as part of a total equipment and solutions package. We usually advise our clients to make use of condition monitoring, especially due to the lack of technical skills in the mining industry in general. Condition monitoring can turn out to be the saving grace for such giant screens, because any maintenance issue that is neglected for too long is likely to result in far more costly damage and downtime.”Apart from the coal processing sector, Joest’s screens are also making significant inroads into the iron ore industry in Africa. It has supplied and installed 20 screens at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine at Kathu in the Northern Cape, the largest iron ore mining operation in South Africa. The new 2.4 m by 4.8 m single-deck exciter driven screens for Sishen replace ageing screens in the original plant installation, which have been operating for about 40 years. These float-and-sink screens are located in the Dense Media Separation (DMS) plant where cast iron cyclones separate the iron ore from the tailings. “The exciter driven screens provide an increased G-force which should result in improved recovery of ferrosilicon media as well as reduced maintenance costs,” Alston notes.The order is a result of Joest’s 15-year-long relationship with Kumba Iron Ore. It is also a testament to the applicability of these customised designed screens for such rugged applications as the iron ore and manganese sector in the Northern Cape in particular. Joest recently established a branch at Kathu, which is run by the newly appointed branch manager with the main objective of carrying spare components for Joest’s equipment.Joest is a locally owned and operated original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that designs and fabricates vibrating screens and feeders in-house. It has a 38-year track record of developing and supplying the African mining bulk materials handling market. Joest’s technology is characterised by its robustness and longevity tailored to the clients’ specific application and processing needs in the harsh and demanding African mining industry.With thousands of installations throughout the continent, Joest’s machines are engineered to lower the total cost of ownership. They are commonly found in mineral sands, coal, gold, diamond, platinum, iron ore and manganese operations, with 24/7 client service provided by the company’s service centres and branch network in all the major mining areas, supported by an experienced in-house design and technology team and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Joest’s 9 000 m2 headquarters in Spartan, providing clients with a common point of reference for all their vibratory equipment needs.
With increasing demand for heavier lifts in harsher mining environments, Enerpac says it has risen to the challenge with a new range of high tonnage cylinders. The Summit Edition cylinders offer outstanding durability, longer service life, and greater side-load resistance for increased heavy lift capability. Enerpac says it “confirms its leading position by offering the broadest product portfolio in the market.” The range consists of single- acting, double-acting, lock nut and low-profile hydraulic cylinders from 50 to 1,000 t.The Summit Edition design includes advanced bearing and sealing technology to extend the boundaries for eccentric loads, and reduced cylinder maintenance intervals. The effects of corrosion and scoring are no longer a concern because of a nitrocarburisation surface treatment.Safety has long been a major feature of Enerpac cylinder designs. Mechanical securing of the load, side load absorption, an overflow port and safety valve, are industry-leading safety features of the new Enerpac cylinders. In addition, safe and easy handling is ensured by certified lifting eyes, collar thread and base mounting holes.“While improving safety features, the Summit Edition also defines a new durability standard. With longer service life, reduced maintenance, and superior side-load capabilities, users can confidently take on the most demanding heavy lift applications.”
Edison Analyst Charles Gibson looks back at 2017 and forward into 2018. “If metals markets could be described in 2017, they might be encapsulated by the phrase, ‘the great divergence’. Throughout 2015 and the first nine months of 2016 the degree of divergence in the prices of the 17 metals and minerals regularly tracked by Edison was minimal. Afterwards, it exploded. While it might be tempting to attribute this to the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, this may not be entirely fair. Initially, China’s initiatives to clean up its back yard, with a suite of measures aimed at curbing dirty coal production, provided the impetus for a tripling of the coking coal price and associated strength in the iron ore price, which once again largely confounded analysts’ expectations.“However, what can probably be said with reasonable certainty is that 2017 was the year that metals contributing to the ‘clean’ economy distinguished themselves from the rest of the pack. Four out of the five top performing metals in the 15 months to January 2018 were drawn from this constituency, namely cobalt (+174%), vanadium (+140%), copper (+49% despite being written off in mid-2016 as destined to wilt under a wall of newly mined supply), and palladium (+46% in sharp contrast to its dirtier sister metal, platinum, which was one of the worst performers). The price of palladium has reversed its traditional discount to the price of platinum and is widely tipped to overtake the price of gold. Such has been its rise that cobalt (usually priced in US$/lb) could now be priced in US$/oz – at circa $2.25/oz, it is not far from the price of silver as recently as 1992. There was even a late bounce in the price of nickel as the renewables/energy storage/battery/ electric vehicle story broadened its appeal. As a result, the average return over the period for all 17 metals and minerals was 37%. Even gold, which was towards the bottom end of the spectrum, returned a creditable 17% to investors over 2017 in US dollars (metal price data sourced from Thomson).“Gold, equity indices and mining indices moved more or less in tandem until the middle of the year when mining indices suddenly took off, and until Q4, when general indices also took off. Over the 12 months, general mining indices outperformed general price indices (in the form of the Dow Jones and the FTSE 100 index), which outperformed gold, which in turn outperformed gold mining indices. For once, small cap shares tended to outperform large cap ones. In a reversal of recent form, London mining indices outperformed Australian ones, which outperformed Canadian ones. One other feature of the market was the skew in returns recorded by individual companies, e.g. while the average total return of the top 10 risers in the Bloomberg World Mining index was 160%, the average of the bottom 10 fallers was only -15% (the index rose 32%).“In 2018 we anticipate that the trend will continue to be investors’ proverbial friend as long as China continues to grow, the US shows no sign of tripping itself up and no geopolitical upset appears to spoil the party. We expect base metals to continue to outperform precious metals (which should nevertheless continue to be held as an insurance policy), with a special focus on battery metals, and explorers to continue to outperform majors. However, as always, as and when the macro environment changes, investors should be poised to reverse course rapidly.”The picture shows Chambishi Metals, involved in the mining, refining and tolling of cobalt and copper. As part of the privatisation process of ZCCM Ltd, Anglovaal Mining acquired the Chambishi cobalt and acid plants and the Nkana slag dumps in 1998. In 2003, ENYA Holdings acquired Chambishi from Anglovaal, following which ENYA itself was acquired by Eurasian Natural Resources Co in 2010 for $ 300 million in a related-party transaction; the founding shareholders of ENYA held approximately 15% of the shares of ENRC during the time of acquisition. ENRC, through its shareholding in ENYA, currently holds a 90% shareholding stake in Chambishi, whilst ZCCM-IH holds the remaining 10% shareholding.
In a technology-focused partnership that will help make mines safer and more productive, Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand, has launched the Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine).DigiMine is a simulated mining environment in the Chamber of Mines building on the West Campus of Wits University, whose facilities now include a vertical shaft in a stairwell, a tunnel and stope in the basement, and a range of communication and digital systems to enable research that will help to create the mine of the future.Sibanye-Stillwater recently extended its existing sponsorship by a further ZAR15 million over three years, bringing its total sponsorship of the WMI to ZAR27.5 million between 2015 and 2020.Sibanye-Stillwater CEO, Neal Froneman, highlighting the importance of the mining industry harnessing the fourth industrial revolution and fully benefitting from advances in digital technology through close ties with research institutions, remarked, “The launch of the DigiMine establishes a unique programme that is instrumental for the application of digital technologies in support of safer and more efficient mining operations.“This sentiment was echoed by Professor Tawana Kupe, Wits Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal: “The DigiMine speaks to the University’s strategy of integrating technology, teaching, learning and research in academia. This partnership ensures that we can continue to develop the specialised skills and knowledge as we move into the fourth industrial revolution.”Sibanye-Stillwater and Wits University are supporting students, strategic projects and growing the DigiMine programme, which leverages a growing range of on-site facilities with multi-disciplinary research that draws on expertise from other departments at Wits University, and from partners locally and abroad.“This partnership between WMI and Sibanye-Stillwater paves the way to develop digital technologies that will reduce risk in the mining environment,” said WMI director Professor Fred Cawood. “Safety and competitiveness are cornerstones of a sustainable mining sector, which can contribute to the National Development Plan by reducing poverty and inequality. Our interventions will explore any innovations that can apply real-time digital solutions for reducing mining risk and increasing mining efficiency.”In a week-long programme to celebrate the launch of the DigiMine, a two-day seminar showcased the work of some postgraduate research students and partner organisations, while keynotes on the digital mining theme were delivered by Sibanye-Stillwater and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Pakistan.DRDGOLD shareholders also recently approved the previously announced transaction with Sibanye-Stillwater covering the acquisition of certain assets from the West Rand Tailings Retreatment Project (WRTRP).
Canadian graphite mine developer Nouveau Monde Graphite (NMG) will begin production of flake graphite from its demonstration plant (DP) this month and supply material to customers in North America and Europe. It is targeting 2,000 t/y of production over the next two years, as well as 250,000 y/y of uncoated spherical graphite for use in lithium-ion batteries and 100,000 t/y of expandable graphite.Roskill notes that “currently, all commercial-scale production of spherical graphite takes place in China because of the industry’s large environmental and economic barriers to entry. Lithium-ion battery manufacturing chains are also largely centred on China and, therefore, China provides the most important market for spherical graphite.”“The marketing phase we are about to embark in is an exciting step for NMG. Having refined our DP process design upon results of the metallurgy optimization program (press release issued on April 11, 2017), we can expect a very high global recovery rate. The excellent granulometric distribution of our deposit as well as the high purity potential of our graphite flakes should also play favourably on the value of our products, while allowing us to pursue many markets and diversify our product portfolio, hence catering to a vaster customer base,” explains Éric Desaulniers, President and CEO of NMG.The DP is located in a building previously host to the Louisiana Pacific, in Saint-Michel-des-Saints. It is an important milestone in NMG’s strategy as it will serve to:•Qualify NMG graphite products and establish a sales record•Test and improve processes for commercial operation optimization•Test new innovative technologies of mining waste management and site restoration•Start employee training and local future workforce reach-out program.The graphite products that will be offered to customers are NMG Flake +50, NMG Flake +80, NMG Flake +150, NMG Fine Flake, all grades between 94-98 % Cg (as per technical requirements). Other custom products will be available.Over the course of the year, NMG also plans on installing two added-value graphite product processes inside the DP. These two processes concern expandable graphite (NMG-EXP9698) and spherical graphite (NMG-SG9995) for the manufacture of anode material for the lithium-ion battery market.It was 2015 when NMG discovered two major and high-quality graphite deposits on its Matawinie property, located in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, 150 km north of Montreal, Quebec. The discovery led to the announcement of a PFS on October 25, 2017. The study results reveal projected graphite concentrate production levels of 52,000 t/y over a 27-year period. Having secured C$13.7 million in venture investments, NMG aims at operating its 2,000 t/y of graphite flake concentrate demonstration facility for a two-year period.
Professional services company Deloitte today has released two global mining reports to coincide with the opening of the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne, Australia.The two reports explore cyber risk (An integrated approach to combat cyber risk: securing industrial operations in mining) and human capital trends (Beyond HR: rethinking work and operations in the mining industry) and their impact on the global mining sector.Deloitte’s National Mining Leader, Ian Sanders said that based on findings from both reports, organisations needed to prepare for the changes that would come with developing future mines.“Disruptive technologies are prompting massive transformation for mining companies,” Sanders said, adding: “A survey of energy and resources leaders reveals 76% consider artificial intelligence and robotics as critical factors for success but just 31% are ready to adopt the technology.”The cyber risk report examines how cyber threats are disrupting the mining value chain and outlines approaches companies can take to secure their operations.“Despite cyber attacks growing in number and sophistication across many industries, the mining industry has been spared in comparison,” Sanders said.“But as the industry advances towards digitalisation and intelligent mining, it’s becoming more and more important to proactively secure operations against cyber threats.”
← Previous Story WCh 2013 Qual: Germans already in Spain – Belarusians wins in Slovakia! Next Story → WCh 2013 Qual: Hungary wins, Nagy Topscorer! Oltchim will not only make change in the players roster, but will go in the new season with a new coach as well. The team that is desperately trying to bring the Champions League title to Romania, will have their attempt led by Jacob Vestergaard, former Viborg coach now. Vestergaard signed a two-year contract, and his only challenge will be to finally win the Champions League, as Oltchim Valcea are for sure to dominate the Romanian championship easily again.photo: cs-oltchim.com Oltchimvestergaard
Ola LindgrenStaffan OlssonSweden handballSwedish handbal ← Previous Story Gudmundsson with 15 Icelanders will try to defend Olympic silver from Beijing! Next Story → Filip Šćepanović to Meshkov Brest Swedish NT coaches, Ola Lindgren and Staffan Olsson made a decision which players will represent Sweden at the Olympic Games in London:Goalkeepers: Johan Sjöstrand (FC Barcelona Intersport), Mattias Andersson (SG Flensburg-Handewitt)Backs:Kim Ekdahl du Rietz (HBC Nantes), Jonas Larholm (Pick Szeged), Dalibor Doder (GWD Minden), Kim Andersson (AG Kopenhagen), Johan Jakobsson (Aalborg Handbold), Tobias Karlsson (SG Flensburg-Handewitt)Wings: Jonas Källman (BM Atletico Madrid), Fredrik Petersen, Niclas Ekberg (obaj AG Kopenhagen)line players: Magnus Jernemyr (FC Barcelona Intersport), Mattias Gustafsson (TuS N-Lübbecke), Andreas Nilsson (HSV Hamburg)reserves: Mattias Zachrisson, Tobias Aren (Eskilstuna Guif)
Handball is set to grow even more rapidly in England following the announcement that funding from Sport England for grass roots development will rise by nearly three times over the next four years.Sport England have granted England Handball a total of £1.15 Million, which is nearly triple the amount of Whole Sport Plan revenue funding that the National Governing Body received over the 2009-2013 cycle.The Sport England funding announcement comes in the week after England Handball announced buoyant participation figures, with participation in the National Schools Cup increasing by 40% and the total number of people taking part in handball once per week quadrupling to just under 12,000 compared to 2009.Handball is widely seen as the success story of London 2012 with people scrambling for tickets to watch Handball during the games. England Handball is also reporting high levels of interest at Schools across the country as young people discover the high octane, entertaining sport for the first time.Club participation has also increased since London 2012 with the number of affiliated clubs growing by 13% with many more clubs currently receiving support from EHA staff in order to become affiliated in the next eighteen months. This growth demonstrates that the London Games have left a national legacy for club handball in England. Club growth over the next eighteen months is anticipated to be a further 86% once the new clubs become affiliated to the Governing Body.Chairman of England Handball, Mike Briers said: “Confirmation from Sport England that whole sport plan funding will increase will allow Handball to continue to grow rapidly encourage young people to play the sport. It’s a triple gold medal win.” He said.“The increased award is a reflection of the high regard that Sport England views England Handball. We are continuing to work closely with them to develop Handball in England and take the sport to the next level.”“The increase in funding is testament to the hard work that the staff and directors have put in over the last few years. Last week we announced buoyant participation figures and this award is a reflection of the hard work put in. We have a hard working team of staff and volunteers and in times of austerity, they should be applauded for securing vital funds for the grass roots development of Handball in England.” Said Briers.“Lord Coe stated that London 2012 would inspire a generation of young people to participate in sport and Handball is set to become the main beneficiary of that legacy. We’re seeing double digit growth across the nation and the funding from Sport England will allow many more young people to get involved”. He addedarticle: www.englandhandball.com ← Previous Story PHOTO: Gen. Secretary of EURO 2012’s worst team deals with other non-handball matters Next Story → Wisla Plock still on 100% – Nenadic’s show-time! (VIDEO)
After Silvio Heinevetter extended his contract with Fuchse Berlin until 2018, the same thing done second option of Dagur Sigurdsson in German team – Petr Stochl (37). Experienced Czech Republic NT member will probably end his proffesional careeer in the team from German capital after he signed a deal until 2016! handballhandball transfersPetr Stochl ← Previous Story EHF TV: VELUX EHF CL Round 2 “BEST 7” Next Story → VfL Gummersbah and Vedran Zrnic in separate ways!
FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 ← Previous Story Buzzer-beater by Svan Hansen for Berlin’s tears in Flensburg Next Story → ALKALOID FEMALE WORLD RIGHT WING 2016? The sixth year in a row, Handball-Planet.com organizes the Contest for the ALKALOID FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016! The Voting process of the traditional December competition is based on opinion of 19 handball journalists (18 countries) from all over the world. Handball-Planet.com Jury of handball Experts made the list of 32 players (four per team’s position) who will be in the race for the title of ALKALOID FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016, but also “BEST 8” OF WORLD HANDBALL 2016.The last member of Jury are Handball-Planet.com visitors, who can support their favorites by joining the Polls until January 9. It is important to be remembered that votes of handball fans across the globe will be added to existing number of points given by the journalist’s jury.Journalists and fans will together announce the best at the end of the voting process.Here are the nominations for the ALKALOID FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 per position (CLICK AND VOTE):FEMALE WORLD LEFT WING 2016FEMALE WORLD LEFT BACK 2016FEMALE WORLD PLAYMAKER 2016FEMALE WORLD RIGHT BACK 2016FEMALE WORLD RIGHT WING 2016FEMALE WORLD LINE-PLAYER 2016FEMALE WORLD GOALKEEPER 2016FEMALE WORLD DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2016VOTE UNTIL JANUARY 9JURY MEMBERS:Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Jozsef Simon (Nemzeti Sport, Hungary)Jorge Dargel (MARCA, Spain)Luca Zadra (Pallamano Italia, Italy)Sergey Novikov (Pressball newspapers, Belarus)Laura Agena (Handball-Planet.com, Argentina)Marian Ursescu (GAZETA SPORTURILOR, Romania)Sergey Prigolovkin (Rushandball.ru, Russia)Ibolya Szekeres (Time Out Magazine, Hungary-Norway)Amina Idrizi (24rakomet.mk, Macedonia)Handbollskanalen TEAM (Sweden)Handbal Inside (The Netherlands)Sreten Raskovic (Arena Sport TV, Balkan)Konstantinos Chatzidimitriou (Greece)Lojze Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Igor Grachev (Ukraine)HANDNEWS.FR TEAM (France)Ibolya Szekeres (Time Out Magazine, Hungary-Norway)Života Bogdanović (HANDBALL-PLANET TEAM)JURY MEMBERS FROM A TO ZHandball-Planet.com organizes the biggest ADRIATIC FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 Jury in the history of our Contest with the clear aim to get opinion from the different countries, handball schools and traditions. Our Jury members are famous handball specialists in their countries, which coming from the biggest media (Marca, TV 2 NO), but also from specialized websites and newspapers as Balkan-Handball.com, Handnews.fr, rushandball.ru, Rakomet 24, Time Out Magazine and so on…LOKE, NEAGU AND TOMORIHandball-Planet.com looking for the sixth best player on the Earth in the history of our Contest. Norwegian line-player Heidi Loke won three titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014, while in 2012 the best was Hungarian left back Zsuzsanna Tomori. The last title won Romanian “princess” Cristina Neagu in 2015.BUDUĆNOST, VARDAR AND BUCHAREST – FRANCE AHEAD OF OTHERSThe biggest number of nominations for ALKALOID FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 got girls from reigning EHF CL winners, CSM Bucharest – 7. The second power in opinion of journalists’ Jury are coming from Gyor (6), than ZRK Vardar (5). Three nominations got ZRK Buducnost, two have Russian Rostov-Don and Metz Handball followed by teams who have player each in Contest – Kuban Krasnodar, Nykobing, Brest Bretagne, Esbjerg, Lada Togliati, Leipzig Handball and FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria.In total, 32 nominees coming from 13 teams.Situation with the national teams is a little bit different (13 in total). France has giving the biggest number of nominees (6) followed by Norway (4) and Russia (4), then Montenegro, Netherlands, Sweden (3), Germany, Romania (2), Serbia, Croatia, Brasil, Hungary and Spain (1).ALKALOID AD SKOPJE – PREMIUM PARTNERThis year the official name of the Contest will be ALKALOID FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2016 as we joined our forces with one of the biggest brands in operating in the field of manufacturing drugs, cosmetic and chemical products and processing botanical raw materials– ALKALOID AD Skopje (Macedonia), who became a premium partner of the whole project.TECHNICAL PARTNERSCREATIC.HUWWW.MHWORLDCUP.COMIT’S TIME FOR YOU! Masters Handball World Cup in Omis (Croatia) in April-May 2017
THE NEWLY-CREATED Reform Alliance (RA) made up of the Fine Gael rebels who lost the party whip are holding their “think-in” today.Peter Mathews told TheJournal.ie that he is still a member of Fine Gael and that the new group is not a new party and never will be one. Lucinda Creighton has said she does not know what the future holds.We want to know: Do you think the Reform Alliance should become a party? Poll Results: YesNoI don’t knowVote I don’t know (761) No (1182) Yes (497)
Updated 8.10am, 23 September 2013GARDAÍ HAVE SAID that a teeanger who went missing last week has been found safe and well.Jamie Martin, 15, had gone missing from Kilmainham in Dublin 8 and was last seen in the Fettercairn area of Tallaght, Dublin, last Friday, 20 September 2013.He has now been located and gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance in the matter.- additional reporting from Hugh O’Connell
FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has hinted that the government may yet retain the special 9 per cent VAT rate applied to the tourism and hospitality industry instead of letting it revert to 13.5 per cent next year.Noonan had previously said that to retain the special rate, introduced in July 2011, he would need to find an extra €360 million elsewhere in the Budget for next year.He indicated it was likely to revert to the original rate in next month’s Budget.But speaking at a jobs announcement in Dublin this morning, Noonan said: “That’s a decision in the Budget and there’s no government decision yet or indeed very little government discussion.He said that he was aware of the lobbying from the business sector to retain the rate which by some estimates has created 15,000 jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector.Noonan continued: “We’re all aware of the very strong lobby. It was a very successful initiative. It actually created 15,000 jobs and we’re examining what the options are, the decision will be made closer to the Budget day.”Earlier Retail Excellence Ireland said that the return to the 13.5 per cent rate would cost the State €173 million and result in 13,500 job losses.“The withdrawal of the 9 per cent VAT rate has the potential to return the economy to recession,” REI chief executive David Fitzsimons warned in a letter to Noonan which was released to the media this morning.Noonan: VAT rate for restaurants likely to riseCharts: Here’s how the government’s liabilities have increased to €208bn in five years
GARDAÍ ROLLED OUT a major operation this weekend to encourage drivers to reduce their speeds on Irish roads.Operation Slow Down ran from 7am on Friday morning until 7am on this morning, which has been identified as when the highest proportion of fatal collisions take place.Multiple checkpoints were set up around the country, with results over the 24 hour period showing that gardaí checked the speed of 96,838 vehicles, with 364 detected speeding.The gardaí have urged people to slow down this bank holiday weekend.Garda checkpoint on Pearse Street, Dublin last night. (An Garda Síochána Facebook page)On the Garda Facebook page, they said that last night on the N20 near Buttevant in Cork “we picked up a vehicle travelling at 92 km/h in a 50 km/h zone and in Kildare on the R418 we detected a vehicle travelling at 139 km/h in an 80 km/h zone”.Chief Superintendent Michael O Suillivan of the Garda National Traffic Bureau thanked the 96,474 drivers checked over the 24 hour period of Operation Slowdown, who were driving within the speed limit permitted.The gardaí were also on hand to help put cyclists. This cyclists below gets a high visibility jacket courtesy of the Road Safety Authority.Checkpoint on lesson Street by Traffic Unit Pearse Street. (An Garda Síochána Facebook page)Chief O Suillivan urges all road users to exercise care on the roads over the week end. Allow extra time for your journey and reduce your speedDuring the previous Operation Slowdown over the June Bank Holiday Weekend, GoSafe checked the speed of 53,469 vehicles, of these 321 were detected travelling in excess of the speed limit.(An Garda Síochána Facebook page)Read: 75 killed on Irish roads this year, don’t be number 76 this weekend>Read: Gardaí to run operation to get drivers to slow down>
Source: Vatican/YouTubeHe remained on stage with Pope Francis during his speech: Source: AP/Press Association Images POPE FRANCIS CELEBRATED Family Weekend at the Vatican in the past few days, hosting a huge gathering for parents and children at St Peter’s Square.On Saturday evening while meeting with participants in the Pilgrimage for Families a small boy approached the Pope for a closer look. Source: Vatican/YouTube Source: Vatican/YouTube One of the attending cardinals attempted to move the child, but he was having none of it:The boy even escorted some more people up on stage to meet the Pope: Source: AP/Press Association Images Source: AP/Press Association Images Source: Vatican/YouTubeAnd he even got to sit on the Pontiff’s chair: Source: newsvaThe little boy’s star turn can be viewed from around the 3 minute 19 second mark in this livestream capture of the entire event: Source: vaticanRead: Sunderland’s newest fan may not be welcome in Newcastle for a while>More from DailyEdge.ie: Is this the greatest TV-inspired costume ever?
DUBLIN GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING a string of robberies in Dublin City Centre over Christmas have arrested five people.The gang targeted the smart phones of teenage boys.As part of a planned operation, gardaí conducted a number of searches in the Fairview, Finglas and Rathcoole areas of Dublin. During the searches, three juveniles and two men in their late teens were arrested.All five were detained for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Pearse Street and Irishtown Garda Stations.One of the adults has since been released without charge and the other has been charged in relation to the robberies and released on bail to appear at a future date.The three juveniles have been charged in relation to these robberies and are scheduled to appear in the Children Court, Smithfield, Dublin tomorrow morning.
A DEAF COMPOSER dubbed “Japan’s Beethoven” confessed today to hiring someone to write his best-known works, leaving duped broadcaster NHK red-faced, and casting a cloud over a figure skater set to dance to his music in Sochi.Mamoru Samuragochi, 50, shot to fame in the mid-1990s with classical compositions that provided the soundtrack to video games including Resident Evil, despite having had a degenerative condition that affected his hearing.Samuragochi, who also spells his name Samuragoch, became completely deaf at the age of 35 but continued to work, notably producing “Symphony No.1, Hiroshima”, a tribute to those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing of the city.In 2001, Time magazine published an interview with him, calling him a “digital-age Beethoven”.“I listen to myself,” Samuragochi told the magazine. “If you trust your inner sense of sound, you create something that is truer. It is like communicating from the heart. Losing my hearing was a gift from God.Samuragochi’s reputation grew when public broadcaster NHK aired a documentary in March last year entitled “Melody of the Soul”, in which it showed the musician touring the tsunami-battered Tohoku region to meet survivors and those who lost relatives in the 2011 catastrophe.The film shows Samuragochi playing with a small girl whose mother was killed in the disaster and apparently composing a requiem for her, despite his own struggles with illness.Viewers flocked in their tens of thousands to buy his Hiroshima piece, which became an anthemic tribute to the tsunami-hit region and its determination to get back on its feet, known informally as the symphony of hope.But on Wednesday morning the composer’s life was revealed to have been a fraud, and an NHK anchor offered a fulsome apology for having aired the documentary.“Through his lawyer, Mamoru Samuragochi confessed early Wednesday that he had asked another composer to create his iconic works,” said the anchor.“NHK has reported on him in news and features programmes but failed to realise that he had not composed the works himself, despite our research and checking.”The statement, seen by AFP, offered an unqualified mea culpa.“Samuragochi is deeply sorry as he has betrayed fans and disappointed others. He knows he could not possibly make any excuse for what he has done,” it said.A man claiming to be the mystery ghostwriter, Takashi Niigaki, issued a statement late Wednesday, claiming that he had worked for Samuragochi for 18 years, TV Asahi said.NHK quoted Samuragochi as saying his deception had begun nearly two decades ago.“I started hiring the person to compose music for me around 1996, when I was asked to make movie music for the first time,” he said.I had to ask the person to help me for more than half the work because the ear condition got worse.Image: Julie Jacobson/AP/Press Association Images Japanese Winter Olympics medal hopeful, figure skater Daisuke Takahashi, has also been caught up in the row.Takahashi’s programme in Sochi includes a dance to a sonatina allegedly composed by Samuragochi that was unveiled two years ago, although in a statement posted on his website, Takahashi said none of his entourage had any knowledge of the deception and there were no plans to change the music.Nippon Columbia Co, which has sold his CDs and DVDs, said in a statement that the company was “flabbergasted and deeply infuriated” by his revelation.“We had been assured by him that he himself composed the works,” it said.A Nippon Columbia spokesman admitted that “Symphony No.1, Hiroshima” was an extraordinary hit for a classical music CD, selling 180,000 copies in a genre where a hit often only logs 3,000 sales.“But the company has decided to halt the shipment of his works,” he said, adding legal action against the fake composer was under consideration.Earlier: Here are Ireland’s five Eurovision 2014 hopefulsElsewhere: Small-time lawyer’s over-the-top ad goes global
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSThe other showed the paraphernalia box closed, next to cash, a cigarette pack and a wallet that appears to show Cobain’s identification. Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS“There was nothing earth-shattering in any of these images,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt said. “The detective went into the case files to refresh himself. The outcome of the case has not changed.”Cobain’s body was discovered in Seattle on April 8, 1994. An investigation determined that days earlier Cobain had gone into the greenhouse of his large home and taken a massive dose of heroin. He then shot himself with a 20-gauge shotgun.Though his death was ruled a suicide some refused to believe that, leading to conspiracy theories that Cobain had been killed.In a statement on the Seattle Police Department’s online blotter, the detective who re-examined the case dismissed that speculation.“Sometimes people believe what they read_some of the disinformation from some of the books, that this was a conspiracy. That’s completely inaccurate,” said Detective Mike Ciesynski, who found the four rolls of undeveloped crime scene photos. “It’s a suicide. This is a closed case.”More: Here’s what Kurt Cobain thought about visiting Cork>More: Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is on the market> Source: ASSOCIATED PRESSWITH THE 20th anniversary of the suicide of Kurt Cobain coming up next month, Seattle police knew they’d be getting plenty of questions about the Nirvana frontman.So a detective reviewed the case files – including evidence photos and statements. He found no new information to change the police conclusion that Cobain took his own life, but did discover four rolls of undeveloped film from the suicide scene.Late Thursday, Seattle police released two previously unseen images from those rolls. One showed a box containing drug paraphernalia, a spoon and what look like needles on the floor next to half a cigarette and sunglasses.