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Communism leaching

first_imgCommunist Party members must use this “pivotal moment” in history to help bring about a “democratic and transformative upsurge” to radically shift politics and mass thinking in the United States, party chair John Bachtell told delegates gathered in Chicago for the organisation’s 31st National Convention, coinciding with the centenary celebrations. With a series of interconnecting crises facing the world — including the escalating war danger in the Middle East, the climate crisis, and rampant militarisation — many see the current moment as one of “despair, fear, and division,” but Bachtell says it is also a “turning point moment” and one of “growing unity.” Also Read – A special kind of bondBachtell, who has headed the century-old party for five years, told convention delegates on June 22 they must act in the face of massive resistance by corporate interests and the radical right, symbolised and led by President Donald Trump. But the right’s anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim moves have energised thousands of people to turn to socialism and to question the entire capitalist system, Bachtell declared in his keynote address. And the CP must take advantage of that. “We are the champions of the working class. We are part of a global movement for solidarity, peace, and sustainability,” Bachtell added, to applause. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe US party, established September 1, 1919, stands on the shoulders of past leaders and workers, such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, W.E.B. DuBois, and Angela Davis, Bachtell said. “The path to socialism we seek is non-violent, hopefully, one shaped by the battle at the ballot box. The working class, particularly people of colour, women, youth, and LGBTQ people are the core of the movement. It is a collaborative project shaped by the fight for the fullest democracy” possible and “the fullest flowering” of peoples, Bachtell said. Bachtell’s address, his last as party leader, laid out the capitalist threat to the globe, including militarism, xenophobia, racism, and denial of climate change. He also noted the fightback began literally the moment Trump was inaugurated, with the massive and historic women’s march — which included CP members — in 2017. And he warned the battle will take more than just mobilising for the 2020 elections. “Throughout our history, every time the working class wins, there’s been a reaction,” just as there is now. “Powerful capitalist and reactionary forces fear one thing above all else: The growing power of organised labour, people of colour, women, and the LGBTQ movement.” The fight against the capitalist class must be both on the streets, through organising, and also in the arena of ideas, Bachtell added. The second part is especially important since, as he pointed out, the working class and its allies are not yet settled as to who is the best person to beat Trump next year. Some 24 people seek the Democratic Party’s nomination, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, and former Vice President Joe Biden, among others. A counter-narrative is also needed, Bachtell noted, as Trump and the extreme right are attempting to sabotage the growing unity of progressives and the left “by spreading lies and disinformation in an attempt to hold power.” “Economic nationalism is aimed at exploiting” workers’ and peoples’ “fears and insecurities. Class supremacy, white supremacy, and male supremacy have been fused, and corruption and union-busting have been used” in a divide-and-conquer strategy, he explained. “Defeating the extreme right and the GOP is the most important thing we must do,” including ousting the “fossil fuel, military-industrial complex, and the industrial elite that constitutes its core.” It will take “maximum unity and alliance with other movements,” he said. “It will take the unity of the left and the center,” including even working with sometimes “unstable and unreliable” interests and “within and alongside the Democratic Party.” The Communist Party’s organising for 2020 will revolve around the major issues that are moving people into action and a positive vision of ideas, Bachtell explained. Those ideas range from strong labour law reform to combating global warming to legalising all immigrants, to opposing the Trump/GOP policies and attitudes that foster racism, xenophobia, white supremacy, male supremacy, and more. “And if Trump thinks he’s going to deport one million undocumented immigrants, he can go to hell!” Bachtell declared, to cheers. To engage in, influence, and lead the fight against the right, the party needs more people, especially young people, Bachtell said. The composition of the convention reflects that increase in youth participation and diversity, a report the day before showed. One-third of the 202 delegates were aged 44 or under. Some 10.3 per cent were African-American, another 10.3 per cent were Latinx, while 5 per cent were Afro-Caribbean, and 9.2 per cent were Jewish. But only 30 per cent were women — an imbalance the party pledged to work toward improving. Party membership has surged since Trump entered the Oval Office, and more of its local groups are joining with like-minded social movements to achieve their goals. There is a beacon of hope, Bachtell predicted, in that “many of the forces operating within the Democratic Party today” — along with CP members themselves—”will form the working-class party of tomorrow.” “Our ideas are now mainstream,” he added, noting that this isn’t the first time. The CP was the among the first advocates for enacting the minimum wage, Social Security, the National Labor Relations Act, Medicare, unemployment compensation, other progressive programmes, and to fight against the oppression of African-Americans and fight against fascism worldwide. “Ours is a vision where walls become bridges, weapons become plowshares, and capitalists go the way of kings and dinosaurs. This is our future if we rise to the challenge.” (Courtesy: People’s World The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Judge in Gerald Stanley murder trial addresses witness inconsistencies with jury

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s chief justice addressed some inconsistencies Friday in the testimony from key Crown witnesses at the trial of a farmer accused of murdering an Indigenous man.Justice Martel Popescul’s mid-trial instructions to the jury came a day after some witnesses to the killing admitted on the stand that they made last-minute changes to their stories and lied to investigators.“Common sense tells you that if a witness says one thing in the witness box, but has said something quite different on an earlier occasion, this may reduce the value of his or her evidence,” Popescul told jurors Friday before the Crown rested its case.Gerald Stanley, 56, is accused of second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie near Biggar, Sask., on Aug. 9, 2016.Boushie was sitting in the driver’s seat of a grey Ford Escape SUV when he was shot to death on Stanley’s farm. Boushie’s friends have testified that they were looking for help with a flat tire when they went to the farm.Stanley’s son has testified that his father told him he was only trying to scare the young people away and the gun just went off.Popescul was addressing the testimony of Eric Meechance, Cassidy Cross and Belinda Jackson, who were in the SUV with Boushie.Cross admitted Thursday that he had lied to police in his initial statement about carrying a gun, how much alcohol he had consumed and about breaking into a truck on the day his friend was killed.Jackson initially told police she saw a woman shoot Boushie.“I wouldn’t say I lied to them. I didn’t tell them the whole truth,” Jackson said Thursday. “Everything started coming back to me later when I was on my own.”Popescul said jurors should consider any explanation the witnesses gave for the differences.“Consider whether the differences are significant,” he said. “You should also consider the fact, nature and extent of any differences when you decide whether to rely on their testimony.”An autopsy report filed as evidence said Boushie had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he was fatally shot. Blood alcohol was listed between 263 and 266 milligrams. In Canada, legal intoxication is 80 milligrams.Forensic pathologist Dr. Shaun Ladham detailed in his report that Boushie was a reasonably healthy young man. He said there were no other significant signs of trauma other than a bullet wound that entered just below the left ear and exited through his right neck.Ladham noted the bullet had a downward trajectory.Stanley’s lawyer, Scott Spencer, told court he planned to present his opening arguments on Monday, but went ahead and called a gun and ammunition expert as the first witness for the defence.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous version said Boushie was in passenger seat.last_img read more

Health chief says Trump working on prescription import plan

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is working on a plan that would allow Americans to import lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday.Azar made his comments during an interview with CNBC, saying he had just gotten off the phone with President Donald Trump discussing the plan.The two were “working on a plan on how we can import drugs safely and effectively from Canada so the American people get the benefit of the deals that pharma (companies) themselves are striking with other countries,” Azar said in the interview.Eyeing his re-election campaign, Trump has made lowering prescription drug prices one of his top priorities. As a candidate, he called for allowing Americans to import prescription drugs, and recently he’s backed a Florida law allowing state residents to gain access to medications from Canada. Trump is also supporting bipartisan legislation in the Senate that would limit prescription copays for people on Medicare and require drugmakers to pay the government rebates if the cost of their medications goes up faster than inflation.Azar didn’t elaborate on the administration’s importation plan, but HHS has said both Azar and the president are very open to the importation of prescription drugs as long as it can be done safely and can deliver results for patients.Drug prices are lower in other economically advanced countries because governments take a leading role in setting prices. But in the U.S., Medicare is not permitted to negotiate with drug companies.Some experts have been skeptical of allowing imports from Canada, partly from concerns about whether Canadian suppliers have the capacity to meet the demands of the much larger U.S. market.But consumer groups have strongly backed the idea, arguing that it will pressure U.S. drugmakers to reduce their prices. They also point out that the pharmaceutical industry is a global business and many of the ingredients in medications sold in the U.S. are manufactured abroad.AARP had pushed hard for the Florida plan, saying it’s possible to safely import lower-priced, equally effective drugs and it would promote worldwide price competition.The drug industry lobby, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, has successfully blocked past efforts in Washington to allow importation. It argues that patients would be at risk of receiving counterfeit or adulterated medications.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CBSE Class 10 results Girls outshine boys

first_imgNew Delhi: Girls once again outperformed boys as the Central Board of Secondary Education announced the Class 10 results on Monday. The results which were announced in record time following court direction, showed that girls’ pass percentage was 92.45 percent, while the boys’ were at 90.14. “Proud of my young friends who have successfully cleared the CBSE Class X examinations. Wishing them the very best for their journey ahead. May these young minds continue making us proud,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated students and also appreciated the hard work and sacrifice put in even by their teachers and parents. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Just four days back the CBSE Class 12, results were declared, in which the girls had similarly outshined the boys. In the Class 10 results, the transgender students have outdone the category with 94.74 pass percentage as against 83.33 last time. “Congratulations to over 16 lakh students who have succeeded in #CBSE Xth board examinations and best of luck for those who couldn’t make this time but will make it in next attempt,” Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “Overall pass percentage has increased by 4.40 from 80.70 per cent in 2018 to 91.10 in 2019,” the Minister added. Siddhant Pengoriya from Lotus Valley International School in Noida, is among the 13 toppers who all scored 499 out of 500 in the exam. The names of the other toppers, each of whom are from a different school, are Divyansh Wadhwa, Yogesh Kumar Gupta, Ankur Mishra, Vatsal Varshney, Manya, Aryan Jha, Taru Jha, Bhavana Sivadas, Ish Madan among others. Twenty four students bagged the second rank in CBSE Class 10 results with 498 marks, while 58 students shared the third spot with 497 marks. Union Minister Smriti Irani tweeted that her daughter Zoish scored 82 per cent. Trivandrum zone outperformed others in pan India circuit with 99.85 pass percentage, with Chennai coming a close second at 99 per cent and Ajmaer third at 95.89. Delhi’s pass percentage stood at 80.97. Candidates can check their result on and More than 17 lakh students had taken the exam in February-March. This year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is declaring the class 10th result within 38 days of the exam. CBSE class 10 board exam had concluded on March 29. Last year CBSE class 10th results were declared after 55 days of the exam. Instead of percentage, for class 10 CBSE provides grades to students. Students can check the grade to marks scale from the official CBSE website. The CBSE class 10th result is available on the official result portal read more

General Assembly President to begin threecountry Latin American tour

28 July 2008General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim travels tonight to Latin America for a three-country visit that will focus on issues ranging from climate change and financing for development to counter-terrorism efforts and advancing reform of the United Nations. Mr. Kerim heads first to Chile for two days of talks in Santiago with senior Government officials, including President Michelle Bachelet. He will also meet representatives of the UN country team and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which is headquartered in the Chilean capital.The Assembly President then travels to Buenos Aires for a two-day visit to Argentina, where he is slated to meet Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, the presidents of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies and members of the UN country team.The final leg will be in Brazil, where Mr. Kerim is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, the UN country team and senior industrialists and business figures during stops in São Paulo and Brasilia.Mr. Kerim’s spokesperson said the focus of the tour will be the priority issues of the current Assembly session, which include climate change, fighting terrorism, UN reform, financing for development and boosting efforts towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The President said it was particularly important to strengthen the involvement of Latin American countries in the Assembly’s work given that the next president, due to succeed Mr. Kerim in September, will be Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua.“The General Assembly is the UN body that gives strategic direction and has the unique advantage to negotiate broad political consensus when it comes to global issues such as climate change or the global food crisis,” Mr. Kerim said. “It is also important to secure concrete commitment and active involvement of all major regions and of every Member State. This is why visits to individual countries are very important to our work.” read more

Burlington man missing since Niagara Falls birthday party

Halton police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Burlington man who was last seen on January 10.Police say Landry Ntwari, 28, had traveled to Niagara Falls on January 9 for a birthday party. He checked into a downtown hotel but has not been seen or heard from since the following day. Ntwari is described as male, black, short black hair, approximately 5’5″ and 154 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark winter jacket with grey sleeves, tan pants, black shoes and was carrying a small knapsack.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Constable Erin Toth at 905-825-4747 ext 2313. read more

UN disaster reduction conference spotlights preempting silent killers like hunger

With hunger and related diseases claiming as many lives each week as the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami – more than 165,000 at latest count – the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) today shone the spotlight on the silent killers, whose terrible toll can be slashed by emergency preparedness.Much of the attention at the five-day conference in Kobe, Japan, has so far been directed at plans to create a global early warning system of natural hazards ranging from droughts, wildfires and floods through typhoons, hurricanes and landslides to volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, based on tremor and tidal gauges, fast data transfer and alarm mechanisms and training in the danger zones.But today, it was the turn of the more insidious daily killers to top the agenda, with hunger or related diseases claiming nine times as many lives as war or natural disaster.“Let me issue one word of warning,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris told the conference’s 4,000 delegates from 150 countries. “The chronic hunger and malnutrition that afflicts 300 million children worldwide does not create the dramatic media coverage of a tsunami, but it causes far greater suffering. We cannot afford to lose sight of that fact. This too is an emergency.”Mr. Morris stressed that WFP had made disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness two of its corporate priorities, and that it played a key role in developing the new early warning tool, HEWSweb – the Humanitarian Early Warning Service that brings together on one web platform the vast amount of data available from technical institutions on each type of natural hazard.“The Asian tsunami crisis could not have provided us with a more graphic illustration of the importance of emergency preparedness and early warning,” he said, noting that the number of natural disasters is rising, with about one-third of WFP’s 100 million beneficiaries now affected by natural hazards.“The Asian tsunami shocked the world and massive relief efforts are underway for the survivors. The challenge we now face is to keep the momentum going for millions of other people around the globe whose lives are also stalked by hunger and poverty, but whose faces are rarely in the spotlight,” he added.WFP is working around the clock to deliver emergency food relief for up to 2 million people affected by the tsunami in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Myanmar and Somalia. More than 1 million of the most critically-affected people received food rations within 20 days of the tsunami.While the massive destruction caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 26 December was not foreseen, it is certain that millions of people around the globe will be hit by disaster some time in the next five or 10 years, Mr. Morris said. Women and children will bear the brunt of the impact. Floods will again wash away much of Bangladesh. Hurricanes will no doubt sweep through Central America and the Caribbean. Drought is sure to parch the Horn of Africa.Hence the need for emergency preparedness.Meanwhile, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a new inter-agency initiative aimed at minimizing loss of life and reducing damage caused by floods, headquartered at a planned Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (CHARM) in Tsukuba, Japan.“This new initiative is set to integrate the scientific, operational, educational and public awareness raising aspects of flood management, including the social response and communication dimensions of flooding and related disaster preparedness,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura told the Conference.The initiative is a response to the increasing number of water related disasters, deaths and widespread damage. Since 1992, the yearly number of water-related disasters has risen to more than 150 from slightly over 50. They claim about 25,000 lives and affect over 500 million others annually, and cost the world economy more than $60 billion, up from about $10 billion in 1950. And this does not include the cost of damage to cultural assets and natural resources. read more

The Rockets Are Finally Playing Their Game In The Playoffs

The strangest thing about the Houston Rockets’ 126-99 dismantling of the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night wasn’t the final score, or the Spurs’ bloodless play, or even the 50 3-pointers (and 22 makes) that Houston threw up in the game. Those were all unusual, but in the way that any one-off game in a seven-game series might be. For Rockets fans, however, the big change was that for once in the playoffs, the Rockets looked like the Rockets.Over the last four seasons,1The period for which we have player-tracking data for the league. Houston general manager Daryl Morey has built the NBA’s model of efficiency. The Rockets of the regular season adhere to the fundamental tenets of Moreyball: shooting threes, driving for layups and drawing fouls. Then the playoffs begin. That’s when Houston has gone off script and played the sort of inefficient basketball it’s built to avoid. It’s unlikely that the Rockets will play the rest of the series at the level they played Game 1 — the 27-point loss was the worst of the Spurs’ season. But however the series plays out, it’s progress that the Rockets have finally brought Rockets basketball to the playoffs. The biggest change has been in the number of threes the team gets. Over the previous three seasons, the Rockets led the league in 3-point attempt rate (the share of field-goal attempts that are 3-pointers) during the regular season before seeing significant dropoffs in the postseason. That’s particularly unusual, considering the playoff field as a whole had a higher rate in this span than the leaguewide regular-season rate.This season, the Rockets have seen a similar slide toward the mean. But they began with such an overwhelming cushion that although they’ve gone from 46.2 percent of their attempts being threes during the season to 40.3 being so in the playoffs, that 40.3 number would have led all teams during the regular season.It’s especially promising for the Rockets’ identity that they’ve continued to put up shots even though they haven’t been falling. In the Oklahoma City series, Houston shot 28 percent from three over five games and 169 attempts, including 6-for-37 in the series clincher. This was somewhat because of good coverage — the Thunder held the Rockets to 10 uncontested2No defender within 6 feet. threes per game, five fewer than their regular season average — but mostly it was just a cold spell that seems to have corrected itself. Against the Spurs in Game 1, the Rockets got 14 wide-open threes, right around their season average.Houston’s free-throw rate (a team’s number of free-throw attempts per field-goal attempt) hasn’t seen as consistent a downturn in the playoffs as its 3-pointers, but it’s fluctuated. The team has finished in the top two in each of the last four regular seasons, but the fouls dried up in its 2014 and 2016 playoff campaigns. Through six games this postseason, however, the team is drawing free throws at by far the highest rate in the field. read more

Duchess of Sussex makes surprise appearance at Prince Harrys speech to students

Saying he knows “it can feel challenging sometimes” he added it is “your role is to shine the light”.“You aren’t always going to agree, you may find yourselves frustrated with the older generation when it seems like they don’t care,” he said, “But try to remove that judgment.“Try to remember that not everyone sees the world the way you do, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care.”The Duke, who has regularly shared his concerns about social media, also urged his audience to have “less screen time, more face to face time”.“Every day you are inundated with an overexposure of advertising and mainstream media, social media and endless comparisons, distorting the truth, and trying to manipulate the power of positive thinking,” he said: “But you don’t let them sway you.“Because you don’t need to hide behind your device to share your voice. You confidently voice your opinions because you can embrace them proudly. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex The Duke of Sussex has urged the “greatest generation” of young people not to feel frustrated with their elders who seem “like they don’t care”, as he brings his wife onstage for a “surprise” appearance in front of screaming fans.The Duke told youngsters at the annual WE Day conference they were the “most engaged generation in history”, as he quoted the Duchess’ favourite mantra from Martin Luther King.After delivering the speech, he told an audience of thousands that he would “try and drag” his wife on stage, before the couple stood with their arms around each other and told them: “Guys, I am with you. We are with you. Get to work.”In an address based on tackling two “absolutely crucial” causes the Duke identified as mental health and saving the planet, he urged youngsters to be “mindful” of their own feelings and surroundings.“To be amongst all of you progressive, motivated, open minded, change-makers, is what gives me hope for the future,” he said.  “Your optimism is inspiring – you see opportunities where other people see challenges; you seek solutions when others just focus on problems.“You are the most engaged generation in history. You care about values, doing the right thing, and championing the causes that will shape your future. The Duke and Duchess of SussexCredit:John Phillips/Getty “You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify.“In this room, you see the world for what it is – vibrant, colourful, mixed and full of promise.“That is who you are, and that is what makes me feel proud to stand in your presence as you tackle the world’s greatest issues.” “As my wife often reminds me with one of her favourite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that’.” Ending his address with a to-do list, the Duke, who is now a Commonwealth youth ambassador, told them: “Be braver, be stronger, be kind to each other, be kind to yourselves, have less screen time, and more face to face time, exceed expectations, eliminate plastics, conserve water, protect wildlife and their unique habitat, keep empathy alive, ask your friends how they are doing and listen to the answer, be honest, take risks, change your thoughts and change the world.“Dare to be the greatest generation of all time.” read more

InPit Crushing Conveying – Insights from IPCC 2012

first_imgPart of Takraf IPCC system at Wostotschnij mine, KazakhstanThe second IPCC Conference was held from 24-26th October 2012 at the Grand Hyatt in Bali, Indonesia. It was a major success not just due to the quality of the presentations and the fact that there was an almost equal representation from the key equipment OEMs and the region’s mining and engineering groups – but also because there was a real need for a specific event on this topic in this part of the world. Indonesia arguably has one of the mining industries which could benefit the most from widespread application of IPCC both due to the scale and nature of its world class coal deposits.  Key mining groups from Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and elsewhere in the region were able to get the contacts and technical overviews they needed to pursue new IPCC studies and project reviews. Where they had already looked into IPCC as a possible option, it provided thoughts on alternative routes and options that may not have been previously considered.The following article principally summarises some of the main points that were made by the key OEMs in the presentation line-up – the remaining presentations from consulting groups and mining groups will be covered in a future issue. Two further papers on gearless drives for conveyors from ThyssenKrupp/Siemens and Takraf/ABB were summarised in the IM December issue on German Technology, as was a heavy haulage Tractomas solution from TII Sales.In addition to the presentations below, Dos Santos International pointed out that its customers have recognised that its Sandwich Belt High Angle Conveyor is potentially a vital link to optimise many IPCC systems, linking the face operations with the pit perimeter and spoil operations “along the most efficient, most direct path.” In one particular development a reversing UHAC (Universal High Angle Conveyor) was employed to elevate or lower the crushed overburden to or from different levels depending on whether the spoiling was to an external dump area or to backfill areas of the mined out pit.Joe Dos Santos, President of the company commented: “I have said that the second ‘C’ of IPCC has been largely ignored with the latest systems continuing to use conventional conveyors that are ill-suited to the in-pit haulage function. Due to the low angle limitation, excessive excavation and/or numerous transfers are required to get from the pit bottom to the surface. The maximum conventional conveying angle of 18° and gearless drives do nothing to change this unsuitability.”Indonesia insightsThe IPCC 2012 conference at the Grand Hyatt Bali was the second event in the series and highlighted the strength of interest in the technologyThe meeting kicked off with a presentation from Jeffrey Mulyono, President Director, PKN Coal and a former Indonesian Coal Mining Association (ICMA) Chairman. He referred to the scale of the coal industry in Indonesia, with total coal resources of 161,000 Mt and reserves of 28,000 Mt. Current thermal coal exports for 2012 stand at 230 Mt but are expected to rise to 250 Mt by 2014 – this puts Indonesia as the largest exporter by far – in 2012 Australia exported 160 Mt. On average, mined coal production has grown by over 34 Mt each year between 2004 and 2011, with exports growing at over 30 Mt/y and domestic consumption by 4 Mt/y. By 2015, demand for thermal coal within Indonesia is expected to rise to 96 Mt, with a 15 Mt demand from the cement industry, and 38.3 Mt from other industries. According to the optimal national energy diversification program, by 2025 electricity from coal will account for 32.7% of Indonesia’s energy requirements.  Indonesia’s total production is predicted to reach 400 Mt in 2013; and even if 200 Mt of this can be mined using IPCC methods, the reduction in haulage cost would be huge, without even taking into account environmental benefits. In addition, if the average stripping ratio is assumed to be 5:1, which is typical for the country, then 2 billion bcm of overburden must be annually removed – assuming that some 40% of this can be economically transported using conveying systems, then about 800 million bcm will be diverted from conventional truck haulage. These volumes are large enough for IPCC to account for a “material movement revolution” and corresponding reduction of operating costs in Indonesia.This was followed by a review of the new Mining Law in Indonesia by Mangantar Sabungan Marpaung, a Mining Strategist but formerly the Chief Indonesian Mine Inspector for Coal and Minerals until 2011. He pointed out the basic reason for changing the regulation, in that the old mining law from 1967 was deemed to be no longer suitable and that a revision of laws and regulations was required “in order to manage and seek potential minerals and coal in independent, reliable, transparent, competitive, efficient and environmentally sound manners to sustainably assure national development.” The goal is to assure legal certainty in the conduct of mineral and coal business activities, especially to clarify the roles of the central government, provinces and regencies in the mining industry.MMD’s unique Asian experienceMMD Managing Director in China, Victor Lang focussed on its track record of successful deliveries of IPCC systems, with its focus on verifiable installations that use its sizing technology. MMD has delivered a large number of semi-mobile systems to Asia including multiple projects at Mae Moh, Pingshuo, Zhungeer, Datang and elsewhere, with 12 additional orders (both semi-mobile and fully mobile) in process. In fact of the 80 semi-mobile sizer stations installed by MMD between 1990 and 2012, half have been in China, by far the largest number, followed by Colombia at 12.  Nine semi-mobile sizer stations will be delivered to Hongsa in Laos by 2015, with two more going into operation at a Banpu mine in Indonesia.In the same period, MMD has delivered 11 fully mobile sizer stations, by far the most from one manufacturer. At China Coal Energy’s Pinghsuo East Surface mine, double working face fully mobile IPCC will be conducted using the new MMD Low Profile Sizer Station. Some 20 Mt of overburden will be removed initially to access 20 Mt of raw coal which will be mined using semi mobile systems. The fully mobile mining plan includes an additional face conveyor with mining side belt bridge in place of a belt wagon. The face conveyor will be moved 80 m every four cuts; with the active mining face measuring 18 m in height and 20 m in width.The long term relationship between MMD and key mines was also highlighted, especially with regard to repeat orders. At MaeMMD’s success in semi mobile installations is exemplified by multiple deliveries to the Mae Moh operation over a number of yearsMoh in Thailand, MMD delivered three 4,500 t/h sizer stations in 1993; followed up in 2002 by four 5,500 t/h sizer stations – and all seven are still operating, while other installations from other manufacturers have been removed. The second delivery was part of Mae Moh Phase 5, and these stations feed two 14 km parallel fixed conveyor systems, fed by two movable conveyors, the power for each system being provided by a 20MW power station. The contract called for 5,500 operating hours per annum and stipulated that the availability of the sizing stations be no less than 90%. A single conveyor system is able to handle the output from three and if required even all four sizer stations.Three hydraulic shovels with 16m³ buckets each load three 100 t trucks with a haul distance to the sizer staions of a maximum 700 m and an average cycle time of eight minutes. Twin truck bridges allow two trucks to tip simultaneously.  To produce the full 22,000 t/h involves 40 truck drivers per shift, four spreader operators per shift, 14 conveyor station operators per shift and 13 shovel operators per shift. The sizer stations are usually moved once a year, handling +/-18 million bcm between moves. Routine relocation of a system takes 3 to 7 days, however if necessary a sizer station can be moved in a day.For fully mobile systems, MMD’s Goonyella Riverside project in Australia from 2001 onwards was given as a key example, though the new MMD LPMS at Pinghsuo will soon be operational. The Goonyella MMD ‘MS1’ 10,000+ t/h system is a fully mobile slewing sizer station, loaded with overburden by a P&H 4100A rope shovel loading directly into an MMD sizer which feeds a conveyor system with a design capacity of 10,000t/h which feeds the spreader.  The MMD MS1 sizer station is capable of travelling at a speed of up to 12 m per minute and traversing a gradient of 10%. The machine was in operation for six years during which time a lot was learned that contributed to the development of the LPMS. First, that the loading rate determined the system’s capacity(the shovel was not able to keep up with the sizer station), also that production time lost during the relocation of the loader limited the benefits of the slewing facility. In addition, the company noted that the hopper target area and accessibility was of greater benefit than its capacity. Losses of production incurred when repositioning the conveyor was a majorconstraint, with continuity of operation more important than system capacity. Although a consideration, the time taken to lift and reposition the hopper support did not impact the production significantly. Downtime incurred with a conveyor system that was over 20 years old “emphasised the need for total system availability”.The company compared the pros and cons of fully mobile and semi-mobile systems. Fully mobile systems are only suitable for consistent overburden orebodies, and the operating position is obviously quite inflexible. Any maintenance or breakdown entails total system shutdown with the ideal being a scheduled system shutdown of one shift every two weeks.  But moving the sizer takes up to only around one hour per day and moving the belt takes about 3 days. For semi-mobile, the operating position is fairly flexible making it suitable for ore bodies requiring selective mining and blending. A system shutdown is only required for sizer or belt maintenance with a scheduled system shutdown of 20 hours per week. But a scheduled relocation of the sizer takes 3 to 7 days.MMD concludes: “The factors dictating the most appropriate choice depend entirely on prevailing conditions and even then the answer is site specific, and as always a compromise between cost and the required rate of production. Fully mobile IPCC sizer systems are limited by the size of the loader which means that the only way to increase production currently is to add more systems.”As MMD sizers are capable of handling far higher capacities than any current conventional loading tool currently available, their semi-mobile units offer the potential of being loaded by dozers or draglines, such as at the company’s customers in Colombia. MMD also designed its large semi mobile units in two self contained modules to facilitate relocation and so that these units can be used independently. Feeder modules without the sizer can also be loaded by dozers or draglines if the material is suitable for conveying without being broken.Mineral sands and mobile miningThe RCR second project design, delivered to Iluka for the Jacinth-Ambrosia zircon mineral sands operationRCR is an Australian company with over 100 years of history, using in-house expertise to provide “innovative turnkey solutions that encompass all critical elements, from design and construction to maintenance.” The Mining Division of RCR, headed by Ian Gibbs, General Manager, is involved with mainly with the design and manufacture of materials handling and process equipment for the mining industry. In 2010 and 2011, RCR developed two significant mobile mining plants for the Australian mineral sands industry, supplied to Iluka Resources’ zircon. Both plants were developed to meet an increasing need for highly mobile and relocatable modular plant. These plants were designed and manufactured from concept to commissioning in two 12 month periods, and according to RCR have been both outstanding successes for Iluka. The group argues that a standardised approach has held back innovation and development in many Australian mining applications. In certain circumstances where an EPCM group does not understand or have expertise in IPCC, this may preclude its use even though the deposit may be perfectly suited to IPCC implementation of IPCC.Other excuses cited include “we don’t have the time to plan the move”, yet haul roads are planned and extensively maintained for 30 years or more. Or the statement may be made that “our mine planners only have data on conventional mining” therefore IPCC is distrusted; or that the company says they have “limited capacity or operation time to perform regular maintenance” even though there is a dedicated workshop with around the clock maintenance personnel to support the trucking fleet.RCR used computer-aided engineering techniques along with mathematical analysis of machine aspects for optimisation; as well as Finite Element Analysis of combined machine and structural components. The use of 3D design drafting assisted accurate estimation from the concept stage forward, but there was still a high financial and commercial risk due to the very short delivery schedule. The Australian mineral sands mining groups are by nature progressive and adaptive to allow them to maximise mining production in ever-changing and extensive surface ore bodies, as well as minimising environmental impact and cost.  Traditionally mineral sands miners have used large fleets of scrapers in dry operations.Iluka had worked closely with RCR previously, so the next phase was a progression. The NMB deposit in Victoria would allow the plant to be relocated every 7-10 days in a deposit about 200 m wide and 11 km long. The plants had to be highly mobile and self-propelled. RCR had already considered track mounted plants in other applications and had developed a basic understanding of the challenges and the potential applications. The first plant was required to be operational within 12 months, with the second plant requested for the JAA project in South Australia whilst RCR was completing the first and was required in an even shorter time frame.In both cases the projects were completed on the principles of fixed lump sum pricing requiring very careful and controlled project management, and a well defined concept. The concepts originally prepared for both plants resembled the final product.   RCR believes that this understated the underlying innovation and the complexity of the solutions which were achieved.The first modular design involved the use of a known process, with apron feeder, scrubber and trommel. The design is based on relocations every seven days but now moves less due to ore body changes. Each module is self propelled and joystick-controlled. Module 1 weighs 480 t, has a dozer trap with maximum oversize of 1,200 mm, and apron feeder 30 m long and 2 m wide at 18 degrees; and a vibrating grizzly to reject > 300 lumps; an O/S transfer conveyor; high rise conveyor, transformer and 350 hp power Unit for reloactions. Module 2 is 400 t, has an autogenous scrubber; oversize conveyor, and a 14 /12, 355 kW Warman pump. Module 3 is also 400 t and has a rotating trommel screening producing a < 2.5 mm slurry feed to the Plant, two 14 /12 Warmans and an oversize conveyor. The second design for South Australia is a single unit but is self propelled and was based on relocations every 30 days, with the module both self-propelled and joystick controlled. The anticipated throughout was 1,500 t/h of ROM feed but is now running at close to 1,800 t/h. The machine has a 30 m x 2.5 m apron feeder angled at 18°, a dozer trap with maximum oversize of 1,200 mm; a vibrating grizzly for < 300 mm feed to a 4 m to 9 m scrubber/trommel. It also has two 14/12 400 kW Warman pumps 400Kw for < 10 mm slurry feed, an 850 hp hydraulic power unit. The plant has eight tracks and can rotate in a 50 m radius and sits on the structure whilst in operation while the tracks are elevated. The configuration allows for multiple directional loading conditions with three axis rotational degrees of freedom.Lowering the resistance thresholdDoug Turnbull, Sandvik Principal Mining Engineer began by pointing out that history has seen many IPCC failures, with many pretending to know all about IPCC but with few having real and extensive experience. Companies have no trust in IPCC, and many do not believe it is a viable solution; with an underlying reluctance to get rid of their trucks. A lack of IPCC teaching as part of mining engineering courses at universities is also an issue, as is a lack of commercially available IPCC scheduling software.  At the same time, some companies are embracing and making IPCC work far more competently than others – which comes down to the right planning and understanding of the risks. Crucially IPCC needs a mine plan that functions for the equipment selected – 7 out of the 10 failures due to ill-informed mine plans.Sandvik’s PF300 fully mobile IPCC systemTurnbull summarised the key points that need to addressed to have the best chance of success – namely that IPCC requires firm planning, not flexibility; that operating hours must be achieved; that the chosen crusher and conveyor planned relocations are realistic; and that the material parameters, especially those for waste, which are often ignored, are well known. The planned throughputs must be achieved where possible. He also dispelled some myths about IPCC – namely that systems are too prone to damage from blasting and trucks colliding with conveyors. While these are risks, in reality, accurate blasting can be conducted relatively close to conveyors; and while the latter point is also a factor, the IPCC system will mean a smaller truck fleet.There is no doubt that the electricity requirements for IPCC are high (though regeneration of power for downslope conveying is an option) and that the key mine planning criteria must be understood. The mentioned lack for specific IPCC software for scheduling does not help, but grade control can still be achieved.When a decision is made to proceed with IPCC, there are several key planning steps – not least finalising the crusher location. Turnbull described the criteria to best locate the crusher area for a semi-mobile or semi-fixed crusher, including low preparation demand regarding the crusher box and conveyor routes; and making it accessible before actual mining operations start.  The crusher area should also be protected from groundwater and surface water; with interference in the crusher area from truck and shovel operations minimised. Safety as elsewhere is paramount in terms of geotechnical and operational issues. The haulage distances should be at a minimum between the shovel and crusher, in terms of the bulk material allocation flow. Any relocations should be well prepared for in advance.A whole different set of parameters come into the dump/spreader location. These should all be ex-pit or in a backfill area, with low downtimes due to dump conveyor shifting – with less than 12 shifts per year preferable. There should be a large dump volume, with a long dump conveyor length; and large spreader boom/bridge to suit the geotechnical parameters and maximum achievable width.  There should be a maximum deep cast height; with preparation on higher layers during dumping operations on lower levels. Spreader areas also often have significant dust emissions issues that need to be addressed.Finally, in defining the conveyor route, it is important to maximise the dump conveyor length and ramp conveyor gradient, and the bench conveyor length if a fully mobile system.  Ramp conveyor length, the number of transfer stations and preparation volumes should all be minimised.  For fully mobile systems and the example of the Sandvik PF300, the system needs “superb maneuverability”, support under the hopper, an independent bridge connection, compact design, and high stability.  For material with clay, minimising obstacles  loading is important to avoid sticking – such as no grizzly bars, no rock boxes, no spoons or lobster back chutes, with maximum vertical discharge where possible, and flexible curtains with no sticking points.For conveyor reloaction, track shifting using a pipe layer equippped with track shifting head was referred to as the best available option in most cases, with the conveyor connected to rails; and the lifting achieved with lateral movement while travelling along the conveyor – several passes of about one metre will be needed to achieve the final position but it can be fast, with typically a conveyor length of 2 km having the ability to bemoved 80 m in only one 12 hour shift.Turnbull closed by making an analogue between IPCC and longwall mining. It was only in the 1970s that longwall methods saw a lot of inertia as an alternative mining method for similar reasons – there was concern due to the different demands on mine planning with regard to strata control and ventilation design, as well as the relocation process being relatively unknown and the capex upfront being high, the opex being unknown, perception of inflexibility, examples of early failures and resistnace due to resulting manpower reduction levels.But like IPCC the reasons for introduction were clear – more coal could be extracted at lower cost, yes there are less personnel but these have a higher skill base, the simplicity of layouts allows for predictable outcomes, there are no tyre issues, the method is truly continuous mining, there are no diesel usage issues, and more resource is extracted leaving less support/pillars behind. Crucially, there is a high degree of automation with increased safety.Once longwall introduction commenced, it gathered momentum and hasn’t looked back.  The hard work on IPCC has been done by the pioneering operations, and there is no reason it shouldn’t also achieve its potential.  Sandvik has a number of projects underway currently. Two cited were the Antucoya copper project in Chile and the Hongsa coal project in Laos. At Antucoya, Sandvik is delivering in 2013 the design, supply and installation of a crushing and conveying system, including primary in-pit crushers, overland conveyors, a secondary and tertiary crushing and screening plant, auxiliary equipment and electrical instrumentation and control systems.At Hongsa, Sandvik is delivering the design and supply of continuous mining equipment for overburden removal and coal handling, with MMD having the contract at the same mine for nine semi-mobile sizing units. The Sandvik portion includes 15 PC200 conveyors, two slewing stackers (PS200-1800/38), three bridgetype reclaimers (PR300-1400/52), two secondary crushers, five PC300 relocatable mine conveyors, two PC300 relocatable mine conveyors, one spreader PA200-2600/52+50 with tripper car, and two PT300 transport crawlers.In a second presentation, Thomas Jabs of Sandvik Mining Systems pointed out that 34% of the global seaborne iron ore is loaded with Sandvik ship loaders; illustrating the company’s across the board experience in bulk handling.  He identified three main sources for misunderstandings/disappointments in IPCC projects – namely available operation time in continuous and semi continuous mining operations; calculated and expected tonnage per hour; and where a system is implemented, but not operated as required.  In terms of available operation time, Jabs proposed a maximum operating time per year in continuous or semi continuous mining operations as between 5,000 and 5,800 hours, not more, as numbers above 6,000 hours will lead to problems in the calculated yearly output.He also emphasised that “continuous mining means continuation of plans.” The requirements towards mine planning and production planning are more complex. Any big differences in ore grades or constantly changing layers of coal/overburden/interburden and the required change of conveying routes need to be planned upfront and the geology needs to be known as exactly as possible.  Maintenance also needs to be planned differently, with shutdowns of individual lines required. The type of maintenance is different – involving a series of tasks including crusher maintenance in the crushing chamber, belting, splicing, capital and insurance spares as well as regular chute maintenance.Sandvik also offers a co-operation opportunity for IPCC in the form of a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. Jabs stated:  “IPCC is slow in market acceptance due to technical and commercial risks that mining customers are reluctant to take. A BOT model could help to overcome the reluctance and speed-up the change in technology in mining.”  Sandvik Mining Systems have teamed up with “a major multinational” that has the finance power and the long standing track record in the mining industry. Sandvik’s partner and Sandvik would enter into a BOT contract with the mining customer, where Sandvik will build the IPCC plant and operate the plant for a defined period during which Sandvik’s partner owns the plant.  After this period (2-3 years) of operation and proof of technical and commercial parameters, the mining customer takes over the plant at agreed conditions. During the initial operating time, the customer pays in the form of fixed costs and a cost/tonne basis.  Sandvik’s partner finances and commercially administrates the BOT contract, with the contract closing at the time of transfer and purchase of the plant by the mining customer.   Aftermarket/service contracts after transfer are optional.The advantages are significantly reduced capex for the mine owner and full leverage of the expertise of the OEM. Sandvik is on site for at least this period to train customer employees in IPCC and all initial performance burden is with the BOT partners to prove the system is working. The customer is not “left alone” with the system, but integrated in ramp up, training and operation.IPCC practicality and decision makingTwo presenters from FLSmidth’s IPCC team – Lynn Peterson, Product Sales Manager and Glenn Davis, Global Sales Manager – discussed the decision making process and determining factors considered in evaluating the economic viability of IPCC systems, and presented IPCC alternatives to a conventional truck and shovel solution, including comparison of the overall costs of truck and shovel to alternative IPCC solutions based on capex, opex and cash flow for a case study coal mine project. In 2012, FLSmidth constructed what it believes to be the world’s largest single semi-mobile IPCC system for Goldcorp’s Penasquito mine in Mexico, capable of 12,500 t/h and employing an ABON 16/350 CCTD low speed sizer as well as a 3.15 m-wide D11 low angle apron feeder. The company is also completing construction of a complete IPCC system at PT Adaro’s Tutupan operation in Indonesia, which has been previously covered in IM.The presenters stated that: “Although the goals and practicality of IPCC are intuitively evident, there is a general level of uncertainty concerning the magnitude of benefits derived, and the parameters determining feasibility.”  The primary economic benefits were cited as significantly reduced operation costs, primarily through a reduced truck fleet – reduced fuel, tyres, labour, maintenance and road maintenance – with only the weight of material and belt being moved. There is an associated reduced replacement capital requirement, and these two combined result in reduced yearly cash flow. There are also lower incremental costs in material transport distances and as most of the cost of the conveyor is in the head and tail sections; adding distance in midsection is relatively inexpensive compared to adding more trucks. As previously mentioned, it is also easier to recover energy through co-generation.The secondary quantitative benefits include less dust and reduced water requirement for dust control; reduced CO2 emissions using reduced carbon fuels to make electricity; less noise; and reduced logistics support issues associated with trucks, namely in terms of training, parts, labour availability and fuel delivery. There is a reduced weather impact on operations as well, with IPCC being able to run where trucks cannot.Disadvantages of IPCC of course include a higher initial capital with most of the capital investment requirement required upfront – truck and shovel can be incremental as production is ramped up. Not often referred to is the fact that IPCC requires the additional cost of material sizing before transport. There is also the limited flexibility to changes in mining plan and allocation of labour/equipment resources; while it can be difficult for IPCC to adapt to an existing operation and equipment inventory resulting in a less than optimal system and reduced benefits if an IPCC “retrofit” is attempted. It also involves a serial equipment interface with few backup options, where even individual component downtime can affect the whole system and operation.The decision process is effectively an economic tradeoff between IPCC’s lower operating costs versus a truck fleet’s lower initial capital and flexibility, taking into account the value of the mentioned secondary qualitative benefits, and the respective risk involved.Factors favoring truck and shovel include any limited availability of capital, if there is a low flexibility in the mining plan to accommodate IPCC, and if there is a poor match of existing equipment inventory and facilities to IPCC requirements. Added to this are where there is inexpensive labour, shorter haul distances, lower production rates and a short mine life – all of which tend to count against IPCC. But in its favour are longer material transport distances, higher production rates, higher lifts, where there are high fuel costs, where there is access to inexpensive electricity, and where there is expensive labour.FLSmidth has a broad range of IPCC solutions, such as the mobile stacking conveyorSemi-mobile IPCC offers a degree of mobility – with relocation every 3-5 years. Having a fabricated steel chassis, it has minimal foundations, with civil works limited to a  retaining wall and truck aprons. Relocation is typically by transport crawler.  Fully mobile systems are generally direct shovel-fed, with rock fed into a mobile overland hopper that rides on a shiftable face conveyor.  Self propulsion offers complete mobility making them better suited to strip mining of stratified deposits.FLSmidth’s “outside the box” solutions include its Dual Truck Mobile Sizer – DTMS, which uses a standard semi -mobile type station with hydraulic hoppers, but eliminates all earth works and retaining walls, making it effectively a mixture of semi mobile and fully mobile IPCC. It also works with the same shiftable conveyor system as a fully mobile system and offerscomplete mobility as needed. It can be self propelled or use a transport crawler.Another design from FLSmith is the Continuous Loader option, based on equipment it acquired from Holland Company. This design consists of vertical cutting blade and horizontal blade options, with more than 80 units currently sold. This is currently being re-designed for bidirectional use and self propulsion. Using a Continuous Loader with mobile bridge conveyor with horizontal cutting blade feeding trucks or mobile overland Hoppers / face conveyors can achieve 12,000 t/h capacities in the right type of softer deposit such as alluvial-type material.The smaller FLS Mobile Dozer Trap, also developed from Holland Company solutions, offers capacities up to 4,000 t/h. It is fed by four dozers and feeds a mobile overland hopper. It is relocated via dozer but like the Continuous Loader has a much reduced capex and opex from a more complexIn terms of key components offering different IPCC design scenarios, FLSmidth has a wide range of options. Its mobile mining conveyor is a self-propelled bridge type offering where a mobile reclaim hopper receives material. This can be 100 m to 1,000 m plus in length and can be teamed with a fully mobile IPCC rig to reduce shifting frequency. It can also operate in a linear or radial manner.  The group also has a unique range of cusher and feeder options including gyratory, cone, jaw, hammer mill, HPGR, sizers, feeder breakers and roller screens as well as apron, belt, chain, roller and vibratory screens.For waste stacking, the mobile boom spreader is a crawler mounted machine with a link conveyor to provide flexibility. Operating in conjunction with a rail or crawler-mounted tripper car riding on a shiftable waste conveyor, the system can radial or linear stack waste – with both advance stack (downcast) and retreat stack (backcast) configurations possible.Portable conveyor options include grasshopper style or bridge style conveyors, which can be rubber flotation tyre mounted or crawler mounted and can be used to link in-pit conveyors in transitional benching areas.  The mobile stacking conveyor (MSC) is a bridge type conveyor with tripper car to discharge material, with independent crawlers on each hinged frame section, and each frame hydraulically cross leveled. It can be combined with the mobile boom spreader with the MSC built on the starting ramp at the desired pile height; and advance stacking waste into a radial arc (sweep) or retreat stacking to increase pile height. This can be used in conjunction with both extendable and shiftable conveyors on a waste dump.Putting all the pieces togetherThyssenKrupp’s Leif Erik Berndt pointed out that rising volumes, lifts and haul distances are working in favour of IPCC systems and conveyors but that these systems require long term planning to deploy effectively. In the fully mobile arena, the group delivered a fully mobile system at the YiminHe mine in China, capable of 3,500 t/h coal and designed for 9 Mt/y, but with production of 11 Mt achieved in 2011.ThyssenKrupp semi mobile installation at Albian Sands Muskeg mine, capable of 14,800 t/hThyssenKrupp has a unique IPCC heritage, having put in arguably the first mobile IPCC system at Nordcement in Hanover in 1956 leading up to its most recently commissioned fully mobile systems at Baiyinhua in China. Four fully mobile crushing systems have been delivered, with three of the four systems being used to remove coal overburden, each having a design capacity of 6,900 t/h. One 3,500 t/h system will be used for coal processing. Again the point was made that fully mobile crushing plants are the least weather dependent, with semi-continuous systems continuing to operate only when loading units are on the same level.The company also put in Indonesia’s first large semi mobile IPCC systems for overburden at Freeport McMoRan’s Grasberg mine, installed in 1999. The group pointed out that in competent material, natural pockets are enough for a semi-mobile installation, being “strategically located in the pit to reduce the haul distance of dump trucks”, with the crushing plant matched to truck size.ThyssenKrupp has a unique IPCC heritage, having put in arguably the first mobile IPCC system at Nordcement in Hanover in 1956 leading up to its most recently commissioned fully mobile systems at Baiyinhua in China. Four fully mobile crushing systems have been delivered, with three of the four systems being used to remove coal overburden, each having a design capacity of 6,900 t/h. One 3,500 t/h system will be used for coal processing. Again the point was made that fully mobile crushing plants are the least weather dependent, with semi-continuous systems continuing to operate only when loading units are on the same level.In technology development, ThyssenKrupp has been working with indurad on implementation of its iDRR (Indurad Dual Range Radar) at transfer points.  From a crusher point of view, ThyssenKrupp has a complete range but has had success in the use of double roll crushers in IPCC projects, which it believes to have the highest availability by use of floating rollers; and offering the best fit for overburden, accepting large lumps and varying feed characteristics. The double roll crusher has easy access for tooth replacement and maintenance purposes.The presentation rounded off with a series of reference summaries, such as the installation at Albian Sands’ Muskeg oil sands mine in Northern Alberta, with a semi-mobile 14,800 t/h double roll crusher of type WB 2600 x 3400, with an 18.5 m apron feeder and D11 chain. Spreader references from ThyssenKrupp exceed 550, up to a capacity of 27,500 m3/h at the RWE Hambach mine. Common sizes of boom lengths are 50-60 m.Getting the right scopeTakraf’s Rico Neumann, Chief Engineer Mine Planning, began by focusing on the planning, calculation, re-planning and recalculation of IPCC systems, all of which it offers in short term studies. These home in on the application of mining, crushing, conveying, dumping and stockpile equipment in operating mines or greenfield projects. Studies can incorporate mine planning, project planning, operating models, capital cost and operational cost calculation, as well as trade-offs between different operational systems to find pro and cons and overall cost development. These studies can form the basis of mining discussions in prefeasibility and feasibility projects.Most recently, an IPCC trade-off study for waste and ore was completed for the Miheevskij mine in Russia; and an order of magnitude IPCC study was done for Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper, looking at crusher/conveyor options and truck traffic at the pit wall; as well as planning of crusher relocation and external spreader waste dumps. A further IPCC waste study looked at dump design in a mountain area for a mine in Vietnam, while an IPCC equipment design study in Colombia was completed.More than 20 semi-mobile crushing plants from Takraf delivered since 1995 are working in Chile, Mexico, Brazil, the UK, Indonesia and Russia. They are equipped with gyratory, sizer or jaw crushers and have crushing plant design capacities ranging from 3,600 t/h to 8,800 t/h.  In terms of crushing plant selection (whether fully or semi mobile or fixed), the company cited space available for benches/ramps and equipment; safety aspects of blasting near equipment; interferences of haul/access roads with conveyors; the shovel operating scheme; and whether there is ROM ore blending in the pit. A fixed crusher has a low investment cost and is preferable at the final pit rim – making for a “clean”, conveyor free pit.Semi-mobile reduces reduced truck haulage, is independent from the working bench advance (blasting/loading/hauling), and relocation can occur with pit development.  Fully mobile systems see the complete elimination of truck haulage but allow for a maximum of three-bench operation with one conveyor. Neumann also compared the construction/bench height; space requirement (area); and relocation issues versus the deployment of an internal or external surge bin; and the choice of a ROM apron feeder.  Structual designs for semi-mobile crusher plants are based on results of structural calculations and finite element analysis with static and dynamic loads, with operational and relocation, even earthquakes.Moving onto conveyor systems, Takraf summarised its current thoughts on available parameters.  State of the art in-pit overland dumping/stockpiling conveyor solutions delivered by the company include Radomiro Sulfurus in Chile where an installation handles 7,700 t/h, is 8 km long, with a 240 m lift, and has three horizontal, and 11 vertical curves.Helping to reduce downtime caused by conveyor shifting, extension and relocation can include the use of crawler mounted conveyor head stations and belt storages. Conveyor distribution points at transfers from Takraf have included crawler mounted conveyor head stations with shuttle heads; and fixed conveyor head stations with shuttle heads. The company has also installed an 18° pit ramp conveyor as part of an IPCC system at the Wostotschnij mine in Kazakhstan.Waste dump design alternatives include a dump conveyor with mobile head station, no tripper car, a long spreader connecting bridge with support crawler, and additional Mobile Transfer Conveyors (MTCs); a shiftable dump conveyor with tripper car on rails or crawlers, single boom stacker or spreader with connecting bridge; and mobile conveying stacking bridges for small dumping heights.Installations include Toquepala in Peru, with a design capacity of 5,250 m³/h, low dump height up to 100 m and high dump height of 15 m. This system has a connecting bridge of 95 m, discharge boom of 50 m, and conveyor bridge on Crawlers of 60/150 m. An example of mobile conveyor bridges is at Gaby in Chile, with seven segments supported by eight double crawler assemblies. It has a total length c/c pulley of about 485 m, slewable discharge conveyor up to 45° to each side and a maximumcapacity of 9,300 t/h. Recent semi mobile orders include Radomiro Tomic, Chile (7,700 t/h for copper ore, 2010); Bloom Lake, Canada (3,900 t/h for iron ore, 2009) Roy Hill, Australia (5,600 t/h for iron ore, 2012 – three units handling primary of product of 350 mm and secondary product of 100 mm).  Finally at Lomas Bayas in Chile this year, the company has delivered a semi mobile system for 3,100 t/h copper ore incorporating a 54-75 gyratory and 48 m feeder/discharge conveyor.  The crushing plant only has bolted field connections with no field welding.The company supplied the waste conveying and stacking system to Goldcorp Penasquito (with FLSmdith delivering the rest of the project) including a shiftable dump conveyor of 1,000 m, head conveyor of 2,000 m, and overland conveyors of 3,500 m downhill and 1,800 m uphill.The Rio Tinto Clermont fully mobile system was delivered in 2009 and has a crushing capacity of 12,000 t/h handling overburden, mainly basalt and sandstone, using a twin shaft 1600 sizer. This rig remains in its first phase of operation, in a stationary mode with truck dump. The new Takraf Mobile Crushing System (TMCS) fully mobile IPCC type system with options for discharge boom and/or belt wagon or mobile conveying bridge only involves 85% of the investment cost of the Clermont type machine, plus has a different operational scheme and mining sequence with less downtime. The complete mining of bench ends is achieved behind the conveyor head and tail station.Finally, the company reported on the 8,500 t/h IPCC system delivered to Wostotschnij in Kazakhstan which handles overburden, mainly siltstone, claystone and sandstone and uses double roll crushers. The system consists of two semi mobile crushing plants of 4,250 t/h along with a pit ramp conveyor, overland conveyor, dump ramp conveyor and shiftable dump conveyor as well as tripper car and spreader.Combining componentsJoy Global IPCC system at Wyodak coal mine, WyomingJoy Global’s presentation, given by Stuart Miller, Director Operations – Joy Global Indonesia and Bernard Guillemin, Business Development Manager, IPCC began with another look at the Indonesian mining environment. They pointed out that Indonesia’s coal quality is getting lower and at the same time energy adjusted costs of Indonesia’s most emerging coal production areas will be among the highest in the seaborne market going forward. This combined with increased operating costs, divergence of diesel costs and coal FOB pricing, tyre shortage for haul trucks, new stricter environmental regulations and other factors, all combine to make a strong argument for the implementation of IPCC in the country – and this is in addition that the mine and deposit types are mostly also well suited.The core of the Joy Global IPCC turnkey system is formed of an integration of JoyGlobal’s own components, added through a series of acquisitions – Stamler in 2006 adding a crushing option, Continental Conveyor in 2008 adding a series of conveyor designs including high angle options, and in 2011 the Le Tourneau acquisition adding the world’s largest wheel loaders with Switched Reluctance (SR) technology. This added a new loading tool to the company’s already leading rope shovel range, including the recently launched 2650CX hybrid shovel and the new class leader, the 4800XPC.The company described a case study from the Wyodak coal mine in the Gillette Energy Complex, Wyoming, which feeds a mine mouth power station generating 800 MW. The mine’s production reached approximately 5.7 Mt in 2011, with overburden removed by conventional truck/shovel operations, with average stripping ratios of 2.6 to 1. It is a multi-seam operation with variable coal quality and blending is required to meet end user requirements, carried out at the CPP. Two Stamler feeder breakers are used – one track mounted and one skid mounted; along with a 2,150 t/h overland conveyor powered by twin 500 hp VD DC motors plus a 2,150 t/h feeder conveyor and a High Angle Conveyor (HAC) inclined at 60° for a 50m lift, powered by a 300 hp DC motor. There are also two 4,500 t coal silos located at the CPP. Computerised communication, command and control system enables single operator control.  According to Joy, the system has delivered 93% overall availability and has been in operation since 1994. Wyodak has seen both a reduction in carbon footprint and operating cost per tonne. A number of other mines in the Powder River Basin have taken Wyodak’s lead and are looking at IPCC options.JoyGlobal’s current turnkey fully mobile IPCC system is focussed on overburden removal projects and consists of a Mobile Mining Crusher (4170C) capable of 12,000 short tons per hour, which is matched to the production of the 4100XPC. In its own product range, Joy has overland, High Angle Conveyor (HAC) and spreader conveyors. The group sees the fact that all of its own system components are linked will help to optimise productivity on a continuous basis. The system also has on-board analysis; continuous data collection of cycle times and production rates; and the Joy Global IPCC Remote Monitoring System which provides synchronised maintenance schedules for the entire system. This enables remote access to multiple users, supports comprehensive analysis and reporting, uses fault logs and histogram reporting and interactive flowcharts, and includes electronic manuals, schematics and parts books Finally, JoyGlobal Mine Planning Tools offer “4D modelling” capability of 3D Topography with 3D Equipment over time, allowing mine planners more flexibility to integrate movement of IPCC System with rest of the overall mine plan.Joy also provides customers with detailed evaluation with a side-by-side Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) sensitivity or “what if” analysis, which allows the user to quickly understand the quantified reasoning with respect to a comparative analysis and the resulting optimal equipment selection.The company states: “Capital acquisition that disregards equipment reliability and performance can pose a significant overall financial risk regarding the viability of a given mining application. Total Cost of Ownership analysis is advantageous over using just capital justification because product price is one of the most unpredictable cash flow components.  Conventional Net Present Value based analysis requires a full system or complete mine-site study in order to understand the revenue associated with a particular mining application.”  IMlast_img read more

Bali victims remembered eight years on

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram NSW Premier Kristina Kenneally this week paid tribute to the 43 NSW victims of the Bali bombing, including Greek Australian sisters Dimitra and Elizabeth Kotronakis. In sleep, I suffer nightmares – no matter how terrible they can never approximate the reality of my experience.On the eighth anniversary of the bombing that killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, Kenneally unveiled a memorial wall listing the names of NSW residents who died in the terrorist attacks. The Kotronakis sisters were in Bali with their newly-married sister, Maria, and her new husband Kosta, when they were killed in the attacks on popular night-spots in Kuta. The Age reported in 2003 that the Kotronakis sisters had just come from the 300-person Greek Orthodox wedding in Black-town, where they were Maria’s bridesmaids. Also killed in the attack was the third bridesmaid, cousin Christina Betmalik, as well as another cousin, Louiza Zervos, who had joined the bridal party for the holiday. Around 100 people gathered for the unveiling of the memorial wall, including Dr Bill McNeil, a doctor who was awarded the Order of Australia for his work treating victims in the aftermath of the bombings. He told the gathering, at Dolphins Point at Sydney’s Coogee Beach, he still struggles with the trauma. “Unmedicated, I re-live in vivid detail each moment of that night, all making waking hours,” he said. “In sleep, I suffer nightmares – no matter how terrible they can never approximate the reality of my experience.”last_img read more

Barnes And Noble lance le lumineux Nook Simple Touch

first_imgBarnes And Noble lance le lumineux Nook Simple Touch La liseuse Nook de Barnes & Noble évolue en proposant un système d’éclairage à LED qui peut être utilisé en conditions de faible luminosité.Barnes & Noble a dévoilé sa liseuse Nook Simple Touch, pourvue de la technologie GlowLight.Cette dernière offre la possibilité d’un éclairage de l’écran du lecteur, ce qui la rend plus facile à utiliser en conditions de faible luminosité. Le système d’éclairage repose sur une barre de LED, moins fatigante pour les yeux qu’un rétro-éclairage classique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’éclairage proposé peut être désactivé afin notamment de réduire la consommation d’énergie. Le fabricant précise par ailleurs que l’autonomie du lecteur de livres numériques reste d’un mois malgré la présence de ce système, pour une utilisation quotidienne de 30 minutes.La technologie d’encre électronique est installée sur le lecteur qui présente un écran 6 pouces affichant en 800 x 600 pixels, offrant une connectivité WiFi ainsi qu’un accès au catalogue de 2,5 millions d’ebooks de Barnes & Noble. Grâce à un port microSDHC la capacité de stockage de la liseuse peut être étendue jusqu’à 32 GB. A partir du 1er mai 2012, cette liseuse sera vendue 139 dollars (soit environ 105 euros), et les pré-commandes sont ouvertes.Le 13 avril 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

11 Transformers That Sound Dirty

first_imgStay on target You probably wouldn’t guess that robots can be made absolutely filthy and sexualized. Let me rephrase that: If you aren’t familiar with DeviantArt you probably wouldn’t guess that robots can be made absolutely filthy and sexualized. But they can be, and you don’t even need to dive into fanart and slashfic to find it. Hasbro and Tomy Takara might not give their different Transformers lines many overtly sexual features, but they certainly have fun with names.If you go through 30 years of Transformers history on both sides of the Pacific ocean and run it all through the maturity filter of an English-speaking 14-year-old, you’ll notice that some Autobots/Decepticons/Maximals/Predacons sound pretty dirty. And you’ll be surprised to know that less than a third of the names on this list simply boil down to “Ha ha, it sounds like a dick!”Incidentally, I was disappointed to discover that Devastator is not, in fact, a brand or model of vibrator. There is one called the Annihilator, which is horrifying in its implications, but sadly isn’t named after any Cybertronian I’m aware of.The pictures and references all come from Teletraan-1 and TFWiki Transformers Wikis. The perversion is all mine.View as: One Page Slides1/111. Hot Rod/Rodimus PrimeLet’s start off easy. Hot. Rod. It sounds like innuendo for penis! And he became Rodimus Prime, which sounds like innuendo for huge penis!2. KupG1 Kup didn’t get much screen time beyond the original animated movie and later G1 episodes. However, I’ve seen plenty of other G Kups get way more exposure in other movies, know what I’m sayin’?3. Guzzle and SpittorIt’s a choice, really. You got one, or you got the other.4. GusherHe probably would have been good friends with Guzzle and Spittor.5. Drag StripI’ve seen some of those! Not a big fan myself, but I appreciate the showpersonship. In Japan, he’s called Burleskion. I’m joking about that, but not about this next one.6. Midnight ExpressNot only does he share a name with what I can only imagine to be a massive dildo, he’s also a member of Team Bullet Train alongside Railspike and Rapidrun.7. Sparkdash TeamMeet the Full Montytrons! The Sparkdash Team from Japan-only Transformers series Super-God Masterforce straight-up sound like Autobot strippers, with the names Hardspark, Hotspark, and Wildspark.8. ThrustinatorThis is an exclusive Transformers Collector Club figure designed as a combination of Thrust and Waspinator. And his name is Thrustinator. Which still makes me giggle.9. HeadmastersI mean, they’re masters. Of head.10. Transformers Kiss PlayersThis is a case of a Transformers property not sounding dirty, but being dirty. The Japan-only toy and manga series Kiss Players revolves around the idea of Transformers that only power up when they’re kissed by schoolgirls. Who form a pop music idol group.11. Beast Wars 2 SausageThis is completely literal. The Beast Wars series continued in Japan as the Beast Wars II series. There were toys for it, but there was also sausage.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hasbro’s Unicron SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson WellesWhy ‘Transformers’ Still Resonates, 35 Years Later last_img read more

Parlour astonished by Unai Emerys sack demands

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has expressed dismay over recent calls from club fans to sack manager Unai Emery less than a year into his reign.Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirate last summer but has been heavily lambasted by fans following their recent struggles.The Gunners 3-1 defeat to further compounded the woes as they dropped to the sixth spot, but Parlour has urged fans to give him a chance to build his own team.“I’m amazed by that,” he told FourFourTwo via talkSPORT.“Arsenal are where they are meant to be at the moment. They’re not at the same level as Liverpool, Man City or even Spurs.“You’ve got to give this guy a chance, he needs to be backed by the club. You can’t sack the manager already and Arsenal are not that sort of club anyway.“Realistically I think you’ve got to give him a few transfer windows. I know he only brought in one player in January, but I think it’s going to take two or three windows to get the players he wants into the side.“Certainly I think he’s the man to take the club forward, and now he’s got to be backed by the board.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Gary Neville on Emery: “Unai Emery is doing the best job that he possibly could do. It does need some change, but he will need time. He might even need all next season as well. We shouldn’t really be rushing Emery & #Arsenal in respect of what he’s trying to achieve at the club”— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) February 4, 2019“Any manager is going to struggle if they haven’t got players to bring in.“You expect Man City, Man United, and Chelsea to all spend and sign big players, so we’ve just got the stay in the hunt and try and compete with those clubs.“What wins you trophies is better players, that’s what Arsenal have to get if they’re going to do that, especially defensively.“Realistically it’s going to take time. You’ve got to give him a chance. To say ‘Emery Out’ already, it’s harsh.”last_img read more

Missing Joshua Tree hiker found injured but alive

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Missing Joshua Tree hiker found injured, but alive JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (KUSI) — A San Diego County man believed to have gone missing Sunday in Joshua Tree National Park was found conscious and alert but injured four days after he apparently fell, injured his head and became immobile, park officials said.Search and rescue crews found 54-year-old Paul Hanks around 4 p.m. Thursday after previously finding his pickup parked in the Maze Loop parking lot, Joshua Tree public information officer George Land said. Hanks had driven to the park from the San Diego area on Sunday, his birthday, but never checked into a hotel he’d booked in the area that night, nor the hotel he’d booked in Las Vegas the next night. Updated: 3:57 PM KUSI Newsroom March 15, 2018 Posted: March 15, 2018 Joshua Tree Search & Rescue crews put out a missing persons notice for Hanks on Wednesday, a day before he was discovered.“It appears that he fell about 20 feet (and) sustained some head injuries,” Land said. “We don’t know the exact nature of all of his injuries, but he was conscious (and) he was talking to rescuers.”The ranger said search and rescue crews were “ecstatic” to find Hanks alive and alert. The victim was airlifted out of the park Thursday evening and taken to a hospital for treatment.“Obviously, we always hope for the best, but we were getting to the point with the way the weather conditions have been, and some of the environmental concerns, it was getting critical,” Land said. “I can’t express how happy I am, and I’m sure the family is, that their loved one is going to be coming home.”Hanks, an attorney, was described as an experienced hiker who was in good physical condition prior to suffering the injury. According to various media outlets, he lives in the East County, either in Santee or La Mesa.In his biography for the Santee Legal Center, Hanks was described as a Rhode Island native who moved to Southern California “in pursuit of warmer weather to suit his outdoor interests.” He listed those interests as “tennis, bicycle riding, hiking, rock climbing and off-roading.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police investigate fatal semitruck accident in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating a semi-truck accident that killed a bicyclist, Monday, witnesses say.The semi-truck collided with a bicyclist in the southbound lanes of federal highway, just south of Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach.According to a witness, the cyclist died at the scene, Monday morning.Police are currently investigating what happened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Jawa spoils Enfields party Eicher Motors sinks 75 as December sales plummet

first_imgThe wannabe Indian two-wheeler aficionados’ love for retro models once resurrected Royal Enfield in India. Now, that same undying passion for the retro is turning out as Enfield’s biggest challenge in the country.On Wednesday, shares in Eicher Motors, which makes Royal Enfield bikes in India, sank as much as 7.5 percent on poor sales numbers in December.Enfield had defied the odds to become the favourite bike in town and country alike, giving bouts of fright to two-wheeler makers focused on lean, mean and less costly machines that offered greater value for money. Often the rivalry resulted in hilarious ambush advertising.Yet Enfield’s joyride went on uninterrupted. Until this December, that is. The company said on Tuesday sales in December dropped more than 13 percent to 58,278 units, down from 66,968 in the same period the previous year. Jawa Firty Two parked inside Pune dealershipFacebook/ Jawa MotorcyclesThe drop came after direct rival Jawa Motorcycles advanced with the launch of three cult brands in India after a gap of decades. In November, Enfield had seen a drop of 4 percent in sales. The blow in December was heavier, after Mahindra & Mahindra’s subsidiary Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd offered pre-booking for the Jawa models that ooze nostalgia and a rich legacy.Classic Legends is offering two classic-styled bikes named Jawa and Forty Two along with a bobber model christened, the Perak. The Forty Two costs Rs 1.55 lakh, Jawa Rs 1.64 lakh and the Perak comes with a price tag of Rs 1.89 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).Jawa Motorcycles has opened two dealerships in the country and plans are afoot to open more than 100. By March 2019, the bikemaker plans to take the dealership count to 125 serving 25 states and three union territories.Stiffening challengeAnalysts have said the challenge from Jawa will inflict continued damage to Enfield. “This weakness in demand might continue in near future, considering the substantial increase in cost of ownership (insurance, rear disc brake and ABS related) and Jawa has emerged as a reasonable alternative for potential RE customers,” Motilal Oswal said in a research note,” according to the LiveMint. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/6:08Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-6:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The fact that Jawa has burnt Enfield’s tent it obvious from the sales data for December. While domestic sales sank as much as 14 percent, export numbers for Royal Enfield remained robust. Clearly the brand is facing an India challenge from Jawa.Eicher Motors shares were down 7.5 percent intraday at Rs 21,455 on the NSE. Ashish Joshi, CEO, Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd. on Jawa dealerships in Bangalore Plans for India and whats nextlast_img read more

JCD forms partial committees of its 24 units

first_img.Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of BNP, on Tuesday announced the partial committees of its 24 organisational units.JCD acting president Mamunur Rashid and general secretary Akramul Hasan approved the committees, said a press release.The units have been asked to form full-pledged committees by a month.The JCD 24 units are Lalmonirhat, Bogura,Joypurhat, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj Cumilla city, Cumilla South, Chandpur, Lakhmipur, Kushtia, Magura, Chuadanga, Jhalakati, Jhenidah, Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Moulvibazar, Munshiganj, Narayanganj city, Narayanganj district, Noakhali, Sunamganj, Khagrachhari and Rangamati.last_img read more

Amnesty urges war crimes probe on UAErun prisons in Yemen

first_imgIn this 11 May 2017 file photo, a former detainee covers his face for fear of being detained again, as he shows how he was kept in handcuffs and leg shackles while held in a secret prison at Riyan airport in the Yemeni city of Mukalla. In a report released Thursday, 12 July 2018, Amnesty International called for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and likely deaths in detention facilities in southern Yemen as possible war crimes. Photo : APAn international rights group on Thursday called for an investigation into alleged disappearances, torture and possible deaths in detention facilities run by the United Arab Emirates and its allied militias in southern Yemen as potential war crimes.Amnesty International’s call comes months after The Associated Press reported that the UAE and allied militias were running a network of secret detention facilities where torture and abuses were widespread, outside the control of Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi’s government.In a report titled “God only knows if he’s alive,” Amnesty said it documented “egregious violations going unchecked, including systemic enforced disappearance and torture and other ill-treatment amounting to war crimes.”The UAE issued a statement Thursday promptly rejecting Amnesty’s report, describing it as “politically motivated to undermine” Emirati efforts as part of the Saudi-led coalition in support of the Yemeni government.In Yemen’s 3-year-old civil war, the UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition battling Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as Houthis who have taken over most of the country’s north. Ostensibly, the Emiratis and Hadi’s government are allies in the fight, but tensions between them have been high.The UAE has built up militias across southern Yemen that government officials say are only loyal to the Emiratis. Those forces have taken over wide swaths of territory in the south, including towns and cities.Amnesty said that these militias were “created, trained, equipped and financed” by the UAE and are “operating outside the command of their own government.” The Emiratis, it added, have also built alliances with Yemeni security officials that bypass the Yemeni government. The UAE has repeatedly denied it is involved in unlawful detention practices in Yemen. On Sunday, Anwar Gargash, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs, dismissed reports that his country controls prisons as “fake news.” Amnesty said the denials come “despite all the evidence to the contrary.”Amnesty said it investigated the cases of 51 men allegedly detained by UAE-backed militias between March 2016 and May 2018 in Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Hadramawt and Shabwa provinces. It said most of the cases involved forced disappearances, and 19 of the men remain missing.”The families of these detainees find themselves in an endless nightmare where their loved ones have been forcibly disappeared by UAE-backed forces,” said Tirana Hassan, crisis response director at Amnesty. “When they demand to know where their loved ones are held, or if they are even still alive, their requests are met with silence or intimidation.”Amnesty said it had documented “widespread use of torture and other ill-treatment in Yemeni and Emirati facilities.” Current and former detainees and families gave “horrific accounts of abuse including beatings, use of electric shocks and sexual violence,” the watchdog said.The report quoted an unnamed detainee as saying that he saw a fellow detainee being carried away in a body bag after being repeatedly tortured.”Ultimately these violations … should be investigated as war crimes. Both the Yemeni and UAE governments should take immediate steps to end them and provide answers to the families whose husbands, fathers, brothers and sons are missing,” Hassan said.In the AP’s investigation last year, former prisoners and security officials described widespread torture at prisons run by the Emiratis and their militias. Thousands of Yemenis swept up in the US-backed campaign against al-Qaida have been held in the prisons without being charged or tried. Some have been interrogated by US personnel inside the facilities, the AP found.”The UAE does not manage or run prisons in Yemen,” said the Emiratis’ statement on Thursday. “Prisons in Yemen are under Yemeni authority and fall under the jurisdiction of the country’s institutions.”On Monday, Yemeni interior minister Ahmed Al-Maysari demanded the UAE shut down or hand over secret prisons. It was the first time he had gone public with the demand in talks with an Emirati official, seeming to contradict the UAE’s repeated denials that it has authority over any prisons in Yemen.Dozens of detainees have been freed from the facilities since the AP did an investigation in June detailing sexual abuse and torture at the sites. Sexual abuses were filmed as a way to turn suspects into informants, detainees reported.Amnesty’s report also urged the UAE’s counter-terrorism partners, including the United States, to “take a stand against allegations of torture, including by investigating the role of US personnel in detention-related abuses in Yemen.”last_img read more

Microsofts limited edition Gears of War Xbox One S leaks

first_imgThe Xbox One S hits stores this August to presumably replace the existing Xbox One model. It is reasonable to expect that this new SKU of the Xbox One will also get special edition bundles just like its predecessor. After all, one of the most effective ways to sell a system, especially a brand new one, is to offer consumers a slick-looking limited edition of it. If a recent leak turns out to be true, then we can expect one of the first Xbox One S bundles to come with Microsoft’s biggest game of the year: Gears of War 4.An industry insider by the handle of ekim posted a picture of a Gears of War 4 Xbox One S bundle on Twitter. The console is blood red and adorned with the famous Gears of War cog. The controller is similarly styled. The system comes in a box that features the game’s cover art. The price of the console will supposedly be $449, though ekim does state that this price is subject to change.Ah well… here you go. 🙂— ekim (@ekim_gaf) July 13, 2016Ekim also posted a picture of the digital download code that comes with the game. Gears of War 4 is a “Play Anywhere” title, which means that consumers have the option of playing it on the Xbox One or on Windows 10 PC.That’s the download code you get with the bundle.— ekim (@ekim_gaf) July 13, 2016 With Gears of War 4 getting a console bundle, we can expect Microsoft to release similar bundles for some of its other big games. The next obvious candidate would be Forza Horizon 3. It is possible we’ll see a ReCore bundle as well. These bundles don’t have to be limited to Xbox console exclusives either. There could also be bundles for other big titles like Watch Dogs 2, Battlefield 1, and Titanfall 2. We won’t know for certain until Microsoft decides to announce any of its upcoming bundles, but we can be sure that it will release a good handful of them during the holidays and beyond in order to make the Xbox One S a success, at least until it’s time for Project Scorpio.last_img read more