A 12-year-old girl was slapped 168 times over a period of six days by her classmates at a residential school on the instructions of their teacher, the child’s father complained to school authorities and police. However, the school principal K. Sagar termed it a “friendly” punishment. “They were not strong slaps but mild and friendly ones. We will also talk to the parents. We don’t allow corporal punishment in the school. The girl is weak in studies and doesn’t complete her assignments,” Mr. Sagar said, adding that the teacher chose this form punishment to improve her performance in school. The incident took place at the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Thandla town here and the girl’s father, Shivpratap Singh, told police that she was slapped 168 times between January 11-16 for not completing her homework.The girl is a student of Class VI at the school.He told police that the school’s science teacher, Manoj Kumar Verma, on January 11, asked his daughter’s classmates to slap her as a form of punishment and 14 girls slapped her two times every day for six days.Mr. Singh also stated in his complaint, filed a couple of days ago, that his child was unwell and therefore was unable to complete her homework. He alleged that the school was aware of the child’s illness. He also told police that his daughter fell ill due to fear and distress and refused to go to school, following which she had to be admitted to a local hospital.Thandla police station in-charge S.S. Baghel confirmed that a complaint had been received but added that no injury was found during medical examination conducted on the girl. “We had received a complaint. No injury was found during the medical examination of the girl. Our team also visited the school and found that such an incident had occurred. We are investigating further. However, no formal case has been registered so far,” he said. District Collector Ashish Saxena said that the issue had come to his knowledge and he had ordered an investigation.
In response, the ICC commissioned an independent expert In response, the ICC commissioned an independent expert to review all of the Qatar laboratorys findings. Whilst the independent expert concluded that the Qatar laboratory had correctly identified 19-Norandrostenedione in the samples, that experts view was that an adverse analytical finding by the laboratory was not sustainable, because, for various scientific and technical reasons, it could not be ruled out that the 19-Norandrostenedione was produced naturally in the players body and/or formed in the samples after the player provided them. These concerns were immediately presented by the ICC to the Qatar laboratory, which has yesterday confirmed that it has withdrawn the Adverse Analytical Finding and is instead reporting an Atypical Finding. It has advised that no specific further investigation of the players two samples is warranted, but has recommended the monitoring of the players steroid profile moving forward. As a result, the ICC has immediately withdrawn the disciplinary proceedings previously brought against Mr Perera, and he is therefore free to train and compete domestically and internationally again without restriction with immediate effect. Richardson said: “Cricket is proud of its compliance with the structures and systems required by WADA and takes comfort from the fact that samples are tested in accordance with WADA-approved standards and at WADA-accredited laboratories. However, the ICC is troubled in this case by the fact that the Qatar laboratory has issued an Adverse Analytical Finding that has then had to be withdrawn and replaced with an Atypical Finding. “Whilst I am confident that this is an isolated incident in respect of tests commissioned by the ICC, we are seeking an urgent explanation from WADA and the laboratory in an attempt to understand what has transpired and what will be done to ensure it does not happen again. We will also immediately review our own internal processes to see whether there might be additional steps over and above those required by WADA that the ICC could put in place in order to give international cricketers further comfort.” He went on to say: “Had it not been for the diligence of Mr Perera?s legal team and the ICCs own desire to uncover the explanation for the reported findings, the consequences could well have been different, and that should be of concern to all involved in the fight against doping. We regret what Mr Perera has had to endure, and would like to commend him for the manner in which he has conducted himself throughout this period.” PTI AH AHadvertisement
According to the electoral college, support of 37 MLAs isAccording to the electoral college, support of 37 MLAs is required for a candidates entry into the Rajya Sabha and 32 for Legislative Council.As per the present party-wise strength in the 403-member UP Assembly, SP can win six Rajya Sabha and seven Council seats with 229 members in the Vidhan Sabha.Samajwadi Party candidates Amar Singh, Beni Prasad Verma, realtor Sanjay Seth, Sukhram Singh Yadav, Reoti Raman Singh and Vishwambhar Prasad Nishad and a seventh candidate Surendra Nagar have alreay filed their nominations papers for Rajya Sabha.Eight SP candidates for the UP Legislative Council – Balram Yadav, Shatrudra Prakash, Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Ram Sundar Das, Jagjivan Ram, Kamlesh Pathak and Rajvijay Singh – have also filed their nominations.BSP, with 80 MLAs, can easily win two seats each in Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council, with additional votes to spare.The BJP, which has 41 MLAs and one of its alliance partner Apna Dal, can get one candidate through to the Rajya Sabha. It is yet to announce its candidate.Congress with 29 MLAs and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), which has eight MLAs, has not announced any candidates yet. PTI SAB SUK DV SUK
New Delhi, Sep 7 (PTI) Ace cueist Pankaj Advani has been recommended for Padma Bhushan, Indias third-highest civilian honour, by the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI). Advani, a 15-time world champion in billiards and snooker, was also recommended for the honour last year before being overlooked for the award. “Yes, we have recommended Pankaj for the second year in a row. He is a deserving candidate and hopefully he would get the award this time,” BSFI secretary S Balasubramanian told PTI. Advani has already been conferred with a Padma Shri (2009), Khel Ratna (2005-06) and Arjuna Award (2004). The Padma awards are given for distinguished and exceptional achievements, service in fields such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry. Last date for receipt of the nominations for the Padma awards is September 15, according to a notification issued by the Home Ministry. The nominations/recommendations are placed before the awards committee, constituted by the Prime Minister. The winners will be announced on the eve of Republic Day. PTI BS SSC SSC
Didier Deschamps is reluctant to back Thierry Henry to take charge of Monaco as the Ligue 1 side are yet to part ways with Leonardo Jardim.Reports in France have suggested Jardim, who led Monaco to the title in 2016-17, will be dismissed after a poor start to the current campaign.Henry started out with Monaco before developing into one of the world’s top strikers at Arsenal, while he played with Deschamps for France during a glittering playing career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Belgium coach has been linked with taking over at Monaco but Deschamps referenced Henry previously being lined up for the Bordeaux job earlier in the year, only for the deal to fall apart.”I don’t know if you always have the right information but so far nothing is official yet,” Deschamps told reporters. “It was the same case in Bordeaux at the beginning of the season. But I wish him [Henry] all the best.”’Titi’ has taken some time to make his choice, he is doing well with Belgium. If he gets this opportunity, which is not confirmed yet, he should jump in the deep end at some point.”So let’s wait and see. Maybe tomorrow you’ll tell me that he is not going to Monaco eventually.”And there is still a coach. Leonardo Jardim is the coach, even if I like Thierry Henry I don’t want to anticipate things as I respect Jardim. I’m not sure it would happen as everyone is announcing.”Henry quit his role as a television pundit this year to concentrate on his coaching career.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Iowa and Mississippi State will ring in the New Year in the Outback Bowl on January 1. They will be the first college football game to kick off in 2019.Both programs completed solid, if not spectacular regular seasons. The Hawkeyes and Bulldogs both went 8-4, so win No. 9 is the goal in this one on both sidelines.ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg released his prediction for the game earlier today.Here it is:Both of these teams underachieved a bit this season. Both are talented at the line of scrimmage and can shut down opposing offenses. Mississippi State is the pick because of defensive line tandem Montez Sweat and Jeffrey Simmons, who force Iowa’s Nathan Stanley into some mistakes. Tight end Noah Fant’s absence also hurts the Hawkeyes in this one.Prediction: Mississippi State 28, Iowa 17You can see all of Rittenberg’s bowl predictions here.Mississippi State and Iowa will kick off at noon ET on Jan. 1 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.ESPN2 will broadcast the game.
His production this season is so remarkable that he has nearly as many touchdown passes as incompletions.AJ McCarron, Greg McElroy and Jalen Hurts have all had their share of great moments at Alabama. However, none of those quarterbacks mentioned were able to accomplish what Tagovailoa has.Tua Tagovailoa is the first Alabama player with 4 pass TD in consecutive games in school history.This season, Tagovailoa has thrown for 16 Pass TD, while committing just 22 incompletions. pic.twitter.com/yq5IyEz04m— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 21, 2019Tagovailoa might not see much action in the second half with the way Alabama is playing against Southern Miss. If he does get the majority of the snaps the rest of the way through, it’ll be interesting to see how crazy his stat line looks.We’ll see if Tagovailoa can extend his school record to three-straight games when the Crimson Tide host the Ole Miss Rebels next Saturday. SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates his first quarter touchdown throw against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa continues to play so well that it’s becoming hard to blame the Miami Dolphins for tanking. In just the first half of action this afternoon, the talented southpaw set a school record.Last weekend, Tagovailoa picked apart South Carolina’s secondary with 444 passing yards and five touchdowns. Somehow, he might put up better numbers today.With the first half coming to end between Alabama and Southern Miss, Tagovailoa already has 238 passing yards and four touchdowns.Tagovailoa has become the first Alabama player in school history to have four passing touchdowns in consecutive games.
Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Pineapples on pizza. The gold versus blue dress. Gnomes on your lawn. These are the polarizing topics that pit friend against friend, brother against brother. While we may never come to terms on some of these, there is finally an answer to the centuries old gnome debate and it’s Plato Design’s Nino Garden Gnome. People have been placing figurines in their gardens as far back as ancient Roman times. Throughout time, gnomes have represented everything from a wish for fertility to “helpers” with housework. But the popularity of these little guys has ebbed and flowed over the centuries. Originally only for the wealthy (because they were the only ones with gardens in the first place), gnomes had gone out of fashion by the start of the 20th century. And then a little movie called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came along and the great gnome debate truly began. Once the Great Depression ended, the average working-class family could afford a house with a front lawn and they wanted to decorate that lawn with these whimsical bearded blokes.In the last few decades, garden gnomes have once again gone out of fashion, relegated to the yards of sweet old grandmothers and that one weird neighbor who loves tacky lawn ornaments. That’s probably because gnomes aren’t exactly stylish. They’re silly, tacky, and frankly, a little creepy. But the Nino Garden Gnome is none of those things. In fact, it’s so stylish, you may end up using it as an indoor art piece rather than an outdoor decoration.Made from hand-worked cement, the Nino Garden Gnome has a super stylish, brutalist design. Standing thirteen inches tall, Nino is monochromatic (color choices are white, gray, or dusty rose), allowing him to fit right in with any decor. At a cost of $103, Nino is quite a bit more pricey than your average gnome. However the careful detailing and high style mean the Nino Garden Gnome is anything but average. If you’re going to display a brutalist garden gnome on your front lawn, you probably should keep that lawn as perfect as possible to eliminate any ground for neighbors to complain about your home’s appearance. This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie
zoomImage Courtesy: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding South Korean shipbuilder STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is to be put under court receivership as its union failed to accept the company’s restructuring plan.The shipbuilder’s creditors, led by the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), said that they would place the financially troubled company under court receivership “in principle”, according to Yonhap News Agency.The creditors previously intended to issue refund guarantees for new ships and keep the company afloat, provided that STX Offshore and its labor union agree on the restructuring measures that included a 75 percent reduction in workforce. The shipbuilder was given a deadline, which expired at midnight Monday.Although STX Offshore’s labor union, which earlier staged strike actions, managed to reach an agreement on a voluntary retirement program and other reductions in work benefits, it refused to agree on the workforce cuts.The cash-strapped shipbuilder previously filed for court receivership with the Seoul Central District Court on May 27, 2016.In mid-2017, the Seoul Bankruptcy Court decided to finalize the shipbuilder’s receivership process as STX made considerable progress in its economic recovery and managed to adhere to the debt payment schedule proposed under its previous rescue plan.World Maritime News Staff
ATHENS, Greece – Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold, one of Greece’s largest foreign investors, said Monday it planned to suspend investment at its mines in Greece following what it said are government delays in the issuing of permits and licenses.Eldorado, which runs Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold, operates mines in northern Greece that have faced vehement opposition from parts of local communities on environmental grounds, with protests often turning violent.Eldorado said in an announcement it would continue maintenance and environmental safeguards but would make no further investment in three mines in the Halkidiki area of northern Greece and two projects in the northeastern province of Thrace.“Despite repeated attempts by Eldorado and its Greek subsidiary, Hellas Gold, to engage constructively with the Greek government, the Ministry of Energy and Environment … and other government agencies, delays continue in issuing routine permits and licences for the construction and development of the Skouries and Olympias projects in Halkidiki, northern Greece,” the company said. “These permitting delays have negatively impacted Eldorado’s project schedules and costs, ultimately hindering the Company’s ability to effectively advance development and operation of these assets.”The company, which employs more than 2,000 people in Greece, said the “suspension and termination of contractors and employees” would be done according to Greek law.A day earlier, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stressed his left-led coalition government’s credentials as being friendly to business and investments, at a trade fair in the northern city of Thessaloniki.Greece has been struggling to emerge from a deep financial crisis that has wiped out more than a quarter of its economy and left the country reliant on three international bailouts. Attracting foreign investment has been seen as a key in standing on its own feet again.But the Halkidiki mines have been mired in controversy for decades, with Eldorado’s predecessors facing similar protests. Many in the local communities are vehemently opposed to the development of the mines on environmental grounds, saying local forests would be decimated and groundwater could be contaminated. The company has countered it is carrying out environmental cleanup work even of its predecessors and rejects accusations of pollution.When first elected on an anti-bailout platform in 2015, Tsipras’ government initially moved to suspend some of the permits that had been granted to the mining company.Eldorado said the Skoures and Olympias projects and Stratoni mine would start being placed “on care and maintenance” starting Sept. 22, at an estimated cost of $30 million, while environmental protection work would continue. It said sustaining maintenance costs would cost roughly $25 million per year.The company said it was still awaiting details from the government regarding pending arbitration, and pointed out Greece’s Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, had issued 18 decisions in its favour in various permit disputes.“It is extremely unfortunate to find ourselves at this impasse when we should be advancing an important commercial project in partnership with Greece and adding another 1,200 jobs to our current workforce of approximately 2,400 people,” said Eldorado Gold President George Burns.The company bought the old Cassandra Mines for nearly $2 billion in 2012. Burns said it had since invested a further $1 billion in Greece, a figure which would double if the company could fully develop its assets in Greece.“However, as a result of the delay in issuing permits by the Greek government, Eldorado is unable to continue investing in the country,” Burns said.The company president had scheduled a news conference in Athens later Monday morning.
APTN National NewsIt was an eventful weekend for a Cree community in northern Manitoba.The Misipawistik Cree Nation also known as Grand Rapids had members of a world renowned organization visit their region.It was also a chance for community members to share their experiences with development through their traditional territory.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.
New Delhi: Actors Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey are a part of the cast of the much-awaited second season of ‘Sacred Games’, which will stream on Netflix later this month. The first look of the second season of the series, which became an audience favourite within just a week of its launch last year, came out recently. “Season 2 is coming. Put your chattris in the air. ‘Sacred Games Season 2’. Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey and Pankaj Tripathi in season 2 of ‘Sacred Games’. Please take a moment to join us in screaming hysterically,” read a post on the official Twitter page of Netflix India. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerSeason 2, which promises a new trail of friendship, betrayal, crime, passion, and a thrilling chase through Mumbai’s underbelly, will witness Kalki as Batya, and Ranvir as Shahid Khan. “Personally, I am a fan of the series, and it is super awesome to be a part of the ‘Sacred Games’ and Netflix family. Season 2 promises to be much more exciting and I cannot wait for viewers to watch me in the series,” she said in a statement. Ranvir said: “The digital platform is so empowering and working on this audience-favourite show has been an absolute delight. My character Shahid Khan is a complete departure from any of the roles I’ve played before, and I’m looking forward to fans across the world bingeing on the new season.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upThe show is based on Vikram Chandra’s “Sacred Games”. The second season picks up from Sartaj Singh (actor Saif Ali Khan) pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai. The intriguing Guruji (actor Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in season one as Gaitonde’s ‘third father’, plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan have directed the new season. Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover continue their roles of being the showrunner and the lead writer, respectively.
By Karen Duarte Rabat- Awaiting the kick-off of the Russia 2018 World Cup match, the opening ceremony brought out a short and sweet performance by British pop star Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina. Standing on a giant half-football in the middle of the Luzhniki Stadium, dressed in a burgundy leopard skin suit and surrounded by dancers in shiny red costumes Robbie Williams welcomed fans and footballers alike. Following a rousing presentation of Let Me Entertain You, Williams was joined by Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, a vision in white for a duet of Robbie’s chart-topping single “Angels.”With 20-minutes till kick off, the opening ceremony ended with Ronaldo (the original, Brazilian version) joining Robbie and Aida.Ronaldo passed the ball to the Russian World Cup mascot Zabivaka, which might have been a symbolic “first kick.”About 80,000 people are expected to be in attendance at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium as the host team Russia faces Saudi Arabia in the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Tomorrow Morocco’s kick-off game against Iran will take place in the St. Petersburg Stadium at 3:00 p.m. (Moroccan time).
Rabat – Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani reportedly dismissed the secretary general of the Ministry of Health, Hicham Najmi, on September 17.The news went viral on Moroccan media this evening. Morocco’s news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) has not confirmed yet the official’s dismissal.Najmi has been at the center of a controversy over the last two months after a woman, who was allegedly with him in a hotel room in Agadir, jumped from a window in an alleged “suicide attempt.” Local media reported earlier this month that the professor is facing charges for his involvement in the incident. He may be charged with making “false statements,” and not helping a “person in danger.”The now-former secretary general claimed that the accusations against him are “rumors.”He claimed that he was accompanied by his wife when the accident took place. He said that the woman who jumped was in a nearby room at the second floor.Najmi told French speaking news outlet Le360 in August that he went to the room to help, but he found that the girl had fallen after she slipped from the window.The Ministry of Health appointed the official as a Secretary General in April 2018.
The brother and sister of the youth in Hambantota who escaped while in police custody have been arrested.According to the police, the brother and sister of the youth had protected him after he escaped from police custody. The youth had been arrested for stealing paddy but he was later reported missing and some police officers attached to the Hambantota police station were transferred over the incident.Following investigations the youth was found hiding in Dickwella and he was arrested. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 20, 2015 7:43 am MDT US stocks head higher in early trading; Delta Air Lines surges NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is opening the week higher.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained seven points, 0.4 per cent, to 2,027 in early trading Tuesday. Delta Air Lines rose the most in the index, 5.2 per cent, after the company’s quarterly results beat Wall Street expectations.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 33 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 17,543.The price of benchmark U.S. crude oil fell $2.02, or 4 per cent, to $47.11 a barrel.Major stock markets in Europe headed higher as a survey showed market optimism rose more in Germany than expected and a survey of bank lending showed more demand from companies for loans.
While urging the parties to maintain the recent de-escalation in fighting in war-battered Hudaydah that has provided a desperately needed respite to hundreds of thousands of civilians who remain in the Red Sea port city, the two senior UN officials said they were deeply concerned for the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.Conflict in Yemen – already one of the poorest countries in the world before the crisis – escalated in March 2015, when an Saudi-led international coalition intervened militarily at the request of the Yemeni presidency, against a widespread Houthi rebel insurgency.“Hostilities over the last several weeks in Hudaydah have taken a steep toll, including on health facilities directly damaged in crossfire or occupied by armed groups,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, and Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a joint statement.They were especially worried about Al Thawrah Hospital, which is the only facility in the city equipped to provide a full range of secondary and tertiary care, and therefore critical for millions of people in Hudaydah Governorate. More than 81,000 children were treated at the hospital in 2017, while over 45,000 have received treatment there so far this year. The hospital’s services include a malnutrition treatment facility, two intensive care units that are providing intensive emergency care including for newborn babies, and a cholera treatment centre that has treated 1,615 patients since August 2018.“Since the lull in hostilities, Al Thawrah hospital has remained functional and accessible. However, front lines remain very close by, meaning any resumption of hostilities could quickly render the facility unusable,” said the officials.They noted that Al Thawrah had been damaged several times during fighting before the lull. And while other hospitals continue to operate in Hudaydah, none offer the level of care and services provided by Al Thawrah. Its continued operation is vital for the city and its surroundings.“We remind all parties to the conflict of their obligation to abide by the fundamental rules of distinction and proportionality and to take constant care – at all times – to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure, including Al Thawrah Hospital and all other health facilities,” they said.Ms. Fore and Mr. Lowcock called on the parties not to occupy or otherwise use civilian sites – including Al Thawrah – for military purposes, and stressed that the conflict parties should also guarantee that patients, their family members and medical staff have safe passage to and from the hospital at all times.They stressed: “A durable cessation of hostilities – part of a package of five measures – would be a welcome first step. Full implementation of all five measures – a cessation of hostilities, protection of the supply of food and essential goods, support for the economy, increased funding for the response, and engagement by the parties with the Special Envoy [for Yemen] to end the conflict – is essential to prevent potential catastrophe.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSerena beats sister Venus Williams to win record 23rd majorJanuary 28, 2017In “Sports”US Open 2018: Serena Williams accuses umpire of sexism after outbursts in finalSeptember 9, 2018In “latest news”‘Beyond disappointed’: Injured Serena withdraws from French Open before Sharapova clashJune 4, 2018In “Sports” (AFP) Tennis great Serena Williams hinted Tuesday that she’s expecting her first child, posting a photo of herself on Snapchat captioned “20 weeks”.The photo captured by US media, shows Williams in a yellow swimsuit with what appears to be a baby bump.Williams, 35, hasn’t played since beating her sister Venus in the final of the Australian Open in January to clinch a record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.She cited a knee injury in pulling out of tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March.In December she announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, first sharing that news on the Reddit social media site.
Israel’s Third International Rough Diamond Conference, to be held on February 11 – 12, 2008 at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv, will feature official delegations from most African diamond producing countries. This is in keeping with the Israel Diamond Institute’s (IDI) declared goal of intensifying relations between The Israeli Diamond Industry and African diamond producing countries. Among the African representatives speaking at the conference will be Angolan Minister of Geology and Mines Manuel Africano; Botswana Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Ponatshego Kedikilwe; Liberian Minister of Land, Mines and Energy Eugene Shannon and Democratic Republic of Congo Deputy Mining Minister Victor Kasongo. Each of the ministers will be accompanied by delegations of diamond mining officials from their respective countries.The broad participation of African governments will be in addition to speakers from the major companies engaged in diamond production, as well as several younger diamond exploration companies. The rough diamond conglomerate De Beers will be represented by Group Managing Director Gareth Penny and by DTC Managing Director Varda Shine. Senior officials from Gem Diamonds, Petra Diamonds, Shore Gold, Stornoway Diamond Corporation, Stellar Diamonds and Rockwell Diamonds have already confirmed participation. In addition participants will include leading figures from the world diamond industry and from centres in China, Brazil, Canada and Israel.IDI Chairman Moti Ganz noted that this conference is being held at a time of important changes in the global rough diamond pipeline. “This is a very significant juncture for the rough diamond industry, coming only weeks after major changes in the industry that have created serious challenges for manufacturing centers around the world. We chose to hold the conference at this time in order to explore ways to expand and augment current and future sources of rough supply.”www.roughdiamondconference.com
“Consistently achieving well beyond production and safety targets over the last 11 years” at Impala Platinum’s open pit mine near Rustenburg has led to Concor Opencast Mining renewing the contract for another year, according to the company. George Killian, Concor’s Site Manager at the mine comments: “The annualtargets are set jointly by Impala Platinum and Concor Opencast Mining. The scope of work comprises extraction from a narrow reef dipping at approximately9° to a depth of between 30 to 35 m, crushing the material to 300 mm and delivery to the stockpile. The mine draws material from the stockpile for transportation to the processing plant where platinum and other minerals are extracted.”Concor Opencast Mining’s contract also includes the rehabilitation of the mined areas, of which 26 have been completed to date. “We are following the outcrop reef comprising the Merensky reef and the UG2 reef,” Killian says. “The strike length is 14 km. Up to mid-June this year we had 2.5 million m³ of top soil, 19.6 million m³ of overburden and 921 000 m³ of reef material. The corresponding figures for the Merensky reef are 1.6 million m³ of topsoil, 9.4 million m³ of overburden and 1 million m³ of reef material.”Frank O’Toole, Impala Platinum’s mine manager for the opencast operation, says that Concor Opencast Mining “has met and exceeded our expectations in all areas – safety, production and community relations,” adding “our first priority is safety and we expect quality work. Production targets must be delivered otherwise the operation is uneconomic. In addition, community relations are challenging and we require Concor Opencast Mining to be involved with all affected stakeholders, including farmers. High standards must be maintained in those interactions to foster good relationships. Concor Opencast Mining is doing well in all these areas.”Killian attributes his team’s success to high levels of planning and discipline coupled with a strong adherence to safety standards. Among the challenges faced by the team are geological – presented by potholes, dykes and fractures in the reefs, all of which impact on productivity – and interfacing with communities in the Bafokeng area which are affected by the blasting and mining operations. Turning to safety, Killian states that the open pit operation has worked four and ahalf million hours with no fatalities. Last September, the operation was awarded platinum safety medals by Impala Platinum and received Concor Opencast Mining’sdivisional safety award for achieving zero lost time injuries for a full year. The site’s short term objective is to achieve two years without lost time injuries.“We adhere strictly to the Murray & Roberts “Stop-Think” safety programme,” Killian says. “We start each shift with a safety meeting for management andforemen, and thereafter with operators and the remainder of the workforce. Safety talks are held again at the close of each shift.” Weekly safety audits are carried out by Concor Opencast Mining while Impala undertakes 40 day safety audits. Visible felt leadership (VFL) forms part of the safety environment aimed at influencing and transforming behaviour.” Concor Opencast Mining employs 200 permanent people on site. Opencast mining is plant intensive and 35 machines are in use, ranging from a 70 t excavator to 45 t rigid trucks and 30 t ADTs. Two 9.5 hour shifts are worked five days a week and one shift is worked on Saturdays.