The mining sector worldwide remains under pressure to reduce operating costs and this has seen a number of plants cutting back on essential maintenance in an effort to decrease what is perceived to be unnecessary expenditure. This stance is cause for concern as cutting back on maintenance will increase long term operational costs on a plant.Mark Baller, Managing Director of Weba Chute Systems, says this is particularly true when taking short cuts in maintaining material transfer chutes and systems.He explains that when cutting back on maintenance activities on transfer points the focus is almost always on reducing the cost of individual parts, components or tasks and not on the total cost of ownership. This can result in cutbacks in inappropriate areas leading to subsequent future additional costs.“While we understand this is a tough time for the mining sector, and operations are under extreme cost pressure, the sourcing of cheaper alternatives will not save costs over the medium to long term for the plant,” Baller says.He points to actual instances where damage caused through the installation of inferior components manifested itself within the first months of such a decision, and led to substantial unplanned expenditure, both in terms of production and repair to the transfer point.An example would be where an existing chute is modified to accommodate cheaper wearing parts.Weba Chute Systems are specifically engineered to control the direction, flow and velocity of material being transferred, and through this these transfer chutes and systems are able to achieve equipment plant availability as high as 90 to 95%.Modifying an existing engineered chute system will adversely affect the dynamics of material transfer which, in turn, affects the performance of the chute leading to issues such as increased friction, blockages, spillage, higher rates of wear and inevitably unplanned downtime.“It is in the difficult times that OEM suppliers and customers must work hand-in-hand to ensure the sustainability of the operation, and we would urge customers to communicate with us as it is through this approach that maintenance programmes can be tailored to suit individual customer needs and budgets, and assist in ensuring that equipment is kept in optimal running condition.”Close collaboration is critical between both parties to ensure that the solution is beneficial to the customer while allowing the vendor to provide ongoing support services with the objective of doing so cost effectively without sacrificing on quality or productivity.Baller says that customers invest in Weba Chute Systems technology because of the inherent advantages offered to the operation and especially that of the bottom line long term. “It therefore makes no sense for plants to risk the performance advantages that the Weba Chute offers by using an inferior maintenance system,” he concludes.
The significant initial payment associated with traditional mine planning software purchases can be a real hurdle for mining companies in today’s market. This is why mining software group Minemax says it is rolling out a new subscription option for Minemax planning and scheduling software starting from US$720 per month.“With Minemax subscriptions, you can have access to industry-recognised, best-of-breed mine planning and schedule optimisation software without worrying about how you’re going to get budget approval for a capital item. Subscriptions usually come under your company’s operating budget and are far easier on your cash flow. Subscription sits squarely in between the traditional perpetual licence purchase and short-term rentals. It’s a cost effective option if you know you need mine planning and scheduling software for more than a month or so, but would have trouble getting approval for the outright purchase of a perpetual licence.”According to CEO Jim Butler, “Our customers and other friends in the industry have asked for something that bridges the gap between a perpetual licence and short-term rentals and we’re pleased to meet that request now with our subscription service. Subscribers will have access to the same fast and easy-to-use software, together with our responsive service, while maintaining a smooth cash flow.” Minemax will continue to provide perpetual licence options and short term rentals for those customers who prefer these options
NASA is hosting a little party for the final launch of the Space Shuttle (STS-135) planned for July 8th at 11:26am EDT. The launch of Atlantis will mark the final chapter of NASA’s Space Shuttle program which began operational test flights in 1982 and will end with 135 launches of the spacecraft. The Space Shuttle fleet included the Enterprise, which was used just for terrestrial test flights, and five fully operational orbiters. Near the end of the program, only three operational orbiters remained as a result of the Challenger spacecraft being lost during takeoff in January 1986 and Columbia disintegrating during re-entry in February 2003 as a result of wing damage the spacecraft experienced during take-offTo ensure the program goes out in style, NASA has invited 150 followers of the space agency’s Twitter account to the final launch. The followers were randomly selected from a pool of more than 5,500 online registrants during a 24-hour period between June 1st and June 2nd. They have been invited to the Kennedy Space Station in Florida where they will get a visit to the launch pad and even an opportunity to wave to crew members of Atlantis on their way to the spacecraft.AdChoices广告On the morning of July 7th, the group will have an opportunity to speak with Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, astronaut Mike Massimino and Angie Brewer, space shuttle Atlantis’ flow director, in a Tweetup which will be broadcast via UStream. A special guest joining the group will be Elmo from Sesame Street who is being filmed for an upcoming segment on the children’s show in which he learns about space exploration at NASA.Members of the Tweetup are being encouraged to share experiences through their Twitter accounts which are expected to reach more than 1.5 million combined followers. Those interested will be able to follow Tweetup participants through the #NASATweetup hashtags and through the STS-135 Twitter page. This Tweetup marks the fifth time the space agency has invited Twitter followers to experience a space shuttle launch.Read more at NASA
Free Mobile : tarif préférentiel mais provisoireFree s’est vu accorder le droit d’utiliser les terminaisons d’appel à un tarif préférentiel. Mais cette possibilité ne devrait pas s’inscrire dans la durée.Le lancement de Free Mobile, prévu pour fin 2011 ou début 2012, s’est vu donner un joli coup de pouce de la part de l’Autorité de la concurrence. LCI.fr a en effet annoncé que Free pourrait disposer d’un tarif préférentiel provisoire des prix de gros des terminaisons d’appel. “La fixation – à titre provisoire – d’une terminaison d’appel asymétrique en faveur de Free Mobile pourrait permettre de corriger les distorsions de concurrence induites par les niveaux encore élevés de terminaison d’appel “, explique ainsi l’Autorité dans un communiqué.Un bon coup de main qui dervait permettre à Free d’aligner des tarifs tout à fait intéressants pour sa future clientèle. Xavier Niel, le PDG d’Illiad, la société-mère de Free, avait ainsi promis que les offres seraient comprises entre 5,90 euros et 27 euros par mois, des tarifs très agressifs par rapport à la concurrence des trois oéprateurs historiques. Le 12 décembre 2011 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard appears set to join Southampton after a £18m fee was agreed on between the clubs, reports Sky SportsThe Denmark international will partake in a medical examination later this week ahead of his move to the Premier League this summer.The transfer to Southampton will mark the first time that Vestergaard has played outside of Germany after previous stints with Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The 25-year-old will becomes Mark Hughes’ third signing of the summer transfer window with the Saints’ boss having already acquired Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong from Swiss side FC Basel and SPL champions Celtic respectively.Southampton will undoubtedly hope that the arrival of Vestergaard will strengthen their defensive options for next term after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League last season.Vestergaard may get his first taste of English football on August 12, when Southampton host Burnley at St Mary’s for their opening league game of the season.
Share AP Photo/Richard DrewTrader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 2, 2018. U.S. stocks are skidding Monday morning after China raised import duties on U.S. pork, apples and other products.U.S. stocks are tumbling Monday after China officially raised import duties on U.S. pork, apples and other products. It’s a fairly small move but investors are worried it could be step toward a trade war that harms global commerce and company profits.Meat producer Tyson Foods is among the biggest losers on Wall Street. Investors are also dumping some of their recent favorites, including technology companies like Microsoft, and Amazon, the target of numerous critical tweets from President Donald Trump over the last few days.KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index skidded 71 points, or 2.7 percent, to 2,569 as of 1:36 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 623 points, or 2.6 percent, to 23,480. The Nasdaq composite slumped 212 points, or 3 percent, to 6,850. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 34 points, or 2.3 percent, to 1,494.U.S. markets were closed Friday for the Good Friday holiday. The benchmark index lost 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 following nine straight quarters of gains.TRADE FEARS: China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. goods in response to U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Tyson Foods slumped $4.42, or 6 percent, to $68.77.A bigger dispute looms over Trump’s approval of possible higher duties on Chinese goods. There are a number of points of contention between China and Washington, Europe and Japan over a state-led economic model they complain hampers market access, protects Chinese companies and subsidizes exports in violation of Beijing’s free-trade commitments. Meanwhile the U.S., Canada and Mexico continue to hold talks about potential changes to NAFTA.The price of gold climbed 1.2 percent to $1,343.60 an ounce and silver jumped 2 percent to $16.60 an ounce as some investors took money out of stocks and looked for safer investments.THE QUOTE: After a month of public negotiations between the U.S. and several other countries, Monday marked the first time another country has formally placed tariffs on U.S. goods in response to the Trump administration’s recent trade sanctions. Kate Warne, an investment strategist for Edward Jones, said the step by China is small but significant.“The fact that a country has actually raised tariffs in retaliation is an important step in the wrong direction,” she said. “The tariffs imposed by China today lead to greater worries that we will see escalating tariffs and the possibility of a much bigger impact than investors were anticipating last week. And that could be true for Mexico as well as for China.”PRIME TARGET: Amazon fell another $70.84, or 4.9 percent, to $1,376.50. After peaking at almost $1,600 a share last month, Amazon has slumped with the market recently. Trump repeatedly criticized the company of late over issues including taxes and Amazon’s shipping deals with the U.S. Postal Service. Much of Trump’s criticism has come after unfavorable reporting in The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos but is a separate company from Amazon.Warne, of Edward Jones, said investors are being cautious for now, but it’s not clear if anything will come of Trump’s badmouthing the company.“There isn’t an agency that goes through Trump’s tweets and acts on them,” she said.Despite its recent losses, Amazon stock is still up about 18 percent in 2018. It wasn’t the only market favorite to fall out of favor Monday. Microsoft dropped $2.97, or 3.3 percent, to $88.30 and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, shed $31.13, or 3 percent, to $1,006.01. Boeing slid $8.25, or 2.5 percent, to $319.63.WALMART GOES SHOPPING? Health insurer Humana rose following continued reports Walmart could buy the company or create a new partnership with it. The Wall Street Journal reported on the possible deal last week. Humana is a major provider of Medicare Advantage coverage for people age 65 and older. Humana gained $10.99, or 4.1 percent, to $279.82 and Walmart slid $3.47, or 3.9 percent, to $85.50.Walmart has declined to comment.TESLA SLOWS: Tesla stock declined after the electric car maker said Friday that the vehicle in a fatal crash last week in California was operating on Autopilot mode, making it the latest accident to involve a semi-autonomous vehicle. Earlier this month, a self-driving Volvo SUV being tested by ride-hailing service Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.Tesla fell $13, or 4.9 percent, to $253.13. Nvidia, a chipmaker that reportedly stopped its own work on products for semi-autonomous cars after the recent incidents, lost $9.17, or 4 percent, to $222.42.BONDS: Bond prices recovered after an early dip. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note stayed at 2.74 percent after a sharp decline last week.COMMODITIES: Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.71, or 2.7 percent, to $63.23 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slid $1.33, or 1.9 percent, to $68.01 a barrel in London.Copper rose 2 cent to $3.05 a pound.CURRENCIES: The dollar declined to 105.99 yen from 106.50 yen. The euro dipped to $1.2288 from $1.2306.OVERSEAS: Trading in France, Germany and Britain was closed for Easter. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3 percent and South Korea’s Kospi fell almost 0.1 percent. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was closed as well. Andy Wong/APImported nuts from the United States are displayed for sale at a supermarket in Beijing, Monday, April 2, 2018. China raised import duties on U.S. pork, fruit and other products Monday.China announced late Sunday that it would retaliate for the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing its own import charges on a list of 128 U.S. goods, including agricultural products ranging from fruit to frozen pork.The new tariffs, which China’s Ministry of Finance says begin on Monday, add fuel to what many economists fear is a burgeoning trade war between the two economic superpowers.Beijing said it was suspending its obligations to the World Trade Organization to reduce tariffs on U.S. goods and would instead impose a 15 percent tariff on 120 U.S. goods, including fruit.On pork and seven other products, the duty would be 25 percent, the Ministry of Commerce said, according to Xinhua news agency.Beijing had warned last month that it was considering the tariffs on a range of products. It seems to have followed that script. Other items include wine and nuts, as well as aluminum scrap.The ministry said the U.S. had “seriously violated” the free-trade principles in the WTO rules.“China’s suspension of some of its obligations to the United States is its legitimate right as a member of the World Trade Organization,” the Chinese finance ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.The differences between the two countries should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation, the statement added.The salvo from China follows the U.S. imposition of tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum that were initially applied to several trading partners. However, the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea have all since been temporarily exempted, while the White House has threatened further tariffs on China.Last month, President Trump set in motion a further $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports to punish Beijing over the “theft” of intellectual property.The South China Morning Post writes:“… Beijing has so far held fire against major agricultural products such as soybeans or major industries such as aerospace giant Boeing – items that state-run daily Global Times suggests should be targeted.The nationalistic newspaper said in an editorial last week that China has ‘nearly completed its list of retaliatory tariffs on US products and will release it soon.’‘The list will involve major Chinese imports from the US,’ the newspaper wrote, without saying which items were on the document.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Kids Saving the Rainforest is having its first fundraiser since two young girls founded it in 1999. The nonprofit organization used to bring in enough proceeds for its Wildlife Rescue Center through a souvenir store, but with the downturn in the economy, the center will have to close if it can’t raise enough money to pay monthly expenses.The organization has a full-time wildlife vet, an animal caretaker and a guard living on the property. The rescue center is the only legal one in our region, and is a necessary part of the community. All injured wild animals are brought there by the community. Please help save the rain forest and rescue the rescue center. The fundraiser takes place from 1-5 p.m. at Byblos Hotel on Sept. 9 (National Children’s Day). There will be bands, kids’ activities, drinks, food, a raffle and lots of fun. Tickets are on sale at Hotel Byblos Resort, Jungle Juice, Sancho’s Restaurant and Hotel Mono Azul. They cost $25 for adults and $10 for children. If you can supply food or raffle prizes or would like to donate, contact Anita Myketuk at 2777-1002. Our Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee will provide logistical support to the municipality for the water sewage treatment plant and solid waste disposal issues. Representatives are consulting experts on water sewage treatment in low-lying areas. A chamber/municipal delegation met with officials at the Lohmeyer Water Sewage Treatment Plant in our sister U.S. city, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to learn about the various treatment processes. Unfortunately, this was as far as the chamber was able to go and it was up to the municipality to continue the process. Chamber board members also met with Chinese investors to open a dialogue on the establishment of a solid waste disposal plant for the Central Pacific region with the same results. The chamber is still meeting with the Health Department and other officials here and in San José. Thanks for all your hard work, chamber!–Jennifer Ricejennifer@kidssavingtherainforest.org Facebook Comments No related posts.
As far as how the season’s later timeline might affect market conditions, Sanders notes: “everybody’s a little bit delayed”. He clarifies: “Mexico’s a little delayed, so their season is running into ours, and if we’re a little delayed, our season runs into Oregon, you know everybody’s just kinda pushed back a little bit.”Meanwhile, he says blueberries across the state are beginning to “color up” in huge quantities and warmer weather is likely to hit California this week, with temperatures forecasted to rise above 32°C. As a result, growers are “going to see all these fresh high-quality blueberries coming off, not all at once, but at significant volumes. So, movement of the fruit is going to be paramount.”He emphasizes that organic blueberries are going to reign supreme this year, with the category’s expected volume to be “almost double” its total in 2018.”I think you’re going to continually see the organic category grow, to what level that is sustainable I’m not sure, but it’s going to continually grow just as the market, especially domestic and especially in California demands it.”According to Sanders, part of this can be attributed to a new method of blueberry cultivation – substrates. Rather than wait years for soil to be suitable enough to earn the “organic” label, many Californian growers are planting blueberries in substrates, which are above ground. This allows farmers to grow organics quickly to meet the rising demand for the commodity.While Sanders says this demand in nationwide, he adds: “California is really driving that organic category and it’s only going to continually grow…the Californian consumer is definitely geared towards wanting more and more organic food and this is something that is filling that need.”Sanders believes other categories will do well, though, remarking: “We’re looking forward to a positive and a strong season this year. I know that the berries that have initially started coming off…are good quality, good color, good size, and so I anticipate that trend to continue”. You might also be interested in April 23 , 2019 Mexico: Berry association says industry not affect … Shipping companies drop British flag to avoid Brex … Argentina: Northeastern orange, mandarin exports t … With California’s blueberry season kicking off, the California Blueberry Commission’s executive director Todd Sanders looks forward to a promising season.”We’re expecting a significantly larger crop than last year,” he says, adding the reasons for this are twofold.”One, that it’s just a larger crop in general, I think a lot of the commodities, not just blueberries, but cherries, apples, everything in the state of California is going to be a little bit larger than normal – also, last year, we had about a 25% crop loss due to frost, maybe 30%,” he comments.Yet, Sanders anticipates 2019’s volumes to not only exceed last year’s, but to surpass a typical season’s, explaining: “Compared to last year, we’re going to be 30% larger, but on average, we’re probably about 10-15% larger than we normally would be.”He predicts California will see this increased production despite its late start to harvestings. Speaking on the delay, he says: “This year we’re running a little bit late…There’s been a little bit cooler weather…so we’re running about seven to ten days later than normal.”Normally harvest in the south, southern California, would be starting to ramp up about a week or so ago, but… we’re just now starting to get our blueberries,” He adds. Q&A: Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado market’s i …
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Fight Night: Week 6.NFL.com writer Adam Schein broke down some of the top feuds in the NFL entering the 2015 season, placing the rift between Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and the Pittsburgh Steelers sixth.No matter how you spin it, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers let Arians go. And now, Arians is a two-time Coach of the Year and arguably a better head coach than Tomlin. In fact, personally, I’d take Arians over Tomlin.Arians is in a fantastic position in Arizona, but you know he still holds a grudge — and he should. Don’t think that it won’t be personal when the Cardinals visit the Steelers in Week 6. And you know what? The Cardinals are in better shape than the Steelers heading into 2015.Arians was with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-11, serving as the offensive coordinator starting in 2007. He then “retired,” eventually taking over as offensive coordinator (and later interim head coach) of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. He was hired as head coach by the Cardinals that following offseason.He led Arizona to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in 2014.Tomlin has taken the Steelers to the Super Bowl twice in his tenure as head coach, winning Super Bowl XLIII against the Cardinals with Arians as his offensive coordinator.Pittsburgh went 11-5 last season before being eliminated in the Divisional Round of the playoffs by the Baltimore Ravens. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
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