Development of new diamond mines equivalent to the current annual output of Botswana is needed to balance the gap expected by 2010 in diamond supply and demand. This was one of the conclusions today of James Allan, Principal of Johannesburg-based corporate finance and advisory firm, James Allan and Associates, addressing the 2006 World Diamond Conference in Perth. He said current global mine production is estimated at $11.3 billion by 2010. Of that, Botswana at 25% and Canada and South Africa, each with around 15-16% of world output, would dominate production.“Demand growth for diamonds over the next five years will be equivalent in value to around $4-5 billion,” Allan said. “However, the diamond supply shortfall worth in value around $3.0 billion will start kicking in by 2008 and be fully evident by 2010. The immediate impact of this will be upward pressure on rough diamond prices – not during 2006 and 2007 but rising after that to balance the market shortfalls between 2008 and 2010. These rises will be in addition to the 35% rough diamond price rise evident since 2002.“So the net impact is a production/demand deficit that will be exacerbated by declining South African production, reductions in diamond exploration spends and short-sighted efforts by some producers to focus on near-term mine development pipelines.”Allan also warned that luxury goods continued to outstrip the performance of diamond sales as the advertising campaigns of both sectors remained poles apart in budget and top of mind recall. “Despite global advertising spends on diamonds annually of $750-800 million, this represents just over 1% of advertising expenditure on a diamond sales ratio basis,” he said. “As impressive as this appears, it lags well behind luxury good advertising spends which now account for an equivalent of between 12-15% of total sales.”Over half annual global diamond sales are to the United States retail sector, with more than half of that amount occurring between the short period of Thanksgiving in November and Christmas Day a month later.However, Ewen Tyler, Chairman of North Australian Diamonds says the lack of discovery of major new diamond fields in Australia and globally has been blamed on the loss of “excitement in the field” about finding the gems, as exploration crews wait weeks for laboratory analysis. He said it “was time” for another major diamond discovery somewhere in the world as there had not been one for 15 years. “The reason for the non acceleration of discovery is that the excitement of discovery has been lost to men and women in the field by the time something of interest transfers from geologists to the field camp to the laboratory,” Mr Tyler said. “We have lost the buzz of concentrating samples in the field and following up on a day to day basis to push for the result.“Ellendale (Western Australia) stepped up to the mark when 2 ct stones were seen on the surface; while Ashton persisted at Merlin (Northern Territory) when it retrieved sizable carats from bulk sampling. The sector needs to question whether its exploration search effort is relying too much on new technology rather than tried and tested diamond exploration ways of the past.”Tyler said he was not suggesting all that had been learned from laboratory work be set aside as they continued to be the eyes of the search, and geophysics was useful for determining those large areas showing prospective kimberlites. “Greater usage should be made, however, of bulk sampling. It is costlier but Australia’s diamond exploration sector needs to inject more brain power to get ‘bigger bang for its buck’. One solution is to consider greater number of field recovery plants that can generate early answers and help persuade young geologists to go back to the bush.”
Mongolia has chosen two coal mining giants, Peabody Energy form the US and China’s Shenhua Group, and a Russian-Mongolian consortium to jointly develop the keenly sought Tavan Tolgoi coking coal deposit in the Gobi Desert, according to AP and OfficialWire. A government statement says the companies agreed to build a 600 MW power station, coal-to-liquid fuel and coking fuel plants as well as north and southbound railways for the project. The decision was made at a special cabinet meeting on Monday. Shenhua will hold the largest stake in the project at 40%, with Peabody taking 24% and the consortium 36%, the government said.Tavan Tolgoi is estimated to hold 6,000 Mt of coal. It is one of several big projects Mongolia has been debating as it strives to ensure local interests are protected while tapping foreign expertise needed to develop the resources. The government said investors in the project will pay $500 million as a “direct payment” and another $500 million as an “advance payment” as well as taxes and fees. The coal will be subject to a 5% royalty fee due to Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi, a state-owned company licenced to run the mine.It was unclear which companies would be joining the Russian-Mongolian consortium, though the statement said each side would hold half of its total 36% stake.The plan is due to be submitted to Mongolia’s National Security Council and its legislature on Wednesday.Tavan Tolgoi had attracted interest from nearly a dozen international mining companies, including Japan’s Mitsui & Co., a Russian consortium led by state-owned Russian Railways, and Australia’s BHP Billiton.Development of Tavan Tolgoi, which is 270 km from the Chinese border in the southern Gobi desert, has been delayed for years. It was discovered in the 1950s, when Mongolia was a Soviet satellite.The Mongolian Minister for Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development said in May that some $1.5 billion may be invested in infrastructure for the project. The remote location of the prospective coal mine will require over 1,000 km of road to be built to connect it to Choibalsan City via Sainshand, and then on to international destinations. Coal will be shipped via the Trans-Siberian railway to eastern sea ports, providing Mongolia with access to Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese markets.
PANalytical Boulder, a global leader in high-performance near-infrared (NIR) analytical instrumentation and material analysis solutions, has announced the expansion of its reseller partnership team with the addition of INBOX Technology and Services (INBOX), Instrumentacion Y Servicios (InstruServ) and Instrumentos Lince (Lince). These partnerships will expand PANalytical Boulder’s market penetration in Central and South America with sales of the company’s mining-focused portable NIR instrumentation solutions. INBOX will resell in Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize, InstruServ in Columbia and Lince in Brazil.“These new partnerships provide mining and exploration geologists with easier access to critical instrumentation and analytical solutions,” said Michael Lands, PANalytical Boulder vice president of sales and marketing, NIR. “Through resellers like INBOX, InstruServ and Lince, we provide customers with the latest advanced technologies and information necessary to obtain critical mineral data faster to ultimately improve profitability in exploration and production.”The companies join the PANalytical Boulder reseller network to support the TerraSpec® 4 line of mineral analyzers for mining and exploration and the LabSpec® 4 line of lab analyzers for industrial applications. Each company will also support the TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier, an all-in-one mineral analysis system for exploration and mine geologists.The leadership at each of these companies has extensive knowledge of and experience in the local industries of Central and South America’s industrial and analytical markets.“We’ve been providing analytical instruments to the mining and industrial industry in Central America for over 25 years,” said Juan Ruffino, President of INBOX. “By adding PANalytical instruments to our line of products, we can provide our customers with a full in-field material analysis solution for their different measuring needs.”“PANalytical Boulder’s NIR instrumentation will help our customers obtain faster analytical data, as well as the technical support we can provide,” said Elba Maria Pena Gomez, owner of InstruServ. “We’re both focused on providing cost-effective solutions that will greatly improve our customers’ mineral exploration and mining production efficiency in Columbia.”“By partnering with PANalytical Boulder, we will now be able to provide our customers expanded business solutions to help increase mining yields,” said Marcel de Roure, CEO of Lince. “We look forward to a long-term relationship with PANalytical Boulder; working together to grow Brazil’s mining market by providing our customers with the most advanced technologies.”
Schramm, a world-class manufacturer of land-based hydraulic drilling rigs, has established what it says is “an industry-first global partnership with DNOW, a wholly-owned subsidiary under NOW Inc to manage its global manufacturing supply chain and aftermarket fulfilment operations.”This breakthrough partnership will use state-of-the-art inventory-management solutions, workflow process improvement, information technology, physical roofline and the trademarked RigPAC® to invest critical capital in having the Schramm parts necessary to support its customers as machines go back to work. The RigPAC is a mobile warehouse that operates like a vending machine that allows critical operational items to be available on demand at the customer’s site.“Given the economic challenges of the current commodity environment, we recognize that a new operating approach focused on core competencies is critical to exceed customer service expectations while driving OEM product innovation,” said Michael Dynan, Schramm’s Vice President of Portfolio and Strategy. “Schramm’s 116-year legacy is built on our ability to innovate on demand, and this creative partnership with DistributionNOW showcases our commitment to meeting the industry’s changing needs.”Additionally, the implementation of the partnership, titled “Aftermarket Reinvented; Right Part, Right Place, Right Now,” at Schramm’s global manufacturing facilities will allow the company to drive manufacturing efficiencies in scheduling, freight management, and capital deployment. Full integration is expected to be complete by year-end.“This ground-breaking partnership addresses key Schramm customer needs in the areas of accelerated manufacturing timelines, parts availability through the Aftermarket Reinvented initiative and rig site access to critical spares and MRO consumables through our innovative RigPAC® solution,” stated Phillip Goodwin, DistributionNOW’s Director of Supply Chain Services. “By partnering with us, operators and contractors can redeploy their capital and resources to focus on product innovation and serving their customers, creating opportunities to excel across the entire value chain.”
Epiroc focused on automation at Electra Mining 2018 and subsequently introduced its new Regional Application Centre (RAC) in Johannesburg, which aligns with the OEM’s ongoing focus on meeting customers’ growing pursuit to elevate uptime, boost productivity, improve safety and shrink operating costs through the implementation of technology. Based in five key cities around the world (Denver, USA; Toronto, Canada; Santiago, Chile; Perth, Australia and Johannesburg, South Africa), the RACs focus more closely on supporting customers through its mandate to embrace automation and digitalisation over the complete range of Epiroc ‘smart’ equipment. The growing turn by the global mining industry towards the inclusion of automation and digitalisation has seen companies investing time and resources to introduce cutting-edge technologies. “The Regional Application Centre is committed to building a specialised team positioned on the customer’s doorstep to deploy appropriate expertise, automation products, digital tools and reporting,” comments recently appointed Johannesburg egional Automation Centre Manager, Kumeshan Naidu. “By bringing automation capabilities, technical competencies and automation engineering closer to the customer, the RAC team will be able to build application knowledge, react immediately to their requests, and fast track response time for customisation, troubleshooting and systems integration.”Taking the position of improvement supplier, the RAC will also collect benchmarking data to assist customers in meeting requirements as well as develop and maintain a local capability of automation projects supporting the capital equipment divisions and offering guidance on complying with legislation and standards. According to Naidu, the drive towards autonomous equipment is fueled by many different motives and he highlights two major benefits – operator safety and improved productivity. “Moving operators from a potentially hazardous and uncomfortable environment to a safe controlled remote location, reduces the risk of injury and improves overall productivity.”In offering a portfolio of proven hardware and services technology solutions, Epiroc focuses on three distinct areas namely data collection/analysis, automated mining equipment and most importantly interoperability and systems integration. “The continuous mention of the importance of data in our modern world extends to the complete mining operation, whereby the more information you commit to collecting, the more operational efficiencies you could realise,” notes Naidu. “However, it is important to have a clear understanding of what you are going to do with the terabytes of information gathered and how confident you are that the data collected is a true representation of the real world environment.”The implementation of digitalisation and automation results in immediate benefits for a connected fleet. Automated technology users in the mining industry continuously show increased real-time visibility of operation and machine availability, shorter shift changes, and consistent production values from within an on-site control room or remotely via cloud services or web-based Apps. Understanding the health status of machines enables customers to conduct specific servicing that addresses critical notifications, rather than a generic approach. Effective servicing potentially reduces the risk of critical failures and maintenance costs, realising lowest overall total cost of ownership for end-users.Naidu underlines the fact that automation and digitalisation in mining and industry are set to grow exponentially. “The introduction of these technologies is calling for the drastic rethinking of roles as commitment from all levels within the organisation, support from the technology supplier ie Epiroc and a continuous focus on change management are needed. With the introduction of RAC, Epiroc, as a leading global productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, is committed to keeping abreast of the latest technological advances that are applicable to their operation and in line with the local legislation,” concludes Naidu.Naidu holds three engineering qualifications from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is currently studying towards a Master of Philosophy, International Business at the University of the Pretoria, Gordan Institute of Business Science. With his tenure at leading global companies combined with the execution of numerous projects at a number of blue chip mines in Africa, Naidu brings invaluable engineering expertise, knowledge and experience to the RAC table.
Genrec Engineering has demonstrated its skills and capabilities in steel fabrication and engineering, successfully repairing a damaged dragline excavator boom in record time for one of South Africa’s leading coal mines.This project also marks another important milestone in the company’s drive to diversify into specialist and niche markets since it was acquired by the Southern Palace Group (SPG) in 2016, the company said.Genrec Engineering completed the project in around 10 weeks, helping reduce downtime at the mine in the Mpumalanga coalfields.Producing coal for domestic thermal energy production and for export to global markets, the dragline excavator is an essential component of the mine’s open-pit mining. It is used in combination with drilling and blasting and dozers to expose the seam before wheel loaders and dump trucks are deployed in extensive load and haul operations.Genrec Engineering’s involvement in this project commenced with a full-scale investigation into the damaged boom structure at the site in August 2017.Managing Director of CMTI Consulting, Dr Danie Burger, was part of the team that participated in the investigation with various insurance companies.Burger said a decision to award the boom repair contract to Genrec Engineering was based on the company’s long legacy in the South African and international steel engineering and fabrication industry.“There is no other steel fabricator and engineering company in South Africa with the necessary infrastructure, as well as capacities and technical competence to take on such a complex project. Had the boom been sent to the original equipment manufacturer’s premises in Australia for repairs, it would have taken up to four times longer to return the dragline excavator back to service with obvious negative ramifications on the mine’s production,” Burger said.Representatives of the mine’s management team visited Genrec Engineering’s factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, a week ahead of the commencement of the repairs.Mark Prince, Divisional Director of Genrec Engineering, said: “The depth of experience and expertise of our team have allowed us to constantly innovate, which is a strategic differentiator in this industry and a trait that we proudly demonstrated on this complex design and build project.“My team of professionals had to be able to think out of the box and on its feet to overcome a myriad of challenges to ensure the timely and quality completion of the project in an extremely short timeframe. The fact that we were able to complete this project in such a short timeframe speaks volumes of the capabilities housed here in Wadeville that have placed us firmly on our next growth path.”The boom comprises a 37-ton (34-t) mid-section, which is 30 m long and 13 m wide, and the 43-ton (39-t), 32 m long and 13 m wide front portion. Both have a transportation height of 3.5 m.It was completely remodelled by Genrec Engineering’s design team with assistance from CMTI Shared Services, in a process that took about a week-and-a-half to complete.The original drawings of the Bucyrus dragline excavator were more than 30 years old and updated versions were later received from Caterpillar.They were used to generate models to develop the manufacturing drawings and upgrades to the boom, in addition to the manufacturing sequence, work procedures and transport sections, according to Genrec.The project also involved careful and complex logistical planning, considering that Genrec Engineering had to locate and source up to 34 tons (31 t) of chord material from various Australian mines to supplement insufficient supplies of the required specification.“A comprehensive analysis was undertaken of all available material sources to ensure quality and, importantly, traceability in line with the stringent requirements of the OEM,” Genrec said.The chords were buttered up and machined to specification and all lacing laser cut to fit assembly.It took about three weeks of round-the-clock operations to complete the complex laser cutting by approved specialists located in Vanderbijlpark, with Genrec Engineering team members located permanently on site to advise, as well as monitor progress and quality.They were delivered to the plant in the correct assembly sequence and welding was then undertaken in a 2,200 m² bay converted for specialised manufacturing projects.Burger says: “The process commenced with pre-heating and the roots undertaken with tungsten-inert gas welding and CO2 used as a filler. Non-destructive testing was done using magnetic-particle, phased array ultrasonic, radiographic and ultrasonic testing. Personnel from NJM Heat Treatment & NDE Services, as well as NDT specialists, were stationed permanently on site to ensure that we were able to maintain sound productivity rates and adhere to exacting quality standards.”A total of 2.3 tons (2.1 t) of weld material and eight weld feeders were also sourced from Australia to supplement available resources for this project.One of the complexities of the welding operations was the varying diameters and positioning of the larger chords and smaller lacing, Genrec said.A total of 129 welders were tested by Genrec Engineering and 52 metal inert gas, or gas metal arc, and tungsten inert gas welders employed to work on this project, together with 18 boiler makers and assistants. Ranks were bolstered with five specialist boom welders, as well as an expert boom weld engineer and project coordinator from Australia.They also assisted in undertaking the four successful Procedure Qualification Records ahead of welding activities.Genrec also highlighted the rotators designed and developed especially for this project. These complement the large investment already made by the company and SPG in acquiring the capital equipment needed to diversify into niche and specialist markets.Among these are the computer-numerically controlled machines housed on the factory floor that have been fully integrated into the SolidWorks engineering programme to ensure high levels of precision and productivity, Genrec said.These, alone, represent about a R50 million ($3.6 million) investment that is also being supported by continued skills development and training as Genrec Engineering builds up its skills base to cater to the high demand for its specialist services.As part of the project, Genrec Engineering was also tasked with upgrading the dragline excavator’s boom-point box.A special furnace was designed and developed around this box and soaked at 600°C for six hours and then cooled down to 37°C for five days. The furnace was heated with gas at a rate of 37°C/h to 600°C.A canopy was also designed to allow sand blasting to continue apace in the workshop while welding progressed according to plan to maintain high productivity rates.The components were transported to the mine site by Mammoet using a 13-wheel Nicolas trailer and resting on 11-ton (10-t) cradles specially designed and manufactured by Genrec.It took three days to transport the two loads to site as part of the last phase of the project.“This is the largest abnormal load to have ever travelled on the Gauteng road network, and Genrec Engineering was also involved in the extensive road survey, in addition to obtaining all necessary road permits from the Gauteng Department: Roads & Transport,” Genrec said.The mid-section of the dragline excavator boom was dispatched to site at the end of November and the front end in early-December. It was successfully assembled by Caterpillar’s southern African dealer, Barloworld Equipment, on site in December over a period of four weeks.
← Previous Story Anja Andersen sacked in Oltchim Valcea! Next Story → Christian Zeitz until 2014 in THW Kiel The Group Phase of the 2010/11 VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League has come to an end. Sixteen teams finishing in place one to four in each of the four groups will now continue onto, the Last 16.The draw for the 2010/11 VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League’s first knock-out stage, the Last 16, was carried out on 7 March 2011 in Vienna by Jan Tuik, chairman of the EHF Competitions Commission and Michael Wiederer, EHF Secretary General.The sixteen teams were drawn as follows:Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI) vs. Montpellier Agglomeration HB (FRA)KIF Kolding (DEN) vs. THW Kiel (GER)Chambery Savoie HB (FRA) vs. Renovalia Ciudad Real (ESP)RK Bosna Sarajevo (BIH) vs. Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Pick Szeged (HUN) vs. SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)F.C. Barcelona Borges (ESP) vs. MKB Veszprém KC (HUN)HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb (CRO) vs. Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)HSV Hamburg (GER) vs. Cuatro Rayas BM Valladolid (ESP)The first leg matches of the Last 16 games will take place on 23 – 27 March 2011, the second leg matches are to be played on 30 March – 03 April 2011. The finalised schedule including detailed dates and playing times will be published in due time. The draw of the Quarterfinals will take place on Monday 04 April 2011.
Mladen BojinovićMontpellierMontpellier handball ← Previous Story EHF CL Topscorer Frantisek Sulc ready to back for Slovakia NT Next Story → French Cup (1/8 Final): Paris defeat Chambery! After 10 fantastic seasons in French Montpellier, Mladen Bojinovic (35) doesn’t want to left France at the end of the contract with French champion. Bojinovic, who lost his place in the Serbian National Team is close to sign contract two years with Paris HC. Team from Paris will have difficult task to keep position in the French Elite. Currently, Paris is 13th on the League table with same number of points (8) as the last team, Ivry.Bojinovic was the key player in the biggest Montpellier’s success, EHF Champions League trophy in 2003.source: novosti.rs
AG CopenhagenEHF CL TOP 8F.C BarcelonaVienna Visitors of Handball-Planet.com Facebook Page want to see clash between F.C Barcelona and AG Copenhagen in the EHF Champions League TOP 8. About 35% of all votes was dedicated to this possible match. On the second place is match between THW Kiel and AG, followed by Atletico Madrid and AG, while on the fourth place is possible clash between THW Kiel and C.O Zagreb. ← Previous Story Vukovic with 100% of silver Serbian “Eagles” to Alicante Next Story → Ryan Zinglersen leaves FC Midtjylland
In the semi-finals of the Scandinavia Open in Kristianstadt, both EHF EURO 2012 finalists, Serbia and Denmark won over their rivals. Serbia was better from Sweden 23:21, while Denmark had no problem with young Norwegians 35:22.SWEDEN– SERBIA 21:23 (10:8)SWEDEN:ANDERSON M. AREN-1, GUSTAFSON, ANDERSON K.-1, KALMAN-2, JERNEMYR, EKBERG-2, DODER-5, OLSON, KARLSON-1, JAKOBSEN-2, SJOSTRAND, PETERSEN -2, EKDAL DU RIC-4, ZARISSON-1, NILSON.SERBIA 23MARJANAC, ŠEŠUM-1, VUJIN-5, NIKČEVIĆ-4, MANOJLOVIĆ, TOSKIĆ, STANIĆ (15 odbrana – 2 penala) ILIĆ -4 (3) , MARKOVIĆ, MILIĆ, PRODANOVIĆ-5, STOJKOVIĆ-1, RNIĆ, BELjANSKI, VUCKOVIĆ, ČUTURA-2, STANKOVIĆ-1.Final is on Friday at 20hrs ← Previous Story Kiril Lazarov about WCh 2013 draw – Group B: “It all depends on us!” Next Story → Maja Zebic new RK Zajecar player Denmark – SerbiaHandball scandinaviaKristianstadtScandinavia Open
One of the best informed and most popular handball websites in Europe, Balkan-Handball.com (Serbo-Croat language) has got a new design and structure earlier this week. After almost six years of work, handball media with 30.000 unique visitors per month made a next step in development in order to make condition for full professionalism.Good job guys![youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXb7oKbqMZs[/youtube] Balkan-Handball.comhandball website ← Previous Story MVP in Russia 2011/2012: Morozov – Postnova and Levina! Next Story → Johan Sjostrand is free!
← Previous Story Rivera and Urdangarin together in Qatar! Next Story → WISLA TV: “Goodbye, Lars” handball transfersTSV Hannover BurgdorfVasko Sevaljevic Montenegrian NT player, Vasko Sevaljevic (24) will join German TSV Hannover Burgdorf, currently the 6th team in DKB Bundesliga. Sevaljevic is coming from Belarus champion HC Dinamo Minsk with whom left back has played at the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase this season. He played previously in Spain for Amaya Sport (former Portland San Antonio), where he spent two seasons.Before Sevaljevic, Hannover has signed another very talented player from Balkan – Slovenian 204 cm left back Borut Mackovsek.
motor kielukraine handball The VELUX EHF Champions League Last 16 between Ukranian side HC Motor Zaporozhye and German club THW Kiel is scheduled for 20 March 2014.The Challenge Cup Quarter-final between ZTR Zaporozhye from Ukraine and IK Sävehof from Sweden is scheduled for 22/23 March 2014.Over the past weeks the European Handball Federation has continuously observed the developments in Ukraine and has been in close contact with all parties involved regarding the organisation of the matches concerned.Regarding the match between HC Motor Zaporozhye and THW Kiel the European Handball Federation confirmed on Friday, 7 March that the match will take place on neutral ground.The throw-off time remains 20 March 2014, 19:15 CET. The European Handball Federation is in talks with potential venues and a decision on this will be released at the beginning of next week.The Challenge Cup Quarter-final between ZTR Zaporozhye and IK Sävehof, as mutually agreed by the two clubs concerned, will be played as one decisive match in Klaipeda, Lithuania. There will be no return leg.The match is scheduled for 22 March, 18:00 hrs local time.The European Handball Federation confirmed the clubs’ decision.source: EHF ← Previous Story Hammerseng Edin and Blanco to take a break from NT Next Story → Road to SEHA F4: Metalurg VS Meshkov for Novi Sad
← Previous Story IHF-s tender global media rights for WCh 2021 and 2023 Next Story → Thierry Anti and HBC Nantes together until 2020 It’s nothing new that German teams criticize schedule of the VELUX EHF Champions League. The new voice came from Flensburg, where secretary general of SG Flensburg Handewitt, Dierk Schmaschke, had to say something about eternal topic:We are everything, but not satisfied. In this moment we have three cases in which we have to play two matches in 48 hours period – said Schmaschke for Handball Woche Magazine.The first situation is coming next weekend at the start of European elite competition, when German runners-up will meet Danish Aalborg (Saturday, 17.30hrs), less than 48 hours after their DKB Bundesliga match against Erlangen (Thursday, 19 hrs).We want more flexible schedule for the German teams – stated SG Flensburg representative.DKB Bundesliga president Frank Bohmann, however, pointed out in the Mannheimer Morgen that the constellation of Thursday-Saturday- match-days ” was presented to all the teams even before contract signing with new TV partner – Sky. Dierk SchmaschkeSG Flensburg Handewitt
← Previous Story Cristina Neagu is most paid in women’s handball? Next Story → Rene Toft Hansen to replace Sulic at Telekom Veszprem Following an incident during the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, the Disciplinary Commission at the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 issued a warning to the Danish Handball Federation and a fine of €4,000 to the Danish player Mikkel Hansen, writes eurohandball.com.The sanctions were issued following an altercation between the Danish player and a member of staff from the Croatian EHF EURO 2018 Organising Committee at the start of the half-time break in the semi-final match between Denmark and Sweden.The Disciplinary Commission deemed the behaviour of Mikkel Hansen during this incident, in which the staff member was pushed and sworn at, to be a case of serious unsportsmanlike conduct.It also issued a warning to the federation based on the fact that it is responsible for the conduct of its players.Having re-examined the case and the relevant documentation provided within the course of the first instance and also the appeal proceedings, the EHF Court of Appeal found the decision of the EHF EURO Disciplinary Commission to be correct and proportionate.If any of the parties wish to dispute the decision, they may bring a dispute before the EHF Court of Arbitration within 21 days.PHOTO: IHF
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has said that the Irish embassy in Athens made contact with Greek police in relation to the detention of an Albanian man, married to an Irish woman, who has been convicted with involvement in a spate of burglaries in Crete.Mark Marku’s wife Julie has previously appealed to the Irish authorities to intervene in the case as she affirms that accusations her husband was a member of an armed gang that committed seven armed robberies of jewellers in 2010 are unsupported by any evidence.The man and his brother Andreas were sentenced to 18 years in prison last year and are currently appealing the conviction. His defence presented evidence to the court that included social welfare records, wage slips, flight tickets and passport stamps from Ireland though the prosecutor claimed these documents were falsified.Greek authorities will not provide informationIn response to a parliamentary question from TD Billy Timmins, Gilmore said that, on hearing of his detention, “and notwithstanding the fact that he is not a citizen of Ireland, the Irish Embassy in Athens made contact with the Greek police in an effort to convey the Irish government’s interest in this case on the basis that he is married to an Irish citizen”.It was made clear to our embassy that the authorities in Crete would not provide them with any information regarding this case as no Irish citizen was involved.Authenticated documentsHe said that the embassy has no rights of communication and contact with people in Greece who are not Irish citizens even if they are related to Irish citizens. Gilmore added that Julie Marku had previously met with the former Minister of State in his department, the Irish Ambassador to Greece and his deputy and her husbands lawyer.As a result of concerns raised at these meetings the wife of the above named has also been facilitated by the Consular Services Section of my department, she has had her documents authenticated as required.The Tánaiste added that his department had also contacted the Albanian Embassy in Athens, as they are responsible for offering consular assistance to Marku, but no response was received.“It is a sovereign matter for each country to decide what level of consular assistance it affords its citizens,” he said. “It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the Albanian Embassy’s consular services to their citizens.”Read: Department of Foreign Affairs operates 25 embassy Twitter accounts>Read: Embassy expenditure down almost €1.6m last year>
IRELAND INC. GOT a big thumbs-up this week. Forbes magazine, currently for sale, described Ireland as the best place on the planet to do business.Gratified, enterprise minister Richard Bruton said the accolade was a “testament” to our capacity for “hard work and innovation”. Tough policies here were yielding “tangible results”.Bruton should go carefully. The Editor-in-Chief of Forbes is Steve Forbes, a man described in Time magazine as “wacky, saturated with money and ultimately embarrassing to all concerned”. Time added that he was like a “mad scientist constructed by a dark robot”.Who is Forbes anyway?Forbes might best be described as part of the hard right in the US. He supports flat taxes, thinks the rich should be exempted from social security taxes, dislikes the UN and has his own programme on Fox TV which goes out Saturdays and is called ‘Forbes on Fox’.He’s a trustee of the Heritage Foundation, a right-of-centre think tank which along with Freedom House and the Property Rights Alliance provides much of the research which supports the findings of the Forbes survey which last week ranked Ireland as first out of 145 countries.If Bruton wants an alternative view of where we stand he should consult the unreported sections of Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s opening speech at last weekend’s Labour Party conference in Killarney.Lashing out at Sinn Fein whose demand soak the rich in taxes, Gilmore said that “Ireland has the most progressive tax system in the OECD with the top 5% of income earners paying 44% of all income tax, and the top 1% paying almost 20%”.Gilmore is rightHe’s right. In Ireland the top rate of income tax kicks in at the extraordinary low level of €32,800 a year gross. The net marginal rate of tax applying to vast numbers of workers, when you include USC at 7% and PRSI at 4%, is a whopping 52%. For some self-employed workers the top rate rises to 55%.Gilmore added: “Thanks to the campaigns we ran for tax justice, the limits we set on tax reliefs mean that high earners are now paying more than twice the tax they were paying before.”In the most significant passage of his speech, Gilmore said that “those who demand a wealth tax don’t appear to have noticed that we have in fact taxed wealth. We have tapped the main reservoirs of wealth – property, high pensions, financial assets. Now and for the first time we are imposing PRSI on unearned income”.What Gilmore means here is that Ireland is now applying social security taxes to dividends, rents and deposit interest as well as applying levies to pension savings regardless of underlying pension fund performance.The bailout made us “attractive”Forbes takes a completely different view of what’s been happening in the emerald isle.The magazine claims that the ECB/IMF bailout has made Ireland a more attractive, not a less attractive, place to do business. In a quasi-Marxist part of its analysis, which appears to rely on what’s called the labour theory of value, it claims that nominal wages dropped 17% in the four years to end-2011 keeping labour costs in check.What counts to the well-heeled readers of Forbes magazine of course is the dollar denominated cost of hourly wages in Ireland. If those costs expressed in nominal terms have dropped by roughly 4% a year since the austerity programme commenced in mid-2008 then the real post-inflation decline in Irish wages arising from our six-year wage free will be substantially higher, perhaps 6% per year. That would mean that the true cost of paying for Irish labour dropped by over a third in that time.Profits in Ireland are taxed at a nominal flat rate of 12.5% but substantial amounts of accumulated capital can be removed from the jurisdiction virtually free of tax in the form of dividends and royalties paid to firms based in more remote tax havens. And lowering the real cost of wages is perhaps the surest route to higher levels of profit accumulation.Marx’s reserve army of the unemployedIn another passage which would have warmed the hearts of economists like Marx and Ricardo, Forbes magazine says that the collapse of the labour market since 2007 means that there is a large ‘pool’ of surplus labour to be absorbed in Ireland. Is this Marx’s reserve army of the unemployed?This sort of free market triumphalism by Forbes will surely not go unremarked by the likes of Jack O’Connor, the SIPTU boss who sat in the front row in Killarney last week, listening to Gilmore explain how – under the very noses of his Fine Gael masters – Labour had commandeered a large part of the wealth and income of Ireland’s elite.Whom should you believe? Gilmore or Forbes? One man’s meat is, after all, another man’s poison.The Forbes analysis might, under close inspection, prove to be somewhat shallow. It hails the 44% growth in values on the Irish stock exchange, for example, conveniently ignoring the low statistical base from which this number is derived.Is Forbes right?It praises what it sees as Ireland’s commitment to private property rights, to investor protection, to personal freedom and to fighting red tape. But is it right?It is absolutely true that deValera’s 1937 constitution Bunreacht na hEireann places an enormous emphasis on the right to private property. But it is equally true that in time of crisis that asserted right can simply disappear.The Stalinist-type bank reconstruction laws enacted since 2008 are a case in point, allowing the state to commandeer the assets of financial corporations and thereafter to revalue and re-assign them to other bodies at its whim. These banking laws further allow judges sitting in private and without the presence of the press to dispense ‘justice’ in this way even in cases where the rights of the owners of capital are to be diluted and ultimately eliminated.Special laws have always been in existence in Ireland. As long ago as the 1980s the contents of private bank accounts were seized by the State as part of the battle against perceived attempts to subvert the State. This process stepped up a gear in the period since 1996 which saw the creation of the Criminal Assets Bureau which provides the basis for quite arbitrary seizure of assets.Power to seize and shutDoes Forbes know about these laws? Or about the very extensive powers possessed by Ireland’s tax authorities to seize and shut enterprises and to confiscate business records on an ex parte basis?These laws are, of course, exercised judiciously by the Irish authorities. Dublin governments will insist that laws designed to be applied to subversives or criminals won’t be applied to ordinary business. But it is unlikely that many red-blooded American capitalists would approve of the very existence of such laws.Forbes also goes big on questions such as red tape and corruption and again Ireland gets a good rating. There is no space here to treat of such matters. But the magazine’s researchers should ask themselves why, in a small country like ours and over many years, people who wanted to invest capital in building new property and who wanted to create very big enterprises in certain sectors were frequently forced by law to acquire a licence to do business from a largely unregulated army of public service pen-pushers and grubby local politicians.Read Damien Kiberd’s columns for TheJournal.ie here>
Read: Car owner charged extra for ‘foul language’ by clamping company> THE REGULATION OF Vehicle Immobilisation Bill is expected to be published in early 2014.Under the new provisions, the National Transport Authority, as the regulator will ensure the provision of adequate advisory signage in locations where clamping is in operation, set maximum clamp release periods and fees and establish an independent appeals process.ComplexIn reply to a parliamentary question by Timmy Dooley, the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said the progress of drafting the legislation “has not been as quick as was originally hoped” due to the “complexity” of it but said he expected the Bill to be published early next year.Varadkar said they had committed to regulate the clamping of vehicles on privately owned land in their Programme for Government in late 2011. He said the Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht carried out a number of hearings on the matter and in March the Government approved the drafting of the Bill.The new provisions will apply to clamping activities on the public road as well as on private property where the public has an explicit or implicit invitation to park, said the minister.Read: Minister to introduce clamping legislation based on report>
MINISTER FOR SOCIAL Protection Joan Burton has been defending inspections carried out by her department at the homes of widows receiving payments from the state.It’s after it emerged that over 1,000 such visits were paid to homes in the past year to check on the status of people in receipt of a widow’s or widower’s contributory pension. The law states that a person ceases to be entitled to the pension should they remarry or begin to cohabit.The issue has been in the spotlight after People Before Profit TD Joan Collins raised the case of a 76-year-old woman who had her pension stopped after she refused to engage in a survey being carried out by Social Protection officials, as she felt they were prying into her affairs.The payment was restored after the issue was raised by Collins in the Dáíl.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, Minister Burton said she regretted any upset caused to the woman in question, but that it was something her department was required to do.“These are randomised surveys and they’re carried out to check if a person is still in the country and that they are who they say they are.”Burton said that the Department had “made huge savings” through a crackdown on welfare fraud and that such practices were “important for a good social welfare system” which ensured that “people who are entitled to payments get them”.Speaking on the same programme, Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley said that such inspections should be carried out more sensibly, without impacting on vulnerable groups.Read: ‘Political carpets have been infested with maggots’: 5 winners and 5 losers from the political week
DOES WHAT YOU eat affect how fertile you are, and can nutritional supplements affect fertility?That is what is being looked at in a new trial involving up to 30 Irish couples who have been unable to conceive.They are going to take part in Europe’s first clinical study on how nutritional supplements can help fertility in both men and women.The study, which begins before the end of this month, teams up Wexford-based nutritional supplement manufacturers, Pillar Healthcare, and fertility specialists, ReproMed Ireland.According to Pillar Healthcare, the study “will examine sub-fertility in Irish couples and will attempt to discover why conception has not occurred for them and many others”.SupplementPillar Healthcare says that already 12 Irish couples who have taken their nutritional supplement, pre-Conceive, in the last year have gone on to conceive.Now their trials will be expanded with this new study, which will be overseen by Repromed Director, Declan Keane and his team.Over the 90-day trial each couple will take pre-Conceive daily – which is on sale already nationwide – and will also follow a healthy lifestyle regime.Pillar Healthcare’s Matt Ronan said that in 2011, 3,000 children were born with assistance from Irish fertility clinics.“We have put forward this nutritional approach as a viable option for many people for whom assisted conception is an impossible expense,” he said. “Research clearly indicates the amazing impact that high dose nutritional supplements can have on male and female fertility.”Read: The male contraceptive pill now a step closer>Read: Study ties chemical to possible miscarriage risk>