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Sishen – Saldanha pulls back from the brink

first_imgINTRO: Murray Hughes reports from the 6th IHHA Congress in Cape TownVISIT the 861 km iron ore artery in South Africa, and you will see signs that the railway has suffered badly. Spoornet executives admit that the line nearly closed when the iron and steel market plummetted in the mid-1980s. Operations Manager Frans Bruwer refers to a time when ’it was a dying business’, and spending was dramatically curtailed.Failure to keep the 1065mm gauge track in best condition and neglecting the need to maintain wheel and rail profiles led to serious bogie hunting that in the worst locations caused 11 to 12 mm of side wear on the rails. Now Spoornet’s Sishen – Saldanha line management and engineering team is working hard to bring the infrastructure back to top-class condition to cope with traffic that is once again buoyant and rising.Khutso Mampeule, Spoornet’s Executive Manager for the Sishen – Saldanha export line, now called Orex, says the line carried a record 22 million tonnes in 1995-96, and this year’s total is likely to be 21 million. Although 15 to 17 million tonnes moved over the route in 1978-80, traffic slumped to around 8 or 9 million tonnes in 1986-87, and for much of the time until 1989 tonnage was mainly below 15 million. Spoornet’s projections suggest that ore exports could recover and grow to 36 million tonnes by 2010.According to Bridget Haig, Chief Administrative Official, Business Analysis, Orex, the steel market is booming in the hot Asian economies: China, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea. In 1995 the world market absorbed 325 million tonnes of seaborne fine ore, plus 77 million of lump ore and a further 14 million traded by other modes. In 1996 the seaborne total fell slightly to 392 million tonnes. Up to 50 million tonnes is also produced and consumed locally. Haig says that the Sishen ore’s 65 to 66% iron content means that it is currently in high demand.Mampeule says the Sishen – Saldanha route is managed as ’a ring-fenced business unit responsible for its own bottom line’ and suggests that Spoornet’s iron ore export business is now well into the recovery. Spoornet has commissioned a new digital dragging equipment detection system on the line and is rebuilding several Class 9E locomotives withdrawn in the 1980s to provide spares and cut costs. Only one unit in the fleet of 31 remains to be completed, and this should be in traffic by the end of the year.Substantial cost savings have been achieved by negotiating different electricity tariffs and scheduling trains so that the busiest period is at times of low cost power. This process has included ensuring that loaded trains pass over sections with the steepest grades at these times; if trains have to climb at times of peak electricity demand, they are sometimes scheduled for diesel haulage.Part of Spoornet’s fleet of GE diesels is allocated to the line because the 9Es are stretched to capacity at 18 million tonnes. The diesels have given the line the ability to carry an extra 3 to 4 million tonnes. While running diesels under the wires is economic in the short term, Bruwer considers that more electric locos may be required in the medium to long term if capacity is increased.One problem that has taxed the line’s track engineers is alkali aggregates reaction in the sleepers, which has caused severe cracking. One difficulty is that the reaction ’sleeps’ for 10 years before it is evident. Bruwer says it is being treated by spraying a hydrophobic coat of silicon material round the sleepers to prevent moisture penetration and lower the relative humidity to stop the reaction. Around 650000 of the route’s 1·4 million sleepers are being treated over the next five years and another 60 to 65000 replaced.A rail planer is being operated to treat 12 to 13 km of track a month in the 80h of possession time available, but 250 km of track needing planing means that the planer will be in full use for some time. o’Spoornet’s iron ore export business is now well into recovery’Khutso MampeuleExecutive Manager, OrexCAPTION: Delegates from the 6th IHHA congress rode a special train to inspect track and equipment on the Sishen – Saldanha line. Up to 12 mm has been worn off the gauge face of the rail head in curves (below left), whilst cracking of alkali concrete sleepers is proving a major problem (below)last_img read more

 

WHO highlights global underinvestment in mental healthcare

first_img Tweet 11 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews WHO highlights global underinvestment in mental healthcare by: – October 10, 2011 Sharecenter_img GENEVA ¦ 10 October 2011 – One in four people will require mental health care at some point in their lives but in many countries only two per cent of all health sector resources are invested in mental health services. Average global spending on mental health is still less than US$ 3 per capita per year. In low income countries, expenditure can be as little as US$0.25 per person per year, according to the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas 2011 released on World Mental Health Day. The report also finds that the bulk of those resources are often spent on services that serve relatively few people.“Governments tend to spend most of their scarce mental health resources on long-term care at psychiatric hospitals,” says Dr Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the World Health Organization (WHO). “Today, nearly 70 per cent of mental health spending goes to mental institutions. If countries spent more at the primary care level, they would be able to reach more people, and start to address problems early enough to reduce the need for expensive hospital care.”The Atlas highlights other imbalances. Good mental health services focus equally on providing patients with a combination of medicines and psychosocial care. In lower income countries, however, shortages of resources and skills often result in patients only being treated with medicines. The lack of psychosocial care reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. Meanwhile, many people have no access to mental health services at all. Across the low-and middle-income group of countries, more than three quarters of people needing mental health care do not even receive the most basic mental health services.“Almost half of the world’s population lives in a country where, on average, there is one psychiatrist (or less) to serve 200,000 people, says Dr Shekhar Saxena, Director, Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. “Many low-income countries have less than one mental health specialist per one million populations.” In 2008, WHO launched its mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) to assist countries to scale up services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. The programme provides knowledge and skills to primary health care providers such as general doctors, nurses and health care workers to identify and manage these disorders. Since then, some countries have made significant progress in scaling up their services with assistance from WHO. For example:• Ethiopia and Nigeria have begun training their primary health care personnel to identify and treat priority mental disorders. The Ministries of Health of both countries have committed to sustain the programme for lasting impact.• China has scaled up its programme to provide care for epilepsy patients to 19 provinces, building on successful experience in a small number of pilots in provinces. More than 40 million people are now covered by this programme.• Jordan is making progress with a programme for priority mental disorders. Panama has begun training its primary care providers on a systematic basis.• Large, developing countries like Brazil, India and Thailand are also preparing to make rapid advancements in scaling up care through their national health programmes. Press ReleaseWorld Health Organization Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

 

Duterte appeared ‘unkempt’ in meeting with Russian PM, says foreign journo

first_imgAccompanied in Vondra’s tweet was a screen caption of social media comments supposedly about Duterte’s appearance which were written in Russian. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo or any Malacañang official has yet to issue a statement to the comments on Duterte’s appearance. “Rodrigo #Duterteshowed up a bit unkempt for the meeting with the Russian PM Medvedev in Moscowand the Russian internet is having a blast: Did he drink all night? Did he justleave the pub? Do Filipinos know what a protocol is?” Vondra said. Duterte is on a five-day official visit to Moscow and Sochi for discussions with Russian political and business leaders, speaking engagements and meeting with the Filipino community./PN Russian radio editor and podcasterPavel Vondra Thursday posted on Twitter a photo of Medvedev and Duterte, whohad a loose necktie and an open collar. President Duterte, who was criticized for folding the sleeves of his barong in an event here before, have earlier said that he dresses to be comfortable and not to impress other people.center_img In one of the photos of that meeting,Duterte was seen wearing a dark grey suit that appeared to have been taken offa mall rack, a white shirt with unbuttoned collar that needed some ironing, anda loose tie that some observers suggested seemed to have been pre-knotted. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev shakes hands with President Rodrigo Duterte (right) prior to their meeting in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. AFP He was shaking the hand of Medvedevwho, in contrast, was wearing a tailored suit, a neatly pressed shirt and a tiewith the knot pulled up to close the collar. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteshowed up a bit “unkempt” in a formal meeting with Russian Prime Minister (PM) DmitryMedvedev in Moscow, a foreign journalist noticed. last_img read more

 

Betty Lou Roberts age 88

first_imgBetty Lou Roberts, age 88, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Vancrest of Eaton in Eaton, Ohio.Born December 22, 1927 in Butler County, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Peter Lewis & Clara Adeline (Starnes) Berry. On October 26, 1946 she was united in marriage to William H. “Pete” Roberts, and he preceded her in death on March 19, 2001.A homemaker, she had attended the Presbyterian church. She was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1129 of Brookville Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, as well as the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.Betty is survived by several nieces & nephews.In addition to her parents & husband, Pete, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marcella F. O’Neal, a brother Billy Berry, and a half brother, Garland Owens.Family & friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Andy Zinsmeister, pastor of the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church, will officiate the Funeral Services at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial Contributions may be directed to Maple Grove Cemetery Association. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Betty Roberts, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visitwww.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

 

Berbatov demands for rule change if Man Utd lose Ighalo

first_img Loading… The Daily Mail claimed on Monday that Man Utd have ‘hit a brick wall’ in their attempts to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan with Shanghai Shenhua rejecting ‘United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months’. Ighalo made his shock deadline-day switch from Shanghai Shenhua in January and the ex-Watford striker has impressed the Old Trafford faithful. The 30-year-old has scored four goals in three starts for the club he has supported since childhood but adding to his eight appearances has been complicated by the coronavirus crisis. And Berbatov reckons Man Utd and other clubs could be left short if they aren’t allowed to bring in a loan replacement. Berbatov told Betfair (via The Metro): “United need to know what is happening with him. If they know they will lose him, they need to find someone else to replace him.Advertisement “If they haven’t already found a replacement, they need to find someone quickly, but if he stays his teammates get on well with him and he has Premier League experience which is a big plus. For nine games, if they could come to an understanding and then he can go back, this would be the best option. “If a team is losing a loan player because of the situation, the federation should allow a team to get someone else because of the situation. Berbatov Read Also: Ronaldo shows off new hairdo, seeks fans approval “If Ighalo goes, United should be allowed to get a replacement, they are in a great place going into this final part of the season and they have a great chance of getting top four, but it will be very difficult as no one wants to join for nine games. “The best scenario is for them to come to an agreement to keep Ighalo for the few games, otherwise they will lose out on a player that can score goals in the race for the top four.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dimitar Berbatov thinks Man United and other clubs who lose a loan player should be able to bring one in before the Premier League season resumes. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

 

Batesville Bulldogs 5th Grade Dirt Road League Team Moves to (20-3) On the Season

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs 5th Grade Basketball team traveled to Rushville High School on Sunday for the conclusion of the Dirt Road League play.  In game one of two on the day, the Bulldogs jumped all over Greenfield from the outset to win going away 60-6.  Leading the team in scoring, in which all players cracked the scoring column, was Cayden Drake and William Kuisel with 10 each, Landon Raver and Brayden Maple 8 each, Caleb Mohr 6, Owen Enneking 5 and Ethan Schneider 5 each, Lincoln Garrett and Trenton Jordan 4 each.In game two of the day, The Bulldogs used excellent defense and fantastic passing in the open floor to run away from New Castle and win 29-13.  Drake led the squad with 7, Enneking 6, Kuisel 5, Raver 4, Jordan, Schneider and Mohr 2 each, and Maple 1.The Bulldogs (20-3) play next Sunday at Centerville High School in the pool play portion of the DRBL Tournament to determine seedings for the championship round on January 20th.  The squad will play Connersville White at 1:00 pm, East Central Black at 1:50 and conclude pool play at 3:30 vs. Richmond. Go Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

 

Gouffran strike secures victory

first_img The Magpies were ahead in the 18th minute when poor Villa defending allowed Hatem Ben Arfa the chance to convert. The hosts levelled through Christian Benteke’s header in the 67th minute, but Newcastle went back in front in the 73rd when Brad Guzan palmed away the impressive Ben Arfa’s shot and substitute Gouffran pounced. Newcastle’s steady improvement this season continued as Yoan Gouffran’s strike earned them a 2-1 win at Aston Villa. The hosts then suffered another setback, with Jores Okore, who had injured himself in a challenge with Remy, having to come off, Ciaran Clark coming on in his place. Fabian Delph was then shown a yellow card for scything down Ben Arfa. Yohan Cabaye – back in the Newcastle starting XI after his proposed move to Arsenal did not materialise – and Remy tried their luck on the Villa goal with ambitious efforts that went well off-target. Then, with four minutes of normal time remaining before the interval, Villa passed up a good-looking opportunity to level as Tim Krul failed to clear a cross with an attempted punch and the stray ball was struck into the side-netting by Clark. Weimann dragged a shot wide soon after, before Cabaye cracked one across the face of the Villa goal just prior to the break. Villa started the second half brightly and Antonio Luna made a bizarre decision in a useful position, electing to cross and seeing the ball cleared away when he might have shot. Agbonlahor was then even more wasteful, somehow shooting wide right in front of goal from Weimann’s cross when it seemed easier to score. Newcastle looked to step things up and Guzan turned a Ben Arfa strike behind for a corner, from which Debuchy then fired wide. Villa then sent on transfer deadline day signing Libor Kozak for his debut and, within seconds, they equalised. A corner was swung in by Ashley Westwood from the right and Krul tried to claim it, but Benteke rose highest of everyone in the box to crash home a header, his fifth goal of the season in all competitions. Villa were on level terms for just six minutes as Ben Arfa proved a thorn in their side once again, dancing forward and drilling a shot that Guzan could only parry. Gouffran, who had come on for Remy, was on hand and had the space to bury the loose ball. Cisse headed wide moments later before another substitute, Cheick Tiote, sent a shot at Guzan. At the other end, Delph lashed the ball the wrong side of the post and Villa were unable to muster much more from there. There has been plenty of talk about doom and gloom around Newcastle after a summer that only yielded one signing in loan capture Loic Remy, who made his first start for the club here. But since they lost their first Barclays Premier League game of the campaign 4-0 against Manchester City, the three other top-flight fixtures for Alan Pardew’s men this term have seen them draw 0-0 with West Ham, beat Fulham 1-0 and then record this victory over Villa. Villa, on the other hand, began the season with a 3-1 win at Arsenal, but have now lost three league matches in a row. A good tackle from Mathieu Debuchy took the ball away from Gabriel Agbonlahor in the box early on, and while each side did their best to probe in the opening exchanges, neither had much joy in finding a way through. That changed just after the quarter-hour mark when slack Villa play allowed Newcastle to snatch the lead. Karim El Ahmadi was hustled into losing possession and the ball was picked up on the left by Remy, who managed to evade Matthew Lowton and fashion a cut-back into the danger zone. There were several Villa players in the box but the pass came via Papiss Cisse to Ben Arfa, and the France midfielder had little trouble finishing from close range. Villa responded in a positive manner, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa having to do well to halt Benteke’s progress and Andreas Weimann seeing his shot in the area blocked by Fabricio Coloccini. Press Associationlast_img read more

 

Stoke boss Mark Hughes angry after collapse against Leicester

first_img The hosts raced ahead as the fit-again Bojan Krkic marked his first Barclays Premier League start in eight months with a goal in the 13th minute, and Jonathan Walters then pounced on a Wes Morgan error to double the advantage seven minutes later. But high-flying Leicester produced yet another stirring comeback to get something out of the game, with Riyad Mahrez converting a penalty after Marko Arnautovic was adjudged to have fouled Danny Drinkwater, before Jamie Vardy held off Erik Pieters to scuff in the leveller. Stoke boss Mark Hughes was critical of both his players and the match officials after he saw the Potters’ two-goal lead slip in their 2-2 draw with Leicester at the Britannia Stadium. “So the second half we are not happy with. The first half we were good value, but it is about managing the game.” While Stoke remained 18th, Leicester finished the game still in the lofty position of second as they preserved their unbeaten start to the season. It was the fourth league match in a row they have salvaged something having gone behind – including a 3-2 win over Aston Villa last time out when they were also 2-0 down at the interval. Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had promised pre-match to buy his players pizza if they kept the first clean sheet of their impressive campaign. And when asked about that after the match, Ranieri said: “No pizza, no hot dog, no nothing! They are maybe waiting for something more – wine, cheese… It is unbelievable! “I love a clean sheet – I am an Italian man!” He added: “It was a great comeback, but it is not possible to do this every time. “We started very well, but suddenly conceded and then made a mistake to concede the second. “In the second half we reacted very well, but every time we must be very concentrated. “It was important to show good spirit and character with the reaction – in the end that was good. “But we said in the dressing room, if we score the first goal then everything will be possible.” Press Association Hughes was angry no action was taken by referee Andre Marriner or his officials in the build-up to the Vardy goal when Morgan tangled with Walters at the other end of the pitch. And the manager – whose side remain in the relegation zone and without a Premier League win this season – said after the game: “In the first half I think we were fine. “At two goals to the good we were in decent shape, and we talked to them at half-time about not conceding and the importance of the next goal. “Unfortunately we made a mistake – Marko got the wrong side of the guy (Drinkwater) who has made a run into the box. “It looked like he caught his heel outside the box, but given the performance of the officials today, there was always the likelihood it was going to be given as a penalty. “We shouldn’t have allowed that situation to develop. Then for the second goal we maybe got a little bit distracted by, once again, the referee not really officiating as well as he should have done. “Jonny Walters was impeded two or three times and not given the foul, they cleared their lines, we made a mistake by not defending the long ball correctly and they scored the equaliser. “It was an obvious free-kick from my point of view and we asked the referee about it – he said he was trying to play an advantage, but it certainly wasn’t an advantage to us. last_img read more

 

Flattop 5K Draws Field of 195 Runners, Walkers

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts Bio admincenter_img More than 150 runners take off from the starting line of the annual Flattop 5K in Lamoine on Saturday.—HUGH BOWDENLAMOINE — Minutes before the start of the fourth annual Flattop 5K road race on Saturday morning, Judson Cake jogged into the registration area at the Lamoine Conolidated School, having run all the way from Bar Harbor.Judson Cake of Bar Harbor nears the finish line on his way to winning the Flattop 5K on Saturday. Cake ran from downtown Bar Harbor to Lamoine to warm up for the race.— HUGH BOWDENAfter chatting with a few friends, Cake then took his place at the starting line, the starting command was given and off he went.Sixteen minutes and three seconds later, Cake had completed the five-kilometer course some 11 seconds faster than anyone else in the field of 195 runners and walkers to notch his second consecutive Flattop 5K win.Also notching her second consecutive Flattop 5K win on the women’s side was Anne Favolise-Stanton, 25, of Columbia, who finished 22nd overall with a time of 19:41.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the one-mile kids’ fun run, which preceded the main event, Duncan Hetzer of Otter Creek was the overall winner in 6:57 and Robyn Henry of Lamoine was the first girl to finish in 7:33.The race, which kicks off the road racing season in Eastern Maine, is held annually in memory of Lamoine’s Bill Pinkham.He was a veteran and well-liked runner who died in 2005 just moments after completing the Walter Hunt Memorial Fourth of July race in Bangor.Complete results.For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

 

Nektan Plc acquires Nektan Marketing Services from Betfred Founder

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Submit Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Nektan Plc, an international gaming solutions and services provider has announced the acquisition of Nektan Marketing Services in a deal with Fred Done (Betfred founder) and Warren Jacobs (ActiveWin Media).Nektan Marketing Services was initially a joint venture between Done, Jacobs and Nektan Plc and was announced back in September 2015. The company has traded as Nektan Marketing Services and was initially set up as a platform to combine Nektan’s gaming technology with Jacobs and Done’s acquisition and retention expertise to thus increase revenue for Nektan’s third party brands.Nektan Plc Chief Executive, Gary Shaw, commented: “With the evolution of our business, and strong growth in revenues, the timing was right to acquire full control of Nektan Marketing Services. The move will allow us to integrate a slick, full turnkey solution for operators in-house. The expectation is that we will build on the considerable knowledge base and success of NMS under the guidance of Warren and Fred.”Fred Done, founder of Betfred, added: “This joint venture perfectly demonstrates our ability to inject strong industry knowledge and highly effective marketing services to the gaming sector. We are delighted with the results for NMS and therefore, Nektan Plc and look forward to facing new challenges head-on in the global gaming arena.”The company was initially launched to manage online campaigns for Nektan’s in-house brands but has since added multiple white label sites to the extensive roster, including ‘The SUN Play’ and ‘Pots of Luck’ amongst other growing white labels.Nektan Marketing Services then was structured to provide aggressive acquisition tactics including PPC, affiliate marketing and media buying as well as player value extraction through CRM strategies for the Nektan brands; thus improving conversion, retention and bottom line profit.Nektan Plc will purchase the remaining shares in the business for £500,000 in cash.last_img read more