BHP Billiton’s African expansion

first_img11 February 2004Global resources giant BHP Billiton officially opened its multi-million dollar Hillside aluminium expansion project in KwaZulu-Natal last week, and is exploring further opportunities for growing its aluminium operations in South Africa and Mozambique.The expansion project at BHP Billiton’s Hillside Aluminium smelter at Richards Bay reached full production in December, just 20 months after the project commenced in April 2003, at a total cost expected to come in under the original budget of US$449-million.This expansion, by 132 000 tons per annum, will raise Hillside’s production to 670 000 tons per annum, making it the largest smelter in the southern hemisphere and the western world.According to the company, some 1 200 people received training in various construction skills during the project. “About $80-million was spent directly in the KwaZulu-Natal region, with a further spend of $7-million per annum expected from the expansion’s continuing operations”, the company said in a statement.“To date, 22 contracts valued in total at US$20-million have been awarded to black economic empowerment procurement and service providers.”Business Day reported that BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus, speaking at the Hillside 3 opening ceremony at Richards Bay last week, said the company had begun a project to explore opportunities for adding value to its southern African aluminium operations.BHP Billiton accounts for approximately 7% of total global aluminium production from its Hillside and Bayside smelters in South Africa and its Mozal smelter in neighbouring Mozambique.Roughly 20% of the Australia-based company’s assets – including coal, manganese, ferrochrome and aluminium – are in southern Africa. The company, the biggest mining company in the world, resulted from the merger in 2001 of Australian firm BHP and South Africa’s Billiton.Earlier this month, the group appointed Dr Vincent Maphai, currently corporate affairs director at SABMiller, as chair of BHP Billiton South Africa.Maphai will be the most senior group executive located in southern Africa, and will report to BHP Billiton executive director Mike Salamon.Salamon said in a statement that southern Africa “is a core element of our global business activities, and Dr Maphai’s experience and stature will hold us in good stead as we progress our empowerment initiatives and seek development opportunities throughout the region.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Proteas send records tumbling at Oval

first_imgToothlessHaving begun the third day on 86 for 1, the Proteas ended it on 403 for 2, with Amla on on 183 and Kallis on 82. England’s vaunted bowling attack had proved toothless in the face of the application of the pair, who exhibited rock-solid technique and fantastic powers of concentration. The first cricket test between South Africa and England at The Oval, even with a day to go, has delivered a host of records for the Proteas, including the first ever triple-century by a South African in a test match, thanks to Hashim Amla. Amla batted for the better part of two days for his 311. His innings last 13 hours and nine minutes, making him one of only four batsmen to have two innings of over 11 hours in test history, the others being Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene and Younis Khan. South African recordAmla had surpassed AB de Villiers’ South African record of 278 not out to end on 311 not out, making him the first South African to score 300 runs in tests. Century in 100th testIt began with captain Graeme Smith, who became only the seventh man in history to score a century in his 100th test, and the first South African to achieve the feat. His 131 put him in the illustrious company of Colin Cowdrey, Gordon Greenidge, Javed Miandad, Alec Stewart, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ricky Ponting. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material When Smith fell with the total on 260, Amla was joined by Jacques Kallis, South Africa’s all-time leading run scorer. Between them, Smith, Amla and Kallis represent three of the most mentally tough cricketers in the game and they proved it in this game. It was the fourth highest score in a test in England and the second highest at The Oval, trailing only Sir Len Hutton’s famous 364 against Australia in 1938. By the time South Africa declared at tea, they had reached 637 for 2, which was the fewest wickets lost for a 600-plus score in test match history. In fact, both partnerships exceeded 250 runs, making it only the second time that has happened in a test, following Australia’s achievement of the feat in their 659 for 4 against India in January in Sydney when Michael Clarke scored a triple-century. With all due respect to the batsmen involved in those two stands, the 377 against England must rank more highly, given the strength of the opposition, which is currently ranked as number one in test cricket in the world, although they were made to look a distant second to South Africa on Sunday. Having elected to bat, England finished day one on 267 for 3. On day two, they were bowled out for 385 and the Proteas ended play on 86 for 1. From day three, the records began to tumble. ‘A sensational performance’Cricket South Africa released a statement from acting CEO Jacques Faul at the end of the fourth day’s play, which read: “This has been a sensational performance by our top order, but Hashim has to be singled out for first breaking AB de Villiers’ record of 278 not out and then going on to join the 300 club. 23 July 2012center_img Kallis, very quietly, notched his highest score against England in England, finishing on an impressive 182 not out, which was devoid of any drama. It was his 43rd test century, second only to Sachin Tendulkar in the history of test cricket. It was also the 20th time that Kallis has been involved in a 200 run partnership, which is a world record. Second longest inningsIncidently, the second longest innings in terms of time batted in test history belongs to Proteas’ coach Gary Kirsten, who batted for 14 hours and 38 minutes when he made 275 against England in Durban in 1999. He batted for 10 minutes short of 11 hours in compiling 210 against England in Manchester in 1998. Together, Kallis and Amla added an unbroken 377, the highest partnership yet in South Africa versus England tests and the third highest ever in the Proteas’ history, trailing only the 415 Smith and Neil McKenzie put on for the opening wicket against Bangladesh in 2008, and the unbroken 429 between Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar against Bangladesh in 2003. Matters did not improve for England on day four as their four frontline bowlers each conceded more than 100 runs. For the first time in 36 tests, they gave up more than 500 runs. England had never before had two consecutive 200 run partnerships scored against them. “To round it off we have had our captain, Graeme Smith, scoring a century on his 100th Test match appearance and our acknowledged batting champion, Jacques Kallis, making his 43th Test match century. Hashim and Jacques have also equalled the performance of Graeme and Herschelle Gibbs in sharing three treble-century stands.” There was little to indicate that a torrent of records would fall in the game after the first two days. “The Proteas have produced outstanding batting performances over the years, but an innings of 300 has been the one thing missing from the top order’s CV and it is wonderful that Hashim has put that to rest. “Hashim’s contribution to South African cricket has gone far beyond the runs he has put on the scoreboard. He remains a wonderful role model to our youth with the humility and dignity he displays on the field, his totally professional and focused approach on the field, and the manner in which he conducts himself both on and off the field. 200 run partnershipsIt marked the sixth time that Kallis and Amla have shared in a 200 run partnership, taking them level with the world record held by the former Australian opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. After Alviro Petersen had been lost for a duck, Smith and Amla combined for 259 runs for the second wicket, a record for the Proteas against England.last_img read more

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Your Plan for Overnight Success

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now At some point, you will be an overnight success. But the work it takes to position yourself to be an overnight success may take a little longer. Between the day when you are successful and today, there are some things that you need to do to position yourself and make success possible.First, you have to do the quiet work, the work you do when everyone else is asleep. The work you do when there is no immediate reward for having done so; the work that no one recognizes and very few will ever see. This is the work that builds your skill set and sets you up to produce better work over time. It is the foundational work that all success is built on.The second part of your plan is to persist over time. This is one part pigheadedness, one part intestinal fortitude, one part ignorance, and one part a love for what it is that you do. The pigheadedness is what allows you to be stubborn enough to keep moving towards success. The intestinal fortitude is the willingness to persist when almost anything else would be easier. The ignorance is there to prevent you from recognizing that you have no business doing what you are doing or believing that you will succeed (a highly underrated attribute of the successful). The love for what you do is there to sustain you while you do the work.The third part of your plan is to be extraordinarily lucky. Luck is a big part of the formula, but it doesn’t work unless you are doing the quiet work and persisting. If you are doing these things, from time to time, luck will smile upon you and provide you with some opportunity. That opportunity won’t be overnight success, but it will move you one step closer. The next opportunity won’t be what brings you the success you need either, moving you only slightly closer. Between the opportunities that show up through serendipity and chance, there are long periods on the plateau.These are the rules for becoming an overnight success, a process that takes decades. If you don’t follow the rules, success will not find you, it being a shrewd auditor, always making sure you pay in full before giving you the reward you seek. If you try to short success so much as one thin dime, you will find it to be infinitely elusive.last_img read more

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NSWTA State Cup – Refs Wrap

first_imgAn amazing 190 referees attended the NSWTA State Cup with individuals coming from far and wide including Kalgoorlie, Queensland and even one from England.With 180 team in attendance, the referees had their work cut out for them with multiple appointments on each day.Adam Foley was judged the number one referee of the tournament with Mick Medlin and David Baggio also being appointed to the Men’s Open final.At the NSWTA Referees Dinner, Level Three and Level Four upgrades were given while refereeing identity Gary Brickell was awarded 25 year service award. This follows Gary being awarded the Rod Wise Medal as the 2008 NSWTA Volunteer of the Year.Further results can be found from the NSWTA State Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=856&pID=14last_img read more

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The Latest Brexit Portugal backs Spain on Gibraltar clause

first_imgBRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):2:20 p.m.Portugal’s foreign minister is in support of the Brexit deal including Spain’s request to have its say on the future of the disputed British territory of Gibraltar.Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva says that the original Brexit guidelines laid out last year that included assurances to Spain that it could deal with London directly on the issue of Gibraltar were “wise.”Spain said Friday it wouldn’t back the divorce deal U.K. and European Union leaders are supposed to vote on during Sunday’s summit in Brussels after language regarding Gibraltar didn’t appear in a draft agreement.Santos Silva says the impasse has an “easy resolution because the heads of state of the 27 had already agreed (.) that any agreement between the U.K. and the EU regarding Gibraltar would require previous agreement from Spain, and that appears to be a very wise line.”___11:05 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is kicking off a big Brexit weekend as she travels to the European Union headquarters in Brussels for talks on Saturday with key leaders.Spanish objections over the status of Gibraltar — the tiny territory ceded to Britain in 1713 but is still claimed by Spain — is the only dispute left hanging ahead of Sunday’s summit of EU leaders.May will meet with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk in the evening.May hopes to leave Brussels on Sunday with a firm agreement on the withdrawal terms for Britain’s departure from the EU on March 29, as well as a comprehensive negotiating text on how future relations should look like once both sides agree on a trade agreement.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 28th

first_img“Tai Chi is moving meditation. people now a days know how helpful meditation is for your mind and stress, so when you’re doing Tai Chi you’re moving and really just focused on what you’re doing.” Bilodeau said about the benefits of practicing Tai Chi.Willow Moon Internal Arts is celebrating their 40th year in Fort St. John and Bilodeau expects there to be at least 20-30 Tai Chi students participating in the exercises.The event starts at 1:00 p.m. in the park across from the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – World Tai Chi and Qigong day is happening in Fort St. John this Saturday.Willow Moon Internal Arts will be celebrating National Tai Chi and Qigong day by hosting their class outside across from the Whole Wheat and Honey Cafe. The class will be outside in hopes to raise public awareness to Tai Chi and Qigong in the community.The class will begin with Willow Moon Internal Arts’ Head Tai Chi instructor Tammy Bilodeau leading a warm up where anyone is welcome to participate. Next Bilodeau’s class will demonstrate to the public, 24 form Tai Chi, 48 form Tai Chi, the Five Elements of Qigong, Sword Form, Sabre Form, and Water Style.last_img read more

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New Study Confirms Forest Industrys Economic Impact

first_img“Forestry provides jobs to people all around the province and helps drive our provincial economy,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson.  “This government is committed to working with communities and industry to support jobs in this important sector.”“While this study demonstrates once again that the forest industry continues to be an economic engine for our province, we are also an industry that is facing significant challenges, including rising fibre costs, ongoing trade headwinds and strong global competition,” added Yurkovich. “These challenges are complex and require the collective effort of governments, industry and communities working together to ensure that we find our way past them in a way that ensures the industry can continue to support the good family-supporting jobs and economic activity across B.C.”To view the report; CLICK HERE The study provides a region-by-region overview of jobs, economic activity, and forestry activities, highlighting how the jobs are distributed, and how they contribute to the health and economic prosperity of communities throughout British Columbia.The study notes that forestry is highly interdependent across B.C. with partially processed or finished goods flowing between regions, generating economic impact across the province.5,315 Indigenous workers are directly employed in the forest industry in B.C. found the study. Making up about 9% of the workforce, or 1 in 11 direct jobs. This level of employment is more than in any other resource sector in B.C. In addition to working directly in forestry and manufacturing jobs, Indigenous participation in the forest sector is strong in the contracting sector, including activities such as logging, construction, silviculture, firefighting and professional services.B.C.’s forest industry is a leading supplier of high-quality, environmentally responsible forest products to countries around the world.The PwC report also includes a series of case studies highlighting the integrated nature of the industry, sustainability, mitigating climate change, the diversity of products produced from both family-owned to global forest product companies, and more.“B.C.’s forest industry has long been the cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in the province,” said Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries. “This new study confirms that not only does the forest industry generate significant jobs and economic activity for the province overall, but these benefits can be found in every corner of the province – from Vancouver Island to the Interior, Lower Mainland to the Kootenays, and North Coast, Okanagan and Northeast regions of the province.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) released a new economic study that finds the B.C. forest industry generates significant economic activity and employment in every region of the province.British Columbians from urban and rural communities are employed with 140,000 forestry and forestry-related jobs.PwC conducted the report and assessed the economic impact of the forest industry in seven regions of B.C. finding 20 percent of jobs in the Northeast are generated by the forest industry.last_img read more

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RCMP continue to investigate disappearance of Grande Prairie man

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 33-year-old Patrick Decque.According to RCMP, they believe that the circumstances surrounding Decque’s disappearance are suspicious and that he may have been the victim of foul play.Police say Decque was last seen on May 23 in the Pinnacle Ridge neighbourhood of Grande Prairie. Decque is described as:CaucasianBlack hairBrown eyes6’0” / 230 lbsLast seen wearing a grey suitAnyone with information regarding Decque’s disappearance is being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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KMC mulls sprinklers for entire Eliot Park

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has installed some sprinklers for watering the plants at Eliot Park in Maidan area and plans to have similar facilities for the entire park that spans around 1.2 km. The entire area will require around 40 such sprinklers. KMC has carried out a pilot project with a single sprinkler at Eliot Park, which has yielded good results.Southern Avenue in South Kolkata is the only other place in the city, where the civic body is using sprinklers for watering plants. Around 14 boulevards in Southern Avenue have sprinklers and each of them is capable of watering seven to eight trees on an average. The installation of such facilities entail an investment of Rs 40,000 per sprinkler. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe sprinklers are used twice a day for watering the plants. They are controlled in such a manner that the entire process of watering is carried out scientifically. A person has to simply press a button to switch them on and off. Apart from this, the civic body has 12 vehicles that water plants on a daily basis in the city. The gardeners working under the Parks and Gardens department of KMC carry out trimming of the trees from time to time, to ensure that the weight of the trees are adequate to remain rooted to the ground. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Trimming is necessary to ensure that the trees do not become too heavy and become susceptible to uprooting,” a senior official of the department said. The civic body uses hydraulic ladders for trimming big trees. For Borough 1 to 10 of KMC, there is a hydraulic ladder each for carrying out trimming whereas in Borough 10 to 16, KMC uses two such ladders for the purpose. “We have already initiated the process of procuring some more ladders for trimming,” the official added. It may be mentioned that soon after taking over as the Mayor of Kolkata a few months ago, Firhad Hakim has formed a separate department titled Urban Forestry and has laid a lot of emphasis on preserving and augmenting the green cover in the city. An expert committee has already been formed with Kumar as chairman, which will soon come out with a comprehensive plan on how to move forward with urban forestry in the city. Apart from botanists of KMC, the committee has environment experts from Calcutta University and Jadavpur University as well.last_img read more

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Replacing Evan Turner Buckeyes look toward life after NBAbound guard

When next season begins, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will return with four of its five starters from the 2009-2010 campaign. But the one missing, Evan Turner, left a gaping hole in the Buckeyes’ roster when he declared for the NBA Draft last week. Turner led OSU in points, rebounds and assists this season and, after winning the Wooden Award Saturday night, will carry six national player of the year awards with him to June’s draft. But when OSU tips off its 2010-2011 season, none of that will matter, and the team must find a way to fill his shoes. “Obviously losing him is going to change a lot for our team because he did so much on the court for us,” guard Jon Diebler said. “We know we have a lot to work on, as a team and individually, but even with Evan leaving, we’re still very confident with who we have coming back and who’s coming in.” Fortunately for the Buckeyes, as Diebler mentioned, they will welcome arguably the nation’s best recruiting class to Columbus next season. Highlighted by Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, the six incoming recruits could go a long way to replacing Turner. However, with Turner gone, and with seniors P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons also leaving the program, there will be no returning point guard. One of the incoming freshmen, Aaron Craft, plays the point, but is probably the fourth or fifth-most heralded newcomer in the class. Diebler, who was coached in middle school by Craft’s father, said that while Craft might not be as talented as some other future Buckeyes, he can certainly hold his own.   “He’s a tough kid, just like all the kids coming in,” Diebler said. “He knows a lot about the game and his IQ is really high, and that’s something you can’t teach.” Regardless, it seems unlikely that Craft will be able to step right in and run the OSU offense as a freshman. That leaves the likely possibility of one of the current Buckeyes making a position switch. Just as Turner did a season ago, somebody will have to quickly adapt to a new position. Diebler and forward David Lighty seem to be the most obvious candidates. Lighty proved to be one of the few Buckeyes that can consistently beat people off the dribble and create his own shot, which would make the position switch somewhat seamless. Diebler played point guard almost exclusively in high school, and although his role has been much different in college to this point, he said he wouldn’t be opposed to returning to his roots. “I wouldn’t mind it,” Diebler said. “I just want to do whatever helps us win. It’s going to be my last year and Dave’s last year and I know we’re all going to work on our ball handling.” For Lighty, despite losing Turner and no matter who ends up playing point guard, the expectations are still high. “We never lower our standards here just because he’s leaving,” Lighty said. “I believe with him, obviously we’d be that much better, but without I believe we still have a great team.” read more

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