Updated mine plan and resource estimate for Çöpler

first_imgAnatolia Minerals has received an updated mine plan and estimate of direct-leachable (oxide) gold resources for its Çöpler gold deposit, 110 km north of Malatya in Turkey. The study by Independent Mining Consultants (IMC), of Tucson, Arizona, estimates proven and probable in-pit oxide reserves at 18.1 Mt of mill-feed at 2.61 g/t Au, plus 34.2 Mt heap-leach at 1.16 g/t Au, aggregating 2.8 Moz gold (65 % proven). Measured and indicated oxide resources total 60.9 Mt averaging 1.23 g/t Au (2.4 Moz of gold) (measured 63%). Inferred oxide resources total 29.3 Mt at 1.34 g/t Au, (1.3 Moz of gold).The new mine plan leaves some 430,000 oz of measured and indicated oxide and 1.2 Moz of inferred oxide unmined but does envision processing sulphides that must be removed to get at oxide ore and from which gold can be profitably recovered. An ongoing drill programme is underway to more fully define the sulphides and will be the subject of another update focusing on sulphide gold later this year.Çöpler’s overall (oxide plus sulphide, including all reserves) measured and indicated resource totals 84.5 Mt at 1.45 g/t Au (3.9 Moz) (measured 52%). In addition, an inferred resource of 43.6 Mt at 1.72 g/t Au (2.4 M oz gold) was defined. This compares to 3.8 Moz of measured and indicated (measured 55%) and 1.6 Moz of inferred reported last year.The update follows a fill-in drilling campaign completed in early 2006 and a revised, optimized mining plan. Permitting, staff-building, detailed engineering and further optimization studies continue. Andrew Kaczmarek, VP Mine Development and Çöpler General Manager, is coordinating with SNC Lavalin, the EPCM contractor and several other North American and Turkish engineering firms for developing Çöpler’s oxides.Dick Moores, Anatolia’s CEO, said, “Nearly doubling global oxide resources is welcome news. Increasing recoverable gold by 30% (400,000 oz), and producing nearly 1 Moz in the first four years versus 726,000 oz in the feasibility study (Samuel Engineering June, 2006) should have a strong positive impact on the excellent economics previously reported. This is particularly important, since we anticipate lower cost ounces in the first four years, and higher cost ounces in the latter years of the mine. The new plan forecasts an average 176,000 oz gold annually for a full ten years versus an average 160,000 oz gold for eight and a half years used in the feasibility study. IMC’s comprehensive review ensures measured and indicated resources meet basic criteria for economic extraction and are contained in a preliminary pit based on a $475/oz gold price. Our geologists continue to work to further expand the gold resource at and around Çöpler.last_img read more

Canadian opposes law in Argentina

first_imgMinera San Jorge SA, a subsidiary of Canadian group Coro Mining, has filed an action to have a recently passed Provincial Act in Mendoza, which prohibits the use of toxic substances including sulphuric acid in any metalliferous mining, declared unconstitutional.The legal process in Mendoza, Argentina, involves the presentation of the action directly to the Provincial Supreme Court of Justice. Once the action is accepted by the court, the Mendoza Government will be notified of the action. The Government is expected to respond to the action before the case could go to trial.Notwithstanding this action, the company is continuing with its evaluation of San Jorge and plans to complete its pre-feasibility study by the end of this year. It is the company’s intention to continue to work with all levels of government and interested third parties to demonstrate that the project, if viable, could be developed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner and would provide economic and social benefits to the local community and to the Province.last_img read more

Austmine welcomes establishment of METS Innovation Partnership

first_imgAustmine, Australia’s leading association of Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) providers, has said it welcomes a recent announcement by the Labor Government to establish the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Innovation Partnership, one of 12 partnerships that has Federal Government supports. “The introduction of the METS Innovation Partnership is timely given the critical state of the mining sector with increasing costs pressures and falling productivity coupled with diminishing ore grades threatening Australia’s global competitive edge,” said Alan Broome, Chairman of Austmine. “Solutions to the challenges which global miners face can be provided by our highly innovative METS sector.”Operating nationally with its headquarters in Brisbane, the METS Innovation Partnership will provide “a collaborative platform to coordinate the adoption of productivity enhancing technologies involving Australian SMEs [Small-Medium Enterprises], Global Tier 1 suppliers and mining companies.” By consolidating key players in the mining supply chain, the group will help to increase the adoption rate of Australian innovation into global supply chains and build a highly collaborative business ecosystem to foster innovation, employment growth and international competitiveness. “It will also enable the METS Sector to continue its strong growth path by assisting world-leading and cutting-edge Australian innovation to gain improved and quicker access to global markets,” Broome said.  “However, collaboration is the key as is the need to be cohesive in resolving industry issues both quickly and efficiently. The METS Innovation Partnership will secure the continued growth and success of this industry to ensure Australia does not lose its competitive advantage as a world-leading mining nation. If we can increase the adoption rates of Australian innovation into global mining value chains and accelerate the commercialisation cycle, we can look forward to another generation of mining leadership. We can also create a sustainable METS industry that will survive long after Australia’s dominance as a mining nation. And while our deposits are finite, our capabilities and skill sets will remain long into the future.”Austmine led the bid for the METS Innovation Partnership along with a number of other key industry partners including the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Marketing and the CSIRO.last_img read more

Third China Gold Congress and Expo July 2426 2018 in Beijing

first_imgMore than 2,000 delegates, industrial leaders and a hundred exhibitors are expected to attend and, according to the organisers, “create the world’s largest international cooperation platform in gold industry.” Hosted by China Gold Association and World Gold Council, the 3rd China Gold Congress and Expo will be held on July 24-26, 2018 in China National Convention Center. China Gold officially gets the support from the relevant China and foreign government and industrial institution.China Gold Congress and Expo consists of three streams, Gold Mining, Gold Investment Market and Gold Consumption. The activities of China Gold cover the entire mineral value chain. That includes gold mining, smelting and processing, market trend forecasting for gold investment, gold consumer products, particularly jewellery design and technology. Particularly, Technology Innovation and Exploration Exchange Gold will be arranged at China Gold 2018 to promote investment and cooperation.The first and second China Gold Congress and Expo events were held in 2014 and 2016 in Beijing. There were more than 2,000 delegates, 50 exhibitors from 20 countries joined the event. In China Gold 2016 particularly, Jim Rogers, Investment Expert and Author, delivered the keynote speech titled How I See the World Today and What I Am Doing About It, identifying the importance of gold form the worldwide perspective.As the largest gold event in Asia, China Gold says it “is committed to continually promoting international cooperation and rapid growth of the Chinese gold industry. China Gold Congress and Expo, the Chinese platform of the global gold industry and global stage for China’s gold industry, welcomes you to China Gold Congress and Expo.” http://en.china-gold.org/last_img read more

Torex Gold operations restart at ELG Mine Complex after end of illegal

first_imgTorex Gold Resources Inc reports that negotiations between community leaders have resulted in an end to the illegal blockades of the company’s ELG Mine Complex, supporting infrastructure, and the Media Luna Project, all of which are in southwest Mexico. Processing operations have continued uninterrupted since the restart in mid January. Mining in the El Limon Pit is expected to resume today.Fred Stanford, President & CEO of Torex stated: “We are more than pleased that we can now get back to unimpeded operations and value creation for the company’s shareholders and all stakeholders. During the first quarter, the quality of the team, and the asset, were clearly evident as they pulled together under very challenging operating conditions and produced 67,000 oz of gold in dore.They also shipped 8,000 gold ounces in carbon fines. Looking forward, the operations are well positioned to complete the ramp-up in 2018 and to move forward with optimisation and development initiatives.”He added; “A special thanks goes out to the employees, community members, community leaders, and so many others who have provided the support that was necessary to facilitate production during this difficult period, and to peacefully resolve this dispute over union representation.”The official government-regulated process for selecting between the two competing unions, continues. Since mid-March, there have been two public hearings at the Federal Labour Board, regarding the timing of a union selection vote. “It is Torex’s understanding that the public hearing stage of the process is now complete, and that the next stage is a decision as to when and where the vote will occur. As Torex has said since the beginning, the Company will work with whichever union the workers democratically select.”The processing plant has operated continuously since it restarted on January 16th except for planned maintenance activities. In the first quarter, 67,000 oz of gold were produced in dore, and an additional 8,000 oz of gold were shipped in carbon fines. The Sub-Sill was re-started one month ahead of schedule, with drifts and ramps advancing 179 m in March.The underground diamond drilling program also restarted ahead of schedule. Mining in the El Limon Sur Pit progressed on schedule, as did the Guajes East Pit, which is now effectively mined-out. The Guajes West Pit is in a waste stripping phase in 2018, which is the reason the operation will source most of its ore in 2018 from the El Limon Pit, with some contribution from the El Limon Sur Pit and the Sub-Sill. The SART plant construction is substantially complete and commissioning is ongoing. The placement of filtered tailings has been well managed in preparation for the rainy season. Water containment ponds are being drawn down in preparation for the rainy season.last_img read more

RCT brings automation to MATSA underground operations in Spain

first_imgRCT says it has finalised a major automation project at MATSA’s Aguas Teñidas and Magdalena mines in the Huelva province of Spain.The project involved installing ControlMaster® Guidance Automation on four CAT R2900G underground LHDs and one Automation Centre Surface Control Station at MATSA’s Aguas Teñidas copper-lead-zinc mine.MATSA is a jointly-owned company by Mubadala Investment Co and Trafigura. It owns and operates three mines in the Huelva, including Aguas Teñidas, Magdalena and Sotiel, on top of a 4.4 Mt/y copper and polymetallic processing plant.RCT’s automation centre at Aguas Teñidas is fitted out with RCT’s Multiple Machine Control feature enabling a single operator to remotely control multiple machines at the same time via the mine’s digital communications network.RCT also commissioned two Sandvik LH621 underground LHDs with ControlMaster Guidance Automation at the nearby Magdalena copper mine. These Sandvik LHDs can operate on a digital network via RCT’s Area Access Cabinets which act as an extension of the automation centre and interfaces between the work areas and the machines.This instalment builds on a previous project to mount ControlMaster Teleremote and Guidance Automation solutions on three of the site’s CAT R2900G LHDs, which operated on an analogue network via two surface control stations, according to RCT.Guidance Automation allows machines to tram between two predetermined points on a mine site with the push of a button by operators who also receive real-time information including machine speed, rpm, direction, pitch and roll, RCT said.“The automation centre consists of an ergonomically designed operators chair facing up from screens, which feed real-time information from sensors and machine-mounted cameras to the operator,” the company added. Teleremote, meanwhile, enables the operator to remotely manage the machine from a control station in real time.A MATSA spokesperson said: “This system not only allows us to operate in hazardous conditions safely from the surface, but also increases productivity by permitting us to operate during shift change and smoke clearing. We also have the capability to simultaneously operate more than one piece of equipment with the same teleremote operator.”RCT Account Manager, Shane Smith, said the Guidance Automation products would provide solid benefits for MATSA. “ControlMaster Guidance Automation has a proven track record of improving operator safety in a traditionally hazardous working environment by removing them from the mine face,” he said.“The faster tramming speeds will also help to boost site productivity on site and limit unplanned machine downtime due to repairs from machinery accidents while the new automation centre will reduce operator fatigue due to improved comfort and ease-of-access on the mine’s surface.”last_img read more

Womens EHF CL 20142015 Byasen Podravka and Leipzig to fight for the

FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN)RK Lokomotiva-Zagreb (CRO) MKS Selgros Lublin (POL) FC Midtjylland (DEN)Dinamo-Sinara Volgograd (RUS) Viborg HK (DEN) ZRK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB)Larvik HK (NOR) ByasenleipyigleipzigPodravkawomen’s EHF CLWomen’s handball HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)RK Krim Ljubljana (SLO) QualificationGroup Matches WHC Vardar SCBT (MKD) HC BNTU-BELAz Minsk (BLR)Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN) The line-up for the Women’s EHF Champions League in the coming season has been released following a decision by the EHF Executive Committee at its meeting in Umag, Croatia on 20 June 2014.A total of 14 teams will be seeded directly in the Group Phase of the competition, whilst eight teams will play in qualification for two additional places.Additional requests for placesThe 2014/15 season is the first with a new system for the distribution of places within the EHF Champions League competitions. Only Hungary and Denmark have two fixed places whilst other federations have only one place and must request additional places.For the coming season there were six additional requests for places: Byasen Trondheim (NOR), HC Leipzig (GER), Le Havre (FRA), Fleury (FRA), HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO) and Zaglebie Lubin (POL).After evaluating these requests on the basis of a set of criteria, which included venue, marketing, TV and media issues, the EHF Executive Committee decided to accept the requests of Byasen Trondheim (NOR), HC Leipzig (GER) and HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO).Le Havre (FRA), Fleury (FRA) and Zaglebie Lubin (POL) will therefore not play in the Women’s EHF Champions League in the coming season.Additionally the EHF Executive decided not to accept the Turkish champions, Muratpasa from Antalya, into the Women’s EHF Champions League.Overview IK Sävehof (SWE) Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT) HC Leipzig (GER)WHC Buducnost (MNE) Thüringer HC (GER) Sercodak/Dalfsen (NED)Metz Handball (FRA) New playing systemThe new season also bring with it a new challenge for Europe’s top women’s teams with the introduction of a revamped played system.In addition to the new final phase of the competition, the Women’s EHF FINAL4, which was successfully introduced during the 2013/14 season, the new playing system will see the reduction of the number of qualification rounds from two to one and the expansion of the Main Round to two groups of six teams.The top four teams from each group will then qualify for the quarter-final knock-out phase, before the final remaining four teams compete in the season high point, the EHF FINAL4 on 9/10 May 2015.Draws on Thursday, 26 June and Friday 27 JuneAn overview of the playing system and seeding list ahead of the first draw events of the season will be published on Monday, 23 June 2014.The draw for the qualification tournaments in the Women’s EHF Champions League will take place on Thursday, 26 June at 14:00hrs and for the Group Matches on Friday, 27 June at 18:00hrs in Vienna, Austria. Live streaming will be available.TEXT: EHF Byasen Trondheim (NOR)HCM Baia Mare (ROU) ← Previous Story Puerto Sagunto signs Ilija Sladic to replace Carlos Grau Next Story → Metalurg’s rampart “Jonovski-Markoski” stay loyal to club read more

Brazil warms up for Denmark

brazilbrazil handballWCh 2015 Denmark ← Previous Story DAS IST UWE: Gensheimer amazing shot in SloMO… Next Story → VELUX EHF CL Round 2: Veszprem to host Flensburg – Balkan Clasico in Celje Morten Soubak has designated 19 athletes for a training phase that will take place in Spain between the 4th and 12th of October. Captain Fabiana Diniz and IHF World Player of the Year Eduarda Amorim will be back in the squad after recovering from their respective injuries. The defending World champions, Brazil, will take part in a training phase together with the Euro 2014 bronze medalists in the Spanish island of Fuerteventura in the archipelago of the Canary Islands. “We have made an agreement with Sweden and we’ll share training sessions, just like we did with Norway earlier this year in Brazil. This will be a very good way to train and evaluate our players, as the Scandinavians are one of the best teams in the World”, explained Soubak in the Brazilian Confederation website.The captain and pivot Fabiana ‘Dara’ Diniz will be back in the National team after having missed the last Pan American Games in Toronto due to a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) on her left leg. Hers will not be the only comeback as left­back Eduarda ‘Duda’ Amorim will also join the team after a long recovery from a torn ACL on her left knee.Two ‘new’ faces will join the squad this time: Bruna Almeida de Paula and Tainara Luna Gonçalves. “Both of them were first called in August to participate on the training phase where only athletes who play in Brazil took part. They did really good and we’ve been following their performances in their clubs as well, so we’ll give them a new chance”, stressed Soubak. According to the Danish coach, this will be the last evaluation before the definitive list for the World Championship in December; the players on that list will take part of a Four Nations tournament in Brazil in late November, which will be the final test before they head off to Denmark.This is the list for the training phase in Spain: Goalkeepers: Bárbara Arenhart (Nykobing F. Handboldklub ­ DEN), Mayssa Pessoa (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Jéssica Oliveira (UNC/Concórdia ­ BRA). Wings: Alexandra Nascimento (Baia Mare ­ ROU), Célia Coppi (Metodista/São Bernardo ­ BRA), Fernanda França (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Jéssica Quintino (MKS Selgros Lublin ­ POL), Larissa Araújo (UNC/Concórdia ­ BRA), Samira Rocha (OGC Nice ­ FRA). Backs: Amanda Andrade (UNC/Concórdia ­ BRA), Bruna Almeida de Paula (São José ­ BRA), Deonise Fachinello (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Eduarda Amorim (Györ Audi ETO ­ HUN), Tainara Luna Gonçalves (Metodista/São Bernardo ­ BRA), Ana Paula Rodrigues (CSM Bucureşti ­ ROU), Francielle Gomes da Rocha (Fumguaru/Guarulhos ­ BRA). Line players: Daniela Piedade (Siófok KC ­ HUN), Fabiana Diniz (BBM Bietigheim ­ GER), Tamires Morena (Mosonmagyaróvári ­ HUN). Source: CBHb website.TEXT: LAURA AGENA read more

Christian OSullivan stays in Magdeburg until 2020

← Previous Story EHF Final 4 in Cologne still 24 hours battle for glory Next Story → Silkeborg VS Szeged: Brothers battle for a quarter final spot The Norwegian playmaker Christian O’ Sullivan will stay at SC Magdeburg until 2020! The 25-years old playmaker, who was a part of the silver medal Norwegian squad at Men’s World Championship 2017 in France. He came to SC Magdeburg from Swedish IFK Kristianstad.“I am very happy to be able to play in Magdeburg until 2020. I would like to continue my development here at SCM. We have a good team, which we have shown in the last weeks, but if we want to play for titles, we must become even more constant. I’m very happy with the SCM, the fantastic audience and the people in charge of the club, who want to become a top Bundesliga club, and we are on a very good path here, said O’ Sullivan for the official website.

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NUJ Irish Independent journalists compulsory redundancy is unfair and unjust

first_img(Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)A letter written by campaigners to editor-in-chief of the newspaper Stephen Rae, published in full by The Guardian, expressed “disbelief” at the move.Gemma is a reporter of the highest professionalism and integrity, who has done huge service for her country, and her newspaper, through her work in exposing injustice and garda corruption.“As Irish citizens we see her dismissal as nothing less than a grotesque attack on press freedom, human rights and democracy,” it said.The letter was signed by a number of people, including Liz Molloy, the niece of the late Fr Niall Molloy.‘Unfair and unjust’Seamus Dooley, secretary of the National Union of Journalists, told TheJournal.ie that the union views O’Doherty’s redundancy “as an unfair and unjust dismissal”.“The NUJ chapel at Independent Newspapers passed a motion last month reaffirming total opposition to the imposition of any compulsory redundancy,” he said.Senator John Gilroy also raised the issue in the Seanad today, telling his colleagues it should raise concerns for all diplomats “when an investigative journalist of Ms O’Doherty’s standing has been sacked”.A spokesperson for Independent News & Media did not respond to a request for comment. When contacted by TheJournal.ie, Gemma O’Doherty declined to comment “for legal reasons”.Read: Call for judicial inquiry into death of Fr Niall Molloy>Read: The editor of the Irish Independent has been promoted – after nine months> THE NATIONAL UNION of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed its support for former Irish Independent journalist Gemma O’Doherty after her exit from the newspaper.O’Doherty was the only journalist at the Independent to be made compulsorily redundant and an article in this month’s edition of The Phoenix suggested it may be connected to an incident in which she approached the home of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.The journalist questioned Callinan’s wife about penalty points being wiped from his record and the article said editorial staff at the paper were “appalled” at her behaviour.Fr Niall MolloyO’Doherty is best known for her investigation of the 1985 death of Fr Niall Molloy, writing a number of articles alleging a possible cover-up by gardaí and some members of the political establishment at the time.Since her dismissal from the Independent, some supporters who feel justice has not been served in relation to conclusions about Fr Molloy’s death, and other unsolved cases, have taken up her case, protesting outside the newspaper’s offices in Dublin earlier this month and yesterday.last_img read more

Samesex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to

first_imgUpdated 5.27pm THE CABINET HAS reached an agreement to hold a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage in Ireland in the first half of 2015, with a number of other referendums to be held on the same day.The government reached agreement to hold a vote on the same-sex marriage issue in 2015, securing the commitment from Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore that a vote will be held in the lifetime of this government.Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that the question of same-sex marriage and a number of other issues discussed by the Constitutional Convention will be put to the people by mid-2015.“So there is no referendum planned for 2014,” he said. “This and a number of other proposals from the Constitutional Convention will be considered by the people by mid-2015.”The exact date for the vote is still to be agreed but in a statement this afternoon Justice Minister Alan Shattr said that the referendum will take place during the first half of 2015.It is believed that a number of other referendums will be held on the same day concerning issues arising out of the Constitutional Convention.Referendum CommissionThese include lowering the voting age from 18 to 16, and reducing the presidential term and minimum age requirement to run for the Áras.A vote may also be held on removing the so-called ‘women in the home’ clause from Bunreacht na hÉireann.However, these matters have still to be discussed and agreed definitively by government following reports from the constitutional think tank.Shatter also said today that he hopes to have a draft of the Children and Family Relationships Bill 2013 published before Christmas.This legislation will deal with the legalities surrounding adoption and parental rights for same-sex couples.  It is anticipated that this law will be enacted prior to the marriage referendum.Shatter added that the government shares the concern of the Constitutional Convention chairman, Tom Arnold, that referendum questions do not confuse people.He said that this could mean that a referendum commission may be appointed earlier than has been the case for referendums held in recent years.First published 1.58pm Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriageLabour MEPs: Gay marriage vote should be on same day as local and Euro electionslast_img read more

8 of the most sexy Irish aphrodisiacs

first_imgWhat’s your top Irish aphrodisiac? Let us know in the comments. Keep it PG now. We’re blushing enough already.Read: 7 older couples you’ll want to be when you grow up>Read: 7 scientific secrets to a happy marriage> CHOCOLATE? CHILLI? WATERMELON? Or maybe even an aul fresh Irish oyster?Fuhgeddaboutit.We all know the real Irish aphrodisiacs are more likely to be found lurking within the confines of a stuffy nightclub. Here are what we reckon gets Irish people in the mood the fastest.1. The strobe lights in CoppersGlinting off their sweaty forehead. Swoon. Be still, my disco-beating heart. Source: Flickr/Atomic Taco2. The National AnthemFeck! They’re playing it already! Time is running out. In the same way hunger is the best sauce, desperation is a great aphrodisiac. Source: Imgflip/Flickr/ralpe3. Discovering you have at least 50 mutual friendsSure, you couldn’t be getting it on with someone unless you knew about three hundred of their friends and at least seven cousins. Source: Flickr/ChodHound4. Getting it in (a round, that is)The opening bars of Barry White play softly as they toss their silky hair, turn slowly and ask you… what you’re having yourself. You had me at, “It’s my round.” Source: Visitor90visitor5. Road frontageYou… have road frontage? Excuse me, I need a minute, I’ve come over all flushed. Source: Fran Marshall/Irish Farmers Calendar6. Knowing all the words to Joxter Goes To Stuttgart“It was in the year of ’88, in the lovely month of June…”TAKE ME! Source: TiocfaidhArLa19677. Killer dance movesAlright, so your beau might have the moves of a slightly worse for wear uncle at a wedding. And yet, it’s strangely irresistible. Source: Comicvine8. Being kind to the MammyIt’s not quite animal magnetism, but any Irish person will swoon when seeing the object of their affections treating their Ma with the respect she deserves.last_img read more

Everly Brother singer Phil Everly dies at 74

first_imgAccording to a Rolling Stone biography of the legendary performers – hailed as “the most important vocal duo in rock” by the magazine – Phil and his younger brother Don were the children of Midwestern country stars Ike and Margaret Everly and performed on the family radio show while growing up.As teenagers, they headed for Nashville, Tennessee, and began their stellar career.In addition to his wife and brother, Everly is survived by their mother, Margaret, sons Jason and Chris, and two granddaughters.The Times said funeral services would be private.- © AFP, 2014RIP Uncle Phil: Actor James Avery dies aged 65>Deaths in 2013: Saying goodbye to those we loved and lost this year> SINGER PHIL EVERLY of the Everly Brothers has died, his widow told The Los Angeles Times. He was 74.Everly passed away in the Californian city of Burbank due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Patti Everly told the newspaper.“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, noting her husband’s disease was caused by cigarette smoking. “He fought long and hard.”Together with his brother Don, who survives him, Everly rose to fame in the late 1950s and 1960s for smash hits such as Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do is Dream and Bye Bye Love.The duo, who influenced The Beatles as well as Simon and Garfunkel, were known for their close-harmony singing.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, into which the Everly Brothers were inducted in 1986, described their harmonies as “one of the musical treasures of the 1950s and a major influence on the music of the 1960s”.In 1957, the Everly Brothers signed their first record deal and soon after produced hits that spawned the genres of pop, rock and country. They were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.Tributes poured in soon after word of Everly’s death surfaced.“Rest in peace Phil Everly. You guys brought us a lot of pleasure back in the day,” rock and country singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels tweeted.Commenting as a winter snowstorm hit the northeast United States, actor and musician John Gallagher Jr said: “This cold night just got colder. RIP Phil Everly. The Everly Brothers Greatest Hits was my first CD as a kid and will always be a favorite.”“They had that sibling sound,” said Linda Ronstadt, who recorded one of the biggest hits of her career in 1975 with her interpretation of Everly’s When Will I Be Loved.The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound (with family) that you never get with someone who’s not blood-related to you.And they were both such good singers – they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock ‘n’ roll sound.last_img read more

Man claims to have gone 60 years without bathing

first_imgAN IRANIAN MAN that claims to have not bathed in 60 years has apparently broken a record for his efforts.The Islamic Republic News Agency and the Tehran Times both report that the man, Amou Haji, last washed himself when he was just 20 years old.See more of the unbelievable pictures here.The reasoning behind the rather extreme lifestyle choice is that he believes that clean skin only brings on illness. The Times says he is a recluse living in the countryside after ‘emotional setbacks’ in his youth.But his controversial lifestyle doesn’t end there. Haji also eats rotten meat, drinks dirty water and smokes a pipe filled with animal feces, according to the newspaper.His home is a “hole in the ground resembling a grave” and he also has an open brick shack built by “those who felt sorry for him”.The Tehran Times, however, feel he’s better off than most. His roof is the starred sky, his little shack is paid in full without worrying about monthly mortgages, his pillow and quilt is the soft cushion of the earth embracing him every time.Haji surely trumps the man found in 2011 in India. Kailash Singh is said to have gone 38 years without washing and was considered the world’s smelliest man despite Guinness refusing to award anyone in the category.Irish radio station ‘amazed’ at inclusion in international Scientology video>Drinking game Neknominate slammed after 6-year-old appears in video>last_img read more

Ikea pulls meatballs from European countries after horsemeat tests

first_imgSWEDISH FURNITURE GIANT Ikea has withdrawn some of its meatballs from sale in at least 15 European countries, including Ireland, after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities, the company said today.“We take this very seriously and have withdrawn one-kilo bags of frozen meatballs from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, Greece and Ireland,” in addition to Sweden, said company spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson.The product had also been removed from shelves in Denmark, according to Dorte Hjorth Harder, spokeswoman for Ikea Denmark.“We have today been informed that our meatballs could contain traces of horsemeat, based on a test done in the Czech Republic,” Ikea said in a statement.“Our own tests haven’t shown any traces of horsemeat. We now obviously have to study this further,” it added.The batch of one-kilogramme frozen meatballs had been pulled from shelves due to “customer concerns”, Ikea said.Sweden’s National Food Agency said it had been informed of the tests by Dafgaard, the company that produces the meatballs sold by Ikea in most European countries.“It’s the authorities in the Czech Republic that found traces of horsemeat in one of three tests they performed,” said Karin Cerenius, head of food control for the agency in the western region of Vaestra Goetaland.“They still don’t know the amount (of horsemeat) involved,” she said.Dafgaard said in a statement it was performing its own DNA tests on the batch and that the meatballs had been “blocked” from distribution.A spokesperson for IKEA Ireland did not return a request for comment.- © AFP 2013.Read: Calls for Coveney to step away from horsemeat investigation>More: Horsemeat containing harmful drug ‘entered food chain’ in France>last_img read more

Shatter praises gardaí for progress in tackling burglaries

first_imgTHE JUSTICE MINISTER Alan Shatter has today praised the Garda Commissioner and members of An Garda Síochána for the “proactive and targeted approach being taken to reduce burglary levels”.Shatter said an increase in burglaries were noted towards the end of 2011 and into 2012, which prompted the Commissioner to put in place Operation Fiacla – an intelligence-led operation carried out by the Garda Síochána Analysis Service regarding crime trends and other relevant data.Specific burglary related initiatives are being implemented in each Garda Region in support of Operation Fiacla, which have produced significant success: according to most recent figures, 4,226 persons have been arrested and 2,327 charged as at the end of February, Shatter said.Garda Authorities have also informed Minister Shatter that Operation Acer, which forms part of Operation Fiacla in the Dublin Region, has led to a 10 per cent reduction in the number of burglaries.“The success the Gardaí are having, as is clear from the figures, is undoubtedly evidence that ‘smart policing’ is very real and very effective,” Shatter said. “Operation Fiacla makes use of a combination of intelligence methods to identify prolific offenders and gangs involved in burglary, together with analysis of locations and times of burglaries, to anticipate and disrupt those involved in burglary.”“Contrary to some recent commentary, the impact of Operation Fiacla, Operation Acer and all of the other supporting regional operations, illustrates the point that freeing up Gardaí from desk jobs does in fact deliver more effective policing services for the public,” he added.Read: ‘I have given as much as I can’ – garda speaks out against pay cutslast_img read more

John Gardiner Cork off the early pace Cadogan just like Deane and

first_imgCORK AND WATERFORD battles in Thurles were a constant during my inter-county days. Taking a seat in the stand yesterday to watch the game rather than taking a spot on the field to play was strange.Last year was more difficult adjusting to watching Cork matches, this year it’s easier. Arriving to Semple Stadium yesterday there was still that good buzz of Munster championship anticipation. My expectation was that Waterford would put them in a corner at times but Cork would ultimately win. Seeing Waterford race nine points ahead, Cork pegging them back and the teams finishing level in a frantic finale wasn’t what I envisaged.Tactically Waterford got it spot on. The wind was a help in the first-half but the biggest reason was their dominance of Cork’s puckouts. Waterford targeted Patrick Cronin, got the ball down on to the ground and there they then cleaned Cork on the breaks.They were composed at the back which allowed them to fire in better deliveries to their forwards. Creating time on the ball also allowed Jamie Nagle and Tadhg Burke to pick off great long-range points. But for nine first-half wides, Waterford could have been out of sight.Cork were well off the pace in the first-half. During the league, we have seen Cork go through games where they drift out of it for periods. Yesterday that was more prolonged which was a worry. Coming under pressure, they needed to sort their structure out and get back to basics. It took a long time for that to happen.Waterford must be really pleased with some of their performances. Michael Walsh’s composure was brilliant. He always took his time on the ball and searched for the right pass. Kevin Moran had a fine game and Pauric Mahony is the kind of freetaker who gives a side a real chance. ‘Pauric Mahony is the kind of freetaker who gives a side a real chance’ Source: James Crombie/INPHOAustin Gleeson had a great first day out. He hit a point from play, struck a beautiful sideline and then there was that wonder goal. He showed fierce pace but Cork will be disappointed that no one got their body across to cut out his run or got a hurley in to hook him.For all those positives for Waterford, Cork still hauled them back. Waterford faded out hugely. They expended a lot of energy to get ahead and several of their players went down with cramp near the end. That was down to fatigue. They looked to me like a team that was screaming for the final whistle.Cork’s goal was key. It showed again how teams are vulnerable after scoring a goal and it was a messy one for Waterford to concede. They had opportunities to clear but didn’t. The first thing you teach underage players is get the ball out of the danger area. The longer it hangs around, the more dangerous it is and Bill Cooper, who did well when he came on, got the vital touch.Cork brought Patrick Horgan outfield as well which was important. He’s their talisman and he wasn’t involved. Cork needed him to bring the game to Waterford and he did. He hit two good scores, set up another and fired over nine frees. Patrick Horgan struck 0-12 for Cork yesterday. Source: James Crombie/INPHOCork’s real star was Alan Cadogan. He showed form in the league that he could potentially make this breakthrough. The main thing you’re looking for in a player in his debut that he shows for the ball every time, makes the run and makes himself available. It’s very easy to drift through a game and not stand up to be counted.Alan showed real leadership by going for every ball from the start. He reminds me of Joe Deane in how he plays and he has a brilliant turn which allows him a few extra yards ahead of the defender. The point he got late on was outstanding.Cork showed their character again to come back. But you can’t keep affording to stay out of games as you’ll get caught eventually. Aidan Walsh brought a lot to Cork’s midfield but showed a little inexperience in not tapping over an early point when they needed it.Other lads found it hard to get going. Seamus Harnedy doesn’t have the element of surprise this year which makes it more challenging for him. The Cork tactics didn’t help him, he’s better in the half-forward line and showed that with a great first-half point after fielding a puckout from Anthony Nash. Anthony Nash commiserates with Stephen O’Keeffe. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWaterford will take huge confidence from yesterday. Their team and management believed they could beat Cork but I don’t think many of their supporters shared that view. They’ll take belief and bring that to the replay.I don’t think Cork will play as badly as they did in that first-half again. After a game like that, they’ll be bursting to get back on track and would probably have preferred the replay to be next week given their disappointment.Waterford put in such a huge effort that they’ll be glad of the fortnight break with their tired bodies. It’s going to be interesting and it’s a big challenge in the schedule with the winners out against Clare seven days after the replay.******Two-time All-Ireland senior winner John Gardiner will be part of TheScore.ie’s hurling coverage throughout this summer.‘Ultimately he’ll go down the Ken McGrath route’ – high hopes for Waterford’s teenage starThe story of Cork and Waterford’s draw in shot conversion, turnovers and puckoutslast_img read more

Well leave it there so Hoop dreams no rain on Rorys parade

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Ryan Palmer watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla. Source: David J. Phillip/AP/Press Association Images                                                               HomeAt the time of publishing, Rory McIlroy was leading the PGA Championship at Valhalla after a second-round 67. But with Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell teeing off late this evening, he could be reeled in.There have been rumours for a while now about the possibility of a NFL game being staged at Croke Park. But, stadium director Peter McKenna believes the league’s priority is to continue developing a presence in the UK.Rotation is the key for Ireland Women’s rugby coach Philip Doyle. He’s made ten changes to his team for the final Pool B clash with Kazakhstan in Marcoussis tomorrow. The bodies are still probably a little sore after that magnificent victory against New Zealand.Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham faces a tough challenge if he wishes to keep his job. Three other candidates have been nominated and there are likely to be more names added to the list before a final decision is made in mid-September. Source: James Crombie/INPHONew Munster boss Anthony Foley has accepted that there will be some added scrutiny this season given the backroom changes within the team but Axel is relishing making the step-up, especially with former team-mates Jerry Flannery and Mick O’Driscoll alongside him.Ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final, Limerick captain Donal O’Grady thinks the current Kilkenny side is the greatest that’s ever played hurling but he’s hoping his own team can take motivation from their previous Croke Park disappointments.Dublin manager Jim Gavin has praised Eoghan O’Gara for showing ‘composure’ during the now-infamous ‘incident’ that immediately overshadowed their Leinster football final victory over Meath.Women’s National League champions Raheny United are in Romania as they seek to qualify from their Champions League group. They play three games in six days with the first fixture against local side Cluj tomorrow.                                                                 AwayDespite being thumped 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw and embarrassingly crashing out of the Champions League earlier this week, Celtic will take their place in the play-off round after the Poles’ were punished by UEFA for fielding an illegible player. Charlie Mulgew’s reaction following Celtic’s midweek defeat to Legia said it all. Can the Scottish champions re-group now they’ve been granted a second chance? Source: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAn hour after that news filtered through, Celtic were drawn to face Slovenian side Maribor in the Champions League play-off round. Elsewhere, Arsenal will take on Besiktas from Turkey. For the football hipsters out there, the juiciest tie pits Rafa Benitez’s Napoli against Spanish outfit Athletic Club.The rain caused havoc at Valhalla with Mother Nature ensuring a 45-minute stoppage. Awful for all those involved but the conditions made for some great photos. Ryan Palmer’s golf tee flies through the rain soaked grass on the 12th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Source: Jeff Roberson/AP/Press Association ImagesThere was some sad news as Didier Drogba announced his retirement from international football after more than 100 appearances for Ivory Coast. More time to concentrate on trying to terrorise Premier League defenders again.Luis Suarez was in Lausanne as his case was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Barcelona striker is hopeful he can get his four-month FIFA ban halved and he and his legal team spent five hours arguing their side.                                           The best thing we sharedPerhaps ‘best thing’ isn’t the right term to use but this clip from Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr shows the danger involved in her chosen discipline. THAT noise is the worst. Luckily, she escaped serious injury but does face some time on the sidelines. Source: SuhrVault/YouTube                                                     On the recordWe went from the highs of playing in Croke Park, in with a chance of getting to the final, to the lows of opportunity lost. Most of the lads were either playing or involved that day. The hurt of that should be a motivation in itself.”Donal O’Grady is still hurting after last year’s semi-final defeat to Clare. He and his Limerick team-mates will hope for much better this Sunday against Kilkenny.                                             The fixture list      A big day at GAA HQ with a couple of All-Ireland senior football quarter-finals down for decision. Donegal take on Armagh at 4 o’clock while that’s followed by the Dubs’ clash with Monaghan at 6.It’s the third round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla where Rory McIlroy will attempt to build on his impressive start.Ireland Women are in action at the Rugby World Cup. They hope to close out the first stage with another victory – they face Kazakhstan at noon in Paris. A win would see them top the group.In the League of Ireland, Sligo take on Athlone with kick-off at The Showgrounds set for 7.45. In the First Division, Longford Town host Finn Harps at 7.30.The Championship properly gets underway with a ton of games. So many storylines to choose from, especially with a couple of crazy owners – the original and best, Vincent Tan at Cardiff and now Massimo Cellino at Leeds.                                                        Showbiz, baby!Ted Lasso entered our lives for the first time when NBC Sports launched its coverage of the Premier League in the US last August. Thankfully, famous actor-type Jason Sudeikis is back for the new campaign and he’s brought his alter-ego with him. Though maybe this version is more camp than before? Still very funny though. Source: NBC Sports/YouTube“That’s kind of my whole face, like an egg with a beard”9 birdies puts Westwood in charge at the PGA ChampionshipRace For Liam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland hurling glorylast_img read more

South African Spar is buying Irish Spar

first_imgSPAR SOUTH AFRICA has struck a deal to purchase 80% of the company that runs the brand in Ireland.The deal, which is being classed as a joint venture, will see Spar South Africa assume control of BWG Group, which runs Spar, Eurospar, Spar Express, Mace and XL in Ireland and the UK, has a price tag of €55 million.The African outfit is responsible for 1,800 branches across South Africa, and has annual sales of around €3.5 billion and a market capitalisation of around €1.5 billion.The new outfit will invest up to €100 million in the expansion of BWG’s operations over the next five years.The existing management team will be retained under group chief executive Leo Crawford.BWG also said that it has bought back some of its debt from exiting banks, while agreeing new five year banking facilities with Bank of Ireland and AIB.Crawford said that the deal is “a very positive and exciting development for BWG”.Read: Owner apologises after Spar posts ‘female only’ job ad> Read: New product placement rules sees Fair City get a Spar>last_img read more