UPDATE: POWER CUTS AFTER LIGHTNING STORM

first_imgESB Networks are dealing with a number of power outages across Co Donegal tonight after a lightning storm.Almost 500 customers are affected.Thirty homes in Killybegs are affected, as are 91 outside Falcarragh, 90 outside Creeslough, 302 in Fanad and 15 in Clonmany. If you need advice, call:Phone 1850 372 999 to report a service interruption.Please quote your MPRN number if possible (shown on your bill as M10…). This will help us pinpoint your location.UPDATE: POWER CUTS AFTER LIGHTNING STORM was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegakdonegalESBPowerlast_img read more

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Nanotechnology to curb water pollution in mining

first_imgThe mining industry has also become far more water conscious and has begun using water-recovery technology on an industrial scale (Image: Brand SA)• Infographic: Mining in South Africa• Mining groups invested in South Africa • Infographic: Mining robot can save lives • Focus on African resources at Mining Indaba • Scientist gets mine drainage patent Sulaiman PhilipThe problem of acid water draining from abandoned mine dumps and shafts has long seemed insurmountable, with some estimates putting the pollution on the Witwatersrand as high as 350 million litres a day. New technology from Dow Sub-Saharan Africa is finally offering a solution.South Africa is the most industrialised and diverse economy in Africa, wealth built on mining. But while mining’s contribution to South Africa’s GDP has fallen, the industrial base built up around the industry has diversified and strengthened.The historical importance of mining has created not just legacy issues – the ecological disaster of acid mine drainage – but has also strained the country’s water supply. South Africa is a water-scarce country, with its limited resources having to be shared between domestic and industrial – agriculture, mining, power generation – users.Mining techniques have evolved since diamonds were discovered in 1867. There are no canaries in the coal mines and improved ventilation and extraction techniques have made South African mining among the safest in the world. The mining industry has also become far more water conscious and, with the help of companies like Dow Chemicals, has begun using water-recovery technology on an industrial scale.Ross McLean, president of Dow Sub-Saharan Africa, says the web of industries in South Africa makes it possible for the company to provide clients with synchronised services.“Power stations need a certain purity of water in the steam turbines. Today, you can set them up with a supply of recycled water from a mine – we have this kind of system in place in a power station in South Africa. We’ve helped with our technology for the purification of waste water from the mine to a standard where that recycled water can be used in the power station. This creates a green linkage from mining to energy, which of course is a critical sector.” Nanotechnology for water filtrationDow’s world-leading reverse osmosis, nano-filtration membranes and ion-exchange resins allows industry to optimise water management. For McLean the future of mining has to be about sustainability, and water management using Dow technology should be at the forefront of any decisions made about operations.  Karen Dobson, Dow’s global business director for mining, adds that the technology has the benefit of being able to, dependent on the system used, produce safe water with zero discharge.  She says Dow technology can play a greater role in removing heavy metals from aqueous tailing discharges. It also has value in the secondary recovery of valuable metals from tailings and waste streams, helping reduce mining’s environmental impact. “The environment and social pressures are becoming more challenging for the mining industry. These are some of the very problems and challenges facing the industry we believe we can contribute to providing sustainable solutions.”More than a century of mining has left South Africa with mountains of waste – tailings dumps – and networks of abandoned shafts. Shafts on the Witwatersrand are veined with pyrite – an iron sulphide known as “fool’s gold” because of its superficial lustre – which reacts with rainwater and groundwater to decompose into sulphuric acid. Pollution in major water sourcesGeologists estimate that acid drainage from abandoned mines on the Witwatersrand could reach 350-million litres per day. This is untreated water that flows into the watershed of the Vaal and Limpopo Rivers, which supply water to millions of peopleIn 2013 the government budgeted R150-million to deal with acid mine drainage. With 6 000 derelict mines in the country, the World Wide Fund for Nature estimates that South Africa would need to spend R30-billion to solve the problem. “The longer we wait to address this issue, the more it is going to cost the South African taxpayer in the long term,” Deon Nel, head of the WWF’s biodiversity division, told the Mercury in 2013.Dow has been actively marketing its nano- and ultra-filtration membranes as solutions to the legacy problems of the mining industry. Not only can the technology remove harmful components from tailing waters, but it has given birth to a secondary industry recovering valuable metals from tailings and waste streams. It can reclaim metals that were otherwise too expensive to recover while reducing the environmental damage done by mine dumps and abandoned shafts.For Dow, investing in technologies that solve problems like acid mine drainage is an investment in the future of the company. “Business will not be sustainable if we do not get that right,” says McLean.“Our solutions, especially in the mining space, can help deal with the legacy issues that remain after operations cease. Sustainability is at the core of how Dow does business. Not just in terms of how we manufacture products but how we take those products to our customers. It is a philosophy that we share with our customers who are looking to adopt best practice around sustainability.” According to Ross McLean an investment in sustainable technology is an investment in future succes. (Image: Dow Chemicals) Investing in AfricaOn average, the African economy is predicted to grow between 6% and 7% over the next two decades. Despite the forecast growth, just $3 of every $1 000 invested by American companies goes into Africa. For most investors Africa is still the dark continent of terrible headlines.But for companies already on the ground in Africa, like Dow, the continent is a thriving marketplace. Dow brings 117 years of expertise to a region with diverse needs and almost unlimited growth potential. In terms of Dow’s global business, sub-Saharan Africa is a relatively small market but, McLean argues, that market will grow more important as Africa industrialises. “In South Africa you would not say industrialisation, you would say it’s a drive to re-industrialisation – which the government is pushing. We see this market as really interesting because of its level of diversification plays to the variety of solutions we offer.” Dow is expanding in Africa, with offices in Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia.  McLean stresses that it remains a business-to-business company, one that touches most industries in sub-Saharan Africa. The level of diversification in African industry plays to Dow’s strengths and the solutions it can offer as well, McLean says.“Our investment is about putting more people on the ground to bring our technologies to our customers. We have been investing in chemistry, science and technology for 117 years. Deeply embedded in our history is a lot of know-how and technology. We have already invested a lot in the [environmentally sound] solutions and technologies that African industry needs.”McLean admits that each country in which Dow operates in has its unique problems, but the rewards of working in Africa are infinite. “There are some really interesting challenges. But the thing is, companies like us go after opportunities when the opportunity is big enough to warrant the risk. It’s a risk-reward balance; there is no question we see the opportunity for growth. I think we are succeeding.”Dow’s African strategy is the result of eight years of research on business conditions in Africa. And while it conforms to local conditions, the company has adopted a “be local but act global” approach to business. It has created systems to develop African talent and leadership, people who are then immersed in the culture of Dow.“We understand that large multinationals like us can’t really understand African markets until they have feet on the ground. Is Africa challenging?  Yes. You really have to adapt to the situation in each country. You almost need a manual on how to do business in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.“Saying that, we do not compromise our standards around health, safety and the environment in Africa,” says McLean.“It would be far more expensive if we did not maintain our standards and got it wrong.  There are costs associated with doing it right, but we absolutely do not compromise. We’d sooner not do the business than break our own rules. If we businesses get that right, they will succeed in Africa.” Follow the Mining Indaba on social media: •           Twitter.com/MiningIndaba •           Miningindaba.com/Linkedin •           Facebook.com/africanminingindaba •           Youtube.com/Miningindabalast_img read more

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Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul FILE – Perlas Pilipinas’ France Mae Cabinbin against Japan in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas shone bright Sunday night.True to its moniker, the Philippine women’s basketball team fashioned out a 88-54 demolition of Singapore to start its bid for the 29th Southeast Asian Games crown at full-packed MABA Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Displaying fluid transition offense through flashy playmaker France Mae Cabinbin, the Philippines kept the tentative Singaporean side under control in the first half, with just about everybody in the lineup scoring at will.Perlas stepped on it in the final two quarters with Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Analyn Almazan leading the charge to rip the game apart and cruise to its first victory of the meet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gilas Pilipinas escapes Jordan, salvages 7th place Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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