US minerals import reliance reaches record level in 2017 underscoring the need

first_imgWith the prospect growing of a major infrastructure build out and renewed emphasis on domestic manufacturing, America’s dependence on imported minerals and metals required for new roads, bridges and the full spectrum of consumer goods is at record levels, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) National Minerals Information Center’s recently released annual report, Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017.“This trend, documented now by the federal government, is troubling as these metals are the building blocks of our supply chain and our infrastructure,” said National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn. “Although we have these minerals and metals in abundance, an inefficient permitting process has slowed access to them and steadily increased our reliance on foreign sources such as China.”According to the USGS report, in 2016, imports made up more than one-half of the U.S. apparent consumption of 50 nonfuel mineral commodities, and the US was 100% import reliant for 20 of those. This is up from 47 and 19 minerals respectively in 2015, and it marks a record high.US import reliance has increased significantly since 1978, the year that this information was first reported. At that time, the US was 100% import reliant on seven mineral commodities, and more than 50% import reliant for 25 mineral commodities.The US government’s process for securing the necessary mine permits now takes close to 10 years – one of the longest permitting processes in the world for mining projects. By comparison, permitting processes in Australia and Canada, which have similar environmental standards and practices as the US, take between two and three years.Federal lands account for as much as 86% of the land area in certain Western states and these same states account for 75% of our nation’s metals production. Half of the nation’s hard rock mineral estate is already off-limits or under restrictions for mineral development. The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has proposed withdrawing up to 10 million acres of land from new mining operations, significantly impacting the ability to develop domestic minerals on federal lands.last_img read more

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Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance IRMA and ResponsibleSteel agree to strategic partnership

first_imgThe leadership of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) and ResponsibleSteel™ have announced a strategic partnership, to serve the interests of purchasers seeking consistency in the responsible sourcing of iron and steel throughout their supply chains.ResponsibleSteel and IRMA share two objectives in their new partnership:To create value for companies implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices from the source of the mined raw material, through the steel supply chain and to the final productTo assure purchasers and investors seeking more consistency in responsibility standards that ResponsibleSteel and IRMA are responsive to this need and actively working to provide aligned solutions.Aimee Boulanger, Coordinator for IRMA, said, “Steel is a key component for thousands of the products that make our lives possible, from building materials to automobiles. Together, mining and the processing of mined material to make steel have a substantial impact, both positive and negative. Leading purchasers and manufacturers are seeking consistent environmental and social responsibility in their sourcing throughout the supply chain. Through our collaboration IRMA and ResponsibleSteel will serve the needs of downstream purchasers of steel, and assure accountability from mine to market.”Matt Dransfield, Managing Director for ResponsibleSteel, said, “Our mission is to provide businesses and consumers worldwide with confidence that the steel they use has been sourced and produced responsibly, from suppliers of raw materials, through to end users. This can only be achieved through cooperation and mutual commitment of companies at all levels of the steel supply chain, their customers and representatives of civil society. As we develop the ResponsibleSteel standard in consultation with our multi-stakeholder membership, key themes that have come through are ‘don’t reinvent the wheel’ and ‘form effective partnerships’. Our new partnership with IRMA provides a leading response to these requests for collaboration. We will actively seek further collaboration with others that share our goal to increase market value for comprehensive environmental and social responsibility.”IRMA is a newly launching standard and certification system for environmental and social responsibility in the mining sector set to launch in late 2017. IRMA has spent a decade working with diverse leaders to develop a global standard for environmental and social responsibility in mining. ResponsibleSteel is the first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for steel, that will administer an independent third-party certification program for the steel value chain. ResponsibleSteel is an emerging program, built on five years of work to define and promote responsibly sourced and produced steel. Both systems bring fresh perspective to the standards field and fill gaps not covered by other certification schemes.IRMA provides a multi-stakeholder developed and independently verified Standard for Responsible Mining and seeks channels to add value for participating mines and assure responsibility downstream of the mine site. ResponsibleSteel describes expectations for responsible practices in the sourcing and processing of raw materials for steel production, but avoids duplicating standards for responsible mine operations where they already exist and meet its needs. Both systems seek to support traceability that facilitates assurances of responsible practices, throughout the supply chain.This alliance recognizes the growing support for these types of initiatives, and yet also addresses the concerns from many stakeholders that there is duplication between emerging schemes. Furthermore, IRMA and ResponsibleSteel view this partnership as non-exclusive. Both parties actively seek further collaboration with others that share their goals to increase market value for comprehensive environmental and social responsibility across sectors.Founded in 2006 by a coalition of nongovernment organizations, businesses purchasing minerals and metals for resale in other products, affected communities, mining companies, and trade unions, IRMA envisions a world where the mining industry is respectful of the human rights and aspirations of affected communities; provides safe, healthy and respectful workplaces; avoids or minimizes harm to the environment; and leaves positive legacies.IRMA joins others in a growing sustainability standards movement, such as the Forest Stewardship Council and the Marine Stewardship Council that are using market-based approaches to shape the environmental and social performance of industry. IRMA is seeking to improve the environmental and social performance of mining operations through the multi-stakeholder development of a set of best practice standards, as well as a system to independently verify implementation of those standards.IRMA is the only global multi-commodity assurance program for responsible mining that fully embraces a multi-stakeholder approach for developing credible standards as well as a commitment to independent verification. Five key sectors with a stake in the environmental and social performance of mining are involved: 1. mining companies; 2. jewellery and technology retailers and other downstream users of mining products; 3. environmental and human rights non-profit organizations; 4. affected communities; 5. and labour.ResponsibleSteelis the first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative for steel. It is a not for profit membership organisation, and new members are welcome from anywhere in the world, from every part of the steel supply chain, and from civil society groups, associations, and other organisations. ResponsibleSteel is currently working with its members and other stakeholders to develop the ResponsibleSteel Standard for finalisation in 2018/19. For candidates to achieve ResponsibleSteel certification, these standards must be complied with and audited by independent verifiers.The primary objectives of ResponsibleSteel are to define and promote responsibly sourced and produced steel, in order to:Allow steel producers to meet the sustainability needs of their customersImprove responsible sourcing in the steel supply chain and reduce supply chain riskEnable leading producers to promote steel as a responsible material.last_img read more

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Metsos SmartTag – IM Technology Hall of Fame Underground Production

first_imgSandvik’s TH551/TH663 – modular product range for large trucks – was narrowly beaten in this category for the 2018 induction into the IM Technology Hall of Fame by METSO’s SmartTag. Michael Wortley, (Global Manager – PRO Products, Australia), Kai Riihioja (Senior Software Engineer, Australia), Jose Luis Bravo (Senior Instrument Engineer, Chile) and Rodrigo Sales (Senior Product Engineer, Brazil), all of Metso, make up the team behind this development. It has great potential in tracking ore in caving applications. However, it also has myriad applications underground and in surface mining (particularly in managing fragmentation) and plant operation.SmartTag is a radio frequency identification (RFID) based technology designed to allow tracking of ore from its source through blasting, run-of-mine (ROM) pads, crushers, intermediate stockpiles and finally into the concentrator.The solution adopted at Kittilä mine in Finland was to use Metso SmartTags and in-house expertise to develop a system that continuously and accurately links geotechnical and lab data from the mine to the performance of the plant. This application presented several unique opportunities and challenges. For example, this was the first installation of a SmartTag system for geometallurgical modelling in an underground mine. Challenges included the fact that the system installation is routinely subjected to temperatures below minus-20°C.The system was installed and commissioned in early 2013 and has been operating continuously since. Kittilä saw the benefits of the system with an increased understanding of how different ores are processed in the concentrator. Other advantages include the ability to alert operators about the arrival of difficult ores and a better understanding of their ore handling systems.The system has led to improvements in Kittilä’s reconciliation and metallurgical accounting and provides a method to predict head grades, in real time, without the need to wait for plant assay results. The system also allows the geology department to warn the plant about problematic ore types before they cause processing issues.last_img read more

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Cementation mobilising for underground bulk sample mining at Anaconda Goldboro

first_imgAnaconda Mining Inc announces that the site set-up phase for the 10,000 t, underground bulk sample is nearing completion at its Goldboro Gold Project in Nova Scotia, Canada. Anaconda commenced site preparation towards the end of July and to date has achieved the following milestones:Hired local engineering and support staff to execute the Goldboro Bulk Sample;Completed a nesting bird survey prior to the start of clearing;Implemented the Anaconda Health and Safety Program;Established a water monitoring program;Completed site clearing and surface preparation work, and continues to prepare the stockpile area;Established pumping set-up at the Boston–Richardson shaft;Started the dewatering of the existing Boston–Richardson shaft;Established survey control around the mine portal;Initiated ground control inspections (around portal excavation);“We are extremely pleased with the progress that has been made thus far for the Goldboro Bulk Sample. We are very grateful for the support of our stakeholders including the local community, regulators, First Nations, and all service providers and suppliers that have helped us launch the Project. With the set-up and site preparation nearly complete, we are ready to begin decline dewatering and mine rehabilitation. We are looking forward to using the technical information collected during the Bulk Sample program including geological, operational and metallurgical data in designing and optimising the Project during the feasibility study stage which is anticipated to start in September,” said Dustin Angelo, President and CEO, Anaconda Mining Inc.Anaconda’s mining contractor, Cementation Canada Inc has been sourcing people, equipment and materials for the Bulk Sample since required permits were received in July. Cementation is committed to hiring a qualified local workforce and sourcing materials and supplies from within the Province when possible. Delivery of the contractor’s materials and equipment began on August 30. Once power to the site has been commissioned, Cementation will begin the mine rehabilitation and decline dewatering phase of the Bulk Sample.Mining activity is expected to begin in mid-October 2019 following the completion of decline dewatering and rehabilitation. The mining phase is anticipated to take up to two months to complete, with final processing results expected early in 2019. Demobilisation and Bulk Sample closure activities are scheduled to be completed by late December.last_img read more

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Cummins launches Power Hub in Gauteng South Africa

first_imgCummins has officially launched its new “Power Hub” in the Waterfall Logistics Precinct in Waterfall City, Gauteng, South Africa.The new premises strategically consolidates and solidifies various business premises in support of the company’s position as Africa’s preferred power solutions provider, Cummins said.The 15,355 m² facility, a ZAR350 million ($24 million) investment, houses the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Headquarters, the Master Rebuild Centre (MRC), Africa Learning Centre and Gauteng Operations.The launch, this week, heralds the completion of a three-year project that culminated in the creation of a world-class sales and service facility, Cummins said.“The new premises are geared to ensure ease of business dealings for customers and support of the Cummins vision of exceeding customer expectations whilst improving operational efficiencies in a collaborative manner,” the company said.Racheal Njoroge, Managing Director of Southern Africa for Cummins, said: “We are extremely excited to officially launch our new state-of-the-art facilities. The architectural layout has been optimally and uniquely designed, adopting the Cummins Smart Office Concept (CSO) to create a space that enhances internal collaboration, encourages engagement and thereby accelerates a solution-orientated approach.”The company has relocated from the Kelvin and Longmeadow offices to the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, positioning it “at the epicentre of Gauteng’s most dynamic and strategically located business hub”, Cummins said.The central hub, providing power solutions for customers across the Southern Africa region, brings together a host of Cummins technically advanced expertise from mining, power systems, automotive and technical training.Additionally, the facility provides the latest cutting-edge technology to meet industry needs: a 3,500 hp AVL Dyno Test Cell that will trial some of Cummins largest engines to full power; a precision-driven spray booth large enough to accommodate the most powerful Cummins engines’ paint applications and an environmentally advanced water purification plant, an efficient waste water treatment system which recycles 80% of water used in the MRC.The Power Hub also launches new progressive build processes that substantially reduce the overall build time while improving quality output, Cummins said. The facility, being a part of the Cummins Distribution Business Unit, also focuses on sales and aftermarket servicing.“The MRC continues to be a focal point of Cummins support to the mining industry, providing rebuilt engines to ensure customers can enjoy a reliable and consistent supply of engines for uninterrupted operations,” Cummins said.last_img read more

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Mate Lekai two years in Celje PL

Celje Pivovarna LaskoMate LekaiPick SzegedVladan Matic ← Previous Story SEHA: Bosna scores only 11 goals against Metalurg Next Story → Kuleshov new Russia coach! One of the most talented Hungarian players, Mate Lekai (24) will play for Slovenian Celje Pivovarna Lasko from next summer. Playmaker of Pick Szeged signed two years contract with the most succesful Slovenian team, who has strong ambition to make a strong young team for future.Lekai missed EHF EURO 2012 because of injury. He is member of Pick Szeged since 2010.Celje PL coach, Vladan Matic talked for club’s website about Lekai’s transfer:– I am very happy with this transfer. He is consider as the biggest talent of Hungarian handball. I am sure that he will fit into our young team. read more

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ASOBAL Round 29 Guadalajara and Academia Octavio win last round to decide

← Previous Story EHF Challenge Cup: SKA Minsk with one hand on the trophy, wins 31:26 in Luxembourg Next Story → Buducnost Podgorica for fourth time in a row win Women’s Regional League (WHRL) 12.Guadalajara299218772:82220 13.Valladolid299218750:82520 15.Posada298318772:87619 The relegation battle in the Spanish ASOBAL has gotten very interesting after this 29th round. The next round, which will be the final, will decide which team will join Palma del Rio in being relegated from ASOBAL. After Academia Octavio has defeated Cuenca at home with 28:22 (14:7), and Guadalajara defeated BM Aragon 32:27 (16:13), it is now 5 teams within 1 point distance from each other, and one of them will have to be relegated – and we will know that in the next final round.Below is the table – the team ranked 15th will be relegated. 14.Morrazo Cangas299119738:83719 academia octavioandebolAragonASOBALbalonmanobm aragoncuencadujshebaevguadalajarahandeboloctavio vigorelegationrelegation battle 11.Villa de Aranda298417730:79720 read more

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WWCH 2013 France and Germany at 14 finals

← Previous Story WWCH 2013 (TOP 16): Poland or Romania – Montenegro or Denmark? Next Story → WWCH 2O13: Denmark sent Montenegro home – Polish historical success! France and Germany are the first quarterfinalists at the Women’s World Championship 2013. Germany had no problem against African best team – Angola 29:21 (13:10) for their sixth successive victory in Novi Sad! German head-coach Heine Jensen had no headache on today’s match as his team was in solid advantage almost during whole match.Decisive part was the beginning of the second half when German girls made 4:1 series for 17:11. After that Angola couldn’t find the way back to the game…STATISTICSSteinbach scored 6, Muller 5 for the winning team…France has found the way to 1/4 final on the wings of fantastic performance of Amandine Leynaud. French goalkeeper saved 7 balls in the last 15 minutes of the match with Japan 29:21 (12:10). Japanese girls didn’t score 17 minutes, while French team made 10:0 series for the clear advantage at the end…France will play against Poland for the semi-finals.STATISTICS serbia 2013WWCH 2013 read more

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Lithuania wins Riga Council Cup 2013

Men’s 16th international four-team handball tournament “Riga Council Cup 2013” was won by Lithuania on Saturday. Home team Latvia took 2nd place, Slovakia – 3rd place, Estonia – 4th place.On Thursday Lithuania won Latvia with 29:27, Slovakia took over Estonia – 40:27. On Friday Latvia celebrated victory over Estonia (34:26), but Lithuania against Slovakia (22:18). On Saturday Estonia got only two points against Lithuania (34:27), but Latvia secured second place over Slovakia (24:20).Top-scorer of the “Riga Council Cup 2013” was Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans with 17 goals. MVP trophy got Latvian pivot-player Ingars Dude.Best players in each teamLithuania – Benas PetreikisLatvia – Ingars DudeSlovakia – Richard StochlEstonia – Siim PinnonenTop-scorer – Dainis Kristopans (17 goals, Latvia)MVP – Ingars Dude (Latvia) ← Previous Story Viborg HK wins Danish Cup! Next Story → Belarus wins Yellow Cup! estonia handballLithuania handball read more

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Hungarian Tatabanya sign Serbian right back Novak Boskovic

One of the most ambitious Hungarian teams, Tatabanya Grundfos have signed contract with Serbian NT right back Novak Boskovic. A 25 years old right back (photo – right) is coming from Israeli Makabi Tyrec, the new champion. He suffered achile tendon injury two months ago, but it is expected that the TOP scorer of the Challenge Cup 2012, could be ready in a few months.Boskovic has played for RK Crvenka in Serbia, but also Slovenian Cimos Koper. Novak BoskovicTatabanya Handball ← Previous Story MEN’S U 20 COUNTDOWN: Serbian “Eagles” ready for Austrian challenge! Next Story → HSV and HBW Balingen are IN – DKB Bundesliga with 19 teams? read more

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Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb to play in SEHA F4 semifinals

Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb qualified for the SEHA F4 semi-finals after the two opening matches of the regional competition final event in Veszprem Arena. In the first match of the day Belarussian champions beat RK Nexe 28:24 (11:11) after better performance in the second half. The first gunner in the winning team was Kamyshyk with eight goals.STATISTICSMeshkov Brest will meet RK Vardar Skopje in the battle for the final – on Friday.PPD Zagreb showed another TOP performance on the wings of fantastic matches in the VELUX EHF Champions League. Veselin Vujovic boys overplayed HC Tatran Presov 33:26 (16:10) in front of more than 2.500 fans in Veszprem Arena. Only the TOP scorer of the SEHA GSS, Radoslav Antl with 11 goals was on the level necessary to play against Croatian champions, who had Luka Stepancic with 6 goals in the best shooting form tonight…STATISTICSZagreb will meet home team MVM MKB Veszprem on Friday’s semi-final. SEHA ← Previous Story EHF Cup quarter-finals: Skjern attack Melsungen for Berlin’s ticket Next Story → Steiner Ege is new “Zebra” read more

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Momir Ilic We are the team

MVM VeszpremTHW Kiel Momir Ilić, the best scorer of Veszprem in defeating THW Kiel 31:28, commented 70 minutes of great fight…– I don’t know how it looks from the side, but it was very difficult. We rotated in leadership, it was excellent handball . We beleived in victory. When they think that they defeated us, we rise. Let it be so in the final.Slišković entered the extension as a wildcard and become a winner sword … – I’ll give him all credits. Laslo and I lost power, and we needed someone like him to pull us up. He gave a great contribution. The team is very important.Fourth final match in career – score 2: 1 … – What can I say. We’ll do our best for 60 minutes – said Momir Ilic, who was at that time approached Sead Hasanefendić. – This is my coach, legend – recalled Mosa working together with Hasanefendić in Gummersbach.-I owe him a lot , he is the main reason why i am still around- said Ilic.The hero of Veszprem victory with two goals in overtime, after Manuel Štrlek, another Croatian star – Ivan Slišković: – EHF Champions League finals can not be easy. I’ve never played with Kielce, Vesprem as well didn’t play for a long time . Kielce showed great performance. There is not much time to prepare.We are going to fight – said Slišković, which remained “cool” despite the fact that it was his first playing at “Lanxess Arena”: -If you put in your head that this is just another game, then everything is easier.photo: Filip Viranovski, gol.mk ← Previous Story CENTRAL-EUROPEAN FINAL: Veszprem win drama! Next Story → Ten things to know before EHF CL Final! read more

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Israeli league Champions lose again

Without this match, the most interesting match was between Bnei Herzliya and the champions and cup holders, Hapoel Rishon LeZion. The “Reds” started well with 0:3 after 2 minutes but Herzliya with a fabolous performance by the goalkeeper, Moti Angel, came back to 7:5 after 10 minutes. Finally, the disappointing Savo Mester took his first shot in the match just in the 59th minute, Angel stopped, Dimitrievic scored and made it 31:29. The gap was too big to come back again and Herzliya won 32:31. Scored for Hapoel Rishon LeZion: Novak Boskovic -13, Yuval Gerera and Guy Cohen -6, Nadav Nizri -3, Daniel Shkalim, Shay Natan and Oz Hamami -1. Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas  ← Previous Story “SPECIALISTS FOR HUNGARY”: Skjern win point in Szeged Next Story → BURIC WITH 100 HANDS: SG Flensburg smash RNL for 13th win The head coaches, Shlomo Hofman and Idan Maimon, took a timeout one after another in the 48th and 49th minute but the match stayed even with 25:25. In that moment, Vladica Stojanovic led his team-mates to 28:25 and Idan Maimon took his last time out in the 54th minute. Goals by Gerera, Boskovic and Guy Cohen took Hapoel back to 28:28 in the 57th minute. Round 7: Monday: SGS Ramat Hasharon – H.C Beer Sheba, Tuesday: H.C Holon – Ironi Rehovot, Hapoel Ramat Gan – Maccabi Rishon LeZion, Friday: Hapoel Ashdod – Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin, Hapoel Rishon LeZion – H.C Ness Ziona, Hapoel Kiryat Ono – Bnei Herzliya.PHOTO CREDIT: Gabby Alaluf Herzliya’s veteran middle back, Vladica Stojanovic, looked good and it was kind of head to head between him to Novak Boskovic that took Hapoel to 8:8 in the 17th minute. It was close until the end of the first half and 8 goals by Boskovic led Hapoel to 15:16 at the half time. H.C Ness Ziona that looks like the most improved team this season, beat Hapoel Ramat Gan 31:25 and will meet the champions next week. In Rehovot, Hapoel Ashdod got another win, 28:24 on Ironi Rehovot.  The history came this week from the upcomers, H.C Beer Sheba, that got the first Winner League win in history with 26:24 on H.C Holon. It was the first match in Beer Sheba for the new Serbian left back, Stefan Ciric. In a relegation fight, Hapoel Kiryat Ono lost to Maccabi Kiryat Motkin 32:29 in away match. Ono’s head coach, Amir Dan have to find a new solution soon because they are just 2 points from the last place. The match between Maccabi Rishon LeZion and SGS Ramat Hasharon postponed because of Maccabi’s match on Saturday with Saint Raphael in the EHF Cup 3rd round. Israeli handball Scored for Bnei Herzliya: Vladica Stojanovic – 10, Vladimir Dimitrijevic -6, Sahar Shahak -5, Tomer Toueg and Guy Cordova -4, Yossi Appo -3 The Israeli national goalkeeper, Moshiko Elimelech, continued with his great shape and led Hapoel to 18:16 at the 36th minute. Bad attacking performance by Hapoel led Herzliya to easy fast breaks and the right wing, Sahar Shahak, scored for 20:20 in the 42nd minute. The match continued to be even while Shahak and the national middle back Yuval Gerera scored and assisted the most goals of each team. read more

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Column Looking for a new job A career fair could be the

first_imgSO, YOU’VE HEARD the ad on the radio or seen it in the newspaper: “Careers Fair”. You think, “I might pop down and check it out”. Don’t let the second word mislead you; this is not like anything else that has ‘Fair’ in the name.It isn’t like the holiday fair where you look for ideas and inspiration for your next break. Or the car show where you sit in the flashy model wishing it was yours. This is a serious operation that requires some consideration.Yet there’s no need to worry, follow my ten tips below and you could be well on your way to that new job.1.         Treat it like a job interviewCompanies pay thousands of euros to set up stands at careers fairs and ask their staff to give up their weekends or their evenings to represent them. Whether, it’s senior directors, HR representatives or hiring managers, make no mistake, they are there to find new employees. Subsequently, you should treat a careers fair like a job interview from the moment you walk through the door.2.         Head there earlyI’ve been to careers fairs where people saunter in at 4pm and the fair finishes at 5pm. This is fine if you only want to see one company, as chances are it will be a bit quieter at this stage of the day. Otherwise, I would go as early as possible. You’d be amazed at how fast time will pass when you are down there, whether it’s queuing, talking to companies or attending one of the workshops that are typically on offer. The last thing you want to do is run out of time.3.         Dress smartlyEven if you work in the IT industry, where casual dress is more common, no-one will look disparagingly if you are well-dressed. A large bank or a professional services company might be looking for IT employees and they don’t wear jeans and t-shirts. If you have a professional looking suit, wear it and in the very least look smart.4.         Do your homeworkIf you were going for an interview you would do some research on the company and job requirements. You should do the same at a job fair. All good careers fairs should list the exhibitors on their website. Take note of the companies you are interested in and check their websites to see if they are advertising any jobs. If you see a job you like, prepare for it like any other interview, because you could meet the hiring manager that day.5.         Prepare your elevator pitchThe huge advantage of a careers fair over a job application is that you get that crucial face-to-face contact at the outset. Companies hire people, not just qualifications and experience. Even if you aren’t meeting the hiring manager you can be sure the company representative you do talk to is judging whether you are appropriate for their business. They will make note of how you present yourself. So, you should practice beforehand, rehearsing a short summary of who you are, your skills and why you want that job or to work for that company.6.         Bring plenty of CVsThis might sound obvious, but I’ve lost count of the amount of people I’ve met at my stand who told me they ran out of CVs. If you have done your homework as mentioned above you’ll know the amount of companies attending the fair, so bring a CV for every company. What’s the worst outcome? You have some CVs left in your possession at the end of the day. I know which I’d prefer.7.         Have your CV prepared for all outcomesIf you have done your research and noted the jobs you are interested in, tailor your CV as much as possible to the jobs ads, mirroring the criteria they are looking for. Or, if you are interested in two different types of jobs, for example receptionist or administrative assistant, have two CVs prepared but only offer one version at each stand.Nowadays, some careers fairs allow you to transfer your CV to the exhibiting companies using a QR code. Find out if that is possible and set it up on your smart phone. If you don’t have a smart phone, borrow one for the day, companies will much prefer to have a soft copy of your details. However, I would still bring a batch of hard copies to be on the safe side.8.         Follow up afterwardsIf a company’s stand is very popular, chances are they will be inundated with loads of CVs. Certainly, at any career fairs where Hays exhibit, we come away with hundreds of CVs. Even with the most stringent of processes, there is a chance a CV can be mislaid. Make sure you have the contact details of the person you spoke to and when you get home, email them a soft copy of your CV. Even if that individual has a hard copy, they will be interested in a soft copy in the future and they’ll appreciate your proactive attitude. Use social media to keep in touch with your contacts.9.         Be enthusiasticI won’t lie to you; Career fairs can become tiresome experiences. If they are incredibly busy you might have to queue at stands for a while, you might be surrounded by a lot of people and it can take time to meet the people you need to. Nobody would blame you for getting a little agitated or tired. However, you must remember the task in hand. Put yourself in the company representative’s shoes and imagine what they’ll be thinking if you approach them looking fed up or disinterested. The one thing interviewers look for, more than anything else, is enthusiasm and it’s the same at career stands. If you’re feeling tired, take a break and get a coffee.10.        Most of all, be yourself!As I mentioned in point 5, the really good thing about attending a careers fair is that you get face-to-face interaction with a company representative. Certain companies have a particular type of culture, which means they are looking for a particular type of personality that would fit in well. Whilst you may not know what that personality is, if you can overcome your nerves and be yourself, you’ll have a much better chance.James Milligan is a Senior Business Director with Hays Ireland, part of a leading global professional recruiting group. They provide expertise at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide.  Hays will be attending Career Zoo on Saturday 14th September at Dublin’s Convention Centre. They will also be hosting the Career Clinic at Career Zoo, offering tips on CVs, interviews and career strategy and James will be presenting a career workshop.For further information about Hays visit www.hays.ielast_img read more

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Gilmore Nobody is going to be barred from the insolvency process

first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has insisted that nobody will be excluded from the new insolvency process.Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Gilmore said “exorbitant fees or attitudes by banks or professionals” will not bar anyone from taking part in the process.The new Insolvency Service of Ireland opened last week but concerns have been raised about fees charged by Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPs) and that some in mortgage distress will not qualify for the process.The issue was raised by the Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald who asked that Gilmore guarantee that no family will be denied access to a PIP because of inability to pay upfront fees of between €5,000 and €7,000.Gilmore insisted: “The reason that we introduced the legislation, the reason we established the Personal Insolvency Service, the reason we put in place the various methods for non-judicial debt settlement is so that mortgage problems and arrears problems will be resolved.”He insisted that nobody is going to be barred from the process which he said has to be done an individual, case-by-case basis.“We don’t want any issue of arrogance, we want this problem resolved,” he said.SNAs and medical cardsGilmore also said that the process of resolving the Priory Hall debacle has got under way this morning and said he hoped “there will be a resolution within a short period of time”.Earlier Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin asked Gilmore about the need for advocacy for children in the process of obtaining Special Needs Assistants, highlighting the case of five-year-old Kate Crowley, a severely disabled child, who was denied an SNA.Gilmore said that the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn was not aware of the issue but would examine the case and will respond to it. Martin said he was surprised that Quinn is not aware of it given he had written to the Department of Education.The Tánaiste also denied that there was a targeting of medical card holders after independent TD Seamus Healy asked: “When will you government stop terrorising elderly people and sick across the country?”Healy said that the HSE was “punishing and hounding elderly people” by carrying out the review of the medical card statuses.Gilmore insisted: “There are more people today with medical cards than at anytime in the history of the State.”He accused Healy of raising the issue to “make a political point and a political charge against the government”.Read: PIP apologises for comments about ‘bigger houses’ for professionalsMore: 140 calls to insolvency service in first day of businessAlso: Turf, arrears and everything else happening in Leinster House todaylast_img read more

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Up to 70 people trapped after Mumbai building collapse

first_imgA FIVE-STOREY residential block collapsed in Mumbai at daybreak today leaving up to 70 people feared trapped inside, in the latest building disaster to hit India’s financial capital.Crowds formed around the rubble of the completely flattened block, owned by the city’s civic administrative body, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, in the east of the city.“My son is inside. I’m waiting for them to get him out,” distraught 62-year-old retiree Mithi Solakani told AFP as rescue workers scrambled over tonnes of debris.Several diggers were pressed into action to lift some of the larger slabs of concrete, allowing teams of rescuers to begin the task of taking out bodies and searching for survivors.One was removed covered in dark red cloth and carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher. Crowds of women waiting nearby could be heard sobbing.Families living in the buildingLocal politician Bhai Jagtap said that 22 families lived in the destroyed block and seven to eight people had been brought out alive.“The rest of the people are down below, calling people from inside. Rescuers are doing their level best to save lives,” he told AFP.The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) also said that 22 families were housed there.“We think up to 70 people are trapped,” Alok Avasthy from the NDMA told AFP at the scene.The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said that the building was for employees of the local administration and their families who had been asked to leave earlier this year.“The building was around 30 years old. We had issued a notice to them in April, to vacate the building, but they did not act,” Vijay Khabale-Patil, the corporation’s spokesman, told AFP.He did not explain why the families had been asked to leave.Five other apartment blocks have collapsed in or close to Mumbai in recent months, including one in April that killed 74 people.They have highlighted poor quality construction and violations of the building code, caused by massive demand for housing and endemic corruption.- © AFP 2013.Read: Death toll reaches 45 in India building collapse>Read: Primark pledges further funds for victims of Bangladesh factory collapse>last_img read more

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William Valentine 52 reported missing in Co Offaly

first_imgA MAN HAS been reported missing in Co Offaly, after last being seen at a roundabout in Tullamore.Gardaí at Tullamore said they are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 52-year-old William Valentine from Geashill, Co Offaly.They said that William was last seen on the afternoon of Thursday 10 October 2013 at the Cappincur roundabout in Tullamore.He is described as being 5’ 9”, medium build, grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen, William was wearing navy blue chinos, a white shirt, navy jacket and Timberland boots.Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.last_img read more

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Top readers comments of the week

first_imgThe 5 most popular comments this week What an absolutely fantastic family. He cared enough to carry a donor card and here we have his mother in her darkest hour speaking out and trying to create massive positives from a horrible tragedy. These are people that make me proud to be Irish and have restored my faith in mankind.Get your donors card folks. I am making sure mine is always in my purse from today and just do rake care on the roads over the bank holiday and in fact every day. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire) 1. The most popular comment this week was one of the minor but universal things that drive EVERYONE crazy. Linda Nolan got 2,402 thumbs up for this anger-inducing suggestion: Packets of ham that have “peel here” you CANNOT peel here! Or resealable! No its NOT resealable2. Shane Hickey got 1,885 green thumbs for this comment as the story broke about the 7-year-old girl taken from a Roma family home in Tallaght over concerns about her identity: This is getting a bit worrying3. On the same article, Lesley Hennessy got 1,723 thumbs up for this comment: Why is it always madeleine? There are so many other missing children. That campaign has major publicity driving it but others don’t and are struggling to be heard.4. Lloyd Christmas got 1,475 thumbs up for this comment arguing in support of the 79-year-old Kilkenny man who had a birthday cake with a picture of Adolf Hitler on it and who made controversial comments about the Holocaust on local radioHe’s allowed have whatever cake he wants, why is it that I can’t find a hitler costume anywhere but there are loads for bin Laden5. Finally, Run amuck was unimpressed with the story about how an email with sensitive and confidential information about a teenage girl found in a distressed state outside the GPO in Dublin was accidentally sent to a member of the public. He got 1,315 thumbs up for this comment: Just delete the email you clown and don’t be running off to the press !!! FFS The cut in dole for people under 25 was still getting people exercised this week. Brian Ó Dálaigh was strongly critical of the cut:100 Euro per week is only enough for rent and food. Nothing else. The average electricity bill per person is roughly 15 per week. Telephone expenses (to keep in contact for emergency and job prospecting purposes) is roughly 5-10 per week. Internet access to allow for job hunting is another 5-10 per week. Clothing, replacing things such as kettles, dishes, etc. I know a few people on 100 per week. They spend a lot of the week in soup kitchens and eating at friends’ houses. If they didn’t have support networks I can imagine they’d turn to theft. Stealing is better than dying any day.Five hundred clowns at the Intenational Clown Convention have denied any involvement in the killing of a drug cartel leader in Mexico. No, seriously. From Eoghan Kelly:Did all 500 clowns show up to the convention in the same volkswagen beetle?A lot of commenters were criticial of the 3,800 people who became Irish citizens at a mass citizenship ceremony in Dublin’s Convention Centre this week. Celina Vieites got a lot of  thumbs up for this view from the other side:Some of the comments here make me really sad. I’m an immigrant, I’m married to an Irishman and have two wonderful children. I’m a teacher, I do not take advantage of the system, I’ve no medical card and pay all my taxes. My oldest speaks Irish and plays in the local GAA club. I love Ireland and naturalisation to me is a way of putting on paper the feeling of belonging that I have for this country, that is my home. Don’t put all immigrants in the same bag.It’s a tough time of year for Irish Rail: the train company apologised to passengers this week for leaves on the line, saying it’s their ‘least favourite season’. Jason Downes works on trains and he explains how difficult it can be: I worked for irish rail for years and its just a part of the gig. Its not the companies fault and there may indeed be things to fault them on but this isn’t one. I work for Amtrak now and its the same thing here. And they even cut away the trees near the tracks, the thing is the wind blows and the leaves ride on it and their going to end up there one way or another. Short of cutting down every tree there is in the vicinity it’s always going to be there every year. Even with the rail adhesion trains it is what it is.The mother of The Calvanists bassist Taidhg Burke who died after a car crash last weekend wrote a heartbreaking message to his friends and fans, describing how his “glorious heart was flown to Dublin” to be donated to someone who needed it. Catherine Sims was impressed by her bravery: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about Roma families and State authorities, pensioner protests, public transport fares, nuclear power, cannabis legalisation and citizenship in Ireland.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. DNA test proves girl taken from house in Tallaght is related to Roma family (429 comments)2. 6 things we learned from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Bill (263 comments)3= 22 things Irish people hate (256 comments)3= Cannabis legalisation: Where do the parties stand? (256 comments)5. Poll: Should cannabis be legalised in Ireland? (252 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland) In the middle of what was a particularly dark week for news, this exchange between Gordy Wilson and Michelle McLoughney was some light relief:A man in my area has got black hair, and his wife is blonde, but they’ve got a red headed child. Should I phone the guards or The daily star?center_img Random fact of the week comes from Hammy Ballinclea, who is presumably in Australia, on an article about a venemous spider found at a school in England, and concerns – shudder – wasps: Phone the postman. Houses in Perth are well populated with redbacks, white tails and other venomous spiders and no one really bats an eyelid. But if you find a European wasp in your garden you have to ring the council so they can destroy the nest and warn the neighbourhood.That’s right, folks, what really scares an Australian is an Irish wasp.last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgUpdated at 9.20pmNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news. A dejected Rob Kearney [©INPHO/James Crombie]IRISHIreland suffered a heart-breaking loss to New Zealand at the AvivaIn London, more details emerged in the domestic slavery caseSeven people were remanded over the Tipperary aggravated burglaryA 79-year-old man arrested over a shooting in Newry was bailedThe Archbishop of Dublin gave a homily on the Chuch’s response to child abuseMusgrave rejected speculation it was setting up a bankJoan Burton moved to reassure jobseekers over seasonal workThe founding of the Irish Volunteers was marked in DublinAnd in Dingle, Fungi had some visitors over… WORLDcenter_img [Carolyn Kaster/AP/Press Association Images]#IRAN: After almost a decade of stalemate in negotiations, an interim deal was reached with Iran on its nuclear programme.#UKRAINE: Tens of thousands took to the streets in Kiev to protest delays in the country signing up to a pact with the EU.#PORTUGAL: A police officer was killed along with the gunman after a siege at a restaurant in the town of Pinhal Novo.INNOVATIONIt’s reported US agency the NSA placed malware on more than 50,000 networks around the world. The revelations come from further Edward Snowden documents. [CNET]And, well, this is more ‘anti-tech’ news, but a restaurant owner in Israel is offering diners a 50 per cent discount just for turning off their mobile [Huffpo Tech]PARTING SHOT“It’s only about cooking. That’s the only arguments we have.”On the eve of his 81st wedding anniversary, 102-year-old John Betar has been attempting to sum-up the secret to a long and happy relationship.“That’s what he thinks,” says his wife, 98-year-old Ann.The pair were named earlier this year as the ‘longest-married couple in America’.(Youtube: NTDTV)First posted at 8.30pmlast_img read more

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