Automatic valve for all slurry applications requiring trouble free pump changeover

first_imgThe Larox Automatic Changeover (LAC) valve operates on the discharge side of two pumps in parallel. Both pumps can run simultaneously or independently. When one pump is switched off, the ball will automatically drop back stopping the back flow to the other pump. It is particularly suited for mill cyclone feed pumps. As the elastomer covered ball moves, it rotates with the flow. This ensures that the valve self cleans and permits it to open and close reliably even under severe conditions of slurry build up.The valve body is carbon steel (fabricated) and can be lined in linatex, natural black, neoprene, hypalon, E.P.D.M rubber, ceramic or urethane. The ball is replaceable and made of urethane or rubber and is available in different sizes.The valve offers considerable flexibility, being flanged to customer specification. Shouldered end connections can be made available for Victaulic couplings if required. The valve body and face-to-face dimension can be changed to suit existing applications.Other features include:Pressure drop is minimal – pressure ratings – 150, 240 and 365 psig.Flushing port in ball bodyReplaceable seatsLifting lugsDifferent mounting brackets can be fitted to suit application.last_img read more

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Maintenance optimisation program shuts down competition

first_imgNew software that enables an optimal, streamlined approach to mine plant shutdown scheduling to fast track maintenance was the overall winner at the recent Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards, resulting in A$15,000 for its inventors.Shutdown maintenance optimisation was a research project involving Curtin researchers Associate Professor Ryan Loxton, Dr Reza Parand, Dr Yufei Sun, Mr Chongyi Liu and Mr Praveen Jayakumari. The project was initiated and funded by Linkforce Engineering, one of the largest engineering services companies in Western Australia.Associate Professor Loxton explained the project team developed unique mathematical algorithms for scheduling maintenance activities in mine plant shutdowns.“Scheduling shutdowns is currently a time-consuming manual process. These algorithms take just seconds to run and consider a range of factors such as activity workflow, plant access restrictions, safety regulations, and personnel and equipment availability with the aim of creating an optimal schedule that minimises maintenance downtime,” Loxton said.Linkforce Engineering is currently developing a professional shutdown planning system based on the Curtin team’s algorithms, and is exploring commercialisation opportunities across the mining and resource sectors.last_img read more

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Atlas Copco LED towers lighting up South African coal mine

first_imgA coal mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa has recently increased its operational efficiency and environmental credentials after adopting LED light towers from Atlas Copco Portable Energy. Tracpart Mining Supplies, an authorised trading partner of Atlas Copco in South Africa, has supplied four state-of-the-art HiLight V5+ LED light towers mounted on custom-built double-axle trailers to the end customer for use in above ground lighting applications.As a result of adopting LED technology, the mine has increased its above ground light tower coverage by 25% compared to the metal halide lamps it used previously. In addition, the mine has realised average light tower fuel consumption savings of 60% and a reduction in associated CO2 emissions of up to 70%.When approached by the coal mine to supply light towers, Tracpart turned to Atlas Copco. “We supply Atlas Copco dewatering pumps and portable generators and are familiar with the proven quality of the brand,” says De Wet van Wyk, Co-Founder of Tracpart together with brother, Jaco, in 2009. Tracpart’s core business is the supply and servicing of new and used tractors for underground and surface applications primarily in the coal mining sector. The company supplies nine major blue chip mining groups, which consist of over 30 mining operations, as well as large steel producers in Mpumalanga and the surrounding region. Located in Emalahleni, the company also specialises in construction equipment and supports its extensive OEM product portfolio with after-sales service, parts supply, maintenance, repairs, remanufacturing and field service.“Our strong focus on coal mining positions us as a specialist solutions supplier to this sector,” continues van Wyk. “As more and more mines in the region are reaching maximum depths and consequently moving to surface mining, we have expanded our scope of supply from underground machines, equipment and services to meet the growing demand for surface mining solutions. As part of our service offering we conduct regular customer site visits and during one such visit to a coal mine, the customer advised that they urgently needed four light towers. Having used only metal halide light towers previously, the coal mine requested replacement of the same but when the many advantages of LED technology came to light, the mine did not hesitate in making the switch.”From an environmental point of view, the built-in spillage-free frame of the HiLight V5+ traps oil leakage and prevents ground contamination. The HardHat polyethylene canopy, a standard feature on the light tower, is extremely durable and provides maximum protection of internal parts against corrosion and harsh conditions. “With safety a top priority on any mine, all equipment must comply to strict mine specifications and light towers are no exception.” Mine specifications demand that light towers are mounted on braked, double-axle four-wheeled trailers to provide extra stability and safety. “Our V5+ light towers are supplied standard on single axle two-wheeled trailers which meant that a number of modifications were required,” says Zandra van der Westhuizen from Atlas Copco Portable Energy. The four trailer-mounted light towers were supplied to Tracpart complete with reflective tape and a fire extinguisher.TracPart is responsible for all service and maintenance on the light towers. “We visit the mine every fortnight to monitor the condition of the light towers,” says van Wyk, adding that as part of their service to the mine they have undertaken to do the first 250 hours service free of charge. Atlas Copco provided product and operator training, which Tracpart passed on to the customer during the handover of the light towers.According to van Wyk, this application was a good test of the light towers’ abilities and confirms that the units exceeded all expectations. “Our customer reports extreme satisfaction with the light towers and are particularly impressed with the effective lighting and economy delivered by the units.”Atlas Copco says its heavy-duty LED light towers offer robust, reliable, efficient, economical and safe lighting solutions. “They tick all the boxes when it comes to meeting Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) requirements, low operating expenses and environmental responsibility,” says Atlas Copco Portable Energy Business Line Manager, David Stanford. He explains that the special optic lenses in the LED lamps are designed specifically for mining and construction applications. “Depending on the model, a single LED light tower can illuminate a 5,000 m2 area with an average brightness of 20 lux while consuming less than 0.7 litres of fuel per hour. As the emitted light from LEDs is close to natural light sources it delivers the correct tone of light. The fully directional optic lens maximises practical light coverage while minimising ‘dark spots’ improving visibility on the job site for enhanced worker safety and comfort.” Stanford adds that LEDs have an impressive 30,000 hour lamp life expectancy. Highlighting another time saving feature of the HiLight V5+, Zandra van der Westhuizen says that the manual vertical mast can be rotated quickly and easily to light a different area while fully extended to its maximum height of 7.5 metres. “Furthermore, when supported by the extension legs, the light tower can operate in wind speeds of up to 80 km/hr,” Zandra added.last_img read more

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ALROSAs Severalmaz deploys UAVs at Lomonosov mining complex

first_imgDiamond mining giant ALROSA at its division Severalmaz has tested unmanned aerial vehicles – a quadcopter and an airplane – for mine surveying of land objects of Lomonosov Mining and Processing Division. Preliminary estimates show that the use of unmanned technologies provides high survey accuracy, increases the speed and safety of work.Geoscan 401 Geodesy quadcopter and Geoscan 101 Geodesy aircraft by Geoscan were used for mine and geodetic surveying. There was test mine surveying of the open-pit mine, dump, ore storages and other bulked land objects. The total area of the survey exceeded 3 km2, and the flight time was 2 hours 40 minutes. To accomplish the assigned tasks, unmanned aerial vehicles flew a total of about 100 km.The processed results of mine surveying showed high survey accuracy. The resulting measurement error is within acceptable limits with a large margin. Besides that, the use of drones made the survey much faster compared to traditional laser scanning (for one of the objects the duration of work was reduced from 115 to 65 minutes), and significantly improved their safety.“Right now, mining companies in our country are only testing the drone-based surveying technology. For Severalmaz, as well as for ALROSA as a whole, this is also the first experience of their use,” says Chief Engineer of PJSC Severalmaz Igor Ivanov. “We still need to do an in-depth analysis of the results, but preliminary estimates show that the use of drones for mine and geodetic surveying can be very promising.”The unmanned aerial vehicles involved in the tests are designed specifically for mine and geodetic surveying and require no special modification.“The use of drones for surveying is one of the components for building the concept of digital production at a mining enterprise. The resulting polygonal digital model of the open-pit mine can be used to automate the processes of calculating the volume of excavated rock mass, comparing the current state of mining operations with the mining project, planning of mining operations, and to solve some other tasks,” noted the project director of ALROSA’s Strategic Projects and Analytics Center Alexey Tikhonov.last_img read more

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Golub Doknic scores again VIDEO

Ex-Montenegrian NT goalkeeper, Golub Doknic (30) was again among scorer for his team – Alpla Hard. At the last match of Austrian Championship in 2012 against Schwaz, Doknic scored goal from the back position after huge celebration began… Alpla HardGolub Doknic goal ← Previous Story HAPPY NEW HANDBALL YEAR 2013! Next Story → Brazil waiting for WCh 2013 clashes

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NEW VARDARS TARGET Maqueda or Stepancic

Jorge MaquedaRK Vardar Macedonian ambitious team RK Vardar want to make step to the TOP of the European handball in years to come. After some of the players have signed new contracts, club’s boss Sergei Samsonenko thinks how to make even better squad for the upcoming season. Macedonian website Ekipa.mk writes about right backs who are targeted by rich Russian sponsor. They are Spanish NT member Jorge Maqueda and Croatian raising star Luka Stepancic.Maqueda is currently in HBC Nantes, while Stepancic, who was also target of Vive Targi Kielce in the past, plays at Croatian best team RK C.O Zagreb.  It seems that there is only one place in Skopje.RK Vardar have currently three players on that position – Spanish youngstar Alex Dujshebaev and two Serbs, Vladimir Petric (39) and Stefan Terzic (21). ← Previous Story Irfan Smajlagic is new RK Lokomotiva coach! Next Story → Vadim Bogdanov to KS Azoty Pulawy read more

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Russia and Argentina get victories in Moscow

← Previous Story Javier Sabate leads Veszprem until June 2017! Next Story → Slovenia demolish Croatia without Duvnjak – 32:17 argentinaBelarusehf euroehf euro 2016 polandNetherlandsrussiarutenka Argentina beat Belarus for 29-28 on the opening match of the Orthodox Christmas Tournament in Moscow, Russia. The conducted by Eduardo Gallardo obtained their second victory against the Europeans in less than three months as they had already beat them in the Provident Cup in Hungary last November (30-23). Russia defeated the Netherlands for 35-28.The South American team traveled to the Russian capital without some of their key players, such as Diego and Sebastián Simonet, Nantes’ goalkeeper Matías Schulz and team captain Gonzalo Carou, but that did not make it less dangerous. The first half finished 15-13 for Argentina, which had a very good performance despite the constant rotation of the line-up. A characteristic tough defence and the dynamic on the attack were key for the victory for Gallardo’s squad.Siarhei Rutenka’s 9 goals were not enough to change the result on the second half and the Argentinians were able to keep up the pace of the match to reach the last minutes with a two goal lead. A last minute save by Fernando García and a goal by 23-year-old centre-back Julian Souto Cueto (top scorer for Argentina with 5 goals) sentenced the match. The negative aspect was the injury of Juan Pablo Fernández, who sprained his right knee, the extent of the injury will be further determined after examinations in Buenos Aires, but he will miss the rest of the tournament.While Yuri Shevtsov’s team is wrapping up the preparation for the upcoming EHF Euro in Poland, where they will be on group B together with Croatia, Iceland and Norway; Argentina will take full advantage of these matches to prepare for the Pan American Champíonship (qualifier for France 2017) in June in Buenos Aires.Julian Souto Cueto in action against Belarus.Later on, Russia took a victory for 35-28 against the Netherlands. The home team is also finalizing details ahead of the EHF Euro, where they will be part of group D along with Denmark, Hungary and Montenegro. The top scorer of the match was Valentin Kovalyov with 8 goals. Tomorrow, Belarus will play against the Netherlands at 15hs, while Dmitri Torgovanov’s team will face Argentina at 17hs (Moscow time) in a rematch of last year’s encounter on the World Championship in Qatar, when the South Americans obtained a 30-27 victory to reach the eight finals.Photo credit: http://www.rushandball.ru/ read more

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ADRIATIC World Young Female lineplayer 20152016

ADRIATIC World Young Female line-player 2015/2016? Ema Ramusović (ŽRK Buducnost – Montenegro) Ainhoa Hernandez (BM Zuazo – Spain) Vilde Ingeborg Johansen (Larvik HK – Norway) Sara Trier Hald (TT Holstebro – Denmark)View Results  Loading …VOTE MORE…LEFT WINGLEFT BACKPLAYMAKERRIGHT BACKRIGHT WING LINE-PLAYERGOALKEEPER ← Previous Story ADRIATIC World Young Female right wing 2015/2016? Next Story → ADRIATIC World Young goalkeeper 2015/2016? Adriatic World Young Female player 2015/2016

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Tatran Presov and ABC UMinho close EHF CL 201617 list

The winners of the two VELUX EHF Champions League qualifications tournaments are Portuguese champions ABC UMinho and Slovak best team Tatran Presov.Slovakians won tournament final over Slovenian RK Gorenje Velenje 23:21 in front of home fans in Presov, while Portuguese team managed to beat Austrian Bregenz Handball 33:32.ABC UMinho will join Group D with HBC Nantes, Team Tvis Holstebro, HC Motor Zaporoże, Besiktas JK and Dinamo Bucharest.Slovaks will play in Group C against  Naturhouse La Rioja, Metalurg Skopje, Chekhovskie Medvedi,  Montpellier Handball and Elverum Handball. ← Previous Story IHF SUPER GLOBE 2016: Fuchse Berlin step closer to defend title Next Story → “Cologne is forgotten” – Voices before PSG – Kielce clash in Doha

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Widow receives landmark damages over death of husband

first_imgMARGARET MADDEN, whose husband Terence was shot dead 13-years ago, has been awarded over €720,000 in damages by the High Court.Three men who were involved in the 1999 killing in Co Sligo are currently serving a life sentence.Her husband had bled to death after being shot in both legs.Today’s judgement marks the first time that the family of a murder victim have successfully sued those responsible, RTÉ reports.Read: Joint liquidators appointed to Treasury Holdings >last_img

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Swiss vote on limiting top pay to 12 times that of lowest

first_imgThere are others who say that people shouldn’t earn over, say, a million, but in our opinion it is not really [about] the number.The Swiss government is urging voters to reject the initiative on the grounds that it is anti-business and could tarnish Switzerland’s image.Business groups say it would lead to a lower-than-usual income tax take, which would affect national services, and would adversely affect small businesses.However proponents collected more than 100,000 signatures to call the nationwide vote as concerns became more vocal about the gap between highly-paid executives and average workers.The country already banned ‘golden handshakes’ for retiring executives in a vote earlier this year.Column: Should every citizen receive an unconditional basic income? > Read: Austerity ‘resembles sub-Saharan policies’ of 1980s >Read: Irish households saw one of the biggest falls in income after 2007 > THE SWISS ARE to go to the polls to vote on limiting the pay of high-earners as a debate rages in the country about income, inequality and what fair pay really means.Under the radical proposal, businesses would not be allowed to pay any member of staff more than 12 times the wage that they pay their lowest earners.In practice, this means that in a company where the lowest-paid employee earns 4,000 CHF (Swiss francs) per month (€3,200), the highest-paid members of staff would be able to earn a maximum of 48,000 CHF (€38,000 per month).The so-called 1:12 Initiative for Fair Pay, which will take place on 24 November, has had significant support from the electorate in opinion polls.  The vote was proposed as part of a backlash over the perceived excesses of top executives during and in the wake of the financial crisis.Polls in October showed the electorate evenly divided with 44 per cent in favour and 44 per cent. However since then a significant number of voters have shifted into the ‘undecided’ category.David Roth, one of the architects of the plan, said the focus is not on a maximum salary but rather about fairness.“It’s really just a thought process that says no-one should earn more in a month than the lowest-paid person in the same company does in a year,” he told Business Insider.You shouldn’t just say a maximum salary because what we really want is a relationship between the lowest and the highest.last_img read more

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Half of tested Irish pig meat isnt Irish IFA

first_imgTHE IRISH FARMERS Association says that half of pig meat tested in Ireland isn’t Irish.The Association says findings from their DNA-testing programme on pigmeat shows that consumers “continue to be misled”.They added that is a “very disappointing level of support for Irish pig producers”. From almost 300 samples that have been collated and sent to DNA firm IdentiGen for cross-checking with the Irish boar DNA database, 52 per cent of products are not Irish, the IFA found.The IFA research found that suppliers are using labelling that suggests that the meat is Irish when it is, in fact, imported.One firm, the IFA says, is a member of the Love Irish Food campaign and uses that logo on imported pig meat.Among the other findings are that one of Ireland’s two major indigenous retailers, Dunnes Stores, fares poorly in the test results for its own St.Bernard brand, with only half of its samples matching the Irish database.IFA Pigs and Pigmeat Chairman Pat O’Flaherty said that the campaign was designed to better inform consumers. “The idea behind this pilot campaign is to help consumers make informed decisions when buying pigmeat products and to increase the sales of Irish product in the domestic and export markets”. Read: This $110 cologne will make you attractive to cowsRead: ICSA: No nasty surprises for farmers in the Budgetlast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Christmas Eve

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…A diver dressed as Santa Claus surfaces after swimming in the Coral Garden tank at the South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa, a popular tourist attraction in Singapore. The performance was part of the aquarium’s Christmas celebrations. Pic: AP Photo/Wong Maye-EIRELANDThe weather is causing some travel disruption while thousands of homes have been without power today.US diplomat Richard Haass has gone home for Christmas without the parties in Northern Ireland reaching an agreement on three contentious issues.Revelations about the pay of senior executives at St Vincent’s Hospital have several members of the Public Accounts Committee very angry.A man in his 60s has died in a road crash in Tipperary.Ryanair has come to the rescue of a mother of sick twins who faced being stranded in London for Christmas.There will be no decision on possible income tax cuts until closer to the Budget next year.It’s not been a good Christmas for retailers so far.Bono and Glen Hansard have been entertaining the masses on Grafton Street this evening.Santa is cleared for flying through Irish airspace and landing on our shores later tonight. Here’s how and why you can track him.WORLD#GAZA: The Israeli military have carried out an air strike on the Gaza Strip in response to the shooting a civilian along the border fence.#SOUTH SUDAN: The UN says it has found a mass grave with 75 bodies in the increasingly violent and unstable African country.#UK: Alan Turing, the code-breaker who helped the Allies defeat the Nazis in World War II, has been given a posthumous pardon.#CHINA: A woman in her 60s gave birth to twins following IVF treatment.INNOVATIONA quarter of a million Windows computers have been hit by what’s known as ransomware where users’ data is scrambled and a fee is demanded to unencrypt it. [BBC]PARTING SHOT(S)As it’s Christmas we’ve got two lovely treats for you tonight…Here’s what Dublin is going to look like tomorrow according to these eerie pictures from Remy Connolly.And here are 39 photos from 2013 that will take your breath awayHappy Christmas!last_img read more

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Katie delights on her showstopping night

first_img(©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)Given the stratospheric levels of her fame since last summer, it may seem strange that Taylor still needs introduction. Yet this is an athlete who 12 months ago — with three World titles, five European titles and four EU titles on her CV — was fighting three-night stands in her home town in front of crowds a fraction of this size. An athlete who, until very recently, was the undisputed world number one while training in a club that did not even have proper changing facilities.She may be a national icon now but there were plenty in the audience who are only getting to know Taylor; for some, as they readily admitted, it was their first time ever at a boxing match. That is the universal nature of her appeal — to young and not so young, old fans and new fans alike — and an X-Factor which promoter Brian Peters will continue to mine when she returns to the same venue next month with the talk of more dates around the country to follow.Parades and homecomings are well and good but Taylor has always been at her most comfortable when she steps between those ropes and onto the canvas. Last night, for the first time in her stellar career, the people of Ireland had come in their droves to see her do what she does best.For a woman who is used to racking up medals, a four-round non-title fight may seem relatively small fry but there was no hiding Taylor’s happiness. It is a privilege, as she has said time and again, to fight in front of her home support.It was a privilege too for those who were there to watch her at work. A cloud was cast over the national sporting mood by events at Murrayfield earlier in the day but when the arena lights went out ahead of Taylor’s arrival, it vanished. Illuminated only by the camera flashes, she stepped into the ring with the same sense of purpose that has brought her this far. Earlier in the evening her father and coach Pete spoke of how it is a “clean slate” every time she fights; once more she left her mark. IT TAKES SOMETHING special to sell out a boxing bill on a school night, not least when a large chunk of the audience are of an age where they should really be finishing off their homework.Make no mistake about it: Katie Taylor is something special.After taking a six-month break to soak up her success and plot her next move, Ireland’s Olympic gold medallist returned to the ring this weekend with a double date of fights. If Friday’s appearance on the National Elite Finals bill marked the official resumption of business, last night’s sold-out “Road to Rio” promotion in Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was a chance to entertain even more of her adoring public.Renewing an old acquaintance with Germany’s Maike Klueners, Taylor headlined a 10-bout card which included London team-mates Adam Nolan, fresh from his defence of his national welterweight title, and double Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes. Still, there was no question who the people had paid to see.On an evening which was part showcase and part celebration, the action in the ring was interspersed with behind-the-scenes shorts filmed with Taylor. There was black and white footage of her at home in Bray Boxing Club, a glimpse at the hours of unseen toil that goes in to making a champion of her stature; there was audio from one of her very first interviews when, as youngster, she promised she was “gonna go all the way to the top.” Those who knew her, her inner belief and her dedication, would never have doubted that prophecy. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Though she may not have the profile of a Sofya Ochigava or a Queen Underwood, Maike Klueners is no bum. A two-weight national champion in her native Germany, Klueners promised to put on a show and proved true to her word. The problem was that every time she got within range, the red glove of Taylor had beaten her to the punch.Once the champion found her rhythm, there was no stopping her. The frequency and intensity of her combos increased as she pummeled Klueners, every clean connection drawing a roar from the crowd. A particularly sweet left forced the referee to step in for a standing count in the second round but it merely served as an exclamation point on what was a resounding win.The final bell must have sounded like sweet relief for Klueners but, to her credit, she was gracious in defeat, taking the applause of the home crowd before they saluted their golden girl.As the gloves came off and the house lights came up, Taylor walked to the front of the ring and looked out with a single finger raised: number one. If she can make good on her promise to be even better by the time Rio 2016 rolls around, that’s where she will remain.Katie Taylor thrills home fans with emphatic winlast_img read more

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Woman seriously assaulted in Belfast

first_imgDETECTIVES IN BELFAST are investigating a serious sexual assault on a woman in the Upper Newtownards Road area of Belfast in the early hours of this morning.Police received a report that some time between 4.00am and 4.30am a woman in her 40s was assaulted near the Holywood Arches.Police are working to establish the details of this incident and are asking anyone who may have been in the Upper Newtownards Road area and who may have seen the woman or who saw anything suspicious to contact them immediately.Detectives at the Rape Crime Unit can be contacted on 02890700305. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Pipe bomb partially explodes on residential street in BelfastRead: Girl (14) punched, kicked and robbed by three male teens in BelfastRead: Man arrested over attempted murder of 3 police officerslast_img read more

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Over35s to face penalty on firsttime health insurance policies

first_imgCUSTOMERS WHO WAIT until they hit 35 to take out health insurance will face a penalty on their policies.The move was announced yesterday by Health Minister James Reilly and is designed to attract younger customers to the market.The system will come into effect on 1 May next year and will put 2% onto new policies for over-35s.The system, known as the Lifetime Community Rating, will mean that a 50 year old who has held insurance since he or she was 30 would pay the same as a 30 year old, but a 50 year old who purchases insurance for the first time would pay more than a 30 year old.A 2% loading will apply for every year beyond 35 that a person does not take out a policy.The Health Insurance Authority says that a community system is needed in Ireland.“Community rated markets depend on a continuing influx of younger people. Younger people claim less on average and, accordingly, a continuing influx of younger people keeps premiums down for everybody. Conversely, if people wait until they are older before taking out private health insurance premiums will increase for everybody.”The regulations include exemptions for people who are unemployed or have emigrated.Reilly said that the policy was “an important initiative”.Read: More than 200 million people in Europe bring one of these cards on holidaysRead: Vhi announces after-tax surplus of €65 million, but can’t rule out premium increaseslast_img read more

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LG demos 19 flexible epaper and color epaper displays

first_imgE-readers are most commonly shipped in 5″ or 6″ screen sizes, but LG Display is experimenting on a much bigger scale and has managed to create a 19″ e-paper sheet. Not only that, it’s a flexible sheet.Could this be the start of a display that replaces newspapers while retaining their look and layout? As well as being large the display is also very thin at just 0.601mm thick. Resolution is also impressive at 2,560 x 1,600 and it achieves 163ppi. The contrast ratio is 7:1, it can display 16 levels of grayscale, and has a 140-degree viewing angle.AdChoices广告LG isn’t betting just on grayscale e-paper, though. Alongside rolling out the 19″ display at FPD International 2010, it also has a color e-paper display on show. This one is much smaller at 9.7″ and has a resolution of 800 x 600. The important thing here is the color and it manages 4,096 of them.Read more at Tech-On!Matthew’s OpinionI know we are all increasingly turning to tablets and laptops for catching up on news every day, but I have to wonder how a large, flexible e-paper newspaper would be received. If you could roll it up and put it in a bag would people prefer the classic layout of the newspaper over reading news off a small scrolling screen? I’m sure there’s more than a few that would.Newspaper publishers would appreciate it as it retains the paper layout, but allows a way for them to get subscriptions or microtransactions every day when people want the latest news on their flexible screen. If such a device was priced right it should fly off the shelves as long as it remained flexible.As for the color display, it’s certainly looking as though color e-paper is going to arrive on the market sooner rather than later. Will the next Kindle have a color screen? I wouldn’t bet against it. But Amazon won’t ship until battery life and text quality is on a par with its current Kindle display. When it happens it should allow for more content to appear and be desirable on e-readers e.g. illustrated children’s books, comics and manga, and magazines.last_img read more

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White iPhone Knockoffs Could Land Teen in Hot Water

first_imgA New York-based teenager may have incurred the wrath of Apple’s lawyers after he took white iPhone delays into his own hands. Seventeen-year-old Fei “Phil” Lam has been selling eager customers converter kits to turn black iPhones into white iPhones. The kits, which he’s selling for around $279 a piece contain parts supplied by Foxcon–the China-based company that manufactures parts for Apple. Lam speaks fluent Chinese and got in touch with FoxCon through an acquaintance. He sells the kits through his site whiteiphonefournow.com.Lam claims to have made around $130,000 selling them to antsy Apple fans who apparently can’t sit through anymore delays (the white iPhone, now scheduled to arrive in March, was originally slotted to appear at the same time as the black iPhone 4). Lam plans to use that money to help pay for school. “I’m very thankful, ’cause for months I was struggling for an idea that would bootstrap my first startup and help pay for college,” he told The New York Observer.Unfortunately, all of that money may end up going to Lam’s legal expenses. The Queens-based teenage entrepreneur claims to have been contacted by a private investigator attempting to put the kibosh on his burgeoning company. Lam believes that the P.I. may have been hired by Apple. “There are a couple of other sellers online and somehow I’m the ‘focus’ of it all,” Lam said. “I think this guy is just trying to scare me into stop selling on behalf of Apple.”last_img read more

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Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Metrodome Scarlett Johansson Taylor Swift

first_imgWe’re sure you’ve been busy running around like a chicken with its head cut off with all the last-minute holiday shopping. If you’ve been too busy to check Twitter this week, we’ve got you covered. We rounded up some of the most talked about topics on Twitter this week so you don’t have to feel out of the loop. Check out the top trending topics on Twitter for the week ending in December 17:1. MazembeMazembe, the African soccer team from the Democratic Republic of Congo, defeated the South American team, Internacional, by 2-0. For the first time, an African team goes to the finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. #Mazembe2. MetrodomeThe roof of the Metrodome, home to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, deflated and collapsed, dumping snow on the field below, which forced games to be postponed. #Metrodome3. Scarlett Johansson / Ryan ReynoldsScarlett Johansson and the Sexiest Man of the Year, Ryan Reynolds, are getting a divorce. #ScarlettJohansson4. Text You Get From a StalkerOne of the creepiest hashtags we’ve seen in a while. People are tweeting texts you might get from a stalker. For example, “The view from this tree is good enough for me to see what you’re tweeting right now.” #TextYouGetFromAStalker5. In High SchoolPeople are explaining what they do or did when in they were in high school. If you want to combine two trends from this week, you can use this tweet: “I’ve been following you since we were #inhighschool.Check out the rest of Twitter’s trending topics of the week after the jump! 6. Females Need ToPeople are tweeting what females need to do or say. This sounds like a meme that’s just looking for trouble. #femalesneedto7. If Santa Was BlackA questionable meme…According to Twopular, “People are tweeting comments about Santa, relating to the changed mannerisms, ideas, sayings, clothing and vehicles, if he was of black [i.e. African, African American] skin color”. #IfSantaWasBlack8. Frequently Asked QuestionsPeople are tweeting questions that are frequently asked by their followers or clients of a business, and are then offering answers to these common questions. #frequentlyaskedquestions9. Bernie Sanders / FilibusterSenator Bernie Sander filibustered the tax deal struck by President Obama and Senate Republicans by speaking on the floor of the Senate for eight hours straight. Check out a word cloud of his speech.#BernieSanders10. Taylor SwiftCountry pop star, Taylor Swift, turned 21 this week. Twitter fans wished her a happy birthday and shared memories of her music, concerts, and interviews. Is it true that Jake Gyllenhaal bought Taylor a $10,000 guitar for her birthday? I sure hope not. #TaylorSwiftlast_img read more

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New Super Mario Bros surpasses 6 million sales in Japan 24 million

first_imgUsually publishers look to the new game releases for sales figures, but when you’re as big as Nintendo and have Mario as part of your IP catalog, even 4-year-old games can still perform.This week, the 2006 game New Super Mario Bros. became the best selling DS game of all time and the first to surpass 6 million sales in Japan. Worldwide it has now gone past 24 million copies, which is a staggering amount of copies to ship, and a huge amount of revenue for Nintendo and retailers alike.The official Japanese sales figure, which counts copies sold until December 26, was 6,015,255. They were sold between May 26, 2006 and December 26, 2010 for a total of 1,676 days. A quick calculation reveals that’s an average of 3,589 copies sold every single day. In reality, Nintendo managed to sell 900,000 in the first week.According to Wikipedia, New Super Mario Bros. only just manages the number one position for worldwide sales (24.13 million). Nintendogs comes a close second with 23.26 million. And one final statistic for you to reel off at your next gamer gathering: in total 773.34 million DS games have been sold up to September 30th this year.Read more at Andriasang, via Gamasutralast_img read more

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