Power for mines off the grid is the subject of an important feature article in International Mining’s September issue. Zest WEG Group is an important player in this field that notes that “electrical contractors are often disadvantaged – both operationally and financially – when their planned contribution to a construction or engineering project is disrupted, but are seldom able to claim compensation for their losses. Disruption to contractors is becoming an even more common occurrence as a result of budget cost cutting on projects, resulting in inadequate engineering and lack of planning early on in the project.”According to Russell Drake, General Manager Operations at Zest WEG Group company EnI Electrical, disruption occurs when a disturbance or hindrance interrupts the normal working methods of the electrical contractor, reducing their productivity on site.“When a contractor bids for work, their price is based on a scope of works in a clearly defined environment – where the employer’s guidelines and rules are clearly defined,” says Drake. “The contractor expects to carry out the work in terms of a specific set of norms that determine each unit installation rate.”This rate is set in line with the ‘bill of quantities’ for rateable works, which are industry norms; the price that is estimated assumes that production will be continuous – in other words, it makes no provision for disruption.“This tender price also assumes that the management and supervision team performs in the manner necessary to complete the project with the operational resources allocated over a period of time,” he says. “This role is carried out according to the ‘direct field labour’ planned for the project.”In theory, there is recourse to the employer for compensation when disruption leaves the contractor ‘out of pocket’ – if the expense resulting from the contractor’s loss of productivity is caused by disruption events for which the other party is contractually responsible.“The problem is that many of the factors behind lower-than-anticipated productivity do not justify a legal claim for compensation for disruption,” says Drake. “These include poor supervision or planning, re-work due to defects, or the inadequate coordination of sub-contractors.”EnI Electrical highlights, for instance, the negative effects of piecemeal access to the work site, where access ‘on the ground’ does not match the access projections promised by the employers. This disrupts the production environment and destroys the validity of the assumptions contained in the original guidelines and rules of the contract – placing the contractor in a difficult position.“If the access is forecast to be delayed for some time, the contractor may choose to terminate their excess labour – but this is not often done due to the cost, time and effort,” says Naude. “Another option is to remove the surplus labour from the site, and submit a claim for standing time; the danger here is that some progress is lost – and at a higher cost to the contractor and indirectly, the employer.”He also points out that the labour force could become negative when some have to work and others stand idle. “This negativity further compounds unproductivity.”“The option often taken by the contractor is to continue applying their resources as best they can, in an attempt to meet the employer’s completion dates,” he says. “However, the process is inefficient and costs more than what the contractor provided for in their tender.”So, while it is possible for a contractor to demonstrate where disruption of their work has occurred – by applying analytical methods and techniques to quantify the financial loss – they will often delay the disruption claims in an effort to maintain the relationship with the employer. Unfortunately, this can result in even more disputes.“Electrical contractors who rely on relationships with their customers can become exposed to contractual risks and lose revenue as result of disruptions,” says Drake. “The risks are exacerbated if the client and contractor do not timeously identify and agree on the impact of potential disruption. The longer the delay, the greater the risk to the contractor’s profitability and the client meeting its completion dates.”EnI Electrical as a contractor is committed to transparency and to manage the ‘inevitable scope changes’ where these are exploited by many contractors to benefit financially. The company is working to transform the culture of the local contracting fraternity, and spends significant time and effort in developing its teams with strong business and ethical leadership.“We are on a concerted drive to improve industry practice through the way it approaches its contracts – from bidding through to completion of the works,” he says. “Teams will reflect the size of the project, but EnI Electrical teams’ leadership differentiates the company on site; they are not only technically competent, but also understand the business of construction and are effective in multiple areas. This, the company says, is vital to successfully manage and complete projects.”EnI Electrical’s open and transparent communication with its customers is also applied within the company, with in-house conferences held annually to share on-site experiences and improve contract performance.“We do not shy away from examining and discussing what has not worked to its benefit, and how it could improve in these areas – even if this means breaking conventional construction mindsets,” he says.The company’s results tell their own story: EnI Electrical has recorded growth rates of over 400% since 2010, and enjoyed record revenues in 2015 when most of the economy was struggling. As importantly, it based its success on customer satisfaction, as about 60% of its work is generated by repeat business.The picture shows creative cabling rack installation by EnI Electrical at Maseve Platinum in South Africa.
Roskill reports on rises in rare earth and graphite prices
Roskill reported yesterday that the Association of China Rare Earth Industry (ACREI) has proposed that selling off some of the government rare earth stockpiles will relieve pressure on the rapidly rising rare earths prices seen since June this year. The rise in rare earth prices is following the growing demand in the electric vehicles industry and tightening emission control policies worldwide.“In July, Chinese FOB oxide prices for neodymium and praseodymium grew by 14% to reach $42.9/kg and $54.5/kg, respectively, while the other rare earth prices remained relatively stable. To date, August has seen an accelerated growth in neodymium and praseodymium oxide prices of 32%. The gain was mostly accounted for in the first two weeks of August and has remained stable thus far during the second half of August.“Following the rapid rise in neodymium and praseodymium oxide prices, other rare earths have since followed suit, especially the price for dysprosium oxide, which has already increased by 21% this month to $214/kg. Dysprosium can be used as a higher value substitute in permanent magnets.“The price of cerium, yttrium and samarium oxides all grew by around 10% thus far in August, adding to the growing basket price for rare earth mineral concentrates. The consideration of the Chinese government and Chinese rare earth industry partners to supply stockpiled material is proposed to mitigate volatile price movements.”Roskill also reports that plant closures in the Chinese province of Shandong have led to intermittent flake graphite production in Q3 2017. “Those most at risk are producers of graphite with high carbon and larger flake size as well as downstream producers of +98% C purified grades, spherical graphite and expandable/expanded graphite, which utilise harsh chemicals to process their graphite. The problem of plant closures has been compounded by drought and restrictions on the use of dynamite during mining. Production in Inner Mongolia and Hebei was also negatively affected by safety controls in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Jixi continues to produce but volumes are limited.“Meanwhile, flake graphite producers in Heilongjiang province have worked together to actively raise prices based on restricted raw material supply and rising costs. An announcement was made by the Jixi Graphite Industry Association detailing the price rises that affect the customers of at least seven producers.“Published prices for both medium and large flake, 94-97% C graphite increased by 20% at the end of August with large flake reaching $900-1,060/t; prices for other grades have risen also. This represents the first movement in prices since July 2016; graphite has sat at a ten year-low following a period of rapid decline from the highs of 2012. Graphite prices are expected to rise in the coming years with rapidly rising demand from the lithium-ion battery industry.“The Chinese government has led an increasingly stringent plan of inspections and plant closures across the graphite industry in recent years. In 2016, plant closures are thought to have reduced total Chinese flake graphite production by almost a third for the whole year. Inspections have been taken more seriously since the government took control of inspections from local authorities last year in a bid to help cut pollution levels. China plans to introduce a ‘green tax’ from 2018 across a number of industries; graphite is seen as a particularly polluting industry because of the use of strong acids and other reagents.”Roskill’s Rare Earths: Global Industry, Markets & Outlook report will be published in October 2017. Its Natural & Synthetic Graphite: Global Industry, Markets & Outlook report was published in May 2017.The picture shows Namibia Rare Earths’ Lofdal project which is a new district scale discovery in Namibia where exceptional levels of heavy rare earth enrichment have been discovered.
Nemaska Lithiums first delivery of battery grade lithium hydroxide from Whabouchi mine
Nemaska Lithium has produced 1.5 t of battery grade lithium hydroxide, made from Whabouchi spodumene concentrate. Independent laboratory analyses confirm that the lithium hydroxide produced from its Phase 1 Plant in Shawinigan meets the specifications of cathode manufacturers globally. The lithium hydroxide is ready for delivery and is scheduled to be shipped today to a cathode manufacturer in Québec. Production of lithium hydroxide from Whabouchi mine concentrate is ongoing at the Phase 1 Plant and additional deliveries of lithium hydroxide will occur on a regular basis over the next months.The lithium hydroxide was derived from a 6.3% Li2O spodumene concentrate that was produced from a bulk sample taken from the Whabouchi mine during 2017. Some 1,100 t of concentrate were produced. This concentrate will be converted during the coming months into lithium hydroxide samples for customers globally to begin qualifying Nemaska Lithium’s products.“This is the first time a new entrant to the market has produced battery grade lithium hydroxide from ore to final product,” commented Guy Bourassa, President and CEO of Nemaska Lithium. “We are very pleased with the purity level of the lithium hydroxide produced to date, and have verified that our product is at least of the same quality as lithium hydroxide currently sold to cathode manufacturers around the world. This is a major step forward for Nemaska Lithium as it confirms the quality of its product as well as the robustness of its electrochemical process.”Nemaska Lithium intends to become a lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate supplier to the emerging lithium battery market that is largely driven by electric vehicles, cell phones, tablets and other consumer products. It is developing in Quebec one of the most important spodumene lithium hard rock deposit in the world, both in volume and grade. The spodumene concentrate produced at Whabouchi mine will be shipped to the corporation’s lithium compounds processing plant to be built in Shawinigan, Quebec. This plant will transform spodumene concentrate into high purity lithium hydroxide and carbonate using the proprietary methods developed by the corporation, and for which the corporation holds nine issued patents and several patent applications that are pending in different countries, covering different aspects and improvements of its proprietary technology for preparing high purity lithium hydroxide and carbonate.
TOP 10 transfers of summer 2011 Nikolaj Markussen – dangerious Giant
handball transfersHiungarian Handball FederationNikolaj Markussen At the beginning of the new season, Handball-Planet.com presents TOP 10 transfers of this summer:1. Nikolaj Markussen (23 – Nordsjaeland Handball – BM Atletico Madrid)Danish giant showed that he will be “surprise surprise” of the season in his first match for the team, which won Super Cup. His potential is so big and the limits are unknown.2. Slawomir Szmal (32, RNL – Vive Kielce)Polish goalkeeper already punished his former team, Rhein Neckar Lowen in the EHF CL “Wild Card” tournament. Where is Szmal , there is the Champions League.3. Olafur Stefansson (38, RNL – AG Copenhagen)Scandinavian Handball machine is still ready to improve himself and his new team – “Scandi proud”, AG. We will see, how far Copenhagen will go this season, with Olafur, probably, quite far…4. Oscar Carlen ( 23, SG Flensburg – HSV Hamburg)He is injured, but when the Swedish star come back to the court, HSV will have a huge new force for the years to come.5. Krzysztof Lijewski (28, HSV Hamburg – Rhein Neckar Lowen)He stayed in Bundesliga to show his full potential without his older brother as a teammate. Lijewski younger has a chance to improve, but this season, without Champions League.6. Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz (23, Sweden – Nantes)Swedish left back was one of the best at the WCh in Sweden last January. His transfer was one of the “hottest” handball media stories in the last few months…7. Iker Romero (31, F.C Barcelona – Fuchse Berlin)Marketing step or just a mistake? Many handball people, despite his fantastic career, don’t see Iker as an advantage for such tough competition as Bundesliga.8. Dejan Peric (41, MKB Veszprem – Celje PL)Handball legend. Ask fans in Hungary or Slovenia.9. Viran Morros (28, Ciudad Real – F.C Barcelona)Spanish star knows how to win trophies with the TOP domestic teams. Last season he didn’t have success, but new team, new season…10. Denis Buntic (29, Ademar Leon – Vive Targi Kielce)As a regular member of the successful Croatian national squad, Buntic became serious player with the serious performances. His first matches for the new team proved that… ← Previous Story Smajlagic back to Bosna BH Gas! Next Story → Teresa Pislaru (Zajecar) before EHF CL Qual: “Against Viborg in the Final”
Anouar Ayed to leave Toulouse
Anouar AyedFenix Toulouse handballToulouse Tunisian star Anouar Ayed (35) will leave French Fenix Toulouse after fantastic nine season. African player becomes the best goalscorer in the history of French handball league with over 1000 goals. He was the first player who scored over 1000 goals in the French handball. Offer for the new contract wasn’t too good for Tunisian player, so he will leave France, probably in direction Qatar… ← Previous Story Polish Stal Mielec sign Balkan boys Next Story → Swiss Play Off Final: Kadetten leads 2:0!
Barca hattrick against Flensburg – Big point for Wisla in Denmark
3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt6303174:177(-3)6 36 – BARCELONA:Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas; Víctor Tomás (3), Gurbindo (-), Sorhaindo (2), Morros (-), Karabatic (5), Sigurdson (9,1p) -siete inicial-, Noddesbo (2), Lazarov (9,8p), Sarmiento (-), Ariño (-), Rutenka (-), Raúl Entrerríos (6). 2. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn6420177:149(28)10 1. FC Barcelona6510203:165(38)11 FC Barcelona beat SG Flensburg 36:27 for the third time this season in front of 5.200 fans in Blaugrana. Spanish outfit showed TOP class in the second half against the EHF CL winner. Polish Orlen Wisla Plock made a great effort towards TOP 16 spot with tie in Denmark against KIF KK 30:30. 4. Orlen Wisla Plock6213167:168(-1)5 5. Alingsas HK6105146:172(-26)2 ← Previous Story Lions like cuddly cats on Balkans – Celje beat RNL! Next Story → WHO IS WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014? 27 – FLENSBURGAnderson; Svan (4), Glandorf (5), Heinl (1), Mogensen (7), Kaufmann (1), Eggert (3,2p) -siete inicial-, Karlsson (-), Zachariassen (1), Nenadic (-), Jakobsson (3), Wanne (2) y Móller (p.s.). 6. Besiktas MOGAZ HT6105140:176(-36)2
Toni Gerona winning start of era in Qatari El Jaish
El JaishToni Gerona ← Previous Story Let it snow (handball)! Next Story → Veszprem and Fuchse Berlin for glory and 400.000 USD The new coach of Qatari TOP team El Jaish Sports Club, Toni Gerona, began successfuly his era on the bench of reigning Asian CL champions. The former teacher of the FC Barcelona B youngstars left Spain after 17 years of work in producing the new stars and decided to try himself in the most ambitious non-European team.In their first pre-season match, El Jaish beat Al Ahly from Dubai 32:27. That was also a debut of Tunisian newcomer – Issam Tej.El Jaish decided to decline playing at IHF Super Globe 2015 since eight players are with the national team as part of preparations for the upcoming Asian Olympic qualification which will take place in Doha in November.Qatari handball has a chance to become the first team’s sport which will participate at the Olympic Games in the history of this Persian Gulf country.
Eight nominees for HANDBALL PERSON 20162017
← Previous Story Jota Gonzales to leave Logrono in direction CSM Bucharest -Sundovski to RK Metalurg? Next Story → COACH AND DIRECTOR UNTIL 2020: Tamse and Planteu stay in Celje! Handball-Planet.com with the support of our friends, legendary stars, famous players and coaches, wants to put lights, once again, on the season – 2016/2017. A few months after the end of spectacular year 2016 with a lot of great events, amazing matches and unforgettable individual achievements, our Contest for the HANDBALL PERSON is on the way.Handball-Planet.com TEAM would like to praise the best of the best, individuals, among them not only players and coaches, but also events and projects who have the biggest positive impact on our sport.HANDBALL PERSON has to be an example which will be followed and recognized by the global handball community. Values of achievement could be measured in number of goals and trophies, but on the same level with positive examples to the future generations, charity, commitment, battle with injuries and illnesses or great handball visions which provide “revolution” in some handball countries, teams or organizations.Handball-Planet.com Team made the nominations for the HANDBALL PERSON 2016/2017. Six, like in the year before, are ahead of handball fans, who can support them by voting in the next ten days – until April 23.HANDBALL PERSON NOMINEES 2016/2017:Bertus Servaas (Vive Tauron Kielce president)Evgeny Trefilov (Russian women’s national team head-coach)Narcisse & Omeyer (French handball legends)Gro Hammerseng (legendary Norwegian handball girl)Dagur Sigurdsson (EX-German NT coach – Japanese NT coach)Brazilian handball (2016 – Olympic Games in Rio)Shot-clock (initiative for changes in handball)Resin-free ball (idea of IHF)VOTEPREVIOUS WINNERS:2012 – DRAGAN ADŽIĆ (ŽRK BUDUĆNOST / MONTENEGRO)2013 – DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK (HSV HANDBALL – CROATIA)2014 – NIKOLA KARABATIĆ (FC BARCELONA – FRANCE)2015 – Joana Bolling (ARGENTINA)
ROMANIA AHC Dobrogea Sud beat CSM Bucuresti in derby
12.CSM Focsani200249:530 13.Iasi200256:600 9.Odorhei210153:573 4.Turda210155:503 2.Steaua Bucuresti220048:406 HC Dobrogea Sud celebrated win in derby match of Round 2 of Romanian Championship in Bucharest, where guys from Constanta beat CSM 29:26. Team led by French coach Christian Gaudin celebrated another important victory after winning the Supe Cup against reigning champions Dinamo Bucharest. Nikola Crnoglavac (9) and Stefan Vujovic (8) were TOp scorers in this victory.However, after two rounds of matches, only three teams are on 1005.Standings: 11.Minaur Baia Mare210157:653 6.Suceava210148:493 3.Calarasi220052:506 10.CSM Fagaras210151:583 14.CSM Bucuresti200252:590 1.Dinamo Bucuresti220068:486 7.Vaslui210153:543 5.Timisoara210151:473 8.Constanta210152:553 PHOTO: HC Dobrogea Constanta FB HC Dobrogea Sud ConstantaRomania handball ← Previous Story HSG Wetzlar sign Slovakian right wing Miroslav Volentics Next Story → RK CELJE PL: Over 1.300 members of Veszprem’s “Red Army” coming to Zlatorog!
Four teams ready for Austrian Cup Final4
HC Fivers Wat Margareten, Alpla Hard, HBA Fivers WAT Margareten and SG INsignis Handball WestWien will fight for the Austrian Cup title on the Final4 event which will be held on March 30/31.Here is the results of quarter-finals matches:HC FIVERS WAT Margareten – HC LINZ AG 35:23 (17:11)Alpla HC Hard – Moser Medical UHK Krems 34:29 (19:13)SC kelag Ferlach – SG INSIGNIS Handball WESTWIEN 23:24 (11:12)WAT Atzgersdorf – HBA FIVERS WAT Margareten 19:26 (8:10) ← Previous Story THE END IN 2019: Omeyer to become a part of PSG Handball Management Next Story → SEHA: Powerful RK Vardar even without Sterbik
Men accused of killing Lee Rigby in Woolwich plead not guilty
THE TWO MEN accused of killing British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight last May have pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the murder.Michael Adebowale (22) and Michael Adebolajo (28) appeared in court via video link today. They also pleaded not guilty to another charge relating to the alleged attempted murder of a police officer on the same day.On 22 May this year, Rigby was hit by a car, assaulted and decapitated in the Woolwich area of London with a machete. One of the attackers was caught on camera, covered in blood, and wielding the knife.According to reports, the young solider’s wife, Rebecca Rigby, broke down in tears during today’s hearing. The video was broadcast to a packed courtroom at the Old Bailey in London.Sky News reports that Adebolajo, from Romford in Essex, has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, while Adebowale, from Greenwich, southeast London, has asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah.The accused will remain in custody until they face trial on 19 November.Additional reporting by AFPRead: EDL leader arrested after breaking police ban on Woolwich marchMore: Woolwich accused disrupts court hearings, shouting: ‘I’m a soldier’Related: Murder of London soldier raises fears of ‘lone wolf’ attacks
UK visa changes will boost Irish tourism numbers Shatter
In what will be the most fundamental and important development in the operation of the Common Travel Area since the foundation of the State, this historic initiative has the potential to attract ten of thousands of additional visitors to Ireland every year. This unprecedented opportunity for Ireland will further cement our global position as a top international tourism and business destination.Read: The Gathering might return in five or seven years time, says VaradkarRead: Tourists travelling to Ireland up 4.2% THE JUSTICE MINISTER has said that new visa arrangements between the UK and China will have a knock-on effect for the Irish tourism sector.Under the Irish Visa Waiver Programme, which was commenced in 2011, tourists of 17 countries, including China, can freely travel to Ireland. This week, UK Chancellor George Osborne revealed plans to make the UK more accessible to Chinese tourists, which Shatter says will attract “tens of thousands” of Chinese tourists to our shores.“The UK announcement is to be welcomed as a very positive development as the more Chinese visitors there are to the UK the broader the pool of potential visitors to Ireland who can avail of the Irish Visa Waiver Programme.“It is anticipated that the changes the UK is making to their visa processes will encourage more Chinese visitors to come here on business or as tourists.”Shatter added that the existence of the Common Travel Area with the UK was responsible for the scheme being available and he hoped to reciprocate the move with UK authorities.
TD claims that evidence from garda whistleblower was debunked
THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS Committee has decided it will not give a transcript of last week’s meeting on the penalty points issue to the garda whistleblower who gave testimony.Through his solicitors, Sergeant Maurice McCabe requested a copy of his evidence be released to him.The PAC clerk said that on the legal advice he received, doing so could represent “a fundamental change” in procedure and that it might “have future implications not only for the PAC but [for other people] giving evidence to committees in private session”.The issue prompted further debate among PAC members, during which Fine Gael TD John Deasy claimed there was not much substance in the meeting in question.“Mr McCarthy, the Comptroller and Auditor General, debunked a lot of what was in it [Garda McCabe’s testimony] in terms of the number of penalty points written off,” he said.“Whereas the theory from Sergeant McCabe was that tens of thousands were written off, I think the CAG definitively made the case that we’re really talking about hundreds.”The CAG, Seamus McCarthy is currently appearing at the PAC to discuss the the Irish Glass Bottle site controversy at the Dublin Dockland Development Authority.The panel of TDs reached consensus this morning that it wouldn’t seek further advice from the Committee on Procedure and Privileges on the specific issue of releasing McCabe’s transcript to him — despite objections from Independent Shane Ross, who recommended more advice be sought.Additional reporting by Sinéad O’CarrollRead: Garda Ombudsman to have direct access to PULSE systemMore: ‘He kept saying he loved the guards’: No specifics but garda whistleblower a ‘credible witness’
Body of missing Mark Casey 19 found in Limerick
GARDAÍ IN LIMERICK searching for Offaly teenager Mark Casey have confirmed they’ve found the 19-year-old’s body. According to a statement from the force, the student’s body was located in the Rhebogue area this morning at around 11.30am.A large scale search, co-ordinated by gardaí and family members, had been taking place in the city since the teenager went missing eight days ago.The 19-year-old NUI Galway student, who is from Killeigh, Tullamore, Co Offaly, had last been seen in the early hours of last Friday morning, 7 March. He had travelled to the city for a friend’s birthday.Speaking to TheJournal.ie yesterday, Mark’s cousin Damien Casey said that “hordes of volunteers” had been travelling from Offaly and Galway to take part in the search each day — before heading home again each evening.Read: UK police believe missing girl (15) is in Ireland with older man
The 5 at 5 Thursday
Are you enjoying our coloured eggs above? Then you’ll love watching us trying to stand some eggs on one end in the office today. EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #WHISTLEBLOWERS: Leo Varadkar said the Garda Commissioner should withdraw comments about the actions of two garda whistleblowers being “disgusting”.2. #MCVIOLENCE: A 29-year-old man was charged after kicking down the door of a McDonald’s in Galway and attacking staff with pepper spray.3. #INQUEST: The death of 18-year-old Irish student Patrick Halpin has been ruled the result of a fall and not suspicious.4. #RENT: New figures show rents in Dublin are still climbing with the average rent for an apartment now €1,070, compared to €630 outside the capital.5. #DEATH: Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84.
Indoor Championships ORourke eases through 60m heat
DERVAL O’ROURKE FINISHED second in her 60 metre hurdle heat to advance to the semi-final at the European Indoor Athletic Championships in Gothenburg.After, a false start disrupted the beginning of the race, the Cork athlete finished strong in a time of 8.05 seconds, four hundredths of a second behind Turkey’s Nevin Yanit.With the top four qualifying automatically, O’Rourke is comfortably through to this evening’s semi-final and will be confident of advancing further after a fast heat.O’Rourke will compete in the semi-final after 5.20pm (Irish time) this afternoon.Here’s your ‘Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-Un just chilling’ pic of the day
Update Shooting outside premiers office in Italy
TWO POLICE OFFICERS and a civilian were injured in a shooting outside government buildings in Rome today, just as the new coalition cabinet was sworn in.Up to eight shots were fired outside the premier’s office, injuring two policemen and a passerby. It is understood that one of the officers is in a critical condition.Euronews, which has cameras at the scene, reported that two policemen were injured in the incident at government headquarters, about a kilometre away from the presidential palace where the oath of office took place.Police say they have detained one man.Witnesses described seeing two officers on the ground, one with wounds to the neck, the other with leg injuries. Up to eight shots were fired, those in the area have said.Witnesses said a man in a suit and tie opened fire on the policemen at close range outside the headquarters, off Rome’s main shopping street which was packed with tourists at the time.“This is the act of a mad, psychologically disturbed man,” Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno told journalists, adding that the passerby and policemen did not appear to be seriously hurt.The gunman was tackled to the ground by by police.The shooting cast a shadow over the swearing in of a government meant to bring fresh hope to a country mired in recession after two months of bitter post-election deadlock watched closely by European partners.-Additional reporting by AFPIt’s taken two months, but Italy has (finally) unveiled its new government
NAMA funding University of Ulster study
NAMA IS PAYING the University of Ulster €24,000 to carry out a study of land banks in Northern Ireland.The university is working with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to develop a “robust and credible” study of land assets on the island of Ireland.Details of the study were released by the Department of Finance to Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty following a parliamentary question.Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the university is undertaking the Northern Ireland Residential Development Land Bank Study with the help of Ireland’s asset recovery agency.The aim of the research is to find “workout solutions” and assess the “financial viability” of various land masses.‘I am advised by NAMA that it is interested in these projects in particular as the outputs of these projects can deliver inherent benefits in terms of guiding strategic decision making around NAMA’s portfolio and will aid in maximising value for the taxpayer,’ Noonan said.He added: ‘To underpin this NAMA has agreed to be a contributor, both in monetary terms and in terms of the provision of data. The Deputy should note that all data is subject to strict confidentiality protocols.’NAMA is also collaborating with the Department of the Environment to develop a geographic information system (GIS) planning tool, while the agency itself has commissioned a geo-mapping project.Read: NTMA and NAMA staff will lose exemption from new public pay cuts >Read: The NAMA advisors who work for free cost €23,000 last year >
Body of 13yearold boy recovered from water in Drogheda
THE BODY OF a 13-year-old boy has been recovered from a water treatment plant in Drogheda, Co Louth.It’s reported that he had been swimming with friends when he got into difficulty.Gardaí say the body was recovered before 5 o’clock this evening after they received a 999 call from a member of the public.A search and rescue operation was immediately launched and the Coast Guard Helicopter was also dispatched.The dive unit from the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue & Recovery Service recovered the body with the assistance of the Drogheda Coast Guard.He was pronounced dead at the scene.The boy’s remains have been taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.A post mortem will be carried out tomorrow.Originally posted 8:00pm.