Pan Am Games silver for Dwyer, Facey gets bronze

first_imgJAMAICA increased its medal tally by two at yesterday’s Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.Rasheed Dwyer picked up silver in the men’s 200 metres while Simone Facey captured the bronze in the women’s equivalent. With just one day of competition to go, the country’s medal tally stands at seven overall – three gold, two silver and two bronze. The country has six medals in track and field and is fourth overall behind the United States, Canada and Cuba.Facey, the silver medallist two years ago in Mexico, had to settle for bronze this time around. She clocked 22.74 as teammate Kerron Stewart finished a disappointing fifth in a pedestrian 23.07.The United States were one, two. Seventeen-year-old Kaylin Whitney captured the gold medal after winning in 22.65 seconds ahead of teammate Kyra Jefferson who finished second in 22.72.Following his record-breaking run on Thursday’s third day of competition, Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer went into the men’s 200m final as the howling favourite to capture the gold medal. Drawn in lane four, Dwyer came off the curve into the lead and, with less than 50 metres to go, looked all over the winner. However, this was not to be as Dwyer lost his form with less than 20m and 100m champion Andre DeGrasse, spurred on by his home-crowd supporters, came storming through in lane eight to score a close win in a bang-up finish. DeGrasse clocked a personal best 19.86 for the gold as he completed the sprint double.Photo finishIn a very tight photo finish, both Dwyer and Alonso Edwards of Panama werecredited with the same time of 19.9, but it was the Jamaican who was given the nod for silver.Competing in his first senior meet, last year’s world junior 110 metres hurdles silver medallist, Tyler Mason, had no luck in the men’s 110m hurdles final. Mason, who went into the final as the fourth-fastest qualifier after clocking 13.40 seconds in the preliminary round earlier in the day, could only manage seventh in 13.69.American David Oliver pocketed the gold medal, winning in a Games record 13.07seconds. He erased the old mark of 13.10 set by Cuba’s Dayron Robles two years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. Miguel Francis of Trinidad and Tobago finished second in a personal best 13.17 while it was also a personal best for Shane Braithwaite of Barbados who captured the bronze medal in 13.21.The country will be hoping for more silverware today when track and field comes to an end. Both male and female 4x400m teams finished second in their semi-finals to advance to today’s final. The women clocked 3:30.29 , behind winners the United States, 3:28.15.The men also finished behind the United States in 3:03.72. The Americans clocked 3:02.99. The semi-finals of both the men’s and women’s 4x100m were scheduled for last night.last_img read more

500 Guyanese expected to be employed when construction begins

first_imgManganese plantGuyana Manganese Incorporated (GMI) has committed to employing a predominantly local workforce as it prepares to begin construction in July.This announcement was made on Monday when Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun visited the Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) mine site to conduct an assessmentNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman examines the manganese mineral with Bosai’s Overseas Department Assistant General Manager, Steven Ma and Chinese Ambassador to Guyana, Cui Jianchun (far right)of the progress that has been made since GMI purchased the area from Reunion Manganese Inc (RMI) of Canada.GMI, a Bosai Mineral Group company, is currently on track to develop the mines, plant and factories to begin extracting the mineral by early 2019. Steven Ma, Assistant General Manager of Bosai’s Overseas Department, briefed Minister Trotman and his team.Ma noted that construction was set to begin in July and some 550 locals from the Region and across Guyana would be employed during this phase as well as the production phase. Currently, GMI is employing 20 locals in the engineering design and survey phase.GMI is investing US$100 million in the first phase of development. During the construction phase, the ore processing plant, washing plant, warehouses and factory will be established. The company is currently procuring equipment, Ma explained.He pointed out that the company was facing logistics challenges in terms of moving the ore from the plant to market. While road and port facilities were identified, GMI, Ma said, is currently mapping and surveying these to design the best solution going forward.Minister Trotman noted that the Government was committed to doing work on the road, but would do so in collaboration with the company, particularly as it related to maintenance. He also committed to discussing the sharing of facilities with bauxite company Rusal, as GMI resolved the logistics challenge.The Minister stressed the importance of mining in Region One to GMI. “We’d like to see a resurgence in this region and so Government is very keen on getting it started,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Minister Trotman also charged the company to honour its corporate social responsibility and singled out the community hospital for attention in this regard.Chinese Ambassador Cui said he was proud of the example Bosai has set in Linden and charged GMI to have a similar integrated approach in Region One.“Through this project, try to push more to let the people benefit. I am concerned that we can create more jobs for the local community,” Ambassador Cui stated. He also encouraged the company to be a good corporate citizen.GMI purchased four prospecting licences that cover an area of 45,729 acres, exploration results, mineral agreement, certain properties and infrastructure from RMI of Canada in November 2016.The total manganese resource in Matthews Ridge is some 26 million tonnes. Ma said to produce the manganese concentrate, the company will have to mine some two million tonnes per year which will see the life of the operation lasting some 12-13 years, if there were no other resources added.last_img read more

AECI eyes power generation

first_img5 March 2008South African chemicals, explosives and property company AECI has proposed a number of ways to tackle the country’s electricity shortage, including the possibility of generating power from coal or gas at its Modderfontein site outside Johannesburg.“A feasibility study for a co-generation plant, based on use of natural gas from Mozambique and located at Modderfontein in Gauteng, indicated that such a plant, producing about 25 megawatts of electricity and simultaneously producing enough process steam to meet the requirements of the Modderfontein operations, could be economically viable,” AECI spokesperson Fulvia Putero told SAinfo this week.“The capital investment required was estimated at about R200-million and the project would take about two years to implement.”Apart from securing the group’s own energy supply by generating electricity at the power station, fuelled by natural gas supplied by Sasol Gas, the company would be able to sell surplus electricity back to the national grid.However, Putero pointed that despite initial plans, Sasol Gas had informed them that sufficient natural gas might not be available for the project, meaning that AECI could not currently proceed with the planned tender to Eskom.The tender submission deadline for state company Eskom’s call for co-generation projects by leading industry players has since been extended to end-May 2008. Other companies that have recently expressed an interest in co-generation projects include agri-processing company Tongaat Hulett.“Alternative options, such as use of coal-based co-generation, are currently being assessed,” Putero pointed out.AECI chief executive Graham Edwards told Engineering News last week that the company was looking at a number of alternative options for fuel, including methane gas from a nearby landfill, which could also earn the company carbon creditsAnother option was to enter into an agreement with a coal mining company to secure coal supplies over the long term. The viability of such a plant required security of fuel supply over the long term, and at economical prices, Edwards told Engineering News.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more