Explosion near ChinaN Korea border causes small quake

first_imgBeijing: A “suspected explosion” near the China-North Korean border caused a small earthquake on Monday, Chinese seismology authorities said, less than an hour after news broke about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming trip to Pyongyang. According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the 1.3-magnitude earthquake with a zero metre depth occurred at 19:38 PM (1138 GMT) in Hunchun city in northeastern Jilin province. It was unclear what caused the explosion. In the past, nuclear tests by Pyongyang have caused tremors and mini quakes around the northern border China shares with North Korea. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonIn September 2017, a test conducted at North Korea’s nuclear site at Punggye-ri under Mount Mantap triggered a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that was felt across China’s northern border. Chinese seismologists later concluded that Pyongyang’s main nuclear test site had partially collapsed, rendering it unusable, following the massive bomb blast, which the North claimed was a hydrogen bomb test. Experts later cast doubt on that claim, with Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of Strategic Studies commenting that there was “no evidence” that it was unusable.last_img read more

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Flowrox awarded pinch valve project at Husab uranium mine in Namibia

first_imgAhead of the December issue special article on slurry pipelines comes this news from Flowrox. The company is supplying a complete project package to the Husab—the second largest uranium mine in the world—which includes pinch valves and technical training. Flowrox has been contracted to deliver a total of 83 of 550 mm hydraulically-actuated pinch valves to the project’s tailings operation, spread over a 23-km2 area in the desert—a harsh and unforgiving environment.Delivering a complete package for its clients, Flowrox has also conducted theoretical and practical training sessions, ensuring the competence and performance of technical staff through the rigour of mining operations.Flowrox says its pinch valves “are designed for heavy duty applications in flow control industries where the corrosive and abrasive nature of slurries, powders or other coarse substances are continuously testing the limits of human engineering.”The pinch valves for Husab will be operated with unique actuator solution, whenever required, by means of two mobile gasoline-powered hydraulic power packs—and given the demanding conditions of a uranium mine, Flowrox says it “is capable of tailoring its actuators, valve body construction and sleeve material to its process conditions.”Flowrox will supply all the necessary spare parts to allow the Husab staff to perform thorough maintenance and repairs as needed—and it is considering adding service exchange valves to ensure better serviceability.The project is being led by Henlo Blignaut, Managing Director for Flowrox in South Africa. “Husab only partners with the premium product suppliers in this market sector and Flowrox was chosen due to our quality performance and technology. The relationship with the customer is excellent and there will be more project collaboration in the near future,” he stated. “This is of course very good news for us as many new mining project are put on hold and upgrades and operational capital of many companies have also been reduced—we are very optimistic about the future.”Husab mine holds an estimated 280 Mt of uranium ore and is also one of the largest open-pit mines on the African continent. The mine was opened in May 2014 and is majority owned by China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) and is set to make Namibia one of the world’s largest uranium suppliers.Construction of the mine is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, with production then planned to ramp up to 5,770 t/y of uranium by 2017.last_img read more

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Well leave it there so Armaghs human rights Cian Healys special training

first_img9 birdies puts Westwood in charge at the PGA ChampionshipRace For Liam: The 4 teams bidding for All-Ireland hurling glory                                                         Showbiz, baby!French midfielder Claire Lavogez conjured a spectacular strike at the U-20 Women’s World Cup. Hero! Source: kickernet/YouTube Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot during a practice round at Valhalla ahead of the PGA Championship. He’s been tipped for more success by Jack Nicklaus. Source: John Locher/AP/Press Association ImagesThe circus involving the Armagh senior football panel’s ongoing media snub was ramped up a notch with manager Paul Grimley claiming it’s his ‘basic human right’ to speak with whoever he wants.Former Cork footballer Ciaran Sheehan will make his AFL debut for Carlton this weekend and his mother has flown to Melbourne to be there for the special moment.Tipperary are hopeful that Conor O’Mahony and Michael Cahill will both be fit for Sunday week’s All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final against Cork. O’Mahony is suffering with a back complaint while Cahill has a knee injury.Meanwhile, Cork are facing the prospect of being without their captain Pa Cronin for the semi-final clash. The Bishopstown man picked up a hairline fracture in his ankle during the Munster final win over Limerick. Pa Cronin is rated as extremely doubtful for Cork’s All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary. Source: ©INPHO/Cathal NoonanConnacht have revealed their home kit for next season. It’s green. But there are plenty of sartorial differences to last year’s effort. See if you can spot them.FC Copenhagen’s Chief Executive thinks a second-tier Champions League should be set up for teams from smaller countries, including Ireland.A nice angle to the whole Generation Emigration narrative of the last few years. After being crowned British Intercounty Provincial champions in June, Scotland play in their first All-Ireland junior football semi-final on Saturday with a litany of Irish natives involved in their squad.                                                               AwayArsenal have received offers for defender Thomas Vermaelen and Arsene Wenger all-but-confirmed Manchester United are one of the clubs that submitted a bid for the Belgian international. But, perhaps hampering United’s hopes, Wenger also said the club’s preference is to sell Vermaelen to a team outside of the Premier League.Can Lee Westwood finally break that hoodoo of his? He’s still to win a major but is in control at the PGA Championship at Valhalla and shares the lead after the first round. Source: David J. Phillip/AP/Press Association ImagesCeltic’s inquest into their humiliating Champions League elimination is already underway though manager Ronny Deila is accepting full responsibility for the 6-1 aggregate defeat to Legia Warsaw.Is the game over for Michael Phelps or do we write him off at our peril? His comeback ended in disaster when he finished seventh in the 100 metres freestyle final at the US national championships last night. Source: Mark J. Terrill/AP/Press Association Images                                             The best thing we sharedYes. You are correct. This is Cian Healy. Pulling a rather imposing-looking vehicle along Dollymount strand. There’s an aurally-seductive soundtrack owing  to Proper Church’s impressively dark delivery of some words. And we love it. Source: USN Ireland/YouTube                                                        On the recordI think every year you do change, every year you get in better shape. I’m getting there now this year, into even better shape than I was in at the start of last season. Every season that passes by, I think you develop a little bit and grow.”Sean O’Brien spoke to us about the grind but ultimate reward of pre-season training                                                       The fixture listThe Dublin Horse show continues into its third day.It’s the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla where Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell share the lead after the opening day.There’s plenty of League of Ireland action with four games taking place. Keep an eye on whether Dundalk slip up in the local derby with Drogheda and if Cork City can get back to winning ways against St. Pat’s at Turners Cross.The Championship is back! Blackburn take on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Cardiff at Ewood Park with a 7.45 kick-off.  NEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… The Ireland Women’s rugby squad are put through their paces at FFR HQ in Marcoussis, Paris. Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan                                                               HomeRory McIlroy can win 15 or 20 majors. That’s according to some bloke called Jack Nicklaus. last_img read more

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