Technology provider GreenGold says it has been awarded a ReCYN™ design and install contract with PT Agincourt Resources to detoxify tailings and recover cyanide and copper at its Martabe gold-silver operation in Sumatra, Indonesia.Jakarta- and Perth-based GreenGold will deliver the project with preferred fabricators for specialist equipment packages, the company said.In a report published last year, Whittle Consulting called the ReCYN process “a world-leading approach” in cyanide recovery, metal recovery and tailings detoxification. “Based on an innovative resin-bead absorbent, ReCYN reduces cyanide consumption by 50%, capturing free cyanide from the plant tailings and recycling it back into the leach circuit while recovering metal complexes and making them available for sale,” Whittle said.Whittle also said adopting the technology could provide a $126.9 million upside to the project.GreenGold said it had received the contract following a record influx of enquires for the technology.GreenGold CEO, Malcolm Paterson, said of the Martabe contract: “We have come up with an elegant design to fit the space constrained site. We also will be recovering cyanide and copper which previously was destroyed or sent to tails, turning a cost into an economic benefit for the mine.“We are looking forward to delivering on this strategically important project, and continuing to build on our proven metallurgy and process capability within the precious/base metals sector globally.”The Martabe mine has a resource base of some 7.4 Moz of gold and 69 Moz of silver.
DONEGAL HAS THE lowest rate of expendable income and the highest rate of male unemployment in the country. The geography of the county alone can make it a very isolating place, which is something that can impact heavily on the mental health of young people.Jigsaw projects across Ireland work with communities to better support young people’s mental health and well being. Developed and supported by Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health and the HSE, one such Jigsaw facility was opened last year in Letterkenny, Donegal.The opening of the project was three years in the making, after community groups voiced a need for supports for the young people of Donegal.Free serviceIn just over one year, the programme has seen over 230 young people avail of the free service, something Sean McGrory, the project manager says is testament to how badly it was needed in the county.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Mr McGrory said the project has three aims. They want to give one to one support to young people if they want help, they want to train people who are in contact with young people on a daily basis, such as teachers and youth workers, on how to be aware about youth mental health issues and to educate the broader public also.He said: He added, however, that the issues young people face in Donegal are the same problems that young people in other parts of the country face. “They have the same problems, feel the same pressure and we are not saying that they are any more worse off than others, but the access to supports can be limited here,” he said.Young people in Donegal He added that there are a number of factors in Donegal that can have an impact on young people. “In terms of deprivation, Donegal is always pretty much bottom of the list, we have the highest rate of male unemployment in the country, the lowest rate of expendable income, so while the Celtic Tiger may have had some benefits to people, it did not reach us as much,” he said.Mr McGrory added:With such a high level of unemployment in the county, this has can cause a lot of distress to families and to teenagers who see their parents struggle.Not only that, but young people who are just leaving school or college, the lack of opportunities and jobs is something that we see as a big problem. We are a rural county in an isolated location and that has a huge impact on young people, socially.The population of the county is scattered and this alone can have an impact on how young people interact and engage with each other. The Jigsaw project is open to people aged between 15 – 25 years old, which Mr McGrory said shows the huge spectrum of youth mental issues in the area.Low mood“People who use the service range from users with common problems, such as low mood, stress and worry to people presenting with early mental health issues, which we try and treat with early prevention. We would see a significant amount of people self-harming, but also a lot of young people who have either left college or school or have lost jobs and are just very disillusioned about their future,” he said.He said that as a county, Donegal is very loyal, stating that majority of the people do not want to leave, but they feel they have no choice. “It’s common to have ‘wakes’ in the small towns when 8 or 10 young people are leaving to go to Australia,” he said, adding that it is a great loss to the community and can be felt.The Jigsaw project does not require a doctor’s referral, meaning young people can simply walk in off the street and say they want to talk to someone.“My World Survey of 14,000 children found that they were dealing with issues and not asking for help. Often times, young people don’t want to visit the family doctor they have known since they were a baby. Jigsaw offers them a place to visit, where they don’t have to worry about being dismissed,” he said.Jigsaw in Donegal is located in Letterkenny, though, Mr McGrory said they were aware of rural isolation in the county. They have three outreach centres which are manned one day a week, in Buncrana, Killybegs and Gweedore.“Establishing a youth mental health service like this hasn’t been without its challenges, but we hope it’s making a difference and helping young people in the county,” said Mr McGrory.Read: New Donegal centre hopes to tackle mental health issues and rural isolation>Read: “Arrogant” Phil Hogan’s visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors>
WHEN MICHAEL RYAN lost the post of Waterford senior hurling manager in August 2013, you didn’t need to be a visionary to see that the role to be filled was an enticing one for potential candidates.While the teams built by Gerald McCarthy, nurtured by Justin McCarthy and tactically stabilised by Davy Fitzgerald were adorned with big personalities and swashbuckling stickmen capable of running amok on any given day, the fact remained that they never won an All-Ireland title.They won everything else, mind, and along the way classy talents like John Mullane claimed an impressive five All Stars.The late 90s and early noughties proved a decent era but records of their feats around that time come with an asterisk attached. Everything is layered with a coating of frustration. They could and maybe should have won the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 1998 and again in 2006. There are those who feel they just weren’t good enough, but most would say they underachieved.A pantheon of household names subsequently retired and moved on but the irony has been that expectations have risen rather than dropped. For all their failures in not getting to climb the steps of the Hogan Stand the teams the two McCarthys refined had inspired a new generation. And by the close of 2013 there was a major transfusion of new blood.They looked ready to go places. The young men steaming through had been schooled in how to win national titles. De La Salle landed Harty Cups and All-Ireland A colleges titles in 2007 and 2008. Dungarvan Colleges won back-to-back Harty Cups in 2012 and 2013, and in 2013 also managed an All-Ireland title. Blackwater CS joined the party with All-Ireland B and Dean Ryan Cup successes. But undoubtedly the biggest coup for the county was winning an All-Ireland minor title in 2013, their first at that grade since 1948.It was an unexpected win — they lost two championship games en route to the final – but it made the choice of the next Waterford senior manager all the more vital. After six years of development work a bunch of promising hurlers was mushrooming, near ready for senior level. Waterford manager Derek McGrath. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHODerek McGrath was the early leader in the race to replace Michael Ryan. He had coached De La Salle to those college successes and also led his club of the same name to the 2012 county senior title. And so it was no shock when he got the nod. A brother-in-law of Mullane, McGrath immediately checked in with the recently retired firebrand to determine if there was any hope of a comeback. There wasn’t.McGrath now looked to players he had mentored on the colleges scene – the likes of Noel Connors, Stephen Daniels, Jake Dillon, Stephen O’Keeffe and the Mahonys, Pauric and Philip – to push the team on.The outlook was bright but there remained huge challenges for McGrath. Managerial doors tend to revolve quickly in the southeast, and security of tenure is far from a given. When Ryan got the chop it was the second time in five years a Waterford hurling boss had been ushered to the exit by disaffected players. Well before Ryan got the heave-ho, Justin McCarthy had suffered the same treatment despite guiding the Déise to their first Munster title in 39 years. Davy Fitzgerald took over a team in transition and led them to an All-Ireland final and a Munster title two years later, but even at that there were tensions between himself and some players by the time he left.Outsiders could be forgiven for assuming these Waterford lads have been hard to manage — that maybe some lost the run of themselves over the years. Forcing McCarthy and Ryan out certainly reflected poorly on the relevant panels.Páraic Fanning, a former GAA officer at Waterford IT, has been involved with four Fitzgibbon Cup wins for the college. He served as selector under Davy Fitzgerald and was considered an early contender to replace Ryan. Acknowledging that the unseemly dismissals of McCarthy and Ryan contributed to a common view of the panels as unruly, he would nevertheless argue that the perception was far from accurate: ‘It was more the way the thing was handled with Michael Ryan. The players got the blame for the whole thing. All I can say is that those present hurlers — and the lads of the last 10 years – would train night and day for you.“They have an excellent attitude and I would consider them very easy to work with.’In fairness to the panellists, while the county board indicated Ryan would get another year, it seems some officers were happy enough, when push came to shove, to accommodate the players’ desire for change. They were made aware the squad wanted more coaching expertise brought in and they allowed the players make the call.Justin McCarthy might take a different view that the players were easy to deal with. He oversaw some huge occasions for the county, including three Munster titles and a National League crown. Seven years is a long time to be talking to the same dressing room, however, and he stayed put too long. In the wake of their heavy Munster championship defeat to Clare in 2008 the players met and it was clear they had lost faith in their Cork coach. After a four-hour meeting at the Majestic Hotel in Tramore McCarthy’s fate was officially sealed, the squad carrying by 20 to four a vote of no confidence in him.For Planet Hurling at large it was a seismic move, and reaction was divided when it hit the public domain. John Mullane was part of the squad that voted to get rid of the Corkman. He wasn’t to meet McCarthy in the following five years and remained unsure how he would react if he did. Justin McCarthy on the sideline in 2008. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOEmotions continued to run high in the county over the ditching of arguably their most successful ever manager. Years later Mullane could still get worked up recalling what happened.‘It was the hardest time I ever put down over all my years hurling. When we did sit down to take a vote it was clear that we were looking for change. But they were a rotten three to four days and I couldn’t sleep over what was happening. Justin had done an awful lot for my game and obviously for Waterford hurling too.“If I’m being honest Justin was the best hurling coach I ever trained under. Everything we did was with the ball. His trainer, Gerry Fitzpatrick, would work with us for 15 minutes before and after training and in between Justin would take us for an hour. That hour flew.”McCarthy took heed of the vote and walked away. The team were left with lots to prove and plenty of detractors – although those critics had their powder dampened if not saturated by what transpired in the following two months as Davy Fitzgerald took over a side bereft of confidence and sharpness, freshened their ranks and brought them to Croke Park and the All-Ireland final.“The game was moving on,” Mullane reflected. “If we’d had Davy and Justin together at the one time we would have had the ultimate coaching team. Whereas Justin was a top-class hurling coach, Davy had so many new ideas. We had never experienced half of the stuff he brought in – from video analysis to tactical awareness to hydration. Previously we had just relied on our hurling ability under Justin’s guidance to get us through games.” Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald in 2011. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMullane tells a story of Davy Fitzgerald’s manic intensity and exhaustive preparation for games. Shortly after Fitzgerald took over, routine tests revealed that every one of the players was more or less dehydrated. The new manager became obsessed with the problem. Insisting they drink two and a half litres of water daily and record their intake in a diary, he instituted frequent checks and took it as a personal slight if any of them flunked the test.So determined was he in this regard that players feared being dropped if test results failed to corroborate diary entries. In the heat of the 2008 championship, Mullane’s day job took him to Dublin and he spent the long summer’s day driving around the city, forgetting, in his dedication to the work in hand, to grab a bite of lunch, never mind a sip of water. As bad luck would have it, his phone beeped en route to training – a group text from the manager about a hydration test later that evening.Mullane knew he had about a much chance as a desert castaway of making the grade.In the dressing room his worst fears were realised; the sample he produced was a fright to behold: ‘I started peeing into the jar with my name on it and it wasn’t good – my wee was an orange colour, like the contents of a bottle of Lucozade. I knew I was in trouble.’With the rest of the panel already on the paddock, Mullane took his bottle of purest vitamin C to its designated place on the shelf; he was ready to accept his fate. But as he placed the jar on the shelf he noticed looking back at him a sample as limpid and sparkling as a Comeragh mountain spring. The name on the label: Jamie Nagle.‘When it comes to hurling, Jamie lives his life like a choirboy,’ Mullane explained. ‘He does everything by the book. He would have been drinking three litres a day – at least.’Mullane yielded to temptation, peeled off the J. Nagle sticker, placed it across his own jar of contaminated effluent and slapped the J. Mullane logo on to the prizewinning exhibit. Then he went off to hurl.Ninety minutes later, as the team showered and changed, Fitzgerald blew a gasket in the dressing room. No way was he fooled by the false labelling.‘Whose is it?’ he demanded.Mullane couldn’t tell a lie to save himself. He’s as open as a 24-hour chapel in Las Vegas. The cheeks reddened in admission of guilt.‘Feckin’ Mullane!’ roared the manager as the De La Salle man tried but failed to hold in the laughter. All Fitzgerald could do was laugh back.Fitzgerald did much for Waterford. His influence was a great tableau of little things; he brought huge attention to detail with a massive backroom, the cost of which received criticism when it came to totting up end-of-year accounts.Reaching the 2008 All-Ireland final was a fine achievement; they got a decent qualifier draw and took advantage. They arrived at the showdown confident they could beat Kilkenny but that optimism was grossly misplaced. Kilkenny had scored 11 goals and 98 points in just four games that summer. They hammered Waterford 3-30 to 1-13 in what was among the most one-sided All-Ireland finals ever. Even in the warm-up the Waterford men looked off-colour, dropping and fumbling the sliotar and fluffing their rehearsal lines. John Mullane arrives at The Granville Hotel in Waterford to announce his retirement. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOApart from Mullane, who hit 0-3 and was the only forward to point from play that afternoon, no player in blue and white reached any sort of acceptable standard.The game was well over by the break. Afterwards Mullane waited on the pitch until every Kilkenny player had climbed the Hogan Stand. Countless supporters wearing the black and amber approached him but not one sly dig was given. Mullane just folded his arms, soaked up the pain and watched the greatest team in history raise Liam MacCarthy aloft one more time.“We got to the final at the same time Kilkenny hit their peak,” he recalled. “They were beating teams by cricket scores. It was our first time in an All-Ireland since 1963 and we really didn’t realise what was involved. We gave ourselves a chance, no doubt about that — they were just another team to us — but we weren’t prepared for an onslaught and that’s what it was. We were in a daze.”A look at the Kilkenny bench that day would support Mullane’s perception of a dream team and squad operating at optimum level. Michael Rice, Mick Fennelly, Willie O’Dwyer, Richie Mullally, John Dalton, PJ Delaney, James Ryall, James McGarry, John Tennyson, Richie Hogan and TJ Reid were all held in reserve. That’s an All Star 11 in itself, never mind another county’s first choice. RTE’s Jacqui Hurley, John Mullane and Davy Fitzgerald in the gantry last summer. Source: James Crombie/INPHOFor many of the Waterford boys it ranked as their worst day ever, but not for Mullane. For him the 7-19 to 0-19 drubbing by Tipperary in the 2011 Munster final was the nadir. Again the game was well over by the interval, 5-10 to 0-8. After the punishment beating ended, Mullane came out and apologised to the fans. Waterford hurling had been laid bare, stripped of its soul.‘Davy came in during the end of an era really,’ Mullane said. ‘To be fair to him players were moving on and the game was changing. Teams were crowding defences and corner-forwards were tracking back the field chasing lost ball. Davy put an awful lot into planning how to counteract teams like Kilkenny and Tipp and he brought more organisation.‘People moaned that we had 12 men behind the ball but again Davy was right – we had probably been too positive, too attacking, in the past. And too open, which definitely cost us games. Maybe that’s why we didn’t win an All-Ireland.“Davy brought in tackling and defence and it shaped the way the team played for the next few years.”*****************This extract is from Fields Of Fire: The Inside Story Of Hurling’s Great Renaissance by Damian Lawlor. 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