“Education is a lifeline for children going through the trauma of chaos and destruction,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador. “It helps give them a daily routine and a sense of purpose and puts them on track for psychological recovery.” UNICEF said that a total of 250,000 children have been affected by the earthquake. The agency is supporting the Government’s efforts to get children back to learning, particularly in the worst-affected areas of Muisne, Pedernales, Jama, and some parts of Portoviejo, Manta and Chone. UNICEF will install 50 temporary learning spaces for 20,000 children and distribute 700 School in a Box kits with school supplies to benefit 60,000 children. The agency said that while aid and government agencies are still assessing the full extent of the damage, initial estimates indicate that nearly 2,000 buildings have been damaged or destroyed and some 30,000 people are staying in shelters. Fear of aftershocks is pushing people to sleep outdoors, exposed to the heavy rains that are common during this season. UNICEF and its humanitarian partners need $23 million to respond to children’s immediate needs in water, sanitation, education, child protection, health and nutrition over the next three months, the agency said.
The new Cavex® 700CVX hydrocyclone from Weir Minerals can achieve up to 50% higher throughput capacity in comparison with competitor cyclones in the 26 in diameter range, due to its larger inlet and vortex finder configuration. According to Sheldon Gabriel, Product Manager Cyclones of Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East, the Cavex 700CVX hydrocyclone has a small, more space efficient body, making it ideal for new installations. “It is also perfectly suited and sized to fit into existing cyclone clusters for easy retrofitting, adding substantially to increased capacity. This hydrocyclone is the result of extensive research and development by the company and underlines our philosophy of driving customer centricity in all product development.”Mark Lockyer, Weir Minerals’ Global Product Manager Hydrocyclones, says that the need to increase throughput to maintain production levels is a reality for much of the industry, with many mines having to process more ore than they have in the past. “In these conditions, increasing throughput is essential. Sites that can achieve higher throughput with minimal capital expenditure certainly have a competitive advantage.” Gabriel says that Cavex hydrocyclones have been highly regarded for their proven efficiency and high capacity performance for decades. Cavex CVX hydrocyclones are designed to withstand severe abrasion caused by the rotational flow of solids and slurry.“The unique shape of the Cavex hydrocyclone range features a laminar spiral inlet geometry that allows the slurry to follow a natural path without encountering any shelves, edges or corners. This reduces turbulence inside the hydrocyclone, which helps maximise separation efficiency, hydraulic capacity and wear life, while minimising localised wear in the feed chamber and vortex finder.” Weir Minerals Africa is dedicated to ensuring its products maximise throughput both within current plants and in greenfield operations. The Cavex 700CVX hydrocyclone is typical of the company’s commitment to best practice and is backed up by Weir Minerals’ extensive global service and aftermarket support.The harsh African mining conditions provide particularly tough operating conditions for installed equipment, but this has been catered for with the Cavex 700 CVX hydrocyclone, which features fabricated steel or cast ductile casing, replaceable elastomer liners up to 45 mm thick, ceramic lower cones, rubber lined steel vortex finders, rubber or ceramic spigots, rubber lined steel overflow pipe or air core booster caps.Weir Minerals delivers end-to-end solutions for all mining, sand and aggregate transportation, milling, processing, waste-management and comminution processes across a range of industries and in more than 30 different countries. Weir Minerals Africa benefits from the global investment into benchmark technology development and the vast experience gained by the local operation in a multitude of African installations.