Posts Written OnDecember 2018

Revenue Silver Mine on notice for numerous safety violations

UPDATED—9/26: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration put Fortune Minerals’ Revenue Silver Mine in Ouray County, Colorado on notice Thursday for 92 “significant and substantial violations” during a 12-month period beginning Aug. 1. 2013, and ending July 31, 2014.

On Nov. 17, 2013, Nick Cappano of Montrose, Colorado, and Rick Williams of Durango, Colorado were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning the day after explosives were detonated the previous day. The high carbon monoxide levels also injured 20 other miners.

The former Revenue-Virginius silver-lead-zinc-copper-gold mine employs roughly 100 workers. Fortune Minerals acquired the mine from Star Mine Operations in May of this year. The mine has been renamed the Revenue Silver Mine.

However, as recently as July 31st of this year, MSHA identified patterns of violations related to roof and rib hazards, handling of explosive materials, ventilations and training practices. Fifty-seven of the situations included “either high negligence or reckless disregard by the mine operation,” said the agency.

Fortune Minerals Investor Relations Management Troy Nazarewicz told Mineweb Friday, “Fortune Minerals’ primary focus is on safety. Embedded in the firm’s culture, safety starts with the leadership and its commitment to support employees through continual training and improvements at its operations. Fortune Minerals announced the staged acquisition of the Revenue Silver Mine in May of this year and continues to invest in workforce training and capital improvements at the mine.

“The Pattern of Violation recently issued by MSHA is based on historical issues and does not reflect the positive impact of our involvement since May. We are looking forward to the anticipated closing on October 1 of the 100% interest in the assets of the mine, full control of operations and a fresh start for the mine, its dedicated employees and the wider community,” he said.

However, Fortune’s website identifies Fortune, not Star Mine Operations, as the current operator of the mine.

The Revenue Silver Mine is a high-grade underground silver mine with a 400 ton per day mill and concentrator located in an underground excavation. The mine had been operating between 1876 and 1912 by the Caroline Mining Company with production at 15 million ounces of silver before the mill burned and the mine closed. The mine, which is believed to contain 16.3 million measured and indicated silver ounces, is located in the Sneffels silver mining district.

21 conveyor contract for one of world’s largest copper mines

TAKRAF USA Inc., part of the Tenova group of companies recently signed a contract with Grupo Mexico and M3 Engineering for the design and supply of 21 conveyors for the Concentrator 2 Project at the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine (formerly Cananea) in Sonora, México. Grupo Mexico ranks among the most important companies in Mexico, Peru and the US, and it is one of the world’s largest copper producers. Production in 2014 is scheduled to reach 850,000 tonnes of copper. With 13 mines in operation, Grupo Mexico also controls what is reckoned to be the largest copper reserve in the global copper mining sector and the Buenavista mine – some 30 km south of the U.S. border – is one of its biggest operations. The scope of supply for the contract includes three overland conveyors and 18 in-plant conveyors ranging from 112 m to 4,252 m in length. The overland conveyors will handle copper ore at rate of 7,980 tonnes per hour and the in-plant conveyors will be designed at 12,240 tonne/hour. The project will be directed by the TAKRAF USA office in Denver with significant engineering and design support by TAKRAF South Africa and TAKRAF India. This system is of proven design to similar TAKRAF systems installed at mine sites around the world. The new project will complement the Quebalix II and Quebalix III (oxide line) projects previously completed by TAKRAF at the Buenavista Mine. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.

TAKRAF USA Inc., part of the Tenova group of companies recently signed a contract with Grupo Mexico and M3 Engineering for the design and supply of 21 conveyors for the Concentrator 2 Project at the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine (formerly Cananea) in Sonora, México.

TAKRAF USA Inc., part of the Tenova group of companies recently signed a contract with Grupo Mexico and M3 Engineering for the design and supply of 21 conveyors for the Concentrator 2 Project at the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine (formerly Cananea) in Sonora, México. Grupo Mexico ranks among the most important companies in Mexico, Peru and the US, and it is one of the world’s largest copper producers. Production in 2014 is scheduled to reach 850,000 tonnes of copper. With 13 mines in operation, Grupo Mexico also controls what is reckoned to be the largest copper reserve in the global copper mining sector and the Buenavista mine – some 30 km south of the U.S. border – is one of its biggest operations. The scope of supply for the contract includes three overland conveyors and 18 in-plant conveyors ranging from 112 m to 4,252 m in length. The overland conveyors will handle copper ore at rate of 7,980 tonnes per hour and the in-plant conveyors will be designed at 12,240 tonne/hour. The project will be directed by the TAKRAF USA office in Denver with significant engineering and design support by TAKRAF South Africa and TAKRAF India. This system is of proven design to similar TAKRAF systems installed at mine sites around the world. The new project will complement the Quebalix II and Quebalix III (oxide line) projects previously completed by TAKRAF at the Buenavista Mine. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.

Grupo Mexico ranks among the most important companies in Mexico, Peru and the US, and it is one of the world’s largest copper producers. Production in 2014 is scheduled to reach 850,000 tonnes of copper. With 13 mines in operation, Grupo Mexico also controls what is reckoned to be the largest copper reserve in the global copper mining sector and the Buenavista mine – some 30 km south of the U.S. border – is one of its biggest operations.

TAKRAF USA Inc., part of the Tenova group of companies recently signed a contract with Grupo Mexico and M3 Engineering for the design and supply of 21 conveyors for the Concentrator 2 Project at the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine (formerly Cananea) in Sonora, México. Grupo Mexico ranks among the most important companies in Mexico, Peru and the US, and it is one of the world’s largest copper producers. Production in 2014 is scheduled to reach 850,000 tonnes of copper. With 13 mines in operation, Grupo Mexico also controls what is reckoned to be the largest copper reserve in the global copper mining sector and the Buenavista mine – some 30 km south of the U.S. border – is one of its biggest operations. The scope of supply for the contract includes three overland conveyors and 18 in-plant conveyors ranging from 112 m to 4,252 m in length. The overland conveyors will handle copper ore at rate of 7,980 tonnes per hour and the in-plant conveyors will be designed at 12,240 tonne/hour. The project will be directed by the TAKRAF USA office in Denver with significant engineering and design support by TAKRAF South Africa and TAKRAF India. This system is of proven design to similar TAKRAF systems installed at mine sites around the world. The new project will complement the Quebalix II and Quebalix III (oxide line) projects previously completed by TAKRAF at the Buenavista Mine. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.

The scope of supply for the contract includes three overland conveyors and 18 in-plant conveyors ranging from 112 m to 4,252 m in length. The overland conveyors will handle copper ore at rate of 7,980 tonnes per hour and the in-plant conveyors will be designed at 12,240 tonne/hour.

The project will be directed by the TAKRAF USA office in Denver with significant engineering and design support by TAKRAF South Africa and TAKRAF India.

TAKRAF USA Inc., part of the Tenova group of companies recently signed a contract with Grupo Mexico and M3 Engineering for the design and supply of 21 conveyors for the Concentrator 2 Project at the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine (formerly Cananea) in Sonora, México. Grupo Mexico ranks among the most important companies in Mexico, Peru and the US, and it is one of the world’s largest copper producers. Production in 2014 is scheduled to reach 850,000 tonnes of copper. With 13 mines in operation, Grupo Mexico also controls what is reckoned to be the largest copper reserve in the global copper mining sector and the Buenavista mine – some 30 km south of the U.S. border – is one of its biggest operations. The scope of supply for the contract includes three overland conveyors and 18 in-plant conveyors ranging from 112 m to 4,252 m in length. The overland conveyors will handle copper ore at rate of 7,980 tonnes per hour and the in-plant conveyors will be designed at 12,240 tonne/hour. The project will be directed by the TAKRAF USA office in Denver with significant engineering and design support by TAKRAF South Africa and TAKRAF India. This system is of proven design to similar TAKRAF systems installed at mine sites around the world. The new project will complement the Quebalix II and Quebalix III (oxide line) projects previously completed by TAKRAF at the Buenavista Mine. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.

This system is of proven design to similar TAKRAF systems installed at mine sites around the world. The new project will complement the Quebalix II and Quebalix III (oxide line) projects previously completed by TAKRAF at the Buenavista Mine. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2014.

Who are Telecom Agents and Why Should You Use Them?

Telecom Agents

I’ve worked in technology for nearly a decade now, which is nothing compared to many of my counterparts who have experienced much greater change. Over these last 10 years, we’ve seen technology and telecommunications solutions change so drastically and so frequently, it leaves us wondering how we can keep up. It’s 2015, and telecom is a very complex industry that is changing every single day. Finding a telecom solution that meets the needs of your business can be a daunting task, and often overwhelming.

Independent telecom agents can help you embrace these changes. They help your business find solutions that can meet your needs, and help you propel your business into the future. You may be asking yourself, “What’s the benefit in using an agent instead of calling a solution provider directly?” There are certainly benefits both ways, but I’m here to explain a few reasons why an agent relationship can benefit you.

Telecom Agents

  • One Agent, Many Carriers: Telecom agents partner with many carriers and solution providers that provide many different services. They understand the solutions that each carrier brings to the table, and can help facilitate the relationship between you and the carrier. They understand product benefits and disadvantages, and have in-depth knowledge of the industry. Furthermore, some solutions may require multiple carriers. In this situation, the agent can act as a single point of contact for you. Your invoicing and billing will be with the carrier, but the agent will foster the relationship.
  • They’re not biased: Telecom agents aren’t biased. Their goal isn’t to pitch a product or service from their company, but rather to understand the needs of your business and find carrier solutions that meet your needs. They can negotiate with the carriers on your behalf. This eliminates the need for you to sit in dozens of carrier meetings, allowing you to be more productive.
  • Agents have a vested interest in you: Telecom agents typically act on a residual commission from the carrier. Because of this, they have a vested interest in the long-term success of your business and building a solid relationship with you. Agents want happy customers to build a book of business with so they can acquire future customers. They will act as a member of your team. They will assist you in addressing any service issues with the carriers and solution providers, and help you understand any changes that are taking place in the industry. Telecom Agents

Realizing that it’s time to make an upgrade to your telecommunications solution is the first step. Actually finding a solution that meets your needs can be a scary second step. It can be overwhelming and downright stressful. Hiring a telecom agent often makes this transition substantially easier.

More and more solution providers are embracing the agent channel because it’s mutually beneficial and provides great value. The bottom line is that telecom agents work to understand your business, and will work for you to find the best solution that help you propel your business into the future.

One Thing Brand Marketers Can’t Forget When Making New Year’s Resolutions

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Whether you focus on B2B or B2C, brands today have the ability to become their own media companies. With that in mind, there are lessons to learn from Mashable’s recent article, “4 Things Media Companies Must Do… Or Die.”…which I’ll re-categorize at this point in the year as “New Year’s Resolutions for Marketers.”

It seems that ever since the advent of mobile devices, brand marketers have been scrambling to keep up. In the early days of online advertising – and even more recent ones – advertisers simply transferred the content of their more traditional ads onto mobile devices and wished really hard that consumers would latch on. But as we have learned over the years, nothing worthwhile is that simple.

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The consumer who clicks on an ad when surfing the Internet taps a different ad on his iPad. But even if the consumer does see your brand’s ad, who’s to say it’s effective? Learning what it takes to make a compelling ad is just as daunting as what form it should come in.

Whether you focus on B2B or B2C, we already know the overused-at-this-point-phrase that “content is king,” but what that really means is that brands today have the ability to become their own media companies. With that in mind, there are lessons to learn from Mashable’s Robyn Peterson’s recent article, “4 Things Media Companies Must Do… Or Die.”

Peterson contends that fear is holding media companies back as new and better platforms surge ahead, and outlines steps for surviving the mediapocalypse…which I’ll re-categorize at this point in the year as “New Year’s Resolutions for Marketers.” The highlights for brand marketers to take away are:

Think Social First, Then Search: Audiences love to share big, visual content. These shares impact SEO. Make sharing as simple – and attractive – as possible. Good social will translate directly into good search.
Embrace Mobile, Before It Runs You Over: “Mobile is not coming – it’s already here.” When designing new ad content, make the hardest decisions first by designing and engineering the smallest possible version. Look to the early adopters for the next wave in mobile platforms, and be prepared for all forms.

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Redefine “Advertising”: Brands should work with existing media companies to create informative, viral content. With media consumption at an all time high, the battle for consumer attention is bigger than ever. By partnering to create social content around an idea or inspiration, the strategy will be around for a long time to come.
Become Product-Driven: Media companies who outsource their product development to tech companies not only atrophy their own service organizations, but pay outsiders for slower, less effective page views. Brands likewise need to embrace the mindset that “We don’t need a toolbox with everyone else’s tools in it, we need something unique,” so that they can face the challenges of experiential advertising.

Peterson’s article ends here. Without these four components, he says, media companies will die in the wake of modern media consumption. But I have a fifth prong to add to this marketing fork: the need for quality original content. Without the exceptionally clever, creative content that was always at the core of successful advertising, the first four recommendations are like an extraordinarily well-wrapped gift, but without the actual product that was desired. Shouldn’t we give consumers just a little more credit?

It’s possible to find success by following these rules, but unless media companies and brands alike focus on truly great messaging, will they remain successful in the rapidly evolving world of media platforms? I guess only time will tell. That, or we’ll all die out.

GREECE – Modern & Cosmopolitan

GREECEGreece is a country where old traditions have been carefully preserved as an important part of its national identity. Over a turbulent history, marked especially by foreign occupations, often bloody, “Hellenism” was at the highest price, a form of resistance that not only meant keeping the language, but also the traditions, customs, legends, literature and popular art. Despite – or perhaps because – persecutions of all kinds, cultural identity and especially Greek popular culture have been kept until today. Currently, the Greek traditions, new and old, are fascinating for tourists and sacredly respected by Greeks.

GREECEAlthough at first glance the country is modern and cosmopolitan, young people seeming to prefer entertainment in clubs and pubs, they will not hesitate to dance to traditional Greek music, they know the lyrics and respect all the customs and celebrations, as the generations before them did as well.

In Greece, the respect for values and customs of the past is essential. Many of them have become unwritten laws that are respected by the Greeks. The country is revealed as a special place, with often usual rules for foreigners, but will all that even more interesting. It’s a way of living life to the fullest but with great respect for the others.

Don’t even think about the fact that in Greece you will find someone eating alone, on the run, at a table. Something like this is unthinkable. The meal is the best opportunity to socialize and lasts for hours.

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Known for its many ancient ruins, white villages, sunny beaches, delicious cuisine and friendly atmosphere, Greece is among the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. It consists of a mountainous mainland and hundreds of islands with stunning scenery, historical sites, nightlife and culture. For example, Corfu is the most northern Ionic island in Greece, which reflects numerous cultural and architectural influences of many foreign empires that led it across the centuries: from Roman to Byzantine, Venetian, French and British.

Nostalgia Hot Dog Toaster Review

Nostalgia Hot Dog Toaster Review

Few months ago I was asked to review a product from CSN Stores.

Good folks at CSN Stores allowed me to pick my own product to review. After hours and hours of browsing few of their online stores and having arguments with all members of my family we agreed on one product.

The product we decided to review was Nostalgia Electrics Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster and today during Review Tuesday I am finally sharing my opinions with you..

Nostalgia Hot Dog Toaster Review

The second my kids saw picture of the Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster they had to have……right away.

Apparently living without Nostalgia Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster is not living at all…it’s dull and boring, but………

……if they had the Pop Up Hot Dog toaster their lives would be so much better and…….wait for it……….

……they wouldn’t even have to bother me to feed them.

Well, what mother can say NO to proposal like that. Hot dogs all around….call the neighbors, bring your friends.

I gave in and I told the nice people at CSN stores to wrap up the Nostalgia Hot Dog Pop Up Toaster and ship it my way.

The minute my boys saw the box they were excited.

Nostalgia Hot Dog Toaster Review

The best toy (small appliance) ever….give hungry and growing teen and 8 year old package of hot dogs, bag of buns and Hot Dog Pop Up Toaster to test and you’ll make their day…..it was like Christmas in July.

The little unit didn’t disappoint.

The Nostalgia Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster weighs about 6 pounds and is approximately 13” x 9” x 12” in diameter.

It makes 2 regular size hot dogs and toasts 2 regular size hot dog buns at the same time.

The hot dog toaster offers 5 settings and you can chose how you like your hot dog done.You can go from barely done to nice and plump.

The Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster comes with little tongs that allow you to grab the hot dogs and buns without getting your fingers burnt.

As any toasters it has a little drip tray underneath that needs to be cleaned after every use.

The Pop Up Hot Dog toaster is very easy to operate and it’s perfect for kids as young as 10 years of age to use it independently.

Nostalgia Hot Dog Toaster Review

Children under the age of 10 will have fun using it with and adult or in my case older sibling help and supervision.

My whole family and friends were very impressed with the quality of the hot dogs. They were done to perfection and came with warm and toasted hot dog buns.

The Nostalgia Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster will be a great addition to any household as well as perfect gift for students.

Perfect to use at birthday parties, camping, sport gathering and making quick snacks.

You can purchase your own Nostalgia Pop Up Hot Dog Toaster at Cooking.com for under $25.00

LOUISIANA

Louisiana is a state located in the Southern United States. Its capital is Baton Rouge and the largest city is New Orleans. It owns the tallest state capitol building in the United States, which is 450 feet tall and features 34 floors. In Metairie you will find the longest bridge over water, in the world, known under the name of Pontchartrain causeway and is 24 miles long. It links Metairie with St. Tammany Parish on the North Shore.

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Louisiana is the only state in the union that has parishes as political subdivisions and not counties. The state received this name in honor of King Louis XIV.

Another well known facts about Louisiana refer to the state’s bird, which is the Eastern Brown Pelican, the state’s flower represented by the magnolia, the state’s tree, which is known under the name of Bald Cypress, “Give me Louisiana” –the official song, the state’s wildflower represented by The Louisiana Iris, or the official insect, which is a honeybee.

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As for the local cuisine, they are proud of their boudin, which is a type of sausage link used in Cajun and Creole dishes. It is made of rice and ingredients like crawfish, pork, alligator, etc.. Also, the turduke is a partially deboned turkey with a deboned duck inside and a deboned chicken inside that, each having a different stuffing. Isn’t that an interesting dish?

A funny thing is that in Louisiana if you bite someone with your natural teeth, the act will be considered an assault, but if you bite that person with your false teeth, the act will be considered an aggravated assault.

This state’s official colors are gold, white and blue and the state motto is “Union, Justice, Confidence”. In conclusion, we can say that Louisiana is indeed a state of contrasts.

New Orleans Cooking Vacation

Cooking School Vacations in Italy 1New Orleans is a city known for its good times and great eats. The city’s impressive restaurants, rich food heritage and focus on culinary arts make New Orleans a popular destination for cooking vacations. A variety of museums, cooking schools, culinary festivals and events, and fine and causal restaurants provide many opportunities for culinary travelers visiting the Crescent City.

Museums

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is home to a variety of collections and exhibits designed to give visitors insight into the city’s rich food heritage and the role that food and cooking play in New Orleans culture.

Demonstrations

Demonstration classes at the New Orleans School of Cooking in the French Quarter offer visitors the opportunity to learn how to make creole and Cajun favorites from entertaining experts. The two and a half hour demonstration classes include generous samples of the four dishes made during each class.

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Hands-on Experiences

The Savvy Gourmet offers culinary travelers the opportunity to learn how to cook with hands-on experience. Small hands-on classes taught by talented chefs are offered on a variety of topics including local Louisiana cooking, cooking fundamentals and international cuisine.

Events

The New Orleans Food and Wine Experience and Tales of the Cocktail are held in New Orleans each year. Each event is designed to enrich people’s understanding of New Orleans cooking and cuisine through a series of dinners, tastings and seminars.

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Dining

Much can be learned about New Orleans cooking and cuisine by dining in a variety of restaurants on a New Orleans cooking vacation. A complete New Orleans cooking vacation should include meals in some of the city’s fine dining establishments as well as the smaller hidden gems.

Vacation Packages

The New Orleans Cooking Experience offers two types of vacation packages. Visitors can sign up for weekend or long weekend vacation packages that offer multiple cooking classes and meals.

Take Stress Away From Kids Changing Schools

Take Stress Away From Kids Changing SchoolsThis is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kidzmet. All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s hard enough for kids to go back to school after a long summer break…..higher grade…..new teachers…..new rules…..new expectations…….some new faces.

I know how my kids get all stressed out and anxious last week of summer break. They are excited to go back to school and see their old friends, but they are also worried what the upcoming school year will bring.

We live in the same town and same neighborhood for years and yet every September brings the same Back To School Challenge.

We are still living in the middle of economic slowdown and many people are still losing their jobs or getting transferred. They have to relocate to where the work is to take care of their families.

Few of my friends will be moving in the middle of this summer and their children will be starting new schools in September.

I can’t even imagine how challenging that would be to start brand new school…..brand new environment….brand new teachers…..brand new face…….talk about scary and unchartered waters.

Luckily, there is a help to ease the transition of changing schools and making it easier for kids to adjust to a brand new environment.

The help comes in a form of KIDZMET PAIRING PORTRAIT.

Take Stress Away From Kids Changing SchoolsJust filling up a simple pairing portrait for each child Help teachers get to know kids that have just moved to the area

All you have to do is to visit KIDZMET online. Sign up for FREE family account. Help your child complete a Pairing Portrait then email it to the new principal and new teachers.

Sample Kidzmet Pairing Portrait

By the time your kids will enter the school the teachers and school administrators will know everything they need to know to help your child fit right in and feel secure.

It takes few minutes of your time and it will take major stress away from you and your kids.

So if your kids are changing schools for whatever reason…visit Kidzmet, fill out Kidzmet Pairing Portrait and take stress away from kids changing schools.

Stop Smoking Shot

Giving Feels Better Then Receiving

There are a few clinics popping up around the United States that specialize in the stop smoking shot. It sounds too good to be true – a shot to quit smoking, but many users are convinced that the shot is truly a miracle.

Giving Feels Better Then Receiving

The SMART shot, a combination of two drugs called Scopolamine (used in the sea sickness pill) and Atarax (an antihistamine), helps block nicotine from being picked up by the nicotine receptors in the brain. This can help ease the common withdrawal symptoms many people experience when quitting smoking.

The original stop smoking shot used atropine, which could make people experience tachycardia, or rapid heart rate. It also contained Thorazine, which is an anti-psychotic drug! The new shot works quite differently, and unlike the old shot, it only requires one shot instead of three. (The original required two shots behind the ear and one in the buttocks.)

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Two of the most popular clinics that use the new shot are in Atlanta, Georgia and Tampa, Florida. Other clinics are opening up around the country, but as of now those are the two busiest clinics.

A shot is a good solution for people who have tried to stop smoking through various methods and haven’t been able to, or don’t have the discipline to use other methods. Since the shot doesn’t require you to remember to use certain aids, it can help you even if you can’t remember to use patches, pills, or gum.

Giving Feels Better Then Receiving

Another type of shot called QUIT 1-2-3 has also made it onto the market. It’s a bit different than the SMART shot, treating the psychological aspects of smoking rather than just the physical symptoms.

Both types of stop smoking shot require administration by a medical professional, so you’ll have to visit a clinic to get it. I recommend looking for a reputable clinic, because you want to be sure you’re getting the real thing and not a placebo or something that could potentially be harmful.