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Thailand orders Australian-run gold mine to shut down

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Thailand orders Australian-run gold mine to shut down

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thailand’s officials have ordered a shut down of all the nation’s gold mines including the Australian-owned Chatree mine, 280km north of Bangkok, following the alleged health risk the mine poses to workers and locals.

The Thai Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said a public outcry over health and environmental issues were the reason for a sudden decision. Tests funded by the government revealed around 100 people living nearby the mine to have high levels of toxic substances in their systems. However, scientific investigations failed to link the toxin levels to the mining.

The operation at Chatree is the largest gold mine in Thailan, employing over 1,000 locals. The gold mine is run by Akara Resources, with a large share of the company owned by an Australian company called Kingsgate Consolidated. Kingsgate believe the gold mine has contributed to the Thai economy over the past 15 years and were surprised by the announcement it is to be shut down. Originally the lease for the Chatree mine was meant to last until 2028.

The company’s use of cyanide is considered standard with tests showing no issues with cyanide levels in staff or locals surrounding the mine. The contentious issue lies with the levels of manganese and arsenic, substances that are known to cause Parkinson’s disease and various cancers. They both occur naturally in the soil around the mine.

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health tested over 1,000 people living near the mine in 2015 and found that 41 per cent had manganese levels and 20 per cent had arsenic levels above the standard. However, there has been some conflict as to what is defined as “above the standard”. The Thai Ministry of Public Health study and Safe Work Australia had differing definitions of what levels are considered to be “above the standard”.

The government’s regime has ordered for mining to be ceased by the end of the year and for the areas surrounding mining sites to be rehabilitated. Government agencies will no longer issue or renew gold mining licenses.



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Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels to join rivals Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels to join rivals Bayern Munich

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In a deal announced yesterday, German association football defender Mats Hummels, the current captain of Borussia Dortmund (BVB), agreed to sign a five-year contract with his boyhood club — and arch rivals of Dortmund — Bayern Munich next season. The arrangement was conditional on Hummels undergoing medical tests before signing.

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Cquote1.svg Mats is one of the best centre-backs in the world. With him we will increase the quality in our team even further. Cquote2.svg

—Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern München AG Chairman

Hummels previously spent twelve years with the Bavarians, Bayern Munich, coming from their youth system. He moved to Dortmund in 2007 after appearing that year in one Bundesliga match for Bayern.

With BVB, center back Hummels won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal Cup in 2012 when they won the domestic double under Jürgen Klopp; and a silver medal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League. He also won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“Mats is one of the best centre-backs in the world”, said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of FC Bayern München AG. “With him we will increase the quality in our team even further.” Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said Hummels had “always been open and fair towards” them.

Hummels is to join Bayern side on July 1 — one year before his pre-existing contract expires with BVB. Dortmund’s website quoted Hummels saying “the decision was not easy for me after eight and a half successful years with BVB. I have always been proud and am still proud to wear the BVB jersey and to be part of this extraordinary team.”

Dortmund is to face Bayern Munich in DFB-Pokal Cup this month. After joining Bayern, Hummels would share the dressing room with his former Dortmund teammates Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze.



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Grand National winning horse \’Comply or Die\’ dies, aged 17

Grand National winning horse ‘Comply or Die’ dies, aged 17

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Comply or Die, the racehorse who won the 2008 Grand National has died at the age of 17. His death was announced by his former trainer, David Pipe. He died over at the weekend in Gloucestershire, where he had been staying with jockey Timmy Murphy. He was cremated on Monday and his ashes will return to Murphy.

Murphy was the jockey in the saddle when Comply or Die won the 2008 Grand National. Speaking to the Press Association, he spoke about the horse’s death. He said, “He was part of the furniture at home so it’s very sad. He gave me the greatest day of my career, obviously that can never be taken away. He paraded at Cheltenham and Aintree and was getting ready to do some dressage in the summer. I’m not actually sure how he died, to be honest, but it wasn’t nice to come home to. He was cremated on Monday. He was a happy horse and he was also very clever.”

During his racing career he made £798,809 in prize-money after winning a total of eight races.

The 2008 Grand National victory was his greatest achievement and he almost matched it when he came second place in 2009. He retired in 2011 but remained active, often being paraded at race grounds such as Aintree and Cheltenham. He also participated in some hunting activities. Pipe said, “Since his retirement he had been a lead-horse at Timmy Murphy’s establishment before trying his hand at dressage, a discipline in which he had proven very successful”.

Tributes have been paid to Comply or Die on social media by horse racing fans with several tweeting their appreciation and memories.



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