A convoy initially planned for 20 June to return refugees currently in the Sinje refugee camps – some 40 kilometres inside Liberia – has been postponed because staff from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) were unable to travel to the camps yesterday, spokesman Kris Janowski said at a press briefing in Geneva.”UNHCR staff tried to drive to Sinje from the [Liberian] capital, Monrovia yesterday,” Mr. Janowski explained, “to register refugees willing to go back. However, our vehicles were turned back by government soldiers who cited fighting along the road.”UNHCR is currently looking at other options for the voluntary repatriation, such as transporting the refugees by sea, or on convoys of trucks sent directly from Sierra Leone along a relatively safe stretch of the road, he added.Liberia is hosting 36,000 refugees from Sierra Leone in camps, in addition to an estimated 31,000 living among the local population, according to UNHCR. Some 11,000 are currently in camps in the Sinje region. The agency expects that the majority will return to Sierra Leone, once conditions are safe.
Ausdrill has announced the award of mining contract extensions in both Australia and Africa. Ausdrill’s Australian drill and blast division has successfully negotiated a contract extension with thermal coal producer Ensham Resources for a further term of three years, worth approximately A$36 million. The contract is for the provision of drill services at the Ensham coal mine in the Bowen Basin, Queensland. Ausdrill will utilise four blast hole drills and one exploration drill, along with 35 personnel at this site, to drill in the order of 110,000 m per month. Subsidiary African Mining Services has, for the sixth consecutive year, successfully renegotiated the exploration drilling contract at the Ahafo gold mine in Ghana, owned and operated by Newmont. The contract will generate revenue of approximately $8 million over a period of 12 months.The Ahafo deal extends African Mining Services’ relationship with Newmont at the mine where AUMS – African Underground Mining Services (a 50/50 joint venture between Ausdrill and Barminco) is also carrying out work at the Subika underground project. Ausdrill’s Managing Director, Ron Sayers, said: “It is pleasing to see the renewals of contracts where Ausdrill has had long term relationships with our clients. From day one we have built this business on the basis of developing strong, lasting relationships with our clients. We have a number of major contracts that are due for renewal in the next six months and we anticipate we will secure these.”
The Zarko Markovic and Montenegro national team saga have its epilogue. Frisch auf Goppingen’s right back, Zarko Markovic, as it was expected, did not show up at the scheduled meet-up of the national team and trainings. Official explanation from Zarko Markovic did not arrive, and he did not play at the World Championship in Spain either.Zoran Kastratovic, Montenegro’s coach said that he was angry with Markovic’s behaviour: “It’s normal that every coach will want to rely on such a player. He plays greatly in both – attack and defence. It’s up to him if he wants to play for the national team, and when he does that, I can responsibly say that after his first game played I will resign from the post coach of the national team”. crna goraGoppingenkastratovicmarkovicmONTENEGRO ← Previous Story Lazarov for Marca: “Spain are favorites, but we will try to win a point” Next Story → Marko Vujin about EHF CL finish: Kielce and Metalurg don’t deserve to play at F4