Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts Brazil

first_img Reuters Sao PauloJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 13:14 IST Neymar limped off the pitch during Brazil’s 1st half win over Qatar (Reuters Photo)Brazil expect to win every tournament they play, especially at home, but they go into next week’s Copa America without their talisman Neymar and lacking some of the sparkle that has long been their stock in trade.They have not lost since Belgium dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup in the quarter-finals but their 10-game unbeaten run with the exception of last week’s 7-0 drubbing of 10-man Honduras – has come largely without the usual flair.Brazil’s preparations for the Copa have been overshadowed by Neymar firstly the rape allegations against the striker, which he has denied, and then the ankle injury that ruled him out the tournament last week.Tite’s squad is as good as any in the tournament but the coach is trying to manage a generational change and said that choosing his squad of 23 players was the “most difficult” task he had faced since taking over three years ago.Brazil have included only 14 of the squad that went to the World Cup in Russia a year ago, with Everton’s Richarlison, David Neres of Ajax Amsterdam and midfielders Artur of Barcelona and Luca Paqueta of AC Milan among the young recruits.Apart from home advantage, they are fortunate to be in one of the easier groups with Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela.The big question will be how they cope without Neymar but his absence could be a blessing in disguise. With the Paris St-Germain forward gone, there will be less of a circus atmosphere around the squad and the focus will be firmly on the pitch.advertisementHis teammates will want to show they can do it without their undisputed leader and they may also take the opportunity to show their solidarity and try to win the trophy for Neymar.The win over Honduras in their last warm-up game, with Philippe Coutinho resurgent and six different players getting their names on the scoresheet, was an encouraging sign.Brazil have won the Copa America eight times but not since 2007 and that trophy drought compounded by a failure to win the World Cup since 2002 – is a long one by Brazilian standards.Fans expect a home triumph and, even though the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation last week said Tite’s job was safe no matter what happens, fans will not spare him unless Brazil win, or lose playing beautiful football.But the coach was his usual inscrutable self when asked what he hoped to achieve over the next three weeks.”We are playing in our own country, and expectations are high that we win,” he said. But the expectation corresponds to how we perform. Are we going to win? I don’t know. But I want us to do the best we can.”Also Read | Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in BarcelonaAlso Read | Portugal clinch UEFA Nations League title after 1-0 win over NetherlandsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts BrazilNeymar suffered the ankle injury during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar and he won’t be able to recover in time for their Copa America campaign.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Improving mine camp sustainability all part of the licence to operate

first_imgLife Cycle Analysis Concrete floorsReduces demand for heating and cooling Solar energy generationEnergy generated is fed into the switchboard and provides base-load energy requirements for the village Influences passive energy efficiency, social impact and consideration for surrounding vegetation Includes water demand, treatment and disposal but worth noting the impact of remote locations and the affect of drought Reduces water and energy consumption Master Planning Recommended to include embodied carbon, recyclability and reuse considerations Select on basis of thermal performance to maximise energy efficiencies Building Fabrication The emphasis is on waste generation and environmental management plans for construction Reduces requirement for new resources ResultsSt Barbara’s 222 room sustainable mining village was completed in October 2008. The village was subsequently recognised for its contribution to environmental excellence and awarded a ‘Certificate of Merit’ from the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum at the 2009 Golden Gecko awards.Results to date indicate a reduction of per head water use of 50% and energy use of 30%. Greywater reuse system connected to all rooms and water is delivered to gardensReduces water consumption associated with gardenscenter_img Energy Management Energy management, in particular, provides tangible results and delivers a quick pay-back.The choice of building materials has a significant impact on internal thermal conditions and therefore influences air-conditioning demand and operational costs. The use of high thermal mass materials not only provides thermal benefits but also acoustic comforts. Computer modelling is also a useful tool to assess the impact of alternative building materials in relation to thermal conditions.Energy supply and demand are equally important. Significant improvements are achieved by considering the impact of air-conditioning systems, hot water systems and artificial lighting systems. Alternative energy options of on-site renewable energy generation through solar, wind or geo-thermal sources are also valuable.Measuring anticipated energy demand supports the decision-making process. Computer modelling using statistical local weather data provides information to optimise design decisions while predicting current and future demands. Computer modelling software can also be implemented to simulate building thermal performance and energy consumption. Sub-meters also provide an economic way to monitor high energy use areas.Mine employees have a role to play in minimising energy consumption. Communicating energy efficiencies to them helps them understand the role they play in conserving energy and contributing to a better mine site living experience. Real-time energy data can be collected and presented in a graphical format to highlight energy consumptions.Communications is a powerful tool to drive behaviour change.Water Management Like energy, water is an essential service that needs to be used intelligently and is often in short supply. Water efficient fittings and appliances are now commonplace in areas where water has been in short supply for some years. Techniques such as rainwater and stormwater harvesting, grey-water reuse and on-site water treatment are commonly used to boost the available water supply and reduce the reliance on dams and bore water systems. However, most importantly, behaviour change is critical for water conservation. Again, sub-metering is a technique that is used to monitor water consumption trends and compare against set water targets.The increased productivity level of mineworkers who are accommodated in comfortable, energy efficient environments has been shown to impact on the bottom line.Learning from successful mine camp developments, a sustainability strategy involving energy-efficient pre-fabricated buildings and water conservation solutions is an achievable goal and should be given early consideration in any mine site development.  Energy and water efficient washing machines Transport Parasol roof design and larger verandasAbsorbs and reflects heat as well as cooling air passing through to reduce cooling demand Case studyImproving environmental design of mining villages With key assets located at Leonora Village, in the north eastern goldfields of Western Australia, mid-tier gold producer and mineral explorer, St Barbara, undertook a Mine Camp Design Study that led to the development of a new mine village. The new village, built within a sustainable framework, illustrates the possibilities that can unfold when companies go beyond compliance to achieve the best possible environmental outcome.SituationHaving acquired an existing mining village as a result of the purchase of new gold assets in 2005, St Barbara set about determining the best possible approach to bringing the accommodation up to world class standards while satisfying, environmental, social and economic concerns.Working with SKM, a study was commissioned to identify opportunities for water and energy efficiency and environmental performance during the construction and operation phases. The study succeeded in pinpointing a number of environmental opportunities and provided clarity around costs and benefits necessary to judge the project achievable.Challenge Mine site accommodation development is typically characterised by a requirement to keep costs to a minimum and requires a fast establishment time. St Barbara however, recognised that accommodation facilities for their workforce should follow the same environmental principles applied to operational areas.Response St Barbara understood that the approach to success would entail engaging with experts in sustainable mining village design and construction.The program entailed three steps:Initial investigation into the feasibility of establishing an environmentally sustainable mining village – the SKM study examined environmental initiatives and a cost benefit analysis. Architect, Ian Hooke, used the study to design the village and implementing the recommendations. After the initial design was complete, Ausco, a temporary accommodation construction company, was invited to custom design the village units. The combined efforts of all those involved resulted in a cost-effective solution incorporating as many of the recommended initiatives as feasible, within budget. The final stage involved constructing the village. The units were constructed off-site to reduce waste while on-site installation and preparation works got underway. Some of the initiatives implemented included: Upgrading of existing facilities, ie gym, recreation room, kitchen  Initiative  Results For mining companies, a long-term licence to operate depends on a capacity to renew existing commitments while seeking new solutions to environmental concerns.Sustainability best practice recognises the need to reduce a site’s ecological footprint, so it is logical to include any mine camp in this equation. Many companies have been embedding sustainability principles into mine camp design for decades and their experience in this area can be shared with others new to these concepts. The application of sustainable development principles can include the selection of location, materials, energy and waste management for the mine village. In this way, the mine village can be developed using socially and environmentally responsible design principles. Companies that are already taking these issues very seriously implement accommodation solutions that deliver value to the business and improved standards of living for their mine site employees, Jody Finsen – Senior Sustainable Buildings Consultant, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) reports. They are using the approach of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), which considers the short and long-term impact of the mine site accommodation and more importantly advocates establishing a sustainability framework before the site is developed.Pre-fabricated buildings are the structure of choice in this solution as they can be transported to the next ‘short-term’ accommodation site – taking their sustainability benefits with them. Early consideration of the impact of these plans on the environment and the people being housed provides a better chance of delivering a sustainable solution and applying the latest technological advances.Furthermore, while working on a sustainability philosophy for design and site master planning, considering all three sustainability pillars – social, environmental and economic – is vital. The ‘whole project’ perspective ensures sustainability is on the agenda at the start of the project and ecological design concepts are conceived and tested to increase the long-term value of the development.Areas for early consideration: Low flow shower headsReduces water consumption Water Supply Building Materials How accessible is the site and what modes of transport are required to access the site?last_img read more