Story Highlights More than 80 young people are benefiting from a 10-day summer camp being staged by the St. Andrew South Police Division at the Tapioca Village in St. Mary from July 16 to 26. The annual camp is engaging youngsters aged 10 to 17 who display behavioural problems. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Sergeant Alexander Bloomfield, who is responsible for planning the camp, said that the youngsters will be exposed to vocational skills and workshops focused on life skills, grooming, art and craft, among other things. More than 80 young people are benefiting from a 10-day summer camp being staged by the St. Andrew South Police Division at the Tapioca Village in St. Mary from July 16 to 26.The annual camp is engaging youngsters aged 10 to 17 who display behavioural problems.Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Sergeant Alexander Bloomfield, who is responsible for planning the camp, said that the youngsters will be exposed to vocational skills and workshops focused on life skills, grooming, art and craft, among other things.He said that the objectives are to reduce antisocial behaviour, improve self-esteem and promote character building and personal development.Sergeant Bloomfield said that the persons selected for the camp are from areas such as Seaview Gardens, Maverley, Kencot, Whitehall/Red Hills, Trench Town, Drewsland and Tower Hill.“This division patrols 35 inner-city communities daily and this is where participants are selected from, especially those we consider to have behavioural problems,” he noted.He told JIS News that various entities are collaborating in the staging of the camp.“Facilitators will be coming in to speak with our youth from the National Council on Drug Abuse, Jamaica AIDS Support, Jamaica National Family Planning Board and the Jamaica Fire Brigade,” he noted.Over 1,000 youth have been impacted since the start of the St. Andrew South Summer Camp in 2009.“We have a lot of success stories, as numerous participants have exhibited considerable improvement in their behaviour, and we are proud to have been a part of these changes in their lives,” Sergeant Bloomfield said.The St. Andrew South Summer Camp is among seven camps that are being supported by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III at a cost of $9 million.
B&E International’s investment in research and development (R&D) is starting to pay off with the development of its own primary crushing plant and the potential for future dry separation technology for coal plants.The company thinks its build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) plants can offer a solution to a number of South Africa coal miners looking to reduce capital spend on infrastructure as the size and lives of their deposits shrink.Ken Basson, Director of Plant and Engineering at B&E International, said: “Our expertise and equipment in crushing and screening takes the capital expenditure pressure off the customer and relieves them of considerable production risk. We can even assume other responsibilities in the value chain, from drilling and blasting to coal conveying and processing.”This allows B&E to flexibly fit in to customer value chains, maximising production performance and machine uptime while taking on the risk of meeting the agreed output targets, according to the company.Basson said: “Our R&D focus has allowed us to develop our own primary coal crushing plant; a high capacity, track mounted unit that is currently under construction and will soon be launched.“The design is aimed at further reducing unit costs that we can achieve when conducting a contract for a customer. Its high-volume capacity means better efficiencies while being able to serve multiple small deposits on the same mine site.”Water conservation in the coal beneficiation process is another element of the company’s R&D. It is exploring practical options for dry separation technology for coal plants, in collaboration with a local university. Traditional water-based coal washing technology is a major consumer of water in mine plants.Process optimisation is also a service B&E provides for customers, based on its years of experience in designing, constructing and operating plants, Basson said.“Whether a project is greenfield or brownfield, we can assist in providing solutions and addressing challenges,” he said. “For existing plants, our engineering team can identify and address constraints in the process – whether the equipment is ours or a competitor’s. We conduct detailed studies on how customers can remove bottlenecks from their plants.”Equipment is designed, built and maintained by B&E International’s experts at its facilities in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. As a member of JSE-listed Raubex Group, B&E International is B-BBEE-compliant and works closely with mines, project houses and contractors, it said.