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  • Santa’s elves pass bootcamp test at Bunratty

    first_imgFacebook Print Advertisement WhatsApp Santa and his elves in the Bunratty Folk ParkAll is at the ready at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for the biggest Santa experience ever in the Mid-West after the great man’s team of Elves were put through their paces with a special Elf Bootcamp.New recruits to the Elf team were on their toes throughout last weekend’s boot-camp to make sure they are ready to start welcoming more than 23,000 people to this year’s ‘Santa Experience’ on Saturday.The event has become a Christmas staple for young people from across the country but wouldn’t be possible for Santa to put on without the help of his very special helpers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Among the tasks set for them for last weekend’s boot-camp were to find out how many of Mrs Claus’ mince pies they could hand out in a single minute? Could they fit through the special Elf hatch? Could they bear the warmer climate here? How good were they at decorating? How rosy are their cheeks? How fast can they make toys.And the good news is they all came through the test with flying colours.The Bunratty elves with Santa after passing the bootcamp test.“We were put through our paces for sure,” said an elder elf.  “We came down from Lapland but if any of our team thought it was going to be easy, they got a surprise.  It’s no holiday but it is a lot of fun and I think we’ll be as busy here in Bunratty as we would be in Santa’s Kingdom.”Shannon Heritage Managing Director Niall O’Callaghan said that Santa at Bunratty has a special place in the heart of young people across this region and right across the country. We have families coming here from as far afield as Louth, Mayo, Cork and Dublin. That’s how special the experience is and it just wouldn’t be so without the Elves or, indeed, Santa himself.“He jets in especially for each of the days the event is running and goes home at the end of it, tired but delighted with meeting all these very special children of the region.  He has loads of stories to tell them and loves hearing stories also so he’s really looking forward to meeting one and all.”Santa will be based in his Grotto, with his elves showing the way and Ms Claus also in the kitchen preparing food and making sure his clothes are ironed for the big trip. There will also be a Folk Park story teller to recall colourful tales of Christmas long ago, while a complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pies awaits parents in Corn Barn.Time for a story after the elf bootcamp in the Bunratty Folk ParkA number of exciting new features have been added this year. A special Exploration Dome, where Santa’s journey through the night sky, taking in the magical Northern lights, the Milky Way and a myriad of stars and galaxies, can be experienced.  Also new this year is a giant snow globe where families can take a festive portrait for their facebook page and make magic moments to keep forever.To add to the atmosphere, the Folk Park village street is decked with holly, and festooned with fairy lights, with the village Christmas tree sparkling for the special festivities.   The young and not so young are also treated to a fabulous puppet show and get to meet and chat with all the Christmas Characters wandering the village street, including Scrooge himself. They can also enjoy a trip around the Folk Park on the polar express train.There will also be Christmas themed shops selling Christmas fare with all sorts of stocking fillers on offer.www.shannonheritage.com/Events/AnnualEvents/SantaatBunratty/#sthash.Zdyou9Um.dpuf Email Ties between Shannon Free Zone and the Chinese Government stronger than ever Shannon & Bunratty special feature: The man with two names tells tall tales of how it used to be Linkedin Previous articleFour Munster players named in Irish Women’s 7s side for DubaiNext articleCouncil crews dealing with flooding in west Limerick Editor center_img Twitter History continues to be made at Bunratty TAGSbootcampBunrattyelvesfolk parkMrs ClausNiall O’CallaghanSantaSanta experienceShannon Heritage NewsHeritageSanta’s elves pass bootcamp test at BunrattyBy Editor – November 22, 2017 3405 Big investment lined up for Bunratty tourist attraction No plans for Bunratty theme park Awards a real trip for Bunratty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

  • Freeport to spend $600m on East Java smelter

    first_imgFreeport Indonesia, which operates the world’s second-largest copper mine Grasberg in Papua, estimates that it would require $3 billion to develop the Gresik smelter, which would have a processing capacity of 2 million tonsThe facility would also produce 550,000 tons of copper cathodes alongside anode slime treatments, which can produce 40 tons of gold per year.The smelter will be located within the Java Integrated Industrial Port Estate (JIIPE) managed by publicly listed distributor of basic chemical and petroleum AKR Corporindo and state port operator Pelindo III.Tony said the progress of Freeport Indonesia’s Gresik smelter stands at 4.88 percent as of February and assured lawmakers that the smelter’s construction would be finished on time at the end of 2022. This compares to the project’s 3.21 percent completion rate reported in July 2019. Topics : “It’s true that initially, progress was slow. However, when physical construction starts in August, [the progress] would increase significantly.”Read also: Freeport Indonesia spends $150m on smelterLaw No. 4/2009 on coal and mineral mining requires mining companies to build smelters so they will export refined mineral products instead of unprocessed minerals, hence drawing more value out of the country’s mineral wealth.Smelter construction was one of four stipulations agreed on by the central government and Freeport Indonesia for the miner to continue operating in the country, in addition to the former acquiring a 51 percent stake in the company.The government expects to see $7.75 billion in mining investments this year, the highest projected amount between 2015 and 2024, fueled by a tidal wave of smelter development projects.Read also: Indonesian mining investments to reach five-year high in 2020Tony warned that the downstream industries must step up their performance to fully absorb the drastic increase of copper supply once the Gresik smelter was completed, as currently only 30 percent of PT Smelting’s products were absorbed by local industries.“If the downstream industry stagnates, all of our second smelter’s end products would be for exports,” he said. A wave of smelter constructions began a few years ago in anticipation of the government’s ban on mineral ore exports. The world’s leading nickel producer set a ban on exports of nickel ore starting in 2020 and will do so for all other mineral ores in 2022. The ban enforces the government’s aim of extracting more bang for its buck from the country’s mineral wealth.Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said earlier this month that the mining giant would pour this year’s investments into developing the Gresik smelter as well as an underground mine in Timika, West Papua, where the United States-based miner operates the world’s largest gold mine.The capex spent on the Gresik smelter project would be primarily used for the facility’s physical construction, Riza told The Jakarta Post following the House’s hearing on Wednesday.“[Most of the budget] allocation will be used for engineering, procurement and construction,” Riza said. (mpr)center_img Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia will spend US$600 million in capital expenditure (capex) this year for the construction of a smelter in Gresik, East Java, as part of Indonesia’s downstream efforts for the mining industry.Freeport Indonesia president director Tony Wenas told the House of Representatives Commission VII overseeing energy and mining affairs that the company would increase the capex to $1.1 billion to continue the smelter’s development.“Our [capex] for this year and the next will be huge,” Tony told lawmakers in Jakarta on Wednesday.last_img read more

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