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Annan opens historic UN migration meeting by welcoming Belgian offer to host

In an address in New York to the opening of the United Nations’ first-ever high level gathering on migration and development, Mr. Annan said he was “especially delighted that so many of you have embraced my proposal” and asked him to help set it up.He stressed that the planned Forum, which he first outlined in a report released in June, would not be some norm-setting intergovernmental commission on migration but would be led and overseen by States, with the UN system providing support.“It would be informal, voluntary, consultative. Above all, it would not make binding decisions,” Mr. Annan told the two-day High-Level Dialogue of the General Assembly on International Migration and Development.“The Forum would allow us to build relationships of trust, and to bring together the best ideas that different countries have developed: facilitating remittances; engaging diasporas; exploring new ways to reduce poverty; building educational partnerships; and so on.”Peter Sutherland, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Migration, told a press conference today at UN Headquarters in New York that the Forum “will create, hopefully, an environment where a dialogue which has not existed in the past… will take place, which is a multilateral dialogue.”Mr. Annan said this week’s landmark meeting is taking place at a time when the world increasingly appreciates that migrants can transform their adopted and native countries for the better.While there are some negative aspects to migration, such as human trafficking, smuggling and social discontent, he said governments are more willing today to see the opportunities if they cooperate with other States on this subject.More nations are affected by migration than at any time in history, evidence is mounting of the potential benefits of migration, and governments are starting to view migration “through the prism of opportunity, not fear.”General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa told the gathering that, “if harnessed constructively, migration can have a profound effect on development,” with migrants’ remittances to their native countries particularly helpful in reducing poverty.But Sheikha Haya added that the migration of skilled peoples from developing countries to affluent nations can severely impede development in poorer States.More than 140 speakers – comprising individual States, regional bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – are scheduled to discuss the issues over the next two days. In addition to the plenary debate, the meeting will bring delegates together in informal round-table discussions. read more

TruScan from Boart Longyear offers continuous core analysis in the field

first_imgBoart Longyear is launching a new technology called TruScan™ for elemental and photo scanning of core at the exploration site, providing geologists access to near real-time geological data as the core is drilled. Utilising innovative XRF technology specifically built to scan rock, TruScan is designed to provide same-day continuous analysis of the drill core and quickly provide non-destructive, accurate, high-density elemental concentration data.In addition, TruScan offers high-definition wet, dry, and scan-spot photos (to scale) of the retrieved rock core. This information can be quickly viewed by the geologist and aids in the logging and interpretation of the geology—more accurate conceptual geological models can be built while the drill is still on the borehole. Because the time to collect data is significantly reduced, exploration and mining companies can make accurate and timely decisions on where to drill next or to what depth, thus lowering the costs of collecting and analysing data.“While traditional lab assay techniques and portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF) devices have been available to mining clients for some time, there are limitations to these technologies. Lab analytical techniques often come with time delays and costs associated with sample processing, shipping and analysis. Many handheld pXRF devices available today use fundamental parameters which can be inaccurate due to limitations in calibration.”TruScan uses a unique XRF technology to address textural variations in rock and site-specific calibrations to address the rock type specific matrix effect. To ensure more precise onsite readings, rock samples are sent first from the site to the lab for chemical analysis. Once received back, the resulting chemistry is used to calibrate TruScan’s XRF technology, which is performed by a qualified Boart Longyear geochemist prior to the unit being sent to the drill site.Because it has been previously calibrated, TruScan does not require the operator to have knowledge of XRF analysis. TruScan can be operated by the drill crew, removing the need for additional staff on site. No additional staff onsite both minimises the cost to deploy this technology and keeps onsite environmental health and safety (EHS) related risk low. In addition, this technology is designed to fit into the normal workflow of Boart Longyear drill crews so there is no decrease in drilling productivity.The innovative TruScan technology has been successfully tested in Canada and Australia and is now commercially available as part of Boart Longyear’s drilling services. In the current application, the unit is mounted on a ruggedised “mine specification” trailer designed to travel with the drill rig and can be towed to most locations where core drilling is being conducted. In areas where a trailer wouldn’t be practical, the unit is designed to also accommodate skids to enable being dragged through the bush, or mobilised by helicopter to a remote drill site.last_img read more