UK introduces new road signs to detect and warn drivers using mobile

Norfolk County Council road safety team have launched a new roadside mobile phone detection system today in partnership with @Westcotec_Ltd #fatalfour #norfolk read about it here @EDP24 https://t.co/h6Ies6JTFd pic.twitter.com/kX5ir7Iuht— Norfolk County Council (@NorfolkCC) July 10, 2018 They are hoped to be used as a deterrent, as the signs cannot yet record cars’ registration or issue fines. The signs also cannot tell whether a driver or passenger is using the handset. The UK’s first road signs which will electronically detect and warn drivers who are using mobile phones have been introduced. These signs can detect when signals are being transmitted by a mobile telephone inside a car, and then flashes a symbol of a mobile phone with a line through it to remind drivers not to use their handsets while behind the wheel.The road signs work by using a scanner to detect the radio signals emitted when someone in the car is connected to a call, with this data used to illuminate a sign further down the road.The scanner can pick up both mobile phone radio signals and Bluetooth signals, and differentiates between the two. This means those using Bluetooth for a hands-free connection, will not be warned by the sign, as if the scanner picks up a Bluetooth signal, it will disable the light. However, they do not monitor data connections, meaning those using internet services on their phones will not be detected.The first of three £6,000 electronic signs was yesterday introduced in Norwich, Norfolk. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Chris Spinks, of Westcotec’s Sales and Marketing team, said he hoped it could provide police with a general view of where illegal use is most prevalent.Mr Spinks said: “Being a local company we’re delighted to be able to trial this technology first in Norfolk.”We are glad to assist Norfolk County Council in promoting awareness about the dangers of mobile phone use in the car.”“The aim of the technology is to remind drivers of the law and to get off their phones.” A police operation in Norfolk in January discovered 120 people committing the offence. Jonathan Chapman, inspector of the Norfolk Roads Policing Unit said: “We will be using the information to help us target drivers in the future but the message is simple – leave your phone alone whilst you’re behind the wheel.”Using a phone at the wheel is one of the fatal four road offences which can have devastating consequences if it causes a fatal or serious collision.” However, the data will be shared with Norfolk police to set up potential future crackdowns.Those caught using their mobile phones at the wheel by police face a £200 fine and six points on their license, after tougher sanctions were introduced last year.The new technology powering the signs was developed by Norfolk County Council’s Road Safety team in partnership with vehicle sign technology local company Westcotec.Iain Temperton, team manager for road safety at the county council, described the technology as “cutting-edge” and said it would be used an “educational tool” throughout Norfolk to tackle the problem.The Norfolk-based company is also working with police forces in New Zealand, Argentinia and Slovenia to implement similar mobile phone warning technology. read more

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Motorists should be forced to prepay for petrol so police can focus

Simon Cole, the National Police Chiefs Council’s lead on local policing, criticised petrol giants for putting profits before crime reduction with a business model aimed at encouraging drivers into forecourt shops to boost sales. Motorists should pre-pay for their petrol to wipe out tens of thousands of drive-off thefts so police can focus on violent crime and burglaries, says one of Britain’s top police chiefs. He said the companies could end “bilking” – where people drive off without paying – at a stroke by making motorists pay in advance as they did in many other countries. “The petroleum industry could design out bilking in 30 seconds by making people pay up front which is what they do in… read more

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World leaders unite in Armistice tribute to those who fell

A handwritten message is pictured on the wreath placed by Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of George EllisonCredit:GARETH FULLER /AFP This will be a weekend of reconciliation. At the Cenotaph on Sunday – and for the first time – a German leader will lay a wreath. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German president, will perform the duty on behalf of his nation in a historic act of reconciliation.After the service, 10,000 people, chosen by ballot, will have the chance to pay their respects to those who served in the Great War by taking part in the Nation’s Thank You procession past the Cenotaph in Whitehall.Across the country, the bells will ring out as they did at the end of the First World War – and a Westminster Abbey service will be held, along with others in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast.The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the 
 Abbey service. A handwritten message is pictured on the wreath placed by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May at the grave of George Ellison At St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons yesterday, Mrs May placed her note at Pte Ellison’s grave, quoting the Laurence Binyon poem For the Fallen, which was published in September 1914 and is often recited on Remembrance Sunday. Donald Trump waves as he arrives in ParisCredit: Jacquelyn Martin/AP French and British soldiers take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the WWI French-British memorial of Thiepval  French and British soldiers take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the WWI French-British memorial of Thiepval Credit: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty After lunch Mrs May and Mr Macron travelled to the Thiepval Memorial, the towering monument that commemorates the Missing of the Somme, the soldiers who have no graves.The two leaders laid a wreath of poppies and bleuets – the French equivalent of the poppy – and then visited two graves. One was that of Philip Ernest Stubbs, who was killed, aged 17, on Nov 3, 1916; the other was of Charles Baron, of the French artillery, who was killed, aged 21, on June 11, 1915. The wreath that was laid stated: “There lie the flower of youth, the men who scorn’d to live (so died) when languished liberty” – a quotation from A Soldier’s Cemetery by John William Streets, who was himself killed in 1916.This was a moment to reflect, said Mrs May, on the two nations’ efforts fighting side-by-side in two world wars, and a chance to look ahead to a “shared future, built on peace, prosperity and friendship”. Private George Ellison almost made it out alive. He died while on patrol just outside Mons, Belgium, at 9.30am on November 11, 1918, 90 minutes before the end of the First World War. He was the last British soldier killed – 886,345 UK troops had died before him. At the start of three days to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War yesterday, Theresa May left a hand-written note at Pte Ellison’s grave side, promising never to forget.Over the weekend millions will 
attend events, including the lighting of 10,000 lanterns at the Tower of London; tiny figures laid out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to represent the 72,396 British servicemen killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave; and portraits of the dead etched in the sand at 32 beaches in a project devised by Danny Boyle, the film and Olympics 2012 director.It will be a weekend of intense diplomatic activity. The Prime Minister met the French and Belgian presidents yesterday, while Emmanuel Macron sees Donald Trump today in Paris.On Sunday, while Mrs May and the Prince of Wales lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, Mr Macron hosts the US president and Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, at a ceremony at the Arc de 
Triomphe. The various events will be watched keenly for signs of a new world order. “They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted … We will remember them.”Opposite his grave, by a macabre 
accident of fate is buried John Parr, 17, of the Middlesex Regiment, who on August 21, 1914, became the first British soldier to die in the conflict.Accompanied by Charles Michel, the Belgian Prime Minister, Mrs May also laid a wreath at Pte Parr’s grave. There too she left a note, this time quoting from Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier.“There is in that rich earth a richer dust concealed,” Mrs May quoted on a card in memory of Pte Parr. Donald Trump waves as he arrives in Paris At Thiepval, Paul Evrard, 88, a Frenchman whose father and two brothers died in the Second World War, looked on, carrying a French flag as he has done for the past 46 years, on every Remembrance weekend.“It is important we remember the friendship and brotherhood between our two countries,” said Mr Evrard. By the afternoon, the Prime Minister had travelled to France to meet Mr Macron in Albert, a town in the heart of the Somme region that suffered a devastating bombardment.The statue of the Virgin Mary that sits atop the town’s church had leant precariously for much of the war. British troops had believed that when it fell the war would be over. The Leaning Virgin in fact toppled in April 1918.Albert has a special place in Mr Macron’s heart. His British great-grandfather George Robertson, from Bristol, fought there during the battle of the Somme. He stayed on to marry a Frenchwoman, with whom he had three children. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Owner of UKs first pagan burial ground in 5000 years told he

A farmer who built the first new long barrow tomb in the UK in more than 5,000 years has been told that he must pay thousands of pounds in business rates on it.Tim Daw, the owner of the burial ground used by Pagans, has been told by the Valuation Office Agency that he must pay between £4,500 to £5,000 a year in business rates for his burial mound where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones.Long barrows were in widespread use in the early Neolithic period and examples still exist today, but the burial method fell out of use.Usually, church graveyards and burial grounds are exempt from the tax as they are seen as places of worship. But Mr Daw has been told that his long barrow is a commercial storage facility that must pay the tax, as it falls above the rateable value on a business property of £12,000.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Daw, from Devizes, Wiltshire, said the decision means mourners visiting his tomb will have to “pay to pray” and that the move discriminates against non-Christian forms of worship. The traditional pagan and druid burial mound is where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones like they did in the Neolithic periodCredit:BNPS Mr Daw, makes an average of £1,000 a year from the burial site, but would have to pay £5,000 a year in business rates.He puts any money he takes towards the maintenance of the long barrow and has said that anyone, whatever their religion, is welcome to visit it.He said: “The long barrow is built like an ancient druid temple and we’ve had druids come here to worship.”It has also become used for a loose kind of pagan worship, so I just always assumed it was a place of worship and that was that, like a church.”Mr Daw said he has since had confirmation from a different government agency, the registrar, accepting the long barrow as a place of worship.A spokesman for the Valuation Office Agency said they could not comment on specific cases. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tim Daw Mr Daw, a farmer, said: “I got an email from the business valuation office saying they considered my long barrow as a place for storage, like a warehouse you would store car parts in. He used conventional stone working techniques to create the unusual site at his farm in All Cannings, Wiltshire.The tomb is designed on an alignment that means the sun shines down the central chamber on the Winter Solstice, which also makes it a popular place of worship with druids and pagans.Mr Daw says the building, which took nine months to construct, cost him around £200,000.The long barrow is about 220ft long and 20ft tall and has stone chambers with a series of shelves, called niches, where people pay to have their loved ones’ ashes stored.It has 340 niches that can hold two or three urns and each niche carries a one-off charge of £1,000. All of the niches are now reserved, although only 40 are currently filled with urns. “Them describing it as ‘storage’ is demeaning to the families whose loved ones are buried here.”I couldn’t believe it. It’s not right and it should be treated the same as a Christian church. It feels like discrimination.”We are being told we must pay to pray. There is one rule for the established Christian religions and another for ancient pagans.”Responding to the decline in people wanting traditional Christian burials, Mr Daw decided to create the long barrow. read more

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Mark Carney scraps Bank of Englands country club despite outrage when he

Mark Carney, left, attended the Wimbledon Men’s semi-final between Roger Federer and Milos Raonic in 2016, alongside Jude Law and Phillipa CoanCredit:Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. First Mark Carney went for the Bank of England’s annual cricket match at the staff summer party, replacing it with rounders, football and tug of war.Now, in his final year as Governor, he has scrapped the entire sports facility – a sprawling 32 acre “country club” close to Richmond Park, boasting a gym, 16 tennis courts, world class football and rugby pitches and “relaxation facilities”.In a drive towards greater inclusivity, and to cut costs, the Bank will close its Roehampton “club”, owned since 1907, and lease the site on a commercial basis, cancelling all current memberships.The move has irked employees, who are “saddened” at the loss of such a luxurious company benefit.David Buik, a veteran businessman and financial commentator who was a member of the club for five years said: “The facilities are simply incredible and I am sure that people of my generation will be extremely saddened.” “But you have to look at the balance sheet and the fact that younger people are playing their sport more locally. Now, they don’t want to schlep out to Roehampton, where in years gone by, people would.“It is now an anachronism.”One Bank employee, who did not want to be named, said that he was not surprised at the decision.“They have been talking about it for ages because it is seen as a relic of the past. Very few people use it and I don’t see why we have it.”Figures show that only 13% of staff are members of the sports club, but many more have a pass to the company gym in Threadneedle Street.Labour MP Chris Evans described the Roehampton site as “a very expensive country club that belongs to another era.”  In January, Joanna Place, the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer told MPs at the Public Accounts Committee: “If we were starting with a blank canvas now, we would not think that we need to build a physical sports centre and it needs to be in Roehampton.“This is obviously historical,” said Ms Place, “so we now need to think what is best for the wellbeing of our staff, which is important.”Today, the Bank said: “There will be a new ‘Sports and Social Club’ which will give all current Bank colleagues the opportunity to access a broader range of sports and social activities, irrespective of where they may live. This fits with the Bank’s broader diversity, inclusion and wellbeing agenda.”They could not however, give specifics on what form this new club may take. The Bank of England’s Sports Club has been a company asset for more than 100 years and boasts tennis courts, sports pitches and a gymCredit:hirespace.com The closure of the Roehampton site comes just four years after Mr Carney replaced its annual summer cricket match with the less “exclusive” sports of rounders and football.The move was branded “outrageous” by commentators at the time.Carney’s predecessor Mervyn King was a cricket fanatic and played in the annual match up to his retirement in 2013, but a spokesperson insisted: “The governor has not banned cricket. He wanted the activities at governors’ day to be chosen by staff for staff and their families. Staff chose a number of sports, such as rounders, football and tug of war, among others.”Today, they said: “The Bank is adjusting its wellbeing offer to improve both the accessibility of the offer to Bank colleagues and to ensure value for money.  As part of this the Bank has decided to close its Sports Centre in Roehampton.“While the Sports Centre at Roehampton has been an important part of our health and wellbeing offer, its membership and use is in decline. It was also important to consider how the Roehampton site fits with the Bank’s overall responsibilities and objectives, including value for money.  “The Bank will be entering into commercial negotiations surrounding the lease shortly, but access to the Sports Centre will be unaffected for the next 12 months.” Bank of England Sports Club, Roehampton, London. Mark Carney, Jude Law and Phillipa Coan watch on as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays Milos Raonic of Canada in the Men's Singles Semi Final match at Wimbledon in 2016 read more

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Government should fund dementia choirs says Line of Duty star Vicky McClure

Vicky McClure in her day job on Line of DutyCredit:BBC The government should support and fund choirs to help dementia sufferers cope with their fading memories, Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure has said, as she speaks of caring for her grandmother.McClure is hosting new television show Our Dementia Choir, which offers those with dementia music therapy as they train to perform as a choir in front of an audience of 1,000 people.The Line Of Duty star joins forces with specialists from the fields of medicine, music therapy and performance for the BBC One two part series.”The Government doesn’t put enough funding into research. I am passionate about looking into that,” McClure said.”I want to know what’s being done on that side of things.”The funding is the hardest part, to have the choir running all the time, they’re not cheap. It’s free to sing, but to have that routine and providing tea and coffee and somewhere to do it, it costs money.”It can be cheap and manageable, but it’s not free. (We) need the backing of councils and the Government.” Vicky McClure in her day job on Line of Duty The documentary follows the journey of 20 people with a form of dementia, aged between 31 and 87, from McClure’s home town of Nottingham.The 35-year-old, who also starred in the This is England film and spin-off series, experienced dementia first-hand through caring for her grandmother Iris, who died in 2015.Asked if she’s concerned about getting dementia, McClure said: “What can I do about it? My Nona died of dementia.”Of course, there’s that fear that it could be me. But I can’t live my life between now and whenever worrying about it. “You’ve just got to live your life and enjoy every day.”The episodes see the group training with choral director Mark De-Lisser, singing well-known hits like Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations and Stand By Me by Ben E. King.Although members of the choir see improvements during the documentary, McClure said the deterioration of members since filming is “frightening”.McClure said: “There have of course been changes in people since we filmed.  Some are in homes now and they are all deteriorating, rapidly for some. It’s quite frightening.”I can tell when people recognise who I am and when they’re just being polite. It’s horrible.”Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure will air on BBC One on May 2. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Madeleine McCann investigators probe convicted child killer from Germany

A convicted paedophile and serial killer from Germany has emerged as a figure of interest in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann, according to a former Portuguese detective.Martin Ney, 48, who is serving life in prison for abducting and killing three German children between 1992 and 2001, is reportedly being investigated by officers from Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria.The 48-year-old child sex monster is said to closely resemble a photofit issued by detectives in the case and was understood to have been in Portugal in 2007, when the three-year-old was abducted.Ney, who is in jail in his native Germany, has previously been interviewed by detectives investigating Madeleine’s disappearance but has denied any involvement.Originally from Hamburg, the predatory paedophile targeted children on holiday sometimes entering their apartments or tents wearing a mask and carrying a weapon and other times using camouflage in order to ambush them. Police issued a photofit of a suspect in 2013 Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 from Praia da Luz Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 from Praia da Luz Police issued a photofit of a suspect in 2013 After training as a teacher he is known to have travelled extensively, including to Ecuador, Peru and Portugal. Last Friday marked the 12th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance from her parents’ holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.Scotland Yard currently has a small team of detectives continuing to work on any potential leads.A spokesman for Scotland Yard refused to comment on the claims that a foreign paedophile was now being probed as part of the investigation. He resembles a photofit issued in 2013 of a man who was spotted acting suspiciously in Praia da Luz around the time Madeleine was abducted.Clarence Mitchell, the McCann’s spokesman said: “It might be him and he fits the profile, he is a known predatory paedophile and he’s a foreigner.”It is quite possible and plausible police are looking at him again but it could be someone else. There is a degree of credibility it is Ney but we cannot speculate.”Ney has been previously interviewed by detectives over Madeleine’s abduction, and denied it. He is in a German jail now.”He added: “Kate and Gerry are not in a position to comment on this, nor would they because it is operational detail and they will not discuss it.” In 1992 he killed 13-year-old, Stefan Jahr, the following year he struck again, abducting and murdering eight-year-old Dennis Rostel and then in 2001 he killed eight-year-old Dennis Klein.He is also suspected of killing another child in Holland in 1998 and one in France in 2004.All of Ney’s previous victims have been boys, but police working on the McCann case have continued to consider him as a person of interest. Scotland Yard are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCannCredit:PA But Goncalo Amaral, the controversial former Portuguese police chief, who was sacked in 2007 after claiming the McCanns were involved in their daughter’s disappearance, told the Australian media that a jailed German paedophile was now the main suspect.Last week Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police confirmed that a small dedicated team, from Operation Grange, continued to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance and were following up a number of lines.She also said they were awaiting a decision from the Home Office whether to continue funding the unit for another year. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Scotland Yard are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Madeleine McCann read more

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Hyundai unveils new 120 t mining excavator at Intermat

first_imgIM was present at the first day of Intermat in Paris to see the official launch of Hyundai’s new mining class excavator, the 120 t R1200-9. The company said it had sold the first machine to a mine in Russia, with others having been delivered to mining operations in Myanmar, New Zealand, Indonesia and South Africa. the company states: “Underlining its intention of competing on a broad front in all sectors of the construction and mining equipment business, Hyundai’s introduction of a new top end excavator in the 100 t plus sector endorses the company’s commitment to large scale investment in developing new products and new market opportunities. Building on Hyundai’s experience with the successful 50 t and 80 t high capacity models, the all-new 120 t  R1200-9 has been conceived with an eye on the expanding worldwide mining and quarrying sector, where the demand for efficient, large-scale mass excavation in minerals extraction and overburden removal has fuelled an increase in sales of large mining trucks and the equipment to load them.”The R1200-9 is powered by the high-performance 23 litre, 6-cylinder Cummins QSK23-C engine, rated at 567 kW. Particular attention has been paid to the insulation to achieve low internal and external noise levels. This first version of the new 120 t machine is equipped with a heavy-duty, 7.55 m back-acter boom, 3.4 m dipper-arm, and 6.7 m³ bucket – a combination which gives a maximum digging depth of nearly 8 m, an outreach of 13.76 m, and a load-over height of 7.8 m. Maximum breakout force at the bucket is 64.9 t. The company adds: “With three selectable power modes (power, speed and economy), this is clearly a machine designed for extra-heavy digging duties and loading of large capacity dump trucks.” The 120 t weight puts the machine up against the likes of the Hitachi EX1200-6, the Komatsu PC1250, the Caterpillar 6015 and the Liebherr R9100 or R984C.last_img read more

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Rise of the autonomous machines – August 21

first_imgCRCMining has announced an exciting mining automation event hosted by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) in Brisbane. Australia’s resource industry is being transformed by the increasing use of automation technologies that target productivity improvement through better control of mining processes. Included in this transformation are several strikingly bold initiatives to deploy autonomous mining machines into core production activities. Four eminent speakers will describe the challenges and opportunities the rise of automation in mining presents to the Australian mining industry.Australian research organisations, technology enterprises, and mining companies are at the nexus of a fascinating global innovation story that connects research, development and technology implementation in a way that stands to profoundly change the mining industry over the next 20 years.Professor Ross McAree, will examine Six challenges of mining automation. Whilst mining automation technologies have great potential, there’s no guarantee they will be able to deliver all that they promise. Several key challenges must be overcome. A key element to success will be the way collaboration is organised across the innovation spectrum from university-based research where key knowledge is generated through to the equipment manufacturers and technology providers who supply products to the industry and then to those responsible for site implementation and sustainment of these technologies. Specific case studies drawn from projects completed at the University Queensland and CRCMining will be used to identify six key challenges and suggest how these might be addressed.Change management issues associated with introducing new technologies in the mining industry will be presented by John McGagh. In 2007 Rio Tinto embarked upon a program to investigate the introduction of Autonomous Haulage Systems into the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Pilbara facilities. Rio Tinto recently announced the cumulative movement of 200 Mt of material by operating autonomous fleets successfully implemented in a number of operations. Implementing advanced technologies within the confines of an operating mine demands a focus on safety and rigorous change management. McGagh will reflect on the journey to date.Andrew Ransley will focus on Australia’s leading role in mining automation and technology. The concept of an autonomous truck is not recent. Caterpillar began exploring and testing the concept back in the 1980s although it was admittedly a proof of concept. In 1996 it demonstrated the first autonomous truck at MinEXPO in Las Vegas but it suffered two challenges:1. Lack of appropriate business drivers and recognition of the NEED for autonomy2. Maturity in acceptance and expert use of many of the allied technology systems required to control and give an autonomous truck operational contextIn recent years these challenges have been consigned to history, with both the right business drivers and the right technologies now existing, and Australia is leading the demand for mining automation. The impact of the last mining boom in driving up wages and costs combined with increasing scrutiny on safety has made the Pilbara the world’s testing ground for robotic trucks. The new generation trucks are not remote controlled but truly autonomous, with seven safety layers of protection allowing them to operate alongside manned vehicles.Finally Automation of shiploading: the virtual environment approach is the subject chosen by Dr Russ Morrison. This talk will detail:The significance of bulk exports by sea for Australia, the world’s largest seaborne exporter of coal and iron ore. $ value to AustraliaThe motivation for automation of shiploading. Increasing shortage of skilled labour for 365-day 24/7 manning of the increasing number of shiploaders at remote places. But also safety and efficiencyThe shiploading process. The massive bulk ports, the ships and the loadersThe core requirement: automation equates to removing the operator, requiring innovative sensors and appropriate intelligence to replace innate human capabilitiesThe technical challenges. Control and monitoring of hold filling, collision avoidance during loading and re-location between hatchesThe virtual environment approach: the critical enabling technology. Creation of a virtual shiploading environment and its use for control, monitoring and collision avoidancelast_img read more

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Gabon mining sector project awarded to GAF

first_imgGAF AG, Germany and its partner Sofreco, France, have been awarded the “Renforcement des Capacités de l’ Administration des Mines” contract and the initiation of activities in Gabon. The client and beneficiary is the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Tourism in Gabon. The project has been launched as a response to Gabon’s request for assistance in developing its mineral sector.The project addresses a challenging portfolio of activities in the field of geological and environmental mapping, mineral potential assessment and institutional strengthening. The key aspects include:Geological and geotechnical mapping of the cities of Libreville and OwendoMapping of environmentally sensitive areas in the whole of GabonSynthesis of a metallogenic map of GabonProvision of support in promoting the use of mining and geological data, and establishment of procedures and facilities via which operators can obtain mining and geological dataSupporting of integration regarding the Kimberley processInstitutional and technical capacity building activitiesThe overall aim is to make the mining sector more attractive to private sector investment. This will strengthen the contribution of Gabon’s mining sector to economic development. The assignment is well-suited to GAF, which has a track-record of more than 20 years of experience in the provision of institutional and technical assistance in mining sector governance programs via its consultancy services and cutting-edge software solutions. The project duration is two years and is part of the “PROGRAMME D’APPUI A LA GOUVERNANCE SECTORIELLE (PAGOS)” that supports mining sector governance in Gabon. It is financed by the European Union through the 10th European Development Fund.last_img read more

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