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Former Hague prosecutor Sri Lankas new CAA head

Meddegoda is a PC with 37 years of legal experience. He served in the Attorney General’s department (as Senior State Counsel) for nearly 20 years. Thereafter he joined The Hague’s United Nations International Criminal Tribunal’s Office of the Prosecutor as a Legal Adviser in 1994 and served for 10 years. A one-time trial attorney from The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal (ICC) has been appointed to the helm of Sri Lankan consumer affairs authority.The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that President’s Counsel Anura Bandara Meddegoda has been appointed as the seventh Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka. “I thank the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen for appointing me. I pledge to discharge my duties to the best of my ability, to safeguard and enhance the rights of Sri Lankan consumers, manufacturers and traders,” Meddegoda said. He was appointed as Secretary Ministry of Justice and Judicial Reform in 2004 but had to skip due to his commitment with The Hague. After returning from The Hague in 2005 he continued with his private legal practice and President Maithripala Sirisena appointed him as a President’s Counsel in April 2017.The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is the apex Government organization mandated to protect consumers’ interests and ensure fair market competition in Sri Lanka. It has been established under the Consumer Affairs Authority Act No.09 of 2003. read more

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Multotec coal sampling technology helps ensure high quality

first_imgAccurate sampling of product is providing coal mining operations with a distinct advantage. By creating a clear understanding of what raw material quality is being supplied, process managers will achieve an early indication of the final product grade and yields that can be anticipated. Willem Slabbert, Applications and Process Manager at Multotec, says that with accurate and unbiased information, better optimisation decisions can be made regarding how the ore is best beneficiated, and whether a high yield intermediate middling, or high quality final product with lower yield will be produced.“A composite sample will provide a result that is fully representative of the quality of the whole, whether done on a two hourly daily plant production or batch sample. It is also an important facet of a coal operation to allay concerns that out-of specification coal is being supplied. Correct sampling designs facilitate this process by providing the opportunity of achieving the capture of accurate and precise data of the relevant product,” he continues.Rolf Steinhaus, Sampling Specialist at Multotec, says that Multotec has always participated actively in applying sampling best practice and ISO standards in the coal industry, and among other commodities including iron ore, base metals, gold, platinum, heavy mineral sands and manganese. “Our primary focus is on providing reliable and accurate sampling solutions that can be validated by a 3rd party. There is a solid footprint of operational sampling plants and individual sampling machines Multotec can refer to throughout the South African coal mining industry,” says Steinhaus.This in-depth expertise and experience enables Multotec to engineer fit-for-purpose sampling plants capable of achieving successful results. Multotec says its ongoing investment into research and development, in conjunction with its licensor Siebtechnik GmbH in Germany, “has played a major role in positioning Multotec coal sampling technology as one of the most credible in the industry today.” Typical coal sampling applications include plant feed (raw coal), product low ash or middling coal, discard streams and contractual sampling stations. A sampling plant in the coal sector would generally include a primary cross belt or cross stream sampler, sub-divisions of the primary increment after crushing, and increment splitting to ergonomic composite sizes to provide separate physical and chemical samples, the latter often in triplicate.“Multotec sampling solutions can be adapted to accommodate the different maintenance and control strategies of individual customers, extending from supplying a single sampling machine through to supplying full sampling systems,” says Steinhaus. Multotec’s skilled technical maintenance crews support its primary samplers and sampling plants in the field by undertaking regular sampling audits or inspections to verify that the sampling is performed in accordance with the widely recognised ISO 13909 mechanical coal sampling standards (or similar internationally recognised norms ) and application parameters. In recent years, Multotec has engineered and supplied close to 15 sampling stations to both large and small suppliers in the local coal industry as well as many more individual primary samplers throughout industry including some at the large coal export terminal, RBCT in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal.last_img read more

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