Daily Archives: February 23, 2018

Xinhai Mining Research & Design Test Center Awarded CNAS Certification

YANTAI, China, Feb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, Mining Research & Design Test Center of Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment Co., Ltd. obtained the approval of China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment, CNAS.

This demonstrates that Xinhai Mining Research & Design Test Center has:

  • Gained recognization by national and regional laboratory accreditation institutions that signed MRA with CNAS
  • Greatly enhanced market competitiveness and won the trust of government departments and the public
  • Participated in the bilateral and multilateral cooperation of international laboratories, eliminated technical barriers in international trade, and published tests results
  • Possessed the capacity of conducting calibration and testing services in accordance with relevant international accreditation criterion
  • Been recognized by international financial institutions for its budget and feasibility reports

China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment is the national accreditation agency that is approved and authorized by Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China on the basis of Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Certification and Accreditation. The responsibility of this committee is to take charge of the authorization of certificate authority, laboratories and inspection agencies.

About Xinhai Mining Research & Design Test Center

Mining Research & Design Test Center of Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment Co., Ltd. consists of a testing group, a sample processing group and a management group. Each group is equipped with sufficient professional technicians. The center is tasked with assuming the experimentation and analysis of internal samples and making test reports according to the testing results.

The test center can complete 120 test projects each year, and the test reports reach 100% industry standard. So far, the test center has obtained 10 authorized invention patents. In addition, the published report “The Latest Research Achievements and Applications of Refractory Gold and Silver” has made outstanding contributions to Chinese mineral processing research field.

Relative Standards of Test Center:

CNAS-RL01:2016 Laboratory Accreditation Rules
CNAS-CL06:2014 Requirements on the Traceability of Measurement Results
CNAS-CL52:2014 Application of CNAS-CL01 “Accreditation Criteria for the Competency of Testing and Calibration Laboratories”
CNAS-CL10:2012 Guidance on the Application of Testing and Calibration Laboratories Competence Accreditation Criteria in the Field of Chemical Testing
CNAS-CL07:2011 Requirements for Measurement Uncertainty
CNAS-RL02:2010 Rules for Proficiency Testing
CNAS-CL01:2006 Accreditation Criteria for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (ISO/IEC17025:2005)

UNHCR Calls on Rwanda to Investigate Refugee Deaths

The U.N. refugee agency is calling on Rwandan authorities to investigate police culpability in the deaths of at least five Congolese refugees during a recent protest of food ration cuts.

The deadly confrontation took place Thursday when some 700 Congolese refugees from the Kiziba refugee camp were demonstrating outside the U.N. refugee agency’s office in Karongi, in western Rwanda.

UNHCR spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly says the situation got out of hand after police reportedly used tear gas to disperse the protesters and shots were fired. She says that resulted in several deaths and injuries among both the refugees and members of the police force.

We regret that our continued appeals for maintaining calm and restraints were not heard. This tragedy should have been avoided. Disproportionate use of force against desperate refugees is not acceptable. UNHCR calls on authorities to refrain from further use of force and to investigate the circumstances of this tragic incident, she said.

Pouilly blames much of the unrest on underfunding, which is severely affecting humanitarian operations in Rwanda. She tells VOA lack of money forced the World Food Program to reduce food rations for refugees by 10 percent in November, followed by another cut of 25 percent in January.

These people are not only desperate over the lack of food. They are also desperate because of the lack of prospective (future). Some of them have been there for 20 years. There is very little hope for them. There is a great sense of despair. Many of them have been born in the camp and they see no future, Pouilly said.

Kiziba refugee camp hosts more than 17,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 173,000 refugees from the DRC and Burundi live in six camps in Rwanda.

Pouilly says she fears more violence could be in the offing if refugee needs are not met. She notes the UNHCR has received only two percent of its $99 million appeal for humanitarian operations in Rwanda this year.

Source: Voice of America

Libyans Still Waiting for Peaceful Transition 7 Yrs After Revolution

February marks the seventh anniversary of the Libyan revolution, but many Libyans believe there is not much to celebrate as they are still waiting for the birth of a democratic state.

Since the fall of long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, Libya has been torn apart by a power struggle waged by armed groups and competing governments.

The lack of security and basic services has become part of daily life for Libyans. The oil industry, the main source of revenue, still has not returned to its pre-revolution earnings.

Internal, external factors

“Internally, Libyans still are suffering from the legacy of lack of institutions and the ability to formulate a political consensus that allows them to negotiate power through a constitution and build a state,” said Esam Omeish, executive director of the Libyan-American Public Affairs Council.

“They are still suffering from the overflow of weapons and the presence of militias that, unfortunately, prevent the ability to focus on political solutions rather than military ones.”

Omeish says regional intervention is the major destabilizing factor. He said Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and other states derailed the recovery in Libya by backing General Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the so-called Libyan National Army. Their backing, Omeish said, encouraged Haftar to resort to force instead of joining United Nations efforts to reach a political solution. Haftar has the backing of a rival government based in eastern Libya.

Haftar opposes the national accord government in Tripoli, which was created by a U.N.-sponsored political agreement in 2015.

Nayira Abada, a Libyan activist, thinks Libyans are moving toward a political consensus that could pave the way for a democratic state.

“Looking to 2017 and 2018, we kind of understand and have more solid ground to reach a political agreement and we understood in general that we are reaching one goal, which is peace and security for Libya and the future generation,” Abada said.

U.N. mediation

For three years, the U.N. and several Arab countries have tried to persuade the rival Libyan governments to comply with the 2015 deal.

Abada said that to save the negotiating process, the new U.N. special representative for Libya, Ghassan Salame, introduced a three-stage plan: amend the disputed political agreement of 2015, reconstruct the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, and draft a constitution ahead of legislative and presidential elections later this year.

Aly Abu Zaakouk, a former minister of foreign affairs in the government of national salvation, argues that the most critical element needed is security.

“Without security you cannot have elections, you cannot have civil society, so if those international actors can play a good role, then the elections can be doable and a hope for Libya can be achieved,” Zaakouk said.

But Abada thinks the new U.N. envoy could succeed.

“I think everyone is excited about Ghassan Salame. He has done, so far, a good job by meeting and speaking to everyone from different parties and cities. In addition, he understood what the Libyans need and explained what they need to do in 2018. And we are seeing Salame speaking to key influencers to ensure that the elections run smoothly,” Abada said.

International community

But even if Salame gets a deal, Omeish says Libya will need help from the international community, including the United States.

“We have to use the will and the strength of the international players to force the spoilers, who are refusing to be part of the national accord path, in order to participate,” Omeish said. “And we also need some international influence to be able to minimize meddling of the regional powers that has enabled some of the spoilers to continue on their path of imposing a military dictatorship despite the refusal of people to accept it.”

Omeish notes, however, that while Libyans are disappointed that the revolution did not immediately lead to a democratic transition, there was a massive turnout to mark the seventh anniversary. And demonstrators were making clear they see no future for dictatorship in Libya.

Source: Voice of America

African Migrants in Israel Protest Deportation Plans

Thousands of African migrants in Israel are facing growing uncertainty as a looming deadline for deportation approaches.

“We are refugees, we are not criminals!” chanted dozens of protesting migrants, some of them symbolically wrapped in chains.

The slogan goes to the heart of the tug of war between some 40,000 Africans who entered Israel illegally over the past 12 years and the Israeli government, which describes them as economic migrants and “infiltrators.”

Ovdat Ishmail, who came from Eritrea, says Israel’s plan to deport the Africans is wrong.

“We did not come to Israel seeking work, we are not economic migrants, and we are not infiltrators,” he said, adding that they are refugees who fled from war-torn Eritrea and Sudan.

Israel rejects the refugee claim and says it has made the Africans a fair offer: They can take $3,500 and a one-way plane ticket to Rwanda by early April, or face imprisonment.

Most of the migrants say they prefer prison in Israel to returning to Africa where their lives will be in danger. About a dozen asylum-seekers were thrown in jail this week.

Ishmail says they were rounded up without warning and didn’t even have a chance to gather their belongings.

The crackdown has been condemned by Israeli human rights groups, which say that since Israel was built by refugees from the Holocaust, the country has a moral obligation to help those facing a similar fate.

Anat Ben Dor, director of the Refugee Rights Clinic at Tel Aviv University, said Israel is obligated under international law to protect the refugees, since sending them back to Africa poses a threat to their lives.

Ben Dor also noted that Rwanda denies the existence of any agreement to take them in. She says those refugees who have gone there from Israel have no civil rights and are often mistreated and expelled.

But Israeli officials insist that Rwanda is a safe destination for the Africans, whom they see as a menace. The government accuses them of undermining the Jewish character of the state and bringing poverty and crime to the streets of South Tel Aviv.

Parliament member Yoav Kish of the ruling Likud party dismisses any connection between the migrant crisis and the Holocaust.

He accused human rights activists of cynically distorting the truth, saying the Jewish people do not need self-righteous lessons in morality.

Source: Voice of America

Eight Charged in Murder of Wildlife Conservationist in Tanzania

A U.S.-based wildlife conservation group says authorities in Tanzania have arrested and charged eight people for the murder of the group’s co-founder Wayne Lotter, who was shot in Dar es Salaam last year.

The PAMS Foundation on Friday congratulated police and prosecutors in the East African nation and said it is relieved that the suspects have been arrested.

In January, Tanzania’s natural resources minister accused police of “dilly-dallying” and failing to arrest key suspects in the August 16 killing of Lotter.

The foundation says the South African had helped to train many game scouts throughout Tanzania and developed effective ways to counter wildlife trafficking there.

Poachers have killed tens of thousands of elephants in Tanzania in the past decade.

Source: Voice of America