An open warrant has been issued for the arrest of Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya,The warrant was issued by the Colombo Fort Magistrate over Wickramasuriya’s alleged involvement in the misuse of state funds. The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) had sough the warrant for Wickramasuriya.Wickramasuriya is out on bail and was granted permission to travel overseas last July but he failed to appear before court since then. (Colombo Gazette)
“On my visit to a drought-stricken district in Kenya, I saw with my own eyes the terrible effect this drought is having on pastoralists, farmers and their families,” Kjell Magne Bondevik, UN Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Horn of Africa, told the press in Oslo, Norway, about a crisis that also affects Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.“A great number of animals have already lost their lives due to the drought. Now all efforts must be made to avoid a similar destiny for children and their families,” Mr. Bondevik said, pledging to work with ministries of foreign affairs in major donor countries in order to galvanize the funding needed for humanitarian relief.The Horn of Africa, where more than 40 per cent of all people are chronically undernourished, is one of the most nutritionally insecure regions in the world, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).At his press conference, Mr. Bondevik stressed that more attention must be paid to the root causes of food insecurity and the need to enhance coordination among national governments, local authorities, the UN, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the donor community and regional organizations in addressing those causes.
Outotec will deliver gold recovery technology for the Pokrovskiy hydrometallurgical plant in the Russian Far East in the Amur region. The contract was signed with JSC Pokrovskiy mine, which is part of Russia’s third biggest gold producer, the Petropavlovsk Group. The delivery is based on the basic engineering carried out by Outotec. Outotec’s scope of delivery comprises the main equipment for the pressure leaching process including four 60 m3 autoclaves, with related equipment and a process control system. The equipment will be delivered over the next 18 months. The Pokrovskiy facility needs new process technology to process sulphide ore. The ore is delivered from the Pioneer and Malomir gold mines in the Amur region. The facility produces annually 144,900 oz of gold. The capacity of the new pressure leaching plant is estimated to be 600,000 t/y of concentrate.The contract follows the Petropavlovsk Group’s development plan to install a POX plant at the Pokrovskiy site to process flotation concentrate from the Malomir and Pioneer mines. The project design was developed by Outotec based on extensive metallurgical studies carried out by the Group’s research and development centres, Irgiredmet and Gidrometallurgiya, and also at the Group’s metallurgical test plant (based in Blagoveschensk).The total annual POX plant capacity is estimated at some 600,000 t of concentrate and the contract price is about EUR30 million. A contract for the supply of flotation equipment from Outotec is also expected to be signed in the near future.Commenting on the announcement, Peter Hambro, Chairman of Petropavlovsk PLC said: “I am delighted to report that our plans to create a POX processing hub at Pokrovskiy are progressing well. I believe that Petropavlovsk, with our own expert research centres and PHM Engineering, working together with Outotec will be successful in establishing a world-class POX processing hub, thus giving the Group a strong competitive advantage in a new and very prospective field.”“We are hoping to establish a long-term strategic partnership with Petropavlovsk Group. We are able to offer sustainable technology solutions for efficient recovery of gold and this delivery opens up us new passages for other gold projects in Russia and elsewhere. Moreover, this partnership enables us also new research possibilities and resources in Russia”, states Outotec’s CEO Pertti Korhonen.
Updated, 16:48CATHOLIC CARDINALS will begin their conclave to decide the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church next Tuesday, March 12.The decision to begin the conclave on Tuesday was made at a meeting of the 115 voting-age Cardinals this afternoon.The decision affirms the cardinals’ wishes to hold the conclave earlier than usual, in accordance in with one of the final acts of the previous pontiff.Church law previously dictated that the conclave had to begin 15 days after the papacy became vacant, but one of Benedict XVI’s last acts in office was to change this so that the conclave could be held earlier if all of the voting cardinals were already in Rome.Today’s vote follows days of meetings between cardinals which have actually doubled as informal pre-conclave talks on the problems of the church, and who might best address those problems if appointed to the papacy.Explainer: How is a new Pope chosen?Glossary: Some of the terms you’ll hear during the Papal election