The Natural Resources Ministry on Thursday collaborated with the Australian High Commission to facilitate an Australia Alumni Mining Symposium which was held under the theme “Towards a Green Development Strategy, Ensuring Decent Work Environments for Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASM).”The two-day symposium, aimed at creating a safer environment for miners through improved safety practices, developing the capacity of miners through training and sharing international practices in the areas of exploration and prospecting, gold recovery, alternative technologies to mercury, improved livelihoods, and environmental management.It is also expected to create solutions and good policies, so as to ensure that those individuals who work in mining activities are operating under decent working conditions.Stakeholders were involved in discussions on the process that is being undertaken to market Guyana’s gold resources, and business considerations when investing in artisanal mining. Additionally, approaches will be explored which can enable miners to apply geological data to locate economically viable deposits, and alternatives that can be used in the place of mercury, which is known to damage the health of miners after exposure for some time.To commence the day’s discussions, the Alumni Coordinator of the University ofAlumni Coordinator of the University of Western Australia, Muza GondweWestern Australia, Muza Gondwe, explained that miners contribute significantly to the local communities, and therefore commented on the needs of these miners to efficiently produce high yields.“This issue (revolves) around exploration and providing ASM miners with the capacity and tools, skills, and knowledge to efficiently find gold; and in doing so, reduce the damage to the environment, improve health and safety, increase recovery, increase profitability, and improve livelihoods,” she said.The remarks of Australian High Commissioner John Pilbeam were read by a representative, who explained that this was an enterprise which had been in the making for many months, and is important to the overall growth of the industry.“Mining seminars are a dime a dozen, but what I wanted to see was a symposium that looked at mining and development (while) zeroing in on the little guy and gal. Small scale miners are the key contributors to Guyana’s economy. They account for almost 70 percent of the gold that the Government buys”, the statement detailed.It was related that there is seldom participation from women at mining camps in Guyana, but that is one of the situations which should be modified.The forum will conclude today.
23May Rep. Miller sets local office hours for May Categories: Miller News State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today announced an in-district office hours location for the month of May.“Holding regular office hours allows me to connect directly with those I represent,” Rep. Miller said. “I hope you’ll join me this month for a sit-down discussion and share what’s on your mind.”Rep. Miller will be available Friday, May 31 at the following time and location:11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marcellus Township Library, 205 E. Main St. in Marcellus.No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Miller’s office at (517) 373-0832 or AaronMiller@house.mi.gov.###
Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to extend its existing Wi-Fi hotspot trial across the city of Groningen. The trial, which uses Ziggo’s installed base of cable modems to create public Wi-Fi hotspots, will initially extend hotspot functionality to some 10,000 modems in the city from November 1, extending to 18,000 two weeks later.Each of the 18,000 Ziggo internet customers in the trial will be able to make use of the Wi-Fi hotspots created by other modem users. Ziggo had previously carried out a small-scale pilot in some parts of Groningen.Customers must agree for their modem/router to be partitioned with part of the bandwidth being made available to other users.
Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange have agreed a deal to share fibre optic infrastructure in buildings in Spain.The agreement sets out the types of buildings in which vertical infrastructures will be shared and the technical procedures to make it possible.Over time the three operators will specify the cities, areas and building in which they want to rollout optical fibre and the Building Manager Operator will prepare an infrastructure delivery plan. The agreement also includes the option to transfer existing undertakings or for each company to build its own.The agreement is based on a principle of reciprocity, so that all three operators can use its rivals’ vertical rollouts wherever they may need them.The deal will give Orange and Vodafone access to infrastructure that Telefónica has already rolled out. Telefónica can also ask to share its rivals’ vertical infrastructures.The participating companies will make a single payment for each vertical infrastructure used, giving them the right to use it for no less than 20 years at a price regulated by the Spanish Telecommunications Market Commission.