They discussed new avenues for enhanced cooperation between Sri Lanka and ITU in the development of telecommunication outreach and digitalization, specially geared to empowering youth and rural communities in Sri Lanka, while making internet access less costly.Matters relating to Sri Lanka’s participation and contribution in ITU forums including the ITU Telecom World 2018 and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference as well as improving connectivity and cooperation through regional mechanisms were also discussed.Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ms. Shashika Somaratne, Minister Counsellor were associated with the Minister at these meetings. (Colombo Gazette) Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, Harin Fernando, emphasised that the Government of Sri Lanka accorded priority to increasing foreign employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in semi-skilled and skilled categories, with a clear focus on diversification of labour markets.The Minister particularly highlighted the long-term productive contributions made by Sri Lankan labour migrants to the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy. The IOM Director General thanked the Minister for the excellent bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and the IOM and conveyed his appreciation for Sri Lanka’s leadership of Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) and its contribution and stewardship in the recent past, of the Colombo Process (CP). Director General Swing stressed that these regional processes as well as other initiatives such as migrant health, migration governance, once they were combined and harnessed into practical and cooperative programmes, could help many countries to leverage migration for development gains. He encouraged Sri Lanka to continue to be active in these areas.Minister Harin Fernando also met Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Minister Harin Fernando made these remarks during a meeting with Ambassador William Lacy Swing, the Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and senior officials of the IOM in Geneva.
Centennial Coal was faced with dewatering challenges at its Mannering mine in southern Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. The company chose Aussie Pump’s trailer-mounted 6 in diesel trash pump for the task. Centennial’s sedimentation ponds, of which the biggest is 3.2 megalitres, are dewatered by the Aussie Pump to facilitate dam cleaning and maintenance. The Aussie MQ600TD pump has the ability to pump up to 6,000 litres/min, or 360,000 litres/h. It will self-prime through a vertical lift of 7.6 m, making it possible to set up the pump well above the dam level.The power is supplied by a 45 kW Deutz-air cooled four cylinder diesel engine. The unit features electric start and built in safety shut down. The shutdown kit protects the pump from low oil pressure, high oil temperature, or v-belt failure. “Contractors like the way the pumps self-prime without an air compressor or vacuum pump,” said Aussie Pumps Area Manager Dean Fountain. “They are easy to set up and clear a huge amount of water fast.” The pump has a 152 litre fuel tank allowing it to run for at least eight hours a day with no issues. Centennial specified the pump to be mounted on a heavy duty site trailer for easy deployment and accessibility. The trailer has a jack stand, and lifting bar as standard equipment. It also has an oil-lubricated tungsten titanium carbide mechanical seal enabling it to handle abrasive slurry type liquids. This material outlasts conventional mechanical seals by up to six times.The 6 in suction and discharge ports can be equipped with either Camlock or Bauer couplings for quick discharge and suction connection. The 90° discharge elbow can be rotated to suit the job requirements. Aussie Pumps offers a free three year pump end extended warranty for the MQ600TD. The company said the 6 in pump hjad proven ideal for this application. “Its specific design allows it to handle dirty water that may contain solids in suspension. Featuring a large non clog impeller with open channels, the pump has the capacity to handle solids up to 3 in in diameter [76mm]. An easy clean out port in the front casing enables the whole pump chamber to be cleaned out in the event of a blockage.”