Nigeria wants to elevate relations with Sri Lanka to a higher level

The Sri Lankan envoy requested the Nigerian Minister to undertake an early visit to Sri Lanka to meet his Sri Lankan counterpart paving the way for closer cooperation in economic, political and cultural spheres further between the two countries and also to witness all the positive developments in Sri Lanka.The Minister accepted the invitation in principle. The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Nigeria Thambirajah Raveenthiran paid a courtesy call onhe Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria Geoffery Onyeama. During the brief courtesy call the Minster and the High Commissioner exchanged views on the matters of common interests to both Countries.The High Commissioner briefed the Minister on all the positive developments that have taken place in Sri Lanka since the new Government came to power in Sri Lanka in 2015 under the leadership of His Excellency MaithripalaSirisena. The High Commissioner conveyed the best wishes of Mangala Samaraweera the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nigeria. The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs the Geoffery Onyeama requested the High Commissioner to convey his kind regards as well to Sri Lankan counterpart. In the course of the discourse the Minister recollected with great admiration and appreciation the late Lakshman Kadikamar the former Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and the days he spent with him at Geneva. Being a Sri Lankan cricket fan, he also inquired about the well-being of some cricketers particularly Sanath Jayasuria.The Minister expressed great satisfaction on the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the two countries and the need to elevate the relations to a higher level covering many new areas of cooperation in the years to come. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Halifax firm gets nearly 3 million in federal funding to develop software

by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Halifax firm gets nearly $3 million in federal funding to develop software tool HALIFAX – Modern aircraft and military ships have grown so complex that engineering design and verification hasn’t kept up — and the result is often costly errors in early prototypes, says the head of a Halifax-based firm that’s hoping to help solve the problem.“Today upwards of 40 per cent of all project costs, some of which are well over $1 billion, is devoted to testing and fixing errors and this percentage is growing fast,” said Jordan Kyriakidis, president and CEO of design and engineering company QRA Corp.“We need new tools that ensure these machines will do only what their creators intended and will do so in a safe, reliable and predictable way. We need to verify this before anything is actually built.”Kyriakidis was speaking Tuesday after it was announced that his company was receiving $2.9 million in federal funding to develop software to assist engineers with early stage designs.The money, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, is conditionally repayable and comes from a pool of $7.1 million for four projects under the federal government’s Atlantic Innovation Fund.The QVtrace is a software tool that can be used in fields such as defence and aeronautics.Kyriakidis said it’s engineered to “crawl over” computerized designs or blueprints using mathematical proofs that can ask questions.“So we say this thing you said could never happen, well we show you that it actually can happen,” said Kyriakidis. “It’s particularly good at catching fringe but catastrophic cases.”Treasury Board president Scott Brison, who took part in the funding announcement, said the technology could ultimately provide some applications for the government.“I believe there is significant opportunities to apply some of this to big complex government procurement like defence procurement and avoid the problems that have plagued governments over time on some of these files,” said Brison.Kyriakidis said he created the initial algorithms powering the software tool as part of a research project at Dalhousie University over five years ago and now works on its development full time through his company.Kyriakidis said that while there are competitors, he’s confident his company’s approach in working directly with companies like Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the right one.“Working together with the customers is really important to us because then we actually solve the problem. We don’t just make a technology for the sake of making a technology.”QRA, which currently has 17 employees, plans to create 13 new research and development positions through the project. Treasury Board President Scott Brison, minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announces more than $2.9 million in federal funding for QRA Corp. to develop software to assist engineers with early stage designs, in Halifax on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The company’s QVtrace is an engineering tool that allows for analysis of complex designs while minimizing disruption to their workflow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan read more

Liebherr R 9800 excavators deployed to BHPs Mt Arthur coal mine

first_imgBHP has added two Liebherr R 9800 excavators to its Mt Arthur Coal Mine fleet in New South Wales, commissioned in November 2018 and February 2019. Mt Arthur Coal has been a long-term valued customer for Liebherr-Australia, and in particular the Liebherr Mt Thorley Branch. These 800 t excavators are the first of their class owned by BHP on site, adding to the existing Liebherr fleet of two R 996B, one R 994B and 44 T 282C off-highway trucks.The two excavators took 13,000 man hours to build with a core team of 20 BHP and Liebherr technicians, with the team working night shifts for some of the final build to improve delivery times. Liebherr stated: “Thank you to all involved in the commissioning of these machines for their dedication and commitment to delivering the two R 9800s safely and ahead of schedule. During the build, the team’s focus also realised several opportunities for improvement, not only demonstrating Liebherr Core Values, but our commitment to continuous improvement of our processes.”last_img read more