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)

SOUTH AFRICA’S LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK HAS CLAIMED 172 LIVES

PRETORIA– The Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has claimed 172 lives and the source of the outbreak still remains unknown, says the National Health Laboratory Service in its latest update.

As of 20 February, 2018, 915 laboratory-confirmed cases of Listeriosis have been reported to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) since 1 January, 2017. So far, the outbreak has already claimed 172 lives. Unfortunately, the source of the outbreak still remains unknown, the service said in a statement Thursday.

It added that Gauteng Province accounted for 59 per cent of reported cases, followed by Western Cape Province with 12 per cent and KwaZulu-Natal with 7.0 per cent.

Listeria is a bacterium which is naturally found in the environment. It commonly occurs in soil, water, vegetation and in the faeces of some animals. It can contaminate a wide variety of food types, including meat and meat products, dairy products, both pasteurised and non-pasteurised, fresh and frozen produce and ready-to-eat products.

This fact, coupled with a variable incubation period which can range from six hours to 70 days, poses a major challenge in determining the source of the outbreak, said the National Health Laboratory Service.

It said various stakeholders, including numerous government departments, the healthcare sector, the veterinary public health sector, and the food industry are working around the clock to find the source of the outbreak.

Specialised tests are being conducted by experts at the NICD laboratories to assist in detecting the source as soon as possible.

The NICD is optimistic that the source of this outbreak will be found, and urges members of the public not to panic unnecessarily. Members of the public are urged to be vigilant all the time by observing the above guidelines, and to assist health authorities by spreading the message as widely as possible. Those in doubt must consult their nearest healthcare practitioners, said the service.

Members of the public are encouraged to practise the World Health Organisation’s five measures to safer food: — washing hands and surfaces before, and regularly during food preparation; separating raw and cooked food, and not mixing utensils and surfaces when preparing food; cooking food thoroughly; keeping food at safe temperatures, either simmering hot or in the fridge; and using safe water and safe ingredients to prepare food.

People who are at high risk of developing Listeriosis include pregnant women, adults over 65 years, and people with weakened immune systems such as those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or persons on medication that weakens the immune system.

This group of people is advised to avoid foods that have more commonly been linked to outbreaks of Listeriosis. These include processed, ready-to-eat meat products, soft cheeses, and unpasteurised milk and dairy products.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICA’S LISTERIOSIS OUTBREAK HAS CLAIMED 172 LIVES

PRETORIA– The Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has claimed 172 lives and the source of the outbreak still remains unknown, says the National Health Laboratory Service in its latest update.

As of 20 February, 2018, 915 laboratory-confirmed cases of Listeriosis have been reported to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) since 1 January, 2017. So far, the outbreak has already claimed 172 lives. Unfortunately, the source of the outbreak still remains unknown, the service said in a statement Thursday.

It added that Gauteng Province accounted for 59 per cent of reported cases, followed by Western Cape Province with 12 per cent and KwaZulu-Natal with 7.0 per cent.

Listeria is a bacterium which is naturally found in the environment. It commonly occurs in soil, water, vegetation and in the faeces of some animals. It can contaminate a wide variety of food types, including meat and meat products, dairy products, both pasteurised and non-pasteurised, fresh and frozen produce and ready-to-eat products.

This fact, coupled with a variable incubation period which can range from six hours to 70 days, poses a major challenge in determining the source of the outbreak, said the National Health Laboratory Service.

It said various stakeholders, including numerous government departments, the healthcare sector, the veterinary public health sector, and the food industry are working around the clock to find the source of the outbreak.

Specialised tests are being conducted by experts at the NICD laboratories to assist in detecting the source as soon as possible.

The NICD is optimistic that the source of this outbreak will be found, and urges members of the public not to panic unnecessarily. Members of the public are urged to be vigilant all the time by observing the above guidelines, and to assist health authorities by spreading the message as widely as possible. Those in doubt must consult their nearest healthcare practitioners, said the service.

Members of the public are encouraged to practise the World Health Organisation’s five measures to safer food: — washing hands and surfaces before, and regularly during food preparation; separating raw and cooked food, and not mixing utensils and surfaces when preparing food; cooking food thoroughly; keeping food at safe temperatures, either simmering hot or in the fridge; and using safe water and safe ingredients to prepare food.

People who are at high risk of developing Listeriosis include pregnant women, adults over 65 years, and people with weakened immune systems such as those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or persons on medication that weakens the immune system.

This group of people is advised to avoid foods that have more commonly been linked to outbreaks of Listeriosis. These include processed, ready-to-eat meat products, soft cheeses, and unpasteurised milk and dairy products.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

EFF CALLS FOR URGENT REDUCTION IN SIZE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S 73-STRONG CABINET

CAPE TOWN– The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the second largest opposition party in the National Assembly, the lower house of the South African Parliament, says the cutting down on the number of Cabinet ministers is a long overdue process, which needs to be finalised.

The biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), says it is proposing to Government to cut down the size of the Cabinet to only 15 departments.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his inaugural State of the Nation Address last week that he plans to cut down on the number of government departments. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says President Ramaphosa should have cut the number of Cabinet ministers by now.

Under former President Thabo Mbeki’s tenure, he appointed 50 cabinet ministers, while the number grew under the presidency of Jacob Zuma to 73.

Ndlozi said here Thursday that the EFF had always questioned the bloated Cabinet, and was disappointed that Ramaphosa was not reviewing it on an urgent basis.

What is important is that Ramaphosa actually quite recently somersaulted on this commitment. He has said that it won’t happen immediately and yet the man only has twelve months (in office before the next general election is due),” added Ndlozi .

“So we actually don’t have any hope that he will do it, and if so, if he’s going to do it anytime soon such that it has meaningful spending impact because if he does it in June, he has six months left and that won’t achieve the part which is to save as much money as possible.”

Ndlozi said Ramaphosa has a number of options when it comes to downsizing the cabinet. He should have done it already, he should’ve said, ‘Look, in a month’s time I would’ve cut it in a specific way’. There are many ways in which many departments can be amalgamated for instance, to return Communications to Telecommunications, it’s one of the immediate things that can be done and we have put out proposals concretely out there, but Ramaphosa has since somersaulted on this problem.

Meanwhile, DA Spokesperson Mabine Seabe said the party had always been in support of having fewer Cabinet ministers.

Through our calculations we have seen that we can save at least 5.0 billion Rand annually if we are able to implement these cuts; if it is 5.0 billion Rand, it can go into ensuring that we have a healthcare system that works. Five billion rand can go into job creation, can go into ensuring that a young black youth can be given quality education.

Seabe said the government could not have three separate departments dealing with the same contents. Our cutting down on government departments would streamline the work of government, it would cut down the number of layers and the level of bureaucracy that we already have in government,” he stressed.

“It’s almost unreal that we have almost three different departments dealing with economic policy, and this comes down to the fact that we don’t have a clear economic policy in South Africa because there are too many people who have evolved themselves in this process.

“So if we streamline and cut down on government departments, we are able to deliver services better to the people. We are able to cut down the size of corruption; we are able to save money.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICAN PROSECUTORS FINALIZING WORK ON ZUMA CORRUPTION CASE

PRETORIA– The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says its senior prosecution team handling the corruption charges case against former President Jacob Zuma is finalizing its work and is set to meet its Friday deadline to make a recommendation on whether or not to reinstate corruption charges against the former president.

Prosecutors will hand their recommendation to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Shaun Abrahams, who will have the final say in the matter. From Friday the focus will be on Abrahams to make a final decision on whether or not to reinstate corruption charges against Zuma.

The matter has dragged on for nearly a decade but the NPA says Abrahams is now treating the case with real urgency. Following a Supreme Court of Appeals ruling that set aside the 2009 NPA decision to drop charges against Zuma, the former president filed fresh legal representations in January this year on why he should not face prosecution.

A team of senior NPA prosecutors was assigned to look into Zuma’s fresh submissions and that team is expected to deliver its recommendation on the matter. Abrahams will make the final decision on a date yet to be announced.

Well, I think that the court judgment left him with very little room but to reinstate (charges) because if he doesn’t that would create literally a suicidal professional decision for him but also a legal challenge that may actually sink him, so the likely possibility is the reinstatement, says political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni.

Dropping the initial charges against Zuma, who was ruling party African National Congress (ANC) president at the time paved the way for him to assume office of head of State. However, as a result of court challenges by the opposition, the matter kept haunting Zuma throughout his presidency.

Without the political muscle, being the leader of a political party, without the muscle of being a president of the country, he is naked in terms of facing the blows. Had he done this while in office perhaps he could have had some leg room, added Fikeni.

With the looming NPA prosecutors deadline, political analyst Professor Teffo Lesiba has called on politicians to give the NPA space. I am a bit weary when people say [President Cyril] Ramaphosa must make sure that the law takes its course, must make sure that [Police Minister Fikilie] Mbalula ensures that action is taken, that is exactly what we don’t want, interference with State institutions.

The Zuma matter comes as Abrahams is fighting for his own survival. The High Court in Pretoria has set aside Abrahams’ appointment by the very same Zuma whose fate now lies with Abrahams.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK