According to a UN spokesman in New York, the Secretary-General is expected to participate in an event on 11 April to mark the 60th ratification of the Rome Statute. A treaty event will also be held on the same day at UN Headquarters in New York for delegations, the media and other interested parties.The treaty, which has 56 ratifications so far, will enter into force on 1 July. The Hague-based Court will consist of 18 judges, as well as prosecutors and investigators, and has jurisdiction over such crimes as genocide, war crimes, the crime of aggression and crimes against humanity.The Court will not be part of the United Nations, and will be accountable to countries that ratify the Statute. Those countries have agreed to prosecute individuals accused of such crimes under their own laws, or to surrender them to the Court for trial.Before arriving in Rome, Mr. Annan is scheduled to depart New York on Friday for an official visit to Spain, during which the Secretary-General is expected to open the Second UN World Assembly on Ageing on 8 April in Madrid, the spokesman told a press briefing.From Spain, the Secretary-General will travel to Rome to first attend a meeting from 10 to 11 April of the UN’s 26-member Chief Executive Board (formerly the Administrative Committee for Coordination) before participating in the Rome Statute event.The Board meeting, which brings together the executive heads of specialized agencies, Bretton Woods institutions and the UN’s funds and programmes, will focus on the follow-up to the Millennium Declaration, particularly the treatment and prevention of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, as well as system-wide support for African development, the spokesman said.After his activities in Rome, the Secretary-General will travel to Geneva to deliver an address on 12 April to the Commission on Human Rights at the Palais des Nations.
Following successful commissioning of 19 Weba Chute Systems at BHP Billiton’s Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCO) in Australia, Weba Chute Systems has been commissioned to carry out the FEL 3 Level chute design work for the port expansion. Alwin Nienaber, Operations/Technical Director at Weba, says that this equates to about 40% of the engineering component involved in the project, with the company currently designing six chutes at the manganese operations.Nienaber says that based on the successful operation of the 19 chutes, as well as the company’s innovative approach to transfer point solutions, it was given the go ahead to do the necessary design work for chutes for the port expansion. “The port conveyor site is being upgraded to cater for higher capacities and transfer points are an important part of this upgrade project,” Nienaber says.An important factor in this particular application will be the need to minimise degradation of the material. The chutes are designed taking factors such as the feed rates, height of free fall and angle of repose into account. Nienaber says that it is also necessary when designing to have access to all relevant data including the location of pulleys and the load requirement. “By determining the optimum head pulley position we are able to provide the best design configuration for each particular transfer application,” he says.Designed around the principle of conveyed material impacting on surfaces that already contain material, the Weba chutes are configured to control the direction, flow and velocity of the calculated volume and type of material being processed. This level of material control is extended by designing the internal angle of the transfer chute to match the product flow with the belt speed. Nienaber says that by doing this it is possible to either completely eliminate or greatly reduce spillage.Weba’s systems are custom engineering for each individual application resulting in optimum design configuration. Subsequent advantages include reduced levels of dust and noise pollution as well as reduced production losses due to fewer blockages.