Threat from AlQaida and Taliban constantly evolving Security Council told

In an open briefing to the Council, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, Chairman of the sanctions committee, said while it was wrong to suggest that the sanctions approach to terrorist groups had failed, the response could be more effective by being both vigilant and flexible.”The nature of the threat is constantly evolving, just as Al-Qaida itself has evolved from an organization with a structure and hierarchy into a global network of groups unbound by organizational structure but held together by a set of overlapping ideological goals,” he said.Mr. Muñoz said closer cooperation between States on operational issues was one example of how it could be much more difficult for terrorist groups to carry out their work.He also called on States to submit fresh names to the Committee’s list of individuals and entities belonging to, or associated with, Al-Qaida and the Taliban. Currently 429 names, or “only a small fraction of the actual number,” appear on the list, he said.”I understand that there can be many reasons for not submitting names to the Committee, including concerns regarding due process, delisting and potential stigmatization. I strongly believe, however, that Member States and the Committee can resolve such concerns together.”Improving the quality of the list was a priority for the Committee, he added.Mr. Muñoz said he was also encouraged that the monitoring team, which examines what steps individual States have taken to comply with the relevant resolutions against the Taliban and Al-Qaida, has observed stronger interest from many nations in helping the Committee with its work.The Council first imposed sanctions after the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, which left hundreds of people dead. read more

New underground truck line introduced by Ground Force

first_imgAs a key OEM solutions provider for Caterpillar, Ground Force Worldwide, through underground division Underground Force, has now introduced a new underground haul truck product line. The new product line includes 10, 15 and 20 t sized trucks, filling the gap leading up to the Caterpillar 30-65 t underground haul truck product line. The UG haul trucks are offered in ejector, side dump and end dump models with Tier 4 and LRC engine options.These haul trucks are designed with AR400 steel for maximum durability and productivity and utilise 65% Cat componentry in their build. Designed with ground level serviceability in mind, Ground Force states that the new haul trucks “will lead the industry in the highest level of Cat componentry, visibility, operator comfort, and overall safety.” The innovative new offering has been the direct result of customer requests for a smaller, more durable Cat-based underground haul truck.Underground Force offers a complete line of underground mine support equipment. This new chassis will be the prime mover for all the underground product solutions including, but not limited to; water, fuel, lube, cable reel, personnel carriers, vacuum, ANFO, scissor lift, service trucks and haul trucks. This line encompasses over 12 products and is an extension of the current surface mining product line. Ground Force Worldwide offers full product support after the sale, including field service commissioning, installation and training, parts and product support and a parts distribution centre. Parts and service are also available through the worldwide network of Cat dealers.last_img read more