Siglent’s SDS 2000X oscilloscopes

first_img September 23, 2016 at 11:30 pm David_Ashton_EC says: DisposablePony says: “Contrast this – just over $3K for top of the range with all options – with Rhode & Schwartz’s ScopeRider herennhttp://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=216&doc_id=1330179&nnwhich is about the same price of the bottom of the range basic scope wi August 24, 2016 at 7:13 pm Log in to Reply 2x2l_ says: “Hi Jack,nI believe LeCroy was the first scope with segmented memory back in the very early 90’s with the 93XX series. I think that they have the best of all of the FFT implementations for the scopes that do it in software. (R&S does it in hardware for th I’ve had a Siglent SDS1102CML two channel 100 MHz bench scope here for the last two years. I demand a lot from my test equipment so had low expectations when it arrived. After all, how good can a $359 unit be? Turns out, quite a good for the price. I reviewed it here. But the screen is smaller than most modern pro scopes with lower resolution than many would like. And 100 MHz just doesn’t cut it for a lot of applications. I figured Siglent was positioning itself at the low end of the market.But the company just released a series of scopes aimed squarely at the market segment owned by Tek and Keysight (née Agilent née HP). The SDS 2000X family (gobs of info here) includes eight models that range from two channels at 70 MHz (for $885) to four channels with 16 digital inputs at 300 MHz for $2815 sans options. Those include an arbitrary waveform generator and decoders for I2 C, SPI, RS232, CAN, and LIN. All of the units in this family feature a 2 Gs/s sample rate, 140 Mpts memory depth and 140,000 waveform/s capture rate.Siglent sent me a SDS 2304X, which is the top of the line model with all of the options. This configuration sells for $3200 and is available from vendors like Saelig.First, check out this picture. The scope on the top is Keysight’s MSO X 3054A, a 500 MHz unit, with four analog and 16 digital channels. I’ve had this for a few years and love it. The Siglent is beneath. It’s actually a little smaller than the Keysight but foreshortening deceives the eye. Keysight MSO X 3054A on the top and Siglent SDS 2304A on the bottom. Photo by author. The layout is eerily similar. Like the Keysight, all of the Chinese unit’s knobs can be pressed in to change some functionality. For instance, on both units pushing a vertical gain knob toggles the gain from the normal 1-2-5 sequence to a “variable” mode, where the gain is continuously adjustable. I don’t find it useful but perhaps it makes sense if one were using the unit for automated testing.The Keysight’s knobs feel better, and the Siglent’s buttons have a little bit of a mushy feel rather than a sharp snap.Other features are different – for instance the Keysight has twice the lower unit’s sample rate. It takes a wider range of probes.But it is five times the price.The Siglent’s user interface is almost identical to Keysight’s and is just as intuitive. It’s a very easy scope to operate. There are a lot of modes, though, and I found myself referring to the 200 page pretty decent manual (supplied as a PDF without clickable links in the table of contents) for the more obscure functions. The 800 x 480 eight-inch screen is very crisp and, unlike on their $359 model, I didn’t find myself wishing for more resolution. Sometimes a lot of information is displayed and the characters can be quite small. The layout is an odd 8 by 14 divisions which is not a problem; just don’t assume the usual 10 on the horizontal axis when measuring time.One of the great things about digital scopes is the deep memory. With 140 Mpts there’s a lot of data captured. You can take a single slow sweep and then crank up the time base to see lots of detail about the signal. The zoom mode displays, on top, the signal as it normally is, and on the bottom a blown-up view. Here’s a 500 us/div acquisition (top) with a hole near the center. The hole is the width of the zoom. The bottom trace is the zoomed part of the trace, now at 1 ns/div. Also note the rise time is measured and displayed near the bottom of the screen:The zoom functionality. Photo by author. There is no search capability for finding things in the buffer, which some scopes have.The SDS 2304X does all of the usual scope-stuff extremely well. I’ll focus on what is different or what I found interesting.As digital people we’re concerned about things like rise and fall time. My pulse generator has a fairly sloppy 8 ns rise time so I attached my nifty edge speeder-upper circuit, which stiffens things up to about 700 ps. On the scope’s fastest 1ns/div setting I measured it at 1.3 ns, which is quite good for a 300 MHz instrument.The arbitrary waveform generator is a $188 option and it will produce the usual signals, plus those you can design using their EasyWave software on a PC. Sine waves go to 25 MHz; others to 10 MHz. This is a useful feature if you don’t have an AWG, though the pulses and square waves are sloppy with 20 ns rise times; most inexpensive AWGs also have slow rise times. The functionality is very much like their SDG 2042X AWG that I reviewed here.Automatic measurements abound. There are many dozens of them, and the few I tried worked flawlessly. Here the manual is a little weak; for instance the FRR metric is “The time between the first rising edge of source 1 and the first rising edge of source 2 of 50 voltage level.” Not quite sure what that means but Siglent rewrites their manuals in the USA and I’ve reported it to them.The SDS 2000X family comes in MSO (mixed signal oscilloscope) and non-MSO (i.e., plain old scope) models. MSOs are targeted exactly at the needs of embedded engineers, who use digital signals in concert with analog. This model supports 16 digital channels, which are connected to the scope via this connector:Digital input cables and setup. Photo by author. In this picture the digital channels go to a little Freescale board that I’ve programmed to generate patterns on the GPIO pins. The resulting display (only seven digital channels are connected) looks like:MSO display. Photo by author. A critical feature of an MSO is that it can be triggered on an analog or on the digital channels. This cross-triggering helps us understand the relationship between the two parts of the system. In the picture above note in the upper-right-hand side a matrix of L, H and X – those are the 16 inputs and the values I set to trigger this sweep. A sine wave wandered through at the same time.Supported math operations include the four arithmetical operations on any two channels, FFT, integration, differentiation and square root. With the exception of FFT all work well. On the SDS 2304X the Fourier transform is as good as on any other scope I’ve used – which is to say, not that great. None support changing the resolution- or video-bandwidth so one just gets a sense of amplitude vs frequency. The display always looks muddy; what should show as a sharp peak is very broad. Perhaps there are areas where this low resolution is adequate, but for the applications I gravitate to it makes much more sense to use a spectrum analyzer. Yes, this is another expensive instrument, but the scope and SA are very different animals, the scope being basically an amplifier and A/D, while the latter is more like a superheterodyne radio, which achieves enormous gain and selectivity.I think it was Agilent who introduced the notion of segmented memory when they came out with their MSO-X series of scopes. This feature lets you divide acquisition memory into a number of chunks. Each trigger event fills one chunk; the trigger starts getting data and stops when a chunk is full; the next trigger fills the next block. Surprisingly the Siglent has this feature and lets you partition memory into up to 80,000 chunks. It’s not a feature I use a lot but at times it can be very useful. An example is tracing the behavior of a state machine. Send states out to GPIOs and trigger on, for example, a start state, and see how the machine behaves every time it goes through that state.An intriguing feature uses colors to highlight the most commonly-occurring value of a signal. For instance, if not-random noise was modulating a waveform the most common value would be a “warmer” color (more red). For instance:Colors highlight most common values. Photo by author. The unit includes a self-calibration feature that is somewhat different from some competing products. Often one has to connect all of the inputs to a cal-out with BNCed cables. On the Siglent calibrations are easier. Remove all inputs and select the self-cal mode. You can walk away for the few minutes it takes, or watch the psychedelic display on the screen, which probably is showing the various signals the unit is applying. It’s quite mesmerizing.A press-to-turn-off button powers the scope. To power down one has to press and hold it for a few seconds. After a couple of days intermittently playing with the scope I still couldn’t get used to the delay, and would always hit it, then realize the unit was still on. Better would be an alternate-action mechanical switch.How things have changed! The company I worked for in the early 70s bought a Tek 7000-series scope. With plug-ins (many scopes did not come with vertical or horizontal amplifiers) it cost about $10k, or $50k in today’s dollars. It had a lower bandwidth that the Siglent, no memory, and was completely analog without the features described here. Yet this modern unit with much fantastically-more capability is $3k. Amazing.So there you have it – a quick run-through of Siglent’s latest offering. Despite a few minor nits this is a heck of a scope at a killer price that any engineer would be lucky to have. I recommend it for a professional engineering lab and for advanced hobbyists. At the moment they’re having a promotion where you get a higher-speed scope for the price of a slower version.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . sreaves22645 says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply July 28, 2016 at 6:14 pm “@Sreaves22645 – I get what you’re saying but comparing a LeCroy LabMaster to a Agilent Infinivision MSO to a Rigol/Siglent is basically “Bugatti” vs “Lexus” vs “Kia”. Not saying that it’s not worth it if you need that sort of specs (SPF+ design at Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement 4 thoughts on “Siglent’s SDS 2000X oscilloscopes” July 27, 2016 at 8:39 am “@2x2I_, I know it’s an old article but still, I think your enthusiasm for the Tek scopes with SA (MDO) isn’t well placed. I own a Tek MDO3054, and yes it’s a huge disappointment. The “SA” is actually just FFT (up to 1Mpts, not bad but not exactly stella Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Embedding custom real-time processing in a multi-gigasample high-speed digitizerNext Tcl in space Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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Why Americans should support Mexico at the World Cup

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Topics The US failure to qualify for the World Cup shocked me because domestic soccer in this country is only growing and getting better, just as it is in Liga MX. Indeed, we’re already starting to see that American fans have begun to embrace the Mexican league. I watched a Mexican domestic game a few weeks back and when the camera panned to the crowd, I saw tons of Americans wearing US colors. And that’s because of the appreciation that supporters here in the United States now have for the game. Fifteen years ago, we didn’t have many soccer fans in America. We didn’t know what the beautiful game was until recently.But now USA fans now look at soccer on a global scale. They’re not just stuck on supporting the USMNT, they’re taking note of every team, including the Mexicans. They are opening up their eyes and realizing: “Wow, the Mexican team are really good. Why don’t we try and support them?” US fans appreciate passionate, skilled teams – and they like how El Tri play.And then there’s the huge part Mexican-American and Latino fans play within US soccer. Look at Major League Soccer’s newest club, LAFC. Half of the fans there are of Mexican descent. So the support that MLS has here in the US has a huge part to do with Mexico fans.Can I see hardcore American Outlaws wearing Mexico shirts this summer? Maybe not just yet, but as long as Mexico play to their undoubted ability anything is possible. Americans love a winner. Imagine the reaction here if El Tri won the World Cup and fans from both sides of the border cheered. So it’s a matter of the respect of the sport and the appreciation that the players are getting better and they’re growing.If American fans see a great player, if we see a great team, if we see somebody winning a World Cup, we’re going to support them. Even if it is Mexico! Mexico (Football) World Cup Share on WhatsApp Mexico (World news) Léelo en españolAs an athlete of Mexican descent who won gold for the United States at the Olympics, I know there is a little friction, to say the least, between the US and Mexico.So I understand that for some it’s hard to embrace the idea that Americans will cheer for their biggest rivals, Mexico, at the World Cup – particularly after the US missed out on this month’s tournament in Russia. But I can see it happening. Let me explain. Reuse this contentcenter_img Share via Email Share on Twitter US sports World Cup 2018 Mexico: North America’s team comment Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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This is an attack on our culture and our Durga Puja festival

first_imgKOLKATA: As Bengal’s revered Durga Puja is caught up in a political imbroglio, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged distortion of facts in regard to the Income Tax Department’s notice to Durga Puja committees.Reacting sharply to a press release issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) that claimed to clear air on notices to the Puja committees for tax, more commonly known as ‘Puja Jijia Tax’, Banerjee wrote on Facebook: “The press release is a sheer distortion of facts with an aim to create confusion in the minds of local people and Puja committees and perpetrate mental tension.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”This is also an attack on our culture and on our Durga Puja festival. I do not know whether this is being done knowingly or unknowingly, but it is certainly of bad taste, especially when people of all religions, caste, creed participate in our Durga Puja, which is just like a national festival. Any such taxation should be totally withdrawn and the festival should be allowed to be celebrated with its usual fervour.” She further added: “In fact, Income Tax authorities sent notices to Puja Committees last year regarding event management including ‘Dhaki’, ‘Purohit’, small and village artisans engaged in arts and crafts working in pandals for collecting tax from them through Puja committees by way of TDS, which is as good as ‘Terrible Disaster Scheme’. This is, undoubtedly a huge burden on them. CBDT clarification that no notices have been issued for this year makes little sense. It is only obvious that for Pujas held this year, notices will only be issued next year, which is as per their scheme of tax assessment. So, the clarification itself proves that the imposition of tax very much stands. Then, why misleading?” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySeveral party leaders echoed the Chief Minister’s thoughts as they took part in a dharna organised by the Trinamool Banga Janani Bahini at Raja Subodh Mullick Square to protest against the notices. “The Income Tax department has no right to send notices to the community Puja organisers asking them to furnish details of their income,” Trinamool Mahila Congress president Chandrima Bhattacharya said on Tuesday. Bhattacharya, a lawyer well-versed in Income Tax laws, said the department has no authority to send the notices as the community Puja organisers are not profit-making bodies. Meanwhile, Mayor Firhad Hakim said TMC will continue to protest against the “arbitrary decision of the Income Tax department until it withdraws the notice.” TMC supporters, sympathisers and representatives of different Puja committees also took part in the protest that was held from 10 am to 6 pm.last_img read more

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A look at the events of the Patrick Brown saga in Ontario

first_imgA timeline of the tumultuous events that followed the resignation of former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown in January, and his bid to reclaim that post:Jan. 24: Patrick Brown calls a last-minute news conference to deny a pending news report about sexual misconduct, and decry them as “categorically untrue.” Minutes later, CTV News airs a story in which two unnamed women make allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct against Brown dating back to his time as a federal member of parliament. The allegations have not been independently verified by the Canadian Press.Jan. 25: Brown issues a statement in the early morning hours saying he will step down as party leader to focus on clearing his name.Jan. 26: The PC caucus names Tory legislator Victor Fedeli as interim leader. Fedeli vows to root out the “rot” from within the party. The caucus further recommends that Fedeli carry the party through to the election, but the party executive announce that a leadership contest will be held instead.Jan. 29: Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of the notorious late mayor Rob Ford, becomes the first person to declare his candidacy for the party leadership. He says he plans to rest control of the party from elites and give a voice to the grassroots members.Feb. 1: Former Ontario legislator Christine Elliott announces her bid to contend for the party leadership. Elliott came second to Brown during the last contest to select a new leader in 2015. Elliott is the widow of late federal finance minister Jim Flaherty.Feb. 5: Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney, daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, ends days of speculation by announcing her candidacy for party leader.Feb. 6: Brown breaks his silence in a tweet reaffirming his denial of all sexual misconduct allegations and saying “the truth will come out.”Feb. 8: Social conservative and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen announces plans to join the leadership race.Feb. 9: PostMedia publishes the first interview with Brown since his resignation, in which he says he’s contemplating legal action for what he calls the “absolute lies” said about him.Feb. 11: Brown publishes the first of several Facebook posts in which he vows to clear his name and questions the credibility of the women who brought allegations against him. He openly challenges the veracity of CTV’s reporting on the original story and points out discrepancies in the women’s accounts that he says prove their accusations are false.Feb. 13: CTV reports one of Brown’s accusers has altered the timeline of her story but stands by the core events of her allegation. The network says the woman, who claimed she was still in high school at the time of the incident, was in fact of legal age.Feb. 15: Brown announces his intention to sue CTV for its reporting of the allegations against him.Feb. 16: Interim Progressive Conservative leader Vic Fedeli says Brown has been kicked out of the caucus. With less than an hour to go before the deadline for candidates to register for the leadership expires, Brown joins the race. He says his name has been cleared and he wants to focus on getting Ontario back on track.Feb. 20: Brown is not present as the Ontario legislature resumes. He says in a Facebook post that accounts questioning his integrity are likely to emerge in the coming weeks, claiming a small group of insiders is trying to derail his efforts to reclaim his old job. That evening, Brown is interviewed by a Tory nomination committee that will make a decision on whether he can continue on in the leadership race.Feb. 21: Brown quest to regain the Tory leadership is given the green light after the party nomination committee gives him a stamp of approval for a run in the spring election. The committee also approves Brown’s competitors in the contest.Feb. 24: Brown files a notice of libel against CTV News, claiming it engaged in false and malicious reporting when it broadcast sexual misconduct allegations against him.Feb.26: Brown withdraws from the Tory leadership race, saying it has been difficult on his family, and his candidacy has distracted from the policy discussion needed for the party as it heads toward the spring election. His announcement comes hours after Ontario’s integrity commissioner says he has launched an investigation into a complaint filed by Tory legislator Randy Hillier into alleged misconduct by Brown.last_img read more

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Nunavut community protests seismic testing

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in Clyde River, Nunavut say they don’t want seismic testing near their community.There’s been a series of protests in the past few weeks.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has more.last_img

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Quebec university recognizes Innu woman for decades of work fighting for Aboriginal

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor decades, Evelyn St-Onge has fought for Aboriginal and women’s rights.Now one of Quebec’s most prestigious universities has awarded her an honorary doctorate.As Tom Fennario reports, it was another educational institution that influenced her the most, residential schools.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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UN official speaks out against murder of Indonesian journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the murder of Indonesian television journalist Ridwan Salamun and called on authorities in the South-East Asian nation to bring the perpetrators to justice.Mr. Salamun was killed on 21 August while covering a clash between villagers in Tual, Malaku, Indonesia. According to the network International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), he was hacked several times by angry villagers and later died of his wounds in a hospital. “When journalists are covering events, whatever their nature, they should be guaranteed absolute immunity,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a news release. “Their impartiality as witnesses should be inviolable. Because independence is inherent to their profession, they must be assured that they will not be perceived as taking sides. “I call on Indonesian authorities to make every effort to elucidate the circumstances of this murder, and ensure that justice is done,” she stated. 26 August 2010The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the murder of Indonesian television journalist Ridwan Salamun and called on authorities in the South-East Asian nation to bring the perpetrators to justice. read more

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UN Assembly President outlines plan of action to build on Summits gains

“The extent to which we – all of us in this Assembly – can muster a spirit of urgency and common purpose in the coming days and weeks will ultimately determine whether the World Summit goes down in history as a missed opportunity for the UN, or – as I hope – as the start of the most substantial reform programme in the history of the Organization,” Jan Eliasson said at the conclusion of the general debate.He pledged to meet with all concerned to discuss follow-up to the Summit’s recommendations. “Taking into account the views expressed, I intend to write to all Member States before the end of next week outlining the proposed way forward,” he said. “Shortly thereafter, I plan to convene an open meeting to involve all Member States in the final consolidation of the proposed programme of work.”He exhorted those present to “work efficiently, with civility, discipline and a readiness to compromise for the greater good” and pledged to conduct the negotiations in a fair and open manner.Also during the Assembly’s afternoon meeting, Foreign Minister Rita Kieber-Beck of Liechtenstein said institutional change should be the centre of focus for the UN over the next few months, both through the creation of new bodies and the adaptation of existing ones, while Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bhutan, called for those developed countries which had not yet pledged to raise their official development assistance (ODA) to do so swiftly, with 2 per cent of that assistance devoted to helping landlocked developing countries to reach their development goals.The World Summit last week clearly demonstrated that, in the five years since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to raise the living standards of the poor were approved, poverty eradication has not been given the highest priority in the international agenda, Foreign Minister Godfrey Smith of Belize said. The only way to prove to the marginalized people of the world that there was a serious resolve to achieve the MDGs by 2015 was by showing the global political will to use the Summit’s Outcome document as a platform for action.”We look forward with eager expectations to yet another success in UN peacekeeping experiments in Sierra Leone,” Foreign Minister Momodu Koroma said, anticipating the UN peacekeeping mission there withdrawing by December to be replaced by a smaller advisory UN entity. He added that if the “soothing statements” of the World Summit were matched by action, this year’s General Assembly would be a landmark for the UN and the world.Strengthening the mechanisms to protect human rights was a priority for Côte d’Ivoire Foreign Minister Mamadou Bamba, who said it was imperative to end such practices as impunity and trafficking of children in his region.Foreign Minister of Chad Allam-Mi Ahmad said it was necessary to build a new international community based on justice, since “the world had already moved to the future,” with new challenges such as terrorism and HIV/AIDS.”The elimination of poverty heads the list of Benin’s priorities,” Foreign Minister Rogatien Biaou said, expressing hope that his West African country would find partners to help strengthen its own development efforts.New Zealand Ambassador Rosemary Banks said Member States needed to re-tool the Organization’s machinery with the blueprint provided by the World Summit and the Peacebuilding Commission, in particular, should be up and running by December.Micronesia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Lorin Robert noted that his 15-year-old country had graduated from the UN’s trusteeship regime and expected a great deal from the international organization, including the world body’s sustained engagement in development and the sharing of technologies for renewable and alternative sources of energy.African leaders had demonstrated political will but lacked the resources to resolve the continent’s crises, Swazi Ambassador Phesheya Mbongeni Dlamini said. For this reason, Swaziland was appealing to the international community to increase its support for the African Union (AU) so as to enhance the continental organization’s capacity and improve its response mechanisms.The Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the UN, Ambassador Alisher Vohidov, urged the international community to “pay serious attention to the question of creating a Central Asian Common Market that would be capable of ensuring rational and effective utilization of the rich potential and resources of the region.” He added that the question of demilitarization of the region was also crucial significance and noted that its countries were united in their efforts to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone.Referring to the breakaway area of Dnestr or Transnistria, Ambassador Vsevolod Grigore of Moldova said his country’s economic development was being adversely affected. “The triangle of development, peace and freedom is of direct relevance to the Republic of Moldova, as our young democracy struggles with the difficulties of transition, suffers for more than 13 years from a protracted unsolved conflict, inspired and supported from abroad, and sees the fundamental freedoms of a significant part of its citizens violated by an aggressive separatist regime.”Ambassador Crispin Gregoire of the Caribbean island of Dominica said although trade has been the engine of economic growth and development, multinational corporations from the United States and allied Latin American countries were challenging the preferential access for bananas from Caribbean States to markets in the European Union (EU). A fair resolution of that trade impasse would avert a future of persistent poverty for banana farmers and workers in the Caribbean and the failure to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he said.Cameroonian Ambassador Martin Belinga Eboutou said that his country, in aiming to reach the MDGs, had intensified its fight against corruption and was making the management of public funds more efficient and transparent.He noted, nonetheless, that Sub-Saharan Africa was the only area of the world which, with just 10 years to go to achieve the MDGs, was seriously lagging behind, with an average annual economic growth rate of just 3 per cent. read more

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UN atomic watchdog hails IndianUS nuclear cooperation agreement

This agreement is an important step towards satisfying India´s growing need for energy, including nuclear technology and fuel, as an engine for development,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei declared.It would also bring India closer as an important partner in the non-proliferation regime. It would be a milestone, timely for ongoing efforts to consolidate the non-proliferation regime, combat nuclear terrorism and strengthen nuclear safety,” he added.The agreement between the two countries, both of them nuclear weapons states, was announced in New Delhi by United States President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “The agreement would assure India of reliable access to nuclear technology and nuclear fuel,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “It would also be a step forward towards universalization of the international safeguards regime. This agreement would serve the interests of both India and the international community.” read more

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Increase in UN presence in TimorLeste seen as likely

“I think just about everybody I have talked to believes that there will now be a larger role for the United Nations than in the immediate past and certainly than what was being envisaged in the Security Council discussions before this crisis emerged,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy Ian Martin told a news conference on leaving for UN Headquarters in New York.The UN presence in Timor-Leste has been drawn down since the original UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) was set up in 1999 to usher the South-East Asian country to independence in 2002. This was then replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), which in turn was succeeded by the current residual UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). Last week Mr. Annan said last week that he would now have to assess whether UN forces had been drawn down too quickly in the country, which has been torn by violence since the dismissal in April of nearly 600 soldiers, a third of the total armed forces. “The message which I have brought from the Secretary-General is that this is not a time for despair,” Mr. Martin told reporters. “It is a time for people to act together. It’s a time for the leaders of Timor-Leste to act together, and it’s a time for the international community to act together and the United Nations is certainly going to be with Timor-Leste through this time of crisis and beyond the immediate need to restore security.”The envoy, who conferred with President Xanana Gusmão and Mr. Alkatiri as well as with other leaders and representatives of civil society during his visit, called on all sides to cooperate fully with Australian and others forces invited in by the Government to help restore security, “particularly in the crucial task of the recovery of weapons.”On the humanitarian front, UN agencies continued aiding more than 100,000 people, about a tenth of the total population, displaced by the violence and now sheltering in makeshift camps scattered throughout the capital, Dili, and near-by suburbs. Their numbers have steadily swelled to 62,000 compared with 35,000 last week. A further 35,000 are estimated to have fled their homes in the countryside. read more

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Toronto developers outline plan for condos apartments on downtown parcel

TORONTO – A group of real estate companies have reached a deal for redeveloping a parcel of land in downtown Toronto, just north of the railway corridor and near the CN Tower.Rights to the residential component of the land redevelopment are being sold for $180 million to Tridel Builders Inc. and a limited partnership managed by Woodbourne Canada Partners.The land covers 7.67 acres, or 3.1 hectares, on the northwest corner of Front Street West and Spadina Avenue.The land parcel was assembled in 2012 and 2013 by a joint venture known as The Well, which is jointly owned by RioCan REIT (TSX:REI.UN), Allied Properties REIT (TSX:AP.UN) and Diamondcorp.The group says rental apartments and residential condominiums will occupy nearly half of the the parcel’s approved density.The Well joint venture expects current tenants on the land to leave by the end of this year and development to begin in early 2017. Toronto developers outline plan for condos, apartments on downtown parcel by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2016 5:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Syrialed process only solution for peace in the wartorn country – UN

“It has to be a Syrian-led process; it can’t be imposed,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York after he briefed a closed meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.“It must bring real change and a clean break from the past,” he added.With that goal in mind, Mr. Feltman said that the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the crisis in Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, was working with “great urgency.” Mr. Brahimi, he continued, was taking pains to ensure that the groundwork would be sufficiently solid so that an eventual peace plan had a real chance of success. Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 380,000 refugees, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates.As part of his efforts to halt the violence in Syria, Mr. Brahimi has had a range of meetings on the matter, both regional and elsewhere. Earlier this week, in Cairo, he met with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil El-Araby. Last week, he held meetings in Moscow and Beijing.“Political efforts are going on with great urgency,” Mr. Feltman said. “But also with great care.”A failed ceasefire bid, new reports of atrocities, an increase in the number of car bombings and a still-dire humanitarian situation mark some of the highlights since Mr. Brahimi’s briefing of the Council two weeks ago, the political affairs chief noted in his comments.“The situation inside Syria is turning grimmer every day,” he told reporters, adding there was a growing risk the crisis could “explode outward into an already volatile region.”“We might, in fact, already be seeing signs of this spillover,” he said, referring to Syria-related violence that has occurred in Turkey and Lebanon, and what he called “activities” in the Golan, an area sandwiched between Syria and Israel, where the peacekeeping mission known as the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) monitors the 1974 disengagement agreement keeping Israeli and Syrian forces apart.“We don’t think the fighting is directed at undermining the disengagement of forces agreement per se,” Mr. Feltman said in response to a question on the situation in Golan. “It is the Syrian-on-Syrian fighting. But, nevertheless, we are quite concerned about what the impact could be if there is not an immediate return to full compliance with that disengagement of forces agreement.”Mr. Feltman flagged how Joint Special Representative Brahimi saw a June communiqué by the UN-backed Action Group on Syria as still providing an “important building block” for an eventual peace. The Action Group is made up the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League.At a meeting in Geneva in June, the Group had agreed on a set of principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people. Among other proposed measures, the communiqué issued after the meeting called on all parties to immediately re-commit to a sustained cessation of armed violence in a bid to end the conflict, in addition to the establishment of a transitional governing body that would exercise full executive powers and would be made up of members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups.In response to another question from a reporter, Mr. Feltman said Mr. Brahimi “welcomed” a four-point plan proposed by China, a veto-bearing permanent member of the UN Security Council. Media reports say the plan includes calls for humanitarian aid for refugees and a ceasefire that would be carried out “by district and in stages.”“He is welcoming all contributions to his thinking, in particular, the contributions that those states with real influence in this organization, and with real influence on the ground in Syria have,” the Under-Secretary-General said.The 15-member Security Council has met several times on the situation in Syria, but has so far failed to reach agreement on collective and effective action to tackle the crisis.“We continue to hope that the Security Council can come together and act in a unified fashion on Syria, as this would be critical to any peace effort,” he added. “Without this, our chances for success are far more limited.”Mr. Feltman’s briefing to the Security Council came as the UN reported sporadic firefights between the Syrian security forces and armed members of the opposition in Golan’s so-called “area of separation,” which serves as a buffer zone between Israeli and Syrian forces under the 1974 agreement.“The presence of military personnel in the military operations in the area of separation… has the potential to escalate tensions between Israel and Syria and jeopardizes the ceasefire between the two countries and the stability of the region,” a UN spokesperson told a news briefing today.Meanwhile, with an eye on the humanitarian crisis provoked by the Syrian conflict, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced the launch of a television ad campaign aimed at raising awareness of the “most vulnerable civilians in Syria,” including 500,000 Palestine refugees.The ad campaign is being aired on television channels in the region, and will be extended elsewhere, to countries including the United States and Spain.Established by the General Assembly in 1949, UNRWA is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some five million registered Palestinian refugees in various countries throughout the Middle East. 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Fans gather at Buckeye Field to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Ohio University Bobcats on April 21. OSU beat OU, 12-4. Credit: Leah Alexander / Lantern Photographer

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Success in nickel – good first quarter for Mincor

first_imgInternational Mining’s April issue included an Operations Focus article on West Australian nickel producer Mincor. Its first quarter reports noted costs down, grades up and nickel production on target in the first full quarter following successful implementation of a Management Plan aimed at coping with the fall in nickel prices.Other highlights from the first quarter include:Strong cost performance – cash costs down a further 6% to lowest level in 3 years (A$5.25/lb payable nickel, or $3.41 at an exchange rate of 0.65)Strong cash generation – net free cash of $10.3 million for the quarter (operational surplus of $15.5 million minus capital and exploration costs of $5.2 million)Highest quarterly nickel grade in 5 years and lowest quarterly cash costs in three years – showcases Mincor’s unique production flexibility and the strength of its core operationsExploration program delivers exciting results below the N09 ore body at Mariners, including drill intersections of 1.2 m @ 10.3% Ni and 5.5 m @ 3.38% Ni (both true width)Major five-rig exploration program commencing early May – focused on the discovery of Ultra-Sized Nickel Ore Bodies at North Kambalda, new ore systems at Bluebush, and strong exploration targets at Otter Juan, Carnilya Hill, Mariners and MiitelWorking capital (cash and receivables minus creditors and accruals) increased to $78.5 million – up from $71.7 million at end December, after payment of $4 million interim dividend and negative provisional pricing adjustment of $1.7 millionlast_img read more

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New book – Redpath The First HalfCentury 19622012

first_imgTo commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2012, The Redpath Group commissioned a book to share the story of becoming a truly global mine contracting and engineering firm. Several years in the making, the result is a large and impressive 368 page, full-colour, hard-cover book that explores the company’s development from the one-man operation that Jim Redpath started in 1962 to the billion-dollar international company it is today. Told through the experiences and recollections of the people whose work built the company, with many photographs, it presents an unusual look at the challenges, the triumphs, and the setbacks of the journey to become Canada’s longest-operating mining contractor. The tale is often personal, as past and present employees from around the globe relate their experiences at projects in some of the world’s remotest places and most extreme climates. Clients and suppliers add an extra perspective to these stories.From the very beginning, Redpath has done challenging and interesting projects, often accomplishing them in unexpected ways that were truly pioneering. It developed a reputation for being highly innovative and for methods and approaches that might seem obvious once they were proposed, yet were the result of creative and imaginative thinking. That reputation started in Canada with the company’s initial project, which was completed by four men, and has carried through to the current far-flung team of more than 6,000 people working in every continent. “How this small Canadian contractor became the gem it is today is a remarkable story, or rather, the sum of many stories of remarkable people,” observes the book’s author, Moira Jackson, a writer, editor, researcher, and teacher affiliated with Queen’s University’s School of Business in Kingston, Ontario.Today, although well-known in the mining community for innovative solutions to difficult problems, many times in truly horrific conditions, Redpath is often “the invisible partner”. As the author notes, the story is a fascinating one of business, technical, and personal accomplishment that deserves to be known and appreciated beyond the mining industry.President and CEO George Flumerfelt writes in the book’s foreword, “It is our employees who have persevered, often against great odds, and delivered on commitments to our clients. It is this collective determination that has led to what I refer to as, the ‘Redpath Spirit’. The book is a tribute to all who have helped developed this spirit that has enabled us to enjoy the reputation we have in the industry today.”last_img read more

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