Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMichel Temer: Brazil president ‘won’t quit’ over bribe claimMay 19, 2017In “World”Brazil President Michel Temer faces more criminal chargesSeptember 15, 2017In “Regional”Brazil’s top prosecutor charges President Temer with corruptionJune 27, 2017In “latest news” The charges on Thursday were the first of several against the president made by the public prosecutor (Reuters image)(BBC) A congressional committee in Brazil has voted against recommending President Michel Temer be tried in the Supreme Court on corruption charges.The vote reduces the chances of the president appearing in the dock.But it is non-binding and still needs to be approved by the full parliament. The public prosecutor has said he will instigate new corruption charges.Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Photo: NDTV.com)Earlier ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he would seek re-election despite a corruption conviction.Mr Temer was charged last month, accused of plotting to receive bribes from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm. He has denied any wrongdoing.The final decision on whether he is tried by the Supreme Court lies with parliament, who is expected to vote on the matter within days.In order for Mr Temer to face prosecution two-thirds of the 513 deputies in the lower house need to approve the charges against him. The government is confident it has sufficient votes to block an eventual trial.The charges on Thursday were the first of several against the president made by Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot, who has said he will present more in the coming weeks.Meanwhile former President Lula gave his first public reaction after being convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.Vowing to appeal, he called the case politically motivated and said he plans to run for president in 2018.“If anyone thinks that with this move against me they have taken me out of the game, they are wrong, I am in the game,” he said.Despite the conviction, and four more upcoming trials, Mr Lula remains a popular figure.
This week, specialists in mining, civil engineering, geomechanics, geology, hydrogeology and geophysics will come together in Seville, at Slope Stability 2018, to explore new techniques for improving open pit mine stability. Maptek has shipped the latest mobile monitoring system some 17,000 km from its Adelaide manufacturing base to showcase at Slope Stability from 10-12 April.James Howarth, Maptek Mine Measurement Product Manager, stated: “We’re really excited to be taking part in Slope Stability. At its heart, the conference is tackling an issue, slope stability, which has a real impact on risk and hence safety in open pit mines. The better our understanding of slope stability, the better placed we are to improve safety to mining personnel, the environment and mining equipment. Mine safety is hugely important to Maptek. It’s an area where we invest significant R&D, specifically on our range of 3D laser scanners, our geotechnical analysis software and in recent years, Sentry surface monitoring system. We’re really keen to be a part of the conversation on slope stability, or ground movement monitoring, helping attendees grasp how effective our technology is and how it can help them to monitor, analyse and keep ahead of geotechnical risk.”He adds: “Sentry is different from many other monitoring systems in that it uses LIDAR data. And we’re receiving great feedback from our customers. Their geotech and survey teams are telling us that Sentry gives them a level of flexibility they simply haven’t had before, along with rapid and simple access to in-depth geotechnical insights. Many monitoring systems are fixed or simply not inherently mobile”, added Howarth. “The beauty of Sentry is that yes, it is fully designed for permanent monitoring, but it can also be moved around the mine with ease. Which means you can react to changes in your mine and quickly begin monitoring them.”“Equally, if you’re performing weekly, or monthly monitoring, the laser scanner can be detached between monitoring sessions to perform routine survey tasks, such as volumetrics or reconciliation. It’s such a versatile system and we think a lot of mining companies will be pretty excited to learn more about it at Slope Stability ” A group of survey and monitoring SMEs from Maptek global regions will be on hand at Slope Stability.“We’ll be joined by Bruce Hutchinson, Senior Geotechnical Engineer from Hillgrove Resources who has been a valued industry expert in testing and helping refine Sentry since before we launched it in 2013. Bruce has performed geotechnical mapping and ground movement monitoring using Sentry and our laser scanners at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine during that time. He’ll be delivering a workshop and a talk on his experiences, including results during particular failures, during the conference.”