UN food aid to Yemen will fully resume after twomonth break as

Under a deal that ends a partial two-month break in WFP assistance to Houthi-held areas of the war-torn country after the agency said that humanitarians were being denied access and local authorities were interfering with deliveries, spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel insisted that a new registration process had been agreed.“We have written guarantees from the Houthis,” he said, in reference to a document signed with the Sana’a-based authorities, on Saturday 3 August.The announcement that WFP food aid will resume after the Eid Al Adha festival next Monday, follows the signing of key technical annexes, the last of which was inked on Thursday, the agency spokesperson explained.“The Houthis have been engaging with us in the last few weeks to negotiate the document that we have signed together and more importantly to also to agree on the technical terms,” he said. Under the terms of the deal, WFP will use a smartcard system to register nine million people in areas controlled by the Houthis, although aid will be delivered to those whose details have not yet been recorded.“The people in Sana’a …will start receiving food even before we start the registration process”, Mr. Verhoosel told journalists in Geneva. “These are people to whom we stopped providing food (for the past) two months waiting for the agreement, or the document, to be signed…That food will be distributed to them, we will start the process then next week.”The humanitarian operation in Yemen is WFP’s largest. It maintains that the new measures are needed to ensure the protection and privacy of those in need, and the independence of its distribution teams.The development means that WFP can continue to scale up operations in a bid to reach 12 million people a month across Yemen, where more than four years of conflict between the Houthis and Government forces that are supported by a Saudi-led Coalition are estimated to have left thousands of civilians dead and pushed people to the brink of famine. read more

Sandvik Plant Solutions new ways to purchase crushing screening plants

first_imgThree new Sandvik Plant Solutions’ offers now provide customers with the opportunity to acquire the plant that is exactly suited to their needs. The company says that by “analyzing our current global installed plant base, we have been able to gain valuable insights into the core needs of our customers when it comes to Plant Solutions for mines and quarries.” These insights have provided the guiding principles for the development of three completely new plant solutions:FastPlant™ is a pre-defined plant solution, with a fast delivery time of just 12 weeks. Sandvik FastPlants are made for speed, pure and simple. They are based on the concept of giving customers the plant that they need, without unnecessary hurdles or hassle. Based on their pre-definition, the plant can be chosen, quoted and ordered in just one meeting – saving precious time in production for the customer.SmartPlant™ is a smart, modular plant solution, based on Sandvik SmartStations and automation-ready. Sandvik SmartPlants are a modular approach to the building of plants. Customers can select the SmartStations that meet their crushing and screening needs and place them together to create their plant. SmartPlants are supplied automation-ready and can be upgraded and expanded to accommodate the customer’s evolving requirements.Finally, CustomPlant™ is a long-term plant development relationship, based on an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) agreement to create the optimal plant for the customer’s needs. Sandvik CustomPlants are the premier plant solutions on the market today, built with performance, capacity and cost-efficiency in mind. Starting with a comprehensive ECI agreement, CustomPlants are a long-term plant partnership that delivers a new level of integration between the customer and Sandvik.“We’ve learned a lot about the needs of our customers through this process and have created what we feel is the optimal solution for their wide and varied needs,” says Pär Stigmer, Director, Sandvik Plant Solutions. Sandvik Plant Solutions provides customers with a more compelling value proposition for the initial plant purchase – and also for the entire lifecycle support of their new plant.”Sandvik 365 is the lifecycle support solution that can be added to every Sandvik plant solution to reduce commissioning time and increase uptime, providing services and support throughout the lifetime of the plant.last_img read more