Una McCauley presented her credentials to Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, as the new Resident Coordinator for the United Nations and the Resident Representative for UNDP in Sri Lanka today. As the most senior UN Official in the country, Ms. McCauley will lead the UN Country Team of 21 Resident and Non-Resident UN Agencies and act as the representative of the UN Secretary-General in Sri Lanka. Prior to her appointment, Ms. McCauley served as the UNICEF Representative for Sri Lanka for four years. Previously, she was the UNICEF Representative for Panama and Togo, and has worked at the UNICEF offices in Sudan, Kenya, and Angola. With close to 15 years of experience serving within the United Nations System and an additional 7 years of experience working with children in the development sector, Ms. McCauley has been instrumental in developing policies and strategic frameworks on leading global issues in a number of countries. A national of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Ms. McCauley has a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of London, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Science Research from the University of East London.Ms. McCauley is the first female to hold the position of UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
Boart Longyear has upgraded and expanded its Stage® diamond coring bit product line. The new bits include engineering upgrades to the patented Stage3 waterways, a full selection of Stage bits with a 16 mm crown and an optional face-discharge feature. The company says that “since its release in 2007, the Stage3 diamond coring bit remains the world’s tallest, with a crown height of more than 25 mm. Its patented design delivers better penetration rates, longer active drilling in the hole and fewer rod trip-outs, increasing shift capacity and overall meters drilled.”“The new bits provide a benchmark for reliable, cost-effective, high-productivity drilling in any ground condition,” said Monika Portman, Product Manager for coring products with Boart Longyear. “The new design features an expansion of our patented window to improve productivity, a revised window layout to increase strength and our new patent-pending RazorCutTM face design, which provides the driller with a ready-to-cut bit right out of the box. The 16 mm model includes the upgraded Stage technology and is designed to give our customers more choice when operating at shallower target depths.”Upgrades to the Stage design include windows with rounded corners for greater durability. The new windows increase resistance to damage caused by debris in fractured ground conditions. The windows also feature a new Twin-TaperTM design to increase wear-resistance and boost performance of the bit. The Stage windows taper inward to create more material on the window’s inner diameter, increasing material strength and product life. In addition, the tapered windows cause high fluid velocity in the inner diameter resulting in better flushing of fluids, cuttings, and debris.The Stage windows are now positioned to rotate in the opposite direction of rod rotation, creating more surface material which further increases the strength of the crown, maximizing performance in all ground conditions.