CRTC starts hearings on whether highspeed Internet should be declared a right

GATINEAU, Que. — The country’s telecom regulator says there are no guarantees it will enforce minimum Internet speeds and service levels across Canada, even if it comes up with new target levels.The chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it will be up to participants in hearings being held in Gatineau to demonstrate why the regulator should act.Jean-Pierre Blais says it’s important for proponents of regulation to show why market forces are not enough to ensure the public’s need for Internet services is being met.U.S. continues with appeal in New York iPhone case two weeks after dropping San Bernardino requestPeople aren’t sharing as much personal content on Facebook and the company is starting to worry: reportBlais made the comments as the regulator began a three-week examination of basic telecommunication services and whether high-speed Internet service should be declared a right.Currently, basic telecommunications services in Canada include individual line, touch-tone phone service, the ability to connect to the Internet at low speeds, access to long distance, directory assistance services, enhanced calling features and privacy protection features, emergency services and voice mail.Blais says if the definition of basic telecom services is to change, it has to be based on facts.“The CRTC must make informed decisions, based on solid evidence, while taking into account the real and reasonable needs of the population,” Blais said in an opening statement to the hearings.“As it is crucial not to confuse ‘wants’ with ‘needs’, the CRTC is asking parties to take a fact-based and objective approach to these discussions,” he said.“It is also important to note that any target speed or service level that, in the course of the hearing, the CRTC finds to be ideal or a good measure of success would not necessarily guarantee regulatory action in this regard.” read more

Major glass sand processing order from Tunisia for CDE

first_imgThis year will see CDE complete a multi-million materials washing project in Tunisia for the glass industry with new client SMETRAM. A subsidiary of giant Sebri Group, SMETRAM has been exploiting sand quarries in Tunisia since 2001 to serve the national market, and typically the concrete and ceramic industries.Innovative and visionary, SMETRAM decided the time had come in 2017 to strategically invest in the production of industrial sands adapted to the specifications of the glass market in Algeria, Germany, Italy and France, focusing on the exploitation of silica sand in the region of Oueslatia.To manage the extraction of 3,000 t of sand per day, the company was looking for high tech materials washing equipment that could stand the test of time.Habib Sebri, CEO of SMETRAM, explains his choice: “SMETRAM is a dynamic company with 15 years’ experience in the treatment of sand and aggregates. Recently SMETRAM has reached the level of success and maturity that has enabled us to make the decision to develop outwards and into specialised international markets by adding high quality glass sand to our offering.”He added: “However, we knew that in order to succeed, the choice of our materials washing equipment would be crucial. After thoroughly researching all the options available on the materials washing market, we opted for a CDE washing plant. Reasons for our decision were based on the professionalism of the CDE commercial team, the manufacturer’s commitment and investment in innovation and new technologies and its use of high quality materials.”To guarantee a consistent and precise cut as well as the required production level, SMETRAM chose a complete turnkey washing solution including the powerful and compact M4500 sand washing plant (with high frequency Infinity Screens, ShearClean dynamic attrition scrubber and Spiral Separators) which takes care of screening, washing, attrition, classification and recycles up to 90% of waste water. The M4500 will be fed 200 tonnes per hour of raw materials for a production of 100 tonnes per hour of high quality fine sand for the glass industry. A second installation will be commissioned at the start of 2018 on a different site, which will double SMETRAM’s production.Aymen Bennour, Business Development Executive for CDE in Tunisia, concludes: “The SMETRAM project is a major landmark in the development of CDE, both in North Africa and in the industry of industrial sands in Tunisia. We are delighted to have been chosen for this project and to work with SMETRAM. The CDE M4500 materials washing plant has become a staple in the global washing industry since its launch in 2014 and one of our most popular products.”He added: “This high tech installation is compact, powerful, user-friendly and economical. Investing in a plant that guarantees extremely precise cut points and consistency in production levels gives an advantage to companies wishing to develop their operations or, as in SMETRAM’s case, to engage with new dynamic and innovative markets.”last_img read more

Jorge Maqueda to RK Vardar

Jorge MaquedaRK Vardar Skopje Awkwardly, HBC Nantes tried to “hide” transfer of Jorge Maqueda to RK Vardar Skopje last winter in order, probably, to avoid losing of focus of the Spanish right back, but now, six months later, the know fact came officialy from his new team. The 27 years-old lefthander joined Macedonian TOP team and two times EHF CL quarter-finalists in a row. He signed three years contract with the team who already has Spaniard on the same position – Alex Dujshebaev, who signed contract extension until 2017.Two other left-handers in the back-line, Stefan Terzić (Naturhouse La Rioja) and Vladimir Petric (retirement) will leave the club at the end of the season. ← Previous Story Torsten Jansen to Kiel after 12 years in Hamburg! Next Story → SKOPJE WANTS EHF CL CROWN: Sanja Damnjanovic to ŽRK Vardar! read more