Stressing its determination to end all forms of misconduct, including sexual exploitation and abuse, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today issued a new report on the problem among its personnel, six of whom faced disciplinary action stemming from investigations by the world body’s independent oversight office.Disciplinary measures included repatriation, with a referral to the national court system of the accused for criminal prosecution, or summary dismissal, with a ban on participation in future UN missions, UNMIL said.“The United Nations and UNMIL are committed to preventing and sanctioning misconduct, in particular, the abhorrent practice of sexual exploitation and abuse,” the report states. “The UN policy is clear – zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse.”Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving UNMIL personnel are automatically investigated by a resident autonomous unit from the Office of the Internal Oversight Service (OIOS), with unimpeded access to personnel, and a reporting chain independent of the mission management.Aiming to prevent misconduct, the UN has developed a comprehensive standardized training module that focuses on accountability and consequences. Last year, over 1,300 civilian personnel, 350 UN Police and more than 13,000 military personnel from UNMIL received training focused on the issues of sexual exploitation and abuse. So far this year, UNMIL has turned over 17 cases to the local independent UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).In 2005, OIOS investigated three cases of rape or attempted rape, nine cases involving prostitution, 18 cases of sexual exploitation, two cases of sexual abuse and 13 cases of sex with minors, UNMIL said.After a preliminary investigation, three cases were closed due to lack of evidence. Investigation had been completed in two dozen cases, so far disciplining six persons. Investigations are continuing in the 16 other cases that stood.
Boreal Metals Corp has engaged Arctic Drilling AB to conduct exploratory diamond drilling at Burfjord in Norway. Boreal is mobilising to commence a 1,000 m reconnaissance drill program in late September and will test a variety of shallow drill targets across the property position. The drill targets include multiple zones highlighted by Induced Polarisation geophysical surveys completed by Boreal in late 2017. Widespread copper-gold mineralisation is seen in surface exposures in each target area and Boreal is excited to be the first to drill test these targets.“We are pleased to be working with Arctic Drilling on our Burfjord copper-gold project in Norway,” stated Karl Antonius, President and CEO. “Arctic Drilling has extensive experience drilling in the region and has developed a strong working relationship with the local community and stakeholders.”The Burfjord project is comprised of six exploration licenses totaling 5,500 ha in the Kåfjord copper belt near Alta, Norway. Copper mineralisation was mined in the Burfjord area during the 19th century, with over 30 historic mines and prospects developed along the flanks of a prominent 4 x 6 km fold (anticline) consisting of interbedded sedimentary and volcanic rocks. Many of the rocks in the anticline are intensely hydrothermally altered and contain sulphide mineralisation.Mineralisation occurs as high-grade copper-gold bodies that were historically mined at high cutoff grades (>3% Cu). Boreal has recognised significant volumes of bulk tonnage potential copper-gold mineralization developed in stockwork vein arrays throughout the property position which the Company believes have economic potential. Veins in the area are dominated by carbonate and iron-oxide minerals (magnetite and haematite), but also contain chalcopyrite, bornite and chalcocite in addition to cobalt-rich pyrite as generally coarse-grained (often 0.5 cm to multi-cm scale) disseminations in the veins. Discreet zones of cobalt and nickel mineralization are also present on the property.Only limited exploration has taken place in the modern era and only one prospect area has been drill tested to date. The best historic drill intercept consists of 7 m @ 3.6% Cu from the Cedarsgruve mine area in the northern portion of the claim block.