BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A senior official in Argentina’s presidential office says the country’s treasury minister resigned Saturday.The resignation comes three days after President Nicolas Macri announced his conservative administration is temporarily increasing the minimum wage, reducing payroll taxes and implementing other steps to help Argentine workers as the country struggles to overcome sizzling inflation, high unemployment and other economic problems.That move came after a leftist presidential slate that includes Macri’s predecessor, Cristina Fernández, turned in a powerful showing last Sunday in primary voting for candidates going into October general elections. Macri’s slate did poorly, and the already weak Argentine peso slumped and stock prices fell sharply as investors reacted in worry about the vote results.Hernan Alvarez, The Associated Press
Spectro Analytical UK launched the SPECTROSCOUT Portable Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (ED-XRF) Analyser in March 2013 which is aimed to enable rapid, laboratory-class elemental analysis of environmental and geological samples in remote locations. Dirk Wissmann, Product Manager for XRF Instruments at Spectro said “Weighing only 12 kg and carried with a shoulder strap, the new SPECTROSCOUT portable ED-XRF analyser meets such challenges in the field with as much analytical power as top-grade laboratory benchtop analysers. Its precision and speed in the field allow for faster decisions and improved productivity. Many laboratory based measurements now become unnecessary.”The portable analyser has been designed for onsite environmental and geological analysis and intended for tough use by incorporating a rugged encasement and protected X-ray source. It is 12 kg and is 270 x 306 x 306 mm and includes a large sample compartment, X-ray tube, onboard processor, and high-yield battery pack as well as an optional integrated video system which allows precise spot testing and image storage.The SPECTROSCOUT can provide measurements from trace to minor and major concentrations across a range of relevant elements from heavy elements, such as uranium, to light elements, such as sodium with a turnaround typically ten to fifteen minutes.