Social media revolutionizing AFN campaign

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany of the AFN candidates are relying on new and innovative tools to reach supporters.Social media websites have captured the imaginations of candidates and their supporters alike.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

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Family says Saskatchewan hospitals refusal to immediately treat deaf mute Cree man

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA 75-year-old deaf and mute man from Onion Lake Cree Nation died Monday in a Saskatchewan hospital that initially refused to give him immediate care because his health card had expired, according to a family member.Rene Whitstone died at 12:50 p.m. local time at the Lloydminster, Sask., hospital. He had been unresponsive for about 24 hours and had not eaten solid food since last Thursday.“I can’t describe how I’m feeling, lots of things going through my mind,” said nephew Grant Whitstone. “I am saddened by the loss. He was a very, very cool guy.”Whitstone said he believes his uncle Rene Whitstone may still be alive if he had received immediate medical care after he arrived at the hospital in an ambulance last Tuesday. The frail man had been found on the floor of his home by a family member who called the ambulance.“He would have had a better chance at life in my mind,” said Grant Whitstone. “It’s discrimination, racism, you name it…I had to pay cash before they even looked at him.”Whitstone said he was forced to pay $100 cash before hospital staff would administer the initial blood work and X-rays for his ailing uncle.“In any emergency situation, the priority should be to take care of the patient whatever type of emergency it is and in this case they failed to do that,” he said.Following the blood work and X-rays, Whitstone says hospital staff, including doctors, would not administer any further medical care for his uncle until his health card was finally renewed over six hours after the ailing man first arrived at the hospital.“They said, no, we want to make sure these are taken care of first before they proceed,” said Whitstone.Whitstone said he contacted Onion Lake Cree Nation’s health director who told the hospital any medical expenses would be guaranteed by the band. That wasn’t good enough, said Whitstone.Onion Lake Cree Nation health director Albert Jimmy said the incident caused him great concern.“I was told they wouldn’t examine or treat him before the validation (of the health card) came through,” said Jimmy. “All Saskatchewan people are supposed to be taken care of and it happens sometimes that elders, they overlook the sticker that is mailed to renew their card and this must have happened. This person has a disability, he doesn’t hear and can’t talk and never went to school.” Grant Whitstone says his uncle Rene Whitstone may still be alive if hospital had given him immediate health care. Photo courtesy of Grant Whitstone.Marge Nicholson, quality of care coordinator with the Prairie North Health Region, which oversees the hospital, said she doesn’t believe anything was done wrong after her initial review of the case.“As far as I can see, it has been a whole misunderstanding of what was done in emergency. He did not go straight up to a ward, but they did look after him in the emergency,” said Nicholson. “He got very good care.”Nicholson said Rene Whitstone was given a bath by nursing staff before his health card was processed.Grant Whitstone said this is not true. He said his uncle was only given a bath and put on IV after the health card issue was settled.“That is absolutely false, they didn’t even proceed to move on anything until that health card was approved,” he said. “They brought him in, they put him in the standard emergency room and then they told my aunty to take him to register him and that is when the administrator said at the registry that they couldn’t tend to him because his health card expired.”Whitstone said he has filed a complaint with the hospital and he plans to file additional complaints with the Saskatchewan medical association and with the health ministry.He is scheduled to meet with Nicholson on Wednesday.Whitstone said his uncle, who had a trap line north of Onion Lake, was a traditional man who did not trust Western medicine.“He was just a simple man living a simple life, you know,” said Whitstone.The Lloydminster hospital also serves Alberta residents because the community straddles the provincial boundary.Onion Lake sits about 50 kilometres north of Lloydminster.jbarrera@atpn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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GoAirs A320 ceo aircraft suffers technical glitch

first_imgNew Delhi: A GoAir plane, carrying 151 passengers, to the national capital was diverted to Nagpur due to a “technical glitch” in the pressurisation system, according to the airline. The A320 ceo aircraft was flying from Bengaluru Friday. In a statement, the airline said flight G8-7001 was diverted to Nagpur after the pilot “suspected a technical glitch on the pressurisation system” and that the aircraft had a normal landing. The airline also said the 151 passengers were provided with refreshments, dinner and options for accommodating on alternate GoAir flights or full refund.last_img

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North American stock markets trade higher loonie edges down against US dollar

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index headed higher in late-morning trading, boosted by the industrial, technology and consumer staple sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 46.51 points at 15,648.83.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 135.28 points at 25,374.65. The S&P 500 index was up 7.82 points at 2,732.69, while the Nasdaq composite was up 45.09 points at 7,392.63.The Canadian dollar traded for 76.12 cents US compared with an average of 76.18 cents US on Monday.The March crude contract down 12 cents at US$54.44 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up 2.7 cents at US$2.69 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down 50 cents at US$1,318.80 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 2.10 cents at US$2.82 a pound. The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

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Loonie lower despite job gains

The Canadian dollar was lower Friday despite a better than expected reading on employment as traders avoided riskier assets going into the weekend.The loonie was off the worst levels of the session but still down 0.42 a cent to 96.87 cents US after Statistics Canada reported the economy created about 7,700 jobs during May, a better showing than the approximately 5,000 jobs that economists expected. Canada’s jobless rate was unchanged at 7.3 per cent.Other data out Friday morning showed that the pace of home construction cooled in May after a strong showing in April. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said the May figure of 19,264 estimated actual starts was more in line with the pace of the previous six months. On a seasonally adjusted annual basis, May starts hit 211,400 compared with 243,800 in April.The agency also reported that Canada posted a trade deficit of $367 million in April, down from a surplus of $152 million in March. The deficit reflected a sharp 5.8 per cent drop in exports of industrial goods and materials.Meanwhile, traders looked ahead to the latest trade and industrial data from China later Friday that might be even weaker than pessimistic forecasts expected.China has rolled out a series of measures to stimulate the economy after growth fell to a nearly three-year low of 8.1 per cent in the first quarter and April factory output grew at its slowest rate since the 2008 crisis. Private sector analysts expect this quarter’s growth to fall further as the Chinese government worked to bring inflation down from unacceptable levels.On Thursday, the Chinese central bank announced it was cutting a key rate by 0.25 of a point to help boost growth.Europe was also sharply in focus as the government debt crisis has now infected Spain and its banks, which are laden with billions of euros of toxic loans as a result of the collapsed housing sector.Expectations are rising that Spain’s leaders will have to seek an international bailout for banks, which credit agency Fitch estimates could reach C100 billion. According to unconfirmed reports in Reuters, Spain is set to request an aid package for banks on Saturday.However, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday the government will not act until receiving evaluations from the IMF on Monday and then two independent auditors Spain has hired. The economy ministry said on its website the latter are expected by June 21 at the latest.Ratings agency Fitch cut the Spanish sovereign debt rating to BBB late Thursday, which is two notches above ’junk’.U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke disappointed investors, saying that there would no immediate action to jump start the world’s largest economy.In an appearance before members of the U.S. Congress, Bernanke avoided giving any signals about what the Fed might do in response to a slowdown in hiring.Commodity prices were sharply lower as the U.S. dollar strengthened and markets weighed demand prospects from a slowing global economy.A stronger greenback usually helps depress commodity prices, which are denominated in dollars, as it makes oil and metals more expensive for holders of other currencies.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $2.02 to US$82.80 a barrel.The July copper contract declined eight cents to US$3.29 a pound while August bullion dropped $3.50 to US$1,584.60 an ounce. read more

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Bye bye HST Chaotic few days expected as BC shifts back to

VICTORIA — Monday marks British Columbia’s official return to the provincial sales tax after an almost five-year crash-and-burn relationship with the harmonized sales tax.Introduced in 2009 as a saviour for business, but rejected in a historic peoples referendum in August 2011, the HST managed to cling to the province’s political, social and business fabric until now — taking with it former premier Gordon Campbell and possibly the current Liberal government of Premier Christy Clark as victims.British Columbians go to the polls on May 14, with the Opposition New Democrats, who called the HST a $2-billion transfer of wealth from consumers to businesses, expected to form the next government.The Canadian Press/Chad Hipolito Businesses are now grudgingly forced to return to the former 7% PST after taking the past two-and-a-half years getting used to the simplified, value-added HST, which combined the 5% federal goods and services tax with the PST.Former B.C. finance minister Kevin Falcon once referred to the PST as a “stupid tax,” for its complications and exemptions, but he was one of many Liberals quick to admit the government employed a bone-headed strategy to sell the HST to British Columbians.Barely three months after winning its third consecutive term in May 2009, Campbell’s Liberal government announced it had accepted Ottawa’s $1.6-billion offer to move to a harmonized federal-provincial tax system.The announcement was viewed with skepticism, especially since B.C. had consistently rejected previous federal offers to move to the an HST.The federal cash offer and the potential gold mine for business now appealed to Campbell’s Liberals who were virtually silent on the HST in the past, but now faced a massive budget deficit voters didn’t know about during the election campaign.Almost immediately, a grassroots Fight-HST movement began, enlisting former premier Bill Vander Zalm as a spokesman, while more than 500,000 people signed up to oppose the tax, prompting a provincewide referendum on the HST under B.C.’s direct democracy laws which allow for recalls of politicians and votes on some initiatives.Campbell resigned mid-term, essentially admitting peoples concerns about his policies had stalled the progress of his government.The tax went down to defeat in August 2011, but it’s taken until now to officially bring back the PST.B.C.’s small business minister Naomi Yamamoto said she has some concerns that not every business has properly registered to move to the PST for April 1, but for the most part, it will be business as usual.“We will see all those permanent exemptions prior to the HST reintroduced,” she said. “So, people will not be paying PST on things like gym memberships and restaurant meals, bicycle purchases, haircuts. But for the majority of purchases some may make they will probably see no difference at all.”Yamamoto said about 25,000 businesses have yet to register to collect the PST. She said about 100,000 B.C. businesses, mostly retailers, will collect the PST.She said the Finance Ministry has undertaken to contact every eligible business about their need to sign up and how they can do it on line or through consultations.She said the ministry has made more than 115,000 calls to businesses, written to each business twice and conducted almost 2,000 personal consultations with businesspeople.“There’s no provision, regrettably, in the legislation for leniency,” said Yamamoto. “So businesses really are obligated if they are selling a product or service that attracts the tax, they have to collect it. But it’s not the Ministry of Finance’s intent to audit all of these businesses.”She said the ministry wants to help speed the process in any way it can.B.C. chamber of commerce president John Winter said he believes the majority of businesses will be signed up by April 1, but he expects in-store issues in the first few days as customers examine their receipts to see if they were charged taxes or not charged.“My sense is it’s going to be chaotic,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of cash register discussions.”The provincial government struck a deal with the federal government to pay back the $1.6-billion in the months after the HST was defeated in the referendum.The money will gradually be returned over the next five years, interest free.Falcon said at the time that getting a break on the interest would save the province $100-million.“Obviously, in a perfect world, I wish we didn’t have to pay back anything,” the minister told reporters in January last year as he announced the agreement. read more

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Cameco dives 10 after reporting a loss in third quarter and trimming

SASKATOON — Cameco Corp. is trimming its production outlook due to delays at its Key Lake mine and lower-than-expected production at its Smith Ranch-Highland operation.The uranium miner says it now expects to produce 24.0 million pounds this year, down from an earlier forecast for 25.2 million pounds.The company’s stock plunged nearly 10 per cent to $10.25 on the Toronto Stock Exchange around mid-day.The company is also cutting its capital spending guidance to $160 million for the year compared with earlier expectations for $175 million.The revised outlook came as Cameco says it lost $124 million or 31 cents per share in its latest quarter compared with a profit of $142 million or 36 cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, the company says it lost $50 million or 13 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $118 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Revenue fell to $486 million compared with $670 million.The Canadian Press read more

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In Kabul UN chief calls for peace and compassion

‹ › VIDEO: Secretary-General António Guterres urges all parties to forge a political solution to the country’s long-standing conflict. Credit: UN News “I have an enormous admiration for the courage and the resilience of the Afghan people, and they were very eloquently demonstrated in my meeting this morning,” noted the UN chief. The Secretary-General also held bilateral meetings with Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan, as well as the country’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah, where they discussed cooperation between the Organization and the Government of Afghanistan as well as the security situation in the country and the need to better mobilize the international community to counter terrorism. Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Guterres said he has “enormous admiration” for the courage and the resilience of the Afghan people. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi On the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, Mr. Guterres met with some of the 800,000 Afghans displaced by conflict in the last 18 months. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Mr. Guterres also met with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi The Secretary-General met in the capital with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Mr. Guterres expressed his solidarity with the displaced, and assured them of the UN’s commitment to work with the Government and people of Afghanistan to address their needs and build a sustainable and prosperous future. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi “Peace is the solution […] the international community, the neighbouring countries [and] all those related to the Afghan crisis need to come together and understand that this is a war that has no military solution,” said the Secretary-General, at a press conference in Kabul, where he arrived earlier today. “We need to have peace,” he added, underscoring that at the same time, the level of humanitarian assistance to the country had to be increased and conditions needed to be created for Afghanis to be able to live in dignity. Since his time as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015), Mr. Guterres has been paying a solidarity visit to Muslim communities during the holy month of Ramadan, and his visit to Afghanistan was a continuation of his expression of solidarity with them. While in Kabul, the UN chief met with displaced men and women from the Kapisa province, now living in a settlement on the outskirts of Kabul. In their interaction, the displaced persons underscored that security remained the prerequisite for their return to their homes and that education, including for women and girls was critical for supporting themselves and their families. They also stressed their need for medical care. Secretary-General António Guterres arrived for a one-day visit to Afghanistan to show solidarity with its people, and support for both the Afghan-led peace process and the communities most affected by conflict. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi They told him that security was the prerequisite for their return to their homes, and stressed the need for education, vocational training and medical care. Photo UNAMA/Fardin Waezi read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 29 August 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Salmond and Darling debate Scottish independence2. Consultation launched on zero hours exclusivity clauses3. TfL to trial hybrid bus charging technology4. Conservative MP Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP5. Final chance to join freight capacity trial6. Rising number of students choosing maths and science7. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Transfer student symposium being held Thursday

Brock University will host its first Transfer Student Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 26. The goal of this event is to raise awareness on campus about College Transfer Students – their unique characteristics, challenges, and strengths, as well as some of the challenges. The goal of the symposium is to create a campus-wide vision for College Transfer students.As the professionals who work with this group, you are an essential part of the process.Details are as follows:Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015Time: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.Location: The Pond InletLunch will be provided.For details, and to register, please visit: http://discover.brocku.ca/transfer-student-symposium/This event is open to all members of the Brock Community – please feel free to pass this on to any colleagues you feel may be interested. read more

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Crowded platforms and hourlong wait for trains after new timetable causes commuter

A GTR spokesperson said:  “We are implementing over the coming weeks the biggest timetable change in a generation to boost capacity and improve reliability, introducing 400 extra daily trains and space for 50,000 extra passengers in the peak.“Due to the scale and complexity of the task, these changes will be made incrementally. This involves redeploying drivers and trains and changing operating practices to achieve a large increase in the number of services, carriages and station stops. “Despite some cancellations, passengers will benefit from an overall increase in capacity with immediate effect. The new Thameslink timetable: giving us twice as many cancelled trains to choose from @TLRailUK @acinderellaline #timetable #trains pic.twitter.com/3cY1vumlvv— Dan Robinson (@giantlobsterprd) May 21, 2018 .@TLRailUK 0643 from Flitwick to St Pancras, driver has just said this train is being cancelled at St Albans?! Many others also cancelled this morning. V poor service. #badservice #railplan2020— Jamie Johnson (@jay135769) May 21, 2018 Well played @TLRailUK new timetable,trains cancelled,no drivers……absolute shambles pic.twitter.com/g4Zl2aLiDw— dan johnson (@danlikestea) May 21, 2018 GTR warned that services could be disrupted as the new timetable was introduced, leaving some passengers frustrated on the first day. “We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused. Anyone delayed by 15 minutes or more can claim compensation through our websites.” “It is our members dealing with the anger at the sharp end not the well-paid top brass from Arriva and Govia who are responsible for this Meltdown Monday on our railways.”Both of these companies have sought to compromise safety and access by hacking back on critical staff and it is no surprise to RMT that they can’t be trusted with the massive logistical challenges of bringing in new timetables.”Frankly I wouldn’t trust the private train operators to run a bath let alone our vital rail routes. After Virgin/Stagecoach were kicked off the East Coast last week it’s time for the rest of these racketeers to be sent packing as well and for our railways to be run by the public sector as a public service.” More than four million trains across Britain were rescheduled from Sunday in the largest timetable change in living memory.The number of alterations is seven times larger than normal due to the introduction of new trains and services following billions of pounds of investment. One commuter complained: “New timetable and a packed train just cancelled as no driver in London to takeover. Triumph of Thameslink.”Another said: “First day of ‘faster and more reliable trains as part of the new timetable’. My train is cancelled, good start @TLRailUK.” Day 1 of the new timetable st Harpenden station – trains cancelled 7:30 & the platform is packed 7:34 expected then not another train till 7:50. 1 train in 25 mins #Thameslink pic.twitter.com/qRUCEzaiZt— Chris Hall (@cjh15) May 21, 2018 @TLRailUK Are you serious? 7.31 cancelled, new 7.54 completely disappeared and the 08.01 cancelled as well just to finish it off. How exactly are you planning to get 3 trains worth of people on the 7.46? pic.twitter.com/I1U71gptXA— Aimee Denholm (@DenholmAimee) May 21, 2018 When one Twitter user asked what this meant, the Thameslink account replied: “With the new timetable being introduced we have a lot of staff and stock in the wrong places. Some services have been altered/cancelled as a result whilst Control work to get everything in the right place.”Great Northern told one customer trains could be altered “for the next few weeks whilst getting everything into place”. The shake-up is designed to increase overall frequencies and reliability, but some passengers will find their regular journeys are no longer possible.The new GTR timetable was developed from scratch and was designed to tackle existing issues by extending stop times at busier stations and increasing turnaround times at destination stations.Many of the timetable changes are a result of the £7 billion invested in the Thameslink programme in the South East, including rebuilding London Bridge station, new trains and track improvements.There will be almost 400 additional GTR trains every day.Some passengers in a number of locations complained they will be served with fewer or slower services, including in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Kent, East Sussex and Surrey, where many people pay several thousand pounds for annual season tickets to London.RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “The union is picking up reports from both Northern and GTR of a hopeless lack of planning, combined with a shortage of crew and fleet, which has reduced the Monday morning journey to a nightmare for many passengers. Good start to the new timetable with @GNRailUK train to work cancelled and train home this evening already cancelled too!— Sophie Edwards (@sophiehannah15) May 21, 2018 Angry commuters waited for over an hour on crowded train platforms as scores of trains were cancelled on Monday morning, the first working day of the new timetable across four major operators.Every train run by the UK’s busiest franchise, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) – which consists of Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express – was rescheduled from Sunday.Officials at GTR were unable to give The Telegraph the number of trains cancelled on Monday morning, but most stations in and around London this morning listed many cancelled services from those operators. Those who managed to cram on to a crowded train faced having their services cancelled while they were on board as drivers were not available in London.Others had their services diverted, with at least one train to Gatwick terminating at St Pancras International. As several people aired their frustration on social media, the train operators said the disruption was due to a “short-term planning amendment”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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PDAC congratulates the Government of Canada on its Economic Action Plan 2014

first_imgThe Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) congratulated the Canadian government on its Economic Action Plan 2014 that includes specific supports for the mineral exploration and development sector. The 2014 Budget includes a number of key initiatives designed to stimulate economic growth in some of Canada’s most northern and remote communities. Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to extend the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC), continues to support northern development by working with territorial governments and local municipalities to develop transportation infrastructure in the North, and provides C$40 million over two years to renew the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development program delivered by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. The Government’s extension of the 15% tax credit for an additional year will help to stimulate exploration across Canada.“Today’s commitment from the Government, and especially Minister Flaherty, demonstrates continued support for growth and investment in the exploration sector,” says Glenn Nolan, PDAC’s President. “The METC and northern development remain vital to the exploration industry in Canada as it helps to keep jobs and investment in Canada, and ensures our competitive position globally.”PDAC also supports and looks forward to working with the Government on northern infrastructure, northern regulatory improvement, and northern economic development to help expand the transportation, energy and community infrastructure necessary to support resource development in northern and remote regions.The Canadian mineral sector is a key driver of Canada’s economy. The industry accounts for some 20% of Canadian goods exports and roughly 3.5% of Canada’s GDP, or about C$35 billion. “The renewed investment in METC by the Government ensures Canadian companies have the right financial tools needed to succeed and remain competitive in this challenging economy,” adds Nolan. “Since its inception in 2000, METC has encouraged Canadian investors to invest in Canadian exploration, helping Canada become the top global destination for mineral exploration.”The Government of Canada’s renewal of Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program—C$100 million over seven years—is also an essential for exploration. Investment in the GEM program shows that the government understands and supports the strategic importance and value of mineral exploration for Canada and the North.  Researchers estimate that every dollar invested in basic geological mapping triggers five dollars in exploration spending by the private sector. And every dollar invested in pre-competitive geoscience leads to the discovery of in-ground resources worth between C$100 and C$150.last_img read more

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The value add in mining equipment finance and leasing

first_imgIn the last decade or so, there has been a big change in the way mining companies source equipment for new and existing operations, with finance, leasing and rental now major parts of the system.IM spoke with some of the major finance, leasing and rental companies around the globe as part of a feature (to be published in April) on the subject.This is what Björn van den Berg, Director Customer Finance, Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology, had to say about demand for equipment finance and leasing solutions from the mining industry:“If you have a look at the growth rate for customer finance, it has grown substantially,” he told IM.“There are two underlying trends here. One is we see increased usage of contractors in mining, with contractors having a totally different cash position to producing mines. That’s one of the reasons why we see increased demand for different types of finance options – a trend we have seen occurring over a longer period of time,” he said.“A more recent trend is what I would call the subscription-based economy, or ‘product as a service’. In the past, customers had an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that would supply them with the machine and maybe some after-market services and they would own and use the machine until it fell apart. We are shifting more and more towards where the customer is not necessarily looking for an OEM that can provide a piece of equipment or machine. They are looking for a partner that can provide a solution, preferably, for the duration the customer requires.”“In terms of the subscription-based economy trend, that normally includes a form of financing on the OEM side. That’s an emerging trend that has led to increased demand for different types of financial products.”On these different types of financial products, van den Berg said: “We offer a finance-lease, loan – always asset-backed – and trade finance solutions, but what we also see is an increased demand for operational leases, or short-term rental type of solutions including or excluding services.”The way customers are being charged is also changing, as their own internal cost structure evolves, he added.“They might look for cost per hour, cost per tonne, cost per metre, etc,” he said. “Whatever defines a customer’s cost structure is the way they want to be charged.”When it comes to providing not just a financial product, but a solution, van den Berg provided an example of how Sandvik’s equipment finance arm differentiates itself.“We get requests from mines operating outdated machines where production levels and, therefore, cash flow isn’t where it can be. Sandvik comes in with a multi-disciplinary team, analyses the situation, assesses what the best alternative is for the mine, applies what impact that alternative will have on the cash flow and then structures a financial product around it that will let them achieve that cash flow.”“A bank or generic financial institution might just look at the current balance sheet and profit and loss and decide not to finance the same initiative as the customer’s credit score does not support it.“That is where we can add value over the customer’s house bank or other financial institution,” he said.This interview is part of a wider feature on equipment finance, rental and leasing to be published in the upcoming April issue of International Mininglast_img read more

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ODROIDX is like a quadcore Raspberry Pi for 129

first_imgSo you’re intrigued by the $35 Raspberry Pi, but just don’t feel like its 700MHz processor will be able to handle your DIY computing needs? Korean company hardkernel has a slightly beefier option for you: the ODROID-X developer board.The ODROID features a smokin’ fast Samsung Exynos 4412 processor clocked at 1.4GHz — and it also happens to pack four cores. While opinions remain split on whether or not additional cores really make that much difference with most of today’s Android apps, it’s safe to assume that the Cortex-A9-based 4412 is a substantial upgrade over the Pi’s ARM11 chip. And with a Mali-400 GPU on board (like the Samsung Galaxy S3), the ODROID offers plenty of extra multimedia muscle, too.It’s also got four times as much memory (1GB vs. 256MB) and a whole slew of connectivity options. There are six USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet jack, audio in and out, an SD card reader, and a micro HDMI output. The ODROID (which measures 90 x 94mm) is about twice as wide as the Raspberry Pi, but that’s understandable. All those extra connectors take up space.Android is supported out of the box, but Ubuntu 12.04 (and presumably other ARM-compatible distributions) run just fine.Hardkernel offers a number of add-ons for the board, including a Wi-Fi module, webcam, and both 10 and 13-inch LCD panels in case you want to build your own Android kiosk computer.Curious about what kind of performance you can expect? Check out the video below to see a four-way cart race running on the board.More at Liliputing and Hardkernellast_img read more

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One person hospitalised after fire at Ballsbridge restaurant

first_img 44,004 Views Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 3:49 PM A FIRE THAT broke out at a restaurant in Ballsbridge this afternoon might cause traffic delays for those going to the Six Nations rugby match of Ireland v France.The fire broke out at the Embassy Grill, but was brought under control by Dublin Fire Brigade. One person was brought to hospital.There are still traffic delays in place, however, as traffic was diverted away from the scene.Read: Gardaí appeal for help in locating missing woman not seen since 6 February Feb 25th 2017, 3:49 PM 14 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3259017 Short URL 2 fire engines & a turntable ladder are at a fire in a premises in #Ballsbridge. Fire under control, 1 person to hosp. Pic ©️ @davepmatthews pic.twitter.com/OYHKMCvAg9— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) February 25, 2017 One person hospitalised after fire at Ballsbridge restaurant The fire might cause delays for people travelling to today’s Six Nations game. Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img read more

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Weve got a lovely little collage of the two of us on

first_img‘We’ve got a lovely little collage of the two of us on the pitch after losing finals so it’s nice to have a cup’ Andy Moran savoured glory in Croke Park with his family on Sunday. https://the42.ie/4571279 Share3 Tweet Email1 Apr 2nd 2019, 6:00 AM Subscribe Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM By Fintan O’Toolecenter_img 26,642 Views Short URL IN THE RUN of national final heartbreak visited upon Mayo as a collective since 2001, no individual has been more associated with those days of disappointment than Andy Moran.Before Sunday’s breakthrough Mayo had played ten national deciders between league and championship in the time since they lifted the league title 18 years ago. Mayo’s Andy Moran with his kids Charlotte and Ollie. Source: James Crombie/INPHOMoran played in nine of those encounters. A trio of league final reversals, five All-Ireland final losses and the drawn game in 2016 with Dublin. The solitary day he was marked absent was in 2012 against Donegal, his cruciate snapping six weeks previously and consigning him to a watching brief on sideline.On Sunday at the final whistle he was on the pitch for the win over Kerry, pressed into action in the 50th minute. The 35-year-old helped cajole a victory out of the Mayo setup, involved in his busy manner in the build-up to the second goal and releasing Ciarán Treacy for the third strike that wrapped up matters.The aftermath felt seismic for the county, not least for Moran on a personal level. In the recent days when they fell short his pain on the pitch was illuminated by snapshots of him with his young daughter. Mayo lost out to Dublin in the 2016 All-Irealnd final replay. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO Andy Moran with his daughter after the 2017 All-Ireland final.On Sunday he got to climb the steps of the Hogan Stand to clutch a trophy with Charlotte and her brother Ollie accompanying him.“It’s great,” he reflected afterwards.“Charlotte, we’ve got a lovely little collage of the two of us on the pitch after losing finals so it’s nice to have a cup. I suppose when she was born it was a dream to put her into the cup and get the picture of her but she’s a bit big for that now.“No, no it’s great. The two kids there, it was lovely.” Andy Moran lifts the league final trophy with his son Ollie. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe appreciation of the success could also be traced in Moran’s deliberation since Mayo’s 2018 journey ended in Newbridge as to whether he would sign up to the playing cause again.“It was the first winter I ever gave it thought and I was very grateful to James (Horan) when he rang me to say, ‘Listen, we want you back in’.“I just had to think about it for a couple of weeks, I found it hard to go back training but then it just all started moving again and it’s difficult and I need to adjust my training from what I used to do in terms of going five days a week.“That doesn’t happen any more because work is too busy and life is too busy. But the boys are very good to me, they look after me a lot.“I think the big problem I have is that I love playing for Mayo, I love football but life takes over in terms of wife, kids, job, stuff like that.“Does it vindicate staying on? Yes it does, 100 per cent it vindicates it. But, you know, it’s a long summer yet.“We’re opening a new business (a leisure centre) on Friday in Castlebar so it’s going to be a tough couple of weeks but the lads help me out with anything I need. So it does really help it.” Mayo manager James Horan celebrates after the game. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOIt may not be the ultimate Gaelic football prize that Mayo have been indelibly linked with given their enduring pursuit yet a league title is something to toast for a group accustomed to final days of hardship.“When the final whistle goes there, there’s a massive sense of relief,” admitted Moran.“Let’s call it, let’s be honest about it. I’m playing since 2003, I made my debut in 2003 in the league up in Down.“Is there a sense of relief for me? Yes, but for the team more so because we’ve been on the road really since 2011, this group of players, adding young fellas into it as we go along.“I still remember losing one in ’07 to Donegal and that was a hard one to take. I suppose we’re here 12 years later winning one so it’s great.“If you asked me this morning what does this mean to me, I’d have said, ‘It was just another game’.“But then (Ciarán) Tracey bangs the net, the ref blows it up and the green and red of Mayo goes then and you’re thinking, ‘That’s a different story’.“So listen, all it makes you do is want to hear it again.” Andy Moran with Mayo goalscorer Ciarán Treacy after the game. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe victory was characterised by the input of newcomers in the Mayo team.“I think if you were picking the team now in the morning without question you’d have Mattie Ruane there, Fionn McDonagh who had a fantastic national league until he got injured, (and) Michael Plunkett.“James (Carr) had a lot of problems with his hips over the last couple of years but it’s great to see him playing and in that third quarter really turning it on. Darren Coen (was) excellent last week against Drew Wylie. It’s unreal, the competition is huge.“But I said it before, it’s not just one year. These guys have been in for three or four years. Mattie’s been in since ’16 when he won ((an) U21, he just need to put on that bit of bulk to get him strong enough to play around the middle of the field.“This year it’s really came and I suppose with the re-introduction of James and the way he likes to play football, it really suits Mattie.”The league closes and the championship will soon dawn but an absent force was not far from Moran’s mind when asked to assess the 2019 landscape.“Ah Dublin are ahead of everyone else until they’re beaten. The good thing was Tyrone went and beat them in Croke Park, it was a big result.“It’s great to see Mayo and Kerry in the final, Galway competing, Tyrone competing with Dublin, that’s brilliant. That’s just good for the game and hopefully now over the next couple of years, it can push on and be really more competitive.”“Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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