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Barclays in credit scandal as shoppers missold finance on sofas windows and cars

SCS, Sofology (formerly Sofaworks), Anglian Windows, Wren Kitchens, Everest, Peter Vardy, and the now defunct Car Carcraft Automotive, were… Barclays Bank’s consumer lending arm, Barclays Partner Finance, failed to stop customers at high street retailers being pressured into taking out loans they may not have been able to afford as recently as 2016, according to an internal report seen by The Telegraph.  Consumers who have bought cars, furniture and home improvements on credit supplied by one of Britain’s biggest banks are embroiled in a potential mis-selling scandal, it can be disclosed. Do you have experience of finance mis-selling? We want to hear from you. Email katie.morley@telegraph.co.uk

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Amazon customer stunned as parcel thrown through upstairs window

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. “I opened the door, and on the mat was the delivery note saying he had put it through the open window.”I was baffled as all the downstairs ones were closed. The only open one was the upstairs spare room. I went upstairs and sure enough, there on the floor was the box.”Fortunately, it was very well padded and the bulbs weren’t damaged. So I just found the whole thing hilarious. But if they’d been broken, I might have felt differently.”The mum-of-two, who runs the Sunshine and Light yoga class in her home village, added: “The package could also have ended up on the roof, or anywhere.”And it could have hit a child in the room, or a pet. It wasn’t particularly heavy, but if it had hit a newborn baby in a cot, for example, it wouldn’t have done it much good.”I just found it very weird. The driver ticked the ‘we left it in the safe place you told us about’ box – but that certainly isn’t an open window ten feet in the air.”An Amazon spokesman said: “We have very high standards for our delivery partners and expect every package to be handled with care.” An Amazon customer was left stunned after a delivery driver hurled a box of lightbulbs through an upstairs window while she was out.Claudine McLaren returned home on Monday to find a note saying the parcel had been ‘left in the safe place you told us about’.The driver added it had been ‘put through an open window’ on the ‘sorry we missed you’ card.Claudine said she thought the message was strange, as all the downstairs windows were closed, but found the box of £9.99 LED lightbulbs on the floor of her spare bedroom.The 43-year-old yoga teacher said: “I was absolutely amazed.”The window is over 10 feet in the air, and there is no evidence he used a ladder. And there is nothing to stand on. He must have just stood on the pavement outside and chucked it through the window.”I’m surprised he managed to get it in. The window isn’t much bigger than the box itself. He must have been very confident in his own ability to do it. My mum thinks he must be a cricketer or something.”Ms Claudine, of Houghton-on-the-Hill, Leics, added: “I receive quite a lot of packages from Amazon, and if I’m not in the driver usually leaves them around the back in the garden. read more

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Two cousins sentenced 15 years each for murder of 17yearold taxi

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica Massacre trial resumes after two-week adjournmentDecember 6, 2016In “Crime”BREAKING: Two Bartica massacre accused sentenced to death by hangingFebruary 3, 2017In “Court”Man gets 16 years for raping, torturing & murdering female taxi driverJanuary 10, 2018In “Court” The two cousins who were charged with the murder of a 17-year-old taxi driver back in June 2014 were on Tuesday sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each when they admitted their involvement before Justice Navindra Singh at the Georgetown High Court. 20-year-old Ashraf AllyAppearing separately before Justice Singh, 20-year-old Ashraf Ally and 21-year-old Abdool Razack, both pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.Kemo Griffith, the defence counsel for the two cousins emphasised that the duo were teens at the time of the incident which led to the death of Dhanraj Latchman of Parika Backdam, East Bank Essequibo.He noted that since then, the young men have enrolled in several prison programs to better themselves. However, State Prosecutor, Tuanna Hardy maintained that the killing was a senseless act.After some deliberation the judge passed down his 15 year sentence to each man, pending deductions for time served already. 21-year-old Abdool RazackThe sentence brought about loud grumbles by relatives of the dead man. They told media operatives that the verdict did not give them justice for their lost loved ones. Latchman’s mother, Taramattie Dabie, who was in a state of disrepair, tearfully cried out “this is not justice!”“Ow God, this is not justice. Meh beg yuh. This is unfair!,” she cried out as she was being led out of the court.After she calmed down, the distraught mother said “me nah satisfied. They get fifteen years imprisonment concerning meh son. Them tek meh son from my house and cyar him and kill he. Them had meh son life in he hand. They kill him because he know them. Is he own village people. Me nah  satisfied. Fifteen years then they gotta cut it down three years. Sunday coming is three years fuhh meh son since he get murder.”The mother also noted that she will be appealing the case. “Me guh review back the case. I will do it. I don’t care what ever it cost me, I will. If I got to guh thief, beg or borrow or whatever me gotta go do, do wrong thing fuh get money, I will because I need justice.”Murdered: Dhanraj LatchmanMeanwhile, as Razack was being led to the holding cell in shackles, he told media operatives that he felt the verdict was unfair. He maintained that he did not murder Latchman, and had only pleaded guilty to “tek a chance.”“…I never kill no one…When yuh don’t plead guilty and when you aint do ah act, you know the judge does still find you guilty or not guilty so that’s why I tek the chance.”In June of 2014, the two men reportedly hired Latchman- who was a taxi driver- to transport them to Lusignan. However, their intentions were to reportedly steal the teen’s car. As such, after arriving at their location, the two reportedly strangled Latchman to death with the seatbelt then dumped his body and made arrangements to sell his motor vehicle.They were arrested after they gave conflicting stories to police. They later confessed to the gruesome act. (Ramona Luthi) read more

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Lucky to be alive – abducted taxi driver

Hours after being found alive, walking on the Annandale, East Coast Demerara road, 22-year-old, Matthew Shivtahal – the young man who was held at gunpoint and abducted by four hardcore criminals during the Camp Street Prison break on Sunday- says his pleading with his abductors and telling them he is a father, is what saved his life.Matthew ShivtahalAs the young man recounted his experiences on Monday to media operatives, Shivtahal explained that on Sunday he was returning home on the East Bank of Demerara from Industry in the company of a woman and her children.He said that upon hearing gunshots coming from the direction of the Camp Street prison, while on Broad Street, he attempted to turn around. However, he was too late since by that time, one of the four escapees was already in front of him with a gun pointed to his head.Shivtahal related that they took him to a certain point with his vehicle which was then abandoned and he was then made to trek with them through swampy backlands.“…ah had a lady and some children inside the car. They take out them, push me back inside the car [and we travelled] to South Backlands and we keep going down south, keep walking south, crossing  a lot of trenches, going down till to Land of Canaan.”Shivtahal explained that after hours of walking, the group approached a large trench where men were expected to swim, however, he recalled telling them that he could not swim.The audibly shaken Shivtahal  said “I can’t swim so they seh instead fuh I slow them down, best they kill me and done.”The young man related that he pleaded even more than before for his life.“I beg. I tell them that how I got a 1-year-old son, that I  wouldn’t like he to grow up without a father.”The father of one related that upon hearing that, one of the fugitives believed to be Royden Durant Williams aka “Smallie” –who was sentenced to death for being involved in the Lusignan Bartica Massacre- released him.“The rasta one…seh just because you tell me duh, ah gon leh you go and  the man show me a way weh fuh go out, walk down the dam, show me a way weh fuh go out [and I] cross over like four swamp, over a set of bridges, cut up meh foot…till last night 10 o’clock I came out. Since 12, Sunday night ah deh walking.”The seemingly traumatized Shivtahal thanked God for saving his  life.Following an attack staged by prisoners at the Camp Street Prison on Sunday, which resulted in the building being set alight and correctional officers being shot at and injured with their own firearms as well as make shift weapons, four hard core criminals, who were armed, managed to escape by hijacking a vehicle and holding Shivtahal, hostage.Wanted bulletins were issued for Mark Royden Durant aka Royden Williams, Uree Varswyke aka Malcolm Gordon, and Stafrei Hopkenson Alexander.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels has now confirmed that there are Eight (8) fugitives missing from the Camp Street Prison following Sunday’s riot and fire.Samuels disclosed that the number was  originally nine but one of the inmates; Shamudeen Mohamed was recaptured last night at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo.Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBreaking Prison Update: Abducted driver found alive, 22 Camp St inmates receive bailJuly 10, 2017In “Crime”Mother breaks down in Court as Duo is charged for murdering HairdresserSeptember 8, 2014In “Crime”Prison break update: Vehicle used by escapees recovered, driver still missingJuly 10, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Labourer dies following accident

Courtney Ashby, a 40-year-old labourer, succumbed to his injuries yesterday after being involved in an accident at Orangestein Public Road, East Bank Essequibo.Ashby, a labourer from Lot 2133 ‘Z’, Tuschen New Scheme, EBE, had ran into the path of a motor car around 5:30am. The  car was proceeding west along the southern carriageway of the Public Road at the time of the accident when Ashby ran into its path.He was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTuschen labourer killed in accidentDecember 16, 2017In “Crime”12-year-old struggling for life after being struck by motorcyclistMay 7, 2016In “latest news”Labourer killed following hit and run accidentFebruary 13, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Happening Now Scenes from 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony

H.E. David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger arrive at Durban Park for the 52nd Independence Flag Raising Ceremony at Durban Park. Theme- Celebrating our People and our Patrimony..(DPI photos) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related

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3rd PetraLimacol Football tournament officially launched

New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company (GPC), under its Limacol brand, has again thrown its support behind the Petra organisation for the third edition of the Limacol Knockout Football tournament, which will kick-off on August 30 and conclude on October 7.New GPC’s Company Secretary Zulfikar Ali (2nd R) hands over the sponsorship cheque to Petra’s Mark Alleyne in the presence of GFF President Wayne Forde (L) and Petra Director Troy MendoncaThe company, through its secretary Zulfikar Ali, expressed its excitement at being onboard for another edition of the highly anticipated tournament.According to Ali, they are always interested in sports and its development, and have seen the progress from the first two installments, hence their return for a third time.Petra Director Troy Mendonca outlined that the tournament provides an avenue for the teams not involved in the Guyana Football Federation’s Elite League III, even though he would love for it to be used as a catalyst for teams to be promoted to that league.GFF President Wayne Forde, who was also on hand, expressed his pleasure at seeing the company onboard for a third year, citing their extended input in football.The 12 teams involved in this year’s tournament are as follows: Police, Georgetown Football Club, Pele, Sunburst Campton, Riddim Squad, Beacon United, Santos, Northern Rangers, Mahaica Determinators, Buxton Stars, Pouderoyen and Grove Hi-Tech.These teams will trash it out for the top prize of $600,000, while the runner up will have to settle for $300,000, third – $150,000 and fourth – $100, 000.Each top finishing team would have a trophy to accompany their cash prize. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew GPC refreshes Limacol Tournament for fourth yearAugust 23, 2019In “latest news”Youth Football takes centre stage in Petra/Milo U20February 7, 2014In “Sports”Limacol Football teams rewarded handsomelyMarch 22, 2017In “Sports” read more

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First smeltergrade alumina refinery for Indonesia Yenipazar feasibility study Amulsar gold project

first_imgToday’s issue of International Mining Project News is well over 50 pages packed with detailed information with reports on 22 prefeasibility studies, 27 feasibility studies, 32 projects in development, two new mines that have gone into production, seven existing mines that are expanding, six merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 32 gold projects, 14 coal, 12 iron ore, 12 copper projects, nine uranium projects, six reports each on rare earth and silver projects, four in nickel and four in zinc, three projects each on zinc and molybdenum, two projects each on tungsten, lead and mineral sands, one project each on lithium, potash, diamonds, tin, bauxite, alumina, manganese, titanium, rutile, zircon, ilmenite, vanadium and lead, and includes one polymetallic project. King Island Scheelite (KIS) announced results from the recently completed DFS for its 100% owned Dolphin project. Redevelopment of this worldclass, high grade tungsten deposit on King Island (Tasmania) has the potential to generate strong cash flows over an initial 10 year mine life, during the course of which it would produce approximately one quarter of the current world non-Chinese supply of tungsten.Banro has announced the closing of its $175 million debt financing. The net proceeds from the offering will be used for the development of the company’s Namoya project.Inmet Mining has announced an initial independent resource estimate and recent drill results for the Balboa copper-gold porphyry discovery originally announced March 8, 2011. The deposit is located on the Cobre Panama property in central Panama and is owned by Minera Panama.IMX Resources reports a 150% increase in Measured and Indicated mineral resources at the Ntaka Hill Ni-Cu deposits at the Nachingwea JV Project in southern Tanzania. Managing Director, Neil Meadows: “This substantial increase in resources at the Nachingwea Nickel Project is great news for IMX shareholders. Through our 25% interest in the Joint Venture and 37% direct investment in Continental Nickel we have almost 53% beneficial ownership of the project which is beginning to advance towards development.”Blackthorn Resources has provided a project update for surface construction and mine development activities at the Perkoa Project in Burkina Faso.IronClad Mining has announced further success with its capital raising program for ongoing development of the Wilcherry Hill iron ore mine on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.AXMIN announced that over and above its previously announced $185 million mandated senior debt (press release July 20, 2011 and January 26, 2012) a further $25 million in senior debt and $25 million in subordinated convertible debt has been mandated with the International Finance Corp (IFC) for the purposes of partially funding the development of the Passendro gold project in the Central African Republic (CAR).Petmin has issued a maiden resource statement for its jointly-controlled North Atlantic Iron Corp (NAIC) iron sands to pig iron project in Canada’s Labrador province. Petmin will now accelerate its investment in NAIC based on the project’s technical and economic viability.Tahoe Resources announced financial results for the year ending December 31, 2011, and updated construction progress at its flagship Escobal project in Guatemala.  Project development costs of $39.6 million were expensed in 2011.  At December 31, 2011, the total project work force amounted to 428 employees, of whom more than 95% are Guatemalan. The project remains on schedule and budget for mill commissioning in the second half of 2013 and commercial production in 1Q 2014.Mechel OAO, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, has received subsoil licenses for exploring and extracting iron ore in the Sutamsky area and in the Sivaglinsky deposit, both located in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)’s Neryungri region. The Sutamsky iron ore area is about 3,300 km2 and consists of several promising iron ore deposits. The license area is over 740 km2. Its estimated reserves under Russian standards are 1,350 Mt. The Sutamsky ores’ Fe content averages 32-40%. The Sutamsky area is located 210 km southeast of Neryungri.Jonathan Henry, Gabriel’s President and Chief Executive Officer: “We continue to work closely with the Romanian Government to permit and build Romania’s first modern mine. Our campaign to highlight the substantial economic, social and environmental benefits of the Rosia Montana project continues and it is pleasing to see recent polls in Romania showing a significant majority in favour of the development of mining in Rosia Montana. We look forward to the TAC recommendation in the coming months.”ENK has completed the infill drilling program and has a nickel limonite and saprolite resource update for the Acoje project as well as an update on the nickel laterite infill drill program for the Zambales Chromite Mining Corp (ZCMC) project.  Both projects are located in close proximity on the west coast of Luzon, 250 km north of Manila in the Philippines. Xstrata Coal and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp have created a joint venture comprising contiguous metallurgical coal assets in the Peace River Coalfields in Western Canada.  JX Nippon Oil & Energy (Australia), a subsidiary of JX, has paid $435 million in cash to acquire a 25% interest in Xstrata Coal British Columbia (XCBC). Vista Gold Corp has announced the initial results of the current resource conversion drilling program at its Mt. Todd gold project in Northern Territory, Australia, and provide an update on the company’s development activities at the Mt. Todd gold project as the definitive feasibility study nears completion. The company has decided to build a project development team in Australia and to evaluate the potential for a larger project than contemplated in the feasibility study.Azumah Resources has reported an expansion in mineral resources to 1,016,000 oz Measured and Indicated and 659,000 oz Inferred gold plus a substantial upgrade in the classification of all major mineral resources at its Wa gold project, northwest Ghana.These are just some of the projects covered in this issue. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Full details on all these projects and information on and contacts for many, many more are to be found in the March 2 issue of International Mining Project News…..To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact emma@im-mining.com for a free trial copy.last_img read more

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The potash boom – Canadas pink gold rush attracts the world

first_imgBy Marc Davis, http://www.bnwnews.ca/ – Farmers around the globe are demanding better access and prices to the indispensable and irreplaceable pink salt known as potash, which optimises the delivery of nutrients to plants. With the precious cargo slung over his shoulder, Vikram Singh strides through his field spreading the white granular stuff where it matters most.”I can’t afford to waste any…I had to buy it on the black market,” says the 38-year-old farmer from Dostpur Mangroli village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. For the last two decades, Singh has toiled his field for wheat and rice to feed his family of six, using the white stuff to stimulate the crops and his livelihood, in India’s once-fertile Gangetic Plain.“I have to use more and more because the land is not as good as it once was…this is not only expensive, it’s very hard to get,” says Singh, who paid twice the retail amount of 1,200 rupees (about $23) for a bootleg 50-kg bag of the white stuff — potash-based fertiliser.Pressure is mounting on the governments of fast-emerging economies like China and India, which view the daunting challenge of providing their booming populations with better quality food as a potential threat to national security.A greater reliance on potash promises to virtually double the output of their agricultural sectors, as well as other similarly-challenged emerging economies. That’s because this strategic mineral can significantly improve crop yields, while requiring less arable land and less water. Investment industry analysts therefore agree that there will be heightened global demand for many years to come.This reality has for the past several years spurred on a multi-billion dollar, high-stakes race to acquire and control the world’s few remaining undeveloped potash deposits. Most of them can be found in Saskatchewan where potash lies abundantly in the salts left behind by an ancient inland sea.According to a January 2012 report by Toronto-based bond ratings agency DBRS: “The anticipation of persistent demand growth for fertilisers and the rapid rise in potash prices has led to an explosion of expansion projects from existing producers and new entrants.”Hence, China and India have high-priority national mandates to get a piece of the action before it is too late in what is now being dubbed as Saskatchewan’s Pink Gold Rush.Saskatchewan’s Minister of the Economy, Bill Boyd, looks forward to a boom in the potash industry that he believes will fertilize the future of his province. “We have established a global reputation as the world’s largest potash producer with nearly half of the world’s proven potash reserves,” he says in a recent interview. “This means billions of dollars of potential new investments, and thousands of jobs for Saskatchewan residents.”Patricio Varas, the CEO of Western Potash, agrees. “There is no doubt that Saskatchewan is the Saudi Arabia of potash,” he says. This helps explain why his small company is being courted by China and India, which have an eye on its Milestone project, just outside of Regina. Both emerging superpowers are particularly anxious to lock-in long-term potash supplies by partnering-up with any of the several smaller players in the Pink Gold Rush – ones that cannot afford to go forward alone, like Western Potash.This Vancouver-based company’s emerging story is being followed by Ben Isaacson, a Toronto-based mining analyst for Scotia Bank.“Given the recent re-emergence of ‘the potash independence theme’ by several emerging economies -Brazil, China, and India-we would not be surprised to see a SOE (state-owned enterprise) take a run at Western Potash in the near-term,” Isaacson said in an investment newsletter to clients late last year.Varas declined to comment on any pending deals and the investment industry’s speculation. But he is keen to emphasise his company’s pragmatic business strategy.    “Western Potash’s ultimate aim is to help solve food security issues in Asia by guaranteeing a secure, long-term supply of potash,” he says.The upstart company’s proposed solution mine in Milestone has the potential to produce at least 2.8 Mt/y of potash for at least 40 years. Solution mining involves pumping water into the mineral deposits and dissolving them for extraction. It is less costly, more environmentally-friendly, and faster to commercialize than conventional mining.In fact, Western Potash made headlines earlier this month by announcing its intention to pay the city of Regina to redirect much of its treated sewage water to its mine site. Currently, this effluent is deposited into the Wascana River.Potash sales are already worth some $150 billion a year on a global basis. Saskatchewan accounts for about a third of the world’s annual production of about 55 Mt. Russia and Belarus are the only other major producers. Yet Canada’s potash riches and its favorable political environment make it the preferred jurisdiction for all the new players who want to muscle-in on this lucrative industry. In the past couple of years, two leading global mining multinationals, Vale and Rio Tinto have entered the hunt for potash in Saskatchewan. The latter did so by partnering-up with one of Western Potash’s peers in the junior potash sector, North Atlantic Potash, in 2011. The German fertiliser heavyweight K+S AG also took the fast-track to becoming a potash producer in Canada by acquiring another small player, Potash One, last year.  But the biggest new entrant to Saskatchewan’s potash mining business by far is the world’s current largest mining company, BHP Billiton. It is developing its own mega potash mine at Janzen, near Saskatoon. This would become by far the largest mine of its kind when it eventually reaches full capacity at about 8 Mt/y. And BHP Billiton has four smaller mines in the pipeline, too. A couple of them were formerly owned by two more of Western Potash’s past rivals, Anglo Potash and Athabasca Potash, until BHP Billiton gobbled up both companies in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan’s existing operators -Potash Corp, Mosaic and Agrium -are midway through multi-billion-dollar expansions to their mines, all of which are at least 40 years old, but are still going strong. Potash Corp, alone, plans to almost double its output from about 9 Mt/y to around 17 Mt by 2015. Collectively, this clutch of deep-pocketed mining behemoths promises to more than double Canada’s existing production within the next few years. But these game-changing developments will mean little to poor, struggling farmers like Singh in India and others elsewhere in the world’s emerging economies. That is unless they get the potash at steady, reasonable prices. Currently Saskatchewan’s trio of producers sell their potash via a marketing agency known as Canpotex, which manages both prices and supplies. However, it is renowned for sometimes demanding lofty, inflexible prices, which was especially the case in 2008, when its prices spiked over $1,000/t, as compared to current levels of around $475/t. Canpotex’s ‘take it or leave it’ mindset has long been a thorn in the side of China, its biggest customer, as well as India.This is where new market entrants like Western Potash and the mining industry’s interloping titans come into the picture. They aim to break the stranglehold that these existing producers currently have on Canada’s supplies.“This should make for a more competitive environment by allowing supply/demand fundamentals to dictate pricing of this vital commodity, Varas says. “This should translate into a win-win situation.”last_img read more

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Immersive develops new range of coal mining simulators

first_imgImmersive Technologies says it has furthered its commitment to the mining industry with the development of simulators (Conversion Kit) for underground coal mining. Simulators include those for continuous miners, shuttle cars, roof bolters, longwalls and miner bolters. “These products feature a previously unseen degree of simulation realism and Immersive Technologies’ ingenious new RealMove natural movement system. Bolstered with a demonstrated capability to deliver quantified improvements in cost savings, productivity and safety; Immersive Technologies offers a degree of training effectiveness not previously available to underground coal mining operations.”“Until now, there has been no training solution on the market which fully addresses the unique training requirements for underground coal equipment operators. These new products highlight our ongoing approach to invest in driving customer safety and profitability though our industry leading technology and extensive mining experience,” said Richard Beesley, Underground Coal Business Unit Manager. The simulators provide an authentic and comprehensive recreation of an underground coal mining work environment and support the following models with plans to continually develop new machines:JOY 14CM15 continuous miner with wireless TX2 or TX3 remoteJOY 10SC32 shuttle carFletcher CHDDR roof bolterCaterpillar EL3000 longwallJOY 12CM30 miner bolterImmersive Technologies has also firmly extended its Complete and Scalable Solution for operator workforce development into the underground coal mining industry. Beesley, an experienced roof bolter operator, says: “The expanded product line is the result of intense research and development drawing from original equipment manufacturers, industry best practices, subject matter experts and safety requirements specific to the underground coal mining industry.”The innovation continues with the development of the world’s first RealMove natural movement system, through this technology the operator can naturally walk around the 3D virtual environment to avoid hazards or to perform a full walk around of the machine. This is a key feature for remote machine operators where awareness of ones surroundings can be the difference between life and death. “The ability to train operators to react correctly during potentially life threatening situations is invaluable in underground mining. Many dangerous situations rarely take place so training operators to understand proper protocol in a safe environment is essential for underground operations,” Beesley says.The new machines operate on the CM360 Advanced Equipment Simulator. This platform was built upon the proven design and configuration of the Immersive Technologies UG360 Advanced Equipment Simulator. The CM360 utilises the full 360 degree visual experience recognising the distinct operating conditions of the underground mining environment. It features an entirely removable motion platform to permit both seated and remote operated simulation from within the one platform. The company states: “Particular care and attention to detail has been put into the visuals for these machines, setting new standards in 3D graphical machine models for mining simulations. RealMove along with the unparalleled degree of simulation realism allows operators to train at a level of detail the underground mining industry hasn’t seen before. Small details are critical to proper operations and we are excited to unveil these advancements in underground coal mining training. The company is to embark on a roadshow in popular coal mining regions to showcase the new developments.”last_img read more

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