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first_imgLondon: Boris Johnson Thursday secured his position as the frontrunner in the race to succeed Theresa May as British Prime Minister as he won the highest number of votes in the first round of the leadership poll. The former Cabinet minister received 114 votes in the first round of a secret ballot of Tory MPs held in the House of Commons, followed by UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt in second place with 43 and environment secretary Michael Gove third with 37 votes. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Three contenders Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey were knocked out of the race after failing to secure the minimum requirement of 17 votes. It leaves seven candidates in the fray for the second round of voting next week, including former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab in fourth place with 27 votes, home secretary Sajid Javid fifth with 23, health secretary Matt Hancock sixth with 20 and international development secretary Rory Stewart in last place with 19. The two most popular MPs from among the seven will be put to the wider Tory party members in a final vote later this month, with the winner of the contest to succeed May in Downing Street expected to be announced in the week of July 22.last_img read more

first_imgOAK BAY, B.C. – A nomadic group of homeless people has chosen one of Canada’s wealthiest communities to pitch some tents and draw attention to housing shortages for disadvantaged people across British Columbia.The latest location for the wandering group of 15 people is Willows Park, a seaside recreation area in the Victoria suburb of Oak Bay, known for its tea rooms, elderly population and turn-of-century mansions worth millions.Chrissy Brett, a homeless activist and spokeswoman for the campers, said the campers arrived Wednesday after taking down their tents at the District of Oak Bay’s municipal hall. She said the campers spent seven nights on municipal property.“Every municipality should look at currently having a municipal campground available,” she said. “This is more comfortable here than wandering the streets.”Brett spoke as a pelting rain with gusting winds threatened to lift her tent from its supports, while large waves crashed upon the nearby beach.“The government needs to recognize Canadian citizens who are homeless,” she said. “In Canada, you’re a fourth-world person in a first-world country if you are Indigenous or homeless.”Housing Minister Selina Robinson said she is disappointed to hear about people living in tents anywhere in the province.“It breaks my heart because that’s not the kind of province I want to be living in where people can’t find a home,” she said Thursday. “At the end of the day, no British Columbian wants to see people in tents, in parks or on beaches.”Robinson said the government promised in its budget update last month to provide 2,000 modular units for the homeless and funding for staffing and support services. She expects at least 1,000 of the homes to be ready this winter.Vancouver has already provided property to locate some of the modular homes, and they are in negotiations with officials in Surrey, Smithers and Greater Victoria about possible sites, she said.“They are safe, secure. They have their own washrooms,” Robinson said.Brett said the group has camped in various Victoria-area communities for the past seven weeks, moving every seven days. She said they spent three weeks at different locations in Victoria, two weeks in nearby Saanich and will be in Oak Bay for at least two weeks.Oak Bay’s deputy police chief said the community is well aware of the campers and police have been on the watch, but so far it has been peaceful.Ray Bernoties said Oak Bay’s bylaws do not permit overnight camping in municipal parks, but since the campers have said they’ll move within seven days police will wait and watch the situation.“So far there have been no violent incidents, no property damage. There have been no noise complaints. At this time I’m inclined to wait them out and hope they keep their word,” he said.Brett said the municipalities have tolerated the campers in every location. She acknowledged that B.C. municipalities have been bearing the brunt of homeless issues as the provincial and federal governments cast off housing issues to communities.Brett is an activist who spent weeknights living at Victoria’s tent city homeless camp on provincial property at the city’s downtown law courts before returning to live with her family on weekends.For the past 3½ months Brett said she has been homeless and staying with family and friends. She said she was recently able to find housing for herself and her children, but that hasn’t been finalized yet.The camp at the law courts saw more than 100 homeless people build a village of tents, fences and fires on provincial property in the middle of an affluent, tree-lined downtown neighbourhood.Neighbours complained of rats and used syringes, while the residents and homeless activists said the camp was a real-life snapshot of the lack of shelter space and housing for vulnerable people.The first tents arrived at the courthouse lawn in November 2015, and the final tent did not come down until August of last year.B.C. spent more than $25 million to purchase and renovate properties to provide over 190 spaces for homeless people in Victoria, including shelter and living units at a former youth jail, a community centre and a former seniors’ care facility.Bernoties said the campers have been a topic of conversation in Oak Bay.“I can tell you Oak Bay people have been very compassionate towards the situation and the camp has indeed increased awareness and conversations in coffee shops in Oak Bay,” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Chrissy Brett was a longtime resident of the tent city in Victoria. It also said the homeless camp in Victoria was taken down in August.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY — Credit rating agency DBRS Ltd. is warning that some of the big Canadian oil and gas companies it covers could face downgrades in their credit scores if current steep price discounts for their products continue.Such rating cuts could affect the companies’ ability to access credit to fund growth and potentially increase what they pay to service their debt.Energy senior vice-president Victor Vallance of DBRS says the wide difference between oil prices in Western Canada and on global markets is unprecedented and makes predicting energy company profitability and cash flow extremely difficult.He says the recent drop in London-traded Brent and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices make the problem even more acute for Calgary-based oil and gas producers, estimating that their credit ratings will deteriorate if discounts don’t improve significantly in the next six months or so.Like most analysts, he blames the discounts on a lack of pipeline capacity to take oil to market, adding that the constraints which initially mainly affected heavy crude grades are now also affecting upgraded synthetic crude from the oilsands and light oil.He says the difference between WTI and Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude has narrowed recently because more WCS oil is being shipped via rail and companies are voluntarily curtailing output to avoid low prices.“Currently the differential is very high on heavy, it’s very high on light, it’s very high on synthetic, so that’s putting a lot of pressure on cash flows and, obviously, credit metrics as a result,” Vallance said.“It’s very unusual. I’ve never seen … this disconnect between Canada and the rest of the world, unfortunately, because of the increase in supply and not sufficient enough expansion of takeaway capacity.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Marrakesh – The COP22, which will run in Marrakesh until Nov. 18, generated a total of 760,000 tweets in the Twitter social network, according to website “climatetalkslive.org“.The figures are continuously growing and reached on Thursday at 5.30 p.m. over 214,000 tweets, 537,000 re-tweets and 9,000 commentaries.The most influential participants are the United Nations Organization and the World Bank, and the top trends and hashtags are #parisagreement and #climateaction. Among the most influential leaders who posted COP22 tweets are Spanish head of government Mariano Rajoy (21 mln followers) with 8 tweets, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta (12 mln followers) with 6 tweets and the French president (6.5 mln followers) with 2 tweets. read more

The IUSF said the protest was staged against attempts to suppress the students. (Colombo Gazette) The Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a protest staged by university students in Fort today.The protest was staged by the Inter University Students’ Federation.

Eyeing Diversity & Inclusion at EC19 Michelle Burbick March 07, 2019 What sort of diversity and inclusion policies make sense for your enterprise? Let’s face it, telecommunications can be confusing. From under- or over-procured services and costly legacy technologies that are hard to locate, to carrier billings that never align with what was promised, gaining transparency in telecommunications can be a challenge for even the strongest IT department. TEM is defined as the management of wireless and wireline service and asset expenses. If your company is thinking about purchasing a TEM solution, here are a few items to consider and questions to ask of your TEM provider: Many businesses lack a streamlined process for handling telecom invoices. In the early days, enterprises would have large stacks of invoices that one department would look over and validate, then it would go to another department for payment processing. Errors are more likely to occur during these tedious tasks being carried out manually across multiple departments. In order to streamline this activity, large enterprises have turned to Telecom Expense Management (TEM). With multiple vendors — national and regional — and with service endpoints in multiple locations, not to mention legacy PBX/Centrex services, there’s plenty of opportunity for cloudy costs and unexplained services. I hope this has helped you think about the need to understand, stabilize, and gain visibility into all aspects of getting a handle on your telecom expenses. Invoice reconciliation and payment processing is only one piece of the audit/optimization puzzle. Digging into contracts, understanding jurisdictions, benchmarking against the industry, studying patterns — all this is what you should be after and concerned with. You should also look for a provider with 100% vendor independence and no additional “back-side” compensation from any vendor or carrier from their recommendations. Log in or register to post comments Is the TEM provider vendor-independent, and can it design a custom solution for your enterprise?Will the TEM provider prepare recommendations to ensure alignment with your company’s current and future strategy?How much optimization experience does it have, and what sector is it most prevalent in?Will it identify all devices and/or services that your enterprise is paying for but is no longer using?Does it have a clear understanding of bidding and contracting periods and cycles as well as how these relate to potential savings opportunities for your enterprise?Does it have an in-depth understanding of the taxes and fees associated with services being billed and their appropriateness?Be wary of carriers offering to be your TEM provider or provide a “free audit” of your wireless and or landline services. This is like letting the cat in the hen house. Once they are in, they will be offering up their services, their rate plans, etc.Ask the TEM provider if it receives any commissions from carriers for recommending their rate plans to the enterprise.Does the TEM provider offer best practice solutions to your employees and stakeholders to ensure proper review of telecommunications expenses in the future?Besides just finding billing errors, ask if it right-sizes technologies and obtains credits to positively impact your company’s bottom line. See All in Organization & Management » “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:Best PracticesTelecom Expense ManagementTEMcarrierstelecommunicationstelecom expensesOrganization & ManagementConsultant PerspectivesManaged ServicesMobilitySCTC Articles You Might Like Aligning Expectations: Key to Project Success Melissa Swartz July 24, 2019 An RFP spells out expectations from a buyer’s point of view. The SOW shows what the seller plans to provide. They should match. Enterprise IT Infrastructure Spending on the Rise Michelle Burbick January 10, 2019 Cloud and software continue to impact enterprise IT spending on collaboration infrastructure. ExpenseManagement_774.png For the past 25 years or so we have seen it all. Recently, however, with our clients we have seen a significant increase in mobile devices being used in the enterprise. It did not take long for the consumer, who enjoyed great features with their smartphone, to bring that same technology into the enterprise. Businesses are now aware of these shifts and bowing down to the user’s preferences for them to collaborate effectively wherever they are. According to Pew Research, while only 35% of Americans had smartphones in 2011, that percentage grew to 68% in 2015, and in 2017, 92% of Americans had smartphones. Cisco & Social Responsibility: Going Beyond the Norm Zeus Kerravala October 04, 2019 Company’s mission includes ending poverty, through partnership with international advocacy group Global Citizen. Identifying the Hidden Challenges Facing IT Infrastructure Elizabeth (Beth) English January 02, 2019 Complexity and rapid technological advancement are making data center environments difficult to navigate. Telecom spending is one of the highest expenses for businesses and corporations, yet it is the least understood among enterprises today. It’s sad to say, but landline carriers have made the bills so complex, that Accounts Payable departments just pay the amount being billed with no questions asked. Bills are laden with surcharges levied by phone companies, state subscriber line charges, telecom relay services charges, property tax allotment fees, universal service fund, universal connectivity fee, carrier cost recovery fee, federal charges, local charges, city tax, state tax, utility tax, gross receipts tax, 911 fees… and the list goes on and on. These fees vary depending on your geographical area, and may not be charged at all, but are essentially user fees imposed by local or state governments. sctcperspective_Small.png read more

NEW YORK — A coalition of 161 manufacturers, farmers, retailers, natural gas and oil companies as well as other business groups, has signed a letter asking President Donald Trump to postpone tariff rate increases on Chinese goods slated to take effect this year.The letter, dated Wednesday and organized by Americans for Free Trade Coalition, comes as tariff increases are set to take effect starting Sunday, followed by further increases Oct. 1 and Dec. 15.The group says the tariffs come right in the middle of the busy holiday period and that action is needed to protect American businesses and consumers this holiday season.It says a large portion of holiday merchandise will still be hit by the September and October tariff increases at an even higher rate than initially anticipated.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2012 12:17 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar fell slightly Tuesday as investors became more confident that U.S. leaders could reach a budget agreement in the coming days.The loonie was down 0.1 of a cent to 101.56 cents US near midday.House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Tuesday that he remains hopeful that a fiscal cliff compromise can be reached but, says President Barack Obama has yet to offer a balanced deficit-cutting plan. Boehner said that Obama’s latest offer for $1.3 trillion in tax increases over the next decade with $850 billion in spending cuts is not balanced enough.But Boehner’s plan also faces opposition from other quarters. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Boehner plan can’t pass the Democratic-run Senate.If congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House can’t reach a deal by Jan. 1, tax cuts enacted a decade ago for all Americans will expire and government programs will be cut across the board. The combination could lead to a U.S. recession that could spread to other economies of the world.The commodity-heavy Loonie also faced a move from Australia’s central bank to cut interest rates, saying that it believes mining investment is reaching its peak.In commodities, oil prices trekked higher as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 89 cents to US$88.09 a barrel.March copper rose 0.3 of a cent to US$3.67 a pound while February gold bullion moved down $4.90 to US$1,693.30 an ounce. Canadian dollar dips as US budget talks progress, commodities mixed read more

Pointing to the Global Ocean Science Report, which UNESCO launched at The Ocean Conference, she said “[It] records for the first time where and how existing ocean science capacities are empowering society, sustaining the environment and generating knowledge to conserve ocean resources for all. Our message is clear – much has been done to promote and finance ocean science, but much more is required to fill the capacity gaps,” she explained. With this in mid, she said that UNESCO and partners are calling for 2021-2030 to become the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development “to provide Governments, the scientific community, civil society and all other actors with a framework for coordinating and consolidating the observations and research needed to achieve SDG14.”’We can ride the waves of change to a more positive outcome for the oceans’Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) said: “The future of the world’s oceans is our future. Yet the present state of the oceans is troubling.” Indeed, people she has met this week at The Ocean Conference, from places as far flung as Sweden, Fiji, and Costa Rica, told stories of how the ocean they see today is a shadow of its former self. “Populations of fish, corals and other living creatures have suffered, and there is a great deal more plastic in our oceans. Ocean acidification, marine pollution, and damaging fisheries practices – they are all the result of human activities,” she said, but added: “Humans can also make a difference. And they are.” Noting that earlier this week, she had reported that as far as marine protected areas coverage is concerned, the world is on track to achieve the global Aichi Biodiversity Target of 10 per cent conservation of coastal and marine areas by 2020. The world can now take the steps to ensure that these areas are effectively managed, representative, and support equitable and inclusive sustainable development. Ms. Pasca Palmer said that here in New York, she sensed the same enthusiasm, energy and political will that was seen during the negotiations for the Paris Agreement on climate change. “We are at a point where we can change the tide on the oceans. The discussions this week are about working rowing together, connecting our actions, and learning from each other. We can ride the waves of change to a more positive outcome for the oceans, and the future we want,” she stated.AUDIO: A special ceremony involving ocean advocates, scientists, youth, business leaders, senior diplomats and politicians took place at UN Headquarters to honour the ocean. On this World Oceans Day, we look to the future. Caring for, and using, our oceans in sustainable ways is critical to achieve ecological and economic goals for communities everywhere,” said Mr. Guterres in a message on the Day. This year, World Oceans Day is being celebrated alongside the first-ever The Ocean Conference, which has been under way in New York since Monday and wraps up tomorrow, aiming to strengthen commitments to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 14 – to conserve and viably use the ocean.Mr. Guterres said the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious framework which, together, the international community will use to address these threats and improve people’s lives. “World Oceans Day provides an important opportunity to advocate for a sustainable future,” he said, adding that governments, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society in New York are ready to launch a call for action to support implementation of SDG 14. “Looking forward, the conservation and sustainable use of oceans can be achieved only if we manage to address effectively the threats that oceans face,” the Secretary-General said, stressing that “our future will thus be determined by our collective resolve to share information and find solutions to common problems.” ‘Unite for the ocean we need, for the future we want’ – UNECSO chiefA healthy ocean requires robust global knowledge of ocean science, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has said, marking the Day with a strong call to mobilize and harness the best scientific knowledge to protect our planet’s vital oceans.“We cannot manage what we cannot measure, and no single country is able to measure the myriad changes taking place in the ocean. From Fiji to Sweden, from Namibia to the Arctic, all Governments and partners must share knowledge to craft common science-based policies,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in her message commemorating the Day.According to UNESCO, oceans give humankind the keys to its survival, from oxygen to a well-functioning climate, to key elements of our natural and human heritage. “For this, we must nurture, mobilize and harness the best scientific knowledge,” she stressed. read more

Ohio State’s Luke Fickell named head coach of the University of Cincinnati. Credit: Courtesy of University of Cincinnati AthleticsOhio State co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell has agreed to a six-year contract to become the University of Cincinnati’s head football coach. The university announced the hire on Saturday afternoon, scheduling a press conference for 3:15 p.m. The contract details will be released following approval by the UC Board of Trustees.The press release said that Fickell will remain with OSU throughout the playoffs.Fickell has been the head of the OSU defense since 2005, briefly serving as interim head coach in 2011 before returning to defensive coordinator.Fickell has been with the OSU program since the 2002-2003 season.This season, Fickell has shared the defensive coordinator duties with Greg Schiano. The two have led a defense  that ranks fourth in total defense leads the country with seven interceptions for touchdowns and ranks fourth with 19 interceptions.Since Fickell started coaching the linebacker unit in 2004, OSU has produced three different first-team All-American players and 12 NFL draft picks, not including the current linebackers at OSU.Fickell played for OSU from 1992 to 1996, where he started four seasons at nose guard and started in a school record 50 consecutive games.Fickell’s only head coaching experience prior to Cincinnati has been his interim position with OSU in 2011, where he went 6-7 with the Buckeyes.He will take over a Bearcats’ team that went 4-8 in 2016 before former coach Tommy Tuberville left the program. read more

After enduring two postponed games because of inclement weather in their series with the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Columbus Clippers split a doubleheader Friday, losing the first game, 5-2, and winning the second, 3-0. The series, which was set to begin Tuesday, was pushed until Wednesday because of poor weather. There were two more weather-related postponements during the four-game series before it ended Friday night. “It has been a little tough because we haven’t been able to take batting practice in a week, so we have been off that a little bit,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “But the guys have handled it well, and we know it’s part of the game.” The first game of Friday’s doubleheader began at 5:05 p.m., finishing up the five innings that were left over from Thursday night. The Clippers lost the game, 5-2, but they weren’t finished. The second game began at 7:05 p.m. and lasted seven innings. The Clippers pulled out a 3-0 win behind right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister, who is now 7-0 on the season after holding the Red Sox to just three hits. The Clippers (28-14) and Red Sox (21-20) finished the series, 2-2. McAllister is the first International League pitcher to obtain seven victories on the season, according to the Clippers website. “I felt like I was able to use my fastball pretty well tonight and locate both sides of the plate,” McAllister said. “Obviously I left a couple pitches that they were able to hit, but I thought I had a decent mix. I like to get early outs, and when I have my defense behind me, that’s huge.” The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning, when Clippers outfielder Josh Rodriguez homered to center field, putting the Clippers on the board, 1-0. “Off the bat I knew I hit it well, but I didn’t think I hit it well enough to, or at least high enough to, get it out,” Rodriguez said. “But the ball was traveling well tonight, and I was able to get it out.” The other two runs resulted from a Red Sox error in the bottom of the sixth inning, clinching the win for the Clippers. “In games like this where you have seven innings, you like to get on the board early, help your pitcher out, help him relax, but Zach didn’t really need that,” Rodriguez said. “He pitched a hell of a game. We got on the board early. It was a good outing for us, and that’s what we needed.” Many players said the inclement weather put a damper on the Clippers’ normal routine. “You have to get used to it,” McAllister said. “Everyone plays in bad weather, but I don’t think it affects us as much as some people might think. I’ve played in it my entire life. It’s just a matter of getting your mind right before you go out.” However, Sarbaugh noted, the weather can affect the overall routine of the team. “Baseball players are routine oriented, so we have been off that a little bit,” Sarbaugh said. “I think it shows more in the defense because you aren’t getting that defensive work during batting practice, but the guys have handled it well.” The Clippers will host a four-game series against the Durham Bulls (24-17) beginning May 21. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFinance Minister pays visit to CDB in BarbadosMay 9, 2014In “Politics”Guyanese among 16 professionals now Certified Energy Manager’s- CDBJuly 31, 2018In “Business”CDB to assist Govt to overcome project implementation challengesFebruary 9, 2018In “Business” A loan of USD1.3 million, to assist in upgrading the water sector in Guyana, has been approved by the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).The CDB in a statement said that the funds, provided to the Government of Guyana, will be used to provide consultancy services to develop a national water policy, as well as to provide designs and estimates for the construction of water treatment plants and the upgrade of related infrastructure.“The Government of Guyana is currently seeking to enhance the management of its water resources, as well as increase the availability and access of water to communities. We expect that these funds will be used to provide technically viable solutions for the improvement of water supply to approximately 68,000 people who live along in the coast as well as in the hinterland regions,” said Daniel Best, Director of Projects at CDB.“In laying the groundwork for the construction of water treatment plants and the upgrade of existing infrastructure, under the Water Sector Enhancement Project, consultants will also conduct a study to determine the feasibility of using water from the Hope Canal for potable water purposes; prepare a national water policy, and develop recommendations for institutional strengthening” said the CDB.For many residents and businesses in the coastal regions of Guyana, water supply is characterized by low water pressure.Moreover, the projected impacts of climate change are expected to result in more frequent dry periods, as well as more intense rainfall.According to CDB, plans for new infrastructure will incorporate climate resilient designs.“This phase of the Project is expected to be completed within 18 months. It is consistent with CDB’s strategic objective of supporting inclusive and sustainable growth and development within its Borrowing Member Countries, as well as the Bank’s corporate priorities of strengthening and modernising social and economic infrastructure; and promoting environmental sustainability (climate change resilience, environmental management).” read more

Shaquille John(Trinidad Guardian) An aspiring mechanic was murdered in Carenage during a drive-by shooting in the area on Wednesday night.Police said Shaquille John, of Resurrection, Upper Haig Street, had finished work and stopped off at a savannah in the area where some of his friends had gathered at around 9 pm. It turned out to be a fatal choice. A Nissan AD Wagon reportedly pulled up alongside the group and two gunmen in the vehicle opened fire.John, relatives said, had his back to the roadway and was none the wiser to the attack while his friends scattered when made aware of the danger.He was shot several times about the body. He was taken to the St James Medical Facility where he was pronounced dead.Just one week ago, John, 20, had reconciled with his father, his mother Stacy Ann John told reporters at the Forensic Science Centre St James. She said he had long expressed his dreams to be a mechanic and having spent several years taking odd jobs with other garages, finally put aside his differences and accepted a role in his father’s garage. She said she was happy to see John make that decision because it meant that he would be off the streets and involved in a field he had long been interested. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSchoolboy murdered in T&T, ten years after brotherJuly 5, 2018In “latest news”Caribbean News Round – UpOctober 6, 2015In “Regional”Police charge suspect in UK cricketer’s murderApril 16, 2016In “Crime” read more

first_imgWeir Minerals Africa believes “an economic recovery in the mining sector is on the horizon,” and is gearing up in readiness for that. According to Gavin Dyer, Weir Minerals Africa’s Regional Managing Director for Africa and the Middle East, signs of market improvement have been coming through in the company’s order book since the end of last year.“So we have been preparing our operations and distribution systems for this long awaited upturn, in line with our ambitious growth plans,” says Dyer. “We aim to achieve at least double the growth rate of our markets, and our past success shows our ability to reach and exceed tough targets like these. For instance, we aimed to double our business between 2010 and 2015, but achieved that goal in just three and a half years.”The company has built its strong reputation on the back of a substantial installed base of Warman® slurry pumps in particular. This, in turn, supports continued growth of its aftermarket supply and associated services to support these products. It is also making progress in gaining market share with non-slurry products and services. Huge opportunity lies in the application of the new and improved materials and technologies that Weir has developed over the years – which improve the performance of the older technologies still being employed in customers’ operations around the continent.“With deep roots in the mining industry in Africa, we have a large installed base of products, particularly the older generation pumping technology,” he says. “Our newer materials and technologies mean that customers have the opportunity to upgrade their existing equipment rather than replacing these with new units. Such upgrades are a cost-effective route to higher efficiencies and productivity improvements.”Dyer emphasises that its technological advances and successful applications around the world allow Weir to implement these solutions for customers in Africa, introducing the latest materials and technologies almost anywhere on the continent.“Where our customers are operating in remote mining locations, our value proposition based on the lowest total cost of ownership is especially important, giving them affordable solutions to optimise their processes so that there is less downtime for maintenance and related disruptions,” he says.Pushing the frontiers of innovation through its own research centre, Weir also partners with universities and leverages its own worldwide presence by collaborating between group companies in different countries; high-level technical advances are continuously generated, and the results are shared globally.Growth in Africa for Weir also means benefiting local economies through its philosophy of full participation in the markets it serves. This includes helping smaller suppliers to build capacity and spreading the benefits of economic development; in South Africa, for instance, it has identified a small foundry as an important sub-contracted supplier and has assisted in the installation of quality systems and technical advice.“Our presence across Africa creates opportunities for other local businesses as suppliers, and we employ staff from local communities,” says Dyer. “While we prefer trading directly with our customers, we also have strong relationships with agents and distributors in the region; we see value in being in close proximity to our customers, and so we expand our geographic presence wherever demand requires.”This is also in line with Weir’s strong commitment to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice, with a particular focus on skills development. Its work on this front led to the company recently earning the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) award for excellence as the Most Transformed Company of the Year. It also supports a range of social responsibility initiatives that develop science and maths skills – which in turn feeds into the talent pipeline.last_img read more

first_imgLast month, Starbucks finally stopped testing its new mobile payment system after first introducing it back in 2009 and went national with apps that allowed customers to pay for their morning cup of joe just by showing their barista a barcode on the display of their iPhone, Blackberry or Android device.After a year and a half of testing, Starbucks must have been pretty confident that the new phone payment system was secure, right? It seems not: reports are already surfacing that Starbucks’ new payment system is so trivial to hack that all it requires is just looking over someone’s shoulder.For someone to rob your Starbucks account dry, they don’t even really need to do any hacking. Instead, all they need is to see your smartphone’s display and be able to take a picture of it with their camera phone.Here’s how it works: usually when you pay for something with a similar smartphone system, the app changes the barcode each transaction. In Starbucks’ app, though the barcode never changes, which means that if someone can take a picture of your barcode, they can pass your account off as their own indefinitely.That’s a pretty huge vulnerability and while the chances are low of you being hacked, you should still watch out: who knows if that customer in line behind you is just waiting to charge his afternoon Trenta to your account?Read more at The Registerlast_img read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Roger de Montfort 88 Comments Jun 13th 2017, 8:40 PM Yes (6948) Ireland is one step closer to lifting the Good Friday alcohol ban Cabinet approved a number of amendments to a private members bill which would lift the ban. 25,460 Views http://jrnl.ie/3442177 Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 8:40 PM YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Closing pubs on Good Friday ‘part of our national identity’, says Fine Gael senator>Read: ‘We’ve outgrown this dated practice’: Bill tabled to open pubs on Good Friday> Short URLcenter_img Poll Results: Image: Shutterstock/Roger de Montfort Share44 Tweet Email1 No (2608) By Christina Finn THE LIFTING OF the alcohol ban on Good Friday got one step closer today, as Cabinet approved amendments to a private members bill that will lift the ban in restaurants, registered clubs and hotels.Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has already said the Government will not oppose the Bill tabled by the Independent Senator Billy Lawless earlier this year.The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 aims to reverse the obligatory closure of licensed premises every year on Good Friday.Today’s amendments extend the scope of the Bill, but as it stands the ban on alcohol in pubs on Good Friday still exists.Originally, the Government had intended to deal with the 90-year old alcohol ban with its own legislation, but it is now happy to allow the private members bill to proceed on, with amendments made to it along the way.While lifting the ban in pubs is yet to be approved by Cabinet, one government source said today’s amendments “signals the direction and intention” of the government to move towards an overall lifting of the ban in pubs, restaurants, clubs and hotels.What do you think?Mini-poll: Should pubs be allowed to open on Good Friday? I don’t know (199) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgVancouver is scheduled to start resurfacing Northeast 162nd/164th Avenue next week, a project expected to wrap up in mid-July.The road work will extend from Northeast 18th Street to Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard. Lakeside Industries, the contractors on the project, will conduct work overnight from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday nights through Saturday mornings. Crews will grind off existing pavement, resurface with hot asphalt and replace pavement markings.The corridor will remain open during the project, though traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.The resurfacing project is part of the city’s 2019 Pavement Management Program. For a full map of roadwork planned for the upcoming summer, visit cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/resurfacing-paving-projects and click on the 2019 Pavement Management project map.last_img read more

Robbie Keane tips Pochettino for long stay at Spurs

first_imgRobbie Keane believes that Tottenham are “on the verge of something special” under Mauricio Pochettino and expects the Argentine to prolong his stay at the club.Despite several reports linking Pochettino to the United job, former Spurs striker Robbie is convinced he’s going nowhere.“I’m very convinced he’ll be here for a long time,” Keane told Sky Sports.“He’s said so many times that he’s happy at the club. He’s said he’s building something very, very exciting.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He hasn’t won anything since he’s been here but the progress since he’s come in… when Jamie (Redknapp) and I were here, Tottenham were a mid-table team, maybe getting to a quarter-final.“It went on another step under Martin Jol. Harry (Redknapp) then came in and did an exceptional job. This club is moving forward with (Pochettino) at the helm. It’s important he stays here.“For him to win something at this club, for what he’s built, would be great for the team. He’s turned people like Harry Kane and Dele Alli into superstars. It’s been amazing, so it’s important for the club and Daniel Levy to keep him here.“Winning a trophy needs to be as soon as possible but what he’s done in the last few years has been exceptional. I think they’re on the verge, Tottenham, of doing something special.”last_img read more

Minnis vows to hold Government accountable two sworn in Friday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 15, 2017 – Nassau –  Experience with talent is the blend the Free National Movement Administration says it is going for as it began, on Friday evening, unveiling what Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis called, the ‘People’s Government’.   Peter Turnquest was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, and hailed by the country leader as having true experience in finance and business and the PM committed to adhering to the constitution and finance regulations for equitable service.  DPM Turnquest was also lauded for community service as Grand Bahama Scout Association leader, Anglican Church Men fellowship member and Rotarian.   PM Minnis said this government will use the people’s money for what it is supposed to be used for and not to serve private interests; that statement attracted applause from the audience gathered on the lawn of Government House for the ceremony which also included the swearing in of Attorney General, Carl Bethel who will serve as leader of Government business in the Senate.   A former AG, three term House of Assembly member, former Chairman of BAIC and a once cabinet minister for Education, Economic Development and a state minister for economic affairs, Bethel is also a two year Queens Counsel attorney who served on the constitutional commission.  Hon. Senator Bethel, was also lauded for his role in community work as a Kiwanian.  A foundational theme of PM Hubert Minnis’ remarks was on accountability and integrity as he promised to hold his ministers to the highest standards of ethical conduct in their performance of their public duties.#MagneticMediaNews#ministerssworninFriday#Bahamasnewgovernment#PrimeMinisterHubertMinnis Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Bahamasnewgovernment, #magneticmedianews, #ministerssworninFriday, #PrimeMinisterHubertMinnislast_img read more

first_imgCosplay reigned supreme once again this Memorial Day weekend in sunny Orlando, Florida for Megacon 2018. Each year I am absolutely blown away by how unique and inventive most of Megacon’s attendees are with their intricate costumes and props. From LED lights and power packs, to built-in sound systems and handcrafted works of art; cosplay at Megacon is far beyond cardboard boxes and construction paper (even though that can be found also.) This year the show highlighted some pretty big cosplay talent including Vamp, Danielle Marie, and Jessica Nigri along with a slew of others. I absolutely love attending this show and seeing how far its cosplay talent has grown since my first year attending seventeen years ago dressed as Lupin the 3rd. The cosplay contest blew fans away and the show floor afterwords had tons of attendees wanting photos with the winners. Check out this year’s photos below, and you might see a few familiar faces!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.AdChoices广告last_img read more