APTN Investigates 10 Sales Pitch – Buyers Beware

first_img(APTN Investigates reporter John Murray approaches Aboriginal Auto as seen through the lens of the hidden camera.)Without doing any shopping or looking at vehicles they immediately wanted to do a credit application.Birchwood general manager, Robyn Okaja, said in an email that this is their routine process as long as the customer agrees. She went on to say people are unlikely to walk on the lot these days.“Rarely, if ever, does a customer begin the purchase process in our dealership. It always starts on line,” she said.The same thing happened when we visited Big Chief Motors.Arora said, it often makes sense to get a credit application first because many customers don’t even know their own credit standing.Although getting a credit application first seemed unusual, as many experts recommend knowing your budget and what you are going to buy first, it is routine with these retailers. (Tricia Dano removes the dealership branding from her truck. Dano says she likes the truck but she felt she just wasn’t treated fairly.)A Sour Deal? “It was so cold and so shocking,” Dano said.The couple was on the hook for two payments after all and now they were three payments behind on one of the loans.Tricia called the bank and told them about the mix-up.“When I told him what happened he kind of just went silent. He just had this kind of noise. And he said, we can’t. There’s no way that we can pre-approve you,” she said.She immediately took her concern to the general manager of the dealership.After a series of sometimes terse emails they began phoning each other and trying to come to a resolution.Dano shared her experience on social media and her friends also posted about what happened.This didn’t go over well with the general manager who Dano says insisted those posts be deleted before any kind of resolution was discussed.APTN asked George Iny to look over the Dano’s agreement.There were other parts of the deal that were questionable, he said.He called it “a terrible deal for the buyer.”“So they take back your vehicle but the outstanding payment — that’s called The Upside Down Consumer. That person then has that added to the price of the next vehicle,” he said.Iny noted that it was unusual to have an aftermarket warranty with a brand new vehicle.He said compared to the factory warranty it would be limited in scope, less comprehensive, potentially more difficult to get service, and more expensive.And then there were the extras.There was $7,000 cash-back line in the document which is really a $7,000 loan included in the financing.Iny said the tire warranty and anti-theft etching were over-priced.“Never take nitrogen in your tires from a car dealer. You can get it for free or for five dollars a tire at many retailers,” Iny said.And the rust protection sold to the Danos wasn’t just overpriced but also unnecessary because the truck the Danos bought was aluminium.“So it’s doubtful that rust proofing developed for steel vehicles would even do the trick,” he added.He also noted that clearly the Danos were given a financing arrangement that was suspect.“For a certain percentage of consumers the kind of advertising that promises to put you behind the wheel of a new vehicle is addictive. It’s really hard to pass on and you’re vulnerable in that case unfortunately. And there should be protections,” Iny said.What protections are there for consumers?APTN learned that every province has a complaint-driven process which means no one is watching these deals.“I’m unhappy to tell you that the people who should be protecting you are not,” said Iny.  “There are either gaps in the laws on the books or they should be used or could be used creatively.”The Remedy The Danos still live in Winnipeg and are on the hook for two payments but did get a cash settlement from Birchwood.The dealership did offer a full refund but that was not reasonable nor affordable.“We would have had to pay $21,000 to get out of it which we didn’t have, obviously we didn’t have it,” Tricia Dano said.That amount includes the cash-back amount and also the outstanding balance from the trade-in.“I took the remedy because we needed something. Anything was better than nothing because we’re screwed,” Verne Dano said.Tricia Dano found the process humiliating as well.“[I’ve] been through hell and back dealing with it and then having to go in and be humiliated even. Here’s a cheque but you have to tell your friends that they can’t say anything bad about Birchwood Ford because you know it makes us look bad,” Dano said.Iny said that although affinity marketing may seem more comfortable because of the connection with a certain community, buyers still need to be on guard.“That should give you no solace. You’re not going to get a better deal.”jmurray@aptn.ca@murrjw (Dan Roulette sits in the truck he is delivering to Peguis First Nation. The young man who just bought the truck signs on the bottom line.  PHOTO: APTN Investigates)The truck temporarily became Roulette’s office as they reviewed the documents and signed on the bottom line.Danos Make The DealWhen Tricia Dano met with the salesperson at Birchwood she was really focussed on getting a new home.In fact, that was most important to her and she felt she made it clear.“I expressed over and over and over again how important it was that it was a consolidation loan that the vehicles were going to be just one payment and that’s it,” she said.Then the call came in from Birchwood – they were approved.Now that the Danos had this deal they would have lower payments. It was a relief.They told the bank, who just needed the paperwork.Then a couple of weeks later Ford Credit, the lender whose loan was supposed to be consolidated into the new truck loan, called to say they had missed a payment.Dano called Birchwood and she says they said Ford was just waiting for paperwork.They continued with preparations for moving to the new home.“So yeah we were getting all of the unnecessary things out of the house and putting it into storage so that we could stage it for selling and that was just three days before,” said Tricia Dano.Then Verne Dano was driving to work and got a call.“I get Ford Credit calling me saying I’ve missed three payments,” he said. (APTN Investigates follows Dan Roulette as he delivers a new vehicle to his customer in Peguis First Nation about 185 kilometres north of Winnipeg.)Delivery to a reserveDan Roulette, an Ojibwe man and a veteran car salesman often personally delivers vehicles to his customers.In fact, for registered Status Indians they must take delivery on a reserve in order to receive tax exemption.Roulette tells APTN the credit application is his usual first step.“Well for what I do, yes. Because unfortunately a lot of people I deal with have credit issues. When they do a credit application beforehand then we send in for a preapproval. At which time the bank will say well they’re approved for this kind of payment or this amount of money,” he said.We accompanied Roulette to Peguis First Nation where he delivered a brand new Dodge pickup to a young man. John MurrayAPTN InvestigatesTricia and Verne Dano thought they were finally getting their home in the country.“We found a beautiful location southwest of Winnipeg about 150 kilometres. A beautiful brick home. It had everything we wanted,” Verne Dano said.But their bank told them they had a high debt-ratio, meaning they owed more than they owned and that would disqualify them for the new mortgage they needed.Then a telemarketing salesperson called Tricia. They wanted her to buy a new vehicle but Dano told them it was out of the question because she needed the mortgage.The salesman offered Dano what looked like a solution.“One of the sales persons called me from Birchwood Ford and said, ‘You should just consolidate. Consolidate. Come in. We’ll get you into another vehicle and we’ll consolidate your vehicle and you’ll have one payment which would be lower. The bank will like that,’” Dano said.It isn’t unusual for dealerships to call existing customers, but telemarketing to reach new customers is a relatively recent development.Even more recently social media has also become a platform for reaching out to potential customers – the industry has changed.Car sales ads are increasingly appearing on social media and for many this may seem like a good thing.Shopping online may also seem like a good way to avoid the face-to-face high pressure sales tactics.But it allows sales people to target very specific groups.APTN Investigates found many Facebook pages that target Indigenous people with names like Aboriginal Auto, Big Chief Motors, First Nations Financing and many others. (This screen capture is of a website that has no original content but is filled with what appears to be the default information included in a website template.)One, called First Nation Loans, didn’t actually create a website but just left the template content on it.Affinity marketing or just a name? Winnipeg’s Big Chief Motors is in the same location as Gauthier Chrysler, a local dealership.Gauthier Chrysler vice-president Kevin Schumacer said Big Chief Motors is a sub-prime retailer they share space with.Watch how sub prime loans work.  Sub-prime retailing, or also called sub-prime financing is a method of lending aimed at consumers who may have some credit difficulties. Many loans are still offered by the same major banks but usually at a higher interest rates than what is often shown on many car sales ads.Nick Arora, manager of Big Chief Motors, said that he is Indian but not First Nations. To be clear, he means an Indian from India.He also said his business is not affinity marketing and the name was inspired by the beef jerky brand. (Nick Arora of Big Chief Motors says the inspiration for his business name came from Big Chief Beef Jerky. An excerpt from Big Chief Meat Snacks’ website: “Although our heritage is European, the Indigenous people are credited as first inventing ‘jerky’ derived from the Quechua word ‘ch’arki’ which means dried, salted meat.”  Photo: John Murray/APTN)Arora agreed to an on camera interview but was not available for our broadcast deadline.Another company called Aboriginal Auto is registered to Birchwood Ford but there does not appear to be any Indigenous ownership in the company.We asked Birchwood Ford about Aboriginal Auto to which they replied by email.Birchwood said: “It is a business name we have used for over 15 years for marketing purposes.”Iny has a problem with that.“What you’re calling affinity marketing is something else. It’s basically what I see is appropriation perhaps of the identity or some kind of symbols that would suggest that maybe the person providing the service belongs to a particular community,” said Iny. “In fact it’s plain old sub-prime car retailing.”In addition to using sub-prime financing, lenders sometimes offer seven-year terms which may be attractive because of lower payments but some people will trade in their vehicles while still carrying a balance which then gets added into the new loan.Iny calls this the “upside-down consumer.”“You can stretch your loan out to 96 months at very low rates as long as you have good credit. In those cases all of these things allow you greater affordability and the vehicles are actually better. They last longer and they need less work than they did. However this does not extend to someone with shaky credit. In that case you have the illusion of affordability but what’s really happening is you’re being handcuffed for 96 months with deals running at very high rates,” he said.The hidden camera investigation APTN Investigates visited Aboriginal Auto with a hidden camera.After walking around the lot without being approached our reporter went inside and asked where we could find Aboriginal Auto. (Ten of the Facebook pages that APTN Investigates found using names with First Nations, Aboriginal or other similar names. Some have stereotypical caricatures and imagery.)It’s a sales strategy called “affinity marketing.” The salesperson or retailer claims a connection – or affinity – to organizations or groups of people.George Iny is with the Automobile Protection Association (APA) in Montreal.“At its best affinity marketing means a community of people are entitled to either a lower price or access to a preferred level of service because they are a known group,” he said.The APA has been a car buyer’s advocate for almost 50 years.Some of these pages don’t have any clear indication of ownership or legitimacy.Others were found to be associated with mainstream dealerships but this wasn’t always obvious from their Facebook pages or websites.And some were clearly only interested in getting credit applications while others seemed entirely illegitimate.last_img read more

Wage growth weakens despite tightened job market unemployment rate dips to 58

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s unemployment rate has edged back down to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent — but even in a job market that’s having a hard time finding workers, wage growth is continuing to slow.The country added 11,200 net new jobs in October, including a gain of 33,900 full-time positions, Statistics Canada said Friday in its latest labour force survey.The agency said the jobless rate moved down from its 5.9 per cent reading in September, in large part because fewer people searched for work.One fresh data point, in particular, is likely to catch the Bank of Canada’s attention: wage growth.The indicator is watched by the central bank ahead of its interest-rate decisions and, despite the tightened labour market, pay growth slowed for its fifth-straight month. Solid wage growth can apply upward pressure on inflation, which can then feed into the Bank of Canada’s decisions on interest rates.Year-over-year, average hourly wage growth slowed last month to 2.19 per cent for its weakest reading since September 2017. Experts have predicted wage growth to rise along with the tightened labour market, but average hourly wage growth has dropped every month since May when it was 3.94 per cent.When it comes to permanent employees, wage growth last month rang in at just 1.9 per cent — which TD senior economist Brian DePratto noted is below inflation.“The wage rate definitely stands out here,” said DePratto, who believes the number will make it a little bit less likely the Bank of Canada will introduce another interest rate hike in December.DePratto expects the central bank to wait until January before its next rate increase.“It’s concerning, for sure, and it’s difficult to disentangle, but we’re not going to get too, too hung up just yet,” he said.Other analysts also pointed to soft wage growth in the report Friday as a possible reason for the Bank of Canada to hold off in December.“The deceleration in wage growth is the most important downward risk for the Bank of Canada to continue hiking,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Carlos Capistran wrote in a research note to clients.Josh Nye, senior economist for RBC, wrote in a note: “We think wage growth will be key to whether they speed up the pace of rate increases.”Last week, the Bank of Canada hiked its trend-setting rate for the fifth time since the summer of 2017. Governor Stephen Poloz also signalled future hikes could be sooner than previously expected.This week, Poloz told lawmakers in Ottawa that Canadians need to get used to the idea of three per cent interest rates as the new normal, now that the era of rock-bottom borrowing costs is gradually fading away.The central bank estimates its key interest rate will need to gradually rise to between 2.5 per cent and 3.5 per cent to keep inflation from climbing too high. The rate is now 1.75 per cent.The open question is how quickly the rate will rise.Statistics Canada’s labour report Friday also showed that compared with 12 months earlier, national employment was up 1.1 per cent following the addition of 205,900 positions, including 173,000 full-time jobs.For employee work, the public sector lost 30,800 jobs last month, while the private sector added 20,300 positions. Of the new jobs, 21,800 came in the less desirable category of self employment, which is a classification that includes people working in a family business without pay.By region, Saskatchewan added 2,500 jobs in October, but employment levels were largely unchanged in the other provinces.Looking at industries, the goods-producing sector lost 12,000 jobs last month in a decline led by a notable loss of 7,100 positions in natural resources work. The services sector added 23,200 jobs in October following a gain of 22,000 positions in business, building and other support services.Last month, survey results released by the Bank of Canada said companies, on balance, have reported that labour shortages have intensified over the past 12 months.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Asian shares decline on concerns over global China slowdown

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were mostly lower on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund trimmed its global outlook for 2019 and 2020. The downgrade came after China said its economy grew at the slowest pace in 30 years in the last quarter of 2018. Wall Street was closed for a holiday on Monday.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index shed 0.5 per cent to 20,609.88 and the Kospi in South Korea was down 0.6 per cent at 2,112.83. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.9 per cent to 26,964.66. The Shanghai Composite index fell 0.7 per cent to 2,591.37. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 slipped 0.4 per cent to 5,865.50. Shares fell in Taiwan and Singapore but rose in the Philippines.GLOBAL GROWTH: On Monday, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2019 global growth estimate to 3.5 per cent from 3.7 per cent, citing trade tensions and rising interest rates. It also revised its estimate for 2020 to 3.6 per cent, down from 3.7 per cent. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who presented the forecasts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said the global economy was growing more slowly than expected amid rising risks. Earlier in the day, China reported its economy expanded by 6.6 per cent in 2018. This was the slowest pace of growth since 1990 and it fueled fears a trade dispute with Washington is putting a drag on the world’s second largest economy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Against the backdrop of refreshed woes over growth and U.S. markets having been away for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there leaves little to inspire Asia markets,” Jingyi Pan of IG said in a commentary.ENERGY: U.S. crude was 28 cents lower at $53.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 3.3 per cent to $54.04 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped 47 cents to $62.27 per barrel. It closed at $62.74 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar eased to 109.44 yen from 109.65 yen late Monday. The euro slipped to $1.1362 from $1.1366.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

The Latest India closely following crisis in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):1:20 a.m.Indian officials say they are closely following the political crisis in Venezuela.Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s claim to the presidency has been recognized by the U.S. and other countries, a step that put them at odds with Russia, China and others who see the U.S. as interfering.India Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Friday it was up to Venezuelans “to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and discussion without resorting to violence.”Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro defiantly called home all Venezuelan diplomats from the U.S. and closed its embassy Thursday.Guaido’s whereabouts have been a mystery since he was symbolically sworn in Wednesday.___12:15 a.m.Backed by Venezuela’s military, President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his U.S. supporters, setting up a struggle for power in the crisis-plagued South American nation.A defiant Maduro called home all Venezuelan diplomats from the U.S. and closed its embassy Thursday, a day after ordering all U.S. diplomats out of Venezuela by the weekend because President Donald Trump had supported the presidential claim of Juan Guaido. Washington has refused to comply, but ordered its non-essential staff to leave the tumultuous country.The Trump administration says Maduro’s order isn’t legal because the U.S. no longer recognizes him as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.Meanwhile, all eyes were on Guaido whose whereabouts have been a mystery since he was symbolically sworn in Wednesday.The Associated Press read more

Identifying Toronto van attack victims could take days

Ontario’s chief coroner is still in the process of identifying the victims of Monday’s van attack in north-end Toronto.Dirk Huyers says the process could take days and is complicated by of the size of the crime scene.The attack took place over a one-kilometre stretch of one of the city’s busiest streets.None of the victims have been formally identified.According to family and friends, the dead include 80-year-old grandmother Dorothy Sewell, Chul Min “Eddie” Kang, a chef and former Mohawk College student and Anne Marie D’Amico, who worked at an investment firm.Ten people were killed and 14 were injured when a van plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalk on Yonge St. Monday afternoon.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill was charged yesterday with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.An additional count of attempted murder is expected.Minassian has another court appearance scheduled next month. read more

Ready student one Universities launch degrees in esports

LONDON — On their first week in class, a group of students is playing a first-person shooter video game in a sleek new digital studio. It’s their introduction to the degree in esports they’ve all enrolled in.The group clicking away on their mice are at the University of Staffordshire, one of several U.K. and U.S. schools launching programs aimed at capitalizing on the booming industry’s need for skilled professionals.The University of Staffordshire last year launched its bachelor’s and master’s esports programs, in which students mainly learn marketing and management skills. It’s expanding this fall to London. Other schools also debuting esports degree courses include Britain’s Chichester University, Shenandoah University in Virginia, Becker College in Massachusetts and Ohio State University. In Asia schools in Singapore and China offer courses.Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press read more

LaVar and LiAngelo Ball Explain Whats Next After Son

LiAngelo Ball career stats at UCLA:0 points, 0 assists, 0 rebounds, 0 blocks and 1 steal— Poosh (@mighty_pasha) December 4, 2017 WATCH: LaVar Ball plans to train LiAngelo himself and says that he will be headed for the NBA pic.twitter.com/iricxGscRb— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 5, 2017 He’s hoping his kid becomes his cash cow. So sad.— Cassandra Cole (@Colecassandra81) December 5, 2017 He needs to be a father first and teach his son a lesson. No matter what he was caught stealing, teach him some kind of lesson😡— Marisol Mercado (@mmercado86) December 5, 2017Others gathered up a tally of LiAngelo Ball’s stats as a Bruin, playing on the shoplifting incident.LiAngelo Ball’s final UCLA career stats: 0 minutes, 1 steal— Matt (@dirty___g) December 4, 2017 LaVar Ball has pulled his son, LiAngelo Ball, from UCLA rather than the guard completing an indefinite suspension.Ball and his outspoken dad explained their decision after TMZ broke the news Monday, Dec. 3. According to the site, the elder Ball believes the suspension for his son shoplifting from multiple high-end Chinese stores — for which he and two other UCLA teammates were arrested and charged — is unfair.“That’s the whole season pretty much,” LiAngelo Ball tells the “Today Show” Tuesday, Dec. 5. “That’s just a long time of doing nothing. I rather be playing.”His father adds, “China already said, ‘Ok, he made a bad mistake, we’re gonna drop the charges.’ That’s the punishment they gave him. Now we over here. We gotta serve some more punishment? He apologized. What’s the long process for? We only went to UCLA — one and done — to play basketball.”LaVar plans to train his son on his own to get him drafted to the NBA, where he’d join older brother Lonzo Ball, who’s a Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard.“We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA,” men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”Related: The Ball In the NewsMarketing Expert Says LaMelo Ball Can Disrupt NCAA Regulations with Signature SneakerTwitter Users Give Lonzo Ball An Education On Hip-Hop After He Claims Nas Isn’t ‘Real Hip-Hop’Trump Says LaVar Ball Is a ‘Poor Man’s Don King’In response to the basketball dad’s latest move, many have been taken to social media to voice their opinion.As usual, several Twitter users bashed LaVar Ball’s parenting.That father is pure trash! I hope no one picks that kid up!— Just Say It #MAGA (@LucknerLea) December 5, 2017 LiAngelo Ball can’t stay suspended if Lavar Ball pulls him from UCLA pic.twitter.com/iInVNLIXHI— Collin (@CollinJustin1) December 4, 2017 BREAKING: After pulling out of UCLA, LiAngelo Ball has committed to another school. pic.twitter.com/tXi6mewf6j— Masta Red Snappa (@MastaRedSnappa) December 4, 2017 R.I.P. to the LiAngelo Ball ERA at UCLA. He had one of the biggest steals in UCLA history in his short time at the school. pic.twitter.com/zDi9E3NA9F— Stew🏀 (@StewyHoops) December 4, 2017And some just joked about the whole thing.LaVar Ball pulling up to LiAngelo Ball locker at UCLA like clean ya locker out and let’s go… pic.twitter.com/aBSNlWzfn2— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) December 4, 2017 read more

Nautilus commences 2010 undersea drilling program for massive sulphides

first_imgNautilus Minerals has commenced its 2010 drilling program, with the departure of the vessel REM Etive from Singapore, bound for the company’s Solwara projects in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The 2010 drilling program will focus on improving the resource and geotechnical understanding at Solwara 1, as well as scout drilling at other prospects on the company’s 100% owned tenements in the Bismarck Sea, PNG. TSMarine will provide the vessel; operating crew, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and drilling equipment required for the project. The ROVdrill3 drilling system to be used is a second generation seafloor drilling system, with the design ability to wireline diamond drill 70 mm diameter core to a hole depth of up to 80 m.Nautilus’ CEO, Steve Rogers, commented: “The ROVdrill3 gives Nautilus the capability to further test the resource potential of our Seafloor Massive Sulphide systems in the Bismarck Sea. The drilling equipment will also collect geotechnical data that is expected to allow us to further optimise equipment design and extend the production plan at Solwara 1.”Nautilus is the first company to commercially explore the ocean floor for polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits and is currently developing its first project. The Company’s main focus is the Solwara 1 Project, which is located in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean. Nautilus is listed on the TSX and AIM stock exchanges, and has among its largest shareholders two of the world’s leading international resource companies Anglo American (11.1%) and Teck Resources (6.8%), as well as Metalloinvest, one of the largest and fastest growing mining and metallurgical holding companies in Russia, which beneficially owns 21% of the Company’s issued shares through Gazmetall Holding (Cyprus) Ltd.last_img read more

Ludovic Fabregas to FC Barcelona Lassa

According to the French newspaper L’Equipe FC Barcelona has  signed a contract with Ludovic Fabregas from the summer of 2018.The 20-years old line-player came on the big stage suddenly as a part of the first line-up of the golden French team at World Championship 2017 on home soil!His contract with Montpellier will expire in summer 2018, but it looks that he already choose his professional future. ← Previous Story DANISH TEAM: Jakobsen to replace Gudmundsson immediately! Next Story → DREAMS COME TRUE: Brothers Nenadic together in Berlin!

MakerBot announces latest model that is capable of two color 3D printing

first_img3D printing has come a long way since its inception in 1984. The technology has gone from the work rooms of large companies to the living rooms of geeks thanks to companies like MakerBot Industries. The folks there have been working hard to bring inexpensive 3D printers to the masses, and have recently announced the latest model in the MakerBot series called the Replicator.Seemingly torn out of the minds of Star Trek fans, the Replicator boasts some new features when compared to its older sibling, the Thing-O-Matic. First it has the capability to print in two different colors thanks to a new dual-extrusion head that can be had in the more expensive model of the device. In addition to two-color printing, you can experiment with using different printing materials at the same time, expanding the already practically limitless creation possibilities. Another added benefit the Replicator has is the ability to make use of a larger printing area. While it would be nice to print actual bread like pictured above, the loaf has been placed there to illustrate the area available to owners of this new device. The Replicator retails at $1999 for the dual-extruder model which comes pre-assembled and ready for use. Take note that there is a six-week lead time to receive the unit. For you non-technical readers out there that think the Replicator is just some sort of expensive geek toy, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are several videos on YouTube of people printing real-world items that work as good as the original. Case in point is the kitchen light bracket this Thing-O-Matic owner printed to replace the one that broke in his home. Medical science is also taking advantage of the technology to print supports that allow patients to grow new bones around them. Check out the video below of MakerBot president Bre Pettis introducing his company’s new printer.Read more at MakerBotlast_img read more

Woman who slipped on human faeces at hospital awarded €16000

first_img Short URL By Saurya Cherfi A 41-YEAR-OLD catering assistant, who claims she suffers ongoing whiplash-type injuries since she slipped on human faeces while working at St James’s Hospital in Dublin has been awarded €16,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.Rachel Mooney told the court that On the morning of 10 February 2013, she had been carrying trays and dishes to a “darkish” bedroom in the William Wilde ward of the hospital when she slipped on faecal matter and fell backwards.Mooney told her barrister Caroline Williams that a ward attendant and a nurse came to her assistance after hearing the loud noise of the trays and dishes hitting the floor.She said her trousers were covered with faeces and she had felt “totally embarrassed”. She said she felt pain in her neck, head and shoulders.Mooney, a mother of two, of Priory Hall, Terenure, Dublin, said she felt stiffness in her upper body in the following days and attended physiotherapy sessions.She told Judge Francis Comerford she has ongoing pain in her arm and experiences difficulties carrying and lifting. She sued St James’s Hospital for negligence.Negligence The hospital denied negligence and claimed the faeces had been on the floor for only a short period of time. It alleged that a patient had been “taken short” while on their way to the toilet.The hospital also argued that night lights had been on and the spillage had been visible. It claimed that Mooney’s ongoing injuries were due to a degenerative condition.Judge Comerford said it was satisfied that Mooney’s place of work had been unsafe that day and found the hospital negligent. He initially awarded her €32,000 in damages but found her to be 50% liable for contributory negligence, and reduced her award to €16,000.“It was not an extraordinary, unusual type of danger as people working in hospitals are aware that there may be body fluids spillage on the floor. Ms Mooney should have made sure the floor was safe to walk on.”Comments are closed for legal reasons. Read: Woman told victim “I hope you die” as she stabbed her in vicious attackRead: A Galway judge is handing out driving bans to motorists who don’t turn up to court for parking offences File photo Image: Shutterstock/wandee007 File photo No Comments Friday 28 Oct 2016, 2:24 PM Share1 Tweet Email1 center_img Oct 28th 2016, 2:24 PM http://jrnl.ie/3051933 Image: Shutterstock/wandee007 18,948 Views Woman who slipped on human faeces at hospital awarded €16,000 Rachel Mooney was carrying trays and dishes at St James’s Hospital when the incident occurred. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WWE NXT Resulrs – 82615 4Way Divas Match

first_img WWE NXT Results – 6/12/19 (Kushida takes on Drew Gulak in a Submission Match) Impact Slammiversary XVII Results – 7/7/19 (Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for World Title) WhatsApp Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ Pinterest Results courtesy of WWE.com:WWE NXT results – Aug. 26, 2015: NXT returns to Brooklyn for encore as Divas square off in Fatal 4-Way MatchBROOKLYN, N.Y. — One night of action just wasn’t enough for the Superstars and Divas of Tomorrow. After the historic TakeOver this past Saturday, NXT gave the sold-out Barclays Center an encore they won’t soon forget.Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady & The Hype Bros def. Scott Dawson, Dash Wilder, Jason Jordan & Chad GableColin Cassady hits the Empire Elbow on Chad GableBrooklyn erupted when local heroes Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady emerged to kick off the show, teaming with Long Island’s Zack Ryder and his partner, Mojo Rawley, for an Eight-Man Tag Team Match. After an opening flurry that capped off with Big Cass tossing Enzo over the ropes and onto their opponents, Dawson, Wilder, Jordan & Gable took control, wearing Amore down in their half of the ring.However, with the raucous Brooklyn crowd behind him, Amore slipped out of their clutches and tagged in Big Cass. The 7-footer from Queens went on a rampage, clobbering everyone in his path. The Hype Bros took care of Dawson & Wilder, leaving Cassady to launch Amore onto Gable to pick up the huge victory!Eva Marie def. CarmellaAfter Bayley dethroned Sasha Banks to capture the NXT Women’s Title at TakeOver: Brooklyn, the rest of the division is jockeying for position to earn a championship match. Eva Marie certainly made her case in Brooklyn. Taking on the Princess of Staten Island, Carmella, Eva stunned her feisty opposition with a jawbreaker and Sliced Bread No. 2 to earn the win before signaling that she’s coming for the NXT Women’s Championship.Bull Dempsey def. Elias SamsonElias Samson attacks Bull DempseyAfter weeks of training to get “Bull-Fit,” Bull Dempsey returned home to Brooklyn. “The Drifter” Elias Samson did his best to ruin Bull’s homecoming, but there was no stopping the motivated New York Nightmare. Dempsey clobbered his rival with thunderous blows before hurling his 300-pound frame full-force at Samson. Bull got the three-count after crushing Samson with a sit-down splash off the top rope as the Brooklyn crowd cheered him on.Emma def. Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Dana BrookeThe tensions were high in the Barclays Center as all four Divas circled each other, before Charlotte and Becky tossed Emma and Dana out of the ring and locked horns themselves. The Team PCB members traded holds to the delight of the NXT Universe before Emma and Dana blindsided them both. The Total Diva and her cohort ganged up on Charlotte, tossing her into the ringside barricade before turning their attention to Becky.However, Emma and Dana’s alliance fell apart when they couldn’t agree on who should take charge in the bout. By then, Charlotte recovered and got back into the battle, taking on Emma and Dana by herself. After a fracas involving all four Divas, Emma found herself standing tall with both Charlotte and Becky prone in opposite corners. The Australian Diva pancaked each of them with an Emma Sandwich before pinning Lynch to earn a shocking victory. But things didn’t end there, as Charlotte trapped Brooke in the Figure Eight, while Becky locked the Dis-arm-her on Emma to put a cap on another huge night for NXT.last_img read more

Changes to be made to voting ballot

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 16, 2016 – Cabinet, on Wednesday approved changes to the  At Large voting ballot. The Elections Office presented a new form required because of the extraordinary number of candidates expected to offer.There are 22 in this category so far; five from each political party and the remaining seven of which Magnetic Media  is aware are running ‘independent.’ There was to be alteration in the layout and the colour; the ballot paper last election was green.The changes now have to pass through the House of Assembly.  Also discussed at that Cabinet meeting, hurricane readiness with the DDME; reordering of land in the Five Cays/Chalk Sound district and challenges at the prison.In recent years, including earlier this summer, inmates have been attacked and subsequently hospitalized; the incident this summer required the Police to restore calm at Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk.   A working group has gotten the green light to help right the wrong at H.M.P. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cabinet approves changes to ballot, changes to be made to voting ballot, discussions in cabinet about security at HMPlast_img read more

US Navy petty officer surprises father during MDFR promotion ceremony

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Over 100 Miami-Dade Fire Rescue members climbed up the ranks during the station’s promotional ceremony in Doral.While the fire department celebrated the future, one firefighter got a special surprise at the event, Friday.Newly promoted MDFR Captain Keith McMonigle received a surprise visit from his daughter, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Spencer Rivera, who has been away serving.“I was very surprised. She’s the one who made me take the test, and for her to show up was real special,” said McMonigle.Rivera showed up to pin her father during the promotion.“I’m really proud that he finally got up and took the test and that he made it. I told him he would,” Rivera said.Rivera said she had been planning the surprise visit for about a month. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska delegation urges Pompeo to take up transboundary mining concerns

first_imgAt the Red Chris Mine, a dam contains a tailings pond. that collects mine waste. Northwest B.C., 2017. (Photo courtesy of Garth Lenz)Alaska’s elected leaders are pressing the Trump administration to take up the issue of transboundary mining. The renewed push comes ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Canada.Listen nowAlaska’s congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Walker signed a joint letter urging Washington to hold Canadian mining companies responsible for any downstream impacts in Alaska.“We’re looking to find a way to have legitimate review processes for mines that may be problematic,” said Matt Schuckerow, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.This message is in hopes that Pompeo will bring up the matter at a bilateral meeting he is attending in Ottawa later this month.Alaska’s elected officials made this sort of request to the state department before. A similar letter was written to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last year.“This federal administration has been responsive and I hope they will continue to be,” said Jill Weitz, the director of Salmon Beyond Borders, an advocacy group for protecting watersheds. She applauds Alaska’s representatives for being persistent.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Sen. Sullivan met with Canadian officials last February. They asked the Canadian government to join Alaska in water quality testing in Southeast waters. And the Alaskan officials requested the immediate reclamation of the abandoned Tulsequah Chief that’s leached waste for years into a tributary of the Taku River near Juneau.The diplomatic offensive comes as several mines – large and small – are moving through the permitting stages in B.C. prolific Golden Triangle.The rapid development has fisheries advocates worried over potential impacts downstream in Southeast Alaska.Environmentalists point to the 2014 Mt. Polley mine disaster. That’s when a tailings dam failed, spilling millions of gallons of mine waste into B.C.’s Fraser River watershed.last_img read more

Muslims In Houston Unite Over Super Bowl Weekend

first_img 00:00 /01:12 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 3Wazir Ali, the Imam at Masjid Warithud-deen Mohammed, gives me a tour of what he says is the oldest mosque in Houston.Imam Wazir along with comedian Preacher Moss and other individuals are helping host “We All Win Championship Weekend”.They’re putting on the event to emphasize Muslim contributions in Houston.“The Houston Muslim community is outstanding with putting on programs and we really wanted to do something–this before Trump even got elected–We really wanted to do something that brought our communities together Muslim, non-Muslim in accordance with one of the biggest sporting events that goes down, ” Preacher Moss says.Despite the controversy happening with President Trump’s executive order, halting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, that hasn’t dampened their spirits.Imam Wazir says the “We All Win” title sums up what they’re trying to accomplish.“And the spirit of America has won,” Ali says. “What America is now, you and I helped make it what it is now. And that’s never in the hands of one individual.”The first event is a comedy show happening tonight at 7 p.m. Sharelast_img read more

Young Orators Inspire at Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

first_imgYoung choir members perform a song. (AFRO Photo/Rob Roberts)Growing up in the South during the 1960s, Sheila Bryant saw the turmoil surrounding the Civil Rights Movement. Her family was heavily involved and the movement always been something near and dear to her heart, she said.“We are living on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr. regardless of our race, color, or creed,” Bryant, co-chair for the 30th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Woodbridge, Va., told the AFRO on Jan. 19. “He brought about global peace through his passion for civil rights.”The theme of this year’s celebration, hosted by the Prince William County Alumna Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was “The High Road of Peace and Brotherhood.”“It represents what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for,” said Lorraine Jackson, first vice president of the Prince William Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. “He believed in unity, community, entrepreneurship and in the empowerment of the youth.”Hundreds were in attendance at the Cecil D. Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) were among the guest speakers, award-winning violinist Daniel Davis performed, youth spoke, and the Martin Luther King Community Choir sang.“At the time we started this program, there was no representation from African-American youth,” she said. “In fact, Martin Luther King Jr. Day wasn’t even a holiday.”The Youth Oratorical Contest, celebrating its 25th anniversary as a part of this program, featured middle and high school-aged orators each reflecting on what the theme, “The High Road of Peace and Brotherhood,” meant to them. This statement comes from Martin Luther King Jr.’s eulogy for the young girls killed in the Sixteenth Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. in 1963.The young speakers from Prince William Country schools spoke about current events and issues such as the shooting of young African Americans across the country, religious extremism, the power of faith, and inequities in the justice system.High school oratorical winner Norman Jones, a student at Stonewall Jackson High School said he planned to continue the legacy of Martin Luther King’s legacy. “We will continue in the course that changed history,” he said.“If those same speakers came to the floor of the U.S. Senate, we might knock some sense in to some of [the lawmakers],” Sen. Warner said. “Sometimes it takes the thoughtfulness of the youth to shake things up.”Brenda Lewis, a longtime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, said she and the older generation have an obligation to the youth to include them in the struggles and the accomplishments of the African-American community.“Martin Luther King represents the leadership, service and empowerment that we can show in our youth and our communities,” Lewis said.last_img read more

VIDEO Trash talking MMA fighter gets knocked unconscious

first_img Advertisement Karma always catches up with you in the end, for MMA fighter Jordan Powell, it came in the form of a brutal left foot.During his fight with Dominick Reyes last night at something called LFA 13, Powell engaged in some trash talking after withstanding a flurry of punches. He got so caught up talking smack, Reyes was able to catch him with a left foot directly to the head that knocked him out cold.Watch Powell get zipped up:Maan RT @AXSTVFights: Taunting usually leads to instant karma ??? #LFA13 @LFAfighting @DomReyes pic.twitter.com/lK5NiCY16s— ERV (@ervcas) June 3, 2017last_img

Bulk Image Downloader 50 released

first_imgBulk Image Downloader 5.0 released by Martin Brinkmann on August 26, 2016 in Software – Last Update: August 27, 2016 – 17 commentsBulk Image Downloader 5.0 is the latest version of the excellent image (and video) downloading program for Windows devices that I consider best of its class.I reviewed Bulk Image Downloader 4.65 back in 2013, and release of the new major version justifies a new look at the program to see what is new and changed.First of all, Bulk Image Downloader is not a free program but commercial. I think it is worth every penny if you happen to download images regularly, especially if that happens in bulk, as it will save you lots of time doing so.The licensing is one of the best in the industry though: you may use it on all of your PCs, and licenses get you one year free of upgrades to any version that gets released in the meantime (and there are plenty, check the release history).Bulk Image Downloader 5.0The interface has not changed in the latest version of the program. You may still paste or enter URLs that display images to have the program analyze the page for images.Bulk Image Downloader hides certain images automatically and gets it right usually to display only large image versions. It hides page navigational images for instance or avatars.You may display those as well with a single click in the interface though.Downloads happen automatically once you make a selection. You may add all to a queue by checking the “append to existing link” option in the interface. This allows you to get Bulk Image Downloader 5.0 to crawl multiple pages instead of just one.You may find the variables that the program supports useful as well. You may use [n-m] in the url to replace a single number to have the program crawl all pages of that range. This is mighty useful if a website offers different galleries that are all numbered in order (page1.htm, page2.html, page3.htm).You are probably wondering what is new in Bulk Image Downloader 5.0. The following list offers a short selection of improvements from Bulk Image Downloader 4.65 onward.Support for various websites updated. Websites include Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Deviant Art, Google Image Search, Google Plus, Vk.com, Flickr, 500px and many more.Internal web browser memory handling improved greatly. Also, memory handling improved on 64-bit versions of Windows.Chrome cookie handling improved (Bulk Image Downloader can read cookies from Chrome to make sites that require logins work).Improved HTTPs cookie handling.Support for windows 10.Improved redirection handling.Option to enable or disable JavaScript.You may log in to sites directly from the program using Ctrl-Alt-F while its window is active, or selecting BID > Bid Site Login from the menu.Updated extension to work with Opera browser as well.The program is compatible with the bulk of sites you could possibly want to download images from. The developer of the program is very responsive, and there is a good chance that he will add support for sites, especially if paying customers ask for integration.Closing WordsBulk Image Downloader gets better with every release. The developer makes sure that support for downloading media from popular sites is guaranteed by releasing regular updates that fix issues (for instance when sites change code that blocks the program’s downloading or scanning from working properly).Now You: Do you download images from the Internet?Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 13 votes Software Name Bulk Image DownloaderOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page http://bulkimagedownloader.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more