Yesterday, the ONS said that between 2011 and 2017, avoidable deaths caused by injuries in the most deprived areas in England rose by 16 per cent among females and 17 per cent among males. The data showed that, per 100,000 people, 81.7 men and 39.3 women were dying unnecessarily as a result of injury in 2017. Thousands more old people are dying as a result of falls in the space of just a few years, figures reveal.More than 5,000 older people died due to a fall in 2017, marking a 70 per cent increase on the numbers in 2010.Age UK said the number of people over the age of 65 dying as a result of a fall is also rising rapidly. In 2010, 3,003 of this group died as a result of falls.That went up to 4,856 by 2015 and by 2017, it was 5,048, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Elderly care charities said that the ONS data was “shocking” and highlighted the overlooked issue of falls among the older population, and also the impact of living in a deprived area.Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “Falls are the leading cause of hospital admissions for older people and can have a devastating impact on their chance of living independently. “A serious fall can lead to a broken limb and a hospital admission and rob an older person of their independence but worse still falling is a leading factor in deaths from avoidable causes.“The sad fact is that older people who live in poorer areas often have more complex health needs and poorer access to health, care and also community services that can help people remain active and help resilience.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Gary Smyth, its president, said he looked forward to working with him, and announced his delight.He said: “As the faculty celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, it is an enormous honour for us to receive the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and I am delighted to announce this news today. “This news is also a fitting memorial to our late friend, colleague and former faculty president, Dr Peter Fisher, who was a global champion of homeopathy. “I look forward to working with members, friends and supporters of the faculty, continuing our important work, promoting Homeopathy within both public and professional circles and maintaining awareness of this system of medicine”. “The question is whether this will change anything about the sharp decline homeopathy has taken in this and several other countries, and whether it will alter the verdicts of dozens of independent organisations which recently have certified it to be a pure placebo therapy,” he told The Guardian.Announcing his appointment, the group said that it was an “enormous honour” to have Prince Charles on board. which is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Prince of Wales has come under fire after he became the patron of a homeopathy group, the Faculty of Homeopathy, which supports registered medical professionals with alternative treatment.Following the announcement on Tuesday, Prince Charles came under criticism from scientists for associating himself with a group that is dedicated to a practice whose worth has come under question and which is banned by the NHS.The Government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, also once dismissed the practice, telling a parliamentary committee that homeopathy was “rubbish”.Emeritus Professor Edzard Ernst, who had previously labelled Prince Charles a “snake oil salesman” and claimed he had to retire early from University of Exeter after a complaint from the Prince’s private secretary questioned how Prince Charles could make a difference in his post.“In view of Charles’s long love affair with homeopathy, this news is unsurprising.
The findings, from Freedom of Information disclosures, come amid growing delays for NHS treatment, with 4.4 million people on waiting lists.Medics say the situation is being fuelled by a dispute over pensions, with senior doctors increasingly refusing to work overtime, or opting for early retirement, to avoid high tax rates. Boris Johnson has pledged to fix the pensions crisis, and bring an end to long waits for healthcare. But experts said the problems are being exacerbated by the NHS’ poor administrative systems, which were wasting much-needed resources. Patients told how they had been left to wait months for appointments because staff were unable to read illegible referrals. Others who were subjected to repeated cancellations said hospital trusts had used taxis to send letters, in order to advise them that the next day’s consultation had been postponed. In total, 79 NHS hospital trusts – around half of those in England – were able to provide data about cancellations. It follows an investigation by this newspaper which found that the total number of cancellations has tripled in a decade, with nine million slots postponed in 2017/18. But just 41 trusts were able to provide detailed information showing how many patients suffered repeated cancellations of the same appointment. But less than one in three trusts was able to provide such data, meaning the figures could represent “the tip of the iceberg,” experts said. Hospital patients are having vital appointments cancelled more than 10 times in a row, amid growing chaos across the NHS. A Daily Telegraph investigation reveals soaring numbers of patients – many elderly – are suffering repeated cancellations, with notice only given in some cases the night before via letters dispatched by taxi. In other cases, patients have been left waiting years to see a hospital doctor after their NHS slot was axed again and again. Five patients who experienced more than 10 cancellations in a row had been left waiting for care since at least 2014, the figures show. The disclosures reveal that across the country, the number of people who suffered at least five cancellations in a row has more than tripled in three years. The figures cover patients sent by their GP to see a hospital specialist, as well as those due to have follow-up checks, or those referred on to other hospital departments for further investigations or treatment. Thinktanks said the dramatic trends were “worrying,” while patients groups said the failings undermined public confidence in the NHS, with those subjected to repeated “bungles” left with nowhere to turn.Last year, 13,540 patients suffered such a plight, compared with 3,961 cases in 2016, the records show. They included 185 patients who had seen the same appointment cancelled at least 10 times – almost three times more than in 2016, when 67 cases were recorded. Cancelled four times – despite a suspected stroke Andrew Marsden, 50, a stroke survivor, was due to see his hospital consultant last October – but the appointment was cancelled four times.In one case, he received his cancellation letter at 7.30pm the night before the appointment, after administrators dispatched it by taxi. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Some trusts included in the national data said their statistics may have included patients who were offered an earlier appointment, or those given a “block booking” of several appointments which were cancelled en masse. Other trusts said they had no way to establish if the same appointment had been repeatedly cancelled. Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the chaos undermined public confidence in the NHS, with most patients unable to choose to go elsewhere. “For some patients, the most difficult and aggravating aspect of their experience is not the care they receive but the failures and bungles of NHS administration. Cancelled appointments for treatment, or delays in getting appointments at all, can add massively to the distress of being unwell. “Patients are not customers – they cannot take their ‘custom’ elsewhere. But at times the NHS offers a level of service that would prompt customers of banks, internet service providers or many other businesses to switch their provider. These experiences can undermine patients’ confidence in the NHS as an efficient, well-run system.”Lillie Wenzel, Fellow at The King’s Fund, said too many NHS patients were forced to battle with NHS system over cancelled appointments, lost test results and other failings in administrative processes. “The dramatic rise in the number of cancelled appointments is worrying. Waiting for a diagnosis or treatment is stressful enough without the added anxiety caused by repeatedly cancelled appointments,” she said.The think tank is about to launch a research project, to examine the impact of “bad admin” on patient care. “The NHS is under significant pressure and there are numerous reasons why an appointment might be cancelled. Managing this requires effective administrative processes and clear communication with patients, but in reality, and despite the efforts of many NHS staff, patients’ experience of care is often hampered by poor administration. When she complained to the Patient Advice and Liason Service at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, she was told that the delays were caused by poor handwriting. “My call was referred to the imaging department. Here I was told that the request had been rejected because the submitted form was illegible. It was now clear that the rejection was due illegible handwriting,” said Mrs Chilvers, 63, from Newcastle. “It makes you wonder how widespread this issue is,” she added. “This delay was not due to funding, over-demand or equipment availability – it was due to handwriting.”Mrs Chilvers, who has arthritis in her knees and hips, was finally given a date in July – some four months after her referral.Attempts to persuade the NHS to see her sooner failed, and the only date she was offered was during a holiday she had advised them about. “It appears the NHS is unable to compensate for its own systems’ failings,” she said. A trust spokesman said: “We regret that Ms Chilvers has experienced a delay in receiving an acceptable appointment and continue to work to resolve this as soon as possible.”We are looking to implement an electronic referral pathway which will help to improve the process.” “We hope to establish whether the negative experience some people have, and the anecdotal evidence many of us hear from friends and family, is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said.Trusts said they provided care as quickly as possible and apologised for the inconvenience when patients suffered repeated cancellations.They said they were coping with growing demand and attempted to prioritise the most clinically urgent cases.An NHS spokesperson said: “Patient satisfaction with outpatient services is the highest ever recorded, but while the proportion of appointments which are cancelled by hospitals remains low, we recognise it can be inconvenient if it happens to you or a loved one.“That’s why the NHS Long Term Plan sets out how – through a combination of more services being provided closer to home and better use of technology – we will deliver an increasing amount of routine care in a way that’s more convenient for patients, and reduces pressure on hospital teams.” Even when he went to see his GP, after suffering a suspected repeat attack, the hospital continued to postpone his consultations – causing a delay of four months before he saw a specialist. Mr Marsden, from Oldham, who ran a plumbing and building business until he suffered a stroke in 2017, said: “I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. I was really frustrated.”“I had been recovering from my stroke gradually over the two years, I’d had some problems with my foot dropping, and not being able to remember words, when I suddenly had an incident in the supermarket which was much more severe.”He made an appointment with his GP, who thought it may have been a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke. As Mr Marsden was due to have his hospital appointment – which had already been postponed once – the following week, no further action were taken. But in fact, the new appointment was cancelled three more times. Despite Mr Marsden’s pleas, administrators at Pennine Acute Hospitals trust said there was nothing they could do.It wasn’t until February of this year that he finally saw a junior doctor, who was running late, and apologised for eating a MacDonalds during the consultation, Mr Marsden said. And it took until April – a full six months after the appointment was due – that he finally saw the consultant.“She was half an hour late, didn’t have my notes, and didn’t know anything about the recent incident – she thought I was there because of the first stroke, back in 2017,” he said. The grandfather of two, who has closed down his building firm since the stroke, but continues run his plumbing services, said that in many of his encounters with the NHS, he was struck by how “disorganised” and “unprofessional” its administration was. “It seemed absolutely bizarre to cancel by taxi – they’ve surely got email or phones like everyone else?” he said. “The costs must really mount up if they are cancelling patients so regularly,” he added. Pennine Acute Hospitals trust did not respond to requests for comment. Poor handwriting caused a four-month wait for a scan Arthritis sufferer Hilary Chilvers was left waiting almost four months for a vital MRI scan – because staff could not read an NHS employee’s “illegible” handwriting.Mrs Chilvers was promised a scan within six weeks of her appointment at Haywood Hospital, in Stoke-on trent, in March. But almost two months later, she received a letter from the NHS saying the request had been rejected, and that the process would start again. Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation trust reported that 62 patients experienced at least their 10th postponement in a row, with no such cases in 2016. St George’s University Hospitals Foundation trust, in London, saw 19 patients suffer at least 10 cancellations, up from 4 cases in 2016. Four of the patients were first due to have their consultation in 2014, with one case dating back to 2013, the disclosures show. Northampton General Hospital trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation trust each saw 14 patients suffer at least their 10th cancellation in a row last year, the figures show. At Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust, 12 patients had at least 10 consecutive postponements, with 10 such cases at United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust.Overall, the number of appointments cancelled by the 79 trusts has risen by 14 per cent in three years, the figures show.
What are Cubans in Miami saying?“The embargo should continue. Why give credit to a country where the people don´t see a penny? They are still starving and there is no freedom whatsoever. Why should we keep feeding the people who are on top when they repress their own people.” Jose Nadal “I am 100% Republican. I agree 150% with everything Trump says and does. They should impose more sanctions against Cuba. When Obama made the agreement and restored relations with the Cuban government, he gave them everything they asked for. We received nothing from the Cuban government. This is why Trump wants to strengthen the sanctions.” Cathy Henderson“I am against the embargo. The Cuban tyranny uses the embargo as a pretext to justify that it has failed. Everything bad that happens in Cuba, they blame the embargo.” Santiago Portal Courtesy of BBC MundoA history of the US trade embargo with Cuba1959: Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro leads a guerrilla army into Havana overthrowing the Batista regime.1960: In response to Castro’s communist reforms, US breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba and imposes a trade embargo.1962: Castro agrees to allow the Soviet Union to deploy nuclear missiles on the island bringing the US and the USSR to the brink of nuclear war.April 2009: President Barack Obama lifts restrictions on family travel and the sending of remittances to Cuba.July 2015: The US and Cuba reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and restore full diplomatic ties.March 2016: President Obama makes a three-day visit to Cuba and holds talks with President Raul Castro. He expresses hope the embargo will be ended, but it can only be lifted by the US Congress which is controlled by Republicans who oppose the move.Aug 2016: US commercial flight arrives in Cuba for the first time in more than half a century. Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro took in a baseball game in Cuba (Getty Images)(BBC) US President Donald Trump says he is rolling back the Obama administration’s “completely one-sided deal with Cuba”.Speaking in Miami, Florida, he said his new policy would tighten rules affecting travel and on sending funds to the Caribbean island nation.But he is not reversing key diplomatic and commercial ties, and will not close the US embassy in Havana.Commercial flights from the US will continue, as will allowing Americans to return home with Cuban goods.Mr Trump said the Obama administration’s March 2016 deal with the “brutal” Castro government was “terrible” and “misguided”.On Friday, Mr Trump signed a presidential directive calling for tighter enforcement of a longstanding ban on American tourists going to Cuba.The new policy bans most US business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group, a Cuban entity involved in all sectors of the economy.However, it exempts air and sea travel, allowing US airlines and cruise lines to continue serving the island.Mr Trump had faced calls from the business community not to completely reverse his Democratic predecessor’s diplomatic rapprochement between the two former Cold War foes.Zane Kerby of the American Society of Travel Agents said before the speech it was “disappointed” at Mr Trump’s plans to “turn back the clock” in terms of expanded travel and trade between the U.S. and Cuba.“The past few years have seen a growth in business for US travel agencies, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, hotel and other travel companies. That progress now appears to be at great risk,” he added.Granma, the Cuban government’s state-run newspaper, said the president was “stuck in a failed policy that has caused much damage to the Cuban people and has left the United States isolated”.Trump spoke during a visit to Miami (Getty Images)The Miami speech is the latest part of former President Barack Obama’s legacy that Mr Trump has moved to dismantle.He cancelled the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, announced he would withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, and is attempting to repeal and replace Obamacare, his predecessor’s signature policy accomplishment.In Friday’s remarks, Mr Trump set out how his administration would seek to prevent US dollars from being used to fund what it regards as a repressive military-dominated government.“The profits from investment and tourism flow directly to the military,” he said to applause. “The regime take the money and owns the industry.”“We do not want US dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba,” he told the audience.Earlier in the day, Vice-President Mike Pence visited Little Havana in Miami to play dominos with Cuban-Americans.Cruise ships are relatively unaffected by the announcement (Getty Images) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiamond gas well: Site unsafe for human habitation, GGMC should take over- ReportAugust 28, 2018In “Business”Diamond natural gas explosion: Deadline for capping crater extendedJuly 5, 2018In “Business”Safe zone established, power restored to DiamondJune 16, 2018In “Crime” An underground gas pocket exploded at a Sixth Avenue, Diamond, East Bank Demerara residence on Thursday evening when construction workers were drilling a hole for “domestic” purposes.According to reports received, the incident occurred at about 17:30h at Lot 1200 Section A, Block X, Great Diamond.INews was told that the owner of the house was drilling a hole for “domestic use” (reportedly a well) when the workers hit the gas pocket causing the explosion.The family was immediately ordered to vacate the property, but they returned later and were seen talking to officials from the Fire Service and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.According to residents in the are, the gas was spraying as high as 200 feet into the air for about an hour and a half.“After the gas stopped, a water and mud mixture started shooting up, but it stopped for like a 15 minutes and was barely spewing up. Then this thick mud substance start shooting up,” one resident said.When this online publication visited the scene, the murky substance was spraying about 20 to 30 feet into the air.As the spillage continued late into the night and early into Friday morning, a shed attached to the house was torn down and the building began shaking heavily.As news of the incident spread, persons from the area began flocking the scene, with some complaining that the explosion was heard from some distance.The yard has since been cordoned off and is being monitored by the authorities.The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has since confirmed the presence of Methane gas, which is flammable and as such, a request has been made that residents desist from lighting matches, stoves, etc.According to officers at the scene, “the gas hasn’t risen to the extent that it will affect people’s breathing. However, if it comes to that, the residents will have to vacate the area.”The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has been directed to cut power in the area.See more photos below:
Kwakwani Utility IncorporatedThe government is pursuing the transfer of some National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) properties now being maintained by the Kwakwani Utility Incorporated (KUI).KUI falls under the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s (MPI) Hinterland Electricity Company Incorporated (HECI) which is a subsidiary of NICIL. It is responsible for electricity distribution, as well as water and sewage disposal in Kwakwani.According to a DPI release, on a visit to Kwakwani, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson met with KUI’s General Manager, Fitzhubert McPherson and board members to discuss issues affecting the company and to share his 2019 plans for the community.Challenges with fuel acquisition, the poor performance of newly installed generator sets and the need for restructuring of the board were among issues discussed.Further, McPherson also bemoaned the problems encountered with NICIL properties, noting that KUI employees are looking after NICIL properties but the company is getting no returns.He recommended that instead of leaving the properties to deteriorate they could be rented to earn some income.Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson meeting with board members of Kwakwani Utility IncorporatedMinister Patterson assured the board members that that issue will be addressed immediately: “Kwakwani Utility Incorporated used to be under NICIL and it no longer is and now it is under MPI but we omitted to vest some key assets in the transfer and it’s causing them (board) some issues. So we are looking into that as we speak.”The long-term plan for the community is the construction of a solar farm similar to that in Mabaruma. Minister Patterson told the board members that the government is in the final processes for a loan for the solar farm. He tasked the board with identifying a plot of land for the initiative.“We need land, we don’t want to buy land, and we’re looking for state land or land under KUI or NICIL just to put the solar panels. They are normally on a pole elevated so it can be swampland. Once we do it in the dry season there will be very little maintenance so the water wouldn’t affect it. Whenever we have to do maintenance the panels are high in the air,” Patterson stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$97.5M to improve electricity supply to KwakwaniMay 27, 2019In “latest news”Kwakwani Utilities Inc. commissions new enginesMarch 22, 2018In “latest news”NICIL alleges ill-informed, politically motivated assaultJuly 2, 2014In “Politics”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt approves 0.5 – 7% salary increase for public servantsNovember 21, 2018In “latest news”Govt announces pay increase, new minimum wage for public servantsOctober 19, 2017In “latest news”‘Meat for the boys, bone for the workers’ – Rohee on proposed 10% salary increase for public servantsAugust 30, 2016In “Local News” During his 2019 Budget presentation in the National Assembly this afternoon, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced that the minimum basic salary for public servants has now been increased to $64,200, up from $60,000 per month.The scaled salary increases for Government employees range from seven percent for persons making under $100,000 to 0.5 percent for persons making more than $1m.The Minister announced that persons earning less than $100,000 a month will receive a seven per cent increase. Those earning between $100,000 and $299,999 will get an increase of 6.5 per cent, while those in the $300,000 to $499,999 range will get a five per cent increase. Those earning between $500,000 and $699,999 a month will have their salaries increased by three per cent. Those in the $700,000 to $799,999 range will be eligible for an increase of two per cent, while those earning $800,000 to $999,999 will get one per cent in increases and those with a $1 million salary and above will get a 0.5 per cent increase.These increases do not apply to teachers, University of Guyana employees, Government Ministers and Members of Parliament. It does, however, apply to the Disciplined Services, including the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Minister Jordan also announced that the back pay for these current increases will be retroactive from January 2018 and will be paid out tax free. Teachers’ back pay will also be tax free.Budget 2019 is being presented under the theme: ’Transforming the economy, empowering people, building sustainable communities for the good life’.This is the fifth budget of the Coalition Government since it took office in May 2015.
A new report released last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that primary world energy demand will grow 45% by 2030 with global demand for coal increasing more than any other fuel source. IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook predicts that coal will be mined to meet more than a third of the predicted increase in global energy demand. The report concludes that China and India will account for more than half of the projected increase in global energy demand. As energy use in these two nations soar, IEA predicts that global emissions of greenhouse gasses will jump 45% by 2030, with China, India and the Middle East accounting for approximately 75% of that projected growth. The report forecasts that 97% of the projected increase in greenhouse gas emissions will be come from developing countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). To combat the projected increase in greenhouse gas emissions and limit global temperature increases to 3oC, IEA said at least $4.1 trillion in additional investments in new energy technologies is necessary. However, IEA said that figure could balloon to $9.3 trillion if the global temperature increase is to be limited to 2oC.To achieve this target, greenhouse gas concentrations would need to be limited to 450 ppm of carbon dioxide. The report highlighted the development and use of carbon capture and storage technologies as one of the primary options needed to effectively address climate change. To tackle climate change, the report emphasises the need for action by all major emitters of greenhouse gasses. “Our analysis shows that OECD countries alone cannot put the world onto a 450 ppm trajectory, even if they were to reduce their emissions to zero,” said IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka.
Chinese investor interest in South Australia’s resources sector remains high with one of the State’s developers confirming potential China-based financiers were among its forward options for the Wilcherry Hill iron ore project on the Eyre Peninsula. Addressing the first day in Adelaide of the Paydirt 2009 South Australian Resources & Energy Investment Conference, Ironclad Mining’s General Manager, Andrew Bennett, said the company was currently considering financing options for development of its 80% owned Wilcherry Hill magnetite ore body. The remaining stake is held by Trafford Resources.“While we are having discussions with many potential financiers, the Chinese particularly head the groups with which we are engaging,” Bennett said. “It would be our preference that in any financing agreement, however, that we link it to some product offtake option as well. We are actively looking for a development and offtake partner as Wilcherry Hill has a premium magnetite product, low development cost and is very close to export infrastructure at Port Bonython.”Bennett said the style of the mineralisation meant the mine could use a mobile processing plant, negating the need for a ball mill and related higher energy costs. “This delivers a much lower capital cost profile for Wilcherry Hill, enhancing its appeal to our potential financiers. We are also considering eventual dry magnetic separation and that will keep production costs lower as we expand production.”Ironclad is proposing an initial 2 Mt/y throughput from a multiple open-pit operation at the resource, with some of the mineralisation presenting as Direct Ship Ore potential – “offering early cash flow” Bennett said.
Immersive Technologies has global exclusive technical and licensing agreements with the five leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). Through these OEM alliances Immersive gains exclusive access to confidential proprietary technical information which authenticates the simulators and its Conversion Kit machine modules providing the customer with confidence.Immersive Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer, Peter Salfinger said, “I am extremely proud of all the employees at Immersive for achieving this latest record. It is testament to our company’s continued vision to make every mining and heavy equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable with our simulation technologies. A very positive sign for Immersive has been the high level of repeat purchases from existing customers. They are achieving real results from their AE Simulators, including increased operator safety and reduced costs.” Immersive Technologies and P&H Mining Equipment have renewed their exclusive alliance for advanced training simulators development. Equipment simulators are to be covered in detail in International Mining’s September issue. This formal Licensing and Technical Information Agreement was renewed to ensure the companies’ respective customers would continue to have access to training simulators that provide a realistic training experience. With this alliance and access to P&H’s confidential machine technical information, Immersive Technologies is committed to ongoing development of its advanced equipment simulators for P&H equipment.P&H MinePro chose to work exclusively with Immersive Technologies in order to focus its resources on one supplier to provide quality simulated training. Peter Salfinger, CEO of Immersive Technologies said, “Immersive Technologies is proud of its alliance with P&H. This renewal ensures the latest and most accurate training technology and features are engineered into our P&H type simulation products and training solutions for the benefit of our joint customers.”On July 22, Immersive Technologies announced it had attained a new 12-month record, producing 100 of its advanced simulator modules, or Conversion Kits, during the 2008/09 Financial Year. The 100th Conversion Kit module for the year simulates the operation of a dragline and was completed in June 2009 for customer Peabody Energy in the US. With simulation training providing a significant positive impact on safety, productivity and maintenance levels, all indicators point to the continued strong growth for Immersive Technologies.Immersive Technologies claims to be the world’s leading supplier of operator training simulators used in the mining and earthmoving industries. It has 450 advanced mining equipment simulator modules in 25 countries and says “our Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators are considered vital to many of the world’s leading mining companies such as BHP Billiton, CVRD and Rio Tinto. From the Congo to northern Canada, mines are increasing safety and reducing their cost per tonne by using our simulators daily to train and test their operators.”Immersive Technologies has exclusive licensing and technical information alliances with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu, Liebherr and P&H. Customer support offices are located in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary Canada, Santiago Chile and Johannesburg South Africa. High levels of attendance at Immersive Technologies’ recent 2009 Americas User Group Forum in Park City Utah, demonstrate the industry’s growing acceptance and reliance on advanced equipment simulator technology, and the company’s ability to continually deliver industry leading training solutions.