How To Create Content for Your Sale Force

first_imgSalespeople struggle with social marketing because they are not content creators. Marketing departments don’t want salespeople creating content, even when they have the ideas and the writing chops. Their sales managers surely don’t want their salespeople slaving over a blog post when they should be on the phone.But there is no content marketing without content. There is little nurturing without the tools with which to nurture. That means you need ideas and insights packaged in a way that can be easily disseminated by the sales force.Getting StartedThis problem of creating enough content isn’t as difficult as it might seem. If you need to provide your sales force with content with which to nurture your dream clients, this is one way you can get started.First, start by making 10 lists of 10 items each. You might start with the 10 biggest challenges your dream clients are facing now. Another good list might be 10 mistakes that keep your prospects from getting the results they want. You might also write the 10 biggest lessons you’ve learned serving your clients.Once you have 10 lists of 10 items, you have enough content for 111 blog posts. The first blog post is the list of 10 lists. Each list is itself a blog post. Then, each of the 10 points on each list is a single blog post. Content problem solved.But wait. There’s more.Second, learn to repurpose your work. Every list of 10 might also be an eBook. That might be a very natural way to package those ideas. You might also find many eBooks by identifying some thread that runs through any number of the lists you already created. You might also find three or four white papers.A lot of people in management and leadership worry about sharing ideas like this because they believe their competitors will steal their ideas. That is fearing the wrong danger. The greater danger is not arming your sales force with the value creating ideas that allow them to nurture their dream clients, making deposits over time, and establishing themselves as someone with whom it is worth doing business. You need to create content.last_img read more

‘Language Gene’ Has a Partner

first_imgFew genes have made the headlines as much as FOXP2. The first gene associated with language disorders, it was later implicated in the evolution of human speech. Girls make more of the FOXP2 protein, which may help explain their precociousness in learning to talk. Now, neuroscientists have figured out how one of its molecular partners helps Foxp2 exert its effects.The findings may eventually lead to new therapies for inherited speech disorders, says Richard Huganir, the neurobiologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, who led the work. Foxp2 controls the activity of a gene called Srpx2, he notes, which helps some of the brain’s nerve cells beef up their connections to other nerve cells. By establishing what SRPX2 does, researchers can look for defective copies of it in people suffering from problems talking or learning to talk.Until 2001, scientists were not sure how genes influenced language. Then Simon Fisher, a neurogeneticist now at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and his colleagues fingered FOXP2 as the culprit in a family with several members who had trouble with pronunciation, putting words together, and understanding speech. These people cannot move their tongue and lips precisely enough to talk clearly, so even family members often can’t figure out what they are saying. 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That small difference may have affected Foxp2 performance such that animal calls could eventually transform into the human gift of gab. In 2009, a team put the human version of the gene in mice and observed that the rodents produced more frequent and complex alarm calls, suggesting these mutations may have been involved in the evolution of more complex speech. But how Foxp2 works has largely remained a mystery.Huganir didn’t start out trying to solve this mystery. He was testing 400 proteins to see if they helped or hindered the development of specialized junctions between nerve cells, called synapses, which allow nerve cells to communicate with one another. A single neuron can have up to 10,000 synapses, or connections to other neurons, Huganir says. Of the 10 proteins he identified, one that strongly promoted synapse formation was Srpx2, a gene other researchers had linked to epilepsy and language problems.Huganir and his colleagues examined Srpx2 activity in isolated nerve cells, determining that it stimulated the formation of “excitatory” connections, ones where a “turn on” message was conveyed to the receiving nerve cell. Srpx2 also enhanced the number of excitatory connections in the part of the brain in developing mice that is the equivalent of the human language center, the researchers report online today in Science. Because Foxp2 regulates the activity of several genes, including Srpx2, Huganir and his team took a closer look at how Foxp2 affected this gene. When Foxp2 is around, Srpx2 makes fewer excitatory synapses, they report. It may be that the right balance of excitatory synapses and other connections may be necessary for complex vocalizations, Huganir suggests.As a final test, the researchers looked to see how changing the activity of the Srpx2 gene affected alarm calls of baby mice. Mice pups separated from their moms call for help with squeals too high-pitched for humans to hear. When the researchers artificially inhibited Srpx2’s activity, the mice squealed less. But the pups squealed normally again when gene activity was restored, Huganir and his colleagues report.The work “shows that Foxp2 affects synapse formation through Srpx2,” says Svante Pääbo, a paleogeneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who has studied Foxp2 in primates and in mice. “It is the first target gene of Foxp2 that has a clear function with respect to neuronal function.”Huganir says his team still doesn’t know whether FOXP2 affects nerve cells that relate to language processing or nerve cells that control muscles involved in talking. Still, he says the link to synapse formation via SRPX2 “is an important clue how FOXP2 could be regulating language development.”last_img read more

Instagram May Soon Add Hindi Language Support for Indian Users: Report

first_imgInstagram wants to get deeper into India’s hinterlands and wider user base and is working on Hindi language support.India is Instagram’s second largest market after the U.S. and the company is constantly working on increasing its popularity in the country, the Indian Express reported.App researcher Jane Munchen Wong was the first to find out about this and revealed it on Twitter. She also posted screenshots that show Settings page, notifications, comments as well as profile in Hindi. The app will apparently have IGTV section in Hindi as well, the Indian Express reported.“Instagram is working on supporting Hindi as part of their growth efforts,” Wong wrote on Twitter.According to a report in thenextweb.com, the Facebook-owned social network wants to attract more users in the country, one of the world’s fastest growing internet market. Instagram’s sister apps like Facebook and WhatsApp are already popular in the country, with India being the one of the largest markets for both of them.By 2021, the number of Hindi users will surpass English users, Google and KPMG said a while ago. In early September, Amazon launched its Hindi site to lure India’s next 100 million online shoppers.Hindi language support for Instagram is reportedly available for its Android app as of now, with iOS expected to follow soon. Several options including entire Settings page, notifications tab will appear in Hindi when the feature is released officially. In the screenshot shared by Wong, some labels still appear in English, suggesting the feature is under development, the Indian Express said. Related Itemslast_img read more

Taufel to bid adieu to international umpiring

first_imgAustralian Simon Taufel on Sunday will stand down from international umpiring after officiating in the World Twenty20 final between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the R Premadasa Stadium here.It was an emotional moment for Taufel as he took the field to officiate for one last time. The 41-year-old had already announced that he would retire after World Twenty20 to become the Umpire Performance and Training Manager with the ICC.In an outstanding career, Taufel umpired in 74 Tests and 174 ODIs with his last Test and ODI appearances being at Lord’s a month ago in matches featuring England and South Africa.Taufel will be replaced by Bruce Oxenford in the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires from November 1.Taufel won the ICC Umpire of the Year award for five successive years from 2004 to 2008.Taufel along with Pakistan’s Aleem Dar were the on-field umpires for the final between Sri Lanka and West Indies.Taufel yesterday termed the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India versus Pakistan as the “most exciting match” of his career.”When I look back, there are many memorable moments but I can instantly remember the India versus Pakistan game at Mohali during the 2011 World Cup semi-final as the most exciting one,” Taufel had said.”The Prime Ministers of the two countries were present and it was more than just a game of cricket. I believe there were two finals in 2011 World Cup. The semi-final and the final,” he added.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Shakib Al Hasan slams Eden Gardens pitch after loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders’ star spinner Shakib Al Hasan blamed the Eden Gardens pitch for not assisting their slower bowlers following their nine-wicket defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday night. RCB troika of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers made a mockery of KKR’s spin-heavy attack to gun down 184-run target to keep their play-offs hopes alive. (Match Report | Highlights )”I can talk of myself and I would say yes, we are not getting that advantage (from the pitch). We are a spin-dependent team, so we always expect some assistance at home. We have not been getting that till now. It’s a bit disappointing for the players,” Shakib said. (POINTS TABLE)FATE HANGS IN BALANCEThe two-time champions KKR face a 2015-like situation as they are left to win their remaining two matches to assure themselves a play-off berth, something they failed to achieve in their title defence last year to be eliminated at group stage. (Kohli, AB playing like Batman and Superman, says Gayle)Out of six home matches this season, KKR have lost three — to Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions and the latest against Royal Challengers Bangalore.A team that banks on three specialist spinners in Shakib, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine, KKR have failed to capitalise on home conditions in their familiar territory at the Eden, as the 22-yard strip has been unusually flat this year. (Kohli smashes Gayle record)’WE WILL FINISH IN TOP TWO’But the Bangladeshi all-rounder said they would bounce back to finish among top two.advertisement”We have enough quality players to win the matches on their own. Maybe, we didn’t do well at home the way it’s expected. But overall we’re in a good position. It’s important to play next two matches well.” (Don’t mind 10 stitches as long as RCB keep winning: Kohli)’DROPPED CATCH NOT A TURNING POINT’Shakib also defended his skipper Gautam Gambhir who dropped an easy catch of Virat Kohli, who was then on 32.”I don’t think it was a turning point. But since he was in good form, our chances would have been brighter had we not dropped the catch and De Villiers would have come under a bit more pressure. But I would never say we lost the match because of one catch. They had other batsmen who could have scored the runs.””They (RCB) have quality batsmen. The way they scored runs there was nothing much we could do. We tried our best but they played better cricket.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

a month agoAdvisers urge Foden to stick with Man City

first_imgAdvisers urge Foden to stick with Man Cityby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Foden is being urged to stick with Manchester City.Foden feels a loan move away from the reigning Premier League champions would hinder his progress, despite his limited playing time.The family and friends of the 19-year-old are reported to be keen for the England youngster to continue his role at the Etihad under Pep Guardiola, in which he receives game time primarily in cup competitions.The Times says there is a feeling within Foden’s close circle that leaving City on loan could actually prove damaging to the teenager’s progression.And City have no intention of sending Foden out to another Premier League club on loan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jean Hastings Honoured for Contribution to Education Transformation

first_img Jean Hastings will tell you that she is not an educator by profession, but her contribution to the transformation of Jamaica’s education system is second to none. For almost two decades, she has worked with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on various projects, including the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which was established to execute the Ministry’s modernisation agenda. Story Highlights Jean Hastings will tell you that she is not an educator by profession, but her contribution to the transformation of Jamaica’s education system is second to none.For almost two decades, she has worked with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on various projects, including the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which was established to execute the Ministry’s modernisation agenda.For her outstanding contribution, Ms. Hastings has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to education. She was among 40 persons recognised at the awards ceremony held in June at Jamaica House.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Barbara Allen, who has worked with Ms. Hastings, tells JIS News that the honour was well deserved.She noted that Ms. Hastings’ knowledge of Jamaica’s education system is on par with the most seasoned educator.“She has contributed significantly to the growth and development of the education sector and has, therefore, deservedly earned this recognition,” Ms. Allen adds.A native of western Jamaica, who worked as a management consultant, Ms. Hastings’ sojourn in education began in 1998, when she was contracted as project manager of the Primary Education Improvement Project Phase 11 for 15 months. Among the objectives were to develop the revised primary curriculum, complete the national assessment programme that was already under development, coordinate construction work for 26 schools under that project, and organise institutional strengthening activity within the Ministry. With the successful completion of the project, Ms. Hastings was engaged to manage several other undertakings and would work with the Ministry up until her retirement in May, 2017.These include the Primary Education Support Project, which saw the roll-out of the revised primary curriculum aimed at improving the quality of delivery of primary education and the strengthening of the capacity to manage that delivery.Ms. Hastings is perhaps best known as Director of the ESTP, aimed at modernising the operations of the Ministry and creating a more effective, efficient and accountable system.The cornerstone of the programme is a restructured Ministry, with independent agencies that are accountable for results, quality assurance, service delivery, and monitoring of reforms.The ESTP has seen the establishment of six new entities, including the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC), and the National Education Trust (NET).The programme resulted in the establishment of a modernised Ministry of Education and related support agencies, development and implementation of the National Standards Curriculum, and revisions to the National Assessment Programme at grades two, six and nine.Other measures include initiatives to improve special education service delivery and improvements to education management information systems, all aimed at improving educational outcomes and increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the management of education in Jamaica.Ms Hastings hails the significant strides that have been made over the years in improving the education system.“The thing about education is that we are never short of ideas and we are always seeking to improve, and that was what the projects that I managed were all about. Overall, I think everyone is motivated to work towards improving the system, and there have been notable improvements,” she tells JIS News.She notes that the Ministry must be focused on meeting the demands of the 21st century learner.“The children in 2018 are vastly different from the children in 1962. They are much more aware, they are born better equipped to deal with a 21st century world, so the education system has to deal with engaging these children,” she argues. Ms. Hasting, who is the mother of one son and has one granddaughter, tells JIS News that her philosophy in life is “we are here to make a difference, and I try to do so and give of my best at all times”.“Whatever I am involved in, I want to know that I give of my best. I am eternally motivated, so I have to feel good about what I am doing and what it is I am contributing,” she adds.She says it is important for children to know that “failure is really about giving up, not trying. It is not about not succeeding the first time you try”.Citing her own life experience in this regard, she tells JIS News that she did not pass the Common Entrance Examination, but was given the opportunity to sit an entrance test to Mount Alvernia High in St. James, which she passed “with flying colours”.She would later attend Hampton High in St. Elizabeth, before matriculating to the University of the West Indies where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (with honours) and a postgraduate diploma in management studies.She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Baruch College, City University of New York.Though retired, Ms. Hastings continues to offer her services as a management consultant. For her outstanding contribution, Ms. Hastings has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to education. She was among 40 persons recognised at the awards ceremony held in June at Jamaica House. last_img read more

Heat wave Summer vacation extended by a week in Delhi schools for

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Sunday extended by a week the summer vacation in city schools for students till Class 8 in view of hot weather conditions in the national capital. The schools for up to classes 8 will reopen from July 8 while for the higher classes will reopen from Monday as per the earlier schedule. “In view of the hot weather in Delhi, the summer vacation for students up to class 8 are being extended till July 8. For other classes the schools will reopen as per earlier schedule,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, clarified that the order will be applicable for both government and private schools. Weather officials have predicted that heat wave may continue in the city.last_img

England face acid test in WC semifinal clash with Australia

first_imgLondon: Four years of planning will be put on the line for England when they face holders Australia in a blockbuster Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday. England’s woeful first-round exit at the 2015 edition prompted a complete rethink of their approach to one-day internationals for a side that had long placed Test success above all other considerations. Australian coach Trevor Bayliss was drafted in with the aim of guiding their bid for a first World Cup title. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe transformation has been impressive, with England climbing to number one in the ODI rankings under the astute captaincy of Eoin Morgan. Their rise to the summit has been based on dynamic run-scoring, with in-form openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow leading the way. But the stakes for hosts England are higher than simply the winning of a match that would see them into a final against either India or New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. Satellite subscription host broadcaster Sky has said it will allow the final to be shown on free-to-air television in Britain — but only if England are involved in the showpiece match. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt would be the first time since 2005 that a major England men’s home match had emerged from behind a UK television paywall, with cricket having a chance to reconnect with a ‘lost’ audience in its birthplace. Australia, however, have never lost any of their seven previous World Cup semi-finals — although they did tie with South Africa at Edgbaston 20 years ago before advancing into the final on superior net run-rate. They landed a psychological blow in the group stage when they beat Ashes rivals England by 64 runs at Lord’s last month. Australia left-arm quicks Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc shared nine wickets between them in a match where Australia captain Aaron Finch made 100 after surviving a testing opening from England’s fast bowlers. Roy, however, was missing with a torn hamstring and since his return, England have scored crucial wins over India and New Zealand that took them into the semi-finals. – ‘Different animal’ – By contrast Australia, who have not won in any format at Edgbaston since the 2001 Ashes Test, suffered a surprise 10-run defeat by South Africa at Old Trafford in their final group game. England, as well as finding a way to cope with Starc, will have to contain the run-scoring threat of a powerful Australian top order. David Warner has scored 638 runs this tournament following the left-handed opener’s return to international cricket after a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. But paceman Liam Plunkett insisted England could rise to the occasion. “We’re a different sort of animal compared to our last teams,” he said. “We’ve played well for the past four years, we’re ranked number one. “We feel on our day we can beat anyone in the world.” The five-time world champions, will pitch late call-up Peter Handscomb straight into Thursday’s match after fellow batsman Usman Khawaja suffered a tournament-ending hamstring injury against South Africa. Australia coach Justin Langer led his squad on a barefoot walkabout around Edgbaston on Monday before they shared stories on the outfield in a so-called “bonding circle”. “Haydos (Matthew Hayden) and I used to do it as a bit of a ritual before every Test match,” former Australia opener Langer explained.last_img read more

October dates set for preliminary hearing in shipbuilding secrets case

first_imgOTTAWA — A preliminary hearing is set for October in the case of a public servant accused of leaking cabinet secrets about a $700-million naval contract.Matthew Matchett, a suspended Public Service and Procurement Canada official, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of breach of trust in the matter.During a brief hearing Tuesday, three days — Oct. 23 to 25 — were set aside for a preliminary inquiry despite Crown suggestions that waiting seven months could jeopardize Matchett’s right to timely justice.Prosecutor Jeannine Plamondon indicated that a shorter hearing, or one held on non-consecutive days, could have been scheduled sooner — stressing the Crown’s efforts to ensure speedy proceedings.However, Matchett’s lawyer, Matthew Day, seemed satisfied with the timetable, saying he had yet to receive all relevant documents from the Crown in the case.Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the military’s former second-in-command, is also accused of leaking information about the contract between the federal government and Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec. Norman has denied any wrongdoing and his trial is scheduled to begin in August.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

DC Entertainment To Receive Visionary Award At 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards Los

first_imgGLSEN, the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth, will honor DC Entertainment with the Visionary Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards.Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment and President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will accept the award at the gala on Friday, October 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.DC is a leader in supporting LGBTQ content and characters. With a commitment to showcasing diverse storylines, they broke barriers in mainstream comics with characters like Batwoman as the first lesbian Super Hero as a comic lead and Alysia Yeoh as the first trans character. The comics feature numerous groundbreaking characters like Midnighter, Catwoman, Renee Montoya, and many others. In June 2016, DC along with IDW Publishing, brought together writers and artists to support victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando with “Love is Love.” And DC TV shows feature LGBTQ characters on shows like Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Gotham.“GLSEN is excited to honor DC Entertainment with the Visionary Award for their impact and innovation,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. “Superheroes hold an incredibly powerful place in our popular culture. Equally powerful is for LGBTQ youth to see themselves in our world, and DC enables just that. DC’s commitment to representing LGBTQ characters in all forms of media is both incredibly important and empowering.”“We are honored to accept the Visionary Award at this year’s GLSEN Respect Awards,” said Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment and President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “At DC, we are committed to telling stories that reflect and inspire our diverse audience and we look forward to celebrating with the LGBTQ students and activists from across the country.”DC Entertainment will join previously announced 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards Honorees Kerry Washington, Bruce Bozzi, and Zendaya.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Past Los Angeles honorees include Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake; Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg; Bob Greenblatt; Shonda Rhimes; Matt Bomer & Simon Halls; and Kate Hudson. The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will welcome approximately 600 guests, including outstanding youth leaders and educators from around the country, raising more than $1 million in support of GLSEN’s work.GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.Tickets for the Respect Awards are available now. For additional information, please visit www.glsen.org/events.last_img read more

Back to zero Canadas premiers gather in Saskatoon but none are women

first_imgMoe and Kenney kicked off the week together at the Calgary Stampede, where they met with their conservative counterparts from Ontario and New Brunswick, along with the premier from the consensus-based government of the Northwest Territories.They discussed hurdles in getting Canadian resources to market, as well as their opposition to federal bills overhauling resource reviews and banning oil tankers from the northern B.C. coast, and their common causing in fighting against the federal carbon tax.Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are all challenging Ottawa’s carbon levy in court.Bashevkin said she doesn’t think an absence of women at the Saskatoon meeting will affect the content and tone of discussions.There are assumptions that women tend to be less confrontational and seek consensus more than men, she said, but it’s not necessarily true.“We could ask right now … are the relations between British Columbia and Alberta any better than they were when we had two women premiers?“The answer’s probably not,” she said, adding that pipelines were still front and centre under Notley and former B.C. premier Christy Clark.Stephanie Taylor and Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press SASKATOON — Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial leaders are in Saskatchewan this week, but for the first time in years, the annual gathering won’t have women at the table.“Symbolically, it’s very significant that there is no woman premier,” said Sylvia Bashevkin, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, who researches women in politics and recently edited a book on the effect of women in the premier’s office.She said the last time Canada was without any woman as premier was between November 2002, when Pat Duncan left her post in the Yukon, and in November 2008, when Eva Aariak was sworn in as premier of Nunavut. By early 2014, more than half of Canadians lived in a jurisdiction governed by a woman. Rachel Notley was the last one standing until her government was defeated in Alberta three months ago.Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have never had a woman as premier.The Council of the Federation conference, running Tuesday through Thursday, should serve as a reminder of the under representation of women at the premier’s table, Bashevkin said.It may also cause people to question whether gender diversity in Canada was really improving, she added.“It’s not just that things have stalled, but they’ve measurably gone backwards,” Bashevkin said.“We have to come back to the picture that’s going to come out of this premiers’ meeting and ask ourselves … what does it mean when we felt we’ve made all these breakthroughs and then we can go back to zero?”center_img The Council of the Federation conference starts at Big River First Nation, where the premiers are to meet with leaders of national Indigenous organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations.The gathering then shifts to Saskatoon, where premiers will participate in two-days of closed-door meetings at a downtown hotel.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who is hosting the event, said health care, reducing trade barriers and increasing economic competitiveness are all topics on his agenda.Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said that in addition to trade and the need to further develop the energy sector, he’ll be pushing for jurisdictions to mutually recognize professional credentials so workers can more easily move between provinces for work.last_img read more

Chinese envoy visits Jaffna offers assistance for development

The Ambassador also noted that the Chinese Embassy in Colombo is keen to offer assistance to boost the education levels of children in the North.He also said that China will consider offering scholarships to children in the North. China has invested heavily in Sri Lanka, particularly to develop the road network and also funded the construction of a port and international airport. (Colombo Gazette) Yi Xianliang said that China stands ready to offer assistance to Sri Lanka and the Northern province within China’s capabilities. China today offered assistance to develop the northern province which was badly affected by a 30 year war.The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang met Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray in Jaffna today and discussed the developments in the North. The Chinese Ambassador had told the Governor that China and Sri Lanka enjoy strong historical ties and that the relationship must be taken forward, the Governor’s media office said. read more

Former President Clinton UN tsunami envoy to promote early warning systems

In his remarks to the Congress, which is hosted by the German Government in coordination with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Mr. Clinton is expected to call for an international commitment to risk reduction, and an accelerated shift towards a culture of prevention, a UN spokesman said today.The spokesman said Mr. Clinton will describe progress towards a multi-hazard early warning system in the Indian Ocean, where it is thought such a system could have saved many thousands of lives had it been in place when the tsunami struck a dozen countries in 20004. He will also update the audience on the status of the recovery effort in tsunami-effected countries.The Early Warning Conference, which runs from 27 to 29 March, is expected to be attended by some 800 to 1000 participants from governments, international organizations, civil society groups and the scientific community. read more

Sports sets a guiding light for international relations to follow Ban tells

“The Olympics and Paralympics bring out the best in athletic achievement,” he said in a video message broadcast at the ceremony. “The Olympic Flame also illuminates hope for our common humanity. Even in the cold winter weather, barriers between people melt away.” “The Olympic spirit prevails: Fair play, mutual respect, friendly competition. Let us take that spirit and spread it around the world. “For peace – and a truce between warring parties around the world. For human rights and an end to discrimination. For a life of dignity for all. Together, let us celebrate sports and solidarity.”Mr. Ban, who is in Sochi for the Games, is holding meetings with other world leaders attending the opening ceremonies, as well as leading sports officials.In talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two stressed the importance of sports for peace and development, and noted that the UN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are natural partners with shared goals.They also discussed sustainable development and climate change, and Mr. Ban invited Mr. Xi to attend his climate summit at UN Headquarters on 23 September.On Syria, Mr. Ban voiced appreciation for China’s constructive role in supporting the political process, its contributions to humanitarian aid its efforts to destroy chemical weapons in Syria, including through providing a naval escort. He thanked China for its contributions to UN peacekeeping and for its leadership role towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and reducing tensions there, urging Mr. Xi to encourage the parties to take positive confidence-building steps such as the recently agreed family reunions and to follow through on them.Mr. Ban also met Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for disabled athletes, highlighting its key importance in promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has embraced sports as a way to create societies that value diversity and inclusion. read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 25 February 2008

Export and Freight awards Northern Ireland’s Export and Freight magazine says it 7th annual Irish transport and logistics awards ceremony will be on Friday 19 September at the Euromaster Hotel Belfast. “You can enter online at www.exportandfreight.com for any of the 16 categories,” says Helen Beggs, editor. “The aim is to recognise and reward excellence in the industry.” which include Logistics Operator of the Year, Haulier of the Year, International Haulier of the Year, Own Account Operator of the Year and Transport Manager of the Year. More from Helen Beggs on+44 (0)2 892 688 888 or helen@4squaremedia.net Anti-truck theft technology from Volvo The Volvo Group has bought into the Swedish firm Datachassi, which has developed a theft protection system based on intelligent radio technology and sensors that can sharply cut thefts. Volvo says goods worth over £6bn (Skr75bn) are stolen from trucks each year in the EU alone. “We foresee a huge potential for this invention,” says Per Wassén, investment manager at Volvo Technology Transfer. Most of the thefts from trucks are from the trailer and Volvo says there is no satisfactory security system for protection. The Datachassi system uses radio communications with changes to the trailer’s sidelights to take sensors and radio beacons. When objects or people come too close to the trailer, the sensors alert a unit in the cab which then sends a wireless signal to a central server or a security company to raise the alarm. More from Per Wassén on +46 31 66 91 68 or per.wassen@volvo.com Europe’s automotive production up 5.3% in 2007 Acea, the European auto industry body, says European automotive production grew 5.3% to hit 19.7m vehicles in 2007. Cars took 87% of the total, up 5.5% compared to 2006 and trucks did particularly well, up +15% on the back of booming European demand. Van production was up 2% while buses dropped 24%. More from www.acea.be New lights on congestion bustingThe Highways Agency says it will introduce a proven scheme to cut congestion and improve traffic flows at one of the busiest junctions on the North West’s motorway network. Work will start on Tuesday 26 February, fitting intelligent traffic lights to better control traffic joining the M56 from the entry slip roads at Junction 4, near Wythenshawe. By releasing just a few vehicles at a time, the lights prevent the merging and motorway traffic bunching together and forming a bottleneck that delays everyone. Sensors in the motorway and slip road monitor congestion and adjust the timing of the lights to cut the possibility of queues forming. The system has been successfully used on the M60, M62 and M6, cutting congestion and journey times by up to 9%. More from www.highways.gov.uk Straight forward rear steering National brick and block carrier, Intasite Haulage has taken delivery of its first CityTrailer tri-axle twin-steer trailer to help it cope with increasingly difficult site access. The trailer’s second and third axles steer via kingpins instead of the more common turntable and bar method. Bryan Swales, managing director of Intasite says the manoeuvrability is ‘phenomenal’ as is the weight saving compared with other mechanical solutions. “The new steering system will also be very interesting to people carrying rear-mounted fork lifts,” said Mike Gauntlett, managing director at Rimorchio Ltd, which sells the system. “The CityTrailer system locks the steering of both axles via the electronic braking system at a preset speed, giving better safety and stability than most conventionally steered axle trailer.” More from Mike Gauntlett on +44 (0)1 454 315 103 or mike@citytrailer.co.uk New ideas from Allison at the CV Show Allison Transmission says it will announce new distribution applications for its automatic transmissions on its stand 6-280 at the CV Show in April 2008. The firm, now under new ownership, aims to continue its expansion into different sectors, for example distribution and construction, as well as increasing the number of its hybrid bus powertrain sales in Europe. Visitors will also be able to sign up for the 2008 Awareness Events that Allison is holding throughout the UK. In addition, the firm’s most senior executives will be over from the US to meet the increasing number of people using Allison products. More from Nick Bailey on +44 (0)1 205 277 050 or nick.bailey@m-eng.com On-line employment law service from the RHA and Croner This April, Croner and the Road Haulage Association are to offer RHA members a new online product, RHA Croner-i Employment Law, to help users stay ahead of workplace issues and legislation. The RHA says the scheme will offer a practical, easy-to-use, on-line approach to managing employment law issues for UK truckers, including hauliers and own account operators. “People are a very real factor in the success of a business,” said Martin Smith, managing director at Croner. “There are a great many costs associated with non-compliance, not least the threat of closure – what business wants or can afford that?” More from Geoff Dunning on +44 (0)1 274 863 100 or geoff.dunning@rha.net EU greenhouse gas emissions drop 8% The European Environment Agency says total greenhouse gas emissions for EU fell 0.7 % between 2004 and 2005 and by 7.9 % between 1990 and 2005. In 2005 the leading European greenhouse gas culprits were Germany at 19 %, the UK at 13 %, Italy at 11 % and France at 11 %. More from www.smmt.co.uk Scrap plans for fuel duty hike The Freight Transport Association has told the Chancellor of the Exchequer that his Budget must abandon plans for a two pence a litre fuel duty hike from 1 April. The FTA says that with oil now over $100 a barrel, and still rising, the move will cause ‘severe problems’ for both the UK transport industry and its customers. It says road transport costs are rising at 8.4% a year for a 40 tonne truck, well over the inflation rate of 3.4%. The planned two pence a litre increase from 1 April would be the second rise in six months and comes on top of a 12.5 pence a litre increase in fuel prices during 2007. More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk Transport News BriefWeek 9, Monday 25 February 2008 Hague joins UAN The United Aftermarket Network says Stephen Hague is its newly appointed commercial vehicle business development manager, covering northern England and Scotland. More from Mark Field on +44 (0)1 213 234 165 or markfield@unitedaftermarket.net And finally – the lore of averages New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that reader Peter Thornley asks it to decipher the following statement from the Melbourne (Australia) newspaper, The Herald Sun: “A whopping 10.6 million Australians were found to be below average in problem solving, while only 800,000 exceeded expectation.” To help you, note that the population of Australia is around 21 million – so half would be around 10.5 million. More from www.newscientist.com Highways Agency pioneers pictograms The Highways Agency says drivers on the M42 motorway near Leicester will be the first on England’s motorway network to get digital pictograms on the overhead electronic signs. These will help warn drivers of dangers ahead including accidents, congestion, snow, ice, side winds or congestion. The pictograms use internationally recognisable signs, making it easier for foreign drivers to understand them. More from www.highways.gsi.gov.uk First Volvo for MT Kail Stockport-based MT Kail Plant Hire, which says it is one of the largest plant-hire companies in the north-west of England, has got its first Volvo truck. Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials in Stockport, the new FH 16520 will go to work among a fleet of eight rigid trucks. It will tow a Traffco low-loader trailer. Both truck and trailer are on a two-year repair and maintenance contract with the dealer. More from Lynda Lane on to 01619354174 or llane@thhardy.co.uk Vintage Roadscene at CV Show To mark the 60th anniversary of the re-introduction of the Commercial Motor Show, following the end of World War II, the CV Show Partnership has joined with Vintage Roadscene magazine to recall the industry’s history. Stand 17-060 will be devoted to a heritage display. “This will include some fascinating examples of vehicles preserved from the 1950s and 1960s,” said Professor Alan Earnshaw, the vehicle historian in charge of the project. “These will be complemented by photographic displays and the team from specialist transport publishers Trans-Pennine will be there to answer your questions or just re-live memories of the good old days. More from Alan Earnshaw on +44 (0)1 768 353 268 or alan@transpenninepublishing.co.uk Two new Hydraloaders for PJM Swanley-based P J M recovery has taken two new Dyson Hydraloaders, one based on a Renault Midlum and the other on an Iveco Daily. The new trucks will work in the north Kent and south east London areas, including the M25, M20 motorways and the A20 and A2 trunk roads. More from Dennis Cantillion on +44 (0)1 453 755 551 or dennis@cka.co.uk UK to raise its CO2 game The Government may raise its target for cutting CO2 emissions to 80% by 2050 and will ask the independent Committee on Climate Change’s advice on the idea. A review of the target to cut the UK’s CO2 emissions by at least 60% by 2050 will also be a statutory duty under the Climate Change Bill, according to Hilary Benn MP, environment secretary. Separately, Benn announced up to £400m for clean energy technologies, investments and enterprises over the next three years. More from www.smmt.co.uk Masternaut buys FibreCity Masternaut Three X, which says it is the UK’s leading web-based telematics firm has spent £6m to buy internet service provider FibreCity. Masternaut says the deal means it can offer better and more integrated service as a result and expand its premises to over 25,000 sq ft and its highly skilled team to 150. More from Martin Port on +44 (0)1 132 814 000 or martin.port@masternaut.co.uk UK Government to review biofuel use The Government is to review the environmental and economic damage caused by the use of biofuels. “The UK Government takes this issue very seriously, said Ruth Kelly MP, transport secretary. “We are not prepared to go beyond current UK target levels for biofuels until we are satisfied it can be done sustainably.” The new Renewable Fuels Agency will do the study and report in early summer this year. More from www.smmt.co.uk May is the worst month for truck tyre punctures ATS Euromaster says its data shows that May 2007 saw the most commercial vehicle tyre-related breakdowns on the UK roads last year. Through the year ATS Euromaster’s 24 hour Rapid Response team handled 111,318 calls for roadside assistance from vans to top weight articulated trucks, with 10,242 or 9.2% of all call-outs falling in May. The quietest month was December, with just 7,042 or 6.3% of calls. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com MAN wins €80m double-deck deal in Berlin MAN says it has won another order for 200 low-floor, three axle Lion’s City double-deck buses for Berlin. This follows success with 200 similar vehicles, in service since 2004. The new order will be delivered by 2010 and is worth some €80m. The new buses can each carry up to 128 passengers, 83 seated and 45 standing. More from Thorsten Wagner on +49 (0)5 341 282 268 or thorsten.wagner@man.eu Best January for commercial vehicle production UK bus, truck, and van production had its best January since 1990, hitting 20,836 for the month. This follows a strong performance through 2007. “The rolling year total was the highest since 1998 and is forecast to continue strongly through 2008,” said Paul Everitt SMMT chief executive. “Environmental issues remain a priority and Leyland Trucks factory’s recent ‘zero waste to landfill’ achievement is an example of sustainable production in action.” More from Robin Dickeson +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Europe likely to miss road safety target The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile says Europe urgently needs to do more if it is to hit its road safety target of halving deaths by 2010. Some of the measures it recommends include mandatory Electronic Stability Control and the rapid adoption of the Directive on road infrastructure safety management. More from www.smmt.co.uk Commission wants tyres to help deliver CO2 targets The European Commission is trying to figure out how persuade people to buy low rolling resistance tyres to cut fuel use by between three and four per cent. One idea it seems to like is tyre energy labelling. More from www.smmt.co.uk Recovery operators try to get off the hook The RHA wants London mayor Ken Livingstone to give its recovery operator members exemption from the costs of the London Low Emission Zone. The RHA is clearly irritated by the fact that showman’s vehicles, those involved in the amusement and fairground trade, are exempted. But should these often elderly trucks break down within the zone, the recovery operator will be charged to provide help if his, probably much younger, truck doesn’t meet the LEZ standards. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net Debut for Appian scheduling software at CV Show AutoLogic Systems Ltd, on stand 11-202 at the CV Show this Spring, will show its latest Appian Logistics vehicle scheduling and tracking software for the first time. The firm is the sole European distributor of Appian’s Direct Routeâ„¢ and DR Trackâ„¢. Direct Routeâ„¢ is an automated route scheduling system that optimises route planning and DR Trackâ„¢ is a fleet tracking and web based reporting tool which uses GPS technology to automatically update estimated arrival and departure times and track planned versus actual routes and mileage. “Our new software is really lowering transport costs for many of our existing and new customers,” said Graham Carter, managing director. More from Jo Love on +44 (0)7 887 775 271 or jo@lovecommunication.co.uk FTA calls for operator choice on recovery The Freight Transport Association says it has replied to the consultation on draft regulations regarding the removal, storage and disposal of vehicles and has welcomed the chance for truckers to make their own arrangements to recover a vehicle rather than be forced to accept solutions imposed on them by police forces. The FTA says it has seen examples of operators forced to accept a police appointed recovery firm when their own agent could do the job more quickly, efficiently and economically. The new regulations mean that won’t happen in future. More from Geoff Dossetter on +44 (0)1 892 552 255 or gdossetter@fta.co.uk New, bigger AdBlue tanks Fuel tank supplier SB Components says it will show its latest 200 litre, stainless steel and purpose-designed AdBlue tanks on stand 7-120 at the CV Show this spring. The firm offers the tanks as larger replacements for the often smaller plastic tanks fitted as the original equipment on many 6×2 tractor units. The firm says it has sold over 1,000 of these units, which give a useful increase in AdBlue capacity. More from Sonia Sleight on +44 (0)1 945 475 234 or sonia@sb-components.com Sale and rent-back from Northgate Northgate Vehicle Hire, which says it is Europe’s leading vehicle rental outfit, now offers a sale and rent back deal. The firm says the plan will help companies to move their fleets to a rental basis, which it says will prove helpful at a time of increasing economic uncertainty. Firms that take up Northgate’s offer will get an immediate cash injection for their businesses and will remove depreciating assets from their balance sheets. Depending on the age of vehicles sold to Northgate, firms will either rent the same vehicles back at a fixed rate, or if they are more than 27 months old, have them replaced immediately with new vehicles. More from Ross Clarkson on 01 325 467 558 or ross.clarkson@northgateplc.com Darwen floats UK bus maker Darwen Holdings has begun trading on the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) of the London Stock Exchange. The firm, which bought East Lancashire Coach Builders out of administration last year, has plans to develop low emission bus models, based on either diesel or diesel-electric hybrid power. The Financial Times reports Darwen was admitted to Aim with a value of around £15m. The firm is based in Blackburn, Lancashire and is expected to move to bigger premises soon. More from Lauren Jones on +44 (0)1 612 361 352 or lauren@mcmc.co.uk Maxus fire engine West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has bought what it thinks is the first custom-built fire engine for young people. The service will use the LDV Maxus-based vehicle to help students on its Young Fire-fighters course. The Maxus fire engine has most features found on a full-size appliance; the crew cab seats five people and has space for breathing apparatus and the vehicle carries two ladders – triple extension and a light-weight double. Local LDV dealer F&G Commercials did the business. More from Steve Miller on +44(0)1 213 223 089 or smiller@ldv.com Russia to be the largest European vehicle market by 2010 Just-auto.com reports that the Russian new car market hit. 2.35m new cars in 2007 making in the 4th largest in Europe, behind Germany Italy and the UK. It is on course to be a Europe’s largest market by 2010. More from www.just-auto.com Goodyear to launch Max technology at CV Show Goodyear Dunlop says it will use the Commercial Vehicle Show this spring to launch its new Goodyear Max technology ranges to the UK market. The firm says the benefits include better fuel consumption, better wet braking, better load capacity and longer tyre life. The new system includes new tread compounds, new tread designs, a new tyre carcass construction and new sizes. “The low rolling resistance of the new Goodyear range ensures better fuel consumption,” said Nigel Sowerby director truck tyres. “When combined with longer mileage this gives lower cost per mile for operators. At the CV Show we will demonstrate this with testimonials from the fleets who have tested Max technology during the last six months.” More from James Bailey on +44 (0)1 213 066 328 or jbBailey@goodyear.com Teesport container terminal proposal agreed The UK Department for Transport says Jim Fitzpatrick, shipping minister, has approved applications by Teesport for a big expansion of its container terminal facilities. The plan will increase the port’s capacity to from 250,000 to around 1.5m twenty foot equivalent units a year. a TEU is the standard measure for container traffic and relates to the size of ISO containers. 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Estimated electric vehicle demand boosting value of lithium projects

first_imgDemand for high grade lithium used in rechargeable batteries could soar by as much as 150% over the next six years if projections for electric vehicle sales are correct, says President and CEO of Canada Lithium Corp, Peter Secker. “As electric vehicles start to ramp up over the next two to three years, there’s going to be significant demand that we believe can’t be met by existing producers,” he said. And this is where he feels the company’s Quebec Lithium project, which could be producing more than 19,000 t/y of high grade lithium carbonate starting in 2012, will benefit.If the prefeasibility study figures released last week are realised, it would make Canada Lithium the third-largest lithium producer in the world, with the only major lithium mine in North America, Secker said. Currently about 65% of the world’s lithium carbonate is produced in Chile and Argentina and 30% is produced in Australia.A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicted 10 million electric vehicles will be sold globally by 2016. Demand for the low-emission vehicles will be propelled by government investments, rising gas prices and consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.“That significant ramp-up in production means there’s going to be a significant increase in demand,” Secker said in an interview on Monday. “Current demand is about 100,000 t/y of lithium carbonate, and if you believe the 10 million number, then supply will have to increase to about 200,000 to 250,000 t/y to meet that.”Quebec Lithium’s operating costs are expected to be under $2,800/t, which would put the mine in the second-highest quartile of producers. The mine would cost the company about $148 million to develop. Secker said there are very few new lithium mines slated to come on stream, and none of these will reach production as quickly as Quebec Lithium.The Quebec Lithium project, which used to be known as the Sullivan mine, produced lithium between 1955 and 1965 when the metal was primarily used in the production of ceramics and glass. Because of this, the project has existing road, rail and power infrastructure, which will cut down on the time and money it will take to get the mine producing again.Secker said the mine is “extremely viable” at the current price of around $2.90/Ib for the highest-grade lithium. “Anything on top of that would be a bonus to us,” he said.Canada Lithium says preliminary discussions with North American end users indicate a potential market for up to 50,000 t/y of lithium. An upbeat outlook for electric vehicle sales has been boosting other Canadian companies as well. Shares in lithium-ion battery maker Electrovaya have soared more than tripled this month after the company announced it will supply Chrysler with batteries for a line of demonstration electric vehicles. This followed news that former Chrysler President Tom LaSorda will take on an advisory role with the company and join its board of directors.Governments around the world are looking to boost the troubled auto industry and reduce vehicle emissions by investing in electric-vehicle technology. In the US, President Barack Obama has said he wants one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and has invested billions of dollars in General Motors, Chrysler, Ford and Nissan to help accomplish that goal.last_img read more

Scannells dramatic drop goal seals superb win for Munster in Belfast

first_img Ulster 14Munster 15Murray Kinsella reports from Kingspan StadiumWHAT ABOUT THAT for an end game? The winning of it was a moment of brilliant individual skill from Rory Scannell as he gathered the ball on the wrong side of his body, transferred it to his left, and found the composure to slot a drop goal. Scannell after hitting the match-winning drop-goal. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThat the decisive score was founded on some brilliant ball-carrying from Munster’s forwards was fitting.Jack O’Donoghue surged after Duncan Williams’ snipe, Peter O’Mahony powered forward as he went the full 80, then Dave Kilcoyne hammered at Ulster yet again .Too early, the Munster fans thought as Scannell dropped back, but the Cork man showed his impressive steel to steal the win for the southern province.Still there was time for Ulster to thrust back at Munster, as they built a drop-goal chance for Paddy Jackson to grab the result. The Ireland international struck the ball well but, as for Exeter’s Gareth Steenson at this venue last weekend, his effort crept just wide to the right.One last chance. Tommy Bowe knocked-on into touch and Munster sealed the deal. Another win to honour their fallen brother, Anthony Foley.This one was far more imperfect than the hammering of Glasgow in Thomond Park last time out, but ‘Axel’ would have enjoyed the grit Munster showed to keep turning up even after they made countless mistakes in the first half.Ulster, in contrast, will be angry with their own performance, one that was similarly error-strewn. They will see this defeat as a major missed opportunity.Munster should have had a lot more than man of the match Scannell’s try to show at the half-time break, when they trailed 14-5, having enjoyed 75% of the territory and 69% of the possession in the opening 40 minutes.Their error count was far too high, however, with simple spilled ball, illegal ruck entry and a pair of lineout mishaps preventing them from benefiting from repeated promising spells in the Ulster 22.The absence of Tyler Bleyendaal at out-half stood out, as Munster failed to build real scoring opportunities on the back of some excellent carrying by the likes of Kilcoyne, O’Donoghue, Billy Holland, and Donnacha Ryan.Ulster’s defence lapped up the narrow attack for the large part of the half, with Ruan Pienaar, Sean Reidy, Luke Marshall and Bowe prominent in contact.Ulster had taken an early lead thanks to the ever-impressive Charles Piutau’s try. Jackson sparked the passage with a deft chip over Munster’s rush defence for Darren Cave to gather, then the Ulster out-half launched a diagonal bomb several phases later. Charles Piutau scored Ulster’s opening try. Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHODarren Sweetnam was under it wide on Munster’s right wing, but fullback Andrew Conway advanced into the aerial contest as Ulster’s Craig Gilroy rose, tapping the ball inside for Piutau to run the 20 metres to the tryline untouched.Jackson converted before the Munster onslaught in Ulster’s half began in earnest. There was a missed drop-goal effort from Ian Keatley as early as the 10th minute, while the Munster out-half badly scuffed a penalty from the tee soon after.Munster’s wastefulness was a huge frustration for the travelling support, who had their heads in their hands in the 36th minute after Ulster replacement Rob Lyttle – on for the injured Cave – gathered a loose ball 15 metres out from the Munster tryline with no immediate danger apparent.However, his burst of acceleration saw O’Donnell miss the first-up tackle before Kilcoyne and Keatley clashed heads following up, both of them slipping off to allow Lyttle to dot down, with Jackson converting.In the final minute of the half, Munster finally found the formula they’d been searching for, however. An inside pass from Holland put Ronan O’Mahony into space, with Kilcoyne, Holland and Ryan following up with meaty carries towards the Ulster tryline.Simple, clinical catch-and-pass from Conway and Sweetnam put centre Scannell over in the right corner. Although Keatley couldn’t convert, it was a timely fillup for Munster. Inside centre Rory Scannell crossed for Munster. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOLuke Marshall went off his feet in the first minute of the second half as he jackaled, but again Keatley couldn’t find the target with his penalty, this time the ball connecting with the left post and bouncing clear.Another ruck entry from the side soon after left Munster empty-handed from their latest visit to the Ulster 22, as Piutau and Bowe began to show signs of sparking Ulster’s attack.But the northern province made errors too, with Jackson and Bowe leaving ball down on a pair of second-half backline moves and Munster showed their grit to stay in the fight.They very nearly broke away from deep in their own 22 with 53 minutes played, defending through almost 20 phases before Sweetnam scooped the ball from the back of a loose Ulster ruck and fed the impressive Jaco Taute.The South African was hauled down from behind by Pienaar, however, and Marshall brilliantly dragged Sweetnam into touch after the Cork man collected Taute’s offload.While they lost Conway to injury heading into the final quarter, Munster’s perseverance paid off with 15 minutes left as they built an ultra-direct score.The maul fired down the right, from where Williams and O’Donoghue carried to spark a passage of one-out surges and pick-and-jams that ended with Taute muscling his way over from close range. South African midfielder Taute fights his way over for a try. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOScannell took over kicking duties from Keatley to slot the conversion for 14-12, before Jackson had a malfunction from the tee to miss a straightforward chance to open up the lead for Ulster again, his penalty sailing wide with 10 minutes remaining.That gave Munster a final sniff, and set us up for an unforgettable endgame. By Murray Kinsella https://the42.ie/3052900 Short URL Friday 28 Oct 2016, 9:09 PM Add us: the42.ie Ulster scorers:Tries: Charles Piutau, Rob LyttleConversions: Paddy Jackson [2 from 2]Penalties: Paddy Jackson [0 from 1]Munster scorers:Tries: Rory Scannell, Jaco TauteConversions: Ian Keatley [0 from 1], Rory Scannell [1 from 1]Penalties: Ian Keatley [0 from 2]Drop goal: Rory Scannell Share91 Tweet Email 31,954 Views ULSTER: Charles Piutau; Tommy Bowe, Luke Marshall, Darren Cave (Rob Lyttle ’9), Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar (Paul Marshall ’76); Callum Black (Kyle McCall ’58), Rob Herring (captain), Wiehahn Herbst (Andrew Warwick ’66); Dan Tuohy, Franco van der Merwe; Robbie Diack (Conor Joyce ’71), Sean Reidy, Roger Wilson (Clive Ross ’29).Replacements not used: John Andrew, Brett Herron.MUNSTER: Andrew Conway (Alex Wootton ’61); Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley (Dan Goggin ’71), Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, James Ryan (Stephen Archer ’71); Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (captain), Tommy O’Donnell (Robin Copeland ’60), Jack O’Donoghue.Replacements not used: Vincent O’Brien, Brian Scott, Darren O’Shea, Abriel Griesel.Referee: Nigel Owens [WRU].Attendance: 18,196.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Scannell’s dramatic drop goal seals superb win for Munster in Belfast Ulster had their own late chance to steal it with a drop-goal at Kingspan Stadium. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Munster cult hero ‘Dutchy’ Holland pushing the Hurricanes to new heights‘He’s gassing past us in training!’ Healy backs fired-up Mike Ross see more Ireland action Oct 28th 2016, 9:09 PM 56 Comments last_img read more

iPhone une application dédiée aux urgences médicales

first_imgiPhone : une application dédiée aux urgences médicalesLe groupe Malakoff Médéric s’est associé à l’agence FullSIX pour développer une application dédiée aux urgences médicales afin de permettre aux possesseurs de smartphones de réagir le plus rapidement possible.”SOS Urgences”, c’est la nouvelle application iPhone proposée par le groupe de protection sociale Malakoff Médéric et développée par l’agence FullSIX. Cette application permet aux utilisateurs de smartphones d’accéder à des informations de santé et d’urgence comme le numéro du Samu par exemple ou encore les établissements hospitaliers les plus proches. Ces établissements sont classés par catégories et il est possible de leur envoyer ses informations personnelles.L’application est gratuite et est d’ores et déjà disponible sur l’iPhone.Le 1 janvier 2011 à 13:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will Join the New Warriors on Freeform

first_img Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Marvel has been overall pretty successful with their original TV shows. Their Netflix partnership has been mostly great, Legion showed everyone exactly what the superhero genre was capable of, and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D had its strongest season yet. It’s no surprise that other networks want in on that Marvel TV money train too. This morning, Marvel announced a New Warriors series for Freeform.Marvel’s New Warriors will be different from other superhero shows in a few ways. First, each episode will only be half an hour long. Second, it will be a comedy. This makes it sound like it’ll have more in common with NBC’s Powerless than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Although, since it’s on Freeform, it’ll be geared towards a slightly younger audience.The show, like the comic, will follow six young people with super powers living together. While the comics team has a more overt connection to The Avengers, it’s probably safe to guess that the big screen superhero team won’t come up more than the occasional offhand reference. Marvel says the show will feature young superheroes in “that time in your life when you first enter adulthood,” promising that the characters will struggle with bad guys as well as bad dates. It sounds like a Freeform show with superheroes, which definitely has potential. Riverdale being as good as it is proved that comic book young adult drama can still be great. This will be Marvel Studios’ first attempt at a comedy series, which should be interesting.The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 cover. Artist: Erica Henderson (Via Marvel)One major change from the comics will be the addition of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to the team. She’s generally not part of the New Warriors. Instead, she stars in her own comic, which is wonderful and hilarious and if you’re not reading it right now, you need to be. Squirrel Girl has become a favorite among fans for her eternally optimistic demeanor even as the world around her disappoints at every turn. She also, as you might guess from the name, has squirrel powers. She’s incredibly acrobatic and can talk to squirrels. It’s more useful than you’d think.Marvel still has enough good will that any new TV project from them is worth being on your radar. Especially when its something as outside of their comfort zone as a half-hour comedy. Now, it’s on Freeform, so you can guess it’s going to be corny and maybe a little soap opera at times. That can be a whole lot of fun though. Plus, the promise of a live-action Squirrel Girl automatically makes the pilot a must-watch for me. Now the only question is who will play her?There’s no release date or cast yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news on this and Freeform’s other Marvel series, Cloak & Dagger in the months to come.last_img read more