Plagiarism Isn’t a Content Marketing Strategy

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now A few weeks ago I received an email from an employee whose Executive Vice President was publishing my work on their company blog under his name. A half a dozen of his inside salespeople subscribed to this blog and brought this to my attention. I had a tough time convincing this gentleman to attribute the posts to me or take them down. He relented when I told him his people were questioning his leadership.Three days ago I received another email outlining exactly the same scenario. Another executive leader was “borrowing” my writing and passing it off as his own. He suggested that a “ghost writer” provides him the material and that he didn’t know where the ghost writer acquired the content. Once again, this gentleman’s people emailed me to question his leadership.Tonight I received a tweet pointing me to an individual on LinkedIn, who has been posting my blog posts every day for months, passing them off as his own. In this case, the person plagiarizing my work added his contact information to the bottom of each post, asking people to contact him for help with their sales results. He was forced to remove the posts when people in the small sales community left a dozen comments under one of his posts.The people who are plagiarizing my work and the work of others who regularly produce content are creating a serious problem for themselves. They are very publicly showing a lack of character. And they are leaving a long trail behind them, one that their employees or customers can easily follow. Anyone could capture screenshots of the plagiarized work and provide evidence to others or publish it themselves.None of this is necessary.There are people who do a very nice job synthesizing content on the web. Many of them don’t write much content. Instead, they curate content for their audiences. Their audiences find that curation is valuable because these curators are doing the work of pulling together content worth reading or viewing. Curation is a good strategy for a lot of folks.There are no shortcuts to building your brand and your reputation. You have to do good work. You have to do that work consistently. You need a unique point of view, and you need your own voice. But none of this matters if you don’t have character.Plagiarism isn’t a content marketing strategy.last_img read more

Goa temple denies access to wheelchair-bound girl

first_imgA trustee of Mangueshi Temple in South Goa stirred controversy on Monday by denying access to a wheelchair-bound girl from Mumbai.The Disabilities Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) has demanded action against the trustee and forwarded the complaint lodged by the girl’s parents to the Superintendent of Police (South) and the Collector of South Goa. The girl’s mother, Subhada Keskar, said the temple committee member, Anil Kenkre, prevented her daughter, Sanika Keskar, from entering the temple as its rules denied access to ‘vehicles’.‘Outright discrimination’The complaint said: “Anil Kenkre told us we were not invited and welcome inside the temple. This is outright discrimination and abuse of the right of a physically challenged person. The action is a criminal offence under Section 92 (a) of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.” It further said that the trustee also violated Sanika’s right to worship, “which is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India.” The parents requested authorities to immediately register a criminal case against Mr. Kenkre under relevant sections of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 and the Indian Penal Code.The DRAG also wrote to the Collectors of North Goa and South Goa, and the State Disability Commissioner requesting them to direct all heads of religious places of worship in their jurisdiction to ensure that the elderly and persons with disabilities are not denied entry citing aids and appliances used for their mobility. The DRAG also asked the authorities to ensure within six months that places of worship are made disabled-friendly as mandated under the Act.Meanwhile, Mr. Kenkre denied the allegations. He said, “I don’t exactly remember the details of our conversation. We never deny permission to any person to enter the temple and pray. I only informed them that there is no facility to allow the wheelchair into the temple. It would be incorrect to say that we denied them access to the temple.”Mr. Kenkre admitted that the temple was not disabled-friendly, but that had never stopped “persons with disabilities from coming to the temple and nobody has ever had any issues in entering it.”‘An attitude problem’Anuradha Joshi, State Disability Commissioner, confirmed on Monday that she had received the complaint and would visit the temple on Tuesday to probe the matter. Avelino de Sa, president of DRAG, said that an online petition demanding justice for Sanika had garnered over 2,200 signatures by Monday evening.Mr. de Sa said, “The issue at hand is not one of lack of infrastructure, but an attitude problem of the temple trustee. This is evident from his statements such as ‘we have not invited you to the temple’ and ‘the wheelchair cannot be allowed in as it is a vehicle’.”last_img read more

Birmingham City 1 West Brom 1

first_imgJota’s failure from the penalty spot proved crucial as winless Birmingham City drew 1-1 with West Brom in a Midlands derby in the Championship on Friday.West Brom travelled to St Andrews knowing a win would see them go third in the table ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.But they were on the back foot for long periods against Garry Monk’s men, who took the lead in the 26th minute when Jota capitalised on poor marking to flick home from a tight angle after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s header down to the far post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The winger was then presented with a golden chance to make it 2-0 three minutes later after Kyle Bartley inexplicably handled a right-wing cross. However, Sam Johnstone kept out the Spaniard’s low penalty, and the Blues were left to rue the miss.As with the opener, the defending was suspect when Matt Phillips fired a 39th-minute leveller beyond Lee Camp, while there was a distinct lack of quality at the other end for Birmingham four minutes later when Che Adams blazed over from close range.It was Birmingham who had the better of the second half yet they could not find a way to beat Johnstone – and the Baggies almost snatched the points when Harvey Barnes rattled the crossbar late on.Birmingham’s wait for a first win of the league campaign goes on, this draw marking their fifth from seven matches, while West Brom sit in fifth, three points off the automatic promotion places.last_img read more

Cash reward for Odia winners

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jul 8 (PTI) Odisha govenrment has announced cash rewards for Odia athletes who win medals in the ongoing 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at the Kalinga Stadium here. While gold medal winners will get a cash award of Rs seven lakh, the silver and bronze medalists will get Rs 5.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Chandrasarathi Behera said. He said special awards will also be conferred on athletes for breaking any records. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Odia sprinter Dutee Chand, who bagged bronze in women?s 100 sprint event. PTI AAM PR PRlast_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain challenges UEFA in court

first_imgGeneva, Nov 6 (AP) Paris Saint-Germain has challenged UEFA in court after a club finance panel reopened its investigation into the French champion, and can assess transfer deals for superstar forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday the appeal case is confidential at the request of PSG and UEFA and gave no further details.Qatar-owned PSG has long been a target of UEFA rules designed to curb so-called financial doping by wealthy backers of clubs which qualify for the Champions League or Europa League.The Financial Fair Play program requires clubs to approach break-even on soccer-related business, such as player trading and wages, and also assesses the fair market value of sponsorship deals.PSG forfeited 20 million euros (USD 22.8 million) of Champions League prize money in a 2014 settlement. Then, Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City got the same deal from UEFA in signature cases from the first round of FFP sanctions.Details of tough 2014 negotiations between both clubs and UEFA’s then-leaders were revealed at the weekend by European media. Published emails included legal threats by the clubs trying to prevent possible bans from the Champions League worth tens of millions of euros per season.In April 2017, UEFA released PSG and Man City from their settlement deals for complying with three years of stricter monitoring.PSG then spent heavily in that offseason, breaking soccer’s transfer record to buy Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros (USD 253 million). A loan deal was agreed with Monaco for Mbappe that became a 180 million euros (USD 205 million) purchase this year.advertisementUEFA opened an investigation soon after the Mbappe loan, and warned PSG in June this year to raise cash quickly from player sales to balance its 2017-18 accounts. UEFA also said some sponsor deals, including from Qatar, were overvalued.Still, investigators for UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body closed their scrutiny of PSG’s accounts for the year through June 2017 before the Neymar signing.The UEFA panel’s judging chamber reviewed the decision and in September sent the case back for a “deeper investigation.” It is that move which PSG is challenging at CAS.The sports court’s judges must first decide if it is admissible to appeal a procedural step rather than a final ruling.Joining PSG in a similar situation, Galatasaray was also placed under further investigation by the UEFA panel last month. It is unclear if the Turkish club has appealed to CAS. (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Alexis Sanchez unlikely to play again in 2018: Jose Mourinho

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho said on Friday Alexis Sanchez is likely to face a long spell on the sidelines, saying the Chilean forward suffered an “aggressive muscular injury” during training.Sanchez, who has struggled at United this season, scoring one goal in 12 appearances in all competitions so far, has not had a scan yet but the Portuguese tactician is fearing the 29-year-old might not play for the Red Devils again in 2018.”No scans yet. But the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is,” Mourinho said ahead of his team’s trip to face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.”Also, from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and the way the injury happened, I know it’s going to be for a long time.”Mourinho said Sanchez’s injury was more severe than the hamstring problem sustained by centre back Victor Lindelof against Crystal Palace on Saturday, which is expected to keep the Sweden international out of action until Christmas.”It’s not the little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days the player is ready, for me and also for Alexis, the feeling before the scans is that the grade is different than the [Victor] Lindelof one and the Lindelof one was not an easy one.”I think Alexis has what I used to call an aggressive muscular injury… I don’t want to risk by saying for how long he will be out but from my experience I would say he will not play this year.”advertisementSanchez last started in their Champions League victory at Juventus on November 7 and came off the bench in subsequent league games against Manchester City and Crystal Palace before being dropped from the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League win over Young Boys.Want to close the gap to the top four: Mourinho United are seventh in the Premier League with 21 points from 13 games ahead of the trip to Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium and Mourinho says his side need more consistency if they are to close the gap to the top four.”We want to improve our position in the table, we want to close the gap to the top four, we want to be smelling these positions, if not there then just behind then just smelling for the second part of the season,” he added.(With AP inputs) Also Read | Watch Jose Mourinho’s bottle-smashing reaction to Fellaini winner vs Young BoysAlso Read | Champions League: Manchester City, Real Madrid secure knockout berthslast_img read more

Worlds 1st Marine Insurance Blockchain Platform Launched

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay A new marine insurance blockchain platform backed by Maersk Group has been launched today to support marine hull insurance.Named Insurwave, the platform has been built by a joint venture between EY and Guardtime and leverages blockchain and distributed ledger technologies Microsoft Azure infrastructure and ACORD data standards.The platform is planned to support more than half a million automated ledger transactions and help manage risk for more than 1,000 commercial vessels in the first year.“By connecting participants in a secure, private network with an accurate, immutable audit trail and services to execute processes, the platform establishes a first of its kind digital insurance value chain,” a press statement from the platform developers reads.Industry leader A.P. Møller-Maersk is supporting the development of the blockchain technology as a pilot client and is continuing on the platform with its marine hull portfolio. Insurance industry leaders Willis Towers Watson, XL Catlin are also taking part in the project.“Our ambition is to drive the digital transformation of the transport and logistics industry and we see this platform as a testament to the value that can be extracted from streamlining areas of our industry that still rely on manual and often complex procedures.“Operating around 350 owned container vessels across the world, marine insurance takes up considerable resources for us. Moving it to this platform is helping us automate manual processes and alleviate a range of inefficiencies and frictional costs in the way we have used to trade marine insurance,” Lars Henneberg, A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S Head of Risk and Insurance, said.The project moved from a concept a year ago to a fully functioning platform. However, the developers plan to expand the portfolio of the platform to other transport sectors.“The first phase of Insurwave rollout is focused on marine insurance, and EY, Guardtime and Microsoft plan to roll it out to other types of business insurance for the marine cargo, global logistics, aviation and energy sectors,” Shaun Crawford, EY Global Insurance Leader, said.According to insurance industry majors blockchain is set to disrupt the insurance industry.“With this blockchain, we are bringing together — for the first time — all the parties of the insurance value chain on a single platform. Ultimately, through the use of IoT and smart contracts, policies will be updated automatically to reflect the risks covered; and this combination of technologies will help improve efficiency in claims assessment and payment. Those are tangible wins for our clients, no matter their industry. And with the platform going live, we are now ready to start working on opening it up to other insurance segments,” Martin Henley, Chief Information Officer, XL Catlin, says.last_img read more

National chief concerned with Saskatchewan ministers lobbyist comment

first_imgREGINA — The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is raising concerns about Saskatchewan’s social services minister referring to national Indigenous leaders as lobbyists.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Social Service Minister Paul Merriman said he and his fellow provincial ministers were unable to speak about child welfare reform directly with their federal counterpart because Indigenous organizations were at a meeting. Merriman said there are issues that need to be worked out government-to-government “without the lobbyist in the room.”In a letter obtained by The Canadian Press, AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde tells Merriman that First Nations are not lobbyists.He says any discussions on child welfare need to happen with those who are most affected at the table.Bellegarde says, with Saskatchewan’s high rates of Indigenous children in care, the status quo in the province is not acceptable.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Saina Sameer look to put behind All England disappointment at Swiss Open

first_imgBasel (Switzerland): Two-time winner Saina Nehwal and defending champion Sameer Verma will look to shrug off their All England disappointment when they spearhead India’s campaign at the Swiss Open, starting with the qualifiers here Tuesday. For Sameer, this event started his journey that culminated into a World Tour Final semifinal finish last year and a career-high ranking of 11. He had defeated newly-crowned All England Champion Kento Momota in the quarterfinals, a few months before the Japanese went on to become the world no 1 and world champion last year. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together World no 14 Sameer will be opening his campaign in USD 150,000 event against a qualifier after his elder brother Sourabh, who had also battled injuries on his way to becoming the Senior National Champion last month at Guwahati, pulled out of the tournament. Sameer might face fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the second round and a favourable result is likely to hand him over the chance to settle scores with former world no 1 Viktor Axelsen, who had defeated him in the first round of All England Championships in Birmingham last week. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The BWF World Tour Super 300 event will be Saina’s fourth outing this season, having won the Indonesia Masters before losing in the semifinals and quarterfinals at Malaysia Masters and All England Championship respectively. A bout of diarrhea had affected her performance last week at Birmingham and Saina would look to recover quickly before she begins her campaign against a qualifier, eying to secure her third title at Swiss. She had won the event in 2011 and 2012 in the past. Seeded third, Saina is expected to face second seeded He Bingjiao of China in the semifinals if the results fall in her favour. Among other Indians in fray, Saina’s husband and fellow shuttler, Parupalli Kashyap, a former Commonwealth Games champion, will face a qualifier, Praneeth will meet England’s Rajiv Ouseph and SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar Dey will also take on a qualifier in first round. In women’s singles, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy will be the only other Indian in the competition. She will square off against Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba. In men’s doubles, Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also eye their chances, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will lead India’s challenge in the women’s doubles. Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh will also look for a good outing in the women’s doubles. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the prime contenders for India, while Arjun MR and Maneesha K and Dhruv Kapila and Kuhoo Garg will also be in the fray. In the qualifiers, Riya Mookerjee and Vrushali Gummadi will be in the fray.last_img read more

US worker productivity slumped again in Q1

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2016 6:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2016 at 9:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, March 23, 2016, photo, construction workers unload supplies off a hoisted pallet on a rooftop in Atlanta. On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the first quarter. (AP Photo/David Goldman) US worker productivity slumped again in Q1 WASHINGTON – American workers were less productive again in the January-March quarter, although the decline wasn’t as severe as first thought. Meanwhile, labour costs climbed at a faster pace than initially estimated.The Labor Department said Tuesday that productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.6 per cent in the first quarter after a 1.7 per cent drop in the fourth quarter. The government first estimated that productivity fell at a 1 per cent rate. Labor costs for employers rose at a 4.5 per cent rate in the first quarter, even faster than the 4.1 per cent gain first reported.Productivity has been weak for the past five years, a troubling development since productivity growth is the key factor that pushes up living standards. The rise in labour costs indicates that worker pay is finally climbing after an extended period of weak wage growth.Blerina Uruci, an economist with Barclays Research, said she forecasts only modest productivity growth in the coming years, with “limited scope for an imminent return” to the stronger productivity gains that were occurring before the 2007-2009 recession.Fed Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Monday that lacklustre productivity gains represented a key uncertainty facing the economy. Productivity growth has been unusually weak over the past five years, averaging just 0.5 per cent per year, just one-third of the annual gains seen from 1970 to 1990, she said.While some economists are pessimistic about the prospects for productivity in the coming years, Yellen remains “cautiously optimistic” as the adverse effects of the Great Recession on investment spending and research begin to fade.But she also urged pursuit of policies that would boost productivity saying “strengthening education and promoting innovation and investment” would support longer-term growth in productivity and greater gains in living standards.The upgraded estimate for productivity in the first quarter reflected the fact that the government revised its estimate for total output, as measured by the gross domestic product, showing GDP grew at a 0.8 per cent rate in the January-March quarter. That was slightly stronger than the 0.5 per cent gain first reported.Productivity is the amount of output per hour of work. While output was revised higher, it wasn’t enough to compensate for the fact that employment — and thus the number of hours worked — rose at a faster pace in the first quarter.The 4.5 per cent rise in labour costs in the first quarter followed an even sharper 5.4 per cent increase in the fourth quarter. While gains at this pace could raise concerns about inflation, the increases are coming after an extended period of wage weakness. Economists believe American wages have room to increase at faster rates before becoming an inflation problem. read more

UN envoy says it is now time to have a real discussion

“I think Aylan has been telling us this – there is no time anymore for long-term conferences and discussions. Now is the time to really look in the eyes of those who are telling us “we have no more hope, we have no more patience,” said Staffan de Mistura, referring to the three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body washed up on shore last week.“There is no more time for long political processes, there is a need to create concrete hope for the people in Syria,” Mr. de Mistura told reporters in Brussels, Belgium, where he held discussions with senior European Union officials.The UN envoy stressed that now is the time to have “a real discussion.”“If Saudi Arabia and Iran would finally start talking to each other and talking about something that could be a Helsinki type of arrangement… the conflict will last one more month – not one year, not 10 years,” he said, “because oxygen will disappear from the conflict.”Mr. de Mistura pointed out that Saudi Arabia and Iran have “substantial influence” in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Syria, and that talks between the two could contribute to ending the conflict provided the two countries “were not alone at the table.”“I’ve been 43 years with the UN, 19 conflicts, people start talking when there is lack of sponsorship for the actual conflict,” the envoy said. “Oxygen taken away from the fire, the fire goes off.”He welcomed discussions on Syria between the United States and Russia, “which is a good sign, but they have not yet come up with a concrete outcome on the main issue of what is going to be the future of the governance of Syria.”Europe, he said, was not involved in the conflict but could contribute by establishing a common understanding on how to receive refugees with dignity and by trying to fill the gap of funding, not least since only 31 per cent of the funds promised to the UN agencies for the more than 4 million refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon had been delivered.Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency warned that “as the crisis digs deeper into its fifth year with no sign of a political solution in sight, despair is on the rise and hope is in short supply.”The last few months have been brutal, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Fighting has intensified in almost all governorates, with rocket and mortar attacks on Damascus increasing, rising vehicle explosions in major cities and heavy bombardments with ensuing retaliation driving thousands more people from their homes.Amid the escalating violence, the agency said unemployment is soaring alongside inflation, while the value of the currency plummets – the Syrian pound has lost 90 per cent of its value over the last four years. In most parts of Syria, electricity is available only 2-4 hours a day, if at all, and many regions struggle with water shortages. More than half the population lives in extreme poverty. For the refugees already in neighbouring countries – the vast majority of whom live outside of formal camps – hope is also dwindling as they sinker deeper into abject poverty.Against this backdrop, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to cut food assistance to 229,000 refugees in Jordan this month – the latest and largest in a series of reductions in food aid across the region this year due to severe funding shortfalls. read more

Viola Beach band killed in Swedish bridge plunge when manager drove through

first_imgThe band’s car plummeted 25 metres into the water below the bridge in SodertaljeCredit:JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Four band members of Viola Beach “living the dream” on tour abroad were killed when the manager drove their car through two crash barriers into a raised bridge before plunging into a canal below, an inquest heard.Craig Tarry, 32, was behind the wheel of the hired Nissan Qashqai taking the band back to their hotel after playing at a festival for upcoming bands near Stockholm, Sweden, last February.The four-piece Warrington-based band of Kris Leonard, 19, River Reeves, 19, Tomas Lowe, 27, and Jack Dakin, 19, had flown out from Manchester the night before and were “very much in the ascendancy” with foreign tours planned.But the inquest into their deaths at Cheshire Coroner’s Court in Warrington heard all five died around 2am on February 16 earlier this year following the crash. Viola Beach were killed  What the post-mortem reports showedPost-mortem reports by medics in Sweden, read to the courtroom which was packed with family members of the band, revealed all died from head injuries apart from Mr Lowe whose cause of death was given as drowning.There were no drugs or alcohol found in Mr Tarry, and no drugs and only small amounts of alcohol found in the band members.Coroner records verdict after day-long inquestCoroner Nicholas Rheinberg, recorded all five died as a result of a road traffic accident, at the end of a day-long inquest, which was attended by more than 20 family members of the deceased men.He added: “It’s not for me to speculate, it is now known, I don’t think it ever will be known what happened.”Addressing the families he added: “The events we have been hearing about reveal the most awful tragedy for all of you. I’m very sorry you have suffered this terrible loss.”Band’s posthumous debut album topped chartViola Beach, who had featured on BBC Introducing, which showcases up-and-coming music artists, described themselves as an “indie pop” band.Their debut album was released after their deaths and their debut song Swings & Waterslides entered the official singles chart and topped the iTunes chart as tributes poured in from the music world. Technical examination showed there was nothing wrong with the car, or the signalling or barrier system or the procedure for raising the bridge, and the road was wet but not frozen with ice.The alarm was raised when police were informed of car parts and damaged barriers on the road – then realised a car had gone into the canal.Crash happened after gig that ‘went down very well’Two officers from Cheshire Police went to the scene of the crash on the E4 motorway at Sodertalje, outside Stockholm, to liaise with the Swedish authorities.The band were making the 125-mile (200km) journey from the Where’s The Music? festival in Norrkoping back to the airport hotel were they were staying.Graham Bennett, the band’s agent, said the group had been on stage at 9.45pm on the Friday night to perform.”It went down very well, very high level of promoters in the room, who were all enthusiastic,” Mr Bennett said.He left at midnight, as the band set off, with Mr Tarry in the driver’s seat. Viola Beach band members pictured in Norrkoping, Sweden, hours before they were killed Credit:jholsson/Twitter The band's car plummeted 25 metres into the water below the bridge in Sodertalje As the car drove down a motorway, flashing yellow lights and signals warned a bridge ahead over a ship canal was about to be raised, with the middle section of the road lifted horizontally, the inquest heard.Mr Tarry drove down a verge past stationary queuing traffic and through the first set of barriers around 120 metres from the bridge, the court heard.It then drove in a “controlled manner” at between 70 and 90kmh down the centre of the road, with the white lines going under the vehicle. The court heard it then went through a second set of barriers, 30 metres from the drop into the canal and crashed into the raised section of the bridge before plummeting 25 metres into the water below.The impact caused “substantial deformation” of the vehicle, the court heard, with scraping and damage to the underside of the bridge section.A tanker that had requested the bridge to be lifted then passed over the crash spot and “contact” between the tanker and car could not be ruled out. Tribute to ‘boys with huge dedication to music’After the crash, a statement from the families of the band said: “We are tremendously proud of everything the boys achieved in such a short space of time.”Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom shared a huge passion, talent and dedication to music.” 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.last_img read more

First contract for Monty coppergold mine awarded to Yagahong Alliance

first_imgSandfire Resources announces, on behalf of the Springfield Joint Venture (Sandfire: 70%; Talisman Mining 30%), the award of the first major contract for the development of the new Monty copper-gold mine in Western Australia. The contract, which has an estimated value of A$8.2 million, has been awarded to the Yagahong Alliance, a joint venture between the Geraldton-based earthmoving and civil contracting company Central Earthmoving and the Yugunga-Nya People, the traditional owners of the project area.The contract includes:14 km haul road from Monty to DeGrussaLocal access roadsStockpile and laydown area padsBox-cut for underground accessInfrastructure earthworks and drainage.Development of the box-cut for the underground portal at the Monty mine is expected to commence in Q2 FY 2018, with other upcoming key milestones expected to include:Award of underground mining contractAward of power supply contractRemaining statutory approvals.Sandfire’s Managing Director & CEO, Karl Simich, said the award of the first major contract for the Monty project to the Yagahong Alliance was a great opportunity to extend the strong working relationship between Sandfire and the Yugunga-Nya People through that alliance.“We are glad to be able to continue to support the alliance between Centrals and Yugunga-Nya and in the process continue our Aboriginal engagement across the mining operation while also generating employment and opportunities for communities in the Midwest region,” he said. “We look forward to commencing the development of what will be the first new copper mine in the Bryah Basin since the development of DeGrussa six years ago.”The feasibility study completed for the high-grade Monty copper-gold project confirmed its suitability to be developed as a satellite source of high-grade ore feed for the existing DeGrussa operation (pictured). Robust life-of-mine (LOM) study outcomes include:Mine Plan of 0.80 Mt grading 9.4% Cu and 1.5g/t AuTotal contained metal production of 70,000 t copper, 21,000oz gold, 288,000oz silverThree-year production life following one year of access developmentPre-production outlay of A$50 million (70% JV share) including project capital and pre-production costs.last_img read more

IBM la version 4 de Connections sera disponible au deuxième trimestre 2012

first_imgIBM : la version 4 de Connections sera disponible au deuxième trimestre 2012IBM a présenté la version 4 de Connections. Elle intègre le social et le support d’applications.Avec le passage à la version 4.0 d’IBM Connections, la messagerie s’intègre dans un réseau social et utilise des applications externes. Au cours de la conférence Lotusphere 2012, IBM a indiqué : “voilà 15 ans que les employés d’IBM – 426 000 actuellement – ont recours à des logiciels de type social pour encourager la collaboration, et ce bien avant que la ‘génération Y’ s’installe sur Facebook”.À lire aussiL’Assurance Maladie lance son application Ameli sur Google Play et App Store.Les logiciels de communication et de collaboration d’IBM (Notes, Domino…) sont donc placés sous le signe du “social business”. La version bêta de Connections 4 (appelée aussi Next), présentée lors de la conférence Lotusphere 2012 a pour vocation de rassembler dans un seul produit des fonctions proposées auparavant dans divers logiciels. Connections 4 dispose donc des fonctions agenda et messagerie (inspirés par Domino ou Microsoft Exchange) s’ajoutant aux outils Profils et Communautés, selon Le Monde Informatique. Le logiciel gère également les applications externes comme OpenSocial et Activity Streams. Connections 4 devrait être disponible au deuxième trimestre 2012. Il est déjà accessible sur iPhone, et devrait être utilisé sur iPad à l’automne. Le 19 janvier 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Adult Swims Black Comedy Renaissance

first_imgStay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Adult Swim is so cool for so many reasons. It’s the mature late-night spin-off of Cartoon Network of all channels and brought back Hanna-Barbera classics like Space Ghost and Birdman in subversive new forms. Its Futurama reruns helped get the show resurrected. It gave us Tim & Eric and Rick & Morty and Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen. It scares stoners with infomercials like Too Many Cooks. It gave us the Samurai Jack finale we all deserve. Heck, it’s even a really cool video game publisher.But today I want to talk about a potentially overlooked aspect of Adult Swim’s utter coolness. Over the past decade, the network has also been responsible for some of the best Black comedies, Black as in African-American as well as pitch-dark tone.The BoondocksOriginally developed for Fox in 2005, Aaron McGruder’s searing political comic strip could only really be true to itself unrestricted on Adult Swim. The Boondocks isn’t just about the shock of having a revived Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. chastise the use of the N-word by saying it a dozen times. The show provides some of the sharpest cultural commentary through a fearless Black perspective. The Freeman family trio of leftist militant creator mouthpiece Huey, childish wannabe gangster Riley, and old-school belt-wielder Granddad cover a wide range of topics from materialism to proper punishment to interracial marriages to Hurricane Katrina aftermath to how to deal with controversial figures like R. Kelly or fake George W. Bush voiced by Charlie Murphy.AdChoices广告But these days shows like Black-ish and The Carmichael Show do a pretty good job tackling social issues. What makes The Boondocks an amazing Adult Swim show is its Chappelle Show-level of smart but outrageous mature comedy. Tyler Perry gets mercilessly skewered in a Rocky Horror parody. A hater ghost possesses dudes in the middle of Black-on-Black crime. Uncle Ruckus despises his own people so much he’s convinced he has the opposite of Michael Jackson’s skin-lightening disease. Huey begins one episode describing how Ronald Reagan is the devil. There’s a rapper named Thugnificent with a hit single called “Stomp Em In The Nuts.” And it’s all presented in a gorgeous anime art style perfect for when characters like Oprah’s bodyguard Bushido Brown suddenly decide to start kung-fu fighting.Despite the terrible fourth and final season made without McGruder’s input, The Boondocks is one of my favorite cartoons of all time. And I credit its success for inspiring Adult Swim to continue producing provocative Black comedies.Black DynamiteScott Sanders’s 2009 film Black Dynamite is partially a parody of 1970s Blaxploitation movies. But it’s also partially a straight recreation of those films, full of stilted awkwardness not meant to be funny by itself unless you understand the reference. The 2012 Black Dynamite cartoon, made by the original team as well as Boondocks producer Carl Jones, abandons the film school gags for a broader comedic approach. The result is a different but still hilarious take on Michael Jai White playing a larger-than-life Blaxploitation hero only slightly more ridiculous than White himself.Black Dynamite’s world is a vision of the urban 1970s drenched in sweet honey tones and full of theoretically era-appropriate adventures that are especially funny for modern-day viewers. When he’s not running the Whorephanage (a combination of brothel and orphanage), Black Dynamite and his crew of well-meaning pimps take on foes like Richard Nixon, racist porno producers, and the giant white gorilla Honky Kong. Meanwhile, friendly faces like O.J. Simpson and Mr. T show up to lend a hand. The series finale is a parody of The Wiz! When it became clear The Boondocks that I loved was never coming back; I really appreciated Adult Swim filling that void with Black Dynamite.Loiter SquadThey’re probably too embarrassed to now admit this, but years ago all my white hipster music nerd friends were convinced that young, vulgar, and care-free rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All was the striking new artistic future of hip-hop. That’s what Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping thought when it parodied OFWGKTA’s frontman Tyler the Creator (for the three of you who saw that movie.) And yeah Frank Ocean blew up into something bigger and more soulful after his initial affiliation with the group, but to me, it was always obvious that Odd Future never took themselves as seriously as everyone seemed to want them to. The best example of this was their live-action Adult Swim show Loiter Squad, released in 2012 just as the world was finally beginning to realize what the musicians/comedians were really about.Loiter Squad was essentially Jackass for Black folks. The working title was Blackass. Tyler and the rest of the sillier members of Odd Future like Earl Sweatshirt and Jasper and Taco perform a bunch of dumb sketches and other stupid stuff at the expense of their own bodies. It was a celebration of teenage idiocy, and that’s great! Too often we expect all Black art to embody the glum solemnity of a people oppressed for hundreds of years. And yes it’s important for Black artists to make films and write books and develop games about the horrors of slavery or the sadness of the Jim Crow South or the violence of Chicago’s gang problems. But Black artists should also be as free as white artists to make whatever kind of art they want, no matter how stupid. If Steve-O can be a celebrity for drinking various donkey fluids or whatever, why not Tyler the Creator? This is why, to me, Loiter Squad is the real legacy of Odd Future, not some album that Pitchfork raved about, and kudos to Adult Swim for recognizing it.Free Earl!Black JesusTo bring things full circle, Black Jesus is a live-action sitcom created by Mike Clattenburg of The Trailer Park Boys as well as Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. It premiered in 2014 and may or may not be coming back for a third season. After failing to crowdfund his live-action Uncle Ruckus Boondocks spin-off film, McGruder then returned to Adult Swim to make a live-action stoner comedy about a homeless and vaguely supernatural African-American Jesus Christ hanging out in modern day Compton. And it’s great!If you ever wanted to see Jesus played by Slink Johnson (Lamar in Grand Theft Auto V) smoking a lot of weed and spreading messages of peace and love from his “Pops” this is the show for you. Throw in great performances from Charlie Murphy as a joyless landlord, John Witherspoon as a drunk bum, and Keith David as a sketchy preacher and you have a comedy that almost reaches Boondocks levels of quality, despite the more relaxed pacing. But beneath the jokes I think is a really sharp observation that if Jesus Christ did return, the poor Black folks of Compton are exactly the type of people he’d tirelessly, joyfully try to uplift, not the hypocritical predatory billionaires who claim to love Him. Praise the lord!The Eric Andre ShowFor a good decade the surreal infomercial nightmare aesthetic of Tim & Eric dominated Adult Swim, spilling out of the original Awesome Show into new projects like Bedtime Stories and Check It Out! But what makes The Eric Andre Show so special is its killer combination of Tim & Eric production company Abso Lutely’s house style with the bizarre but distinctly Black comedic voice of Eric Andre himself.Laugh out loud and squirm in your seat as Andre hosts this “talk show” that frequently devolves into perfect 4AM chaos. Marvel at how often Andre becomes loud and nude and violent. Sidekick Hannibal Buress (my first exposure to my current favorite comedian) chills in the death basket as Morpheus with a 40 oz. Celebrity guests like “Jerry Seinfeld” typically aren’t who they say they are. The fact that you can make entire Twitter threads mashing up video games with Eric Andre Show stills proves the absurd depths of “Tim & Eric But For Black People.” Scat auto-tune.Some of these shows are better than others. But one of the Adult Swim’s strengths is its willingness to try any concepts creators throw out there as long as they don’t cost that much money. Embracing any possibility keeps the network constantly at comedy’s cutting edge. Sometimes this leads to a mistake, like giving Sam Hyde’s toxicity a platform with Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace. But let’s celebrate Adult Swim’s successes, like this stellar run of Black comedies. And the trend is continuing with shows like The Jellies, a new cartoon from Tyler the Creator about a Black teenager unknowingly raised by jellyfish. Now all we need are some more Adult Swim shows made by women.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

These Games Seem Suspiciously Similar to ‘Breath of the Wild’

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Ever since its launch alongside Nintendo Switch two and a half years ago, I can’t stop gushing about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo took one of its greatest series and made it an order of magnitude better with an utterly enrapturing sense of discovery and craft and experimentation applied to a typical open-world adventure game. And its minimal painterly melancholic art style is one of the most beautiful aesthetics in a franchise with some real lookers.Video games take a long time to make. So we knew it would be a while before games inspired by Breath of the Wild actually started hitting store shelves. Nintendo themselves have only just revealed a direct sequel. However, a new pair of games has us wondering if developers are studying Link’s latest adventure just a little too closely.First there’s Decay of Logos from Rising Star Games and Amplify Creations. Watching this trailer, it’s tough for us to describe it any other way than “it looks like Breath of the Wild.” The grass, the mountains, the mounts. But the characters designs for both you and your enemies have their own medieval thing going on. This more reminds us of the long history of games inspired by Zelda, from Oceanhorn to Okami, rather than a full-on rip-off. And it’s not like Breath of the Wild is entirely original. Just ask fans of Shadow of the Colossus or Miyazaki movies.For a full-on rip-off that makes Decay of Logos seem even more original in comparison, take a look at Genshin Impact. Based on this trailer for the Chinese PlayStation 4 game, it really looks like the developers at miHoYo just took Breath of the Wild and replaced all the characters with anime wives and some Dynasty Warriors (or Hyrule Warriors) over the top action. Even the sparse piano music is the same. We aren’t the only ones who noticed this either. At the China Joy gaming expo (as reported by Kotaku) Zelda fans destroyed PS4s in protest over the apparent theft at the Genshin Impact booth.But whatever. Copyright law is too restrictive anyway and copyrighting specifics of gameplay or style is even trickier. We just hope these games copy the quality of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild along with its surface level look. For more on (official) Zelda games check out our hands on impressions of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. And as for unofficial Zelda games, check out this fan-made tabletop version of Breath of the Wild.last_img read more

West Ham considering move for Jonjo Shelvey

first_imgWest Ham United are reportedly considering a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to Sports Mole.The former Liverpool midfielder is currently nursing a thigh injury and has featured only 10 times for the Magpies this season.Despite the lack of match opportunities at the St James’ Park this season, reports in the English press claims that the 26-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League rivals West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be a keen admirer of Shelvey and would relish the opportunity to bring the England international to the London Stadium this month.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will not sanction Shelvey’s sale unless a suitable replacement is acquired by the club.West Ham have already completed the signing of free agent Samir Nasri on a short-term deal, with the former Manchester City playmaker impressing during an hour display against Birmingham City in the FA Cup last season.last_img read more

Follow the action at Employee Benefits Connect 2017

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect returns to London on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at the Park Plaza in Westminster.Delegates will be able to attend thought-provoking sessions spanning six conference streams: holistic wellbeing; technology and innovation; employee engagement; driving performance; talent management; data analytics.During the sessions, experts from across the benefits, reward and compensation sector will provide analysis and insights on challenges facing the industry and discuss future trends. DS Smith, First Group, Maplin, Metropolitan Police, Moneypenny, NHS England and Rio Tinto are among the organisations that will be speaking at the exclusive event.There are also eight roundtable discussions for attendees to take part in, allowing professionals to share their experiences with peers and ask questions about the issues facing their organisations.Delegates can also take the opportunity to interact with an array of reward and benefits providers, advisors and consultants in the exhibition hall, as well as network with peers.Stay up to date with all the latest news from the event, and join in the conversation, by following @EmployeeBenefit on Twitter, or by using the official Employee Benefits Connect hashtag #EBConnect17.Register for news alerts on www.employeebenefits.co.uk so you do not miss any breaking news from the event.last_img read more

Uber is elevating its UberAir pilot program to include Melbourne Australia

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: UberAir is planning on taking to the skies over Melbourne by 2020, even if that seems highly ambitious to us. Uber For some reason that we can’t fully grasp, people continue to look to flying cars as a valid means of transportation in the future. Uber has really doubled down on this idea, having already named Los Angeles and Dallas as pilot cities for its UberAir aerial rideshare program, announced on Tuesday that it is adding a third city: Melbourne, Australia.The really wild part is that Uber plans on starting test flights as early as 2020 and hopes to have the program commercially viable and available to the public by 2023 — which, if you couldn’t tell, is an incredibly short timeline.So, why Melbourne? It’s not Australia’s largest or most cosmopolitan city, though it’s reasonably close on both counts. We wouldn’t put it past Uber to just be huge Kylie Minogue or Dirty Three fans though.”Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach to ride-sharing and future transport technology,” Susan Anderson, regional general manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia, said in a statement. “This, coupled with Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors and culture of innovation and technology, makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air. We will see other Australian cities following soon after.”A large part of Uber’s plan to take to the skies involves the development of electric helicopterlike aircraft that will be both ecologically friendly and significantly quieter than traditional helicopters, both because of their lack of noisy turbine engines and because they will use multiple smaller rotors to provide lift, rather than a single large one.To get these craft designed, built and approved by governmental agencies within its highly truncated time frame, Uber has partnered with several established aerospace companies, including Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, EmbraerX, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions and Bell. Skai could be the first hydrogen-powered eVTOL 0center_img Post a comment Tags Roadshow Sci-Tech 8 Photos All of the electric urban aircraft unveiled at Uber Elevate 2018 2:03 Uberlast_img read more