first_imgA NEW partnership between the Irish Research Council and the European Space Agency (ESA) will give Irish science and engineering graduates a chance to make their mark in the field of space exploration.Details of the partnership were announced by Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council, and Jan Woerner, Director General of the ESA.Over the next five years, the ESA will host up to 10 Irish trainees in its centres across Europe, providing opportunities to work on projects covering topics such as human spaceflight, the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon, Earth observation, science and telecommunication, and designing launch vehicles. Holders of postgraduate qualifications in science and engineering will be able to apply for a place on the prestigious training programme through a competitive process run annually by the Irish Research Council.Successful applicants will receive a stipend from the Council to cover living and accommodation costs for the duration of the traineeship.All trainees will be assigned an ESA tutor to support, supervise and guide them throughout their traineeship.Announcing details of the partnership Dr. Eucharia Meehan, Director of the Irish Research Council, said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for science and engineering graduates. “The European Space Agency has responsibility for drawing up and implementing the European space programme. Its work is focused on finding out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our solar system and the universe. It also develops satellite-based technologies and services, promotes European industries, and works closely with space organisations outside Europe.“Space exploration is one of the most thrilling and attractive sectors for science and engineering graduates. We are delighted to be embarking on this partnership, which will allow Irish graduates in these sectors to get involved in cutting-edge space research projects on the international stage.”Jan Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency, remarked: “I am delighted to sign this traineeship agreement between the European Space Agency and the Irish Research Council.“Ireland is a committed and active participant in ESA activities, achieving economic benefits, innovation and growth through its membership. The agreement being signed today represents a further step in this strong relationship.“This agreement will provide opportunities for young men and women from the Irish R&D community to come to ESA sites around Europe and collaborate on exciting space projects and innovative technology developments with our experienced, top-class staff. We look forward to welcoming Irish trainees over the coming years.” Further information on the work of the Irish Research Council and the ESA is available at and AND ENGINEERING GRADUATES OFFERED PLACES AT EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:European Space Agencygraduatestraineeslast_img read more

Warriors 122, Nuggets 105: How Warriors flipped the switch

first_imgOAKLAND — Things appeared dark with both the Warriors’ mood and uncertainty. So after spending the past two days offering honest self reflection and direct criticism toward each other, the Warriors have seen the light.During a regular season filled with inconsistent performances, mood swings and lineup combinations, the Warriors have finally flipped the switch. The result: the Warriors coasted to a 122-105 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Oracle Arena.“It would’ve shocked me if …last_img read more

SA wine makers to cut carbon footprint

first_imgBirch said that while it might seem a good solution to ship more of the country’s wines in bulk directly to their export destinations for off-shore bottling, the posed a major problem in that many jobs would be lost during a time when the country was emerging from recession. Birch added that alternative wine packaging, such as the wine pouch offered by leading export brand, Arniston Bay, had also been welcomed in many export markets. South African bag-in-box wines were also very popular, particularly in Scandinavia. According to Consol Glass, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of glass containers for the beverage industry, until 2006 the average weight of a 750ml non-returnable wine bottle was 516 grams, which by last year had dropped to 437 grams, a decrease of 15%. The new light-weight bottle will bring down the average still further. Focus on light-weight bottles “Fortunately, the volume of bulk exports dropped 18% in 2009, compared with year before, whereas packaged exports rose 7% over the same period,” said Birch. “This is not only good for individual brands and for jobs but for the quality standing of Brand South Africa.” Also keen to enhance their sustainability credentials, the multiple grocer chains were responding to high-profile media and consumer calls for more eco-friendly packaging. She said the wine industry body, SA Wine Industry Information Systems, had calculated that for every 10-million litres of wine shipped in bulk, just over 107 jobs would be lost. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She said the sturdy, lightweight bottles, apart from strengthening South Africa’s reputation for environmentally responsible wine production, would also address the demands of leading retailers. “As we raise our export volumes of mostly bottled wines, we also increase our carbon emissions, so it becomes a delicate balancing act to enhance our sustainability profile while pushing up our output,” Wines of South Africa (Wosa) CEO Su Birch said in a statement this week. Wosa is one of the leading champions of the country’s efforts to grow, make and market wines in a way that is least harmful to the environment.center_img The wine industry currently provides direct employment for close on 276 000 people, she said. Last year, South Africa exported 389 million litres of wine. Of the total, less than half – 150.5 million litres – were exported in bulk. From this year, 750ml wine bottles closed with screwcaps and weighing only 350 grams – as compared to 500 grams for traditional bottles – will be available to local wine producers. “The new 350 gram glass bottles for red and white wines have been designed to accommodate screwcap closures, which account for over 65% of South Africa’s wine production,” said Birch. “They are scheduled for launch by mid-April, in time for the 2010 harvest.” 3 February 2010 South Africa is taking a number of steps to maintain its status as one of the world’s most eco-progressive winemaking nations. One of these is the introduction of lighter bottles to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. “This figure does not even factor in the multiplier effect that such job losses bring. It has, for example, been reported that for every one of Unilever’s direct jobs in South Africa, another 22 workers depend on the company for at least a part of their livelihood. This is an indication of just how crucial each job is to a developing economy such as ours.” At the same time, the average weight of bottles sealed with corks had been reduced in weight from 570 grams to 460 grams, she said. While many players in the South African wine industry had actively supported bottle recycling programmes in recent years to reduce their impact on the environment, efforts were now being accelerated to focus on light-weight wine bottles as well. Bulk exports, job securitylast_img read more

Healthcare from your mobile

first_imgThe MTN CareConnect line will initiallyoffer callers an advisory service staffedby qualified nurses.(Image: Rbairdpccam/Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bridget BhenguMTN senior manager, Communications+27 83 212 1964 RELATED ARTICLES • African TB nurses lauded • Better pay for SA’s TB medics • Goodness in the most unlikely places • Mobile doctor always on call • SA makes strides in medical researchNosimilo RamelaMobile provider MTN has teamed up with financial services group Sanlam to launch MTN CareConnect, a service that will allow all South Africans to receive basic healthcare assistance from qualified nurses via their mobile phones.Each call will cost R5 (US$0.74) per minute. The service will offer users a enquiry line for everyday health issues, where they can receive guidance on how to deal with ailments such as fevers, stomach aches and possible poisoning, as well as general children’s health tips for parents, to name a few.Nursing professionals will be on call 24 hours a daily, to give callers immediate assistance in any of the country’s 11 official languages on poison information, stress management, and medicine and drug databases.Nurses will also supply general health information and advice on worrying symptoms.Based on the information received, the nurse might give relevant advice, suggest that the caller visit their nearest medical facility, or forward the call to an emergency service and help the ambulance to get to the patient.Sanlam Health CEO Grant Newton said that by making its comprehensive health care knowledge and expertise available to the public, the company will help to ensure that citizens are informed about vital health matters – but without having to pay doctor’s fees.He added that, while callers will primarily be tapping into the knowledge and experience of qualified healthcare personnel, the service will also empower them to deal with basic health issues without having to leave their homes.“This is a really great service,” said Zinhle Thabethe from Bryanston in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. “I have a baby and will be glad not to drive to a hospital in the middle of the night every time my baby is unwell, because I can call the CareConnect line and get advice on what to do.”Supporting the public healthcare systemSerame Taukobong, chief marketing officer for MTN SA. said the service would in no way aim to replace any healthcare service.“We will merely provide alternatives to consumers unsure of the severity of their health query, and hopefully alleviate the unnecessary stress of smaller complaints on an already overloaded healthcare system,” he said.Patricia Yekelo, a nurse from Pretoria, welcomed the initiative. “The truth is our public healthcare facilities are overburdened and sometimes people come in for really small things that may not have needed the person to come into the hospital or clinic.”She said the CareConnect facility will ease the burden on the public healthcare system, and save patients the trouble of sitting in long queues or spending money, which they can ill afford, for a private doctor’s consultation, especially for a small complaint.The advisory line is currently in the pilot phase, and will roll out around the country in stages. CareConnect will start operating in the Daveyton and Etwatwa townships, east of Johannesburg. The service will then spread to the rest of the country towards the end of the year.Initially callers will have access to the nurses’ service, followed soon after by a maternity as well as a high blood pressure programme, and an electronic screening facility.In future, said MTN, CareConnect may also offer advice to patients on diseases such as HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, diabetes and malaria.rbairdpccam/Flickrlast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa partners with The Junior Chamber International South Africa to host The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with The Junior Chamber International South Africa (JCI).“Brand South Africa and JCI have been in partnership for three years and the partnership has grown stronger each year,” says Thoko Modise, GM: Communications, Brand South Africa. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Wednesday 28 June 2017 – As a wrap up to Youth month and in celebrating the youth, Brand South Africa has partnered with The Junior Chamber International South Africa (JCI) SA to identify, recognise and profile young active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities by hosting The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Awards (TOYP).The TOYP awards take place on Thursday 29 June 2017, at The Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton.“The awards speak to Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative which promotes active citizenship and social responsibility for young people. The awards acknowledge young active citizens and encourage them to continue to play their part in their communities for the greater good of the country”, said Ms Thoko Modise, GM: Communications, Brand South Africa.The JCI is a worldwide community of young active citizens between the ages 18-40, who share the belief that in order to create positive change, collective action must be taken to improve themselves and the world. Engaging in activities ranging from community development to international projects, members demonstrate their social responsibility and improve themselves through participation, leadership and action.“Brand South Africa and JCI have been in partnership for three years and the partnership has grown stronger each year. An added bonus is hosting the awards at the Nelson Mandela Foundation a wonderful platform for us to acknowledge the young people who are living the Nelson Mandela legacy by contributing towards social cohesion for all, concludes Ms Modise.Some of the honourees include Mr Kamogelo Mangena; Ms Kealeboga Moremba, Mr Michael Shackleton and Mr Rudzani Mulaudzi to be thanked for their hard work in society.Media is invited as follows:Date: Thursday, 29 June 2017Time: 08h00 – 10h30Venue: Nelson Mandela Center of Memory, 107 Central St, Houghton Estate, JohannesburgTheme: Possibilities AwakenedDress Code: BusinessRSVP: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected]last_img read more

2017 Market Rabbit Sale

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Setting a new record at the Ohio State Fair, the Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Brittany Modra, from Monroe Country, sold for $6,800 to Direct Feeds and Show Rite Feeds. The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Laramie Grubb, of Ross County, sold for $4,600 bought by Turner Oil and Gas Properties as well as the Ohio Market Rabbit Producers Association.The top 30 exhibitors from the show were awarded premiums. Third place received $1,000, fourth place received $600, fifth place received $400, places six through 15 received $250 and places 16 to 30 received $125.The Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Brittany Modra, from Monroe Country, sold for $6,800 to Direct Feeds and Show Rite Feeds and the Millers.The Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen, exhibited by Laramie Grubb, of Ross County, sold for $4,600 bought by Turner Oil and Gas Properties as well as the Ohio Market Rabbit Producers Association.Third place was Korie Moore from Miami County.Fourth place was Kelsey Vollrath from Clark County.Fifth place was Korie Moore from Miami County.last_img read more

I Hate Spam Email from Bad SEO Consultants

first_imgIt’s late at night and I’m finishing a presentation for tomorrow, and my email tells me I just got 7 new emails.  Four of them are leads from our website (cool!), one is from Brian, one from Dharmesh (we work late at HubSpot [grin]) and one from someone I don’t know with the subject “Suggestion re:”.  I’ve been meeting a lot of folks through this blog, and figured this was someone with a comment or an idea about a new article.  Wrong.  It’s an SEO consultant pitching me on why I need their help.  For your reading pleasure I have placed his email below, with what I was thinking when I read it in italics, and my email reply back to him.  Some info has been deleted to protect the guilty.  Enjoy.The Email a Spammy SEO Consultant Sent MeSent: Friday, December 14, 2007 1:17 AMTo:mvolpeSubject:Suggestion re: blog.hubspot.comDear Website Owner, [I should have deleted it when I saw this.]If I could get you five times the RELEVANT traffic at a substantially reduced cost would you be interested?  [Duh.  Nice Sales 101 tactic of asking a question with a “yes” answer.]  We can place your website on top of the Natural Listings on Google, Yahoo and MSN. [Then place your own site there and stop emailing me.]  Our Search Engine Optimization team delivers more top rankings than anyone else and we can prove it. [How can you prove you deliver more SEO results than anyone else?  This is not possible.]  We do not use “link farms” or “black hat” methods that Google and the other search engines frown upon and can use to de-list or ban your site. The techniques are proprietary, involving some valuable closely held trade secrets. [If you can’t explain it to me, then it is probably black hat, or so simple I should not pay you for it.]  Our prices are less than half of what other companies charge.  [Oh good.  I was ready to pay double what others charge.]I would be happy to send you a proposal using the top search phrases for your area of expertise. [If you spent 1 minute on my website you would know this.] Please contact me at your convenience so I can start saving you some money. Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you would like further information. [Really?  I was going to call, but then got worried you didn’t want me to call.  Thanks for clarifying you actually do want me to call you.]Sincerely,(Name)Executive Vice President  [What’s with the title inflation in sales these days?](Address)(Phone)My Response to the Spam SEO ConsultantI would be happy to hire you if you knew what you were doing, but it is clear you do not.1) You have a broken link on your homepage2) Your website does not have a 301 permanent redirect3) You are using meta keyword stuffing on your homepage4) You have no inbound links to your website5) Your Website Grade is a 7/100. Run a report at www.WebsiteGrader.comMaybe this is why you need to send spam emails to get new clients instead of getting them through SEO.Please remove me from your list.Thanks,Mike———————–Mike Volpewww.hubspot.comWas I too harsh?  How many spam emails do you get from SEO consultants who have no idea what they are doing?  Leave a comment below and let’s discuss.Want to know more about what to look for in an SEO consultant?  Read these articles:6 Tips To Not Get Ripped Off When Buying SEO Services7 Signs You Should Run Screaming From an SEO Consultant Topics: Search Agency Originally published Dec 14, 2007 11:42:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Most Underrated Aspect of Successful B2B Marketing Campaigns? Goals.

first_img chris brogan’s blog Leads? SEO? Traffic? All of the above? Whatever it is, you need to be clear about it, so that you can pick the right tools and use them well. C.C. Chapman Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: These days it’s easy today to get caught up in chatter about Twitter, blogging, Facebook and how you have to be on all of them yesterday. , Dad, blogger, Twitterer, podcaster and prolific content producer. He’s a huge advocate of new marketing tools and tactics, but he says it’s dangerous to rush out and use them without deciding what you’re trying to achieve with them. C.C. is a   here at HubSpot last week. Inbound Marketing That’s why it was so refreshing to speak with  TechCrunch Here’s the full video recording of my conversation. Below the video I’ve listed a few of the sites C.C. mentions during our conversation. Originally published Feb 5, 2009 8:02:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 “One of the first things we talk about is how are we going to measure success,” he said. “If you just come in and say this is going to solve all my problems if I just throw up a blog or a video podcast, you’re doomed.” Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? Download the free webinar Mashable Six Pixels of Separation for immediate release for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. marketerlast_img read more

How @garyvee Builds Business Leverage Out of Passion

first_imgIf you’ve seen any  . He works in a family-owned wine store. He knows and loves wine. Gary doesn’t worry about polishing or positioning. He just communicates. Gary Vaynerchuk — How many other people drink their wine with Captain Crunch — or bacon? Gary is a departure from typical wine experts, and that makes him stand out. Today, small and large businesses use essentially the same tools, so businesses must differentiate themselves in the way they use their tools, and that means passion. Charlie King eats, sleeps and breathes golf. Duncan Page runs a business that has been in his family for more than a 100 years. Learn From Gary V Himself 1. He knows his subject  is dominated by the companies with the most creativity and passion. That means small business owners — guys like  Originally published Oct 20, 2009 8:14:00 AM, updated March 21 2013  and  leverage  — can compete with giant corporations, and win. Where, exactly, does this leverage come from? Charlie King HubSpot webinars It’s very popular around here because it captures one of the most important results businesses get from inbound marketing: Topics: 3. He tells a story.center_img inbound marketing 4. He’s a well-rounded inbound marketer. recent Today Show appearance A single theme ties together Gary’s various rants and raves: He’s trying to bring wine to the masses. So how can we learn from Gary’s success? I think four things are most important: . Duncan Page  is another great example of the way passion can change a business. The New Jersey video blogger and wine store owner has used the web and passion to generate over $60 million in revenue. If you’ve never seen Gary speak, this  He’s not just a video blogger. He’s on Twitter. He’s on Facebook. He blogs. And his site is optimized for search engines.  or presentations, chances are you’ve seen the image below. 5. He’s Unique Simple: Passion.  is a good place to start.  If you’d like to hear Gary V explain how he uses passion to create leverage, sign up for the  free webinar he’s offering as part of Inbound University next week. Traditional marketing was dominated by the companies with the biggest wallets;  2. He’s 110% authentic. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more