15 Things I Would Train Salespeople On Instead of Social Selling

first_imgIf I could give salespeople training in only one thing, I would pick any of the fifteen things on this list before I would train them on “social selling.”How to Cold Call and Book Appointments: There isn’t anything higher on this list because cold calling is what would improve most salespeople’s results faster than anything else.How to Overcome Objections (or Resolve Concerns): No matter how good you are, without the language and rationale to deal with objections, you aren’t creating or winning an opportunity.How to Differentiate Themselves and Their Company: I’ve never asked a salesperson what make their company different and gotten a compelling response, even when their leadership team believes they know their differentiators.How to Leverage the Buying Cycle: Salespeople would benefit more from knowing how to serve their dream clients as they go through the stages of buying more than anything they might learn about Twitter.How to Understand What Makes an Opportunity: Unless and until your dream client agrees to pursue change with you, you don’t have an opportunity.Why They Need to Follow Their Process: Most companies don’t follow a process, and neither do their salespeople. I’d teach them why they should follow it and how it helps them win.How to Target and Nurture Their Dream Clients: Too little time, too many prospects. You have to focus on the clients for whom you create the most value. You need to nurture those relationships.How to Plan a Sales Call: Honestly, most salespeople don’t plan their sales calls at all. It’s a mistake to waste a client interaction.How to Open a Sales Call: Without the ability to open a sales call effectively, you quickly come across as an amateur and a time waster.How to Do Good Discovery: Without understanding your dream client’s most strategic needs, it’s difficult to be compelling, and it’s more difficult to frame your solution.How to Gain Commitments: First, most salespeople don’t know all the commitment they need, and when they do, they don’t have the language to gain those commitments. I’d teach them to close.How to Build Consensus: No one builds consensus on LinkedIn. Complex sales require consensus. Without it, you lose to the status quo.How to Think Like a Businessperson: In B2B sales, business acumen and situational knowledge are what allows you to create value. I’d teach this before I’d let the salesperson flounder around on Facebook.How to Tell a Story: One of the ways you prove how what makes you different makes a difference for your clients is through the stories you tell. Tweet that.How to Negotiate: Most salespeople crumble at the first question about price. I’d teach them to negotiate around value.I could extend this list by another 15 competencies salespeople need more than they need social selling. If you want to build a personal brand that stands the test of time, being good at what you do counts for more than being known.last_img read more

Newport sink Middlesbrough to earn dream reward with Manchester City

first_img 31 Lonergan 3 Butler Newport “The professional that he is, he turned his phone off [during the game],” Michael Flynn, the Newport manager, said. “As soon as the game was over he just said: ‘Gaffer, thank you so much, can I go please?’ I said: ‘Of course you can, do you need a lift?’ And that was it.”As for Willmott, the winger has the kind of backstory that belongs to the Cup, given he was stacking shelves in Tesco two years ago, rejoining Newport to help retain their league status last year. It was the perfect Cup tie, one that had all the ingredients for an upset from the moment the rain started pouring down. Willmott’s thumping effort from 25 yards earned Newport – mid-table in the fourth tier – the lead before Padraig Amond doubled the advantage.Flynn said he gave the prospect of entertaining the Premier League champions little thought, citing the Bullseye gameshow and how his players could have ended up with a consolation prize akin to a rubber dinghy. But instead their reward after a deserved victory in which they outclassed a Championship side chasing promotion is a date with Pep Guardiola and co.The gulf between the teams is huge; City’s most recent starting XI cost £470m, Newport’s a mere £50,000. Still, “Manchester City, we’re coming for you” was the chorus that reverberated around a rocking sold-out stadium at the final whistle. Goal attempts 6 5 4 Labadie Newport’s Michael Flynn thrilled by prospect of facing Manchester City 11 Hugill Neal Maupay strikes to ensure Brentford hold off Barnet’s challenge Share on Pinterest Newport were unfazed by the growing pool of surface water, making a barnstorming start, and Boro were, by contrast, stuck in the mud. The referee, Stuart Attwell, should have awarded the home side an early penalty too, but he waved away appeals when Adam Clayton handballed a cross into the box by Regan Poole.Somehow, though, Boro headed down the tunnel at the interval with the score goalless. Pulis introduced Rajiv van La Parra thereafter but before the winger even had time to get his bearings, Newport finally had the ball in the net.Willmott charged towards the opposition box from deep with Amond for company – though the winger did not need him. Willmott dropped his shoulder to buy himself another yard of space as Boro backed off, with his swerving shot eluding the 40-year-old Dimi Konstantopoulos, who could only get a weak right hand to it. Newport were deservedly in front, Boro in trouble – and still to register a shot on target – prompting Pulis to throw on Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher.But as the rain continued to come down, things went from bad to worse for Boro when Newport doubled their lead after 67 minutes. The visitors were bamboozled by a training-ground corner routine, with Amond darting to the front post to bury Willmott’s inswinging ball. Boro’s players looked at one another for answers as Amond ran off, sparking delirium among the home fans. 12 Newport Off target 12 Middlesbrough 4 Newport On target 1 Middlesbrough Match stats Reuse this content 24 Flint 4 5 29 van La Parra Substitutes (s 86′) Newport County Share on Facebook 37 Besic Share on WhatsApp FA Cup 19 Downing 1 Day Share on Messenger 25 O’Brien Whatever the result here, there was always going to be cause for celebration given that both Flynn and Tony Pulis are sons of Pillgwenlly, a district of the city on the other side of the river Usk. It was Matt Dolan, a former Middlesbrough trainee, who forced the replay 10 days earlier, meaning Pulis – who has managed in excess of 1,000 matches – faced Newport in the city where he grew up for the first time.Dolan again began on the bench against Boro, who made five changes from their league win at West Brom last weekend. The lashing rain made life interesting on a pitch that is also home to two rugby union sides, Newport RFC and the Gwent-Dragons, with this the 59th match to take place here this season. MID55NPT45% 9 Amond match reports When Robbie Willmott belly-flopped on to a mudbath of a pitch, the Newport County party was only just getting started. The League Two club’s romance with the FA Cup continued as they overcame Middlesbrough at a rain-soaked Rodney Parade to tee up a dream fifth-round date with Manchester City.But the goalkeeper, Joe Day, had other things on his mind at the final whistle. As Newport’s players basked in perhaps their finest hour, the club reaching the fifth round for the first time since 1948-49, Day sprinted down the tunnel in order to get to hospital, with his wife, Lizzie, having gone into labour with twins. 3 Friend (s 46′) Possession Substitutes Middlesbrough Twitter Middlesbrough 55 45 10 Marsh-Brown Fouls 8 Clayton Corners 2 Pipe 28 Tavernier 1 Konstantopoulos Share on Twitter 26 Wing 8 Dolan 16 Howson 28 Demetriou 21 Hornby-Forbes 7 Willmott 17 Bennett Share via Email (s 74′) 4 Ayala (s 57′) Read more 16 Sheehan The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 17 McNair 9 Assombalonga MID NPT Read more Newport County players celebrate in the dressing room after the match. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images 22 Crofts 30 Townsend 18 Fletcher Topics 15 Bakinson 26 Poole 20 Fry Share on LinkedIn 39 Gestede 11 Matt (s 61′) Facebook Pinterest Lineupslast_img read more

Province Opens Roads on Western Crown Land

first_imgA social media release, with audio clips, is available at http://novascotia.ca/news/smr/2013-04-29-Crown-Lands/ . Hi-res downloadable photos will be added after the event. The roads are now open to Nova Scotia’s new Crown land in the province’s western region, the former Bowater Mersey land. “The land now belongs to Nova Scotians and it is important to us economically, environmentally and socially,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse, on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “The lakes, streams and woods on this land were always accessible on foot or by paddling and we are now providing road access to vehicles, so long as they stay on the road.” The province purchased 555,000 acres of land from the former Bowater Mersey mill. Three large pieces of that land have 2,500 kilometres of forest roads that were blocked off by the previous owners. Thirteen road gates are now open, providing access to 1,700 kilometres of forest roads. Provincial Crown land policy allows Nova Scotians access to all provincially owned land, except where restricted for appropriate reasons, such as ecological protection. “We’re very pleased that the province has decided to open the gates on the former Bowater forest roads,” said Tony Rodgers, executive director, Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. “Better road access to the land is something we’ve been hoping to see for a long time, and it will greatly improve opportunities for fishing and safe hunting.” Government worked with Nova Scotians to discuss sustainable plans for the land. Nine public open-house consultations were held across the western region to focus on ways to use the new Crown land for economic, social and environmental benefits. The consultation period ended April 19. “With this expanded access will come much responsibility,” said Mike Marriott, president, Safety Minded ATV Association. “These public lands, available for public use, will require everyone to respect them as we do our own properties, and to use them responsibly, safely, and leave the areas as we found them. “What a legacy to leave our kids, who now will have the opportunity to carry on with preserving this jewel of Nova Scotia for future generations.” Some areas of the western Crown land are ecologically sensitive, and in order to protect it for future generations, they will remain off-limits to vehicle traffic. Some of the road gates are on private land, and will remain closed as the province works with land owners to determine if those roads will be opened in the future. To view a map of the opened roads on the western Crown land, visit www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Dec. 19———TILLERSON TALKS NORTH KOREA ON CANADIAN VISIT: The North Korean nuclear crisis is expected to dominate discussions when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Ottawa on Tuesday for meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Tillerson’s supper-hour visit with Trudeau is an unusual add-on to a visiting foreign minister’s itinerary, but it’s not unheard of, and underscores the importance Canada attaches to its relations with its top trading partner and key ally. Economic issues will be on the agenda, but Canadian and American officials say discussion about North Korea will take precedence. Trudeau has taken a personal interest in the North Korea crisis and expressed concern about the rogue regime’s ability to launch intercontinental missiles that could cross through Canadian airspace. He has raised the possibility of leveraging Canada’s traditionally good relations with Cuba as a way to make progress on North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear arsenal.———FOREIGN HOME OWNERS SLIVER OF MARKET, STATSCAN SAYS: The country is getting a clearer picture of the level of foreign cash in some of the hottest housing markets, adding more statistical fuel to the debate about how much influence foreign buyers have in driving prices to unimaginable heights and what should be done about it. The new housing statistics by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. and Statistics Canada shows that foreign buyers owned 3.4 per cent of all residential properties in Toronto and 4.8 per cent of residential properties in Vancouver. For condos, CMHC says foreign buyers owned less than one per cent of the condo stock in 17 metropolitan areas across the country. The data also show foreign-owned homes are more expensive than those owned by Canadian residents. Graham Haines, research and policy manager at the Ryerson City Building Institute, said the foreign buyer data hints at larger issues about speculation in the real estate sector, making it the canary in the coal mine of a growing affordability problem.———WOMEN, SKILLS AND SCIENCE THE FOCUS OF FEDS’ SPRING BUDGET: Bill Morneau says the federal government’s spring budget will focus on improving the economic success of women, finding ways for science to help the economy over the long haul and preparing workers for the rapidly changing job market. The finance minister shared some of the core themes of his next budget plan in an interview with The Canadian Press. These subjects will sound familiar as the government prepares a budget designed to build upon commitments in its two previous fiscal blueprints. The document is expected to emphasize gender equality and lay out government efforts to boost the labour-force participation of women. Morneau said making it easier for women play a bigger role in the job market will not only help families, it will also boost economic growth. He said he pushed his provincial counterparts at a recent finance ministers’ meeting to follow this kind of gender-based budgeting approach — and he believes the idea is gaining some traction in the provinces.———NEWFOUNDLAND PREMIER TIPPED POLICE TO KILLER, DOCUMENTS SHOW: Less than two months before the election that would make him premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball tipped police that the prime suspect wanted for murder in a botched robbery could be his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Ball was then leader of the Official Opposition and preparing for the biggest political moment of his life. According to court documents released Tuesday, he told police on Oct. 8, 2015 — five days after the killing — that his tires had recently been slashed and his credit cards fraudulently charged for tens of thousands of dollars. He went to police three days after his daughter, Jade, had reported she was being harassed by a drug dealer for about $40,000 allegedly owed by her ex-boyfriend Brandon Phillips. Dwight Ball tipped investigators that Phillips could be the masked man shown on TV during a week-long manhunt. A jarring detail had caught his eye: the suspect on security images at the Captain’s Quarters bar in St. John’s was wearing a black windbreaker matching one stolen from Ball. A jury found Phillips, 29, guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month. He is due back in court Feb. 22 for a sentencing hearing.———ROGERS, CBC SIGN NEW DEAL FOR HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA: Rogers Media and CBC have signed a new seven-year sub-licensing agreement for English-language broadcasts of “Hockey Night in Canada” and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The agreement announced Tuesday begins in 2019-20 after the end of a current deal between the media giant and the public broadcaster. Rogers is in its fourth year of a 12-year, $5.2-billion agreement with the NHL for exclusive media rights. The deal included a four-year sub-licensing deal to allow the CBC to air “Hockey Night in Canada.” That agreement was later extended by a year. The seven-year extension, which also includes digital streaming rights, means CBC will carry “Hockey Night in Canada” until the end of the Rogers deal. While CBC can still show the popular NHL program, Rogers receives all revenue from “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcasts and has complete control over the show under the existing deal. Rogers said it will continue to produce the games and exercise editorial control through its Sportsnet broadcasting arm through the announced extension. CBC will continue to show nationally televised regular-season games on Saturday night as well as all four rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.———CANNABIS HABIT FORMING, HEALTH CANADA SURVEY SAYS: A recent government survey suggests that the vast majority of people who responded to it believe pot use could be habit forming. The survey, conducted by Health Canada from March to May, says 77 per cent of respondents shared the belief marijuana can be habit forming. The department says it asked 9,215 people about their knowledge, behaviours and attitudes towards pot use, including driving behaviours after consumption. It found 46 per cent of those surveyed, who indicated they had driven within two hours of pot use, reported they did so one to 10 times in the last year. Health Canada says only two per cent of respondents who used cannabis in the last 12 months reported having an interaction with law enforcement related to driving under the influence. It also found three quarters of those surveyed believe pot use affects driving, noting this number drops to 50 per cent when looking at responses from those who reported using cannabis in the past year.———GEORGE WESTON SAYS IT’S BEHIND COMPETITION WATCHDOG BREAD PROBE: Bakery owner George Weston Ltd. says it and grocer Loblaw Companies Ltd. alerted the Competition Bureau immediately after discovering a more than decade-long bread price-fixing arrangement in March 2015. The companies say in a joint statement that they became aware of an arrangement involving the co-ordination of retail and wholesale prices of some packaged breads from late 2001 to March 2015. They say the participants regularly increased prices on a co-ordinated basis, and participants included both companies, as well as other major grocery retailers and another bread wholesaler. The statement says the employees responsible for Weston Bakeries and Loblaw’s role in the arrangement are no longer employed by the companies and that they have beefed up compliance programs. Loblaw is offering eligible customers who register online at LoblawCard.ca before May a $25 gift card that can be used at its grocery stores across Canada. The added disclosure came after sealed court filings into the matter were made available to the companies and other affected parties for review.———AECON SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE TAKEOVER OFFER: Aecon Group Inc. shareholders voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve a $1.5-billion takeover of the landmark Canadian construction company by a Chinese state-owned firm, leaving a review under the Investment Canada Act as the last remaining hurdle. Shareholders voted more than 99 per cent in favour of the $20.37 per share cash offer by CCCC International Holding Ltd., a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Ltd., surpassing the two-thirds majority approval required. “It’s a bitter sweet moment for me personally,” Aecon’s long-time chief executive John Beck told the meeting at a Toronto hotel, with roughly 50 people present. “But it’s definitely the right thing for everyone involved with the company.” The vote followed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to China earlier this month to deepen trade relations with the Asian country. His government faced criticism earlier this year when it allowed the takeover of Norsat by China-based Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. without a full national security review. Vancouver-based Norsat makes radio systems and transceivers used by the U.S. military and other NATO partners.———SYNAGOGUES RECEIVE ANTI-SEMITIC HATE MAIL: At least eight synagogues in four cities across Canada have received anti-Semitic letters calling for the death of Jews, B’nai Brith Canada said. Four synagogues in Toronto, two in Montreal, one in Hamilton and one in Edmonton have reported being sent the hate mail, the Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday. A photo on B’nai Brith Canada’s website shows the letter containing the words “Jewry must perish,” and a swastika scrawled onto a blood-soaked Star of David. “It’s really unfortunate that, at this time of year, with the Jewish community celebrating Hanukkah … you have a message of targeted hate that’s going out to religious institutions across the country,” B’nai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn said. “It’s sad to see and it’s actually quite terrifying for the individuals opening these letters with hateful genocidal messages.” Police in all four cities confirmed they were investigating the letters. Officers are “absolutely” treating the incidents as hate crimes, said Staff Sgt. Frank Partridge of 32 Division in north Toronto, where one of the targeted synagogues is located.———ARCTIC FOSSIL REVEALS ANCESTOR OF TODAY’S BEARS: The discovery of some rare fossilized remains in Canada’s Arctic has allowed experts to piece together an evolutionary tree for the descendant of North American bears. A report published in the journal Scientific Reports says the 3.5-million-year-old skeletons reveal a bear that hibernates for a long period of time with a diet so full of berries that it had cavities. Xiaoming Wang, a specialist in fossilized carnivores at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, says the discovery shows the animal is likely fattening up for winter and it’s the first such evidence that bears hibernated. The bear, named Protarcos abstrusus, was smaller than the average black bear and had a flattened forehead. Before the discovery on Ellesmere Island only pieces of the same bear species had been found in Idaho and China, so experts believed it was related to the black bear, but Wang says it’s now believed to be the grandfather of most bear species.———last_img read more

No sanction for judge who repeatedly failed to give reasons for decisions

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario Superior Court justice who repeatedly failed to provide reasons for her judgments has apologized and mended her ways, the Canadian Judicial Council said on Thursday.In closing its review of Justice Susanne Goodman without sanctioning her, the council said the issue has been satisfactorily addressed and a “number of accommodations and remedial measures” had been implemented.“A Superior Court judge must have the capacity and ability to perform all of the normal judicial functions that attach to the office,” Nova Scotia Chief Justice Michael MacDonald said in a statement. “One of these judicial functions is to be diligent in the delivery of reserved judgements, with reasonable promptness.”MacDonald, the chairman of the council’s judicial conduct committee, undertook the review after Ontario’s highest court made blistering comments against Goodman in a decision in May last year. In its ruling, the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal of a man accused of beating and sexually assaulting a woman.In ordering Stanislaw Sliwka to face a new trial, the Appeal Court, which called it a “terrible result,” expressed dismay at Goodman’s repeated failure to provide reasons for the acquittal and noted the case wasn’t the first time she had shown such behaviour.“The trial judge’s failure to give reasons, despite her repeated promises to do so, has frustrated the proper administration of justice,” Justice David Doherty wrote for the court. “Nor is this the first time that this trial judge’s failure to provide reasons has required this court to order a new trial. It must be the last time.”After hearing from Ontario Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith as well as from Goodman, a Superior Court judge for 18 years, MacDonald decided the issues at play had been addressed and her conduct would not be repeated.“Key to his decision to close the matter was the fact that Justice Goodman experienced a medical condition, now resolved, which was at the root of her difficulties,” the council said. “Justice Goodman and her chief justice have set out a number of specific and comprehensive measures to ensure that she discharges all aspects of her judicial responsibilities in a timely manner.”Goodman had expressed “deep regret” about the impact of her actions on litigants who appeared before her and to public confidence in the justice system generally, the statement said“She has undertaken to ensure that the situation never repeats itself.”In the case that triggered the probe, Goodman dismissed all charges against Sliwka in March 2016. He had been charged after a distressed woman called 911 from an apartment in March 2014 and police found her badly beaten.At his nine-day trial, the woman accused Sliwka of repeatedly physically and sexually assaulting her over many months when she lived with him. He denied the assaults, calling her a drunk who sometimes hurt herself when she fell and also blaming her injuries on an unknown intruder.Goodman told court her acquittal was based on a reasonable doubt as to his guilt and promised detailed written reasons would flow quickly. She never delivered, even after prosecution lawyers asked time and again.Council spokeswoman Johanna Laporte said in an email Thursday there had been no issue with the quality of Goodman’s decisions — only their timeliness.“Justice Goodman and Chief Justice Heather Smith have discussed and established clear timelines for the release of all reserved decisions to the satisfaction of Chief Justice MacDonald,” Laporte said.MacDonald said Goodman was now discharging her judicial duties in an “effective and timely” manner.“Failure to uphold these obligations can have a detrimental effect on public confidence in the judiciary,” he said.last_img read more

Class action sought in massage therapist voyeur case in New Brunswick

first_imgFREDERICTON — A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against a Fredericton massage therapist who allegedly recorded secret videos of more than 100 female patients in various states of undress.The videos were only discovered by the executor of Pierre Charles Wust’s estate after he died in January, and no charges were ever laid.The documents, filed today with the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench, say Wust secretly videotaped patients between 2008 and 2017, including some minors.Fredericton police will only say they are investigating a complaint of voyeurism against a deceased individual and there is no further risk to the public.The College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick hired its own private investigator, who determined no other current or former therapists were aware of Wust’s conduct.Jolanta Kurz, who was owner of the Myoflex Massage and Rejuvenation Clinic when Wust worked there, said Thursday she was unaware of the alleged videotaping.Pamela Moxon and Bridget Thornton, two of Wust’s clients, say they decided to come forward to be the representative plaintiffs in the case after police showed them their videos.Lawyer John McKiggan and the two women are urging other clients to come forward to police and the law firm to become part of the possible class action.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US delays Keystone pipeline project

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-It has faced protests on both sides of the border, and now the U.S. State Department has ordered a review of the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline in a decision that could delay the project until after 2012 U.S. Presidential election.TransCanada has been working to build the 2,735 kilometre pipeline to move Alberta tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico since 2008. Native American and First Nations groups, along with environmentalists, have been campaigning to stop the project.Thousands have recently protested the pipeline at the White House and a sister protest on Parliament Hill ended with over 100 people arrested.The U.S. State Department wants TransCanada to study re-routing the pipeline around environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska.U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement backing the U.S. State Department’s decision.“Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all potential impacts…properly understood,” said Obama in a statement.Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in statement released to the media that he was “disappointed” with the decision.“While we are disappointed with the delay, we remain hopefully the project will be decided on its merits and eventually approved,” Harper’s statement said.last_img read more

BC Oil Gas Commission working to determine source of earthquake

first_imgThe magnitude of the earthquakes ranged between 3.4 and 4.5 on the Richter scale.The Commission says CNRL immediately suspended hydraulic fracturing operations as per the Commission’s Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area Special Project Order and, the Drilling and Production Regulation.The Commission also states that CNRL’s operations may not continue without thewritten consent of the Commission. The Commission says they are requesting a 30-day halt to fracking in the area close to the source of the earthquake.“Companies operating within that area have confirmed that there will be no hydraulic fracturing activities for the next 30 days within the specified area. This will provide the Commission with sufficient time to conduct a thorough investigation. Companies will need to confirm with the Commission before operations within the specific area resume.”The Commission will continue to monitor the area for further earthquake activity. CORRECTION – An earlier version of the article headline suggested the cause of last weeks earthquake had been determined.  This headline was incorrect.  The cause is still under investigation.  We apologize for this mistake.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has narrowed down the source of the earthquake that occurred southeast of Fort St. John on November 29, 2018.The Commission conducted a study and found that the cause of the earthquake may be linked to hydraulic fracturing operations being conducted by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in the Septimus field of the Montney formation, southeast of Fort St. John (see map).last_img read more

Security Council applauds efforts to consolidate peace in Burundi

28 November 2007The United Nations Security Council today welcomed efforts to bring lasting peace to Burundi, calling for a consolidation of progress in the country, which is rebuilding after being torn apart by 13 years of armed conflict. In a statement to the press, Ambassador Marty Natalegawa of Indonesia, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, called on the last major rebel hold-out group, the Palipehutu-FNL, “to return to the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JVMM) without delay or preconditions and called on both parties to refrain from any action that might lead to a resumption of hostilities.”The statement followed a briefing to the Council by Charles Nqakula, South Africa’s Minister of Safety and Security, who is the Facilitator of the peace process in Burundi.Voicing it support for Mr. Nqakula’s work, the Council also expressed its appreciation of the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, which was set up last year to help prevent countries emerging from conflict from slipping back into violence. Along with Sierra Leone, Burundi became the first focus of the Commission.The Council also welcomed the Government’s strides towards fostering dialogue, national reconciliation and social harmony in the small Great Lakes region nation.The statement urged “all political stakeholders there to maintain the spirit of consensus-building and inclusiveness that had enabled them to achieve a successful transition in their country.” read more

Georgia UN expands longerterm recovery projects after conflict with Russia

5 February 2009The United Nations is expanding its efforts to help Georgia tackle the longer-term challenges of last year’s conflict with Russia by restoring livelihoods and improving public services, after easing the immediate humanitarian impact of hostilities that uprooted nearly 200,000 people. With 4.5 million euros in European Union (< ahref='http://europa.eu/index_en.htm">EU) funding, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will now deepen and extend the initiative, which has so far focused on the Shida-Kartli region bordering separatist South Ossetia, at the heart of the conflict, where the agency has used already $1.2 million of its own crisis response fund to ensure food security, repair infrastructure, and help local authorities provide needed public services.This so-called Fostering Sustainable Transition and Early Recovery (FOSTER) project has benefited some 10,000 people by rehabilitating 12 critical facilities such as schools and municipal offices, repairing drainage and water pipes, and working with the University of Gori to design and deliver short training courses in masonry, painting, plumbing and other construction trade for those left jobless by the conflict, UNDP said in a news release today.As jobs in agriculture are the dominant occupation in the conflict-affected regions, the project has also sought to help farmers who lost their harvests, and often livestock, orchards, and equipment, put a new crop into the ground before winter. By the end of 2008 UNDP had provided seeds, ploughing, and other services to enable 1,100 farming families to sow winter wheat crops, restoring a vital source of income.The conflict left many residents of conflict-affected areas with a lingering sense of insecurity and vulnerability. To help address human rights concerns, UNDP has helped extend the services of the Public Defender’s office to the Shida Kartli region, and provided support to the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid service. It also supported the creation of a regional Gender Equality Resource Centre in Gori. With the EU funding, UNDP now plans to boost recovery activities more broadly in Shida-Kartli and extend them to two other conflict-affected regions – Mtskheta-Mtianeti, east of South Ossetia, and Samegrelo, adjacent to Abkhazia, a second separatist region where fighting erupted.This will help bridge the transition from crisis to development by rebuilding infrastructure, providing vocational training to the jobless, and expanding microfinance programmes to promote the creation of small businesses.In the early weeks after the August fighting, UNDP focused on the pressing humanitarian challenge of providing food and shelter, but most of the 190,000 people who fled have since returned to their homes, while the Georgian Government has built temporary housing for the 30,000 people, mainly from South Ossetia, who remain displaced. read more

Sumanthiran calls for ban on bottom trawling

He said poaching by foreign boats in Sri Lankan waters has had a major impact on Northern fishermen as well as fishermen in other parts of the country. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran today urged the Government to ban bottom trawling.He made the request when the issue of Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters was discussed in Parliament today. He said that while there are regulations on bottom trawling that will not solve the problem faced by Sri Lankan fishermen. Sumanthiran said that bottom trawling has led to marine resources in South Indian waters being affected and so Indian fishermen are now poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

Experts including UN warn of 38 billion shortfall in HIV funding by

Despite the urgent need for HIV prevention and the broad range of proven interventions available, a new report by The Global HIV Prevention Working Group says fewer than one in five people at risk of infection today have access to prevention programmes.Meanwhile, only 5 per cent of pregnant women have access to voluntary HIV counselling and testing, and only 24 per cent of people at high risk have AIDS education available to them.The Working Group comprises some 40 leading public health experts, clinicians, biomedical and behavioural researchers and people affected by HIV/AIDS, including those from the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Entitled “Access to HIV Prevention: Closing the Gap,” the report identifies funding gaps for each region in the world and examines current spending levels versus projected need. It recommends that global spending from all sources on HIV prevention should be increased from the current level of $1.9 billion to $5.7 billion by 2005 and to $6.6 billion by 2007 to cater for the shortfall.The report recommends a combination prevention approach, using a range of science-based strategies. It also stresses that prevention and treatment programmes must be scaled up to ensure those who test positive have fast access to treatment and the tools to protect others from infection.Convened last year by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation, the Panel seeks to inform global policy-making, programme planning and donor decisions on HIV prevention, and advocate for a comprehensive response that integrates prevention and care. read more

European police mission in Bosnia makes significant progress report to UN says

The European Union Police Mission (EUPM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which took over from the United Nations in 2002, has made significant progress towards establishing a force of international quality as it enters its final year, according to a report submitted to the Security Council and released today.”Measurable and telling progress has been made, notably in the strengthening of state-level law enforcement agencies and in relation to the furtherance of the principles of sustainability and local ownership,” the report says of the EUPM, which was set up as a follow-on mission to the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s International Police Task Force (IPTF).”As the [EU] Mission enters the last year of the mandate, it is well placed, in partnership with the local authorities, to complete its prime directive, which is to leave in place sustainable and effective policing arrangements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in line with the best European practices,” its adds of the country that was most-ravaged by the ethnic wars which split up the former Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s.The EUPM is fully engaged in the restructuring efforts to create a single and effective police structure for the whole of the multi-ethnic country in line with the directive from international community’s High Representative and EU Special Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown after the failure by the Republika Srpska, one of its two constituent entities, to arrest people indicted for war crimes. The other component is the Muslim-Croat Federation.Among the achievements the report cites is the “considerable progress” in setting up the State Investigation Protection Agency, which is pivotal in the fight against major and organized crime in the country.The EUPM has also given advice on all stages leading up to the introduction of new laws on surveillance of the State Border Service. Much effort has been put into making the nationwide national intelligence system effective and to ensure that it operates across all entities and police agencies in the country. An agreement has also been reached on rationalization and expansion of forensic capabilities. read more

Football Ohio State defensive line setting the bar high

Ohio State defensive linemen look on during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team has a fully loaded defensive line ready to not only control the line of scrimmage, but also dominate it.“We’ll be as good as anybody in America at defensive end,” Coach Urban Meyer said.Meyer referenced Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa, senior Jalyn Holmes and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones as the five premier defensive linemen on the team. With such high-profile players returning who have already played significant snaps, a concern is the possibility of complacency. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for this unit. Lewis said the goal is to be the best defensive line all-time. “We’re all elite players, so we continue to push one another to the next level,” he said. “That’s what helps us become better and better — it’s a lot of competition between all of us.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said this unit is the best collective group he has had in a long time. He emphasized the closeness of this group by citing the collective bond and love that they share. He said Lewis and Holmes demonstrated this bond by forgoing the NFL Draft to return for their senior seasons. “The most important thing about these guys (is) they’re unselfish — they’re very unselfish players,” Johnson said. “They don’t care who starts, they don’t care who plays, as long as they play.”Honorable mention All-Big Ten defensive end Holmes said that the guys on the defensive line do not want to let each other down. He continually emphasized that winning is much more important than playing time. “We have that bond and we got that chemistry, Holmes said. “And we (are) playing for something bigger than ourselves.”Johnson referred to the depth of the defensive line and mentioned the improvements he has seen in redshirt sophomore defensive end Rashod Berry, sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jashon Cornell, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow, sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, redshirt senior Michael Hill. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten defensive end Hubbard played with former Buckeye defensive linemen Joey Bosa and Adolphus Washington, who both started as rookies in the NFL this past season. He said that this current defensive line could be even better as a whole.“I’ve played with a lot of great individuals. I don’t think, collectively, there’s been this much talent at his position since I’ve been here,” Hubbard said. “We have four guys who could start on any team in the country and we’re all playing together.”Along with Jones, Meyer said the staff has been thinking of ways of putting the five premier linemen on the field at one time, which would move a defensive end to linebacker. Per Johnson and multiple players, Hubbard has been practicing at the position during spring practice. Nick Bosa also emphasized the importance of getting all of the talent involved.“We have so many good players,” Bosa said. “It’s criminal to not have them on the field.” read more

Major blaze at Santry industrial estate brought under control

first_imgUpdated at 10.27pmA LARGE-SCALE FIRE at a disused industrial unit near the Omni Shopping Centre in Santry, north Co Dublin, has been brought under control.The alarm was raised shortly before 5pm this evening after the blaze broke out at a 30,000 square foot building in the Santry Hall Industrial Estate.At its height, eight pumps from Dublin Fire Brigade were tackling the blaze, supported by two ‘ladder engines’  — which are dispatched to alerts at taller buildings as a matter of course — along with command and other vehicles.There was heavy traffic in the area for a time as visibility was impaired by thick black smoke. One Twitter user said the air smelled “like rubber burning”.A garda spokesperson confirmed that there had been no injuries as a result of the blaze.The industrial estate where it happened is just off the Swords Road, close to the centre of Santry and around 400 metres from the entrance to the Dublin Port Tunnel on the M1/Airport Road.First posted at 5.20pmlast_img read more

Kim open to another summit with Trump with conditions

first_imgKim open to another summit with Trump, with conditions Kim said his personal relationship with Trump remains good. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering his speech at parliament in Pyongyang, North Korea. Image: AP/PA Images 8,721 Views We will wait with patience until the end of the year for the United States to come up with a courageous decision. But it will clearly be difficult for a good opportunity like last time to come up.Kim also during the speech made a nationalistic call for South Korea to support the North’s positions more strongly and criticized Seoul for acting like an “overstepping mediator” between Washington and Pyongyang.Kim held three summits last year with Moon, who lobbied hard to revive the nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea. Following the collapse of the Trump-Kim summit, the North had been urging the South to break away from Washington and proceed with inter-Korean economic projects that are currently held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North.“The South should not act as an ‘overstepping mediator’ or a ‘facilitator’ and should rather get its mind straight as a member of the (Korean) nation and boldly speak up for the interest of the nation,” Kim said.‘Complete denuclearisation’When asked about Kim’s comments, South Korea’s presidential office said Seoul is committed toward keeping the atmosphere of dialogue alive and helping negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang resume at an early date.On Friday, KCNA reported that Kim was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the nation’s most important decision-making body, during a session of the Supreme People’s Assembly that praised his “outstanding ideological and theoretical wisdom and experienced and seasoned leadership.”Experts say the new appointments may be a sign of Kim’s desire to keep recent months of up-and-down nuclear diplomacy alive rather than returning to the threats and weapons tests that characterized 2017 when many feared a war on the Korean Peninsula.But the lack of substantial disarmament commitments from the North and the deepening impasse in nuclear negotiations have fueled doubts over whether Kim would ever voluntarily relinquish an arsenal he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival.Some experts say it’s becoming clear the North intends to turn the talks with the United States into a bilateral arms reduction negotiation between two nuclear states, rather than a unilateral process of surrendering its arsenal.Kim has signed vague statements calling for the “complete denuclearisation” of the peninsula in his meetings with Trump and Moon.But North Korea for decades has been pushing a concept of denuclearization that bears no resemblance to the American definition, with Pyongyang vowing to pursue nuclear development until the United States removes its troops and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4590754 Short URL Image: AP/PA Images North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering his speech at parliament in Pyongyang, North Korea. By Associated Press Share95 Tweet Email NORTH KOREAN LEADER Kim Jong Un said he is open to a third summit with US President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy, the North’s state-run media has said.Kim made the comments during a speech Friday at a session of North Korea’s parliament, which made a slew of personnel changes that bolstered his diplomatic lineup amid stalemated negotiations with the United States.His speech came hours after Trump and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in Washington and agreed on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea.“We of course place importance on resolving problems through dialogue and negotiations. But US-style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn’t fit us, and we have no interest in it,” Kim said during the speech.According to the Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, Kim blamed the collapse of his summit with Trump in February on what he described as unilateral demands by the United States, which he said raised questions over whether Washington has genuine willingness to improve relations.But Kim said his personal relationship with Trump remains good and that they could exchange letters at “any time.”Trump responded to the remarks by saying he agreed with Kim about their relationship, and also expressed a desire for another summit.“I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand,” Trump wrote on Twitter.“North Korea has tremendous potential for … extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim. I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!” he tweeted.In his speech, Kim repeated earlier claims that North Korea’s crippled economy would persevere through heavy international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program and that he wouldn’t “obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief”. The US has said the summit in Vietnam broke down because of the North’s excessive demands for sanctions relief in return for limited disarmament measures.In their first summit last June in Singapore, Trump and Kim issued a vague statement calling for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing when or how it would occur.Kim said the United States has been refusing to withdraw what the North perceives as “hostile policies” while sticking to “mistaken judgment that we would succumb to maximum pressure.”He said the North would not compromise on the “fundamental interests of our country and people, even by a speck,” and blamed the United States for arriving in Hanoi with “completely unrealizable plans.”“If the United States approaches us with the right manner and offers to hold a third North Korea-US leaders’ summit on the condition of finding solutions we could mutually accept, then we do have a willingness to give it one more try,” Kim added. 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Protocycladic archaeological discovery on Kythnos island sheds light on era

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A huge habitation on Kythnos island has been uncovered allowing archaeologists to obtain valuable information on Greece’s history stretching from the Protocycladic era until the 7th-8th century AD.The site was which was unearthed in the town of Vryokastro on the Greek island of Kythnos providing the first definitive proof of a 3rd millennium BC Protocycladic settlement. The discovery was not limited on Kythnos island but a smaller settlement was found on the nearby islet of Vryokastraki, according to a statement by Cyclades Antiquities Ephorate and Thessaly UniversityThe main town of Vryokastro and the neighbouring isle of Vryokastraki were once connected via a narrow isthmus the findings show.Athens News Agency confirmed that the excavation took place between 24 June and 4 August unearthing among Protocycladic ruins an early Christian basilica with later additions, with its  two towers and exterior walls almost intact.The archaeologist also accessed a number of well preserved rectangular rooms partly carved from rock containing obsidian tools and pottery shards.A first study also shows that the site had been re-inhabited in the 12th century BC after a period of abandonment. The settlement appears to have been continuously inhabited from that time until the 7th or 8th century AD.The location shrank until it was completely abandoned in the early Byzantine when the few remaining residents moved to the fortress now known as Orias Castle.last_img read more

Mexican Farmers Blame VW Hail Cannons for Drought

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Stay on target Volkswagen Mexico is in hot water—or a lack thereof—with local farmers claiming a controversial weather-altering technique damaged their crops.Farming communities in the central state of Puebla, where the carmaker operates its largest factory outside of Germany, have complained that VW’s use of “hail cannons” created a drought that spoiled 5,000 acres of growth.The sonic devices, introduced to the rural municipality in June, send shock waves into the atmosphere to break up hailstones—which can be a nightmare for newly built vehicles parked in an outdoor lot.But instead of turning the falling icicles into slush or rain, the machines seem to have sparked a dry spell.All precipitation has ceased since May—the beginning of Mexico’s rainy season—Gerardo Perez told the AFP.“The sky literally clears and it simply doesn’t rain,” Perez, a farmer’s representative in the area, said, adding that the cannons were “affecting the Earth’s cycles.”Croppers in the municipalities of Puebla, Amozoc, and Cuautlancingo are seeking more than 70 million pesos ($3.7 million) in compensation from VW.Modern hail cannons are powered by acetylene and oxygen; the two mix and ignite in the machine’s lower chamber, sending a blast through the neck and into the skyward cone, where it develops into a shock wave. That wave then travels at the speed of sound through the clouds above, supposedly breaking up ice pellets before they reach Earth.There is currently no evidence to support the effectiveness of these systems, which fire every one-to-10 seconds before and during a storm. Ironically, as the AFP pointed out, Mexican farmers often deploy the machines to protect their crops from storms.Following protests at VW’s Puebla plant, the local government agreed to meet with factory management and affected farmers in hopes of reaching an agreement.Volkswagen, meanwhile, tried to defuse its own PR hailstorm by announcing it would take the cannons off automatic mode and fire them only when necessary, according to a company press release.The Mexico branch also intends to “maintain a permanent dialogue” with neighboring communities, presenting information and addressing concerns as they arise.“With these actions, Volkswagen de México expresses its commitment to maintain sustainable relationships with its stakeholders: environment, neighboring communities, and authorities,” the firm said.That’s not enough, though, to satisfy the farmers, who called the continued use of the machines “unacceptable,” even in manual mode.“The company can take other measures to protect its cars, but people here can’t live off anything but their land,” Rafael Ramirez, a local environmental official, told AFP. “Volkswagen claims to be an environmentally friendly company, but they’re not showing it.”There is also talk of employing mesh netting as the first line of defense against hail.Caught cheating on its emissions tests in 2015, the manufacturer has struggled to regain public trust. But they may not be the only source of crop damage. Catch up with all things harvesting here.Editor’s note: This article was updated on Aug. 24 with comment from Volkswagen de México.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Is it Time for BtoB Publishers to Panic

first_imgThen, in a rather frank memo to staffers Friday, Penton Media CEO John French announced that the company would be forced to freeze its hiring and salaries, and ordered a reforecast of all budgets for the remainder of 2008—prompting noted b-to-b blogger Paul Conley to declare that trade publishing had officially fallen into a “death spiral.”All of this on top of the release of the final 2007 Business Information Network numbers, which show an overall advertising revenue decline of 2 percent—not a strong finish in the face of a decidedly gloomy 2008 economy—after essentially finishing flat at the end of 2006.With a seemingly endless onslaught of bad news, should b-to-b publishers be in a state of panic?“B-to-b companies that have been working on their transition from print to digital are in good shape today,” says DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “I don’t think it’s time to panic, unless the company has had its head in the sand for the past three to five years about its digital strategy.”Going Digital the ‘Complete Solution’?In his memo, French wrote that the company’s hiring freeze would not apply to its New Media Group, as the group’s operations “are critical to our revenue growth plans for both the near and long-term future.” French painted a somewhat dire outlook for print, indicating that Penton—like other publishers—is “facing significant increases in some of our largest, fixed operating expenses including the cost of postage and the cost of paper.”For many tech publishers, moving online has been a necessary change. “To oversimplify only a little, all [of this negative news] is a manifestation of the increasing demand for online media—both from a content consumption and marketing spend standpoint,” says one b-to-b CEO who asked to remain anonymous. “Sometimes, probably most often, this comes at the expense of print. The tech sector has been, and probably will be, the most impacted, and most susceptible to pure digital competition.”But Summit Business Media president Andy Goodenough warns that there needs to be a distinction between tech publishers and the rest of the b-to-b industry. “Our view is that print is holding up nicely and that online is growing much more rapidly. At the end of the day, though,” he says, “online is not the complete solution. A lot of b-to-b customers don’t spend their days in front of a computer. They consume their information differently. It’s critical that you know your audience and know your role in print.”Still, one consumer executive expects the the consolidation happening on the trade publishing side to hit consumer magazine companies, if it hasn’t aleady. “It’s not over,” the executive says. “It’s coming our way.” Sky Not FallingDespite the recessionary economy, b-to-b publishers seem to be remarkably optimistic. According to FOLIO:’s b-to-b CEO survey, out in the upcoming May issue, 78 percent of publishers with less than $5 million in annual revenue and 85 percent of publishers with more than $5 million in revenue say they expect their revenue to increase in 2008.The majority of respondents said they expect 2008 revenues to increase considerably by 10 to 19 percent, with the largest growth coming from online/e-media. “We’ve all been through economic downturns before. This is nothing new,” Goodenough says. “You have to separate the view that print is in systemic decline from what typically happens to ad budgets in times like these.”Even at Penton there seems to be a quiet understanding of the company’s efforts to cut operating costs. “I met with my department to listen to their feelings and to discuss questions and concerns,” says one management-level staffer who spoke on a condition of anonymity. “I was concerned that it may be a negative meeting … but was encouraged by what I heard. Everyone is aware of what is happening to many media companies with layoffs and restructuring. Given the state of our economy, there were not many who were surprised by our announcement.“To be sure,” the staffer continued, “no one was happy with the news, but there were a couple of comments about gratitude for having the jobs that we have. I think it was a realistic, logical perspective.”While Goodenough declined to comment on Penton, he stressed that in order to “stay just slightly ahead of the curve” b-to-b publishers should “not be complacent.”“You have to be careful what you wish for,” Goodenough adds. “If you believe the sky is falling, then it may fall. We CEOs need to keep our wits about us.”FEEDBACK: What do you think about the state of b-to-b publishing? Is it time to panic? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Following weeks of grim news involving some of business media’s marquee names, it would appear the state of b-to-b publishing has gone from bad to worse—in a hurry.Last week, Nielsen laid off an undisclosed number of staffers as part of a vast restructuring plan that calls for an elimination of some 4,000 jobs—roughly 10 percent of the workforce—in order to put a dent into the company’s $8.25 billion debt.The following day, new Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner said he was laying off a number of employees as part of a restructuring there.last_img read more

Amateur meteorologists can track extreme weather with WeatherCAN app

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice WeatherCAN/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CBS Interactive To better help you anticipate rain and snow storms, Environment and Climate Change Canada is coming to iOS and Android.The new WeatherCAN app supplies you with information directly from Canada’s official weather source. The app includes a new high-resolution, zoomable radar with map so you can better anticipate the next big thunderstorm or blizzard. The radar is four times better than the ones currently available, according to The Star.”Environment and Climate Change Canada has a mandated obligation to alert Canadians to impactful weather, water, and climate issues,” Claire Martin, project manager of the Meteorological Services of Canada said. “In order to fulfil our public responsibility and serve Canadians effectively, we are responding to requests to provide information on the latest information platforms.”When you open the app, type in your location or add a new one if you’re not home to see current weather conditions over the next 24 hours. WeatherCAN includes current, hourly and 7-day forecasts for more than 10,000 locations in Canada.WeatherCAN also includes detailed forecasts so you can plan ahead or turn on notifications to get alerted to incoming weather. The app gives users climate information and weather facts, too. For example, you can learn more about droughts with Canada’s Drought Monitor and drought-prone regions. The menu includes a weather glossary to better understand meteorological events. WeatherCAN is available in English, French and some Indigenous symbols for northern locations. Units are also customizable between Metric and Imperial. Martin said that the public’s reaction to the app has been overwhelmingly positive. Keep your phone warm this winter Mobile Applications Post a comment 0 0:56last_img read more