zoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based container port operator DP World handled 71.4 million TEUs across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 1.9% year-on-year on a reported basis and 2.9% on a like-for-like basis.The company’s Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent terminals saw a container throughput of 32.9 million TEUs last year, a rise of 3.2% YOY on a like-for-like basis.In addition, terminals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa handled 29.5 million TEUs, and terminals in America and Australia recorded 9 million TEU, up by 3.1% and 0.9%, respectively.The UAE handled 15 million TEU in 2018, down 2.7% year-on-year.At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 36.8 million TEU in 2018, a 0.8% improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 1.4% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.“We are pleased to see that our global portfolio has delivered growth on top of our strong prior year performance and despite the uncertainty with global trade,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Our Europe and Americas portfolio saw strong growth with continued ramp-up in London Gateway (UK), Yarimca (Turkey) and Prince Rupert (Canada), while performance in Africa remains robust driven by Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt). In the UAE, the softer volumes were due to the loss of low-margin throughput, where we remain focused on high margin cargo and maintaining profitability.”“In 2018, we have made good progress in strengthening our product offering which will enable us to participate in a wider part of the supply chain and offer smarter long-term solutions to cargo owners. Looking ahead to 2019, we expect our portfolio to continue to deliver growth and our focus remains on delivering operational excellence, managing costs and disciplined investment to remain the trade partner of choice. Given the steady volume performance of our portfolio, we are well placed to meet full year 2018 market expectations,” he concluded.Related:DP World Buys Additional Stake in DP World AustraliaDP World Inks Acquisition Deal for Chilean Port Operator
VICTORIA COUNTY: Englishtown Ferry The Englishtown ferry will be out of service beginning at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10, to replace a cable. It’s not known how long it will be out of service. Local Area Office: 902-860-2430 -30-
LONDON — The British government has cancelled a contract to ship goods to the country after Brexit with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service.Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) deal with Seaborne Freight, part of plans to keep trade flowing if Britain leaves the European Union without a divorce deal.The Department for Transport said Saturday that it had ended the contract because an Irish firm that was backing Seaborne Freight had withdrawn its support.Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. U.K. businesses fear a “no-deal” Brexit will cause economic chaos by ripping up the trade rulebook and imposing tariffs, customs checks and other barriers between the U.K. and the EU.The Associated Press
7 February 2012The head of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to the Spanish painter and sculptor Antoni Tàpies, who has died at the age of 88, calling him an “emblematic figure in contemporary art.” The head of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to the Spanish painter and sculptor Antoni Tàpies, who has died at the age of 88, calling him an “emblematic figure in contemporary art.”Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, issued a statement in which she offered her condolences to Mr. Tàpies’ family and friends, to the city of Barcelona “that he loved and to which he gave so much,” and to the Spanish Government and people.“Antoni Tàpies revolutionized abstract art by inventing a formal language of rare intensity from simple materials with very few means,” she said. “His death is a tremendous loss for all art lovers.”Mr. Tàpies donated one of his works, Totes les Coses (“All Things”), to UNESCO House in 1995 to mark the agency’s 50th anniversary. He said at the time that the work was a symbol of his respect for all things in the universe and for variety in unity.The Catalan artist also designed medals struck by UNESCO to commemorate the centenary of the births of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, in 1981 and 1993 respectively.
TORONTO — The former chief executive of licensed producer CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. has a budding new cannabis business largely made up of his former employees — but his newest venture won’t involve growing pot.Biopharmaceutical company Zyus Life Sciences Inc. will instead buy cannabis from licensed producers and focus on extraction and development of plant-based medicinal products for the global medical market, said former CanniMed CEO Brent Zettl.He said he started this venture just days after leaving CanniMed at the end of March, a resignation that came after the Saskatoon-based licensed producer agreed to be acquired by rival Aurora Cannabis Inc. following a hostile takeover battle. Canada’s booming weed industry plots next wave of cannabis-based medicines ‘Nobody got any sleep’: Aurora Cannabis lands CanniMed after marathon talks Aurora finally wins CanniMed in Canada’s biggest marijuana deal yet While CanniMed’s expertise was in cultivation — it was the first licensed producer to sell medical cannabis in Canada — Zettl is anticipating an oversupply of dried flower in the country as production capabilities get up to full speed. The shortages plaguing the recreational market since Canada legalized cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17 will be short-lived, he said.“We’re growing experts but when we looked it from a competitive landscape, we said it makes zero sense to start investing in growing and production… I think we’ll be swimming in it,” Zettl said.Instead, Zyus has acquired a former ethanol extraction facility in Saskatoon and will focus on research and development of medicinal oil products, which he anticipates will come with bigger margins as well.Last January, Edmonton-based licensed producer Aurora Cannabis struck a stock-and-cash deal valued at $1.1 billion to buy CanniMed. Zettl co-founded CanniMed’s parent company Prairie Plant Systems Inc. in 1988.Zettl sees this new company as a continuation of the work he and his team began at CanniMed. Zyus will focus on plant-based medicines, which includes those derived from cannabis but not limited to that plant, Zettl said. It will also focus on the global medical market, rather than the “crowded” recreational market in Canada.The company’s extraction facility in Saskatchewan will be upgraded in the first phase by early 2019 and is expected to have a production capacity of 500,000 50 ml bottles of cannabis oil per year. By 2020, after a second phase of expansion, Zyus is aiming to produce 35 million bottles of cannabis oil per year.The company has roughly $25 million in funding via private placement, of which Zettl says he contributed $9 million in cash.Zyus is aiming to have products on the market by mid-2019, however this hinges on whether it receives its processing license from Health Canada, Zettl said.“We know that the lineup is long,” he said.The Saskatoon-based company originally known as CB3 Life Sciences now has 43 employees, 35 who had previously worked at CanniMed, he said.Looking back at the “emotionally charged” takeover battle with Aurora, Zettl said he would have liked to have continued on the path with CanniMed and the broader reach the company would have offered.“We could have gotten a better price, a much better price… which is why my heart burns. If you’re going to sell it, might as well sell it for what it’s really worth,” he said.Still, he has “no hard feelings” towards Aurora, Zettl said, adding that he is fond of and stays in touch with the licensed producer’s chief executive, Terry Booth.“They were just swept up in the middle of it… They’ve been actually good to work with,” Zettl said.He does have hard feelings for some former board members, however. Before the $1.1 billion deal was reached, CanniMed had filed a lawsuit against Aurora and certain board members alleging a conspiracy to injure its interests.“The guys that started the process… suffice it to say that statute of limitations is not done yet,” he said.Aurora, however, was helpful during the transition and agreed to sell some of CanniMed’s intellectual property pertaining to a research and development program focused on a protein known as Interleukin 37, he added.In any case, the takeover and acquisition of CanniMed provided an opportunity to pause and clarify where the future opportunity is in the cannabis sector, Zettl said, which is not in cultivation.As more dried cannabis flower supply comes online, he anticipates there will be a drop in prices in the sector.“The fire sale is coming…. The flower wars haven’t started yet,” Zettl said. “The flower wars are coming.”
This new climate began following allegations regarding participation of a few Syrians in protests and violent acts during July, Melissa Fleming, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a news conference in Geneva.“There have also been numerous reports of xenophobic remarks and verbal attacks against Syrians, including disturbing statements made through certain media outlets,” she added.Egypt is among the countries that have taken in refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in Syria. More than 100,000 people have been killed, and millions have either been displaced or become refugees in neighbouring countries since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad.Ms. Fleming noted that since the start of the conflict, Syrians enjoyed an “extremely hospitable” environment in Egypt, with the Government granting unrestricted visas and residence permits and providing full access to public services. “Syrians had not felt the urgency to renew expired residency permits as required. Now, a growing number of Syrians are expressing their fear of being arrested if they circulate in public,” she stated.This “hostile” environment has led to a notable increase in the number of Syrians approaching UNHCR to register, said the agency. The Government estimates that there are some 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently residing in Egypt – 80,000 are registered with UNHCR as of 25 July, while around 28,800 have secured appointments for registration in the coming weeks.Egypt has been grappling recently with its own political crisis, which escalated earlier this month with the military removing President Mohamed Morsy from power amid widespread protests in which dozens of people were killed and wounded. The Constitution has been suspended and an interim government has now been set up in the country, which has been undergoing a democratic transition following a revolution two years ago.“UNHCR appreciates the Egyptian Government’s affirmation that Syrians are welcome in Egypt,” said Ms. Fleming. “We call upon the Government to ensure that any precautionary measures in light of the current security situation in the country do not infringe upon fundamental human rights principles and the country’s international responsibilities to provide asylum and protection to refugees.”UNHCR has been requesting access to 85 detained Syrians and assurances that they are not returned to Syria, stressing that they should be afforded fair and due process of law in Egypt.
“This election stems from the agreement signed on 6 February between Haitian stakeholders to preserve institutional continuity and further the electoral process,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Welcoming this crucial first step, the Secretary-General encouraged all parties to work together towards the implementation of the roadmap contained in the agreement to ensure the return to constitutional normality.“The Secretary-General expresses his confidence that the stabilization of Haiti and the democratic process will continue in a peaceful and collaborative manner,” the statement concluded.According to media reports, Mr. Privert will serve as interim President of function for 120 days. His predecessor, Mr. Martelly, left office on 7 February without a successor having been named. The second round of elections, scheduled for 24 January 2016, was subsequently postponed, following mass protests and the opposition’s reported refusal to participate in the process.“[The] election is a fundamental step in the implementation of the Political Agreement for institutional continuity, signed on February 5 between the branches of the executive and legislative branches of power, “said the UN Special Representative in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, in a joint statement with other members of the international community represented in the so called ‘Core Group’ (Brazil, Canada, Spain, France, United States, European Union and Organization of American States). The Group reiterated its invitation to all stakeholders to work together in achieving this political agreement, “to ensure the return to constitutional normality, stabilizing institutions of the Republic, the appointment of a consensus prime minister and the continuation of the electoral process on time.”The UN and its partners in Haiti also called on all stakeholders to uphold the best interests of the country, in a spirit of dialogue and compromise, and in a peaceful, violence-free climate.
OSU then-redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) waits for the play during the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State’s wide receivers were disappointing last season. The unit compiled its fewest receiving yardage total in the Urban Meyer era, and the leading wideout on the team was an H-back — albeit it was Curtis Samuel, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Entering this season, however, Meyer has an added sense of confidence in his unit, and believes it is prepared for the task ahead. “This is as much depth as we’ve had,” Meyer said Monday.The team released its depth chart Monday morning, and six receivers appeared in bold as starters, two at H-back and four at wide receivers. Meyer said none of them will be counted on to be “the guy” but that all six are expected to contribute this season.“I can tell you six people that will play in a pure rotation basis,” Meyer said. “That’s how much confidence we have in them, and we have six. At the X, it’s going to be Bin Victor and Austin Mack. At the H, it’s Parris [Campbell] and K.J. Hill and at the Z, it’s Terry [McLaurin] and Johnnie Dixon.”Trusting the six receivers to make plays will be crucial for quarterback J.T. Barrett. The fifth-year senior completed and attempted more passes last season than he had in any other season of his career, yet he finished with his second-fewest passing yards and touchdown passes.Ohio State redshirt sophomore wideout K.J. Hill refreshes himself prior to practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.But Barrett said the receivers are entering this season with a far more advanced understanding of the plays this season, which he said will be important in finding more success in the passing game.“They’re top guys at receiver because they understand the concept of the play and where you at and how you fit into that concept,” Barrett said.The three-time captain added though each of the receivers is slotted in at exact positions between the H, X and Z receivers, all of them are capable of playing all over the field. With six receivers rotating through the offense, it is not only possible, but probable that no one will emerge as an elite threat among the wideouts. This was largely the case among the receiving corps a season ago. For those involved in the rotation, they don’t view the lack of a consistent starting trio as a hinderance. Rather, they see it as an opportunity for everyone to all receive semi-regular playing time and compete to be the most productive wide receiver in the group.“You just want to be part of the six,” McLaurin said. “Once you know that you’re part of that six, you want to vie for those touches. Only a certain amount of people can touch the ball on every game. You just want to be one of those guys that contributes.”This six-man rotation will enter the year with lofty expectations. The disappointment of last season’s group puts more pressure on this season’s group of wideouts to play a larger role in the team’s offense and help Barrett put up the Heisman Trophy-caliber numbers he put up in his first season as a starter.And the key to making Barrett the leader of a capable offense again is to channel the deep ball.OSU sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) pumps himself up before their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe deep ball has been asked about seemingly more than any other topic this offseason, especially with Kevin Wilson — the architect of Indiana’s offense which had been consistently ranked in the top three in the conference during his tenure — joining the staff as co-offensive coordinator.McLaurin knows for the offense to be successful and for his unit to be able to live up to those expectations, the wide receivers will need to be able to step up and show they can catch deep passes, just as the championship team in 2014 was able to do.“Coach Meyer told us that when he recruited us, ‘we need the deep ball,’” McLaurin said. “I feel like from any of the six receivers are capable of doing that. We’ve just got to come down with that ball and J.T.’s going to give us some 50-50 opportunities too.”The team has yet to play its first game, and the same assurances came at the beginning of last season. But McLaurin is confident his fellow receivers will be ready to help improve that aspect of the team’s game.“I feel like we’ve really plugged some holes that we had and some of the things that we were missing last year,” McLaurin said. “The deep ball, I feel like that’s going to be back and just that confidence in J.T. needs to be there. I feel like it’s still there, but you really don’t know till the first game. But I’m really confident where we are right now and we’re just putting those finishing touches on it.”
The winners of these two matches will play each other on July 9 at 4 p.m. EDT. See our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In DepthThe second- and third-lowest-scoring teams to make the quarterfinals of this World Cup square off against each other in Saturday’s early game (Belgium, with six goals, vs. Argentina, with seven), and then the lowest-scoring team (Costa Rica, with five goals) faces the highest-scoring side (the Netherlands, which has scored 12).Let’s look at Belgium vs. Argentina first.Since Argentina ignominiously exited the 2010 World Cup with a second consecutive quarterfinal loss to Germany, little Lionel Messi has been dominating the world of soccer like nothing we’ve seen in modern times.After scoring only one goal in both his previous World Cup tournaments combined, this year he’s taken the tournament by storm, scoring four goals (including a stoppage-time game-winner against Iran) in his first three matches, and recording the game-winning assist with just minutes remaining in the fourth.Stoking questions about whether it relies too much on Messi, however, the rest of his team has been awful on offense; Argentina’s other players have managed to put the same number of balls into their opponents’ nets (one) as those opponents have themselves (Bosnia’s own goal). Argentina’s shooting breaks down like so:Messi has scored on four of 16 shots (including converting three of 11 attempts from outside the penalty area).In the 18 shots set up by Messi (the highest number of chances created by any player going into the quarterfinals), Argentina has scored once (Angel di Maria’s game-winner against Switzerland).In the 46 shots Messi was not involved in, Argentina has scored only once, failing to score on all 42 attempts from outside the 6-yard box.Thus — despite having Messi, and despite Messi playing brilliantly — Argentina has only scored on 7.5 percent of its shot attempts, second-worst among quarterfinalists.Belgium, on the other hand, has seen six different players score. But that’s only six goals; even though Belgium has taken a tournament-leading 21 shots per game, the Red Devils have scored on only 7.2 percent of those shots, the worst of all quarterfinalists.Belgium has largely gotten by on excellent goalkeeping, with Thibaut Courtois allowing only two goals despite facing 13 shots on goal worth 4.84 expected goals (using ESPN/TruMedia’s Expected Goals model). His .22 “goals allowed below average” (GABA) per shot is the highest of remaining goalies (higher is better).Another team with good goalkeeping so far is Costa Rica, whose Keylor Navas has saved 14 of 16 shots on goal, with an average GABA of .21 per shot, good for second behind Courtois.Neither Costa Rica nor the Netherlands are what you’d call possession teams: Despite their impressive run, the Netherlands has held the ball just 44 percent of the time, and Costa Rica has held it 42 percent (the only other quarterfinalist with less than 50 percent possession was Colombia, with 46 percent). The flip side of playing this way is that these two teams also lead quarterfinalists in average pass distance (21.7 and 20.8 yards, respectively).But for the most part, Costa Rica seems badly overmatched. While they’ve shot a respectable 14.3 percent, that’s mostly because they’ve been unable to get shots at all — they’ve taken about nine shots per game, averaging only three on goal. Both those figures are by far the lowest of any remaining squad.The Netherlands, on the other hand, had one the most impressive runs into the quarterfinals. The Dutch faced the most difficult route (their opponents had an average Soccer Power Index rating of 80.0), but so far have the second-highest goal differential at +8.The Netherlands has been far superior on contested plays. When taking on defenders, the Flying Dutchmen have been successful a whopping 69 percent of the time. That compares to just 31 percent for Costa Rica. The Netherlands has won contested balls in the air at a 57 percent rate, compared to 36 percent for Costa Rica.In trying to find what, aside from good fortune and good goalkeeping, has driven Costa Rica’s gritty run (it’s scraped by against the second-hardest schedule), just about the only thing I could come up with was evidence of how well it’s run the offside trap. Costa Rica has drawn an enormous number of offsides calls: It’s pulled its opponents offsides 28 times (the next-most among quarterfinalists was 12, by Germany).Overall, our World Cup odds give Argentina a 14.9 percent chance of winning it all, the Netherlands an 11.8 percent chance, Belgium a 2.3 percent chance, and Costa Rica a 0.7 percent chance.YesterdayIn the first competitive match between France and Germany since the semifinals of the 1986 World Cup, Germany took the lead early with a headed goal by defender Mats Hummels. It was Hummels’s second goal of the World Cup, making him the first defender to score twice in this year’s tournament (he would get company later in the day). Both of Hummels’s goals have been headers, and both have been by assisted by Toni Kroos.For Germany, headers are nothing new: Over the past 50 years (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes), Germany has scored 37 headed goals in World Cup play, nearly twice as many as any other country (Italy has 19). Scoring first — by head or foot — has been Germany’s recipe for success in the World Cup, especially as of late. The Germans are 21-0-2 in their last 23 World Cup matches when scoring first, their last loss coming in the 1994 quarterfinals to Bulgaria.France, on the other hand, trailed for the first time at this year’s tournament, and still has never won in a World Cup match when trailing at halftime, losing all 11 times. Les Bleus made efforts to equalize, ending up with more shots (13) than Germany (8), and more chances created (10 to 7). But it was all for naught.In Friday’s second match, Brazil opened the scoring in the seventh minute, its fastest goal of the tournament. The goal came from a Neymar corner kick, his first assist of the tournament. It was Thiago Silva’s first career World Cup goal, and it was Brazil’s third goal from a corner, tied with France and Germany for the most in this World Cup.Brazil was in control for the remainder of the first half, completing seven of 15 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating seven total chances. Neymar created four chances, including the assist; Colombia, as a team, created two in the first half.Brazil extended its lead to 2-0 on defender David Luiz’s 34-yard free kick, the second-longest goal of the tournament. Luiz failed to score in his first 39 career international appearances, but he has found the back of the net in his last two. Brazil has now taken a two-goal lead in a World Cup match 49 times, and has won all 49.The breakout star in the tournament so far, Colombia’s James Rodriguez, converted a penalty to give his side hope; he scored in all five of his games in the tournament. It was his sixth goal, giving him a two-goal lead in the race for the Golden Boot. Colombia scored five goals combined in its last two World Cup appearances (1994 and 1998).Brazil and Germany’s semifinal meeting on Tuesday will, incredibly, mark only the second time these two countries have met at the World Cup. The other was the 2002 final, won by Brazil 2-0. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior statistics analyst, ESPNOff the PitchThe Netherlands and Costa Rica have been friends for a while. In fact, the Dutch were a big source of aid to the Costa Ricans until recently, when the latter ascended to middle-income status. The relationship has gradually shifted to focus more on trade and economic cooperation, but it’s still worth looking at the aid the Netherlands provided over the years.AidData reports that the Dutch sent about $362.5 million Costa Rica’s way between 1978 and 2010. The bulk allocation changed with time, and in the 1980s seemed to focus on industry growth, with $1 million going toward agriculture in 1981, $31 million toward imports to Costa Rica in 1984 and $7 million toward forestry in 1989. The ‘90s began a slow transition, with $17 million spent on multisector industry growth in 1994, $22 million on debt alleviation in 1996 and $21 million on general environmental protection in 1997. With this final pivot, it looks like Costa Rica found its stride — environmental protection continued to be the focus of Dutch aid through 2006, with a final peak of $17 million. Since then, Costa Rica’s tourism industry has boomed, and Dutch aid has all but completely ended.Further ReadingMohawks, Faux-hawks And Macklemores: The Top-Heavy Hairdos of the World CupThe World Cup USMNT Replacement Team Power RankingsStop Making Sense It’s Old Dutch Empire vs. Old Spanish Empire day, as Argentina (independent from Spain since 1816) takes on Belgium (independent from the Netherlands since 1830), and Costa Rica (independent from Spain since 1821) takes on the Netherlands itself.In BriefArgentina vs. Belgium: 12 p.m. EDTNetherlands vs. Costa Rica 4 p.m. EDT
Watchdogs have warned of a “growing injustice” as they reveal for the first time the country’s black spots where patients are routinely denied access to decent NHS or social care.The Care Quality Commission today says social care has passed a “tipping point” in many parts of the country, leaving Accident & Emergency (A&E) departments under so much pressure that safety is compromised.Its report warns that patients are being denied care they need, with half of A&E departments failing, amid rising avoidable admissions of elderly patients who should have received help elsewhere.Inspectors said elderly hospital patients described being kept “ in a holding pen” with 40 other patients, as they waited for a place in a care home, or help in their own home.The watchdog said that in too many cases, pensioners struggled to get an appointment with a GP, leaving them to turn to emergency care or become so frail they had to be admitted to hospital.The report also shows that half of maternity units remain unsafe, despite repeated NHS pledges to improve standards of care for mothers and new babies.Inspectors said analysis from inspections of 30,000 services providing health and social care showed that access to care was increasingly dependent on where people live.“Two years ago, we warned that social care was ‘approaching a tipping point’ – as unmet need continues to rise, this tipping point has already been reached for some people who are not getting the care they need,” the report states.As evidence, the watchdog highlighted areas where the population has no decent local hospital, and worse than average standards in home care and residential homes.Services in Portsmouth, the Wirral, Isle of Wight and Kent were pinpointed as causing particular concern, with most hospitals found to be either inadequate or requiring improvement, with a lack of quality social care. Similar problems were found in Eastbourne, East Sussex and Salisbury, in Wiltshire. In many such cases, patients were being denied care because there was no good hospital within half an hour’s drive, the watchdog warned.And in a significant intervention, its chairman Peter Wyman warned that an extra £20bn promised to the NHS would end up being spent on patients who should never have ended up in hospital, if the Government did not make a “long-term funding settlement” for social care.It comes ahead of a green paper on social care, which the government is due to publish later this autumn, when it details how the NHS spending boost will be deployed.The report reveals swathes of the country which have almost no hospitals rated good or outstanding – with Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Norfolk, Wiltshire, Shropshire, North Yorks and most of Kent among the areas highlighted.It shows a sharp rise in rates of avoidable emergency admissions for older people between 2010/11 and 2016/17, with the highest increase – of 37 per cent – seen amongst those aged between 75 and 79.It also warns of a growing crisis in social care, with figures suggesting nine out of ten care homes will not have enough places by 2022 unless action is taken, and rising vacancy rates of staff.CQC also highlighted research showing that one in seven elderly people in need of care do not receive it at all – a rise of almost 20 per cent since 2015.The report said staff working at care providers providing poor care admitted they had felt “disgusted” by the standards of services on offer, but felt unable to talk about it until problems were highlighted.It warned that difficulties accessing GP care were fuelling the problems, with inadequate access to GPs out-of-hours in some areas, and public satisfaction with GPs the lowest it has been for 35 years.“Inadequate access to GPs can lead to people relying on emergency services or reaching the critical point where they cannot access suitable care in the community. Across our reviews, older people told us it could be difficult to access their GP. Access to primary care support out of hours was also critical, but we found that people’s access to this support varied, and in some areas was not adequate,” the report found.And it said too many mental health patients were being sent far from home for care- which was inappropriate in the “vast majority” of cases.Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said access to care had become a game of “Russian Roulette” with access to care now a matter of “pot luck”.“A good care service can make all the difference in the world for an older person in declining health and it’s wrong that they should have to play Russian Roulette with something so vital. Older people need to be confident they will get good care that meets their needs whether they live North or South, in the countryside or a major city.” Ian Trenholm, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, said: “This year’s State of Care highlights both the resilience and the potential vulnerability of a health and care system where most people receive good care, but where access to this care increasingly depends on where in the country you live and how well your local health system works together.”“The challenge for Parliament, national and local leaders and providers is to change the way services are funded, the way they work together and how and where people are cared for and supported. The alternative is a future in which care injustice will increase and where some people will be failed by the services that are meant to support them, with their health and quality of life suffering as result.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “It is testament to our hardworking, dedicated NHS and social care staff that the vast majority of patients continue to receive good, safe care and many parts of the NHS have improved since this time last year.“We want the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world – and this starts by ensuring every single patient in this country receives the highest quality of care, no matter where they live. This is backed by our long term plan to guarantee the future of the NHS with an extra £20.5 billion a year by 2023/24.” 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.
Recently, Northparkes Mines’ copper/gold mine, in the Central West of NSW, Australia, celebrated its 20th anniversary. From the beginning, Sandvik Mining has been there; supplying and maintaining the mine’s underground production equipment since the mine’s commissioning, in a unique relationship that has continued since 1994. Northparkes Mines is recognised globally as one of the most innovative and leading edge producers in the mining industry, and International Mining has written articles on it.The mine’s drive to adapt the latest new technology into the underground production environment has been supported by Sandvik’s own development of advanced automated mining products through to its advanced AutoMine autonomous LHD system used at the mine today.“We would like to congratulate Northparkes Mines on its remarkable achievements over the past 20 years,” said Rowan Melrose, Sandvik’s Australian Country Manager. “Sandvik is very proud to have been involved with the mine’s underground operations since the earliest construction phase.“This relationship has grown and developed over the past two decades, to the point where it is a world-renowned underground hard-rock mine using highly advanced automated mining technology.“Over its life, Northparkes has pioneered a number of innovative mining techniques and systems, developing a reputation for being one of the safest and most productive underground hard rock mine operations anywhere in the world,” said Melrose.“We are delighted to have had on-going opportunities to play a part in its success over the past 20 years.”Long-standing employees still with Sandvik, and who have been involved with Northparkes include:Gary Lyons, currently Sandvik Mining Account Manager, and who was on site for three years from the initial machine delivery and commissioning in 1994Paul Evans, now responsible for Sandvik Mining’s National Product Support, Load & Haul, and who was involved in the original service contract at NorthparkesDrew Zammitt, currently Sandvik Mining’s Regional Service Centre Manager, who was Project Manager at the time of the original contract.Sandvik’s involvement with Northparkes Mines, owned and operated at the time by North Ltd, began in October 1993, when construction started on its E26 underground block cave mine – Australia’s first.Once production started, Sandvik supplied six Toro LH450E electric LHDs, with the first of these going on site in mid-1996.From its earliest days, the Northparkes mine was pioneering remote operation of equipment, with a number of trials conducted in the E26 Lift One and E26 Lift Two block caves.These original remotely operated LHDs featured a CECAM on-board monitoring system, Nautilus Powercam tele-remote on-board operating system and a generator set used to transport the loaders from surface to underground.They were controlled by operator stations installed in the underground operations control room.Other equipment supplied by Sandvik included two Tamrock secondary breaker drill rigs, which are still in service, and a “high hang up” secondary break drill rig.These machines were covered by a maintenance contract, including on site parts and a 10-person support crew to fully maintain the fleet.Sandvik Mining’s Gary Lyons said that at the time of their commissioning in 1996, Northparkes’ electric tele-remote LHDs were unique in Australia.“Northparkes has had a strong commitment to state-of-the-art technology right from the beginning,” he said.“The initial program had just six loaders being used at a time, and the aim back then was to reach a planned 4.5 Mt/y production target, which required them to be handling 14,000 t/d of material. We have also had a service and parts contracts at Northparkes Mines from the very start – and which has continued to this day.“And by the time those loaders were up to 30,000 hours, our service team had them running at lower hourly costs than when they were new,” he said.Lyons said that despite the LHDs initially having tele-remote operating capability, it was still essentially a manual operation with a single operator controlling a single loader in real-time.Today, the mine runs a fleet of fully automated Sandvik AutoMine-controlled LHDs, with the option to take manual control if required. This AutoMine system controls Sandvik loaders in the mine’s E48 block cave, consisting of 10 extraction drives with a total of 214 draw points.Seven Sandvik LHDs – six LH514Es and an LH514D – all fitted with AutoMine, allow for safe autonomous operation from the surface control roomAs operator input is only required for a brief portion of the production cycle (filling the LHD bucket at the drawpoint), each operator can control up to four autonomous LHDs.The loaders then tram autonomously with full buckets to the ROM bin, dump and return to the next designated draw point.Sandvik’s AutoMine system produces 80% of the Northparkes mine’s underground production.“I doubt there is another mine like Northparkes anywhere in the world,” said Lyons.“It’s a pretty special place – and we have been privileged to be a part of its operations over the past 20 years.”Northparkes Mines is a copper and gold mine located 27 km northwest of Parkes in NSW, and today is a joint venture between (CMOC) China Molybdenum Co (80%) and the Sumitomo Group (20%).Northparkes Mines initial underground mine, designated as Lift 1, was designed to exploit the orebody from the 480 m level to the base of the E26 open cut, based on a reserve of 28.7 Mt at 1.45% Cu and 0.39 g/t of Au.In 1997 Lift 1 reached its design production of 3.9 Mt/y and became the world’s most productive underground hard rock mine, producing 42,600 t of ore per underground employee year (including contractors).Productivity peaked in 2000, reaching over 50,000 t per employee.Northparkes Mines commissioned its second block cave mine, E26 Lift 2 in 2004 and an extension, E26 Lift 2 North, in 2008.In 2006 Northparkes Mines commenced construction of E48 Lift 1, its third major block cave mine, with full production achieved in late 2010. This mine extends the life of Northparkes mines operations until 2024.By automating its loader fleet, Northparkes Mines has increased utilisation, allowing production to continue across shift changes and through blast clearance times (when there are no personnel underground) – and getting more tonnes out of the mine.More tonnes means more copper produced. For Northparkes Mines, automation has been a key enabler to produce at a lower unit cost, and mine deeper, lower-grade ore bodies cost-effectively into the future.
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Related Items:Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, scams, wire fraud Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – Police are warning about a growing trend which is seeing residents out of their hard earned cash. There are three cases set for TCI court, with complainants and defendants from the Turks and Caicos; it is unclear the exact charges. Money transfer scams are not new but they are on the rise and it seems some islanders are being sucked into sending strangers money by wire transfer, which makes the con artists nearly impossible to catch. The bogus businesses are functioning out of Jamaica and Africa. The requests can come by text, by email and usually make demands for you to act right away. The Financial Crimes Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force explained in a media statement that it is best to check even people you know, to verify their identity. Whether it is a claim that you have won the lottery, an offer for a deal which seems too good to be true or requests to give out personal banking or credit card information over the phone, the FCU says “don’t fall for it.” Prostitution crack down necessary says Premier to Police Commish New: Tourist man fell or pushed; Police investigating Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program
Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows Manuel La Rosa-Lopez leaving the Montgomery County Courthouse, in Conroe, on October 9, 2019.Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, a Houston-area Catholic priest charged on two counts of indecency with a child arising from child sex abuse allegations, was arraigned on Monday at the Montgomery County 435 District Court in Conroe and entered a not guilty plea.At the beginning of May, a Montgomery County grand jury indicted La Rosa-Lopez on two of four counts of child indecency charges.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaTyler Dunman, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney.Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Tyler Dunman told News 88.7 his office is still investigating the remaining allegations, which were made by multiple victims. The indictments are connected to allegations made by a female parishioner about incidents that happened in March 2001, while La Rosa-Lopez was a priest assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.The charges against La Rosa-Lopez are second degree felonies.La Rosa-Lopez was originally charged in Montgomery County on September 10, 2018. He is one of the 42 clergy included in a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor released by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in January.The Texas office of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) welcomed the indictments against La Rosa-Lopez, but said “more work is desperately needed throughout Texas to protect children and vulnerable adults and to support survivors of sexual violence.”SNAP encouraged Texans to urge the state attorney general, Ken Paxton, to open a statewide investigation into clergy sex abuse.La Rosa-Lopez is represented by Houston attorney Wendell Odom. His next court date is set for July 15. Share
Next-gen consoles haven’t officially been released in China yet, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t available outside of the major retail chains. However, the Chinese government has decided to allow their sale, and Microsoft is going to be the first to market there with the Xbox One come September.The Xbox One has been lagging behind the PS4 in sales for quite a while now, and while the reasons for this can be debated for days, there’s no arguing with the numbers themselves. Microsoft can do plenty to improve sales in existing markets, and if you’ve been following the Xbox One system updates you’ll see that they are doing exactly that. Expanding to other markets and reaching new audiences is also essential.In order to hit the ground running, Microsoft has decided to team up with Chinese company BesTV, a subsidiary of home entertainment technology company Shanghai Media Group. Working with a Chinese company will certainly help Microsoft cut through a lot of bureaucracy, as well as taking advantage of their already established links in retail.Since the Xbox One is designed to be a streaming media power house with an HDMI intercept point for broadcast television, there needed to be a Chinese equivalent to as many of the US services as possible. Microsoft’s partnership with BesTV fills in the gaps as best it can, making sure the Chinese equivalents are available at launch.September is still quite a ways away, but the console will be available well before Sony is able to launch the PS4 in the region, so there’s a good chance that Microsoft will use this opportunity to help close the gap in console sales.While the number of consoles sold doesn’t really affect users all that much, a game developer’s decision to produce a game exclusively or for multiple consoles could well depend on sales projections, so it’s something well worth keeping an eye on.
C) Apply common sense in your design and layout decisions: 15+ min read Notice a tagline is shown in the top header of the site that describes exactly what this company does and offers (see rule #2 above). The introductory headline explains to users what’s in it for them. This website does not go on and on about how “innovative” the company is. It focuses on the benefit to the user. It cuts to the chase by asking people to do one simple thing – order now. Then it keeps giving more reasons to do that one thing, such as: If you want to go to the home page from here, you can’t, at least not with any visible “home” button or link. The top left logo has disappeared, so that is out of the question as a “second guess” for reaching the home page.The only thing you can do to try to get to the home page from here is scroll up or down. If you scroll up, you are taken to a section of the site that looks just like the home page, but it’s not. The URL clearly is a sub-sub level page. If you click on another link on the side menu, you come to a new URL where text appears. That’s great, but then, without notice, a large photograph slides in from the left, and you don’t know where your text went.If you are confused by the above, well, now you know how I feel.The point is, don’t do things like this. Yes, you may have demonstrated your ability to make a website “swish” and “slide” a lot, and, sure, the aesthetics are nice. But ask yourself: “Is a ‘nice’ design and an over-use of ‘cool’ technology worth all of this confusion?”Can you veer “outside the box” sometimes? Yes, of course, but first know what you’re doing. Also, remember your site’s goals (rule #1 above). For example, the new Moz.com website is new and trendy, but not confusing. Every page on their site introduces a new layout, because it helps highlight the content. But the top navigation stays in place to help users get from page to page easily (except in the blog areas, which force users to use browser “back” buttons sometimes).5. Don’t Try to Copy What Someone Else DoesI find it very baffling when I work with clients who suggest (or even insist on) an idea only because they saw a competitor doing it, not because it was based on any research or e-marketing principle. Your competitor may not have a clue about design or what gets more clicks, and could very well have been “winging it.”Now, we’re not contradicting rule #4 above. This is not referring to webconventions. If your competitor, or a big brand, follows a web convention and it works effectively for them, then yeah, you should do that, too. But that’s not “copying.” In reality, you would be following a well-established principle.What you should not do is copy a layout or feature just because you see it on another site, without an understanding of how it works, why it was placed there, and what other solutions are available to meet your site’s goals (see rule #1 above).For example, don’t try to use navigation menus like Starbucks, just because you think Starbucks is a big company and, therefore, must know what they are doing. Do you see what’s wrong with their current navigation menu? Use specificity in your writing. Make sure you are not being ambiguous and that you are stating exactly what you do, what you offer, and why people should care, in words that anyone can understand. Don’t assume people have heard of you before when writing your web copy. Avoid “buzz” words that can be used by almost anyone in any context. In other words, don’t use words like “strategic” and “innovative” when you could be saying things like “We sell X to people who love Y.” Use verbs and action-oriented titles. You can do this in your menu, too, as long as you have room to be both concise and descriptive enough. Sample Question 3: When my visitors land on my site, how am I going to let them know where they are, what I do, and why they should care?John Doe’s answer: That disappears quickly, but you still don’t know what this company does or why you should care, let alone who else should care.After the “innovation” headline goes away, a user sees a photo of a man holding a tablet in a big city. This occupies a huge portion of the “above the fold” area on the home page. This navigation menu uses two lines, except that the second line is trying to squeeze in three separate “sub titles,” creating words that run into each other as though they are part of one sentence. This is not how you use a two-line menu!For example, the label “Coffeehouse” in itself is confusing, because there clearly is no coffeehouse inside this website (unless Starbucks has found a way to serve coffee virtually). The user has to rely on the second line in that navigation label to understand what “coffeehouse” refers to. This would be fine except, in Starbucks’ case, what do users get? “Music Wi-Fi Community.”Oh, interesting. Starbucks has a “music Wi-Fi community.” Is that where we talk about music over the Internet on their website? Or is it some kind of new social network?Nope, it’s neither. If you read the other menu labels, you’ll see they are trying to list three distinct words and are doing it poorly. If you hover over the label, you’ll see a “mega menu” that separates into distinct sub-areas of their site. Normally,mega menus work well to help large sites organize their content for users in one centralized location.However, this mega menu needs some simple re-labeling and possibly re-organization. None of these areas use the word “music,” as in the second-line label. And how do any of these sub-sections relate to the word “Coffeehouse”? Do they mean things that happen inside their stores? But, if so, why is the “online community” here? And why are they advertising mobile apps in this section? My home page is going to have a clear call to action “above the fold.” I will ask people to fill out a booking form on every page of my site, without a pop-up or annoying element that will get in their way or discourage them from staying on my site. I will make sure my booking form is not too long, so people aren’t discouraged from filling it out. I will use well-written pages to describe my services in detail and explain any FAQs people may have right off the bat. That way, I can remove any reasons to NOT fill out my booking form. I will have a photo gallery with before and after photos of my services, so people will see that, by contacting me, they can get the same results. Another great area to use verbs is in your navigation menu. Many articles giving advice about navigation menus will tell you not to veer from web naming conventions. This is true, but if you remain unambiguous and obvious, you still can take advantage of verb-oriented navigation menus.The site that first inspired me to do this was biblesforamerica.org. Through an interview, I learned that this site underwent over a year of planning and brainstorming. One of the most fascinating items, to me, is the way the main navigation menu uses verbs, making each clickable item a call to action: I am going to put a verb-based introductory headline on the top of my home page, followed by a short teaser that explains what people will get if they fill out my booking form. I will use strong photography and video to demonstrate my credibility and show what I can do to help people. B) Use the right kind of copywriting: The important thing to note here is that this navigation menu uses two lines. The second line gives a further explanation of what a user can find under each verb. In this case, the verb-menu would not work without the additional words on the second line.For example, if the verb “visit” was a stand-alone link, the user would have to ask, “Visit? You want me to visit your office?” But the second line makes it clear that the place to “visit” is the blog.Sometimes a one-word verb link without a second-line explanation could work, but it can be confusing if the verbs next to it are not different enough, or are too ambiguous: You might have great content to share with your site visitors, but if you don’t help them find it, then it might as well not be there. This article is going to help you plan your site layout, architecture, navigation, and wording. The aim is to make your site more interesting, less confusing, and in turn, more click-worthy.What does “click-worthy” mean? Besides the general “worthy of clicking and viewing/reading,” it means that users are able to find the information you want them to find and take the actions you want them to take.1. Start with Your Site GoalsBefore you start making a website or even opening up Photoshop to begin designing, please stop. Ask yourself “What is this site supposed to accomplish?”For example: Since my store has 300 products, I’m going to separate them into distinct categories and allow users to drill down to the type of product they’re looking for with e-commerce filter searches. I’m going to have a search bar in a very noticeable spot. I’m going to put the cart in an easy-to-find place. I’m going to feature product categories on my home page. I’m going to give less priority to site pages that talk about my company, while not ignoring them all together. This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics Sigh. Ok. Let’s try to digest this.“Club Car” – Is this a car service? Or do you sell cars?“Ingersoll Rand” – Isn’t that the company name? Or is that a product name now, too?“Thermo King” – Sounds like a mattress warmer.“Trane” – That’s a spelling mistake. Right?Let’s leave the navigation menu. Let’s see what it says under that big photo.“How weComfort | Build | Deliver | Roll”Ingersoll Rand, you have really lost us now. What do you make comfortable? Are we back to mattresses now? What do you build? What do you deliver, and to whom? Are you like UPS? And what’s this about rolling?Labels here don’t help. So let’s try hovering over each of these “How we” menu items.We just get logos. We are done with this website. Time to leave.In this example, we see that newly written labels, actual headlines, and product photos might be a start at making this webpage relevant, let alone interesting, for unlearned users. This site likely was made for internal staff and management as its primary audience, not new customers.However, lest this turn into a user interface (UI) article, we’ll stop here and go back to our original point:Be very clear about what you sell with your words, not just your photos or design concepts. Don’t depend on your brand awareness to do the heavy lifting for users. They may have never heard of you.In cases where your product or service is emerging as a trend, or is a new player in an existing market, writing unambiguously becomes extremely critical. Compare the home pages of two different companies that sell virtually the same product. One leaves no question about what they sell, while the other makes you think they are selling “elegance”: Are they a technology company now?We still don’t know what this company does.The top navigation says “Discover Us,” “Join Us,” “Investors,” “Products.”Hmmm…what’s under “Products”?“Club Car,” “Ingersoll Rand,” “Thermo King” and “Trane.” Versus Jane Doe’s answer: Versus Jane Doe’s answer: Do you have anything else to add? How do you make your own sites more click-worthy? Do tell your stories! February 5, 2014 I am going to have a tagline beneath my logo that says exactly what I sell. It won’t be cute, use puns, or contain words that are meaningful only to me. It will be so specific that it will even send away users who don’t want what I have. My navigation labels will be organized by product category name, so people will know what they’ll find in my e-store. Sample Question 4: Can I answer the above question with a one-sentence statement?John Doe’s answer:“The Widget Store – X widgets, Y widgets, and Z widgets, shipped free!”Versus Jane Doe’s answer:“Book now to get X absolutely free, and I’ll throw in Y!Space is limited, but you won’t regret making this booking because you’ll get _______ and that will change your life by improving ____________.”Of course, the above are just samples, and rather over-simplified ones at that. There are several more questions to ask before beginning a website design. To truly accomplish site goals, you’ll also need to focus on other things, such as your copywriting. This brings us to our next point.2. Use Clear, Unambiguous CopywritingHeadlines are critical to a website’s success. The best way to be sure you are specific enough in your headlines, navigation labels, or even your body copy, is to ask yourself if your words could mean something else in another context. If they can, then you probably are being too vague.Continuing with this thought, ask yourself: “Would a 15-year-old understand what I do or sell? If someone landed on my site and knew nothing about my industry, would they ‘get it’ if I used only words like ‘innovative,’ ‘diverse,’ ‘strategic,’ or ‘industrial’?”“Industrial” can refer to myriads of companies and trades. “Innovative” and “strategic” are over-used hype words that don’t mean anything anymore. Twitter was innovative and so was the creator of this natural diaper ointment, yet they are vastly different. All good companies have strategies, so they’re all “strategic.” You get the point.Looking at a real life example, see how this company is described on a Google info card, extracted from Wikipedia: Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Here, when the verb “visit” is used, there is no question that the site is asking the user to visit the museum. Museums are known to be educational places that attract in-person visits.However, the menu gets confusing when it uses the verb “explore” next to it, without a second-line explanation. “Explore the museum? Isn’t that why I wouldvisit the museum? Are you asking us to do the same thing twice?” It takes further investigation on the part of the user to know what “explore” is referring to, and so on.4. Use Layout Conventions to Your AdvantageAn alternative title for this section could be “try not to be too trendy for the sake of being trendy.” In other words, stick with conventional website layouts unless you really know what you are doing. If you have not passed a user interface design course, your safest bet is to go with the norm, because the norm is what has been proven to work well for users.Don’t try to be different by putting your navigation menu at the bottom of your home page or by making the menu disappear on some pages. Don’t try to put your logo in the top right corner instead of the top left. Don’t remove your sidebar if you don’t know enough about typography (going over a character limit per linecauses a loss of focus). In short: don’t step outside the “safe zone” of conventional web design.Remember, your layout should not please you. It should make it as easy as possible for your users to find what they are looking for and take the action you want them to take. And users don’t have a lot of energy, concentration, or time to learn how to use your new “trendy” layout.One website that confuses me very much is kgms.ca. After you figure out that the right side box is the website’s main navigation menu and click on one of its items, you are scrolled to a new section of what seems like a one-page site; but, in fact, it is a brand new page on a new URL two sub-folders deep.On this level, you get another menu across the top, but this is not a top-level menu; it is a sub-menu. If you click on one of those sub-menus, which are in the top-level menu position, you are taken to a new page. Ask yourself the right kinds of questions before beginning a design. Ask yourself how you are going to meet your goals, and what strategies are best given your objectives. Which one are you more inclined to buy from? The one that explains its product and tells you the benefits, or the one that uses the word “elegance” and tries to sell something that looks like interior design with pictures of sunflowers?3. Use Verbs, Lots of VerbsOne of the best examples of excellent conversion-focused copywriting I can think of is on the 23andMe website.Many of their headlines start with a verb, asking the user to “do” something. And every page has a call to action with a noticeable button that asks people to “order now,” which also is an action-oriented verb.This reduces passivity on the part of the user. They know what the intent of the website is and what the company wants them to do, specifically. Even the layout of the site draws the eye to their calls to action. (The rest of the information on the 23andMe website is peripheral, but it’s there if the user wants it.) There is no doubt the main goal of this site is to get people to order a DNA test kit.It seems obvious, but you’d be amazed at how easy it is for companies to forget their website goals in their verbiage and design, thus leaving users without a “target” to aim at or a “road map” to follow.Further to this, the 23andMe home page takes the lead with this concept, and it also follows all the “rules” we’ve outlined above. See the red boxes in the screenshot below, indicating verb usage: Are you trying to increase sales of a product on an e-commerce store? Are you trying to get people to book an appointment? Are you trying to attract more readers to your blog? This site likely has outgrown its original intentions and goals. It seems like an attempt to stretch its virtual lifetime with content updates that should call for a site overhaul. If you copy this “big brand” now, you’ll be behind in your web strategy, piggybacking on what was a good idea years ago. Better to stick with what’s current today by hiring a real content architect, e-marketer, and UI designer.To Conclude, What have we learned?If you want to make your site more click-worthy, you need to:A) Identify your goals as a first step: If you’re not a UI designer, don’t try to be “trendy” with your layout. Stick to conventions that people are used to; it’s always safest. Don’t try to copy a competitor or “big brand” just because you think they might know what they are doing. You could be copying a mistake or outdated strategy. Stick to your site goals, and get professional advice for your unique website needs. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you’ve never heard of this company before, this description won’t help you understand what they do. All you’ll learn is that they are Irish, they operate globally, and, at one point, they had something to do with drills. Whether they did drilling or sold drills is not clear. Do they still do this? We don’t know. But, hey, we do know they are “industrial” and “diversified.”Going to their website doesn’t help much, either. The first thing you see is a logo with a headline that says “A Century of Innovation.” If three different business owners have the above example goals, they should create three vastly different types of websites. The layout, content, architecture, and even the technology they choose for the sites should be different.After you’ve figured out your overall goal, dig deeper with more questions, like the ones list below. Do not – I repeat, do not – start looking for a WordPress theme or plan out a wireframe until you’ve brainstormed the answers to these vital questions. Note how the different sample answers below can change a site’s design considerably:Sample Question 1: If my visitors can do one thing, and only one thing, when visiting my site, what is the one thing I want them to do?Sample answer from “John Doe”:I want them to find a product within a large catalog, and then buy that product.Versus the answer from “Jane Doe”:I want people to book an appointment to come and see me. Once they’re in my office, the sale is a sure deal.Sample Question 2: How am I going to help my visitors do that one thing?John Doe’s answer: Register Now »
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