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Early Arctic Exploration and High-seas Adventure Celebrated in Biography

Early Arctic Exploration and High-seas Adventure Celebrated in Biography

Doctor, mountaineer and biographer Peter Steele is the first to tell the story of George Back, Franklin's Lieutenant and a successful 19th-century explorer and artist. The cloth edition was a Globe & Mail bestseller and an Amazon. ca Top book in 2003. The newly released trade paperback is the first available edition in the United States.

(PRWEB) December 11, 2004

Doctor, mountaineer and biographer Peter Steele traveled throughout Europe and across the Arctic landscape by plane, boat and on foot to research The Man Who Mapped the Arctic: The Intrepid Life of George Back, FranklinÂ’s Lieutenant.

This biography is the tale of an unsung hero of 19th-century exploration. George Back went on three Arctic expeditions under Sir John Franklin, opening up the barren lands of the great white north. But unlike Franklin, Back lived to tell his tales and left behind a legacy of journals, drawings, watercolours and maps. From these fine sources emerges a story of remarkable endurance and resilience in the face of appalling odds.

Back was one of natureÂ’s survivors. Two months shy of his twelfth birthday, he joined the British Navy. Within months, Back had become a prisoner of war of Napoleon and would spend the next five years maturing in FranceÂ’s countryside where prisoners were billeted. Following the defeat of Napoleon, Back returns to sea and ultimately has an illustrious career as a Lieutentant, mapmaker and artist. His crowning achievement was the discovery and descent of the treacherous Back River. Not only did he shoot its 83 rapids, but on reaching the Arctic Ocean, he dragged his homemade boat back upstream as the winter closed in. After a final, ill-fated expedition to Hudson Bay, Back retired, was knighted and died in his bed at the age of 82.

Steele himself is no stranger to the dangers of exploration and wilderness adventure. In 1971, Steele was the Medical Officer of the ill-fated International Everest Expedition, an experience he recorded in Doctor on Everest (a new edition will be published in 2005 by Raincoast Books). While flying over Back’s path through the still-remote barrens of Canada’s north country, the airplane’s generator stopped working and Steele’s pilot was forced to land on a lake. Steele says, “We didn’t know if we’d get the plane started again, we had few supplies and, for a brief moment, I glimpsed the immensity of Back’s endeavour.”

Respected mountaineer, surgeon, and biographer, Peter Steele was born in England and has lived in the Yukon Territory, Canada since 1975. Steele has published several books on mountaineering and he is frequently used as a media resource for Arctic issues. His last book, Eric Shipton: Everest and Beyond (Mountaineers, 1998) a biography of the great English climber, won the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

The cloth edition of The Man Who Mapped the Arctic, published in Canada and the UK in 2003, was a Globe & Mail bestseller and selected as a 2003 Top Book on Amazon. ca. The First Trade Paper Edition ($15.95 USA, ISBN 1-55192-713-6, distribution by Publishers Group West)has just released in the United States.

In the USA, distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West.


Asset management business of HBOS underpins new organisation with eWareÂ’s CRM

Asset management business of HBOS underpins new organisation with eWareÂ’s CRM

Clerical Medical Investment Management, a UK financial services company with STG£60BN under management has selected CRM software from eWare to underpin its new service launch later this year. The solution will include full deployment on PDA devices using GPRS.

(PRWEB) July 10, 2002

London - 8th July 2002 - eWare, the CRM solutions provider, today announces that Clerical Medical Investment Management (CMIM), the asset management business of HBOS plc, has selected eWare as it prepares to rebrand and relaunch under a new identity later this year.

EWare will be used to manage the various market segments that CMIM service. In addition, the product will be rolled out to remote sales workers on PDAÂ’s in what will become the largest fully functional CRM deployment on hand-held devices in the UK to date. The deal was completed in conjunction with eWareÂ’s financial services partner Kynetix. CMIM were assisted in the selection and implementation by CityIQ, one of the leading securities industry consultancies.

The £60 billion plus asset management business has ambitious plans for the future in both the retail and institutional markets. This presents a complex sales and product management challenge which is why CMIM needed the flexibility of the eWare solution. A deskbound CRM solution would only provide part of the solution as Gary Mairs Managing Director, Asset Management explained;

“Our teams of Client Directors and Sales personnel travel extensively to meet with clients and consultants. They are supported by highly qualified administration teams that similarly interact with those same clients and consultants. We did not think we would get a single solution that they could all use without compromising the information that they would have access to. With eWare we can provide the same solution on the desktop, on disconnected laptops and on PDA’s so that everyone, in whatever location, has access to the same information and inputs to the same system.”

The eWare solution has already gone live in its first phase of implementation after only 4 weeks and will be rolled out throughout the organisation in the coming months.

Ivan MacDonald, CEO of eWare commented “This deal was won purely and simply on the basis of superior internet technology and the ability to execute. The significant deployment on hand-held devices demonstrates the growing maturity of these technologies in the business environment and clearly shows how they fit in with a well-structured CRM deployment plan. CMIM is building a system for its current and future needs and we are the only CRM company in the position to support this today.”


About eWare

EWare is a global provider of wireless and Internet CRM solutions that allow businesses to manage all interactions with prospects, customers and partners. eWare's future-proof solution can be accessed through a standard web browser as well as LAN and intranet, on any Internet or wireless device. The product's thin-client architecture delivers significant business benefits to mid to large-sized companies, such as rapid return on investment and low cost of ownership. Founded and based in Dublin, eWare operates worldwide and its customers include Avis, Aramex, Bank Chile, Computer Associates, First Active Bank, Taylor Nelson Sofres and Securicor.

About CMIM

CMIM, the asset manager of HBOS plc, manages over £63 billion of assets. It manages funds across the full range of asset types – equities, bonds, property, derivatives, and venture capital.

The business has been created from the combination of the separate investment operations of Clerical Medical, Halifax and Equitable Life.

The business is currently in a rebranding process and will be launching under a new identity later in the year. It has ambitious plans in both the retail and institutional markets.

For further information please contact:

Gerry Carr


Gerry. carr@eware. com

+353 1 618 7800