Mindfulness in Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Your body may be sitting across from your prospective client, but your mind may be somewhere else, somewhere very far away. It might be thinking about some problem or challenge you are experiencing now. Or it could be off somewhere in the past, dealing with something unresolved that still has part of your attention.You are writing an email to follow up on a number of concerns that your dream client shared with you during a meeting. Your fingers are tapping out words on the keys, but they aren’t capturing what you want to say because you are distracted by all the incoming emails, many of which require you to do something. Your head isn’t in the game.Your manager is sharing with your team the changes to your solutions, the changes to your overall strategy, and everything that is going to be expected of you in the coming months. Everything she is saying is important, but your mind has wandered off into a different future, all the things you must do on important personal relationships.Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment. In the more traditional sense, mindfulness is acknowledging your thoughts and emotions without allowing them to take over your mental state. It’s why many people practice meditation.When you are with your clients or prospects, they need to feel that you are fully present, giving them every ounce of your attention. Doing so proves that you care about them and what they are saying. The time you get with clients is too rare to waste it being only partially there.Every communication has a chance to help you create and win an opportunity, to cause the opportunity to slip away, or to make no impact at all. There is no reason to communicate without working on the positive outcomes you need from that client interaction, whatever it may be, and in whatever medium you choose. The language choices you make matter, and you need to give yourself over to the outcome, eliminating all distractions, real or imagined.Mindfulness is a mental state, and it is under your control, even if it can sometimes feel as if it is outside of your control. You can change your mental state through conscious effort or by changing your physical state. I have found it impossible to hold any kind of negative state while running, something I believe is due to the massive increase in oxygen and other physiological changes.Wherever you are, be there. Whatever you are doing, do that.last_img read more

Three killed in BSF firing in Tripura border

first_imgBSF shot dead three tribal villagers, including a woman, at a border location in south Tripura on Friday afternoon. Two villagers sustained injuries in the incident that occurred after residents allegedly attacked a security patrol following seizure of cattle meant for smuggling to Bangladesh.Police said tension was brewing in the tribal-dominated area since March 13 after BSF troops of 31battalion captured seven cattle at Bangamura in Sabroom subdivision. Friday’s incident occurred at Herbatali, near border pillar number 22043RI and 300 meter from Bangladesh border.BSF battalion Commandant T.S. Negi claimed a crowd attacked Assistant Sub Inspector Abhay Singh and Constable Rabi Datta after they foiled another cattle smuggling attempt on Friday afternoon. “Rabi Datta came under attack by people armed with sharp cutting weapons and he fired shots in self defense”, he told The Hindu by phone.He said Rabi Datta was injured in the attack. Mr. Negi said villagers refused to accept medical help from BSF medicos.While Mr. Negi could not give number of casualties, police confirmed death of three villagers. Sur Laxmi Tripura, 35, Min Kumar Tripura, 35 and Pora Kumar Tripura, 35 received bullet shots and died on the spot. Jiban Kumar Tripura and Prem Kumar Tripura were injured.Tension was running high in the area with villagers claiming they were protesting against rape of a tribal woman by BSF personnel before being fired upon. BSF troops were withdrawn from local post in view of current situation.Senior police officials arranged transfer of bodies and injured to a hospital after reaching the incident sport. Tribal political parties condemned the incident and demanded punishment of guilty BSF men.On July 22 last year a BSF trooper shot dead a woman at Tarapukur in Sonamura of Sepahijala district. The assailant allegedly made a rape attempt on young woman before firing.last_img read more

BJP State executive to meet in Pimpri

first_imgPune: The Bharatiya Janata Party will hold a two-day meet of the State executive at Pimpri on Wednesday. This will be the party’s second executive in Pimpri after more than three decades, the first being in the early 1980s.“The venue has been chosen as a symbolic marker of our triumph over the NCP, which had dominated the PCMC [Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation] for so long,” a BJP leader said. The saffron party won unprecedented landslides in polls to both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic bodies, bagging 98 out of 162 seats in the Pune Municipal Corporation and 77 out of 128 seats in the PCMC.The BJP’s top brass from Maharashtra, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the party’s State unit chief Raosaheb Danve are expected to be in attendance, along with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu.The sessions will focus on policy-making in Maharashtra and the party’s plans after securing overwhelming victories in most of the civic bodies and local bodies across the State.There are speculations that Congress strongman Narayan Rane might formally enter the BJP’s fold during the meet. However, local party leaders refused to comment on the matter.BJP’s Pimpri-Chinchwad president Laxman Jagtap said the meet will be held at the Ramkrishna More auditorium, and will be attended by more than 500 party leaders.The party virtually had no presence in PCMC, be it the civic or Assembly level, until the 2014 Parliamentary polls.However, its fortunes changed when Mr. Jagtap, who was formerly the NCP’s vital point man in the area, joined the BJP in 2014. This paved the way for the entry of more NCP heavyweights, like Bhosari legislator Mahesh Landge and former PCMC mayor Azam Pansare, into the saffron party.Stormy protests are expected by the Opposition NCP and the Shiv Sena, the BJP’s disgruntled ally, during the meet.The Sena’s Maruti Bhapkar (a former Aam Aadmi Party leader) said a combined Opposition would stage a hunger strike to protest against the failure of the promises made the BJP-led Central and State governments on various issues.last_img read more

2 Al-Qaeda supporters arrested

first_imgTwo supporters of the Al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind were apprehended by the police in J&K on Saturday, while six other terrorist supporters were counselled to resume normal life. A semblance of normalcy returned in the Valley after six days.A police official said Rafiq Ahmad Dar of Awantipora, a member of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, was apprehended in Pulwama. “One hand grenade, which he was about to lob upon security forces, was also seized,” the official said.According to the police, he helped identify the group’s another supporter, Abid Majeed Shiekh, alias Raj Gada, of Dadsara. In a separate initiative of the police, six youths were handed over to their families after counselling, in south Kashmir.last_img

Premier League Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

first_imgThe upcoming Premier League game will be played between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, November 3. Everton, who are currently two points away from the relegation zone, will look for an upturn of fortunes in their home conditions. The Premier League 2019-20 Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur clash will be played at the Goodison Park. Tottenham Hotspur, who haven’t registered an away win since January, will also eye to put aside their struggles of the season. The Premier League 2019-20 Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur fixture will commence at 10PM.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that his side needs to be positive as they prepare to take on Everton. “We need to be positive, feel that positivity and make us believe that we can beat any team. At the moment we struggle with our confidence, we drop a lot. The most important thing is how we’re going to finish, it’s not this moment,” he said. Meanwhile, Everton manager Marco Silva is under tremendous pressure as his side are just two points away from getting into relegation zone.Spurs will travel to Merseyside without central defender Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) and midfielder Erik Lamela (thigh). Whereas, Danny Rose is currently serving a suspension. Pochettino may call in midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, who has just returned from a hip injury.On the other hand, Everton manager Silva is yet to take a decision on Yerry Mina’s fitness. The 25-year-old centre-back was sidelined due to knee injury.Premier League 2019-20 Everton possible starting line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Delphs, Gomes; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-LewinPremier League 2019-20 Tottenham Hotspur possible starting line-up vs Everton: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Eriksen, Alli, Son; KaneWhere to watch Premier League 2019-20 Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur match live in India (TV channels)?Everton will host Tottenham Hotspur at 10:00PM on Sunday. The EPL 2019-20 Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur will be played at the Goodison Park. The Premier League Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.How and where to watch online EPL 2019-20 Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur match live streaming?Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur live stream will be available on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. english premier leagueEnglish Premier League 2019EPLEPL 2019 First Published: November 3, 2019, 4:48 PM ISTlast_img read more

Vivo V9 Pro India launch expected on Sept 26, could be priced under Rs 20,000

first_imgVivo is set to launch a new smartphone in India on September 26, an Amazon teaser reveals. The smartphone maker is yet to reveal the name of the phone, but going by the rumours, looks like it is going to be the V9 Pro. The Amazon teaser has already revealed a lot about the smartphone and taking into consideration the specs of the with the V9 Pro, Vivo will be looking to take on the likes of Oppo Realme 2 Pro, which is set to hit the Indian shores on August 27.Update: The chances of Vivo launching the V9 Pro are high. The Vivo V9 launch in India will happen on the dedicated page of Amazon India. As for the pricing, the V9 Pro is said to cost under Rs 20,000 and the phone will be available from October onwards. The exact sale date is yet to be announced by the company yet.The V9 Pro is a brand new smartphone from the company, meaning it hasn’t been launched in any market as of yet. The V9 Pro will be a bigger version of the V9. This also means that India could be one of the first countries to get the V9 Pro. The Amazon teaser has revealed that the upcoming Vivo phone will come with a massive screen. The phone is teased to sport a 6.3-inch Fullview display 2.0, which Vivo claims will offer “a perfect view for enhanced experience.”The Amazon teaser has also confirmed that the upcoming Vivo phone or (possibly) the V9 Pro will be powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial intelligence engine) chipset paired with 6GB RAM, similar to what we will also find inside the yet-to-be-launched Realme 2 Pro. The V11 Pro which is priced Rs 25,990 also comes packed with Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset and 6GB RAM. The teaser also claims that the Vivo phone will be capable of tackling multitasking with ease. Vivo hasn’t revealed any further details about the upcoming smartphone.advertisementThe pricing of the phone is still a mystery, but what we know for sure is that the V9 Pro will be positioned below the Vivo V11 Pro. According to an IANS report from last week, the V9 Pro will be priced under Rs 20,000. Considering the V11 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 25,990, an under Rs 20,000 price for the V9 Pro could make the phone one of the best in this price segment. By pricing the V9 Pro under RS 20,000, Vivo could aim to take on the likes of phones like Mi A2, Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, among others.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 Pro gets 4K video recording option via new OTA updateBesides the already confirmed specs, rumours suggest that the V9 Pro will come with dual cameras with a primary sensor of a 16MP and secondary sensor of 5MP. On the front, the phone is expected to sport a 24MP selfie shooter. Some rumours also reveal that the V9 Pro will come with a 3260mAh battery with 18W fast charging.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola hails Sergio Aguero’s big-game mentality ahead of Manchester City vs Chelsea

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed striker Sergio Aguero’s ability to consistently deliver on the biggest occasions.Guardiola pointed to Aguero’s 40th-minute opener in last month’s 2-1 win over fellow title challengers Liverpool as the perfect example to illustrate his point.That victory helped City cut then table-toppers Liverpool’s lead to four points and Guardiola’s side have since gone ahead of the Merseyside club on goal difference in a compelling race.”That goal against Liverpool summed up what he is about. Sometimes the best tennis players on a point to save the break, they make an ace,” Guardiola told reporters ahead of Sunday’s league clash against fourth-placed Chelsea.”In the big moments, always the big athletes come there, the big finals, the big moments. Sometimes some players hide in the scary moments.”The other ones step forward and say, ‘I’m the boss, I’m here and I’m going to win the game’. Big clubs need these kinds of players. It’s ­simple.”A drop of the shoulder and a tidy finish from the big man! #MCICHE #mancity pic.twitter.com/VQLhnxcZg5Manchester City (@ManCity) February 8, 2019Aguero has scored 14 league goals in 22 matches this season and Guardiola hoped the club’s all-time record scorer can find the target again on Sunday.”Hopefully, he can ­continue to do it. In the big games, we need the ­important players… this game belongs to the players and the important games belong to the special players,” Guardiola added.City have 62 points from 26 matches while Chelsea are 12 points behind them having played a game fewer.advertisementAlso Read | Chelsea’s Eden Hazard relishing partnership with Gonzalo HiguainAlso Read | Manchester United caretaker boss Solskjaer named Premier League manager of the monthlast_img read more

Report: Adelaide 2 Victory 2

first_imgAdelaide United 2 Melbourne Victory 2: Austin pegs back United after Lia double Dom Farrell 19:11 10/20/17 MitchellAustin - cropped Getty Images Vince Lia turned in a man-of-the-match display as he hit a brilliant brace for Adelaide United but Melbourne Victory grabbed a 2-2 draw. Substitute Mitchell Austin snatched a late equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw at Adelaide United but Melbourne Victory remain winless three games into the A-League season.The visitors went ahead in the 13th minute, when Besart Berisha got on the end of Leroy George’s inviting free-kick to open his account for the season.Adelaide levelled matters when Vince Lia rifled an unstoppable left-footed strike high into the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The United midfielder followed that rare goal with his second of the match after the hour, steering in right-footed from the edge of the D.A spectacular brace by Vinnie Lia and a share of the spoils in a spirited affair. #AUFC #ADLvMVC #OriginalRivalry #ForeverUnited pic.twitter.com/ilNmfGYoRc— Adelaide United FC (@AdelaideUnited) October 20, 2017But Adelaide were unable to edge ahead of Melbourne City and Sydney FC at the summit as Austin pounced on the rebound after Lawrence Thomas saved from Berisha to chalk up the Victory’s first point of the campaign. read morelast_img read more

Ruptured Containership Towed to Danish Repair Yard

first_imgzoom The 22,506 dwt containership Victoria is being towed for repairs at the Danish Fayard ship repair facility after it suffered a 50-meter-long hull rupture on February 10.The vessel was damaged when it ran aground near Kalundborg due to strong winds at the site which reportedly pushed the ship outside the fairway.It was ordered to drop anchor near the grounding site until a survey of the damage was undertaken. The weather at the site obstructed survey attempts, however, the divers managed to inspect the vessel discovering that the crack was 20 centimeters wide. Initial reports from Defence Command Denmark suggest that the rupture is some 9 meters below the water surface.Although an unknown amount of oil was spilled at the site, the country’s naval forces are currently conducting clean-up operations and the environmental damage “is not as serious as first feared,” according to Defence Command Denmark.At the time of the incident, the 178-meter-long Victoria was on its way from Antwerp, Belgium to Fredericia, Denmark.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the ship is currently on its way to the repair dock where it is expected to around 1 pm local time.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Have no knowledge of Burdwan stations name change CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in Monday that she has no knowledge about the Centre’s move to change the name of Burdwan station and name it after freedom fighter Batukeshwar Dutt.”I have served as the Railway minister for two terms. As far as I know, the Centre must get the nod from the state government before changing the name of any station. The functioning of the government and the party should be different. A political party comes into power and goes but the government and democracy continues to run,” Banerjee said, responding to a query on the name change at the state headquarters Nabanna. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe maintained that a party desiring to change the name is not enough. “As per system the state should propose and clear the name. But we don’t know of any such proposal for changing the name of Burdwan station coming to us,” Banerjee added. It may be mentioned that it was Saturday when Union minister of state for Home Nityanand Rai had said in Patna that Burdwan railway station will be named after revolutionary freedom fighter Batukeshwar Dutt, who was born in that district but later shifted to Bihar. Rai had made this statement after paying a visit to the house where Dutt had stayed after Independence.last_img read more

Interviews conducted for hangmen post

Interviews were conducted today for the post of hangmen, at the Welikada prison, the department of prisons said.The prisons department said that several of those who had applied for the post appeared for the interview. The prisons department received 24 applications for the post of hangmen and the department will eventually select two candidates.

Iraq UN agency appeals for 54 million to rebuild seed industry avert

Iraq’s seed industry has collapsed and the country is currently not able to meet farmers’ needs for improved crop varieties, seriously threatening its food security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today as it launched a $5.4 million appeal to rebuild the national seed industry. “Iraq has currently no system in place that provides certified high-quality seeds of improved varieties,” FAO Project Manager for Iraq Tekeste Tekie said. “As a result, crop productivity remains very low because farmers are using their own, mostly low-quality, seeds. “If no immediate action is taken, serious seed shortages can be expected in the near future, threatening the country’s food security. Crops and vegetable seeds that have been developed by farmers over centuries should be maintained and further improved in order to meet local agricultural and nutritional needs,” he added. High-quality seed is one of the most critical inputs for sustainable agricultural production. Iraq had a relatively stable and functioning public-sector controlled seed industry before the war in 2003 when agricultural research centres were devastated and most of the equipment and machinery, including seed processing facilities and seed stocks, were looted or damaged. This has resulted in the loss of almost all generations of seeds of all crops, FAO said. Moreover, much seed expertise was lost during the conflict. As a result, Iraq can only cover four per cent of the national demand for quality seeds from its own resources. Most seeds come from farmers’ own seed reserves, which are of low quality. Building on FAO’s pre-war experience in northern Iraq, the new project seeks to rebuild a modern seed industry and to increase the quantity and quality of seeds available to farmers. “All farmers in Iraq, including vulnerable and marginalized groups, will profit from the seed rehabilitation project. Through the production of high-quality seed varieties, Iraq will be able to increase yields and reduce food imports,” Mr. Tekie said. read more

Clean technologies will attract trillions of dollars over next decade UN says

Introducing “The Working Capital Report,” scheduled to be published in March 2006 by the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), UNEP said the study explores the role of financial service companies and capital markets as they capitalize on new opportunities linked to sustainable development and more effective management of the associated risks.”There is no question that 2005 will be seen as the watershed when the mainstream banking, insurance and investment worlds realized the scale of the commercial opportunities unfolding in the new carbon, clean-tech and sustainable natural resource markets and, also, the legal risks of not being a leader in this area,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said.Financial institutions working with UNEP have predicted that greenhouse gas emissions trading markets could reach $2 trillion a year by 2012 and that the market providing finance for clean energy technologies could reach $1.9 trillion by 2020, he noted.Montreal, Canada, is hosting the first meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP) on climate change, which entered into force this year, in parallel with the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), also known as COP. The meeting started yesterday and ends next Friday.At the international climate negotiations, “the financial service companies in the UNEP FI partnership will ask Governments for two key things: to provide early, clear guidance on the continuation of the international climate policy regime beyond 2012 and to foster an appropriate framework to ensure a liquid and efficient global carbon market,” Mr. Toepfer said.”They will also be looking for countries to meet their emissions reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol and a clear signal that nations will go beyond these, post-2012, according to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities,” he added.”The Working Capital Report” will build on previous UNEP studies. Those include one by the world’s third largest law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, of the world’s largest capital markets on behalf of the Working Group of UNEP FI, a public-private partnership between UNEP and more than 170 banks, insurers and asset managers worldwide. read more

Former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson fully invested in Ohio State

OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson (left) works with members of the defensive line during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAs the Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to return to State College, Pa,. for the first time since 2012, one particular OSU coach is returning to a place he called home for nearly two decades.OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson is set to return to Beaver Stadium for the first time since leaving Penn State for a job with the Buckeyes in January.After nearly 20 years as a Nittany Lion assistant, Johnson said returning to Beaver Stadium will be an unusual experience.“It will be different. First time. You spend 18 years at one place for a long time, then you walk back in there, different sideline, place you’ve been for 18 years,” Johnson said Monday. “But I’m looking forward to going back. I’m looking forward to going back with Ohio State University. I’m looking forward to going back and (will) be excited to play in the stadium.”Johnson, who replaced Mike Vrabel when Vrabel left for a job with the Houston Texans, earned high praise from OSU coach Urban Meyer before he even coached a game at OSU.“We replaced Mike with a top-shelf coach, a guy that has great respect, very good recruiter, a very good coach. The players love him already,” Meyer said during Big Ten media days in July.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa said in March — not long after Johnson was hired — that Johnson had his similarities and differences when compared to Vrabel.“It is just a different attitude,” Bosa said “Their technique is all similar. He is more positive, I daresay.”Meyer seems to have the same outlook on Johnson’s style of coaching.“I think they’re very similar guys. High-end character people, family-oriented guys that you want leading your players,” Meyer said Monday. “I’d say they’re more similar than different. Mike might let some colorful, I don’t want to use ‘language,’ phrases or whatever, but other than that they’re very similar guys.”Johnson said he tries to make an effort to not only coach his players on the field, but off the field as well.“There’s different ways to deliver a message to a player. Mine might be a little different. I am a developer. I like to be closer to a player, develop a relationship,” Johnson said. “That’s my march, try to make sure the players understand I trust them, believe in them, but I am also going to invest in them.”Johnson will now have to lead his players into a stadium he has never seen from the visitor’s sideline, but added that he knows what to expect from an atmosphere standpoint.“It will be loud. We count on it being loud. Our players (at Penn State), they went to another notch when they got to play in front of 108,000, ‘white out,’ those kind of things,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a great environment. There’s 108,000 here. So that’s fun to play in front of also. I think our players will be jacked to go back in there again and play at Penn State.”The last time the Buckeyes traveled to Beaver Stadium — in 2012 — Johnson was in blue and white as OSU defeated the Nittany Lions, 35-23.Despite calling Penn State home for 18 years, Johnson said he has no plans to visit his old stomping grounds other than the stadium.“I won’t stop by. I’m going to be in the hotel planning for the game. I won’t see anything, to be honest with you,” Johnson said.While most of his surroundings will be familiar, there is one thing that will be new for Johnson: the visitors’ locker room.“I have heard about it,” Johnson said with a smile. “It’s very small.”Johnson will be introduced to new surroundings before too long as the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Nittany Lions on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Commentary Columbus hockey fans still suffering as NHL lockout arrives

On Jan. 28, Columbus Blue Jackets fans, who have only witnessed postseason hockey once in the team’s 12 years of existence, received the best news from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman since the team’s inception. The city of Columbus would be hosting the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, or so they were told. At midnight Sunday,the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement expired, and with no new deal in place, players were locked out by the owners for the second time in nine years. Bettman met with owners and members of the NHL Players Association last week in New York City with the bleak hope of agreeing on a new deal that would have allowed for the season to start on it’s scheduled date, Oct. 11. With both sides still “far apart in talks” according to The New York Times, the season’s original start date is very much in jeopardy. While the owners and the players might be in disagreement over a number of issues, both sides realize that the biggest concern is how revenue will be split. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, players received 57 percent of the league’s revenue, and owners received 43 percent. Reportedly, Bettman’s most recent offer to the players would leave them with 47 percent of revenue, roughly a 17.5 percent pay cut. The NHL has experienced its seventh straight year of economic growth, according to Forbes. Another major issue that the two sides are clashing over is owners wanting to limit contract lengths to six years. Currently, there are no term limits on contracts. According to capgeek.com, there are 16 players signed to deals of 10 years or longer. While negotiations might continue informally throughout the month, the likelihood of the season starting on time is very slim. While Ohio natives might cringe at this, I suspect that the savior to Columbus’ All-Star Game could come from Ann Arbor. In April 2011, the NHL signed a massive deal with NBC to be their exclusive broadcasting partner. Part of this agreement was rights to broadcast the annual Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game on New Years Day that, according to Sports Business Daily, generated $22 million dollars when it was played in Pittsburgh in 2010. This year’s game will be at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and, if played, will set the record for largest attendance at a professional hockey game. NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly said that the league does have an opt-out clause with the University of Michigan, but they would stand to lose millions from skipping the annual event, and with pressure from NBC, I believe this should give fans a small piece of hope. According to the News Observer, last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., generated an estimated $11.4 million in spending from out-of-town visitors. The city of Columbus, which according to the most recent U.S. Census, boasts a larger metropolitan area than Raleigh, could stand to make even more than $11 million on the event. During the 2004-2005 locked-out season, Atlanta was scheduled to host the All-Star Game, but did not do so until 2008. If the entire season is lost and the NHL chooses to reschedule the game in Columbus, the earliest it would be played is 2015, because the Olympics are scheduled for February 2014. read more

New Opportunity Corps to receive 29M upgrade

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNOC inmates being sexually assaulted, Senior official covering it up, says staff memberFebruary 26, 2018In “Crime”13 inmates allegedly escape from NOCSeptember 28, 2018In “Crime”Guyana’s eGovernment project picking up pace …100 institutions connected to networkSeptember 29, 2016In “Internet” The New Opportunity Corps (NOC), Onderneeming Essequibo Coast, Region TwoThe sum of $28.978 Million will be spent on the rehabilitation of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) located at Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two, to ensure that the children are housed in a comfortable environment which is in keeping with minimum standards required.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during his recent post-Cabinet press briefing, said that the Cabinet approved the contract which was awarded to PD Construction.The project forms part of the Ministry of Social Protection Capital Programme.According to the Department of Public Information, the ministry will also be implementing a Self-Sufficient Agricultural Economic Services venture, as part of the reintegration programme available for the students at the institution.It was also outlined that steps are also being taken to evaluate the staff complement and the core competencies that are needed to bring the institution in line with the minimum standards required by such an institution.In July 2017, the operation of the NOC was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Social Protection, on the grounds that the institution’s purpose is to prepare and train juveniles for reintegration into society.The NOC caters to children between the ages of 12 to 17 and most of whom are there for committing the offence of wandering.It has a specific mandate to rehabilitate and train adolescent offenders and wanderers so that they could be re-integrated in the society.However, the facility has been plagued with numerous cases of detainees escaping, while some of them have also made accusations of sexual harassment against senior officials who are supposed to oversee their rehabilitation. read more

Electric Razors Better For The EnvironmentBut Just Barely

first_imgIf you’re curious about whether or not using an electric razor vs a disposable one is better or worse for the environment, the good folks at Slate have you covered. And as it turns out, there really isn’t that much of a difference.Because while electric razors by their nature use electricity, disposable have a number of different concerns to worry about. There’s the carbon footprint of the razor as its created, shipped, and sold, as well as the hot water used while shaving. According to Slate, the difference amounts to a measly 14.9 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Or, the equivalent of having a light bulb on for less that an hour. So not a big deal.AdChoices广告What is a big deal though, is shaving in the shower. According to the report, three days of shaving in the shower wastes as much energy as an entire year of shaving at the sink.last_img read more

Oracle prévoit dembaucher 2000 personnes

first_imgOracle prévoit d’embaucher 2000 personnesÉtats-Unis – Alors que la Commission européenne a enfin autorisé le rachat de Sun Microsystems par Oracle, le directeur de ce dernier a annoncé avoir l’intention d’embaucher plus de personnes qu’il n’en licenciera à l’occasion de la fusion des deux sociétés.Larry Ellison, le PDG d’Oracle, a déclaré au Wall Street Journal avoir l’intention de créer 2000 postes au cours des prochains mois, notamment dans les domaines de l’ingénierie et de la vente. Dans le même temps, d’autres postes seront supprimés, mais en nombre inférieur, assure-t-il. Cela devrait porter les effectifs totaux de la société à près de 110.000 employés.À lire aussiLa Russie veut déconnecter l’ensemble de ses habitants d’InternetLarry Ellison a également expliqué que suite à la fusion de Sun et Oracle, sa société se lancerait dans la fabrication de serveurs haut de gamme, estimant “qu’il serait préférable d’avoir toutes les pièces, plutôt que de travailler avec des partenaires” qui construisent des serveurs fonctionnant avec les programmes de Sun et Oracle.Jusqu’alors, Larry Ellison avait rejeté l’idée de développer des équipements, préférant se limiter aux logiciels. Mais grâce à cette nouvelle stratégie, Oracle pourrait générer un supplément de bénéfice de 1,5 milliard de dollars dès la première année de sa fusion avec Sun Microsystems, affirme le PDG désormais convaincu que l’avenir de l’informatique réside dans le développement de systèmes associant équipements et logiciels.La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à la fusion la semaine dernière après de longs mois d’hésitation. Plus rien n’empêche donc l’intégration de Sun à Oracle, qui devrait être imminente.Le 29 janvier 2010 à 11:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Médicaments les prix varient fortement dune pharmacie à lautre

first_imgMédicaments : les prix varient fortement d’une pharmacie à l’autreLa fédération Familles Rurales a publié mercredi les résultats de son Observatoire des prix des médicaments. Les prix de ceux qui ne nécessitent pas d’ordonnance varient d’une pharmacie à l’autre.Familles Rurales a mis en place son dispositif en relevant d’abord en janvier, puis en juin les tarifs des médicaments vendus sans ordonnance dans 72 pharmacies différentes. Les résultats montrent que les prix sont restés stables sur cette période. Ce qui frappe, par contre, est l’énorme variation selon les officines. Pour exemple, une boîte de 20 comprimés de Nurofen 200 mg est vendue entre 1,78 euros et… 4,60 euros ! De nombreux autres produits sont concernés par ces très fortes différences de prix : le lait infantile, le sérum physiologique, le Maalox, le Strepsils… Globalement, l’Observatoire relève que les prix sont plus bas lorsque les médicaments sont en libre-service. Les produits sont vendus plus chers lorsqu’ils se trouvent derrière le comptoir.Pour remédier à cette situation pénalisante pour les consommateurs, Familles Rurales réclame une plus grande clarté sur le mode de tarification, et préconise de vendre plus de médicaments en libre-service. Quant à ceux vendus derrière le comptoir, le pharmacien doit clairement en indiquer le prix au client avant de les lui vendre.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 13:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Altered Carbon Puts Familiar Noir in a Rich Beautiful Naked Sleeve

first_img Netflix is Launching New ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Anime SeriesT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Cyberpunk Shirts Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img The world appears to be coming back around on cyberpunk. The neon-covered subgenre of sci-fi enjoyed a heyday in the 80s/early-90s, and then it just kind of faded into the background. Gone were the days when everyone was freaking out over how great Neuromancer was or making over-the-top and instantly dated movies about hacking. People were still writing Cyberpunk stories, but outside of The Matrix, few of them crossed into the mainstream. Thanks to The X-Files, we all became obsessed with alien abduction and government conspiracy. In the 2000s, we all flirted with steampunk for a bit before we realized that we all looked really stupid putting gears on everything. Dark fantasy has been the genre go-to for a while now, but it’s looking like Game of Thrones might close the door on that one on its way out. And since we’re all hooking our lightbulbs, door locks and sex toys up to the internet, inviting countless scary security vulnerabilities, what better time for cyberpunk to make a comeback.Just in the last year, we got a new Blade Runner and a new Ghost in the Shell (hey, they can’t all be winners). Over in the video game world, the makers of The Witcher series, the closest thing the medium has to Game of Thrones, are leaving the swords and magic behind for their next game, which is just called Cyberpunk 2077. And here on Netflix, we have Altered Carbon. A Blade Runner-esque cyberpunk noir mystery based on the 2002 novel. I say Blade Runner-esque because from episode one, that’s the tone it’s going for. It’s a detective story in an overwhelming futuristic society. It takes its premise to a logical conclusion about what happens when humanity gets its hands on certain technology. It starts to ask the question of what part of us makes us human, though it never takes the question quite as far as Blade Runner did. It even has the main character’s noir-style voice over like Blade Runner’s theatrical cut. Yeah, not every classic pull was a good idea.Ato Essandoh, Joel Kinnaman (Photo via Netflix)Altered Carbon takes place in a world where humans have developed the technology to store their entire consciousness in a removable chip called a stack. Bodies then, are simply sleeves. Many people can afford to go from one body to another, but the process causes some mental decay after a while. If you’re truly rich, you can have your body cloned and preserved, able to jump into your prime self whenever your current sleeve gets old or damaged. Destroying someone’s stack is the only way to permanently kill them. The process is called “real death,” but like pretty much everything in this world, there’s a way around it if you have the means. Rich people can keep periodic backups of their stacks just in case they get real deathed. If someone is killed that way, they can be revived, though they won’t have any memory in between the last backup and the moment they’re brought back. Those missing hours are what drive the mystery of this first season. A rich man named Laurens Bancroft was murdered by a weapon only he and his wife had access to. The murder occurred just before his stack made its scheduled backup. He has no memory of the two days that led up to his death. So he has a former anti-government mercenary who’s been in prison (which is essentially having your stack put in sleep mode) for the last 200 years released. Takeshi Kovacs is placed into the sleeve of a white man, a cop (we later learn) framed for corruption. Bancroft hires Kovacs to find out who killed him. In return, Kovacs gets his freedom.So what we have is a straightforward film noir detective story dressed in elaborate sci-fi trappings. The story does go to interesting places, and has a few surprises up its sleeve, but it all ties back to the mystery. As wild as the show gets, it feels like it always returns to that familiar template. It’s one of the disappointments of the series. All of its original ideas are confined to branches and detours. Though you might not guess the exact outcome of the case, you definitely know how it ends. With a man smartly narrating to a room full of shocked people, broken up by sped-up flashbacks. It’s an oddly by-the-numbers ending to a show that had previously felt new and different. On its own, playing in familiar detective story tropes isn’t a bad thing. It gives you something familiar to hold onto when everything else looks like completely new territory.Will Yun Lee, Nora Inu (Photo via Netflix)The problem comes with the series’s pacing and structure. It spends long periods of time away from the central mystery. Whole episodes go by with Kovacs getting caught up in some plot that doesn’t seem to matter much at all. By the time he actually does check in or start putting puzzle pieces together, it’s less of a cool deductive reveal and more of a, “Oh yeah, he’s supposed to be solving something.” To the show’s credit, it all ties together nicely in the end. Everything eventually is revealed to have a purpose, making for a solid final few episodes. But when the show gives you no indication that any of these different storylines and characters are connected, it’s hard not to wonder why it’s spending so much time on them.Most of its pacing problems come from an over-reliance on its streaming format. This is a show made for Netflix. It’s designed to be binged in one or two sittings. Binging is a bad way to watch something if you want to remember specifics, and Altered Carbon counts on that. That’s why it feels it can have whole episodes where nothing happens. It can introduce some random new element without having to make it pay off in the same hour. Just as long as it gets addressed at some point before the finale. And because Netflix ferries you from one episode to the next, it’s easy to forgive the sins of one as long as the next one grabs your attention again. And Altered Carbon knows when it needs to win you back. It’s very good at it. Overall, I really liked this series. It’s fun, the story is captivating and the acting is all really good. It just has some serious flaws, including a few episodes that seriously drag and don’t hold up on their own. I don’t think it should get a pass on these issues just because its format makes them easy to ignore.James Purefoy (Photo via Netflix)It also has the annoying habit of either undermining or over-explaining every point it tries to make. That grumbly voiceover, while a staple of classic noir doesn’t do anything for the story. It reminds me a little two much of the Harrison Ford voiceover added in post-production to the theatrical cut of Blade Runner. Whenever Altered Carbon gives us anything approaching a powerful image, like the museum that casts Kovacs’ former love as a terrorist villain, Kovacs has to talk over it and explain it to you. It’s relying on telling because someone didn’t have confidence in the series’s ability to show. Then, there are the moments where it undermines itself. It presents a world where inequality and unfettered capitalism have irrevocably widened the gap between rich and poor. Where a rich man can kill a poor woman for sexual pleasure as long as he buys her a new body when he’s done. Where the same rich man can pay even more to kill a woman who doesn’t know she won’t be coming back to life. And it has nothing to say about how we got there. Its point comes across as more “some rich people are bad” rather than looking at the system that allows these rich men so much power.Other attempts at making some kind of statement are just dropped. There’s one great sequence where Bancroft seemingly uses his wealth to do something good. He goes into a quarantined area where people are infected by a deadly plague. The sickness spreads on contact and he gives them the warmth and human comfort they’ve been separated from for so long. His body contracts the sickness and he dies, only to be resurrected in a new sleeve a few seconds later. It looks charitable, but then we see the real reason he did it. Now, the poor are worshiping him as a god. It’s a haunting commentary about how we as a society venerate the rich. Sacrificing our public services and our health in the hope that they deign to show us a second of affection. After this scene is over though, the issue is no more. We never hear about it again. Later in the season, we spend a long time learning that Kovacs and his lover wanted to destroy the stack technology. Arguing that these atrocities were caused by the removal of death, and our humanity along with it. But it’s not like inequality just goes away because rich people can die again. Also, this would have been a great opportunity to really wrestle with the question of humanity. If our entire consciousness is stored on a chip that can be inserted into anybody, which part is the human? Is it the artificial piece of silicon? But this idea is never really brought up. Any questions about the nature of humanity are dropped once the long flashback episode ends.Martha Higareda, Joel Kinnaman (Photo via Netflix)The way it treats bodies is also suspect. A lot has been said about the nudity and violence on this show, and yes it is a little much. Characters get their clothes off for the slightest of justifications. Either because it’s been a while since we’ve had a sex scene and the audience needs some incentive to pay attention to the exposition that comes after, or just because the shower is a really good place to glower. Look, I like looking at pretty naked people just like everyone else does. But in a show about the horror of commodifying bodies, it turns awkward real quick, and not always in the way the show intends. It expects us to be shocked as sex workers are used as props by the rich, their bodies were thrown away and replaced when they’re broken. Then, it tries to titillate us one scene later with closeups of butts and breasts because we can afford $11 a month for a premium streaming service. This wouldn’t stick out so much as a question of the scenes weren’t so gratuitous and ever-present throughout the season.At worst, it undermines a major point it tries to make. In the middle of the series, we meet a couple who fight to the death. The winner gets a new combat-enhanced sleeve; the loser gets a downgraded one. They kill each other for the pleasure of the rich, and the show makes it very clear that the reason they do this is because it’s the only way they can make money. When Kovacs is forced into the fight, and maims but does not kill the husband, his wife starts crying. They can’t afford to fix his sleeve. The only way he gets better is if he dies. It’s a powerful moment, and one of the strongest scenes in the season. A few episodes later, a seemingly endless stream of naked clones rushes at one of the protagonists, each brutally gunned down for our entertainment. It’s a show that indulges in the same sins it tries to take a stance against. Visually, it’s a stunning sequence and a well-choreographed fight. But it comes at the cost of weakening the show’s own arguments.Joel Kinnaman, Dichen Lachman (Photo via Netflix)So yeah, the show has some problems, but it also does a ton of stuff right. The mystery takes some really interesting turns along the way, delivering genuinely earned shocks. The cast is fantastic, giving their full commitment to every line, even when it gets ridiculously heavy-handed. The production design is gorgeous. Every frame of the screen is covered in money. Well-spent money, too. Not only does everything look like the future, but it also looks like a future people live in. Every little piece of the set is packed with detail. Every prop and piece of set dressing has a purpose. Every shot gives you an immediate sense of place and how the people of this world live in it. The worldbuilding on this show is so good you don’t mind that it comprises almost all of the first episode. The story doesn’t really start going anywhere until episode two, but watching the show spend an hour setting everything up is fascinating by itself.Altered Carbon’s flaws would be a much bigger deal if everything else about it wasn’t so much fun. It’s beautifully directed, and as many action sequences as there are, they never get boring. Each one is different, and the fight choreography is brutal and captivating. Even its reliance on detective noir tropes is excusable. Introducing a general audience to a world this complex takes work, and this series takes the time it needs to do that work. As well as it does the worldbuilding, you can excuse a slightly simpler plot. All its flaws are things that can be easily fixed in a second season. Now that we’re familiar with the world, it can focus on telling a more complex story in its next outing. Now that Kovacs’ goal is more focused, the series can more fully explore the implications of the stack technology. Even with its problems, Altered Carbon is a fun, beautiful series that’s absolutely worth the 10 hours it takes from you. After seeing what its first season has to offer, I’d be happy to give it ten more.last_img read more