Faster At What Cost

first_imgMost of the things that make sales go faster are bad for long term relationships–and longer term results.Trying to close faster only creates resistance on the part of your buyer. Making sure that you take them through all of the stages of their process, even if it feels like it may take you longer, gets you to the final commitment sooner and with your relationships in tact.Telling the client what they want to hear so that you can make a sale might get you the business faster than telling them the truth about what they really need, but your deal will be short lived. By trading time for what is right, you damage the long term relationship, and you most certainly leave yourself open to be competitively displaced by a truth-telling salesperson.Avoiding consensus-building and collaboration because you fear it will take longer to strike a deal by involving more stakeholders might seem like a good plan to compress time and get the win across the line. But if for some reason your power sponsor gives you the green light, you will struggle with all kinds of execution problems because you didn’t really do the work to discover what your client needs and you didn’t allow the people you serve to collaborate on the solution. By neglecting and/or avoiding people, you damaged relationships.If you feel like you have to race to make your number, it’s because you don’t have enough opportunities to reach your goals and you aren’t gaining all of the smaller commitments you need to move forward the opportunities you do have. To go faster, you have to take your time and do better work during every sales interaction. Fast is slow, and slow is fast. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

You Have Work To Do

first_imgYou have work to do.Why are you reliving the mistakes you made yesterday right now? Why are you still talking about the deal you lost a month ago? Living in the past keeps you from moving into the future.Why are you dwelling on what other people think of you? Why are you worried about someone else’s approval. Why are you waiting for permission that isn’t coming? You alone are responsible for your life, and this means that you have to trust yourself.Your manager, your CEO, your competitors, your government, and your parents are not capable of preventing you from doing the meaningful work you should be doing right now. In fact, no one is thinking about how to stop you. The only obstacle between you and the meaningful work you should be doing is staring back at you in the mirror each morning.There are thousands of distractions that continually and unceasingly compete for your attention. They are legion. Some of these distractions may be worth your time and attention. But no distraction is worthy of the time and energy you need to do your real work. Only you can put first things first.The small fires that fill up your inbox will burn up all of your psychic bandwidth and all of your emotional energy if you let them. If you are vigilantly keeping guard in hopes of stomping out every small flame, you will burn yourself. The fire that should be your priority every day is the one that is burning inside you. Your job is to feed it, not allow it to be extinguished.You have work to do. You should be doing this work now. You should be prioritizing this work and putting it above everything else.last_img read more

ED notice to Yasin Malik

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate has issued notice to Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik and two others seeking their response to alleged foreign exchange rule violations involving ₹48.23 lakh. The money, seized from a Srinagar resident and his wife in 2011, was allegedly meant for Malik. During interrogation, Dar had allegedly disclosed that the money was for Yasin Malik. The latter was arrested in the case, after which he was released on bail.last_img

Roller coaster rides and amusement parks in Delhi

first_imgAs Delhi gears up to be a world city, high-octane fun and frolic is part of the game. With giant amusement parks springing up in every corner, the city is well on course to becoming the country’s fantasy capital. So grit your teeth, close your eyes and hold on to,As Delhi gears up to be a world city, high-octane fun and frolic is part of the game. With giant amusement parks springing up in every corner, the city is well on course to becoming the country’s fantasy capital. So grit your teeth, close your eyes and hold on to your seat belts. SIMPLY DELHI takes you on the ride of your lifetime.The side winder and flip flop are the most popular rides at Adventure IslandAdventure island -The next time you’re in the mood for some adventure and fun, you needn’t fly all the way to Disneyland. Just hop on to the metro and head straight to Rohini to find a desi avatar of the larger than life theme park. Adventure Island is the new hotspot for everyone from six to 60. Spread over 62 acres, this venture by Unitech and International Amusement Ltd (UAPL), the promoters behind Appu Ghar, has been designed by a Toronto-based architect. The park boasts of 20 dizzying rides and water sports, (one is yet to open) and a retail area called Metro Walk. But the biggest draw is the bumper boats, which replicate, on a lake, the experience of bumper cars. Among other favourites are the side winder and flip flop rides, which have come to India for the first time. While the first is an improved version of the giant boat and rotates 360 degrees with every swing, the flip flop takes five 360 degree rotations before zooming down. Says Monny Vijeshwar, managing director, UAPL: “The number of visitors has been increasing with every passing week.”advertisementNoida e city- This is the latest of them all. And the largest too. The USP of the Rs 1,200-crore Noida Entertainment City (all set to open this August) lies in its rides, besides it being a one-stop family recreation destination, complete with a five-star hotel and a 150-store retail arcade. The 30 rides at the 150-acre park are products of the same makers of the rides at Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flags. They include such treats as the looping roller coaster, free fall and bungee trampoline. Called the Worlds of Wonder, the play area is alongside the shopping mall, The Great India Place. Rubal Chaudhry, vicepresident (Operations), International Recreation Parks Pvt Ltd, which runs the park, says the positioning is deliberate as it is a family destination. The place is split into three zones, two for children and teenagers and the third for the whole family. The Teen Zone, for instance, is all about music. There’s a concert-like ambience within, featuring large stages, hi-tech lighting and stateof-the-art equipment. The Family Zone, on the other hand, hosts global fests. A visit to Noida E City is not complete without a dip at Calypso Bay. The 14-acre water park has much to offer, including thrilling water slides, a man-made river and a wave pool that creates waves over 1.5 m high, large enough for water surfing.Amoeba Simulator games are the highlight at AmoebaAmoeba is a digital paradise that has everyone from toddlers and teenagers to mamas and papas furiously keying into the addictive consoles before them. While some sit on the edge of their seats steering through grand prix tracks, others are busy fighting enemy planes. Promoted by HM Leisures, Amoeba in Gurgaon’s Metropolitan Mall is the last word in digital gaming. The highlight is its thrilling simulator games. In another pocket, a bowling alley beckons, offering a calmer option for strained nerves. Unwind as the pins go down, says the new corporate mantra, which draws hordes of office-goers seeking a release after a hard day’s work. If the four-lane alley is full, which is invariably the case, there’s always a session of air hockey to keep you busy. Among the other attractions at Amoeba are its birthday bashes which take care of everything from the invites and games to the catering and return gifts. Then there are the redeemable coupons which ensure you walk away with gift coupon for every game that you play.Oysters, appu gharIt is all about a fun splash at Appu GharTwenty three years on, Appu Ghar is still a kid at heart. The first amusement park in the country, everyone has something special to recall from here, whether it is the cherubic mascot or one of its many thrilling rides. Delhi’s all-time favourite, this amusement park, which was set up by Unitech and International Amusement Ltd (IAL), has been getting better and better over the years. And Oysters, the water park which was launched in 1998, remains the coolest hangout in town to date. With ice games in winter and dance festivals through the year, Oysters is a big hit amongst youngsters who want to let their hair down. The highlight of Oysters is the Magic River and the small overbridges. The river has jacuzzis in places which break the lazy current that carries visitors from point to point. “It’s been 20 years since I have been coming to Appu Ghar and it always feels like the first time. As a kid, the twister and rollercoaster was my favourite but my children love Oysters and the thrilling water games it has to offer today,” says Ashmita Sen, 32.advertisementFuture bowlThe bowling alley at Essex FarmsEssex farms Bowling, a game of pool, some racing, air hockey and a bumper cars, it’s fun unlimited at Future Bowl, the gaming alley at Essex farms. With summer happy hours offering gaming all day long for just Rs 150, parents can join in the fun with junior. Essex boasts of one of the largest bowling alleys in the city, which allows more people to join in at one time. Says the father of six-year-old Rishab Khanna, “This is the best place you can bring your children to. With so much to do, there’s not a minute of boredom, and I love to play a game or two of bowling myself.” A great place to hang out if you love bowling, gaming, yummy food and just want to chill.Fun & food villageThe fun slide at Fun & Food VillageFun and food. While the two go hand in hand, there’s so much on offer at the manicured greens of this theme park that food is the last thing that comes to mind when you here. A through and through desi affair, the village developed by Polo Amusement, is part of the lush green belt of Gurgaon and serves as a perfect getaway. It plays host to a number of artisans and craftsmen who showcase their ware on the premises. Open-air theatres and animal parades add to the ambience with a monorail connecting visitors to the various hotspots. Of the 21 amusement rides in the park, the flying carpet is a huge hit. It’s similar to the flying saucer that flies high up in the air and makes you feel like you’re from outer space. A must-visit at the village is its water park: the Village Club. The club not only boasts of the longest water slide in the country with a 400-ft channel but also a high-velocity aqua shoot and super slide, said to be the world’s first slides to employ aerodynamics. There’s also the fun slide with its ‘awesome’ twists and turns and a wave pool which gives you a feel of swimming in the seas. Other features include a health club, a beauty parlour and four food and beverage outlets, all of them reflecting the Indian theme itself.32nd milestoneGo karting at 32nd MilestoneIf you haven’t crossed this milestone, your chill quotient is lagging way behind. With everything from bungee jumping, bull riding and go-karting to bowling, disco-dancing and speciality restaurants, 32nd Milestone is just the place to party in. “I’ve been coming here for more than five years,” says Siddarth Khanna from Delhi. “Karting and bowling here with friends is a great experience and the discotheque rocks.” The fireball at 32nd milestone had in fact earned the distinction of being the world’s longest party way back in November 1999. While karting along the club’s well-laid out tracks is not surprisingly popular, the bull ride is something you shouldn’t miss. This remote operated bull jumps, spins and rotates in all directions. Then there is bungee jumping, trampling and loads of video games too to keep the children entertained. These attractions apart, it is the specialty restaurants that take the cake here. There’s the Caf Road House, the Caravan Serai that serves Indian and Mughlai cuisine, the House of Bamboo which is a Chinese joint and a juicy Sizzler corner, each having an identity all its own. The place also has a 3 Star accommodation facility with amenities like a beauty parlour abd banquet halls. Need one ask for more?advertisementlast_img read more

Sports Minister Ajay Maken to appeal to Home ministry for job to injured volleyball player Sonu Sinha

first_imgSports Minister Ajay Maken on Thursday said he will write to the Home ministry to give a suitable job to volleyball player Sonu Sinha, who lost her leg after she was thrown out of a moving train near Bareilly by three men on her way to Delhi for a CISF recruitment examination.Maken, who had announced an immediate ex-gratia of Rs 25,000 for her treatment on Wednesday, said the government would give more monetary help if required.Sonu, a 23-year-old national level woman volleyball player, was pushed by three men out of the Padmavat Express on Tuesday night between Chenati and Bareilly railway stations while she tried to resist a robbery attempt.As she fell on the track, she was hit by another train moving on a parallel track and her left leg below the knee was crushed. A profusely bleeding Sonu was rushed to the district hospital in Bareilly, where her leg was amputated.”A Sports Authority of India official will reach Bareilly today to hand over Rs 25,000 to her and we will give more money if required for her treatment,” Maken said on the sidelines of South Asian Football Federation seminar here.”I am writing to the Home ministry requesting them to give her a job since she was going for her examination for CISF which comes under Home ministry,” he said.”I have also requested the railway ministry to inquire into the incident and give her compensation since the incident happened while she was travelling in a train,” he added.advertisementMeanwhile, Maken also apologised to the members of the 1960 Indian Olympic football team some of whom have complained that they had to foot the hotel bill for overnight stay in New Delhi before they were felicitated by the ministry on Wednesday.”I apologised if that had happened. There was no intention that we would want them to pay their bills of say Rs 1000 by themselves when we are giving them Rs one and half lakh each for their achievements in football. I am sorry for that,” he said.The members of the 1960 team — captain P K Banerjee, Chunni Goswami, Tulsidas Balaram, S Narayanan, Fortunata A Franco, O Chandrashekhar, S S Hakim, S H Hamid, Arun Lal Ghosh, Simon Sunder Raj and the wives of late Peter Thanga Raj and D Kannan — were presented with a silver plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh each on Wednesday by the sports ministry.The Indian team had put up an impressive performance in 1960 Rome Olympics by creating scare among power houses of European football. They drew 1-1 with France and lost 1-2 to Hungary to take the world by surprise.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Intex launches its first affordable 4G VoLTE feature phone in India

first_imgThe domestic handset maker Intex has launched a its first 4G-Volte Feature Phone or Smart Feature Phone model – Intex Turbo+ 4G – as part of its special Feature Phones series- the Navratna.  The new Navratna series includes one 4G-Volte model and eight 2G models in the price range of Rs 700- Rs1500.Commenting on the launch of the Navratna series, Ishita Bansal, product head-Mobiles, Intex Technologies said, “Commemorating our 71st Independence Day, we wanted to upgrade feature phone users and give them the taste of a smartphone through our first Smart Feature Phone – the Turbo+ 4G. With this, feature phone users will get high voice call quality, a seamless experience of the internet and the power of connecting with the world via a mobile. Being a 20-year-old Indian company, Intex understands the needs and requirements of the consumers especially those residing in smaller towns and the hinterland. We have always strived to improve and empower lives of people through innovative consumer tech products and the Turbo 4G+ feature phone is the latest addition in our list of innovation.”The 4G feature phone Turbo Plus 4G comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display, has a 4G-Volte network ensuring high voice quality & seamless internet experience and is powered with a 2000mAh battery. The 4G device runs on KaiOS software having a dual core processor with a 512MB RAM & 4GB ROM. For amateur photographers, the 4G feature phone has a 2MP rear camera and VGA Selfie Camera, along with an expandable memory of up to 32GB to store all their beautiful memories.advertisementThe ECO series models come with a 1.8-inch QQVGA display. ECO 102 Plus has a currency check feature that helps users to verify the authenticity of their currency. Along with this, it has an 800mAh battery, wireless FM and camera.  The ECO 106 Plus is powered by a 1000mAh battery, wireless FM and expandable memory of up to 32GB. Both these models have a Phonebook memory of 500 contacts. ECO Selfie is the camera phone in the series having a dual camera with flash for photography enthusiasts, supports all 22 Indian languages for regional communications and has the GPRS/WAP facility for Internet. The model comes with an 1800mAh battery and a Phonebook memory of 1500 contacts.Also Read: Jio explains how you can buy JioPhone, creates special page for those who want to get itThe Turbo series models come with a 2.4-inch display. Turbo Shine supports all 22 Indian languages, powered with a 1400mAh battery, has wireless FM and expandable memory up to 32GB. Turbo Selfie 18 sports a dual camera with flash, powered with a big 1800mAh battery and has a Phonebook storage of 2000 contacts.  In the Ultra Series models – Ultra 2400 Plus comes with a huge 2400mAh battery, 2.4-inch display, camera with flash and a Phonebook capacity of storing 2000 contacts and expendable memory 64GB. Ultra Selfie has a big 2.8-inch display along with dual camera and powered by a massive 3000mAh battery.  Lions G10 is another high-end model having a 2.4-inch display, big Phonebook capacity of 2000 contacts, camera and big battery of 1450mAh, expendable memory 64GB.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Ravindra Jadeja stars for Saurashtra, holders Gujarat beat Kerala in Group B

first_imgRavindra Jadeja bagged nine wickets after scoring a double hundred to guide Saurashtra to an innings and 212-run victory over Jammu and Kashmir on day three of the Group B Ranji Trophy match.As many as 16 wickets fell on day three after Jammu and Kashmir started the day at 103 for four.Jadeja, after completing a double hundred on day two, took four wickets in the first innings while the remaining were picked up by another left-arm spinner, Dharmendersinh Jadeja.The visitors were all out for 156 in the first innings and were asked to follow on.Jammu and Kashmir batted better in the second innings but they still looked nowhere near getting close to Saurashtra’s mammoth first innings of 624/7 declared.While the two Jadejas run riot in the first innings, Saurashtra offie Vandit Jivrajani ran through the opposition batting in the second essay.Eventually, Jammu and Kashmir were bowled for 256 in their second innings with Puneet Bisht and Ram Dayal scoring half centuries.As expected, Ravindra Jadeja was named the man of the match and his performance is a reminder to the selectors.LOW-SCORING THRILLER Defending champions Gujarat started their Ranji Trophy group B encounter on a winning note against Kerala despite some anxious moments during their low-scoring chase.Chasing a target of 106, Gujarat started the day at 22 for 1 with the Parthiv Patel-led side needing only 83 runs on the final day.Overnight not out batsman Chintan Gaja (4) was out with an addition of nine runs.Opener Priyank Panchal then added 24 runs for the third wicket along with Bhargav Merai (21) in 11.3 overs but the former then ran himself out with Gujarat still needing 50 runs.advertisementManprit Juneja was the fourth batsman to get dismissed at the team total at 75.Jalaj Saxena and Sachin Baby the increased opposition’s woes with couple of quick wickets, leaving Gujarat reeling at a score of 81/6. They still needed 24 runs to get past the target.It was the captain, who played small but crucial knock in company of Chirag Gandhi as they shared 27 runs for the seventh wicket to finally end the game on a winning note.Both of them did not take pressure and batted at a strike-rate better than other batsmen. Patel played an innings of 18 no off 22 whereas Gandhi too made a vital contribution of 11 no off 16.At one stage, it seemed like Kerala has made a remarkable comeback but Parthiv’s experience in trying circumstances proved to be the key.Meanwhile, it was a dream debut for former India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who played his maiden first-class game for Gujarat.He had shifted his base to the state before the start of the season. The discarded Indian leg-spinner ended the game with bowling figures of 8 for 135.Debutant Siddharth Desai, 17-year-old pacer, too made merry on his debut and had a match-haul of nine wickets. Gujarat will now face Jammu and Kashmir in their nextgame in Surat while deflated Kerala will fly back home to face Pankaj Singh-led Rajasthan.Gujarat are all set to miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel again as both are part of Indian team for ODI series against New Zealand.Brief Score: Gujarat 307 & 108/6 (Priyank Panchal 30, Bhargav Merai 21, Parthiv Patel 18*; Jalaj Saxena 2-16, Akshay Chandran 2- 37)defeat Kerala 208 & 203 in Nadiad.Points: Gujarat 6 Kerala 0Rajasthan 1st Innings 423. Jharkhand 265 and 332/6 (Ishank Jaggi 103 no, Nazim Siddiqui 100, Pankaj Singh 3/53). Match DrawnPoints: Rajasthan 1; Jharkhand 3.Saurashtra 624/7 decl. J&K 156 all and 256 all out in 84.1 overs (Bisht 55, Dayal 56; Jivrajani 6/79).last_img read more

Morocco Day in Washington Celebrated Beauty of Zagora Gate to Sahara

Rabat – The culture and traditions of Morocco’s gate to the Sahara Desert, Zagora, charmed the attendees of the first Morocco Day in Washington, D.C.The Moroccan American Network (MAN), an organization that creates opportunities for Moroccan small businesses in the US chose the city of Zagora as the first guest of honor of the symposium, which will be held annually.In addition to Zagora, the Moroccan American Network is seeking to spotlight several other cities to honor the twelve regions of Morocco. The CEO of the MAN, Mohamed Hajjam, said that the program will be “extended” until the network goal is achieved.Read Also :‘Morocco Day’ Festival Expands to Another US CityThe network’s goal, according to El Hajjam, is to highlight regions unknown to Americans. The program seeks to contribute to the development of the regions for the interest of its residents.Morocco DAY in Washington D.C. Photo Credit: Shaifa 24Discover the beautiful southern city, ZagoraMoroccan musician Nouamane Lahlou attended the symposium, where his song “Beautiful Zagora” was played.The song describes Zagora’s traditions and hospitable people. Zagora is known for its palms and the river which passes through the city.The region is home to many palaces and fortresses, called ksours and kasbahs, which attract local and international tourists.Moroccans and US citizens celebrated Morocco Day on March 29, after the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, declared the day “Morocco Day.”On that day Mayor Justin Wilson of the nearby city of Alexandria, Virginia, announced that he would make June 9 an annual day to celebrate Moroccan culture and history. The event will feature Moroccan Gnawa music and jazz. read more

Loblaw tests out smaller discount grocery store format in Calgary

Canada’s largest grocer is trying out a new discount small-store format in a bid to attract more customers in urban areas.Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) said it opened the new 10,000-square foot store a few weeks ago in Calgary.The location, named The Box by No Frills, offers “hard discounts and an everyday low price” on groceries and other merchandise, Sarah Davis, Loblaw’s chief financial officer said in a conference call Wednesday.“We are trying that as a pilot to see, ’Is it something that we can infill in a lot of areas of Canada because it’s only 10,000 square feet?’ ” she told investors from the company’s Brampton, Ont.-headquarters.Loblaw’s discount chain of stores, No Frills, are typically 25,000 square feet. The company also operates a number of other banners including Real Canadian Superstore, which has a large format and wide range of general merchandise in addition to groceries.The new Box format is being tested as the company creates one of Canada’s largest commercial real estate trusts with its grocery property assets, and prepares for stiffer competition from Target, Wal-Mart Canada and Sobey’s, which recently announced a $5.8-billion deal to buy Safeway Inc. in Western Canada.Davis said if the small-box format is successful, the grocery chain will buy new property to develop them into more locations under The Box banner.“From that perspective, it’s not reformating properties that have gone into the REIT, but trying out new formats with new real estate,” said Davis.Loblaw first announced plans to turn its properties into a REIT last December.It values its property holdings at $7-billion, and said the trust will help the company optimize the value its real estate portfolio, lower the cost of capital for real estate and increase the speed of development of new retail sites.The new Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust will hold 415 retail properties, one office complex and nine warehouse properties totalling 35.3 million square feet of gross leasable area.Loblaw, which will own a stake in Choice, is Canada’s largest grocer with more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores from coast to coast. The company and its franchisees employ approximately 134,000 full-time and part-time employees.Among the companies banners are: Loblaws, Zehrs, Provigo, Fortinos, Liquorstore and SaveEasy and among its brands are President’s Choice, No Name and the Joe Fresh line of clothing. read more

Talks to form SLPPled broad alliance underway

However, he says today the SLPP is a strong force and so the SLPP will lead a new alliance. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) says talks are underway to form a broad alliance which will be led by the SLPP.Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that in the past a broad alliance has always been led by a strong political force. Abeywardena noted that in the past, alliances were formed around the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP). He said that the SLPP is being further strengthened to lead a new, broad alliance. (Colombo Gazette)

Competition Bureau gives OK to Burger King deal to buy Tim Hortons

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2014 9:58 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Competition Bureau gives OK to Burger King deal to buy Tim Hortons OTTAWA – Canada’s Competition Bureau has approved Burger King’s plan to buy Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI).The federal regulator says it issued a “no action letter” after concluding the deal was unlikely to reduce competition.Burger King has offered US$11 billion for the Canadian coffee chain.The deal still faces a review under the Investment Canada Act and requires approval by Tim Hortons shareholders.

Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter arrested for violating bond

Former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter is again in trouble with the law. According to multiple reports, Schlichter, 51, appeared in federal court Thursday accused of having cocaine in his system twice during his house arrest in the last few months and refusing to provide urine samples on multiple occasions. He was arrested Wednesday in his Columbus home and will appear before the U.S. District court Friday for a hearing on his charges. He will spend the night in Franklin County jail according to the Columbus Dispatch. Steve Nolder, who has served as Schlichter’s public defender, did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Schlichter has had well-documented problems with the law. He most recently pleaded guilty to fraud for his part in a ticket scheme which started in 2008 that cheated more than 50 people out of $2.5 million. Schlichter agreed to a plea bargain that would have him serve a sentence of more than 10 years behind bars, but the agreement is awaiting a judge’s approval. While waiting for approval of the deal, Schlichter had been under house arrest. Schlichter played quarterback for OSU from 1978-1981 and was an All-American in 1979. The Baltimore Colts selected him with the fourth pick in the 1982 NFL Draft. Gambling problems dating back to his college days continued into the pros and began to cause Schlichter problems. Threats from bookies led Schlichter to reveal his gambling problems to the FBI. Shortly after, the NFL discovered his gambling problems and suspended him until the 1984 season. His problems continued to persist and Schlichter was banned from the NFL in 1987 after pleading guilty to illegal gambling. After being released from prison in 2006, Schlichter tried to turn around his life. He founded Gambling Prevention Awareness, a non-profit organization, which tried to help compulsive-gamblers with their addiction. And in 2008, Schlichter was hired to cover OSU football by the Columbus radio station 610 WTVN. “I have two kids that I love and I wanted to be there for them, but for many years I wasn’t,” Schlichter said in a phone interview with The Lantern in 2010. “Now that I am, it feels good. Same with my mother. It’s good to be there for her.” But beginning in 2011, Schlichter was connected to a ticket fraud scheme that would eventually get him in more trouble with authorities. He has served more than 10 years in prison since 1994 for a variety of charges including fraud and theft according to multiple reports. read more

Best Buy adding Samsung Stores in time for Galaxy S4 launch

first_imgOver the last two years, Best Buy stores have dramatically increased the number of smartphones and tablets they carry. Starting next month, you may find that Best Buy employees are much more inclined to offer you a Samsung product from their new Samsung section in the mobile department.The Apple section of a Best Buy is unlike anything else in the store. Intentionally, this section of the PC department looks as though a piece of an Apple store was removed and then directly installed into a Best Buy. The displays are well spaced and allow a personal experience between you and the demo unit you are touching, instead of the cramped tables in the rest of the department where you’re bumping shoulders with the next prospective PC buyer. Even when there are lots of people in the Apple section of a Best Buy, you can still walk around and see all of the products. The employees tasked to those areas are always knowledgeable and friendly as well, it’s as close to an Apple store experience as you can get in a Best Buy. No other brand in a Best Buy gets this treatment in the PC section, but starting in about a month Samsung is going to have a similar section in the mobile department.Geek.com has been told that the first wave of high traffic Best Buy locations will soon be receiving instruction to remove two aisles next to their mobile department and prepare to install a new Samsung store. This new section will be dressed in large Samsung signage and offer custom demo stations for many of Samsung’s products. Locations with the new section will be issuing special training sessions for employees in the mobile department, focusing heavily on how to show off Samsung-specific features.The then newly released Galaxy S4 is expected to be the star of the show, but Samsung will also be using the space to show off their other smartphones and tablets. Later in the year, a second redesign wave will hit other Best Buy stores, ending eventually with a Samsung store in every Best Buy.Best Buy’s role in the mobile space as become increasingly active, starting with pre-orders for new smartphones and tablets that often end in lines wrapping around stores. A heavy Samsung focus should be cause for concern for other manufacturers of Android handsets. The Galaxy S3 helped Samsung grab a major share of Android market, and even with impressive phones like the HTC One looking to steal some of it back this year, the new Galaxy S4 is widely anticipated to be the star of 2013. Having a special section in a retailer that already makes it easy for users to come in and demo products will be a significant advantage for Samsung, and could help Best Buy in the long run.last_img read more

Les gagnants du National Geographic Traveler bientôt annoncés

first_imgLes gagnants du National Geographic Traveler bientôt annoncésDepuis le 5 avril et jusqu’à lundi dernier, les lecteurs du National Geographic, amateurs de photographie, étaient invités à soumettre leurs plus beaux clichés de voyages pour un grand concours. Les noms des gagnants seront connus dès le 1er août. En attendant, Maxisciences vous dévoile son coup de coeur pour un photographe français.Des images de lieux, de nature ou d’habitants qui “rendent les voyages aussi mémorables, évoquant un sentiment de grande joie, de découverte, voire des deux”. Voilà ce qu’attendait le National Geographic pour cette 23e édition du grand concours annuel organisé par le magazine Traveler (lien non disponible). L’an dernier plus de 3.700 photographes du monde entier avaient soumis près de 11.000 images, mais seules quelques unes ont été primées. Cette année, le National Geographic n’a pas encore dévoilé de chiffres, mais les photographies sont réparties sous quatre thèmes : “portraits de voyage”, “scènes de plein air”, “sentiment de lieu” et “moment spontané”. Dès à présent, le magazine doit choisir les plus belles photos parmi celles envoyées depuis le mois d’avril. Leurs auteurs seront récompensés le 1er août prochain.  Le premier prix du concours National Geographic Traveler est une expédition, pour deux, de 14 jours dans les îles britanniques et irlandaises à bord du National Geographic Explorer. Par ailleurs, les photos gagnantes seront publiées dans le numéro de novembre/décembre 2011 du Traveler.À lire aussiVus de loin, ces célèbres monuments sont moins merveilleux qu’on ne penseParmi les participants français, le photographe Emmanuel Coupe a particulièrement attiré l’attention de Maxisciences, avec des images exceptionnelles de lacs gelés au Canada, comme celle que vous pouvez admirer ci-contre. L’homme n’a pas hésité à braver les températures négatives pour immortaliser ces paysages froids, aux dominantes bleues et blanches. Vierges de toute empreinte humaine, ils n’en sont que plus majestueux.Découvrez quelques uns des clichés réalisés par Emmanuel CoupeLe 12 juillet 2011 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Men robbed after trying to meet up with female

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two robberies in which men were duped into thinking they were meeting up with a female they connected with online, but instead were robbed by a group of people.At 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 23-year-old man arrived to meet a female he thought he had connected with on a website called meetme.com, according to the sheriff’s office. He agreed to meet her at Harry S Truman Elementary School, 4504 N.E. 42nd Ave., but when he got there, four or five males wearing masks “came out of the shadows and displayed hand guns and demanded all of the victim’s money,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.After robbing him, one suspect ordered the man to run, and he did. The man waited until Tuesday afternoon to report the robbery because he was embarrassed, the sheriff’s office said.Then, at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies responded to the elementary school again for a report that another 23-year-old man had been robbed there. This man had made arrangements to meet a female through the Tinder app, police said.When he arrived at the school, he was confronted by four of five males armed with handguns. They took his 1995 Subaru Impreza and fled the area, according to the news release.last_img read more

The Prize Of Xenophobia And Ethnic Loyalties

first_imgIn a sovereign republic sovereignty resides in the people. Hence there should be no discrimination on the basis of language grouping or ethnicity or religion, colour, political affiliation, gender or any other demographic characteristic.However if the citizens of a sovereign republic are gripped by xenophobia and display hatred against other groups on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religion or other reasons, national unity, cohesion and peace would be the casualty. No nation could be at peace with itself if its people are divided into sectarian groups. Hatred could only breed more hatred until a country is consumed by civil war.This is why a country as rich as Democratic Republic of Congo is still wallowing in poverty despite all its mineral resources. The same goes for South Sudan. Mineral resources or oil would not benefit a people at war. Peace is a greater source of prosperity than mineral and oil resources.last_img read more

Interested in Joining the ADC Board

first_imgADC is accepting nominations for candidates to join the association’s board of directors for a term starting in June. A total of five seats are up for election in 2019, with four of those held by members running for re-election. All seats carry a three-year term. In an effort to ensure a simple majority of the board is from the public sector, the nominations committee is specifically interested in applications from such members.The committee is looking for board members that represent a spectrum of roles critical to ADC, including: (1) community advocates; (2) experts in installation management or redevelopment; (3) leaders in military-community partnerships; and (4) individuals knowledgeable about national defense policy issues. Eligible candidates must be ADC members in good standing and serve in a leadership role for their current organization. To submit a nomination to become a candidate for the board, review the criteria and instructions on the ADC website. Nominations are due Jan. 31. The nominations committee will select candidates to be interviewed on March 3 in Miami, prior to the 2019 Installation Innovation Forum. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Challenges and joys of crafting a Yupik ballot

first_imgThe state’s Division of Elections is required to translate ballots and create an elections glossary in six dialects of Yup’ik and also Gwich’in. Those are the terms of a lawsuit settled last year by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. But as Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman learned – that process isn’t easy.Download AudioA group of Yup’ik translators meet to develop a glossary of election terms in Yup’ik. (Hillman/KSKA)Think about these words – candidates for elected office are running for a seat. What image pops in your head? Retired Yup’ik professor Oscar Alexie says not a political event.“I’m thinking of people like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump and all those guys at the race line waiting for someone to say ‘Go!’” And whomever gets to the chair first is the boss, Alexie said.Alexie is part of the eight-person team that’s trying to translate election materials into Yup’ik. He said it’s not easy because the words need to mean something in Yup’ik, not just be literal translations from the English. So one word in English – like candidate – ends up being a phrase in Yup’ik.But technical ballot language in English is dense. Something like “candidate statement” isn’t straightforward.“So we’re going to come across a number of statements in the election that are official,” explains Language Assistance Compliance Manager Indra Arriaga to the group of translator.She tries to get across the exact legal meaning of the term – it isn’t obvious – and it technically matters that the statement is in writing. But when the explanation gets translated into Yup’ik, it becomes redundant.“It’s almost like saying, you know, this is what he said: ‘That is his bicycle with two wheels,’” Alexie interjects and the group laughs. “You’re adding too much to it like where it’s almost like you are trying to talk to fools, and I don’t like being talked to like that, you know,” Alexie said.Arriaga quickly explains that’s not what she meant, and others jump in with solutions to ease the frustration and refine the translation. They know they are working together as a team.The process of translating 300 words into six dialects requires lots of cooperation between the translators and Arriaga as they discuss the nuances both of the English terms and the different dialects. It is lengthy and arduous. But for Mike Toyukuk, “It’s really good. I like it.”Toyukuk is one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the language assistance settlement.Thanks in part to him, ballots will be translated into the Yup’ik dialects, Gwich’in, and eventually Inupiaq. Elections workers will be trained to help voters understand the materials in their own languages. He said, through interpreter John Toopetlook, translating the elections glossary and all state and federal ballots will solve a major problem for some rural communities.“When he was working with the lawyers,” Toopetlook said. “He and they found out a lot of Natives would go vote and not understand what they were voting on.”As a result, one community in the Yukon didn’t get funding for a new school. People didn’t know to vote in favor of the bond, Toyukuk recalls.Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke, who is Alaska Native herself, said the translation process is doing more than just making basic voting rights accessible to Alaska Native communities.“We’re building a bridge of trust and faith between the Alaska Native community and the State of Alaska,” said Bahnke. “And I think you can see that in the way that we’re sitting down and pairing up. The whole process and the interaction between our division and the translators has been pretty powerful to see and watch.”Bahnke said the group of translators will meet for a second time in the summer. Initially they thought the group would only have to meet once. The division plans to finish the glossary of election terms in time for the primaries in August. Each of the 29 communities involved with the legal settlement will also have sample ballots translated into the local languages and people will be able to listen to translations on a computer.last_img read more

HighTech fishing net finalist for Dyson Award

first_img Citation: High-Tech fishing net finalist for Dyson Award (2012, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-high-tech-fishing-net-finalist-dyson.html Explore further More information: www.jamesdysonaward.org/Projec … gionId=19&Winindex=0 The rings are big enough for small fish to swim through, but not so big that larger fish can do the same. They are sewn into the net, in effect, creating holes, just at the part of the net where the fish are pushed due to current flow. The rings also light up, helping the little fish see where the outlets are, serving as guide signs. And that’s not all, one variant of the rings uses kinetic energy derived from water rushing through the rings to power the lights, the other uses batteries.The James Dyson Award was established by the James Dyson Foundation to reward innovative designs and to inspire new ways of thinking by college students or those, such as Watson, who have recently graduated. The winner, in addition to worldwide accolades also receives £10,000 for him or herself, another £10,000 for their school and a certificate.Because the rings are made of hard plastic, they prevent the collapse or tears that would occur were the nets to simply have small holes cut in them. Watson has already sea tested the nets, of course, and the results were good enough to push him to the finals. He believes that if commercial fishermen would add the rings to their nets, on average about 20 would be needed for each net, fish populations would rise and fishermen would save time on not having to cull. He expects the rings would cost about £25 apiece once produced in mass quantities. Researcher shows fishing has reduced salmon size in Alaska (Phys.org)—Dan Watson, a Glasgow School of Art graduate, has won the UK leg of the James Dyson award for his innovative fishing net rings that light up and guide smaller fish through nets meant for larger prey. Called SafetyNet, the rings prevent smaller fish being thrown back dead into the sea after being culled. He along with seventeen other finalists will vie for the prestigious grand prize which will be announced November 8. Trawler fishing is where boats move slowly over the surface of the water with nets hanging down to capture fish swimming below. Unfortunately, the nets catch everything in their path, including those that are too small to sell. Fishermen are forced to sort out the big from the small resulting in a lot of time spent and dead fish being tossed back into the sea. Watson, with his SafetyNet, hopes to change that. © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more