On Bad Intentions 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 language and body language project your intentions, whether or not you are conscious of this fact or whether or not you want your intentions known.My friend Charlie Green’s trust equation suggests that the more self-oriented you are, the less you are trusted. What makes you self-oriented? What signals bad intentions?Pitching your product instead of trying to help your client produce better results is self-oriented. It says to your dream client that you are more concerned with your deal than their results.Mentioning your company’s profitability or your personal commission reeks of self-orientation. It betrays that you are more concerned with your gain than your clients.Not really listening is an indication that what you have to say next is more important than what your client just said. You may not believe that they can feel that, but it hits your prospective client like a hammer.There aren’t too many things you can do that will betray your bad intentions more than old school closing behaviors. Asking for commitments that you haven’t earned signals bad intentions.Sometimes we appear to have bad intentions without meaning to. We believe so strongly in our product that we pitch like the devil because we know it can help, all while unintentionally ignoring the results your dream client really needs.We push back on price by explaining that the customer’s demand eliminates our profitability instead of sharing that price is really about the investment necessary to produce the results your dream client wants.We ask for commitments too soon, without having first built the trust necessary rather than spending the time developing a stronger foundation for our relationship. We want to go faster, and that manifestation of self-interest looks like bad intentions.You have to want to win. You have to want to compete. But if your intentions are purely motivated by getting what you want, you will never do as well as you might in sales (or any other human relationship).last_img read more

The invisible social engineering at work in West Bengal

first_imgAsked for help to make a tour of the area where a month earlier communal tension had mounted in North 24 Paraganas district adjacent to Kolkata, the Hindu Jagran Manch sent two guides. They are friends, in their late twenties to early thirties, and keen to talk about the “awakening of the Bengali Hindus”. They live in Baduria block of North 24 Paraganas, the second most populous district in the country after Thane, with a population of over one crore.Earlier in the month, it was in Baduria that a Facebook meme maligning Islam had triggered communal tension in parts of the district for over a week, affecting both Hindus and Muslims. The meme was allegedly uploaded by a student, now in police custody.One of the guides, Anindya Acharjee, was a lower-rung leader of the youth wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). While studying law in Kolkata he was attracted to the Democratic Youth Federation of India for “nearly a decade”. In fact he is still with the local unit of the DYFI, but preparing to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.”The youth are leaving the CPI(M) in large numbers. The Hindus are joining the BJP and the Muslims are approaching the TMC. Ten or twelve young Muslim men of the DYFI came to me recently. They are going to join the Trinamool Congress,” he said. A local leader of the TMC’s student wing, Salim Mollah, based in Swarupnagar block, further south of Baduria, gave a nuanced-sounding explanation to the emerging communal division within the CPI(M).”A month ago when the situation flared up, indeed there was a split along religious lines [within the CPI-M],” he said, adding a caveat: “But our interactions [with Hindus] are far more cordial now. Much like what it was a month back when the troubles broke out.” He says both Hindu and Muslim youth are “returning” to the TMC. “The politics of dividing people on religious lines – rather than political lines – has failed.”Along religious linesThe politics of division along religious lines, however, has its history rooted in Bengal’s Partition. The people of Baduria, Swarupnagar and Basirhat blocks – where there were rivalries – are partly a product of past communal violence across the border in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) six decades ago.”So perhaps the July violence reminded us of what we witnessed decades back,” observes 78-year-old Sudhanshu Mandal, a retired carpenter and a CPI sympathiser. He came to Baduria as a refugee when he was 10, following an attack on Hindus in Muladi in East Pakistan. To Mr. Mandal and his community, intermittent communal flare-ups in West Bengal bring back memories of riots in East Pakistan. He was standing outside a bamboo and tin thatched room which had a couple of ‘sickle and stalk of grain’-bearing flags at the entrance, indicating that it is a CPI office, in Baduria’s Chandipur Colony. He said the “times are a-changing” in Bengal. “They [the CPI] gave us a lot. This land, established as a refugee camp, turned later into a residential colony. Thanks to the CPI and the CPI(M) we could build our homes and we can now be considered a part of the growing middle class… but times are a-changing.”The number of Hindu refugees from Bangladesh who came over to Bengal over the decades could be anybody’s guess. During the 2016 elections a former local MP, Manjul Krishna Thakur, told The Hindu that Matuas, a religious sect of Bangladeshi Dalits who predominantly belong to the Namasudra caste, is “a factor in 78 of 294 Assembly segments”. Namasudras and several other castes among the refugees are serously influenced by the growing communal hostility in Bengal, feels Mr. Mandal.”There is a growing uncertainty – this fear that we may get attacked as we were in Muladi – as we live among the Muslims. This is changing our politics. If it continues we may end up joining the BJP,” said the communist sympathiser of five decades, as the crowd around him, mostly young men from the neighbourhood, cheered.”We are all Hindus here,” they shouted in unison. A couple of them yelled: “Jai Shri Ram.” One of them, Tapash Biswas, a local retailer, with a saffron scarf around his neck, said, “We are not CPI(M), TMC or Congress – we are all Hindus.” Titas Biswas, the secretary of the Hindu Jagran Manch in Basirhat subdivision, did not deny that communal flare-ups were aiding a sharp polarisation, which was helping the Hindu right-wing parties.”The Hindus lack unity but the July incident has united us and we’ve gained,” says Mr. Biswas. He, however, insists that the Hindu nationalist outfits have not provoked the unrest “to unite Hindus”. The two-time MLA of the area, Mohammad Selim Gayen of the CPI(M), acknowledges that divisions on communal line are “a reality”.”Hindus and Muslims have indeed felt disappointed with the role of the TMC administration, and in certain areas [the two communities were] kind of face-to-face. Following the Facebook post, Muslims blocked the road. The administration failed to act to remove the post and eventually the two communities had a face-off. But it’s the job of political activists like us to bridge the gap and we are campaigning door to door to defuse tension and people are responding positively,” Mr. Gayen said. He did not deny that he observed “such a trend” when Hindus were joining the BJP and the Muslims were aligning with the TMC, following the commotion.While such trends can be witnessed all across the State, the TMC leadership denies any “major change” in their support base. ”They [BJP] are trying to split Bengal on Hindu-Muslim lines and outsourcing [the work] to a few organisations whose job it is to routinely provoke people. The recent incident [of posting the meme] is not the work of a 17-year-old boy… they have a bigger game plan,” said Jyoti Priya Mallick, the president of TMC unit in North 24 Paraganas and a Minister. But BJP president Dilip Ghosh called the allegation “baseless”.Scheduled Castes vs MuslimsOn a Tuesday afternoon two weeks after the riot, a local BJP leader, Swapan Das, visited Godownpara, which formerly housed a railway yard, in Bashirhat subdivision to meet the residents. The residents – as it was in Chandipur – are Bangladeshi and Indian Dalits who came to North 24 Paraganas over the decades. They are the ones who claim to have “resisted” the Muslims around the first week of July. “Let us not forget that it is these poor men and women who saved Bashirhat from Muslims in the first week of July. I have come to meet them,” said Mr. Das. His co-party worker tells the locals, in the presence of this correspondent, that they have “some survey plans for the area”.Nearly all residents of Godownpara are daily wage-earners; they are usually hired by a contractor to paint walls and houses in suburban areas and are paid about Rs. 300 a day. All of them belong to about half a dozen Scheduled Caste categories and the leaders of a section of Hindu outfits do not deny they are consistently “working” among Dalits to “resist Islam”.Tapan Ghosh, the founder-president of Hindu Samhati, has been working among these castes in many districts of Bengal for long. He does not deny that “only these lower castes” are “capable of resisting Islamic aggression”.”These lower castes, whom I would describe as a warrior class, were never in a position to take decisions, while the upper castes have not resisted Islamic aggression,” he said. He listed “the lower castes” as Namasudras who came from Bangladesh, and other Bengali Scheduled Castes as Poundra Kshatriya (cultivators), Jan Kshatriya (fishermen), Karma Kshatriya (palanquin-bearers) in North 24 Paraganas. “We work among them,” he admitted.”In the rest of Bengal these other lower castes who have been neglected for centuries are Bagdis, Bauris, Dom and Hanris. In North Bengal they are Rajbanshis and Santhals (tribals) in some parts. They are also among the warrior community of Bengal. My objective is to strengthen all of them so they may resist the aggression of Islam,” he added.Interestingly, all these communities put together constitute 25 to 30% of West Bengal’s population. If Mr. Ghosh or the Hindu outfits manage to penetrate these communities, which they claim they have done, it could severely affect the standing and future prospects of the TMC.last_img read more

Restaurant Owner Convicted

first_imgThe owner of an Indian restaurant in Topeka, Kan., faces 10 years in jail after being convicted of abusing illegal workers from India.Amarpreet Singh was found guilty of three counts of harboring illegal aliens at his Globe Restaurant.Singh was arrested after a worker died after complaining he was being forced to work and his body was found in an apartment leased by Singh. Related Itemslast_img

Is India’s Champions Trophy participation in danger?

first_imgSpeaking to the media on the sidelines of the Kolkata Test, BCCI president Anurag Thakur sought to bring another twist in the battle against the Lodha panel’s recommendations. Thakur claims that if one goes by the recommendations in totality, then India will not be able to participate in the Champions Trophy. (Lodha panel asks banks not to disburse funds to BCCI)”I don’t know whether India will be able to play the Champions Trophy or not. If you go by the Lodha committee report, you have to play either the IPL or the Champions Trophy. So BCCI has to take a call on that. (Defiant BCCI rejects Lodha reforms in Special General Meeting)”As per the Lodha committee recommendations, you have to give a 15-day window before and after the Indian Premier League. There is an Australia series before IPL and Champions Trophy after it. So BCCI has to take a call whether they will play IPL or Champions Trophy – you have to pick one of the two if the Lodha Committee recommendations are implemented in toto. Members can take a call at that time, whether IPL or Champions Trophy,” Thakur said. (BCCI submits compliance report to Lodha Panel)Thakur also added that the question of India and Pakistan playing each other only arises if India play the Champions Trophy in the first place.Thakur said that logistically it is impossible for them to schedule IPL in such a way that they can meet this criteria. (Thakur rules out 15-day window between IPL and domestic calendar)advertisement”It’s going to be a problem every year. You have certain months to play in India. There is a window made available for IPL so you have to take a call whether the world’s fastest growing league, which has showcased to the world how you can make domestic cricket more popular, and given birth to many other leagues like football, hockey, badminton, kabaddi and all that – has to go.”last_img read more

379 sportspersons failed dope tests in last 4 years: Ministry

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) Three hundred and seventy-nine Indian sportspersons were caught for doping in the last four years, the Parliament was told today. In a written reply, Sports Minister Vijay Goel listed the number of dope offenders in the last four years, according to information received from National Anti-Doping Agency. 96 sportspersons returned positive in 2013 while the number of dope offenders in 2014 and 2015 were 95 and 120 respectively. Upto October this year, 68 sportspersons flunked dope tests, taking the total number of dope offenders in the last four years to 379. “The Government of India has framed National Sports Development Code (NSDC) of India, 2011 which has been effective from 31/01/2011 for healthy development of sports in the country. The NSFs are required to comply with the provisions of NSDC which includes strict compliance of the government guidelines to prevent unethical practices in sports such as doping,” Goel said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The question was whether the government has issued any directions to the Sports Authority of India and sports federations to ensure that doping issues do not happen in future. “To implement anti-doping rules as per World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code, regular dope control programme and create awareness about doping and its ill effects, government has created National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) mandated for dope free sports in India,” he added. “NADA regularly informs Sports Authority of India (SAI) as well as National Sports Federations (NSFs) about the doping incidence and its further control. NADA also sensitises SAI and NSFs to organise anti-doping awareness sessions for the athletes and support personnel with an aim to discourage the athletes from using banned drug.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Never thought the whole stadium would be singing while I cut the cake: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar turned a year older today and Mumbai Indians had special plans to celebrate the big occasion.Tendulkar played for the Mumbai Indians from 2008 to 2013 and is now the “icon” of the Indian Premier League franchise.Mumbai Indians celebrated Tendulkar’s 44th birthday at the Wankhede stadium on Monday during their match against Rising Pune Supergiant.#MIcam – Wankhede Stadium ??? sings #HappyBirthdaySachin for its favourite son @sachin_rt!. #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/dM1fz4bb3q- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 24, 2017Tendulkar, who was present at the dugout, told commentator Matthew Hayden: “This is really special. I thought we will cut the cake quietly. Never thought the whole stadium would be singing while I cut the cake.”The Master Blaster, who was born today in 1973 in Dadar in Mumbai in a Maharashtrian family, also praised the IPL, saying that the league has gone to countries where cricket never exist.”I never thought the IPL would become so big. The IPL has gone to countries where cricket didn’t exist,” he said.Earlier in the day, Tendulkar was inundated with best wishes from the cricketing fraternity across the globe.During his 24-year career, Tendulkar accumulated 34357 runs in international cricket, more than any other batsman in the world. He holds the record of most runs in one-day internationals and Test cricket.In ODIs, he has scored 18426 while in Tests he has 15921 runs.After his retirement in 2013, Tendulkar received the Bharat Ratna award and became a Rajya Sabha MP. He also played in the Indian Premier League but stopped after the sixth season.advertisementlast_img read more

‘Ben Arfa will be amateur league’s Neymar’ – agent

first_imgPSG Ben Arfa will be the Neymar of France’s amateur leagues, claims agent Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 16:37 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hatem Ben Arfa PSG Getty Images PSG Metz v PSG Ligue 1 In a time when players have been criticised for not respecting their contracts, the ex-Newcastle man’s agent has hit out at PSG’s behaviour Hatem Ben Arfa’s agent has launched a scathing attack on Paris Saint-Germain, suggesting that the Ligue 1 giants have condemned his client to playing a level well below his talents.PSG 8/5 to beat Metz -3 handicapThe France attacker was signed on a free transfer from Nice last summer but failed to win over head coach Unai Emery and has been consigned to PSG’s reserve team after turning down the opportunity to move to Nice or Saint-Etienne at the end of the transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 While there have been numerous cases of clubs criticising players for not respecting their contracts in recent weeks – Ousmane Dembele striking to push through a move to Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund, for example – Jean-Jacques Bertrand says Ben Arfa’s case shows where the balance of power remains.“He’ll be the Neymar of the CFA,” the agent told RMC, referring to France’s amateur ranks, where Ben Arfa will find himself playing. “In any case, I hope he will be!“We’ve seen so much about players who have not respected their contracts being called to order. But this is a case to the contrary we want the club to respect their obligations towards the player.“It’s as if Hatem had no contract: you leave, you have nothing and you can ask for nothing. We can’t do things that way.”Ben Arfa’s relationship with PSG’s hierarchy has been frosty since he made a “simple joke”, according to the agent, about president Nasser Al-Khelaifi during a meeting with the Emir Tamim Al-Thani.“He’s never been able to meet him since he signed his contract with PSG, despite many requests,” Bertrand grumbled.PSG’s reserves play in the Championnat National 2, the fourth tier of French football but the highest they are permitted to play at, which includes both semi-professional and amateur clubs. They are presently 11th out of 16 teams in Group B.last_img read more

Gunrunner who supplied illegal weapons to gangsters held in Ggn

first_imgGurugram: The Haryana special task force of Gurugram branch on Thursday achieved major success after it arrested Praveen Chaudhury, the go to man for the supply of weapons to gangs in Gurugram. The most wanted criminal was wanted for the illegal arms selling.According to the law enforcement officials, he had supplied 150 illegal weapons to various gangsters. Besides the supply of illegal arms, he was also wanted for various cases of the murderer. Among the major gangs to which he supplied weapons to were Bhatti gang, Anil Dujana gang and Neetu Dabhoria gang. According to the law enforcement officials he used to lease the weapons to the gangsters. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAfter receiving a tip-off that he was in the town of Uttar Pradesh for supplying a consignment of weapons the special police force formed a team to get hold of the criminal. Upon seeing the policemen, there was a brief exchange of gunshots following which Chaudhury and his henchmen were arrested. “The arrest of Praveen Chaudhury is a big success as he was the main person for various gangsters for the supply of weapons. Now with his arrests the weapons supply for most of the dreaded gangsters will dry up,” said a senior police official from Haryana STF. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice sources in the crime branch maintain that there has been a reduction in the dangers posed by the deadly gangs of Gurugram since most of their leaders have either been eliminated or arrested. Our officials are well trained to deal with criminals who attack us and proper procedures are adopted. Even as challenges remain the Police has reduced the influence which these gangs used to possess at one point of time, “said a senior police official from Gurugram Crime Branch.last_img read more

Autism Rocks To Honor Prince With StarStudded Tribute Concert

first_imgAutism Rocks, the UK-based charity, is honoring Prince with a tribute show featuring CeeLo Green, Mark Ronson and Morris Day & The Time on June 24th and 25th at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London.Just two years ago Prince performed as the headliner at the launch of the Autism Rocks charity in London. This special concert is part of Autism Rocks ongoing effort to raise awareness and funds for autism research, while commemorating the late musical legend who did so much for the Autism Rocks charity.“We will always be grateful for all the support Prince has shown to the charity and the incredible shows he dedicated to Autism Rocks,” said Sanjay Shah, the founder of Autism Rocks. “We feel tremendously privileged and are looking forward to hosting these concerts in his honor.”Sanjay Shah went on to explain: “Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the world. It is our wish that people have a better understanding of the condition and that people on the autistic spectrum are fully supported and able reach their true potential.”To help raise awareness and funds for autism research, CeeLo Green will be performing live in Prince’s memory. CeeLo was mentored by Prince and described his friendship with the music icon as the greatest accomplishment of his professional career. , CeeLo is known for his unique, soul voice and his hits “Forget You” and “Crazy”.Talented producer, DJ and music maker Mark Ronson’s recent global smash, “Uptown Funk” has been referred to as an homage to the Minneapolis sound of both Prince and The Time, with Mark thanking Prince in his Grammy acceptance speech for the song.Morris Day & The Time are also performing as a special tribute to Prince. The band was created by Prince in 1981, and Morris is renowned for his dynamic dancing and smooth yet gutsy vocals. Their song “Partyup” was covered on Prince’s Dirty Mind album.Tickets to the tribute show are available online.All proceeds from Autism Rocks’ UK events will go to the Autism Research Trust which raises funds to support the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University.last_img read more

Mbark Boussoufa Talks Future with Atlas Lions

Rabat – “I am not leaving the team,” he said. Two weeks after Morocco’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup, Atlas Lions’ midfielder Mbark Boussoufa has talked about his future with the national team.In an interview with Emirati newspaper “Al Ittihad,” the 33-year-old footballer expressed his commitment to his country, saying that he will stay with the Atlas Lions as long as he is needed.“I will stay with the Moroccan team. I will answer the selection’s call to represent my country. I am fully committed to play official and friendly games,” said Boussoufa. The football player also praised his coach Hervé Renard, thanking him for his “amazing” job.“It was Hervé Renard who asked me to stay. He is an incredible coach who does a very good job. He knows how to motivate. He is the warrior that the selection needed for a long time. He needs to stay with us.”Mbark Boussoufa is not the only Atlas Lion who hopes Renard does not leave. The captain of the national team, Mehdi Benatia, former Atlas Lion Youssouf Hadji, and his older brother assistant coach Mustapha Hadji, all publicly expressed their wish for Renard to stay.Hervé Renard has been the center of all kinds of rumors: rumors that he would join the Egypt and Algeria football teams, rumors of his feud with Mustapha Hadji, rumors of his required “conditions” for the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), rumors he wanted to leave Morocco’s team.“No one speaks with my name,” said Renard to end the speculation. He added that he has “a contract with FRMF until 2022.”“Many things are possible in the world of football. Sometimes there are leaders who are not happy with their coaches and they decide to replace them. There may also be a desire to leave from the coach. For the moment, we are not there. We will see what will happen in the coming weeks,” Renard said. read more

UN Islamic group must work together on terrorism tolerance – Ban Kimoon

13 March 2008The United Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) “stand side by side” in forcefully rejecting any linkages between terrorism and Islam and in confronting a raft of other issues, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “You have spoken up against those who seek to justify violence in the name of religion,” Mr. Ban told the Conference’s summit in Dakar, Senegal. “Your efforts reinforce the UN’s own steps to promote tolerance and understanding through the Alliance of Civilizations initiative, and I look forward to increasing UN-OIC collaboration in this area,” he added. Calling the UN and the OIC, which represents one-fifth of the worlds population, natural allies, the Secretary-General also called for sustained cooperation on Middle East conflicts, Darfur, Somalia, extreme poverty and other pressing issues. He warned them that the situation in the Middle East remains precarious, nowhere more so than in the Gaza Strip, and urged Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take urgent measures to ease the suffering in Gaza and give hope to its people. He also expressed his regret that regional interests and domestic Lebanese dynamics have forestalled any breakthrough in the selection of a President there, and discussed the situations in Iraq and Iran. Speaking on Darfur, Mr. Ban emphasized that the deployment of the UN/AU Mission there, known as UNAMID, is no substitute for a political process, adding: “That remains the key to lasting peace in the region.” He noted that the OIC was particularly well-placed to promote peace within and between Chad and Sudan in combination with UN efforts to end suffering in the region. A mini-summit on that topic to be hosted by Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade had been planned for yesterday evening in Dakar, to bring together President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and President Idriss Deby of Chad. However, that event did not occur as scheduled and the Secretary-General is consulting on the matter with the Senegalese, Sudanese and Chadian Presidents. Mr. Ban spent most of his day today in meetings with heads of state and government on a range of issues, from the Middle East to Iraq, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Sudan and Chad. He met this morning with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, among others, and is later expected to meet with more national leaders, including the presidents of Afghanistan and Indonesia read more

Co Clare wave energy project awarded €23m to develop technology

first_imgAn ESB-led wave energy project based in Co Clare has been awarded €23 million by the European Commission.The WestWave Project is the only Irish proposal to receive funding under the Commission’s NER 300 programme, which uses revenue from 300 million emission allowances sold in the EU Emissions Trading System to allocate its funding.WestWave is led by the ESB and involves a consortium of tech and wave energy developers. The ESB said today that it aims to start generating wave energy in 2018, with WestWave initially generating electricity equivalent to the amount consumed by homes in the Clare towns of Kilrush and Kilkee.A site for the project is being developed at Killard near Doonbeg, with construction expected to start in 2016.ESB Head of Innovation John McSweeney described today’s funding announcement as a “huge boost” to both the project and to ocean energy development in Ireland and Europe: Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte also welcomed the funding for Ireland’s ocean energy development, adding that it is “critical that the sector moves ahead with device deployment”.“Ireland’s position at the Atlantic edge of the EU provides us with an almost unparalleled ocean energy resource,” the minister said.“As identified in the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan, which I published earlier this year, the ocean energy sector holds real potential for growth in the green economy and jobs in our coastal communities, both here in Ireland and along the western seaboard of the EU.”The Irish project is one of 19 awarded funding by the Commission today.Speaking about today’s funding awards, EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said that these projects “will help protect the climate and make Europe less energy dependent”.“The €1bn we are awarding today will leverage some additional €900m of private investment. So that is almost €2bn of investment in climate-friendly technologies here in Europe,” Hedegaard said in a statement. “This is a contribution to reducing Europe’s energy bill of more than €1bn per day that we pay for our imported fossil fuels.” Ireland’s oceans have the potential to provide large quantities of indigenous, renewable energy and reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels. Demonstration projects like ESB WestWave are critical if we are to realise the ultimate aim of progressing to larger commercial scale projects and a low carbon future. last_img read more

Le nouvel iPhone vautil vraiment le coup Comparatif entre liPhone 4 et

first_imgLe nouvel iPhone vaut-il vraiment le coup ? Comparatif entre l’iPhone 4 et l’iPhone 3GS Alors que l’iPhone 4 s’apprête à entrer sur le territoire français, Maxisciences vous propose un comparatif afin de mieux évaluer les évolutions du nouveau venu d’Apple par rapport à ses prédécesseurs, les iPhone 3G et 3GS. Tout d’abord au niveau de l’écran, même si la taille reste inchangée (3,5 pouces) la définition a été largement améliorée. Elle passe de 320 x 480 pixels pour les iPhone 3G et 3GS à 960 x 640 pixels pour le nouveau modèle. La définition devrait donc être comparable à celle de l’iPad, jugée exceptionnelle par de nombreux utilisateurs.L’évolution est également significative au niveau de la fonctionnalité appareil photo. Alors que l’iPhone 3GS montrait déjà une amélioration en ce qui concerne sa définition par rapport à l’iPhone 3G (3 mégapixels contre 2 mégapixels), ici elle est presque doublée, passant de 3  mégapixels à 5 mégapixels. Il faut noter que l’iPhone 4 est également doté d’un capteur CMOS rétro-éclairé et d’une fonction enregistrement vidéo en qualité HD. L’iPhone 4 verra également sa vitesse d’affichage améliorée grâce au processeur A4, à titre comparatif la fluidité sera de l’ordre de celle de l’iPad. Il aura aussi une meilleure autonomie, la capacité de la batterie étant légèrement augmentée.Enfin, on note un petit changement en ce qui concerne la taille de l’appareil, plus fin de 3 millimètres et plus haut d’un millimètre par rapport à l’ancien modèle. Malgré cela le poids ne changera quasiment pas (137 grammes contre 135 pour le 3GS). Le 11 juin 2010 à 12:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

T rex des dents différentes pour des fonctions variées

first_imgT. rex : des dents différentes pour des fonctions variéesPubliant son étude dans le Canadian Journal of Earth Science, une chercheuse canadienne a détaillé la denture du tyrannosaure et de ses proches cousins, précisant la fonction de chaque groupe de dents, lesquelles étaient différenciées.Hétérodonte, le tyrannosaure avait non seulement des dents de taille différente, mais aussi de morphologie et de fonction différentes. C’est pour en préciser la nature que Miriam Reichel, paléontologue à l’Université de l’Alberta, a passé en revue les mâchoires des membres de la famille des Tyrannosauridés, et surtout celles du Tyrannosaurus rex, qui présentent la plus grande diversité au sein du groupe.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon cette étude, les dents du T. rex avaient trois fonctions principales : celles du devant saisissaient et tiraient la proie, celles tapissant tout le côté des mâchoires perforaient et déchiraient la chair, tandis que celles du fond, enfin, non seulement achevaient de trancher et couper la chair, mais l’amenaient également vers le gosier.”Leurs bords différents permettaient non seulement aux dents très fortes du T. rex de trancher à travers la chair et l’os, mais l’emplacement et l’angle de ces dents aidaient également à diriger la nourriture dans sa bouche. Elles étaient assez arrondies et larges, presque comme des bananes. Si elles avaient été uniformément acérées et en forme de couteau, elles auraient pu se casser si la proie se débattait violemment lorsque les mâchoires du T. rex la saisissaient”, a expliqué la chercheuse citée par Science Daily. Le 25 mars 2012 à 12:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Day 2 of KAABOO Del Mar

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: KAABOO FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: September 15, 2018 Updated: 2:13 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – KAABOO Del Mar is back, and it’s in full swing!Elizabeth Alvarez was live at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to preview night 2 of KAABOO.KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, hilarious comedy, inspiring contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, craft libations and personal indulgences. A curated three-day sound voyage that combines rock-n-roll music and tastemaking events in a modern wonderland on the warm shores of the pacific. center_img Elizabeth Alvarez, September 15, 2018 Day 2 of KAABOO Del Marlast_img read more

Social campaign essential to address delivery risks Roundtable

first_img.The number of midwives to help safe delivery and thus address life risks of newborns is still not enough, a Prothom Alo roundtable was told on Tuesday.Saying that proper training of midwives can help reduce neonatal morbidity, state minister for health and family welfare Zahed Malek, however, said the process of training and creating midwives is ‘quite slow’ in the country.About 62,000 newborn babies die every year in Bangladesh, according to official statistics presented at the rountable.Zahed Malek iterated the government’s target of bringing down the rate of neonatal morbidity to 12 per 1,000 from 20.1 per 1,000 live birth through coordinateded initiatives and actions.At least one ‘mother and child healthcare centre’ will be established in each district, said the junior minister.Prothom Alo, in association with UNICEF, organised the roundtable titled “Let’s save every newborn” at its Karwanbazar office.The director general of the directorate general of health services (DGHS), Abul Kalam Azad, emphasised that the community clinics at the district level must be improved. “We are working on improving multipurpose healthcare volunteer services,” he said.He admitted that shortage of doctors and midwives is a barrier to providing quality maternal healthcare services.The official, however, mentioned that the government has already taken initiatives to appoint doctors and train midwives.The discussants called for social campaigns against ‘adolescent pregnancy’, which is said to be one of major reasons for infant and maternal deaths.UNICEF will launch ‘Every Child Alive’ campaign on 20 February to support national newborn programme in Bangladesh, said chief of UNICEF’s health unit in Dhaka Maya Van Den Ent.’Every Child Alive’ is a global campaign to reduce child mortality.In a multi-media presentation, Mohammod Shahidullah, president of Bangladesh Paediatric Association, said 60 per cent of the total deaths under five years of age is newborn babies. Around 50 per cent newborns die in the first day of their birth, he added.A special healthcare service through a facility called ‘Sick Newborn Care through Special Care Newborn Unit’ or SCANU has already been introduced in 44 districts, Mohammod Shahidullah said adding that the rest (20) of the country’s 64 districts will be brought under the coverage of such service.MA Mannan, chairman of neonatology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), pointed out that prenatal Asphyxia, low birth weight and sepsis are three major reasons for neonatal deaths.Firoza Begum, a physicial who rerepresented Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Bangladesh (OGSB), explained that malnutrition and lack of folic acid in mother’s body causes neonatal and maternal deaths.”Standard labour room protocol should be ensured by the government in every health care facility to ensure safe delivery,” she said.UNICEF’s Ziaul Matin said quality health care services are yet to be ensured in the country.Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated the roundtable which was also addressed by Khaleda Islam, director of primary health care, Zahera Khatun of nursing and midwifery directorate and Abu Sayed Md Hasan of UNFPA.last_img read more

DCs New Youth Homeless Prevention Strategy

first_imgIn the District’s ongoing battle against homelessness, even the most aggressive efforts have often overlooked teens and young adults – a particularly vulnerable segment of the community – allowing them to slip easily through the safety netting of shelter services.  However, with the launch of Solid Foundations DC on May 19, an Interagency Council on Homelessness Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness, the city hopes to help vulnerable teen and young adult populations before they need shelters.Focused specifically on the needs of unaccompanied youth, Solid Foundations DC, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser, will serve as a roadmap for building an effective system for caring for young people at risk for homelessness.“Ending homelessness in Washington, DC has been a top priority of mine from day one,” said Mayor Bowser in a statement. “The health, safety, and long-term success of our youth will have an impact on our entire community, and our D.C. values require that we continue finding ways to make homelessness in DC rare, brief, and non-recurring. By working together, we can build integrated systems that provide the support our young people need to stay healthy and succeed in school and life.”This year’s statistics indicate a 21.8 percent reduction in the number of families experiencing homelessness; 10.5 percent reduction in the number of persons experiencing homelessness; and 2.7 percent reduction in unaccompanied individuals compared to the 2016 results, according to the District’s 2017 Point-in-Time Count report of homeless people in the city released on May 10.Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) Director Kristy Greenwalt said the initiative has a goal of ending youth homelessness by 2022 by addressing key intervention methods specific to the needs of young people, using a data-driven method.“For years, we have had some very strong youth-serving nonprofit service providers in our community, but we haven’t been functioning as a comprehensive system of care,” said Greenwalt. “The work undertaken to develop a youth coordinated assessment and referral system for youth, to plan and carryout the annual census, and ultimately to shape all of this information into a comprehensive plan has brought stakeholders together in a new way. This has been important, because we know that government alone can’t end homelessness—it will take all of us working together.”According to data from the National Network for Youth, many factors contribute to the overall number of homeless youth each year, but common reasons are family dysfunction, exiting the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, and sexual abuse. Research has shown that 21 percent to 42 percent of runaway and homeless youth were sexually abused before they left their homes, and that as many as 28 percent are forced to engage in ‘survival sex’ in exchange for food, shelter or money.DHS Director Laura Zeilinger told the AFRO that the city initially did not focus on unaccompanied youth because it didn’t have the data necessary to make thoughtful policies and programs, but can now better assess, and connect resources to youth through the Point-in-Time count – an ongoing data collection system that tracks housing needs against availability and access. Coupled with social services, Zeilinger said better outcomes are possible.“We have interventions, like the Transition Age Youth Rapid Rehousing for those 18-24, because stable housing is the foundation for everything else in people’s lives.  But we also focus on the fact that many youth may not have the support of parents who can help them manage independent living,” Zeilinger told the AFRO. “They are paired with roommates and supports that will help them live within the community.  It is also an age group where we begin to see behavioral health conditions emerge in young adults and can catch it, it means we can potentially prevent them from spending years on the streets.”According to the report, the Bowser Administration has invested more than $106 million in the construction and preservation of more than 1,200 housing units in the last fiscal year. Since taking office, Bowser has launched new homeless prevention services which have prevented a shelter stay for almost 3,000 families and increased investments in permanent housing programs by nearly 60 percent, developed interim eligibility to provide immediate shelter for families in urgent need, and connected more than 1,800 veterans to permanent housing.last_img read more

EA DRM is a deadend strategy and SimCity doesnt use it

first_imgFrank Gibeau, president of EA Labels has come out to defend the actions of EA and Maxis with regards to the launch of SimCity, and the features it includes. But it’s unlikely SimCity players will walk away any happier after reading what he had to say.According to Gibeau, DRM is now a dead-end strategy for games and one that has already failed. In fact, DRM apparently never even came up in the discussions about SimCity’s development and release. So, as far as EA is concerned, SimCity does not include any form of DRM, but I beg to differ.DRM, as defined by Wikipedia, is “any technology that inhibits uses of digital content that are not desired or intended by the content provider.” Launching a game that requires you always be connected to a server does indeed inhibit the use of the content and therefore counts as a form of DRM in my eyes at least. We’ve seen Ubisoft use just such a method to control access to single player games in the past.But Gibeau isn’t referring to SimCity as a single player game with multiplayer elements during his discussion with GamesIndustry.biz. SimCity is in fact an MMO in the eyes of EA, or an “online service in the SimCity universe.” Gibeau even goes so far as to say the need to always be online was actually the idea of Maxis due to the multiplayer aspects they wanted in the game, not EA.This wouldn’t be anything to get upset about if it wasn’t for the horrendous launch and subsequent details about the game that followed. EA themselves made it clear a connection is only required for the social features in the game, a Maxis developer came out and said servers weren’t actually necessary, and a modder managed to get the game running offline indefinitely. So that pretty muck kills the “this is an MMO” argument.So is SimCity an MMO and therefore requires continuous online access? My opinion is that it isn’t. SimCity is a single player experience, but one where the multiplayer and social aspects have been given priority and therefore require an always connected game in the eyes of the developer. And as a side effect of that, EA gets a form of DRM with which to limit piracy.last_img read more