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Dec
9

Mistakes I Have Made In Sales

first_img 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 Now Every one of the following deals was worth millions of dollars a year. I lost all of them.The New StakeholderI was right in the middle of the process of winning what would have been a dream client. Then, one of the stakeholders left and new person took his place.I believed I had the consensus I needed to win the opportunity. That confidence caused me to underestimate the effect that a new stakeholder would have on the rest of a relatively large group of people. I didn’t spend enough time with him, believing I was okay. I wasn’t okay. I lost a deal I might have won had I respected the new stakeholder enough to go and discover his needs.I Already WonThere were only two companies competing for my prospect’s business. I had five meetings with the decision-maker, and I had pages and pages of notes. I built the exact solution that he told me he wanted. I had done such a god job, he had given me a verbal commitment.The next week he called and told me he had chosen our competitors. I asked why, and he gave me an answer: he heard something from them he never considered, but was enamored enough with the idea to change his mind. I didn’t gain a commitment to have a follow-up conversation with him should he discover he had a concern. I lost.The Wrong ProcessI received a call from a prospective client asking me to compete for their business. They were an enormous user, and I agreed to take part in their process. But I was never allowed to meet with anyone other than the purchasing manager who was in charge.This process didn’t serve me. Really, it didn’t serve the client. I knew in my gut that it was a waste of time, but the purchasing manager was so receptive and so agreeable to most everything else I asked for, I competed. Later, it became clear that he had chosen his supplier long before he brought me into the process, and following his process did nothing to give me a real opportunity to compete. I was the stalking horse.I should have sold him on giving me the commitment I needed, which would have been to change his process. But I naïvely believed I was really competing.I could easily add to this list the times I was confident I created enough value to command a higher price, the times I had believed I was winning only to find out I had lost, or the times I had believed that my dream client was going to fire their partner only to have their existing supplier leverage their relationships to keep the business.I could add the times when I tried too hard to win a deal, the times that I didn’t try hard enough, and the times my deal strategy backfired.You don’t learn to sell without losing. When you lose, you are provided with an opportunity to learn. Provided you are honest with yourself and provided you accept the responsibility for losing.last_img read more

Nov
27

Ladakh Festival begins in Leh: All you need to know about the festival

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department along with the local communities, organises the seven-day Ladakh festival in Leh. The objective of the festival is to promote tourism and the rich culture of Leh-Ladakh. The festival is all about the traditional culture, music, dance , sports, handicraft etc.The state of Jammu and Kashmir generates most of its revenue  from tourism and therefore, this festival plays a major role in promoting tourism and providing a platform for cultural exchange . This year, the festival began on September 20. The Secretary of Tourism, Farooq Ahmad Shah inaugurated the festival. The closing ceremony of Ladakh Festival is on September 27 and the government is expecting to attract a lot of tourist during this time.The festival will include traditional craftwork, exhibition, music concerts, food festivals, sport matches etc. Top seven things that you should see during the festival:1. Culture: Leh is the largest towns in Ladakh. Ladakh’s cultural and heritage influence is mostly related to Tibet.2. Cham Dance: Cham dance is the lively Tibetan dance done in colourful costumes in many Tibetan and Buddhist festivals3. Thangka: It is a Tibetan art form done on a silk or a cotton applique. The art primarily denotes a Buddhist deity or a scene or a Mandala4. Handicrafts: Ladakh has one of the unique handicrafts as it has a Tibetan touch to it. One can found both artisanal and handmade handicrafts in the Ladakh Festival.5. Polo: Polo Championship is played during the festival where many people participate. It is one of the popular sports in Ladakhadvertisement6. Music Concert: During the festival, you can catch the pleasing-congruous traditional Tibetan music. The music will comprise of chants in different languages and of sacred texts.7. Food Festival: Ladakh has a Tibetan cuisine. During the festival, one can find some special delicacies and enjoy the entrenched Ladakh’s special delights.last_img read more

Nov
19

Hodgson wants to bring Loftus-Cheek back to Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has vowed to try to bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to the club if he concedes defeat in his battle for first-team football at Chelsea.Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Palace and impressed enough to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad, returning to Stamford Bridge for 2018-19 in the hope of enjoying more game time following the exit of Antonio Conte.But with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic adding to the January signing of Ross Barkley, new coach Maurizio Sarri is spolied for choice in midfield, so much so that neither Danny Drinkwater nor Cesc Fabregas have made a single Premier League appearance this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Loftus-Cheek has featured just twice from the bench, and has not played enough to persuade Gareth Southgate to pick him in the latest England squad. Hodgson remains an admirer of the 22-year-old, and indicated he’d be happy to bring the midfielder back on loan should the opportunity arise. “Ruben Loftus-Cheek did an outstanding job for us when he came here,” Hodgson told reporters on Friday.”He really answered all the questions that we hoped he would answer, and luckily for us, and even more for him, it got him recognised by the national team.”He found himself in Russia representing England, which was a perfect end to the season he had for us.”We admire him, we like him very much and we wish him well, and of course, like a lot of other clubs, I’m sure when the day comes when he becomes available for a transfer, we will be sticking our noses into that, but whether we will get him again, that’s another matter. Who knows, we will see.”Palace will face Wolves on Saturday at Selhurst Park in Premier League action.last_img read more

Nov
18

After magical ton, Railway promotion for star batswoman Kaur

first_imgMumbai, Jul 23 (PTI) Promotion and felicitations are on the cards for batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur, who hit a scintillating century to help India defeat mighty Australia and enter the final of the ICC Womens World Cup.The 28-year-old right-handed batter hit an unbeaten 171 off just 115 balls in the semi-final match to knock out the reigning champions from the tournament being played in England.The Mumbai division of Western Railway (WR), which has employed her, said Kaur has shown extraordinary talent, and therefore, it would recommend to the Railway Board to promote her.”Certainly, we would recommend her name to the Railway Ministry for promotion. We will also felicitate her when she comes back home,” said Ravinder Bhakar, chief PRO of WR, yesterday.Kaur is currently employed as Chief Office Superintendent in Mumbai, he said.”Whenever, our players show excellence or perform outstandingly in international events, we recommend their names for promotion,” he said.A senior official of Central Railway, Sunil Udasi, said the state-run transport undertaking takes a good care of its players and provides them proper training.Udasi, who heads the committee that selects members of Railways women cricket team, said the PSU has always promoted women.”Railways women cricketers have always been in the forefront and the current national team is no exception. As many as 10 players from the current 15-member team (taking part in the World Cup) are from Railways.”This is due to the robust domestic schedule and facilities such as 330 days special leave for dedicated training being provided by the Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB),” he told PTI.advertisementUdasi, who is also chief PRO of Central Railway, said the RSPB has undertaken various initiatives to impart regular training to players and prepare them for international events.Apart from Kaur, members from the current national team like skipper Mithali Raj, Ekta Bisht, Punam Raut, Veda Krishnamurthy, Poonam Yadav, Sushma Devi, Mona Mesharm, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Nuzhat Parween are from Railways, he said. PTI APM RSYlast_img read more

Oct
17

Former gymnastics coach says he crossed a line but had no sexual

first_imgSARNIA, Ont. – In a letter written shortly after his arrest, a former gymnastics coach accused of sexually assaulting a young gymnast years ago apologized for “crossing the line” but insisted his actions were not sexually motivated.Dave Brubaker penned the letter to the complainant, now a woman in her 30s, during a videotaped interview with police that was played at his sexual-assault trial in Sarnia, Ont., on Wednesday.“I have reflected on all the things uncovered … in the social media and the #MeToo campaign,” Brubaker said in the letter that was also addressed to his wife and another gymnast. “I am guilty of crossing the line, but I want you all to know that my intentions were not sexual or premeditated.”The former director of the women’s national gymnastics team has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching at his judge-alone trial. The charges relate to alleged incidents between 2000 and 2007.In the police interview, Brubaker said people’s expectations and standards of behaviour had changed since the complainant left the sport at age 19.“We kind of reflected on a lot of things and we knew that we couldn’t carry on and we had to make changes,” he told police. “Not just us but the whole sport.”The woman has testified that Brubaker would kiss her on the lips to say hello and goodbye starting when she was 12 years old, and touch her inappropriately during sports massages. Brubaker said he thought he was being a supportive coach and denied any sexual intent.“I thought I was doing the right thing to help them,” he said. “I can see that, by today’s measures, it’s different.”The complainant also said Brubaker would pick her up from school, and take her to his house, where he occasionally would spoon her in bed and tickle her belly, before driving her to practice. Brubaker told the officer he didn’t remember doing that.Brubaker also distanced himself from other prominent men in the world of gymnastics who faced allegations of sexual assault or misconduct — among them Larry Nassar, a former U.S. sports doctor sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison for sexually abusing hundreds of girls.“I just don’t want to be painted with that same brush, because I don’t have those same intentions,” Brubaker said in the police interview.The judge presiding over the case is considering whether to allow Brubaker’s interview into evidence after court heard the interviewing officer is related to the complainant.The officer, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the complainant, testified he told the prosecution about the relationship and had received approval from his superiors before embarking on the investigation.Defence lawyer Patrick Ducharme, however, suggested the officer tried to hide the connection. The officer, the lawyer said, never mentioned the relationship in his notes and the defence only learned of it three days before the trial was set to begin.“People like me like to know that the only investigating officer is related to the complainant,” Ducharme said.The officer contended he didn’t note down his relationship with the complainant because he knew Brubaker would see the notes and didn’t want the relationship to affect what the coach told police.“I wanted to get a confession without the taint of him knowing I was related by marriage,” the officer said in court.The revelation of the officer’s ties to the complainant delayed the trial by a day as Ducharme re-evaluated the evidence and considered how it would affect the case. In court, he suggested it amounted to a conflict of interest.When the officer said he believed what the complainant told him, Ducharme responded: “Why wouldn’t you? She’s the godmother of your child.”The case has been adjourned to Dec. 13.last_img read more

Oct
17

Workers escorted away during Canada Border Services at Vancouver horse track

first_imgVANCOUVER — Several people have been removed form a Vancouver horse racing track as part of an investigation by the Canadian Border Services Agency.A release from Hastings Racecourse says border services agents arrived at the park, owned by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, at about 6 a.m. Monday.It says a number of people employed and supervised by various horse owners and trainers were escorted off the site, and none of those who were removed is affiliated with or employed by Great Canadian.A statement from the border services agency says it was conducting investigations at the track related to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.The Canadian Border Services Agency says it conducts enforcement actions when it is believed that a contravention of the Customs Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act has occurred.The statement says it would be inappropriate to provide any further information while the investigation is underway and didn’t say if the people remain in custody. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oct
15

TALENT SPOTLIGHT – 10 QUESTIONS WITH ACTOR VARUN SARANGA

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Remember this name, Varun Saranga, he’s on the rise!Varun recently joined the cast of Wynonna Earp, you’ve seen him on Odd Squad, Orphan Black, Workin’ Moms, Schitt’s Creek and so much more.Varun Saranga was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, where he attended Woburn Collegiate Institute. He became interested in acting through filmmaking, directing and starring in two student films Nerdman and Small Fry. Both films were praised at the Toronto Youth Film Festival, especially for his performance. Varun was inspired to pursue an acting career professionally, and landed his first major role playing the geeky but lovable AJ Mehta on the hit YTV show How to Be Indie. Other roles soon followed on Cartoon Network’s Unnatural History, Showcase’s Cra$h and Burn, and ABC’s Lucky 7, and CityTV’s Young Drunk Punk alongside Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCulloch. and leading role on CBC’s mini-series The Best Laid Plans.eBOSS Canada asked Varun 10 Questions:1. What was your big break?My big break into the industry was the YTV television show “How To Be Indie”. I had read about an open call so I decided to take my chances and go. Months later they had called me back for a second audition, followed by another audition, followed by a screen test. It was a very lucky break.2. What project are you most proud of and Why?I am most proud of my work on SyFy’s Wynonna Earp. It was my biggest role to date and it allowed me to stretch both my comedic and dramatic muscles. I challenged myself daily to try my best on the project.3. What advice do you have for anyone at the beginning of their performancecareer?Take as many classes as possible and always try to get as much on-screen time wherever you can. Film and TV acting has many nuances and idiosyncrasies that you will not pick up until you are actually on a set.4. How do you prepare for an audition?I often read the full script if it is available to get a better context of the tone. I also pick out key phrases from the casting breakdown of the character. Then I just begin to memorize and figure out what the scene is trying to achieve.5. What tips do you have for someone when they are in the audition room?Try not to let the nerves get the best of you. Realize that the casting directors are on your side and want you to succeed. They look good if you look good.6. Is it necessary for performers to continually promote themselves in order toadvance their performance careers?I’d like to believe that your acting work speaks for yourself. However, I think promoting yourself through creating your own work is the most positive way to promote yourself. It gives you control and still allows you to be creative.7. Do you think appearing in a tabloid magazine can help one’s career?It’s certainly not going to help you become a better actor. Although it depends on what kind of career you’d like to have. I think fame is a negative by-product of acting because it is completely separate from the craft.8. What are some of the challenges performers face on film/TV sets?Often it’s distracting acting on set because there are so many extraneous distractions. People are moving lights, there is a boom hanging above your head, not to mention a camera 2 feet away from your face. It’s all about forgetting for a moment that there is any of that stuff and connecting with your scene partner.9. What do you feel the film/TV industry can do differently in order to grow?Take more risks on projects and really try and challenge your audience. More often then not we tend to produce things that are simple and easily consumable.10. We all have mentors. These are the people who give us the hope, inspiration,and the drive to keep going. In the industry, who are the people who have beenyour mentors and why?I’ve been very lucky in that I started very young and had many people in the industry help guide me. Eventually I was able to find my own voice from that. I think there are so many generous people in the film industry that will help steer you in the right direction.VARUN SARANGA’S SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3532853/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/varunsarangaTWITTER: https://twitter.com/VarunSarangaINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/varunsaranga/VARUN IS REPRESENTED BY:Ryan Goldhar at THE CHARACTERS TALENT AGENCY – TorontoTiffany Kuzon at PRIMARY WAVE ENTERTAINMENT – L.A.PUBLICIST:Amy Saunders at AlphaPR Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Sep
22

Column Irish fans sing because it brings unity and what else do

first_imgDURING THE RECENT European championship, the travelling Irish fans responded to a drubbing at the hands of the eventual winners with an eight-minute sing down to the final whistle.Reaction was mixed. Some endorsed the fans’ conclusion to what was after all (in an atmosphere foreshadowed by fears of racist attacks) only a game. Others saw a chance to highlight the resurgence of the fans’ – and by extension, the country’s – continuing and endemic low self-esteem.In some respects, by countering the olé football of the Spanish with song the Irish fans were doing no more than previous generations in weakening the blow of a traumatic defeat by the only collective action unaffected by the result. This could be added to the file marked heroic failure (again), or could be seen in the context of an abiding tradition within Irish history in the redemptive power of song when faced with a seemingly hopeless situation.The ballad, within an Irish context, had its creative origins in the decline of Gaelic patronage. Ballads bore witness to human experience and more importantly human sufferance. In the early stages of mass emigration, affecting a largely illiterate population, the form inevitably thrived.The ballad’s form – verse, chorus, repeated verse etcetera – is perfect for the tavern as the soloist can encourage even the most unmusical and unconscious of spectators to participate. Shared emotional experience unifies the chorus and in a time of forced expulsion the ballad of loss, in its many differing guises, becomes ever more popular. With that a didactic element appears, associating the ballad forever after with the oppressed.Bare empty landscapeWhat is curious about the song the Irish fans won 8-nil with was that the ballad used is a recent creation, infused with both nineteenth century mores and narrative. It is in the style of one of great loss ballads of all time, The Rocks of Bawn. The Fields and The Rocks both convey the association with place inherent in identity. In the case of The Rocks of Bawn the stark choices left after plantation highlight the Rocks as being symptomatic of the futility of shaping an unyielding landscape. Left with no choice but to take the King’s shilling, it is still the absence from land, however barren, which rankles most.In the voice of the master séan-nos singer Joe Heaney, The Rocks of Bawn is as wrought a Baroque classic as one can find. His low emphysemic prelude conjures the bare empty landscape from where he left in the mid 1950s. Heaney was a major influence on Luke Kelly and became feted in England. However, he was seen as a throwback in his own country. It was Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore et al who brought back from England the collective sing along. Moving from tavern to auditorium the ballad mixed ordinary tales of gross injustice (Springhill Mining Disaster/Go, Move, Shift) with the ever-popular participatory choral work such as The Wild Rover.Brought back also was this music’s revolutionary potential. Collective singing perfectly encapsulates the class struggle, as it is creative expression outside ownership. Imagine today an attempt by a working community to sing Springsteen’s The River. Even if they secured The Boss’s backing to end a meeting or a convention with this classic American ballad, any usage would be subject to copyright.Why the fans singBut sometimes a community reclaims or invents ownership to reflect the mood of a time. The Fields of Athenry, if broadcast for public use, carries the same restrictions as The River as both songs were written within the last 40 years. Yet imagine the furore if the lawyers were to set upon the Irish fans and demand royalties every time Ireland got a hammering.It wouldn’t wash and they would be fools to try. But worse acts of ownership greed have been committed in recent memory – and that, I believe, is why the fans sing. Somewhere there in the maudlin lyrics and simplistic historical narrative is a compulsion to unify.The embedding of a neoliberal individualism within Irish politics will take nothing short of revolution to dislodge. That the alternatives have so little prospect of change makes for a rather bleak period in Irish history. Yet the Irish are singing. Like the miners buried deep in the Springhill mine with fading possibility of rescue and with every flittering light snuffed out before it catches, a choice is made to live on in songs and hope instead.Perhaps in time, with the ingenuity and social responsibility of a Dominic Behan or a Christy Moore, new voices may come and give the terraces a lyric apt for its intention. Not the lame appropriation of blame towards the steeple and the crown, but an arrow aimed to the heart of the indigenous guardians of power.Ireland is at best a Championship side always to struggle against Premier opposition. But in defeat fans have lighted on something dormant, or perhaps ushered into the bin of the past when the race for progress took all before it.It is song and singing together makes strength. In strength is unity and in unity lies the closest many of us will ever come to power.Denis Buckley is a filmmaker, writer and performance artist. He now lives in London and was the recipient of the 2012 Eamon Kelly Arts Award. For more information, see denisbuckley.com.Column: When Bob Marley came to Dublin, things changed for me>last_img read more

Sep
21

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img No Comments Image: Shutterstock/Drakuliren 8,578 Views Short URL Friday 10 Feb 2017, 5:01 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald http://jrnl.ie/3233497 EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #CRISIS: Katherine Zappone has said the she had met Garda sergeant Maurice McCabe over false allegations made against him by Tusla and had informed the fallout here).2. #INVESTIGATION: Gardaí are investigating claims that a woman was assaulted in Temple Bar early on Tuesday morning.3. #RANKING: Trinity College Dublin has been announced as the only Irish university to make it into the world’s top 150 this year4. #SLOWDOWN: A new report shows house price growth in Dublin “unexpectedly slowed” in December, bucking the trend of accelerating price growth throughout 2016.5. #BULLIED: Former president Mary Robinson has said that it was a mistake to leave her role as President early to take up the position of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Feb 10th 2017, 5:01 PM Image: Shutterstock/Drakuliren Share Tweet Email The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sep
19

WWE confirms NXT Title and WarGames Match for TakeOver on November 17

first_imgFacebook 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) WhatsApp Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Following last night’s episode of NXT, WWE has confirmed to matches for the upcoming NXT TakeOver: WarGames II special airing during Survivor Series weekend.Set for the special on November 17 from Los Angeles is Tommaso Ciampa defending the NXT Championship against Velveteen Dream, while the WarGames match will return for the second year in a row featuring teams of four this year.The teams include NXT North American Champion Ricochet, WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne and The War Raiders vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and NXT Tag Team Champions Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly).Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano is also expected for the show, with Gargano revealing himself as Black’s attack during NXT two weeks ago.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Better Google+ Now Playing Up Next Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economylast_img read more

Sep
17

Fire Safety Officers Completes Fire Investigation Course

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 3, 2017 – Providenciales – Congratulations and commendation is extended to two Fire Safety Officers, Mr. Georgie Penn and Mr. Ronnie Simmons, who recently completed a one week course in Fire Investigation at Florida State College in the United States of America. Commenting on their success Fire Chief Mr. William C. Jennings said “The skills and knowledge they the officers gained during this training exercise will undoubtingly be of a great benefit to our team as they serve the community.”Hon. Vaden Williams M.P. and the staff from the Ministry of Home Affairs Transportation and Communication joins the Fire Department in lauding their accomplishments. Hon. Williams added that “enhancing the department’s ability to successfully determine the cause of a fire will go a long in mitigating future events.”Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Sep
16

Former Clark County couples children listed as missing

first_imgBELLINGHAM — Three young siblings at the center of a child welfare case have been listed as missing after their parents fled their Bellingham home.Bellingham police are looking for Unity (Levi) Rengo, 14 months old, and twins Daniel and Mornakai Rengo, 3 months old. Authorities said they were with their parents, Erica May Carey, 29, and Cleave Goheen Rengo, 23.The Rengos became a social media sensation last year with online claims that the state was trying to take their children because the twins were born at home. Court testimony, however, focused on multiple other concerns from Child Protective Services, and a Whatcom County Superior Court commissioner ordered the couple to cooperate with CPS.The children have been placed on the Washington State Patrol’s missing children website at www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/mischild.php.“The Rengo family is being sought by CPS, who have a court order to check on the welfare of the children,” Bellingham police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said in a statement. “Our detectives continue to track any progress on this case, but we are doing so to support CPS.”last_img read more

Aug
31

Bringing the language of shayari into limelight

first_imgBeginning the New Year with a positive note, the national Capital has proudly welcomed World Book Fair ongoing January 13. The current year as well saw West Bengal Urdu Academy (WBUA) participating in New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) like the previous year at Pragati Maidan. The stall comprises hundreds of important titles in Urdu published by the Academy. NDWBF is being held for the past 44 years and is a major calendar event in the publishing world. In view of working towards promotion of diverse books and developing reading habit in the country, the Fair has been organised by National Book Trust, India, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The stall at this Book Fair received a warm response from the book lovers and is hoping that this year again a large number of book-loving people would visit the stall and help them promote, advance and encourage the study the Urdu language and the habit of reading. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWBUA runs as per a memorandum with the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee being its chairperson which has a general council comprising of 34 members and governing body with 17 members. WBUA with special support from Sultan Ahmed (MP) and Md Nadimul Haque (MP) have been successfully working to meet their objectives. The academy further aims to advise and assist the state government in the formulation and implementation of its policies towards promotion, propagation and development of the language. It also publishes scholarly works on various topics in Urdu. Printing, publication and translation of popular Bengali classics in Urdu are some of their initiatives as well.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Books are our best friends and book fairs play a great role in encouraging the reading habit among people of all age groups. This being the sole idea of West Bengal Urdu Academy has drawn us from West Bengal. WBUA invites you to visit us at the Delhi Book Fair any day at any time of your convenience. But before the entry to the Book Fair gets closed at 7 pm have a look at the new titles of the company. Also, we have some well-trained staffs running the stall,” the Governing body of WBUA said.last_img read more

Aug
19

Costa Ricas tourism sector expects a boost in visitors but not in

first_imgSix out of 10 tourism businesses expect this year’s high season to be better than last year’s, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR).Yet greater demand won’t necessarily translate to new jobs. Some 70 percent of surveyed tourism business owners said they would not be hiring new workers this season, which began in December and ends in March.CANATUR said that 59 percent of employers believe the high season will be “much better” or “better” than the same period last year, while 34 percent expect tourism business to remain unchanged.Only 7 percent of respondents said tourism demand would be “worse” or “much worse” than last year’s high season.“This season represents a big opportunity, as a bigger flow of tourists entering the country is expected, and they will be requiring a lot of services. However, the country must address challenges like increasing investment in security, infrastructure and other areas in order to maintain Costa Rica’s status as an attractive destination that offers a unique experience for our visitors,” CANATUR President Isabel Vargas said.The chamber study also indicates that job creation in the tourism sector has stagnated.“Our industry has been hit hard by high energy bills and operating costs, so employers now are very cautious about creating new jobs,” Vargas added.CANATUR surveyed 205 business owners from hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, car rentals and restaurants. The study was conducted from the last week of November through early December. Facebook Comments Related posts:Delta to add new Minneapolis-San José flight New Costa Rican airline, Ticos Air, now hiring Avianca-Taca drops five nonstop flights to Costa Rica, lays off 261 employees Costa Rica to promote adventure tourism at fairs in Los Angeles and Bostonlast_img read more

Aug
19

Free press accuses Daniel Ortegas dictatorship of wanting to impose a reign

first_imgOn Saturday, Sept. 8, while reporters around the world were celebrating the International Day of Solidarity of Journalists, reporters, and directors of independent media organizations in Nicaragua stated that Daniel Ortega’s government is a “dictatorial regime” that considers “those fighting for freedom are enemies.”The journalists spoke out at the end of a forum of independent journalists, where they also debated the state of the press in relation to the crisis provoked by state repression.“The dictatorship wants to impose a reign of silence, so that you can only hear government’s voice and its wild version of the facts, especially concerning the events of the last five months,” the journalists stated.Since last April, due to the violent repression against peaceful demonstrations, somewhere between 322 and 481 people have died, including a journalist from Bluefields, Ángel Gahona.The International Day of Solidarity of Journalists is celebrated in honor of Julius Fucik, a Czech journalist arrested by the Gestapo and executed 75 years ago.In Nicaragua, that day is commemorated in the midst of aggression against journalists. The panel consisted of Danilo Lacayo, from Canal 12, Wendy Quintero, Elízabeth Romero from La Prensa, Miguel Mora from 100 % Noticias, Mauricio Madrigal from Canal 10, and Patricia Orozco from Onda Local.Watch the Tico Times’ video featuring Elízabeth Romero:The third statementSaturday’s statement was the third by independent journalists. The first one was read on May 9, and the other on July 28. Since the beginning, they condemned the massacre and asked that the right to inform be respected. Later they denounced the violent attacks against critical journalists and mentioned the specific cases of 100 % Noticias, as well as the burning of facilities of the official government stations, Radio Ya and Radio Nicaragua.In June, while he read the position of the independent media, the director of La Prensa, Jaime Chamorro Cardenal – who signed the document – compared the current moment with the Somoza dictatorship.“I believe what’s happening today is worse than what happened under [Anastasio] Somoza because he was fighting against armed people and now they’re fighting against children and teenagers, who are disarmed,” explained Chamorro Cardenal.Constant assaultThe new statement by journalists explained that during the months of crisis, started by the repression of the civil protests, media organizations have faced government harassment.Because of the courage journalists demonstrated when reporting during the crisis, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) recently presented the 2018 Press Freedom Grant Prize to Nicaragua’s independent journalists.The statement on Sept. 8 claims that the attacks by Ortega’s government are “a blow to the freedom of the press” and a “blow the freedom of information for the people of Nicaragua.”The forum of independent journalists denounced every single one of the attacks by Ortega’s dictatorship against the freedom of expression, the freedom of the press and the freedom of information.The case involving the Acción 10 team was also presented. Mauricio Madrigal, the channel’s head of information said they “confronted the channel’s management, who, for the first days of protests, opted – because of its policy – to ignore news that was considered political.”Canceled sit-inIndependent journalists decided not to conduct a sit-in in the Journalist’s Roundabout in Managua, which was occupied by government media.These party militants were guarded by a strong contingent of police that stayed near the roundabout, close to the hotel where the independent journalists read their statement.Read the original story in Spanish at La Prensa, first published on Sep. 8 2018.This story was translated into English and republished in The Tico Times as part of a partnership with La Prensa to help bring their coverage of the Nicaraguan crisis to an English-speaking audience. Facebook Comments Related posts:Threats against independent journalists in Nicaragua continue Soy pico rojo: the new form of protest in Nicaragua Three brothers jailed in Jinotepe for supporting protests with music Álvaro Conrado, the young martyr of Nicaragua’s protestslast_img read more

Aug
17

Drunken women divert BA flight

first_imgTwo women reportedly deciding they would meet the captain.  Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Two middle-aged women are reportedly facing a life-ban from British Airways after their drunken behavior forced the carrier to make an emergency landing this week. According to reports, the 50 and 43 year-old women were swearing in front of children, refusing to take their seats, threatened cabin crew and even forced their way into the cockpit on the BA flight from Gatwick to Tunisia, The Daily reported. A passenger on board the flight said the two women also hid in the 737-400’s toilet and lit up a cigarette before deciding they would “march towards the cockpit” and meet the captain.  The pilot was then forced to divert the place to Lyon, where French police arrested the disruptive passengers and put them on a return flight the following day.“Our customers and flying crew deserve a safe and enjoyable flight experience,” a BA spokesperson said. “We do not tolerate any disruptive behaviour on board our flights.”last_img read more

Aug
15

The Real Estate Agents Role in the Digital Age

first_img The proliferation of technology in the real estate space has been slower than in other industries, but in recent years the traditionally analog industry has started to embrace digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive data modeling. With more millennials joining the industry than ever (and also becoming a demographic with the most purchasing power) it’s a necessary advancement. But what does this shift toward tech mean for real estate professionals and those who would use their services? If you’re a millennial, you might be asking, “What exactly will an agent do that I can’t do myself online?According to a recent survey from Clever, millennials are 93% less likely than other generations to use a real estate agent, and are twice as likely to believe that agents are “unimportant” or “not important at all to the home selling process.” Approximately half of the sellers responding to the survey said they would be willing to use an AI platform to find potential buyers, while 37% think that AI could outperform a human agent, and 15% would try to sell their homes on their own without the help of an agent.The millennial habit of choosing digital tools over people is a common trend in many industries. Why hail a cab, when you can order an Uber? Or walk three blocks to your local pizzeria when you can just order said pizza off GrubHub? Many believe that using apps and digital services is quicker and cheaper than handling things through a human. In many cases, they are probably right. But in some industries, you can’t replace the human touch. Millennials looking to buy or sell real estate might be inclined to try to save the fees and commissions associated by taking the DIY route. Sure, finding properties online might be easy, but that’s just one piece of the real estate puzzle next to contracts, negotiations, closing deals, etc. In many cases, those fees are nominal in comparison to the extra profit or savings that the help of an experienced agent can deliver.The most successful real estate deals happen when human professionals work in sync with technology, using it to create more efficiency, better accuracy, and overall improved experience for the client. Machine learning and AI can enhance and enrich themselves over time at a much faster rate than any human mind can achieve. This constantly updating and improving systems is invaluable to real estate pros whose job it is to keep a finger on the pulse of the market. However, another huge part of the job description is the art of negotiation, which is something that can’t be taught to a machine. The machine can churn out all the insights an agent needs to come armed to the table, but it can’t learn intent and nuance. At the end of the day, the deal gets done by humans.We tend to think about things in extremes, but AI isn’t really sci-fi, it’s simply data processing at a level that humans can’t approach. This next wave in real estate won’t see agents being replaced by AI entities accessible via an app, but rather top performing agents harnessing tools and data to build their deals. Many digital tools use AI and machine learning to provide real-time notifications and targeted geolocation so that agents can focus their marketing and networking efforts, gain experience and insight, and improve their services.Sure, there are agents out there who could probably be replaced by Zillow, but that’s not because the role of agents is obsolete; it’s because the lowest performing agents aren’t taking advantage of tools that could help them provide better service and close more deals. If you’re an agent simply performing a property search that could be done by anyone online, then you’re not adding value and there would be no reason for a seller to pay your fees. As more millennial buyers enter the market (and eventually Gen Zers too), they will naturally gravitate toward digital solutions. A real estate professional who knows how to align with those tools and use them to enhance their offerings will be the most in demand. Agents of all experience levels should prioritize learning about emerging technologies and finding ways to implement them. The competitive edge cannot be underestimated. AI Digital Mortgage Home Sellers Homebuyers homes HOUSING machine learning property real estate Real Estate Agents SetSchedule technology 2019-04-29 Radhika Ojha in Commentary, Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News April 29, 2019 1,712 Views center_img The Real Estate Agent’s Role in the Digital Age Sharelast_img read more

Aug
13

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first_img You might also be interested in Cherry trees have bloomed across multiple regions in Canada, with full blossom occurring on April 24 in South Okanagan, May 1 in North Okanagan, and May 5 in Creston Valley, leading to Global Fruit Brokers Ltd.’s forecast that 700,000 of their 800,000 20-pound cases (each being equivalent to 9 kilograms) will fall in August.The company says growing conditions have been favorable, which should be beneficial to this season’s harvest.”Weather for pollination and cell division has been wonderful and the coming week looks terrific as well. Tentative pick dates are predicted to begin June 23rd and finish September 1st.”The company plans to continue shipping until mid-September and says they are excited about the late start to their season and are looking forward to Labor Day Canadian Cherry promotions.Last year, the country’s cherry season ended at the end of August, earlier than what was originally predicted, following a summer heat wave that compressed its window. ‘New NAFTA’ fails local growers, says Florida Farm … Canada’s cherry industry suffers 50% drop in seaso … May 09 , 2019 center_img Mexico becomes first nation to ratify trade deal w … The global blueberry industry gathering in British … Still, even with a shorter time frame, Canada saw an incredibly successful season in 2018. With the tensions and resulting trade war between the U.S. and China escalating, Canada had a greater opportunity to export to the Asian market.According to Statistics Canada, Canada boosted its exports to China in by 82% in 2018, reaching a total of 2,914 metric tons (MT).Beyond the increase in export volumes to the Eastern nation, the FOB values for its China shipments rose by double that rate, increasing 152% to US$25.8 million.Time will tell if Canada can match last year’s lucrative season with this year’s crops.last_img read more

Aug
9

President of local business joins Rep Iden at the Capitol for governors

first_img20Jan President of local business joins Rep. Iden at the Capitol for governor’s State of the State address State Rep. Brandt Iden (left), R-Oshtemo, with Amicus Management President Dan Yeomans on the House floor prior to the State of the State address. Iden invited Yeomans to Lansing for a special joint session of the Michigan Legislature, during which Gov. Rick Snyder discussed his key goals for the year.### Categories: Iden News,Iden Photoslast_img