If You Were An App

first_imgIf you were an app that your dream client could use to help them with a buying decision, what buttons would you offer?What’s Missing: The what’s missing button might help your dream client understand how they might do something better. It might help them see what new results are available, or what challenges they might not yet recognize. But for that button to work, you’d have to be able to know what’s missing. You’d need to be able to see it. There’d be some deep intelligence needed behind the scenes.Options: The options button would help your dream client understand what they might need to produce better results. It would show them what the trade offs are that they might need to make. If your dream client pushed this button, you’d have to have some deep business acumen and situational knowledge to provide those options. You’d have to have seen what works and what doesn’t. You’d have to know what was appropriate and why.Blow Up the Status Quo: Pushing this button would help your dream client assemble all of the stakeholders whose support they need in order to blow up the status quo. It would reveal their needs, and it would help them make the adjustments that would allow everyone to support their new initiative (or at least stand down and let it move forward).Make It Work: When pressed, this button would transport you to your client’s site to help them with the problems and challenges they have making your solution work. This button might also be called the “presence” button. For this button to work, you’d be accountable for the results you sold.Buy: What kind of an app would you be if you didn’t have a “buy” button? You ought to make the “ask” clear, and you ought to make it easy to buy. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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No takers for ₹10 coins in Berhampur

first_imgPossession of ₹10 coins continues to be a headache for citizens of Berhampur as most traders are refusing to accept them.The problem started a few months ago after the government announced demonetisation of ₹1,000 and ₹500 notes. There were rumours that some ₹10 coins were fake and these may also get demonetised in future. Following this, most traders, especially small retailers, stopped accepting ₹10 coins. Despite several clarifications by the Reserve Bank of India, there has been no improvement in the situation in Berhampur.Allaying fearsA few days ago, the Ganjam district administration also come up with a declaration, quoting RBI statements, to allay fears about ₹10 coins. “At most shops in the city, even at fish and vegetable markets, ₹10 coins are not being accepted by traders,” said Sunita Behera, a housewife. At petrol pumps in Berhampur, notices have been pasted claiming that they do not accept ₹10 coins.On Tuesday, activists of the SUCI (Communist) held a demonstration in front of the main branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) in Berhampur to protest against problems related to non-acceptance of ₹10 coins. They handed over a memorandum addressed to the RBI Governor to the manager of SBI in Berhampur. The activists demanded that the government take immediate measures to make people aware that ₹10 coins are still in use. The banks should also start accepting ₹10 coins as deposits, said SUCI leader Somanath Behera.last_img read more

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NBA: Hawks willing to take back Ryan Anderson from Rockets

first_imgAdvertisementAccording to Bleacher Report, USA Today NBA insider Sam Amick took to Twitter on Tuesday night to cite league sources and explain that the Houston Rockets aren’t interested in acquiring or even pursuing Bazemore in a deal that would send Anderson to the Hawks.The Houston Rockets have long been rumored to want to get out from under the $20 million per year deal they gave Ryan Anderson a few seasons back, and now, with the team in the midst of changing personnel on the wing after losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute to free agency, they’ve been active lately in trying to move Ryno for some additional help.On the court, Bazemore figures to improve the defense considering he posted a career-best 1.5 steals per game last season and improved Atlanta’s defensive rating from 107.4 when he was on the floor compared to 108.9 when he was off it, per NBA.comAlso Read-NBA: Dallas Mavericks sign Donte Ingram to a deal Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jaydev Unadkat third bowler to take hat-trick in IPL 2017

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant’s Jaydev Unadkat took the third hat-trick of this year’s Indian Premier League as the visitors beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Saturday.Unadkat’s 5/30 from his four overs helped Pune defend a paltry total of 148 and win four matches in a row, also helping them to climb to the second spot in the IPL table.Unadkat, who had to defend 13 runs in the final over ended up bowling a hat-trick maiden and picked up his second five-wicket haul as Hyderabad were stopped at 136/9.This is how Unadkat picked up his hat-trick in the final over:19.2 overs: Unadkat to Bipul Sharma, OUT! BIPUL SHARMA IS GONE! Unadkat has his third, it’s Stokes again with another catch. Length delivery angling in on the stumps, Bipul slogs over square leg. A lot of height on it, but not enough distance. It’s right down the Englishman’s throat who takes it in his safe hands. The hosts now need 13 off the final 4 balls.19.3 overs: Unadkat to Rashid, OUT! Another one bites the dust! From around the wicket, it’s hurled outside off, on a length, Rashid Khan swings at it hard and gets a huge top edge. It skies straight up, Unadkat moves to his right, settles himself under the ball and takes it himself. He’s on a hat-trick here now.19.4 overs: Unadkat to Bhuvneshwar, OUT! HAT-TRICK FOR JAYDEV UNADKAT! This is a stupendous over from the left-arm pacer. Wow. He has a 5-wicket haul too and with that, he completes 100 Indian T20 League wickets too. Superb. Back of a length delivery around off, Bhuvneshwar Kumar looks to hit it away but gets it off the splice. Lobs into the hands of Manoj Tiwary at extra cover who runs in a few paces to take it.advertisementThe last wicket also gave the left-arm pacer his 100th IPL wicket and his best-ever figures in the tournament.Before this, Samuel Badree and Andrew Tye were the other two bowlers to take hat-tricks in this year’s edition. This is also the third instance where three hat-tricks have been taken in a season after 2008 and 2009.Pune are now second in the table with 16 points from 12 games while Hyderabad remain fourth with 13 points from equal amount of games.RPS will next play the Delhi Daredevils on May 12 at the Feroz Shah Kotla while SRH will take on the table-toppers Mumbai Indians on Tuesday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.last_img read more

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Ben Stokes returns, Sam Curran dropped for Trent Bridge Test vs India

first_imgEngland on Friday announced that Ben Stokes will return to their playing XI for the third Test against India starting on Saturday at Trent Bridge.The all-rounder Stokes would replace Sam Curran from the side that defeated India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Stokes was forced to miss the second Test because of a court hearing as he faced affray charges for his involvement in a brawl outside a pub in Bristol in 2017. The all-rounder was eventually cleared of all charges earlier this week.Chris Woakes, who had replaced Stokes at Lord’s, scored his maiden hundred as England won the match. He was named man-of-the-match.Also Read – Ben Stokes cleared of affray chargesStokes return and Woakes sensational form led to Curran’s omission, who at 20 has only played three Tests for England.Curran was named the Man-of-the-Match in the first Test as he scored a fifty and took five wickets to help England to a 31-run win at Edgbaston.England captain Joe Root termed Curan’s omission as “unfortunate”.”It was one of the most difficult decisions Ive had to make as captain. Its about us as a squad delivering over five games and on this occasion Sam is unfortunate to miss out.Ben Stokes has been punished enough: Michael Vaughan after pub brawl verdict”Ben is desperate to get back playing cricket. Hes desperate to get out there, put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now. He feels ready to play.”advertisementEngland’s playing XI: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Andersonlast_img read more

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Don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli expressed apprehension over the new 100-ball format of cricket being pushed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and felt that such “commercial aspects” are affecting the quality of the sport.The 100-ball format in England set to begin in 2020. ECB’s new eight-team tournament sees both teams face 15 overs of six balls each, culminating in a final 10 deliveries.Kohli, who captains India in Tests, One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s and leads Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League League (IPL), already has a hectic schedule and said he did not want to be “a testing sort of cricketer for any new format… “”Obviously for the people involved in the whole process and the set-up it will be really exciting but I cannot think of one more format, to be honest,” Kohli said in an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly.”Honestly, I don’t want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format. I don’t want to be someone who’s going to be part of that World XI who comes and launches the 100-ball format.”I am very … I wouldn’t say frustrated but it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket. I feel the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of the cricket and that hurts me.”Kohli spoke about why he feels league like the IPL and Big Bash League are different from this proposed 100-ball format.”I love playing the IPL, I love watching the BBL, because you are working towards something, competing against high-quality sides and it gets your competitive juices flowing. That’s what you want as a cricketer. I am all for the leagues, but not to experiment.”advertisementEven though Kohli did not support the new format proposed by ECB, he said he would love to play first-class cricket in England. Kohli was supposed to play for Surrey against of India’s England tour but could not due to injury.”County cricket always intrigued me. Unfortunately, it couldn’t happen this time but I would love to come again in future,” Kohli said.”I have heard so much from so many players over so many years that it has really helped them understand their games even better. Also just to understand how professional the set-up over here is, how the longest format of the game is looked at with so much respect.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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Pirlo plays final match for NYCFC

first_imgAndrea Pirlo Pirlo plays final match as NYCFC is eliminated from MLS playoffs Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 13:09 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Andrea Pirlo New York City FC Dennis Schneidler MLS New York City v Columbus Crew New York City The 38-year-old Italian made a late cameo in what was the final match of his illustrious career Andrea Pirlo played his final match for New York City FC on Sunday, making a late cameo as his side was eliminated by the Columbus Crew in MLS playoff action.The 38-year-old Italian legend came on in the 90th minute of NYCFC’s 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew at Yankee Stadium as Patrick Vieira’s side pushed for the third goal they needed on aggregate.But Pirlo, who had been an unused substitute in NYCFC’s previous five matches, was unable to produce a final moment of magic as Columbus advanced to the Eastern Conference final with a 4-3 aggregate win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On Monday, Pirlo confirmed he will retire in a message posted to fans on Twitter. Pirlo indicated last month that he planned to retire at the end of the MLS season, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: “You realize that the time has come. Every day you have physical problems, you cannot train as you want because you always have some problem.”At my age, that’s enough. It’s not that you can go on forever until the age of 50. I’ll do something else. At 38, it’s just right to give young players room. I’m not angry.”Patrick Vieira Andrea Pirlo quote GFXAfter playing a key role as NYCFC finished second in the Eastern Conference in 2016, Pirlo saw himself phased out this year while appearing in just 15 of 34 regular season matches.The former AC Milan and Juventus star ends his stint with NYCFC having recorded one goal and 19 assists in 62 MLS appearances over two and a half seasons.”I think he has meant a lot to this football club,” Vieira said postgame. “He’s been a professional. He’s been a really good example for the young players that we have on our team and if they conduct themselves like Andrea, I think they will have a good career.”last_img read more

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10 months agoNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer market

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hopes to be busy during the January market.But he doesn’t expect a bumper transfer budget from owner Mike Ashley.”I am used to wheeling and dealing all my life,” he said. “I don’t think I was breaking the record in transfer windows, never, ever, with any of my teams. “We had to sell players to buy players. I don’t have any problem with that if you do things in time and find the right players. The main thing is to find the right players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Brett McMurphy Thinks Nebraska Is A “Lock” To Be A Preseason Top 25 Team Next Year

first_imgScott Frost coaching at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)On the surface, Nebraska football had a bad year. The Cornhuskers finished with a 4-8 record and a loss to rival Iowa to finish out the season. But Nebraska fans will tell you they’re actually quite optimistic about the future. One reporter agrees.Brett McMurphy of Stadium thinks it’s a “lock” that Nebraska winds up ranked in the preseason top 25 heading into the 2019 campaign. It’s a bold take, but it isn’t crazy.Nebraska started the Scott Frost era with six straight losses – including heartbreakers to Colorado and Northwestern. But the Cornhuskers looked a lot better down the stretch, finishing 4-2 the rest of the way.Nebraska played Ohio State tough in early November. They also had a great comeback against Iowa that fell just short.Tough last-second loss for Nebraska at Iowa, but Cornhuskers made great strides second half of season & lock to be preseason Top 25 team next year— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 23, 2018Needless to say, year two of the Frost era should get off to a better start.Nebraska, despite the improvement down the stretch, missed out on a bowl game for the second straight season.Nebraska’s 2019 slate will start with South Alabama, Colorado and NIU. The Cornhuskers have huge games against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa later in the year.last_img read more

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Pick Your Puffer and Grab One of the Best Men’s Down Jackets for Winter

first_img 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Depending on what part of the country you live in, Old Man Winter has arrived—if even for just the occasional drop-in visit—far enough ahead of the official Friday, December 21 start date to be a most unwelcome guest.Getting dressed on days where the temperature ranges from just shy of comfortable to damn right cold can be a bit of a challenge, so we assembled this group of lightweight outerwear to keep you cozy on most chilly days. Many of these options are light enough to scrunch up into a bag if it’s balmier than expected but warm enough to protect from below freezing temps. In some case,s we like pieces that can layer under a raincoat or shell to protect from really nasty windy weather or precipitation, but some of these pieces are engineered to stand on their own.  Okay, Mister Heat Miser … bring on the best men’s down jackets to brave the winds of winter.Men’s Down Jackets Under $300Fjallraven Greenland Down Liner Jacket – $260Front chest pocket flaps lend a military, heritage vibe to Fjallraven’s entry into the down liner category. It pairs beautifully with the brand’s Greenland Jacket (duh) and brings Fjallraven’s Swedish heritage of outdoor sport and connection with nature to bear on one perfect piece. It’s also made from recycled polyester and padded with ethically produced down.Shop NowPatagonia Men’s Silent Down Jacket – $279Maintaining Patagonia’s commitment to sustainability, the Silent Down jacket utilizes 100 percent recycled duck and goose down. The polyester stretch taffeta exterior is also made from 70 percent recycled material, resulting in a matte-finish puffer to keep you warm all winter long.Shop NowGant The Airlight Down Jacket – $295Gant imbues a classic with a slim silhouette that looks great with just about everything. It makes a perfect lightweight jacket for fall days or warmer climates but does double-duty layered under a shell or raincoat once the weather gets a little more abominable.Shop NowMen’s Down Jackets Under $500Lululemon Pinnacle Warmth Jacket – $348Lululemon’s Glyde fabric is both wind- and waterproof, and with its sealed seams and goose down insulation, as well as adjustable cords at the waist and neckline, it’s a perfect jacket to keep you warm and dry on a commute. Plus, it is easily stowed for a business trip. It even has reflective details for hitting the streets on those longer nights. We also love the handy front stash pocket that keeps commuter passes, IDs, and other necessities close at hand.Shop NowEddie Bauer Men’s BC Evertherm Down Jacket – $350Trust Eddie Bauer to create product that can brave the elements with ease while offering ultimate adventure performance. This jacket is super lightweight, utilizing the brand’s new Thindown technology. It features a moisture-shedding finish, an adjustable insulated hood to keep warmth next to your body where you need it, and a special media pocket to keep your phone or iPod warm and ready to roll.Shop NowAether Omega Jacket – $375Aether applies its minimalistic aesthetic to the classic quilted bomber in the brand’s Omega jacket. It’s filled with gray goose down to keep you nice and warm, but check the details: The updated baseball collar neatly crosses in front and the waffled down pockets are great at distributing heat evenly. The opening hides both zipper and snap closures and a snap-closure chest pocket keeps important things close at hand.Shop NowVuarnet Alain Down Jacket – $390Adding a French accent to the classic puffer, the Vuarnet version features clean styling with thin channels of down and an effective adjustable hood. The down jacket also features water-resistant stretch and breathable nylon for your more active pursuits. With Vuarnet’s history of optic innovation and skiing performance, you’re sure to look “tres beau.” Shop NowBest Made The Down Pullover – $398It’s your favorite pullover hoodie sweatshirt done up with all the warmth of your best sleeping bag. Best Made’s pullover is filled with a goose-down mix (humanely sourced and fully traceable), while the great-feeling cotton/nylon shell is both durable and water-repellant. It has a kangaroo pouch pocket in front so you can warm your hands together and a zipper on the back left to make it easier to crawl in and out. This jacket tends to run a little small, so we suggest going a size up from what you would normally wear.Shop NowMen’s Down Jackets for $500+North & Mark Aphix 3-in-1 Parka – $595We like options, and this North & Mark parka has ‘em. Wear the sleek outer shell to protect against wind and rain at the liminal change of the seasons (or when you’re on that business trip to warmer climes), then layer it up with the ThermPlume-filled inner jacket when winter goes full strength. The inner jacket is also a great looking option for a chilly, but dry, day. We particularly like the asymmetrical closure of the outer parka (which also features a removable hood).Shop NowNobis Heritage Men’s Parka – $895Inspired by military-styling, Nobis’s parka includes a removable fur ruff, thumbhole openings in the elasticized ribbed cuff, and handy besom pockets. It’s also insulated with white duck down and has seam-seal construction to keep you extra warm and dry in even the toughest conditions. Shop NowDescente “Storm” Mizusawa Down Jacket – $1,250The Cadillac Escalade of our outerwear selection, the Descente “Storm” is designed to channel rain away from pockets and away from the wearer’s face. It’s waterproof, breathable, and flexible; not to mention windproof and—with a 90/10 down/feather insulation—extremely well insulated. The aforementioned “para-hood” (insulated, not just a fabric shell) can also be zipped away into a solid standing collar. The jacket also boasts sleek, sci-fi movie-worthy great looks to match all the tech that went into it.Shop NowEven though most of these come with hoods, it’s still a good idea to get a great hat for winter, like one of these best beanies. 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Piraeus Port Head Bows Out

first_imgzoom The Chairman and CEO of Greece’s Piraeus port (PPA SA) Yiorgos Anomeritis is about to retire from the position.The announcement was made on Wednesday following a meeting between Anomeritis and the Minister of Maritime Affairs Th. Dritsas.The retirement will be made official after the Annual General Meeting of the port’s shareholders on Saturday, June 13, 2015.“Mr. Yiorgos Anomeritis will also have a cooperation meeting on Thursday, June 11 with President of HRADF Mr. Stergios Pitsiorlas, in succession matters of the current administration as well as on the agenda issues of the General Assembly,” the port statement reads.The move comes as talks on the port’s privatization heat up again.Greece had invited China’s Cosco Group, Maersk Group’s APM Terminals, and Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) to present their bids for a 51% stake in the Piraeus port under a bailout plan with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.However, as the new leftist government took office earlier this year the privatization was suspended.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Improved Motor Vehicle Inspection Procedures

first_imgAs of Feb. 1, drivers will see changes to motor vehicle inspection procedures designed to make Nova Scotia’s highways and roads safer for drivers and pedestrians. New motor vehicle inspection procedures, an increase in inspection fees and a requirement for drivers to keep a copy of inspection certificates, are among the latest amendments to the motor vehicle inspection regulations. Industry will have new inspection rules and penalties for non-compliance. “First and foremost, these changes will help improve safety for Nova Scotians,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “These are the first fee increases in more than 13 years and reflect inflationary costs associated with business. The new rates are consistent with those charged in other provinces.” Roadside safety inspections have found vehicles that did not meet standards despite having a valid inspection sticker. The new regulations will help prevent possible fraudulent inspections and increase penalties. They enhance qualifications for testers and increase accountability of station operators to ensure the quality of safety inspections. Fee increases cover the cost to remove wheels to improve brake inspections on passenger vehicles and light trucks, and rising costs for station operators. The new safety inspection fees are as follows: $25 (from $15.50) for passenger cars, station wagons, trucks or motorized homes. $14 (from $11.50) for motorcycles or motor-driven cycles. $35 (from $25.50) for trucks or truck tractors, buses or motorized homes with single rear axle designed for four wheels. $85 (from $56.50) for trucks or truck tractors with two or more rear axles. $10 (from $8.50) for trailers or semi-trailers with one axle. $15 (from $13.50) for trailers or semi-trailers equipped with brakes, with two axles, and a registered weight of 4,500 kilograms or less. $35 (from $26.50) for trailers or semi-trailers with a registered weight of more than 4,500 kilograms. A series of training sessions will be held across the province beginning in January 2007 for all motor vehicle inspection testers. The sessions will focus on changes to the motor vehicle inspection regulations, the new motor vehicle inspection manual, and include information on the new standards for vehicle testers. For more information, visit the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr.last_img read more

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Youth found dead in Golf Green identified

first_imgKolkata: The identity of the deceased youth, who was found dead on Sunday morning at a housing complex in Golf Green has been established. The youth was identified as Santosh Singh Adhikari (27) of Jorhat in Assam.Police came to know that the youth used to stay at a paying guest facility at Bikramgarh in Jadavpur. Adhikari an architect and used to work in Goa. He was an drug addict and has been to a rehabilitation centre for a few months in Delhi. However, during his stay in Goa, Adhikari was named in a criminal case for which he lost his job. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApproximately one and half months ago he came to Kolkata searching for a new job. But as he did not find any, Adhikari was depressed. His roommates told police that on Saturday night he consumed liquor and went to sleep. Around 4 am he woke up and went out of the house and since then he was untraceable. It was alleged during night hours antisocial activities are carried out in the area. Deputy Commissioner of South Division Sudeep Sarkar on Tuesday night along with police force conducted raids. During his visit to the area, he interacted with locals and heard their problems and grievances. Several rough bikers were detained and prosecuted.last_img read more

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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending May 12, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout2. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part3. What Men Want4. John Wick – Double Feature5. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World6. Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben)7. The Mule (2018)8. Serenity (2019)9. Cold Pursuit10. Aquaman (2018)iTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Arctic2. On the Basis of Sex3. The Professor and the Madman4. Westside vs the World5. Egg6. Still7. I Kill Giants8. The Disaster Artist9. Birds of Passage10. Scotch: A Golden Dream__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

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Investors flocking to renewable energy technology says UN environment agency

“One of the new and fundamental messages of this report is that renewable energies are no longer subject to the vagaries of rising and falling oil prices – they are becoming generating systems of choice for increasing numbers of power companies, communities and countries irrespective of the costs of fossil fuels,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.Investment capital flowing into renewable energy climbed from $80 billion in 2005 to a record $100 billion in 2006, according to the report. The growth of the renewable energy sector “although still volatile… is showing no sign of abating.”Renewable energy sectors attracting the highest investment levels are wind, solar and biofuels, “reflecting technology maturity, policy incentives and investor appetite.”In addition to concerns about climate change, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called “the defining issue of our era,” increasing energy demand and energy security are spurring the sector’s growth, as is the persistently high price of oil – averaging more than $60 a barrel in 2006.The report also credited the November 2006 United States mid-term Congressional elections, which it said confirmed renewable energy as “a mainstream issue,” moving it up the political agenda. “Growing consumer awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency – and their longer term potential for cheaper energy, and not just greener energy – has become another fundamental driver,” said the report. “Most importantly Governments and politicians are introducing legislation and support mechanisms to enable the sector’s development.”The report added that while investment in sustainable energy is still mostly concentrated in the industrialized members of the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) – with the US and European Union together accounting for more than 70 per cent in 2006 – investment in developing countries is growing quickly. 20 June 2007Climate change worries coupled with high oil prices and increasing government support are fuelling soaring rates of investment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today. read more

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Chennai students to intensify Sri Lanka protest

Last week, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, after declaring solidarity with the cause of the students, appealed to them to call off protests and concentrate on their studies. The meeting of students ‘ leaders from all the districts is going to be a crucial one for the state government as it is already in a dilemma over finalising the date to reopen colleges. The meeting is expected to have more than 100 senior organizers from across the state and leading colleges in the city. Leaders say the students movement is now aimed at eliciting a much stronger political stand from the Centre, including economic sanctions against Sri Lanka. Prabhakaran said the students would demand that the Centre snap diplomatic ties with the island nation and shut down Sri Lankan embassies and other official institutions in India. Academics say the indefinite closure will affect students of regular colleges, in view of long procedures involved in identifying and inspecting hundreds of examination centres, centralised valuation system and announcement of results.V Suresh, national general secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties, said the decision to shut down all colleges was unwarranted and it has helped only to create an artificial scare among students. “Remarkably protests across the state have been peaceful so far. The government should take the students into confidence and reopen the colleges immediately,” he said. With the protests against alleged human rights violation by the Sri Lankan government entering the 25th day today (Monday), student leaders in Chennai say their agitation will intensify in the coming days, the Times of India reportedStudent leader V Prabhakaran said they would meet today to decide on future course of action. “Student representatives from all the 32 districts will attend the meeting. We will be looking at the review of the UNHRC resolution that will come up within four months’ time. We will plan programmes to put pressure on the Central government to take a tough stand against Sri Lanka,” said Prabhakaran. read more

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Sudan Annan warns of devastating impact of fighting in Darfur region

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, and distributed to the Darfur ceasefire talks being held in Chad, Mr. Annan said the fighting in Darfur “is having a devastating impact on the lives and well being of the people.”UN officials and agencies have warned over recent weeks that a dire humanitarian crisis is taking place in Darfur, with more than 750,000 Sudanese internally displaced and another 110,000 people fleeing across the border to neighbouring Chad.Fighting has raged for more than a year between the Sudanese Government, allied militias and rebel groups. Earlier this week, a group of eight UN experts, mostly rapporteurs, said they were concerned by reports that militias, encouraged by the Sudanese Government, were conducting an ethnic cleansing campaign against the local non-Arab population.In his statement today, Mr. Annan said he welcomed the efforts of Chad’s President Idriss Deby, the Sudanese Government, parties to the conflict and the international community to end the hostilities and draw up a long-term solution. He said the UN stands ready to help in any way in the search for solutionsCalling for the fighting to stop first, the Secretary-General also said humanitarian organizations must be allowed safe and unimpeded access to Darfur to help needy civilians. read more

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In Iraq UN chief Guterres urges more support for those who have

“This is a moment in which the Iraqi people [and] the people of Mosul need the solidarity of the international community,” Mr. Guterres told the press at the Hassan Sham camp, located about 30 kilometres east of Mosul. “Solidarity with those liberating Mosul [and] with the civilians who are suffering […] to guarantee protection of those civilians and, at the same time, solidarity with the victims and creating the conditions for reconciliation,” he added. In his remarks, he also drew attention to the severe lack of funding for UN programmes assisting the displaced. Currently, the funding stands at eight per cent. “[This] shows how limited our resources are compared to the tragedy these people are facing,” noted the UN chief. According to estimates, there are about 11 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the country. Of this figure, about three million are internally displaced. In Mosul, more than 285,000 individuals have been displaced due to the military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists, including some 122,000 over the past month. Cumulatively, more than 350,000 individuals have been displaced since the operations began on 17 October 2016.Mr. Guterres further spoke of efforts by the regional government of Kurdistan as well as by non-governmental organizations and stressed that international solidarity is vital to improve the conditions of those affected as well as to create conditions for reconciliation within the communities and at the national level once Mosul is fully liberated. Also highlighting that terrorism is a global threat and terrorist groups are interlinked, greater support from the international community was in everyone’s interest. “Because the terrorist threats we see in Mosul are the same as the terrorist threat we see everywhere in the world,” he said.Mosul tops UN migration agency’s funding appeal for IraqThe United Nations migration agency today called for $76.3 million in its IOM-Iraq 2017 Funding Appeal. About $28.8 million, or 38 per cent, will be allocated for the Mosul Crisis Response for the first six months of this year.The funding will go for camp coordination and management, health, protection, emergency livelihoods and related services. In today’s announcement, IOM noted that displaced Iraqis live in shelter which are “inadequate” for the harsh winters and summer weather conditions that vary by more than 50-degrees in temperature. read more

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Buckeyes journey to come full circle against Spartans

Junior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) dives into the end zone during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorUrban Meyer has won every game since taking the reigns at Ohio State, but it was one game in particular that stood out.The team has ripped off 24 straight victories since Meyer took over, including 16 in the Big Ten but it wasn’t until OSU’s first conference victory under Meyer that his presence seemed to be truly felt.That win came Sept. 29, 2012, when the Buckeyes traveled to East Lansing, Mich., and beat Michigan State 17-16.It was a game Meyer and his players mention often, the crossroads of what has now become the nation’s longest winning streak.“Last year, it was a big turning point for us,” OSU junior wide receiver Devin Smith said Monday. “I felt like after that game, the team started to get a little closer, the leadership started to grow and got a lot stronger and led the team to keep winning ball games and be 12-0.”The Buckeyes used the momentum gained from earning their first big win on the road to run the table in 2012, never really facing a challenge for much of the rest of the season.Saturday, OSU and the Spartans meet again — this time with the 2013 Big Ten Championship on the line and for the Buckeyes, a likely berth in the BCS National Title game.A 2012 NCAA-imposed postseason bowl ban kept the Buckeyes home last December, but now with it all back in play, it’s the Spartans who once again stand in their way of getting to their ultimate goal.Redshirt-senior Corey Linsley said it “absolutely” is ironic that the same team OSU beat to turn their 2012 season in the right direction now could keep it from getting a chance to play for the crystal ball.“We were just talking about (that) in the weight room the other day. Everything changed last year for us (after beating the Spartans),” Linsley said Monday. “And now everything’s on the line for us … I’m sure they want to get us. They feel like they maybe should have won that game.”Against the Spartans last season, OSU took the lead late in the third quarter when then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller connected with then-sophomore Smith on a 63-yard strike that proved to be the game winner. It was Miller’s only touchdown of the game, but helped catapult his team to victory and on to an undefeated season.Meyer said he’s studied and learned a lot from that game, but this year’s Buckeye team is better than it was a year ago.“I learned quite a bit,” Meyer said Monday. “They were very good (last season). We were not very good. I’m not taking anything away from Michigan State because they are excellent. But we’re a much better offense than we were a year ago, but that was a street fight last year.”Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said during Sunday’s Big Ten teleconference there was one big thing that stuck out about last year’s loss at home to OSU.“I’d say missed opportunities,” Dantonio said. “We hit a trick play down I think to the 5-yard line but were misaligned, which resulted in a penalty. Came back the next play, hit a deep crosser and dropped the ball. We get a fumble recovered where we scooped it and scored. They blew the whistle or something and it didn’t count, so we ended up driving partly down the field and having to settle for a field goal rather than a touchdown. So opportunities like that, we had the lead briefly in the fourth quarter, I believe, or third quarter, I believe, and they hit a deep one to Devin Smith.”The intensity and magnitude of the game with the Spartans coupled with the chance to play for the BCS title caused Linsley and a few of his teammates on the offensive line do something they aren’t used to once they got back from Ann Arbor Saturday night: take a dip in the cold tubs.“I don’t think I’ve ever done that before after a game,” Norwell said. “The level of focus that that gave us, it was a moment of intensity there for a second, but now it’s a level of focus that our dream is here. The chase is real.”The journey Meyer has taken OSU on since he came to Columbus seems to have come full circle — all the way from the turning point in the form of last season’s win against Michigan State, to now.“That’s one of the interesting things about college football. Everything I guess just kind of comes back,” sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said Monday. “That was a big game for us last year, and that was a dog fight and I expect it’s going to be a dog fight this weekend too. It’s going to be a big game. They’ve really got a good defense and their offense has been hitting their stride lately so Buckeyes gotta play Buckeyes football.”OSU looks to fulfill a goal of capturing a Big Ten Championship when it takes on the Spartans Saturday, scheduled for a 8:17 p.m. kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

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Crowcon certified to environmental standard ISO 14001

first_imgCrowcon – a world leader in portable and fixed gas detection instruments – has achieved certification to the ISO 14001 standard, which provides a framework for establishing, implementing and maintaining an Environmental Management System (EMS).“Certification provides customers with the assurance that Crowcon’s environmental management system meets international, industry-specific environmental standards,” explains Barry Swift, Crowcon’s Supply Chain Director. “In addition to helping to ensure best practice in environmental management, ISO 14001 accreditation is another element of the Crowcon supply chain team’s journey in helping deliver the highest levels of corporate social responsibility both within Crowcon and its supplier base.The ISO 14001 standard encompasses a number of factors which have enabled Crowcon to minimise the environmental impact of its business. These factors include identifying areas where greater emphasis can be placed on reducing the use of resources and energy, as well as increasing the efficiency with which Crowcon manages waste. The standard also requires legislative awareness and compliance, in addition to on-going monitoring and control of the company’s environmental impact, now and into the future.“Crowcon’s focus is on supporting a safer working environment for our customers’ employees, so it is only natural to extend that level of commitment and care to the wider environment,” Swift concludes.Crowcon Detection Instruments specialises in developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative, reliable and cost-effective flammable and toxic gas detection equipment. The company was formed in 1970 and has constantly led the field with products designed for safety and environmental monitoring.last_img read more

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