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The Sky Is Falling!

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first_img 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 Now “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”Henny Penny would have you believe that the sky is falling, that the end is near. She would most definitely have you believe that your world is coming to end.Henny Penny will tell you that the balance of power in selling has shifted, that the buyer is now completely in control, and that you have no choice as to whether or not you are commoditized. The doom-saying chicken doesn’t believe that anyone can create value because she cannot, refusing to see or hear anything to the contrary.Henny Penny would have you believe—like she does—that because some roles are going to be automated, that all roles will be automated. Hence, you have no place in a future that has no place for you. This disturbed bird wants you to share in her fear. She wants you to be paranoid and to overact with her.According to said Hen:The cold call is dead.The field sales force is dead.Traditional prospecting is dead.Opportunity creation is dead.Closing is dead.Selling is dead. And soon, you too will be relegated to the ash heap of history.This frightened, feathered fowl will squawk about this trend and that trend, offering you evidence that what she foretells is true and unavoidable, leaving out the evidence and information that would suggest that her reading is skewed and inaccurate.The problem with large, loud Chicken Littles that run around making noise about the end of the world is that they are only speaking of their own experience. Because an acorn fell from a tree and hit them on the head, they believe that their experience is shared universally by one and all. In the end, all who followed Henny Penny end up being eaten by a fox.Pay attention to what is going on around you. Don’t ignore trends that require you to change and grow. But while you are doing so, don’t listen to those who would feed you their fears.last_img read more

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LD CPI(M) 3 LAST

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first_img(REOPENS DEL071)(REOPENS DEL071)On the issue of GST, Yechury said the government must convene an all-party meet to discuss the issues being raised by various parties regarding the bill. He said the Prime Minister should convene a meeting of all state finance ministers to discuss issues relating to residual powers of states among others.Reiterating the partys criticism of Indo-US join statement, issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modis recent visit to Washington, Yechury said India has committed itself to be a “junior strategic partner” of that country.He also stated the joint Indo-US-Japan “Malabar Naval Exercise”, which was this time held near South China Sea instead of the Arabian sea, will have “many serious implications” for the countrys independent foreign policy and security concerns.”The CPI(M) reiterates its demand that the disputes in the South China Sea must be settled in accordance with international law and established international procedures. The Indian government must adhere to this time tested policy position that India has always maintained,” he said.Referring to recent Rajya Sabha elections, Yechury said that the polls confirmed that there was “alarming” use of money power being employed in the process.”The CC has called for urgent consultations amongst all political parties to be initiated by the Election Commission on curbing the influence of money power,” he said.Apparently referring to the government cancelling Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) registration of Sabrang Trust of Teesta Setalvad, Yechury said that the CPI(M) condemns “relentless political vendetta” being waged by the Modi government against activists who have fought for justice for the victims of the Gujarat riots.advertisementHe though said that foreign funds for NGOs must be “strictly” monitored to ensure that it is in accordance with Indian laws.”The actions against Sabrang Trust is part of such a vicious campaign and should be stopped,” he said.The Rajya Sabha member said the CC also expressed concerns over price rise, unemployment, agrarian crisis and alleged privatisation of public sector units including oil companies and banks.”In order to facilitate sale-out of the CPSEs, the NITI Ayog has been made to recommend further capital investment from national exchequer in some CPSEs, not just to revamp their operational efficiency but to make them saleable to private hands,” he said and announced his partys support to the general strike called by Central Trade Unions on September 2.On accommodating party veteran from Kerala, VS Achuthanandan, in the government or party organisation, Yechury said that issue has been discussed with the leader and the “matter is under consideration”. PTI ENM SMNlast_img read more

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Womens tennis in India needs a big jump, says Sania Mirza

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first_imgHyderabad, Jul 25 (PTI) Womens tennis in the country needs to grow further though young players like Karman Kaur Thandi and Prarthana Thombare are doing their best, tennis star Sania Mirza said today.”We have to look at it with hope. That is what we are trying to do. I think at the end of the day, we still need time to probably to make it to the next level, especially in women sport. I think in men, we are a bit brighter,” she told reporters here.The likes of Thombare, Kaur and Ankita Bhambri are ranked around 200-250 in the world and that is no mean achievement, the 30-year-old said.”Having said that, we still need a big jump to happen. Hopefully, it will happen.” She was speaking on the sideline of WTA Future Stars Tennis Clinic held at her Tennis Academy on the outskirts of Hyderabad.Hailing the impressive performance of the Indian women cricket team in the just concluded World Cup, she said several sportswomen in the country are doing well.Noting the Indian team did not get huge attention and support till it reached the World Cup final, Sania hoped that womens cricket would continue to get the same patronage.Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia and WTA officials were present on the occasion.Sania and Dhupia played with several children on the occasion. PTI SJR RS RSYlast_img read more

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro, Gear Sport fitness wearables launched in India starting at Rs 13,590

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first_imgSamsung launched its next-generation smart wearable devices, the Gear Fit 2 Pro and the Gear Sport, in India on Wednesday. While the Gear Fit 2 Pro has been launched in India at a price of Rs 13,590 the Gear Sport will cost buyers Rs 22,990. Both the wearable devices will be available for buying only online via Samsung’s own e-store, Flipkart and Amazon India starting from December 11, the company has announced. Pre-bookings start from December 4.Both the Gear Fit 2 Pro and the Gear Sport, to recall, were first announced ahead of IFA 2017 in Berlin alongside a pair of updated Gear Icon X wireless ear-buds. Samsung, for now, hasn’t launched the 2018-edition of the Gear Icon X in India.Gear Sport dumps the Gear S3’s style for fitness-tracking substanceThe Gear Sport, according to Samsung, is not a Gear S3 replacement. The Gear S3, launched by Samsung last year, still remains to be the king in the North as far as the South Korean major’s trysts with fitness/smart wearable technology is concerned. With the newly launched Gear Sport, Samsung is only looking to give — fitness conscious — buyers one more option to invest in its fitness/smart wearable technology ecosystem: an ecosystem that’s still trying hard to figure out its loyalties. The Gear Sport, as far as first impressions are concerned, looks like a fitness tracker masquerading as a smartwatch, and that’s a good thing.Unlike the Gear S3, the Gear Sport is lighter, thinner, lacks cellular connectivity, and is also swim-proof. It’s also relatively more affordable than the top-tier Gear S3. Samsung has also gone ahead and made healthy collaborations with Speedo, Under Armour and Spotify to make its new fitness/smart wearable more relevant. Of these Spotify isn’t available in India for now.advertisementThe Gear Sport, because it is 5 ATM-certified, is “safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering, and may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or the ocean. However, the Gear Sport should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth,” according to Samsung. And while you’re at it, you can also track your progress with the S-Health app. The Gear Sport, in addition, is also MIL-STD-810G certified so it can technically survive harsh environment.The Gear Sport, according to Samsung, is not a Gear S3 replacement. With the newly launched Gear Sport, Samsung is only looking to give — fitness conscious — buyers one more option to invest in its fitness/smart wearable technology ecosystemIf that wasn’t enough, the Gear Sport, can also be used to stream workout videos to a Samsung TV and remote controlling a Gear VR headset.In terms of hardware specs, the Gear Sport, unlike the Gear S3, comes with a smaller 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixels resolution which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport also comes with a Full Colour Always-On Display mode — taken from Samsung’s Galaxy range of phones — which, according to Samsung, allows the screen to display 16 million colours even during sleep mode.The fitness/smart wearable is compatible with any 20mm watch band, and Samsung will additionally sell its own hand-crafted straps for it.The Gear Sport is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor clubbed with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, much like the Gear S3. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC (for Samsung Pay) and GPS.Just like the Gear S3, the Gear Sport also runs Tizen-based Wearable Platform and features a round dial with a rotating bezel, deeply integrated with the wearable’s Tizen OS. Sensors on-board the Gear Sport include: accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyro, and a continuous heart-rate monitor.Unlike the Gear S3 however, the new Gear Sport is backed by a smaller 300mAh battery, but it is still rated to deliver up to four days of battery life on moderate usage. The Gear Sport is compatible with all Android smartphones running Android 4.4 and upwards with 1.5GB+ RAM with support. It is compatible with iOS devices like the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 as well provided they’re running iOS 9 and upwards.Gear Fit 2 Pro adds enough incremental upgrades over the Gear Fit 2 to warrant an upgradeThe Gear Fit 2 Pro may seem like an incremental upgrade to the Gear Fit 2, but make no mistake, Samsung’s new fitness wearable packs in enough incremental upgrades over the Gear Fit 2 to warrant an upgrade. For one, the Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with a new buckle clasp instead of the unwieldy peg-and-hole closure on the original Gear Fit 2. Also, the Gear Fit 2 Pro comes in small and large sizes and has a 1.5-inch curved AMOLED screen which may be smaller than the one on-board the original, but packs the same punch as far as colours are concerned.advertisementMore importantly, the Gear Fit 2 Pro gets both the 5 ATM as well as the MIL-STD-810G certifications, just like the Gear Sport, which means that it’s swim-proof and can withstand harsh environment. A new feature on the Gear Fit 2 Pro, called water lock mode, meanwhile avoids an errant screen — preventing water bubbles from activating or interacting with the screen — while swimming while still keeping track of your swimming patterns.The Gear Fit 2 Pro, in addition, supports GPS, continuous heart rate monitoring and comes with 4GB of on-board storage enough to store up to 500 songs.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A8s launched: Key specs, features, price and everything else you should know

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first_imgSamsung has finally launched its long-time rumoured Galaxy A8s in China today. The smartphone company had announced the coming of the Galaxy A8s — the first phone with Infinity-O display — at the company’s Developers Conference last month. Soon after the phone was announced, Samsung teased the Galaxy A8s for quite a number of times showing off its punch ole display and triple rear cameras. The Galaxy A8s is special to Samsung because this is the first phone from the company to the use its own Infinity-O display which was unveiled alongside three other displays at Developers Conference in November.Before Samsung officially launched the Galaxy A8s, Huawei sub-brand Honor announced the Honor View20 with punch hole display, or in other words, in-display selfie camera. Although Honor claims that it will be the first company to launch a punch hole camera display phone, it is actually the Samsung Galaxy A8s. In reality, the Galaxy A8s becomes the first phone to officially launch with the in-display selfie camera. The front camera of the Galaxy A8s is placed inside a punch hole on the top right corner of the display. Compared to the Honor View20, the Samsung Galaxy A8s comes with a slightly bigger punch hole on the front. Samsung says that the front camera hole on the front of the Galaxy A8s is about 4.8mm, which in comparison to Honor View20 is slightly bigger. The punch hole on the View20 is 4.5mm in dimensions.advertisementSamsung Galaxy A8s specificationsDisplay: The Samsung Galaxy A8s comes with a 6.4-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.Hardware: The Galaxy A8s is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor coupled with Kryo 360 CPU and Adreno 616 GPU.RAM: The phone comes in two RAM models: 6GB and 8GB.Storage: 128GBRear camera: The Galaxy A8s includes three cameras on the back. The phone includes a primary sensor of 24MP paired with f/1.7 aperture, secondary sensor of 10MP, and third sensor of 5MP for depth shots.Front camera: On the front, the Samsung Galaxy A8s sports a 24-megapixel selfie sensor with f/2.0 aperture.Battery: The Samsung phone is backed by a 3,400mAh battery with fast charging support.Software: The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung Experience UI 9.5 on top.Colours: Black (Green), Blue, and SilverSamsung Galaxy A8s features–The key highlight of the Galaxy A8s is the Infinity-O display or punch hole display. In simple words, the phone equips a selfie camera inside the display of the phone, this basically helps in reducing the side bezels of the phone and also ditches the notch in the top centre. –The Galaxy A8s comes with triple camera setup on the rear panel. The rear camera configuration of the Galaxy A8s is almost similar to that of the Galaxy A9. On the camera front, the Galaxy A8s includes a primary sensor of 24MP, a secondary sensor of 10MP, and a third sensor of 5MP for depth shots.–The primary sensor of the rear panel is dedicated for ultra-wide angle lens, while the second sensor is a telephoto lens. While the third sensor of the rear panel can be used for capturing depth shots, or background blur pictures.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A8s launched with Infinity-O display, Snapdragon 710 and triple rear cameras–The Galaxy A8s comes with a glossy finish body with Aluminum frame, which gives the phone a premium touch.–For the Galaxy A8s, Samsung has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack.Samsung Galaxy A8s availability and priceSamsung is yet to reveal the price of the Galaxy A8s. The phone comes in two variants. The base model comes with 6GB RAM + 128GB, while the high-end version of the phone packs 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. Although Samsung is yet to reveal the price of the Galaxy A8s, Samsung has announced that the smartphone will be available for pre-orders in China very soon. As of now, there’s no information whether or not the phone will come to India.last_img read more

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Chris Gayle feels after Virat Kohli, KL Rahul will serve Indian cricket for long

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first_imgKL Rahul is a phenomenal talent who has the ability to emulate Virat Kohli’s heady achievements if he remains in his “zone”, feels none other than ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle.Rahul, 27, has overcome probably the toughest phase in his life and career which saw him endure a dismal run on the Test tour of Australia and an interim BCCI suspension for making sexist comments on a TV chat show alongside India teammate Hardik Pandya.Having put that phase behind, Rahul let his bat do the talking and alongside his Kings XI Punjab teammate, Gayle forged one of the most destructive opening combinations in the ongoing IPL.”KL is definitely one of the players that comes to my mind (when you talk about the current India players), I hope he produces the goods like Virat. After Virat, it should be him,” Gayle told PTI in an exclusive interview.However, Gayle’s advise for Rahul would be to not take undue pressure.”But it is not necessary for him to put himself under that kind of pressure, he needs to be himself, stay in his zone and try not to compete with anyone.”You have a lot of talent (in India), I could go on and on and most of them don’t even get the opportunity (to play for the national team),” said the 39-year-old West Indian, who is in top form ahead of his 5th World Cup.Both Rahul and Gayle have been the leading-run getters for Kings XI Punjab this season, having scored close to 450 runs in 11 games to warm up for the World Cup in near perfect fashion.advertisementThe Jamaican, who is into his second season with the franchise, has proved his detractors wrong time and again after being bought only for his base price in the auction before the 2018 edition.Ahead of the 2019 IPL, he was in devastating touch in the home ODI series against England, smashing two hundreds and as many half-centuries in the five-match contest.”Two years I have been here (with KXIP) and it has been phenomenal. I love the Punjab style. I am getting to work with a great bunch of people and hopefully, we can do something special for the franchise. The aim is to get to the playoffs and take it from there.”He is also highly impressed by the work ethic of captain Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not played limited overs cricket for India in the past two years with wrist spinners taking center-stage.”I don’t know what happened there (why he is not in India’s limited overs setup). He has been a phenomenal bowler for India. He is a very passionate bowler, equally passionate as captain and someone who strongly believes in his ability as well his team’s. It is very good to see that in a captain,” added Gayle.Also Read | Chris Gayle hopes for fairy-tale finish at ICC 2019 Cricket World CupAlso Read | IPL 2019: I am not scary. No need to fear Universe Boss, says Chris Gaylelast_img read more

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2 Big-Name Coaches Are On The Verge Of Getting Fired

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first_imgA general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.LUBBOCK, TX -NOVEMBER 22: A general view of the football field and fans at Jones SBC Stadium during the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 22, 2003 in Lubbock, Texas. The Sooners won 56-25. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Two big-name college football head coaches appear to be on the verge of getting fired at the end of the 2018 regular season.USC head coach Clay Helton and Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury both appear to be in their final days leading their respective programs.The Trojans lost to UCLA on Saturday, bringing the Helton-led program below .500 on the season. USC appears to be in line for a 5-7 finish with Notre Dame this weekend.The Red Raiders, meanwhile, were dominated by Kansas State on Saturday, and are now 5-6 on the season, too.We’ve already had a couple of major firings this season and it seems like these two head coaches could be next.If Texas Tech makes a move on Kingsbury, which seems like a stronger possibility than 48 hours ago, the candidate pool will probably look similar— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 19, 2018Wow. USC is 5-6.USC should never be 5-6.You have to fire Clay Helton.— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) November 18, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Katie Couric Honored By Scholarship America

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first_imgScholarship America hosted their inaugural From Dreams to Degrees Education Dinner – honoring Katie Couric – on May 19, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.Video: #DreamsToDegrees: Celebrating Katie Couric and Scholarship America Dream Award RecipientsProceeds from the event will go toward the Scholarship America Dream Award, a completion-based scholarship program for students who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school.More than 300 individuals attended the event, which honored Katie Couric, journalist and author; Donald Graham, CEO of Graham Holdings Company; and the General Motors Foundation for their efforts in helping students achieve their education dreams. Rehema Ellis, NBC national education correspondent, emceed the evening’s program, which was chaired by Rodney O. Martin, Jr., chairman and CEO of Voya Financial.During the event, Martin surprised Scholarship America with a $25,000 gift from Voya Financial’s philanthropic arm, the Voya Foundation, to support the Scholarship America Dream Award.“As a leader in helping Americans get ready for retirement, you might think that our main focus would be on helping people after they’ve begun their careers,” said Martin. “However, we know that the success of our customers hinges on circumstances, accomplishments and investments much earlier in life. That’s why Voya Financial and the Voya Foundation are committed to advancing children’s education and financial literacy. We are extremely proud to be part of the community that Scholarship America brings together – to literally change lives.”The evening’s honorees were selected for their deep commitment to advancing education beyond high school for those students who need the most help. Students impacted by these important programs were present to help Scholarship America honor these individuals and organizations:Katie Couric, honored for Philanthropic Innovation after donating the proceeds of her book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives to the Scholarship America Dream Award, said, “The American Dream is alive in the hearts and minds of all the young people that Scholarship America helps year after year.”Donald Graham, honored for Impact & Advocacy for his commitment to undocumented and low-income students, praised scholarship programs and students: “Scholarship America opens the door, but the heroes of the program are the students.”General Motors Foundation, honored for Social Responsibility; their Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is one of the largest and most impactful scholarship programs in the country, and was developed in effort to strengthen the country’s workforce pipeline with the next generation of leaders and innovators. “Through programs like the Buick Achievers Scholarship, we’ve made a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of students through more than $27 million in scholarships,” said Greg Martin, executive director of GM Global Public Policy and GM Foundation board member. “We are honored to join like-minded individuals such as Katie Couric and Donald Graham and to be recognized for our deep commitment to educational advancement.”last_img read more

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UN experts call for strong government response to antiRoma violence in Europe

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“Effective action is required to stem the growing tide of hostility, anti-Roma sentiment and violence across Europe,” UN Independent Expert on minority issues Gay McDougall said in a statement.“Where a hard core of extremism exists in society and is willing to perpetrate violence, the full force of the criminal justice system must be used to protect targeted populations.”The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, Githu Muigai, said such actions “reveal serious and deep-rooted problems of racism and discrimination against Roma at the heart of modern Europe that must be addressed in the most vigorous manner and through the rule of law.” In the latest incident on 17 November, far-right supporters armed with stones and petrol bombs besieged a Roma community in the Czech town of Litvinov and were prevented from attacking the community only by a concerted police response. “Extremists may feel they have licence for their attacks when the message they receive from government activities in other spheres is also that the Roma are a problem,” Ms. McDougall said.“Governments must strongly condemn such actions. Moreover they must be committed to finding ways to create safe environments for all by carefully monitoring and strengthening their own anti-racism activities, through leadership and public education, by swiftly denouncing hate speech and prosecuting the racist and violent actions of others in society.” Both experts consider the policies and actions of numerous States have been inadequate, at best, to resolve intolerable conditions of poverty, marginalization and exclusion experienced by the Roma. Policies such as fingerprinting Roma, abuse by police, and racist statements by senior public officials contribute to creating a climate in which societal discrimination and racism are sustained and enhanced. The experts said the growing number of incidents requires both a national and Europe-wide response. “A strong message must be sent by the European Union and acted upon by Member States. It is unacceptable for any sector of society to be vilified, threatened and attacked,” Mr. Muigai said. While welcoming the actions of the Czech authorities and police to protect the Roma community in the most recent incident, the experts noted that solutions must address the root causes of problems as well as their violent symptoms. International law, European directives and national policies must be strongly enforced by national governments and at the level of local government where “the message of anti-racism is simply not getting through,” Ms. McDougall said. 21 November 2008Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed grave concern over the recent rise in anti-Roma sentiment and violent incidents in several European countries, calling for a stronger response from governments. read more

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JLR welcomes largest intake of UK graduates in company history

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Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Jaguar Land Rover today welcomed its largest single intake of graduates in the company’s history. The 336 new recruits are beginning a two year programme developed to provide the right blend of technical expertise, personal development and knowledge needed for a truly rewarding career at one of the world’s leading automotive businesses.The 2011 graduate intake are joining Jaguar Land Rover during one of the most exciting and challenging periods in the automotive industry as climate change, global consumer demands and economic volatility combine to challenge current ideologies and demand greater technological innovation.Jaguar Land Rover HR Director, Des Thurlby, said: “Today marks an important day both for the graduates who are embarking on their careers with us and for our business as we enter a phase of intense investment in our future – investment in products, people and infrastructure. This is an incredibly exciting time for Jaguar Land Rover and these new recruits have a critical role to play in shaping our business and delivering our future success.”As the highest ranking automotive manufacturer in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers index, Jaguar Land Rover has a proven track record in developing the future generation of innovators, engineers, buyers and marketeers needed to support its ambitious plans for growth and fuel expansion in to new and emerging markets. In the last four years alone Jaguar Land Rover has employed nearly 700 graduates who bring to the business energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas.During their first day with the company the graduates took part in an in-depth induction programme during which they met with members of the Jaguar Land Rover Board, got to grips with the latest product line up and were given an inspirational speech on team work and leadership from Olympic Champion and Patron of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, Sir Steven Redgrave.Commenting on his appointment, Abhishek Sampat, a graduate in Automotive Engineering Design said: “I knew from beginning my course at Coventry University that I wanted a career in the automotive industry. As the largest investor in automotive R&D and engineering in the UK it was clear that Jaguar Land Rover could provide me with  the opportunity to learn from industry leaders in this field. It was also clear that a role here meant I would be able to make a strong and tangible contribution from the outset “.Competition for the places was fierce with over 8,500 applications and in the coming months the company is set to launch its next campaign to find graduates for 2012.To find out more about career opportunities in UK automotive, click here. read more

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Shiffrin takes World Cup superG has win in all disciplines

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LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Mikaela Shiffrin captured her first World Cup super-G race Sunday to give her a win in all five major disciplines.Shiffrin completed her run in a time of 1 minute, 19.41 seconds to hold off Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.77 seconds. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany finished third.Known for her technical skills, the two-time overall World Cup champion Shiffrin has steadily worked on her speed events. She won a downhill race at Lake Louise last season. Shiffrin has 46 World Cup victories.The downhill track at Lake Louise was recently renamed “Lake Lindsey Way” in honour of Lindsey Vonn, who missed the races this weekend due to a knee injury. All set to retire following this season, Vonn altered those plans to compete in Lake Louise next season.The Associated Press

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Prima Cinema to offer day one home movie streaming for 20000

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first_imgWith broadband speeds increasing every year, the ability to stream content or download HD movies is certainly more common place in people’s homes, and most seem happy to do this over buying a traditional DVD/Blu-ray, an ethos that Microsoft deploy with their Xbox Live service. However, what is certain is between the time delay when a movie comes out in theaters to the time it is available for home use, normally 3 months, movie buffs have no choice but to sit and wait to see the movie again (or turn to piracy).Yet all of this could be a thing of the past as a report from the Wall Street Journal sheds light on a proposal that could see movies brought to homes the same day they hit theaters. But of course there will be a pretty big catch, because the prices that are being thrown around by Prima Cinema Inc reveal that you will need to be quite wealthy to get hold of them. Prima plans to charge customers a one-time fee of around the $20,000 mark for a digital-delivery system and then an additional $500 per film. Prima already has $5 million in backing from companies at Best Buy Co. and General Electric Co.’s Universal Pictures, and hopes to roll out the service to customers a year from now.AdChoices广告The cost is significantly more than the $50 per film and then $30 per film suggested earlier this year by some movie studios. The idea has understandbly had a mixed reaction in Hollywood as some top execs question if it would be possible to build a market beyond a few thousand users.Adam Fogelson, chairman of Universal had this to say:While this is a niche market, there is a chance for significant upside. And precisely because it is a niche market, that upside should come without harming any of our existing partners or revenue streams. Prima’s founder and chief executive, Jason Pang joined in with the above comment stating:We’re not here to replace anything, we are trying to create new revenue streams for studios and new viewing opportunities for moviegoers. Could this be one way to combat the rise in digital piracy and the fall of DVD sales? Studios are no longer making as much money from DVDs with consumer spending down by 20% in 2010 from 2009, to $7.8 billion. Either way, the cost is way too high for the average consumer to justify and we just hope that a better solution can be reached before piracy wipes out cinema for good.Read more at The Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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Human Pharmaceuticals Can Change Crickets Personality

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first_imgStay on target Animals, like us, exhibit varying personalities. And researchers at Linköping University in Sweden are using human drugs to find out why.In people, unbalanced brain chemicals can cause strange behavior. But is the same true for animals?“People with different levels of brain chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine, often behave differently,” according to lead study author Robin Abbey-Lee, a postdoctoral researcher in the LiU Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (IFM).“However, we do not know if these chemicals can explain personality differences … in other species,” she continued, “and if the chemicals are causing the observed differences or if both the differences in behavior and chemical levels are caused by another underlying factor.”As part of their investigation, a team of scientists experimentally changed the levels of serotonin and dopamine in crickets, giving them human pharmaceuticals used to treat depression and Parkinson’s disease, respectively.“In this study we wanted to really address an important gap in our knowledge by experimentally altering these brain chemicals and seeing if we could get a resulting behavioral change,” senior study author Hanne Løvlie, an associate professor in the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (IFM), said in a statement.It worked.But only with serotonin levels which, when altered, made crickets less active and less aggressive. Changing the dopamine levels had no observable effect.“This suggest[s] that serotonin has a clearer underlying role in these behaviors,” Løvlie said.The results, published last week in the journal Scientific Reports, go a long way to improving scientists’ understanding of animal personalities.Perhaps even more importantly, though, they raise the issue of how increasing levels of pharmaceuticals leaking into nature through our waste water may affect wildlife.More on Geek.com:Cocaine is Crippling European EelsScientists Gave Octopi Molly and They Loved ItNY Lawmakers Propose Medical Marijuana for Man’s Best Friend Tenn. Police Warn of ‘Meth-Gators,’ Urge Users Not to Flush DrugsChild Finds $40,000 Worth of Meth Inside Lego Box last_img read more

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Jordan Houston thankful for words of wisdom from Rangers veterans

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first_imgRangers defender Jordan Houston says he is thankful for the words of advice from the club’s former defenders Lee Wallace and Gareth McAuley.Houston says he hopes to make his mark at Ibrox adding that he is pleased with his level of progress so far.Houston told SportTimes via Evening Times: “I have known Lee a lot longer than I have known Gareth having been fortunate enough to be involved with the first team previously.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Lee has given me great advice on how to help different aspects of my game and has taken me under his wing when I have been with the first team and helped me get involved.“Gareth was with the 20s when he was returning to fitness and he has been great and given me some really good advice. I really appreciate that from both of them.“Gareth has had an incredible career so it was great for me to be able to play alongside him. I was delighted to get that chance and he really helped me and all the young lads through the game.”last_img read more

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Owaisi seeks law against lynching

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first_imgHyderabad: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has said the Centre should come out with a law against lynching and wondered why such legislation was not brought out despite a Supreme Court suggestion to frame one. Addressing a meeting here on Friday against lynching, Owaisi accused the Sangh Parivar of spreading hatred and false propaganda against the Muslims, adding that it had resulted in such incidents. Also Read – Patancheru: MLA Gudem participates in Urs Advertise With Us “You read their literature… What has Deendayal Upadhyaya (RSS ideologue) written in the theory of integral humanism? What has he written about Muslims? You read it,” he said. The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader, who spoke at length about the lynching of Tabrez Ansari, alleged that the perpetrators of the incident were terrorists. Also Read – GHMC assures solution to drainage problem Advertise With Us Ansari, 24, died after he was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a mob in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district last month on the suspicion of theft. The newly-married youth was purportedly seen in a video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman.” Owaisi asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi would call those who killed Ansari terrorists. “Why don’t you frame a law, Mr Modi? Why cannot such a law be brought out when the Supreme Court had told you to do so?” he asked. Advertise With Us In July last year, the Supreme Court had asked the Parliament to consider enacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching, saying “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to become a new norm. Referring to the budget, Owaisi said he also wanted to see India become a superpower and a USD 5-trillion economy, but wondered whether it could be achieved if hatred was spread against the Muslims. The Hyderabad MP said the Muslims should not get disappointed or live in fear. He asserted that the people of the community would not raise the slogans even if they were forced by the mobs. The AIMIM chief said he was against anyone taking law into their own hands, but underlined the need to continue to the fight according to the law. Owaisi underlined that his party was not against the Hindus, but against Hindutva. “Hindu nationalism is different and Indian nationalism is different. Indian nationalism includes all religions. Hindu brethren in the country are secular and will remain so,” he said. Referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s comments last year that the AIMIM was a “Razakar’s party,” Owaisi said he had nothing to do with the militia of the erstwhile Nizams. “Those who are Razakars had gone to Pakistan. Those who are dutiful, that is the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslim,” he said.last_img read more

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DU expels 2 BCL leaders for entry test question leak

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first_imgThe Dhaka University authorities have expelled two BCL leaders for their involvement in fraud related to the admission test of D Unit held on 20 October, reports UNB.The suspended students are Mohiuddun Rana, a second-year student of physics and central assistant secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL); and Abdullah Al Mamun, a first-year student of applied chemistry and theater and debate secretary of DU Amar Ekushey Hall unit of BCL.BCL is the student wing of ruling Awami League. DU Syndicate member Lutfur Rahman confirmed this to UNB that the Syndicate took the decision to temporarily expel them from the university on Sunday at a meeting.Bangladesh Chhatra League also expelled Mohiuddun Rana from the organisation on 22 October for same allegations.last_img

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The blackbox in your car

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first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The boxes, which are already used in planes are more commonly know by the name “black box”, and are designed to record the condition of a vehicle and show us the last few seconds of the car before the crash. The device, which the driver would not be able to turn off, would be able to be used by law enforcement, insurance companies and automakers to gather more crash data.There are some concerns about the use of the data, and the potential overreach of government authority, but this may not stop the mandate from going through. If you have an airbag in your car then the odds are that you already have one of these devices in your car, but the information that you will get about the device will probably come completely from the legal disclosure in your owner’s manual.This new mandate may conflict with the laws of some states that prohibit the disclosure of this particular type of data. Though, the odds are that you do not live in one of those states that has these data protection laws. There are 37 states with no laws that bar the disclosure of this type of data. Currently, there are no federal laws that explicitly govern the access to this black box data, or any laws that clarify how much of this driving data other parties, such as your insurance company, can legally access. (PhysOrg.com) — It is expected that within the next month officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will declare that all cars must have an event data recorder inside the vehicle. Study: distracted driving laws don’t stop crashes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. via Wired More information: Citation: The blackbox in your car (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-blackbox-car.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Founding Fathers and leaders who were LGBTfriendly in honour of LGBT History

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first_imgAs part of this movement, we’re heading way back to the late 18th century and early 19th century, where we’ll take a look at the LGBT and LGBT-friendly Founding Fathers, early Presidents and other leaders.Alexander HamiltonLet’s start with the obvious choice. Alexander Hamilton is currently most famous for being the subject of the incredible Broadway musical Hamilton, as well as for being the face of the $10 note.And according to some historians, he could also be one of the most influential gay men in American history. Hamilton shared a close relationship with statesman John Laurens while both were soldiers during the revolutionary war.As fans of musical Hamilton know, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton never got to be President after a scandal about his tumultuous personal life. As well as his affair with a woman, he has also been rumoured to have relationships with men.During the Revolutionary War, his letters to close friends John Laurens and Marquis de Lafayette grew more affectionate and flowery – while many accounts describe Hamilton as “feminine”.In one letter about Laurens failing to reply, Hamilton described himself as a “jealous lover.”He wrote: “Like a jealous lover, when I thought you slighted my caresses, my affection was alarmed and my vanity piqued.”He wrote in another letter, after Laurens had left him: “I wish, my Dear Laurens, it might be in my power, by action rather than words to convince you that I love you.“I shall only tell you that ’til you bade us Adieu, I hardly knew the value you had taught my heart to set upon you.”He added: “You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.”John LaurensAn American soldier and statesman from South Carolina who fought alongside Hamilton in the Revolutionary War, Laurens is known for his essays against slavery and success recruiting soldiers to fight the British.Laurens also exchanged personal correspondence with Alexander Hamilton, which has lead historians to believe that the two men were likely lovers.Hamilton biographer James Thomas Flexner wrote that the intensely expressive language in their letters “raises questions concerning homosexuality” that “cannot be categorically answered”.Abraham LincolnOne of America’s most iconic Presidents, Abe also spent a large portion of his life spooning with men. In his early adulthood, the President shared a bed with Joshua Speed, who later became a Congressman.Not forgetting his roots, Lincoln several times offered Speed a government appointment – only to be rejected every time.Lincoln also shared a narrow bed with companion Billy Greene in his 20s.Greene remarked of their cosy living situation: “When one turned over the other had to do likewise… his thighs were as perfect as a human being could be.”George WashingtonGeorge Washington was one of his country’s first LGBT allies, allegedly encouraging Alexander Hamilton and John Laurens to openly share a bunk while at camp during the Revolutionary War.And writer and LGBT activist Larry Kramer has theorised that Washington was gay himself.In his recent novel The American People, Kramer wrote: “In the case of Washington, he was a big queen, basically.He decorated everything. He designed all the uniforms, the buttons. The correspondence exists with all the dealers he dealt with in England to make everything.”Charles AdamsThe son of President John Adams, Charles Adams became a protégé of Prussian military officer Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who was rumoured to be gay, and is often credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.Adams was allegedly comfortable with his sexuality and lived with a man named John Mulligan.Benjamin FranklinThis Founding Father showed empathy for LGBT people ahead of his time.While serving as ambassador to France, it was Franklin who enlisted Baron Friedrich von Steuben (as mentioned above) as a military strategist in the Continental Army, knowing full well about his sexuality.According to the Washington Blade, von Steuben could have faced prosecution for sodomy in Europe, so Franklin essentially provided sanctuary for him in America.James BuchananBuchanan was the 15th President of the United States, serving from 1857 to 1861. A lifelong bachelor, Buchanan faced speculation about his sexuality.Many have raised questions about Buchanan’s close and intimate relationship with future Vice President William Rufus King, as the pair lived together for more than a decade.William Rufus Devane KingKing, the 13th Vice President of the US, described his relationship with James Buchanan (above) as a “communion”, and they were rarely seen apart.Many commentators at the time remarked on the pair’s closeness, with President Andrew Jackson referring to them as “Miss Nancy” and “Aunt Fancy”.All images credited Creative Commons.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBT History Month is – you guessed it – a month-long look at lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, as well as the history of the gay rights movement.Occurring annually, LGBT History Month takes place in the United States in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsNew York City to host 2019 IGLTA Annual Global ConventionLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesPINK NEWS-last_img read more

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Get A Massive 95 Discount On The Complete Adobe CC Training Bundle

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MountainView Unloads 487M in Fannie Mae MSRs

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first_img Share in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing “”MountainView Servicing Group””:http://www.mvch.com/ announced Monday that it completed the sale of three bulk packages of mortgage servicing rights for “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html loans.[IMAGE]The Denver-based subsidiary of MountainView Capital Holdings completed the sale on July 31. All packages were sold without bifurcation of seller and servicer representations and warranties.The three packages had a combined unpaid principal balance of $487 million and contained mostly conventional fixed-rate product secured by properties located across the country. Additionally, most were newer origination, with the average age being under three months.””Several mortgage banks are selling recently originated mortgage servicing rights at levels above AOT pricing and at or near net Fannie Mae bifurcated co-issue pricing,”” said “”Matt Maurer””:http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Matthew/Maurer, managing director at MountainView Servicing. “”By selling on a non-bifurcated basis, the sellers are able to reduce the size of their Fannie Mae sold portfolio, which in turn allows them to deliver more loans to Fannie Mae.””””Our sellers have been able to better their all-in loan execution, better their turn times and become less reliant on the large aggregators,”” said managing director Robert Wellerstein. “”And our buyer is still looking for another partner or two who will sell packages of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac MSRs on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly bulk basis.”” In the first seven months of the year, MountainView has advised on 24 mortgage servicing rights transactions involving packages with approximately $47.5 billion total in unpaid principal balance. The company is scheduled to complete two similar servicing deals on August 31 for a combined unpaid principal balance of approximately $750 million.MountainView Servicing Group advises independent mortgage companies, commercial banks, thrifts, credit unions, and special servicers on the trading, valuation, and overall management of their residential mortgage servicing rights. Agents & Brokers Company News Fannie Mae Fixed-Rate Mortgage Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Processing Service Providers 2012-08-06 Tory Barringercenter_img MountainView Unloads $487M in Fannie Mae MSRs August 6, 2012 458 Views last_img read more

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