My Gear

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Earlier this week, Jenny Poore at Sales Engine posted My Start In Sales. She asked me to answer a bunch of questions, most of which I had already answered here. As I read her questions, I pulled the posts I wrote, so that I could give her some content.One question that I hadn’t answered was “What is your current mobile device?”Here is the gear I am using now.My main computer is a Mac Pro (Late 2013). I increased the RAM to 64GB so that I could do some of my video editing, without spending hours and hours waiting. I’ve got this computer connected to 27-inch Thunderbolt displays. All of this gear is sitting on a Geekdesk, standing desk (my posture is way better when I am working at the computer standing up, so it was a worthwhile investment for me).I also have a 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display and 16GB of RAM. This very well may be the very best laptop available today. It’s as powerful as a desktop, and it is an excellent box for anything, including video and audio work. But it is becomes heavy when you carry it through airports. Most of the time, it isn’t worth the extra weight. Depending on where I am going and what my work looks like, I might carry this box with me.For short trips and wandering around town, I use the new Macbook. It’s super thin, super light, and a bit underpowered. That said, it is the perfect laptop to carry if I only need PowerPoint, email, the Web, and for me, Scrivener (the application I am now using for all of my writing). For a short trip, carrying this computer does a tremendous job of lightening the weight of what I carry with me. I bought this computer hoping it would replace the 15-Inch MacBook Pro, but it isn’t anywhere near powerful enough. But it has replaced my iPad).Since everything I do is on Apple, I carry the iPhone 6 Plus with 128 GB of memory. I have just started capturing video for a more serious commitment to my YouTube channel, and I need the space for video. The big screen is one of the best features, and it works for me, especially when I have my contacts in.I also carry the Kindle Voyage. I still like physical books, but the Kindle allows me to highlight text and take notes while I am reading. A lot of people don’t know that Amazon stores your notes and highlights on a private page (which you can share, if you choose to). This private page makes it easy to review your highlights and pull text for writing or presentations. For me, this is better than typing notes into Evernote, or writing on index cards.That’s most of my gear. What are you using now?last_img read more

The Ends of Democracy

first_imgIn the Summer 1989, as the Soviet Union crumbled, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama authored a widely celebrated essay in The National Interest, subsequently expanded into a book, titled The End of History and the Last Man, in which he prophesized: “What we may be witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, or the passing of a particular period of postwar history, but the end of history as such…. That is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”For the better of the past three decades, political and economic liberalism has been on the march. Democracy movements swept through Eastern Europe, in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, as well as states of the former Soviet Union, such as Georgia, Ukraine and Lithuania. As recently as 2010, democracy movements, celebrated as the Arab Spring, lit up North Africa and the Middle East. In 2007, Freedom House rated nearly 123 of 194 countries it evaluates as “electoral democracies.” It has been downhill ever since. A decade later, its 2017 report noted: “A total of 67 countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties in 2016, compared with 36 that registered gains. This marked the 11th consecutive year in which declines outnumbered improvements.”Dictatorial regimes have always been threatened by democratic uprisings, so it comes as no surprise that they resisted and crushed these upstart movements in societies lacking historical democratic roots. The Arab Spring dissipated into an Arab chill, as democracy movements throughout the Middle East were pulverized. Strongmen and dictators now reign over most of Eastern Europe. Just six of the 15 former Soviet republics currently have democratic governments and most of them are fledgling. Vladmir Putin reigns as a virtual dictator in Russia and is increasingly flexing his muscle to prop up strongmen on the international stage.More surprising and disturbing, however, are the populist uprisings during the past two years in the United States and Europe, the cradles of liberal democracy. Here, the internal fault lines of democratic governance stand glaringly exposed.The flawed democratic experiment has endured for more than two centuries now because dominant political parties were sufficiently restrained to not test its contradictions. It has long been recognized that the democratic system is rigged and susceptible to manipulation by money, power, demagoguery, and the like. For all its limitations and messiness, however, its inbuilt tensions between individual rights and popular will, as well as the checks and balances by different branches of government, have ensured that the democratic scaffolding remained intact. Indeed, compared to the ruthlessness and failures of the alternatives, democracy is undoubtedly endearing.However, with the increasing amplification of differences, the rise of social media, the growing coarseness of debate and a general decline in political civility, liberal democracy is increasingly vulnerable even in the established democracies of North America, Europe and India. Today, the democratic experiment is in growing danger of unravelling. Even Fukuyama is beginning to harbor doubts: “Twenty five years ago, I didn’t have a sense or a theory about how democracies can go backward. And I think they clearly can.”It is unlikely that liberal democracy can reclaim its glory by lofty appeals to civility and the public good. If anything, we are likely to see even greater polarization and acrimony in public discourse. Policy makers need to reform the system of government to reflect modern circumstances. Representative democracy, the U.S. electoral college and the British parliamentary system harken to an era of horse driven buggies and pamphleteers. Today, new technology and intelligent communication systems can be applied to advance direct individual participation.Automation, networks and easy mobility can enable people to be more directly involved in their self-governance. They offer opportunities to model laws speedily in response to a rapidly changing world, as well as to maximize individual liberties and create new forums for expression and self-actualization. Political scientists and policy makers should begin crafting a new political order that engages citizens more actively and directly for collective decision-making and that enhances individual political and cultural freedoms. From the ruins of the current political order, we could fashion a system that delivers on the centuries-old first principles of the Enlightenment of liberty, tolerance, and fraternity, notwithstanding the forces of division in our midst. Related Itemslast_img read more

PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Almazan retaliated, gracing Camson with an elbow to the face then punches were thrown before players Ronald Tubid, Don Trollano and the referees helped pacify the situation.Both were ejected after getting slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.The two met while being escorted by security on their way to their dugouts on opposite ends of the Cuneta Astrosome hallway and got into a heated verbal exchange.Rain or Shine leads, 44-40, at the half as of posting.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Levi’s Jordan IV is classic rock and rap combined Almazan and Camson got tangled near basket while fighting for positioning during a rebound play. Camson appeared to hit first with an elbow that triggered the scuffle. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WARNING: This video contains strong language.Heated hallway exchange between Almazan, Camson after getting ejected. #PBA2018 | @MarkGiongcoINQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) January 20, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game between Rain or Shine and Kia turned ugly after Elasto Painters center Raymond Almazan and Picanto big man Eric Camson traded blows late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata seek redemption against Hyderabad

first_imgSmarting from their opening round losses, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Deccan Chargers (DC) will hope to bring their campaign back on track when they cross swords at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.For KKR this will be the first match at their home ground without city’s favourite son Sourav Ganguly whose name had been synonymous with the team so far and provided the side the local flavour.Under new captains in Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, both Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers had a similar beginning to the fourth season of the Twenty20 extravaganza – suffering contrasting defeats to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.If Knight Riders gifted the match from a winning position to reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, were outplayed by IPL-1 champions Rajasthan Royals. KKR looked determined to come out of the rut this season, rejigging their line-up for a complete overhaul.Roping in Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan for the two top signings this season beside successfully bidding for South African Jacques Kallis, Aussie strike bowler Brett Lee, Knights have all the ingredients of a champion side. With talented youngsters in Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Sarabjit Ladda – who showed sparkling signs in their performances against Chennai – Gambhir just needs to get his act together.Deccan Chargers, who lost to the Knights on both the occasions in last season, too are licking their wounds after their morale-shattering loss to Rajasthan Royals and are low in confidence.advertisementThe new look Chargers led by former Kings XI skipper Sangakkara did not click in any of their departments against the Shane Warne’s boys.Sangakkara will have a tough task to fill into the shoes of Adam Gilchrist who provided a top and fourth place finish in IPL-2 and 3.On paper, Deccan’s bowling line-up can be considered as one of the best among the 10 teams with the likes of South African top gun Dale Steyn and Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra.It remains to be seen if they can pose any threat to an equally low-on-confidence Knight Riders on Monday.last_img read more

Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai recruitment notification for various posts

first_imgThe Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), Chennai has invited applications for recruitment for 40 various vacant posts.SDAT works towards promoting and encouraging quality participation and performance by Tamil Nadu sportspersons at national and international events through recognition, quality training, support schemes and world-class infrastructure.VacanciesTotal Posts: 40Name of the posts:Junior Assistant-cum-Typist – 26 PostsAssistant – 10 postsSteno Typist Grade III – 1 postCommercial Accountant – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Sports Technology) – 1 postAssistant Engineer (Electrical) – 1 postPay Scale:For Post I – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2400.For Post II & III – Rs 5200 to Rs 20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2800.For Post IV – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 4400.For Post V & VI – Rs 9300 to Rs 34800 per month with grade pay of Rs 5100.ELIGIBILITYAge Limit: The applicants’ age should not exceed 30 years and must not be less than 18 years.Educational Qualification: The applicant must have completed Class X/Bachelor’s Degree, Degree in Commerce, B.E or equivalent from the recognised university and must have typing knowledge.Selection Procedure: An interview would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: The eligible and interested candidates are required to download the application form from the official website and along with attested relevant documents send it to ‘Principal Secretary/Member Secretary, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, 116-A, Periyar EVR High Road, Nehru Park, Chennai-600 084’.Important Dates: The last date for submitting the application form is September 24, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

I want to play in the I-league for a Manipuri club, says Jackichand Singh

first_imgJackichand Singh bagged a whopping Rs 45 lakh in last month’s Indian Super League (ISL) auction, making him the fourth costliest Indian player.Before that, the 23-year-old winger was named the I-League’s ‘Best Player’ for playing a stellar performance for Royal Wahingdoh, which finished third in their maiden season.With all the new-found fame, Jackichand is fast emerging as one of the hottest properties in Indian football. Yet, the Manipuri has one wish that even he knows is a distant dream.”I want to play in the I-league for a Manipuri club. My state has given so many international footballers but not a single club from Manipur has ever played in I-League. Look, what other North-Eastern states like Meghalaya and Mizoram have done, they have so many teams in I-League,” Jackichand told Mail Today.”There is a lack of proper structure. Also, the clubs don’t pay you decent enough money and so it becomes difficult for professional players like me. Also, the political situation is not conducive enough,” added Jackichand, who will be playing for Pune City FC in the ISL.Also read: Chennayin FC sign Brazilian defender EderLast month, the death of a student in police firing resulted in violent protests in Imphal and Jackichand, who plays for Shillong club Wahingdoh, is aware of this.”What can you do, when the situation is like this? When I was a student even I went to protest rallies when I would return home from Army Boys Academy in Shillong, where I used to train. Now, I don’t go to rallies. But if the police beat up people, they are bound to get angry,” said Jackichand, whose ancestral house is in Keikol, a village 12 km away from the state capital.advertisement”After the last season I-League, I went home in Keikol where my mom and dad live. I took my three-year-old son Civic too. During the two-month period I stayed there, not even a single day could I let him go out and play. There is curfew everywhere. After a week, my son started telling me ‘let’s go back to Shillong, here you don’t let me play’.”Yet, despite this grim situation, Jackichand believes things will improve.”My dad is a farmer and my mom runs a tea stall in the village. We don’t even have a pakka house. With the money that I have earned in football I have bought a big enough land for them. The construction of my new house has started. With the money that I will be getting in the ISL, I hope to gift them that house in a year,” says Jackie, as he is called by his teammates. “Like my situation, I hope my state’s situation will also improve in the coming years.”Jackichand, who made his India debut against Nepal in June, says the ISL auction is another step for him in the learning process as a footballer.”I was proud to be selected as one of the 10 players in the auction. On the auction eve, however, I was afraid that if no team picks me up what a shameful thing it would be. But then I got selected by Pune City FC. Some of my friends said I should have got more money, but I am happy. I have seen far worse days in my childhood,” Jackichand said.”We have players like Adrian Mutu, who has played for Chelsea, in our team. Also, we have former Manchester City assistant manager David Platt as our coach. The quality of foreigners in ISL is better than in I-League. We have started training. Hopefully, my interactions with them will be fruitful.”last_img read more

Davis Cup: Federer, Wawrinka lead Swiss to 2-0 lead over Netherlands

first_imgRoger Federer cruised and Stanislas Wawrinka laboured in lifting Switzerland to a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands in a Davis Cup relegation playoff on Friday.Facing an opponent ranked 434 places below him, No. 2 Federer eased to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jesse Huta Galung in the second singles rubber. Fourth-ranked Wawrinka earlier trailed by two sets to one before overcoming No. 144 Thiemo De Bakker 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in more than three hours.Federer and Wawrinka, the 2008 Olympic doubles champions, are scheduled to face the Dutch pairing of Matwe Middelkoop and Tim van Rijthoven on Saturday. The best-of-five series on hard court at Palexpo arena in Geneva will decide which team stays in the 16-nation World Group next year.last_img read more

Champions Trophy win for India could be stepping stone for 2019 World Cup: Shaun Tait to India Today

first_imgThe ICC Champions Trophy India-Pakistan round robin match failed to live up to the hype and the mother of all battles finished in an anti-climax with India outperforming their arch rivals.But as fate would have it, Pakistan have lifted themselves from there to have another go at India in what can be called without exaggeration, the mother of all finals.Former Australian fast bowler and ESPNcricinfo analyst Shaun Tait previews the India-Pakistan finale for India Today.Q. Being an Australian you know what the Ashes rivalry is like Shaun. Looking at the buzz around this game, what do you make of the India-Pakistan rivalry and their face off in the final?A. England and Australia’s Ashes rivalry is old and traditional. India and Pakistan have their own history and this has become huge as well. This has now become the biggest match and it’s special that they will face in the final.As far as the promoters go and from the marketing point of view, it’s a dream come true for world cricket. We expected India to be there as they were one of the tournament favourites but Pakistan have surprised a lot of people.Q. The way India have played, do you think they have all the bases covered?A. Yes. India have all bases covered. They went with the strategy to drop Umesh Yadav and that worked. Their batting is the strongest in the world. It’s safe to say they have the edge. They will be happy going into the final as firm favourites.advertisementQ. Will the fact that India gave Pakistan a hiding in the opener, weigh on Pakistan’s mind?A. Yes, it will be on the back of Pakistan’s mind a little bit. But since the first game, Pakistan have played well. No doubt they are a better side than what they were couple of weeks ago in the first game.Q. What is Pakistan’s best chance to put India on the back foot?A. Their bowling attack is their strength. Hasan Ali has been their best bowler in the tournament. He will have to stand up and get the big scalps like Rohit and Virat. Their bowling attack is their best hope.Q. This will be Virat’s first chance to win an ICC tournament as captain. He will be motivated to win this one as captain.A. No doubt. He is a superstar player and a young captain looking for his first silverware. He will be around in the next World Cup as well. This could be a stepping stone for the 2019 World Cup. A win will boost his captainship for future as well.last_img read more

Gentner suffers awful head injury

first_imgBundesliga Stuttgart captain Gentner suffers multiple facial fractures in horror collision Joe Wright 18:46 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) christian gentner - cropped Bongarts Bundesliga Stuttgart Stuttgart v Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Christian Gentner sustained several facial fractures against Wolfsburg but Stuttgart expect him to make a full recovery. Stuttgart have confirmed captain Christian Gentner suffered multiple facial fractures in a collision with Wolfsburg’s Koen Casteels on Saturday.The 32-year-old jumped for a header in the Wolfsburg penalty area in the closing minutes of the Bundesliga encounter and was accidentally struck by Casteels’ knee.Gentner received lengthy treatment before being carried off on a stretcher and was taken to hospital for further tests. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The club have since confirmed the extent of the midfielder’s injury, who will undergo an operation in the coming days.”Extensive examinations revealed that Christian Gentner had suffered breaks to his lower and lateral eye socket, his nose and his upper jaw,” Stuttgart said in a statement.Wir stehen hinter Dir, Gente! Das gesamte Team wünscht Kapitän Christian #Gentner eine gute und schnelle Genesung! #comebacksoon #VfB— VfB Stuttgart (@VfB) September 17, 2017″The 32-year-old will undergo surgery over the next few days and is expected to make a complete recovery.”Stuttgart sporting director Michael Reschke said: “It’s a cruel blow for Gente, his family and for us. The most important news, though, is that he will make a full recovery.”We will give Christian all the time he needs to get fully fit again. We are delighted that we will have our captain back on board again.”Christian is enormously important for us, both on as well as off the pitch. In the four Bundesliga games we’ve played thus far, he has impressively proven his exceptional qualities.”Stuttgart held out for a 1-0 win that takes them to six points from four matches.last_img read more

Genienominated Film to be Screened

first_imgFilm Nova Scotia and Empire Theatres are continuing their commitment to promote local work with the renewal of the ir free Screening Nights partnership for 2008. Screening Nights, held three times a year, allow local audiences to see homegrown film productions and enable local filmmakers to promote their work. The first free screening this year will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Theatre with imX communications inc. and Sepia Film’s Genie-nominated film Partition. Partition is a moving and epic love story that tells the story of Gian Singh and the vulnerable Naseem, a young woman he finds himself responsible for after she is separated from her family. Slowly, resisting taboos, Gian finds himself falling in love with Naseem and she shyly responds. The film stars Jimi Mistry (East is East), Kristen Kreuk (Smallville) and Neve Campbell (Scream). The film, directed by Vic Sarin, has recently been honoured with two nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. The Genie Awards, which honour exceptional achievements in Canadian film, will be presented March 3, in Toronto.last_img read more

Thrive Grants Expand Work on Healthy Eating in Publicly Funded Places

first_imgNova Scotians working in or using publicly funded institutions will soon have more options for healthy eating. The province has announced $350,000 in grants to support new healthy eating policies, menus, training and equipment in health-care settings, sport and recreation facilities, post-secondary schools and provincial and municipal government offices. “Healthy eating needs to be the easy choice where we live, learn, work and play,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “We already have nationally recognized comprehensive healthy eating policies and standards in schools and child-cares. Now the government is supporting local efforts to improve healthy eating in a wider range of public places.” Expanding food policies in publicly funded institutions is a government commitment through Thrive!, a plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan addresses childhood obesity and preventable chronic disease through 34 actions focused on healthy eating and physical activity. “Our council advocates for food policies that increase access to affordable healthy eating options for Nova Scotians,” said Annick Arseneau, chair, Nova Scotia Nutrition Council. “So I am very pleased that the Department of Health and Wellness is offering grants to help institutions create supportive environments for healthy eating.” Funding of up to $15,000 is available for collaborative and innovative local support of healthy eating policies. Applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 by 4 p.m. Learn more at read more

Riverdale Star in LateNight Car Crash After Working 16Hour Day on BC

first_imgK.J. Apa – David Livingston/Getty Images Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img The crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the set, which requires shoots that last until the early morning hours..The star of Riverdale was involved in a late-night car crash last week after a grueling 16-hour work day outside Vancouver, Canada, prompting the cast and crew of the hit CW show to demand better safety protections during production..K.J. Apa, 20, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros.-produced Archie Comics adaptation, apparently fell asleep driving the 45-minute trip home after midnight. He was taken to a local hospital for observation and later discharged without serious injuries. His car, however, didn’t fare as well. The passenger side was apparently destroyed after striking a light pole, and the vehicle was rendered inoperable..The crash has ignited a firestorm of protest on the Riverdale set, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The show routinely requires shoots that last until the early morning hours, and the cast and crew are not provided transportation to and from the set. Actor Cole Sprouse, who co-stars as Archie’s pal Jughead and is one of Apa’s close friends, had apparently planned to be in the car as well that night but changed plans at the last minute. Sprouse, a leader of sorts of the actors on the show, has asked that the Greg Berlanti-produced series provide transportation to cast members working late hours.. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

LS election will drive BJP out of power Modi will never be

first_imgChopra (WB): Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will drive the BJP out of power and ensure that Narendra Modi will never again be the prime minister. The Trinamool Congress will help form the next government at the Centre, she claimed and urged the people to vote for it. “This time it is a very important election. This election is to defeat the BJP. It is to drive out the BJP from power … This election is to make sure that Narendra Modi can never be the prime minister of the country again. We must ensure that they (BJP) never come back,” Banerjee said at an election rally at Chopra in Uttar Dinajpur. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The TMC will form the next government. We will drive out the BJP from the country,” she said urging people to vote for Trinamool Congress. Taking a jibe at Modi, Banerjee said that for the past four-and-half years the prime minister was busy touring foreign countries. “Suddenly he became so conscious about the welfare of countrymen”. “Five years back he was the chaiwala and now he is suddenly the chowkidar. And after the elections people will not find him anywhere. For four and half years he was busy touring the globe and now there is no employment here, farmers have died failing to pay their debts… He was mum when people were lynched. I call him (Modi) dangabaaz (rioteer) and a lutera (looter),” she said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Banerjee said no one from BJP, the Congress nor CPI-M had visited Darjeeling in the past five years, while she had made it a point to visit the Hills almost every month. The Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency is set to witness a keenly-fought contest between the two warring factions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) — one led by its supremo Bimal Gurung and his one-time protege Binay Tamang. The ruling TMC in West Bengal is yet to win the Darjeeling seat even once since its inception in 1998, while the BJP has emerged victorious twice.last_img read more

From Brock to Mars and back A QA with Mariek Schmidt

Mariek Schmidt talks to the Brock News about her work with NASA’s latest Mars mission and the Curiosity rover.Volcanologist and igneous petrologist Mariek Schmidt is one of 400 scientists worldwide monitoring and analyzing data from Mars that’s being collected by the rover vehicle Curiosity, which landed on the Red Planet last August.She spent a couple of months at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, developing plans for the rover to follow a geological route.Schmidt is back in her Brock office, continuing to analyze the data and participate in developing daily plans for the rover.BN: Describe what it was like to work with the team in California last year.Schmidt: We were together for the first 90 sols of the mission. A sol is one day on Mars, consisting of approximately 24.5 Earth hours. The idea was to have the entire science team all together living on Mars time so that we could synchronize communication with the rover and imaging orbiters that orbit Mars once a day.Mars sols and Earth days are similar that it doesn’t mess with you too much initially, but over the span of a week or two weeks it really changes. It adds up. It’s kind-of like living in another time zone. There will be one week a month when its normal time – you go to work at 8 or 9 in the morning and you work a normal day, and then there are other days where you start at 5 o’clock at night and it’s not so much fun.At the end of our shifts we’d have these science discussions where everybody got together and we’d talk things through. The best part about being at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena for the first 90 sols is that I got to work with these really incredibly smart people. We were always talking about science. It’s a really neat environment to be in. It’s an amazing, amazing opportunity and I’m very thankful to be part of this.BN: What is Mars like?Schmidt: Mars is dusty. That dust is generally a pinky-brown colour. It gives everything a pinky-brown hue. There aren’t any plants or animals. We’re not sure if micro-organisms ever existed. There’s water on Mars but not in the form one would normally think. Because the atmospheric pressure of Mars is very low, water is either stable as a solid or gas but not liquid form. There can be groundwater at higher pressures below the surface of the planet.There is evidence in the landscape – river channels and things like that – that could indicate that water was once present, which means the atmosphere used to be at a higher pressure. Mars is 4.65 billion years old. Mars is very dry, very cold and dusty. The temperature varies during the day from around 0°C to -70°C.Mars is a basaltic planet, which means that most of the rocks on Mars are rich in iron and magnesium. On Earth, we have oceanic crust and continental crust. Our oceanic crust is composed of basalt, while our continental crust is composed of granites, which are higher in silica. The dominant form of volcanism on Earth is basaltic, but what’s different from Mars is that we have high silica rock mostly due to plate tectonics, which Mars doesn’t have.BN: What is the purpose of your mission?Schmidt: What we’re trying to do with this mission is to understand whether or not Mars could have once been a habitable place. There’s been an atmosphere change during the planet’s history, from high pressure to low pressure; we want to know why.We’re trying to build a coherent history of Gale Crater by piecing the data together. We want to track how rocks change in composition over time. We do this by reading the layers of rock, where the youngest rocks are on top and the oldest layers on the bottom.BN: What is the rover Curiosity up to these days?Schmidt: Right now the rover is drilling into rock; this is a first-time activity. We’re really excited to get those data down to Earth, which hasn’t happened yet. The rover is drilling rock, taking core samples and turning those samples into powder. The rover has instruments in its body that can analyze powdered samples. It can determine the mineralogy; it also heats up samples and analyzes gases that are emitted from the rock. The rover also takes pictures, shoots a laser beam at rocks and lays instruments down on rocks to collect elemental compositions.BN: Will you ever visit Mars yourself?Schmidt: The next Rover is set to go up in 2020. I think it’s possible within my lifetime that humans will go to Mars. But I wouldn’t want to do it – it’s too far away and I might not come back. read more

Boris Johnson lost Parliament but he could win a UK election

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost Parliament. But he could still win a general election if enough voters approve of his determination to make Britain’s departure from the European Union a reality.The U.K. leader who took office in July failed spectacularly in his first encounter with Parliament, losing six important votes before suspending the legislature for an unexpected five weeks during a crucial period in Britain’s political life. He was unable to convince enough lawmakers to back his call for an early national election, which he hoped would give him a more pliant group of lawmakers.Despite his inability to get a general election set for mid-October — Parliament voted him down twice on that score — most observers think an early election is now inevitable, in part because Johnson’s Conservative Party has lost its working majority in the House of Commons and no longer has enough votes to pass legislation.Parliament is now suspended — or prorogued — until Oct. 14, but once its session resumes, most scenarios lead to a cross-party agreement to hold an early election that would test Johnson’s popularity outside Parliament’s Gothic halls in London. Right now the next British election is not scheduled until 2022.Under a master plan hatched in part by top adviser Dominic Cummings, who played a key role directing pro-Brexit forces during the 2016 referendum campaign on EU membership, Johnson and his team would hope to cast the election as a “people versus Parliament” vote.In this screenplay, the people — represented by Johnson and his Conservative Party candidates — are the good guys intent on implementing the results of the 2016 Brexit referendum that saw British voters, by a 4% margin, choose to leave the EU. Johnson’s Conservative party has been to a large degree purged of moderates who did not share his willingness to countenance a “no-deal” Brexit divorce from the EU and all the economic risks that entails.Parliament and opposition parties, meanwhile, will be cast as villains determined to thwart the will of the people with endless delays.The prime minister, well aware that many voters are tired of the whole thing, claims he doesn’t want an election but sees it as the only way to make Brexit happen. He can blame the current Parliament for tying his hands with its legislation blocking his ability to pull off a “no-deal” Brexit on Oct. 31, and say the legislators are determined to overturn the Brexit referendum because they don’t like the results.This “us versus them” scenario that Johnson’s team is hoping to capitalize on borrows from U.S. President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” approach, which helped him win the presidency in 2016.It is too early to predict with clarity what shape a British election would take, since there are too many unknowns, especially about what coalitions could be formed. A key question is whether Johnson will seek an alliance with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which could unite Brexit backers.The two teamed up successfully during the 2016 referendum campaign, both touting the idea that leaving the EU would give Britain back control of its laws and borders. Farage is a single-issue politician who was more willing than Johnson to blame immigrants for some of Britain’s problems.John Curtice, a polling expert with the University of Strathclyde, said Johnson could form a winning coalition with Farage if he is unable to wring concessions from the EU and decides to openly embrace a “no-deal” Brexit as his stated goal.“If he does a deal with Farage, and comes out in favour of ‘no-deal’ and Farage is ready to deal with him, that creates the potential of a winning coalition but contains the risk of splitting his own party,” Curtice said.He added that Johnson could also possibly win by getting a deal with the EU that wins parliamentary backing and woos Brexit Party voters back into the Conservative fold.“He’s got two routes, neither of which is easy,” Curtice said.Johnson will need to win the backing of disgruntled voters tempted to vote for candidates like Jonathan Bullock, the Brexit Party’s standard bearer in the pro-Brexit stronghold of Boston in eastern England.“Parliament has completely let us down,” Bullock said, claiming the current legislature is full of “remainers” who are determined to stall Brexit indefinitely. He backs the call for a general election but isn’t sure about Johnson.“Boris says the right thing, but can you trust him?” Bullock said. “The one person you can trust is Nigel Farage, who has been consistently right about this all along. He said that the establishment would try to stop Brexit, and he’s been absolutely right.”Johnson’s team also believes he can capitalize on the opposition Labour Party’s left-wing tilt under leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is a divisive figure for many voter. Just as Johnson has alienated some Conservative moderates, Corbyn has lost the backing of some longtime Labour figures who are turned off by his doctrinaire approach.But Johnson faces a potentially effective informal opposition coalition that would bring together Labour, which under Corbyn has not taken a clear position on Brexit but is opposed to a “no-deal” divorce, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Nationalists, which are both strongly opposed to Brexit and smaller regional parties.These groups banded together to block Johnson’s bid for an immediate election, but it’s not clear if they could bury past rivalries and find common ground in a longer campaign.___Associated Press writer Jill Lawless contributed.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit and British politics at: Katz, The Associated Press read more

HISTORY Rhein Neckar Lowen win DHB Cup 2018

Rhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen celebrate the first ever DHB Cup trophy! The reigning champions of DKB Bundesliga beat TSV Hannover Burgdorf 30:26 (13:11) at the final clash in Hamburg, where 13.200 fans witnessed Nikolaj Jacobsen’s team domination.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 30:26 (13:11)Löwen: Palicka, Appelgren; Tollbring, Sigurdsson (1), Groetzki (6), Radivojevic, Schmid (8), Pekeler (2), Bliznac, Petersson (5), Reinkind (1), Mensah (5), Taleski, Baena, Ekdahl Du Rietz (2)Hannover: Semisch, Ziemer; Mortensen (1), Pevnov (5), Häfner (6), Böhm (1), Olsen (1), Brozovic (1), Christophersen, Kastening (6), Lehnhoff, Thiele, Johannsen, Patrail (5), Atman, KarasonGerman Cup Finals between 2000 and 20182000 THW Kiel 30:25 (OT) SG Flensburg-Handewitt2001 VfL Bad Schwartau 30:23 HSG D/M Wetzlar2002 TBV Lemgo 25:23 SC Magdeburg2003 SG Flensburg-Handewitt 31:30 (OT) TuSEM Essen2004 SG Flensburg-Handewitt 29:23 HSV Hamburg2005 SG Flensburg-Handewitt 33:31 THW Kiel2006 HSV Hamburg 26:25 Rhein-Neckar Löwen2007 THW Kiel 33:31 Rhein-Neckar Löwen2008 THW Kiel 32:29 HSV Hamburg2009 THW Kiel 30:24 VfL Gummersbach2010 HSV Hamburg 34:33 (OT) Rhein-Neckar Löwen2011 THW Kiel 30:24 SG Flensburg-Handewitt2012 THW Kiel 33:31 SG Flensburg-Handewitt2013 THW Kiel 33:30 SG Flensburg-Handewitt2014 Füchse Berlin 22:21 SG Flensburg-Handewitt2015 SG Flensburg-Handewitt 27:27, 5:4 (PS) SC Magdeburg2016 SC Magdeburg 32:30 SG Flensburg-Handewitt2017 THW Kiel 29:23 SG Flensburg-Handewitt2018 Rhein-Neckar Löwen 30:26 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf ← Previous Story 6.000 FANS IN MADRID: FC Barcelona win Copa Del Rey 2018 Next Story → Vote for World Young Female Handball Player 2017/2018 until May 21! read more

Soluto wants to change the way geeks do tech support

first_imgEver heard of Soluto? A few years ago, its software launched at TechCrunch Disrupt to help Windows users around the globe deal with common PC frustrations. Slow boot times. Application crashes. Cluttered browser windows.Today, Soluto has evolved into something very different. It’s still designed to fight computing frustration, but it’s been transformed into a slick, friendly remote support platform.There are elements of zero-config remote support apps like LogMeIn and Teamviewer in the new Soluto, but there’s one massive difference that will be music to the ears of anyone who provides casual support services to friends, family members, or even a few select business clients.It’s cheap.Soluto’s new subscription plans start at $9.99 a month for up to ten PCs, and that gives you free reign to charge for what you do while you’re connected. Yes, LogMeIn and Teamviewer offer free options, but strictly speaking they’re only for non-commercial use.Soluto’s Roee Adler told me the team spent a lot of time thinking about the “new IT guy.” The person at the office — or in a circle of friends — that didn’t set out to tackle tech support but got roped into the role for one reason or another. “Ask Lee, he knows about Windows.” You know the sort of thing.Apart from the agent app that you install on the computers you want to support, everything else in Soluto is done from the comfort of a web browser (even on a smartphone or tablet). There’s no desktop or mobile control app to install.All the systems you support are neatly laid out on your dashboard page, and you’re able to take a quick look at details like estimated energy cost, hardware configuration, free disk space, and culprits in the latest frustrations.You can take action, too. Disk cleanup, home page resets, and even software installations (powered by the equally cool Ninite app) can all be initiated without actually connecting to the remote computer. You can even disable pesky browser add-ons this way. Need to do some actual clicking and typing? Fire up a connection and take the reins, just like you like would with Teamviewer or VNC.Performance is excellent, though it’s not quite up to snuff with apps like Teamviewer. Connections are still plenty fast, though: I never found the latency to be a source of irritation.Currently, some more advanced features are lacking. There’s no support for multiple monitors, no file transfer component, no built-in chat, and no screen recording option. Hardcore support specialists might miss these things, but for 98% of geek-powered support Soluto is more than sufficient.While Soluto is a nice tool for the person providing support, it’s also great for the folks who need support. A quick right-click of the system tray icon lets users report a frustration, complete with an automatically-captured screenshot. Problem details and a system summary are instantly zapped to your email so that you can begin your investigation.There’s also a nice human touch to the whole experience. When a problem is fixed, Soluto will inform the end user that you’ve stepped in to help. They’ll see your picture and can give you a virtual high-five to let you know that your hard work is appreciated. A little acknowledgement for a job well done is always welcome, right?And, as previously mentioned, you’re still free to charge. For around a buck a month per computer, there’s an excellent opportunity here for geeky types to make a little extra cash. Integrated support for systems like PayPal, Google Wallet, Flattr, or BitCoin billing would make a nice addition… and guess what? It’s coming soon to Soluto — in the meantime you’ll have to whip up some manual invoices.last_img read more

Council of State rules for longer pharmacy hours

first_imgA decision by the Council of State has opened the door to extending pharmacy opening hours, a change that has been vehemently opposed by professionals in the sector.According to a ruling on Wednesday, pharmacy owners will be able to operate their businesses on Saturday mornings as well as Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Pharmacists who wish to work beyond the fixed weekly schedule will have to notify their respective pharmaceutical associations and regional authorities, the ruling said.Pharmacists had claimed that expanding opening hours would cause “irreparable damage” by creating confusion among store owners as well as customers. They also argued that the move would undermine free competition in the retail distribution of medicines and medical goods, affecting revenues.Pharmacists have said in the past that the measure is unconstitutional and incompatible with EU legislation.The Council of State rejected the allegations — brought forward by the pharmaceutical associations of Attica, Corinth and Livadia — as being too vague.Pharmacists are among 140 or so “closed professions” that Greece’s foreign lenders — the European Union and the International Monetary Fund — have wanted to see liberalized in exchange for bailout help.In a controversial ruling, the same court earlier this month reversed a decision by the ministers of health and regional development to end the monopoly of pharmacies on the sale of first-stage baby milk by making it available, at lower prices, in super markets.The Panhellenic Union of Pharmacists had objected to the move on the grounds that pharmacists are more qualified to explain mixing procedures to parents than untrained supermarket employees, even though detailed instructions are included on the package.Critics point out that Greek parents are forced to buy baby milk at more than double the price than their British counterparts do. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

La Freebox naime pas lheure dété

first_imgLa Freebox n’aime pas l’heure d’été Ce dimanche, le passage à l’heure d’été a fait disparaître le temps entre 2 et 3h du matin… sauf pour les freebox(s), qui sont restées bloquées en heure d’hiver. Depuis le milieu des années 70, dans le but de faire des économies d’énergie, les mois de mars et d’octobre, l’heure francaise bascule d’une heure en avant ou en arrière. La plupart des appareils électroniques s’ajustent automatiquement. Mais ce dimanche, les processeurs de Freebox ont eu la surprise de voir leurs boitiers server, qui fournissent en accès internet, en décalage avec toutes leurs autres horloges digitales. Les Freebox Server v4 et v5, ainsi que la Freebox Révolution, v6, restent donc à l’heure d’hiver, même après un redémarrage. Ce n’est par contre pas le cas des boîtiers Player, chez qui cela aurait été vraiment gênant puisqu’ils gèrent l’enregistrement des programmes.À lire aussiUn écureuil nous donne une leçon de déblayage de neigeIl s’agit d’un bug mineur, mais qui ne fait pas très sérieux pour Free. Leur Freebox Révolution a connu un succès ravageur : en 2010, Free comptait 3,969 millions d’abonnés haut débit, au 31 décembre 2011, ils atteignent 4,461 millions, soit une progression de 492.000. Autant d’abonnés qui ont profité de cette surprise. Il est probable que Free sortira d’ici ce soir un correctif qui soignera toutes ces boxs décalées et leur fera connaître les joies du printemps.Le 26 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Testifies before Senate Ag Committee on Trade Issues Affecting Soy Exports

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) testified today before the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry to present ASA’s views on international trade issues, including the need for Congress to approve pending Free Trade Agreements, extend Presidential Trade Promotion Authority, and normalize financial relations with Cuba.”ASA was pleased with the President’s commitment to double the value of U.S. exports under the National Export Initiative,” said ASA Vice President Danny Murphy, a soybean producer from Canton, Miss. “Efforts to achieve this goal in the agriculture sector will require Congressional approval of the pending Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama, negotiation of new FTAs with key importing countries, and progress on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation regional agreement.” Murphy added that “delay in approving the Colombia FTA has caused U.S. soybean producers to lose over 50 percent of their market share.”Soybeans are the second largest commodity in the United States in terms of annual acreage and value, with 78 million acres planted and a farm-gate value of $32 billion in 2009. Soybeans and soybean products are the most important U.S. export commodity, with sales exceeding $21 billion last year. This represented over 50 percent of U.S. soybean production and 21 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports in 2009. “As producers of the largest export-dependent commodity, soybean farmers have historically made international trade a top priority,” Murphy said.Murphy also spoke in favor of renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which allows the President to submit trade agreements to Congress for an up-or-down vote, without amendment. “Negotiation of new FTAs will require renewal of TPA, which is a top priority for ASA,” Murphy said.”Action is also needed on legislation to normalize financial relations with Cuba,” Murphy said. Cuba imported $284 million worth of U.S. soybeans, meal, oil, livestock products in 2009. “Normalizing financial relations would improve the competitiveness of U.S. soy and livestock product exports to the Cuban market,” according to Murphy.On trade provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill, Murphy stated that “ASA strongly supports maintaining funding of both the Foreign Market Development Program and Market Access Program at current levels, and increasing funding for these export promotion programs in the 2012 Farm Bill.”last_img read more