Christiane Amanpour Named As UNESCO Ambassador

first_imgThe United Nations agency mandated to promote and protect press freedom worldwide has named renowned journalist and CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour its Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova (right) with Christiane AmanpourCredit/Copyright: UNESCOAmanpour received the honour during a ceremony at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova praised Amanpour for “her efforts to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, having the right to work free from the threat of violence, and contributing through this to peace, sustainability, poverty eradication and human rights.”“In the most challenging situations, addressing the most demanding interlocutors” said the Director-General, “integrity and courage have always guided you, with the conviction that freedom of expression, media freedoms are essential for stronger societies, for healthier democracies, for peace and reconciliation as well as sustainable development –we need to defend these principles more than ever today, at a time when they are challenged across the world.”In her acceptance speech, Ms. Amanpour stressed the important role of journalists as “pillars of reform, freedom and democracy” whose task is to “strengthen civil society.”“We’re here to make the world a better place” she said. She also made an impassioned plea for the release of all imprisoned journalists, wherever they may be, and condemned the increasing number of attacks and assassinations of media professionals.Ms. Amanpour has won every major television journalism award, including 11 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards and the Courage in Journalism Award.She has also received nine honorary degrees, has been named a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was this year inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is a member of the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, one of UNESCO’s partners in its work for freedom of expression and journalists’ safety.UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are a group of personalities who use their talent and status to help shine a light on the work of the Organization in education, science, culture and communication.Source:UNESCOlast_img read more

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THE CYCLOTRON by Olivier Asselin will be screening at WFF on December

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: FunFilm Distribution is proud to announce that Olivier Asselin’s feature-length film, THE CYCLOTRON, was selected for the Official Competition of the 2016 edition of the Whistler Film Festival and is considered for a Borsos award. The first screening will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 6 PM at Village 8 cinema, theatre 7. The second one will be on Sunday, December 4th at 5:15 PM at village 8 cinema, theatre 6.Christine Falco, producer, Olivier Asselin, director, and Lucille Fluet, actress, will accompany the film in Whistler from November 30th to December 4th. The film’s main actors are Paul Ahmarani, Lucille Fluet, Mark-Antony Krupa, Manuel Sinor, Olivier Barrette and Benoît Mauffette. .The Cyclotron was first presented in world premiere during the last Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montréal (FNC). It was also screened at the Festival de Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FCIAT) and selected to 8e Rencontres de coproduction francophone in Paris. .The Cyclotron is a thriller that takes place at the end of the Second World War. Simone, a spy working for the Allies,
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and execute Emil, a scrupulous Berlin scientist who discovered before the Americans the way to build an atomic bomb, and is eeing with his secret. Simone nds him on a night train speeding towards Switzerland. German soldiers, led by König, a German scientist, who want to arrest Emil and make him talk before he leaves the country, are also chasing him. Things get complicated when memories of love and quantum mechanics get intertwined in the pursuit.  .Olivier Asselin has written and directed several feature lms, including La liberté d’une statue, Le siège de l’âme, Un capitalisme sentimental and Le Cyclotron, all historical lms with a speculative dimension that revisit the history of science and technology of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently developing Necropolis, a life-size video game in augmented reality. He teaches contemporary art, expanded cinema and media arts at the Art History Department and Film Studies from the University of Montreal. .The Cyclotron is produced by Christine Falco from Les Films Camera Oscura, with the financial participation of SODEC, Telefilm Canada and Harold Greenberg Fund and distributed in Canada by FunFilm Distribution.. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Healthy and confident Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker looks to make comeback

OSU then-junior linebacker Dante Booker joins his teammates on the field before the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorWhen Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore linebacker Dante Booker exited in the second quarter of the Buckeyes’ season-opening 77-10 blowout against Bowling Green last season, no one suspected it would be the end of his season.Two days after the game, coach Urban Meyer said Booker suffered a sprained MCL and would be questionable for his team’s next game. A month later, prior to Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin, Meyer said Booker suffered a sprained PCL, in addition to his sprained MCL, and once again listed the linebacker as questionable.Despite the optimism of a potential in-season return, it wasn’t until the final week of the regular season that Booker said he was finally feeling like he could play at full speed, again. By that time, his replacement at weakside linebacker, junior Jerome Baker, was flying around the field making plays. Even if Baker wasn’t performing well, Booker said he wasn’t ready to return due to a lack of confidence in his game at that late stage in the season.“The way Jerome was playing, that would’ve been a dumb decision,” Booker said. “And I wasn’t even ready to play. So, that wasn’t a decision that should’ve been made.”Heading into this season, Booker has both his health and confidence, along with a feeling of unfinished business.“I feel like it’s kind of just like getting another chance at it,” Booker said. “After last year, missing that year, I feel like it kind of created a greater fire in me that I’ve always had, but I feel like it’s burning even brighter now.”Though the St. Vincent St. Mary product senses that extra motivation, linebackers coach Bill Davis doesn’t believe it’s possible.“With Dante, I don’t think there’s any such word as ‘extra.’ He is so driven. He wants it so bad. As long as I’ve known him, he’s that driven,” Davis said. “He is full throttle, wants it as bad as anyone I’ve been around.”Though Booker has totaled only 121 snaps on defense in four years at Ohio State, his talent is not in question. Just a year ago, he beat Baker out for the starting weakside linebacker position. In his stead, Baker finished second on the team in tackles and was selected as an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree. Davis believes Booker and Baker are very similar in their raw abilities. The position coach used the word “explosion” to describe Booker on three occasions in less than three minutes.“He’s out in space, so if you want to go ahead and put a receiver on him, he can run good enough to cover. If you want to try to block him with one of the receivers, it’s going to be a long day if you want to get the perimeter run going because Dante’s such a big guy, Davis said. “When you have the combination of size and speed that he has, we can take advantage of it.”So, what is Booker’s next step? Davis said the challenge now is to translate his production from practice to games this fall. “There’s potential and then there’s getting it done and I love the way Dante’s going right now,” Davis said.Booker said he’s excited to get to Aug. 31, Ohio State’s opening game against Indiana, and admitted he’d be a little more “juiced up” than last year due to his injury, which he felt robbed him of a season.The linebacker, who feels like a new starter even though he began the 2016 season as one, said he is hungry to contribute because he feel like he hasn’t done much since arriving at Ohio State.“If anybody knows how quick it can be taken away through circumstances out of your control, it’s Dante,” Davis said. “So, every day, he comes to work. He doesn’t complain, he just works. Because he knows. He knows he got all the way to this point last year and it got taken away.” read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Dec 7 2017

See more NFL predictions Oh, and don’t forgetKasparov with the jokes We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeOhtani narrows it to sevenJapanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani has narrowed his search for a MLB team down to seven, with New York and Boston notably absent from the list. Right now Ohtani looks to be 20 percent higher than the league average in ERA and on-base-plus-slugging, which is nuts. Only a few dozen players each year beat the 20 percent above average benchmark in either stat, it’d be crazy to hit both. [FiveThirtyEight]Russia’s bannedRussia was banned from competing in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in light of the complex doping regime the nation operated throughout the Sochi games. So far 11 medals have been stripped from Russians. But with the nation out of the 2018 games, it’s worth looking at which nations may stand to gain. Had Russia not competed in Sochi, and its 33 medals been reallocated, China would have left with five more, Norway four, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the U.S. three. [FiveThirtyEight]African players making gains in the NFLNative-born and first-generation African players are all over the NFL, with 30 teams having at least one African on their roster. Cleveland has the league high, with B.J. Bello, David Njoku, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, and Victor Salako. African players have been making steady gains in the NFL since Howard Simon Mwikuta played for the Cowboys in a 1970 preseason game, and players who have returned home to start development programs have accelerated that progress. [The Undefeated]A Jonas testifies in soccer corruption trialKevin Jonas, one of the Jonas Brothers, testified in Brooklyn that yes, he had gone to a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires in 2010. The circumstances surrounding the testimony have to do with the trial of Juan Angel Napout for money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. Napout allegedly used his FIFA influence to score tickets to that concert. His lawyers refused to concede there even was a Paul McCartney concert, so prosecutors called on a celeb to solve the problem. Soccer is weird. [Vice Sports]Try out our fun new interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?LeBron remains the bestLeBron James remains as good as ever, notching career highs in true shooting percentage, three point percentage, assist percentage, block percentage, and the second highest free throw percentage of his career. While his defense is slightly off his peak performance, James hasn’t really missed much of a step. [FiveThirtyEight]They did it!The New York Giants are cleaning house, firing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo after a disastrous season. The team is in the capable hands of defensive coordinator, a man who is 10-38 as a head coach. [NorthJersey.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number284 kgCongratulations to Sarah Robles, who won the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, becoming the first U.S. woman to take gold since 1994. Robles lifted 126 kg in the snatch and 158 kg in the clean and jerk (three kilograms shy of the record) for a total of 284 kilograms. [Team USA]Leaks from Slack: emily : See more college football predictions emily :!! that means the two biggest buildings at nike HQ will be named after Serena Williams and Mia Hamm. hell yeah !!(also cause I guess the new big WHQ buildings are getting athlete names.. so the whole “She’s the only one!!!” isn’t exactly true)Predictions NFL See more NBA predictions All newsletters NBA College Football read more

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Supporting cast giving Buckeyes best act

Opposing teams might be afraid of Ohio State’s combo of Jantel Lavender and Samantha Prahalis, but it is actually the other players on the team they should be cowering from. Lavender has been a mainstay at center for OSU for nearly three seasons. The addition of the sophomore guard Prahalis, who threw a coming-out party at Michigan State last Sunday, has made OSU a mountain too tall to climb for most opponents.“[Lavender’s] sophomore year, I don’t think she played with someone with the ball-handling ability of Sammy [Prahalis],” head coach Jim Foster said. “Those two run the pick and roll like two savvy NBA veterans.”Tonight’s opponent, Illinois, has already witnessed this power first-hand.Although Lavender and Prahalis combined for 45 of OSU’s 76 points at Illinois on Dec. 28 and 52 of 65 at MSU, that is not the story of the whole season. In fact, the reason for their success lies in the hands of a few other role players on the team.“[An important thing is] playing your role on the team. My role has changed since high school,” freshman guard Tayler Hill said. “It’s a team effort when you get to college.”OSU’s main threat is the 3-point field goal, not the inside game of Lavender. OSU ranks eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage mostly because of two players, senior forward Sarah Schulze and junior guard Brittany Johnson.Both starters are deadly from behind the arc. Schulze is 31 of 67 (46.3 percent) on the year and Johnson is 36 of 71 (50.7 percent).Their presence on the floor forces opponents to play man-to-man defense, which gives Lavender the ability to dominate in the paint and Prahalis her chance to drive the lane.“A team may initially double team, but because you can kick it out and [the other players on the floor are] knocking down shots it just makes me a better player because I get that one-on-one post opportunity,” said Lavender. She had 31 points against Illinois on Dec. 28.The third role player is also a familiar name to Big Ten fans, guard Shavelle Little, the reigning two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.When Little comes off the bench, she changes the game instantly with her ability to steal the ball and shut down opposing players. The defensive specialist leads the Buckeyes in steals with 31 on the season, eight of which came against Illinois in their last meeting.The last piece of the puzzle is no less important than the other three. Senior center Andrea Walker is having a phenomenal season off the bench.Walker is Lavender’s replacement when she is off the floor and her 6-foot-5-inch partner in crime when both are on the floor, allowing them to steal control of the paint from any player. They have already handled tough opponents this year. Illinois’ leading scorer, center Jenna Smith, was held to only 11 points against Lavender and Walker and MSU center Allyssa Dehaan was limited to only four rebounds, despite her 6-foot-9-inch frame.“We prefer to play basketball and some teams like to wrestle, but the fact of the matter is we can pull up our sleeves and wrestle,” coach Foster said.Even though Walker only plays an average of 13 minutes per game, she is still tied for the team lead in blocks with Lavender at 20, and she averages 4.4 rebounds per game, the same rate at which Lavender rebounds.These four players along with the rest of the team make the dominance of Lavender and Prahalis possible by spreading the floor, creating turnovers, changing the pace of the game and allowing them to rest on the bench without losing control of the game.“I think everybody is starting to really understand their roles and how you can help this team by playing in that role,” Lavender said. “Players are more accepting of the role they are playing in and it makes for a better team.”OSU defeated Illinois 76-47 on the Illini’s home court in Champaign, Ill. last December. The perfect team chemistry of the Buckeyes was too much for Illinois once already this season and the Buckeyes are hoping to make that twice Thursday night. read more

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Oculus Rift now lets you recreate the Death Star trench run

first_imgWhen you find yourself faced with a head tracking face mask that offers to transport the most important of your senses to anywhere you want, is your first thought the cockpit of a X-Wing? Good news, you’re not alone.The cool thing about watching as Oculus Rift developers try new things right now is that there seem to be no limit to their creativity. The addition of head tracking to any visual interface immediately makes everything seem more real Being able to turn your head around in a virtual world and see more of that virtual world is an incredibly powerful concept, and right now developers are just scratching the surface for using this to their advantage.Oculus Rift adds a complex and exciting layer to any game, because the developer has to account for where you might be looking at any given time and act accordingly. Arguably one of the most interesting ways to demonstrate this is in the cockpit of a flying vehicle, where there’s always something going on all around you. This particular demonstration shows of the Rift’s capabilities add some extra geek cred as you fly down the infamous Death Star trench, taking out any of the turrets you come across.Far detached from the terrible mistakes of trying to be a Jedi in your living room with the help of a Kinect sensor is this exciting virtual trip through the single most iconic Star Wars moment ever. The user turns their head and shows your R2 unit ready to help in any way possible, with the occasional glance around to remind the pilot that there’s a ton of activity going on all around. As they pilot the trench, gently dodging massive pillars and various electronics sticking out of the metallic hull, you occasionally are peppered by the turrets stationed all over the trench in front of you. Fortunately, your trusty gamepad is in your hands to help take them out.It’s still to early to tell how successful Rift is going to be or how many games will be optimized for the experience, but it feels like ever day we see something even cooler than the day before to excite us further.last_img read more

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Ferry headed to Crete catches fire over a thousand people evacuated

first_imgA Greek ferry heading to Chania in Crete and carrying over a thousand people has been evacuated after a major fire broke out on-board.The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning on the lower car deck of the Eleftherios Venizelos, which was carrying over 200 vehicles. Smoke started billowing from the vessel, activating an automatic extinguishing mechanism, and saw people fleeing their cabins as the ferry attempted to make its way to land.Footage taken by a passenger on board and released online shows smoke emerging beneath the deck.The fire broke out as the ferry passed the small island of Agios Giorgos, 70 kilometers southeast of Piraeus, and was instructed to turn around.There were 875 passengers and 141 crew members on board, all of whom made it out safe at Piraeus port thanks to a Navy frigate, nine boats, and other vessels which took part in the successful rescue operation, says the local coast guard. Mobile safety stairs were used to help passengers disembark safely.“It was a huge operation and everything went to plan,” said Nikos Lagdianos, a spokesman for the coast guard, reports RT.No injuries have been reported.Watch the video footage below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LGs New 4K Monitor Likes To Pretend Its Four Monitors

first_imgStay on target LG Made an Instant Ice Cream Machine That Uses Pods Like a KeurigThe LG G8 Might Feature a Clip-On Second Screen Want a quad-display desktop? You could set up four separate monitors and run a massive tangle of cords that eats up half the outlets on your power bar. Or you could just hook up LG’s new 4K monitor.The 43UD79-B is a monster, measuring close to the 43 inches in its name. The diagonal is actually 42.5, which gives you plenty of room to split its roughly 8.3 million pixels into a number of different multiple display configurations.How did they pull that off? A quick look at the ports on the back of this behemoth should clear things up: It features four HDMI ports and LG also threw in a DisplayPort for good measure. Wire in four video sources, and you can do an equal four-way split. The result is like having four 21.5-inch 1080p monitors clustered, sans the annoying bezels.You can get more creative if you want. Set it up as three portrait screens for working on large documents. Or a pair of standard landscape displays on top of one crazy-wide one. Or next two one slightly-chunky portrait zone. Or — and as crazy as it sounds — one gigantic 4K display. There are ten different configurations in all, and four more if you count the picture-in-picture options.Got a KVM on your desk to control a second computer? Well, you can toss it, because the 43UD79-B supports LG’s slick Dual Controller feature. Just hook up your keyboard and mouse to the USB 3.0 ports, and you’re good to go. Audio’s covered, too, courtesy a pair of 10W built-in Harmon Kardon speakers.The 43UD79-B should be in stock at your favorite store next week, and it’ll sell for just under $700.last_img read more

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Southgate praises Raheem Sterling

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate believes Raheem Sterling is finally ready to fulfill his potential for England after conquering his national team drought with his brace in the victory over Spain.The Manchester City forward excelled as he scored twice to inspire last month’s impressive 3-2 victory against La Furia Roja in the UEFA Nations League, and since then has scored three in four for his club side, who this week awarded him a new five-year deal.Following four in 11 for club and country before then the only consistent criticism has been his lack of killer instinct in front of goal, something he appears to have been convincingly overcome.“That (against Spain) was a big psychological barrier overcome and he has continued that form with his club over the last few weeks,” said Southgate, according to BT Sport.“We are really looking forward to seeing him again next week.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I am really pleased for him because he is in outstanding form. He had an outstanding performance against Southampton. We have got huge belief in him and that belief in his own game is coming now.”“We have been happy with his performances for a long time and the missing piece has been the goals; you can see what it meant to him in Seville to get the goals which he has been overdue with us.”“In any sport you’re at your best when you’re playing without thinking too much and that’s what he did.”“He got his chance and just hit it; he didn’t have an extra touch or wait an extra half-a-second or millisecond, he just hit things and that’s why he scored the goals he did. You want all players to be free of overthinking; that’s when they’re in a good place and a good flow.”last_img read more

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Ridgefield food distributor Ideal purchased

first_imgIdeal Food Products Inc., a Ridgefield-based distributor of perishable foods, has been acquired by Tony’s Fine Foods of West Sacramento, Calif., the two companies announced Tuesday.The two companies declined to disclose a sale price.Formerly based in Battle Ground, Ideal Food Products Co. opened its 35,000-square-foot distribution facility in Ridgefield in 2008. The company is located in the Union Ridge business development west of the Interstate 5 junction with the Pioneer Street overpass.Tony’s had already begun to merge some of its Pacific Northwest operations with Ideal, said Randy Frisk, Ridgefield-based director of sales and marketing for Tony’s. His company plans to retain Ideal’s personnel — approximately 25 employees. The company also envisions adding personnel and distribution space over time, as Tony’s expands its reach in terms of specialty food distribution in the region.Ideal’s Ridgefield facility at 759 S. 74th Place is just west of Dollar Tree Inc’s massive, 660,000-square-foot distribution warehouse, a center the size of 11 football fields.Officials from Tony’s, which generates annual revenue approaching $700 million, saw Ideal as a strategic acquisition, Frisk said. He added that Ideal generates annual revenue of approximately $25 million by providing perishable foods to an established list of Northwest retailers including Whole Foods and New Seasons Market.last_img read more

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Magazines Wrestle with Future Business Model

first_imgAsked what the ideal revenue mix would be in the next few years, Kelly and Sareyan both said they want to reach a 40 or 50 percent mix between e-media and print. Carrigan said IDG is already there. “We’re already in a space, in digital, where the advertising is bigger than print ever was,” he said. “We’re seeing an expansion in digital. We’ll manage print as best we can.”“We’d like 50 percent,” Sareyan said. “But ad pages remain very important and they often lead an integrated buy.”But how do you build a business when you’re putting in more money than you’re getting out? Carrigan said it’s about creating programs that drive leads, rather than sell eyeballs. “There’s no reason why worldwide magazine brands shouldn’t drive very high CPMs,” he said. And a strong database is critical for that, he added. “Marketers are willing to pay dearly for qualified leads.”Kelly pointed out that Amex Publishing is owned by American Express—which has one of the largest databases in the world—and is partnered with Time Inc. “I spend a lot of my time trying to tap into that database, and tying into all the things we can do for marketers,” he said. “The whole 360-degree approach is an area where we’ve had a lot of success.”Social networks remain a distinct challenge for publishers. “There are things to generate revenue directly and there is indirect revenue,” Carrigan said. “We try to get people to do one more thing on our Web sites and then sell against that.”“We’re only dipping toes in the water,” Sareyan admitted. Kelly said: “I’m letting American Express figure it out and share their learnings with us.” Moderator Jack Myers, Amex Publishing CEO Ed Kelly, IDG CEO Bob Carrigan and Meredith EVP Andy Sareyan (photo: Doug Goodman) SAN FRANCISCO—The magazine industry can’t afford to have a “protectionist” strategy about businesses that are not growing, and instead should manage them for profit and apply resources to growing areas of the business, IDG CEO Bob Carrigan told attendees at the American Magazine Conference here Monday. In a wide-ranging conversation under the banner “Reshaping the Model for Magazines,” Carrigan—who unlike fellow panelists Amex Publishing CEO Ed Kelly and Meredith EVP Andy Sareyan is an executive in b-to-b and in the tech sector—seemed to be more e-centric than either Kelly or Sareyan. last_img read more

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Business Conversations That Make Me Lose Sleep

first_img All these are tough, but they are typically part of the same progression, and the progression usually starts with number three above, and ends with number one. Here are the toughest workplace conversations, from my perspective, and how I proceed. I recently read an interesting column in Business Insider about the toughest conversations you can have at work. They were: 1. The Emotional Dismissal Conversation 2. The Awkward Personality Conversation 3. The Underperformance Conversation Which workplace exchanges do you find to be most difficult? For most people, they’re centered on two things: personnel and performance. Both of these things straddle the worlds of internal communications and HR, and both are also general managerial challenges. Of course, we’re talking about conversations-whether with a subordinate or a colleague, or with an external customer. I’ve learned you can’t wing it when it comes to customer conversations. Too much is at stake. Policies that everyone knows about and understands are critical, and these have to come from the top. I’ve had many conversations with customers in my career, and when business is on the line, they can be really tense. For me, the way to ensure that you preserve the business-if that’s the goal, sometimes it isn’t-the relationship has to come first. (This is a bit counter-intuitive, because I just stressed the importance of policies.) If your customers trust that you have their interests at heart, and you have thought through their challenges and understand their objectives-you’ll keep the business. If they feel like you’re officious, and policy-bound, you won’t. Never use the word “unfortunately.” That conveys a focus on your internal policy, not on customer-service. It is also condescending. Never use the phrase, “We’re not set up to do that” for the same reasons. Always be ready with a solution or two. I’ve learned over the years that a sustained, tight focus on performance is the way to go. There should be no politics, no gossiping, just set a tone for the group that all you care about is results. Results require collaboration. Keeping everyone focused on that creates a sense of confidence that relaxes a group and empowers them to experiment and achieve. Business Relationships This is another difficult area, but it’s critical. Everyone from entry-level account managers to CEOs deals with either external clients, or with the public. Think of how frequent it is that a lower-level employee embarrasses a brand on social media, either when representing the company, or through some personal post that goes viral. Personnel These kinds of issues run the gamut-from people who are squabbling, to turf wars, to folks who simply don’t work well together. Sometimes goals don’t sync up. Other times, actual performance doesn’t fit the needs of the job, and that’s typically when the three-conversation pattern that Business Insider described kicks in. To my mind, all of these things are a huge challenge and all of them divert from the common business goal. Business Performance For a lot of professionals, this is always a stress-inducing conversation, especially if you’ve fallen short of your goals. But it doesn’t have to be. Putting aside the possibility of the fundamental lack of skills to do a job, most business-performance shortfalls relate to external factors in the market, not to your execution. So it really is an opportunity to shape a conversation about missing goals into the cool ways you’re going to pivot to adjust to changes in the market.last_img read more

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IPOs worth Rs 25000 crore ready to hit the market this year

first_imgKnow which companies line-up for IPOsREUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe year 2017 was a golden one for the Initial Public Offer (IPO) market as it saw companies collectively raising over Rs 67,000 crore through their respective IPOs.This year, too, the primary market seems set to get busier in the coming months with IPOs. At least 24 companies from different sectors are lined up to raise Rs 25,000 crore through share-sale offers, reported news agency PTI.Lemon Tree Hotels, Sarveshwar Foods Ltd, Hindcon Chemicals Limited and Barbeque-Nation Hospitality have got approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to go public.Apart from these, state-owned companies are also planning to go public. State-owned Bharat Dynamics and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) have received approval from SEBI for issuing IPOs.Many firms like John Energy, SembCorp Energy India Ltd, RITES, Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd, Bandhan Bank, Nazara Technologies and Route Mobile have filed DRHP (Draft Red Herring Prospectus) with SEBI and are awaiting the market regulator’s nod to float IPOs.Finance companies including IndoStar Capital Finance and ICICI Securities — the broking subsidiary of ICICI Bank — have also filed draft papers with SEBI to get approval for issuing IPOs.In January and February, companies including Newgen Software Technologies, Aster DM Healthcare Ltd, Galaxy Surfactants and Amber Enterprises India have already hit the capital markets.Many of the firms planning to launch IPOs wish to utilize their IPO proceeds for expanding their business and for working capital requirements.It is expected that the IPO market will continue to see the vibrant activity as over a dozen firms are awaiting SEBI’s approval to launch their public issues. Also, it is expected to attract the attention of more investors towards IPOs.Rajasthan-based infrastructure construction and management company HG Infra Engineering IPO for Rs 462 crore opened on February 26.Last year, 36 companies had collectively raised Rs 67,147 crore through IPOs, while 26 companies raised Rs 26,493.8 crore in 2016..last_img read more

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Apple TV games must support touch surface remote

first_imgWith the unveiling of the new Apple TV last week, Apple switched the focus of its entertainment box to apps, and will load it with a brand new operating system called tvOS. It has also redesigned the remote control to include a touch-enabled surface at the top as well as hiding an accelerometer and gyroscope inside.Such a remote should work well for navigating menus and playing simple games (and possibly smashing your TV), but surely there will be support for gamepads when it comes to more complex gaming experiences? Yes and no.While Apple certainly hasn’t ruled out support for 3rd-party gamepads being used with the Apple TV, it has stipulated in the TV programming guide that all games must support the remote for input. In other words, no game can require the use of some other controller exclusively instead of the remote. That makes sense in terms of ensuring everyone who owns an Apple TV can play all games released for the platform. However, it will severely limit what developers can achieve in terms of gameplay.We have all had to get used to touchscreen gaming as smartphones have become such a dominant platform. Touch input requires compromises, or at the very least thinking about gameplay mechanics in different ways. Smartphone gaming does have the benefit of allowing touch on a surface that also acts as a display, so you can direct the player, and show them where to touch on the display for specific actions to be triggered.The Apple TV remote is just a very small, black touch area on the remote. You lose the ability to guide finger placement visually, and therefore input must be restricted yet further. What this means is any games that do launch for Apple TV will either have to be very simple concepts, or greatly simplified in their presentation compared to a smartphone version.The swipe, click, tap, and motion input will be well suited to hundreds of existing games, and very popular games including Flappy Bird and Angry Birds. But anything that requires accurate tapping, e.g. Match-3 style games, will have to rethink input. How will Candy Crush Saga (an inevitable Apple TV game) adjust?Apple TV is not the gaming device that had been hinted at prior to the launch, but Apple is well known for iteration of its hardware. A few generations from now, Apple TV could be a fully-fledged console competitor, but it’s going to have to adopt a better controller (included in the box) in order to achieve that.last_img read more

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Research team claims to have accurately teleported quantum information ten feet

first_imgThe research team next plans to extend the distance between the qubits to 1,300 meters, while others presumably will attempt to replicate the first result—if the claims prove true, the breakthrough could mark the first stage of a the development of a true quantum computer, or network. More information: Unconditional quantum teleportation between distant solid-state quantum bits, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1253512ABSTRACTRealizing robust quantum information transfer between long-lived qubit registers is a key challenge for quantum information science and technology. Here, we demonstrate unconditional teleportation of arbitrary quantum states between diamond spin qubits separated by 3 m. We prepare the teleporter through photon-mediated heralded entanglement between two distant electron spins and subsequently encode the source qubit in a single nuclear spin. By realizing a fully deterministic Bell-state measurement combined with real-time feed-forward quantum teleportation is achieved upon each attempt with an average state fidelity exceeding the classical limit. These results establish diamond spin qubits as a prime candidate for the realization of quantum networks for quantum communication and network-based quantum computing.Ronald Hanson Lab: hansonlab.tudelft.nl/Press release: phys.org/wire-news/162888651/beam-me-up-data.html Explore further (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands is reporting in a paper they have had published in the journal Science, that they have successfully used entanglement as a means of communication, over a distance of ten feet (three meters). Furthermore, they note, they did so with 100 percent reliability and without altering the spin state of the quantum bits (qubits) involved. Artistic impression of quantum teleportation of a spin state between two distant diamonds. Teleportation, is of course, a means of moving an object from one place to another without it having to travel between them. Thus far examples of it have only been seen in science fiction movies. The idea of moving information in similar fashion, however, has met with some, albeit limited success. The idea is to use the concept of entanglement of particles as a means of conveyance. It’s supposed to work because of the strange interconnectedness of the two particles—whatever happens to one, automatically happens to the other, regardless of the distance between them. Such a property should allow then, for the exchange of information. If the spin state of one qubit is altered, then it should be automatically altered in the other qubit—a form of information exchange which can be counted as a message of sorts if a string of such transactions can be carried out.To date, scientists have struggled to use entanglement as a means of communication—it’s been achieved but the error rate has been so great that it would be unfeasible as a real-world application. In this new effort, the researchers claim to have solved the error rate problem—they’ve brought it down to zero percent. They did it, they report, by trapping electrons in diamonds at very low temperatures and shooting them with lasers, resulting in the creation of qubits. The diamonds, the team reports, serve as really tiny prisons, holding the electrons in place. Held as they were, the researchers were able to cause a spin state to exist and then to read it at both locations, which meant that information had been conveyed. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img 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. Citation: Research team claims to have accurately ‘teleported’ quantum information ten feet (2014, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-team-accurately-teleported-quantum-ten.html This image is an electron microscope picture of one of the two devices, with a fictitious teleportation beam added. The image is about 40 micrometer wide in reality. ‘Quantum Internet’: Towards realization of solid-state quantum network Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

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From Starship Captain to Electric Bike Pitchman a Conversation With William Shatner

first_img Captain Kirk himself has a mission for us: Develop new technologies and businesses in order to save the world from itself. “It’s not about closing down the government,” he explains, “but enhancing governmental research and development into new ideas. That’s where all you young entrepreneurs should be at.”We’d be wise to listen. After warping onto the scene in the original 1960s Star Trek TV series, William Shatner has proven himself a genius at staying relevant as an actor, author, musician and supporter of products ranging from travel websites to solar-panels to VR companies to electric bicycles.Related: From Rock God to Master Rosé Winemaker: a Conversation With Jon Bon JoviShatner chatted with Entrepreneur via phone (communicators weren’t available) to discuss his recent partnership with Pedego Electric Bikes — but the conversation soon reached the furthest reaches of the galaxy.What made you first hop on an electric bike?The whole idea that I didn’t have to pedal home. It’s true! I have an indelible picture in my mind: Years ago I was driving up a hilly coastal highway in Washington state in a convertible, and I passed by two bikers — a man and a woman — and the woman was crying. It just suggested to me that she couldn’t go up another hill; she was fatigued and couldn’t make it to the next town. I’ve sort of carried that picture with me whenever I go biking, because how many times have you enthusiastically set off to pedal your bike, gone a certain distance, then turned around and thought, “Oh my God, I’m really tired and getting back is hellish”? It doesn’t have to be that way with an electric bike, and that’s incredible.Your Pedego commercials are hilarious. Was shooting them as fun as it looks? Absolutely. Everybody brought the right equipment, there was a terrific director, the material was good, and the bikes all worked.I particularly liked the one with the guy getting the rectal exam.I thought that was hysterically funny. It’s obvious that you believe in the product you’re endorsing. I really do. I wanted to become part of the company, because it’s so good. Pedego is a company with a great product that’s run beautifully, and I’m so glad to be associated with it. Related: 20 Business Ideas You Can Start With Less Than $10,000Besides acting, you make music, write books, endorse products — do you think of yourself as an entrepreneur?I don’t think of myself as an entrepreneur, I like to think of myself as an artist. However, there is artistry in entrepreneurship. There is the joy of creativity, of making the business work, of being successful at whatever it is you’re doing. There is artistry in that. And so you can be an artist and an entrepreneur, in fact you should be an artist and an entrepreneur at the same time.Knowing how to deal with failure is also important.Well, it’s a well-known fact among us entrepreneurs that you have to fail. You can’t know what is successful until you find out what isn’t successful. You’d be hard pressed to find anybody who says, “Oh, I don’t know failure, I only know success,” because it’s a path untrod. You’re going to trip, and you have to learn where to place your feet.What inspires you to keep trying new things?The basic philosophy — if there is such a thing in my life — is to say yes. The books that I have written, the last one in particular, are all about saying yes to life. It’s very easy to say no and close the door and expire slowly. And it hurts to get out! The muscles are tight, the bones are grinding…but you gotta do it, otherwise you’re essentially dead. Are you excited about the race to send regular citizens into space?Well, I don’t want to go myself. There’s an amusing story that I’ve told about Richard Branson. Richard Branson offered me a seat in the airplane that’s going up into space, and he said it would cost me $250,000. I said, “You got the wrong idea, it’s going to cost you!” I never heard from him again. Absolutely! That should be an honor for him to have you on that flight.That, I think, is the definition of entrepreneurship.Related: The Best Employees Have Side Hustles — Here’s WhySo besides Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are also developing spacecraft. Who do you think has the best shot?Well, they all have their qualities, don’t they? I mean Branson has been at it a long while, and he’s got long wavy hair.It’s almost Khan-like, isn’t it?I suppose you could say that. But it’s long and wavy and streaked, and he looks marvelously dramatic. The picture I have of Elon Musk is him being sleepless in his office as he tosses and turns over the success of his rockets. And as for Mr. Bezos, after his divorce I don’t know that he can afford to go into space. Do have any advice for budding entrepreneurs?The future is rife with new technologies. But it’s not just a matter of which technology will be the one to advance, but which company of that technology is the superior company. That superiority usually resides in the management. It’s not the exterior — whether the buildings are made of glass and titanium or not — it’s what the management is doing. That’s where the entrepreneurship is.Related: Need a Business Idea? Here are 55Absolutely.There’s never been more need for new technology. The old technology has taken us to the brink of the extermination of human beings. And we may be over the brink!Hopefully not!Well, if we’re not, it’s up to technology to save us — direct the carbon dioxide and the methane out of the air. I just keep thinking someone is going to say, “Eureka!” The world needs a technological revolution in order to save itself; that’s where our energy should be. January 24, 2019 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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November 3 2000 At this years Arizona State Fai

first_imgNovember 3, 2000 At this year’s Arizona State Fair, Arcosanti Organics received numerous awardsfor their garden produce. Adam who is in charge of the Arcosanti agriculturalprogram with help from Losida and dedicated volunteer crew deserve the creditfor their accomplishment. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

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Two arrested trying to steal cars

first_imgTwo men, both 25, were arrested in Paphos on Sunday evening when they were seen trying to break into cars parked next to a hotel.A police officer spotted the two, who had reportedly been involved in a number of thefts, at around 6pm in a car and followed them.The men parked their car near a hotel and tried to open some vehicles. One of them, according to police, managed to open a car door while the other one was keeping watch.Other members of the police force were summoned to assist and the suspects were searched.One of them had some keys and a small lamp on him while the other one was trying to throw a bunch of keys in some bushes when police approached. The keys were seized as evidence.In their vehicle the officers also found binoculars and other tools. The suspects were arrested as they could not explain why the objects were in their possession.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Public has role in fight against drugs says president

first_imgThe proliferation of drugs has taken on large dimensions, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday, calling for public cooperation to help police fight the issue.Speaking at the official inauguration of the new police building in Paralimni, Anastasiades said that “the security of the public, but also the administration of justice, is one of our concerns.”Anastasiades highlighted the achievements of the police force, despite a surge in crime, noting that voluntary contributions from the public are integral to the success of the police force.Referring to the neighbourhood watch, Anastasiades said that “in 2012, it had 4,000 people in three municipalities and communities, whereas today it has 105,000 in 317 municipalities and communities.”The neighbourhood watch scheme contributes to rooting out serious crime quickly, Anasatasiades said.Referring to cases of corruption within the police force, Anastasiades said that “we shouldn’t focus our attention on the few unacceptable samples, rather than on what the vast majority of policemen offer.”Anastasiades highlighted such cases will be dealt with so that “we can have a police force worthy of the public’s trust.”The public’s input is vital to effectively combat increasing drug use, he said.“Rather than some people showing up at parliament or elsewhere and making unsubstantiated claims,” Anastasiades said, referring to the recent episode of false claims by a scientology-linked anti-drugs group, “it is preferable to inform the authorities so that the necessary measures can be taken.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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