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 We use the word “dissatisfaction” to describe the gap between the status quo and some better future state. It might mean that your dream client is unhappy with something now. They might have some pain that they can point to. It might also mean they have aspirations. They might have a vision of where they want to go in the future. We call it dissatisfaction, but it’s really just a way to confirm that there is some gap between the present state and some better future state.If there is no gap, there is no reason to change. Sometimes your dream clients recognize the gap themselves. They can tell you exactly what’s wrong and what is required to make it better. You love it when you walk and your dream client has a list of problems, challenges, and issues that you can help resolve, don’t you? It means there is a reason to change. It means you can be compelling.But sometimes you find your dream client and they aren’t unhappy with the way things are going now. In fact, things are working out rather well in their opinion. Focusing on pain doesn’t work. But that doesn’t mean that your dream client shouldn’t be dissatisfied. You may need to work to show them that even though they’re not dissatisfied, that they may be capable of producing even better results. This provides a reason to change. It might also be compelling.Some of your dream client contacts may be change agents. They may operate from the idea that, “If it ain’t broken, break it!” They believe that there is always improvements to be made and that you can’t allow the status quo to take hold, lest you become complacent. They always see a brighter future. They are always moving away from the status quo and towards “better.” They have aspirations. They frame them in the positive.Some of the opportunities in your pipeline aren’t going to become deals. They have no dissatisfaction. Your dream clients don’t recognize a gap themselves. You haven’t done anything to show them that they have good cause to be dissatisfied if they’re not. And they don’t have a compelling vision of a better state that they want to bring to life. Whether they are moving away from something identifiable and negative or towards something identifiable and positive, you need dissatisfaction because you need a compelling reason your dream client will change. Without it, you have no deal.QuestionsCan you define the dissatisfaction in every opportunity in your pipeline?Can you define what the dissatisfaction should be in the “opportunities” where you can’t define the dissatisfaction?What do you do when you can’t find pain?How do you elicit your dream client’s desired future state when it’s positive, not an identifiable, negative pain?
With Assembly polls just a few months away, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has roped in a private talent management company to shore up job prospects and impart necessary skills to youths. The Opposition Congress has, however, dubbed the move as an “eyewash” aimed at “misleading” youths in the time of elections which are due by the year-end. Madhya Pradesh has created an average of 17,600 jobs every year in the past 13 years of the BJP rule (2004-2017), according to an official data presented in the Assembly during the budget session. Now, a private player has been entrusted with the task of scouting employment opportunities in the non-government sector and enhancing job-getting skills of the state’s unemployed. Speaking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development and Employment Generation Board chairman Hemant Vijayrao Deshmukh said, “In a bid to generate more jobs for youths, the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pune-based Yashasvi Academy for Talent Management Pvt Ltd.“This company would turn the employment exchanges in 15 districts into placement centres under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.” The MoU will cover 15 districts – Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Gwalior, Sagar, Ujjain, Hoshangabad, Shahdol, Dhar, Khargone, Dewas, Singrauli, Satna and Katni. The Congress, however, said this step of the BJP government would benefit only the private company. The Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh of the Congress said, “Why has the BJP government woke up after 14 years? It is just trying to mislead youths. In any case, the BJP is going to be defeated in the coming elections.“In the recent budget session, the government admitted that unemployment has gone up by 16.4 %.” Singh said the BJP government has failed to deliver on the employment front.“Where are two crore jobs that the BJP had promised.Youths are under depression due to lack of jobs.” Deshmukh, however, believes the MoU with the Pune firm would definitely benefit the state’s unemployed youths. He said, “We have set a target of facilitating jobs for one lakh youths. Apart from making job opportunities available in the private sector, the company would also impart skills in writing curriculum vitae (CV) besides working for personality development of unemployed youths.” The agreement would boost the job sector as employment exchanges were fast losing their relevance, the board chairman said. Apart from preparing unemployed persons as per market demand, job fairs and career counselling sessions will be organised by the company, Deshmukh said. Jobs will be made available to applicants in their respective area of interest, he said. Deshmukh said Yashasvi Academy would manage the cost of running placement centres in coordination with companies which would provide jobs. The Berojgar Sena, an outfit of unemployed youths, however, is not enthused by the move. Instead of improving employment exchanges, the government has been making efforts to shut them down, it said.“According to private estimates, there are over 75 lakh unemployed youths in the state and through this PPP agreement, the government plans to provide jobs to one lakh youths.“So, it will take 75 years to provide jobs to the current number of the unemployed,” said Sena convener Akshay Hunka. More than five lakh unemployed youths are getting added every year, he said.“This MoU was signed only to mislead youths ahead of the Assembly elections. The state government has completely failed on the employment front,” Hunka maintained. The Economic Survey-2018, presented during the budget session, said the number of registered educated unemployed in MP stood at 11.24 lakh by 2016-end.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 5: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops talks on the field before the game against the Akron Zips September 5, 2015 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Akron 41-3.(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)The Big 12 was the only major conference without a playoff participant last year, but in 2015, it certainly looks like history will not repeat itself. The league currently has three undefeated teams – Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State – and a fourth, Oklahoma, with just one loss. Furthermore, as you’ll see below, the conference now has the three top spots in ESPN’s FPI. Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma are 1-2-3. Ohio State is the highest-ranked non-Big 12 school, at No. 4. Oklahoma State is No. 14.Here’s a reminder of what the FPI measures.The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.Alabama is currently the top-ranked SEC squad. USC, at 5-3, is the highest Pac-12 team, at No. 5. Clemson, the ACC’s top dog, is No. 7.What do you think, college football fans? How accurate is this tool?
In a precedence-setting move, CEO/Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Mrs. Velma Ricketts Walker, has been elected by the membership of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to serve as Chairperson of the WCO’s Capacity Building Committee (CBC). She has the distinction of being the first female chairperson of the CBC, and the first person from Jamaica and the Caribbean to hold the post.Mrs. Ricketts Walker vied for the post at the 9th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee (CBC), which was held in Brussels from 26 to 28 February 2018, under the theme “Smart Customs: The Gateway to High Performance and Sustainability.”Mrs. Ricketts Walker will serve for a period of one (1) year and will be eligible for re-election. Canada will serve as Vice-Chair for the Committee, with Norway being the outgoing Chair. Previous chairpersons were from Canada, Brazil and Norway. The CBC enjoys wide membership support and comes in second, with over 200 participants, only to the WCO’s Annual General Council Meeting.Jamaica has been a member of the WCO since 1963. The WCO has 182 members from across six (6) regions; namely the Americas and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa and the Middle East and Northern Africa.The CBC has been gaining increasing support in recent times, as Customs administrations focus on modernization and capacity building, especially in light of their obligations under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which entered into force on February 22, 2017.The CBC’s mandate is to initiate work and studies on capacity building to consider overall capacity building priorities, and to prepare guidelines, standards, tools and instruments to support capacity building objectives. It also provides a forum for cooperation and information exchange on development topics.These initiatives are informed by an annual needs assessment process carried out together by the WCO Secretariat and Member administrations, and supported by the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs).Since the last session of the CBC, held in March 2017, 492 capacity building missions have been conducted across all six (6) regions of the WCO, with more than 130 Members benefitting from this support. Jamaica has been benefitting from various capacity building initiatives including the WCO Knowledge Academy, WCO Fellowship Programme, various WCO Accreditation Workshops, WCO Time Release Study Workshop, WCO Strategic Planning Workshop, WCO Rules of Origin and Advance Rulings Workshop.A near future engagement of the Jamaica Customs Agency is the WCO Mercator Programme, which aims to assist governments worldwide to implement trade facilitation measures, including the WTO TFA, in a uniform manner, through the use of WCO instruments and tools.Other future and current capacity building engagements the JCA will participate in include the human resource boosting Leadership and Management Development Programme (LMPD), WCO e-learning platform CLiCK! (Customs Learning and Knowledge Community), the Virtual Customs Orientation Academy (VCOA) and various scholarship programmes.Other key areas of focus for the WCO’s CBC include building capacity in integrity, in order to adopt new methods and develop new tools to combat corruption and promote integrity; and gender equality and diversity.Gender equality and diversity is an area being given keen interest by WCO Members, resulting in the WCO’s participation in the “Women and Trade International Forum,” organized by the European Commission in Brussels. The Forum gathered policymakers, private stakeholders, and civil society organizations with the aim of promoting inclusive trade policies to promote women’s economic empowerment.A Virtual Working Group on Gender Equality and Diversity is to be launched by the WCO Secretariat with the objective of gathering best practices on Gender Equality and Diversity initiatives implemented by Members and promoting the exchange of information in this field.Further, a special section of the WCO website has also been devoted to this topical issue. It is expected that work will continue under the CBC on these two very important areas, to the benefit of the Members, particularly Members from Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), including Jamaica.
OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the median net worth of Canadian families totalled $295,100 in 2016, up 14.7 per cent from 2012 the last time the survey was conducted.Housing was both the largest asset and the largest debt for Canadians.The total value of assets held by Canadians in 2016 was $12 trillion, up from $9.9 trillion in 2012. The median value of total assets owned by families amounted to $440,200, up from $391,700 in 2012.Meanwhile, total debt reached $1.76 trillion in 2016, up from $1.41 trillion in 2012. The median value of total debt owed by families was $80,600 in 2016, up from $63,400 in 2012.The report also found that 29.6 per cent of Canadian families were debt-free in 2016.Statistics Canada says the share was highest among senior-led families with 58.0 per cent debt-free.
During a question period at the end of the meeting, Acting City Manager David Joy explained that the cost to the City of reopening the contract for new bids would likely have seen an additional $500,000 added to the demolition budget. As for the final demolition cost, Joy explained that staff will be negotiating with NAPP on the final cost of the demolition.He said that the City estimates the final cost, including the land purchase last Summer, would be no higher than $2,199,456. Mayor Ackerman explained that estimate was a ceiling and that the final cost could be lower.Ackerman added that the City did not hear from any of the other proponents in the bidding process, and also explained that the cost of the Condill’s demolition will be covered by the 2018 Land Purchases budget in the Capital Budget. Though the City’s Capital Budget is partly covered by money from the Peace River Agreement, property tax revenues are allocated to the City’s Operating Budget, meaning that no residential tax money will be spent on the demolition. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has voted in favour of continuing to have NAPP Enterprises Ltd. as its contractor to demolish the Condill Hotel, with work set to resume as soon as possible.Councillors held a closed-door meeting early Monday afternoon to discuss the legal advice the City had received earlier this month about its tendering process for the demolition. The legal advice was sought after a report from City staff recommended increasing the budget to buy and demolish the hotel from $1.5 million to $2.151 million was put before Council on January 22nd.After discussing the legal advice during today’s closed-door meeting, councillors voted in favour of approving the demolition of the hotel using NAPP at Monday’s regular meeting, though with no exact dollar amount included. Mayor Lori Ackerman stated that the City’s lawyer found that the contract with NAPP was done properly and that the City would have faced a number of financial implications if Council had decided to reopen the contract to new bids.
NEW DELHI: After shooting down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with its indigenously developed Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) weapon, India is now a reckoning space power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation.On March 27, at 11:16 am, India successfully launched its A-SAT weapon that targetted an Indian satellite which had been decommissioned and was orbiting an LEO at a height of 300 km from Earth’s surface. DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Interceptor, a part of the ongoing ballistic missile defence programme, was deployed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThis ‘technological mission’ was carried out by DRDO from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex in Odisha. The team of scientists was able to accomplish the task of locating, destroying and confirming the destruction of said satellite within three minutes. Mission Shakti deserves celebration as this is the first time that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology. Rightly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this is ‘a proud moment’ for Indians. A-SAT weapons play a crucial role in locating, intercepting and destroying incoming satellite that may threaten national security. However, the sphere of space weapons is contentious. Strict guidelines are enforced under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, of which India is a signatory. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe treaty strongly prohibits the use of weapons of mass destruction in space. However, with its A-SAT weapon, India has been careful to not overstep any points of the treaty. India has also expressed support to the substantive consideration of Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) in the Conference on Disarmament, where it has been on agenda since 1982. Clearly, India’s intent is less offensive and more a defensive tool of strengthening national security and propelling the development of greater space technology. Earlier, China’s test in 2007 received widespread criticism from the global community, which iterated that the Dragon’s attempt to launch A-SAT weapons had “serious consequences of engaging in the militarisation of space”.
Gurugram: In a major relief to the buyers who had invested in Ramprastha Builders to get their flats, the national consumer disputes redressal commission (NCDRC) said. Court passed judgement to refund money to 7 buyers with 12 per cent interest.Each home buyer will get Rs 1.3 crore from the builder. There are more than 350 builders who are waiting for the judgement in their favour. The homebuyers who had purchased apartments in Ramprasth’s skyys housing society did not get the possession of the houses due to repeated delay by the builder. Ultimately it led to the distressed homebuyers to take legal recourse. To make sure that the buyer’s money is protected and is not exploited by the builder a separate account will be created and will not be utilised in other projects as instructed by Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). It has also been stated that for drawing the money there have to be designated signatories. Also in case of fraud, the bank officials will be held equally liable. It is estimated that the Rs 10,160 crore are pending by the builders who have not been able to complete their projects on time. Now the DTCP is preparing the list of builders so that cash in on their bank guarantee that is estimated to be of Rs 1627 crores. The enforcement directorate of Gurugram has already described the owner of Universal builders as an absconder. It was found that Rs 300 crores of homebuyers are struck in a residential project in Gurugram’s Sector-82 named Aura. The project that was started in 2010 was stopped in 2015. In effect over 500 homebuyers who invested in the project have alleged that the builders have amassed over Rs 300 crore in the amount that have not been refunded. To prevent a situation wherein the builders who have defaulted on the payments, the DTCP had begun the process of making a note of these builders. Significant information that includes detail of aadhar and PAN card, passport are being obtained to prevent any eventualities of builders leaving the country.
Former Ohio State receiver Ray Small was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio Sunday evening by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for allegedly possessing over 200 suspected Oxycontin tablets. According to a report from the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, Trooper James Trelka of the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Small, 24, Sunday evening at 5:56 p.m. The report said that Small allegedly possessed 243 Oxycontin pills, an undisclosed amount of suspected heroin, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and a loaded 25-caliber pistol. The Lantern was able to confirm with the Meigs County Sheriff Office that they had Small in custody until Monday evening. Small was scheduled to report to Meigs County Court Monday where, reportedly, he was charged with the possession of a schedule II narcotic. According to the report, Small has since been released, although further charges are pending. The Ohio State Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. It’s not the first time Small has been in hot water. Small, who was suspended a number of times throughout his career, told The Lantern last spring that he sold OSU memorabilia for cash, opening the floodgates on the OSU football tattoo scandal that began in December, 2010. The Lantern attempted to contact Small using the phone number he responded to during the May interview, but the number is no longer active. During his controversial career as a Buckeye, Small totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns from 2006-09.
Maybe Jared Sullinger isn’t who we thought he was. Maybe Ohio State’s sophomore big man is a square peg we’ve tried to put in a round hole. Sullinger is obviously an exceptional basketball player. He’s proven over his past two years at OSU that he is among the best forwards in all of college basketball and was named a first-team All-American in the 2010-11 season. Because he’s been so productive and his teams have been so successful, he’s been anointed a superstar. But I think that’s a misnomer. I think Sullinger’s reputation has exceeded his ability. He’s playing the part of a superstar in a role player’s body. Let’s look at what makes Sullinger so good. His offensive fundamentals are phenomenal. He has a repertoire of inside post moves to give himself space and top-notch touch around the basket. He has a big sturdy frame and is strong enough to overpower most defenders off the block (although some would argue Sullinger’s weight loss hampered this ability). He has a high motor and passes well out of the post. Those are great attributes, but the typical superstar has a little bit more. In addition to refined skill, superstars have elite athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to make plays when everything else in a game is crumbling. Sullinger doesn’t have those qualities. Before almost every home game, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon have a dunk contest. They do windmills, tomahawks, bank balls off the backboard and even come close to converting between-the-legs dunks. Before OSU lost to Wisconsin Feb. 26, Sullinger decided to make a brief cameo in the competition. Sullinger ran in from the 3-point line and attempted a windmill dunk. The 6-foot-9 man unimpressively leapt from the ground and missed the dunk. Badly. The fact is Sullinger just isn’t that athletic and doesn’t have the height to make up for it. During games, when things are crumbling for OSU, the team looks for Sullinger to make plays. OSU feeds him the ball inside, but Sullinger hasn’t been able to convert. He’ll catch the ball and try to make a move, but when a double team or quality defender arrives, he either flops for a foul or forces a bad shot. Sullinger is in no way a bad player. He’s just not what we’ve made him out to be. Monday, Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances against Michigan State and Northwestern. He totaled 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two last two Buckeye wins and proved he can be dominant. He was named first team all-conference and as the Buckeyes head into postseason play, Sullinger’s play will dictate OSU’s success. Maybe Sullinger will prove me wrong. Maybe he’ll dominate the Big Ten Tournament and lead OSU on a deep run in the Big Dance. But Sullinger and the Buckeyes need to be realistic. The Buckeye big man is the best and worst thing OSU has going for them. He has more skill than anyone on the team, but if he overextends himself and tries to be what something he’s not, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. Sullinger is no role player, but he’s no superstar either. To be successful, OSU and Sullinger will have to find the middle ground.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem PjanicPrior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri.But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the priority going forward.“Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio.“At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it’s 100% him.“He is a tremendous free kick taker.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The last free-kick Ronaldo scored came back in the World Cup when he memorably equalised for Portugal in their opening game against Spain.The 33-year-old hasn’t got off the mark yet for Juventus after attempting 14 shots in his first two competitive matches.Although he did register an assist in Old Lady’s 2-0 win over rivals Lazio last Saturday.Ronaldo will have another chance to break his duck away to Parma this Saturday.
The English Football Association (FA) have decided to not take action against Mohamed Salah for the way he won a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 winThe Egyptian forward seemingly fell down too easily when Newcastle’s Paul Dummett tugged his arm at Anfield with Liverpool already 1-0 up.Referee Graham Scott awarded the hosts a spot-kick with Salah stepping up to score their second of the game.Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, who earlier this week labelled Salah one of the world’s best players, called the penalty call a “soft” one.He told Sky Sports: “The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team.But now the FA confirmed on Sky Sports that Salah will not be investigated as the second-half incident didn’t reach the threshold for “attempting to deceive the referee”.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.This means Salah will face no match bans and can start in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday.Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and substitute Fabinho were the other scorers for Liverpool in a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.🙄 Mohamed Salah will not face action from the FA for the incident which led to a penalty against Newcastle.*Pretends to be shocked* pic.twitter.com/JJBLy46xhc— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) December 27, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 16, 2016 – A new Governor comes to the Turks and Caicos by October, as Peter Beckingham bids farewell to the territory. Dr. John Freeman, CMG has been appointed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the next Governor and comes to the TCI from Argentina where he has been serving since 2012.Governor Beckingham said he will be sad to leave the country, he and his wife, “We have had three very happy years here, the work has been stimulating and everyone most welcoming. Our two daughters and our new grandchildren have also loved visiting.” HE, who will also be retiring from diplomatic service added that the couple wants to hold one more of their charity events before departing the Turks and Caicos. “I hope we can see many friends, colleagues and business contacts before we leave in October; Jill is planning another Footsteps4Good in September, so that will be a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people across the Family islands.” Dr Freeman, the British Ambassador to Argentina, will take up his appointment during October 2016.
In the letter from Mayor Anderson he states that the Soldotna City Council was not given their designated time in order to submit comments to the ADEC prior to the KRSMA Board submitting their letter on January 22. According to the ADEC, the Kenai River was listed as not meeting all water quality criteria due to increased turbidity. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Soldotna-responds-to-ADEC-letter.mp3VmJennifer-on-Soldotna-responds-to-ADEC-letter.mp300:00RPd Mayor Anderson in the letter to Ted Wellman, Chairman KRSMA Board: “It is unreasonable to ask our representative to take a position or express an opinion for the City Council without providing opportunity for our elected body to evaluate and provide feedback. In this case, there was time given that the comments were not due until January 29. As chairman, you chose not to allow comment on a letter you drafted and submitted on January 22, 2018, a full week prior to the due date.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna Mayor Nels Anderson has drafted a letter to the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Board (KRSMAB) in response to a letter submitted by the board to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the Kenai River being listed as an impaired water body. According to Ostrander the City of Kenai was also not given the opportunity to review the letter submitted by the KRSMA Board prior to it being submitted to the ADEC, and the comments made in the letter do not reflect those of the city. Ostrander was granted permission at the Kenai City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 21 to submit his letter. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander will also be presenting a letter addressed to the ADEC in response to the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Boards comment letter that was submitted to the ADEC on January 22.
30 Photos Post a comment Preview • A new Amazon Echo is here. Catch up on Alexa’s upgraded home 4:40 Smart Speakers & Displays See it News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo (2017,Heather Gray Fabric) Amazon Echo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Review • Amazon’s new Echo improves upon the original, slashes the price Now playing: Watch this: New Amazon Echo Dot plays defense against Google How To • How to sell your old Amazon Echo 2018 was a good year for the Amazon Echo. Chris Monroe/CNET It seems like Alexa has had a busy 2018. On Wednesday, Amazon released some year-end stats about its Alexa smart assistant and Amazon Echo devices — and the numbers are pretty impressive.Amazon says that it sold tens of millions of Echo devices this year. While Amazon doesn’t give an exact sales number, it shows other ways in which Alexa is booming.According to Amazon, the number of people who use Alexa every day doubled in 2018. The number of people who own more than one Echo device has doubled too. The number of things Alexa can do for you has also skyrocketed — developers have made more than 70,000 skills for Alexa.Alexa is showing up in more places. There are now more than 28,000 Alexa-compatible smart home devices from 4,500 different brands. Alexa learned several new languages this year, and has new native experiences in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.Another impressive statistic: Alexa told over 100 million jokes in 2018 alone.As more people buy Echo devices and more partners hop on board, the number of things you can do with Alexa grows. So that Echo smart speaker you bought years ago will continue to feel fresh. Share your voice Tags Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Simplisafe: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018 $99 Alexa Amazon
The Kapil Sharma Show: Akshay Kumar, Bharti Singh, Kiku ShardaSony TVThe TRP chart of the top ten shows of the week is finally here. After Khatron Ke Khiladi, which maintained its top spot from its premiere episode till the finale, it was interesting to see which show would jump up the ladder. Not only do we have few surprising entries this week but, also a new topper. Take a look.Shaheer Sheikh – Rhea Sharma’s Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke, which came on air just last week, has topped the charts this week with 2.5 ratings. Naagin 3 has continued to maintain its second spot this week too with 2.4 ratings. Kumkum Bhagya, which is another fixture in the list has bagged the third spot this week.The Kapil Sharma show has taken a massive lead and jumped from the seventh spot to the fourth spot this week. After a fabulous start towards the end of last year, the show has just been embroiled in constant controversies which has not allowed it to grab a fixed spot in the TRP chart. From moving down the order, exiting the top 10 to bouncing back and bagging a spot in the top five, the show has seen it all. With constant good content and healthy entertainer, we just hope the show continues to climb up the ladder.Kundali Bhagya has bagged the fifth spot with 2.3 ratings. Kasautii Zindagii Kay has bagged the sixth spot with 2.3 ratings. Shilpa Shetty, Anurag Basu and Geeta Kapoor starrer dance reality show – Super Dancer – has bagged the seventh spot with 2.3 ratings followed by Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala at the eighth spot.Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata has bagged the ninth spot with 2.2 ratings and Tujhse Hai Raabta has bagged the tenth spot with 2.2 ratings.
PixabayAll holy books including the Bible, Quran and Bhagavat Gita state that life after death is a reality, and humans begin their eternal journey only after taking their last breath. Even though medical science has not found solid proof of that substantiates the view narrated in these holy books, many people who faced near-death experience (NDE) claims that afterlife is a reality, and people will live in the form of souls after their death.Now, a woman named Serena has shared her near-death experience testimonial on NDERF (Near Death Experience Research Foundation) website and it has emerged as the hottest debating point among spiritualists and medical experts. In the testimonial, Serena has shared her NDE experience while she was just two years old.Sharing her NDE, Serena revealed that she saw her grandfather during the time of her death. The NDE victim also claimed to have seen a bright light that does not hurt eyes during those moments.”This light was extremely beautiful and heavenly. The light was extremely bright and yellow, but yet dim. I can describe it best if you can imagine an extremely bright light that does not hurt your eyes. This light was surrounding everything. It felt as if my visual area was very restricted. I could not see the start and the end of the light, I could only see right in front of me. In the centre of the light, there was my grandfather,” wrote Serena in the NDE testimonial.Serena also added that her grandfather was very happy to see her, and he apparently smiled at her.”My grandfather looked so happy. He was smiling very brightly, looking at me with tender and loving eyes, like somebody who truly loves me. I think the smile was open, in the sense that he was showing his teeth, so, it was a huge smile,” added Serena.Serena also made it clear that the entire near-death experience was quite pleasant, and she lost awareness of her body.Even though spiritualists consider the experience of Serena an irrefutable proof of an afterlife, experts have brushed aside the view, and they claim that it is a property of the human brain that is resulting in these visual hallucinations. As per medical experts, during the time of life-threatening events, oxygen supply to the brain will be reduced, and at this time, the human brain embraces a survival technique which is the root of all these visual hallucinations.
Sunil Grover and Kapil SharmaTwitterIt was reported that Salman Khan had been trying to mend a broken friendship between Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover and suggested his Bharat co-star to join The Kapil Sharma Show. Even Kapil had said in his earlier interviews that the show’s doors are always open for Sunil whenever he wishes to come back but it looks like Sunil is still holding a grudge against Kapil.During his recent interaction with the media, Sunil said that he doesn’t even watch The Kapil Sharma Show adding that he does not watch shows which he does not feature in. He also said that Salman had indeed spoke to him about joining the show but stressed that it was just a suggestion and the Dabangg star never forced him to take a step towards it.The ugly war between friends-turned-foes – Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover – is no secret to anyone. The two comedians fell apart after their infamous mid-air brawl in 2017 and they decided to go separate ways.However, reports have been doing the rounds that Salman is likely to bring Sunil along with him on The Kapil Sharma Show to promote their upcoming film Bharat in June.Earlier, Kapil had spoken about Sunil’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show and said that he had met him and had discussed the concept of the show with him. He also said that as soon as Sunil gets away with his commitments, he will join the show.It now remains to be seen how Kapil and Sunil will react when they will be brought face-to-face with one another on the show.
Donald TrumpUS President Donald Trump’s Indonesian business partner has been questioned by police over alleged threats against a public prosecutor, officials said Friday.Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a media and property mogul who is building two Trump Organization hotel projects, was summoned as a suspect Friday after an investigation was issued against him in June, a police spokesman said.The 51-year-old business tycoon and politician is being named a suspect after police charged him with violating the electronic information and transaction law.”Today is actually the second time we have summoned Hary Tanoesoedibjo. We have summoned him before but at that time his lawyer said he couldn’t show up,” national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.The billionaire was reported to police by an attorney named Yulianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.Yulianto claimed Tanoesoedibyo had threatened him via text messages in January 2016.The attorney was handling a graft case which involved Mobile-8 Telecom, a telecommunication company owned by Tanoesoedibyo.Tanoesoedibyo’s lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea, denied the messages were threats.”As humans we know what would be considered as threats and what not. What he said is something all politicians do,” Hutapea told AFP.Tanoesoedibyo’s company is in the process of building two luxury resorts in Indonesia which would be managed by Trump Hotels.The resorts are planned to be built on the popular tourist island of Bali and in Lido, West Java, just a couple of hours away from capital Jakarta. Construction on the hotels has not yet begun.Tanoesoedibyo attended the US president’s inauguration in January, and described Trump’s win as inspiring.Tanoesoedibyo is now banned from travelling abroad for the next six months, a spokesman of the immigration office told AFP, and if found guilty could be jailed for four years maximum.The billionaire ran in Indonesia’s 2014 election as candidate for vice president but failed to make it to the final round with his running mate.He later founded his own political party with many speculating he might run in the 2019 presidential election.
Washington, D.C.’s only all-male, college preparatory high school is set to open in the fall. And, its principal, Dr. Benjamin Williams, can’t wait for the premiere of the Empowering Males High School, located on the campus of the former Ronald Brown Middle School in Northeast D.C.“For 15 years, I have thought about leading a school that catered to young men,” he said. “I wanted a place where young men could come and be comfortable with who they are. That dream came true last year.”On Jan. 21, 2015, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the implementation of an all-male public high school. This was part of an initiative to improve the academic performance of boys of color in the District’s public school system. Bowser’s actions are a complement to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper,” an effort to improve the lives of young men of color.Despite concerns by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and the local chapter of the ACLU that an all-male public school may be unconstitutional, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (D) ruled that the school is on solid legal ground.Williams said the school is open to all males of any color and every economic class. “We want to create a climate of academic success that will prepare young men for success in the post-high school world,” Williams said.In a break from the educational norm of focusing academically on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the school will specialize in the humanities, including modern and classical languages such as Spanish and Latin as well as studying literature and writing.“This is not a STEM school,” William said. “We will have a STEM component in terms of math and science but we want our students to focus on the liberal arts and such disciplines as music. We want our students to be college ready with the ability to think critically.”For example, Williams said his students are taking Latin – considered a “dead” language because it is no longer spoken or written – because it can help them break down the meaning of words that they might not initially recognize.“I learned the value of Latin while teaching at the School Without Walls (a grade school in Northwest D.C.),” he said. “Latin is the basis of English and other languages and if you understand Latin, you can pick up the other languages easier.”There is a belief among some educators that all-male institutions must be disciplinarily harsh in practice. Williams rejects that theory. “I believe in disciplining young men and I think the way to reach them is to set high expectations,” he said. “I find that if the young man sees that he can trust you, he will strive harder to be a better student. You may see instances that the young men will police themselves if the trust is there.“We will also emphasize young men talking through situations instead of dealing with problems through confrontations.”Williams said he wants a racially and gender diverse staff to work at the school including teachers who want to work with young men. He said it didn’t matter whether the teacher is a graduate of a historically Black college or university or a Teach for America recruit, “they must be at the school for the right reasons.”“We will support teachers who want young men to be successful and will provide professional development to that end,” Williams said.Teaching has been a central part of Williams’s life. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Virginia and started as a high school social studies teacher in Charlottesville, Va. His most recent position was as the associate principal at the elementary school-middle school portion of the School Without Walls at the Francis-Stevens Education Campus in Northwest D.C.Tierra Jolly, Ward 8 D.C. Board of Education member, is scheduled to meet with Williams in the near future and is looking forward to the interaction. “The Empowering Males of Color initiative is a good starting point for our young men to become achievers in the classroom,” she said.Jolly hopes the District school system will work on a similar program for young women soon.The school will start classes in August with just ninth-graders and will add a grade each year. The first graduating class is expected in 2020.