How to Think About Your Critics

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now It’s easier to be a critic than it is to be a creator. The critic has only to find fault. They believe that the value that they create is in tearing others down. In truth, the critic is so afraid of having their own work criticized that they can’t bring themselves to produce anything of their own. So instead, they criticize.The critic hates what he sees in you. He hates that you have the audacity, the courage, the bravery to put yourself out there, to create, to ship. Because he can’t bring himself to create, he hates you for being able to do what he himself cannot.But the critic still wants what you have. He wants to be thought of as a creator. He wants the audience. He wants the accolades. He wants the attention. And he will do or say anything to anything to get attention, mistakenly believing that all attention is good attention.You don’t owe the critic a response or reply. You don’t owe critic a defense of your creation. You don’t owe him your energy. His real struggle is not with you. His struggle is really with himself. There isn’t a single argument that you can make in defense of your work that will help the critic win the battle he is fighting with himself. Defending your work only feeds the critic, it doesn’t help him.Pity the TrollTrolls leave a trail of negativity, criticism, and vitriol behind (especially here in the social web). They don’t understand that in their desperate attempt to be noticed, they’re gaining attention for something so negative that only their brother and sister trolls pay them any heed. Instead of winning friends and influencing people, they alienate the very audience whose attention it is they seek.Trolls don’t know that their is no real audience for trolls. They don’t recognize how others perceive them.The only response to trolls is to ignore them. Feeding trolls only gives them the false impression that what they’re doing by criticizing you is actually creating, that it adds value. It doesn’t.You create because you are a creator. If you create because you want to win over the trolls, you’re creating for the wrong reasons. You create for the people that appreciate your creation. You create for the people that find value in what you do. And unless you are a troll, trolls are not your audience.Push the publish button.QuestionsHave you ever let your fear of the critic stop you from creating or publishing your work?Was your critic who you really had in mind at the birth of your creation?How should you feel about the fact that your work doesn’t resonate with people for whom it was never intended?The most important “block” button is not the one you can click on the web. It’s the one in your mind. Who do you have to be to press the real “block” button?last_img read more

The Two Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to be Productive

first_imgYour present cannot in any way impact your past, but your past can—and will—impact your future.Nothing you do today is going to change your past. Our perception of time flows only in one direction. There is an old saying that we are “too soon old and too late wise.” There is no way to reclaim lost time or relive a moment in time where you made a decision you now want to take back. The past is immutable.What you do today can and will impact your future. A few minutes from now, reading this post will be part of your past (whether or not it affects your future will be determined by your decision to act on what you learn or your hitting the delete button and hoping the idea fades away quickly). This concept is why I am full hot on the concept of Future You and Present You.We only perceive time as the present moment. It is always “now,” and “now” is forever fading further into your past. Present You is the result of your history, events large and small, significant and insignificant. If Present You wants something you don’t have, you have to do something now so that it manifests in your future. What you are doing now is creating Future You, for good or for ill, making the best strategy for being more, doing more, having more, and contributing more is to allow Future You to decide what Present You does now. What Do You Want?Your single, finite, non-renewable resource is time. There is an abundance of other resources available to you, many of them renewable, like your energy level and money (both of which we perceive as being scarce when they are abundant). Your time is not renewable, and once spent, it is gone forever. That being true, all you have is time.There are two questions you need to ask and answer. The first question is: “What do you want?” I have seen statistics that suggest almost no one has written goals or a plan for their (one) life. Without knowing what you want in the future, it is easy for Present You to make poor decisions about the future towards which you are most certainly racing. You need to define what Future You is going to want, not what Present You wants.The second question you need to answer is: “What should I be doing with my time now?” You will have a higher resolution focus by answering the first question before answering the second. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Two militants killed in Shopian encounter

first_imgTwo militants have been killed in a gunfight with security forces in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Friday, police said.In the morning, security forces zeroed in on the militants, triggering the gun battle.Initial reports suggest that the security forces launched the operation in an orchard in Dragad area of the Zainapora belt in Shopian. It followed a tip-off.”The militants opened fire when the security forces zeroed in on them. The operation is on,” said the police.The area has been cordoned and more reinforcements were rushed to the spot.last_img

CA attempt to take cut from IPL salary unacceptable: ACA

first_imgThe Australian players are being urged to refuse to sign Cricket Australia (CA) contracts next year as a row brews over an attempt to cut 10 per cent of their pay from the Indian Premier League (IPL). If the threat is followed through, it could cause a bitter stand-off between the players and the administrators. The Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) is fuming over what it sees as a backroom deal between CA and other boards with the Indian administrators to garnish millions of dollars from players’ contracts. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which runs the IPL, has ruled that 10 per cent of foreign players’ wages will now go to their respective boards. In talks with player representatives last year, the association pushed for a similar cut, but this was rejected by the players. Players’ association chief executive Paul Marsh has been outraged at the latest decision. “The Australian Cricketers Association has made it known to Cricket Australia that any attempt to take 10 per cent, or any other amount for that matter, from the IPL salaries of Australian players is completely unacceptable and will be opposed in the strongest possible way by us,” Australian media quoted Marsh. “CA simply has no right to effectively charge a commission on income earned by players from outside their employment to CA. Should they seek to do so, we would expect players to give serious consideration to either not signing an IPL contract that contains this deduction, or not signing future CA contracts,” Marsh added.advertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Numbers ones Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova hunt second round wins

first_imgRafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova will look to remain on cruise control as the two world number ones chase a place in the third round of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday.Pliskova, who needed just 78 minutes to breeze past Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1 in her opener will be eager to make similarly quick work of American qualifier Nicole Gibbs.AP PhotoThe Czech, however, will have to be wary of the 127th ranked Gibbs, who made the third round of the Australian Open before falling to eventual champion Serena Williams.Nadal needed a tight first set to get in gear in his opening match then raced past Serb Dusan Lajovic 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 and will be well rested for his meeting with Japan’s Taro Daniel.The 121st ranked Daniel, who was born in the United States and lives in Spain, was involved in a five-set marathon against American Tommy Paul on Wednesday in match that was pushed back after rain wiped out play on Tuesday.Five-time U.S. champion Roger Federer also survived a five-set nailbiter against hard-hitting American Frances Tiafoe and will be desperate to avoid a similar battle with veteran Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny.Federer has won all 16 head-to-head meetings with Youzhny.Sixth seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem meets American wild card Taylor Fritz while seventh Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, winner of three titles this year including the U.S. Open tuneup in Cincinnati, faces Russia’s Andrey Rublev.last_img read more

Spanoulis and Birch keep Olympiacos safe vs Aris

first_imgOlympiacos managed to overcome the resistance posed by Aris Thessaloniki in the unfriendly atmosphere of “Nick Galis Hall” arena, winning 70 – 63 and staying undefeated in the Greek Basket League with a 5 – 0 record.Guided by the strong double-double performances of Vassilis Spanoulis (13 points, 11 assists) and Khem Birch (10 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks), the Reds recovered from the mid-week Euroleague defeat by CSKA Moscow and now focus their attention to the upcoming match vs Galatasaray in Istanbul.Tadija Dragisevic dropped 18 points for Aris’ (2-3) side.With this result, Olympiacos remains at the first place of the Greek Basket League, tied with AEK, the only other perfect team in the championship. Coach Zdovc’s players easily defeated Rethymno (3-2) at home thanks to a tight defensive second half where they received 28 points.Panathinaikos (4-1) and PAOK (4-1) share the second place, after finishing this Round with victories as well.Greek Basket League 2016/2017 – Day 5Lavrio – PAOK 63 – 73 (Keith Clanton 17 p. 16 r.)AEK – Rethymno 80 – 66 (Kostas Vassiliadis 15 p.)Kolossos Rhodes – Koroivos Amaliada 90 – 88 (Juvonte Reddic 19 p. 9 r.)Apollon Patras – Promitheas Patras 53 – 67 (Cavell Johnson 19 p.)Kymi – Trikala 78 – 67 (Jordan Morgan 24 p. 14 r.)Doxa Lefkadas – Panathinaikos 46 – 73 (Giannis Bourousis 12 p. 6 r)Aris Thessaloniki – Olympiacos 60 – 73 (Vassilis Spanoulis 13 p. 11 a.)Source: EurohoopsTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Keown: Verratti perfect signing for Arsenal

first_imgTransfers Verratti to Arsenal? PSG enforcer boasts ‘nastiness’ Emery needs, claims Keown Chris Burton 22:40 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marco Verratti PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017 Gettyimages Transfers Arsenal PSG Ligue 1 Premier League The ex-Gunners defender believes that the new man in charge at Emirates Stadium should be looking to add steel to his side during the summer window Unai Emery needs to bring “nastiness” to Arsenal, says Martin Keown, who says that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti would be a perfect signing.The new man in charge at Emirates Stadium knows all about the Italy international after serving two-year stint at Parc des Princes.Verratti did not always deliver on his potential during Emery’s time in the French capital, but the 25-year-old is still considered to be one of the finest enforcers in world football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now It has been suggested that he could be lured away from PSG if the right offer is tabled and Keown believes it is players of that ilk which Arsenal need to be adding to their summer shopping list.The former Gunners defender told the Daily Mail on the changes being made in north London: “To expect that Emery will transform this team into champions overnight is unrealistic.“Arsenal has been run Arsene Wenger’s way for 22 years and, given the sheer spending power of the Manchester clubs, the competition is fierce.“Emery inherits a side that can do damage in the final third but lacks a steeliness and a nastiness, particularly away from home. If he can restore these ingredients, then Arsenal can at least challenge in the Premier League.“The fans want to see a team that can dig in, battle and scrap.Marco Verratti perfect for Arsenal Martin Keown“Emery needs to bring in a player like Marco Verratti, who he managed at Paris Saint-Germain, to instil those qualities in midfield.”Arsenal turned to Emery as Wenger’s successor after looking for a long time as though they would pass the managerial baton to former captain Mikel Arteta.The Spaniard was eventually overlooked, along with a number of other fan favourites from years gone by, and Keown believes the Gunners have made the right call in avoiding an emotional appointment fuelled by nostalgia.He added: “I would love to see a former Arsenal player in charge but appointing Patrick Vieira or Mikel Arteta would have been a huge leap of faith given neither has managed in Europe.“[Ivan] Gazidis was also impressed by Emery’s analysis of every player and I am intrigued to see how he tries to cure Arsenal’s defensive ills.”last_img read more

Ohio State Fans Will Love This Post-Game Photo Of Jim Harbaugh

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines blows whistle before start of the game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during warm ups prior to playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Ohio State extended its winning streak against The Team Up North to seven games after a dominant performance. The Buckeyes used an impressive defensive effort and exploded offensively en route to a 62-39 win.After the game, a photo of Jim Harbaugh awaiting his post game press conference hit the airwaves. Clearly distraught and contemplative after the blowout loss, Harbaugh looks absolutely dejected.This photo surfaced much to the delight Ohio State fans everywhere.Harbaugh pic.twitter.com/s2U5jC7q0h— angelique (@chengelis) November 24, 2018Harbaugh hasn’t been able to find an answer for Ohio State during his first four seasons with the Wolverines.It’s a tough loss for Harbaugh and the Wolverines, who entered the game as a 4.5-point favorite. Another loss for Michigan at the hands of Ohio State moves the Wolverines to 10-2 on the season and in position for a solid bowl game.However, after sitting at No. 4 in the nation, anything other than a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff berth feels like a disappointment.last_img read more

Atleo urges PM GG to accept treaty meeting invitation to quell protests

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston have been invited to attend a treaty meeting on Jan. 24, the one-year anniversary of the Crown-First Nations gathering.In a letter sent on New Year’s Day to Harper and Johnston, Atleo urges both men to immediately accept the invitation to quell escalating cross-country protests and bring an end to the hunger strikes by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and Cross Lake Elder Raymond Robinson.“Immediate acceptance to this urgent invitation will, both respond to the health of Chief Spence and Raymond Robinson and enable those currently demonstrating for such a meeting to return to their communities and to their responsibilities,” wrote Atleo, in the Jan. 1 letter obtained by APTN National News. “We can then support and enable focused dialogue and work led by each First Nation, within every treaty area on matters of greatest importance.”Spence began her hunger strike on Dec. 11 and Robinson on Dec. 12. The Idle No More, grassroots movement has also been sweeping the country through flash mob round dances, rallies and blockades, and it has generated considerable support in the U.S. and around the world.A number of rail blockades have also been launched over the past few weeks, including two in Ontario, one in British Columbia and an ongoing rail blockade in northeastern Quebec.In the letter, Atleo said First Nations chiefs recently held emergency discussions and that the leadership is “determined to set a course of resolution for our people.”The Prime Minister’s Office did not immediately return a request for comment on whether they were open to participating in the meeting.A spokeswoman for Johnston said they had received the invitation.“A reply will be shared with the Assembly of First Nations in due course,” said Julie Rocheleau, in an email to APTN National News.Atleo did not mention location of the treaty meeting, however, some chiefs have pushed to have it held in Saskatchewan. Last year’s Crown-First Nations gathering was held in Ottawa.There was also no mention in the letter of a planned Jan. 16 day of action, but Atleo wrote that First Nations would be “meeting and assessing their strategies for change needed urgently in the days and weeks ahead.”During the emergency meetings, which were co-chaired by Serpent River Chief Isadore Day, from Ontario, and Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox, from Saskatchewan, chiefs discussed setting Jan. 16 as a day of action that could see economic disruptions across the country.The participating chiefs also issued a letter signed by “First Nation leaders of Turtle Island” following their meetings and called on Harper to uphold the “honour of the Crown.”In an interview Thursday, Fox said he was disappointed with Atleo’s letter and said it didn’t reflect the direction the national chief received following a meeting on Monday. Fox said Atleo was asked to include Saskatchewan as the location for the proposed treaty meeting and to mention Jan. 16 as a set day of action.Fox said Atleo was also told by the Spence camp to include a deadline for response in the letter to the prime minister and governor general.“I am very disappointed with the way it was drafted, that is not what was understood on Monday when he was present,” said Fox.Fox said if Harper and Johnston reject the invitation, then the day of action should be moved up to the middle of next week.“It’s (Spence’s) health that is the immediate priority here,” said Fox.APTN National News has obtained minutes from a conference call between Treaty 1 to 11 chiefs on Dec. 28, 2012, which discussed plans to target “main economic and energy corridors, such as power sources, railways and highways.”According to the minutes, “it was agreed that in the short-term, immediate pressure needs to be stepped up because Chief Spence’s health is at risk.”On Wednesday, Spence issued a statement saying First Nations leaders were planning to issue “breach of treaty” declarations and launch “country wide economic disturbances.”The AFN executive also met on Wednesday.“First Nations leaders from coast-to-coast-to coast have collectively raised our voices about the critical situation facing First Nations,” wrote Atleo. “Solutions will not come overnight, but solutions must begin now and they must be done in full respect of the treaty relationship and our inherent responsibilities.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreraThe LetterDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

Oprah Spielberg help Apple launch new streaming service

NEW YORK — Apple trotted out few details on its long-awaiting streaming service on Monday, but it didn’t skimp on high-wattage celebrity.Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston were part of a parade of A-listers who took the stage at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, where the main attractions are usually the company’s latest high-tech gadgets.This time, though, it was the likes of Big Bird and Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, who took the spotlight at Apple’s latest live-streamed product launch.“I’m joining forces with Apple,” declared Winfrey. “They’re in a billion pockets, y’all.”Apple chief executive Tim Cook gave what he called “a sneak peek” of the tech giant’s plans to transform television viewing and jump — some analysts say belatedly — into the streaming business Netflix has pioneered.The service, dubbed Apple TV Plus, will debut in the fall in more than 100 countries and feature ad-free original series and films. Cook and Apple declined to say how much the nascent streaming service will cost. It was unveiled as an extension of Apple’s redesigned TV app, which will bundle third-party services like HBO, CBS and Showtime, along with a user’s cable subscription and some streaming services like Hulu. Netflix has said it won’t partake.Much of both Hollywood and Silicon Valley had eagerly awaited details on Apple’s much-ballyhooed foray into original programming, something the company had been quietly prepping for the last few years — and laying aside at least $1 billion to do so. But it’s not the only company readying a rival to Netflix, which spent $12 billion on content last year. The Walt Disney Co. and AT&T’s WarnerMedia are both set to unveil their own platforms later this year.Standing out from the pack will be a challenge for each. Disney’s streaming service, named Disney-Plus, even bears a plus-symbol just like Apple’s service.“It’s not just another streaming service,” said Zack Van Amburg, who along with Jamie Erlicht was hired away from Sony TV to head Apple’s video programming.Cook didn’t map out how extensive Apple’s streaming library will be; it has about two dozen series and a handful of movies in the pipeline. But he promised big ambitions. “We partnered with the most thoughtful, accomplished and award-winning group of creative visionaries who have ever come together in one place, to create a new service unlike anything that’s been done before,” he said.But what the presentation lacked in particulars it sought to make up for with star power and sizzle-reel teases of its upcoming slate. Some of the highlights:— Oprah: Winfrey said she has two documentaries in the works for Apple TV Plus (one on mental health, one on the toll of sexual harassment in the workplace) and is planning “the most stimulating book club on the planet.” The TV personality, whose book club choices have made dozens of works into instant bestsellers, said the Apple broadcast will include streamed conversations with authors. Winfrey already has her OWN network and “O” magazine where she still makes book picks, most recently Michelle Obama’s “Becoming.” ”I am proud to be a part of this platform where I can connect with people around the world to create positive change,” said Winfrey.— “Amazing Stories”: Executive produced by Steve Spielberg, “Amazing Stories” is a science-fiction anthology series the filmmaker is reviving. It first ran for two seasons from 1985-1987 on NBC. “We want to transport the audience with every single episode,” said Spielberg.— “The Morning Show”: Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell star in this series about the behind-the-scenes drama at a TV morning show. Witherspoon said it will “pull back the curtain on men and women in the high-stakes battle of morning television.” It is, notably, Aniston’s first time back in television since “Friends.” ”And I’m really excited about it,” she said.— “Little America”: Kumail Nanjiani unveiled this anthology series based on true-life tales of immigrants or children of immigrants from across the country. “This is no such thing as the other,” said the comedian-actor-writer. “There is only us.”— “See”: This post-apocalyptic series stars Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard takes places centuries after a cataclysmic event where all of humanity has lost its sight.Other shows in development include the thriller “Defending Jacob,” in which Chris Evans plays a father whose 14-year-old son is accused of murder; an untitled drama from M. Night Shyamalan; a series from “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle; a show about computer coding for preschoolers called “Helpsters,” with Big Bird; a drama series about youth basketball produced by Kevin Durant; “Dickinson,” starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson; and “Little Voice,” a show about a young musician produced by J. J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, who performed the theme song Monday.Apple’s nascent movie aims were harder to discern Monday. It previously entered into a partnership with A24, the indie label behind films like “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.” Their first film together is to be “On the Rocks,” Sofia Coppola’s reunion with “Lost in Translation” star Bill Murray. He plays a larger-than-life father reconnecting with his daughter, played by Rashida Jones.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press read more

Some 90 per cent of domestic workers excluded from social protection –

“Most of their work is undervalued and unprotected, when domestic workers become old or injured, they are fired, without a pension or adequate income support. This can and must be redressed,” explained Isabel Ortiz, Director of the ILO Social Protection Department in a press release on the launch of the report, Social protection for domestic workers: Key policy trends and statistics. Domestic work is considered a sector that is difficult to cover, partly because work is performed in private households and frequently for more than one employer. The occupation is also characterized by high job turnover, frequent in-kind payments, irregular wages and a lack of formal work contracts. “Given that it is predominantly a female workforce highly subject to discrimination as well as social and economic vulnerability, policies to extend social protection to domestic workers are key elements in the fight against poverty and the promotion of gender equality,” said Philippe Marcadent, Chief of the ILO’s Inclusive Labour Markets, Labour Relations and Working Conditions Branch. While the largest gaps in social security coverage for domestic work are concentrated in developing countries – with Asia and Latin America representing 68 per cent of domestic workers worldwide – the study finds that social protection deficits for domestic workers also persist in some industrialized countries. In Italy, for example, some 60 per cent of domestic workers are not registered with, or contributing to, social security systems. In Spain and France, 30 per cent of domestic workers are excluded from social security coverage.Social security is a human right for all The study underscores that “there is no justification for domestic workers to remain excluded from social security, which is a human right for all.” Senior ILO Economist Fabio Duran-Valverde stressed: “Looking at ways to improve the current coverage, there is no single protection model that works best for domestic workers everywhere. But mandatory coverage (instead of voluntary coverage) is a crucial element for achieving adequate and effective coverage under any system.” However, because of the uniquely vulnerable situation of domestic workers, mandatory coverage will not be effective alone. Strategies should include – among other measures – fiscal incentives, registration plans, awareness-raising campaigns targeting domestic workers and their employers as well as service voucher mechanisms. Domestic work should also be integrated into broader policies aimed at reducing informal work. The study also warns that migrant domestic workers – currently estimated at 11.5 million worldwide – often face even greater discrimination. Around 14 per cent of countries whose social security systems provide some type of coverage for domestic workers do not extend the same rights to migrant domestic workers. read more

Womens volleyball Two top25 teams await No 14 Buckeyes in Michigan

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (left) embraces senior middle blocker Kylie Randall after OSU’s 3-0 win over Northwestern at St. John Arena on Sept. 28, 2016. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took down the No. 1 team in the country last weekend — but that doesn’t mean its conference schedule will be getting any easier.The No. 14 Buckeyes will play two more teams ranked in the Top 25 this weekend – No. 21 Michigan State on Friday and OSU rival No. 23 Michigan, on Sunday.On Saturday, OSU stunned fans as it took down undefeated, No. 1 Nebraska in four sets. This was the first time that OSU has won against a top-ranked team on the road and the third consecutive time the Buckeyes have been victorious on the Husker home court. Junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz said the team’s performance in Lincoln, Nebraska, was a great opportunity for people to see what Buckeye volleyball is all about.“The Nebraska match really gave us a chance to prove ourselves, and really bring us together as a team and show what we’re capable of,” she said. Wenz feels that if the team can channel its energy from the match against the Huskers into the rest of its play, the team will be able to have repeated success. “I think that bottling up the feeling and the unity we had during that match, (we’re) trying to replicate it against every opponent,” she said.First, the Buckeyes will have to battle the Spartans on Friday. Over the past two seasons, the series is split between the two teams. Currently, Michigan State holds a 13-3 record. OSU coach Geoff Carlston gave credit to the Spartans for being what he considers one of the most physically dominant teams in the nation.He added that his team’s ability to slow down Michigan State hitters will be key to OSU’s success.“They just hit the ball hard,” he said. “So our ability to slow them down with our block is going to be important.”Currently, both Michigan State and Michigan are ranked above the Buckeyes in blocks for the Big Ten conference.A player that will be imperative to the Buckeyes’ blocking game is senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She is averaging 1.05 blocks per set, and has combined for 61 total blocks this season. Sandbothe ranks second in most career blocks in OSU history with 481. Sandbothe received both conference and national recognition this week: Big Ten Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s National Player of the Week. She was joined by fellow senior, libero Valeria León, who won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes, who clinched the espnW National Player of the Week. After their bout with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will have a day off before visiting the Michigan Wolverines. Members of OSU’s team noted that this match always comes with a little extra motivation behind it.“The seniors always talk about it. You can feel it. There’s always a little edge to the match, a little more so than all of the other ones,” Carlston said.One of the members of Carlston’s senior leadership, León, added that she loves the environment of playing at Michigan. “We go out there — you have so many fans against you — and it’s all blue and yellow,” she said.The Wolverines are also carrying a 13-3 record this season. In 2015, OSU was able to pull off a 3-1 win while in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the Scarlet and Gray were swept by the Wolverines at St. John Arena in the next matchup. Wenz, who hails from Springboro, Ohio, is hopeful that her team can keep their victory train rolling with a win over “That Team Up North.”“Being from Ohio, it’s always great to beat them,” she said. “So hopefully we can continue that streak.”The Buckeyes will first play Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan, followed by the match against Michigan at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Ann Arbor. read more

Elderly Irish woman finds five pound note worth £50000 and donates it

first_imgThe elderly woman didn’t want to be famous, but just wanted her fiver to do some good.“An old lady found it and she said ‘I don’t want my picture in the papers’ and she said ‘if it sells for a lot of money it will be better if young children could benefit from it’,” Mr Short told the BBC.Mr Short spent one of each of the four special fivers in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.They have been found in Ireland, Scotland and Wales but the five pound note he spent in England is still yet to be retrieved.Mr Short’s friend and fellow artist, Tony Huggins-Haig, who launched the project, said around 5,000 people have called up falsely claiming to have found it. Check your fivers! Last remaining Jane Austen £5 note worth £50,000 ‘could be anywhere in the world’ https://t.co/9rwDXPcTf4 pic.twitter.com/sRHkDl32TT— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) February 19, 2017 A famous engraver etched a tiny picture of Jane Austen on some five pound notes.Each one is estimated to be worth £50,000, judging by the value of some of his other work.Across Britain, people checked their fivers to see whether they had one of the four special notes.The third one has now been found by an elderly Northern Irish woman, and she has kindly donated it to charity.She sent it back to Graham Short, who engraved the notes, with a note asking him to use it to “help young people”. The series number of the remaining note is AM32885554.”It would be wondrous if someone finds it who is deserving, who is blown away by it, and who wants to do something worthwhile with it,” said 53-year-old Mr Huggins-Haig.”It’s been an incredible and humbling story thanks to Graham, who goes to incredible lengths to create artwork.”It really is a Willy Wonka story, and one day all four stories will be told, of which the first three are incredible.”All of Mr Short’s work is insured for at least £50,000, but Mr Huggins-Haig believes the notes could actually sell for up to £100,000.center_img “£5 note enclosed, I don’t need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people,” the kindly woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote.Mr Short’s website reads: “The lady who found the note has surprised us all by sending it to the gallery and asking that it be used to help young people. So Graham and the Gallery will be working closely together to do so.”Currently contacting outlets connected to Children in Need to try and give this to a good cause so we honour the request of the lucky woman who originally discovered the note.”Stay tuned for more information as the story develops over the following days!” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Coin enthusiast who stabbed fellow collector to death facing 30 years behind

A coin enthusiast has been convicted of murder after stabbing a fellow collector 17 times while trying to steal a rare set of Beatrix Potter 50ps.Danny Bostock, 33, attacked 52-year-old Gordon McGhee in his bedroom before turning on the gas cooker and lighting a dishcloth, seemingly to cause an explosion and destroy evidence of the killing.Mr McGhee, who had disturbed Bostock while he was attempting to swipe his stash of limited edition coins, was left covered in blood at his home in Colchester, Essex.Bostock denied but was convicted of murder and attempted arson by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.The majority of Mr McGhee’s coin collection, the murder weapon and the clothes Bostock was wearing that night have never been found.Bostock was a collector of limited edition circulation coins, which included Beatrix Potter 50ps.He had been drinking with Mr McGhee and other friends in a block of flats in the early hours of 22 August last year before he sneaked into Mr McGhee’s flat to swipe the coins, the court heard.When Mr McGhee caught him red-handed, Bostock stabbed him 17 times, including in the face and neck, before fleeing on a bicycle.Footprints from his trainers were found traipsed around the flat. Bostock denied murder and claimed that one of the people drinking at the flat had worn his shoes then carried out the attack.Following the verdict yesterday, Judge David Goodin said the killing was “horrific” and that Bostock faced at least 30 years behind bars.Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Truss, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “I don’t believe that Bostock shows any remorse at all for taking Mr McGhee’s life.”His attack on Mr McGhee was senseless and brutal. He is an incredibly dangerous man and I hope he is sent to prison for a long time.”Bostock will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on 19 March. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Xtravision reverses policy on preordered Xbox One consoles

first_imgXTRA-VISION HAVE backtracked on it’s policy regarding pre-ordered Xbox One consoles.The company have now said that from today any person who collects their pre-ordered XBox One will not have to purchase an additional game in order to receive their console.It follows media attention, social media backlash and complaints to the the National Consumer Agency (NCA) over their initial policy which came to light when the console was released last Friday.In a statement released today, Xtra-vision also said that customers who have already collected their XBox One console and purchased an additional game can receive a refund on the game if the customer has proof of purchase and the game is unopened.Xtra-vision say that these policy changes apply to all of their stores and on game purchases made between 22 November and 26 November.The company have also confirmed that customers who have pre-ordered the PlayStation 4, which is released this Friday, will not have to purchase an additional game in order to receive their console.The change of heart by Xtra-vision has been welcomed by the NCA who called their decision a “successful outcome”.“Through our intervention with Xtra-vision the NCA has achieved a positive outcome for affected consumers by securing compliance in line with consumer legislation. This action will result in an immediate and real benefit for consumers,” according to NCA chief executive Karen O’Leary.O’Leary also urged consumers to understand and assert their rights:If consumers have pre-ordered and paid a deposit or in full for a product then a contract is in place and unless the contract provides otherwise, consumers should not have any additional charges or conditions imposed upon them.Xtra-vision say they regret any upset or inconvenience the situation has caused to customers.Read: Anger as Xtra-Vision doesn’t honour Xbox pre-orders unless extra game is bought >Read: Playstation 4 Vs Xbox One: Which comes out on top? >last_img read more

One of the unsung heroes Tributes after death of Whelans gatekeeper Joe

first_imgHe’s been involved in Whelan’s since the nineties, and it’s a bit of a shock to us all. He was determined to work, we knew he was unwell but he was kind of hiding it quite well  and he was determined to work, he was working in the last week and a half.“I think he lived to work, doing the door, listening to the music and seeing all the bands. He was probably the most important job in the place, the first point of contact because he did the box office, so anyone who came to a gig in Whelan’s would remember him for that.”“He is part of the Irish music industry as well, he’s one of the unsung heroes so to speak,” Allen added.In a post to Facebook, Whelan’s said that his love of music shined through his work.Joe loved working at Whelan’s and had a massive love for music. He cherished listening to all the bands gracing our stage, discovering new music with bands playing the first time and listening to the many legends who keep returning. A good gig causing great excitement and enthusiasm in him.“Joe was involved in many aspects of the music industry outside of Whelan’s over the years. Working with so many great bands. His loss will touch many people.”Tweeting sympathies this afternoon, musicians and fans alike have shared their memories of Joe. By Rónán Duffy Very sorry to hear this. Such a lovely man x— Lisa Hannigan (@LisaHannigan) April 18, 2019 Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 3:10 PM Share64 Tweet Email1 ‘One of the unsung heroes’: Tributes after death of Whelan’s ‘gatekeeper’ Joe Nicholson Nicholson as been described as someone who deeply loved live music. Very sad news! We’ll all miss you Joe! Rest well sir x— Villagers (@wearevillagers) April 18, 2019 Source: Whelan’s/Twitter 5 Comments It’s with a heavy heart that we bring you the sad news that our beloved Joe Nicholson (right) passed away last night after a short illness. Joe will be known to many, as he was the keeper of the gate so to speak, manning our box office vigilantly. He will be sorely missed. RIP pic.twitter.com/ZwlA1olaoV— Whelan’s (@whelanslive) April 18, 2019 Source: Nicole/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4598534 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Villagers/Twitter So sad to hear this, such a familiar face from in my teens when I’d turn up and he’d roll his eyes ‘you again??’ before not even checking my name and waving me on ❤️ Whelans legend, RIP x— Nicole (@Nicole_Lg) April 18, 2019 Source: Lisa Hannigan/Twitter 34,246 Views TRIBUTES ARE BEING shared from music fans and people within the Irish music industry following the death of Joe Nicholson, who manned the door at Dublin nightspot Whelan’s. Nicholson died peacefully yesterday following a short illness and staff at the famed music venue have said he will be “irreplaceable”.A fixture in Whelan’s since the nineties, Nicholson also worked for years as a tour manager for bands in the Irish music scene. “He’s pretty much irreplaceable, part of the furniture really,” Whelan’s promoted Dave Allen said upon the sad news today.  Apr 18th 2019, 3:09 PM Nicholson is survived by his wife Theresa, two daughters and three grandchildren.His funeral service will take place at 3.30pm on Saturday at Mount Jerome Crematorium in Harold’s Cross.last_img read more

Man who drove into Charlottesville crowd convicted of firstdegree murder

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A man who drove his car into counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Virginia was convicted Friday of first-degree murder, a verdict that local civil rights activists hope will help heal a community still scarred by the violence and the racial tensions it inflamed nationwide.A state jury rejected defense arguments that James Alex Fields Jr. acted in self-defense during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. Jurors also convicted Fields of eight other charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and hit and run.Fields, 21, drove to Virginia from his home in Maumee, Ohio, to support the white nationalists. As a large group of counterprotesters marched through Charlottesville singing and laughing, he stopped his car, backed up, then sped into the crowd, according to testimony from witnesses and video surveillance shown to jurors.Prosecutors told the jury that Fields was angry after witnessing violent clashes between the two sides earlier in the day. The violence prompted police to shut down the rally before it even officially began.Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal and civil rights activist, was killed, and nearly three dozen others were injured. The trial featured emotional testimony from survivors who described devastating injuries and long, complicated recoveries.last_img read more

Can HTML5 FutureProof Your Mobile Strategy

first_imgIn terms of dovetailing HTML5 development with standard app product development, Weinberg says the two are separate, but related, operations. “The apps are done in a separate group, but they’re aware of what we’re doing and we’re aware of what they’re doing. We all have shared but slightly different missions in this. For instance, an app in the future can be designed to link to the Web site for certain information or slideshows or content that the user wouldn’t have wanted to download as part of the native app. What’s really cool about that is it gives us a seamless consumer flow opportunity for delivering whatever content wherever they are whenever they need it through whatever device they have. My only issue right now is if we can go faster to implement more of the HTML5 products more comprehensively across all of the brands my life would be much better.”Next StepsGoing forward, Christie says HTML5 Web apps will be built on a case by case basis. The trigger will depend on the brand’s business model. “We are looking at HTML5 for some of the other FT Group titles. They’re more pure b-to-b titles. For some of them we are probably going to come out with more native apps. Some we might do Web apps. We’re looking at the business model for each of those and being quite pragmatic about it because for titles that have no registration, no subscription and are completely ad-based, you don’t have to do a Web app, you can do a native app. It just depends on where you see the future of each of the titles.”As an example, Christie cites the release of FT’s native How to Spend It app, which is available in Apple’s App Store. “From a business model point of view we don’t require registration or subscription and it’s completely advertising-based. It wasn’t going to compromise our business model to launch it in iTunes because we didn’t have an issue with the subscription process.”As for Weinberg, he sees HTML5 as a way to position the brands for whatever new features become available in the near future. “I’m looking down the road and saying this is going to create new creative capabilities that we haven’t had before and to the extent that it’s possible now, great. To the extent that it’s going to become possible later, all the better. But it does start to chart a new course for what the digital desktop is and how it works.” In the case of Hearst, the company is doing both. In September, the company announced that it was beginning the process of converting all of its magazine Web sites to HTML5. The plan was to build out specific components within the sites optimized with the new standard starting in the fourth quarter of this year and continue into 2012. The first to get the treatment was GoodHousekeeping.com, which went live in September and became compatible with the majority of mobile devices—meaning rich media elements were touch and swipe enabled, among other features.“This project forms the basis for the kind of site structure that we expect to roll out to the rest of the network over the next six to 18 months,” Mark Weinberg, vice president of programming and product strategy for Hearst Digital Media, said at the time. “We have a number of sites that we’re in the process of redesigning and relaunching now and they will be relaunched fundamentally on the same kind of code base of HTML5 and they will be designed to be multi-platform. The kind of innovations we’ve baked into the Good Housekeeping relaunch will drive where we go with the rest of the network sites.”Going All-inThe decision to go all-in with the entire stable of Web sites was largely influenced by the belief that mobile is going to be a huge influence on digital content access in the near term. “The major motivator for us was both the recognition that it would create a more future-oriented programming and content delivery approach, given that it is an evolutionary step for the Web as a whole, but also, very importantly, that it was an evolutionary step that would allows us to have a functional site on iOS devices,” says Weinberg. “That’s what really got us started down the road—looking at the iOS devices and the clarity that had about not adopting Flash. Continuing down the road using Flash was not a good idea. While we’re still using Flash in some places, it was very clear that we needed to be compatible.”As the strategy got underway, Weinberg realized that ditching Flash was not the only benefit. Consumers, as they use their devices more often, are expecting to have the same functionality wherever they go on the Web. “Once we got going it became clear that it would allow us to do a number of other things, not the least of which was to be functional on touch-screen devices. And that I think is one of the really future-oriented aspects of this—that people are beginning to expect that. So this really meets consumer expectations. It makes us flexible and functional on all devices and it gives us the functionality that you get with HTML5 that its predecessor didn’t have,” he says.That freedom from the confines of proprietary formats and the ability to give customers what they expect were similar motivators for the Financial Times when it developed its Web app and snubbed Apple’s App Store. But fundamentally, it’s about the explosion in mobile usage. “An obvious trend is device proliferation,” says MB Christie, online product manager for the Financial Times. “Users expect to get everything everywhere. Everything they have on the desktop they are absolutely expecting to get on the phone and on the tablet. They just expect it to be there and don’t think about the fact that there’s a different transition, a different screen size and there will be different interactions [with the content].”Yet with that proliferation of devices comes a proliferation of formats and operating systems, each having unique access requirements. “So as publishers we have to think about how to do this quickly and get on all of the devices without breaking the bank,” says Christie. “Because you’ve got to make sure you’re on all the different sized tablets, all the different sized small screens and still on the desktop—all with an optimal user experience. Otherwise, your users will think, ‘They have a really nice Web site, but I can’t use it when I’m on the go.’ And then they’ll stop using you altogether. It will hurt your brand.”Christie notes that in order to cover the bases in terms of device coverage, HTML5 was the clear path. “You have to think about how you can do it across the board, which is what prompted us to start looking at an HTML5 solution very early on.”Is It Ready Yet? For now, publishers are taking one of two paths. They’re either rebuilding their Web sites with the HTML5 standard that lets users view them from a mobile or desktop machine, or they’re building HTML5 sites designed specifically for mobile devices as a separate option from providing apps through the app store. Now that the early enthusiasm behind generating magazine apps for tablet and smart phone devices has settled into a more or less pragmatic approach for publishers, a nagging question is bubbling ever closer to the top of digital content development efforts for the mobile platform: HTML5 or native apps? A concern from the start for Weinberg and Christie was HTML5’s readiness. The standard was essentially still under development and certainly not as established as HTML4 and there wasn’t yet a large base of developers skilled in the standard. “It does take some skilled developers, but I think the speciality is improving. The more demand there is in the market the more people will pick up the skills needed to do this,” says Christie. And then around that time Apple and the FT bumped heads on App store subscription terms and customer data. “That’s when we decided to seriously focus attention on the Web app,” says Christie. “What was great was we could sell the idea because we already had it in front of us. We weren’t scared, it didn’t feel like such a big leap for us because we had a working prototype.”According to Christie, an early challenge was figuring out how to make offline caching a smoother experience. Mobile browsers limit file sizes for downloading and in order to read the Financial Times offline, users had to take the semi-technical and extra step of boosting the database size to 50 MB. “We had to come up with a way for us to allow people to store a fairly large amount of data. They had to go through an extra step of saving a larger database than the browser would normally allow them to. Making the message user-friendly and not scary was challenging.”The step allows the user to save the file to their homescreen, enabling them to open the FT and read it whenever they want to.That local caching on the device is a critical feature, and one that differentiates a Web app from standard mobile sites, such as FT’s m.ft.com. “The Web app has a lot more advantages. It allows for a lot more richness than the pure mobile site, m.ft.com. We can have videos, images and most importantly, you can read it offline. That is a huge advantage of an app over a straight old mobile site. It’s more like a newspaper. You can take it on the train and read it,” says Christie.Where a reader is directed to depends on the device they’re using. “We can look at your device and the we serve you the right site, whether it’s m.ft.com or the Web app. We look at how smart your phone is and then we serve you the right thing based on that,” adds Christie.center_img At Hearst, the process of rebuilding the sites took a templated approach. Specific components were optimized for HTML5, such as promo players and other features, and then repeated throughout the rest of the sites. “We’re creating products, which are essentially features or functionality that can then be cascaded into all the sights in our network. It’s a build once, use many approach,” says Weinberg.For example, the promo player, which is basically a rotating slideshow that graphically features the top stories on the site, was one of the first to get the HTML5 treatment. “Historically, those were all Flash-based and after we developed the HTML5 promo player for Good Housekeeping, we cascaded that to all of our brands. Now, when you open any of the sites on an iPhone you will have a touch/swipe-enabled promo player that you can actually see. In the old version you couldn’t even see it because it was Flash. And it works on all phones, all devices,” says Weinberg.In all, Weinberg says the process of rolling out HTML5 is more of a design process than a technical one, and the templated approach as made it easier to apply the new features across the Hearst network of sites. “The team has made it very modular, so that the areas where we need to make these kinds of improvements in the near term we can make them in a more seamless way. The implementation of HTML5 is relatively easy. For example, we’re about to roll out our slideshow, or what we call a Flipbook, so there’s an HTML5 version of that that we’re cascading across the network. So by January almost all of the rest of our sites will have it. That’s how quickly it can cascade out. It’s much more of a design iteration than it is a technical challenge.”The FT began experimenting with an HTML5 Web app in the summer of 2010, says Christie. “We worked with one of our development partners and gave them time to play, really. It was just a few months after we’d launched the iPad app. We didn’t do anything really formal, and by January/February we had a pretty nice proof of concept going.” Browser compatibility had been one hurdle, but that has since been resolved says Weinberg. “So we weren’t really as worried at the time we were doing this work as those who came before us that people wouldn’t be able to see it or use it. In fact, we looked at it as the opposite, that this would increase the usability and increase the good functional behavior across more platforms and for more consumers in more circumstances. That actually proved out to be the bigger idea.”Another key motivator is the fragility of print revenues. As a stark reminder, consumer magazine ad pages fell 5.6 percent in the third quarter of this year, erasing the growth from the first six months of the year, per PIB numbers. Prior to the third quarter, consumer magazines enjoyed a run of growth for five consecutive quarters.“Print advertising money is no longer as easy to get as it used to be,” says Christie. “So that means that we all have to look for other solutions and digital is an obvious way. So we need to make sure that we are selling things on digital, whether it be ads, subscriptions or a combination. But in order to pay for the content, to pay our journalists, we absolutely need to make sure that we have a clear and strong digital strategy that will succeed and bring in the revenue needed to do so.”For the FT, the strategy is proving out, as is the theory that mobile is becoming a larger and larger component of media access. According to reports, the FT’s online operation now accounts for 30 percent of its revenues. Digital subscriptions were up 34 percent in the first half of 2011 and FT’s Web app reached the one millionth registrant milestone mid-November.Execution The latest Web standard has opened up new opportunities for building mobile-optimized content that, on the surface, frees it from the constraints of proprietary formats, such as Adobe’s Flash, and Apple’s onerous control of the app store retail environment and customer information. The Flash problem has largely been answered now that Adobe is no longer supporting it for mobile, but some publishers have been moving quickly to optimize both their sites in HTML5 and build products based on the standard to head off what they think is an inevitability: Mobile is going to be core to any content publisher’s product strategy going forward, and HTML5 is promising a seamless access standard that makes it easy for customers to view content on any mobile platform. “It did take a bit of a leap of faith,” adds Weinberg. “From what I understand there was a reluctance for people to move down this road for two pretty obvious reasons. One was it was not yet fully developed and so there were some concerns that people had about how the behaviors would work and what the issues might be; and there wasn’t as full of an understanding as there was with HTML4.”last_img read more