Why You Want Your Sales Manager to Ride Along

first_imgYou can’t see your own swing. Because this is true, some of the best feedback you can get will come from someone who is observing you making a sales call. Because they are there with the intention of observing with the idea of providing constructive criticism, and not responsible for making a call, they can offer you suggestions and choices to help you sell better.My first real sales manager went on calls with me. We had review meetings on the sidewalk after the call as we were walking to the car. He was able to share with me the things that I hadn’t noticed. Things such as leading with things that didn’t matter to the client, but that I was familiar with enough to talk about intelligently. Later he taught me that I didn’t need any resources in a sales call with me, even when presenting a solution. Before that, I was dependent on presentations and proof providers. I became more conversational as a result of having him observe my calls.In one case, while I was working for a particular company, I was required to have a prospective client agree to allow me to videotape myself making the sales call. You will not do anything that makes you feel worse than watching yourself on video in a room full of your peers. And it wasn’t all that easy to find a prospect willing to allow me to videotape the conversation either.What’s important is to ensure your sales manager knows that her role is to be an observer and to offer constructive criticism. By letting them know that you’re going to run the sales call, they can shift their focus to helping improve what you do in front of a client. Once you have this agreement, there are a few other things you still need to do.You are going to have to explain to your client why your sales manager is with you and why they are not an active participant in the call. You’ll have to let them know that your sales manager is there to offer you feedback on how you might better perform your job of creating value for them. This doesn’t have to be awkward. You just have to let the client know that as part of your development your sales manager has agreed to join you to help offer you advice on how you can deliver greater value to your clients.If there are areas you believe you need to improve, you may want to let your sales manager know this so they can assess how you do in that particular area. But you also want to be careful about making this decision until your sales manager has made a number of calls with you so you can discover the things about your swing that you can’t see for yourself.If you want to get better faster, ask your manager to ride along on calls and to provide you with actionable feedback. Even if it can be uncomfortable, it speeds up your development. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Essar pays farmers ₹50 lakh for crop damage in fly ash leak in MP

first_imgThe Essar Energy has paid ₹50 lakh as compensation to farmers of two villages in Singrauli district after tonnes of fly ash discharged from a power plant damaged their crops and some houses following heavy rain on August 7. “Following our demand, the Essar has paid villagers for the loss of paddy crop in 110 acres and damage to six houses. If the damage assessed is valued more, we’ll ask for more compensation,” said Vikas Singh, Singrauli Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM). Heavy rain caused a breach on one side of a fly-ash pond of the 1,200-MW coal-based thermal power plant, causing a deluge at Kharirahi and Karsualal villages. The plant is shut since.Villagers were even compensated for the damage to crop in 60 acres of the Essar land they had been cultivating, out of the 110-acre affected area. “One family of seven has been shifted to the panchayat building as their house was destroyed. They were given ₹25,000 by the district administration as support earlier,” he said.After assessing the affected area, the Pollution Control Board has told the district administration that no toxics were released there. “However, the fly ash had entered the Garra river and polluted it,” said Mr. Singh.The district administration is removing the fly ash so that the fields are fit for cultivation by the next sowing season. “If we are unable to make the area safe for cultivation by then, farmers will be compensated for it,” he said.last_img read more

Indians celebrate division title with eyes on Series win

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Kluber (17-4), who has lost once since July 4, allowed three singles in seven innings and has not given up a run in 22 straight.The right-hander set the tone on a day of celebration which began with the Indians standing together in front of their dugout to watch a flag rise beyond the center-field wall commemorating their latest division title.The Indians were going to have a good time — win or lose — but they didn’t want to disappoint another sellout crowd or fans captivated by their recent record 22-game winning streak.“When we come out here and it’s time to play, we want to win,” Kluber said. “Nobody in that clubhouse likes losing, so regardless of whether we clinched or not, we were going to come out and try to win the ballgame and here’s what we’re going to do from here on out.”Encarnacion homered in the fourth off Danny Duffy (8-9) as the Indians improved to 33-5 since Aug. 11 despite getting only three hits.The Royals closed to 3-2 in the eighth on a two-out, two-run single by Brandon Moss off Tyler Olson. Cody Allen finished the inning and then worked out of a two-on jam in the ninth for his 28th save.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Parker’s layup completes Sparks sweep of Mercury; Finals rematch set “It was good. I didn’t touch a ball all day offensively or defensively,” said Kipnis, who struck out twice. “I had nothing, but it was fun. Obviously, I had some nerves.”As soon as Kipnis left the game, two balls were immediately hit to center.ANOTHER STREAKThe Indians have allowed four runs or less in 24 consecutive games, the longest such streak since the St. Louis Cardinals had a 25-game run in 1942-3.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (pulled side muscle) and OF Lorenzo Cain (rest) sat out but are expected to return Tuesday for the series opener in Toronto.Indians: All-Star 2B Jose Ramirez (hamstring) was rested for the second day in a row as a precaution. … Team president Chris Antonetti said there is still no clarity on whether OF Michael Brantley will return this season. He’s been out since Aug. 9 with an ankle injury. … Rookie OF Bradley Zimmer (broken hand) is keeping up with his conditioning and maintaining his arm strength after surgery. Zimmer had a plate and nine screws inserted into his hand, which he broke on a headfirst dive into first.UP NEXTRoyals: Either RHP Ian Kennedy or Sam Gaviglio will start against the Blue Jays. Kennedy missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder fatigue. Gaviglio has started twice since being claimed on waivers from Seattle.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger will look for his 11th win on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to Cleveland in 2014. The Cleveland Indians celebrate winning the American League Central Division after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 after a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. At right is manager Terry Francona. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — There was champagne chilling on ice for them, bottles and bottles of bubbly and beer.But before the Cleveland Indians partied after winning a second straight AL Central title, there was work to be done to complete a week none of them will ever forget.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors As they left the field, the Indians were handed AL Central championship T-shirts, caps and swimming googles to put on before heading to their clubhouse. Moments later, champagne corks popped and the room was turned into a free-for-all of sudsy spray.Last year, the Indians celebrated their division, playoff and AL Championship Series wins on the road. Being at home made this one more special.“It never gets old,” said pitcher Josh Tomlin, who has been with the Indians since 2010. “This is why you play the game — to win. And to be able to celebrate victories like this or little milestones like this.”Kluber could be on his way to a second Cy Young Award win, following 2014′s. The right-hander is 10-1 in his last 10 starts.Despite missing nearly a month, he leads the league in wins (17), ERA (2.35), shutouts (3) and complete games (5).In the major statistical categories, Kluber trails only Boston’s Chris Sale, his closest competition for the pitching award, in strikeouts.“He’s a tough draw,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s a premier guy. The year he won the Cy Young is the way he looks now. He’s in the conversation again this year.”CENTER OF ATTENTIONJason Kipnis didn’t embarrass himself in the outfield. He didn’t do anything, really.The Indians’ two-time All-Star second baseman made his debut in center but didn’t have a chance. He had been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a hamstring injury. They could have taken the easy route and phoned it in.Not this team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We want to win,” Corey Kluber said.Cleveland’s ace pushed to the front of the Cy Young race with another dominant start and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer as the Indians, who officially clinched the division crown a day earlier, kept on rolling with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.last_img read more

Third time unlucky for Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was brought to the club to extend their European dominance, but will leave at the end of the season having lost three successive Champions League semi-finals.An away goals defeat to Atletico Madrid, despite a 2-1 win in Germany on Tuesday, sealed Bayern’s elimination from this season’s competition and ended Guardiola’s hopes of going out on a European high.The Spaniard arrived at Bayern following their 2013 treble-winning season, but rather than tighten their stranglehold on the continental competition, he has always fallen at the last four, each time against a different Spanish side.”That is football. You can play better and still be eliminated,” said Guardiola, who will move to Manchester City next season.”I feel sorry for my players because they deserved the very best.”Guardiola, who had won 14 titles in four years at former club Barcelona, including two Champions League triumphs, would not be drawn into analysing his record at Bayern, who can win a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title this week.”We missed one more goal in the game today. That was all. We played the game we wanted, did it well but it was not enough. It hurts, of course. Every time it hurts. But my track record in Munich is not up to me to decide,” he said.”I was very happy here. I worked for the players, not for a track record.”His players, who won the Champions League before Guardiola arrived in 2013, were equally disappointed.”There is no point in thinking about what happened last year (against Barcelona) and the year before (against Real Madrid),” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.advertisement”Sadly we did not give our coach a big reward today and say goodbye to him in the way we wanted.”Bayern looked on course to reach the final after Xabi Alonso’s deflected free kick cancelled out the Spanish side’s 1-0 lead from the first leg.Yet a goal from Antoine Griezmann was enough to send Atletico through even though Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski scored in the 74th minute to seal a 2-1 win on the night.Bayern’s Thomas Mueller missed a penalty when they were leading 1-0 while Atletico’s Fernando Torres also had an 84th-minute spot kick saved.”We made a lot of things right and only a few things wrong,” Mueller told reporters.”But those few wrong things were enough. We are very disappointed. I just don’t have words to describe this now. It is more painful than the previous two years.”last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Batsmen are clueless against Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat Kohli

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Batsmen are clueless against Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliIndia captain Virat Kohli heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah after the India pacer gave the team the perfect start to their World Cup campaign. Bumrah came up with a fiery opening spell in their opener against South Africa in Southampton No data available! view more view less commentary Scorecardcenter_img graphs advertisement Akshay Ramesh SouthamptonJune 6, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 12:27 IST Virat Kohli praised Jasprit Bumrah’s pacing skills during the India vs South Africa match (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah rattled the South Africa top-order in Southampton on WednesdayBumrah removed Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in India’s World Cup openerHe understands that this is his time and he’s making the most of it: KohliVirat Kohli is in awe of his wrecker-in-chief, Jasprit Bumrah. It seems as if Kohli empathises with the opposition batsmen when they are facing the India pacer.”One thing you have to do when you’re facing Jasprit is you have to play good cricketing shots. You have to back your technique. If you’re hesitant even a little bit, he senses it and he’s all over you. If someone is not enjoying short balls at the nets, he senses it and then makes sure that batsmen gets a lot of short balls during that session,” Virat Kohli said after India’s World Cup opener win over South Africa on Wednesday.Bumrah was breathing fire in Southampton. Even the likes of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were struggling to put bat to ball. He kept hitting the length and the new white ball kept zipping away, much to the delight of the Southampton crowd.Bumrah got Hashim Amla in only his second over with a length ball that just moved enough to take the South Africa opener’s outside edge. The hostility continued and Quinton de Kock perished when trying to get out of jail by hitting Bumrah through the covers. He was instead caught at third slip.Bumrah came into the World Cup with the reputation of being one of the best in the world. On Wednesday he not only reaffirmed it but also sent a warning notice to the rest of the teams in the World Cup.”The way he is bowling now is so, so good to see. When you see, batsmen are actually clueless against him. He is rushing the batsmen. I have never seen Hashim (Amla) get out like that. He might play shots and get out but to get people like that is great,” Kohli said.advertisement”It’s a testimony to his hard work. He is working really hard at practice, at the gym and with his diet. He understands that this is his time and he’s making the most of it.”Doing well in Test cricket always gives you the confidence’Virat Kohli also believes a year of Test cricket has done wonders to Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. In fact, Bumrah himself revealed India pacers focussed on Test-match lengths in their World Cup opener against South Africa.Bumrah had incidentally made his Test debut vs South Africa last year and found instant success in the longest format of the game.”Doing well in Test cricket always gives you confidence. One year in Test cricket is the difference in Bumrah’s mindset. He believes the length ball can get any batsman out regardless of the pitch. If as a batsman, I know a bowler has that kind of belief, he is going to bowl consistently and get me out,” Kohli added.Match intensity at the nets: You’re in trouble for those 15 minutesMeanwhile, Kohli also revealed he loves facing Bumrah at the nets as the India pacer bowls with match intensity, helping the batsmen prepare in the best possible way.”What you see him bowling in the match, he bowls exactly like that to us at the nets. He will bounce people, he will bowl Yorkers with the new ball. That’s the reason for his consistency. He goes in with match intensity. He will do short and sharp. But those 15 minutes you have to be on top of your game. Otherwise, you’re in trouble,” Kohli added.”He keeps all the batsmen really, really focussed. It’s a good thing for batsmen as he bowls with match intensity. When you have a good session against him, you walk out with more confidence.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Morris wants fans to back battered South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hundred vs South Africa Rohit Sharma’s best ODI innings, says Virat KohliAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow ICC World Cup 2019last_img read more

Jampro takes Agricultural Information Forum to Mobay

first_img The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be heading west for the second staging of the Agricultural Information Forum, aimed at promoting investments in that sector.The event will be held on July 10 at the Iberostar Beach & Spa Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, and will target persons who have an interest in the agricultural industry.Speaking with JIS News, Manager for Agribusiness at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter, noted that the forum will engage persons operating in the sector, companies that are looking for investment prospects, or persons who have land and capital and are seeking areas in the sector where they can invest.“Our objective is to highlight and promote the investment opportunities that are available in the agribusiness sector and allow persons to understand the benefits and support systems that they can access through the various agencies of Government,” she said.She added that the forum will facilitate discussions on new technologies and farming methods that continue to emerge in the sector and will help companies and investors to become more competitive.There will be presentations from Government agencies and private-sector partners who are integral to the development of the agricultural sector.Key participating entities are the Agro-Investment Corporation (AIC), which will provide information about the various programmes being undertaken such as the agro parks; Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) will highlight the technical and marketing support being provided to farmers and the incentives available; and the Tourism Linkages Network will show how agriculture can respond to the demands of manufacturing, tourism and other related sectors.“We want to highlight the linkage opportunities as a lot has been done in this area to encourage buyers, particularly in the hospitality sector, to begin to purchase locally manufactured and locally grown products,” Mrs. Porter said.The Development Bank of Jamaica, National People’s Co-operative Bank of Jamaica and other financial institutions will provide information about the financing of agribusiness ventures and general financial support available to investors.Mrs. Porter said that JAMPRO will be sharing information on its efforts in promoting exports and the investment opportunities available in the local and international marketplace.“We anticipate that the information that will be shared will help companies and persons to move ahead with the plans they have for the sector…we strongly believe that agriculture is a good sector to be in at this time as it has the potential to transform the Jamaican economy and we want to share these opportunities and see the growth taking place in the sector,” she added.Commenting on the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), Mrs. Porter noted that several local and foreign investors who attended were seeking opportunities in the agribusiness sector and have given favourable feedback.“The conversations were quite good. There were some good leads and persons have expressed that the information they garnered from JIF 2018 has now helped them to make that decision to move ahead with their investment plans. So, we now have to take things to the next level to work with them to ensure that these investments are landed properly and effectively,” Mrs. Porter said.The first Agricultural Information Forum was held in March at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St. Andrew.Coming out of the events, JAMPRO will identify investment projects to package, promote and present to local and overseas investors. Story Highlights The event will be held on July 10 at the Iberostar Beach & Spa Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, and will target persons who have an interest in the agricultural industry. Speaking with JIS News, Manager for Agribusiness at JAMPRO, Marlene Porter, noted that the forum will engage persons operating in the sector, companies that are looking for investment prospects, or persons who have land and capital and are seeking areas in the sector where they can invest. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be heading west for the second staging of the Agricultural Information Forum, aimed at promoting investments in that sector.last_img read more

New report looks at how seniors receive healthcare in Canada

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A new report from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons says when it comes to Canadians 65 and older, doctors are more likely to see women but actually provide more medical services to men.The report looks at what services Canadian seniors are using most as the population ages. The College’s director of health policy, Steve Slade, says the hope is for policy makers to take notice.“We’ve seen the grey tsunami coming for decades in Canada but we really haven’t taken a deep dive into our data to see who is doing what, and how much of it are they doing,” he says. “And what we saw was some really quite fascinating variations in terms of how family doctors, other specialists, are providing care to seniors.”RELATED: Health minister releases details of $50M dementia strategySlade is hoping the data will fill in some of the blanks in information about seniors’ care for those making policy decisions for the future.“They’ll look at our data and see that there are differences in the way that family doctors and internists and ophthalmologists and geriatricians are practicing and focusing their care on seniors and that that will get factored into some of their decision making.”Health Care for an Aging Population: A Study of How Physicians Care for Seniors in Canada looked at how 54,000 doctors provide care to seniors.The report also found seniors received about one third of all services provided by physicians from 2015 to 2016.last_img read more

The Latest Move to bar travel by Venezuela challenger

CARACAS, Venezuela — The Latest on the political and economic crisis in Venezuela (all times local):12:15 p.m.Venezuela’s chief prosecutor is seeking to ban opposition leader Juan Guaido from leaving the country as part of a criminal probe into his anti-government activities.Tarek William Saab made the request to the government-stacked Supreme Court on Tuesday.He also asked the high court to block Guaido’s financial accounts.Saab didn’t specify what crimes Guaido is being investigated for. He only said It was tied to the unrest sparked by his decision to declare himself interim president last week in a direct challenge to President Nicolas Maduro’s authority.Guaido heads the nation’s congress and he has been recognized as the nation’s rightful leader by two dozen nations that contend the re-election of socialist President Nicolas Maduro was a sham, in part because his strongest opponents were barred from running.___10:50 a.m.International challenges to the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro’s government are starting to bite harder. The United States is handing control over Venezuela’s U.S. bank accounts to opposition challenger Juan Guaido and Russia says it expects Venezuela to have problems paying its debts.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday certified that Guaido has authority to take control of bank accounts that Venezuela’s government has in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or any other U.S.-insured banks.Guaido has been recognized as the nation’s rightful leader by two dozen nations that contend the re-election of socialist President Nicolas Maduro was a sham, in part because his strongest opponents were barred from running.The Associated Press read more

NBA Finals Spurs Dominate Heat Again On Brink Of

The process elimination is all but complete. Only the process of extinction remains for the champion Miami Heat. The San Antonio Spurs put them there. Resoundingly.Functioning at an efficiency that stunned most observers for the second straight game, San Antonio cut and spliced the Heat, embarrassing them again in a 107-86 shellacking in Game 4 for a commanding 3-1 series lead.A victory in San Antonio in Game 5 Sunday would avenge last year’s collapse to the Heat and give the Spurs their fifth championship.“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”The Spurs smoked Miami in every conceivable fashion. LeBron James had 28 points, but they were inconsequential. Dwyane Wade looked beaten and had just 10 points. Meanwhile, everyone in a Spurs jersey scored, with Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He was the best player on the floor again, after scoring 29 points in Game 3.“They smashed us,” James said. “Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.”Tony Parker added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 57 percent from the field and are hitting 54 percent in the series. Boris Diaw was spectacular off the bench with 9 assists, and Patty Mills had 14 points off the bench.James, who battled cramps in Game 1, left the court and briefly returned to the locker room midway through the first quarter Thursday. But he had 10 quick points in the third quarter to bring Miami within 13. However, San Antonio pushed it to 81-57 after three and never looked back. read more

11 reasons getting back to normal is actually great

first_imgTHERE’S NO DENYING it, we are definitely getting back to normal now.It’s hard to let go of the warm glow of Christmas, but there are some advantages to saying goodbye.Here are ten reasons getting back to normal is actually great.No more turkey and ham Source: Flickr/rickcaffeinatedEveryone loves a good roast, but there are only so many meat and potato dinners a person can handle before they start to crave a bit of spaghetti bolognese or the like.You can avoid your family for ages now (if you want to) Source: Awkward Family PhotosYes, yes, your family is a delight, but chances are you’ve had your fill by now. The good news is that you’ve put in enough hours over the last few weeks that you can now entirely avoid them for the rest of the month, guilt-free!Your body clock can normaliseSure, it’s fun to stay up ’til all hours watching back to back episodes of whatever rubbish TV show you became obsessed with over the break, but don’t you crave your routine? Or at the very least, knowing what day of the week it is?The kids are back in school Source: Sasko LazarovAgain, they’re a delight, but they’re also hard work.Your gaff seems big and clean without the Christmas decorations Taking them down is a nightmare, but afterwards it’s like your place got a facelift. Everything seems cleaner and bigger!You can start thinking about the summer Source: FacebookFestival acts are starting to be announced, and everyone’s booking summer holidays. There’s loads to look forward to! (Once you’ve dealt with your overdraft, of course.)The same films won’t be on repeat on every TV channel all day every dayListen, we all love Sister Act 2 and Indiana Jones, but there are only so many times you can watch them.The days of ‘grand stretch’ have begun Source: Flickr/InfomatiqueThe days are getting brighter and longer and it won’t be too long before we start talking about ‘good drying weather’.You can put the Rennie away for a while Source: RennieHeartburn, begone! No more wondering if they really mean it when they say the maximum dose is 11 per day.‘Taking it easy’ has never been easier, or more appealing Source: ImgurYou’re wrecked and broke, but the good news is that everyone else is too, so you won’t have to deal with any FOMO while staying home and working on your relationship with your couch.You’re ready for itAs much as you probably feel like you’re not, let’s be honest, you couldn’t have handled much more Christmas festivities, could you?It’s time, friends. It’s time.The Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship was an epic occasion>6 abandoned Christmas trees that just wanted to be loved>last_img read more

Superstar Shakeup on RAW Baron Corbin Bobby Roode and more headed to

first_img Videos Articles How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second ChildVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 63.60%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Maryse Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday Pinterest Videos Articles The Miz Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status Adam Scott WWE posted the following videos after last night’s RAW in Hartford.Bobby Roode sent to RAWChad Gable going solo on RAWMike Kanellis coming to RAWZack Ryder headed to Monday nightDrew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler arrive on RAWNatalya drafted to RAWBreezango to join RAW tag team divisionThe Miz heading to Smackdown LiveMojo Rawley wants respect on RAWThe Riott Squad headed to RAWJinder Mahal now part of RAW Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ringlast_img read more

Washington accrues almost 75 million in contempt fines

first_imgSEATTLE — The state of Washington has accrued fines of about $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks or months.The federal judge who imposed the fines issued an order on Tuesday saying the state must pay the outstanding balance of $2.3 million.U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman issued an order last year saying the Washington Department of Social and Health Services is violating the constitutional rights of jail inmates who are forced to wait for competency evaluations or treatment to have their competency restored.She gave the state until last January to fix the problem, but people are still waiting for extended periods for those services.In July, Pechman found the state in contempt of her order and issued fines.Those fines reached $7,486,550 by December 14.last_img read more

Suspect in Longview hatchet attack arrested

first_imgAfter a foot chase, Longview police arrested a man who allegedly used a hatchet to slice off most of a Fred Meyer employee’s ear after being accused of shoplifting.Adrian Jess Kramer, 31, was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and third-degree theft, according to bulletins from the Longview Police Department.Police said the employee’s ear was severed shortly after noon Monday in the store at 3184 N.E. Ocean Beach Highway in Longview. Kramer escaped after the assault, the bulletin said.An anonymous source told police on Wednesday that Kramer was hiding in a home in South Kelso.Longview police detectives watched the home and took positions around it in case Kramer ran. Kelso patrol officers also responded.Kramer did run and was captured in the 1100 block of Elm Street, the bulletin said. He was not armed and no one was reported injured. The employee was taken to OHSU Hospital in Portland to have his ear reattached. Wednesday evening, a Longview police spokesman did not return a call seeking information on whether the surgery was successful.However, a story in The Daily News of Longview said the victim is David Morrison and his brother is Steven Morrison. Here is part of the report from the Longview newspaper:David Morrison, 33, of Longview has worked for Fred Meyer since 2006 and has managed security at the Longview store since 2010. He is married and has four children.Steven Morrison said surgeons at Oregon Health & Science University worked on the ear for three or four hours, but it could not be reattached because they couldn’t properly reconnect tiny blood vessels and other tissues.last_img read more

Unified voice needed for federal response to BC mines

first_imgGuy Archibald of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, left, discusses issues with Sitka Mayor Mim McConnell, right, during Thursday’s transboundary mine meeting in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says Alaskans need a unified voice to push the federal government to question mines across the border in British Columbia.Download AudioAddressing a Thursday meeting of tribal, business and conservation leaders, he said the state will share its knowledge and ask for input on mines near rivers that flow into Alaska.He said it’s time for more than words:“You can scream, all you want. You can go to the governor. … But that’s not the way we should do it. We’ve had too much of that,” Mallott says.Critics accuse state officials of keeping them in the dark about B.C. mining projects, which they say will threaten Southeast fisheries.They’ve also asked the state to push the federal government to bring the issue before the International Joint Commission, which addressed U.S.-Canada water disputes.Commission expert David La Roche said that’s unlikely, because Canada has shown no interest. But he said a U.S. State Department request for a panel examination would catch their attention.“Not because you’re going to get one. But because it would finally and officially serve notice that the U.S. federal government is really taking this issue seriously, which has yet to occur.”Mallott met this summer with U.S. and Canadian officials and said they viewed the transboundary mine issue as local, not international.But he told those at the meeting that the state will keep trying, as well as push for more access to British Columbia’s permitting process.“We will be fully engaged. But this administration wants to be in constant touch with the voice of Alaska’s people. And in this instance, with those [in] leadership, individuals, institutions that are in this room.”He didn’t define how that would work. But he said he looked forward to finding way to combine efforts.At a meeting with Southeast tribal leaders the previous day, he offered direct involvement with the state’s transboundary mine task force.We’ll have continuing coverage of the issues raised at the meetings in future reports.last_img read more

Whistleblower alleges threat to life

first_imgQuthbullapur: President of Sainatha Housing Society Bhoom Reddy sought protection from the government as he was threatened by the officials who sought to take revenge for handing them over to ACB.Bhoom Reddy stated that around 1,000 people formed a housing society and purchased 103 acres of land in Bahadurpally village limits in 1981. He alleged that the first president of the society Krishna Rao was involved many irregularities with the connivance of district cooperative society officials who approved them without conducting proper audit. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us Bhoom Reddy, who became president in the year 2014, asked the officials to conduct audit as he suspected irregularities, but they demanded bribe for conducting the same. Vexed over their attitude, he moved the ACB which laid a trap and caught two officials, assistant registrar and senior inspector, red-handed. He alleged that the officials and former society president threatened several times to kill him. Hence, he appealed to the government to intervene in the matter and provide proper protection. He demanded that the state government ensure the handing over of three acres of the society land by the former president and Saibaba temple which is built in the society land. Also, he demanded of society land encroached by Satyam Computers and owner of plot number 116.last_img read more

Gold smuggling refuses to abate in India

first_imgFalling gold prices globally have not deterred smugglers from clandestinely bringing in the yellow metal into India as is evident from the latest seizure at Mumbai airport on 26 December, when Mumbai Customs recovered 3 kg gold valued at about Rs 69 lakh.The Air Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Customs recovered 1.09 kg gold from passenger Priyank Morakhiya who had landed from Hong Kong and other goods worth Rs 87 lakh, while the other passenger, Surur Basha, was found carrying 2 kg gold valued at Rs 46.63 lakh, reported PTI.Earlier this month, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said gold smuggling was on the rise in India. “There has been an increase in gold smuggling through airports in the period 2012-13 to 2014-15,” he informed Lok Sabha in a written reply on 4 December.Smuggled gold seized at airports in India went up from Rs 557.83 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 832.08 crore in 2014-15. In the current fiscal till mid-November, the government has seized gold valued at Rs 429.84 crore, he said.Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, France, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UAE and the UK are the countries from where passengers smuggle gold into India, Jaitley added.A combination of factors makes gold smuggling into India lucrative.”Besides, increase in custom duty rates, factors like fluctuation in international price of gold and other restrictions on import of gold also contribute to the increase in incidences of gold smuggling,” said Jaitley.India’s gold imports have come down consistently over the years, from $ 56.5 billion in 2011-12, to $53.8 billion in 2012-13, to $27.70 billion. It was $24.49 billion last year and in this fiscal, the country imported gold worth $ 22.73 billion in the first eight months (April to November).Gold prices had touched an all-time high of Rs 33,790 on 28 August, 2013, the day when the Indian rupee touched its all-time low of 68.85 against the US dollar.The import duty on gold is 10% since August 2013.last_img read more

Revoke licenses of hajj agencies involved in anomalies JS body

first_img.The parliamentary standing committee on civil aviation and tourism ministry on Tuesday recommended the government to cancel the licenses of the travel agencies involved in anomalies in hajj management this year. It also suggested the civil aviation and tourism ministry to take necessary steps to fine the hajj agencies, if needed.The committee came up with the recommendations at its 29th meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad with its chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan in the chair.The parliamentary watchdog suggested collecting the full payment of Biman’s ticket fare from hajj agencies during ticket booking in the next hajj season.It asked the ministry to take necessary action against the culprits behind the anomalies in the process of hiring two aircraft from Egypt in 2014 by Biman Bangladesh, which remain out of order for a long time.The committee also asked for the submission of a report over what steps taken over the anomalies following the findings by the parliamentary subcommittee during its probe.According to the subcommittee report, placed before the committee on 27 July last, Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd incurred a loss of Tk 300 crore following the lease. If steps are not taken immediately, Biman will incur a further loss of Tk 56 crore, the report said.In 2014, the two aircraft — Boeing 777-200 ER — were taken on lease from Egypt Airlines for five years. One aircraft was added to the Biman’s fleet in March 2014, while the other in May 2014.Committee members civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, Nazrul Islam Chowdhury, Kamrul Ashraf Khan, Rowshan Ara Mannan and Sabiha Nahar attended the meeting.last_img read more

Blind gamer completes Abes Odyssey using hearing and quick save alone

first_imgThe ability to quick save present in many PC games is a hotly contested feature, historically. Detractors claim that it allows players to trivially complete the hardest tasks, not through skill, but by rote trial-and-error: they take a game one step at a time, instead of one play session at a time. Proponents of the quick save feature, on the other hand, argue that there mere option of quick saving doesn’t mean people have to use it, and who are game developers to tell players when they can or can not save the game and exit?One argument in favor of quick save that never tends to be bandied about during these arguments is the way quick save can facilitate the gaming of the disabled. If ever there was a testament to the ability of quick save to allow a disabled gamer to enjoy a game he otherwise would have found impossible, then, it’s this incredible video from Terry Garrett, a totally blind gamer who managed to complete the PC version of Abe’s Exoddus using sound cues and quick save alone.Terry, of course, isn’t your average blind gamer. He’s spent most of his life trying to turn his disability into a superpower, tuning his hearing to the point of being able to compete in karate black belt competitions. Think of him like a real life Daredevil. As such, Terry was able to use trial-and-error to get through Abe’s Exoddus by using the “advanced sound” of the game, as well as memorization and a liberal use of the quick-save feature, to get through the entire game in a single play.Amazing. We’re not sure how much “fun” this seems, but Garrett’s certainly proven his point, both in regards to the ability of blind gamers when given the right tools, and the importance of excellent sound design in modern video games.[via Rock Paper Shotgun]last_img read more

25 Years Later How Super Metroid Defined a Genre

first_imgStay on target On March 19, 1994, Japanese audiences got a chance to play one of the most influential video games of all time: Super Metroid, developed by Gunpei Yokoi’s Nintendo R&D team along with Intelligent Systems. The game saw bounty hunter Samus Aran once again contend with the machinations of Mother Brain as she once again tries to exploit the titular energy-draining creatures for conquest. Although not a hit in Japan, it sold over a million copies worldwide and still shows up on “best game of all time” lists well into the 21st century.Obviously the existence of Super Metroid implies a regular Metroid, but the effects of the original NES game in 1986 weren’t nearly as strong on the industry. Satoru Okada and Masao Yamamoto’s original exploration / combat game was reasonably successful and inspired a Game Boy sequel, but it was also frustrating, often opaque, and very difficult. Like many early Nintendo titles, it had big ideas without the polish to pull them off.Super Metroid brought that polish, and in the process drastically reimagined how people would think about action games. Let’s dive in and explore how that happened.AdChoices广告One WayTraditional action games up to the release of the original Metroid were primarily linear. Sure, some let you skip content on your way to the ending, like Super Mario Bros. warp zones, but for the most part they were organized along a one-way street. There was never any reason for a player to revisit areas he’d already conquered. But both Metroid and the contemporaneous Legend of Zelda presented players with on-screen worlds that rewarded careful exploration and backtracking once new abilities were gained. A few games would experiment with the concept, most notably Capcom’s NES port of Strider, but the majority of games would only offer one way through.What makes the Metroid series work with this backtracking is the game’s approach to power-ups. Traditionally, action games would start and end with the player able to do generally the same stuff — jump, shoot, duck, climb, the usual. Some games like the Mega Man series would let you stock up on alternate weapons, but the game was winnable without them. Others, like Super Mario Bros. would allow the player to obtain temporary power-ups lost after getting hit or dying.Lock And KeyTraditionally, action games would gate off areas with abstract transitions or locked doors — pick up a key and you get to move on. But the world of Metroid is one massive labyrinth, and while there are certainly plenty of doors to be found, the game never gives you a single key. Instead, it gives you verbs.The Super Metroid formula treats the gaining of new powers as the core mechanic of the game. Each change to Samus’s abilities not only makes her more capable in combat, but also increases her ability to traverse the planet Zebes. The morph ball — the first power-up you get in every Metroid game — lets you pass through tight spots. You’ll pick up boots that boost your jumps, bombs that let you crack open walls and floors, and ice rays that let you turn enemies into platforms to bridge gaps. Each power-up entices you to visit areas you’d thought cleared to find new routes.One of Super Metroid‘s biggest innovations was the addition of an on-screen map to chart Samus’s explorations. No longer did you have to slow your roll to mark everything out on a sheet of graph paper. Instead, when you got a new ability you could immediately see the dead ends and unexplored passages you passed by in previous trips. This was the final missing link needed to make the game accessible to casual players but still deep enough for the hardcore.Built For SpeedSequence-breaking — when the player takes advantage of a game’s mechanics to complete it in ways the developer didn’t intend — wasn’t new to Super Metroid. The original Metroid could be glitched to let Samus pass through walls and reach Mother Brain without battling Ridley and Kraid. But Super Metroid‘s increased complexity made it a veritable playground for speedrunners, who immediately started finding new paths through Zebes.This was aided by the game’s rich mechanics. Several of Samus’s most interesting abilities, like the Shinespark air dash, aren’t even mentioned in the manual. They were left secret for gamers to stumble upon and learn how to best exploit. And exploit they did — currently, the record is completing the game as intended with a mere 14 percent of its items collected. They can go lower with out-of-bounds glitches, but that’s still incredible. It’s fair to say that Super Metroid was a breakthrough game for the speedrunning community, and runners are still finding new paths through its environments.Brain ChildrenThe formula laid out in Super Metroid would next find expression in 1997 with Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night. Konami’s supernatural adventures had traditionally been fairly linear level-by-level affairs, with Simon’s Quest diverging a bit, but the PS1 title went whole hog in Metroid‘s direction. Protagonist Alucard was dropped into an enormous castle with passages leading every which way and needed to gather relics and abilities to allow him full reign of its tricks and traps. It was an obvious homage and, although not a commercial success, became one of the most critically acclaimed 2D titles of its generation.The 21st century has seen a resurgence in this style of game, now called “Metroidvania.” Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya’s 2004 Cave Story is a great example of the genre, designed and programmed by a single person. Other hit indie Metroid-alikes include Dead Cells and La Mulana. Larger studio games like Shadow Complex also plumbed the rich vein. From a development perspective, it makes sense — why work so hard on an area a player will rush through once and never appreciate when you can get more mileage out of repeat visits?The lessons of Super Metroid aren’t just confined to 2D exploration platformers, either. A wide range of other action games use the same ability-expanding ruleset to wring the most play out of their environments. God of War director Cory Barlog said that the Metroid approach to exploration through ability informed the way his team crafted the latest installment in that series. In addition, the game’s primarily environmental storytelling — the plot is communicated with no dialogue and just a few lines of on-screen text — inspired a generation of gamemakers to dispense with the verbiage and let their worlds tell the story.Twenty-five years later, Super Metroid still has what it takes to captivate players and designers alike. It’s an incredible achievement that changed how action games were created forever.More on Geek.com:The Complete History of Platform GamesHow ‘Anthem’ Shows the Cracks in ‘Games as a Service’11 Long-Delayed Games That Disappointed Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more