Is Your “Why” Helping Your Clients

first_imgI attended an event last week, and the subject was social media marketing and personal branding. As the representatives of the host company shared their frameworks around messaging, a branding person immediately asked the question, “Where is the ‘why’?” He went straight to the idea that a brand is built on some big idea, some big “why?”Inevitably, someone mentioned Steve Jobs, “Put a dent in the Universe” quote, which defies any explanation or quantification (it was just Jobs being Jobs). Sinek’s explanation is far better.In marketing, the “why” is overplayed.It’s Not About YouI know that explaining your “why” is better than showing your prospective client a deck that starts with your logo, moves onto the ultra-compelling content that is your company history, followed by your locations, your board members, and the logos of the clients you serve. Your values are certainly more compelling then a lot of what’s in your deck.That said, are you trying to create a preference for you, your solution, and your company? If so, you demonstrate you are someone worth doing business with when you begin the conversation about what your prospective client wants.Mind-share Precedes Wallet ShareWhen I speak to companies about Level 4 Value Creation, I ask them to share their marketing material with me. The vast majority of their material is about their company, their products or services, features and benefits, and technical specs. This content is devoid of any real insight or values. It’s Level 1.A smaller amount of their marketing material is Level 2. It speaks to the experience of the client or customer. That stack of marketing collateral is much smaller than the Level 1 content.Then, we get to Level 3 content, or tangible business results. Almost everyone has a few case studies and white papers. More sophisticated content creators have some tools, like cost calculators.If there is anything that is Level 4, it’s not much. Almost nothing speaks to the strategic challenges the client is having, the reason they are having those challenges, why they should change now, and what changes are going to be necessary to avoid risks and capitalize on opportunities—all of the things a trusted advisor would provide. There is almost nothing that expresses a strong point of view about what is right and what is wrong.Your point of view is better than your “why” because it is focused on what your dream clients needs, why they need it, what they should do now, and what the right answer looks like. Your “why” is helping your clients, isn’t it? 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

Indian Man Sentenced to 6 Months in Singapore for Molesting Woman on Flight

first_imgAn Indian man has been sentenced to six months jail for sexually assaulting a woman on a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight. He molested her while she was asleep.23-year old Ravichandran Vignesh, a pet shop owner in India, pleaded guilty on Oct.18 of the charges against him. In court documents, he said that he did so, as he was “drunk, high and tempted” for it, reported Yahoo news.According to the report, the incident took place on Oct.1 in a Singapore Airlines flight which took off from Bengaluru to Bali. Singapore was a transit stop for the flight. Vignesh pressed woman’s breast while she was sleeping on the seat next to him. Around 4 am, the woman felt some sensation and woke up to see the man’s hand on her breast.When she shouted at him, he took his hand off and started pretending to be asleep. The woman asked the crew members to change her seat and was shifted to some other seat for the rest of the journey.According to a report in Inquirer.net, after landing in Singapore, the victim reported the incident through the airline’s online feedback form and sent a copy to deputy commander of Airport Police Division as well. It was filed as a police complaint next day.By then Vignesh had proceeded to Bali for vacations, said theonlinecitizen.comThe Singapore police succeeded in tracing and arresting him at Singapore Airport as his India bound flight took a transit stop on Oct.4, it added.As per the court documents, after admitting this sexually offending action in flight, he said that he belongs to a poor family and was taking a flight very first time in his life.Yahoo News quoted Ravichandran as saying through an interpreter “I do not know the laws of Singapore. I have not done this back home in India before.”“I will not touch any woman again. I will not travel overseas again. I will not come back to Singapore again,” he added. He also pleaded to return to India and promised not to reoffend.He also vowed that he will never come back to Singapore again, said The Independent. Related Itemslast_img read more

Renamed Mary Kom-SAI Boxing Academy to induct boxers on Sep 23

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) The Mary Kom Boxing Academy has been renamed as Mary Kom-SAI Boxing Academy and it will be inducting boxers under Sports Authority of India extension scheme on September 23 at the National Games Village Langol in Manipur. The selection procedure will consist of several motor ability test and skill test. “The academy will not have residential facilities for the selected candidates but will have a package of sports kits and monthly stipend as per their performance for 10 months,” a release said. “Intending boxers (both boys and girls) of the state who are under the age group of 12-18 years may collect forms from the office of the academy and submit the same on or before September 21,” it added. Run under the aegis of the Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation, the academy has sponsored 20 athletes under its extension scheme since 2010, in which, athletes received a monthly stipend and sports kits as per their achievements and overall performance. This year, following the visit of Director General of SAI Injeti Srinivas to the Academy last June here in Imphal, the strength of the trainees under the scheme have been increased to 40 athletes. “For further and fruitful association, the name of the Academy is changed to MARY KOM-SAI BOXING ACADEMY,” the release added. PTI ATK CM CMlast_img read more

SPORT-IND-FAZAL 2 LAST

first_imgThere was a tinge of disappointment in the voice of the There was a tinge of disappointment in the voice of the former Rajasthan Royals player as Fazal was not picked by any franchise for this IPL season. “Obviously, it was disappointing but then I am now used to it. I knew that I had to keep working hard and thats why when I got a chance to play club cricket, I grabbed the opportunity. It keeps me match-fit. For someone like me, call it my mantra or USP, it has only been hard work. When I have worked hard at nets, I have felt relaxed out there in the middle,” said the Vidarbha captain, who scored 559 runs in the Ranji Trophy this season. India wont be playing any more limited overs fixtures in next one year and it may mean that Fazal, if he gets a chance and does well, might get confined to the fringes once again. However, when someone is 30 and had nearly given up hopes of playing for India, every day in the dressing room is a thing of joy. “I dont want to think on those lines. I would like to give my best and learn a few things from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Which cricketer in India does not want to play under someone like Dhoni,” concluded Fazal. PTI KHS AH KHSlast_img read more

Real Madrid lose Gareth Bale for at least a month

first_imgSpanish football giants Real Madrid will be without striker Gareth Bale for at least four weeks and possibly into 2017, the club has confirmed.According to the official Real Madrid website (realmadrid.com), the Welsh international suffered “a traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons of his right ankle” during Tuesday night’s Champions League tie away to Sporting Lisbon, reports Xinhua.This is an injury which may or may not need surgery with the club explaining the treatment is “depending on the evolution” of the injury, but in the most optimistic of circumstances Bale will need around a month to recover. (Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real Madrid to derby victory over Atletico Madrid)It means he will not play again in 2016 and will miss both against away to FC Barcelona on December 3 and the World Club Championships in the middle of December.However, there is a chance that he may need an operation to repair the damaged ligaments, in which case the recovery time would double to around two months, meaning it would be unlikely to reappear before the end of January. (Zinedine Zidane praises Real Madrid’s fighting spirit in Europe)The club has not announced who long left back Marcelo, who is also injured, will be sidelined for, but with Bale’s name added to an injury list which already includes Tony Kroos and Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will hope for good news regarding the left back.The positive for Zidane was that midfielder Casemiro was able to return to full training with his team-mates after around two months recovering from a broken bone in his leg, although he is unlikely to be fit to face Sporting Gijon in La Liga on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Nikhil from Shantanu&Nikhil speaks on fashion designing as a career

first_img“If there is a feeling you have in your heart about your career or the things you want to do in life, one should not wait for the second life. Whatever needs to be achieved, has to be achieved in this life only,” — Nikhil MehraFashion designing is one of the most productive, engaging, and exciting career options in today’s world. Fashion comes with great talent and creativity. If you have a penchant for creativity, style and innovation, then this is the right path for your career.India Today Education has brought an exclusive interview with Nikhil Mehra, the owner of the renowned fashion brand Shantanu&Nikhil, for clothing and accessories. A successful designer who has worked hard and achieved his goals with sheer dedication and determination, Nikhil shares his experience with us:Why have you chosen Fashion as a career option? You know there are some career options you don’t choose, they choose you. I always wanted to be in the creative business. It was the best way to hide away from the subjects of Mathematics and Political Science and I felt I had a sense of design aesthetic that I could explore. Since class 9, I went ahead and explored this journey. Within this career, I have seen a lot of change in the past 16 years. In our initial days, the acceptance for the fashion industry in India was nil. But now, the idealation in this business is huge turn around because people probably realise that the creative business is a very important aspect of people’s lives. If creative people are not flourishing, then people around them won’t look good in every sphere, from architecture to interior designs, to seeing images on billboards, in computers or in their mobile phones. So, people in India have finally started to realise the value of design.advertisementWhere did you get the inspiration from?No one inspired me. The inspiration came out of need. My brother always took the cleaner uniforms to school and I was left with dirty uniforms. So, I had to figure out my own ways to make them look good. (laughs)How has your journey been?The journey has been incredible because we are the most unique brand in India. My brother runs the business and I purely create for the business. So in its totality, it’s a realistic environment to learn. The journey has been amazing because the society has opened up to some extent, allowing people to make their own decisions. So, that is very encouraging for us because there is no confusion.Is it difficult to be a Fashion Designer?If you know what you want to do or what you are doing, then I think it’s the most magnificent journey. I think of it like I’m going to Disneyland everyday to have fun; for me, the work is like that. Because I’m so much in love with my work, I make sure I create such an environment around my employees, that they also feel that they are in Disneyland. Sometimes you have to tell them to leave early so that they can go back to their families and enjoy their life.How one should decide that it’s the right career for them? In our time, we only had Fashion Designing, Mechandising and Marketing, but now you have plenty of courses for the future. You have digital, online space, sports management etc. In the past six years, when we started designing for Mumbai Indians and the other IPL teams, we have seen that there has been such an incredible burst of sports management. Every cricketer or every sportsperson today is managed by someone. Now, it’s an organised industry; so this cause will help to fill in the gaps because all the managers are eventually going to retire, and the younger lot will need younger blood to keep coming. So, where is that going to come from? So you need a course for the future that actually thinks for you and helps you to come into a class and recognise your talent. When you have availability of resources, courses, counsellors, educators who are thinking ahead, you should go and meet with them. Come back to your centre line and say, ‘Okay, I’m going to do this, because I feel I fit into this’. In 1994, no one told us that this may not be for you, but today the environment is very different.How to go about the entire process? Right after you realise you want to be a fashion designer, the first thing I would suggest you to do is, go and visit colleges. Go to the different colleges teaching fashion designing, see the faculty & courses and understand the curriculum. Speak to the teachers and understand if their mindset works with your mindset. This is the first priority and then, everything will start falling into place. Don’t run away from India and go abroad for studies. I think that mindset has to change a little bit. That was 20 years ago when we didn’t feel that we had adequate education here, but now it’s awesome.advertisementDoes fashion designing have a scope in India? I think that question has a very clear answer because India and America are the two countries where you have such a strong influences of the fashion industry. We have got Bollywood , a very strong influence where clothes are sold in millions because of a certain actress wearing a particular design. The same is the case with Hollywood, and then you have the sports environment, where again cricket stars inspire people to look good.This is similar in America as well– people would follow Tiger Woods and other golfers, tennis players, baseball players, and other superstars. So, India and America have a very similar pattern.One piece of advice that you would like to give to people who are passionate about this field? I would say, “If there is a feeling you have in your heart about your career or the things you want to do, don’t wait for the another lifetime to come for it to happen. It should happen in this lifetime, so you should follow your heart because your heart will never lie to you but your head will. So listen to your heart and just follow it. I think, when that happens, a lot of Steve Jobs’ and Bill Gates’ will be produced in the world. So listen to your heart.”last_img read more

IPL 2019: Jos Buttler 89 scripts Rajasthan Royals victory over Mumbai Indians

first_imgJos Buttler hammered 89 off 43 as Rajasthan Royals registered a 4-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. This is the second win for Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Chasing 188, Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler got off to a fiery start before the Royals skipper fell for a 21-ball 37. The Royals were 60 for 1 off 6.2 overs when Sanju Samson joined Buttler in the middle.If Mumbai Indians thought they had a foot in the door, Buttler would go on to dash their hopes with a blazing 89 off 43 balls before falling to Rahul Chahar.\6,4,4,4,4,6. 28 runs off that over! @josbuttler you absolute BEAST! #HallaBol #RR #MIvRR pic.twitter.com/FimbKg1p9ERajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 13, 2019Ajinkya Rahane was more aggressive than Jos Buttler as Rajasthan Royals got off to an electrifying start. He hit 6 boundaries and 1 six in a rapid knock but when he fell, Buttler took over and ensured RR never fell behind.Jos Buttler was particularly harsh towards Alzarri Joseph. He hit him for 28 runs including 2 sixes and 4 fours in an over. Buttler fell within sight of a hundred and a rare win for his team in the 2019 IPL.Two days back, Rajasthan Royals had reduced Chennai Super Kings to 24 for 4 before MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu spoilt their night at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.On Saturday in Mumbai, the Royals were far more determined. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock had got MI off to a strong start but the hosts lost their way in the second half of their innings.advertisementRohit and de Kock added 96 for the 1st wicket off 10.5 overs. But Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan fell cheaply. Quinton de Kock fell for 81 in the 19th over while Hardik Pandya played another one of his cameos to take Mumbai Indians to a strong total.With a strong bowling attack at his disposal, Rohit Sharma would have hoped to defend 188. But that was not to be. Jos Buttler came out all guns blazing and shocked 3-time champions Mumbai Indians in their own backyard with one of the gutsiest knocks in the 2019 IPL.Also Read | MI vs RR Live Score, IPL 2019: Buttler in top gear after Rahane exit in 188 chaseAlso Read | Shakib relates to Dhoni’s outburst at umpires: I did the same in Nidahas TrophyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Mumbai Police rubbishes rumours of possible attack at Wankhede StadiumAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre Russellast_img read more

Celtic out of Champions League after Javi Martínez header for Bayern Munich

first_imgCeltic Read more Celtic will reflect on a bittersweet night. This was a stirring performance, one which endorsed improvement as heralded by Brendan Rodgers, but no tangible reward. Bayern have progressed to the Champions League’s last 16, an environment which is now beyond the home side.Celtic deserved at least a point here. The upshot, though, is one Rodgers and his players would have taken at the start of Group B: they remain in pole position for a Europa League last-32 place after Christmas. For all there was defensive aberration here, Celtic performed with a style and attitude which meant they were deservedly applauded from the field even in defeat. Share on Messenger Read more Mourinho defends Lukaku penalty snub in Manchester United’s Benfica win match reports PosTeamPGDPts 1PSG41712 Share via Email 4Anderlecht4-150 “The disappointment in the changing room afterwards shows you how well we played,” Rodgers said. “The level of composure and quality we played with, I was very proud of the team. We caused them lots of problems. It’s another step for us in terms of being a competitive side and playing proper football at this level.”Perhaps Celtic gained confidence from the make-up of Bayern’s team. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller missed the trip to Glasgow because of injury. Mats Hummels, Thiago Alcântara and Joshua Kimmich were substitutes. More plausible is that Rodgers impressed on his team that the kind of ruinous start to proceedings as witnessed here against Paris Saint-Germain and in Munich had to be avoided.The Scottish champions opened with vigour, Stuart Armstrong wasting a glorious opportunity after five minutes. Kieran Tierney, fresh from signing a six-year contract, won midfield possession with typical tenacity before feeding James Forrest. The winger provided the ideal chance for Armstrong courtesy of a cross to the back post, with the midfielder somehow managing to send his effort wide.Celtic’s challenge from there was to build on their foothold. It took 19 minutes for Bayern to launch their first attack of note. David Alaba was the architect, with a low pass which seemed to take Kingsley Coman by surprise. Coman, who excelled against Celtic a fortnight ago, could not convert from close range. The former Juventus player was soon to provide a more ruthless touch. Champions League Reuse this content Share on Facebook Celtic 1-2 Bayern Munich: Champions League – as it happened Bayern Munich 3Celtic4-63 2Bayern Munich449 Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Celtic complained furiously for handball as Coman, who sauntered beyond the static Dedryck Boyata when meeting a clearance from the goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, controlled the ball. Coman rounded Craig Gordon before slotting home to hand Bayern a lead they did not merit. Replays were inconclusive as to whether Coman was indeed guilty of using an arm. What footage did not disguise was shoddy Celtic defending, not for the first time in Group B, a matter Rodgers pinpointed. “We’ve got to deal with it, simple as that,” said Celtic’s manager. “We’ve got to head it and defend it.”Moussa Dembélé was denied on the half-hour by a wonderful Alaba clearance. The French striker was denied again with a header from Forrest’s cross. The first 45 minutes – a breathless period – had witnessed Celtic’s most impressive play of this Champions League campaign, yet they found themselves once more in the position of playing catch-up to a superpower.It was to the immense credit of Rodgers’s team – two weeks after their comprehensive defeat in Munich – that the outcome was impossible to call with 15 minutes to play. By that time, Gordon had saved excellently from James Rodríguez but, more significantly, the scores had been levelled.Forrest, who was outstanding all evening, produced a cute through-pass for Callum McGregor. The midfielder strode forward before beating Ulreich with a shot between his legs which belied its significance. Celtic Park erupted.The euphoria was short-lived. Javi Martínez showed tremendous bravery in leaping to head Alaba’s flighted cross before Nir Bitton, with the scorer requiring patch-up work to a nasty head wound at a time when he should have been celebrating. Bayern were to escape Glasgow, apart from that injury to the Spaniard, unscathed. Topicslast_img read more

New Zealand win Men’s Game Two in a thriller

first_imgMichael Cavanagh scored in the corner with seconds left to give victory to the Kiwis in a thrilling Men’s Open spectacle. With Peter McIntyre’s Men putting ten touchdowns past the opposition in Game One, many observers were anticipating a tight encounter and bright future for the talented side.Spectators were also excited to witness one of the great spectacles in sport, the Haka. As the New Zealand contingent performed a rousing rendition of the Haka, hairs stood up on players and spectators alike as the scene was set for an epic Trans Tasman encounter.With the Australian – New Zealand rivalry taking centre stage, it was former Lebanese international Robert Nakhla on debut for Australia, scoring the opening touchdown in the corner.Ruamai Erueti hit right back for the Kiwis and with the game going end to end similar to Game One, it was not long before Drummayne Dayberg-Muir scored after a great ball from Steve Roberts.Captain Nazea Silberry scored for the Kiwis, saying to the Aussies anything they can do, he can do better.Chris Farrow continued his great form for the series with a touchdown but three quick touchdowns by New Zealand gave them a two touchdown lead. Cain Rangi scored, Tame Greensill did likewise after a wonderful long ball with the Kiwi cut-outs hitting the mark with Michael Cavangh also been found on the overlap.The Australians squared the ledger with Jason Stanton scoring and a rocket from long ball specialist, Joel Willoughby finding Matt Prowse.In a super quick half, it was level as the athletes grabbed a well deserve break.Brendon Stewart started the constant flow of touchdowns in the second half with Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, no stranger to the scoreline got another.Chris Farrow added to his tally but the Kiwis were making the Aussies work hard for every touchdown.Cavanagh scored another matched Chris Farrow and with Stewart scoring on the overlap, it was 8-8 with only minutes left to play.The game looked set to go to drop-off but with seconds to go, Michael Cavanagh scored in the corner to give the Kiwis a thrilling last minute victory.The crowd stood as one to congratulate the players on a thrilling match. The young Kiwi team stepped up to the mark on the games biggest stage much to the delight of their coach who had brought many over the players up through the ranks.It was a well deserved victory and with the series well and truly alive.last_img read more

7 days agoEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponed

first_imgEl Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid postponedby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed because of fears of civil unrest.The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday.Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid.The clubs must agree a new date by Monday.La Liga made the postponement request because of “exceptional circumstances beyond our control” as more protests are expected in Barcelona on the day of the match.Protests have continued into a fifth day in Spain’s Catalonia region with protesters clashing with riot police. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iowa, Notre Dame Among Snubs From SI’s Best Tradition Ranking

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot dancing with the band.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 16: The Leprechaun from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish excites the crowd in front of the Notre Dame Marching band against of the Michigan Wolverines September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan won 47-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Sports Illustrated certainly raised some eyebrows this week with their ranking of the best traditions in college football. While they certainly made some interesting choices, there were a few omissions that just need special recognition.Notre Dame, one of the oldest programs in the nation, is especially rich in iconic traditions.Slapping the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign is so huge that networks show players doing it before just about every Notre Dame home game broadcast.The Fighting Irish also boast the 1812 Overture, the raising of the famous golden helmets after every game, and (until recently), Sergeant Tim McCarthy’s pun-filled safety announcements.Another team that was majorly snubbed was Iowa. The Hawkeyes have one of the coolest entrances in college football – exiting the tunnel to the tune of AC/DC’s Back in Black and running onto the field to Metallica’s Enter Sandman. And if SI is so intent on highlighting recent traditions such as Miami’s Turnover Chain, then the Iowa Wave needs to be recognized too.Iowa also boasts what is probably the best new tradition in the sport, where players and fans show support to the patients at the children’s hospital that overlooks Kinnick Stadium.In June, ESPN named the Iowa Wave the sport’s “best tradition,” making its exclusion from the SI list even more confusing.Community is back. The Iowa wave is back. Football is back. 🏈⏳ 8 days📺ESPN Player pic.twitter.com/w1LZP9VASB— ESPN Player (@espnplayer) August 15, 2019As far as music choices go, West Virginia’s Take Me Home, Country Roads was the only one to make the cut. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s Rocky Top and Wisconsin’s Jump Around are just a few legendary songs and music cues to miss appearing on the list.It’s all subjective, of course. But we’d be doing a great disservice not to at least point out that college football has far more incredible traditions than what meets the eye.last_img read more

Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew: It’s Like Guinness, but Coffee

first_img The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer When we in Los Angeles for work last week, we desperately needed a caffeine fix one afternoon. The closest place to get coffee was a Stumptown stand. We immediately darted for the stand, looking for the strongest iced concoction we could find. And then we saw it: “Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew.”“What’s that?” we asked the barista. “Is it strong?”“Yes,” the barista replied. “It’s served from a tap, and it’s like Guinness, but it’s cold brew.”We can’t tell you how many times we wished Guinness came in coffee form, so we were immediately sold. The creamy goodness certainly appeased our coffee-starved palettes, and we got that boost that we needed so badly. We were energized for a Saturday evening in Los Angeles! Still confused about it? Here’s the Portland-based Stumptown’s description: “Nitro Cold Brew is cascading and creamy with all of the giddyup of our original Cold Brew Coffee and a smooth nitro-draft mouthfeel.”“In 2012, Stumptown brought in a food scientist who happened to be in the DIY beer brewing scene,” Diane Aylsworth of Stumptown Coffee Roasters told Paste magazine. “He thought that we could apply draft beer science to coffee, where we would store the coffee in kegs with nitrogen and thus make it possible to transport large quantities of iced coffee while maintaining its freshness.”Now not everybody is lucky enough to leave near a café that serves Stumptown on draft, so luckily they also have an 11-ounce pop-top can that you can either pour into a glass to see it’s frothiness, or that you can drink straight from the can. We can’t tell you how happy we are that someone had the brilliant idea to take the science behind Guinness and add it to a nice cup of cold brew.For more information, visit coldbrew.com. Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffeelast_img read more

West Indies tour a great opportunity for Pant to unleash his potential

first_imgLauderhill: The time has come for Rishabh Pant to “unleash” his rich potential in all three formats, said India captain Virat Kohli ahead of the first T20 international against the West Indies here on Saturday. With little clarity over the future of veteran M S Dhoni, Pant has now become the preferred choice in all three formats and that was pointed out by chief selector MSK Prasad after the selection panel picked the squads for the West Indies tour. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to really play a lot of international cricket, show his credentials, really unleash his potential at this stage,” Kohli said here on Friday. “We know how much ability he has and we all want him to become a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. MS Dhoni’s experience is always going to be a very crucial factor but having said that some of these younger guys have a great opportunity ahead of them and they should just look forward to it.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Kohli has already said the tour is a good opportunity for fringe players like Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey to stake a claim for a spot in India’s brittle middle-order in ODIs. The T20 here on Saturday will be India’s first outing since the heart-breaking loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinals last month. The skipper is yet to get over the loss. “The first few days after we exited the World Cup were quite difficult. Till the time the tournament got over, every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morning. Then through the day you do things and sort of get on with your life. We are professionals. We move ahead. Every team has to move on. “So we are quite okay with what happened in the World Cup. Yesterday the fielding session and the little bit of time we spent on the field was really good. Everyone was excited, looking forward to just playing, just being on the field again. I think that’s the best thing you can do as a team, just get on the park as soon as possible.” The Indian team could not train ahead of the game due to rain but having played here three years ago, it has an idea of the conditions. “I think the covers look the same,” quipped Kohli. “We haven’t seen the pitch, we haven’t seen anything apart from the covers on the pitch. When we play tomorrow, we can assess how the pitch has come along. Even last time we played, it was pretty good, high-scoring, and we all had a lot of fun playing here, and this time is going to be no different.” Kohli is all for having more international games in the United States. “For now I think it’s all about creating that buzz and just getting people in to watch the games. The more we come here and play, obviously the game is going to get more and more buzz around it, people are going to talk about it. “You see 15,000-20,000 people going to a place to watch something, obviously it should be important. Hopefully in years to come, people will have more interest. Local people in America as well, not just the Asian community or the West Indian community but the whole community in general will have more interest in the sport.” He feels the T20 format is the ideal one to promote the game globally. “I think T20 cricket is something that can be understood and accepted in the American culture because of the length of the game and it’s quite entertaining as well. So I think for the sport to become global in many ways, a lot of interest here will go a long way in achieving that for the sport,” he added.last_img read more

Dhoni always thinks about Indian cricket Virat Kohli

first_imgDharamsala: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has always put the interest of Indian cricket in mind and is “on same page” with the team management as far as his international future is concerned, skipper Virat Kohli said on Saturday. On the eve of the T20 International series against South Africa, Kohli maintained that the 38-year-old Dhoni will “remain valuable” as long as he continues playing the game even as team management grooms youngsters like Rishabh Pant. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”One great thing about him (Dhoni) is that, he thinks for Indian cricket. And whatever we (team management) think, he is on the same page. The alignment is there. The kind of mindset he has had about grooming youngsters and giving them opportunities, and he is still the same person,” Kohli replied when asked if the legend is in his scheme of things for next year’s World T20 in Australia. Dhoni has taken a two-month sabbatical from cricket and is not a part of the T20 International series against South Africa starting on Sunday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhile Kohli reminded the scribes about Dhoni’s ability to prove his detractors wrong, his answer on his impending international future was a bit open-ended. “Look, experience is always going to matter whether you like it or not. I mean there are a numerous number of times people have given up on sportsmen and they have proved people wrong and he (Dhoni) has done that many times in his career as well. As long as he is available and continues to play, he is going to be very valuable,” Kohli said. “When you decide to stop playing is an absolutely individual thing, and no one else should have an opinion on it, that’s what I think,” he added. Kohli also justified Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal’s omission from the T20 squad as their weakness with the willow has prompted them to try out some other options. “That was one of the reasons also to give opportunities to the guys who have done well in the domestic format and the T20 format and in the IPL also. So I think it’s about finding the best balance that we can as a side and not necessarily stick to one kind of combination. If all teams across the world are batting till No. 9, 10, why can’t we,” the captain explained. The India skipper recalled how the team management was criticised when Chahal and Kuldeep were inducted in the white ball set-up replacing a more fancied Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.last_img read more

Kate Hudson Joins ANNpower Advisory Council

first_imgANN INC., the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices Global Partnership are proud to announce that award-winning actress Kate Hudson will serve on the ANNpower Advisory Council.Hudson, the face of Ann Taylor’s Spring/Summer 2013 campaign, is a longtime advocate for empowering young women and is excited to be a part of the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative.The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between ANN INC. and Vital Voices to empower young women from across the U.S. to affect global progress, invest in their communities, and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders. The ANNpower Advisory Council was announced at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative as a “Commitment to Action” and is comprised of influential women in media, business, and entertainment who have displayed exceptional leadership. Members of the ANNpower Advisory Council review, score, and recommend outstanding grant proposals as well as serve as mentors to the Fellows and ambassadors of the ANNpower Initiative to the public.“We are so proud to build on our existing partnership with Kate Hudson , someone that genuinely represents our continued commitment to celebrating women of substance and style,” said Kay Krill , President and CEO of ANN INC. “She is a role model to young women and we know she will have a profound impact in supporting our ANNpower Fellows and all that they will achieve.”“What has inspired me through the course of my partnership with the company is that everyone is committed to connecting with women in all facets of their lives, including empowering the next generation,” said Kate Hudson. “I am honored to be a part of the ANNpower Initiative and look forward to the great work ahead.”The Council continues to be developed and currently includes Actress Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon a Time,” “House”), Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC., and Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership.The nationwide search is currently open for this year’s ANNpower Fellows who embody the skills to be tomorrow’s leaders. Fifty Fellows will be identified amid girls who are rising high school juniors and seniors with the potential to be among the next generation of women leaders. Chosen Fellows will receive leadership training and mentorship by prominent women leaders from around the world at the 2013 ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum on April 1-4 in Washington, D.C.If you know a girl who wants to change the world, please encourage them to apply to become an ANNpower Fellow at ANNpower.org. Applications are now being accepted until January 25, 2013.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

BELLS CRAVE IS OFFERING FREE TV PREVIEW WEEKEND JANUARY 1114

first_imgBell says the free preview is available from “participating television providers across Canada including Bell, Bell Aliant, BellMTS, Cogeco, Eastlink, Rogers, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Telus, and others.”The free preview coincides with the season 3 premiere of HBO drama series, True Detective, set to kick off on Sunday, January 13, with back-to-back episodes.Formerly known as CraveTV, the service was rebranded Crave in November, offering HBO Canada and The Movie Network content in one package, available for cable TV subscribers or standalone online streaming, with iOS and Apple TV apps available (sadly, the iOS app maxes out at 720p; 4K streaming is being planned, however). Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Bell Media says its streaming service Crave will offer a free TV preview weekend, starting Friday, January 11, to Monday, January 14.The free preview will be through cable TV channels, with Crave 1, HBO 1 and HBO 2 being unlocked:From Friday, Jan. 11 (11 a.m. ET/MT) to Monday, Jan. 14 (11 a.m. ET/MT), three of Crave’s linear channels – Crave 1, HBO 1, HBO 2 – are being unlocked so audiences can enjoy uncut and commercial-free hit movies, award-winning HBO content, and a sampling of SHOWTIME hits. Advertisementlast_img read more

Against the Wall Notley spat with Saskatchewan premier exposes friction on oil

by Tim Cook, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2015 3:29 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Against the Wall: Notley spat with Saskatchewan premier exposes friction on oil EDMONTON – Brad Wall says the time for soft-selling the oil and gas industry in the rest of the country is over.The Saskatchewan premier took rookie Premier Rachel Notley to task this week for suggesting Quebec would approve of the Energy East oil pipeline if Alberta could show it has its environmental house in order.Wall suggested that was akin to giving Quebec a veto over an important national energy project. He then took shots at Central and Eastern Canada for soaking up transfer payments funded by economic success in the West.Notley called that showboating.Wall said “show me to the bridge.”The rift exposed new friction between Alberta, which just elected its first non-Tory government in more than 40 years, and Saskatchewan, which has the only provincial government west of Newfoundland with firm roots in the Conservative brand.Wall, who leads the right-leaning Saskatchewan Party, wouldn’t back down Friday. He said the West shouldn’t have to apologize for its resources and needs to stop being so diplomatic with its message.“We’ve all done it. I’m not sure what it has availed Western Canada,” Wall told The Canadian Press. “We got the national energy program for all of our goodwill and we have had precisely no pipelines approved and we have increasing calls for greater regulation.“I think if more Canadians knew that we import foreign oil from places like Venezuela and Saudi Arabia and that Energy East would end that, there would be great support for it, but we have to say it,” he said.“We’ve got to be direct and say that bluntly. And that’s what I am trying to do.”Notley, fresh from her first premiers meeting — where the leaders passed a national energy strategy that backs both project development and climate action — wasn’t backing down either.She’s trying a different approach after years of Alberta Tory governments pushing energy projects on other provinces and pushing back on being told what to do.“It was my first meeting and I felt it was really important to develop relationships, to hear the positions that other people had, so that I was better positioned to propose options that people were likely to be able to agree to,” she said.It’s about the long term, she added.“It’s not always going to be the case that we’re quietly and diplomatically working together, but I think that that should be the starting point. It’s easier to be tougher if you’ve got good working relationships to begin with.”Political analyst Bob Murray said Wall’s reaction to the Quebec-Alberta Energy East meeting was part political posturing, because there will be an election in Saskatchewan within the next year.But there’s also genuine concern there, said political scientist Duane Bratt of Calgary’s Mount Royal University.“The pipeline issue is very important to Saskatchewan,” he said. “Alberta has been leading the charge, but now it looks like Alberta is pulling back from that, and that worries Saskatchewan.”Notley is nurturing diplomatic bridges to build pipelines and keep Alberta’s economy going, said Murray, who is with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.“The only way that she is going to be able to do that is if she takes a realistic and pragmatic approach to the politics of the oil and gas industry.”It’s not the first time Wall has tried to capitalize at the expense of Alberta’s NDP. He has used Notley’s plans for a royalty review to promote his province as a bastion of royalty stability.Still, Wall thinks he can work with Notley.“I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do in terms of how I can best represent Saskatchewan’s interest and Western Canadian interests.”“Other premiers are going to do what they are going to do.”— With files from Dean Bennett. read more

CCAC to develop list of qualified contractors

Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-PaulStemming from a host of complaints received by the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), the body is now seeking to develop a list of qualified contractors who will be recommended for building contracts.This was revealed by a Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-Paul during a consultation hosted at the Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, Georgetown on Wednesday.According to the Commission the value of complaints between 2016 and 2018 increased from $67,000 to $6.5M, although all were not centered on housing errors.It is against this backdrop that the Commission is seeking to reduce these high numbers with the introduction of a Home builders Roadmap, which will among other things, provide a list of qualified contractors for home builders.Austin-Paul explained, “Our hope is to have a list of competent contractors that we can make available to the public so through our consultations we are hoping to achieve that goal”.She was keen to note that contractors both big and small will be included on the list of competent contractors, as long as they meet the basic requirements and are qualified.When asked what qualifications would be necessary for contractors to be included on the list, this publication was told consultations on this is currently being rolled out to accurately determine same by relevant agencies.In explaining the importance of the session the Officer said, “We expect to create a detailed outline of the steps, processes and methods of building or renovating a home to ensure that consumers are aware of the correct legal procedures of the construction process…to ensure that consumers are able to identify qualified contractors and to create a detailed hard-copy and a virtual Homeowners Roadmap for consumers which will be placed on the Commission’s website”.Meanwhile, Director of CCAC, Dawn Cush said that the “Home builders Roadmap is intended to provide consumers with the relevant knowledge when they decide to invest in building a home”.She added that while consumers have rights, they too must do their homework when given an estimate by contractors, so as to ensure they are getting their money’s worth, especially since building a home is a huge investment.Cush also enlightened that if a person is unsatisfied with the work done by a contractor, it is their right to file a complaint against the builder which will ultimately result in an investigation.Chairman of the Commission, Ronald Burch-Smith pointed out that a good start for the Roadmap would be for consumers to know their rights as it relates to warranty and keeping receipts. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConsumer Affairs mulling new regulations for auto industryJanuary 28, 2019In “Business”Stores with ‘no return’ policy violating the law, says CCACJanuary 26, 2019In “Business”CCAC preparing legislation to protect rights of customers who shop onlineJanuary 22, 2019In “Business” read more

Lintelligence artificielle à la rescousse des paléontologues

first_imgL’intelligence artificielle à la rescousse des paléontologuesDes chercheurs américains ont mis au point et testé sur le terrain, dans le Wyoming, un logiciel d’intelligence artificielle pour déterminer les sites géographiques les plus susceptibles de recéler des fossiles.Pour aider à la découverte de nouveaux fossiles, Glenn Conroy, paléoanthropologue à la Washington University de St Louis, et ses collègues Robert Anémone et Charles Emerson, ont mis au point un modèle informatique utilisant des réseaux neuronaux artificiels (ANN, en anglais) – des réseaux informatiques qui imitent le fonctionnement du cerveau humain.À lire aussiPastèque, algorithme et neutralité carbone, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 27 maiGrâce à des informations recueillies à partir des cartes et des images satellites (altitude, pente et autres caractéristiques du paysage), l’ANN a été ‘formé’ à utiliser des détails relatifs aux zones fossilifères existantes pour prédire avec précision les emplacements de nouveaux sites. “La beauté et la puissance des réseaux de neurones résident dans le fait qu’ils sont capables d’apprendre. Vous avez juste besoin de leur donner une règle pour faire face à des choses qu’ils ne connaissent pas”, explique Conroy, qui est également professeur d’anatomie et de neurobiologie à l’école de médecine.Les inventeurs ont testé leur outil sur le bassin de Great Divide, un carré de désert rocheux de 4;000 mètres carrés situé dans le Wyoming, et réussi à identifier correctement 79% de ses sites fossilifères connus, et, déjà connus ou pas, 99% des endroits pointés par le système contenaient effectivement des fossiles. Une aide précieuse pour les futures recherches paléontologiques, espèrent les concepteurs.Le 22 novembre 2011 à 16:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Game of the Year Aurion Legacy of the KoriOdan

first_img Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!I once thought about writing a “best dreadlocks in video games” feature before reaching the depressing conclusion that the list would probably feature more Predators than Black people. Fortunately, from Mafia III to Watch Dogs 2 to Battlefield 1 to Virginia, this year has seen an encouraging amount of Black representation in games. But that’s never a reason to stop asking for more.Specifically, I think fantasy games have a lot to gain by looking for inspiration beyond European (and to a lesser extent, Asian) influences, an idea I touched on in an earlier essay on video games and Afrofuturism. This week’s Game of the Year, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan, is proof of that potential.The story of Aurion’s creation is almost as cool and unusual as the game itself. The result of a successful Kickstarter, Aurion marks the debut of Kiro’o Games, a self-taught Cameroonian studio. This makes Aurion the first video game from Central Africa. As such, the game draws inspiration from across the mythology of the region. The music and Swahili words used throughout took me back to my brief stint of celebrating Kwanzaa. But even if you don’t recognize every specific cultural marker, it’s a coherent aesthetic not typically seen in games. And it’s brought to life with lovingly hand-drawn character sporting detailed animations.Meanwhile, the story’s focus royal intrigue and the gameplay’s focus on over-the-top brawls make Aurion either the best Black Panther game Marvel won’t make or African Dragon Ball Z. Players control Enzo, prince of Zama. When violent forces conspire to prevent him from becoming king, he quests throughout the land with his would-be queen to reclaim what’s theirs, as well as learn about the rest of the world.Aurion is an action-RPG, which gives the game a reason to have players explore in-between the fighting. You can talk to local storytellers, villagers, or bested enemies while gathering items and finding the path forward. It goes a long way toward getting players invested in the world, which seems to be the developer’s chief priority. After all, as the first game from a certain part of the world, there’s a lot of pressure to deliver something that could only come to that place.But don’t think Aurion is nothing but African sightseeing. You’ll frequently battle all types of foes: short grubby rat-men, traitorous guards, or bosses able to summon magical animal auras. Fortunately, the combat is an absolute joy. With his fierce strikes, acrobatic leaps, and ability to cast screen-filling magic attacks, Enzo plays like a character from Marvel vs. Capcom. You can even take enemies for a ride by knocking them further and further into the sky. It never gets old, and you steadily become stronger as you level up. Just make sure to play with a controller.All that said, Aurion overall is rough in a way you might expect from a very indie video game. Nothing is explicitly broken, but the experience is missing that oh-so intangible quality known as “polish.” You can notice which elements may have received more attention than others. When you’re a small, new team making your first game in a region without a larger dev community for guidance, it’s understandable not everything can be a priority. But I can’t blame players for not being as forgiving.They should consider it though because for $15 on PC, Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is absolutely worth checking out. And if people don’t care about the initial, indie African video games of today, we may never get to see the glorious, AAA(rtisanal?) African video games of the (afro)future. This Game of the Year could be a gateway to many more.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Stay on targetlast_img read more