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Ten Questions You Need to Ask When Planning Next Year

first_img 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 Now It’s a good time to do a little introspective work. Here are ten questions to help you plan your next year.What did I do well this year? If you reached your goals, it’s smart to take a look at how you achieved them. If you didn’t reach your goals, what result are proud of? Maybe it was your effort. Perhaps it was a big, difficult outcome. It’s impossible to not have done anything noteworthy in a year. Your balance sheet is going to have debits and credits, and you need to look at both.In what area did I perform poorly? You missed some goal or target. You didn’t turn in your best performance—or maybe even the performance of which you are capable. Pretending that you aren’t doing a poor job doesn’t lead to future improvements; acknowledging the poor performance is the starting point for better results in the future.What was the root cause of my poor performance? You need to be honest with yourself about why you performed poorly in some area. Don’t look for external forces here. Look instead to take full responsibility for the poor performance, as the accountability empowers you (If it was your poor performance, it is also you who can improve it).How do I improve in this area? Was it a lack of skill? Or was it a lack of will? Was it the lack of knowledge, or was the cause a lack of self-discipline? If you are going to do better, you need to get real about the cause of the failure so you can address it. You need a plan and a commitment to do better here.What did I learn this year that will help me improve next year? Most of us don’t do an accounting of what we learned throughout a year, even though life seems to continuously dole out lessons. What lessons did you discover that you can apply to your future to produce better results?In what area do I need to improve my knowledge and skills to achieve the results I want? If you’re going to go from year to year producing greater and greater results, you are going to need a plan to continuously grow. You have to become the kind of person that produces the results you want for yourself—and for your people. What is your plan to improve? What new knowledge do you need? What new beliefs do you need? What new skills do you need?What do I need to differently next year? The difference between next year’s results and this year’s results is going to be made up of the changes you are willing to make. If you make positive changes (the very idea behind this exercise), you will produce better results. If you make negative changes (something we are trying to avoid here), your results will worsen. If you don’t take the time to write what you are going to different and why, you will likely repeat last year.What do I need to eliminate to produce better results? Maybe you need to eliminate a pessimistic attitude. Maybe you need to eliminate a lack of sleep. You might need to delete the destructive habit of opening your email first thing in the morning and giving up your chance to do purposeful, meaningful work (instead of looking for the make work that shows up in your inbox).What relationships do I need to build and improve? We spend a lot of time planning what to do, and when and how to do it. But “what” isn’t as important as “who?” If you look for a “why,” on the other end, you will find a “who?” Make a list of your relationships, starting with the most important and working your way down. Relationships have a price. They require time and energy. Start the year knowing where you need to make investments.What contribution do I want to make? How are you going to make a difference? What are you going to do that is going to serve others? What cause do you care about enough to give your time, your energy, and your money? If you want the best and fastest way to ensure you accomplish something worthwhile in the next year, start by doing something for someone who can never repay you—and without expectation of gaining anything other than knowing you made a difference.Do good work.last_img read more


December 9, 2019 0

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to miss Man City game after losing red card appeal

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will miss the champions’ visit to Manchester City on Sunday after an appeal against a red card for the Belgian international was rejected by the Football Association.Courtois was sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity in the 52nd minute of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Also read: Arsenal erred, Chelsea held in first weekend of new EPL season An independent regulatory commission rejected Chelsea’s appeal against the red card and upheld a one-match suspension, the FA said.The ruling will give back-up keeper Asmir Begovic, signed from Stoke City earlier this summer as a replacement for Petr Cech, the chance to make his first Premier League start for Chelsea.last_img read more


November 27, 2019 0

Pujara becomes third Indian to bat on all five days in Test,Pujara becomes third Indian to bat on all five days in Test

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket India’s middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara today achieved a rare feat, becoming only the third Indian and ninth overall to bat across five days in a Test match.When Pujara came out to bat this morning on the final day of the opening Test against Sri Lanka, he joined ML Jaisimha and Ravi Shastri in the elite list. Incidentally they had also achieved the rare feat at the Eden Gardens.He could achieve the feat thanks to rain interruption on day one and two.Unique featPujara had come in to bat on day one after opener Rahul was dismissed in the first ball and went on hit a gritty 52 under testing conditions.Pujara remained unbeaten on eight runs having faced 32 deliveries on day one. He added 39 runs in his unbeaten knock and faced 70 balls on day two. Pujara added five from 15 balls on day three before being cleaned up by Lahiru Gamage.Pujara faced nine balls yesterday and today he added 20 to his overnight total of two, having faced 42 deliveries before being done in by Suranga Lakmal.Lowest aggregateIncidentally Pujara’s aggregate of 74 runs (52 and 22) is the lowest among the nine players to bat all 5 days, going below 94 by Jaisimha (20* and 74).Jaisimha was the first batsman to achieve the milestone which had come against Australia in 1960, scoring 20 not out and 74.Shastri entered the club in 1984 against England scoring 111 and 7 not out.The other cricketers in the list include Geoffrey Boycott (England), Kim Hughes (Australia), Allan Lamb (England), Adrian Griffith (West Indies), Andrew Flintoff (England) and Alviro Peterson (South Africa). COMMENTS sport SHAREcenter_img India November 20, 2017 COMMENT Sri Lanka ×last_img read more


November 26, 2019 0

Rio 2016: Sakshi, Sindhu show declare open the medal drought

first_imgCall it the “S” factor. S for Sindhu, S for Sakshi and S for smashing. The two super girls from India have given a nation starved of medals at least a silver and bronze at the Rio Olympics.And it may just get better. Sindhu can go for gold when she takes on Carolina Marin of Spain in the badminton ladies singles final.It’s been 13 days since these Games were declared open and the great medal drought began. Billions of Indians have been praying at home and abroad for that elusive podium finish. Now India has two medals and celebrities who tweeted that Indian athletes go to the Olympics only for selfies may have to eat their words.WOMEN POWERFirst, India’s Independence Day was invoked for the athletes to win a medal. Two days later, the prayers have been answered as two darling daughters of the nation, one from Rohtak and the other based in Hyderabad, have left all of us emotionally drained.Sports minus drama and emotion is like a Bollywood flick without masala. Sakshi and Sindhu have provided a dramatic twist to the national campaign in Rio as even two medals seems like a flood inundating a desert.Well before sunrise, at 2.50 am on Thursday, Sakshi had woken people up at home. The 23-year-old showing guts and gumption picked up a bronze on the tricky wrestling mat.She came back through repechage and clinched the medal to become the first Indian wrestler this time to corner glory. “This win is for the entire nation. The medal is a message that we women can do well,” said Sakshi.advertisementSINDHU’S JOURNEY Sindhu was all fired up as she danced on the court and whipped Japan’s Nozom Okuhara 21-19, 21-10.As Sindhu leapt in the air, her 5 feet and 10 inches taking full flight above terra firma, she whacked the shuttle with full power. Victory and silver medal sealed.It was a triumph for Sindhu’s power and India’s women power as the ace shuttler could finally smile.On this day, she had been pumping herself up like Serena Williams at Wimbledon’s Centre Court, shouting and using her arm motion to rev herself up.Sindhu was competing in the Olympics for the first time and for someone who has been in the shadows of pioneer Saina Nehwal, this was momentous. “I played my heart out today and did not think it would be easy. There were long rallies and every point was important,” said Sindhu.”In the second game I made unforced errors but never let any negative thought come in.”.Asked about Sakshi’s bronze medal, Sindhu said, ” I haven’t met her but saw her compete on TV and I congratulate her.”Sindhu had had an average year till now. She was returning from injury but had worked very hard on her fitness.Watching her dance on the court and use all her tricks to tame Okuhara, one knew she was not going to give it away. Sindhu’s facial expressions were of intensity and focus.She never smiled through the contest. She was made to run front and back, side to side. Every muscle, ligament and tendon in her DELIGHT INDIA body was in motion as she plotted victory. There were times when she was beaten by the change of pace in rallies and deft placement.Yet, Sindhu never gave up and showed killer instinct which Indians are believed to lack.For her part, Sakshi, who was frowned upon when she started wrestling 12 years ago in Haryana, fought all day long. Five bouts for a bronze medal and she said she was not tired at the end of it.Sindhu has sporting genes as her parents PV Ramana and PV Vijaya, both former volleyball players. The dream they could not realise of winning Olympic glory has been achieved by their daughter.Sporting a canary yellow single piece outfit, she oozed confidence as sweat dripped from each pore when she dismantled her wily opponent from Japan.Sindhu talks crisp English and gives smart quotes. Sakshi is more rustic and her Hindi quotes are straight from the heart.It’s such diversity from the young daughters of India which endears them to millions of sports lovers at home.REJOICE IN THE GLORY Enough of IPL and India’s cricket victories against weak teams like the West Indies. It is the time to rejoice the glory which Sindhu and Sakshi have brought.Mind you, this is not yet a fairytale ending as Sindhu has one more big match to go. “I am ready,” she said.advertisementAnd let India not forget coach P Gopichand who has produced two Olympic badminton champions – Saina and Sindhu.Also ReadRio 2016: PV Sindhu sets up Gold medal match with Carolina Marin after demolishing Nozomi Okuhara Wrestler Sakshi Malik to get Rs 2.5 crore from Haryana governmentlast_img read more


November 22, 2019 0

Sensational Isco spares Real Madrid’s blushes against Sporting

first_imgIsco’s brilliant double helped a much-changed Real Madrid side snatch a 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday to move six points clear of title rivals Barcelona at the top of La Liga.Madrid twice came from behind before Isco’s low drive in the 90th minute handed Los Blancos victory against their exhausted hosts, who had faced waves of attacks.Sporting opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Mikel Vesga scooped a pass over Madrid’s defence which Duje Cop slammed home, before Isco equalised three minutes later with a brilliant individual goal.Vesga looped a header over Kiko Casilla to put the hosts back in front after halftime, but Alvaro Morata equalised with a headed goal of his own, before Isco’s late winner.Real Madrid, who moved up to 75 points from 31 games, made nine changes to the team from their Champions League victory at Bayern Munich in midweek, with the second leg to come on Tuesday.Fabio Coentrao and Danilo were handed rare starts in the fullback positions, while forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were rested, with Wales international Gareth Bale out injured.The hosts took advantage, showing no fear against the league leaders and they broke the deadlock with Cop’s well-worked goal.The lead did not last long, however, as man-of-the-match Isco danced away from two defenders before curling into the top corner.Madrid began to find their feet and nearly went ahead before the break when Lucas Vazquez almost reached a low cross at the back post.advertisementIt was Sporting, however, who moved back in front in the 50th minute, with on-loan Athletic Bilbao midfielder Vesga planting a header high over Casilla that dipped into the net.Morata scored nine minutes later, heading home Danilo’s cross, and Madrid pressed for a winner with Isco robbed of the ball when poised to shoot after another bewitching dribble and substitute Marcelo drilling wide.In the final minute of the game Madrid got their goal, Isco finding a pocket of space on the edge of the area and firing a strike inside Ivan Cuellar’s near post.Earlier on Saturday Deportivo La Coruna beat Malaga 2-0 to move nine points clear of the relegation zone, with Sporting Gijon still 18th, on 22 points.last_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

Greek Referees to Abstain from Super League Matches

first_imgGreek referees announced their abstention from the 15th day of the Greek Super League games after the attack by unknown individuals against their collegue from Larissa, Thanassis Tzilos, on Wednesday.In an announcement on Thursday, the referees they expressed their abhorrence and frustration over the repetitive attacks against people in their profession.“As a basic expression of support to our colleague, we will abstain from the games until further notice. We extend our wishes to our colleague to get well soon and stand by his side and against all those that are attempting to terrify us,” the referees said.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

HHLA Off to a Good Start

first_imgzoom In the first quarter of 2014, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its container throughput by 2.4 percent to 1.9 million standard containers (TEU).The volume transported by HHLA’s Intermodal companies grew by 5.1 percent to 305 thousand TEU. The operating result (EBIT) improved by 4.8 percent to € 39.3 million. Group revenue increased by 6.8 percent to € 293.5 million.“The 2014 financial year started well for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG. The volume increases in both container throughput and transport are particularly pleasing given that we achieved them in largely stagnating markets.Strong growth in Far East traffic was the main factor in enabling us to extend our market position in container handling. This demonstrates our strength in operating in a persistently challenging industry environment. Numerous efficiency-boosting process innovations paid off here.The operating result also grew substantially. The figures for the first quarter also once again bear out our intermodal strategy. The transport volume, revenue and earnings recorded by our hinterland transportation services rose significantly, with disproportionately strong growth again being seen on the new connections in Germany, with Austria and Switzerland,” said Klaus-Dieter Peters, Chairman of HHLA’s Executive Board.In the first three months of 2014, HHLA’s container terminals in Hamburg and Odessa increased their throughput volume by 2.4 percent to 1,862 thousand standard containers (TEU) (previous year: 1,818 thousand TEU).Considerable growth of 8.1 percent in Far East cargo at the HHLA terminals in Hamburg played a substantial role here. Revenue in the container segment rose by 5.8 percent to € 186.1 million (previous year: € 175.9 million), and thereby outpaced the growth in volumes.The operating result (EBIT) grew by 17.3 percent to € 37.3 million (previous year: € 31.8 million). The container terminal in Odessa recorded a decline in the first quarter which was for the time being only partly attributable to the political crisis between Ukraine and Russia.With growth of 5.1 percent, the transport volume climbed to 305 thousand standard containers (TEU). This rise was due firstly to more frequent links with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and secondly to the success of the new services in Germany, with Austria and Switzerland.With growth of 12.9 percent to € 82.9 million (previous year: € 73.4 million), the revenue trend in the Intermodal segment outpaced the increase in volume. With growth of 8.1 percent at € 5.8 million (previous year: € 5.4 million), EBIT also outpaced volume development.Forecast for Revenue and EBIT UnchangedA number of fundamental uncertainties remain as regards the rest of the year. These relate first and foremost to the crisis in Ukraine, general economic risks and the current consolidation process, which is giving rise to new alliances and cooperation in container shipping.Provided that the current structure of cargo flows remains intact, HHLA said that it still expects a slight increase in container throughput and moderate, above-market growth of its Intermodal companies for the full year 2014.On this basis, HHLA aims to achieve revenue slightly higher than in the previous year. At the same time, infrastructure deficits and competitive pressure due to growing idle terminal capacities represent increasing burdens. With this in mind, matching the previous year’s earnings figure remains an ambitious target.HHLA, May 16, 2014last_img read more


October 24, 2019 0

Absentee MP Di Iorio to give back salary until retirement in January

first_imgOTTAWA – The mysterious case of a missing MP has taken another twist.The Liberal party’s whip says Nicola Di Iorio, who hasn’t been seen on the Hill since Parliament resumed on Sept. 17, will give back the salary he receives during his final five months as an MP until his official retirement.According to Mark Holland, the Montreal MP has decided to “donate his salary back” during the period from September to Jan. 22.While he’s been absent from the House of Commons, Di Iorio was spotted at a cannabis trade show in Montreal last month, where he made a presentation in his capacity as a labour and employment lawyer.The base annual salary for an MP is $172,700 but, according to parliamentary rules, an MP who is absent from the Commons can be docked $120 of salary per day for each absence over 21 days.Di Iorio announced his intention to retire from politics in April but had second thoughts over the summer and, in September, said he was reflecting on his future.Last week, under pressure to explain why he wasn’t showing up for work on the Hill, Di Iorio posted a short message on Facebook saying that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had assigned him responsibilities that required him to be away from the Commons — something the Prime Minister’s Office has not clarified.This week, Di Iorio announced he will retire on Jan. 22, after finalizing “certain projects.”“He has a number of items, both in his constituency and items that he was working on as a Member of Parliament, including his concern around impaired driving, that he wants to finish before he leaves,” Holland said Wednesday.“We feel that’s appropriate, particularly given the fact that he’s also … willing to donate his salary.”In his Facebook post, Di Iorio had said he’s willing to show up in the Commons if the party whip needs him to be there. But Holland did not appear inclined to call on him.“He’s stepping out of public life, he’s donating his salary, he’s finishing up his affairs and I wish him all the best in doing that and I expect that that’s where he’ll be focusing his time,” Holland said.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Haiti UN mission urges mass voter turnout for presidential runoff election

17 March 2011Haiti’s political stability and economic reconstruction depends in part on as large a turnout as possible during this weekend’s run-off round of presidential elections, the United Nations peacekeeping mission said today as it urged citizens to go to the polls en masse. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, said in a press statement that by going to the polls in large numbers, Haitians would be able to “demonstrate their commitment to exercise their sovereign right to choose the leaders they trust.”The former first lady Mirlande Manigat and the popular musician Michel Martelly are facing off in the presidential run-off round, nearly four months after the first round was held. Legislative elections are also being held this Sunday.“There is no doubt that Haitians are today united to demand, through their vote, political stability and a democratic transition in Haiti and so that the reduction in poverty, reconstruction, revival of economic growth and social progress can advance as quickly as possible,” MINUSTAH stated.The mission stressed that Haiti’s political stability and “anchoring… in a solid and enduring democracy” depend largely on the participation of as many voters as possible on Sunday.Yesterday MINUSTAH voiced concern at the many acts of violence during the election campaign and urged all sides to abstain from threats, intimidation and harassment. Meanwhile, while visiting Guatemala this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told regional leaders that recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti – little more than a year after an earthquake flattened much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and killed more than 200,000 people – are gathering momentum and the recent cholera epidemic is being brought under control.“I also expressed the hope and expectation that the run-off presidential and legislative elections [in Haiti] will proceed smoothly in a credible, objective and democratic way,” Mr. Ban later told reporters. “We all want to assist in reconstruction and development in Haiti. For that, the country needs a stable and effective government.” read more


October 11, 2019 0

Cement for new airport stolen

Investigations revealed that the cement was to be transported from Galle to Mattala but was diverted to another location by the suspects. The police said that a lorry which was to be used to transport the cement from Habaraduwa to another location was seized. Over 36,500 kilos of cement meant for the new international airport in Mattala was seized after it was stolen and two people were also arrested, the police media unit said today.The police said that the cement was seized when it was being unloaded by a group in Habaraduwa last evening. The stolen cement was to be sold by another dealer who has so far evaded arrest, the police media unit said. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Talisman Energy scraps troubled Yme project in Norwegian sector of the North

Talisman Energy scraps troubled Yme project in Norwegian sector of the North Sea by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 9:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Talisman Energy Inc. has reached a deal with its contractor to cancel its problematic Yme project in the Norwegian North Sea and dismantle the above-surface part of the offshore platform.“This is a good settlement for Talisman, the Yme partners and Norway,” Talisman executive vice-president Paul Warwick said Tuesday.“This arrangement should allow the partners to move forward to examine options for the Yme field, without incurring significant additional costs related to the existing topsides.”Topside refers to the part of the platform that’s above the water line.“Recent analysis has concluded that a new topsides solution is needed in order to develop the Yme field,” said Warwick. “Our first priority will be to remove the existing platform, safely and expeditiously.”The deal will see Netherlands-based contractor SBM Offshore make an upfront payment of US$470 million while Talisman completes the work to remove the mobile production unit from the Yme field.SBM said it has accounted for $200 million of that amount in December, and will charge the remainder to its first-half 2013 results.The undersea structure will be transferred from SBM to the Yme licence holders.SBM will manage the transportation and ultimate scrapping of the facility.The settlement ends an arbitration process Talisman had been pursuing at the same time it was working on a deal with SBM. The matter would have taken years to be resolved under arbitration, Warwick said at Talisman’s investor day last week.The Yme platform has been unmanned since last July, when it was evacuated due to safety concerns.The North Sea generally has been one of the more challenging parts of Talisman’s portfolio, beset by operational problems and production misses.The region used to be one of Talisman’s three core operating areas, but under the leadership of new CEO Hal Kvisle, the company has removed it from that list. It recently sold a 49 per cent interest in its U.K. North Sea properties to Chinese state-owned firm Sinopec.The firm now has two core operating areas: Asia Pacific and the Americas, which encompasses shale oil and gas across North America and Colombian oil fields.Talisman’s shares rose 15 cents to $12.59 in mid-day trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more


October 4, 2019 0

JT Barrett sparks Buckeyes in overtime despite injury secondhalf mistakes

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scans the field during a game against Penn State on Oct. 25 in State College, Pa. OSU won, 31-24, in double overtime.Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV news directorFor the first time since the Virginia Tech game, the Ohio State offense was struggling.After outscoring the Penn State Nittany Lions 17-0 in the first half, the Buckeye offense seemed to stall as its redshirt-freshman quarterback began to look like the player he was in the loss to Virginia Tech.J.T. Barrett threw two second-half interceptions against the Nittany Lions Saturday night, the first being returned 40-yards the other way for a Penn State touchdown. Even with the costly turnover, the Buckeyes hung on for a 31-24 win in double overtime in State College, Pa.Despite the off night from his quarterback, OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game he was pleased with the way Barrett continued to battle after a first-half injury.“J.T. Barrett had a sprained knee, but came in and continued to do what he did,” Meyer said. “Even on the drop-back passes, he was either covered, sacked or pressured, but he pulled through a couple plays and made some big plays for us.”Barrett said that the injury wasn’t too severe and he simply did his best to stay fresh late in the game.“It wasn’t too much, just tweaked it,” Barrett said following the win. “Just trying to keep it loose throughout the second half, but it wasn’t anything crazy.”Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who led the Buckeyes with 26 carries for 109 yards and a score, said he was surprised to hear Barrett was playing hurt.“I didn’t know his knee was hurt until after the game when the coaches told us,” Elliott said after the game. “I mean, he’s a warrior and the way he responded in overtime was huge. We fight for each other and we love each other.”Meyer, who has previously complimented Barrett on his maturity as a young player, said Barrett seemed flustered during the third quarter following the first interception.“The confidence got a little rattled there in the second quarter and then obviously the third quarter,” Meyer said. “The opening drive was, I think, a pick-six. In that kind of environment … He was walking around like an extremely confident quarterback in the third quarter, that wasn’t the case.”Despite seeming influenced by his poor play and the hostile crowd, Meyer said Barrett responded exactly how he expected him to as the Wichita Falls, Texas, native scored both of OSU’s touchdowns in the overtime period to lead the Buckeyes to a win.“I remember when I went on his home visit. To see the quality of people: his best friend, his family,” Meyer said. “To see the way that kid was raised. He’s a tough guy, man, who does things right. Usually people who do things right get rewarded.”Rewarded he was, as the redshirt-freshman rushed for 32 of his 75 yards on the ground in the overtime periods. The key play came on second down, as Barrett pulled the ball from Elliott on a read option and picked up 17 yards, fooling most of the 107,895 people in Beaver Stadium.The play was not by design but by decision Barrett said, giving credit to his coaches for dialing up the play.“Just reading it each time, because when you go out there with an idea you play the idea and then you’re wrong,” Barrett said. “That’s (co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom) Herman right there for you.”Barrett said his mindset didn’t change throughout the game, adding the offense had to pull together in order to escape with a win.‘Anything you gotta do to win the game, and it wasn’t just me, it was the whole offense as a unit,” he said. “Just looking at each other like ‘hey, you haven’t been playing very well, let’s go finish it.’”The Buckeyes finished, as they defeated Penn State for the third straight season.OSU is scheduled to return home Nov. 1 to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more


October 2, 2019 0

EYEWITNESS Remembering…

…our Indigenous PeoplesLast Thursday was recognised by the UN as “International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples” and this year the theme is about their “migration and movement”. In Guyana, there’s been an ever increasing noticeable movement of Indigenous peoples from the hinterland to the coastland which hasn’t been commented on enough.For the past three centuries, after the Dutch decided the Indigenous peoples weren’t suitable for plantation labour, most don’t appreciate the implications of that singular act. While we were called the “Land of Six Peoples”, one of those “peoples” – the Indigenous ones – never really mixed or mingled with the others.All the Indigenous Peoples were exposed to were missionaries determined to “civilise” them by converting them to Christianity and “western ways”! Much of their own culture, including their Indigenous spiritual practices, were wiped out in this “civilising” mission. Thus today, when some talk about reviving the “old ways”, those ways are really being reinterpreted through western lens. As that old Greek fella Zeno said, you can’t dip your toe twice in the SAME river!!While that may be the story of all the other five peoples, it’s most noticeable with the Amerindians since the western scorn for their way of life has been drummed into the hearts and minds of those on the coastland – who were exposed more thoroughly to western “education”. Remember that nasty incident at the “elite” Mae’s Schools in Georgetown when that Indigenous kid who’d moved to “town” was told to show up in traditional wear, but was turned away because being in a grass skirt was too “primitive”?Another point about the movement of Indigenous peoples from the hinterland to the coastland is it brings home the sordid fact that even those in the latter locale who complain about “the sh*thole” with clapboard houses they live in, should appreciate it’s still attractive enough to pull those people here!! In every survey that’s been conducted over the past centuries – into the new millennium – the Indigenous peoples have stubbornly been relegated to the “poorest of the poor”.But it’s of more than passing interest that those who purport to be championing the cause of the “poor and the powerless” have never directed their suggestions for doling out the oil money directly to the Indigenous peoples. Even though they’re the paradigmatic example of the “poor and the powerless”. They’re veritably, “invisible peoples”.But it is said “time longer than twine”. Because of the changing demographics where Indian and African Guyanese have pretty much the same numbers, Indigenous peoples now hold the balance of power in the land. Just look how the politicians will be courting them!!They should insist on writing their own ticket though!!…elections troublesGECOM invited a UN team to assess possible risks following the 2020 elections. After the PNC rigging years, our elections have been marred by violent PNC protests since the first free and fair elections of 1992! It took a call from US President Clinton to have Hoyte call off the Hamilton Green-led goons who’d stormed the elections centre.The PNC refused to accept the 1997 elections and that precipitated another round of violence that escalated into “Buxton Freedom Fighters” leaving hundreds dead. So it wasn’t surprising the UN assessment team predicted there will be myriad 2020 post-elected challenges – chief among them being “non-acceptance” of the results!!But that doesn’t take a genius to figure out, does it? Right off the bat, there’s the outrage of Granger’s unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chair!! He’s confirmed the worst fears of being a PNC “toothless poodle” by using his casting vote to push the PNC line in every decision of a supposedly “balanced” Commission.So why’s the UN waiting until AFTER the elections to sanitise matters?…Lombard StreetFor decades, Lombard Street was our Red Light District in Georgetown. And was accepted as such by the powers-that-be. The villages weren’t so liberal!But the 27 “strippers” nabbed at a joint in Covent Gardens suggests changing times!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Forever…August 10, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”How to stop deforestation? Give indigenous people rights to land – U.N. expertJuly 20, 2016In “latest news”OPINION: EYEWITNESS: Bridge…September 4, 2019In “latest news” read more


September 25, 2019 0

Mobile GPU benchmarks What they test and why they matter

first_img 1 2 While the average smartphone user may never consider running a GPU benchmark these tests are an important way of demonstrating the capabilities of current and future mobile devices.Today’s flagship phones are able to handle whatever you throw at them. If you’re a casual app user, music and video streamer, or if you’re big on taking pictures, the current crop of phones will be able to accomplish your tasks with no signs of slowing down. But if you’re the type to take advantage of more advanced features, like wirelessly streaming your phone via DLNA or Miracast, you’ll be happy that extra powerful hardware is available to you. Benchmarks don’t always perfectly reflect real-world circumstances but they do let us test capabilities and predict how devices will deal with demanding situations.There’s one other thing that our smartphones and tablets are starting to get really good at: playing games. We’ve got an army of simple 2D and 2.5D time-wasters of every shape, size, and description just begging you to throw a couple of bucks at them, but we’ve also got much more demanding titles on the market. First-person shooters like Dead Trigger, racing games that can compete visually with PlayStation 2 titles, and graphically intense hack-and-slashers all fill the category of game that are very demanding on current hardware.Why benchmark? If you already know a smartphone can handle your daily tasks just fine, it would make sense that you’d want to know what else it can do. Or you may be looking for a phone that can specifically handle games without choking. Instead of performing benchmarks on the entire system, you can perform a variety of tests on the graphics hardware itself and get a better feel for what the handset can really do.The GPU benchmarksRight now, there’s no one benchmark application for iOS and Android that will definitively tell you everything you need to know about a GPU. There is a lot of overlap between programs, and you’ll find that the 2D benchmarking tools aren’t as visually exciting as 3D ones. Testing 2D graphics is a lot like browser benchmarks — the goal is to see how many things you can display on the screen without the animation of each individual sprite slowing down or otherwise degrading. Since nearly all the most popular games for mobile devices use 2D graphics, this test is important.Unfortunately, there are no 2D benchmarking tools for iOS and Android that deliver a real-world prediction of game performance. You’ll just get shapes dancing across the screen with a score afterwards that has limited relation to actual gaming. The most popular benchmarking tools for Android, AnTuTu, will give you a score that is relative to other phones that have taken the same tests. This is useful from a comparison standpoint, but not a practical demonstration of what the phone is capable of.If you’re looking for games that test 2D performance instead of simulating it, your best bet is to play fast-paced 2D games like Puk or Super Hexagon and then compare device performance subjectively.Next page: Testing 3D performance on mobile devices…last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Five new shadow ministers appointed by Samaras

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras has named five additional people that will form part of his shadow cabinet.Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the younger brother of his recent rival for the party’s leadership Dora Bakoyannis, is shadow minister for the Environment.Eliza Vozeberg has been named shadow minister for Education and Religious affairs while he has placed Mihalis Yiannakis in the Energy and Natural Resources portfolio.Olga Kefaloyiannis is shadow minister for Tourism and George Kasapidis shadow minister for Agriculture.last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Chat with Werner Herzog on his birthday kinda

first_imgWerner Herzog is a weird guy. He’s lived a life mostly isolated from tech, making his first phone call at 17, and flatly refusing to use the internet for much of anything.Whenever the man speaks, it’s clear he doesn’t understand even the basics of how technology works. At the same time, he’s got a smooth, inviting tone that lingers in the ear. It gives his speech an eerie gravitas such that when he asks if “there is murder” in Pokemon Go, it comes off as a hilarious juxtaposition rather than just the inane ramblings of someone who hasn’t kept with the times.Like Chrisopher Walken, Herzog’s tone and presentation are distinctive enough that people have made plenty of parodies including the stellar Twitter account “Werner Twertzog.” Even so, because the man doesn’t use the internet for much of anything, you probably won’t even get the chance to speak to him… that was until now.If you log into Facebook and shimmy on over to the WernerBot page, then you can have a chat with Werner Herzog… or at least a bot that, if read in the German director’s distinct tone, is pretty amazing.During my brief chat, he seemed weirdly obsessed with getting me to read more. Which, to be fair, I probably should. He would obstinately reference 18th century philosophers and great thinkers of decades past as nauseum. It’s a good bit of fun and a great source of meta-humor.Part of the joke, for me anyway, is that Herzog’s essence has been hacked apart and replicated online via media he doesn’t understand. At the same time, he’s made guest appearances on shows like Rick and Morty, whose audience is disproportionately tech savvy, and he’s just released a documentary about the internet and all of its pioneers and bizarre subcultures.With all that, it’s hard to see the man as anything less than the epitome of self-parody.last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Ceremonies mark Memorial Day activities in Clark County

first_imgTwo special flags — and an 80-foot flagpole to display one of them — will be part of Memorial Day activities Monday at Fort Vancouver and in Battle Ground.They are among several salutes in Clark County cemeteries or other community spaces honoring those who gave their lives in service to our country. Several will feature honor guards and musical performances.The weekend’s observances start Saturday with an 11 a.m. ceremony at Fern Prairie Cemetery in Camas.The 11 a.m. ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will be at the bandstand on the north side of the Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground, opposite Officers Row.Keynote speaker Col. Duke A. Pirak is commander of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 142nd Fighter Wing, based in Portland.Also scheduled to speak are host Larry Smith, retired Army colonel and former Vancouver mayor pro tem; Fort Vancouver Superintendent Tracy Fortmann; Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt; Clark County Council Chair Marc Boldt; and U.S. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.The ceremony will include the dedication of an 80-foot garrison flagpole on the Parade Ground.After two years of archaeological work, the flagpole is being installed in the same spot where an earlier pole — measuring 150 feet tall — flew the American flag during the 19th century. The ceremony is scheduled to include the raising of a large garrison flag.last_img read more


September 19, 2019 0

Escondido City Council may join federal lawsuit against sanctuary law

first_img KUSI Newsroom Escondido City Council may join federal lawsuit against sanctuary law KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 29, 2018 March 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Escondido City Council and the County Board of Supervisors may join in on the federal lawsuit against California’s sanctuary law.The City Council is expected to discuss the lawsuit during their April 4 meeting, and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said he expects it to pass.The Board of Supervisors is also expected to take on the issue during their closed-door meeting on April 17.If the Escondido City Council and the Board of Supervisors decide to join the federal lawsuit, they join the Orange County Board of Supervisors, along with several other Orange County cities.KUSI was joined by Escondido Mayor Sam Abed with more. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

HEA Presents Plan For Landfill Gas Energy Project

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association presented plans for a Landfill Gas Energy project at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting on January 2. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Using landfill gas to generate energy and reduce methane emissions produces positive outcomes for local communities and the environment. Landfill gas is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills. Landfill gas is composed of roughly 50 percent methane (the primary component of natural landfill gas, 50 percent carbon dioxide) and a small amount of non-methane organic compounds. According to Salzetti the next step is to determine whether or not the project is viable. Salzetti: “Take a close landfill and you go in and drill holes into the existing closed landfill drill well, and you gather up that methane that’s generated from that waste. Compress the methane, and then you would put it into some reciprocating engines with some generatore. You would then generate electricity with that. That electricity would go out onto some grids, and provide energy to the members of Homer Electric Association.” In 2016, the borough  commissioned a Landfill Gas Utilization Feasibility study to look at the potential ways landfill gas could be used. After the study was complete the borough and HEA entered into a memorandum of agreement. The agreement is subject to funding by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and allows for HEA to come up with a conceptual design in order to determine a cost estimate on the project. Mike Salzetti, the manager of fuel supply and renewable energy for HEA: “Homer Electric is interested in smart renewable energy projects, and a project that shows great promise is a landfill gas project.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-HEA-landfill-project.mp3VmJennifer-on-HEA-landfill-project.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more


September 14, 2019 0