No Margin Is An Error

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now No profit margin wouldn’t be an error; it would be a disaster. This is a different margin.It never fails that type-A personalities try to fill every block on the calendar. They try to cram as much as they possibly can onto the calendar because, in their minds anyway, they believe it’s necessary to achieving. And to some extent they’re right. A-type personalities do tend to be action-oriented, and they do tend to work hard.But filling every block on the calendar isn’t really a good plan. No matter how good your intentions, things are going to go wrong. You have existing clients that are going to have problems or challenges that require your attention. You’re going to have peers and teammates within your company that need your help to solve a particular problem or challenge. You have prospects that are going to need your time and attention when you have nothing scheduled because they need your help. And, life is going to require that you pay attention the things like your sick child, a dance recital in another city, and all kinds of other important tasks that require your attention.White SpaceYour calendar should be the place you keep the commitments you make to yourself. It should be the place where you block time for certain activities, like prospecting, follow up, or updating your salesforce automation. It’s important to block time for these activities.But you also need empty space, white space. You need time to catch up on the urgent and important tasks that show up on your desk. You need margin so that you can have the ad hoc conversations with clients, prospects, and teammates that pop up from time to time.Uncommitted Blocks Protect the Committed BlocksThese unplanned, uncommitted blocks of time are actually the buffer that allows you to better protect the blocks of time containing those commitments you make to yourself. They provide some psychological protection by giving you the security of knowing you will have time to effectively deal with the urgent and important tasks that pop up. Because you are confident that you have that time, you can commit the one and a half hour blocks to prospecting without too much concern that something is sitting in your email or voicemail unattended.Block time on your calendar for the most important activities you need to do each and everyday. And protect those blocks with margins so that you can do the work you need to do to and stay clean with all the other people and priorities that also need your attention.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Pro leaked specs reveal it will not be a major upgrade over Redmi 6 Pro

first_imgXiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India for a starting price of Rs 13,999. Around two months before the Note 6 Pro launch, Xiaomi India launched three other Redmi 6 series phones in the country including the Redmi 6A, the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6 Pro. Late last week three phones from Xiaomi with codenames M1901F7E, M1901F7T and M1901F7C made their way to TENNA and they are expected to be the Redmi 7A, the Redmi 7, and the Redmi 7 Pro. Xiaomi, however, is yet to confirm the devices.Back then, the TENNA listing didn’t reveal too many details about the phones, but it did mention the battery and display size and dimensions of the Redmi 7 Pro. Surprisingly, the TENNA listing has now been updated and brings more details for us.Well, don’t get too excited because the Redmi 7 Pro will not be as exciting as you expected it to be. The Redmi 7 Pro, as far as the TENNA listing suggests, will not be a major upgrade over the Redmi 6 Pro. The TENNA listing reveals that the Redmi 7 Pro when compared to the Redmi 6 Pro, will come with the same rear camera setup, display and dimensions, with a slight bump in the selfie camera. Xiaomi is also expected to not play around a lot with the design of the Redmi 7 Pro, except for replacing the iPhone X-like notch with a waterdrop style notch which will equip the selfie camera. That’s not just about it. The more surprising bit is that the Redmi 7 Pro is expected to sport a much smaller battery compared to the Redmi 6 Pro.advertisementThe Redmi 7 Pro, as the TENNA listing reveals, will come with a 2,900mAh battery setup which is much smaller than the 4000mAh battery found inside the Redmi 6 Pro. As far as the specs are concerned, the Redmi 7 Pro will come with the same display, dimensions and the rear camera system as the Redmi 6 Pro. The phone is said to come packed with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ display with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and include a 12MP primary camera on the back. The TENNA listing didn’t mention the megapixel count of the secondary camera but considering the Redmi 7 Pro camera is expected to have the same as the Redmi 6 Pro the second camera could pack a sensor of 5MP. The front camera of the Redmi 7 Pro will see a slight bump and come with an 8MP selfie shooter.The TENNA listing further reveals that the Redmi 7 Pro will come with a maximum of 128GB storage option and up to 6GB RAM. The listing suggests that the phone could launch in three variants – the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the second model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and the top end model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. On the hardware front, the Redmi 7 Pro will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core processor while on the software front the phone will come with Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and not Android 9 Pie.ALSO READ | Alongside Redmi 7, Xiaomi plans to launch Mi Power Bank 3i with fast charging support in 2019ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi 7 Pro, Redmi 7 and Redmi 7A leaked: Launch likely in January, specs and key detailsALSO READ | Redmi 6A gets a big price cut and is now the best cheap phone to buy in Indialast_img read more

Oklahoma State gets verbal from 4-star athlete

first_imgLouis Brown and friends. (Twitter)Louis Brown and friends. (Twitter)There were several high-profile visitors on campus this weekend, most notably four-star athlete Louis Brown and three-star running back Chris Carson.Brown tweeted his decision to commit to OSU during an official visit this weekend just a week after de-commiting from Texas during an official visit in Austin. Pictured below is Louis Brown (left) and OSU safety commit Kevin Henry (right).https://twitter.com/Iam_lcbj2/status/559186913283047424Brown is currently ranked No. 267 on the ESPN top 300 recruits in the nation, and is ranked as the No. 23 overall athlete.ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill, the proprietor of the ESPN300 wrote this about Brown in July:“Brown is a tall, rangy athlete who is just scratching the surface of his potential. Though narrow in base and long and lean, he shows the ability to be explosive and has wiry strength that we see transforming into awesome power at the college level.“He can run, close and chase down the quarterback and has a ton of physical tools to develop.”Brown played outside linebacker, wide receiver, and even running back for Burton High School last season. At 6-foot-6 and listed at 215 pounds by 247sports, he was recruited to play the weak side defensive end position.Brown is extremely athletic and projects similarly to defensive end Jimmy Bean, who came in weighing 225 and has put on over 30 pounds throughout the past few years.Check out Brown’s highlights from his senior season here:Running back Chris Carson has been a primary focus in this class in the final push for this recruiting cycle, as he is an experienced junior college back who could contribute immediately next season.Carson posted several pictures to his Instagram over the weekend in OSU gear including this one below.Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 8.12.21 AMCarson came away from this weekend officially still committed to Georgia, however.Asked if visiting OSU convinced Carson that UGA was the right fit in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he responded, “Yes, it kind of did. I just feel like my vibe at UGA is a little better than with Oklahoma State.“I’ve still got some things I’ve got to weigh in on with making that decision…I’d probably say I’m like 70-percent with UGA. Maybe 80 percent.”Carson also mentioned that the OSU coaches did not show him the UGA depth chart.“They went down the list of past running backs that UGA had and the past running backs that they had (at Oklahoma State). They said they put more running backs in the NFL than UGA over the last 10 years. They showed me that, and they showed me how they had more 1,000-yard rushers than UGA over that period,” Carson said.If the Cowboys could flip Carson before signing day there is a chance he may shoot near the top of the depth chart for the Cowboys backfield next season.Carson is expected to make a final decision by the end of the week, according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

South African Surfer First to Cross Atlantic Ocean on Standup Paddle

By Julia CabreraRabat – South African Surfer, Chris Bertish left Agadir, Morocco on December 6, 2016 to begin his voyage across the Atlantic. 93 days, more than two million strokes and over 4,000 miles later he reached the Harbour of Antigua and made history.Bertish, 42, is a professional water sports competitor from Cape Town, but after reaching his finish line he described the voyage to press in Antigua as “the most frightening thing that I’ve ever done before.” South African Surfer First to Cross Atlantic Ocean on Stand-up Paddle BoardAccording to CNN, through his journey Bertish paddled the equivalent of a marathon per day. He sailed the Canary Island, leading him into the ocean towards the Caribbean. Out in the ocean he was able to set a new record of the furthest distance traveled alone and unassisted in the ocean in one day (71.96 miles).“It seems mind-boggling that I’m alive at all to be honest,” Bertish said.During his trip across the open ocean, Bertish battled strong currents, large waves and even sharks, according to ABC.He traveled in a custom-made paddleboard, packed with tools and necessities to aid him throughout the voyage. The board had a watertight cabin, solar panels and a built-inGPS.“I pretty much ate exactly the same thing every single day for 93 days. It made me realize how much we have and how much we take for granted,” he said during the Press conference according to ABC.He carried on the voyage to raise funds for three main charities; Signature of Hope Trust, the Lunchbox Fund, and Operation Smile. Through these charities he will be able to help build schools in poor areas of South Africa, feed thousands of starving children and help pay for the surgeries of children born with cleft lip and palates.During his historic trip, Bertish was able to keep a blog on Facebook where he updated followers on his experiences. He spent Christmas and New Years alone during the voyage. “Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be,” Bertish said to followers on Facebook.The Sup Crossing Website kept record of his crossing process. read more

Africa Cup of Nations to Use VAR From Quarter Finals Onwards

Rabat – The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will use the video assistant referee (VAR) system from the quarter-finals onwards, according to the chairman of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) referees committee, Suleiman Hassan Waberi.Waberi, while speaking on a visit to Djibouti with CAF President Ahmad Ahmad said the decision was made after consulting both FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).He added that African referees attended a recent VAR training camp in South Africa and are currently at another in Morocco. They will have a final training camp in Egypt before the 2019 AFCON kicks off June 21. FIFA introduced VAR during the World Cup last year in Russia. Four video assistant referees were deployed for each match of the tournament. VAR was first used in a CAF competition during the 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), which took place in Morocco from January 13 to February 4.The VAR system is intended to eliminate controversy over referee decisions, but it has received its fair share of criticism. Football fans took to social media following the 2018 World Cup to argue that VAR was used more often when major teams stood to gain against smaller teams.The Atlas Lions strongly protested their referees’ decision not to use VAR during their match against Portugal in the World Cup, claiming it was one of the main reasons they were eliminated. Referees used VAR for the final five minutes of the Morocco-Spain match a week later but to Spain’s advantage. VAR proved that Spain’s Iago Aspas had not been offside, allowing the equalizing goal. However, referees did not use VAR to show several penalties by the Spanish team. Atlas Lion Younes Belhanda denounced the system following the match, saying it was only used to the advantage of bigger teams. Morocco’s midfielder Youssef Naciri also decried VAR in an interview with beIN Sports, saying his team “had the right to be awarded three penalty kicks, but they refused to use the video technique. But when the other team asked for the VAR assistance, they responded to it.”Mohamed Aboutrika, a sports analyst for beIN, also commented on the match: “The Moroccan national team was subjected to injustice by not resorting to VAR in their match against the Spanish team.”“There is something that suggests that this is intentional,” he added. VAR “is useful only for major teams and it’s not fair.”However, FIFA defended the VAR system in July, saying that the decisions made by the referees without VAR were only 95% correct in 335 analyzed incidents, compared to 99.3% correct with the use of VAR. They asserted this percentage is “very, very close” to perfection.According to FIFA’s figures, VAR analyzed 335 incidents, including all goals, an average of 6.9 incidents analyzed per match. There were 17 official video assistance appeals to change a decision, leading to 14 changed decisions and 3 confirmed decisions, after examining VAR.The 2019 AFCON will be held from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt.Read also: Morocco’s Atlas Lions Continue to Lose Places in FIFA Ranking read more

Enbridge aims to grow beyond oil pipelines eyes gas international projects

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2014 9:00 am MDT CALGARY – Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) is looking to diversify beyond its core North American oil shipping business, eyeing opportunities to grow its presence outside of Canada and the United States and invest in more natural gas pipelines and power generation.CEO Al Monaco told shareholders Tuesday its vast North American oil network will contribute the “lion’s share” of earnings through 2018, but Enbridge will look for ways to become a bigger player in areas that only contribute about 10 per cent of its earnings today.“We believe developing these new platforms is critical,” Monaco said.He made his remarks as Enbridge laid out for investors a $44-billion slate of projects it has in the hopper through to 2018, $33 billion of which have been commercially secured.Enbridge used to own pipelines in Colombia and Spain, but sold those interests several years ago to fund expansion to its North American oil network.Now, the company is looking to re-enter the international scene, with its sights set on Colombia and Australia, said Vern Yu, Enbridge’s senior vice-president of corporate development.“This whole time we haven’t stopped looking for investment opportunities internationally. We continue to be picky and selective in what we want to invest in,” said Yu.“Really what we’re looking for is to get opportunities to replicate our business model in North America where there are strong market fundamentals in the country that we’re going to invest in and the projects have the same kind of risk profile that we have here in North America.”Colombia is aiming to grow its oil production by 20 to 30 per cent over the next five years. Enbridge is in the early stages of planning a 760-kilometre pipeline that would connect oilfields in Colombia’s interior with the west coast.In Australia, opportunities would likely centre around natural gas, where production is expected to triple over the next five years.On the gas pipeline front, Monaco said Enbridge is more inclined to build new ones from scratch, though acquiring existing infrastructure is a possibility, too.And when it comes to power generation, Yu said Enbridge aims to double the capacity it has in its portfolio by 2018 to around 3,000 megawatts. That would require an investment of around $3 billion.Opportunities could include gas-fired capacity in Alberta, which today is reliant on coal. The market for wind power in Texas also looks good, Yu added.“We are looking for markets that require new generation. We’re looking for markets where we can get long-term offtake arrangements. We’re looking for markets where there are reliable transmission grids and then finally for renewables, we’re looking for markets that have good energy resources,” he said.Monaco repeatedly spoke of how difficult it has become in recent years to build new pipeline projects.“Executing these projects today is, make no mistake, a bigger challenge, mainly permitting delays that stem from opposition to energy and the need for regulators to really demonstrate a robust review of all projects,” he said.“This is not going to get easier, so a strong project management capability is absolutely essential today.”An Enbridge executive recently said the goal of having its controversial Northern Gateway pipeline built by 2018 is quickly evaporating, as it looks to earn support from B.C. First Nations along its route from Alberta to the West Coast.Northern Gateway would connect 525,000 barrels of oilsands crude to a tanker port at Kitimat B.C., from which the oil would be shipped to Asia. It received a federal permit to go ahead in June, subject to 209 conditions, but Enbridge has signalled it does not intend to make a final decision to break ground any time soon.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Enbridge aims to grow beyond oil pipelines; eyes gas, international projects read more

Solari Benzema is playing through pains

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari is proud of striker Karim Benzema who has been playing through the pain barrier in recent games.Madrid are currently playing with a thin squad after their squad was decimated via injuries to key players like Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale.Benzema, however, delayed a surgical repair after suffering a broken finger in the win over Real Betis on January 13th.The French international went on to feature in the La Liga win against Sevilla and the Copa del Rey victory over Girona where he scored the fourth goal and played the entire 90 minutes in both matches.And Los Blancos boss Solari singled him out for praise in his Saturday morning press conference and cited via Football Espana.“I am very pleased with Benzema. He is a very generous player, who is having a great season so far.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He is showing that generosity at the moment, as he is helping the team by playing with a broken finger and playing with the pain.”A decision is likely to be made on whether or not he will undergo surgery later this week, with key returns to the squad likely to allow Benzema the time to recuperate.‘Generous’ Benzema playing through the pain – Solari https://t.co/mj3eQiOJPH pic.twitter.com/ERR3QoC7IQ— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 26, 2019last_img read more

Urban Renewal Campers Taught Academics and More

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – Fundamental subjects of Math and English were drilled into the 100-plus children enrolled in the Nassau Village Urban Renewal Summer Camp but, equally important, the children were exposed to topics like bullying, hygiene, inappropriate touch, gang violence and conflict resolution through pep talks during the three-week program.“I’ve seen their mannerisms change over the course of the 3 weeks,” said Latisha Rolle, one of 13 facilitators at the camp.“Camp normally gives families temporary relief from chaotic situations at home.  Children act according to their culture at home. When they go home, even though Mummy may be loud, we help them to understand there is a way to deal with that. We teach them to deal with conflict. As a child, you have an obligation to honor your father and mother and that is one of the scriptures we teach them.“Every day they also say a pledge and 2 Bible scriptures… “Honor thy father and mother… and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.“They know these things by heart,” she said.Arnette Lunn, a camp facilitator who is also studying to become a Mediator, imparted some of her skills to the children. She explained that it is one thing to recite the pledge, but it’s another thing to know what it means. “We explain what the pledge means; respect for peers, elders, teachers, the community and anyone you may encounter. We also recite the Golden Rule every day … Do unto others as you would have them do to you. Treat people how you want to be treated.”The campers, ages 5-15, who are residents of Nassau Village, Pinewood and the surrounding area, also engaged in basketball and volleyball games for 20 minutes each day along with interpretive dance and sign language classes.Ms. Lunn emphasized that the children were “happy” to be at the camp and were making new friends in a school setting but in a “controlled” environment.The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development is hosting the “free” camp which is being held at Sadie Curtis Primary School. Each day the children receive breakfast and lunch, fruits and drinks.The camp will officially closed with a special ceremony at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road, at the end of July.Press Release: BISStory by: Kathryn Campbell Photo Captions: Header Photo:  Camp facilitator Latisha Rolle assists campers with preparations for the closing exhibition.Insert photo: Arnette Lunn, Urban Renewal Camp facilitator, views a Junkanoo piece to be displayed at the camp’s closing exhibition.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

PBAA and IPDA Announce Merger

first_img The new combined organization will be known as the Magazines and Books at Retail Association (MBR), and will encompass magazine and book publishers, national distributors, wholesalers, and retailers.  James W. Felts, president of Comag Marketing Group, Robert A. Castardi, an advisor to the board at Curtis Circulation Company, Rich Jacobsen, president and CEO of Time Inc. Retail, Bruce Sherbow, SVP of Penny Publications, and John MacKethan, VP and circulation director of National Geographic Magazine and publisher of National Geographic History, have all also been elected to MBR’s board. “Representing the boards of each organization, it is our promise that the new association will deliver focused, effective programs and services to all members, irrespective of size, and deliver solutions to address today’s industry dynamics in a manner that meets the speed of change. Together, all members of our supply channel will offer a fresh and strengthened voice for the industry—an industry association for our future,” Jay Felts, chairman of the IPDA board, and Will Michalopoulos, chairman of the PBAA board, said in a letter to members of both groups. Meanwhile, IPDA was a trade association, focused on enabling and improving the retail sale of magazines and books for consumers. Its membership was made of national distributor and publisher associate members. On June 14, at the annual Magazines at Retail conference in Greenwich, CT, the Periodical and Book Association of America (PBAA) and the International Periodical Distributors Association (IPDA) announced plans to merge.center_img Prior to merging, PBAA and IPDA shared several members and associate members. Tom Cox, currently VP of mass and distributor sales at Penguin Random House, will chair the new organization, and will serve as a board member. Meanwhile, Jerry Lynch, currently president of IPDA, will act as president of MBR, and Jose Cancio will keep his position as associate director. Rich Alleger, who was executive director of PBAA, will also “assume new capacities within MBR,” according to a press release. PBAA was initially a not-for-profit organization for publishers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, consultants, and industry service providers. Its members consisted of organizations that published and distributed magazines and books, both in the U.S. and globally.last_img read more

Mini John Cooper Works GP gets shaken down at the Nurburgring

first_img Tags 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Share your voice More From Roadshow 39 Photos More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… The Mini John Cooper Works GP is almost ready for prime timecenter_img Mini Hatchbacks Performance Cars 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Mini Cooper… 1 Comment Enlarge ImageThere’ll be no mistaking this model for any other Mini. Mini Mini first introduced the John Cooper Works GP hot hatch by way of a wildly styled concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, as we approach its official debut, Mini wanted to show off its latest creation a little bit, so it went to the one place a proper performer can really stretch its legs — the Nurburgring Nordschleife.Mini this weekend showed off its John Cooper Works GP hatchback to the public for the first time. It was still clad in camouflage, mind you, but it nevertheless arrived at the Nurburgring as part of the 24-hour race this past weekend, and it cooked its way around the ‘Ring in less than 8 minutes, which is a huge leap forward from the last GP variant, which needed 8 minutes and 23 seconds to lap the Green Hell.While its Nurburgring lap time is new, Mini didn’t give out any more details that we didn’t already know. Its turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine will make in excess of 300 horsepower, but Mini hasn’t given an official output yet. It’ll be pretty easy to tell the GP apart from other John Cooper Works creations, because it’s rocking some crazy fender flares and a big ol’ wing out back. Only 3,000 models will be built, and it’s unclear how many are set aside for each market, so it’s likely that your home country will be getting far fewer than that total number.Mini first confirmed that it would build a new John Cooper Works GP model in late 2018. Since then, the automaker has been relatively mum about the vehicle, teasing only a bit of its rear wing and mentioning the estimated power output. We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more — a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, but we’ll have to wait for Mini to confirm that. 1:30 Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharplast_img read more

Alaska shutdown could have farreaching effects

first_imgThere’s a long list of state government services that would grind to a halt on July 1st if lawmakers can’t agree to a budget.Governor Bill Walker (Photo: Alaska’s Energy Desk)Each state department put out a separate laundry list of services that would stop if there’s a state government shutdown. Governor Bill Walker said he wants the departments to be prepared.Listen Now“Our focus of what we’re doing, you know, today in this particular situation is really  focused solely on being prepared – and that’s really what it comes down to. … as prepared as one can be – I’ll put it that way – for July 1,” Governor Walker said.The shutdown could immediately cost the state more than $150 million. The biggest reason is that the state would be required to pay laid off unionized workers for leave time they’ve built up. The state also would lose fees paid to the DMV.  And it would have to pay out unemployment insurance to workers.But many question remain. It’s not clear on how much commercial fishing would be allowed if the Department of Fish and Game shuts down.Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten said workers will be out in the field until the deadline.“We are working with the Department of Law to determine what we can do,” Cotten said. “We know that there’d be severe economic distress in a billion dollar industry and thousands of jobs could be affected. So, we’re not taking it lightly.”The sockeye salmon season in Bristol Bay usually peaks around July 4th, a fact of which Cotton is well aware.“We actively manage in season,” Cotten said. “So we, especially with salmon, it’s not like another fish that can wait a while before somebody catches it – you have to catch them when they’re there.”State officials are determining what vital state services affecting public life, health and safety could continue.The Department of Administration says state payments to vendors and for leases could be stopped.The Division of Motor Vehicles could stop issuing driver’s licenses and registrations.New teacher certifications, wastewater permits, and health care facility licenses could also be stopped.The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation would stop actively managing funds and making new investments.The House and Senate majorities are deadlocked over next year’s budget and a long-term plan to balance future budgets. The special session is scheduled to end on June 16th, although lawmakers have until the end of the month to pass a budget if there’s another special session.last_img read more

Govt walks the talk Imposes 100 penalty for accepting cash above Rs

first_imgHere comes the next in the series of the government’s crackdown to discourage the use of cash in large amounts: If you receive anything above Rs 3 lakh in cash, be prepared to pay a penalty of an equal amount, effective from April 1. Warburg Pincus acquires airline services group AccelyaOn February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed in the Budget that “no person shall receive an amount of Rs 3 lakh or more by way of cash in aggregate from a person in a day; in respect of a single transaction; or in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person.” Now, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received.”Supposing you do a transaction of Rs 4 lakh in cash, then the penalty would be Rs 4 lakh. If you do a transaction of Rs 50 lakh, the penalty would be Rs 50 lakh,” Adhia told PTI. Interestingly, the fine will be paid by the receiver, not by the one who pays. So, if a shopkeeper sells an expensive watch for cash, it is the shopkeeper who will have to pay the penalty.However, governments, banking companies, post offices and co-operative banks will remain immune to this restriction. The revenue secretary said the previously notified rule of quoting PAN for any cash transaction above Rs 2 lakh stays. Meanwhile, private sector lender HDFC Bank has announced steep hikes in fees on cash transactions. The bank has limited third-party cash transactions to Rs 25,000 per day and free cash transactions at branches have been reduced to four from five earlier. Additionally, the fee on non-free transactions has been hiked by a steep 50% to Rs 150. The bank has also revised free cash transactions at home branches, including deposits and withdrawals at branches, at Rs 2 lakh, above which customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 150 or Rs 5 per thousand. Earlier, the bank allowed Rs 50,000 cash transactions, both withdrawals and deposits, per day. These new measures will be applicable from March 1 and would apply to salary and savings account holders.last_img read more

Hasina expects no help from Trump on Rohingya issue

first_imgBangladesh`s prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks with a reporter during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Photo: ReutersBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to US president Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees.As Trump left an event he hosted at the United Nations on reforming the world body, Hasina said she stopped him for a few minutes.“He just asked how is Bangladesh? I said ‘it’s doing very well, but the only problem that we have is the refugees from Myanmar’,” Hasina told Reuters in an interview. “But he didn’t make any comment about refugees.”A Myanmar military response to insurgent attacks last month in the country’s Rakhine state sent more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh, escaping what the United Nations has branded as ethnic cleansing.The Myanmar government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting.Hasina, who is due to address the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, said Trump’s stance on refugees was clear, so it was not worth asking him for help with the Rohingya Muslim refugees.“Already America declared that they will not allow any refugees,” she said. “What I can expect from them, and especially (the) president. He already declared his mind … so why I should ask?”“Bangladesh is not a rich country … but if we can feed 160 million people, another 500 or 700,000 people, we can do it.”A senior White House official was unaware of the exchange but said Trump was deeply interested in the subject and that “he would definitely engage if it were brought up.”Shortly after taking office in January, Trump tried to put a 120-day halt on the US refugee program, bar Syrian refugees indefinitely and impose a 90-day suspension on people from six predominantly Muslim countries.“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!” Trump said on Twitter on Friday.Trump says the move is needed to prevent terrorist attacks and allow the government to put in place more stringent vetting procedures. There is a key Supreme Court hearing next month on the constitutionality of his executive order on the ban.About a million Rohingya lived in Rakhine State until the recent violence. Most face travel restrictions and are denied citizenship in a country where many Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Hasina said she wanted to see more international political pressure on Myanmar to allow the Rohingya to return.“(Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi) should agree that these people belong to her country and that Myanmar is their country. They should take them back,” she said. “These people are suffering.”Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has faced a barrage of international criticism for not stopping the violence. Myanmar national security adviser Thaung Tun told Reuters on Monday that Myanmar would ensure those who left their homes could return, but there was “a process we have to discuss.”US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged the Myanmar government to end military operations, grant humanitarian access, and commit to aiding the safe return of civilians to their homes.“People are still at risk of being attacked or killed, humanitarian aid is not reaching the people who need it, and innocent civilians are still fleeing across the border to Bangladesh,” Haley said after Britain hosted a meeting on the crisis in New York on Monday.A US deputy assistant secretary of state, Patrick Murphy, is due in Myanmar this week.last_img

Yemen govt rebels start talks aboard UN ship

first_img.The head of the UN mission in Yemen launched talks between the government and Huthi rebels aboard a boat in the Red Sea on Sunday aimed at shoring up a ceasefire, a government official said.Retired Dutch General Patrick Cammaert chaired the meeting aboard a UN vessel docked off the coast of the flashpoint city of Hodeida after the rebels refused to hold talks in government-held areas, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.The official said the meeting would address the implementation of an agreement reached in Sweden in December that calls for a ceasefire in rebel-held Hodeida, a pullback of forces from the port city and the opening of humanitarian corridors.The Red Sea port is the entry point for the bulk of Yemen’s imported goods and humanitarian aid, providing a lifeline to millions in the Arab world’s poorest country.The UN said in a statement that the parties would resume discussions on the Sweden agreement on Sunday.It is the third meeting of a joint committee on implementing the deal, which has been hailed as a major step toward ending Yemen’s devastating four-year war.The Saudi-backed government and Iran-aligned Huthi rebels have accused each other of violating the ceasefire, while deadlines for the pullback of forces and a prisoner swap have slipped.Yemen’s rebels have been locked in a war with government forces backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition.The conflict has triggered what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people at risk of starvation.Some 10,000 people have been killed since 2015, according to the World Health Organization, although rights groups say the death toll could be five times higher.last_img read more

Nvidia ends support for 32bit operating system drivers

first_imgNvidia ends support for 32-bit operating system drivers by Martin Brinkmann on December 22, 2017 in Hardware, Misc – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 13 commentsNvidia announced yesterday plans to end Nvidia graphics driver support for 32-bit operating systems on the official Nvidia Support website.Current Nvidia graphic cards drivers install on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.This changes after the release of the upcoming 390.x version of the GeForce Game Ready Driver for all supported operating systems. Nvidia won’t release drivers for 32-bit operating systems anymore regardless of GPU that is used.The company notes that drivers won’t install or operate on 32-bit operating systems anymore, and that new features and improvements won’t be backported to the GeForce Game Ready Driver 390 or earlier versions.After Release 390, NVIDIA will no longer release drivers for 32-bit operating systems for any GPU architecture. Later driver release versions will not operate, nor install, on 32-bit operating systems. Driver enhancements, driver optimizations, and operating system features in driver versions after Release 390 will not be incorporated back into Release 390 or earlier versions.This decision affects all supported versions of Microsoft Windows — Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 — as well as Linux and FreeBSD.Nvidia will release critical security updates for drivers until January 2019 however.Nvidia announced the end of support for NVS 310 and NVS 315 furthermore after the release of the GeForce Game Ready driver 390.  These products won’t be supported anymore after the release of the driver on all supported operating systems.Nvidia will release security updates for the products until December 2019 (low to critical) and December 2012 (critical only)Nvidia NVS graphics boards are designed for multi-display installations. Nvidia maintains two NVS products other than NVS 310 and 315 right now. NVS 510 comes with 2GB onboard memory and support for up to four displays. It supports 4K and DP 1.2.NVS 810 is the top of the line product at this time. It comes with 4GB of memory, and eight display connectors.Last but not least, Nvidia announced the end of support for select Nvidia quad-buffered Stereo features.Beginning with release 396, Nvidia professional drivers for Windows won’t support the following features:3D DLP and Tridelity stereo display modes User interface and NVAPI access will be removed.NVAPI-based DirectX Stereo on Windows 10The following APIs will be deprecated: NvAPI_D3D1x_CreateSwapChain () and NvAPI_D3D9_CreateSwapChain ()Developers are asked to use Microsoft native DXGI stereo APIs to continue using quad-buffered stereo on Windows.Nvidia will release security fixes until 2021 though. Nvidia plans to release driver 390 in December 2017.Closing WordsNvidia ends graphics driver support for 32-bit operating systems. While graphics drivers will remain available for the foreseeable future on these systems, Nvidia won’t release new features, improvements or bug fixes for 32-bit systems anymore after the release of driver 390.A quick check on Steam reveals that most systems there are 64-bit systems already. All 32-bit systems combined make up less than 2% of the Steam population at this point in time.SummaryArticle NameNvidia ends support for 32-bit operating system driversDescriptionNvidia announced yesterday plans to end Nvidia graphics driver support for 32-bit operating systems on the official Nvidia Support website.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Wccftech Deals – 3Month Subscription to Loot Crate 15 Off

first_img Share Tweet Submit Receive a Mystery Box of Geek & Gamer Gear Each Month with a great Loot Crate deal.The Loot Crate is a monthly way to celebrate all things that you hold dear, and also any particular month can make for a great gift for that special someone who also enjoys all things geekery. AS with all subscriptions, this too can be had in multiple increments to suit your own needs. Three months at a great price is a good way to explore whether it’s right for you.What you’ll get:Be surprised by new, cool & exclusive geek items each monthReceive a different crate each monthDiscover incredible new brandsIndulge your love of everything comic & nerd cultureJoin a community of like-minded nerds & nerdettesFill the void until next year’s Comic-Con What a wonderful day it is when you come home from a hard day at work and see a lovely package shining brightly, as if it’s been waiting for you so as to enliven your day. Surrounded in the usual brown cardboard exterior is no ordinary delivery, either, but contained within is a treasure-trove of goodies that spark the light of your inner geek, nerd or gamer.For only $49, which is 15% off, you can have a three-month subscription to such a magnificent service, Loot Crate, one that can surprise you with knick-knacks and other fantastically themedlast_img read more

Epsilon Imaging Demonstrates Strain Imaging Integration for Echo Programs at ASE 2018

first_imgNews | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 19, 2018 Epsilon Imaging Demonstrates Strain Imaging Integration for Echo Programs at ASE 2018 Company will highlight capabilities of EchoInsight software for easy strain imaging integration, including new strain analysis function with contrast-enhanced echo News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Since 2016, there has been an investigational CPT code (0399T) available for myocardial strain echo studies, which many institutions are now reporting reimbursement. At the 2018 American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) annual meeting, June 22-26 in Nashville, Epsilon Imaging will demonstrate how imaging departments can integrate strain imaging into their echo programs with EchoInsight.Designed for the clinical environment, EchoInsight  delivers:Epsilon’s patented technology — allows for the processing of imaging clips regardless of DICOM source;Rapid serial comparison capabilities — load imaging clips from priors and today to see change in heart performance. Enabling quick and easy trending of patient studies important for cardio-oncology and other monitoring populations;Full heart analysis — simultaneous assessment and viewing of up to all chambers of the heart;New strain analysis with contrast-enhanced echo  — allows for the ability to perform quantification with strain imaging on all echo studies, even suboptimal studies that require contrast;Faster read times and standardization — automated linear, volumetric and area measurements based on American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) guidelines;Interoperability —integrates with numerous health information technology (HIT) picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and reporting systems; andScalable architecture — to meet demands of growing echo practice.For more information: www.epsilonimaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Saudi man who disobeyed ruler gets 10 years

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – A Saudi court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for protesting and disseminating photos of demonstrations online, according to official state media.The Saudi Press Agency reported late on Monday that the man was found guilty of “disobeying the ruler” for taking part in anti-government protests and chanting slogans allegedly harmful to security.The court ruled that the Saudi man violated an article of the law related to Internet crimes, “inciting chaos” by disseminating photos of the demonstrations online and to satellite TV stations. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The pan-Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, which is owned by a Saudi prince, reported that the man was filming protests in the eastern province of Qatif where minority Muslim Shiites have clashed with police in demonstrations demanding fair treatment and greater reforms from the kingdom’s Sunni rulers. Protesters in the east have also rallied against Saudi Arabia for sending troops to neighboring Bahrain in 2011 to help quell Shiite protests there.The newspaper said the defendant described Saudi rulers as “a gang” and as “American agents.”The court also ordered that following 10 years in prison, he be banned from traveling abroad for another 10 yearsState media did not identify the man by name or provide details about when and where he took part in protests. He has the right to appeal.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Nepal villagers demand help after 2nd quake

first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Jit Bahadur Shrestha, 65, from Nepal’s Makwanpur district, injured in Tuesday’s earthquake, receives treatment at the Bir hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Thousands of fear-stricken people spent the night out in the open as a new earthquake killed dozens of people and spread more misery in Nepal, which is still struggling to recover from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Bikram Rai) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home CHARIKOT, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of villagers jammed the streets of this small Himalayan town Thursday, demanding government help after Nepal suffered its second major quake in less than three weeks. And while there have been occasional food handouts here, there was nowhere near enough supplies for all the people who kept arriving.“We came here with such hopes and such difficulty, but now we’re just waiting and waiting,” said Navraj Nama, 25, who came to Charikot with his brother and elderly uncle after the second earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday. He said 90 percent of their home village, Danda Khorka, had been damaged in the first quake, and about 50 of those buildings had collapsed when the second one hit. There was also a shortage of tarps and tents in the Nepalese capital and elsewhere, with some people even using cardboard boxes as temporary shelters.“We have nowhere to go. This is our home for now. We had just moved back into our rented rooms and again the earthquakes are back,” Raj Kumar, a carpenter who was sharing a small tent with two other families, said Thursday in Kathmandu.The most recent quake hit hardest in deeply rural parts of the Himalayan foothills, hammering many villages reached only by hiking trails and causing road-blocking landslides.“Damaged houses were further damaged or destroyed. Houses and schools building spared before were affected … roads were damaged,” Jamie McGoldrick, a top U.N. official in Nepal, said Wednesday.Among 14 quake-hit districts, some are barely accessible, and a large part of the affected population could not be reached easily because of damaged roads.“Some are even difficult to reach by helicopter. We are facing monumental challenges here to support the government in these districts,” McGoldrick said.Meanwhile, the U.S. and Nepal militaries had been searching the hills for the missing Marine helicopter. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The past three weeks have been misery for Nepal. On April 25, a magnitude-7.8 earthquake killed more than 8,150 people, injured tens of thousands more and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Then, just as the country was beginning to rebuild, a magnitude-7.3 earthquake battered it again, killing at least 91 people and injuring more than 2,300.A search also continued Thursday for a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter carrying six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers. It went missing Tuesday while delivering aid in the country’s northeast, U.S. officials said.Normally a placid town of perhaps 10,000 people, Charikot is the administrative center of the worst-hit district in the Tuesday earthquake, making it the obvious place for residents of the many small surrounding villagers to go for help. By Thursday morning, thousands of additional people were living there, nearly all of them too afraid to sleep indoors.The Nepal Army had set up a small aid distribution center, but supplies were limited and the center was rarely open. So people simply waited at the locked gates, shaking the fence angrily when their frustration got the better of them.Nama’s village, like much of the quake-hit Nepal, was in desperate need of shelter, and the young farmer came to Charikot hoping to get tents or tarpaulins to carry back with him. But none were available. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday that the U.S. aerial search had found “nothing of note” that day, and the search was suspended overnight. He said that in addition to U.S. aircraft, the U.S. has redirected some satellites to assist in the search. Officials in Kathmandu said the search was focused on the Sunkhani area, nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of the capital.The U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday’s earthquake was the largest aftershock of the April quake. But it was significantly less powerful and occurred deeper in the Earth.The first quake also drove many people to leave damaged homes, which were empty when the new quake caused more damage and collapses.On Wednesday, McGoldrick said the U.N. had revised its donor appeal to call for $423 million. The response to the earlier appeal of $415 million has been low, with about 15 percent of the sum received.___Associated Press writers Binaj Gurubacharya in Kathmandu, Tim Sullivan in New Delhi and Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. 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Mortgage Closing Costs Up 6 as Fees Climb

first_img Bankrate Closing Costs Housing Affordability Mortgage Bankers Association 2014-08-04 Tory Barringer A new survey shows average mortgage closing costs have jumped over the last year, creating more hurdles in a market where declining affordability is already becoming a growing challenge.According to data from finance site Bankrate.com, closing costs in 2014 are up 6 percent over last year, rising to an average $2,539 on a $200,000 loan (assuming a 20 percent down payment). The figure excludes taxes, title fees, property insurance, and other items.Origination fees made up $1,877 of that average cost, an increase of 9 percent over the year. Meanwhile, third-party fees accounted for $662, gaining 1 percent.”New mortgage regulations are the biggest reasons why closing costs went up over the past year,” said Holden Lewis, senior mortgage analyst for Bankrate. “The good news is that some lenders have not increased fees.”Texas ranked highest in closing costs, averaging $3,046. The Lone Star State was followed by Alaska ($2,897), New York ($2,892), Hawaii ($2,808), and Wisconsin ($2,706).At the other end of the scale, Bankrate reported the cheapest closing costs this year are in Nevada, which averaged $2,265.While loan costs might be rising for consumers, lenders are also feeling the same sting. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage banks took an average loss of $194 on each loan originated in 2014’s first quarter as per-loan expenses climbed above $8,000. August 4, 2014 495 Views Sharecenter_img Mortgage Closing Costs Up 6% as Fees Climb in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more