Were You Productive Today?

first_imgDid you make progress on your most important project? Productivity isn’t how many things you scratch off your to-do list. You can have days where you complete all kinds of tasks, none of which have anything to do with what was really important. Productivity is doing what’s important.Did you move closer to your most important goal? If what you did today did not move you closer to your goals, you may not have been as productive as you might have been. Goals are achieved by taking disciplined action day after day, not all at once. If what you’re doing isn’t aligned with your long-term goals, you may have gotten things done without being productive.Did you do the three most important tasks that needed to be done today? I like the idea of having three major tasks to get done. It seems like the right number of major tasks. Maybe three 90-minute blocks of time invested in the above projects and goals? You might be able to do more, but if you have a list of twelve major tasks to do, you are kidding yourself.Did you make a difference? Did the things you do today make a difference? Did they make a difference in your business? Did they make a difference in your personal life? Did they make a difference in someone else’s life, maybe someone who needed your help? The most important work you do makes a difference. A lot of things we do fail this test, even if it makes you feel busy.Did you invest the appropriate time and energy in one or two of your most important relationships? There isn’t anything more important in your life than the people you care about and the people who care about you. You might be so busy doing “what” you are doing that you forget “why” you are doing it and for “whom” are you doing it?Did you learn something today that will help you improve your future results? Productivity isn’t only about doing what needs to be done now. Being productive also requires that you sharpen your saw. You are the saw. You’ll become dull if you don’t take the time to do things to keep sharp.Did you take care of your physical health? This one should have probably been first on the list. You need physical energy to be productive. You also need mental energy and stamina. You won’t have these things if you don’t eat well, drink water, exercise, and sleep (likely more than you are now, and likely more than you want to). You can’t be productive if you are wiped out.last_img read more

▶︎ The Phone and Cold Outreach Still Dominate – Episode #118

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 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:42 — 7.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSRegardless of what the pseudo-experts say, the telephone still dominates when it comes to generating appointments, the key to creating new opportunities. The social tools are useful, and they play an increasingly important role, but they are no replacement for outbound and cold outreach.last_img read more

10th SaMaPa Aalap festival by maestro Abhay begins in Jammu

first_imgJammu, Feb 16 (PTI) The 10th edition of SaMaPa Aalap Festival featuring a santoor recital by music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori commenced here today.SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) organizes the SaMaPa Aalap Festival, the annual Classical, Sufi and Folk music festival every year.The festival which started today will go on till 26th February 2016. The performances will be held in more than 20 different venues in Jammu and adjoining border areas like Samba, Akhnoor, Rajouri, Poonch, RS Pora.The second part of the festival will later be held in Kashmir region in March this year.The first session of the festival was inaugurated by Dr Aziz Hajini, Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Nagendra Singh, Joint Director, Department of Information and Public Relations, J&K, Sushil Attri at Jodhamal School.Abhay Rustum Sopori presented Raga Bheem, a rare and a melodious morning raga commencing with soothing Aalap gently unfolding the raga and made the audience full of young students sing with him.The Jod patterns with the accompaniment of Pakhawaj left the audience spellbound. This was followed by a Sufiana Tarana composition of Abhays great grandfather, Samsar Chand Sopori, in Ektaal, Bandish.The Sawal Jawab jugalbandi of tabla and pakhwaj with santoor enthralled the audience and Ustad Akram Khan, one of the finest Tabla maestros of the country joined Abhay on tabla and Rishi Shankar Upadhyay, on Pakhawaj gave splendid accompaniment.The children had a memorable experience in the concert that went for nearly 2 hours. The concert started followed by Dogri folk music by the young students from Jodhamal Public School.advertisementOn the occasion Abhay Sopori highlighted SaMaPas initiatives and activities in the State.”My aim has been to keep J&K a culturally vibrant State. I thank the guests, media and music connoisseurs for being part of the SaMaPa movement.”SaMaPa widens its horizon into the general masses by creating the right platform for better appreciation and understanding of music in leading a more balanced life as well as exploring opportunities as means of employment,” he said.Principal TS Bist said that its an honour for Jodhamal School to be part of the SaMaPa Aalap Festival right from the beginning and lauded the efforts of Sopori family and its intense role in keeping the J&K culture alive.He congratulated Abhay Sopori appreciating his path breaking work in this direction in encouraging the young students to take up music and other performing arts. The concert was attended by more than 1200 students and music connoisseurs. PTI AB SHDlast_img read more

(Reopens SPB3)

first_imgSindhu said what has been most admirable about Sainas feats has been her fighting spirit. “She has a very good fighting spirit every time she sets foot on court. You have to learn this from her.” Looking back at the foot injury and her comeback, Sindhu said she has lost this year some close games after missing a number of tournaments last year. “I have come back after the foot injury. I did not play most of the tournaments last year. This year, I have been losing in the quarterfinals. There have been good matches which I have lost by just a few points. Its a very good learning experience. Sometimes its disappointing, but I feel there are many more tournaments to come and I will do my best,” said Sindhu. She also talked about the special insole she is going to be fitted with. “I have a flat foot. I had this stress fracture and for safety I am putting this insole. It is really fitting my leg. The stress fracture (of right foot) happened because I dont have proper arch (on my foot). “Now its perfectly alright. There is no pain. The injury happened one year ago. I just wanted to prevent (injury). Earlier, when I started playing after injury, I was a bit scared (of getting injured again), but not now. Injuries are part of (sportspersons) life,” explained Sindhu. The shuttler said she was looking forward to seeing sporting greats from other disciplines, especially athletics, where Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt will be attempting to clinch yet another 100m gold medal, performing at Rio. “In each sport there will be some legends. I have seen Bolt in the Commonwealth Games but not clicked a picture in Glasgow. I would like to watch athletics. Its really fast — the 100 metres race. I (also) look up to (watching) swimming. It will be a great thing that there are so many legends coming and taking part. I would love meeting them.” PTI SSR SDL CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli overtakes AB de Villiers to become fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs

first_imgVirat Kohli just keeps on scoring runs and smashing records!The India captain has now surpassed South African star AB de Villiers to become the fastest to reach 9000 One-Day International runs — in just 194 innings.The list, that is now lead by Kohli, has De Villiers on second with 9000 runs in 205 innings and former India captain Sourav Ganguly is third having reached the mark in 228 innings.On Sunday, in the ODI series decider vs New Zealand in Kanpur, Kohli stepped up his game once again and as soon as his score tally touched 83, he achieved another record.Earlier in the match, Kohli also became the first batsman to score 2000 ODI runs in 2017, beating the likes of South Africa’s Hashim Amla (1988 runs) and England’s Joe Root (1855 runs).Kohli’s list of records doesn’t end there!In the decider itself, he also became the fastest to reach 5000 runs in international cricket as captain across formats, taking only 93 innings to reach the mark. Second to him in the list is Michael Clarke who took 109 innings to reach the mark.In the first match of the series, Kohli also surpassed Australian great Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI hundreds scoring his 31st ton. He only trails Sachin Tendulkar, who tops the list with 49 ODI centuries.The India captain had a brilliant 2016 where he struck 2595 international runs and the 28-year-old has only bettered his statistics this year.Kohli became the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in 2017 in ODIs. Till now, the India captain has scored two Test centuries and five ODI hundreds.advertisementODI isn’t the only format Kohli is flourishing in this year!Earlier in 2017, the Delhi batsman became the first to score double hundred in four straight Test series — 200 vs West Indies, 211 vs New Zealand, 235 vs England and 204 vs Bangladesh.The skipper has also led India to four consecutive ODI series win this year, along with reaching the final of ICC Champions Trophy.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger backs Alexis Sanchez’s ‘full of commitment’ display, fans think otherwise

first_imgArsene Wenger defended the reportedly unsettled Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean’s brace helped Arsenal overcome Crystal Palace 3-2 on Thursday.Wenger said that his attitude is fine and performances such as these proved his commitment to the club.Sanchez has been accused of not giving his all for the club after his much hyped move to title rivals Manchester City failed in the summer. His contract expires in June next year but his show against Palace would take away any doubts regarding his commitment to the North London club.Wenger told reporters afterwards he was not “fearful” that Sanchez, whose second-half brace in the space of just four minutes turned the game, would leave in next month’s transfer window.WATCH FULL VIDEOThe Arsenal coach also spoke about Sanchez’s contract situation and made it clear that he doesn’t fear much about the situation. However, some incredulous fans think that this performance of his, right before the transfer window opens in January, is for the likes of City and Paris Saint Germain to come and lap him up.City, the Premier League’s runaway leaders, have been consistently linked with a move for Sanchez but, coming into the final six months of his contract, they could wait until the summer to snap him up on a free transfer.That’s 7️�?� @premierleague goals this season for our No 7️�?�#ElNinoMaravilla �??��??� pic.twitter.com/dfENKgGfBZ- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2017Wenger, though, told reporters: “Always when people don’t have long contracts, they are questioned. The best way to show they are committed is to give that kind of performance.advertisement”I felt he was very good tonight from the first minute on, focused on the game. This kind of Sanchez is a great football player, as we know. That’s the kind of performance we want from him.”Though it has been considered a formality that Sanchez will leave, Wenger added: “Look, first of all nobody knows what will happen really. It’s difficult to speculate.”At the moment we are focused on the next game, with the players committed and ready to fight. It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere.”As long as you are somewhere, you give your best. I’m not a specialist in psychology.”�??� @Alexis_Sanchez #ElNinoMaravilla �??��??� pic.twitter.com/yGJyihFZ6m- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 28, 2017Jack Wilshere, also outstanding in the Arsenal win and creator of Sanchez’s second goal with an exquisite long pass, said afterwards that he expected to sign a new deal with the club.The England midfielder, who like Sanchez is out of contract in the summer, said: “The boss said he will speak to me…I’m sure it will get done.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

34 players called for national hockey camp ahead of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

first_imgHockey India on Saturday named 34 players for the senior men’s national camp, beginning February 18 at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru, to prepare for the season’s first tournament — Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.The tournament starts on March 23.Hockey India has retained all 18 players in the Indian team that took part at the World Cup last December, for the month-long camp that concludes on March 18.The list also features Sultan of Johor Cup silver-medal winning India Colts Shilanand Lakra, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Yashdeep Siwach, Vishal Antil and Gursahabjit Singh who had figured in the 34-member camp for the World Cup.Bouncing back in action at the recently concluded 9th Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship (A Division) after recuperating from a career-threatening injury, @ramandeep_31 shares his thoughts on battling hardships.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/RZfb7gCZCFHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) February 15, 2019The youngsters have been credited for showing continued improvement and potential to match the standards at the senior level.”The team for the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be selected from this core group of 34 players after a selection trial is held in Bengaluru in the last week of February. I am happy to note that the junior players who have recently been inducted into the senior camp have shown significant improvement and that the depth in the group is strong,” said David John, High Performance Director, Hockey India.List of campers:Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera, Krishan Bahadur PathakDefenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Pardeep Singh, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Birendra Lakra, Rupinder Pal SinghadvertisementMidfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Sumit, Simranjit Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Yashdeep Siwach, Vishal AntilForwards: Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Sumit Kumar, Gursahabjit Singh, Shilanand Lakra, S V Sunil.last_img read more

Nokia 4.2 with Android Pie launched in India: Price, specs and availability details

first_imgThe Nokia 4.2 (Review) is now official in India after being unveiled at MWC 2019 in February. The Nokia 4.2 is the company’s first phone for the Indian market this year and it slots in the affordable segment. The handset brings a fresh new design as it highlights a LED notification power button as well as a dedicated Google Assistant button. The phone also packs a premium glass design, waterdrop display and Android 9 Pie, to name a few.Nokia 4.2 price in India, availability and launch offersThe Nokia 4.2 price in India has been set at Rs 10,990. The company is launching only one variant of the device which comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Both the Black and the new Pink Sand colour options will be available in India. The Nokia 4.2 will go on sale exclusively for a 7-day period starting May 7 on Nokia.com/phones and exclusively across select retail outlets and partners like Croma, Reliance, Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C and MyG starting May 14. From May 21, the Nokia 4.2 will be available across India at leading retail stores and Nokia.com/phones.Launch offers on the Nokia 4.2 include a Rs 500 instant discount until June 10, 2019. Consumers will need to use the promo code “LAUNCHOFFER” to avail the discount on Nokia.com/phones. Consumers purchasing the Nokia 4.2 will also receive a free six-month screen replacement worth Rs 3,500. Customers can also avail a 10 percent cashback on purchasing the Nokia 4.2 using HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards on EMI and regular transactions done through Pinelabs terminals in offline stores. This offer will be valid till June 10 as well.advertisementLastly, Vodafone and Idea subscribers will receive Rs 2,500 instant cashback as 50 vouchers of Rs 50 each. There vouchers can be redeemed at on recharge of Rs 199 and above.Nokia 4.2 specificationsThe design of the Nokia 4.2 is partially similar to the Nokia 5.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus in that it sports a 2.5D glass protection on the front and back. The phone touts a premium design language for a low cost handset. It also sports an edge-to-edge 5.7-inch HD+ (1520×720) waterdrop LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 295ppi. The Nokia 4.2 also supports Widevine L1 for streaming content on platforms like Netflix in true HD resolution. The Nokia 4.2 offers a couple of unique buttons on the frame. The first is a LED notification light embedded in the power button. The button will glow whenever you receive a notification like a message, email or a missed call. Next, you also get a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side of the frame, allowing you to quickly access the Google AI with just a tap of the button.Powering the Nokia 4.2 is a 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 439 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone supports dual Nano SIM cards and a dedicated slot for microSD card up to 400GB.The Nokia 4.2 gets a dual rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary camera for depth. On the front, the Nokia 4.2 gets an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It houses a 3,000mAh battery and runs stock Android Pie out-of-the-box as part of the Android One program. The handset measures 148.95×71.30×8.39mm and weighs 161 grams. Connectivity options include 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Glonass, FM radio and aptX support. Sensors include proximity, ambient light and accelerometer.ALSO READ | Nokia 4.2 review: Premium and compact Android One phone on a budgetlast_img read more


first_imgThe owners of a local honey company whose hives and bees were destroyed last week say they will return to business thanks to donations and help provided by many Siouxland residents.Justin and Tori Engelhardt of Wild Hill Honey posted a message on their Facebook page thanking those who contributed money through Go Fund Me pages.The couple says the donations combined with equipment they were able to salvage have met their needs.They say their wish is that this spirit of compassion will be used to help others now and so all fundraisers for Wild Hill Honey are now closed.Police are continuing their investigation into the vandalism where 50 bee hives and around a half million bees were destroyed.last_img read more

JBIC Bankrolls Diamond LNG Shipping Duo

first_imgzoom Singapore-based special purpose companies Diamond LNG Shipping 1 and Diamond LNG Shipping 2, jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK Line, have secured a loan worth JPY 41.6 billion (USD 340 million) to finance purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers.The loan agreement was signed with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and is co-financed by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited.Each of the two entities secured a loan worth JPY 20.8 billion, with JBIC financing the majority of up to JPY 14.5 billion.The loans are intended to finance the procurement of LNG tankers to be used mainly for transporting LNG produced by the Cameron LNG project located in the U.S., in which MC, NYK Line, and other Japanese companies participate.“These loans will contribute to securing for Japan a long-term and stable supply of LNG that has become increasingly important in recent years as fuel for power generation, while applying the know-how of Japanese shipping companies,” Japan Bank said.last_img read more

Gary Sinise Welcomes Home Veterans With New Suits

first_imgThrough its “Uniform of Success” event, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. has joined with the Gary Sinise Foundation to give suits to thousands of military veterans as they re-enter the civilian workforce.Anyone who purchases a men’s suit from July 1-7 gets an additional two free suits. Jos. A. Bank will then donate a suit to a returning veteran through the Gary Sinise Foundation. The promotion’s tag line will be BUY 1-GET2-GIVE 1.“We are humbled by the sacrifice our veterans make every day for our country,” said R. Neal Black, CEO of Jos. A. Bank. “For over 100 years, our customers have relied on us to dress them for success, and we want to make returning veterans the very best-dressed job candidates.”Many veterans experience a difficult transition from military to civilian life, especially finding a job. The challenge is greatest for young, male troops returning from active duty, which had a 20 percent unemployment rate in 2012.An advocate of meeting that challenge is award-winning actor Gary Sinise. He formed the Gary Sinise Foundation to create programs that serve and honor Americans in the military. Sinise also formed the Lt. Dan Band as a homage to the role he played in “Forrest Gump” as disabled veteran Lt. Dan Taylor. The group tours the world performing concerts for the military and their families on behalf of the Gary Sinise Foundation and the USO. Sinise received the Presidential Citizens Award for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the USO and the foundation.“Uniform of Success” complements the foundation’s partnership with GE for “Get Skills to Work.” The program accelerates skills training for U.S. military veterans, helps veterans and employers translate military skills to advanced manufacturing jobs, and empowers employers with tools to recruit and mentor veterans.“For the past several years I’ve been on a mission to boost the morale of our troops,” said Sinise. “Being able to look sharp and dress nicely can raise the self-esteem and confidence of these veterans.“Having a great suit to put on for a job interview can be a very special thing for somebody who’s spent a lot of time in a military uniform, and may not have worn one for a long time.”Customers who purchase a regular-priced suit (excluding Traveler and Classic Collection merchandise) at a Jos. A. Bank full-line store or online at www.josbank.com will receive two additional suits of equal or lesser value free. For each suit purchased, the Gary Sinise Foundation will receive a voucher from Jos. A. Bank for distribution to a U.S. military veteran identified by the foundation as returning to the civilian workforce. The veteran may redeem the voucher at any Jos. A. Bank full-line store for a free suit from the Jos. A. Bank “Executive Collection” (retail value of $650).Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Women from Tyendinaga lead a day of action

first_imgAPTN National NewsWomen from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory took to small rural road near the community Tuesday evening to set up for their day of action by the rail lines.By daylight Wednesday, the group had more than doubled.And by the time it was all over, dozens of people from Tyendinaga and surrounding communities joined in.The message from the day of action was a call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women.APTN’s Annette Francis reports.last_img

Egypt 26 Killed 25 Injured After Gunmen Attack Convoy of Coptic

Rabat – At least 26 people have been killed after gunmen opened fire at a bus and pickup truck transporting Coptic Christians, reports Egyptian state-run media.The Christians were on their way to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery near the city of Minya when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen.Khaled Mugahed, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, told TV channel al-Masriya that the gunmen shot from two cars on a road 100km to the west of Minya. Fifty ambulances are currently at the site helping the dead and wounded men, women and children.Coptic community make up approximately 10 percent of 92 million Egyptian population.This has not been the first time Coptic Christians have been the targets of violence. In April, the Islamic State (ISIS) carried out two suicide bombings, leaving at least 43 dead. Over 130 people were reported injured in both blasts.Following the two attacks, Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency to be lifted only after “legal and constitution steps” were taken. The majority of parliament members supported Sisi’s decision.“A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi stated in a speech held at the presidential palace. read more

Netflix CraveTV Amazon and Canadas changing streaming habits

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elise Amendola TORONTO – Viewers who hoped that 2016 would mark an explosion in new streaming video competition in Canada were left disappointed, and some industry observers say next year probably won’t signal any big changes either.The much-anticipated launch of Amazon Prime Video finally came last week but didn’t live up to most expectations. Consumers got access to the marquee series “Transparent” (but only the first two seasons) and the new auto show “The Grand Tour,” but the slim roster was otherwise padded with mostly low-profile shows and second-run movies.Last month, Shomi closed shop. And earlier in the year, Netflix built a wall to block cross-border viewing.As the year went on, it became increasingly clear the streaming revolution stateside wouldn’t be televised in Canada.“We’re not there yet,” deadpans Brahm Eiley, president of Convergence Research Group, when asked if Canadians can ever expect to browse a menu of streaming options that mirrors the U.S.“It might take up to five years before we see that kind of stuff.”Consider that U.S. mainstays like HBO Go, Hulu and Sling TV — which together form a package that’s a lot like cable TV, but cheaper — are growing in popularity.American broadcast network CBS and cable channel Starz also have their own streaming platforms.Eiley, whose Victoria-based communications and entertainment consulting firm examines the fine details of the streaming world, says he’s surprised by how quickly U.S. companies adopted streaming as the future, this year in particular.In 2016, several U.S. media giants set aside their loyalties to traditional viewing methods and invested in streaming alternatives.Satellite providers Dish Network and DirecTV both established Internet platforms that practically mirror their programming but at a lower cost.Then there’s Canada, where most top-tier cable content can only be accessed — legally — the old-fashioned way.New HBO series and films are locked up until 2018 by Bell Media, which has refused to launch a standalone streaming subscription platform that would offer Canadians current hits like “Girls” and “Westworld” without paying for cable.Hulu has shown no signs of moving to Canada and its original series are mostly left unaired here.And award-winning shows like FX’s “The Americans” and “Mr. Robot” became unavailable to stream in Canada with the closure of Shomi.That’s left Netflix and CraveTV — also owned by Bell Media — as kings in an otherwise mostly barren Canadian landscape.Amazon Prime Video did tiptoe into the country last week but with major holes in its lineup. Not only was “Transparent” missing the newest third season, but other heavy-hitters like Woody Allen’s “Crisis in Six Scenes” were absent all together.While Amazon is likely to bulk up its selection in the coming months, the current lack of overall streaming options is pushing some Canadians to consider Android TV boxes.The inexpensive devices stream an endless array of TV shows, movies and sporting events for free, mostly from pirated sources. Aside from the box itself, using the technology costs nothing.Last summer, Bell, Rogers and Quebec’s Videotron launched a Federal Court case aimed at halting certain retailers from selling those Android boxes that make illegitimate streaming easy.Eiley says the trend is emblematic of the pent-up demand for cable alternatives. He expects those pressures will only intensify next year as more people get accustomed to streaming their entertainment.A study by digital consultancy firm Solutions Research Group found that ownership of streaming boxes — Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku or the Android device — has more than doubled over the past three years. About 30 per cent of Canadians, or 3.4 million households, had a streaming device in 2016 not including their laptop or smartphone.The survey of 1,005 respondents also found that 20 per cent of households that paid for cable or satellite TV downgraded their packages over the 12-month period that ended last summer. It said that represents about two million Canadian households.While the introduction of “skinny basic” cable packages can account for a portion of the reduction, the shift suggests more viewers are looking elsewhere for their entertainment, says Kaan Yigit, president of Solutions Research Group.He says it remains be seen how many streaming services can thrive in Canada, and 2017 is unlikely to provide certainty.“It’ll be an evolution year,” he says.“I don’t think there’s going to be an appetite for seven different video subscriptions (in a household).”But the lack of strong competition in the current market could be an opportunity for more upstart streaming companies that aren’t aspiring to be one of the big players.Shudder was among the smaller streaming entrants in Canada in 2016, offering horror fans a curated collection of slasher flicks.Eiley expects more niche streamers will enter the Canadian marketplace in 2017 as they look to capitalize on the gaps in Netflix’s catalogue.Dozens of streaming companies have already launched in the U.S. by playing the same role as specialty TV channels — catering to a segment of viewers interested in TV shows and movies that aren’t the biggest new hits.Brown Sugar is in the wheelhouse of fans of 1970s black cinema, while the Turner Classic Movies platform Filmstruck caters to cinephiles who favour the golden age of Hollywood.Both aren’t available in Canada yet, but Eiley expects they could be soon.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2016 3:21 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netflix, CraveTV, Amazon and Canada’s changing streaming habits read more

St Lucia PM dismisses UWI lecturers claim that businessmen as politicians

(CMC) Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet has dismissed statements made by a lecturer of the University of the West Indies (UWI) in which he warned against the rise of the businessman-politician in the Caribbean.St Lucia PM; Allen ChastanetHead of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, Dr Tennyson Joseph, identified the St Lucian prime minister and US President Donald Trump as examples of why businessmen as politicians are bad for society.Joseph, who unsuccessfully contested the 2006 general election in St Lucia against Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP), told a lecture in St Vincent last week that the region should regard the development of the businessman politician as “a new window for the re-emergence of the left”.But Chastanet told reporters that any comparison between himself and Trump stops at the fact that both of them are business people, insisting: “my experience in government is long and deep”.Chastanet said his experience in government dates back to the mid 1980’s when he was first employed as an economist and later become the director of tourism in early 1990.He said he had also worked with the ‘quasi-government’ Air Jamaica and returned to St Lucia to serve as minister of tourism for five years.“My understanding and knowledge of how government works is very substantial and I think that my administration has benefitted from that and certainly I would like to think that we have been very clear on what our policies are and when you look at it.“ I think with what we have achieved with one year in government, or just over one year, hopefully Joseph himself would have recognised our success in government,” Chastanet told reporters, adding that other than make allegations, the UWI lecturer did not substantiate anything he was saying.“Those were some of the same things he was saying about being a white man and all this. We have seen several articles written by Mr Joseph which I think are racist,” Chastanet said, expressing his surprise that the UWI has not taken note of Joseph’s articles and statements in the past.“I am really surprised that the University of the West Indies has not called him out on that and that he would be allowed to continue to teach students,” Chastanet said.Meanwhile, the main opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has criticised the call by Chastanet for Joseph to be dismissed.The party said that it is not surprised at the “vindictive, punitive and authoritarian behaviour” on Chastanet who instead of regarding Joseph’s lecture as part of his ‘democratic right and public responsibility to express his views…sought instead to express surprise that Dr Joseph is “actually still a professor at the University of the West Indies”.“The St Lucia Labour Party takes comfort in the fact that the University is a mature institution of higher learning which is built on the principles of academic freedom and intellectual autonomy and its hiring decisions are not made by itinerant, insecure, vindictive politicians. Had it been otherwise, the UWI would long cease to exist.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSt Lucia to impose visa restrictions on VenezuelansAugust 15, 2017In “latest news”Allen Chastanet sworn in as new St Lucia PMJune 7, 2016In “latest news”St Lucia General Elections: Anthony out, Chastanet inJune 7, 2016In “latest news” read more

Une traque à la panthère noire lancée dans les AlpesMaritimes

first_imgUne traque à la panthère noire lancée dans les Alpes-MaritimesUne panthère qui aurait été aperçue il y a quelques semaines dans les Alpes de Haute-Provence pourrait maintenant rôder dans les Alpes-Maritimes. Depuis la semaine dernière, les témoignages se multiplient et des empreintes de pas auraient été relevées.C’est probablement l’animal qu’on s’attendrait le moins à rencontrer dans l’Hexagone ! Il y a quelques semaines, dans la vallée d’Asse (Alpes de Haute-Provence), plusieurs dizaines de personnes ont affirmé avoir aperçu une panthère noire se promener dans les environs. Si l’existence de l’animal n’avait alors pu être confirmée, il semblerait que celui-ci ait fait sa réapparition dans un parc d’aventure de Villeneuve-Loubet (Alpes-Maritimes), où un homme l’a aperçue en contrebas alors qu’il effectuait un parcours d’accrobranche. Selon le témoin, le félin mesurait un mètre cinquante de long et avait un pelage d’un noir profond.L’alerte a aussitôt été donnée et les gendarmes sont immédiatement partis à la recherche de la supposée panthère noire, ce qui leur a permis de recueillir d’autres témoignages. Mais les recherches du week-end n’ont pas réussir à retrouver le félin, bien que sa présence se confirme de plus en plus. En effet, l’Office national de la chasse qui a été dépêchée sur place, indique avoir retrouvé plusieurs empreintes de félin de 7 à 9 cm et où l’on peut distinguer la forme de cinq coussinets. Un hélicoptère, muni d’un système infrarouge de détection de mouvements, devait survoler dans la soirée le secteur dans l’espoir de trouver l’animal.Néanmoins, les recherches et la capture risquent d’être compliquées car l’endroit où a été aperçu le fauve est difficilement praticable, escarpé, et offre de multiples cachettes. Heureusement, ce félin, s’il présente un danger certain pour les lapins et les poules, est moins dangereux pour les hommes, dont il a peur. Le mot d’ordre est donc aujourd’hui de “laisser la bête tranquille et de ne pas la harceler”, en attendant de l’avoir repéré. Pour cela, un arrêté préfectoral a été pris pour interdire, jusqu’à nouvel ordre, l’accès à la zone, notamment aux chasseurs.Une panthère échappée d’un cirque ou abandonnée par ses propriétaires ? À lire aussiPanthères nébuleuses : deux petites femelles sont nées au Jardin des Plantes, découvrez les imagesL’Office national des forêts a cependant prévu de placer des caméras fixes et automatiques, avec capteurs de mouvement et de chaleur pour tenter de localiser l’animal. A l’heure actuelle, on ignore comment une panthère noire aurait bien pu se retrouver en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Aucune disparition n’a été signalée, indique Nice Matin. Parmi les nombreuses rumeurs qui courent, on a entendu parler d’un légionnaire qui aurait nourri l’animal au biberon, qu’il se serait échappé d’un cirque ou encore que des particuliers l’ayant adopté s’en sont lassés, etc. Affaire à suivre donc…Le 30 janvier 2013 à 11:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Power restored to more than 1200 customers in Camas

first_imgA power outage in Camas left 1,371 Clark Public Utilities customers without power this morning, with most getting power back after about 45 minutes. One hundred and ten customers are still without power while crews work to find and fix the problem. The outage, reported at 8:33 a.m., knocked power out to Dorothy Fox Elementary School, said the agency’s spokeswoman Erica Erland. The cause of the outage is under investigation.Power was restored to 1,261 customers by 9:15 a.m. after crews rerouted power while they worked on finding and fixing the problem.last_img read more

Postal Service Files for Special Rate Increase in January

first_imgMeanwhile, a joint filing by four industry mail groups including Magazine Publishers of America says no way. “The court left in place the Commission’s findings that the Postal Service had submitted no evidence indicating that its request was causally related to the recession, and that the Postal Service’s financial problems were caused in large part by longstanding structural issues, not the recession.” When it comes to the “Three P’s”–printer, postage and paper–postage costs have exploded in recent years, Cygnus Business Media vice president of operations Tom Martin told FOLIO:. “In 2000, printing was 45 percent to 55 percent of costs, paper was probably 20 to 25 percent of costs, and postage was between 30 to 32 percent. If you look at today’s costs, the printer has probably lost 15 to 20 points because the printer is probably sitting with only 32 percent of overall costs. Paper hasn’t changed that much but the number that has changed tremendously is postage. That’s probably sitting at 46 percent of overall costs depending on the magazine.” Thought the postal battle had achieved temporary détente? Think again.The U.S. Postal Service this week asked the Postal Regulatory Commission to let it implement an exigent rate increase averaging more than 4 percent across most classes of mail in order to make up for volume lost during the recession, reports anonymous blogger Dead Tree Edition. Last year, the PRC denied a similar request to boots rates by as much as 8 percent, saying that USPS cashflow problems were not the result of the recession. However, a federal court has ordered the PRC to review that ruling. “The Postal Service suffered financial harm directly associated with extraordinary and exceptional volume losses that the [inflation-based] price cap mechanism is incapable of addressing,” the USPS brief says. “The Postal Service respectfully requests that the Commission recognize $2.34 billion as a plausible lower-bound estimate of the Postal Service’s financial harm ‘due to’ recession-related volume losses in FY 2008 and FY2009, and approve exigent rate increases (for January 2012 implementation) on that basis.”last_img read more