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Don’t Take These Clients

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now There are some clients whose business you should not take.Unappreciative: Don’t take clients who don’t appreciate the value you create. You will never have a great, partner-oriented relationship with people who don’t appreciate who you are, what you do, how you do it, and the difference that it makes. You have limited time, spend with the people who appreciate the value you create.Lowest Price: Don’t take clients who only care about lowest price. If the only way you can win a client’s business is by winning a race to the bottom, you haven’t really won. You have really just agreed to provide your services at the lowest price. That isn’t selling and, unless the lowest price is your business model, you’ve won nothing.Vendor: Don’t take clients who don’t perceive you as a peer and a partner. You don’t want to work for people who believe you are a vendor or supplier. You don’t want to work for clients who don’t believe that you have real value, and who will look for you the help they need solving their biggest challenges.Won’t Pay: Don’t take clients who don’t want to pay you the money they owe you. There are some people who don’t like to pay their bills. But when you create value, you are entitled to capture a share of the value you create. And you’re entitled to capture it promptly, and without having to fight for it.They’re Desperate: Don’t take clients who are only working with you because they are desperate. Much of the time the only reason a prospective client is giving you their business is because they are desperate, it means there is a reason they can’t find someone else to help them. The fact that your prospective client is desperate is a clue that there is something wrong.You’re Desperate: Don’t take clients that you are only taking because you are desperate. If you are only taking a client because you are desperate, it means you know that you are making a bad decision. Solving the problem of your prior bad decisions by making another bad decision isn’t a terrific strategy.Bullies: Don’t take clients who are bullies. You don’t want to work with bad people. You don’t want to work with seriously dysfunctional people. And you don’t want to work for people who will bully you. These people will also bully the people on your team, and you can’t allow that.Lose Money: Don’t take clients who will cause you to lose money. Taking business without making a profit is the same as not taking their business. Taking business and losing money is the very worst idea ever. If you what you do creates value for your client, you should get paid for it. If you aren’t profitable, you aren’t going to be around to create value for the people who want you to profit and to generate future value.last_img read more

Why You Must Own Your Losses

first_imgThe human mind is an interesting thing. It is powerful beyond belief, yet riddled with all kinds of viruses that will harm you if left unchecked. To protect your ego, your mind will come up with ways to rationalize your failures, even rationalizing your behavior when you wrong another person. But by protecting your ego and absolving yourself of responsibility, your ability to rationalize can destroy your results.You Lost the DealYou may rationalize a deal lost to a competitor by telling yourself that it wasn’t a straight up contest, that they dropped their price to a level at which no one could really serve the customer, let alone do so at a profit. You may not want to believe that you were outsold, but you were. You failed to make the case that the value of your solution was worth paying your higher price. Or you may have failed to identify the prospect as a price buyer or disqualified them early.You can rationalize away a lost deal by believing that your prospective client didn’t really understand the value of your solution, how you are different, and why you would be the better choice. The outcome of selling is to create a preference for you and your solution. You didn’t create that preference. “But wait,” you protest, “that prospect didn’t even give me a fair chance to compete. My competitor had unfettered access to everyone on the buying team.” Whose job is it to gain access to the stakeholders you need inside your prospective client’s company?Everything Is Your FaultEverything is your fault. If you lost, then you own the loss.The problem with rationalizing lost deals, mistakes, and missteps, is that it disempowers you. It robs you of your ability to do something different when faced with the same situation in the future. It means that the world is acting on you and there is nothing you can do about it.One of the most dangerous infections you can suffer from is the belief that you are powerless to do something different to produce a better result. The linchpin human attribute, the one attribute that enables so many of the others, is resourcefulness. Because creativity is limitless, given a long enough timeline, human beings overcome every obstacle they encounter.A growth mindset allows you to own your failures and mistakes, to learn from them, and to come up with a new strategy or tactic.You know your competitor is going to compete by lowering their price so low that you dare not follow them. So you start teaching your prospective clients to expect lower prices and also to expect the poor results that come with under-investing in the solution they need. You make them a list of areas where the investments will be cut to get to those lower prices, and show them how it hurts their results. You leave a minefield behind you for your low price selling competitor to walk into.You know you need stakeholders to compete fairly. So you “go there” and ask for access as early in the process as you can. If you are rejected, you push back, explaining that you can’t do your best work without access. If your prospective client refuses, you know you are column fodder and you move on to a better opportunity. Or you have your executive team work their executive team.When you own your losses, you empower yourself to make better choices in the future. Everything is your fault, which means you have the power to do something different.What poor results are you rationalizing? What are you telling yourself to absolve yourself of responsibility?What new choices can you make by owning those failures, missteps, mistakes, and poor results? Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Nowlast_img read more

Jeron Teng declares for PBA Draft

first_imgJeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOpening a new chapter in his basketball career, Jeron Teng has declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.The 23-year-old swingman submitted his application on Monday, three days before the deadline. He is expected to be a top five pick.ADVERTISEMENT Teng sees the draft as his chance to make his dream a reality and continue his proud family’s legacy of making it to the pro league.“It’s always been my dream to follow my father’s foot steps, to enter, play, and show my talent in the PBA,” said Teng, whose father Alvin achieved legend status and older brother Jeric was also made it to the pros.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter a stellar collegiate career with La Salle, where he won two titles and was named Finals MVP twice, Teng made a splash in the PBA D-League.Picked first in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft, Teng established himself as one of the most lethal scorers in the amateur ranks, averaging 23.2 points on top of 8.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in his time with AMA Online Education in the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup. He continued to further complete his game, netting 22.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.8 assists with Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where he also set the league record for most triple-doubles with three.Teng also had international experience as he suited up for the Philippines in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France, as well as with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China.With these international stints under his belt, the 6-foot-2 slasher believes he’s already prepared to make the jump to the PBA.“I think I’m ready. I’ve been working hard to improve everyday, working hard on my weaknesses, and improving on what I can improve on,” he said.“I can bring in energy inside the court. I think my biggest asset is that I’m always hungry to improve and add dimensions to my game to be an all-around hustle player. And I know I can only do this through hard work and perseverance.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Teng’s entry strengthens the draft pool that already includes Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, former Green Archer Jason Perkins, and NCAA studs Rey Nambatac and Sidney Onwubere. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. VP Pence exits NFL game after anthem protest MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

VAR Confusion Reigns Three Months into Premier League 2019-20 Season

first_img footballPremier LeagueVAR First Published: October 25, 2019, 4:50 PM IST London: Three months into the Premier League’s first season using VAR, confusion and anger abounds, from managers, players and fans, at the inconsistent use of the technology.England’s top flight was the last of Europe’s big five leagues to implement VAR, with the objective of observing and learning from mistakes made elsewhere. However, the desire not to re-referee games or overly disrupt the flow of matches by encouraging referees to come to the side of the pitch to review incidents on monitors has led to an inconsistent application of the rules.Offside decisions do not fall into the category of needing to be a “clear and obvious” error and have therefore been regularly overturned.But for penalties, red cards and fouls in the build up to goals, the high bar for changing the initial decision by the referee means few have been overturned.Ninety games into the season, not a single penalty has been awarded by VAR, nor has a referee come to the sideline to review his initial decision.”The Premier League needs to bite the bullet and make sure the video referee intervenes,” said former referee Peter Walton in The Times.”Such interventions wouldn’t belittle the referee,” he added. “They don’t always have the best view, and I would have welcomed that help as a referee.”Last Saturday Aston Villa, Burnley and Wolves had goals ruled out by VAR, the most contentious of which saw Burnley denied a late draw at Leicester for the slightest of touches by Chris Wood on the ankle of Foxes’ defender Jonny Evans.A day later, a similar challenge from Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof on Liverpool forward Divock Origi went unpunished before Marcus Rashford opened the scoring at Old Trafford.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp questioned whether the on-field official would have made a different decision without VAR to back him up.”The ref let the game run because he has VAR, but VAR says then it was not clear so we could say it is not a foul so I don’t overrule it. It doesn’t make too much sense.”VAR RETHINK?Burnley boss Sean Dyche reiterated his support for VAR, but believes the bar to overturn penalty decisions in particular is too high.”I think we all agree there’s been a few that should have been turned over. They should be turned over if they genuinely think they’re wrong.”Worryingly for the league and referee body the PGMOL, players and managers are already losing faith in the Premier League’s implementation of the system.”We are in the Premier League. It should be perfect and if it’s not perfect then we shouldn’t be using it,” said Liverpool defender Andy Robertson.Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores said the use of VAR was “very subjective” and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola sarcastically said his players must be “diving” after a host of strong penalty appeals went unanswered.Speaking ahead of the season, the Premier League’s chief of referees Mike Riley said: “We don’t want VAR to come in and try to re-referee the game.”We actually want it to protect the referees from making serious errors, the ones everybody’s goes: ‘Well, actually, that’s wrong.'”.In practice, that application has seen many wrong calls that were not overturned leading to cries to lower the bar for VAR. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Legend Player slams golf authorities over tardy dope testing introduction

first_img\R Carnoustie, Jul 17 (AFP) Dope testing is due to be introduced at The Open for the first time this week at Carnoustie but South African golfing legend Gary Player questions why it has taken so long. The 82-year-old — one of whose nine majors came at Carnoustie in the 1968 Open — has not shied away from raising the spectre of golfers taking performance-enhancing drugs having first broached the explosive subject in 2007. Player concedes that tennis and golf to his mind are the cleanest sports but still is not content it has taken such a long time to bring in testing, with the PGA Tour introducing blood testing last year. “Why so late? We are the last of all sports to do it,” he told Tuesday’s edition of The Times. “We have had players who have used performance-enhancing drugs. “Are we ever going to be able to stop it? No. There’s too much involved. That’s the world we live in.” Player said it is nonsense to suggest doping would not aid a golfer’s cause. “It makes you stronger,” he said. “You don’t get injured so quickly, you can hit more balls and you can practise harder.” Player had not been the only one to raise the issue with Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy demanding more tests two years ago — golf had been revealed as the Olympic sport which tested their athletes the least by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2015. However, top English golfer Tommy Fleetwood while accepting blood testing is now part of the sport feels golf is clean.advertisement “I’m pretty confident that it’s a clean sport but the rules are rules,” said the 27-year-old. “If everybody’s doing the right things then it shouldn’t be a problem.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more


first_imgThe Iowa Fire Marshall’s office says there were 34 sites with a Sioux City address licensed to sell fireworks during this 4th of July season.An e-mail from the Fire Marshall’s office says the inspection processes consisted of the site operator contacting an assigned inspector for their area to set up a time for an on-site inspection.Each site was required to have an approved final site plan and be set up and ready to open for the inspector to confirm the site was in compliance with the approved final site plan and state code.If a site operator did not make contact with their assigned inspector within a week of being issued their license, inspectors reached out to attempt to schedule those inspections.The Fire Marshall says they were not aware of any problems with any of the fireworks stands in Sioux City.last_img read more

Region of Queens Receives Infrastructure Funding

first_imgResidents in the Region of Queens Municipality will benefit from safer drinking water and improved wastewater treatment thanks to a shared investment by the federal, provincial and municipal governments. Federal, provincial and municipal funding of $505,500 was announced today, Aug. 7, in Brooklyn by Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and by Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Peter MacKay, Minister of ACOA. “This infrastructure project is a fine example of how we are working together with our federal and municipal partners to ensure that communities across the province have access to safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment,” said Mr. Muir. “It is through our continued partnerships that we are able to improve the quality of life for all Nova Scotians.” “Maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment on the South Shore and beyond is directly related to the health and prosperity of Canadians,” said Mr. Keddy. “The protection and promotion of a clean environment is certainly a priority for the government of Canada.” The Region of Queens Municipality’s project includes phase four of the extension of water and wastewater to the community of Brooklyn. The extension will connect seven new households to the municipal water and wastewater collection and treatment systems. As well, about 20 families will have improved fire protection. The project cost is $505,500 and will be funded equally by the federal and provincial governments, and the Region of Queens Municipality. Funding for the project is through the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund. Federal, provincial and municipal governments anticipate investing $111 million in infrastructure projects in smaller, rural communities across Nova Scotia by 2014. “We are pleased to see that our federal and provincial partners are providing their share of funding for this infrastructure project that will help make our region stronger and healthier,” said John Leefe, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. In November, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia signed a framework agreement under Building Canada, which is the government of Canada’s $33-billion infrastructure plan that will support a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Through the framework agreement, the government of Canada is committing to a new investment of more than $634 million towards infrastructure needs in the province by 2014.last_img read more

Scotty McCreery Performs At Childrens Hospital

first_imgThe Grand Ole Opry and Scotty McCreery continued the Opry’s “Cause For Applause” last month, the show’s mission to support nine important causes throughout 2015 as part of its 90th anniversary celebration.SCOTTY McCREERY PERFORMS AT MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILTApril’s cause, “Thank God For Kids,” was a partnership with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, where McCreery performed for children and their families and also shared toys and toy instruments from the Opry’s retail collection.Scotty was also part of a star-packed, two-show line-up at the Opry that also featured Florida Georgia Line, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, and Kellie Pickler, among others.Throughout April, Opry fans were able to designate a portion of Opry show and special merchandise (Opry-themed toys and toy musical instruments) sales to the hospital when mentioning the code 4THEKIDS. Other activities throughout the month included an online charity auction as well as continued artist and Opry staff visits to the hospital.This month, the Cause For Applause is the USO. Find out more here.Source:Opry.comlast_img read more

Moroccos National Team Disqualified from CAN 2015

Rabat– The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided, following its meeting on Tuesday in Cairo, that the African Cup of Nations 2015 will not take place in Morocco.The decision also means that the Moroccan national team is ‘automatically disqualified and will not take part in the 30th edition of the forthcoming African Cup of Nations.’CAF’s executive committee said that this decision comes after the Royal Moroccan Football Federation reiterated its refusal to hold the competition on the dates indicated (January 17-Februqry 8, 2015). According to a press release issued by CAF on Tuesday, “the organizing committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will later apply the statutory provisions that are required due to a breach of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation regulatory and contractual provisions, including those set out in the Host Association Agreement signed between CAF and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation in April 2014.”The executive committee of the governing body of African football has confirmed that it took note of some applications of national associations confirming their willingness to host the 2015 competition on the dates agreed.CAF has also confirmed “the continuation of qualifiers match-days 5 & 6, which will be held during the month (14/15 November and 19 November), paving the way for the qualification of the 15 teams that will be joining the team of the host country.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Sri Lanka chairs 2018 Social Forum at UNHRC

Opening the 2018 Social Forum of UN Human Rights Council today Ambassador Azeez said that the forum has served as an inclusive platform for multi-stakeholders and has enabled a deep reflection, among participants, on important themes that could bring out diverse aspects of intersectionality between Human Rights and the society. The 2018 Social Forum of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) kicked off today at the United Nations in Geneva, with Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative Ambassador Azeez as the Chairperson-Rapporteur, alongside High Commissioner for Human Rights Madam Michelle Bachelet and Council President Vogislav Suc.The  three day Forum will address  the possibilities of further promoting human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them, through a thematic focus. Addressing the Social Forum further, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative stated that at a time when every recognized norm and value on which the UN, international order, and multilateralism stand, was being put to test in today’s globalized and yet volatile world, the importance of Social Forum, stands enhanced as a bridge-builder and as an enabler of an exchange of diverse perspectives aimed to strengthen and elaborate such norms and values. A documentary created by Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation on how sports and sports-persons help create an impact on society in our journey to peace and reconciliation was screened.The Forum will end with a musical presentation by the UN Music Team titled a World Premiere “Racing for Peace” which symbolises Sri Lankans’ desire and commitment for lasting peace and advancement of human rights. (Colombo Gazette) Addressing the Forum, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights emphasized the importance of sports as a tool for social and human empowerment. President of the Council Ambassador Vogislav Suc also addressed the opening session.This year’s Social Forum consists of 9 thematic sessions followed by interactive dialogue in each session covering wider range of themes such as Sports, Human Solidarity and Universal Values for All Humanity; Sports and the “Equal Rights of Men and Women”; Inclusivity, Equality and Non-Discrimination in Sport; Sports, Sustainable Cities and the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living; Sports for Sustainable Development and Sustained Peace; Youth, Children and Future Generations etc. and side events. read more

Football Former Ohio State defensive end Mike Kudla dead at 34

Former Ohio State defensive end Mike Kudla died Sunday at the age of 34, according to an announcement made by Highland Local Schools. Highland Local Schools Official Release on the Passing of Mike Kudla.Our prayers are with his family during this difficult time.— Nicholas A. Kovach (@TheKovach) July 16, 2018In his career, Kudla was a member of the 2002 Ohio State national championship team, winning two Big Ten championships in his collegiate career. He also is No. 14 in school history with 14.5 career sacks. During his senior season, Kudla was Ohio State’s defensive MVP, recording 41 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks during the 2005 season. He also was named a member of the first-team All-Big Ten after the season. In the final game of his collegiate career in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl between the Buckeyes and Notre Dame, the defensive lineman recorded a career-high three sacks and seven tackles against the Fighting Irish. After his career with the Buckeyes and a short professional stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kudla became the owner of Core Plex, where he developed medical facilities around the country. He also had been helping the NFL in finding ways to develop protocols in preventing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). read more

TV ARENA SPORT Petar Nenadic to Telekom Veszprem in January 2018

According regional TV station, TV Arena Sport, the Serbian playmaker Petar Nenadic will join Hungarian best team Telekom Veszprem in the middle of the season! During broadcast of Sunday’s matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League, that information was confirmed by commentators who pointed out that deal is set for January 2018.Telekom Veszprem wanted Petar Nenadic at the start of the season as replacement for an unexpected problem with Aron Palmarsson, who left the team without serious explanation. That Fuchse Berlin declined, but things obviously became different in the last month, as became clear that FC Barcelona Lassa are ready to pay for Palmarsson freedom even vefore next summer, when contract with Icelander previously had to start.Telekom Veszprem coach Ljubomir Vranjes has only one option on playmaker’s position, Mate Lekai, who is playing very well at the start of the season, but it’s long way until May. Vranjes knows very well capabilites of Nenadic’s from DKB Bundesliga, but also from short time on the bench of Serbian national team in 2013. Petar NenadicTelekom Veszprem ← Previous Story THANK YOU, FILIP: Jicha retires from professional handball! Next Story → EHF CL TOP 5: Epic saves and too many landings read more

Rome sous la psychose dune obscure prévision sismique

first_imgRome sous la psychose d’une obscure prévision sismique Selon les prévisions d’un sismologue autodidacte, mort il y a une trentaine d’années, un violent séisme devrait frapper Rome ce mercredi 11 mai. Une hypothèse démentie par l’Institut national de géophysique et de vulcanologie qui s’escrime à rassurer les habitants de la capitale italienne. La psychose semble depuis quelques temps s’être emparée non seulement de la lucidité des Romains mais également d’Internet. Il suffit de taper les lettres ‘terre’ (pour ‘terremoto’, tremblement de terre en italien) dans Google pour que l’algorithme génère automatiquement 9 millions pages se rapportant à la prévision du tremblement de terre de Rome pour 2011, rapporte le quotidien La Repubblica. Une requête qui détrône très largement le séisme du 11 mars au Japon, pourtant largement médiatisé. Bendani : “L’homme qui prédit les séismes”L’origine de cette alerte? Un sismologue autodidacte, Raffaele Bendandi mort en 1979 en laissant derrière lui une série de prévisions sismiques. Durant toute son existence, ce passionné d’astrophysique a affirmé sa conviction sur la possibilité de prédire les tremblements de terre à l’avance. Sa méthode se basait essentiellement sur l’étude de la position des étoiles. En octobre 1914, il griffonne dans son carnet de recherche une date : ’13 Janvier 1915′ et un lieu : ‘Italie’. Un an plus tard, à la date prévue, un séisme de magnitude 7 dévaste la conca del Fucino. De ce désastre naîtra la renommée de Bendani, “l’homme qui prédit les séismes”. Pendant des années, il remplira des pages entières de notes et de calculs, prévoyant notamment à deux jours près le tremblement de terre de la région des Marches en 1924, et celui de Frioul en 1976. Selon la rumeur, les nombreuses prévisions laissées à sa mort mentionneraient un séisme à Rome le 11 mai 2011. Une information que l’Institution culturelle a vivement démentie en affirmant qu’aucune prédiction de ce type n’a été retrouvée dans les cartes et notes du sismologue amateur. En outre, celui-ci ne se serait jamais risqué à faire prévoir des évènements avec plus d’un an d’avance.Une prévision scientifiquement infondéeÀ lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiLa peur engendrée par la rumeur est toutefois tellement importante que l’Institut national de géophysique et de vulcanologie ainsi que la défense civile italienne ont affiché sur leur site une série d’informations pour répondre à l’angoisse croissante. Les scientifiques s’y expriment, formels : “À ce jour il n’existe aucune méthode reconnues scientifiquement capable de prédire le moment exact et l’endroit auquel se produira le prochain séisme. La seule prédiction possible est d’ordre statistique, basée sur la connaissance des séismes passés”. En moyenne, 30 tremblements de terre sont recensés chaque jour en Italie. Rome ne présente quant à elle qu’un risque sismique modéré par rapport à d’autres régions, comme les monts Apennine.Le dernier séisme recensé dans la région remonte au 6 avril 2009, dans ville de l’Aquila. Le tremblement de terre de magnitude 6,3 a provoqué la mort de 300 personnes. Rome, située à 120 kilomètres de là, a ressenti légèrement la secousse mais aucun dégât n’a été déclaré. Le 11 mai 2011 à 12:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Facebook 85 des revenus par la publicité 12 par Zynga

first_imgFacebook: 85% des revenus par la publicité, 12% par ZyngaLe document d’entrée en Bourse de Facebook regorge d’informations jusque là confidentielles. On apprend que dans les revenus de la société, l’éditeur du jeu FarmVille pèse plus de 10% du chiffre d’affaires. Une dépendance financière à double tranchant.Après des mois de rumeurs, Facebook a officiellement fait sa demande préliminaire pour rentrer en bourse. La société de Mark Zuckerberg a déposé le formulaire S-1, première étape de cette arrivée à Wall Street et qui donne de précieuses informations sur la santé financière de l’entreprise. Plusieurs points sont à noter dans cette étude. Outre le chiffres d’affaires de 2011, qui s’élève à 3,71 milliards de dollars, on peut y lire la répartition des activités de Facebook qui lui génèrent des revenus, rappelle The Verge.Facebook tire 85% de son chiffre par la publicité ciblée. Aucune surprise sur ce point, c’est l’activité principale du réseau social de cibler au mieux ses utilisateurs et de façon “transparente”. Mais ce chiffre est en baisse. En 2010, il était de 95% et est monté jusqu’à 98% en 2009.À lire aussiPublicité céleste, pesticide et robot, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 17 janvierLes applications ont maintenant un réel impact sur le chiffre généré par Facebook. Et notamment les jeux produits par la société Zynga, éditeur du célébrissime Cityville. Zynga représente 12% de l’argent engrangé par Facebook. Un beau succès pour une nouvelle économie sur le web mais dans son dossier de candidature, Facebook ne fait aucun mystère de la faiblesse que pourrait représenter Zynga si la société venait à connaître des difficultés: “Si l’utilisation des jeux Zynga sur notre plateforme décline, si Zynga lançait des jeux ou en migrait certains sur des plateformes concurrentes, ou si nous échouions à maintenir de bonnes relations avec Zynga, nous pourrions perdre un développeur significatif et cela pourrait affecter nos résultats financiers.”Mais pour le moment, l’ambiance est au beau fixe entre les deux partenaires. Le formulaire révèle aussi que Facebook a fait évolué ses conditions d’utilisation pour favoriser la société de jeux vidéos, avec l’apparition de la monnaie virtuelle: “En mai 2010, nous avons ajouté à nos conditions d’utilisation l’opportunité d’utiliser les paiements Facebook comme moyen de paiement prioritaire pour leurs produits. Nous touchons jusqu’à 30% de commission sur les transactions effectuées dans les jeux Zynga. Cet accord expire en mai 2015.”Facebook et Zynga ont d’ores et déjà scellé un accord qui leur a pour le moment très bien réussi. D’autre part, Facebook, avec la nouvelle version d’Open Graph qui développe l’usage d’applications sur leur site, cherche à développer ses sources de revenus pour ne pas être dépendante d’une seule société. Il n’est jamais bon de mettre tous ces œufs dans le même panier. Le 2 février 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce fossile de tarsier découverte au Pakistan

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce fossile de tarsier découverte au PakistanPubliant leurs travaux dans le Journal of Human Evolution, des chercheurs américains ont découvert au Pakistan, sous la forme de quelques dents fossilisées, une nouvelle espèce de tarsier – ces minuscules primates – qui vivait au Miocène.Dirigés par le Dr Jelle Zijlstra, du Peabody Museum de l’Université Harvard, des paléontologues ont mis au jour 4 remarquables dents fossiles  dans une couche de terrain du Miocène de la Formation Manchar située dans la province de Sindh au sud du Pakistan. En les étudiant, ils ont alors déterminé qu’elles appartenaient à une espèce de tarsier jusqu’à présent inconnue.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après leur étude, la nouvelle espèce baptisée Hesperotarsius sindhensis (ce qui signifie “tarsier occidental de la province de Sindh”) vivait à cet endroit il y a 16 à 18 millions d’années. Les tarsiers (appelés ainsi à cause de leur long tarse, un os du pied) sont des primates nocturnes essentiellement insectivores (distincts des singes et des lémuriens). Ne pesant que 100 à 150 g, ils sont remarquables par leurs yeux gigantesques disproportionnés par rapport à leur corps (qui n’excède pas 15 cm de longueur).A l’heure actuelle, il en existe plusieurs espèces qui vivent dans les îles d’Asie du sud-est : Sumatra, Bornéo, Sulawesi et Philippines. Aussi, la découverte de cette nouvelle espèce étant l’aire de distribution des Tarsiidae (leur famille zoologique) de 4.000 km vers l’ouest. Il faut dire aussi que les espèces de tarsiers fossiles sont rares. 4 espèces seulement étaient connues jusqu’à présent : 2 de l’Éocène de Chine et 2 du Miocène de Thaïlande. “Ce tarsier pakistanais est morphologiquement distinct de touts les tarsiers vivants et fossiles, mais plus proche de la forme thaïlandaise du Miocène moyen Tarsius thailandicus”, a précisé le Dr Zijlstra.Le 28 novembre 2013 à 20:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Just Cause 4 is the Craziest Game Youll Play This Year

first_img Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Stay on target When it comes to over-the-top gameplay mechanics, few franchises can rival Just Cause. The upcoming Just Cause 4 is taking things to an even more absurd level. To be honest, this game caught me by surprise. I knew Square-Enix was developing a new Just Cause but I was not expecting to see it at E3, let alone that it’s dropping later this year. I’m glad the game got shown at the big event since it ended up being one of my personal highlights. Just Cause 4 is going to be completely and utterly insane.During the hands-off demo, we got to see the upgraded grappling hook, which now features a number of crazy mods. One of these allows players to attach rocket boosters to objects. In the demo, Rico Rodriguez (the main character) shoots boosters at a shipping container attached to a crane. When he activates the boosters, it converts the crane into a wrecking ball. You can also use the boosters to turn regular objects into missiles. The person demoing the game planted rocket boosters on containers and cars and used them to blast the side of a mountain. If you want, you can have Rico ride on these makeshift rockets. That’s one hell of a way to take a trip across town.We also saw two other mods in action. One causes an explosion to happen when two tethered objects come into contact. The collision sends said objects flying backwards. Another mod lets you shoot balloons onto objects, which sends them flying into the air. We saw Rico attaching balloons to cars and containers in the demo. In case you’re wondering, yes, you can use all of these mods at the same time. You can place balloons on an object and then attach rockets to it. Once the object gets to the desired height, you can initiate the rockets and send it hurtling forward. You can imagine the sort of destruction this can cause. The possibilities with these mods are endless.Like in Just Cause 3, Rico can use his patented glider suit to quickly traverse the world. This mechanic isn’t much different than it was in the previous installment. This isn’t an issue considering how well the gliding mechanic worked. The only new factor is wind, which now has an influence on the direction Rico flies. This adds a new layer of depth that will make gliding more interesting and engaging. Besides regular wind, there’s another weather phenomenon players must also contend with while gliding through the skies.The true showstopper of the demo was an enormous tornado that destroys anything in its path. The core gameplay of the Just Cause series centers around its physics engine and the tornado does a brilliant job of putting it to work. As it made its way across the land, the tornado sucked up anything not nailed down to the ground. This includes crates, vehicles, buildings, and even jumbo jets. If he isn’t careful, the tornado can also pull Rico inside of it. Seeing the tornado wreaking havoc is a thing of pure beauty. We need to see more games with physics-powered tornados!Interestingly enough, one can control the path of the tornado. In the demo, Rico has to take out an enemy military base. This facility has air cannons that can divert the path of the tornado. Destroying these weapons causes the twister to move along its original course — which just so happens to be the military base. Sure, blowing bases up with rockets and bombs is cool, but that doesn’t compare to doing so with a bad-ass tornado. I understand Rico will get his own air cannons eventually. Having the ability to control the tornado whenever one wants is something that sounds incredibly exciting.Just Cause 4 gives creative players the chance to create their own fun. Those who lack imagination (like myself) can still enjoy the game on a more rudimentary level. Expect many of the weapons to feature alternate firing modes like grenade launchers and drones. Encounters with enemies will have an added level of depth since their AI is now more advanced.The story structure is expanded and players can choose to do missions in any order they like. Expect more quests dotted across every area of the world map. Those who care about narrative will be happy knowing Just Cause 4 tells a more serious tale. It’s not clear how this will contrast with the zany nature of the gameplay, but it should be interesting regardless.The Just Cause series epitomize sandbox gameplay and Just Cause 4 looks like it’ll be the ultimate open-world experience. From what I saw, the game does a masterful job of combining familiar gameplay with all-new mechanics. Those who have a great deal of imagination will no doubt spend countless hours simply messing around with the tools provided. The tornado alone is something everyone should want to experience since it adds such an interesting and devastating element to the world. I expect this will be a big hit when it drops on December 4 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.last_img read more

Watch Meet the Inspiring Blind Gamer Who Beats Pros at Street Fighter

first_img Try playing a video game with the screen off, using only sound cues, and it’s probably ‘game over’ in a few seconds. But Dutch gamer Sven Van de Wege, who lost his eyesight at the age of six, plays in eSports tournaments, beating even pro gamers at Street Fighter V.The 32-year-old Van de Wege, also known as “The Blind Warrior Sven,” is blazing a trail for blind gamers everywhere. He has racked up wins in tournaments against fully sighted competitors, including at the Sonic Boom tournament in Madrid, Spain last year.Van de Wege chalks up his successes to perseverance.“When you live with a disability, it’s always hard to come up in the real society,” he told Red Bull TV during the Street Fighter V tournament Red Bull Kumite held in Paris, France on November 10. “People are always thinking that because you are blind you can’t do this or because you can’t walk you are not able to do this. But there’s always a way to come across those issues. I never thought that I could play games by using sound effects only and you see what happens, when you train a lot you can do that. I’m sure that other people who have disabilities and want to do something, just try it and think of solutions and not the problem.”While Van de Wege plays other games such as Mortal Kombat, Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, and Killer Instinct, he says Street Fighter V is the perfect game for him, mostly because of the stellar sound design.“It is stereo, so you can easily hear if your character is on the left or on the right,” he said. “The sound effects are clear so you can hear their footsteps, their jumping, if they start jumping, when they are landing, if they are dashing, blocking, throwing, tacking. So, yes all the sounds I know precisely what [they are].”His favorite character? Ken. “I like his moves, his voice and his personality,” Van de Wege said.Van de Wege is passionate about competitive gaming, but also wants to help out other blind gamers (he trades game tips with fellow blind gamers, “Sightless Kombat” and “Blindwizard”) and help developers make games more accessible to blind players. He was recently contacted by developers who need their games tested. “That was good, that they [wanted] me to help them develop a game for other blind players.”More on Gamer Has the First Bionic Arm Based on a Video GameCan You Beat These Nine Incredible Gaming World Records?Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection Is a Love Letter to the Franchise No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Swiss Excellence in Education Leaders to Meet with Parents Students Officials in

first_imgPhotocredit: DPA media#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 20, 2017 –  Bahamian teachers, residents and students will have an opportunity to meet face to face with some of the world’s most respected educators when a contingent representing the finest schools and colleges in Switzerland visits Nassau in early February.  Twelve Boarding Schools, Hospitality Colleges and Summer Camps to be Represented.“We are very excited to have educators of the caliber of those representing the Swiss Learning group, visit The Bahamas,” said Tanya Espinosa Feuz, who is helping to coordinate the highly-anticipated visit.   “Swiss Learning symbolizes the highest standards of excellence in education is a group of 11 high schools which are endorsed because they have met specific criteria.  Each member school must meet the highest standards for the learning process and experience, ranging from low student to teacher ratio to a multilingual education in a safe and secure international environment that engenders fresh ideas and critical thinking.”According to Espinosa Feuz, the trip to The Bahamas catapults the interaction between students in The Bahamas and opportunities in Switzerland to a new level.  “In the past, a relatively small number of fortunate Bahamians experienced the benefits of a Swiss education. But this is a first of its kind, bringing a contingent of leading Swiss educators who represent a diverse variety of opportunities for education to meet with a broader group of people,” she said.Visiting educators will offer three levels — boarding school for high school and preparatory students, hospitality schools of higher education.   Gap Year Programmes and summer camps with multiple language learning choices.Summer camps are open to those seven and older and all offer a choice of languages as part of the curriculum, with  Italian, French and German among the choices available. Activities such as sports, horse riding, arts and music, photography, fashion and design, leadership academy are also proposed. Students can also enjoy excursions in Europe and Switzerland which are also included in the summer camp offer.  Among the visiting educators will be a familiar face, Thomas Schädler Director of the Collège du Léman and former principal of Lyford Cay International School.A full slate is scheduled for the 3-day visit including assemblies and meetings at several junior high and high schools, official courtesy calls and a presentation and social hour at Old Fort Bay Club on February 2. with Mr. Christian Coquoz, Honorary Consul of Switzerland as guest of honor at the Old Fort Bay event. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Related Items:last_img read more

Trump Nominates Bahamas Ambassador

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nominatedbahamasambassador Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 17, 2017 – Nassau – American president Donald Trump has proposed prominent San Diego developer and veteran industrialist “Papa” Doug Manchester for the post of US ambassador to The Bahamas.The Nassau post has been vacant since 2011, with the most recent nominee Cassandra Q. Butts having died as she waited more than two years to be confirmed to the post under the former Obama administration.Ms. Butts, at 50 years old, passed away in May last year, but was nominated for the ambassador post in 2014 by former US President Barack Obama. The confirmation was said to have been held up by Republicans in the US Senate.If confirmed, the 74-year-old Trump supporter, Doug Manchester will serve as ambassador of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, according to a statement issued by the US Embassy yesterday.#magneticmedianews#nominatedbahamasambassadorlast_img read more

Boko Haram Kidnapped girls married off converted to Islam

first_imgMAIDUGURI, Nigeria — With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom. “If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago. In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage.“Don’t you know we are still holding your German hostage (who is) always crying,” he taunts. “If we want, we will hack him or slaughter him or shoot him.”A German development worker was kidnapped at gunpoint in Gombi, a town in Nigeria’s northeast Gombi in July. Police reported he was ambushed as he drove to work.last_img read more