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The Problem with Wanting Sales to Be Easy

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 Some people want sales to be easy. They want more and better sales without putting forth the effort necessary to acquire clients and opportunities. Many of them believe that their business should run like Amazon.com, with them offering a product or service or solution, and people clicking to buy what they sell, an idea that works well for some transactional sales, but performs poorly when their target clients need help (and even Amazon has salespeople for AWS, their biggest money-maker).Entrepreneurs spend their time seeking a technological solution to a problem that isn’t easily solved through technology. They spend their time looking for a go-to-market strategy that eliminates the need for salespeople, a part of the business they see as a cost, and one they have no idea how to engage and manage effectively. Because they believe so deeply in their offering, they suffer from the delusion that their target market will immediately recognize the value and buy from them, a rare occurrence. By trying to make selling easy, they make obtaining clients and opportunities more difficult.Salespeople and some of their leaders believe they can pitch everyone and win new business, and there is a growing cottage industry on LinkedIn of salespeople who are taught and trained to write a four-paragraph pitch with a link to their calendar to strangers, without targeting, and without any indication that the person might be right for their service or solution (I know this because I receive sales training and development offers, as well as appointment-setting services pitched to me every day).It’s easy to increase your activity by pitching more people faster, and you can deceive yourself into believing that you are efficient. Efficiency is measured by the energy expended to produce a specific result, not the elimination of effort and energy without a result. To believe that you are efficient when you try to make selling easy, you have to refuse to look at the wasted energy and effort.Most of the effort expended in trying to make selling easier would be better spent in increasing your effectiveness.last_img read more

Odisha govt. merges directorates with administrative departments

first_imgIn order to streamline the functioning of all directorates and speed up the process of decision making, the Odisha government has decided to integrate different directorates with their respective administrative departments to function as composite departments with immediate effect.According to a resolution passed by the General Administration and Public Grievance (GA & PG) Department on Wednesday, the integrated department shall function on the premises of the respective administrative departments/directorates as may be decided by the administrative department, keeping in view the availability of space and convenience.The move comes days after the State government appointed senior bureaucrat Asit Kumar Tripathy as the Chief Secretary, who, upon assuming the office, said he would ensure faster movement of files in all government offices in the State.Mr. Tripathy had said that all departments will adhere to the “5T initiative” — transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation — of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Mr. Patnaik holds the portfolio of the GA & PG Department.Single-file system There will be a single-file system through the Odisha Secretariat Workflow Automation System (OSWAS) and every proposal referred by the directorate shall not be required to be reinitiated or re-examined in the department, the resolution said.The different sections common to both the offices shall be appropriately reorganised and officers and staff will be utilised accordingly in the composite departments to ensure better efficiency and avoid duplication of work and wastage of time.Surplus staff, if any, shall be surrendered to the pool being managed by the administrative reforms cell of the GA & PG Department for redeployment and vacant posts at the lowest level shall be abolished as per the guidelines of the Finance Department. The staff concerned will continue to remain in their cadres and will avail all service benefits, the resolution stated.Necessary steps will be taken to make budget provisions for the composite department, and budget provisions for the integrated department shall be made from the next financial year in consultation with the Finance Department.The OSWAS system operative in the Secretariat shall be modified to integrate the directorates with their respective departments immediately and the directorates will submit only electronic files after due scanning of existing files, the resolution added.last_img read more

Belinda Bencic beats Petra Kvitova to win Dubai Championship

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “It’s incredible. I mean, I still cannot believe it,” said the 21-year-old Bencic, who also saved six match points against No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka in the second round. “So many times I was close to defeat. It’s unbelievable that I ended up winning this.”Bencic had not won a title since the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2015. Back then, she was still a teenager and viewed as one of the top talents on the WTA Tour, breaking into the top 10 in the rankings. But injuries, including wrist surgery, have held her back until now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnd after four straight wins against top-10 ranked players this week, it could be just a matter of time until she’s back on that list as well.“Of course they are very high-quality players, all of them,” Bencic said. “I’m so happy about the consistency that I could back up my wins. After playing a tough match, I could mentally win another one. It’s very difficult.” Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic kisses her trophy after defeating Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova during their final match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Unseeded Swiss player Belinda Bencic pulled off another upset to win her first WTA title in three-and-a-half years, beating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 Saturday in the final of the Dubai Championships.The 45th-ranked Bencic has struggled with injuries in recent years but finally seems to be back to her best, following up wins against second-ranked Simona Halep and two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina by outlasting Kvitova.ADVERTISEMENT She was on the front foot from the start against the two-time Wimbledon champion, breaking her opponent straight away and jumping out to a 4-1 lead. Kvitova’s serve improved in the second set, though, and the Czech player also broke Bencic three times to level the match.But Bencic got the first break of the decider to go up 2-1 and then broke again for a 5-2 lead before serving out the match,Kvitova beat Bencic on route to the Australian Open final this year, but said her inconsistent serve let her down this time.“I think definitely I served much, much better in Melbourne than here,” Kvitova said. “The whole tournament I was pretty (much) fighting with my serve. It wasn’t really great. I played a lot from the second serve.”ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img Birthday boy D’Angelo Russell has 40 points to lift Nets over Hornets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Muthoot Group is the principal team partner for CSK,Muthoot Group is the principal team partner for CSK

first_imgIPL 2018 cricket × SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT COMMENTS SHARE Published on bl30_blrbm_CSK-+bl30-csk-logo.jpg.jpgcenter_img RELATED Muthoot Finance Ltd HIL partners with Chennai Super Kings Kochi-based The Muthoot Group today said it has inked a three-year deal with Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and would be the Principal Team Partner. “We have always been in the forefront in sports promotion and celebrate sportsmanship as we have done with several other sports disciplines, company Deputy Managing Director, Alexander George Muthoot said. “It gives us immense pleasure to be associated with Chennai Super Kings being led by a legendary captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” he said in a company statement. As part of the association, the jerseys of CSK players would carry The Muthoot Group’s logo on the front. On the tie-up with Muthoot Group, Chennai Super Kings, CEO, K S Viswanathan said “our association with Muthoot Group will definitely boost the popularity of our brand.” “It is even more overwhelming that the Muthoot Group and its flagship company Muthoot Finance has a presence across Tamil Nadu with 900 plus branches,” he added. Muthoot Group has over 4,500 branches across the State and also has presence in US, United Kingdom, UAE and Sri Lanka, the release added. bl30_blrbm_CSK-+bl30-csk-logo.jpg.jpg February 10, 2018 India Cements unveils marketing campaign with IPL franchise CSKlast_img read more

U-17 Women’s Championship: Lionesses Reach Final With Crushing Win Over Cheetahs

first_imgNew Delhi: Lionesses eased into the summit clash of the U-17 Women’s Championship at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal after they thrashed Bembem Devi’s Cheetahs 6-1 in their second match of the tournament on Wednesday.With the win, Lionesses set up the final with Tigresses, who defeated the Panthers 5-2 earlier in the day to book their spot in the final. The tournament is aimed at helping India select players for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020.Alex Ambrose’s Lionesses was clearly the better team as the Cheetahs failed to match their precision passing and game flow, even though they did manage to keep a hold on their scoring for the first half.Lionesses was the dominating side right from the start and had about 70 per cent of the ball possession. Sumati Kumari was a menace for the Cheetah defence as she kept making darting runs on the left flank and tried to cut inside or put in a cross at every given opportunity.The Lionesses made all the domination count in the 22nd minute and who else but Sumati gave them the lead. It was once more that trademark runs of her on the left after which she cut inside and passed the ball to Priyanka Sujeesh Pottekkat in the middle. Priyanka shot was saved by the keeper but Sumati struck home the rebound.Just five minutes, Lynda Kom Serto doubled their lead with a stunning strike. She received a simple pass and out of nothing, Lynda unleashed a stunner into the right side of the goal.Cheetahs, however, did not back down as they kept trying to make inroads, only for the finishing touch to allude them. It changed in the 31st minute when Priyanka Kashyap latched on to a misplaced pass from the Lionesses and struck a delicious curler into the right corner to reduce the gap to 2-1.The Lionesses restored their two-goal lead just three minutes later when Shikly Devi Hemam scored off a penalty. Sumati Kumari make one of those runs once more and was dribbling pass five defenders when she was brought down in the box. Hemam stepped up from the spot and drilled the ball into the left bottom corner.The first half scoreline read 3-1 in favour of the Lionesses.The second half saw a cagey beginning where the Lionesses found it difficult to find clear-cut spaces to create chances. The Cheetahs held their shape well and restricted Lionesses to just passing the ball around.However, the Lionesses found the breakthrough in the 72nd minute and then, the floodgates opened.In the 72nd minute, Priyangka Devi Naorem completed a one-two and then found the top-right corner to increase her team’s lead to 4-1.Seven minutes later, Lynda scored her second before substitute Sai Sankhe wrapped up the proceedings one minute from the end of normal time when she found the back of the net from outside the box upon seeing the keeper off her line.Sai Sankhe adds the icing on the cake for the Lionesses with a long-range strike in the Hero U-17 Women’s Championship clash against the Cheetahs! #GroundsKnowNoGender pic.twitter.com/4sOEoE3l0K— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 13, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com 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. CheetahsFIFA U-17 World Cup India 2020footballindian football First Published: November 13, 2019, 10:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

Study Shows Youth Need to be More Active

first_imgYoung Nova Scotians need to cut down on sugary snacks and get more physically active, says a study released today, May 14. The study, entitled Physical Activity Levels and Dietary Intake of Children and Youth in the Province of Nova Scotia 2005, found that youth decrease physical activity as they get older, and that half of students in grades 7 and 11 did not meet the minimum recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide. “These findings are a real concern and they reinforce the importance of supporting Nova Scotian families in their efforts to become more physically active and to make better food choices,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “I believe things like the School Food and Nutrition policy and the upcoming renewal of the Active Kids Healthy Kids strategy are the right steps to take toward addressing the challenges presented within this report.” The report by Department of Health Promotion and Protection and Department of Education identifies the percentage of students that had 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five days a week. It also includes the percentage of Grade 7 and Grade 11 students that met the minimum recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide for grain products, vegetables and fruit, milk products, and meat and alternatives. The research was led by Phil Campagna from Dalhousie University and Laurie Wadsworth from St. Francis Xavier University. The number of Grade 3 students who achieved 60 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity at least five days a week increased from 2001. The number of boys hitting the benchmark rose to 96.7 per cent from 90 per cent and girls were at 96.1 per cent from 92.3. The number of active Grade 7 students decreased. Boys dropped to 45.3 per cent from 62.2 in 2001, and girls tumbled to 23.8 per cent in 2005 from 45.3 per cent in 2001. Grade 11 students were even less active. Boys were down to 9.7 per cent from 12.6 per cent in 2001. Girls were at less than one per cent in 2005 from 6.9 per cent in 2001. “The Department of Education is working very hard to help school boards provide high quality physical education programs, Primary to Grade 12,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “But people also have to understand that the problem of youth inactivity is a shared responsibility. Schools are only part of the solution.” The researchers used a random sample of 2,300 students from 80 schools in grades 3, 7, and 11. Accelerometers, body-mass index measurements and questionnaires were used to determine activity, fitness and eating and activity habits. In 2001, the same methods also showed that physical activity decreased as children grew older. Recognizing the link between physical activity and healthy eating, and their impact on overall health, the 2005 study expanded on the 2001 report to include a dietary questionnaire for students in grades 7 and 11. Since 2005, the province has introduced the Food and Nutrition Policy in public schools in all grades. This policy will be phased in over three years and will provide access to healthy foods and beverages and remove foods of minimum nutritional value. “These data are crucial in our efforts to keep our children healthy and active over a lifetime,” said Mr. Barnet. “We will use this information to continue to improve our policies and programs and provide more opportunities and support to help our young people be active and eat well.” The full report can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp .last_img read more

Annie Lennox Backs Londons Mayor For World AIDS Day

first_imgThe Mayor of London Boris Johnson is backing a major HIV testing campaign in the run up to World AIDS Day on 1 December.HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, which marks its 30th anniversary with a reception at City Hall on 19th November, has launched England’s first ever National HIV Testing Week. The week runs from 23-30 November and aims to increase testing among the most at risk populations, gay men and Africans in particular.The Mayor said: ‘London is home to almost half of all people living with HIV in the UK, but a quarter of them are unaware they carry the virus. It is vital that people who might be at risk get tested, not only to reduce the risk of transmission to others, but to ensure they get the life-saving treatments that are available.’ 

The Mayor’s HIV Ambassador Annie Lennox said: ‘Stigma, fear and complacency are the greatest obstacles to people seeking out their HIV status. This is why Terrence Higgins Trust and the Mayor of London have taken this initiative to encourage those most at risk to take the HIV test. Knowing your status can literally be a life saving action.’ 

Gay men and Africans remain the groups most at risk of HIV in the UK, with around 1 in 20 people from both groups infected with the virus. That number rises to one in seven among men on the London gay scene. A quarter of people with HIV in the UK remain untested and unaware they have the virus. 

Terrence Higgins Trust, which is co-ordinating National HIV Testing Week as part of HIV Prevention England’s Think HIV campaign, is marking 30 years at the forefront of campaigning on HIV and sexual health with a reception at City Hall, attended by Annie Lennox, the Deputy Mayor for London Victoria Borwick and other community activists, including people living with HIV. 

Sir Nick Partridge, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: ’Terrence Higgins Trust was founded by a handful of people in a flat in London 30 years ago. Today we provide services for thousands of people every year and London remains at the centre of the HIV epidemic in the UK. 

‘We are delighted that the Mayor and his Ambassador are backing our campaign to encourage more Londoners to get tested and to drive down rates of HIV in the capital. We are determined to work together with the Mayor’s Office and local councils, to strengthen the capital’s response to HIV.’ 

Deputy Mayor for London Victoria Borwick commented: ‘Terrence Higgins Trust continues to play a key role in educating people so they can protect themselves against HIV, as well as providing advice and support to people living with and affected by HIV. I hope this year’s campaign for World AIDS Day will encourage anyone with concerns to seek out advice and get tested.’last_img read more

Moroccans Watched Despacito Video More Than Any Other Arab Country

Rabat – The music video for Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee has broken the record for the most viewed video of all time on YouTube, with over 3 billion views thus far, and Morocco contributed big time.Statistics shared by YouTube have revealed that the “Despacito” video has been viewed over 1 million times in over 99 countries, with Morocco providing the most views in the Arab world.According to statistics shared on social media, Morocco contributed with 12 million views to the record-breaking number. Saudi Arabia and Egypt came second with 10 million views from each country respectively. Tunisia and Algeria came in 3rd with 7 million views from each, and Palestine, Qatar, and Syria came last with only 1 million views from each of the countries.It took 203 days only for the official music video for Despacito to become the most viewed video in YouTube history.The music video is currently the most liked video on YouTube history, and is considered one of the most popular song of all time.YouTube even a shared a map of how quickly the song had spread over the world, showing the number of views in each country and continent.Some countries, like Malaysia, banned the music video, considering the lyrics “explicit.”Malaysia banning despacito because the lyrics are obscene when 90% of the people here don’t even understand the lyrics. Lol.— Beng (@Shafiqbeng) July 20, 2017“The song was filled with numerous sexual references and innuendos and thus wholly inappropriate to be aired by our national media outlets for our general public, especially children,” Malaysian Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak told CNNMoney.In an interview with Fonsi by CNN, the artist explained the reason behind the success story of the music video to be the various kinds of music used in the song, such as the Reggateon beat, the pop melody, and other tropical influences such as Salsa. read more

Hilel Garmi I Refuse to Serve in the Israeli Army

By Anna SchaefferRabat – In a Facebook post, 19-year-old Hilel Garmi declared his refusal to fight for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), acting in civil disobedience.His conscription into the IDF hovered at the end of July. However, during the unarmed demonstrations near the Gaza strip earlier this year, Garmi read writings by protest leader Ahmed Abu Ratima that made him reconsider his nearing entrance to the Israeli army. “I was impressed to discover these people who prefer unarmed alternatives to address the question of the situation between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River,” Garmi wrote. “Like them, I believe in civil disobedience to underline the illegitimacy of our regime.”Both his older brother and two sisters joined the army; as a child, the mandatory two years and eight months of service “in an elite unit” seemed not only inevitable but fascinating for Garmi.“But growing up, and being convinced that all human beings are equal, I changed my mind,” read his August 5 Facebook post. “I do not believe in the existence of a common denominator between Jews that made them different from Arabs. I do not see why I should be treated differently as a child of Gaza or Jenin. And I do not think that the suffering or joy are more important for some than for others.”Garmi said he asked himself why three million inhabitants of the West Bank and East Jerusalem have lived under military occupation for over a century and why two million Gazans suffer under a 10-year-long military siege.“Who gave Israel the right to manage the life of these five million human beings? To decide their right to drive, import, export, fish, to have electricity? To be able to arrest them at any time?”The teenager staunchly declared his position against participating in “a regime so anti-democratic,” especially with Israel’s daily actions taken against the Palestinian people.“There is a red line that we cannot cross, and for me this is insurmountable.”He wrote that his decision to make the declaration public on Facebook was directly tied to his belief in civil disobedience leading the way for social change by appealing to the sense of justice for the most privileged individuals in Israel.“If the Gaza protesters have the courage to do so, I feel the obligation and the power, as a person born on the side of those who hold the power, to engage equally in this way.” read more

Terror attacks struck at UN and must spur action Mayor Giuliani tells

“This was not just an attack on the City of New York or on the United States of America; it was an attack on the very ideal of a free, inclusive and civil society,” said Mayor Giuliani. “It was a direct assault on the founding principles of the United Nations itself,” he added, pointing out that “this vicious attack places in jeopardy” the UN’s whole purpose. The Mayor said he had been heartened by the spontaneous response to the attacks demonstrated by the leaders and peoples of UN Member States. “Your support for New York and America, and your understanding of what needs to be done to remove the threat of terrorism gives us great, great hope that we will prevail,” he said. Mayor Giuliani said it was “tragic and perverse” that the US was under attack because of its ideals, while adding that “the best long-term deterrent to terrorism, obviously, is the spread of the principles of freedom and democracy and the rule of law and respect for human rights.” Terrorists had no ideals, so their only response was to strike out at innocent civilians. “The United Nations must hold accountable any country that supports or condones terrorism, otherwise you will fail in your primary mission of peacekeeper,” he said, calling on the world body to ostracize any nation that supports terrorism, and isolate any nation that remains neutral in the fight against terrorism. “This is not a time for further study or vague directives,” he said.Mr. Giuliani challenged those who said that there were reasons for terrorism to “come with me to the thousands of funerals we’re having in New York City – thousands – and explain those insane, maniacal reasons to the children who will grow up without fathers and mothers and to the parents who have had their children ripped from them for no reason at all.” Instead, he said, UN Member States should “allow me to say at those funerals that your nations stand with America in making a solemn promise and pledge that we will achieve unconditional victory over terrorism and terrorists.”In his remarks welcoming Mr. Giuliani to the General Assembly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the Mayor’s efforts in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, saying that “we have drawn strength from your leadership, your resilience, your commitment to the tolerance and diversity that have made New York such a magnet and such an outstanding world capital.”The Secretary-General emphasized that the UN was united with New York in both its grief and its resolve to help those who have suffered, pointing out that UN staff had raised more than $100,000 for the relief effort while UN tour guides were volunteering for the American Red Cross.Above all, Mr. Annan said, the UN was united with New York in its determination to root out terrorism. “If there is one message I took away from the tour of ‘ground zero’ you provided two weeks ago, it is that the world must come together to defeat this menace,” he said. read more

Obamas electionyear budget Rallying Democrats with a focus on jobs economy income

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s election-year budget seeks to rally fellow Democrats with new help for the working poor and fresh money for road-building, education and research. It also pulls back from controversial cuts to Social Security that had been designed to lure Republicans to the bargaining table.Otherwise, Tuesday’s $3.9 trillion submission for the 2015 budget year, which begins in October, looks a lot like Obama’s previous plans. It combines proposals for more than $1.1 trillion in tax increases on the wealthy with an array of modest initiatives such as job training funds, money to rehabilitate national parks and funding for early childhood education.“Our budget is about choices. It’s about our values,” Obama said at a Washington elementary school. “As a country, we’ve got to make a decision, if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American.”Obama’s previous budgets have mostly gone nowhere, and that’s where Tuesday’s submission appears to be headed as well. Instead, Congress is likely to adhere to last year’s mini budget deal as it looks ahead to midterm elections this fall.Said Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee: “This budget isn’t a serious document; it’s a campaign brochure.”The president unveiled his budget eight months before congressional elections in which Republicans are expected to gain seats in the House and have a chance of seizing control of the Senate. GOP control of Congress in the final two years of his presidency would leave his agenda in tatters.Obama’s submission purports to adhere to the budget limits negotiated in December by Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. But it also proposes a $55 billion “Opportunity, Growth, and Security” fund that would supplement the 2015 limit on agency operating budgets set by the Ryan-Murray agreement. Half of the additional money would be for defence and half for domestic programs. And the increase would continue into the future. All told, Obama proposes $304 billion above existing limits on agency operating budgets over the coming five years, an almost 6 per cent increase.This includes extra spending for the Pentagon for readiness, repair of deteriorating military bases and the purchase of aircraft. On the domestic front, the plan promises grants to states for preschools, new research financed by the National Institutes of Health and modernization of aviation safety systems, among other initiatives.The White House also is dropping a proposal to reduce the annual inflation increases for people on Social Security. This proposed “chained CPI” change is seen as a no-brainer by budget hawks, and was a key request of Republicans in previous, failed rounds of budget talks. But it was widely panned by most Democrats and allies including the AFL-CIO. The White House says it remains on the table if Republicans want to pursue a “grand bargain” on the budget that would include tax increases.The Obama budget projects a 2015 deficit of $564 billion and a shortfall this year of $649 billion. If those come true, it would mark three straight years of annual red ink under $1 trillion, following four previous years when deficits exceeded that mark every time.Overall, the 2015 budget projects a $250 billion increase in spending over the record $3.65 trillion expected for the current year. Spending actually dropped to $3.46 trillion in the 2013 fiscal year completed last Sept. 30.Republicans instead want Obama to join them in taking on expensive benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security, whose growth is driving future deficits and squeezing other priorities like defence, education, transportation and research. Medicare costs are projected to almost double over the coming decade, from $513 billion this year to $947 billion in 2024, but funding for non-defence programs appropriated by Congress would increase by less than inflation.“The president has just three years left in his administration, and yet he seems determined to do nothing about our fiscal challenges,” said Ryan, who was Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate in the 2012 national election.But many Republicans complained that the $496 billion proposed for Department of Defence core operations — a freeze at current levels — falls woefully short. The proposal would shrink the Army from 490,000 active-duty soldiers to 440,000-450,000 over the coming five years, take away helicopters and other equipment from the National Guard, cut purchases of the much-criticized littoral combat ship by almost 40 per cent and retire the Air Force’s A-10 attack aircraft.Obama also requests $79 billion for overseas military operations related to Afghanistan and Iraq, but he says a more detailed request will follow, so that figure is likely to change.In a move aimed at narrowing the gap between America’s rich and poor, Obama’s budget devotes $60 billion over the coming decade to expand the earned income tax credit, boosting the maximum amount available to childless people from $500 to $1,000. The administration says it would help 13.5 million workers. It would lower the age at which people can claim the credit from 24 to 21 and permit older workers to claim it through age 67 instead of 65 now.Most of the expansion of the tax credit would be for people who owe no income taxes and would receive the credit as a payment.The plan relies on tax increases and modest spending cut such as curbing payments to Medicare providers to bring the budget deficit to sustainable levels of below 2 per cent of the size of the economy by 2023.Obama’s budget would raise taxes by more than $1 trillion over the next decade through a mix of tax cuts for the working poor and increases on the rich. He also claims $456 billion over that period in revenue from immigration reform as new immigrants pay taxes. There’s another $248 billion claimed by repealing a host of business tax breaks, but the budget promises to devote that revenue to lowering corporate tax rates.The largest tax increase would limit deductions for high-income taxpayers, raising $600 billion over the next decade. Obama has proposed that tax hike in every one of his budgets, only to have it die in Congress.In fact, the vast majority of Obama’s tax proposals are reruns. Of the 175 or so tax provisions, only 28 are new. Taxes would also be raised on large estates, financial institutions would pay $56 billion over a decade through a “financial crisis responsibility fee,” smokers would pay 94 cents more a pack in cigarette taxes and managers of private investment funds would see their income taxed as wages instead of investments.The budget also contains a four-year $302 billion plan to boost spending on highways, rail projects and mass transit. Both the administration and House Republicans propose using one-time revenue from a tax on the overseas profits of U.S. companies to finance a renewal of surface transportation programs after they expire at the end of September; the administration claims $150 billion for such purposes. But the money is contingent on a broader overhaul of the corporate tax code, which may be a stretch in an election year.There are lots of other initiatives sprinkled throughout, including a 10-year, $66 billion plan to fund preschool for all 4-year-olds, $30 million in the upcoming year to hire young people and veterans to repair and improve national parks and a “New Career Pathways” initiative to try to help as many as 1 million unemployed workers get new jobs.And NASA would put aside $15 million — a small amount — to begin work on a new robotic mission to Europa, the moon on Jupiter where many scientists think there may be life. NASA won’t say how much the project will eventually cost but it’s likely to be significant.The president’s spending plan also takes credit for reducing accumulated deficits over coming decade by $2.2 trillion. Nearly one-third of that comes from claimed savings from the end of the U.S. war in Iraq and the gradual withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram and Nedra Pickler contributed to this report. Obama’s election-year budget: Rallying Democrats with a focus on jobs, economy, income gap AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2014 1:24 am MDT Graphic shows major points of President Obama’s FY 2015 budget and highlights; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; read more

Ohio State wide receivers improving in year two of new offense

Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith speaks with reporters after practice Aug. 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Since the arrival of coach Urban Meyer and his spread offense at Ohio State, the holdover wide receivers have needed as much time as they could get learning what they had to do to be successful on the field.Meyer’s offense demands to have a player with the ability to play a hybrid, pivot position that Percy Harvin made famous at Florida for it to be successful. But with redshirt senior Jordan Hall battling through injuries in 2012, only playing seven games, the pressure was on the rest of the receivers to pick up the slack.Only four players caught more than 10 passes in the team’s 12-0 campaign, with senior Corey Brown hauling in a team-leading 60. Junior Devin Smith caught 30, since graduated Jake Stoneburner had 16 receptions and junior Evan Spencer caught 12.Much maligned by Meyer in the first year of the new system, year two may prove to be a little kinder to the Buckeye wideouts.Wide receivers coach Zach Smith knew his unit had a lot of growing up to do, but is pleased with how far they have come.“A year ago I told everyone that it was a young group that needed to grow up and develop and get better and that’s something that they’ve done,” Smith said Saturday. “Fast forward a year, they’ve had trials, tribulations, had hard times, had great successes but they have grown from the mistakes and matured as a group.”The returning receivers echoed their coach, and said being in their second year with Meyer’s system makes all the difference.“It’s so much smoother,” Spencer said. “Everybody is flowing faster. We all know our assignments and we are reacting instead of trying to think. That’s the biggest thing that we have improved on since last year.”Corey Brown, who said he has gained six pounds this offseason, thinks the offense as a whole can be one of the best in the country if played to its potential.“I think this year you can expect our offense to shoot up the charts if we keep doing what we are doing and try to eliminate the stupid mistakes,” Brown said. “We could be one of the top offenses in the country.”The influx of young talent in the form of freshmen Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall coupled with the returning players’ improvements makes Zach Smith particularly satisfied.“You feel more rewarded because you’re seeing what you’re trying to get done,” Smith said. “I think it’s been a long process and it’s not something that could have happened overnight.”Smith said he is pleased to know that the receivers have taken a step to where they are “no longer dysfunctional” but is looking for them to get better and become the best receiving unit in the country. He said Spencer’s growth has been most evident.“Evan Spencer has really had a great eight practices,” Smith said. “What he’s showed flashes of at times he’s really done consistently. He’s probably the one receiver that I’m most pleased with.”Smith said that Wilson is a talented player who at times “doesn’t know left from right” or to “go ten yards or twenty yards,” but loves how hard he plays.“You watch a play where he’s really insignificant to the play but the speed at which he goes and the effort he gives makes you go ‘Wow, look at that,’” Smith said. “And that is a beautiful thing.”OSU is scheduled to continue practice Monday morning. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State has defied preseason expectations in nearly every way

Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was no reason to believe Ohio State would stand a chance against Michigan State when the season began. At least, that’s what many in the college basketball world believed.But on Sunday, in a season that has continued to defy preseason expectations, the Buckeyes beat the top-ranked Spartans 80-64. Following the win, Ohio State remained in first place in the Big Ten standings with a spotless 4-0 record, and its 13-4 overall record is tied for fourth-best in the conference.No one anticipated the season would turn out the way it has for the Buckeyes. But why was that?Part of the concern was that last season was abysmal by Ohio State’s standards. Its 17-15 overall record and 7-11 Big Ten record was its worst since the 2003-04 season. When the team fell behind to opponents, it struggled to make comebacks, and it lost to opponents it held a clear advantage over teams like Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Nebraska and Rutgers, the latter of which had come in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Another avenue of concern for Ohio State was that it lost three of its five most productive players from the year prior with Marc Loving graduating, JaQuan Lyle quitting and transferring and Trevor Thompson forgoing his senior year to go to the NBA Draft. All three were in the top four for points and were regular starters.And while redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was returning from injury, his health was going to be an unknown for the team, as was his production considering he only averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while healthy in 2016-17.There also were the depth concerns. Head coach Chris Holtmann brought in three recruits — guard Musa Jallow, center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young —  as well as graduate transfer guard Andrew Dakich, all of whom were expected to be the primary bench players. It appeared Wesson would have to play plenty of minutes given the shallow depth at center, with sophomore Micah Potter the only returning center, and Dakich would spend plenty of time relieving junior C.J. Jackson, the only true point guard on the team. Many of these concerns have been alleviated to this point.Though it lost three key players, Bates-Diop and Jackson have stepped up and become the two most productive offensive players for the team, with the former emerging as a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Last season’s most prolific scorer, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, has continued to produce for the Buckeyes at a similar rate (12.9 points per game this season compared to 14.3 last year) while not being as heavily leaned on by the team. The freshmen trio have all played key roles for the team this season. Wesson filled in as the starter at center while Potter dealt with a lingering ankle injury, and ran away with the job, averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jallow has occasionally started at shooting guard in place of redshirt senior Kam Williams. And while his offensive production is not impressive to this point, Jallow has played strong defense while on the court. While Young has not had a ton of minutes, he is an accurate shooter when he gets his chance (41.4 field-goal percentage) and has been able to eat minutes for any of the forwards or centers on the team. The result has been a team that has vastly exceeded preseason expectations. It has not lost to any team it should have and has defeated half of the top-100 opponents it has played this season, including its most recent win to then-No. 1 Michigan State.A team that entered the season ranked as the 78th-best team in the country by Ken Pomeroy now ranks No. 33 on his website. It ranks as both a top-40 offense and defense this season after ranking No. 60 in offense last year and No. 99 in defense, according to Pomeroy. The Buckeyes are currently projected to finish with a 22-9 record, 13-5 in conference play. However, they are favored to win all but three games in a game-by-game breakdown.The college basketball world had every reason to doubt Ohio State before the season. But as the season wore on and the only losses came to top-tier opponents, it began to appear Ohio State might be a better team than many expected.Now that Ohio State has upset the top team in the nation, it is fair to think the Buckeyes are better than most expected. read more

Playing Planetary Annihilation early on Steam costs 90

first_imgOne of the benefits of purchasing your PC games through Steam is the cost savings you can enjoy due to the regular sales the service has. There’s always games set at full price when they launch, but they soon fall and eventually become available for a handful of dollars.Now one developer is trying something new on Steam–offering early access to an unfinished game, but charging $90 for the privilege.That game is Planetary Annihilation by Uber Entertainment, and it actually started life as a Kickstarter back in August last year. Charging $90 for an unfinished game understandably may seem a little ridiculous to a gamer seeing it for the first time on Steam, but the price was set back when the Kickstarter was still active and trying to reach its $900,000 funding goal. In the end the Kickstarter raised $2.2 million.Uber makes it clear in the Steam forums that this is the price set at the time of the Kickstarter. If you want to play the game between June and the end of August it will cost $90. At this point features aren’t locked down, but your purchase means you get access to the final retail game with all the add-ons.If you don’t mind waiting, then buying the game between September and November will cost $60, which nets you an almost complete, but unbalanced game. After that, the game is set to launch in December and you’ll pay whatever price they set for the final game. Basically the longer you wait the cheaper it gets, so the $90 you pay today is for the impatient or those gamers really enthused by the game but who missed the Kickstarter.The pricing strategy makes sense when you understand it, but that clearly hasn’t happened within the Steam gaming community. There’s also an increasing number of zero-rated reviews on Metacritic, many of which mention the price as a reason. Hopefully Uber can manage the situation and launch to great reviews in December.last_img read more

Curiosity prêt à décoller le 26 novembre

first_imgCuriosity prêt à décoller le 26 novembre Mercredi, la NASA et les responsables de la mission ont donné le feu vert aux équipes pour poursuivre les opérations de préparation du lancement du rover Curiosity qui aura lieu samedi. Il décollera à bord d’une fusée Atlas V. Curiosity n’est plus qu’à quelques jours de son départ pour… la planète Mars. Bien que le décollage initialement programmé le 25 novembre ait été reporté, tout semble aujourd’hui se dérouler comme prévu. Ainsi, les responsables de la NASA viennent tout juste de donner leur feu vert aux équipes de la mission Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) qui peuvent donc poursuivre la préparation du rover et de la fusée Atlas V qui l’emportera depuis la base de Cap Canaveral en Floride.  À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Le Mars Science Lab et le rover Curiosity sont installés et chargés, prêts pour le décompte final du lancement de samedi”, commente Colleen Hartman de la Direction des mission scientifiques de la NASA. “Nous prévoyons de sortir le véhicule du Vertical Integration Facility vendredi matin. Nous devrions être sur le chemin du pas de tir vers 8H”, précise de son côté Omar Baez, directeur du lancement. D’après les dernières estimations des équipes de la NASA, les conditions météo pourraient être de plus plutôt clémentes avec 70% de chances que le lancement soit maintenu. “Ce rover, le rover Curiosity, est vraiment un rover sur stéroïdes. Il est, d’un point de vue d’importance, plus compétent que tout ce qu’on a pu lancer vers n’importe quelle planète du système solaire. Il ira plus loin, il découvrira plus que ce que nous pouvons imaginer”, s’enthousiasme Colleen Hartman, particulièrement confiant et cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. Après son décollage, il faudra près de dix mois à Curiosity pour arriver sur Mars. Le 24 novembre 2011 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Deals Nintendo Switch Bundles for as low as 350

first_imgNintendo has truly delivered on the dream of the hybrid portable console. The Switch is an easy-to-love machine with a respectable library just one year into its lifespan. So if you’re ready to jump on the Switch train, today’s bundles on the PCMag store are worth your consideration. • Nintendo Switch Bundles for just $349.99AdChoices广告Featured today are five bundles: one with a Pro controller and four with games. Each of these bundles saves you $9.99 off the standard retail price, and that means that the game bundles cost $349.99 each while the Pro Controller bundle costs $359.99. And if none of those bundles stick out to you, you can still choose the standard Switch set-up with Neon Blue and Red joy-cons for $299.99. So, which games can you pick from in these bundles? There’s some really excellent choices here: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Sonic Forces. Considering that Odyssey and Breath of the Wild were two of the biggest gaming releases of 2017, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a ton of fun here. Frankly, it’s a fantastic time to snag the Switch. Not only will you have access to all of last year’s tip-top releases, but there’s a nice line-up for 2018 as well. Nintendo Labo is out today, ports of Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors are out next month, and Super Smash Bros. is slated for a 2018 release to boot.Note: Terms and conditions apply. Sales tax collected for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas. See the PCMag Shop site for more information.For more great deals, check out TechBargains.com.last_img read more

Sunrise Police officer hits tree while trying to avoid animal

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Sunrise Police officer came to a crashing stop while trying to avoid a small animal crossing the road.Investigators said Sunrise Police Officer Jordan Pacheco slammed into a tree after trying to avoid hitting the animal near North Nob Hill Road and 55th Street, Sunday.The officer was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. He has since been released and is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Dairy Queens Zero Gravity Blizzard Celebrates American Moon Landing

first_img Dairy Queen (DQ) is celebrating the Apollo 11 mission upside down: The soft serve ice cream chain just unveiled its new “Zero Gravity Blizzard,” a cosmic-inspired frozen dessert that looks like a creamy galaxy.The DQ Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat, which honors the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, brings together Oreo cookie pieces, shimmery swirls, and a sweet cotton candy topping with DQ’s famous vanilla soft serve ice cream and bright “galaxy” sprinkles, Space.com reported. The cool dessert will be available for a limited time at select DQ locations in the U.S.Explore the wonder of space and celebrate the Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary with the all new #ZeroGravityBLIZZARD Treat– only here for a limited time and served upside down or the next one’s free.* Try one today! #HappyTastesGood pic.twitter.com/8Vqsxf9eXL— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) June 26, 2019Of course, DQ had to add some space fun to its new dessert: The DQ Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat is served to customers upside down, or the next one will be free.It’s the first day of summer and we’re flippin’ out #HappyTastesGood #FirstDayofSummer pic.twitter.com/PHpOKuHjvu— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) June 21, 2019DQ isn’t the only food chain to serve up “moon-themed” eats: Krispy Kreme is honoring the Apollo 11 anniversary with new doughnuts filled with cream, while Budweiser released a limited-edition brew that also pays tribute to America’s first trip to the lunar surface.More on Geek.com:Krispy Kreme Commemorates Apollo 11 Anniversary With New Filled DoughnutLimited-Edition Budweiser Brew Celebrates 50 Years Since Moon LandingNASA: Share Your Memories of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall last_img read more

Malwarebytes 32 promises better memory usage and stability

first_imgMalwarebytes 3.2 promises better memory usage and stability by Martin Brinkmann on July 31, 2017 in Software – Last Update: September 16, 2017 – 39 commentsMalwarebytes, maker of the security product of the same name, have released Malwarebytes 3.2 Beta which promises better memory usage and other improvements.The company has been fighting will all sorts of issues after the release of Malwarebytes 3.0 and the merging of all company products into a single application.Core issues that users of the new application version experienced were high memory usage, stability issues, and issues with functionality. The latter especially with components that would turn themselves off automatically, or would not turn on at all in first place.Updates to the program have improved the situation, but it is still far from ideal. The issue with components seems to have been fixed for instance, judging from my own experience with the software and user comments on recent updates to the program. Memory usage is still pretty high however, especially when compared to the latest 2.x versions of the security software.Malwarebytes 3.2Memory usage has been improved further in Malwarebytes 3.2. The main process, MBAMSrvice.exe drops below the 200,000 K mark on 64-bit versions of Windows. While that is good, I still consider Malwarebytes to be a fairly heavy program especially since it runs three processes on Windows machines.The developers of the software have fixed several stability related issues in the new version as well. This includes crashes and hangs related to the service and tray application, but also the user interface.Malwarebytes added an option to the application to download and install beta versions of the application automatically. Users interested in those had to download the updates manually up until now to install them on devices running the software.It is usually not a good idea to install beta software on production systems, but if you want cutting edge and don’t mind running into bugs every now and then, this may be an option. Also, useful to test new versions of the security software early before deploying them on production systems or on a wider scale.You find the new option under Settings > Application > Beta Application Updates.The “install application updates” button in the program interface will download and install new components now regardless of limits that may be in place in regards to automatic updates.You find additional information on the changes and the download link for the new Malwarebytes 3.2 Beta update on the official company forum.Now You: Which security software do you run primarily?SummaryArticle NameMalwarebytes 3.2 promises better memory usage and stabilityDescriptionMalwarebytes, maker of the security product of the same name, have released Malwarebytes 3.2 Beta which promises better memory usage and other improvements.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more