Introducing the Sales Leadership Talk Show

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 I’ve been working on a little project with my friend, Gerhard Gschwandtner. We’re calling it The Sales Leadership Talk Show. Check out the latest episode here, where we discuss:Jeff Gitomer’s idea that 24/7 is the new 9/5 and his thoughts on working harder – (00:30)Tony Schwartz’s idea that the way we’re working isn’t working and his thoughts on focusing on energy instead of time – (3:09)Jim Schleckser’s idea that leaders should not be players but focus on developing talent – (8:22)Tim Riesterer’s ideas on sales enablement and how salespeople need be empowered to win – (14:25)A surprisingly simple and effective “feel good” tool for salespeople – 18:11 (no clues offered here)To download a discussion guide on these vital topics go to Gerhard’s new site for sales operations and enablement: Join to collaborate and co-create to improve salespeople, enhance processes and advance with best in class sales technologies.last_img

Bhima Koregaon: decks clear for GR on withdrawal of cases

first_imgThe Maharashtra Government is likely to withdraw the cases filed in the aftermath of violence on the 201st anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle being observed on January 1, 2019. The formatting of the two interim reports submitted by a high-power committee comprising eight State cabinet ministers and the subsequent review of the same by the State’s Law and Judiciary department is complete. It is only a matter of time before the Government Resolution (GR) withdrawing the first tranche of 158 cases is issued. The government is keen to send a message of peace to prevent a repeat of the violence that took place last year during the 200th anniversary celebrations, sources in the government confirmed.Reports formattedSenior officials of the Maharashtra Home Department said the two reports were submitted even before the Chief Minister made the announcement on withdrawal of cases in the just-concluded winter session of Assembly. But these had to be sent back to the panel since they were not in the appropriate format as prescribed by legal department. “We will drop the 158 cases which are petty in nature in a single stroke and are likely do it on the upcoming anniversary of the event (Bhima Koregaon),” said a senior Home Department official. During the winter session, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced the systematic withdrawal of cases filed during the Bhima Koregaon violence. Of the total 655 cases, 63 are serious offences that cannot be withdrawn. The rest will be taken back, he had said. The cases where ‘A final’ is submitted are 159, cases chargesheeted and recommended for withdrawal are 275 and cases under investigation and in process of withdrawal are 158. ‘‘We are in the process of taking back these cases,’’ the Chief Minister had said in the Lower House. The proposed GR will also cover 543 cases filed during the Maratha agitation. Of these 314 are in the process of being withdrawn. Another 117 are recommended for cancellation but may be withdrawn in two batches, officials said. The decision regarding cases involving serious offence in the Bhima Koregaon violence, such as the attacks on the police, will not be taken anytime soon.last_img

Cyclone ‘Hikaa’ to cross Oman by Tuesday night

first_imgA deep depression over the Arabian Sea has intensified into a “very severe storm” Hikaa’ while moving westward in the Arabian Sea and is likely to cross the Oman coast on Tuesday night, the MeT department said. It advised fishermen from Gujarat not to venture into the sea as the weather there will remain “very rough” till Wednesday morning.“Severe cyclonic storm ‘Hikaa’ moved nearly westwards with a speed of 22 kmph during past six hours and intensified rapidly into a very severe cyclonic storm over north-west and adjoining west-central Arabian Sea,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin. As of Tuesday morning, it lay centred about 820 km west-southwest of Karachi in Pakistan, 220 km east-southeast of Masirah in Oman, and about 350 km east-northeast of Duqm in Oman, it said.“The cyclone is likely to maintain its intensity for next six hours and weaken gradually thereafter,” the IMD said. It is very likely to move west-southwestwards and cross the Oman coast close to Duqm on Tuesday night “as a severe cyclonic storm” with a wind speed of 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph, it said.“Winds with speed reaching 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph are very likely to prevail over north-west and west- central Arabian sea during next six hours. The wind speed will gradually decrease thereafter, becoming 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph by Tuesday evening along and off the Oman coast,” the IMD said. Its intensity would further weaken before turning into a squally wind with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph near the Oman coast on Wednesday morning.“The sea conditions will be phenomenal during next 12 hours, high to very rough during subsequent 12 hours, and will improve thereafter,” the IMD said.last_img

Monaco GP: Hamilton fastest in first practice after drain cover drama

first_imgFormula One world champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace in an incident-filled opening Monaco Grand Prix practice on Thursday, with debris and a loose drain cover bringing an early end to the session.The Briton, who trails his championship leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by 43 points after five races and collided with the German in Spain 11 days ago, lapped the sinuous street circuit in one minute 15.537 seconds.Rosberg, winner for the past three years in the principality, was second fastest in 1:15.638 on the new ultrasoft tyres.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, four tenths slower, followed by the Red Bulls of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Dutch 18-year-old Max Verstappen.Verstappen, who became Formula One’s youngest race winner in Spain, will be using an older specification Renault engine than Ricciardo in Sunday’s showcase race around the picturesque harbourside track.MASSA WRECKS HIS WILLIAMS  Brazilian Felipe Massa provided the first incident when he skewed his Williams into the barriers at the first Sainte Devote corner before the uphill sweep to Casino Square, leaving plenty of work for his unimpressed mechanics.That smash, with 24 minutes gone, triggered the virtual safety car.Mexican Esteban Gutierrez set it off again with half an hour remaining when he stopped his Haas before Portier with electrical problems, and then Renault’s British rookie Jolyon Palmer crashed at Tabac.”Sorry, guys,” Palmer said over the radio.DRAIN COVER CAUSES MORE CRASHESYellow warning flags were waved when Brazilian Felipe Nasr’s Sauber went off at Sainte Devote and the virtual safety car was deployed for the third time when Rosberg’s car suffered damage and a rear left puncture at Sainte Devote.advertisementTelevision replays indicated a manhole cover had lifted, confirmed later by Mercedes, with McLaren’s Jenson Button then running over it and debris from the Mercedes.The McLaren suffered a puncture and damaged front wing, with the session stopped and the final two minutes of the session abandoned.Track workers were then deployed to Sainte Devote to weld down the offending cover.last_img

Maradona Says He’s Well after Being Treated at World Cup

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — Argentine football great Diego Maradona says he is well after requiring medical treatment at a World Cup game in Russia.Footage posted on social media showed Maradona apparently disoriented and being helped to climb stairs at Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria on Tuesday.He had earlier been seen reacting emotionally to the game and showing a middle-finger salute when Argentina scored. TV footage also showed Maradona with his eyes closed for part of the game.Maradona says he was dizzy and his “neck hurt a lot,” so he was examined at the stadium.Writing on Instagram underneath a picture of himself with medical staff, Maradona says “I was checked by a doctor and he recommended me to go home before the second half, but I wanted to stay because we were risking it all. How could I leave?”Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Argentinian soccer former player Diego Armando Maradona stands on the tribune during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona kisses the hand of a soccer fan ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

DP World Indias NIIF Set Stage for USD 3 Bn Investment

first_imgzoom DP World and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) have set up a USD 3 billion worth investment platform to invest in ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India. The partnership follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in May 2017 targeting development of the logistics sector in India.Aside to acquiring and developing sea port assets the platform will also look at opportunities beyond sea ports such as river ports and transportation, freight corridors, port-led special economic zones, inland container terminals, and logistics infrastructure including cold storage. “DP World has been a part of India’s growth story for nearly two decades and we are delighted to continue our success by joining forces with a strong strategic partner, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). We believe that our expertise in building best-in-class logistics infrastructure together with the NIIF’s local knowledge and government partnership is the right combination to take advantage of the significant growth opportunities in India,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.“Efficient logistics and cargo movement are critical components for the continued growth and development of the Indian economy, and particularly the manufacturing sector,” Sujoy Bose, CEO, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, said, adding that the platform would reduce the cost of moving cargo between port and origin/destination.“This is NIIF’s first investment and is a good example of how NIIF can work with international capital and expertise to invest at scale to build critical infrastructure in India.”The first close of the NIIF Master Fund took place on October 16, 2017 with contributions from a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and four Domestic Institutional Investors (DIIs),  HDFC Group, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Life and Axis Bank.Three alternative investment funds are being established under NIIF, which is being assigned with a budget of USD 6 billion, 49 percent of which is being contributed by the Government of India.last_img

Israel accepted into global financial watchdog group

first_imgJERUSALEM — Israel says it has been accepted as a member in a global money laundering and terrorism financing watchdog group.The Financial Action Task Force is an intergovernmental group of some 35 countries based in Paris that sets international standards on terror financing and money laundering.Israel says Monday that its acceptance into the group will allow it to take an active role in global policy-making on the issues.In a statement, the FATF said Israel’s “experience and perspective will make a valuable contribution to our work to prevent the misuse of the financial system.”The group has in the past given Israel’s archenemy Iran ultimatums over terrorism funding, warning of deeper economic isolation if it doesn’t comply.The Associated Presslast_img

Brock grads students helping run U18 Womens World Hockey Championship

It may not have the most athletes or the biggest financial impact, but the IIHF U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship is one of the most significant sporting events to be held in Niagara. And it’s being run by a Brock University graduate.Matt Hill (SPMA ’12), is the week-long tournament’s General Manager, hired by Hockey Canada from his post with the Niagara Sport Commission (NSC) to oversee the event’s operations.“From a profile and impact standpoint, this is certainly one of the biggest events we’ve had a lead in,” Hill said of the NSC, which is co-hosting the tournament with the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association.The 25-year-old from Richmond Hill got a behind-the-scenes look at organizing a major tournament during a sport management placement with the NSC when it helped with the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo.“From that experience I was able to get a position with the NSC, which led to my position here,” Hill said. “Without those connections and the opportunities Brock provided me, I wouldn’t be in the role I’m in today.”In addition to Hill, numerous NSC employees and interns are Brock alumni or students. There are also dozens of volunteers who are in Brock’s Sport Management, Business and Nursing programs.“Brock’s eagerness and willingness to partner with organizations and events when they’re here speaks volumes about Brock and the opportunities it provides to enhance the learning experiences,” Hill said.The partnership is mutually beneficial, said Julie Stevens, an associate professor in Brock’s Department of Sport Management.“The exposure helps students realize the work involved in an event of this scale. It’s one aspect to learn in the classroom how to manage sport, but when you’re on site and recognize all the pieces that happen behind the scenes, you are better positioned to enter the job market,” Stevens said.Volunteers from Brock are involved in all aspects of the tournament including team services, security, statistics, ceremonies, game-day operations, media and communications and volunteer services.“It emphasizes the value of experiential learning in Brock’s Strategic Mandate and demonstrates a desire in the Sport Management Department to support and promote sport in the Niagara Region,” Stevens said.Monday night’s Canada/U.S. preliminary round game drew a crowd of more than 4,000 to the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, which set a record for any under-18 women’s world hockey championship game. It will, however, be easily surpassed Friday night in the Gold Medal game, where the Meridian Centre’s full 5,300-seat capacity setup will be used, and the game is already nearly sold out. Tens of thousands from around the world have also watched the games online.

Large Liebherr wheel loaders find success in New Zealand

first_imgLiebherr says robust design make its large wheel loaders (L 550 to L 586) particularly well suited to quarrying operations. “Using more than six decades of experience, Liebherr has developed and constructed key components for these machines including engines, hydraulic cylinders and electronic components. As a result, Liebherr is able to guarantee manufacturer quality in every aspect. In addition to this, Liebherr wheel loaders can be set up for intensive mining operations with a variety of equipment options including specialist tyres with tyre protection chains, windscreen guards, and special rock or HD variant buckets.”Liebherr engineers in Bischofshofen, Austria, have developed a good solution for engine installation; installing the engines in the rear of the machines. The centre of gravity is moved to the rear of the wheel loader so that the diesel engine and the variable displacement pump counterbalance each other. This means that Liebherr can dispense with any ballast, which achieves lower operating weights and higher tipping loads. When handling heavy rock material, a high tipping load is obviously an advantage as this enables operators to use larger buckets and move larger loads. The lower operating weight also reduces fuel consumption.Liebherr customer, Southern Screenworks from Christchurch, New Zealand, was won over by these advantages. It operates a quarry on New Zealand’s South Island with ten mobile crushing and sieving plants. Directors Brett Swain and Alan King purchased their first Liebherr wheel loaders in 2007. Three more followed as a result of their positive experience with the machines. Today, a fleet consisting of an L 564, L 566, L 576 and L 580 moves more than 1,500 m3/d of rock material. This is equivalent to approximately 3,000 t. “Before we buy a new machine, we compare efficiency, performance and reliability. We opted for Liebherr, because other suppliers had nothing on Liebherr in terms of these criteria,” explained Brett Swain.These wheel loaders are hydrostatically driven – a real plus in terms of efficiency. Under the same working conditions, they consume up to 25% less fuel. Director Brett Swain was impressed by the hydrostatic driveline, commenting, “Our wheel loaders work for 12 hours per day at the quarry face. The tear-out force of the machines is enormous, and this is achieved even with very low fuel consumption. This is due to the hydrostatic driveline which is not only efficient, but also improves the level of comfort for our operators due to its quiet operation. We also have virtually no brake wear due to the hydraulic braking action of the drive.”last_img

Omeyer to Montpellier in 2013 Karabatic prolongs contract

Montpellier seems to be strengthening the squad, but for the next season only. Starting from 2013, Montpellier will have on their goal the best player of the world in 2010, the goalkeeper of THW Kiel – Thierry Omeyer. He is to join the French side on 1st of July 2013, and will sign a contract for three years.The club also announced that they’re likely to keep Karabatic until his retirement, as one of the best world players signed a contract that is to run until 2016. Apart from him, loyalty to the club was sworn by Vid Kavticnik and Michael Guigou as well, while Issam Taj signed until 2015, setting the stage for a possibly very strong and Champions League title-challenging French side from 2013, that is to last for few years at least. ← Previous Story Irfan Smajlagic resigns – Bosna Sarajevo looking for a new coach Next Story → Humanitarian action for Iztok Puc

Heres the latest information about the Tuam motherandbaby home

first_img Source: Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes via Department of Children and Youth AffairsThe report stated that an “assessment of mortality rates will need public health specialist/historical analysis of statistics on children born and resident at the home in Tuam”.Skeletal Remains In relation to lawful burials, the report states, “There were no conditions applying to burial sites attaching to religious homes and no onus to report or give notification of burials therein to any authority.”It also reveals that Garda enquiries confirm reports that skeletal remains were discovered in an underground structure near the site in mid-1970s with no record of Garda/coroner involvement at that time.The Gardaí are now continuing to make enquiries locally at the request of the Minister for Justice and Equality.The question of a suitable memorial at Tuam is now being looked at by the Tuam Home Graveyard Committee.The Inter Departmental Group has been advised that Land Registry records indicate that the site is in the ownership of the the Local Authority, having been transferred to them by the Health Board in 1978.You can read the report in full here.Originally posted 3:30pm.Read: Death rate of babies at Tuam mother-and-baby home was double the rate of other homes> THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL report on mother-and-baby homes has gathered information about the home in Tuam, Co Galway.Almost 800 children died at the home run by the Bon Secours Sisters from 1925-1961.It averaged 22.2 deaths per year – ranging from one death in 1958 to 53 in 1947.The General Register’s Office (GRO) identified that 1,101 births were recorded during the 36 years that the Tuam home operated.Reported causes of deaths‘Debility from birth’ was recorded as the biggest cause of death, killing 24% of the 796 children.‘Respiratory diseases’ was recorded as the second biggest killer with 15%.Here’s the full list of the causes of deaths:last_img

Solicitor avoids jail time after giving mobile phone to incarcerated rapist

first_img Image: Google Maps By Paul Neilan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 9th 2019, 5:28 PM Solicitor avoids jail time after giving mobile phone to incarcerated rapist Joanne Kangley (41) appeared at Portlaoise Circuit Court pleading guilty to the offence. She was clearly in an extremely invidious position with choices to make that were all going to be highly unpalatable.“To a certain extent she became a victim of his criminal behaviour,” he said, adding that she now lived in Spain because “of the threat she still feels is posed by him and his associates”.Judge Keenan Johnson said the maximum sentence was five years under Section 36 of the Prison Act and that without mitigating factors he would have sentenced her to three-and-a-half years.He suspended a 12-month sentence for five years and Ms Kangley entered into a bond of €500 to keep the peace.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Share1 Tweet Email1 A SOLICITOR WHO gave a mobile phone to an incarcerated notorious rapist after he threatened to rape her child, has avoided jail.Joanne Kangley (41), formerly of Bailieborough, Co Cavan, appeared at Portlaoise Circuit Court pleading guilty to the offence, committed on 6 November 2014. The offence carries a maximum imprisonment of five years.Judge Keenan Johnson heard that Kangley, a mother of two young children and a former solicitor of mob boss John Gilligan, also provided a SIM card and topped up the phone for the prisoner, her former client.Kangley qualified in 2001 and was a practising solicitor since 2004. She had built up a “fairly high-profile clientele amongst the criminal fraternity”, the court heard.In 2013, she issued a letter for her then-client John Gilligan upon his release from jail, warning news outlets that he would not be giving interviews, “not even for a million euro”.The prisoner, who is denying receiving the phone and is awaiting a court hearing, was jailed for false imprisonment and raping woman with implements while her infant child was found wandering in public at the time of the offences.‘I know all about her’The court had previously heard that she gave the phone to the inmate at Midlands Regional Hospital, where he was a patient, after he threatened “I will fucking fillet you from here to here”.He also remarked that she had “a lovely daughter, I know all about her”.The two were alone in a hospital ward room while prison guards were outside.He took the phone from her bag but she could not reason with him to return it.She eventually removed the SIM card and threw the phone on the bed.She was also warned not to speak about the phone, as she knew what would happen to “rats”. He also threatened to “ruin” her by telling gardaí about the phone.At her sentencing today, Judge Keenan Johnson noted that she was ‘extremely frightened and fearful’ of the rapist, who said he had seen pictures of Kangley’s daughter and that he was going to rape her if she did not get him a SIM card.She later bought him a SIM card and topped up the phone, which was used to search for information about her and to intimidate others.In February 2015, he told a prison officer that he had a phone up his rectum that she had given him and information on the phone linked it to her.He said he would only hand over the phone if he was arrested but gardaí refused.The next day he reported that he had swallowed razor blades and that he required admission to hospital.He was placed in a search cell and during a search, a prison officer noticed the phone sticking out from between his buttocks.The phone was recovered and examinations revealed that he had used it to contact Kangley and for internet searches of his former solicitor and his rape victim.‘Unbearable stress’Judge Keenan Johnson said the aggravating factors were the “serious breach of trust on the part of the accused” and that the phone was used to “intimidate other parties”.However, he noted that Kangley had given the phone when she was under “unbearable stress, duress and fear” because of her then-client, that she had lost her business, her livelihood, was diagnosed as having PTSD, had a previously “unblemished record” and was fearing for her daughter’s safety.Judge Keenan Johnson said Kangley was a devoted mother to her children and described her former client as manipulative, devious and sadistic. Portlaoise Courthouse Short URL 22,100 Views No Comments Portlaoise Courthouse Image: Google read more

Sikh pilgrims subjected to blatant Khalistan propaganda India

first_imgNEW DELHI: India has conveyed to Pakistan that Sikh pilgrims visiting that country are regularly subjected to anti-India propaganda and Khalistan agenda and elements based there burn the tricolour to hurt their sentiments. In a dossier given to Pakistan, New Delhi also said a federal minister of Pakistan even eulogised slain Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani and told the Sikh pilgrims in an address that Sikhs and Kashmiris are treated like “slaves” by the Indian government. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The four annual Indian Sikh ‘Jathas’ that visit important gurdwaras in Pakistan every year under the bilateral Protocol to visit Religious Shrines, 1974, have been regularly subjected to anti-India propaganda during their visit against the spirit of the visit and in complete subversion of the objectives of the bilateral arrangement, the 23-page dossier, accompanied by pictures, said. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The dossier, presented to Pakistan during the recently-concluded bilateral meeting on the Kartarpur Sahib corridor held in Wagah, has in its cover a picture of former general secretary of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Gopal Singh Chawla burning the Indian flag. “Unfortunately, a large part of this propaganda is perpetuated during the religious functions organised by Evacuee Trust Property Board, Pakistan and the forum has been exploited to promote the agenda of Khalistan instead of focusing on the religious discourse,” it said. Advertise With Us Some blatant instances of such anti-India propaganda during the visits of Indian Jathas in the recent years were also narrated in the dossier, accessed by PTI. The dossier gives details of several pro-Khalistan groups, including Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), operating freely in Pakistan. The SFJ was recently banned by India. The dossier also contains picture of Chawla’s meeting with Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed. In 2016, during the Guru Nanak Dev Ji anniversary, Sardar Mohammad Yousuf, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Harmony, in his address at the main function in Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, eulogised Burhan Wani and alleged that the Sikhs and Kashmiris are treated like “slaves” by the Indian government, the dossier said. In the same meeting where the Pakistan federal minister spoke, Chawla raised the demand of Khalistan and even advocated violent means to achieve it. Chawal asked the Indian Sikh pilgrims to revolt against the Supreme Court’s decision in inter-state water agreement involving Punjab and raised anti-India slogans from the dais. During the ‘Nagar Kirtan’ on November 14, 2016, a pro-Khalistan group carried banners depicting photographs of Sikh militants Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and Subheg Singh and pro-Khalistan literature was openly distributed. Pro-Khalistan radical Sikhs had set up the usual Khalistan stage at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib on November 14, 2016 and several speakers, including Chawla criticised Indian government and raised the demand for creation of Khalistan. A seminar was organised on November 18 at Lahore on contentious ‘Nanakshahi’ calendar where speakers accused India of not protecting the interests of Sikhs and Muslims and extended their full support to militancy in Kashmir. “Attempts were made to instigate the Sikh pilgrims against Indian government over the issues like demonetisation, denial of permission for unauthorised ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, inter-state dispute involving Punjab and creation of Khalistan,” the dossier said.last_img

Report Houstons Economy Survives Oil Turmoil In 2015 But Future Outlook Bleak

first_img Share The oil bust is spreading to the broader Houston economy, suggesting two years of job losses, sluggish growth and softening home sales before a rebound. That’s according to a new forecast from the University of Houston.Economist Bill Gilmer with the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the Bauer College of Business projects as many as 40,000 net jobs could be lost through 2017. He says oil prices would have to reach about $65 a barrel in order for companies to start producing at higher levels and hiring significantly more workers.But Gilmer says the future market sees the price of oil staying below $51 a barrel through 2019. He spoke at the symposium “Houston’s Economy Absorbs the Big Blow From Oil in 2015: Who Shares the Pain in 2016?” on Tuesday. last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition Tuesday Dec 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream:’ll talk crime and policing in Baltimore, including the mistrial declared in the second trial in the 2010 murder of North Carolina teen Phylicia Barnes. And Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a think tank and political action committee is calling for an apology from the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police for their alleged harassment of Kelli Murray, a Black Baltimore County 911 operator, who through social media stated her anxiety about her young son interacting with law enforcement. These stories, as well as a last minute Christmas gift guide all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Kickstarter project adds trackball to PC game controller

first_imgA Kickstarter project has revealed a unique controller which integrates a PC trackball with a regular PS2-style game pad. The hybrid controller bridges the gap between PC and console gaming by combining the comfort of a game pad but the preciseness and speed of a mouse.The project starter, Peter Von Buskirk, originally came up with the idea when playing his first ever first person shooter on the PS2. It’s easy to see the inspiration, as the controller is essentially a PS2 pad, but slightly elongated and with a trackball instead of a second thumbstick.Ever since then he has been developing an idea to make a controller that allows faster, more precise input, and he’s ended up with a prototype and a patent pending. Now he wants to do some fine tuning to the controller while at the same time allowing gamers to get their hands on it if they pledge enough money. It’s also a mission of his to get the controller manufactured where he lives in Michigan, to bring back some money into the state.The ball in place of a thumbstick means looking up, down, left and right is much more responsive and simulates the quickness of a mouse. The demo video shows just how quickly the trackball reacts to your touch, but it almost looks a little too responsive for the game to properly keep up – if you get motion sickness, beware. However, with some practice the controller could allow you to become much faster and better at first person shooters, or several other genres of game for that matter.The kickstarter currently has 197 backers and has raised $10,037, but with 11 days to go and a total of $125,000 to raise, it’s unlikely it will reach its goal.The pad is wired, connects to PC via USB and registers both as a game pad and a trackball. If you want to get your hands on one, you’d better go and pledge some cash and tell all your friends, otherwise this controller will never become a reality.To pledge your support, visit the Kickstarter sitelast_img

Actor Lee Pace says hes dated both men and women in the

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Actor Lee Pace revealed he’s dated both men and women in the past in a new interview with W Magazine. Pace is currently appearing in the Broadway revival debut of Angels in America. The show began previews on 23 February, before its premiere on 21 March. Pace is playing the role of Joe Pitt, previously played by Russell Tovey in London.At 38-years-old, Pace is known for a variety of roles. A favorite is the short-lived cult TV classic Pushing Daisies, created by Bryan Fuller. He earned a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination for the performance. Most recently, he starred as the bisexual lead on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire.In the movie realm, he’s more known for franchise work. He played a villain in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, as well as the elf Thranduil in The Hobbit trilogy.His very first film role was as transgender woman Calperian Addams in Soldier’s Girl. Based on a true story, Pace won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance.Now he’s taking on another hard-hitting story about gay life in America. He says there’s reason to do Tony Kushner’s Angels in America again.‘Those dark politics of Roy Cohn [portrayed as a fictionalized, closeted hypocrite in the play]; here we are with [Cohn’s protégé] Donald Trump as President—that’s the New York that Tony’s writing about in ’85. Gosh, you read the press about Donald Trump then, that was written at the time. It’s the same city that I’m wandering around right now, the same place, but it’s 30 years on now.’An actor who plays rolesIt’s a bit of déjà vu.The last time Pace was on Broadway, he starred in another revival of a classic gay play — The Normal Heart.He said he thinks it’s important for gay actors to play gay roles, but didn’t label himself.‘I’ve dated men. I’ve dated women,’ he opened up, with a qualification. ‘I don’t know why anyone would care. I’m an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don’t know what to say—I find your question intrusive.’His focus is more on his role and the world around him.‘Our understanding of what it means to be gay is just so different — culturally different. It’s just so much further down the road. It’s an interesting thing for me to think about in this moment while working on this play.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Pace comes out, but privately. | Photo: YouTube/InternetWeekcenter_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Onward, with pride’: Lee Pace clarifies statements on sexuality19 gay, lesbian and bi actors who gave amazing performances in straight rolesGay Hollyoaks star Nathan Sussex on why straight men can play gay roles (and vice versa)Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :

Illegal squatters removed from west Playa del Carmen land

first_imgThree brick homes had been set up. All three were dismantled after the squatters were removed. Police report no arrests. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) For nearly five hours, approximately 80 Ministerial Police agents remained on a large parcel of land in west central Playa del Carmen to ensure the property and remove its squatters. The land was allegedly claimed several years ago by a family member of the state’s former governor, Roberto Borge Angulo. The State Attorney General intervened to reclaim the land being illegally invaded. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Dozens of police were sent to a large property in west Playa del Carmen to seize the land and remove those living on it. last_img

Turkey to host 2019 UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul

first_imgWith the UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals concluded, Istanbul has now set its sights on the first all-English Super Cup match scheduled for August 14 at Vodafone Park in Istanbul. The country’s tourism board is expecting a large number of spectators and English fans, to visit the city for the occasion.In the finals, Champions League winners Liverpool will be facing Europa League holders Chelsea in the renowned Vodafone Park, which serves as the home ground of Istanbul giants Beşiktaş. The state-of-the-art stadium by the Bosporus was inaugurated in April 2016 with a capacity of nearly 42,000.The match is expected to contribute a substantial amount to the city’s economy, with airliners expecting more sales in flights from Britain while hoteliers expect a 100% occupancy rate in the already-crowded season. Fans have already started booking tickets for scheduled flights offered by flag-carrier Turkish Airlines from Manchester and London to Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen, in addition to flights offered by foreign airlines. Additional charter flights will also be introduced near the date of the match.In addition to fans, hundreds of employees from media outlets around the world and the UEFA and guests sponsor companies will also arrive in Istanbul for the match. Football enthusiasts from various countries will also be in Istanbul for the match and to enjoy the atmosphere, with the number of visitors associated with the match expected to be over 50,000.“Considering the number of football fans in India and the craze for Liverpool and Chelsea here, we are optimistic that a number of people from India will be travelling to Istanbul to watch the final match. We are expecting major arrivals to Turkey next month. The authorities are planning to allocate large squares as fan zones and create open-air match screening areas,” said H Deniz ERSÖZ, Culture & Tourism Counsellor, Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in India.A magnet for dynamic and talented people from around the world, Istanbul is the ideal meetings and conventions destination with its vibrancy, modernity, top-notch infrastructure and enviable geographical position. In addition to its geographic advantage as a natural bridge between Europe and the Middle East, bordered by the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Turkey, and specifically Istanbul, has seen billions of dollars invested in core infrastructure projects to boost its tourism sector and enhance its position as a viable business and family destination.last_img