first_imgTOTTENHAM VS NORWICH CITYTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES, DIER, DEMBELE, LAMELA, ALLI, ERIKSEN, KANENORWICH (4-2-3-1)JEROME, BRADY, HOOLAHAN, REDMOND, TETTEY, O’NEIL, OLSSON, BASSONG, BENNETT, MARTIN, RUDDTottenham are thriving after winning 2-0 at Southampton last Saturday. The three points elevated Spurs to fourth place, nine points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City.They owe their good run to a sequence of just two defeats in 17 games; only Leicester have suffered fewer losses (just one, against Arsenal).Away from home, Tottenham are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, but they lost their last home game, against Newcastle, and will be determined to keep the pressure on the leaders, with two away games to follow this, at Watford and Everton.Norwich got a much-needed boost last weekend with a memorable 2-1 win at Manchester United, where the Canaries became the first newly promoted side to win at Old Trafford since Bolton in October 2001.It was only Norwich’s second win away this season and fourth of the season, and it allowed the Canaries to move out of the relegation zone.Tottenham have not lost a Boxing Day game since 2003, at Portsmouth. Since then they have played 11 games, winning eight and drawing three.Last season they won 2-1 at Leicester where Harry Kane scored the opener in the first minute.At Southampton, Kane scored his 11th goal of the season in what was his 100th game for Spurs.Norwich have a reasonable record at White Hart Lane, winning two and drawing two of seven visits in the Premier League.Tottenham miss Clinton N’Jie and test Ryan Mason and Danny Rose. Norwich, meanwhile, are wait on Andre Wisdom and Matt Jarvis.last_img read more

White wins fourth straight Firecracker

first_imgBrandon White’s victory at the Don Graham Memorial Firecracker 100 highlighted a busy night at the Redwood Acres Raceway on Saturday night.White has enjoyed plenty of success recently in the raceway’s biggest race of the season, and held off Dane Nissen and Mic Moulton for his fourth straight Firecracker victory.White also set fast time for the Mid-City Motor World Super Six Challenge Series in the Late Model division, with Nissen and Alan Cress taking the two heat races.Cress had pole …last_img

2009 Is Looking Up

first_imgAstronomy is looking up this year; in fact, it’s looking heavenly.  The United Nations and the International Astronomical Union have designated 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009).  The IYA2009 website explains,The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) will be a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture, highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilei.  The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover”.  IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.Surprises in recent astronomical news stories reveal that much remains to be discovered:Flash video:  The Hubble Space Telescope watched a bright burst in 2006 that has no explanation.  The source is unknown.  It just flashed on, brightened for 100 days, then faded into oblivion.  The article title reads, “Star light, star bright, its explanation is out of sight.”Slow SNR:  The supernova remnant (SNR) Cassiopeia A has now been observed by the Chandra X-ray Space Telescope long enough to make a movie of it.  Chandra X-Ray Center announced the movie and a 3-D hologram made from the observations show that the cloud is moving outward slower than expected.  They think the unaccounted-for energy went into accelerating cosmic rays.  “The implication of this work is that astronomers who build models of supernova explosions must now consider that the outer layers of the star come off spherically, but the inner layers come out more disk like with high-velocity jets in multiple directions.”Bullet stars:  Some stars are careening through space faster than a speeding bullet – some 112,000 miles an hour.  That’s from a press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory about Hubble images of 14 stars with V-shaped bow shocks, indicating motion relative to the interstellar gas and dust.  These form a new class of stars: high-velocity stellar interlopers.  The observer said, “Finding these stars is a complete surprise because we were not looking for them.”  He thinks they are young: “just millions of years old.”    How they got accelerated is a bit of a mystery.  Maybe they were kicked out by binary companions that exploded.  Or maybe they got ejected from a pas-de-troix inside a star cluster. Bigger home:  No need to feel your home galaxy is just a mid-size model.  It just got 50% bigger without remodeling.  The measurers had its square footage wrong, reported  “The Milky Way is now on par with the nearby Andromeda Galaxy in terms of heft,” the article says.  “The Milky Way spins a lot faster than was thought, too.”  Science Daily has a slightly longer article on this.Danger zone:  Astronomers were surprised to find stars apparently forming right outside a black hole.  Science Daily explains the conundrum:The center of the Milky Way presents astronomers with a paradox: it holds young stars, but no one is sure how those stars got there.  The galactic center is wracked with powerful gravitational tides stirred by a 4 million solar-mass black hole.  Those tides should rip apart molecular clouds that act as stellar nurseries, preventing stars from forming in place.  Yet the alternative – stars falling inward after forming elsewhere – should be a rare occurrence.A Smithsonian astronomer said “We literally caught these stars in the act of forming,” but later said, “We don’t understand the environment at the galactic center very well yet.”Growth spurt:  Old theory: gas giants accrete very slowly over hundreds of millions of years.  New theory: Blazing Jupiters!  “Even though astronomers have detected hundreds of Jupiter-mass planets around other stars, our results suggest that such planets must form extremely fast,” reported a press release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  “Whatever process is responsible for forming Jupiters has to be incredibly efficient.”  Why is this?  The “protoplanetary disk” around sunlike stars apparently dissipates quickly.  “Therefore, gas giants have to form in less than 5 million years or they probably won’t form at all.”  The old constraint was 10 million years.    That didn’t stop another astronomer from speculating that gas giants might form around double stars, reported Science Daily.  “It’s theoretically possible,” Joel Kastner said, “but I’m not aware of a single observation yet of a planet orbiting a double star.”Despite these puzzles, the progress made by astronomers over the last 400 years has indeed been stunning as telescopes went from simple hand-held tubes to orbiting platforms scanning the entire electromagnetic spectrum (not even known in Galileo’s day).  Nature News surveyed the suite of new instruments being planned over the next few decades.  And as part of Nature’s feature on IYA2009 in the January 1 issue, Owen Gingerich provided an essay on “Man’s Place in the Universe” for Nature News.  Gingerich, professor emeritus of astronomy and the history of science at Harvard, retold the story of man’s first look at the skies through a telescope in December 1609 and January 1610 by Galileo, bringing in the characters of Copernicus, Kepler, William Herschel and others.  “The International Year of Astronomy might well launch the next intellectual revolution in our understanding of our place in the Universe,” he ended.  “Could this have as much of an impact on society as Galileo and Kepler’s entrenchment of the heliocentric view?  Only time will tell.”    For a view Galileo could never have imagined when he first discerned that the Milky Way was made up of stars, look at Astronomy Picture of the Day for January 7.  It’s a mosaic of 2,000 images taken by the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes of the galactic center.  The panorama (click on the photo for high resolution) covers 300 by 115 light-years with unprecedented resolution, revealing a sparkling menagerie of stars, star clusters, and wispy bands of dust and gas.Too bad Gingerich perpetuated the misrepresentation that Copernicus demoted man’s importance in the universe:This vast increase in the size and age of the perceived cosmos set the stage for an angst as deep as that caused by the displacement of the ancient human-centred cosmology: what significance do rational, observing mortals have in the wilderness of a near-infinite space-time continuum?  This existential question has been simmering for decades and undoubtedly drives our willingness to invest taxpayers’ money in further cosmic explorations.Gingerich, a theist, could have corrected this false notion as did the film The Privileged Planet.  It’s possible Nature left further elaboration by him on the cutting room floor.  If anyone should be reconsidering shaky conceptions about man’s insignificance, it should be the materialists (see 11/17/2008 and 01/15/2008).    Creationists should embrace improved observations.  Gingerich quoted Kepler: “Perhaps there is someone whose faith is too weak to believe Copernicus without offending his piety.  Let him stay at home and mind his own business.  Let him assure himself that he is serving God no less than the astronomer to whom God has granted the privilege of seeing more clearly with the eyes of the mind.”  More recently, Wernher von Braun said, “Our space ventures have been only the smallest of steps in the vast reaches of the universe and have introduced more mysteries than they have solved.  Speaking for myself, I can only say that the grandeur of the cosmos serves to confirm my belief in the certainty of a Creator.”    Consider a couple of supporting facts.  Despite our apparent smallness compared to galaxy clusters, human beings lie near the middle in size between subatomic particles and the universe.  Consider also that dozens of physical constants are finely-tuned to make life possible.  And lastly, if you think our position in the universe is accidental, it just so “happens” that we live on a platform in space that makes possible all the incredible astronomical discoveries of the last 400 years.    Incidentally, one of the new missions of discovery being prepared right now at the Cape for launch this year – a spacecraft searching for habitable planets – is named for a born-again, Bible-believing, creationist astronomer.  Click here to read his story.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Do New Fossils Soften the Cambrian Explosion?

first_imgLook at the picture of fossils in an article on PhysOrg.  The discoverers claim these fossils from Gabon are 2.1 billion years old, and provide evidence that multicellular organisms began evolving long before the Cambrian explosion.  “Until now, it has been assumed that organized multicellular life appeared around 0.6 billion years ago and that before then the Earth was mainly populated by microbes (viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc.),” the article said.  “This new discovery moves the cursor of the origin of multicellular life back by 1.5 billion years and reveals that cells had begun to cooperate with each other to form more complex and larger structures than single-celled organisms.”    The original paper in Nature shows detailed photos of the structures.1  The largest are 12 centimeters long, but most are smaller.  Many have a radial growth pattern, and the centers of some show a fold, indicating the organisms were composed of flexible sheets of cells.  The fossils, however, show no cellular differentiation, gut, limbs, or other complex structures characteristic of the Cambrian phyla.  The best that El Albini et al could claim is that the structures suggest colonies of organisms that were more organized than mere microbial mats.  To have grown into such shapes, “They require cell-to-cell signalling and coordinated responses, akin to that required for multicellular organization.”  Most of the paper was concerned with how they dated the fossils and ruled out chemical processes for their formation.    In the “News and Views” section of the same issue of Nature,2 Donoghue and Antcliffe (U of Bristol) commented on the findings.  They said this find “will get palaeobiologists talking” because there is “excitement” any time fossils bigger than microbes are found before the Cambrian explosion.  They began by debunking a myth about Darwin:It is a peculiar but widely held view that Charles Darwin used the palaeontological record as one of the principal lines of evidence for biological evolution.  He did not.  To modern eyes, On the Origin of Species presents a shocking account of the fossil record as an archive of evolutionary history.    For instance, Darwin highlights the idea that the then earliest-known fossil-bearing rocks, from the Cambrian period, beginning about 542 million years ago, contain records of modern groups – implying an extensive prehistory teeming with life.  One-and-a-half centuries of subsequent research have revealed a vast microscopic fossil record of unicellular protists and bacteria extending, some would argue, as far back as there are sedimentary rocks from which they could be recovered.  But although fossils of millimetre- to metre-scale multicellular organisms characterize the 90 million years of the Ediacaran period that precedes the Cambrian, pre-Ediacaran macroscopic fossils are exceedingly rare.In their timeline of the fossil record, Donoghue and Antcliffe show that the Ediacaran fossils appeared in a mere blip of time before the Cambrian explosion.  These, however, are significantly earlier.  Darwin knew of no Precambrian fossils.  It really bothered him.  “It was Darwin’s view that absence of organisms in these early intervals of Earth’s history would prove his theory of biological evolution wrong.”  Although they concluded that Darwin would be vindicated now (“The discovery and continuing elucidation of the Precambrian fossil record has met Darwin’s predictions on the extent and structure of evolutionary history”) they also pointed out that “Interpreting truly ancient fossils is an especially tricky business.”    Much of the evolutionary significance of these fossils depends on whether they represent true eukaryotic multicellular life, with division of labor and signalling between the cells.  “The fossils are not much to look at,” though, they admitted, and “Out of their geological context, these structures are unremarkable and would probably have been ignored.”  Dating of the fossils, therefore, is another requirement for assigning them any evolutionary significance.  “The null hypothesis, however, has to be that these remains represent bacterial colonies.”  Are they any more significant than stromatolites dated earlier?  Do they represent anything as remarkable as the later Ediacaran biota?3    The discoverers ended on a note that stimulates another question.  “Although we cannot determine the precise nature and affinities of the 2.1-Gyr macroorganisms from the Francevillian B Formation of Gabon,” they said, “we interpret these fossils as ancient representatives of multicellular life, which expanded so rapidly 1.5 Gyr later.”  Combined with Donoghue and Antcliffe’s statement that “pre-Ediacaran macroscopic fossils are exceedingly rare,” this makes one wonder what took evolution so long to do anything with its new experiment in multicellularity.  Why did multicellular life expand so rapidly at the Cambrian?  Readers should note that all the spectacular evolution of toucans, platypus, dinosaurs, horses and humans occurred in one third of the timeline after the Gabon fossils, assuming the evolutionary dating.  If after a century and a half of looking, these rare fossils from one tiny place on the globe are all that paleontologists can find, a statement by Donoghue and Antcliffe in their final paragraph seems understated: “This latest discovery raises more questions than it answers.”1.  El Albani et al, “Large colonial organisms with coordinated growth in oxygenated environments 2.1?Gyr ago,” Nature 466, 100-104 (1 July 2010) | doi:10.1038/nature09166.2.  Philip C. J. Donoghue & Jonathan B. Antcliffe, “Early life: Origins of multicellularity,” Nature 466, 41-42 (1 July 2010) | doi:10.1038/466041a.3.  For background on the Ediacaran biota in relation to the Cambrian explosion, see 12/23/2002, 08/19/2004, 04/23/2006, and 07/14/2009.Under the most generous concessions to the Darwinists, these fossils can only be described as enigmatic.  Under more realistic assumptions, however, they are no help at all.  First, consider their rarity.  Why isn’t the globe teeming with fossils of multicellular experiments and transitional forms in Precambrian strata?  We’re talking about 3.4 billion years of dice-throwing since the first life appeared in their saga.  If (as they believe) microbial fossils appeared “as far back as there are sedimentary rocks from which they could be recovered,” evolution had no trouble doing the grunt work of creating cells and spreading them over the globe.  Those cells, according to the Darwin fundamentalists, had already mastered genetic coding, transcription, translation, regulation, cell division, signaling and networks run by thousands of molecular machines. Are we to believe that evolution could not do the much easier task of stitching cells together into more complex colonies?  Given humans, it’s not hard to envision them forming a club in short order.  Given cells with communication tools and remote sensing, it’s also not hard to envision them coming together in social groups, and profiting from division of labor.  Coming up with the humans and the cells to begin with is the big leap.  Given the explosion of diversity later, why did evolution struggle for most of the habitable history of the planet to cross that threshold?    Second, these fossils are of dubious interpretation.  They may be nothing more than fairy-ring colonies growing outward like bacteria in a Petri dish.  Perhaps the matlike remains were flexible enough to fold on the inside in some cases.  There is no indication of a coelom or tissue differentiation.  They do not appear transitional to Ediacaran fossils, let alone to Cambrian animals.    Third, the dating is incestuous to evolutionary geological assumptions.  Donoghue and Antcliffe spoke glibly about “speculative hypotheses on the co-evolution of life and the chemistry of the oceans” that tempt them to think the fossils fit “elegantly” within tales of a Great Oxidation Event and other evolutionary sub-myths (12/10/2006).  If one does not accept the Darwinian premises, all such talk is circular.    Finally, the structures, even under generous concessions that they represent multicellular experiments far back in the Precambrian, do nothing to mitigate the Cambrian explosion.  These fossils have none of the jointed limbs, digestive systems, reproductive systems, eyes, antennae, fins, and other complex organs seen in the earliest animal fossils.  As the must-see film Darwin’s Dilemma illustrates powerfully, complex body plans bespeak even more complex developmental programs able to direct cells at the right place at the right time into tissues, organs, and functioning organisms.  The only theory that can explain hierarchical organization with goal-directed assembly is intelligent design.    For these reasons, this discovery represents Darwinian wishful thinking.  They are grasping at straws, trying to fill a Grand Canyon of a gap in their theory with pebbles.  It’s almost humorous watching the tension in their rhetoric between the obligations of scientific restraint and the wish to see a huge embarrassment relieved.  “This latest discovery raises more questions than it answers,” they said.  One question we’d like to add is, “When are you guys going to concede defeat?”(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tutu speaks out for press freedom

first_imgArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has puthis signature to the Declaration of TableMountain on media freedom.(Image: Rhodes University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sibusiso MtshaliHighway Africa manager, media+27 46 603 7186RELATED ARTICLES• SA celebrates media freedom• Victory for press freedom• Press freedom on Sanef agenda• Media awards for SA women• Rhodes hosts world jpournalism meetJanine ErasmusArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has thrown his considerable moral weight behind the Declaration of Table Mountain, the media’s call to African leaders to support a free press on the continent.The declaration was issued by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and World Editors’ Forum in 2007 at the 60th session of the World Newspaper Conference in Cape Town. It takes its name from the world-famous landmark that towers over that city.Since 2007 WAN has merged with IFRA ‒ the news-publishing industry’s research and service organisation ‒ to form WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.‘Clear message of change’Now Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of South Africa’s most revered figureheads, has added his signature to this important declaration, bringing renewed attention to African governments under pressure to repeal repressive laws and allow an independent press to operate unhindered.Tutu voiced his support for the campaign while delivering the closing keynote speech at the 2010 Highway Africa media conference in July.On a continent whose progress has often been hindered by its own corrupt institutions, the Table Mountain declaration is a crucial step towards political, economic and social development. The document also urges leaders to release imprisoned journalists and stop persecuting them.Tutu’s endorsement is expected to add fresh momentum to the campaign, which is reportedly gaining strength across the continent. The declaration is supported by the Stockholm-based Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, which works with WAN-IFRA to promote freedom of expression and media development.Other organisations that have already signed up for the cause include Reporters Without Borders, the World Press Freedom Committee and the Media Foundation for West Africa. The South African National Editors’ Forum is also a campaign partner.“The Archbishop’s voice, added to those already committed to repealing insult and criminal defamation laws across Africa, will help deliver a clear message of change to those in power,” said WAN-IFRA CEO Christoph Riess.In his Highway Africa speech Tutu said that courageous journalists can play an important part in establishing a culture of truth on the continent.“You, the media, have one of the most powerful instruments in helping our societies to value the truth,” said the cleric, known for his outspoken views on human rights. “If the powerful are doing what is unacceptable, you in the media must tell them ‒ you must not be willing to be bought off.”Tutu added that journalism is a noble calling and must be practised with integrity. “When we go wrong and you don’t tell us, I will be waiting for you in heaven,” he said.He told journalists that one of their duties is to remind those in authority of their obligations. “We need you to remind us where we come from; we need you to remind us of the ideas that have driven us.”Some governments did recognise the value of a free and independent press, while others didn’t, said Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Special Rapporteur to the African Union on freedom of expression and access to information. “We seem to be simultaneously taking a few steps forward and a few steps back,” she added.Tlakula, who delivered the opening address at Highway Africa, is vocal in her condemnation of African Union member states that don’t adhere to the media protection provisions in the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. But she singled out South Africa and Ghana as two nations which are doing significantly better than many of their African neighbours in this sphere.South Africa ranks joint 66th in the Freedom House 2009 Freedom of the Press survey, with a score of 30. Ghana comes in several places higher in joint 53rd place, with a score of 26. In comparison, the top country is Iceland, with a score of 9.Download the Declaration of Table Mountain (PDF, 65kb).African media in a global contextThis year’s Highway Africa conference saw journalists, editors, and other media professionals from across the continent gathering in early July at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, for a packed three-day programme of workshops, seminars and panel discussion.About 500 African and international journalists attended the conference, which gives media professionals a platform to debate and discuss issues that affect the African press. Like Tutu, many participants pledged their support for the Table Mountain declaration and are set to actively promote the campaign in their home countries.The 2010 event was the 14th edition and took place under the theme African Voices in the Global Media Space. Journalists were encouraged to step up their interaction with the global media environment to ensure the impact of their work is felt beyond the borders of their countries.A familiar call went out again to African journalists to use their work to counteract the often negative reportage by foreign media. Former Ghanaian president John Kufuor, speaking at the end of the first day’s proceedings, said: “The Times of London and the Washington Post are not going to do this on our behalf. It is up to us to tell the world our own stories.”Highway Africa took place alongside the second World Journalism Educators Conference, also held at Rhodes University.last_img read more

HoloLens to launch in China at the end of this month

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#AR#Hololens#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#VR Fei Zhao Follow the Puckcenter_img Microsoft HoloLens — the company’s advanced “mixed reality” headset — will finally launch in China at the end of this month, by May 24.The headset started shipping to developers in the United States and Canada in March 2016, it has gradually expanded its markets to different countries like Australia, England, Ireland, France, and Germany.See also: Bringing AR to elevator servicing with HoloLensThe official website of Microsoft China has opened links to pre-order for the business kit and developer kit. However, both of these kits are not available to normal users at this time, and even the business users will have to fill out an application to reserve it. Both of the two kits will only be provided in English.Different from other products of VR/AR technologies, Microsoft HoloLens is the leader in MR (Mixed Reality) technology. The wireless and smart glasses design of HoloLens makes it more advanced compared with other VR headsets on the market. According to a Chinese technology website’s review, it also felt much more comfortable.What are the differences between Mixed Reality and VR/AR?VR emphasize the total virtual environment and experience, while AR technology is based on real environment, and adding virtual images and information. As for Mixed Reality, it combines the two technologies and adds much more realistic information than the AR technology, so that users can immerse into a more astonishing virtual world. Most of the professionals believe that there is only a slight difference between MR and AR.However, companies will try to spotlight the slight differences to make their products distinguished from others. Magic Leap, which was founded in 2011 in Dania Florida, is another major company in the MR market. According to the data from our VB Profiles, Magic Leap has established 6 years ago and they haven’t released any commercial products yet. However, they have already raised $1.39 billion in three series of funding campaigns. In February 2016, the company collected $794 million from the series C funding, and it was lead by Alibaba.So what are the differences between Mixed Reality and VR/AR? VR emphasize the total virtual environment and experience, while AR technology is based on real environment, and adding virtual images and information. As for Mixed Reality, it combines the two technologies and adds much more realistic information than the AR technology, so that users can immerse into a more astonishing virtual world. Most of the professionals believe that there is only a slight difference between MR and AR. However, companies will try to spotlight the slight differences to make their products distinguished from others.Magic Leap, which was founded in 2011 in Dania Florida, is another major company in the MR market. According to the data from our VB Profiles, Magic Leap has established 6 years ago and they haven’t released any commercial products yet. However, they have already raised $1.39 billion in three series of funding campaigns. In February 2016, the company collected $794 million from the series C funding, and it was lead by Alibaba.A billion dollar marketDue to the strong connections between MR and AR/VR technologies, competition among companies in these markets is intensive as well. VB Profiles reports the total funding of VR Tools/Platform market has now reached to $2.67 billion.Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $2 billion, is another popular company alongside Microsoft HoloLens. This Irvine, California-based company was founded in 2012, and before acquired, they had already raised $93.4 million in three series.In March 2015, Oculus released its Virtual Reality headset Oculus Rift and soon became one of the best headsets on the VR market. However, this March, the former CMO of Oculus, Elizabeth Hamren, has become the new Corporate Vice President of the MR team of Microsoft according to LinkedIn information. In June 2015, Microsoft and Oculus were partnered to provide a better gaming experience for Xbox One, but now the competition between them is getting more intensive.For normal customers and users, it may be hard to understand those terminologies, but at the same time, the intensive competition among those companies will help us to get into this new era of virtual technology quickly. Then finally let us experience the most authentic and groundbreaking new products. Microsoft HoloLens will step into the China market, which is the world’s biggest market for virtual reality according to them. We should expect that HoloLens would be the perfect production of virtual technology. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Be Completely Sold On You

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 How can you possibly persuade others if you are not persuaded yourself? If you don’t believe that your product, service, or solution is the right choice for your dream client, how do you expect to persuade your dream client that it is? If you don’t believe that you give more value than your competitors, why should your dream client believe that about you?You have to be sold on two things. First, you have to be totally sold on what you sell. Second, you have to be totally sold on yourself. If you walk around carrying fear and doubt about your ability to deliver, then you will undoubtedly make your dream client feel the same, even without meaning to.There are some sociopaths that have the ability to persuade others even when they create no value. They are slicks, con men, and snake oil salesmen. You never have to be any of those things to be completely sold on what you sell and on your ability to deliver for your dream client.You don’t have to believe that what you sell is perfect. You don’t have to believe that you are never going to have the same challenges that everyone else and your industry faces. What you do have to believe is that you and your team are better prepared to help your dream clients deal with those challenges than anyone else on earth. And you have to be committed to delivering.If you are completely sold on what you sell and your ability to deliver, your dream client will be completely sold with you. But if you aren’t yet persuaded, they shouldn’t be either.last_img read more

Rachel Daquis rues Cignal’s lack of time playing together after missing PSL podium

first_imgMOST READ The HD Spikers tacked a 5-3 overall record but were swept in straight sets in the semifinals against Petron.And Cignal played all those games without the leadership and firepower of Gonzaga who was recovering from her injury while undergoing her mandatory military training with Phiippine Army.Royse Tubino also missed time to complete her military training with Gonzaga.“Coach (Edgar Barroga) told us that we had a better lineup as compared to what we had when we finished third in the Invitational Conference,” said Daquis, who had 10 points against the Lifesavers. “We just couldn’t convert in the end because we didn’t have that much time together.”ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES The HD Spikers lost to Generika-Ayala in straight sets, 25-12, 30-28, 25-13, in the bronze medal game Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena and it was an end to a journey filled with uncertainty.Captain Rachel Ann Daquis said her team had the talent to compete but they ultimately lacked the time to prepare and contend for a championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefIt also didn’t help that superstar opposite hitter Jovelyn Gonzaga was injured and had to fulfill her military training throughout the campaign.“It’s still a different feeling when the whole team is complete throughout the tournament but we’ve only been complete at the end,” said Daquis in Filipino. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—It was a long and arduous road for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference and it ended with the team failing to get to the podium.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Krauss View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Generika-Ayala routs Cignal for PSL All-Filipino bronzelast_img read more

Containership on Fire at Port of Hamburg

first_imgzoom The 2015-built containership CCNI Arauco has ignited at the German port of Hamburg on Thursday, according to data provided by the local fire department.The fire reportedly started due to welding works being undertaken on the rear end of the ship, and spread out below the vessel’s deck.The fire department said that the containers which are on fire were not loaded with dangerous materials.Featuring a length of 300 meters and a width of over 48 meters, the vessel, capable of carrying more than 9,000 TEUs, is docked at the Burchardkai terminal, the largest facility for container handling in the Port of Hamburg.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Deltamarin to Take Part in MolsLiniens RoPax Ferry Design

first_imgzoom Finnish ship designer Deltamarin is to provide its compatriot Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) Oy shipyard with design services worth EUR 3 million (USD 3.3 million) for a RoPax vessel to be built for the Danish ferry operator Mols-Linien A/S. The work will be carried out at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland and Poland over an estimated period of 12 months.The new 158-meter RoPax vessel will be deployed on the route connecting the Danish islands of Bornholm and Zealand.The vessel will have a cargo capacity of 1,500 lane meters. The construction of the new ferry is expected to start in spring 2017, with the ship entering the service in autumn 2018.Earlier this year, RMC was awarded a contract to build the RoPax vessel for Mols-Linien, which marked the first shipbuilding order for this shipyard since its establishment in 2014. The order’s market value is around EUR 68 million (USD 77 million).last_img read more