Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:00 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSAfter spending a lifetime in the industry, Jen Gluckow knows a thing or two about how to make better sales. She talks with Anthony on this episode of In the Arena about how you can own your career as a salesperson and how to connect better with your peers and leaders. She also answers 5 main questions that will help you become a better salesperson and ignite your career. All of these insights and more are included in Jen’s upcoming book, “Sales in a New York Minute,” available for pre-order now on Amazon and everywhere January 1. Be sure to check it out, and catch the full story on this podcast episode.After spending a lifetime in the #sales industry, @JENinaNYminute knows a thing or two about how to make better sales. She shares her invaluable insights on this episode of #InTheArena, and it’s a conversation you don’t want to miss. Listen now! @Iannarino Click To Tweet#1 – Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a sales leader?Most salespeople enter into the business wanting to make a difference, either in their own life or in the lives of others. Why is it, then, that so many salespeople sit back and seemingly wait for marketing to send them quality leads? You cannot afford to rely on others to make your career happen, and you have to be diligently working on securing your own top leads. Start talking with everyone you meet, and don’t hesitate to act because you’re waiting for the “perfect lead” to appear that simply doesn’t exist.#2 – What can you do to become a better networker?Networking can change your life if you let it, but great networking is not about quantity. The ultimate goal of networking should always be about making quality connections with people who can either send you business referrals or add value to your life. How can you make those types of connections? Start by being specific and targeted in the meetings and groups you pursue. Then, become a value-provider for the people you meet. You can’t expect quality results from new connections if you don’t first convince them you’re worth building a relationship with.Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a #SalesLeader? @JENinaNYminute shares her answer to this critical question, and so much more, on this episode of #InTheArena. Listen now! @IannarinoClick To Tweet#3 – How can you combat the temptation to make excuses for your work?No matter what market you’re involved in, the temptation to make excuses for poor performance is always present. Making better sales starts with taking responsibility for your action – and inaction. Both Jen and Anthony believe in the power of a great mindset and attitude when striving for selling success. Take 10 minutes and identify your top excuses that you tell yourself and your boss. Then, figure out ways to crush those excuses. The minute you stop making excuses is the minute you start making better sales.#4 – How can you become the CEO of your territory?If you aspire to become the CEO of your sales territory, you can’t spend all your time analyzing every decision. Company CEOs take action and implement strategies daily – they don’t overthink everything. Becoming a top sales leader is all about identifying your own style of leadership, committing to that method, and owning it.Excuses get you nowhere in #sales. Learn how to combat the temptation to become stagnant by listening to this episode of #InTheArena featuring @JENinaNYminute. You won’t be disappointed. @IannarinoClick To Tweet#5 – What’s the key to effectively following up with prospects and making better sales?No one enjoys getting those calls from salespeople that say, “Hey, I’m just checking in!” What that message actually conveys is a nagging need to know how the sale is coming along – not a desire to help the prospect make a good decision for their business. Jen encourages sales leaders to add value to their prospects’ lives instead. Send them interesting and relevant articles, connect them to professionals they need to know, etc. If you do that, you’ll not only make better sales but also grow a deeper network of industry peers.Outline of this great episode Jen Gluckow’s passion is helping others make better sales New York is different when it comes to sales, and it inspired Jen’s upcoming book #1 – Why do you need to pursue your own leads as a sales leader? #2 – What can you do to become a better networker? #3 – How can you combat the temptation to make excuses for your work? #4 – How can you become the CEO of your territory? #5 – What’s the key to effectively following up with prospects?Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeJen’s websiteFollow Jen on FacebookFollow Jen on TwitterFollow Jen on InstagramConnect with Jen on LinkedInJen’s upcoming book, “Sales in a New York Minute: 212 Pages of Real World and Easy to Implement Strategies to Make More Sales, Build Loyal Relationships, and Make More Money”The Iannarino Sales Accelerator – 833-426-6274The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeCompany #CEOs take action and implement strategies daily – they don’t overthink every decision. #SalesLeaders can learn from selling expert @JENinaNYminute all on this episode of #InTheArena. Listen now! @IannarinoClick To TweetWhat’s the key to effectively following up with #sales prospects? Discover proven methods for selling success all on this episode of #InTheArena featuring @JENinaNYminute @IannarinoClick To Tweet
Shahid Kapoor recently took to Instagram to share a selfie with wife Mira Rajput from the sets of Koffee With Karan. The couple, who have been giving us romance goals with their oh-so-cute selfies and public displays of affection, will appear on a television show together for the first time.SEE PIC: Shahid Kapoor’s hot shirtless selfie will make you drool PHOTOS: Shahid takes wife Mira out on a romantic lunch dateIf a report in DNA is to be believed, Mira was at her candid best on the show. The report quotes a source as saying, “Mira spoke from the heart. She wasn’t guarded or measured in her comments. She is young and bindaas, which reflected in her attitude and conversation. When Karan asked about her Delhi-based family and their reaction to her marrying a big actor, she underplayed it saying it’s not a big deal for them.”Shahid and Mira created headlines last year when they got married. Their 13-year age gap was the talk of the town, and also came up on the show. The source added, “When asked about it, both Shahid and Mira reacted to it sportingly. The banter between the two was quite funny and at one point, Mira just turned around and called Shahid a cradle-snatcher!”ALSO WATCH:
zoom Danish shipping company TORM has expanded its fleet as it took delivery of two newbuilding MR2 chemical/product tankers.The vessels in question, which were bought as resales from Hong Kong-based Cido Shipping, were named Torm Sovereign and Torm Supreme.Each featuring 50,000 dwt, the tankers were purchased from Cido Shipping at a price of USD 32.5 million a piece, and their current market value stands at USD 33.8 million, data provided by VesselsValue shows.Torm Sovereign and Torm Supreme, previously named Atlantic Falcon and Atlantic Guard, were constructed by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.The Singapore-flagged newbuildings joined TORM’s fleet, which previously counted 15 tankers with a total of just over 1 million dwt.World Maritime News Staff
In this Aug. 16, 2017 photo, actress Sarah Gadon poses for a portrait to promote her series, “Alias Grace” in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Advertisement Advertisement “While he’s having these interviews with Grace throughout the show, you start to question his motives,” Gadon said in a recent interview. “Is he falling for Grace? Does he want to save her? Has he become obsessed with her or is she manipulating him?” Another Atwood novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is an Emmy-winning series on Hulu. Twitter NEW YORK — Another Margaret Atwood novel is getting the Hollywood treatment, this time on Netflix. “I learned how to milk a cow, churn butter, start a fire and … use a Victorian-era kitchen,” she said. “The series and the book are all about the ambiguity and it’s all about the journey,” Gadon said. “Did Grace do it? Did she not do it? Do you want her to have done it? It kind of plays with all those human emotions that we all feel.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In “Alias Grace,” a six-episode Netflix miniseries starring Sarah Gadon, an Irish immigrant working as a maid in Canada in the 1840s is accused of murdering her boss and his mistress. Her case is covered with breathless scrutiny, making the young woman infamous. Facebook Based on Atwood’s historical novel, Gadon plays Grace, who recounts her life story to a young psychiatrist trying to help jog her memory. To prepare for the role, Gadon spent time at Black Creek Pioneer Village, a working village in Ontario, Canada, that transports visitors back to the late 1700s to mid-1800s. Login/Register With: Advertisement Gadon also learned to sew because Grace sews a quilt by hand as she is being interviewed by her doctor. Gadon says she would need a refresher on sewing, but “could churn some butter. It’s pretty easy. It’s a lot of work but I could definitely churn some butter.” Gadon said the compelling part of the story is the grey area of it all. She and director Mary Harron analyzed different scenarios that would make Grace guilty or not. Gadon says they have their own beliefs about what happened but don’t want to influence anyone watching the series.
CHARLOTTETOWN – P.E.I. opposition leaders are calling for Ottawa to investigate the operations of a provincial business immigration program that faces allegations of abuse and poor oversight.James Aylward, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, said in an interview Friday that the province has shown an unwillingness to review or reform the program due to millions of dollars in forfeited deposits it currently receives from immigrants who don’t ultimately open a business.Immigration lawyers have criticized the ownership stream of the provincial nominee program as a side door to entering the country, with over half of last year’s participants losing their $150,000 deposit to the province after they didn’t open a business.The Island Investment Development Inc., which holds the deposits for the newcomers’ businesses, indicates $18 million in net revenues over the past year came from immigrant companies that defaulted on their obligation to create a business. The figure is roughly equivalent to half of the province’s additional budget for infrastructure this year.The province says 177 of the 296 nominees — 56 per cent — never opened a business at all, while a further 10 per cent didn’t fulfil some conditions of their escrow agreement and forfeited their deposits. Of the remaining 92, so far about a third closed after their mandatory 12 months of operation.“When you have a government that’s addicted to escrow deposits and default on those deposits, I think it’s going to take the federal government stepping in to turn this program around,” said Aylward.He said major changes in oversight may also be needed to ensure the program is meeting federal requirements under a federal-provincial agreement.The agreement includes a clause that requires the province carry out “due diligence” that each applicant is “of benefit to the economic development of the province,” and “has the ability and is likely to become economically established in Prince Edward Island.”“We’ve heard over and over again this hasn’t occurred,” said Aylward. “Some people haven’t even opened a business. They arrive in Prince Edward Island, spend a day here and off they go. So essentially they’re basically buying their permanent residency.”Three foreign students have also alleged to The Canadian Press that some participants in the program are requesting their employees give back a portion of their wages in cash, and they are calling for better oversight of the program.Peter Bevan-Baker, the leader of the Green Party, said these allegations are “very upsetting.”He said the province’s response that it is setting up a tip line and would welcome direct reports from the students isn’t sufficient.“I think it is ridiculous for (Economic Development) Minister (Heath) MacDonald to suggest that the onus is on the students to come forward and make complaints,” he said in an email.“He clearly does not appreciate how precarious the students’ positions are without permanent residence status. Government must take these allegations more seriously and immediately undertake a full investigation of the program and determine how widely spread these abuses are.”The province has noted there are success stories from the nominee program, along with some business immigrants who will stay and help boost the province’s population.MacDonald has also said the program has a net economic benefit to the Island, and that the millions of dollars in deposit forfeitures are helping pay for social services that assist immigrants and other Islanders, such as hiring additional teachers.Under Prince Edward Island’s system, applicants who are nominated for the ownership stream of the provincial nominee program must invest $150,000 and have operating expenses of $75,000 over a year.The province nominates the newcomers after it has approved the business plan, received the escrow deposits, and met with the immigrant, sending a certificate to Ottawa.If approved federally, the applicants gain their permanent residency, unlike in some Canadian jurisdictions, where applicants apply for a temporary residency or work permit while fulfilling various portions of an agreement with the province.Both P.E.I. opposition leaders say there is an opportunity for the provincial auditor general to delve into the program to see if it is fulfilling its mandate, and make recommendations for changes.An audit of Manitoba’s version of a similar program in 2013 found a number of shortcomings in how applicants’ records were checked and the monitoring of whether immigrants were staying in the province.Manitoba has recently announced it has dropped the deposit system, raised the minimum investment required for the Winnipeg area and now requires additional qualifications for applicants to receive a work permit.The spokesperson for the federal minister of immigration didn’t reply to a request for comment.The federal Immigration Department sent an email saying it “works closely with provinces and territories in the design and operation of their individual provincial nominee program streams, and will continue to do so with a view to measuring performance and improving program models.”— By Michael Tutton in Halifax
TORONTO — Online comparison shopping is changing everything from how we buy a new television set to how we select a mortgage, and it’s causing some mortgage lenders to get creative in order to compete.“Lenders are stripping away features of mortgages to get their rates lower,” says Steve Pipkey, co-founder of Spin Mortgage.Consumers have always been keen on scoring a low mortgage rate, but the ease with which they can comparison shop via their computers, smartphones and tablets has created an even greater fixation on the headline number, above all else.You can walk away from your mortgage (if you live in Alberta), but should you?CMHC says Regina, Winnipeg are the riskiest housing markets in CanadaToronto ranked world’s hottest luxury real estate market with 37% surge in high-end property sales“The majority of our phone calls are about rates these days, whereas before it might have been more about, ’How can I get my money out fast?’ or ’What’s the quickest way to refinance my home?”’ says Bob Aggarwal, president of Canadalend.com.Brokers say the push for low rates is not a bad thing, but it has led to some confusion. While mortgage contracts used to be fairly standardized, many of them now contain various conditions and clauses, and in some cases it’s hard for consumers to decipher the difference between various products.“If you’re online trying to figure out what the rates are and why, good luck to you,” says Pipkey. “Some banks and brokers are better at disclosing the fine print than others.”In some instances, in exchange for a lower rate, lenders are adding steeper penalties for paying off a mortgage early. By chasing those five extra basis points, buyers put themselves at risk of having to pay thousands more in penalties later on down the road, says Pipkey.Prepayment privileges also allow borrowers to pay more than their regular mortgage payments without penalty in order to get out of debt faster. But some lenders may reduce how much money borrowers can repay in exchange for a rate reduction.Pipkey says it’s not surprising that lenders are lowering their rates given how competitive the mortgage market has become.“Mortgage originations are down and lenders are fighting for market share in the face of compressing margins,” he said.Bill Whyte, senior vice-president and chief of member services at Meridian Credit Union, says it’s hard to attract clients unless you offer a competitive rate that will grab the attention of borrowers. The credit union recently offered, for a limited time, an 18-month mortgage for an eye-grabbing 1.49 per cent.“To our knowledge, when we offered it, 1.49 was the lowest in Canadian history,” said Whyte. “It drove a ton of traffic to our contact centre, our website and our branches.”However, many borrowers who phoned to discuss the offer ended up going for a five-year mortgage at a slightly higher rate instead, he said.“In a lot of cases the five-year rate fit them better, and some of that initial interest in 18-month was diverted to five-year,” he said, adding that many Canadian borrowers are looking to lock in at today’s rock-bottom interest rates before they climb higher.
Registration is open on CareerZone until April 20, 2015. A panel discussion at last year’s Goodman School of Business Career Boot Camp.The job search has been compared to a marathon – and for good reason.It takes stamina, preparation, good coaching and a strong understanding of your strengths and weaknesses to prepare for a process that can often feel as daunting as running 42 kilometres.At Career Boot Camp, a two-day intensive conference on April 23 and 24, Goodman School of Business undergraduate and graduate students will be able to train for their job search by developing their skills in networking, business etiquette and branding.“There are so many resources available online to help you write your resume and cover letter,” says Marisa Brown, session organizer and senior career consultant for Goodman’s Career Development Office. “The Goodman Career Boot Camp focuses on things you can’t get online, such as how to develop your personal sales pitch or a face-to-face networking experience. Students will experience hands-on activities and receive personal advice from career professionals to advance their job search efforts.”And while job search guidance will be included as part of the workshops, the main attraction will be the opportunity to connect with industry experts and professionals.The keynote speakers will be Jason John, Sr. relationship manager, Talent Solutions – LinkedIn, and international motivational speaker Sunjay Nath. Industry experts from Hydro One, Magpie Media, Trigger Strategies, TD Securities, and more will be on hand to give students an inside perspective about the recruitment process and industry trends.The event is sponsored by CPA Ontario.
Pilot Crushtec International, Metso’s southern Africa distributor, has a light on the capabilities of the Lokotrack® ST2.8 scalpers, detailing just how they have improved performance at an alluvial ore operation in Zimbabwe.Last year, the operator purchased three ST2.8 scalpers from its long-term supplier as it looked for a reliable and cost effective solution for mining under testing conditions.Pilot Crushtec International CEO, Sandro Scherf, described the nature of the conditions in which the scalpers operate and how they are uniquely equipped to cope in tough working environments.“Ore deposits are found in thick clay above the bedrock which varies in depths of between one-to-two-metres beneath the surface. Complete bush clearing is not an option, so surface and subsoil vegetation provide their own challenges, not to mention a rainy season and flash floods.”This is where this scalper comes into its own, according to Scherf.“An aggressive screen box with a 15mm throw (50% greater than any other comparative product) substantially reduces the chances of blinding and pegging,” he said. The scalper can be fine-tuned to suit a variety of soil and surface conditions, including sand applications.There are also other significant benefits from the design.“With such a powerful throw, the box can be run at a relatively low 750 revolutions per minute. This is not only beneficial to the scalping process, but has the capacity to increase the operational life of the machine as there is less wear on the screen box,” he said.Current output is more than 100,300 tonnes per hour – well within expectations, according to Pilot Crushtec – and is assisted by the tines (fingers) mounted on the bottom deck. These serve to maintain production levels, even under the wettest conditions, the company said.Even though the material is abrasive, there has been no need to change the tines (bottom deck) or bofar bars (top deck) after 12 months, Pilot Crushtec said.Another important feature of the Lokotrack range is its two-way split option. Should only two conveyors out of three be required for a specific application, the third conveyor can be removed, instantly saving fuel, wear and tear and – from a safety perspective – removing the possibility of unnecessary entanglement with non-productive moving parts.The scrapers have proven so effective the customer has since doubled the fleet from three to six Lokotrack ST2.8s.The Lokotrack ST2.8 scalpers come with a 4,866mm x 1,524mm screen, a 4.5m³ feed hopper and CAT® 75kW engine. They weigh 26,000kg apiece, with the design incorporating easy access and working space to essential areas, including the engine compartment and screen box. The walkways, apron feeder cassette and conveyors are all manufactured from galvanised steel.In addition to extracting ore, the customer operates a smelting operation on site where Pilot Crushtec International is supplying a Pilot Modular crushing and screening plant to process slag and waste material that contains pieces of metal, and increase material recovery.“The crushing process enables the miner to recover the metal fragments which add significant value to the operation as a whole,” Pilot Crushtec said.The products include a Pilot Modular GFH560 grizzly hopper, Pilot Modular BR0605 impact crusher, Pilot Modular DD2412 double-deck screen, four MC13600 conveyors and MC1000 belt magnet.
While the performance and power-saving features offered by solid state drives have plenty of upsides, they’re still somewhat hampered by comparatively low capacities and high price per gigabyte. Nevertheless, the shift to solid-state storage is well under way, and momentum behind SSD sales and developments will continue building now that SanDisk has thrown down the gauntlet when it comes to high-capacity drives.The company has just introduced a half dozen new 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives for its Lightning series: three SLC drives with capacities of 100, 200, and 400GB and three MLC drives at 200, 400, and a titanic 800GB. These new drives were made possible in part by SanDisk’s $327 million acquisition of Pliant Technology — which developed SSDs designed to replace Fiber Channel drives in servers, including PCIe-pluggable flash storage.As is typically the case with new advances in storage, it’s enterprise customers who will reap the benefits of SanDisk’s new offerings first. That’s due in part to the enterprise SSD market ballooning to more than a billion dollars this year — and up to $4 billion by 2015 according to some estimates.It’s still good news for consumers, even if the price points for the new Lightning drives is sure to be way outside most enthusiasts’ budgets. Eventually the boosted capacities will trickle down to retail channels as well, and you’ll be scooping up multi-hundred gigabyte SSDs for less than a buck a gig. In the meantime, however, we’ll have to content ourselves with reading up on the new drives in SanDisk’s official press release.More at SanDisk and ZDNet
Allergies : espoir autour de deux nouveaux traitementsAlors qu’en ce début de printemps les pollens font leur réapparition et les allergies qui les accompagnent parfois avec, deux traitements d’un nouveau genre viennent d’être mis au point.Des laboratoires viennent de mettre au point de nouveaux traitements antiallergiques, notamment contre les pollens les plus allergisants tels que ceux de bouleaux. Présentés au congrès francophone d’allergologie qui s’est ouvert hier à Paris, ces traitements désensibilisant innovants se présentent sous forme de comprimés à prendre une fois par jour.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Le principe est identique aux piqûres ou aux gouttes sublinguales mais les comprimés sont plus simples à utiliser. Comme pour un vaccin, les comprimés contiennent des extraits de graminées qui habituent le système immunitaire aux pollens jusqu’à faire disparaître l’allergie.Si seuls les allergies au pollen peuvent aujourd’hui bénéficier de ce traitement, les scientifiques pensent pouvoir très rapidement mettre au point des médicaments basés sur le même principe afin de traiter d’autres allergies. Selon le pneumologue, Jean Paul Dumur, interviewé sur Europe 1, “on va devoir sortir dans les deux, trois ans, des traitements contre les acariens, les pollens de bouleaux, les pollens de cyprès. On aura tout cela en comprimé dans les années à venir”, a expliqué, sur Europe 1. “Mais l’autre problématique grave, ce sont les allergies alimentaires, qu’on soignerait par un système de patch qu’on appliquerait sur la peau pour désensibiliser les patients”, a-t-il ajouté.Le 18 avril 2013 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambert
System becomes Tropical Storm Danny Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Sept 2015 – Tropical Depression number nine is formed in the Atlantic Basin, but the current trajectory does not place it near any land mass, thankfully. There is some heavy shower activity with a strong chance it will be strengthened moving closer to the islands of the region. The National Hurricane Center says that area of disturbed weather will grow to a Tropical Depression in a matter of days and it is conducive to become stronger after that. The third system under watch is in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The Florida peninsula is currently being impacted by this large area of cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms and the system will continue to affect parts of Florida into the weekend. Weekend Weather Watch – storms and general TCI weather for weekend Related Items:tropical depression, tropical watch Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tropical Depression to form in a few days?
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools has posted the following EIGHT job openings over the past week:Full-Time One-Year Interim Guidance Counselor at Wilmington Public SchoolsPart-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time Educational Assistant (Shared) at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time School Psychologist at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time 7th Grade Long-Term Substitute Science Teacher at Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant at Boutwell Early Childhood CenterFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wildwood Early Childhood CenterFull-Time 1:1 Educational Assistant at Wilmington High School(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at email@example.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 5 New Job OpeningsIn “Education”
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Court also approved a plan to join forces with Montgomery County to study flooding issues along the San Jacinto River and Spring Creek. The Counties will apply for a planning grant from the Texas Water Development Board. Emmett said a major goal is to develop a plan for dealing with water from Lake Conroe so it doesn’t flood Kingwood.“If we could’ve released that water in advance of Harvey coming, it would’ve helped. So this allows the two counties to work together to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” said Emmett.The dredging of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston will also be studied. Also during Tuesday monthly Commissioner’s Court meeting, the Court approved the buyback of 39 homes that were flooded by Harvey. The homes are spread among five neighborhoods throughout the county. Judge Emmett is hoping the buyback of flooded homes becomes a regular practice. “You’ll probably begin to see them on every court [agenda], if at all possible,” he said.The County is spending its own money to buyout the homes, with the hope that FEMA will eventually reimburse Harris County. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /00:23 Al OrtizThe Harris County Commissioners Court.The check was written and Harris County was nearly scammed for close to $900,000. Fortunately County auditors discovered someone requested the banking information for a vendor that provided services following Hurricane Harvey be changed.So that’s what Treasurer Orlando Sanchez said he did. “We were notified by the auditors office who caught the error at the last minute. And so we then had to jump all the hoops to recover the money,” he said. The check was written on a Friday, and a stop-payment was made before it could be cashed the following Monday.This happened back in mid October. Sanchez has been trying to get a third party to review financial practices ever since. But nearly three months later, he’s still waiting. According to the Harris County Attorney’s Office, the treasurer doesn’t have the constitutional right to review other official’s procedures.Judge Ed Emmett just wants the review, and has given the Attorney’s office two weeks to work out the legal logistics. “We need to upgrade our systems all the time. And the County Treasurer, a duly elected official, his name’s on the checks, he wanted to take a look at what our systems are, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Emmett said.Robert Soard with the County Attorney’s office, said Emmett’s timeline will be met. Share X Listen 00:00 /01:01
By Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFROAugust 12 marked the one-year anniversary of last year’s violent, White supremacist “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead and further elevated racial tensions in the country. Despite last year’s tragedy, Jason Kessler, who organized the first Unite the Right, decided to host another on the exact same day. But while Kessler was hoping for a strong turnout of around 400 to protest with him across from the White House, he and a handful of supporters that showed up were vastly outnumbered by thousands of counter protesters.After being denied a re-run of the first rally in Charlottesville, Kessler turned his attention to Washington D.C., and obtained a demonstration permit from the National Park Service.Danielle Houston was one of many counter protesters at the Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Brelaun Douglas for the AFRO)But counter protesters showed up by the thousands with chants of “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”, “Black lives matter!” and “Go home, Nazis!”At Freedom Plaza, under the summer sun, packed against each other despite the humidity and threat of rain, hundreds gathered with one common message: White supremacy is not welcome in Washington D.C.Shut It Down DC and Black Lives Matter DC, held the Still Here, Still Strong Rally where people performed, gave speeches, spread messages of unity against White supremacy and held a moment of silence for victims and survivors of the violence from last year’s rally.“It’s important to come together and organize,” said Michelle Stycznski of the Democratic Socialist of America and Shut It Down DC. “The best resistance to organized hate is organized love and resistance.”At around 3p.m., the crowd of hundreds began marching to Lafayette Square, lining the streets of D.C. with colorful signs of anti-Nazism, anti-KKK and overall anti-hate. Once they reached the square, they joined other counter protesters, ultimately dwarfing the group of less than 40 “Unite the Right 2” protesters, who were kept separate from them by barricades and a massive police presence.Across the park, Kessler and his supporters, who were escorted from Foggy Bottom Metro Station by police, gathered around a small stage, giving speeches that were drowned out by booing and screams of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” from counter protesters.“Not while I’m here will I allow White supremacist hate groups to come and march and basically be unchallenged,” said Rev. Graylan Hagler, who gave speeches at both Freedom Plaza and Lafayette Square. “Cleary we’re bothered enough to come out here. Hatred cannot stand the light of day.”While “Unite the Right 2” was scheduled to last from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., participants began departing shortly before 5, amidst sounds of thunder and rain. They were quickly whisked away by police into white vans to head back to Vienna, Virginia.Kessler blamed the lack of turnout for his side on sudden rule changes.“It wasn’t perfect,” he said. “I think a lot of my people got left behind at the train station. We thought we were going to be able to bring our flags and then they changed the rules about poles at the last minute, but I’m not going to complain about minor things.”Kessler also stated that he was not a part of Alt-Right and felt that it was broken. He said that he did not condone the KKK, called for an end of both sides attacking each other, condemned Antifa because they “hate White people,” and said that he was there for White civil rights but failed to explain what those civil rights were.Ultimately, many considered the poorly attended event a win against the Alt-Right.“I’m the Alt-Right’s worse nightmare,” said Danielle Houston, a D.C. resident. “I am Black girl magic personified. I am educated. I am liberated. I am free. And they can stay mad.”
© 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Vibrational Signaling in the Agonistic Interactions of Red-Eyed Treefrogs, Current Biology, Volume 20, Issue 11, 1012-1017, 20 May 2010 doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.03.069 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further I am treefrog, feel me shake (w/ Video) (PhysOrg.com) — A study of the Central American red-eyed tree frog has found that the males shake the branches they’re perched on to produce strong vibrations to mark out their territory for mating. Citation: Red-eyed tree frogs use vibrations as a means of communication (2010, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-red-eyed-tree-frogs-vibrations.html Red-eyed tree frog of Central and South America. Image: Graham P. Oxtoby, via Wikipedia. Researchers from the Adelaide Zoo and Flinders University, Adelaide, led by Dr. Greg Johnston, were studying the role of bright colors in the behavior of frogs in their breeding rituals, when they discovered that the Panamanian rainforest frogs shake the branches they are posing on as part of the ritual, especially if another male is in the vicinity. Johnston said they struck a pose that displayed all their colors and then did what looked to him like “little tantrums,” which produced strong vibrations that traveled through the plants.The researchers chose red-eyed tree frogs (Agalychnis callidryas) to study because they are brilliantly colored with gold and blue stripes on their sides, purple flashes on their thighs, bright orange feet, and green backs, and their eyes are bright red. They used infrared cameras to study the frogs mating at night, and also used a miniature seismograph to confirm the vibrations were really made by the frogs and not by the wind or other natural effects.The team introduced competing males and observed them. They found the two males shook their branches until one of them gave up, or until they fought to decide the victor. Shaking branches was the most frequent display of aggression, and the behavior and vibrational characteristics varied with the size of the male and the degree of conflict.It was clear to the researchers the frogs were using their vibrations to mark out their territory for mating, with the vibrations traveling around 1.5 meters through the tree branches and male frogs spacing themselves around the rainforest pond accordingly.In another experiment the researchers used a robot frog to produce vibrations when male frogs were in the vicinity. Johnston said the male frogs reacted to the robot in the same way as they would with a real male frog.The research adds to the knowledge of how vibrations can be used as another mode of communication among animals. Scientists have known for a long time that animals are sensitive to vibrations but little is known about using them as a communication method. Another study in April’s edition of Nature described how certain caterpillars used vibrations as a form of communication.The results of the research are reported in the June issue of the journal Current Biology.
Review: Novel dissects divorce with sharp, funny scalpel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brooke Lefferts, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2019 7:25 am PDT “Fleishman Is in Trouble” (Random House), by Taffy Brodesser-AknerThere was once a time when becoming a doctor or marrying one was an ideal measure of success. But “Fleishman Is in Trouble,” the new novel by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, rejects that antiquated notion and several other tired societal tropes, shining a light on how we view work, relationships and material things.Toby Fleishman, a Manhattan doctor and father of two, is in the middle of a painful divorce and finds the best medicine is swiping right on Tinder to ease his pain. The plot takes place over just a few weeks, but the story of how his 14-year marriage to Rachel devolved into an angry, bitter mess comes in flashbacks of how the couple met, fell in love and built a life together.An old friend of Toby’s serves as the narrator and judge, coloring the story with her own insecurities and marital itchiness. The first part of the book reveals Toby’s side of things, and while he paints himself as a martyr who took a back seat in his career as a liver specialist to play Mr. Mom, it’s clear his self-pity, fear of failure and disappointment in the way his life has turned out contributed to the disintegration of the family.In Toby’s version, Rachel is the easy villain — obsessed with money and status — who rose from assistant to superagent to the stars, working long hours, networking for social and professional gain, and becoming the breadwinner while growing increasingly powerful and financially successful.The seeds of resentment are sown as Toby feels increasingly inadequate and Rachel’s busy schedule and pressure to keep up with the elite banker crowd pushes her to the point of a breakdown. Rachel gets her say in the last part of the book, and we see where she got her drive, how specific life events devastated her and made her feel like no one — including Toby — had her back.Brodesser-Akner is a journalist best known for her in-depth celebrity interviews, including a New York Times magazine cover story on Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop that got attention for its incisive reporting and humour. The author’s sharp wit and descriptions of a certain urban privileged life are dead-on and often hilarious. The novel feels fresh and modern with a satirical edge, but enough truth to sting even the schmoopiest of married couples.She describes how parenting and work exhaustion, bitterness and dreams unrealized strip the desire out of sex until it becomes a chore. All the mid-life crises symptoms are here: from tawdry affairs to Botox boosts, yoga retreats and the politics of navigating dating app hookups. Stay-at-home moms won’t like her assertion that they have it easier than working mothers, who are, after all, juggling two jobs.There’s a plot twist that drives the narrative, but it’s the way that Brodesser-Akner manages to notice both the minutiae of relationships that universally drives people crazy as well as a macro picture of how being married feels after 15 years that anchor the book. Both Toby and Rachel get caught up in her drive for the house in the Hamptons, private schools and invitations to exclusive playdates, clouding their values and breaking promises they made to each other long ago.One overall message is that holding onto the routine of staying “busy” — overscheduling, rushing, competing and social media posting — often results in feelings of loneliness, inadequacy and a lack of connection.Toby Fleishman isn’t the only one in trouble. Infusing candour, humour and social commentary, this book holds up a mirror to all of us, demanding that we take a hard look at how we live and how we love.Brooke Lefferts, The Associated Press
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